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Fit for a (newborn) prince By Jamie Adams

It’s not every day a local manufacturer’s product ends up being used by some of the biggest names in British royalty. But that’s exactly what happened for Melrose’s Christine Brimer, whose blanket may well be the one that envelops Prince Louis of Cambridge in the many thousands of photos of him that were taken when his royal parents revealed him to media last week. Christine, who owns and operates Niche Textile Studios, was last year approached by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to submit a design for a New Zealand wool blanket for the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Continued on page 2. Christine Brimer has received a lot of attention after it was revealed one of her bespoke blankets was among the official baby gifts to the British Royal Family. PHOTO: Russell Kleyn

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Wellington weaver rapt as Prince Louis now wrapped in her shawl Continued from page 1. After researching and sampling to respond to the brief to feature an aspect of New Zealand flora and fauna, her design depicting manuka was selected as part of the official gift. Christine, who had only taken up weaving seven years ago, admits she was surprised when asked to create a gift for such an important person. “Our business is based on research. My main motivation is to work with New Zealand wool, so I’m hoping it’s because they were looking for something made of wool,” she says. Christine also believes she was spe ci f ica l ly chosen due to it being easier for members of the department to interact with someone living in the same city, given the importance of having someone delivering exactly what they wanted. Christine originally attended university in the 1980s when she “learned how to think”. It was when

she returned to studying in 2011, this time design at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, her intention was more vocational, even though she was by then in her late 40s. “The big thing that design taught me is that it has to have an audience,” she says. “With weaving I have found my niche - the place where I belong and can contribute from.” She has received much positive feedback since the public was first made aware of it last week. “People from my past have got in touch. I’ve had a lot of lovely support from my colleagues at Massey.” A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Department says Christine was chosen due to her awareness of her environment. “Christine creates handcrafted, bespoke designs that reflect New Zealand’s environment, and the wool used can be traced back to its source.”

ABOVE: Christine Brimer weaving at her Melrose studio. RIGHT: The type of the blanket made by Christine that may now be wrapped around Prince Louis of Cambridge. PHOTOS: Russell Kleyn

Reading to replace defunct Paramount as NZ film festival venue Reading Cinemas Courtenay Place will host the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) in 2018, along with five other confirmed cinema venues in the wider Wellington region. The agreement was reached after the Paramount cinema closed in late 2017 leaving NZIFF and other community

groups without a medium-capacity cinema screen in the central city. The new arrangement will see NZIFF able to make use of several screens in the Reading Cinemas Courtenay Central complex during the 17 days of the film festival in Wellington. The ground floor ticket booth at Courtenay Central will be

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Multi-coloured ‘house’ piano the key aspect of centre’s spruce-up


inbrief news New home for mental health service Wellington Community Mental Health and Addictions Services opened its new premises last week. The new location at 113 Adelaide Road, Newtown provides a more centralised and modern environment for clients, with more space, improved access, and a welcoming setting. The building joins services that were previously located in different areas across central Wellington. “We know that our new location will be more accessible for many of our clients across the city,” said Community Mental Health Operations Manager Jayne Coombes.

Gold coin entry to zoo, Zealandia Open Weekend is back, meaning this Saturday and Sunday people will be able to visit Zealandia and Wellington Zoo for a $2 donation per person at each location. The proceeds will go towards Zealandia’s on-going conservation and education efforts and to Wellington Zoo’s Conservation Fund to directly support local and international field conservation projects that are saving animals in the wild. This is the fourth year that the event will be running over two days instead of one, enabling families to visit both nature attractions over the weekend.

Artist John Fuller and Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre co-ordinator Grant Ellen next to the centre’s newly painted piano. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre’s long-serving piano has undergone a radical makeover – one that’s more akin to the murals found on public buildings. Management had commissioned Miramar artist John Fuller to decorate the piano as part of series of enhancement projects at the centre. John this week completed painting the instrument from top to bottom in a colourful array of hillside houses, which

he says reflects his vision of Miramar. “The idea I had was to have local houses hand-picked out of a specific area,” John says. “The scene is local but it doesn’t really look like this; it’s how I’d like to see to it.” John has done similar images before as normal paintings and has also been commissioned to do outdoor artworks for Enterprise Miramar, such as the bookshelf mural on Park Road. “I love doing murals.” While not quite a full-time artist, John says he has “no

trouble” selling his paintings at galleries such as Tapu Te Ranga in Island Bay, and was happy to do this one for the cost of the materials. John says it took him about one month “in drips and drabs” to paint the piano in its entirety, involving acrylic paints and a clear-coat of varnish. While working on it John had discovered the piano was made in 1910, coincidentally about the same time the community centre was established. Centre co-ordinator Grant Ellen could not say when it

acquired the Collard & Collard piano but the state of its keys suggested it had been well used over the decades. Despite being very out of tune, centre visitors still play songs on it, Grant says. The piano project is one of a number of spruce-up schemes being undertaken to make the centre more inviting to locals. “The beams have been painted and the walls have been brightened up as well,” Grant says. “The doors will be next. “It will all be a lot lighter once it’s all done.”

Chopper donations go back to regions Westpac is using this year’s Chopper Appeal to highlight the role of helicopter crews in our rugged, rural and remote outdoors – a place Westpac describes as “Chopper Country”. More than 7000 missions were undertaken by local rescue helicopters last year including 412 in the Wellington, Marlborough, Wairarapa and Kapiti regions. The Chopper Appeal aims to raise funds and continued awareness for the rescue helicopter services with all donations going back to the region they are collected from. Fundraising activities in schools and community centres will be held throughout May, as well as a street appeal tomorrow. 

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inbrief news Sallies appeal for donations The cost of living in New Zealand is the cause of a new wave of poverty, The Salvation Army says. The Salvation Army saw 32 new families every week in greater Wellington needing help with the basics of life last year. Nationally, need has risen to levels not seen since the Great Recession. “It’s fast becoming a national crisis,” says Salvation Army head of welfare services Pam Waugh. She is asking Wellingtonians to support the annual Red Shield Appeal starting next week, saying that donations directly help those families thrive.

Sign Language Board appointments open Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people from the deaf community and NZSL users to put themselves forward for the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board now that the appointments process has opened. “The NZSL Board is focused on making it easier for deaf people and NZSL users to use sign language and on removing barriers to sign language use,” Carmel says. “This is a routine appointment process, which takes place every three years, to offer the opportunity for people to join the NZSL Board.” Application and process details are available online at

Grants for aspiring artists The Dame Malvina Major Foundation is offering talented young performing artists in the Wellington region the chance to “share the dream” through its Arts Excellence Awards. Up to $6000 will be awarded by the Wellington Committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation to young Wellingtonians of outstanding ability and development potential in the performing arts. “Our high calibre of judges reflects the high calibre of applicants we’ve enjoyed over the last eight years,” George Troup, Chair of the Wellington Committee, says. Applications close on Thursday, May 31. To apply visit

Council to earthquakestrengthen Seatoun Tunnel Wellington City Council plans to strengthen Seatoun Tunnel to help ensure it is usable in the aftermath of an earthquake. Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman, the council’s transport portfolio leader, says it is important residents have an effective escape route in the event of a disaster. “Preparation for earthquakes is important work and I’m pleased the Council is investing in this vital infrastructure.” “As well as being a fast route out of Seatoun and Karaka Bay, the 112-year-old tunnel is a heritage structure so we’ll ensure it maintains its current charm. However, we will be painting the inside, making it brighter and safer for residents to walk and bike through.” It is the fourth of four tunnels the Council is earthquake strengthening. The other three, which have already been completed, are Karori, Northland and Hataitai bus tunnels. The Council is currently seeking design proposals for the Seatoun Tunnel strengthening, which will be ready for consideration in the second half of the year. Work on the tunnel is expected to start

Eastern ward councillor and transport portfolio leader Chris Calvi-Freeman in front of Seatoun Tunnel. PHOTO: Supplied

before the end of the year. The Council has earmarked $1.8 million for the project in its draft 10-Year Plan. Along with improving the resilience of the transport corridor, the Council plans to strengthen a number of buildings including the Town Hall,

Wellington Museum and the St James Theatre. The Council also intends to work with building owners to strengthen their earthquakeprone heritage buildings and is considering increasing the Built Heritage Incentive Fund to $1 million per year.

 People can read the Council’s 10-Year Plan and have their say about the city’s future via www.10yearplan. or through social media using the hashtag #WgtnPlan. Public consultation is open until May 15.

Mwangaza Children’s Choir to perform at Wellington’s cathedral A vibrant choir based in Gaba, Uganda, will be lighting up the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul later this month with their sounds, rhythms, dances and costumes of traditional African worship. The choir, founded in 2004,

has toured the USA, the UK and several locations in Europe as ambassadors for the Tearfund. It is an expression of Africa Renewal Ministries’ outreach mission which, through authentic sounds and dances

of traditional worship, raises support for churches, schools, medical clinics and orphanages throughout Uganda. The 20 children of Mwangaza (Swahili for ‘shining light’) are performing in several cities in New Zealand during their

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Demolition set for local artist’s workshop By Asa Andersen JOURNALISM STUDENT

Two beloved Wellington artists will be rolling down their garage workshop doors for the last time this winter, when the demolition truck sweeps through.

Full-time street artist Andrew Tamati-Wright, known as Kerbs, and Caron Dallas, well-known in Newtown for her red beret, have rented garages in a 19th century brick building at 13 Newtown Avenue for the past seven years. The building was owned by the

Salvation Army, but the site has since been sold to a developer who plans to demolish the building for a new apartment complex. Andrew says he was sad to leave, as the building had many memories. His wife Sara Tamati-Wright says they got married in the upstairs

Andrew Tamati-Wright used up the last drops of paint in his leftover spray cans on this mural on the side of his garage, on Newtown Avenue, Wellington. PHOTO: ASA ANDERSEN

Scientists tackling severe strain as flu season kicks off ESR scientists say the flu strain (influenza A (H3N2)) associated with an increase in hospitalisation and deaths in the Northern Hemisphere is part of this year’s vaccine in New Zealand. The environmental health science agency’s Public Health Physician, Sarah Jefferies, says countries such as the UK reported moderate to high levels of influenza and influenza-like illness during their 2017/18 season. Currently, there are four seasonal influenza viruses circulating

globally - influenza A(H1N1), influenza A(H3N2), influenza B/ Yamagata lineage and influenza B/Victoria lineage. Dr Jefferies says the 2018 Southern Hemisphere seasonal influenza vaccine aims to cover these four viruses by including inactivated strains. This year the publicly-funded influenza vaccine includes all four strains (i.e. it is a quadrivalent vaccine). The challenge for scientists and medical authorities is virus mutation, with the influenza virus

able to rapidly change as it spreads through the population. “The WHO recommended a change in our Southern Hemisphere seasonal influenza vaccine for 2018 which better covers some strains of influenza detected in the 2017 Southern Hemisphere season and the Northern Hemisphere 2017/18 season,” Sarah says. However, she says it is difficult to predict exactly what strains of seasonal virus will end up circulating in New Zealand’s 2018 season.

room above the garages, and they would miss the connection they had to the building and street. “So many cool things happened on this street. I feel like we’re part of the furniture. It has a lot of memories here, for us. It’s just a shame we have nowhere to go.” The building was part of Salvation Army’s Wellington South Corps (church), between Newtown Avenue and Constable Street. Caron spent seven years in her “haven”, where she sculpted pre-loved books into art for her shop, Norac Salad. “Once everything is gone, it’s no longer an escape. I’m still in the grieving process,” she says.

New owner Craig Walton says he wanted to keep the artist’s garages, but it would have been too difficult to tie in with the new million-dollar apartments. He says he thought about keeping the artists right before the removal of the site. “We contemplated keeping the artists on a week by week basis.” He is waiting for a resource consent before beginning the demolition and construction, which he suspects would be by winter. Craig hopes the apartment complex’s design would match the character of Newtown. “It will fit in with the vibe of Newtown. The energy is fantastic.”



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Physics students create regional history as they head to China By Emma Houpt JOURNALISM STUDENT

Wellington High School (WHS) is the first secondary school in the region to have three students selected for the International Young Physicists Tournament New Zealand team. WHS year 13 students Sai August, Luke Roeven (both 17) and Zuni Preece, 16, will compete alongside two Onslow College students in Beijing China on July 19-26. The auditions were held on April 7 in Wellington. Luke describes the lead-up to the auditions as nerve-wracking because of the short timeframe they had to work on the problem and the fact that each student was working individually. “This was the most stressful period thus far simply because we had to do a whole new problem in two weeks,” Luke says, noting it would normally take months. “We’d be doing physics in all of our classes, stay after school as long as possible, and then go home and stay up until two doing physics. “Some of the teachers said we looked like zombies and we definitely felt like it by the end.” WHS Head of Physics Kerry Parker believes that having three members from the same school in the NZ team is a real achievement.

Wellington High School students, from left, Zuni Preece, Sai August and Luke Roeven are gearing up for the IYPT in Beijing. PHOTO: Emma Houpt

“The only other schools who have ever pulled off the three out of five are Auckland Grammar and King’s College,” Kerry says. Sai, Luke and Zuni are over the moon about going to the IYPT. The group of best friends accredit their success to working collaboratively with each other, their sense of humour

and sacrificing everything else in their lives for practising physics. “It’s probably one of, if not the biggest, competition you can get into as a high school student,” Luke says. “We’re still comprehending the magnitude of this. In some ways all the physics competitions we’ve done in the past have been leading to

this point and we have all got there, and frankly that’s quite astounding.” The WHS group are already familiar with the Onslow College students as they won the regional and national competition last year. “I think we’ll be quick to get along as a team given how well the three of us already interact.”

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Africa Day musicians set to rock the waterfront Africa Day organiser Sam Manzanza will be among performers from a range of nationalities. PHOTO: Supplied

African Communities Council Wellington (ACCW ) is set to celebrate Africa Day next Saturday, May 12 on Wellington’s waterfront. African nationals worldwide will celebrate the 55th edition of Africa Day, which has been acknowledged in Wellington for the past five years. Organiser Sam Manzanza says the celebrations are a way of bringing New Zealanders of African descent together to celebrate the flagship event of the year for them. “Africa Day celebrations in Wellington mean a great deal to New Zealanders of African descent as it allows us to come together annually to share and educate fellow Kiwis and the other nationalities living in New Zealand on our culture and heritage, as well as building camaraderie.”

More than 4000 people have attended previous Africa Day events in Wellington. “This year we are expecting more than 5000 people,” Sam says. The event at Shed 6 on Queens Wharf will feature 23 performance acts. Included are Ethiopian dance group LUO, a South Sudanese dance group, eight-piece multicultural band Ras Judah & Culture Embassy, Rwandan dance group Inyange and rising Nigerian star Booboosha Juliet . The organiser is set to get in on the action, with Sam Manzanza performing with the Afro Beat Band which he says will “make you dance non-stop”. His drummer son, Myele “the beat master”, will also be performing. Special guests this year will be members of the China Cultural Centre, along with Anayibi & C- 26 Salsa Band.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What do you think of BP’s practice of unequal pricing? Would you travel further to get cheaper petrol?

Jordy Kataene, Wainuiomata “It’s bad from an ethical sense, I would rather it was equal everywhere. I don’t, but my grandad does.”

Scott Williams, Upper Hutt “I don’t agree with it. No, but I do get annoyed that you have to fudge around with supermarket receipts to get discounts.”

Ange Gaeta, Berhampore “I don’t think it’s fair. I filled up at Otaki on the way back from Taupo and it was 16c a litre cheaper. If cheaper petrol was, say, 30km away maybe I will [travel].”

Fay Far, Island Bay “That’s crooked. It should be the same price everywhere. No, we don’t go very far to fill up.”

Bernard Moulton, Island Bay “It’s the way that life ticks; I guess there’s nothing wrong with that. It seems a bit idiotic [to travel for cheaper petrol].”

Fafi Zibadinobic, Miramar “I don’t like it. It’s unethical. For me to go to Upper Hutt [to get cheaper petrol], that’s not fair. It should be the same everywhere.”

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.

Light rail cheerleaders should consider problems of Edinburgh model We are full of ‘airy-fairy’ stuff about Light Rail (otherwise known as Trams) with the regular cheerleaders piping up again recently, but I would beg your readers to read about the Edinburgh Trams, even if only on Wikipedia. Edinburgh is very similar to Wellington; capital city of a sparsely populated country and topographically challenged. The project was budgeted at £350 million over five

China responsible for thaw in Korean relations Dear Editor, Re: my previous letter in March, the Korean 38th demarcation parallel line dissolved with the Olympic Games unification though China’s influence who wants to get the US military out of the South China Sea. With the latest meetings, South Korea no longer has to rely on any American protec-

tion - North Korea has the big bomb, so does not need to keep its test site. China’s objectives are evolving. Trump is out of the loop, he has absolutely nothing to take credit for! But the Japanese people will have to reconsider their standing soon. Martin Beck, Mornington

Praise for publishing sports results Dear Editor, Like many sport’s lovers the inclusion of local Rugby and now football results in your paper is very creditable and must be congratulated. With the Dom Post deciding not to touch local Sport like it used to, at least with this service and articles grassroots sports has an outlet thanks to you. Sadly Fairfax Media Ltd join the NZ Post letting all of us down with no service and greed or a larger profit first. Well done. Peter Jack, Strathmore Park

years and commenced in 2004 from the Railway Station (Waverley) to the Airport and Port at Leith. It was cancelled twice by the City Council but rescued by the Westminster Government as a bribe to the Scottish Nationalists, Including a new Parliament Building to repace the one destroyed as it was in the way of the tracks! It is hoped that a scaled down tramway will be com-

pleted by 2019. Cost so far: £1.25 billion. It is also worthy of note that the only major incident so far, apart from the destruction of many historic buildings and huge traffic disruption, has been the death of a cyclist whose wheels got caught in the tram tracks! Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

Councillor’s vision at odds with what will actually happen Dear Editor, Cr Chris Calvi-Freeman of the eastern suburbs did not comprehend my opening sentence in that Newtown is sorely misled. Obviously Chris is an obedient ”A” personality who correctly parrots what’s directed by local big business then reacts, rather than thinking through the situation for himself. Should he ever ask - why they would purchase Newtown property

for a tunnel when there is already a vacant tunnel site route available at Mt Vic waiting for a light rail new flyover application approval? While he may believe absolutely in the Council’s PR proposals, sadly they will all gradually diminish in civic progress to end up with light rail not going through Newtown. The ‘revolutionising’ that Chris dreams of would refer more to the transformation of ‘Tsunami Alley’

using ratepayers to subsidize Shelly Bay development and a $25m grant of taxpayer’s money for Jackson’s film industry, finance which could be better served in Newtown, not to forget the added expense of digging very deep foundations on old swampy ground for all the new high-rise constructions at Kilbirnie. Martin Beck, Mornington

Generous donation to help save tiny lives New cutting-edge training manikins are helping Wellington’s doctors and nurses hone their resuscitation skills and save tiny lives. The ‘Premature Anne’ is a state-of-the-art, realistically-proportioned, 25-week premature manikin designed to be used in simulation training. Two models – worth a combined total of almost $9000 – were recently donated to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Wellington Regional Hospital.

They were gifted by the Neonatal Trust with funds from the 2017 New Zealand Financial Markets Association (NZFMA) Thomson Reuters Charity Golf Classic. Wellington’s NICU cares for more than 1100 neonatal babies each year – some as small as 500g, the equivalent of a block of butter – and having these manikins to train with will help doctors and nurses give these babies an even better fighting chance.

NICU nurse manager Rosemary Escott demonstrates use of the ‘Premature Anne’ for Maria Chandler from the New Zealand Financial Markets Association and her daughter Grace Chandler. PHOTO: Supplied

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Curiosity leads to display of Anzac soldiers’ stories When Hataitai resident Louise Brockway and her husband Andrew moved into 31 Hohira Road – the fourth owners of the house - Louise became very interested in a former owner who had been killed in World War One. Wanting to know more about this man

and the history of her house, Louise set to work to find out about Frederick A. Nees who had died aged 26 of wounds sustained in battle. She began her research work in February this year and has not only researched Frederick Nees but has gathered the

Louise Brockway with Massey postgraduate journalism student Louis Davis, 22, who was the same age as the soldier in the story they are reading. PHOTO: Supplied

stories of 140 other WW1 soldiers who had lived in the Hataitai area before the war. For Anzac Day 2018, Louise and a group of volunteers arranged the stories by street names around the walls of the Hataitai Bowling Club. Each story had the soldier’s rank, age, where he had fought, interesting information about the battle zone and whether he returned to New Zealand. She also matched photographs to each story. Residents were able to read and to look at books which Louise had sourced about WW1 and read stories posted outside on the Bowling Club wall and in the shopping area.

Louise began her research using various on-line sites such as Papers Past and Online Cenotaph. “I was a total amateur when I first started this work. I found the names exciting but it was also quite upsetting seeing the casualty list,” says Louise. “You think of your own son and nobody would like a son to die in this way. Some families lost two sons, others lost their only child.” Yvonne Lawrie, a long-time resident of Hataitai, was one of the local residents who attended the display on Anzac Day. Her three uncles, Albert, Charles and Horace fought in WW1 and arrived back safely in New Zealand after the war.



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From Wales to Welly – rising art star comes to capital Contemporary fine artist Charlotte Giblin is the first person to admit that her creative path has taken some unexpected turns, but the Welsh-born potter-turned-portrait-artist wouldn’t have it any other way. “After 10 years of running my own pottery business in Cardiff it was time to try something new” says Charlotte. “So I rented out my Welsh cottage and got a one-way ticket to Auckland with my Kiwi partner – even though I’d never

been to New Zealand before.” Having received permanent residency in 2010, Charlotte established herself on the local art scene as a successful administrator. She returned to her own artistic roots when she moved to Whitianga in 2012, setting up drawing and painting classes while working on an extended series of Coromandel landscapes which were compiled into a book. Wandering Under Big Skies

Charlotte Giblin with a portrait of her mother at an exhibition in March. PHOTO: Supplied

Colonial-era documents feature at National Library A multi-award winning permanent exhibition of three of New Zealand’s iconic constitutional documents now features at the National Library. He Tohu was developed in partnership between Crown and Maori with an ambitious vision: ‘’He whakapapa korero, he whenua kura – Talking about our past to create a better future.’’ The documents are the 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand; 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi, and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine. The exhibition has attracted more than 35,000 visitors since the opening, including around 6000 school children. He Tohu was designed not only to preserve these precious original documents for generations to come but to encourage discussion and debate about what it means to be a New Zealander. Extensive new research into the documents’ signatories

means visitors can explore their personal connections to the documents. It is estimated that many thousands of New Zealanders will have a family member who was signatory to one of these historic documents and may now discover that connection via a visit to He Tohu. The exhibition has already won seven awards in the prestigious Designers’ Institute of New Zealand’s Best Awards, the largest design awards in Australasia. It is open at the National Library on Molesworth St six days a week and entry is free. Internal Affairs spokesman Darin To’o says it is important people visit the exhibition as talking about New Zealand’s past helps to create a better future. “Without people to talk about them, without people to care for them, these taonga will be silenced.” He Tohu will celebrate its birthday with a Whanau Day on May 19. The free event from 10am will feature contemporary te reo and Pasifika music, storytelling and 3-D printing.

has been a great success, as a popular book to remind local residents of the beauty of their surroundings, as well as a unique souvenir for international tourists and visitors. She has twice been selected as a finalist in the Adam Portraiture Awards (2016, 2018) and this year was invited to exhibit at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. “This is such an exciting month for me – I’ve got a really unusual Wellington double.

“I’m giving a talk at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery about the evolution of my painting career on the same day that my new work is on show at Academy Galleries. “What a way to arrive in the Capital!” Charlotte is giving a free presentation at the NZ Portrait Gallery (Shed 11, Queen’s Wharf) this Saturday at 11am-12pm and her latest artwork can be seen as part of SOLO 44 at Academy Galleries (1 Queen’s Wharf) from May 5 to June 6.

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Berhampore School Hall came alive to the sounds of chanting and the sight of flames as members of Wellington South’s Indian community converged for the Gayatri Pariwar Society’s monthly Gayatri Yajna ceremony on Saturday. Co-ordinators Mina Bhagwaan Daas and Manju Naran say the society comes together for activities every fortnight, alternating between Miramar and Berhampore. The latter venue is used to host the ceremony on the weekend of the full moon. The Gayatri Yajna ceremony is one of the main mantras used throughout the Hindu religion. It lasts all afternoon and comprises a series of rituals, conducted in the language of gujarati, in order to worship its founders Gayatri and Yajna, who are regarded as the mother and father of India’s ancient civilisation, respectively. Ahuti is the most significant of all the rituals. Every society member participates by sitting in groups

around a small fire - after the hall’s smoke alarm has been switched off - and make a series of offerings that involve placing ghee, herbs and rice into the flame. This ritual implies that fire, a symbol of power and strength as represented by Yajna, needs to be controlled by water, represented Gayatri, as uncontrolled power leads to destruction. Saturday’s ceremony was sponsored by Kalaashben Ashokbhai who travelled all the way from Masterton to participate as the representative of Gayatri. The Society has purchased a site in Newtown’s Riddiford St where they aim to develop their own temple for future ceremonies. “We are doing activities to help generate income so we can build it. We hope to have it built in three or four years’ time,” Mina says. They aalso look forward to hosting Indian-based guru Shantilal Patel on June 17, which marks the birthday of Gayatri.

Members of the Gayatri Pariwar Society participate in an Ahuti, or an offering to Gayatri.

Madhuben Maisuria, front, Sudha Manu Patel, Manju Naran and Vrutti Ghandi worship the Gayatri guru as they perform their ceremonial blessings for the first time.

Rameela Vinod, Manju Govind and Bhani Sukha-Arti take part in the Deep Pujanam or “Worship of the Lamp”. The ritual involves the lighting of candles made of cotton and ghee (a type of butter) that symbolise knowledge, action and devotion.

Bhanuben Patel and her sister Rameela Vinod hold a vase of water with a coconut to symbolise the invitation of gods and goddesses into the Kalash.

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Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp graduates Kaeaghan Kuhn, Kirsten Smith and Conor Grice have launched their new carpark rental business. PHOTO: Victoria University

Three Victoria University of Wellington students have created a start-up business they say could solve the capital’s parking problem. Conor Grice, Kirstin Smith and Keagan Kuhn developed their carpark-sharing collective, Parallel, while taking part in the Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp at BizDojo over summer. Parallel matches people who have spare carparks in the city — in residential and commercial buildings and private driveways — with commuters wanting to hire carparks on a weekly basis. Conor says it’s not the first carpark collective in the country. An Auckland company has already taken that honour. But they wanted to bring the idea to Wellington where the supply of carparks has decreased significantly since the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. “We found that prior to the earthquake, Wellington’s parking problem was bad, but it was manageable,” says Conor. “When the earthquake hit, it took a lot of carparks out of the city and gave one carpark company a monopoly on parks

in the CBD. It became harder to find a carpark and prices shot up overnight to around $70 to $80 a week.” Kirstin says the team’s goal is pretty simple. “We want to end the worst part of every car owner’s commute — the parking. “Motorists are struggling to find parks in the city and are frequently being overcharged. We want to offer a cheaper and easier alternative.” Parallel already has its first clients and is now looking at expanding the customer base. Its goal is to cultivate a portfolio of 400 carparks in Wellington, with the long-term aim of expanding to other centres in the region. Keagan says the vision is to open the shared economy further by allowing customers to share their carpark with others when they’re not in use. “We want Parallel to be the connecting entity for people to find and reserve carparks for short or long-term on a grand scale.”  To see how it works go to parkparallel. com.

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Evie on her way up Partnership to propel youth in rowing teams

Evie Bond, who coxed the North Island under-18 girls’ four and eight crews in the recent North vs South Island regatta. PHOTO: Supplied

For 16-year-old rowing crew member Evie Bond of Lyall Bay, her recent Maadi Cup performance as coxswain of her school’s under-18 girls’ team started a course of events that is seeing her move up the ladder in the rowing world. A few weeks after the Maadi Cup, the Samuel Marsden College student had the chance to trial for the u-18 North Island girls’ team, in preparation for the annual North-South regatta. Her selection wasn’t just about coxing in a boat. “We also had an interview about ourselves, our personality and where we wanted to go in rowing,” says Evie. She was successful and coxed the North Island u-18 girls’ four and eight crews, though sadly not to victory. “The South Island beat us in terms of points but it gave us the chance to bond as a crew and to meet people from all over New Zealand. It was an amazing experience and

I’ve made lots of friends.” “And we are all keeping in touch through Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook – things like that.” She is in year 12 at school, but was Evie’s last year in the u-18 level as there is a strict eligibility criteria and she turns 17 before the end of the year. Her ultimate aim is to make the elite New Zealand team, though she has another year at school, where the director of rowing is former British gold medal rower Rachel Gamble-Flint. She’s just amazing,” says Evie, who started rowing at the school in year 9, when she was 16. Evie also said she owes a lot to Catherine Duffin, who coached her in her second season. Keeping fit during the winter is not an issue for her. “Mum’s a really good runner. She does lots of it, so I go with her.”

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Seatoun beat Marist 4-2

• Women’s Kelly Cup 1st Round

Western Suburbs beat Brooklyn Northern Utd 8-0

• Women’s Executive Plate 1st Round Marist drew with Naenae 1-1 Island Bay Orcas beat Stokes Valley 1-0

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) and Scouts New Zealand are proud to announce an update to their partnership, which will give young people aged between 14 and 25 the opportunity to complete two prestigious youth awards simultaneously. Under the updated Memorandum of Understanding, activities completed as part of Scouting’s award scheme may be cross-credited towards the achievement of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. “Scouts will gain twice the recognition for the efforts they put in,” explains Karen Ross, the Award’s National Director in New Zealand. “Being able to add the Award to their résumés will demonstrate to employers, education providers and

others in the community that they have met an international standard in youth development.” By working together, both Scouts New Zealand and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award will benefit from the added reach of their respective award schemes, helping more young New Zealanders to reach their potential as a result. “The Award programme is a natural fit with Scouting,” says Joshua Tabor, Chief Executive at SCOUTS New Zealand. “Our schemes are well-aligned, and our organisations have very similar aims and values, so it makes sense to work together. We both want to empower young people to lead lives that make a positive difference.”

Local colleges to battle it out in First XV Festival Last year’s Wellington Premiership top four colleges return to the top grade by right to take part in the Tranzit Coachlines-sponsored 1st XV Festival over the next three weekends. Among the four at Memorial Park in Masterton this Saturday are Scots College, who will be taking on Gisborne Boys High School, and Wellington College – the only Wellington school to play in all six of these series – who are up against Palmerston North Boys’ High. St Pat’s Town will face local school

Rathkeale College, with the Central North Island competition side filling in this week while national champions Hastings Boys’ are at the Sanix tournament in Japan. Hastings return for the last two legs with the first on home turf and the last in Wellington at Jerry Collins Stadium. The Silverstream vs Gisborne match will feature in a television slot as the curtain raiser to the Hurricanes match against the Reds on the Friday night.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Bumbling Blues a sign of the times As a child, the saying “When Auckland rugby is strong, New Zealand rugby is strong”. No more. That was 1996, the Auckland team were still the provincial benchmark and the Blues were on their way to being the first Super 12 champions. How times have changed. Calling the Blues a shadow of their former selves would be insulting to shadows. Their latest home loss, 20-13 to Argentina’s Jaguares will do little to promote goodwill for the team which now has a generation of fans which don’t know what success looks like. The other four Kiwi franchises have all won the Super Rugby title in the past five years. All Black rugby has been the global measuring stick for the past decade. The 2018 Blues have been hampered by injuries to key players but in reality don’t have the fi repower to be competitive in a tough Kiwi conference. Coach Tana Umaga seems to have his hands tied. Yes, he is as accountable as the players for the effort on the field but Blues

fans must realise he doesn’t have the cattle to create positive change. T he Auck la nd fra nch ise have chopped and changed coaches looking for the right forecast to blow the winning winds of change through Eden Park. It is time they find quality players and invest in them long term. They need a quality No 10 and a leader or two in the forwards. They also need help mentally. Winning is as much a habit as losing is. The Blues don’t know how to win and panic when the game is tight. Rumours the franchise is keen to re-sign Umaga to another contract. Despite the results, that seems like a logical thing to do. No other coach stands out as an obvious replacement at this stage. There is no solution that will quickly satisfy the thirst for winning the fans have. The reality is, the Blues stink but throwing the baby out with the bath water has been tried and it failed. Best to stay the course and look for brighter days.


Thursday May 3, 2018

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