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Remembering Wahine

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It’s been 50 years since Daniel O’Neill was one of hundreds of passengers rescued from the brink of death after the worst maritime disaster in New Zealand’s modern history took place. At a gathering at Seatoun School on Tuesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sinking of Wahine, Daniel brought an enlarged photo of himself as a three-yearold being brought to shore by crewman George Brabander. Daniel has never met his rescuer and would dearly love to one day. Continued on page 2. Wahine survivor Daniel O’Neill holds a photo of him being brought ashore by George Brabander, next to a display of other rescuers at the Seatoun Remembers event. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Pupils create display as Wahine survivors, rescuers, commemorate 50 years Continued from page 1. He and his family were on the interisland ferry destined for Australia when the disaster struck. After recovering in Wellington they continued on, haunted by a tragedy they would never forget. Daniel has lived across the Tasman ever since but returning to the site brought back memories that are still etched from that tender age. “I remember the feelings I had at the time. Even today, being on a stormy coast can trigger them.” Daniel was one of dozens of survivors who joined rescuers at the Seatoun function, the last of a series of commemorations in Wellington and across the harbour in Eastbourne where almost all the 51 people who died on the day had washed ashore. While the weather was appropriately wet and windy, organisers of the Wahine 50 programme remarked that the gales blasting Wellington were just a breeze compared to the 200km/h gusts from Cyclone Giselle that battered the region on April 10, 1968.

Pupils Lily Davies, 11, Josie Bamber, 11, and Louis Appleby, 12, demonstrate an interactive exhibition of the Wahine disaster using an augmented reality app during the Seatoun Remembers event. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Wahine 50 Trust chairman Rhys Jones says the commemorations are about acknowledging the efforts of ordinary people who came to the rescue on that fateful day. “It’s about communities being strong and resilient and knowing their role is still relevant today. “We tend to forget the vast majority of rescue agencies are volunteers,” Rhys says. “We often call them the first responders but they are actually

the second responders – the first are in the immediate vicinity. They are the ones who helped save 680 people’s lives that day.” Seatoun Remembers featured displays of photos and newspapers that had been collected by local pharmacist Rowan Hatch, who had donated much of his memorabilia to what is now Wellington Museum at the 25th anniversary. The presentation also featured displays by Seatoun School’s pupils including a cardboard

re-enactment of the disaster, collages and drawings of the ship and even an augmented reality video display using a tablet computer. Principal John Western says the entire school was involved in organising the “high quality” event. “Historically the school would go annually to the pharmacy and more recently the museum to commemorate, but this time we wanted to do something extra special.”

Parking warden recovering after ‘act of thuggery’ A Wellington City Council parking officer has had to have surgery, including facial reconstruction, after being assaulted while on duty on Friday. The officer was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured eye socket and broken nose. Wellington City Council’s acting chief executive Kane Patena says the parking officer was admitted to hospital and underwent surgery after the attack outside Newtown School

on Riddiford St. Kane says the officer will fully recover, “but it will take some time”. “The officer wants me to convey their sincere gratitude to the members of the public who rendered assistance straight away and to the officer’s colleagues who arrived at the scene in a matter of minutes,” Kane says. “I am utterly appalled and disgusted at what can only be described as an idiotic and







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Call for Hataitai people’s input over club site’s future


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Hataitai Community House co-ordinator Rebecca Burgess, HCH chairperson Chris Hare, Hataitai Residents Association co-chairperson Ann Stevenson and Hataitai Community Recreation Trustee Roy Glass in front of the former bowling club building. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Change is on the cards at the former Hataitai Bowling Club building, and community representatives want the public to have their say as to what should happen. The Hataitai Community Recreation Trust (HCRT), The Hataitai Community House and the Hataitai Residents’ Association have joined forces to form a sub-committee that will oversee a feasibility study into the future of the building, which housed the suburb’s bowling club until 2012 and now requi res ea r thqua ke

strengthening. “We have received $56,000 from the Lotteries Grants Board for a feasibility study to be carried out by a consultancy firm called Lumin,” says Roy Glass, HCRT Trustee and member of the feasibility study group. The three groups have been working collaboratively to reassess how the village facilities could be best managed for the good of Hataitai residents. Sub-committees have been formed to manage fundraising, maintenance, communications and future developments, as well as the feasibility study.

“We need the community to tell us how they’d like to see this facility used in the future,” Roy says. “Before we make this decision we have to understand what the community wants. We don’t want to pre-empt them.” Roy says it is important the Trust gets it right as the building and greens had effectively been donated for community and recreational use as a goodwill gesture after the bowling club wound up. A range of activities currently take place there, including functions, speech and drama and dance classes. Menzhed

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Frank Kitts Park will be redeveloped following an Environment Court decision giving a proposed upgrade project the go-ahead. On Friday, the Environment Court found in favour of the Council’s proposed design for a children’s playground and granted resource consent for its implementation. The Council has set aside $2.5m of funding for the project in the Waterfront Development Plan. The children’s playground is its first stage and work will get under way late this year or early next year. The next stage is a Chinese Garden project which is currently being fundraised for.

Noodle Markets to reduce waste The Night Noodle Markets is set to kickoff on Wednesday April 18 for five nights at Frank Kitts Park. Featuring a smorgasbord of food, a bar and family-friendly entertainment, the cash-free event is also proving its commitment to sustainability with an initiative set to dramatically reduce landfill waste. “For $3, festival goers can purchase a cup to use throughout the event. When they are done with it, they can return it for a $1 deposit or keep it as a nice memento,” says event manager Simon Carter. Entry to the five-day event is free and food prices range from $5 to $15. Only Eftpos and credit cards will be accepted.

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Cautious approval of light rail running through Newtown

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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.


There has been positive reaction to a proposed light rail system through Newtown, though there is still concern about whether it should be a priority. The billion-dollar proposal was mooted last week by Wellington mayor Justin Lester who believes there is a “strong likelihood” of it happening under current government transport policy. The proposal would see a new railway line installed through the CBD and extended along Adelaide Rd and Riddiford St to Wellington Zoo from where there would then be a tunnel to Kilbirnie and another to the airport. Rhona Carson is in favour as long as the route takes local businesses and amenities into consideration. While the president of the Newtown Residents Association could not speak for the organisation at this point, her personal view was that light rail would need to be done in a way that supports the suburb’s

existing infrastructure. “In general I approve but would want to be consulted on the design of anything that goes through Newtown. I would want our local amenities and our Newtown streetscape protected,” Rhona says. Cycling advocate Patrick Morgan, who also lives in Newtown, wants light rail to be a solution for the worsening traffic jams on Riddiford St and round the Basin Reserve during rush hour. To resolve traffic congestion the council needs to invest in efficient modes of transportation, he says. “Nothing beats light rail for moving loads of people,” Patrick says. John Rankin, a representative of lobby group Fair Intelligent Transport (FIT) Wellington, says that for light rail to flourish in Newtown, Wellington City Council would need to work with the community closely and extensively to ensure that the design accommodates everyone. “That means lots of public meetings, lots of mock-ups of

What the proposed light rail system could look like along Newtown’s Manchester St next to Wellington Zoo. IMAGE: Supplied

different design options, being realistic about the potential for disruption during construction,” John says. “Successful light rail projects take a ‘whole of street’ approach, from property line to property line. This is particularly important in a place like Newtown which has a vibrant streetscape.” Rongotai MP Paul Eagle

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New bus route will improve journeys: Council Greater Wellington Regional Council says the changes to bus routes and timetables across Wellington are about making a

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The council is responding to a petition that a Roseneath schoolgirl, Meaghan Serjantson, has begun on the website calling for the No.14 bus service to be retained, as reported in last week’s issue. “The decision to change the 14 route was confirmed and publicised by Greater Wellington Regional Council in its Regional Public Transport Plan in 2014,” senior engagement advisor Peter Thornbury says. “The plan was the culmination of years of work, including assessing technical advice from independent and council public transport experts, and many rounds of public consultation.” The key driver of the whole network was removal of route duplication to decongest the network, he says. “From Hataitai Village the 14 route currently overlaps with the number 2 route.” From July that will be part of the new “East-West spine” - a high frequency service

with buses every five to 10 minutes on weekdays running between Karori and Seatoun, via Hataitai and Kilbirnie. The No.14 will connect to this at Hataitai Village. The council accepts that for some commuters it will mean a change in the way they currently travel that could be inconvenient. “We’re sorry for that,” Peter says. However a new bus stop is being created at the bottom of Hataitai Road close to the corner with Waitoa Road, which serves as the beginning of the return route. “So people will only have to walk a few metres to the main Waitoa Road stop, and there will be no need to cross the road.” From July 15 there will be free bus-to-bus transfers within 30 minutes when using Snapper cards, meaning travel from Hataitai and Roseneath to Kilbirnie shops will not cost any more. Peter also clarifies that the No.3 service will continue to go to the airport retail park. SELF SERVICE




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NZ Army Band to play for fallen at Pukeahu Current and former New Zealand Army Band members are joining together in a tribute to the fallen on Saturday and Sunday in a free public concert at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. “This weekend presents an opportunity to hear some of New Zealand’s finest military musicians and vocalists perform,” said Brodie Stubbs, Manat Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. “The band has a top-class international reputation performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the 2012 60th Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle and in 2016 the band was a stand-out at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Wellington. “Since its formation in 1964 the band has built a reputation for versatile and innovative musical performance. “We’re delighted to have the band led by Major Graham Hickman, plus 26 former band members, with us again this weekend after their successful Concert in the Park in December. The Saturday programme features a musical tribute to the fallen including an evening hymn, victory drum rolls, and the Last Post bugle call superimposed over traditional military music. The Ode to the Fallen will be recited in Maori and English at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. “Families are welcome to bring a rug and a picnic to this event,” Brodie says. The Sunday programme will see past and present members of the New Zealand Army Band present a free, family friendly concert that includes swing, jazz, pop and rock music. Afterwards people are invited to stay for the 5pm Last Post ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, where the story of a New Zealander who served in the First World War will be read.

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Question: Are you following the Commonwealth Games? Do you think they still important/relevant?

Corrie Romijn, Miramar Of course. I love the sports. I’m Dutch but I still enjoy it because I’m a New Zealander too.

Margaret Davis, Rongotai Yes, I watched the cycling and weightlifting. Yes, it’s something to aim for as not everyone can make the Olympics.

Phil Austin, Berhampore I don’t normally watch sport. But I think it’s still relevant.

Liz Stewart, Lyall Bay Yes. I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone to see some top-class competition among sporting codes.

Keith Ferrel, Rongotai Not really. I haven’t got time to watch them. I think they are [relevant]. It gives young people an opportunity to get on the world stage.

Roy Glass, Hataitai I’m definitely following it. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Commonwealth countries to get involved in a world-class event.

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

‘First name only’ use foisted on us all Dear Editor; Well, for once, I have some empathy with Martin Beck, in his reaction to the bland non-answer he got from the Banking Ombudsman about the Kiwi Bank “solutions” to his complaint. I’d also feel irked by a letter signed with a “first-name-only” signature: I wonder whether even this female name itself was a real name, not just a fictitious one;

because I remember a time when the public sector sometimes used fictitious names for the real people to hide behind! But as well, there now seems to be a policy of trying to deprive us of our continuing family identity in our surnames, since marriage has been made meaningless in the eyes of the law. People are free to use any surname as their caprice might prompt them from

time to time. It’s also assumed that everyone is to be addressed by first name only, with no honorifics or surnames included in either speech or writing. That may be okay for people who have indicated that it’s what they want; but it has been foisted on to all and sundry over the last 20 years, like it or not. H Westfold, Miramar

Kiwibank move based on backing debt-loading developments Dear Editor, Newtown is thriving, although feeling dejected by Kiwibank’s decision to close. Following WCC massive spending over many years on revamping Kilbirnie shopping centre, along with proposed new developments, the hidden agenda behind Mayor Lester’s ‘resilience

distraction’ is to make Kilbirnie a business hub. The underlying impetus behind all the imposed changes for the Wellington’s southern suburbs seems to be directed towards supporting the Shelly Bay private subsidised development. Kiwibank’s move to Kilbirnie -

‘the little engine that could’ - supports such council development schemes for Kilbirnie and private Shelly Bay despite Kiwibank’s first home buyer’s needs, as if such families could ever afford to invest there. Why has the Minister for Local Government not investigated the

Stunned that pets are to be allowed on buses Dear Sir/Madam I read with dismay in our local paper, Cook Strait News (March 22) that pets will soon be allowed on all Greater Wellington’s public transport systems. Having lived in Wellington for over 70 years, this ground-breaking news shocked me. To my knowledge, such major change in legislation should surely require much public debate and, at the very least, a referendum. The thought of such a huge change in public transport conditions has major implications when passengers are forced to share the small confines of a bus or train carriage with an animal they may feel uncomfortable with. In addition, “heaven forbid” the fact that an animal may defecate or behave in other unsavoury ways would be very disturbing. Also, many people have allergies to

animals and would be very apprehensive about the risk of sitting on a seat on which an animal had previously been sitting. Another thought - what determines the size of a lap suitable for a pet? Do big pets require big laps? Another consideration is the attitude of the union to which bus and train drivers and also cleaners belong. Has the Greater Wellington’s Sustainable Transport Committee had the “green lights” from the union on the implications and extra work, some unpleasant, that its members may have to put up with? The extra cleaning bill would surely put this new legislation out of logical reach. I remain amazed. Rowan Hatch Seatoun

serious underlying collusion and feasibility of this tri-party scheme before it fails and plunge ratepayers into debt? Perhaps Rose Wu of Kilbirnie has further insights of WCC’s past and intended development costs and the future of Kilbirnie’s bus depot? Kiwibank’s push on all their

customers going on-line banking to reduce its service costs – but already texts to RNZ cost 20 cents, so just a matter of time before all Kiwibank on-line banking data transactions will incur a nominal fee. Martin Beck, Mornington

‘Diversion on request’ possible solution to bus route woes Dear Editor, I was reading about the re-routing of No. 29 buses up Russell Terrace instead of Rintoul Street. (Cook Strait News April 5). If you know Russell Terrace, you will know there is a lot of green space on one side of the road. Rintoul Street has houses on both sides of the street, and would seem a more logical choice for a bus route. The commuter pictured in the Cook Strait News is standing outside the Rintoul Street Villas, a complex of social rental housing alongside a well-used bus-stop. If GWRC considers that re-routing along Russell Terrace is really necessary, then can I suggest that there could be a “diversion on request”. A Rintoul Villas resident heading south could ask the driver to turn right off

Russell Terrace into Herald Street, then left into Rintoul Street, stopping outside the villas. The bus could then continue its journey back to Russell Terrace via Lavaud Street, as Rintoul Street and Russell Terrace run parallel at the southern ends. It wouldn’t be a big detour. The flaw in my reason-based policy suggestion is of course: how would the Newtown-bound bus driver know if there are passengers in Rintoul Street wanting to go to Newtown? You would need psychic bus drivers. The able-bodied Villas residents can probably get themselves over to Russell Terrace ok, but the less able-bodied are going to have problems. Christine Swift Island Bay

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Elderly exercise group aims to prevent falls By Jamie Adams

With more people suffering falls as the population ages, a local eldercare organisation is encouraging more seniors to join its specialised exercise programme to prevent them happening. Age Concern’s Steady As You Go (SAYGo) programme has seen new classes introduced

around the Wellington region among 21 nationwide, with one recently starting up at Seatoun Village Hall. SAYGo is based on the Otago Exercise Programme that was developed in 2003 with additional exercises developed by physiotherapists. The charity’s Wellington support services co-ordinator Ann

Dalziel says the classes are targeted at elderly people vulnerable to falls and involve exercises that deal with strength and balance. “For older people getting back to where you were before can be very hard after you twist your ankle after a fall,” Ann says. The sessions involve practising three movements - the “sit to stand” test, the “timed up and

go” test and the “tandem stand” test. A tape-recorded instructor guides participants through the movements which involve lifting and extending arms and legs at various angles at a slow pace to establish brain patterns that ultimately improve co-ordination. “After 10 weeks there’s a real improvement in co-ordination and balance.” The sessions are ongoing and intended to have a participant take over leading the group after 10 weeks. “It’s what we call a peerlead course,” Ann says. “It’s continuous and doesn’t stop for the holidays.” The groups are as much an opportunity to socialise

afterwards as they are about fall prevention. “Each week they each give $2 before the session and at the end of the 10 weeks they spend the total on what they want.” There were nine participants, all women, at its last Seatoun session, and Ann encourages more elderly locals, of either gender, to join up. “Twelve would be good.”  SAYGo hourly sessions catering to anyone living in southern and eastern Wellington are held at Seatoun Village Hall, Forres St, every Tuesday at 11am. For more enquiries call Ann on 04 499 6646.




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Mayor thrilled as Shelly Bay legal challenge dismissed Wellington Mayor Justin Lester welcomed Tuesday’s High Court decision to dismiss judicial review proceedings blocking the proposed multi-million dollar development of Shelly Bay. “This is an excellent result. This project aims to transform Shelly Bay for the better and it has my wholehearted support,” Justin says. “It’s an endorsement of the City Council’s planning processes for Shelly Bay, but, more importantly, it’s an endorsement of the proposal by iwi and The Wellington Company to turn a dilapidated site into something special and beneficial for Wellington. The mayor looks forward to working with local iwi in getting this project under way. “This rundown area has sat dormant for a long time and it’s exciting we will now be able to improve the area.” Acting City Council chief executive Kane Patena says the decision is a vindication of both the proposed development and of its planning process. “We were always confident the Council had followed good process in terms of its procedures and its interpretation of legislation.” The High Court accepted the Council’s submissions that both decisions were lawfully available and properly made. The court did not accept challenger Enterprise Miramar’s expert evidence suggesting the Council had misapplied its Code of Practice for Land Development. Overall, Enterprise Miramar’s position was found to be untenable.


Empowering Newtown youth through art

A mural created by participants of the previous Art Jam holiday programme. PHOTO: Gianina Schwanecke By Gianina Schwanecke JOURNALISM STUDENT

A new arts programme for teens is set to launch next term in Newtown following a successful holiday programme trial last year at the Mt Victoria Hub. Art Jam will run a holiday programme for intermediate students from April 16 to April 27 at the Newtown Hall, before launching officially at the start of Term 2. Classes will run Monday to Friday during school hours and students will learn mural and street art painting, song writing, drum playing and film making.

Art Jam is the brain-child of Josh Menheere and Jamen Moss who wanted to establish a creative workshop programme for intermediate students. Josh first became interested in street art as a teenager in Australia, later working towards a visual arts course. After studying Buddhism for six years, he began a “pop art therapy” holiday programme in the United States, working with children from a variety of faith backgrounds. The programme focuses on engaging students in conversation about the world around them, rather than colouring in butterflies.

Josh and Jamen met at their local yoga centre and bonded over a shared commitment to “service through art”. “We decided to team up and make art, music and film workshops,” Josh says. “Art Jam school is [about] art, music and film workshops around states of being. “There’s already a focus on doing and having, but we’re human beings.” Josh and Jamen draw inspiration from artist Keith Haring and musician Trevor Hall. A former student, Maya, says the open and caring environment makes students comfortable to be themselves. “The activities have a genu-

ine positive effect on people by allowing a creative outlet to release feelings and create solutions or closure,” she says. Their group’s projects include a short film about the journey of a plastic bag, from production to the mouth of an unfortunate dolphin. The pair recently worked with Cuba Dupa goers to create a mural on Abel Smith Street.  The Art Jam after-school programme will launch at the start of term 2. Sessions will run for 2 hours, Monday and Thursday nights, and will cost $25 per session. To book go to

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Lewis does family and nation proud with surprise Games medal By Jamie Adams

A new local swimming star has been born in the form of Lewis Clareburt. The 18-year-old from Roseneath won an unexpected bronze medal in the 400m individual medley at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the weekend. Lewis touched the wall in 4min 14.42sec to secure third place behind Australian Clyde Lewis and Scotland’s Mark Szaranek, smashing his personal best by more than four seconds in the process. The result was all the more remarkable as he only gained selection in the 400m IM after filling an athlete quota following his missing the qualifying mark by a tenth of a second at last year’s age-group champi-

onships. Speaking to the Cook Strait News from the Gold Coast, Lewis’s coach Gary Hollywood says his protégé has been “quite overwhelmed” by the attention he’s received, yet he was able to stay focused on his three other events, the 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley. While Lewis’s rapid rise has triggered comparisons to double Olympic gold medallist Danyon Loader – Lewis equalled Danyon’s 25-year-old age-group record in the 200m freestyle last year – Gary says it’s not like comparing apples. “I think the onus is on the coach because [Danyon’s coach] Duncan Laing put himself in the position where he was ahead of the game.” Gary says while many swim-

mers are talented, what makes Lewis stand out is his belief and determination. “I once told him ‘I think you can go 4.14’ and he said ‘I was thinking that as well’.” Last year Lewis was a Year 13 student and prefect at Scots College. Headmaster Graeme Yule recalls him as being “very dedicated and committed to what he does”. “One of the things we worked hard with him was trying to manage swimming demands with academic demands.” Last year was particularly disruptive as Lewis spent weeks training for and then attending the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas where he won three gold and four silver medals, yet he was still able to pass his NCEA Level 3 exams afterwards.

Wellington proves it has talent in American football

“He’s done superbly, we’re exceptionally proud of him,” Graeme says. Lewis is a member of the Capital

Swim Club where he chose to stay rather than train with other Swimming NZ squad members in Auckland.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lewis Clareburt with family members, back from left: Aunt Julie Simpson, sister Ali Clareburt, mum Robyn Clareburt and cousin Aiden Witting. In front is aunt Jackie Witting and cousin Jake Simpson. PHOTO: Supplied

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Marist St Pats beat Paremata-Plimmerton 39-5 Oriental Rongotai beat Avalon 26-20 Poneke beat Northern United 40-35 Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Wellington 69-15

Marist St Pats beat Paremata-Plimmerton 41-12 Avalon beat Oriental Rongotai 17-15 Northern United beat Poneke 34-7 Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Wellington FC 28-10

Marist St Pats beat Northern United by default Stokes Valley A beat Poneke by default Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Stokes Valley B 37-31 Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Marist St Pats 31-17 Upper Hutt Rams beat Poneke by default Eastbourne beat Marist St Pats 38-19 Wainuiomata beat Wellington FC by default

Sports talk Wellington-based members of the New Zealand Grid Iron team from left Isaac Isa’ako, Gordon Burns, Mark Tinilau (Porirua) and Paddy Blackman. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

When it comes to American Football, you can’t go past the fanatical coverage of the NFL on ESPN and even non-sports fans would have heard of the Super Bowl. Nonetheless it’s unlikely you would typically see the game, also known as gridiron, being played on busy sports fields on Saturdays. However Wellington not only boasts a healthy presence of gridiron players, it has had more than half a dozen representatives in a national team. American Football Wellington (AFW) spokesman Gordon Burns accepts “it isn’t known all too well” that the sport is played here, or that there is a New Zealand team known as the Steel Blacks. Based at the Toitu Poneke Hub in Kilbirnie, AFW runs a summer competition involving three teams – the Wellington City Wolves, Hutt Valley Spar-

tans and Porirua Football. Gordon and seven other players from those teams - Patrick Blackman, Isaac Isa’ako, Te Puoho Katene, Bong-Chong Khanchaleun, Darren Kippen, David Michl, Mark Tinilau – have represented New Zealand over the past decade, with Te Puoho now studying in California. “We were all pretty proud of the Wellington representation in the national team,” Gordon says. “There aren’t too many games at a national representative level, with the last senior men’s squad called together in 2016 to play American Samoa.” While on the surface gridiron is similar to rugby, it’s not just the playing field and attire that is markedly different. Only 11 players in each side are allowed on the field, each with their own specific position. The heavy padding is necessary due to inevitable monster

tackles that rugby players would unlikely get away with. “I would call it a collision sport,” Gordon says. “With rugby it’s about the possession of the ball but with us you run as fast as you can into people.” Gordon says he was drawn to gridiron while still at high school, fascinated by the individual nature of play, despite it being a team sport. “There’s one-on-one interaction for pretty much every player. That’s what makes it unique.” The Wellington club season finished last month with the undefeated Hutt Valley Spartans beating Porirua Football in the final. Many players are now focused on rugby or league for the winter. New Zealand has also competed in gridiron’s non-tackling derivative flag football, representing Oceania at the 2016 world champs in Miami. Wellington recently hosted a flag football tournament.

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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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