Thursday April 12, 2018
Five take on Cook Strait A five-person team of rowers attempting the first all-female row across Cook Strait were expected to board a ferry for Picton yesterday evening, where the bid will begin. Rachel Gamble-Flint, a British international from 2007-2014, now director of rowing at Samuel Marsden College, says bad weather postponed the start of their crossing, which was originally to start on Friday.
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Their window of opportunity is between Saturday and Tuesday. “We’ll just have to give it a go.” They plan to start the 100km row from the Picton Rowing Club at 3am to arrive at the Wellington Rowing Club on Jervois Quay late afternoon or early evening. “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. They 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. They are fundraising to provide prevention and early intervention support for youth mental health issues. The team can be supported by donations to https://givealittle. co.nzcause/4-girls-row-across-thecook-strait. You can also follow their adventure on Facebook.
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The group aiming to be the first all-female team to row Cook Strait. From left: 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.
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.
Cook Strait News 12-04-18