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Remembering the Anzacs

By Jamie Adams

Island Bay families gathered at a local primary school to join the nation in commemorating Anzac Day yesterday. The event, organized by the Island Bay Ministers Association and the Wellington branch of the RSA, saw many of the children turn up in uniform at Island Bay School as representatives of the local Scouts and Brigades. Continued on page 2. Island Bay Scout leader Adam Hall leads representatives of Scouts, Cubs, Iconz and Girls and Boys Brigades with their respective flags as part of Anzac Day commemorations. Alongside him are fellow Scouting members Brendon Shaw, 13, and Matilda Elliot, 7. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Councillor recalls war ancestor who fell as children pay tribute Continued from page 1. Wellington City Southern Ward councilor Fleur Fitzsimons was the main speaker during the short midday ceremony, which also featured representatives of the local Anglican, Catholic, Baptist and Presbyterian churches. “I am so pleased to see so many children here today to commemorate, acknowledge and I am sure, to learn about what Anzac Day is all about,” Fleur told the audience. “In New Zealand the impact of war is felt widely in our society. During the First World War which started over 100 years ago, over 40 percent of men between 19 and 40 years old went to war. There was a casualty rate of about 58 percent.” Fleur revealed that a great uncle of hers served in World War Two. Warrant Officer Hugh McKinnon was a fighter pilot for the RNZAF, who sadly died after being shot down in May 1943. “As a child, my Grandmother, Hugh’s sister, would take me to the local Anzac Day service in Maraekakaho [Hawke’s Bay] where her family had grown up. We would always place a rose on the war memorial and take a moment to look at his name.” After her speech young Keas, Cubs and members of Iconz and the Boys and Girls brigades

Keas, Cubs, Brigadiers and Iconz members lay wreaths at Island Bay School’s war memorial

laid wreaths at the school’s war memorial while others held their representative flags in honour of those who served New Zealand. A war veteran was also in attendance. Representing the RSA, former airforce pilot and navigator John Meredith always attends the service in Island Bay where he grew up. John joined the airforce at just 16, serving as a spotter of Russian submarines in the South Pacific and later in Vietnam as the leader of a squadron that was tasked with supplying food, medicine and weapons to soldiers. He retired at 41 and nowadays lives next to the airport. “I like hearing the planes take off,” he admits.

Southern Ward Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons with retired airforce squadron leader John Meredith at the Island Bay Anzac Day commemoration. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

New housing on the way for southern suburbs Housing New Zealand is investing $48.5 million to build 145 new social housing units across five sites in Wellington City, including three in the southern suburbs. The Government agency says the building programme will drive a transformation of its Wellington housing stock, creating a portfolio of modern and fit-for-

purpose homes that tenants will enjoy for decades to come. All the new homes will be onebedroom units which Housing NZ says are the kind of homes needed in Wellington to respond to social housing demand, which is mostly from single people and couples without children. At Newtown’s Hanson Street there will be 20 one-bedroom

units for people with disabilities located near the hospital, social service agencies, shopping and public transport. At Owen Street, also in Newtown, 36 one-bedroom units next to the Town Belt will be built, which Housing NZ says will be energy efficient and designed to blend into its surroundings.

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inbrief news Thorndon Quay parking changes Angle parking on part of Thorndon Quay is set to go. A majority of Wellington City Councillors last Thursday voted to replace angle parking between Davis and Mulgrave streets with parallel parking to make room for painted traffic-side bike lanes. The corridor between Kaiwharawhara and the CBD is being considered as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project, and the council wants improvements for cyclists to be integrated with any urban design changes proposed for the area.  Parking time limits in the area will be changed from 10 hours to six hours, rather than a proposed two-hour limit.

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St Vincent de Paul’s recycling co-ordinator Caroline O’Reilly with the charity’s recycled T-shirt bags. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

A branch of St Vincent de Paul is this week launching itself as a plastic-bag-free shop, thanks to the services of volunteers at its Kilbirnie centre. Instead of using plastic bags, staff at St Vincent de Paul in Kelburn are distributing shopping bags made of the many T-shirts and singlets donated to the organisation that are not quite fit for sale. Millie Lambess, St Vincent’s communication and marketing manager for Wellington, says disposing of textile waste from their nine Wellington shops

costs them about $21,000 a year. “So we are putting value back into that waste.” A team at their Kilbirnie shop sews up the hems of the garments, which are washed before being recycled. Sewing the bags only takes about 10 minutes, she says. Millie says they chose the Kelburn shop because the community is already quite sustainably focused. “It has a high student base and there are eco-friendly initiatives already occurring in the com-

munity.” “And a lot of our customers already have their own reusable bags.” While the Kilbirnie team has already got about 200 bags in stock, they will as a starter provide 50 or so to the Kelburn shop, which has 50-80 purchasers a day. “Aro Valley will probably be next,” says Millie. “Then Newtown and Johnsonville.” A customer will be charged 50c for a bag, which will help recoup the costs of the scheme. The charity’s recycling co-

ordinator Caroline O’Reilly says there are 190 volunteers and “participants” involved in sewing the bags regionwide. Participants are people who have mental health issues whose assistance at St Vincent helps them to gain meaningful employment. “People have been coming from all over New Zealand. We have had one from South Africa helping us,” Caroline says. Bags were also sold at Vinnies’ Book and Fabric Fair at Newtown’s St Anne’s Hall on the weekend.

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Non-seatbelt use concerns AA Some surprising groups found to be dying in road crashes when not wearing seatbelts, research led by the AA Research Foundation One of the major findings was that seatbelt deaths are not restricted to just one group. “When we analysed the 200 deaths to understand the types of people involved, we found that along with the young, risky drivers that people might expect to feature, the other common groups were people in rural areas, people driving for work, the elderly and tourists,” says AA Research Manager Simon Douglas.

Tax changes ‘will be disastrous’ Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, is warning of “an exodus” of landlords from the property market in the wake of Government proposals to change the tax treatment of property investment. He says plans to “ring fence” property tax losses will have a disastrous impact on the market and will significantly worsen the shortage of rental accommodation in cities like Wellington. His comments follow the release of an issues paper outlining a proposal to change the rules around the tax deductibility of losses associated with the ownership of rental properties.

Quake buildings go to landfill as port rubble gets recycled By Jamie Adams

Wellington City Council says recycling earthquake-damaged material is no simple feat, despite such a project being undertaken at the port. Media reported last week that a private landfill in Happy Valley was close to being full as a result of tonnes of rubble being transported there following demolition of several centralcity buildings. However the same cannot be said about demolition work being done at Centreport, which was badly affected by both the 2013 and 2016 earthquakes. Centreport communications manager John Tulloch confirms that “a substantial amount” of steel, asphalt and concrete excavated from the port is being recycled with the help of R4 Recycling. “We are running two concrete crushing machines with the resulting material being utilised for various purposes such as building land resilience,” John says. Another company, Dixon and Dunlop, transports crushed material to compact it into the ground at the Statistic House site, where land had been cleared down to two metres below the surface following the

building’s deconstruction. “Steel from deconstruction isn’t being used at the port – but being sent to a recycling facility off-site.” WCC chief resilience officer Mike Mendonca says where a building is demolished the owner decides what happens to the material, often with input from insurers. “The Council doesn’t own it or get to make the decisions, unless it happens to be a Council building,” he says. “Sometimes owners will recycle some of the materials, such as good timber and steel, and concrete where it can be crushed and reused close by.” However much of the material isn’t economical to recycle - or in the case of asbestos, cannot be recycled - so ends up in landfills, “which are perfectly acceptable as long as they follow rules”, Mike says. “In Wellington we’ve often placed fill into steep gullies and ended up using them as sports fields. Ian Galloway Park is probably the most well-known.” Mike notes that generally material will be recycled if it is of value and can be easily salvaged, but often everything is mixed up and very difficult to sort, as was the case with the Christchurch demolitions.

An excavator at Wellington’s port works on rubble set to be crushed for recycling. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

New British buses welcomed to Wellington Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor is enthusiastic about the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s move to invest $40 million in 114 UK-manufactured hybrid Optare buses for Wellington. Tranzit will operate the buses on behalf of the regional council. After attending Thursday’s

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AR at Courtenay Place lightboxes Māori artist and fashion designer Suzanne Tamaki will be talking about her augmented reality (AR) exhibition on site at the Courtenay Place lightboxes tonight at 6pm. Each of the art-fashion garments and fashion photographs featured in the light boxes will draw inspiration from Māori interpretations of Western concepts such as feminism or mana wāhine. Suzanne has previously demonstrated AR at this year’s Performance Arcade on the waterfront and held a similarly-themed exhibition called Maiden Aotearoa at the City Gallery in 2015.

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Motorists and cyclists who believe they can get away with illegal behaviour on our streets, beware – the police have another tool to make it easier to catch you. Monday saw the launch of a new bicycle patrol initiative involving Wellington Police’s community team. The team, headed by Sergeant Hamish Knight, will use four new kitted-out mountain bikes to patrol Wellington’s CBD and suburbs as well as engage with the public on two wheels. Hamish says the main aim of the “cops on bikes” programme is to conduct road policing activities focusing on distractions such as cellphone use, as well as not wearing seatbelts. “Our focus is about being seen by and accessible to the public,” he says. “We are looking at [road users’] behaviours not only in cars but also on bikes. “Being on bikes means we can relate a lot more as to how cyclists feel on the road.” The programme was done with the assistance of the Wellington City Council and bicycle training organisation Pedal Ready. Hamish says while the bikes will mainly be used by the Wellington community team, who have an office in Kilbirnie, other frontline staff can also use them at public

Constables Ben Hopkins, Sandy Cumpstone and Matt Barraclough on the new bicycles that will be used by Wellington Police’s community team around the city. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

events. The team also received support from the Wellington City Council who provided a bike rack, bike accessories and maintenance gear. Council cycling portfolio holder Sarah Free says having officers on bicycles will make them more nimble in pursuing offenders who may try to escape a crime scene by foot. “There is a real advantage to getting into back alleys and bike lanes,” Sarah says. Another difference to car pa-

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Wellington Cadets who helped the RSA’s annual Poppy Appeal on Friday, from left: Christian Mooij, James Fyfe, Meg Byers, Ben Buyck, Tsedenia Tafery, Ben Martin, Otis Wright, Alex Walczak and Kiriahi McKee. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

It wasn’t just volunteers from Wellington’s RSA branches who were out and about collecting donations on Poppy Day on Friday. The Kilbirnie shopping centre was “invaded” by members of the Wellington City Cadet Unit who spent the morning wandering suburban streets and encouraging passers-by to purchase a poppy for the annual Anzac appeal. Unit commander Christian Mooij says his troops had been in attendance since 7am and cadets

went to various places such as Countdown, the Red Cross shop and the swimming pool in their bid for donations, some of which were much more generous than expected. “We got some $10 and $20 notes. There was even a $50 note.” Army cadets are typically aged 13-18 but were able to help on Friday as it is currently the school holidays. Two students each from St Patrick’s, Rongotai and St Catherine’s colleges, had also participated in the charity drive on the day.

In addition to the youth, war veterans and some real estate agents from Ray White’s Kilbirnie office also volunteered either in Kilbirnie or the Rongotai Retail Park area. The RSA Poppy Appeal raises vital funds to support the growing needs of New Zealand’s 41,000 veterans and their families. The theme for this year’s appeal, ‘Not all wounds bleed’, highlights the fact that mental health injuries are the most common, but least understood, of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women.

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Accessible Awards for 2018 Wellington City Council has introduced the Wellington Accessibility Awards, which are designed to recognise businesses, initiatives and people who help make the city more accessible for everyone. Grants of $500 will be awarded to winners in the categories of Accessibility Champion, Accessible Workplace, Accessible Initiative, Customer Service and Innovative Design in Accessibility Nominations can be made at the Council website or by calling 04 499 4444 and are open until May 31.


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should freedom camping be banned nationwide?

Do you think Wellington needs more dedicated spots for campervans?

Merle Roberts, Newtown “If people want to be able to freedom camp they should be allowed to. Wellington definitely needs more freedom camping spots.”

Bella Noonan, Newtown “No, but there needs to be more education for tourists who are coming from overseas who freedom camp here. I also think Wellington would benefit from more freedom camping spots.”

Lauren Small, Island Bay No I don’t. There is a great benefit to freedom camping, particularly for young travellers. We have enough freedom camping spots for our capacity as a city.”

Sophia Focas, Lyall Bay “No. I feel like there should be some rules and regulations around freedom camping. Yes, I think we need some more freedom camping spots that aren’t in the middle of the city. “

Beda Bellugue, Te Aro “No. I would say more restrictions need to be appointed. Yeah why not, if there were more specific spots then they would not be doing it anywhere it would be invasive.”

Anthony Fraser, Berhampore “No, it’s a great way to experience New Zealand. I think if we are going to put them in we need to think about why we are doing it.”

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

More compliance thanks to fake foreign students Dear Editor, While the Australian Commission delves deeper into the dubious big banks behaviour, here in New Zealand - Kiwibank has taken on lots of Indian students who opened their accounts to use as viable support for their residency applications. Many of these Indian students have criminal backgrounds and lied to immigration to enter New Zealand for their student courses and then had to purchase

expensive fake birth certificates from India to justify their previous lies. But as a New Zealand-born citizen and Kiwibank foundation customer, they now demand I provide them with a current birth certificate so they comply with the new banking rules, yet Kiwibank does NOT know who all their new Indian customers really are. Additionally there is no longer any personal banking manager for Kiwibank customers being forced to go online

when they can easily get better online banking deals from the big Aussie banks, especially once their Aussie commission makes its ruling. Perhaps Winston Peters could request a commission into the anti-social behaviour of our so-called New Zealandowned bank, as the changes are not what I signed up for? Martin Beck, Mornington

Coaches do run late, though one driver was considerate Dear Editor; I partly agree with Master Peter Croft’s April 19 letter about Intercity Coaches in their seldom arriving on or before time at their final destination. I have found much the same in trips from Wellington to New Plymouth; though the return trips often get to Wellington at or before the targeted time. I once

made things worse because of my overactive bladder; sometimes the urge to urinate is unexpected and sudden. The driver very kindly made an unscheduled stop at the Waitotara Tavern; and he later radioed ahead to alert everyone that he had lost some time by the detour. I find the seats very soft, but I guess my fat bum provides some

extra cushioning; while Peter is most likely a thin boy without much padding behind him. And the drivers make a fuss of us old and/or disabled passengers - another sort of “padding” for our trip. As Peter’’s surname is not a common one, I wonder whether there is some kinship with Doris Croft (who later became Mrs

Surprising consistency for light rail support Dear Editor: I was pleased to see all of the people interviewed last week approve of the light rail option for Wellington; extraordinary consistency. Any clues why? Was it because they were all female? Was it because they were all young(ish)? Was it because they were all from the eastern suburbs?

It is useful to note the Wellington Regional Council has majority representation from the northern (near and far) reaches of the region and usually make major decisions for Wellington city transport which go against majority Wellington central and southern constituent choices. For a long while there has

been a slow burn up there against Wellington because it lies between them and the airport. Flyovers and tunnels for cars has become their preferred punishment for us. Richard Keller Kilbirnie

Dave Rowell), our 1943 Standard Two teacher at Kaponga State School. She was pretty and very young, but an extremely good teacher; so maybe the Taranaki Education Board got the pick of those new teachers who held the fort during WWII. I very much wish our country, over the last 65 years, had em-

ployed teachers as good as the pretty and multitalented Miss Croft who taught us 75 years ago. I suppose she will be dead by now; but she and her like deserve a belated tribute from grateful Old Pupils like me! H Westfold, Miramar

Light Rail would benefit suburban shopping centres Dear Editor Contrary to Martin Beck’s assertions (April 10), light rail will not be to Newtown’s detriment. If light rail is approved for Wellington later this year, the route is most likely to run from Miramar to the railway station via Kilbirnie, Newtown and Te Aro. This route would include a new rail-only tunnel between Kilbirnie and the zoo, i.e. under Mt Albert, not under Mt Victoria. Stops would

be at strategic locations including the airport, Kilbirnie, the zoo, central Newtown and the hospital. Light rail would revolutionise the way Wellingtonians travel and would benefit shopping precincts including Miramar, Kilbirnie and Newtown. Chris Calvi-Freeman Wellington City Councillor, Eastern Ward


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Cheers as waterfront now free of plastic straws It’s the final straw for plastic straws on the Wellington waterfront, with the area now 100 percent free of them thanks to two American exchange students, Wellington City Council and an environmental charity. Heather MacDougall and Katie Timzen, two US exchange students interning at Wellington City Council, and volunteer group Sustainable Coastlines have campaigned to rid the waterfront of traditional plastic straws. Katie left last year having got the ball rolling and even influenced Wagamama’s full international chain of 200 restaurants to become plastic straw-free. Heather is leaving soon, having achieved the pair’s dream. “Each year Sustainable Coastlines pick up over 10,000 plastic straws from Wellington beaches alone – putting them in the top five of items in beach clean-up audits” Heather says. “It can take up to 200 years for a single plastic straw to break down in the ocean, and with some restaurants using up to 800 straws a week, that is taking its toll on

landfills and the environment.” The waterfront area this initiative encompasses runs from the railway station to Freyberg Pool, with 26 restaurants, cafes, and bars no longer using traditional plastic straws – instead opting for paper, biodegradable, and metal alternatives, or no straws at all. Being plastic-straw-free is also a condition of trade for stallholders and food trucks at Harbourside Market and along the Wellington waterfront. Mayor Justin Lester says this is a fantastic result and he supports the environmental campaign and hopes it will expand city-wide. “It is exciting that Wellington could be the first plastic-straw-free city in New Zealand,” he says. The next stage of the Wellington project is to work with other organisations to encourage non-participating bars, restaurants and event organisers to join the campaign, says Infrastructure and Sustainability portfolio leader Councillor Iona Pannett.

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WOMEN OF THE MONTH

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Welcome to Cook Strait News’ - Women in Business Feature where we shine the light on local women in business

Name: Katie Underwood Occupation: Residential Sales Person. What does your role entail?

Name: Samantha Gadd Occupation: Managing Director, Humankind; Director, Kin What does your role entail?

Where to start! My job is so varied and much more than anyone would probably envisage. One minute I can be signing up to list a house for sale and the next minute I can be rescuing a vendor who has locked themselves out and I have the only key. The Licensed under the REAA 2008 job doesn’t start or finish with a sale and purchase agreement, it involves a lot of hard work and problem solving before and after that. Liaising with photographers, home stagers, builders, lawyers, painters, cleaners, brokers, tenants, property managers, relatives, buyers, pets, local agencies and neighbours is all part of the job. My key relationship is with vendors and doing the absolute best for them. I provide regular honest feedback to ensure a stress free experience. Buying a house can be overwhelming. I make sure buyers receive as much information as possible so they can make an informed decision and be thrilled with their purchase.

Every day is different but generally my role is a mix of leadership, strategy, culture, brand, sales, and finance - supporting my team to be the best they can be for our clients. I have the privilege of learning about other organisations every week, seeing how we might be able to help them create awesome employee experiences. I love it!

What has been your biggest achievement?

At work, celebrating 10 successful years in the business with about half of my work from referrals. Out of work, it is biking the Tour Aotearoa for the second time!

I love providing meaningful employment opportunities to others while helping grow the best workplaces in New Zealand. The people we have attracted to work at Humankind seriously make me feel very proud.

What do you love about what you do?

How do you define success?

Every day is different. I love it when everyone involved in a deal is happy with the result. The look on buyers faces when I give them the keys to their new home is so satisfying.

Getting to do what you love every day, being in control of your own destiny and having people you love to share that with.

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

What do you do in your downtime?

I always aim for the most effective marketing strategy for each property. All my listings have their own website and an advanced intevrnet marketing programme.

I have three boys so there is no such thing as downtime! Time with my family, especially outdoors is what helps me to relax.

How do you define success?

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

Receiving a 10/10 from vendors and buyers for the same deal.

What do you do in your downtime?

Cycling, movies and getting away from it all. At present I’m trying to visit as many off shore islands in New Zealand as possible.

Name: Sensei Patricia Reilly Occupation: Managing Director of Patricia Reilly Rembuden What does your role entail?

Making the benefits of karate accessible to all levels of the community from preschool onwards. Ranging from traditional karate and self defence to 30-minute Get Fit Fast classes; Kardiopower and Strengthen&Tone.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Aside from my three beautiful boys? Probably being named fastest growing services business in the 2015 Deloitte Fast 50 and launching Kin, sister company to Humankind in October last year.

What do you love about what you do?

My purpose is helping people to love what they do. What sets me apart is my relentless passion for building a purpose led business, brand, offering and workplace. www.humankind.nz

Name: Juliet Young Occupation: Business Manager

What does your role entail?

I’m the Business Manager and I look after marketing, communications and administration. We also have people who support us with specialist services like accounting, recruitment and information technology.

What has been your biggest achievement?

What has been your biggest achievement?

Being awarded back to back Prime Minister’s Scholarships to perfect my karate in Okinawa. This added depth to my karate and cemented my skills as a National Coach for Karate NZ.

My biggest recent achievement is joining (with husband to work in) this business! We’re in a growth phase of improving all our processes to make our service to customers even better.

What do you love about what you do?

What do you love about what you do?

I love identifying people’s potential and inspiring them to improve their own body intelligence. Karate teaches breathing and muscular control, mindfulness and self discipline through focused movement.

I really enjoy working with our team to help our customers solve their electrical problems. It’s important to give our customers the best solutions and their feedback feels great.

How do you define success?

How do you define success?

Success through diligence is always rewarding especially when students achieve medal status. However, small gains such as finally perfecting a technique is equally satisfying when you see students experience personal growth with hard work over time.

Providing a top service to happy customers. Our aim is to make people’s day! To do that we follow a set of values including team work, integrity, accountability, commitment and respect.

What do you do in your downtime?

What do you do in your downtime?

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

What is your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest?

I work on my other business Fitness Move to get people moving in the corporate sphere to improve productivity and wellbeing. At home I love relaxing with my family and watching a fab episode of ‘Gilmore Girls’ with a nice glass of bubbles in hand! Being a female 5th Dan (black belt) with 35 years of experience in karate and almost 20 years as a secondary school teacher, I understand how to bring out the best in my students. 027 297 6049 | patricia@familyfitkarate.co.nz

We have two busy girls so I manage the household around work. I play netball, do yoga and pilates, enjoy mountain biking and helping out with the kids activities.

We’re on time, do what we say we’re going to do, complete the job to the highest standard and respect customers’ properties. We even wear shoe covers to protect your flooring!

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Adopted local already a hit as she launches second album By Jamie Adams

An American-born musician who has made Newtown her home is set to tour the country following the release of her second album, A Stranger. Nicole Andrews is a self-taught pianist, singer and electronic musician who has received critical acclaim in her short career so far. Originally from Portland, Oregon where she grew up playing music and jotting down song lyrics in her room, Nicole relocated to New Zealand in 2006 to pursue a relationship, settling in Wellington after initially staying in Queenstown. “I wanted to be involved in the music scene, but I also wanted to go to acupuncture school,” she says. “Also it’s a city and I’m more

comfortable being in a city. “I have been here eight years and the more time I’m here the more similar it is to Portland with the craft beer thing growing.” “I love Moon Bar. I used to play there a lot. I go there as much as I can, and Monterey [Bar].” “I love Newtown, I don’t think I ever want to leave.” Nicole has joined Rhombus producer Thomas Voyce for production on A Stranger, which is a stylistic departure from her piano-based 2015 debut In The Shallows. That album is notable for the song Just Another Female Vocalist, the video of which is made up of hundreds of one-second clips she filmed around Wellington over the course of a year. “This is a lot different to my first album,” she says.

Newtown musician Nicole Andrews will be going on a national tour next month. PHOTO: Supplied

“This one is fully electronic. Piano is very minimal. It’s dark and melancholy.” Nicole cites Nick Cave as her inspiration for the raw, introspective style with her electronica emphasis being influenced by artists such as Bjork, Goldfrapp and Arca. A lover of folklore, languages and horror films, Nicole participated in a global novel-writing competition in 2016, has done compositions for a 48 Hour Film Festival team and is a regular participant of the Burning Man festival whenever she revisits the US. Nicole will play at Wellington’s Meow Bar on May 10 alongside local acts Ludus and L.A.S., before touring Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland. A Stranger will be released on May 4.

Heart Foundation supports those with heart failure The Heart Foundation is sending a clear message to Wellington residents living with heart failure – you are not alone. The Foundation is hosting a free informal session for people living with this condition, like Island Bay’s George Canales who still works part time for Housing New Zealand, aged 87.

In 2013, he went for a regular medical check-up and was surprised when the nurse told him his pulse was very slow. “It wasn’t affecting anything at that point, I felt totally normal but the nurse told me I needed to go to hospital,” explains George. “I didn’t go straight away because I felt fine – I went to work.” I s l a n d B a y ’s George Canales, who is afflicted with heart failure. PHOTO: Supplied

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That night, his son took him to hospital, at the nurse’s insistence, and was told his heart wasn’t working properly and he had a pacemaker fitted. Two years’ later, George had trouble breathing and called an ambulance. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, which thankfully, alerted the medical staff to his heart failure. He now takes medication, does lots of walking, and also keeps active with his work. Next month’s session in Kilbirnie is one of a series of four heart failure talks that the Heart Foundation is holding around the Wellington region. Following a presentation by Janet Dunbar and Chris Murphy, Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialists, Capital & Coast DHB, attendees will be welcome to share their own experiences and ask questions.  It will take place at St Patrick’s Church Hall, 1 Childers Terrace, Kilbirnie on Tuesday, May 8 from 5.30pm to 7pm. To register go to wellheartfailure.eventbrite.co.nz

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Evans Bay Parade set to get off-road cycleway

What Evans Bay Parade is planned to look like with the new bike path. IMAGE: Supplied By Jamie Adams

Wellington City Council has unanimously approved a new two-way bike path and separate footpath in Kilbirnie on the eastern side of Evans Bay Parade, replacing the existing shared path. The council’s voted on the change at last Thursday’s City Strategy Committee meeting. It would see the footpath widened to accommodate a two-way bike path to run the length of Evans Bay Parade between Cobham Drive and Rongotai Road as part of a new network of cycleways in the Kilbirnie/ Rongotai area. It would be done in two phases, with the section between the Kilbirnie Crescent and Rongotai Road to include bike crossings at intersections and sharrow markings on the

slip road. The design has been integrated with the proposed new Kilbirnie bus hub and other bus changes planned by Greater Wellington Regional Council in this vicinity. The next stage will be to complete the detailed designs, construction plans and independent safety audits. Work is expected to start in late 2018. Feedback during the consultation process had generally being positive – more than half of written submissions were in favour of a two-way bike path along the entire length – however there was strong opposition by one of the biggest stakeholders in the area, St Patrick’s College. Its rector Neal Swindells had raised “grave concerns” about the safety of students during pick-up and drop-off times, especially given the location

of the bus stops on a narrower road. Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free has noted the school’s concerns and has pledged to compromise for the fi nal design. “We will commit to working with them when it comes to the detailed design,” Sarah told the committee. “They want to make sure the bus stops are in the absolutely best position and got some thinking about how kids will safely cross the road, and some signage to indicate perhaps appropriate speeds around there. “It already has shared pedestrians and cyclists going in both ways. So the situation exists. We’re just working with them as to how it can remain safe.” St Patrick’s College staff could not be contacted for comment this week due to it being the school holidays.

Final week for public’s say on Greater Wellington’s plans Wellingtonians have less than a week to share their views on the future of the region as consultation on Greater Wellington Regional Council’s 10-Year Plan and proposed Revenue and Finance Policy closes this Sunday. Greater Wellington Chair Chris Laidlaw says it is important communities take the chance to be a part of the planning process as the work of the regional council affects everyone. “We’re listening and we’ve offered a number of alternatives to ratepayers this year,” he says. “Our proposed 10-Year Plan is focussed on several critical areas including emergency management, water supply, environmental stewardship, planning and public transport which will affect everyone across the region.” Chris says that alongside the 10-Year Plan, Greater Wellington is also consulting on its proposed Revenue and Finance Policy, which is about thinking how rates are allocated. “This year we have proposed changes to funding for both public transport and flood protection to create a fairer allocation of rates more in line with other councils around the country.” After the consultation period ends Greater Wellington will collate the submissions in preparation for Council in late May where people will have the chance to discuss their submissions in person with elected members. These views will guide the Councillors as they confirm the final 10-Year Plan and Revenue and Finance Policy, which will be adopted at a Council meeting in June and will be in place from July this year. “It’s important to Councillors and the officers who deliver the work programmes that we get as much feedback as possible before settling the plan,” says Cr Laidlaw. “Nothing is more important in delivering a plan than knowing it has broad community support.”

New Oriental Bay bike path agreed after negotiation By Jamie Adams

Evans Bay isn’t the only parade in Wellington set to undergo change for the sake of cyclists. The most congested part of the Oriental Parade’s pathway will be widened to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists later this year, though with no loss of parking. Wellington City Councillors on Thursday unanimously agreed to changes that will widen a short section of promenade between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool which, at busy times, is too narrow to safely accommodate the cyclists and pedestrians who share it. Mayor Justin Lester says the layout that has been agreed is the end result of a lengthy and thorough community engagement process. A 2.5m-wide two-way bike path and new 1.8m-wide footpath developed between

the pohutukawa trees and angle parking will allow the existing shared path near the seawall to become pedestrian-only. Croc bikes will need to use the bike path through this part of Oriental Bay. The design, a modified version of the more popular of the two options that Wellingtonians gave their thoughts on last year, retains all the angle parking, adds three additional parallel parks, retains a median strip for turning traffic, and provides some new motorbike parking. The new bike path will complement a planned twoway separated cycleway proposed around Evans Bay. Oriental Bay Residents Association had offered a compromise in a submission to the council prior to the decision being made, which president Andy Thomson says would have been “safe, workable and fair to all users”.

How part of Oriental Parade will look once a new dedicated bike path is completed. IMAGE: Supplied

That involved making the cycleway 2.0 metres wide alongside a 1.8m-wide footpath, and cutting back the south block brick kerb by at least 400mm, which in turn would

make the traffic lane and median slightly wider. However councillors at Thursday’s City Strategic Committee agreed that 2.0 metres is unrealisti-

cally narrow for a shared bike path. “It goes against the safety advice,” Councillor Iona Pannett said. Work is expected to start later this year.


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Knowledge on immune system a game-changer: Professor World-leading New Zealand immunologist Professor Graham Le Gros says we are on the cusp of exciting breakthroughs in our fight against disease as knowledge of our immune system grows exponentially. The Director of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research says this year’s Day of Immunology on April 29 is a time to acknowledge the extraordinary potential and impact of immunology research under way here in New Zealand and across the globe. “Immunology is the future of human health – it’s game-changing. “As we better understand how our immune system works, and how it can be harnessed to fight disease, we’re poised for new, gentler and more effective treatments for cancer, asthma and allergy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, gut disease and many other debilitating diseases.” The Wellington professor says that vaccines and immunisations give a glimpse of the power of immunotherapy – teaching the immune system to fight disease by mimicking a natural infection. “What is less well-known, is that our immune system can also protect

us from developing non-infectious diseases such as cancer. “And research has shown that our immune system plays an important role in the development of allergic disorders and in many common disorders not traditionally viewed as immunologic, including metabolic and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s,” Graham says. In 2017, the Malaghan Institute took the first step in developing New Zealand’s answer to the latest in cancer vaccines. CAR-T cell therapy is a revolutionary new approach to fighting cancer by redirecting a patient’s own immune cells to impart long-lasting protection against the disease. “Later this year, through a collaboration with an international biotech group Hunan Zhoatai Medical Group, we’re aiming to conduct our first small CAR-T clinical trials, with the goal of developing a more effective and longer-lasting way to fight certain cancers.” He says understanding the virtuous relationship between the immune system, our food environment and the macro and microorganisms that live in and on us is also a key focus for the Institute in 2018.

LEFT: Wellington’s Graham Le Gros is excited about the future when it comes to our immune systems. PHOTOS: Supplied ABOVE: A lymph node, illuminated under the microscope, in the process of antibody production following vaccination.

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Massive mid-winter marathon back for 2018 By Glenise Dreaver

Both races will finish at the Mount Victoria lookout. Gareth says the fastest time recorded in the event’s almost three year history is Sam McCutcheon’s 5hr 16m for the 62km event, with most competitors averaging 8-10 hours, “The longest time is 11 hours 56,” he says. The race will be run in all weather. “Only if I am advised not to let the race go ahead because of extreme weather conditions will I cancel the event.” He advocates plenty of hill training and reminds would-be competitors that they are going to be on their feet for long periods of time. Race registration will be held at CQ Hotel on Cuba Street, Wellington on Friday July 13. “These are compulsory and competitors must be at one or the other,” he says. Saturday July 14 is race day, with the 62km Ultra runners/Relay Teams starting at 6.30am. Competitors have to be on the bus outside CQ at 5.30am - “sharp”, says Gareth. The 43km Marathon runners start an hour later at 7.30am and their bus leaves CQ at 6.30am. Sunday July 15 is set aside for the prize giving.

Earlybird entries are open for the Wellington Urban Ultra 2K (WUU2K) endurance event, a 43km mid-winter marathon, 62km Ultra, and Team relay run. It starts from Woodmancote Road in Khandallah and runs to Mt Kaukau then continues over many of Wellington’s highest peaks, scenic views, and tricky terrain. The ‘2K’ stands for the 2km of elevation (distance of ascent) over the 43km race, which is closer to 3km for the 62km option. Race director and creator Gareth Thomas has 130 entries already with a limit of 300. “There’s always a big rush just before the early bird entry cut off date,” he says. He says that after Kaukau, runners move along the Skyline towards Makara Road, then take in the Makara Mountain Bike Park, up to Wrights Hill, and past Zealandia to the wind turbine. They move along the top to Red Rocks with Marathon runners heading down the Tip Track. Ultra-runners must run an up-and-back of this trail after the Owhiro Bay leg.

Wellington colleges dominate handball champs Six of the seven competing schools at the national handball championships earlier this month were from the capital. Christchurch’s Cashmere High School threatened to spoil Wellington’s monopoly on the boys’ trophy though when they thrashed Scots College 41-20 to qualify for the final. However a flurry of goals at the beginning of the second-half was good enough for St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie to claim honours

Poneke beat Johnsonville 25-15 Oriental Rongotai beat Wellington FC 47-19 Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 32-17

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield)

Oriental Rongotai beat Wellington FC 39-18 Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 20-12 Poneke beat Johnsonville 67-12

• Women (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy) Oriental Rongotai beat Petone 51-19 Northern United beat OBU 53-31 Marist St Pats beat HOB Marist 35-19 Poneke BYE

• Les Mills Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy)

HOB Marist beat Oriental Rongotai 31-20 Marist St Pats beat OBU Green 17-10

• Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup)

Poneke beat OBU Black 31-15 Johnsonville beat Wellington FC 63-0 • First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup)

Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 31-17 Poneke BYE

• 85kg Restricted

Johnsonville beat Marist St Pats 41-19 Paraparaumu beat Wellington FC by default

• Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy)

Poneke Ruffnuts beat Johnsonville 39-19 Western Suburbs beat OBU 69ers 31-7 Upper Hutt Pirates beat OBU Pink Ginners 46-5 Upper Hutt J8’s beat OBU Teddy Bears 26-14 Marist St Pats beat Paremata-Plimmerton 49-29

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: • Central League

• Women’s W League

• Capital Premier

• Women’s Premier

Wellington Olympic beat Miramar Rangers 3-1 Wairarapa United beat Wellington United 3-2 Island Bay United beat Western Suburbs 4-2

• Capital One

Brooklyn Northern United beat Petone 5-3

• Capital Two

Marist drew with Waikanae AFC 2-2 Seatoun AFC beat Victoria University 7-1

LEFT: The Wellington Urban Ultra 2K route, which covers 62km.

Sports talk

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

ABOVE: Gareth Thomas, left, with race co-designer Stu Milne of Hataitai, right. PHOTO: Supplied

24-20. St Patrick’s Dangah-Lee Chong Nee finished as the leading scorer in the boys’ tournament and snared five in the final. In the girls’ event Wellington East Girls’ College defeated St Mary’s College 16-11 in the final. Tamara Baker from WEGC was the leading goal scorer with 21. Her teammate Georgia Bell collected 12 and Paris Tuimasseve-Fox from St Mary’s bagged nine.

Wairarapa United beat Seatoun AFC 4-1 Wellington United beat Palmerston North Marist 3-0 Victoria University beat Brooklyn Northern United 2-1 Waterside Karori beat Island Bay United 5-1

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These Warriors are for real As the Warriors bandwagon gains more and more fans, some “diehard” fans aren’t overly impressed. The historically under-performing Kiwi NRL franchise have won six of their seven games to start the 2018 campaign. The results have seen many people who had turned their backs on the franchise during multiple years of misery, return to waving the Warriors flag. The franchise has often been an easy social media target during down years due to their perceived abundance of quality players but lack of substance on the field in past seasons. While seven games of a 24-game regular season is a relatively small sample size, the 20-12 win over previously undefeated St George-Illawarra Dragons shows this team is for real. People love a winning team, that’s only natural. Fans who stayed loyal should be commended for that but those who said enough should also receive some credit for demanding change and

saying “no more”. Change can only be created by not accepting years of poor performance. The win over the Dragons was most un-Warrior like. Stephen Kearney’s men had unwavering defence, the ability to win the crucial moments of the game and respond by scoring points late in the second half. These Warriors are for real, no longer the unfit, under-performing, enigmatic rabble that made them almost impossible to support. The Warriors may not win the competition but rest assured the Aussie pundits claiming they would get the wooden spoon should start eating their humble pie now. This team will make the playoffs and should be in the top four when the playoffs begin. The Warriors should welcome every past, present and future fan into the fold. They have always been one of the most well-followed teams in the competition and this is the year they should repay the faith many have held since the club’s debut in 1995.


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