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A Jacuzzi that “cruises” on open water has arrived in Wellington. The unique motorised spa boat can take a group of five around Wellington Harbour in the comfort of hot water. Wellington City Council spokeswoman Victoria BartonChapple says the council is supporting this “cool gig” by providing a berth at Chaffers Marina. “We’ve also done some modifications to some pontoons and ladders, plus the installation of new cleats for them to tie up to. We’re also making the changing area free of charge,” Victoria says. Continued on page 2. Co-founder Corvin Idler (dressed as banana man) with friends Irina Raynaud, Matt Ringot and Hayley Fordyce have a go aboard the Cruising Jacuzzi prior to its Sunday launch. PHOTO: Edgeline Photography

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Couple brings ‘Crusing Jacuzzi’ to Wellington Continued from page 1. “It’s a first for New Zealand – beating out a Queenstown bid.” Founded by recent arrivals Radostina Nedialkova Dimitrova and Corvin Idler, the duo were inspired by the HotTug Vessel, invented by Dutchman Frank de Bruijn and operated in Europe.

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inbrief news Apprentices hope to nail Challenge Seven building and carpentry apprentices from Wellington will be taking part in the annual NZCB Apprentice Challenge in Upper Hutt this Saturday. Competitors will vie for the regional title to progress to the national final in Rotorua next month, which boasts over $50,000 worth of prizes for the winner. They will have eight hours to construct a 1.5-metre high children’s castle playhouse, featuring a turret and working drawbridge. The playhouses must meet minimum safety standards as they will then be donated to local early childhood education providers and other community groups.

Call to join dementia programme Holographic-like videos of “ghosts” of Gallipoli on display in the Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. PHOTOS: Jamie Adams

New immersive exhibition adds smell to sights and sounds of war By Jamie Adams

A hyper-realistic experience of life in the trenches of Gallipoli has arrived at The Great War Exhibition just in time for Anzac Day. Created by Sir Peter Jackson, the Quinn’s Post Trench Experience combines his acclaimed storytelling artistry with a personal passion for First World War military history and stories of the experiences of New Zealand soldiers. The long-term exhibition officially opened to the public on Monday after media were given preview tours last week. Cutting-edge technology is used throughout a replica of Quinn’s Post, a tenuously held frontline position on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Within the numerous displays are holographic-like video images of the “ghosts” of New Zealand soldiers, who provide

grim anecdotes as well as cleverly-timed “advice” to the visiting groups. While the ghosts are played by contemporary actors, the technology used to create the spectral effect is both advanced and retro; it uses a Victorian-era theatrical trick called ‘Pepper’s Ghosts’, whereby an unseen video embedded in the display’s ceiling is reflected against plexiglass below it at 45 degrees. Accompanying the sights of soldiers in the midst of battle are the sounds and vibrations of gunfire and grenades and even the smell of “death”, which has been created using a range of chemicals. Technicians from Sir Peter’s company Wingnut Films undertook great care to ensure that the terraces, tunnels and trenches accurately reflected those of Quinn’s Post as it was in 1915.

There are over 350 intricately timed DMX lighting, audio and video circuits, as well as more than 50 speakers and 38 amplifiers to create the immersive atmosphere. Among the actors in the videos are industry veterans Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow, who had previously appeared in The Hobbit. The synchronised nature of the video displays meant the shooting of scenes had to be simultaneous – and meticulous. “There were 10 cameras shooting continuously. If anyone made a mistake it would mean they would have to do the whole thing again,” Great War general manager Dave Clearwater says. Dave believes that with Sir Peter’s direct input, both domestic and international tourists in Wellington will add this to their must-do list. He says it also provides op-

portunities for volunteers to act as guides, especially to supervise those who might find the intensity too overwhelming. This is the latest addition to the Great War Exhibition which opened in April 2015 and is TripAdvisor’s highest-rating 5-star attraction in Wellington. There have been seven temporary exhibitions held prior to the Quinn’s Post experience and Dave says more are in the pipeline.  The Cook Strait News has a double pass for a combined tour of the Great War Exhibition and the Quinns Post Trench Experience, valued at $40, to give away to readers. To enter email your name, phone number and address to with “Great War tickets” in the subject line. The winner will be notified on April 27 and the tickets mailed to his or her address.

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inbrief news Character design competition Aspiring young artists have until June 5 to submit their entries to the Light and Dark Secondary School Character Competition. Now in its fifth year, Light and Dark is the country’s largest character design competition for Year 11, 12 and 13 students. Presented by Animation College in conjunction with Yoobee School of Design, entrants must create a character portraying two opposite emotions – excitement and fear, happiness and sadness, love and despair, or serenity and rage. Judged by some of the country’s top creatives, contestants will be marked on expression, character pose and wow factor. Winners will be announced on July 10.

Artist selling original paintings of outer space after heart surgery By Emma Houpt JOURNALISM STUDENT

Newtown character John Sturgess is exhibiting his series of work ‘Out of This Galaxy’ at a community pop-up space in Riddiford St. The exhibition was set up by a member of St Tom’s Church Tasha Haines who was motivated to set up the exhibition after visiting John’s bedroom

studio which was overflowing with his paintings. “John settled into his regular spot at People’s Coffee, and into a routine of painting in his nearby bedroom studio, which was literally filled with his extraordinary paintings. This exhibition almost emptied his room,” Tasha says. John, who also attends St Tom’s Church, was

inspired to create this series of work after undergoing major heart surgery six years ago. He was told by his doctor that after the surgery, his perception

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Threats ‘stalled plain packs law’: research Threats of lawsuits by the tobacco industry helped delay the New Zealand legislation for plain tobacco packs by at least three years, new University of Otago research suggests. The tobacco companies threatened to sue the Government for compensation, with claims this would amount to billions of dollars. Passing the plain packs legislation took more than four years from the first announcement by the New Zealand Government in April 2012, to its completion in September 2016 (53 months), the research found. It then took a further 18 months for the law to come into force on March 14.



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Free organ recital for Anzac Day Anzac Day coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Maxwell Fernie, a hugely influential organist and musician, who was Director of Music at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington from 1958-1999. Maxwell Fernie is remembered as an organist extraordinaire, teacher and conductor. His development

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of the world would be altered entirely. “Before my heart surgery I wasn’t able to paint these pictures. I was painting, but I was painting ordinary things, like aeroplanes or ships,” John says. This series of 25 paintings illustrates John’s fascination with the Andromeda galaxy. Some works are also depictions of his appreciation for natural forces, lightning in particular. “One of my favourite things to paint is lightning. It shows you how weak we are compared to it,” John says. John has painted his entire life and is self-taught, having attended art school for a year but not liking it. The amount of time he spends on each painting varies. The most time he has spent on one was when he started at 12 noon and finished at about 3am. “The best thing about painting outer space is that no one can tell you that you painted it wrong because they won’t ever be able to go there anyway,” John says. John’s works are for sale until Saturday at a community popup space on 199 Riddiford St in Newtown. All the proceeds will go to John and the Newtown community.

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Warning labels needed on chicken: researchers New research has found that many New Zealand consumers are unaware of the high levels of campylobacter contamination of fresh chicken and most want safety labelling about the risks on poultry products. A University of Otago, Wellington study, published last week in the international journal BMC Public Health, found that only 15 percent of consumers were aware that up to 90 percent of fresh chicken meat for sale in New Zealand is contaminated with campylobacter.

This bacteria causes campylobacteriosis, a severe form of gastroenteritis that hospitalises around 600 New Zealanders each year and paralyses an estimated 30 others with Guillain-Barré syndrome. The researchers also assessed the quality of current chicken labelling in supermarkets and butcheries and identified major deficiencies in the safety information provided to consumers, with butchery labels in particular lacking any chicken preparation information. “New Zealand has one of the highest rates

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of campylobacteriosis in the world and at least half of cases can be attributed to contaminated chicken,” says medical student Philip Allan, one of the study’s authors. “Our study showed that many consumers are not aware of the risks, and that retailers should do much more to inform shoppers.” The study evaluated consumers’ knowledge of safe chicken preparation and identified several gaps, with many unaware that rinsing fresh chicken under the tap could spread the infection or that freezing chicken

reduced Campylobacter contamination. The study, based on interviews with 401 shoppers over the age of 16 years recruited outside 12 supermarkets and six butcheries in the Wellington region, shows more than half wanted the levels of campylobacter contamination reported. Most participants thought a large, brightly coloured warning label containing safety information would be the most effective for communicating safe chicken preparation information.



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National commemoration Anzac Day takes place each year on April 25 and commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war, while also honouring returned servicemen and women. April 25 marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers, on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 and WW1 centenary commemorations began last year. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway

to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea, however, at the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders. Among those who lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign were 2779 New Zealanders, almost one in four of those who served on Gallipoli. As always, ceremonies are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand and in places overseas where New Zealanders gather to pay tribute.

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Concern for students as council considers Evans Bay Parade cycleway

IT’S TAX TIME AGAIN! How Evans Bay Parade south of Cobham Drive would look as part of the new Kilbirnie cycleway network. IMAGE: Wellington City Council By Jamie Adams

Feedback regarding a proposed dual-cycleway along a major Kilbirnie street has been mixed, if written submissions are anything to go by. On March 8 Wellington City Councilllors in the City Strategy Committee unanimously approved adding kerbside bike paths to several Kilbirnie streets as well as uphill bike lanes to roads leading away from the suburb. Following the decision, the council invited residents to the Central Library on April 5 to engage in discussions regarding the proposal for a key aspect of the Kilbirnie Connections programme - the Evans Bay Parade two-way bike path, which would also include parking changes to accommodate a new bus hub.





They followed written submissions, 99 of which been posted on the website A majority (57 percent) support the two-way bike path between Cobham Drive and Kilbirnie Crescent, with 51 percent also supporting its extension to Rongotai Road. However 27 percent of them were opposed, with St Patrick’s College among the objectors. Rector Neil Swindells says he has “grave concerns” for students’ safety if the bike path is to be situated directly outside the college. “It is my sincere belief that placing the two-way bike path outside the College will endanger student and staff safety due to: the physical constraints of the reduced width of the road; placing the two-way bike path closest to the footpath and pushing the bus stops out towards the centre line; and the logistics of

the large number of parents who transport their sons to College each day and drop them off outside the school,” he writes. Neil urges the council to consider adopting the same proposal as put forward for the Thorndon Quay option and have bike lanes placed on the outside of parked cars parked or to move the cycle lane onto Kilbirnie Park. Another submitter, Maire Perrott, says that as a parent she is concerned about the safety of the students, as it is an “extremely busy area”. “With all of the foot traffic and cars associated with the school at certain times of the day I think it could become very dangerous.” Councillors on the City Strategy Committee will consider the proposals for Evans Bay Parade at a meeting today.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think should be the priority for Wellington’s transport – light rail or a second Mt Victoria tunnel?

Hazel Osborne, Hataitai I would say light rail. It would take less time and we need more public transport infrastructure. Also, no more having to take the Airport Flyer.

Dee Muller, Hataitai Light rail. Part of that is because anything that gets more cars off the road is a good thing. We need to think of the bigger picture.

Lucy O’Connell, Aro Valley Probably light rail. Maybe it would reduce congestion and it would be more eco-friendly.

Kate Judson, Hataitai I think if the cost of light rail was less than for a tunnel it would be great for the city. Light rail would accommodate tourists as well.

Shannon Johnstone, Newtown Light rail. The public transport is pretty bad. We should be moving towards public transport anyway.

Marina Malaponti, Lyall Bay Light rail. If it was to the airport it would work quite well. Not that many people drive there because of the parking.

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.

Memory of day Wahine sank still vivid Dear Editor; Re your front-page item (CSN, April 12): How could I forget that Wellington day, even 50 years after 10th April 1968? As your journal is for those suburbs nearest to where the “Wahine” sank, I’ll bet there are many other old or middle-aged people whose memories of it were sharply triggered off by that item. I remember that day very clearly indeed.

I then lived in Hataitai: one curious effect was the blowing down of a large poplar tree, some of whose roots remained in the soil. It lay there for a good many years, still alive as it lay on the ground; and the tree’s life was ended only by being cut up and removed to allow the buiding of some new owneroccupied flats on that section No, perhaps not a story of human

New bus routes still raise several questions Dear Editor The response from Mr Peter Thornbury on the new bus routes raises more questions than it answers. He makes mention of the 2014 Regional Public Transport Plan; I do not recall seeing such a plan and, even if I had, how many of us could recall seeing that Plan let alone what it said. Is that Plan still available to see and, if not, why not? I query whether GWRC with all these transfer hubs has made allowance for those people who use wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or walking sticks - not all such people are elderly; and what about

mothers with prams, push chairs or small children! His comments about removal of route duplication is misleading at its best; there are a number of current bus routes that have duplicate routes for part of them; ie route 10 and 11, routes 7, 8 and 9 and there are others so what is happening with them? Final question is this: Are the after midnight services still running with the new changes and, if so, has any consideration been given to extending that service suburbs which currently do not have such a service, such as Aro Valley,

Brooklyn, Kingston, Kowhai Park and Mornington?’ [abridged] James August Mornington EDITOR’S NOTE:

Last week’s story indirectly quoted Peter Thornbury as saying the No.3 service would continue to go to the Airport Retail Park. He in fact said the new No.3 would go there, having not gone there previously. Also to clarify, the return route for the No.14 will be Waitoa, Waipapa and Arawa roads then back on to Hataitai Rd.

Light rail will be to Newtown’s detriment Dear Editor, Newtown is sorely misled if it thinks Mayor Lester’s resilience Light Rail plan would pass through Newtown. Any future Wellington [CBD] - Airport Light Rail will only have strategic stops, unlike the multiple diesel bus stops. From the airport, light rail will fi rst stop at the new Kilbirnie business hub then pass through the new Mt Vic tunnel to the next stop at the Basin Reserve Flyover, then making its way towards the quays to the Railway St ation. What Newtown will get from any

future light rail system is a loss of more shops, business moving into Kilbirnie and lots more road traffic through the Newtown thoroughfare all avoiding the Kilbirnie business Hub bottleneck. The underlying reason to turn Kilbirnie into a business hub for the film industry and Shelly Bay development is to the deprive Newtown’s Salvation Army and vast Indian rental property owners. Martin Beck, Mornington

interest, but it was an interesting proof of something; that when partly uprooted, some of the exotic trees with shallow roots such as poplars and conifers though often felled by storms and gales - are still tough and tenacious. H Westfold, Miramar

Intercity coaches never on time, even before my time Dear Editor, I have a complaint to make. It’s about the Intercity coaches. Every time I travel on Intercity coaches to Hawke’s Bay and other places they are never early or on time. They have always been late since 1975, before my time. Why aren’t they speeding? And the seats are too hard, not soft. [abridged] Yours sincerely, Master Peter Croft

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To the Editor, I totally agree with last week’s letter writer on dogs allowed on public transport. I am sur prised that the “ H e a lt h” a n d “ S a fe t y ” Deptartment would approve of such an idea. June Swain, Miramar

Dear Editor, Re: Kiwibank anonymity - Kiwibank does not take any genuine interest in their customers’ concerns or to provide evidence justifying their changes and their discouraging fees. I only get spam like emails from an Angelia possibly derived from an outsourced Indian call-centre operator in Mumbai. Martin Beck, Mornington

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Soup Kitchen’s urban garden set to open Kim Skelton and Emma Burge at a workshop earlier in the year which saw volunteers work on creating the Compassion Soup Kitchen’s urban garden. P H O T O : Co o k Strait News File

The official opening of te Mara, the new urban garden, on the Te Puaroha Soup Kitchen site in Haining Street, will be held on Tuesday May 1. Whanau (guests) of Te Puaroha Soup Kitchen will join with the Isalnd Bay-based Sisters of Compassion, to mark the establishment and completion of the first phase of building and planting the garden, which has taken place over the summer months.

The space for the garden was donated to guests of the Soup Kitchen by the Sisters. Soup Kitchen mentor Matt Petrie says the garden is a place where they can work together to create an “oasis, away from the streets, yet in central Wellington”, growing food that anyone can contribute to and share. Te Mara is a central part of He Rakau Koikoi, a programme of purposeful activities.

Complementing te Mara, these activities offer opportunity for whanau to learn new skills, practice old skills, have fun and enjoy being with other people. Through art and cultural sessions, outdoor activities, healthy living sessions, volunteering, training and education, Matt says whanau will improve their wellbeing and be able to look with hope to the future. The official opening of the garden will be at 7am.

Specialist Class Programme enhances learning for Junior School children Junior School students learning a song in French as part of the specialist classes offered at QMC.

Year 1–6 students at Queen Margaret College explore the world of art, music and language through the Specialist Class Programme available in the Junior School. All Junior School students have a specialist lesson in visual arts, music and religious studies once a week. The specialised subjects foster independence, resilience and confidence in Junior School students, Head of Junior School Kathleen McDonnell says. “Children naturally develop skills in collaboration, reasoning and understanding and transfer this to other areas of learning.” From Year 2 students have a weekly French lesson. “As an International Baccalaureate World School, we are committed to offering second language learning in order to promote international mindedness. Every learner benefits from having access to different languages, different cultures and

perspectives,” Kathleen says. Jane Coles has been the specialist music teacher at Queen Margaret College since 2014. In Term 1 students in her class have learnt everything from creating music to go with picture books, creating and using poi and working on song-writing and music notation. “Students learn to play instruments. They learn how to keep a beat, create rhythms, sing musically, work cooperatively in groups and as a class, and work on Units that align with their current classwork,” Jane says. “I love seeing the students engaged in topics that they are interested in and be challenged to think about Music and sound as much as possible.”  To find out more about the Specialist Class Programme at Queen Margaret College go to juniorschool. PBA


Scheme calls for innovative minds in public sector Wellington’s digital innovators, budding entrepreneurs and public sector agencies are encouraged to get involved in a threemonth business acceleration programme aimed at creating digital solutions for “better, faster and stronger” government. T he new prog ra m me, Lightning Lab GovTech, is part of Creative HQ’s successful Lightning Lab business accelerator programmes, and has been established in partnership with Victoria University’s Business School, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. Applications open next month for the intensive programme, which starts in August, and will see participants design, develop, test and validate new approaches and technologies to improve local and central government in New Zealand and abroad. They will work alongside top entrepreneurs, mentors, academics and students to help turn their ideas into pro-

jects and then ‘market-ready’ products and services. Teams will work on carefully selected government projects that a re being sponsored by a parent government agency, so that the work done in Lightning Lab GovTech has the potential to make real, impactful change. Victoria Business School E nt r ep r eneu r sh ip P ro grammes director Professor Stephen Cummings says Lightning Lab GovTech ties in with the school’s research strengths and its position at the heart of the capital city. “This is one of the first entrepreneurial accelerators applied specifically to civic or government enterprise, so it’s great to be at the forefront of this world-leading venture with Creative HQ,” Stephen says. “The programme will contribute to upskilling, training and educating local entrepreneurial talent as well as providing researchers with the opportunity to contribute to international scholarship in this under-researched area.”  To register interest go to


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Late benefactor’s fund music to school’s ears By Jamie Adams

More musical talent may come out of Holy Cross School in com-

ing years thanks to the generosity of a recently deceased local man. Last year the school was made aware that late Miramar resi-

dent Richard Horsham, a keen musician and member of the Wellington Brass Band, had in his will bequeathed “a significant

Jonny Avery leads Holy Cross School Year 7-8 pupils Sio Telefoni, Wilson Li, Obsaan Hebo and Dhara Patel perform Eye of the Tiger in one of the Horsham Trust-funded music tutorials. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

amount of money” into a new charitable trust administered by Perpetual Guardian. Holy Cross was named as the beneficiary of the Horsham Trust, which would receive annual interest accumulated by the fund for “the provision of musical instruments, tutorials, attending concerts and any other purpose in relation to music or music theory for the pupils of Holy Cross School”. “We are incredibly privileged and honoured that someone would gift such an amazing ongoing resource for the school,” Holy Cross principal Celeste Hastings says. The school’s first investments have been in musical instruments and a tutor, Victoria University Music graduate Jonny Avery, who runs continuous half-hour tutorials for Year 7 and 8 pupils every Thursday afternoon. “We are starting with the senior students but we are looking to have it throughout the school and

have older students help tutor the younger ones,” Celeste says. The tutorials run till as late as 5pm and the children don’t mind staying on after school to learn how to play guitar, bass and drums. “Parents are welcome to watch and play along,” Jonny says. Pupils were given the option of learning songs from their favourite artists such as Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry, but the tutorials would also be used for them to learn to play liturgies and hymns and school events. It helped the school already had a musically-inclined deputy principal in the form of Tim Carson, who hired Jonny based on the needs of the school and the talent he offered. “It’s a very exciting project for us to build on here,” he says. As well as the tutorials, the school will next term purchase 10 keyboards and two drum kits to further develop musicianship in its pupils.

Garden’s white crosses reminder of Great War’s final-year toll

Goretti Chadwick as Mama with her chicken friend in the upcoming Circa play Still Life. PHOTO: Supplied

Human-poultry friendship theme of one-woman play An award-winning new play about a Samoan woman’s relationship with a stray hen that has invaded her garden is opening at Circa Theatre in May. A tale of family, community, loss and love and the things that make life worth living, Still Life With Chickens, written by Wellington’s David Mamea, is a one-woman tour-de-force performed by comic actress Goretti Chadwick (Games of Bros, Pani and Pani, To Kill A Mockingbird). Goretti plays Mama, who strikes up a grudging friendship with the rogue chicken, relaying to it her struggles with her old man, her palagi daughter-inlaw, her immigrant neighbours and the grandchildren she rarely sees. Goretti brings her consummate skills to the role, along with her renowned clownish sense of humour, and shares

the stage with just a chicken, specially designed for the production by Arts Laureate John Parker (Red Speedo, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Chicago). “Mama is based on the writer’s mother, yet she is relatable to so many Pacific Mamas we know and love,” Goretti says. David has worked on film, television, radio and theatre projects in genres ranging from sci-fi to soap, comedy to horror and documentary to drama. His play Goodbye My Feleni was produced throughout New Zealand in 2013. Still Life With Chickens won the Adam NZ Play Award (2017) and the Playmarket Best Play by a Pasifika Playwright (2017). Still Life With Chickens is directed by renowned actor Fasitua Amosa (Lysistrata, Dirty Laundry), who directed the critically acclaimed show The Mountaintop at the Basement Theatre earlier this year.

The Fields of Remembrance white crosses installation is now in place on the Salamanca Lawn site in the Botanic Garden, representing all the fallen Wellingtonians during the World War One campaign. In its final year, the field consists of 5270 named crosses for every person from the region who died in World War One from 1915-1918 – as well as those who died subsequently from wounds or illnesses contracted while in active service. The White Crosses project is a nationwide initiative by the Fields of Remembrance Trust, which has organised four regional Fields of Remembrance for reflection – also located in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin – around Anzac Day every year since 2015.

Councillor Andy Foster says this project has been a really significant event through all the WW100 commemorations. “We’ve been commemorating the centenary of the First World War for the past four years, acknowledging key events like Gallipoli and Passchendaele, as well as the massive contribution New Zealand made to the campaigns,” Andy says. “The visual impact of the white crosses installation really demonstrates the massive, and personal, impact the war had on the young Wellington community. “Every cross is named, one for each of those who served and died in the Wellington regiments – covering the area up to Hawkes Bay and Taranaki.”

Nationwide, 103,000 New Zealanders served overseas from a population of 1.1 million, 59,500 casualties with 18,200 dead, and 41,300 wounded. A blessing, speeches and launch ceremony performed by a military chaplain and officials were held at the Salamanca Lawn site on Wednesday. The council encourages the public to come and collect the crosses of their friends or relatives on Sunday, May 6 between 10am4pm when staff will be on hand to help find them.  They can also email info@wcc. or phone 04 499 4444 with details of the relative/friend before May 6 so the team can put it aside for collection.

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Snow White coming to Wellington The story of Snow White is coming to Wellington, with a modern twist to the fairy-tale setting. Performed in a pantomime style, full of memorable characters and great cast of loony Pantoloons, this is a must see for children and adults alike, writer/director Amanda Stone, of Roseneath, says. Fresh from a sold-out season of their last show, this version of the show will be told in true Pantoloon style. Amanda, who has produced pantomimes for 17 years, promises it will be hilarious with plenty of audience participation. Another day dawns in Pantoland. Meanwhile, there is some serious badness going on in the kingdom. Prince Percy is trusting in the experts on Married At First Sight Pantoland to find him a bride, but who do they come up with? None other than the nasty Queen Punella! Queeny has just been told by the Mirror that she is not the most

beautiful in the kingdom anymore. She wants Snow White lost in the dark, dark scary woods forever. But Snow White finds a cute little cottage where she can hide until she can find her way back home again. To her surprise she finds the cottage belongs to some dwarfs who used to be the most popular boyband in Pantoland. But when they trudge off to work in the bitcoin mines the next day, the Queen, disguised as an old lady, gives Snow White a poisoned apple. The Prince finally turns up to the cottage to find Snow White in a deep sleep. Will the Mirror be able to save the fairest in the land by revealing that true love conquers all?  Snow White will be performed at the Gryphon Theatre with lots of singing and dancing (choreographed by Deborah Hale) on April 23-27. Tickets are available at eventfinda.

Jacey McGrath as Snow White and Janelle Pollock as Queen Prunella. PHOTO: Supplied

French bilingual unit mooted for school Unité Bilingue, a Wellington-based, French-speaking community group, is working with Ridgway School and FRENZ Recruitment to establish a bilingual unit at the school. Spokesperson for the group Sondra Bacharach says the unit will be where students learn to read, write and speak fluently in French and English as well as to develop their Francophone

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Projections on buildings to help council canvass public Mayor Justin Lester in front of the Town Hall with the projected message of resilience. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington City buildings, backdrops and landscapes will act as giant canvasses in the next four weeks to spark conversations about the future of our city. Public consultation on Wellington City Council’s 10-Year Plan began on Sunday. The plan will determine the level of investment in all aspects of the city for

the next 10 years, including in the critical areas of housing, transport, arts and culture, economic growth, resilience and the environment. To raise awareness and encourage engagement, the council will project statements and sentiments that it hopes will resonate with Wellingtonians on to a range of city backdrops, says Mayor Justin Lester. “This is our chance to shape how Wellington will evolve over the next decade and to invest in what Wellingtonians tell us is important. “We have big decisions to make, including about how we make sure we have enough housing, how we prepare our city for natural disasters and how we protect and nurture our environment

for future generations.” The first projection was on the Town Hall on Sunday evening and read: “I want a city that can withstand anything nature throws at it.” All projections will take place in the early evening and involve many different locations around the city, depending on the topic. “The projected statements, by intent, will be direct and provocative,” Justin says. “We know that it’s increasingly challenging to get people’s attention, but we think the projections will encourage Wellingtonians to stop, think on what the plan means for them and then tell us about it.  People can read the plan and have their say via www.10yearplan.wellington. or through social media via #WgtnPlan.

Former Ireland player joins Lions coaching team Kurt McQuilkin PHOTO: Supplied

Former Ireland international Kurt McQuilkin has joined the Wellington coaching team for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season. Kurt, who has had previous stints at defence coach for Leinster, joins head coach Chris Gibbes, back coach Andre Bell and scrum coach Alan Muir for the 2018 campaign which will see Wellington return to the premiership. Having also worked with a number of Ireland’s age-group teams, as well as the national sevens side, King Country and the New Zealand Heartland XV, Kurt will bring a wealth of experience to the Lions set-up where he will work as the defence coach, Chris says. “I jumped at the chance to be involved with Wellington when Chris contacted me,” Kurt says. “I really want to be involved in rugby again and I’m very lucky the opportunity has come up here. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.” Kurt will start full-time with the Lions on June 1 but has

already been involved in some work with the Wellington Rugby Academy. Chris is delighted to not only have Kurt on board but welcomes back Andre, a combination that helped the Lions win the Mitre 10 Cup Championship in 2017. “I’m really excited about what this group can bring to our set-up, the experience we have in what promises to be a really tough campaign,” he said. Former All Black Cory Jane would join the coaching group as a resource coach, focusing primarily on the roles of the back three players. Wellington Rugby has also announced the Wellington Under-19 coaching team for the 2018 season. Wellington stalwart Dion Waller will be the head coach for the under-19 side and will be assisted by Riki Flutey and Rodney So’oialo as his assistants. Rounding out the group will be Eugene Smith who has been named as scrum coach.

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Possum-free Miramar now breeding ground for tui Tui were a fairly rare sight on the Miramar Peninsula in the 1990s, but that’s all changed thanks to local efforts of making it possum free. The success of the 2003 Miramar Peninsula Possum Eradication Programme, led by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council, had a positive and long-lasting effect on other elements of the local ecosystem, Predator Free Wellington (PFW) says on its website. The programme involved a mix of bait stations and traps throughout the area, which were used intensively for a three-year period, and in 2007 the peninsula was declared possum-free. Since then, the programme has been committed to maintaining the possum-free status of the area and has relied on ongoing monitoring from Greater Wellington. PFW says while the odd possum does still turn up, these are quickly reported by residents and followed up by Greater Wellington to keep the peninsula possum-free. Bait stations remain in place on public and private land, so they can be filled in the event of possum sightings and for future rodent

Tui are now thriving on Miramar Peninsula. PHOTO: Wikimedia

control. The increase in native birdlife on the Peninsula, particularly for tui, has been noticeable since Wellington City Council began annual bird counts in Maupuia Reserve since 2001. Silvereye, fantail and grey warbler have been present in the reserve since before the possum control operation, but tui, kereru and kingfisher have returned in recent years. Blue penguins nest in coastal vegetation, and native lizards are relatively common in the coastal habitats. Ben Bell, from the Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology at Victoria University of Wellington, carried out research on tui numbers seen and heard at a coastal suburban site overlooking Worser Bay, Seatoun from 1998 until 2006. Ben says there was a considerable increase in tui observations after the peninsula become possum-free. PFW says the next challenge for Miramar will be to eradicate the peninsula of rodents and mustelids (the family name for ferrets, stoats and weasels), which are threats to the nests and food supply of native birds, lizards and invertebrate populations.

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Thursday April 19, 2018


Local surf lifesaver named in Junior Black Fins for world champs Lyall Bay’s Macy Burns is among a team of 12 youth athletes selected to represent New Zealand at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships. Known as the Junior Black Fins, the team consists of six boys and six girls aged 15 to 18. Held every two years and attracting athletes from over 40 nations, the 2018 event will take place in Adelaide, from November 15 to December 2 with the national team’s competition taking place from November 21-25. The team will compete in 43 pool and beach lifesaving events over five days of competition, including three days of pool

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Shambolic Ferns deserve hard questions Jenny-May Clarkson asks a question - then outrage ensues. This is why sports interviews are so dull. Clarkson, longtime TVNZ sports journalist, former Silver Fern and current top-level netball coach asked Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant if the players still had pride in the black dress? The question came after a nine-goal defeat to England, the Ferns’ biggest losing margin to the team ever and hot on the heels of their loss to Malawi which will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Commonwealth Games history. Grant’s reaction to the question was tears and a firm stance that there is pride in the dress. Social media erupted calling Clarkson a bully and demanding she be fi red for her insensitive and harsh question. The reality is, that the question was fair, well-timed and came from someone with more credentials than most to ask it. Ultimately, the Ferns finished fourth, missing a medal for the first time in five efforts at the Commonwealth Games. Playing for New Zealand means you are accountable for your performance

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