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A true story of dramatic events Continued from page 1. The play, about the first shipload of convicts to come to Australia, and their efforts to put on a play within the first year of arrival, has won the BBC’s Play of the Year award and has also been nominated for a Tony award. Jeff says that while there is plenty of the flogging and hanging that can be expected, it is also about how to create civilization in a violent society. “It’s about both hope and repression, and the decent, and yet sometimes very bad treatment of people on the edge. Very big themes.” Captain Phillip is portrayed very sympathetically. “He wanted to make a better world, despite many of his officers and the fact that no one wants to be there. The soldiers hate it and take that out on the
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prisoners.” It’s a very modern version, with lots of fast-moving scenes said Jeff. Some songs and an original music score have been added. “And there is humour too,” though he admits there is more tragedy than comedy. Jeff says he started in drama in Dunedin and continued with the local club New Players when he and his late wife Kim arrived here about 15 years ago. He finds the drama scene in Wellington very strong, not least in the northern suburbs. “There’s an abundance of theatre companies here. I’ve never seen so many people keen to do drama,” he says. For Our Country’s Good started on Wednesday April 4 and runs until Saturday April 14 at the Gryphon Theatre in Wellington.
Additional te reo names proposed for Wards By Glenise Dreaver
Maori partnerships belong in Wellington Deputy Mayor Jill Day’s portfolio allocation. As the only Wellington city councillor with Maori heritage – Ngati Tuwharetoa in the central North Island - she takes that role seriously. Her portfolio means she is leading the council’s move to add te reo Maori names to the existing ward titles. “Wellington is ready to recognise its te reo history, and bring these special names to the future so our mokopuna can grow up with them, and with te reo.” The proposed Maori name to add to the Northern Ward is Takapu. It refers to a food source of great value to the early tribes, with chief Patukawenga declaring the area now known as the Northern Ward to be, “Ko taku takapu tenei” (This is my place
of food supply). Wharangi is suggested for the Onslow-Western Ward. That is the name of the scented coastal plant that produces an edible gum and also the traditional name of the local hill range. Thus naming the ward after the expansive hills was considered appropriate. The other three suggested names are Pukehinau for Lambton ward, Motukairangi for Eastern ward and Paekawakawa for Southern ward. Jill says the mana whenua (local people) suggested the names and she believes Wellingtonians are ready to have dual naming. “The Mayor (Justin Lester) is offering incredible support for this too.” Thanks to World War II, Jill says her family is less connected to its Maori heritage than they might have been. Her Maori great-grandfather,
Deputy Mayor Jill Day, in the Takapū valley that it is suggested should give its name to the Northern Ward. PHOTO supplied.
one of the well-known Grace family, was killed when her grandfather was only two and his mother went back to her pakeha family in Christchurch. “But our Maori family history was always talked about and we used to go back and visit family. “It is a challenge that many
urban Maori face. We don’t always know the names of the places around us. “This bilingual naming is an opportunity to revitalise these Maori names for future generations of Wellingtonians of all cultures and to remember our history.”
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Breathing problems support The Johnsonville CORD group, which helps people with breathing problem, celebrated its 14th birthday recently. The group was also given an update on the flu vaccine. Members gather on the first Tuesday of the month between 1.30 and 3pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre.
Poppy Appeal begins The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA) yesterday launched the 2018 Poppy Appeal, which provides vital funds that support New Zealand’s 41,000 veterans, returned servicemen and women and their families. Poppy Day will take place this year on Friday April 20. This year’s appeal will include addressing mental health needs of our country’s younger veterans who have served overseas in recent operations.
Outward Bound Scholarships Eighteen to 26 years olds who support worthy causes or invest time to help others can now apply for Outward Bound scholarships. The 21-day Classic courses in the Marlborough Sounds for which the scholarships are available are: May 7-27, June 4-24, July 30- August 19 and August 27 -September 16 2018. The scholarship pays up to 75 percent of the fee. Participants need to cover the cost of a medical appointment and travel to and from Picton.
Champion rowers all, this group aims to be the first all female team to row Cook Strait. From left they are Johannah Kearney, Scots College coach and New Zealand representative 2013-14, Rachel Gamble-Flint, director of rowing at Marsden, Great Britain representative 2008-2014, Tina Manker, teacher at Onslow College, German representative 2006 -2012, Eleanor Morris, Wellington Rowing Club, and reserve rower, Julia Richter , German representative 2007- present. PHOTO supplied. By Glenise Dreaver
Today, the five-person team of rowers attempting the first all-female row across Cook Strait plans to leave on the ferry for Picton, where the bid will begin. Rachel Gamble-Flint, a British international from 2007-2014, now director of rowing at Samuel Marsden
College, says that at the time of going to print, their window of opportunity looks best on Friday April 13. They plan to start the 100k row from the Picton Rowing Club about 3 am that morning and to arrive at the Wellington Rowing Club on Jervois Quay. “Obviously we won’t know exactly when this is until closer to the time,” says
Rachel. They have two support boats travelling with them and there will be a gathering of people organised for their arrival, at whatever time. The rowers, who all work in teaching or with young people in some way, are part of a group of eight friends who have formed a charitable trust Through the Blue.
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inbrief news Holiday show Capital E’s new show, Odd One Out, uses live performance and humour to tell its young audiences about the importance of acceptance and inclusivity. Launching its nationwide tour in Wellington during the April school holidays, Odd One Out will talk openly with children aged two to seven about being different and feeling left out. It’s a story of acceptance, welcoming new people, being kind, and inclusive. Capital E spokesperson Dr Sarah Rusholme hopes that the young audience learns important lessons about inclusivity but also have fun along the way.
Health initiative being reviewed The government has announced an independent panel to undertake the review of Whānau Ora, the indigenous health initiative which is driven by Māori cultural values. The review will look at how a whānaucentred approach can be applied across government, particularly in the social sector. The review will also assess the ability of the Whānau Ora commissioning model to make sustainable changes in the wellbeing and development potential of whānau.
Hospice appeal Mary Potter Hospice is holding its annual street appeal on May 18 and 19. Volunteers are needed to help with the collection. “The amount of money we raise is directly related to the number of volunteers who help us,” says Director of Fundraising Philippa Sellens. “Last year 900 collectors helped raise around $90,000. We’d love to increase that amount this year.” If anyone has an hour or two to spare to help they can email street.appeal@ marypotter.org.nz or go to marypotter.org.nz.
Sound the trumpets, beat the drums By Glenise Dreaver
James Sutherland of Churton Park is, at just 30, the longestserving member of the Wellington Brass Band which has just returned from Melbourne with the prized Fireman’s Helmet. The band won all sections of the Australian National Championships. It’s a triumph for a band that has been through some difficult times since James joined the junior band in 1996 at the age of eight, playing the euphonium. “That was the biggest available instrument.” He progressed to the tuba some years later. About ten years ago, adult membership fell right off and the junior band members stepped up, he said. Before that happened, they were close to closing down. That’s all behind them now, with the band winning six of the last seven national competitions they’ve attended. “We’ve had a new beginning, a new hall, and we’ve slowly
grown again,” said James. “And we’re always taking new youth players.” He enjoyed the competition, and the street march with its Homage To Cricket was a highlight. There is one corner where bands stop and do a demonstration piece. At that stage, several band members came forward and the Wellington band didn’t just go with their prepared underarm bowling theme, they added a rubbing the ball segment with yellow paper while the rest of the band played on. James said they debated about whether to continue with any of it given the level of feeling over ball tampering, but in the event the Australians loved it. “They were really good sports.” It was a stellar performance from the band, with the judges confirming all their placings were unanimous. This year’s competition saw over 70 bands and 3000 attendees compete throughout
Tuba player James Sutherland with the prized Fireman’s Helmet brought back by the Wellington Brass Band after the Australian National Championships. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
five main events. Competition is fierce with quality bands such as the 2017 winner of the New Zealand championship Brisbane Excelsior attending, with others from as far afield as South Korea also in the mix. Because Brisbane Excelsior had unseated Wellington
last year, spokesperson Mark Davey admitted it was a bit of a “grudge match”. “But it was all good natured.” (The band was, until 1994, known as the Onslow Brass Band and its roots are still firmly in the northern suburbs with their new hall at the Ngaio railway station.)
Ward changes proposed Wellington City Council Deputy Mayor Jill Day, who is leading the consultation on additional (Maori) names for Wellington’s five city council wards, also has Governance as another – and key - portfolio area. 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. As with the proposal to add Maori names to ward titles, there have been initial discussions on the electoral arrangements with mana whenua (local people) and research on the current arrangements. Jill says five changes to ward
boundaries are proposed. One sees a reduction in the area covered by the OhariuMakara Community Board. It currently takes in some rural areas in Brooklyn that are not physically connected to the rest of the community board, she says “The board has been consulted and they are totally comfortable.” Another area of change is in the Northern ward where council proposes to “tidy up” the boundaries where the land backs on to Mt Kaukau through to Makara. “That’s very much a technicality, in an uninhabited area with no houses.” Adjustments to the Southern and Eastern Ward boundaries
are intended, she says, to iron out discrepancies between wards in terms of population and representation. “Each seat should represent a similar number of people. Our proposal leaves a couple of wards outside the Act’s rules for fair representation, but it was not possible to be completely compliant because of our desire to protect communities of interest. “It is a sensible proposal which fixes what it can. But I am looking forward to seeing what Wellingtonians think.” “This is now your chance to have a say in how council members are elected, how elections are run and what types of wards or community boards we
have,” she says. 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. There is also a public meeting at the Brooklyn Community Hall on Monday April 16 where councillors and officials will be present to answer questions. The consultation closes on May 4. Oral submissions will be heard between May 7-25 and the Council will make a final decision at its meeting on May 30. The decision will be publicly notified on June 13 and there is a period from then until July 30 for appeals and objections.
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Wahine survivor remembers Fifty years ago yesterday, April 10, Pastor Rasik Ranchord, now of Johnsonville, was aboard the Wahine, bound for his brother’s wedding in Wellington. A newly-qualified pastor in his twenties, he’d also studied economics at Canterbury University, so often made that trip. Rasik went to his cabin, remembering his usual prayer, taken from Psalm four. “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone Lord make me dwell in safety.” He awoke however to a “graunching, scraping” noise from the bottom of the ship. They were already on the reef. “I’d been totally oblivious.” He heard a conversation in the passageway about being on Barrett Reef, “though I didn’t register immediately”. An announcement then told them to put on their lifejackets. As a Christian he prayed. On his knees. “Lord, I commit my life into your hands.” When he went into the passage, there was a big jolt, then a deadly hush. “Everyone knew this was serious.” In the big lounge, people sat quietly though when he looked over the side, he could see a heaving, foaming sea and a howling wind. “But I felt quite at peace.” About 1.30 pm there were two huge rolls, though the ship straightened. “The third time we didn’t straighten.” The lights flickered and 70 to 80 cars crashed together. Many were thrown off their chairs and were screaming and crying out.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Question: Should we retain the trading bans on Good Friday and Easter Sunday?
Ilona Elwood-Smith, Johnsonville “Yes! Just plan ahead people!”
Shanuk Ali, Upper Hutt “Yes. People need a holiday. It’s a family time.”
Chanel Chousse, Johnsonville “Yes. They are family days and we don’t get many.”
Margaret Hensch, Khandallah “No. It would be so convenient.”
Selena Savaii, Porirua “No. Some mums are busy – it would be a good time to shop.”
Kylie Thorburn, Johnsonville “Yes… when you’re in retail it’s nice to have a couple of days off.”
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Down side to volunteering Dear Editor I read with interest your article ‘Urgent need for volunteers’ at the Johnsonville Salvation Army Family Store (Independent Herald April 4, 2018). Volunteering has many advantages to both the organisation and the person volunteer-
ing and there would be many charities and organisations that would not function without their volunteer staff. However, getting a voluntary position is actually very hard and often an involved and lengthy process like applying for a paid job. Often a detailed application form is needed
requiring filling out multiple pages, along with a police check and references plus often an interview, providing a photograph for ID cards and in some cases attending an orientation or assessment with the organisation to assess your suitability. Many require your own transport and most don’t provide reimbursements for petrol and other expenses that you need to undertake the role. Some expect volunteers to pay for a uniform. Making the application process easier 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.
may attract more people to consider volunteering. I understand the need for police checks if you are dealing with money or the role involves children or vulnerable people. Volunteering helps the community in a very big way …but gone are the days when you could just turn up to an organisation and ask to volunteer for them without the detailed application process. Megan Barber (Abridged) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
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Volunteers needed for food rescue service Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) is now rescuing food from twice as many supermarkets as they were this time last year and they are asking for more volunteers to get the job done. “In the 86 days that we have been open in 2018, our volunteers have rescued over 51 tonnes of food and distributed 1351 banana boxes of clothing, school supplies, shoes and other items,” says Tracy Wellington, founder of KCA. “We can barely keep up, so we’re looking
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for more people to help out, especially during the week.” KCA is completely run by volunteers. There are currently 74 on the list who help with anything from food rescue to sorting clothes. Even the use of storage facilities and food truck have been donated, with any costs met by grants and donations. Lisa Hampl, who volunteers on Wednesday mornings, says there are so many donations she even brought her son in during the holidays to help out.
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Newest MP plunges into big issue By Glenise Dreaver
National List MP Nicola Willis was sworn in as an MP on Wednesday April 4. She has taken the place left by the resignation of Steven Joyce. The newest MP, Nicola, who lives in Northland and is the mother of four young children, has already been given a role as the National Party spokesperson for Early Childhood Education. The appointment has been timely as she has stepped into the furore over Plunket’s appropriation of $50,000 in funds from the Karori Plunket Crèche and the announcement of its imminent closure.
The group of parents concerned are angry, both at the closure and loss of funds which they say were raised in the community with the expectation that the money would stay here. They have said that the community was not kept informed of Plunket’s plans to close the crèche and it was presented to them as a ”fait accompli”. Nicola had stepped in to help facilitate a problem solving meeting on Monday between the creche parents and Plunket. The results so far are at best inconclusive. She said this week: “At this stage Plunket have offered to provide parents with more information and to help
transitioning families to new childcare arrangements.” But at the time of writing Plunket has not agreed to keep the crèche open and has not yet agreed to delay its closure. The parents concerned have now opened a givealittle page as they prepare for a legal challenge to the closure, saying that the Karori community fundraised to buy the site in 1939, and fundraised again to build the rooms in 1946 . They maintain that over the last 80 years, the community has continued to fundraise and spend many hours volunteering to maintain the property on behalf of the community.
National List MP Nicola Willis at her swearing in, with Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard. PHOTO: Supplied
Aged care team sizzle sausages A group of residents and staff from Churtonleigh were the cooks and support crew for a sausage sizzle held at New World supermarket last week. PHOTO Supplied.
On Friday April 6, New World supermarket in Churton sponsored a sausage sizzle with a difference. The team at Ultimate Care Churtonleigh, the local aged care
facility in Mallard Grove, did the sizzling and the enticing smell of onions drew the people in. Instead of buying a sausage for a given price, donations were taken for St John as part of their annual
appeal week. The local community centre also got behind the event and it was widely promoted on facebook and Neighbourly. Nicci Ahrer, facility manager
commented: “As so many of our residents have accessed St John over their lives we wanted to do something special for the Appeal Week. “We could not believe the gener-
osity of the local community who supported us and we are very proud to say that we raised $308.50. “Thank you so much to everyone who made a donation. You were amazing”
Millie Abernethy left, and Hannah Brockett are creating sweet treats to raise money for their sister school in Pe’a village in Tonga. PHOTO supplied.
Talented bakers Millie Abernethy and Hannah Brockett, both 10, are planning to whip up some of their favourite sweet treats to sell at Northland School’s Bake4Tonga stall at Wellington’s Harbourside Market on Sunday May 6. They both love baking and want to use their cake and cupcake-making skills to help children attending Northland’s sister school in Pe’a village in Tonga, which was badly damaged by Cyclone Gita earlier this year. Teacher Caroline Wood says the village’s water supply was knocked out by the cyclone and one family lost their whole house. Tonga only has one sister school and that is Northland, which has already raised $2000. She says the village school is very proud of the relationship. The school is hoping as many families as possible will help Millie and Hannah Bake4Tonga and make
the fundraiser a success. Parents and friends are being asked to put a note in their dairies to bake cakes, cookies, slices and other goodies in the first week of Term 2 and to drop them off at the school office on Friday May 4. Any children who would like to get involved as helpers – packaging and pricing baked goods on Saturday May 5, selling items at the Sunday stall or creating signs and artwork to help them stand out amongst all the other sellers, are also being asked to get in touch with the school. The team also needs quality goods to make into prize hampers or sell on their stall. Anyone who has anything to donate, please email cgwoodnz@ gmail.com. The organisers say they are grateful to Wellington City Council, which has given them a free spot at the Harbourside Market, next to Te Papa, and their friends from Whittaker’s Chocolate, who have donated a box of chocolate bars.
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Wadestown Toastmaster Aces Award Heather Tuckey, left, Chair of the International Speech Contest, with area speech winner Peter McDermott, and other finalists Peter Stevens of Karori, Cindy Wong of Churton Park, and Area J5 Director Glen Pearce.
Peter McDermott, of the Wadestown Toastmasters’ Club, came first in the International Speech section and second in the Evaluation section of this area’s speech contest held at St Luke’s Church last Thursday evening. Toby Paterson of Churton Park Toastmasters was the winner of the Evaluation Contest The newly-chartered Wadestown group hosted both contests, which included Karori Toastmasters, Ngaio toastmasters, Ohariu Toastmasters in Johnsonville, Churton Park, and Wadestown itself. These clubs, which comprise Area J5, all had club winners competing against each other. In the International Speech contest, each speaker delivered a five to seven-minute speech.
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Salvation Army calls for help The Salvation Army is offering people the chance to join it for an hour or more help end poverty in New Zealand. The Salvation Army is expanding its search for collectors for its annual Red Shield Appeal week from April 30 to May 6. The appeal raises funds to support frontline services tackling poverty in New Zealand. Historically, The Salvation Army has used volunteers from among its staff and church members and people it has helped who want to give back. However, after a positive response from the public last year, it is sending out the call again. Salvation Army Community Engagement manager Rhondda Middleton says people who want to sign up as collectors can go to The Salvation Army’s website,
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History of the Fell Locomotives and Railway Experience the fully restored ‘Fell’ locomotive H 199 Mont Cenis, the only locomotive of its type in the world, ‘Fell’ brake-van F 210, and photographs of the famous Rimutaka Incline, New Zealand’s steepest railway line from 1878 to 1955. ‘Fell’ brake-van F 210 arrived in Feath-
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Women storm home to take Champion of Champions title
ABOVE: Brent Stubbins and Judy Howat – now representing Wellington. LEFT: Grant Wakefield - member of winning Wellington team. PHOTOS: Allan Galbraith
What an amazing comeback and victory by the Johnsonville Women’s Fours team of Paula Meredith (skip), Merani Davis, Janet Nehemia and Tannith Potgieter, who stormed home to win the final of the Wellington Champion of Champions Women’s Fours at the weekend over their old rivals from the Victoria Bowling Club. Both Johnsonville and Victoria had a line up of very experienced, players but notably, both teams leads were up and coming secondary school students who acquitted themselves admirably in the final. Good work also by the Johnsoville Bowling Club’s Men’s team of Brent Stubbins (s), Brian Cleaver, Dennis Witt and Allan Eng who reached the quarter finals of the Men’s Champion of Championship Fours. Dale Rayner and Kaaren Guilford, won the Easter Women’s Pairs for a second year in a row. This time, they came from well down to record a stunning victory
Wide range of issues for Karori There was a near-record turnout representing a wide range of businesses and community groups at the Karori Liaison Group meeting on March 26. There was also a representative from MP Grant Robertson’s office and all three Onslow Western Ward councillors Diane Calvert, Simon Woolfe and Andy Foster were present. All representatives reported on issues for their groups. Andy Foster gave a comprehensive presentation on the Karori Project and other related Wellington City Council and Karori initiatives. Andy advised that he would prepare a note on Next Steps and make
it available for circulation. Other items covered included a discussion on city council debt, which he said is always an issue but lower than other large councils. He told the meeting there is a concerted effort to minimise debt increases. The Council Long Term Plan is out for consultation and all were encouraged to review and submit. The meeting was told that WCC is keen to engage with New World and owner Chirag Patel said he was sure that there would be a cooperative approach from the company. Movement of the Mobil Station was discussed as not likely in the near term but highly desirable in
18-16 over the Massey Avenue team. Well done also to Brian Cleaver and Terry Osment; and Rob Veale and Brent Stubbins, for reaching the Men’s Easter Pairs semi-finals. JBC President, Grant Wakefield was part of the winning Wellington Men’s team that recently took out the Bowls NZ National Intercentre tournament in Christchurch, This is an open entry event for all 27 centres throughout New Zealand. Brent Stubbins and Judy Howat of JBC have won the Regional Playoffs and now go on to represent Wellington in the National Mixed Pairs Finals in Auckland, held on April 17-18. against the other five Regional Mixed Pairs winners. Brady and Logan Amer (JBC) also went onto the Regional Playoffs in Wanganui and won their Men’s Pairs section. They will also represent Bowls Wellington in the National Men’s Pairs Finals in Auckland next week.
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terms of achieving a better town centre. Andy said Council was looking at sites to build a playground at the city end of Karori Makara park improvements were discussed, including the concept of looking at better coastal access through Karori. The meeting was told that Council was continuing to promote the use of traps as part of Predator Free Karori. The council also wants to explore with Ryman Healthcare possible longer term use of some facilities at the campus site to be available to the community. The next meeting will be held on Monday April 30.
Animates will be running free school holiday sessions on Thursday April 19 and 26 at 11am. As well as having a selection of animals in store for the children to interact with, staff will provide fun facts on what makes each furry friend unique, what to feed them and how to care for them. “We always look forward to the school holidays, and these holidays we’re running one of our favourite programs in store. We’ll be teaching kids all about their favourite small furry friends, from rabbits and guinea pigs to rats and mice,” says Animates National Manager Jacqui Baigent. “We love seeing how excited children are to be able to interact with the animals in store. Our staff are incredibly passionate about their jobs, and the school holiday sessions are the perfect opportunity to pass on not only information, but a lifelong love for animals” Jacqui Baigent says.
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a white Subaru Legacy stationwagon parked overnight in Ohariu Road was stolen. It was later found in Anaheim Place, Churton Park, in a damaged condition. A silver Nissan March hatchback parked overnight in Atua Street was stolen. It was later used in a drive-off from a petrol station. A gold Toyota Corolla saloon parked overnight in Haumia Street was entered via a smashed window. An unsuccessful attempt was made to start the car by tampering with the ignition. A bluetooth speaker was stolen. A silver Holden Captiva stationwagon parked overnight in Clifford Road was damaged when a passenger side window was smashed to gain access. The vehicle was searched but nothing was stolen. A white Suzuki Grand Escudo stationwagon parked in the driveway
of a house in Clifford Road was also accessed through a smashed left rear window. A large green rucksack, boots and rainproof jacket were among the items stolen. A blue Honda Civic saloon parked overnight in Erris Street had a left rear quarterlight window smashed to gain entry. The offenders made a messy search of the interior but it is not known if anything was stolen. A red Honda Civic saloon parked overnight in Hollies Crescent was entered through a forced rear door. A gym bag containing a cell phone, charger, earphone and a jacket were stolen. A red Mazda Bounty utility vehicle parked overnight in Hindmarsh Street was entered by picking the locking catch on a window. A chainsaw and a coat were stolen. A white Toyota hatchback
parked overnight in Frankmoore Avenue had its left rear quarterlight window smashed to gain entry. The vehicle was rummaged through but nothing is known to have been stolen. A gold Honda Accord saloon parked overnight in Kipling Street was broken into via a smashed left quarterlight window. A messy search was made of the interior of the car but nothing is known to have been stolen. In Newlands a house in Alwyn Place was accessed by climbing though an elevated window at the rear of the house. Two Galaxy cellphones were stolen. A house in Fitzpatrick Street was entered during Easter Sunday morning while the victim was at church. Entry was made through a ranch slide door at the rear of the house. A small sum in cash was stolen. The burglary of a house in
Stella Grove was prevented when a neighbour saw two men on the property at mid-morning. One of the intruders was on a ladder and believed to be attempting to force an entry. They ran off when challenged. In Karori a house in Paisley Terrace was entered through a forced window at the front of the house. Stolen items include two TVs, a duvet, clothing items and miscellaneous food. The shoe rack near the front door of a house in Saddleback Road was targeted. The intruder checked all the shoes on the rack and stole two pairs of sneakers. Entry to a house in Karori Road was by smashing a window in a back door and reaching through to unlock it. The upper level was thoroughly searched and two sets of keys were taken for a red Toyota Corolla stationwagon and a red Ford Laser saloon, which
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Raroa cricket teams both reach the top “What a fantastic cricket season it’s been!” says Matt Tilley, Assistant Principal of Raroa Normal Intermediate School. His comments come after the school’s boys’ and girls’ First X1 teams were both last week crowned Wellington Champions for 2018, going through to the nationals in November. Both finals were played on the Basin Reserve, providing a massive thrill as players saw their names on the huge scoreboard. In a growing rivalry, the girls met Evans Bay Intermediate in the final for the second year in a row. They won the toss and fielded. It was a good choice, with EBIS not able to recover after finding themselves at 11/3. They were all out for 41. Raroa became Wellington Champions 10 overs later. Matt said they had trialled over 100 boys before naming a squad of 21 to make up the First and Second XI teams. The second XI lost only to the Tawa First XI. “There were some superb performances from Ben Dunning with the
The elated boys’ and girls’ cricket teams from Raroa Intermediate School at the Basin Reserve. Both are Wellington champions for 2018. PHOTOS: Supplied
bat and Alex Vanucci with the ball,” he said. The 1st XI moved through with wins over Tawa Intermediate’s two best teams as well as against Discovery and Adventure in the pool games. “These performances allowed for a semi-final against Hutt International Boys’ School at the hallowed Basin Reserve on a beautiful autumn morning,” said Matt. “Batting first, we scored a n i m p r e s sive 16 0. “HIBS fought hard and got close but some superb bowling from skipper James Wilkinson with two wickets ensured Raroa would be in the final” he said. The final was also played at the Basin against a very strong side from Wellesley College. Raroa batted first again and scored a lowish total of 118. However, there were “sensational” bowling performances from Harry Law, Taka Craigie, Vanucci and Wilkinson again, with an extra piece of individual brilliance from Callum Stevens in the field “This secured a 30-run victory.”
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Johnsonville rugby now on a roll Johnsonville Rugby Club chairman Kerry Walsh has high hopes for this season. He says the club has been slowly rebuilding and they are in a very good place. “We only lost one game in the second round of the competition last year and that was to Upper Hutt, the eventual winners. We had actually beaten them but they won on points.” With a number of key players now recovered from early season injury, as well as a new and very young side finding their feet, things are starting to look very good indeed, he says. He singled out three key young players as having great potential. “We’ve got prop PJ Scheck, Simi Navoka, who’s a prop/loose forward and Dylan Patu as loose forward.” “They’re all eligible to play for the Colts, but they’re in the premier league,” said Kerry. Working alongside coach Logan Illi is captain Kane
Thomson, who is currently filling a role as a captain/ assistant coach. After a shaky start in their first three games this season, which Kerry says was mainly due to injuries, they showed a massive improvement against Wainui last week with the final score of 21-32. On Saturday the team faces a big test as they play Marist-St Pat’s. “They’re a top side. That’s going to test us. We’ll really need to show our mettle.” He says they are expecting a great turn-out for the match, to be played on their home ground, Helston Park in Paparangi. “We get great local support in the local community,” he says. This week he singles out Ben and Antoinette Thomas, the owners of Newlands New World, who have sponsored this advertorial. “We have to thank them so very much for this.” PBA
The Johnsonville team in action during an early season trip to Spotswood in Taranaki.
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)
Wainuiomata beat Johnsonville 32-21 Petone beat Tawa 36-9 Poneke beat Northern United 40-35
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Wainuiomata beat Johnsonville 33-26 Old Boys University beat Upper Hutt 85-5 Petone beat Tawa 22-19 Northern United beat Poneke 34-7
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Mollie Nicol and Mila Van der Walt with their medals shortly after their win. PHOTO: Steve McArthur
Queen Margaret Rowers win gold Two Year 11 Queen Margaret College students are national age group rowing champions following the Aon Maadi Cup at Lake Ruataniwha last month. Mila Van der Wilt and Mollie Nicol won gold in the under-15 Girls Double Sculls with a time of 7.58 minutes, beating their closest opponent by eight seconds. They are the first Queen Margaret College students to win gold at Maadi, the national championship event for high school rowers. The pair had won in the Double Sculls at all events leading up to Maadi, including at the KR1 and KR2 regattas at Lake Karapiro and the North Island Secondary School Championships. Mila says it was an “amazing experience” to win the gold. “QMC has never won a Maadi gold before so to be the first two people to do that and to make
history was pretty cool. It was great that all our hard work paid off,” Mollie adds. The pair credit their successful win to a lot of training and support from their teammates and coach, Roy Pickard. “Before Maadi we practised 10 times a week, which included before and after school sessions,” Mila says. As well as competing in the U15 Double Scull, Mollie competed in the U17 Girls 4 and came eighth in the B Final and fifth in the under-16 Girls Single B Final. Mila competed in the U15 Girls 4 and the team came fifth in the A Finals. Both agree, however, that while they enjoyed all their races, the Double is always their favourite. “We always have so much fun at training,” Mila says.
Friendly Games need some fire Being fully immersed and on the ground at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, I must tip my hat to the Aussies on being quality hosts - something New Zealand could learn from. Dubbed ’The Friendly Games’, the 11-day event is certainly living up to that billing. A night at the swimming and track cycling has been enjoyable with volunteers friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. Public transport is a breeze to use. The cost is built into your ticket price so you simply hop on and hop off. The track cycling at the Anna Meares Velodrome (or as Kiwis named it, The Sarah Ulmer Velodrome) was more than two hours away from our Broadbeach base. Despite needing a tram, train and bus to get there, it was easily achievable.
I must admit – there’s a lack of intensity in some of the events, the celebrations aren’t filled with as much visible raw emotion of an Olympics or even World Championships. That’s not to say the athletes aren’t trying but it’s certainly not a career-defining event for most. The New Zealand flag continues to look a lot like the Australian one which is frustrating as a spectator - but we’ve voted on that issue, haven’t we? The stadium experience trumps everything in New Zealand. The ease of getting to the venue, finding your seat, getting food and then leaving again eclipses New Zealand on our best night. It’s fun to watch more obscure sports have their moment in the sun but there is a feeling Commonwealth glory doesn’t mean as much as it once did.
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