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Despair over route change

By Jamie Adams

It is rare for children to get upset enough to attend a local body authority meeting, and even rarer when it happens during school hours. But for a group of residents living in Hataitai and Roseneath, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s plan to cut their crucial No.14 bus service to

Kilbirnie was serious enough for them to attend a Sustainable Transport Committee meeting on Wednesday morning to give oral submissions on the matter. They left the meeting disgruntled, having only been given 10 minutes to speak, despite one of the submitters having organised an e-petition that has attracted nearly 1000 signatures. Continued on page 2.

St Catherine’s College student Meaghan Serjeantson shows signatures on her e-petition at the Greater Wellington headquarters alongside concerned members of the Roseneath and Hataitai community (from left): Karen Serjeantson, Sam Meikle-Horan of Evans Bay Intermediate, Maire Smith and her daughters Ada and Rosa Donaldson of Roseneath School. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Residents confront council over planned change to key bus route Continued from page 1. And they are fed up with what appears to be a lack of compromise following what they believe was a lack of consultation. Greater Wellington, which manages the region’s public transport routes and timetables, is reforming its entire bus network in a bid to make it “more connected, consistent and one that offers more choices,” according to its Metlink website. From July 15, the No.14 bus route, which currently runs from Wilton to Kilbirnie, will now only run to Hataitai before returning via another road. Commuters wanting to continue would have to disembark and

catch the higher-frequency No.2 “East-West spine” service. Karen Serjeantson, whose daughter Meaghan attends St Catherine’s College, says cutting the No.14 route would be disastrous for students who live in Hataitai and Roseneath but attend schools further south. “It could now take them 45 minutes to get to school.” Another parent, Maire Smith, says her two daughters attend Roseneath School but have extra-curricular activities at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre and ASB Sports Centre after school. She finds it “terrifying” that they would have to get off the No.2 and wait for the No.14 in Hataitai village in the dark in

the middle of winter. Maire says her only option will be to drive to pick them up, which goes against Greater Wellington’s push to get more people out of cars and into public transport. Another local, Tom Halliburton, says elderly bus users would also be worse off, given many commute to Kilbirnie to do grocery shopping and would have to wait up to another half an hour for the connecting buses each way. In response, Greater Wellington general manager of public transport Wayne Hastie told submitters the council would look at diverting one of the school bus routes that go to Rongotai

Dealing with sea level rise: Who should pay? We need to wake up to the financial and opportunity cost of continuing our protection measures against sea level rise a city councillor says. Wellington City Council’s Climate Change Portfolio Leader, David Lee, says sealevel rise is an issue the council cannot avoid. It’s one of the main issues it is facing as part of one of its priority areas in the 2018-28 Long-Term Plan – resilience and the environment. The City Council has spent $1 million on the construction of a 150-metre long concrete seawall on The Esplanade between Island Bay and Owhiro Bay. The seawall was built to prevent a repeat of the severe damage inflicted by huge seas in a southerly storm in 2013. The Council viewed the seawall as necessary to prevent storm damage in the immediate area and to mitigate the

Southern ward councillor David Lee next to the recently-built Island Bay seawall. PHOTO: Supplied

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inbrief news Provost gets prestigious medal Victoria University of Wellington Provost Professor Wendy Larner has received one of geography’s most prestigious awards, joining an illustrious list of predecessors that includes explorers David Livingstone and Robert Scott and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. Wendy will receive the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Medal for her internationally leading research on globalisation and political economy. The award is given to people who have made an outstanding contribution to geography in research, fieldwork and teaching, policy work, photography, and public engagement. She will be presented with it at the society’s annual general meeting in London next month.

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Roxy Cinema’s chief cocktail maker Ray Letoa with his internationally-acclaimed concoctions: A Deliciousness (left) and an Old Flame, along with his Angostura Cocktail Trophy. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Ray Letoa probably never imagined he would be living the dream – getting paid to travel the world to show the public what he’s best at doing. The Strathmore local is now a brand ambassador in the international cocktail scene after winning the Angostura Cocktail competition in Trinidad and Tobago. Wearing a multi-coloured suit Ray scooped up the 2018 trophy, which came with a US $10,000 prize and the promise of touring up to 175 countries over the next 24 months promoting the Angostura bitters brand. What made the wins all the

more remarkable was that instead of a bar spoon, Ray took the unorthodox approach of using a chopstick for stirring. Contestants had to create two drinks: One with any Angostura rum and one with Amaro di Angostura liqueur, along with either Angostura Aromatic or Orange bitters. Ray’s two cocktails – the chilli-infused ‘Old Flame’ and the aptly-named ‘Deliciousness’ – were designed “to be able to be made by you or anyone else”, which proved to be the deciding factor for the judges. Ray, who works at The Roxy cinema in Miramar, says it was sibling rivalry that led him down his career path. “My older brother Sam is in

hospitality. It was about the little brother trying to copy the big brother.” Ray has been creating cocktails for “three or four years” after starting out in the box office and later the cafe. It wasn’t long before he was assigned to make cocktails as a way to promote the Roxy as more than just a cinema. “No one knew we had a bar here,” he says. Ray became a master of the craft, particularly with the “quintessential” Angostura. “When the competition came up I was so familiar with the product. “I went to the national final and the national finalists went to the international competi-

tion.” Ray says visiting Trinidad and Tobago was a “delicious culture shock”, most notably that oranges grown there were actually green. “No one was allowed to bring their own fruit to it, so if you used an orange that was orange, you were disqualified.” Ray will return to Trinidad in 2020 to crown the next winner but until then he is set to tour a range of countries including Germany, Singapore, Russia and China to promote the brand. However he won’t be giving up his day (and night) job, as he intends to continue serving customers at the Roxy when he isn’t abroad.

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Free parenting tips on offer A leading psychologist will offer Wellington parents tips to help them shape their parenting skills for creating the best kind of adults for the future at a free public seminar run by the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) on May 15. Guest speaker will be Susan Wall, a registered psychologist with a special interest in the influence that childhood experiences and beliefs have on the rest of a person’s life. The NZPsS is offering the free seminar as part of its 50th Jubilee celebrations at Wellington Girls College, Pipitea St, this Tuesday from 5.30pm to 7pm.

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inbrief news VUW brings cybersecurity to Pacific Computer science staff from Victoria University of Wellington are in Samoa this month as part of an initiative to bring cyber-security education to the Pacific and beyond. The group is installing 10 wireless network points to create a permanent wireless network at the National University of Samoa in Upolu, and will also advise on cyber-security. Associate Professor Ian Welch and Teaching Fellow Matt Stevens will run workshops on cryptography—the process of securing online communications—and cyber-security for staff and students.

New food safety agency Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor says the establishment of New Zealand Food Safety will help raise the profile of food safety for all New Zealanders. It is one of four new business units created within the Ministry for Primary Industries to create a stronger focus on keys areas of work. “Everyone has a vital role to play in food safety, from farmers and producers to hospitality workers, small businessowners and families at home,” the minister says. “New Zealand Food Safety’s job is to ensure that everyone within the system has the skills, knowledge and experience to play their part.”

Irish pro-choice drive Right now in Ireland, it’s illegal for women to have abortions under the Eighth amendment of its constitution, which was enacted in 1983. On May 25, Ireland will hold a referendum over removing that amendment. A group called Wellington Together for Yes believe that women should have the right to choose. ‘Repeal the 8th-ies’ is taking place at Leroy’s Bar this Saturday, May 12 at 8pm. The event will start with some video clips about the Repeal the 8th  movement and will continue with some 80s music, a raffle, fancy dress competition and general craic.

Pasifika garment now part of Scots’ formal attire By Jamie Adams

It is common for students at Presbyterian Scots College to wear kilts at formal ceremonies and now the national garment of an entirely different culture has been introduced to complement it. Students introduced the school’s new Polynesian wraparound at a special assembly attended by family members and dignitaries on Friday. Commonly known as lavalava, it is of the same style within Polynesian cultures but has a different name depending on the heritage of the wearer: In Samoa it is an ie faitaga, in Tonga it is a tupenu and in Fiji it is a sulu. College chaplain David Jackson told the audience the wraparound is worn by Pasifika men as a symbol of prestige and the same will apply at the school. “It is worn in great esteem for various occasions,” he said. “I believe it is apt that the principal and the board and the parents and the school as a whole have decided to introduce this as a formal part of the school uniform. “I want to congratulate Scots College for being at the forefront of culture being

Scots College students Maea Tema-Schmidt, 14, Junior Uelese, 17, and Pacific and head teacher of the college’s Polynesian Group head teacher Kevin James, right, wear the school’s new ie faitaga/ tupenu/sulu. With them is William Evaroa, who attended Scots from 1947 to 1949. PHOTO: Supplied

promoted.” A special guest at the presentation was William Evaroa, who was Scots College’s first Pasifika student. William, who attended the college from 194749, came from the Cook Islands where wearing a lavalava was widespread. By contrast, it was virtually unseen in New Zealand, especially in education. Scots Polynesian Group head

teacher Kevin James says making the garment part of the school’s formal attire was first considered about two years ago. “It was this year we put to the school board who approved it and the design has taken six weeks.” The school’s crest is embroidered at its bottom in the style of a negative print. “It’s only worn by the male

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Firefighters reflect on global day of recognition By Jamie Adams

Rongotai’s MP devoted a morning of his busy schedule to pay a visit to a number of Wellington’s fire stations to celebrate International Firefighters’ Day last week. Paul Eagle visited central Wellington, Brooklyn, Newtown and Kilbirnie fire stations, which he says is the first time he has visited those stations as an MP. Last Friday was about acknowledging the great things firefighters do for our communities, he says. While the day came about to acknowledge the loss of firefighters following a bushfire tragedy in Australia in 1999, it also celebrates

St Florian, a martyred officer of the Roman Army who was sacrificed by being set on fire and drowned after confessing to the soldiers of Aquilinus. St Florian is recognised throughout Europe as the patron saint of firefighters and May 4 is a “feast day” dedicated to him. The spontaneity of the demands of service was apparent when this reporter turned up to Newtown Fire Station for a photo opportunity on Friday morning. Before that could even happen, I had the privilege of accompanying the fire crew on a callout to an Island Bay residence after its tenants rang concerned about a low-hang-

ing phone cable over their driveway. The later enjoyed morning tea with Paul while reflecting on how the role of firefighting has adapted with the consolidation of the NZ Fire Service, the National Rural Fire Authority and rural fire districts into what is now known as Fire and Emergency New Zealand. “When I first started I was going to a lot of house fires. Now I’m going to a lot more car accidents and rural fires,” senior station officer Simon Johnson says. New aspects of a firefighter’s function include natural disaster response (eg fallen trees) and medical first response if no ambulance is available at the time.

Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, second left, at Newtown Fire Station with officers who have just returned from a callout. From left: Senior firefighters Chris Kennerd and Ryan Bothma, senior station officer Simon Johnson and qualified firefighter Ben Bryan. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Wellington College’s three Premier Award winners Michael O’Brien, Roman Dunford and Barnard Patel share a selfie with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. PHOTO: Supplied

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in October. Wellington College’s recipients also achieved extraordinary academic excellence. Roman received the school’s Rhodes Scholarship in 2017 and was awarded the Arthur W Griffin Prize for Excellence in Modern Languages. Michael won a University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship this year and also received the McAloon Prize for Senior English Literature and the Sefton Adams Essay prize recognising his writing talent.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Is Super Rugby getting boring? Would you miss it if it ended due to South African teams withdrawing?

Nick Quantick, Mt Cook “I haven’t seen much of this season’s stuff, but it’s easy to follow the Hurricanes when they’re doing well. It’s predictable but not boring. I would miss it.”

Chris Warren, Wilton “I don’t follow rugby. Not at all.”

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Paul Franken, Strathmore Park “The only decent game of rugby is secondary rugby. Sport should be amateur. I wouldn’t miss it.”

Ritesh Chand, Wainuiomata “I still enjoy it. There are good teams. When they come and play, people watch. I would miss it more teams are better.”

Light rail can work – if it’s well-managed Dear Editor, Tony Sutcliffe (Cook Strait News, May 3) tries to warn us off light rail as a result of what he sees as the Edinburgh experience. Having made extensive use of these trams on a recent visit to Scotland, my views are very different. The Edinburgh trams provide very comfortable and efficient transport between the airport and the centre of the city and the points between (e.g. the

Murrayfield Sports Stadium). They link in well with the city’s extensive bus service and the UK rail service from Waverley Station. Taking the tram to the airport is a huge improvement on the bus trip which it replaced (again, I can vouch for that from personal experience from a previous visit). A similar service in Wellington from the train station to the airport and the hospital would be a real asset to the city

debated by the BOT, the community, and the school’s staff and children. Result: total rejection. The Ridgway community must get the facts and teach English, then Te Reo and if there is any money left over after that try swimming lessons before French. Rose Wu Kilbirnie

pressure, the team found that men smoking one cigarette a day have a 74% increased risk of coronary heart disease compared with never-smokers, while women who smoked one a day had a 119% increased risk. While it might be expected that the risks of coronary heart disease or stroke for those smoking one a day would be about 5% of that for those smoking 20 a day – as is the case for lung cancer – the risk was in fact much higher. Giving up smoking is not easy – Nicotine is present in the tobacco leaf and when a cigarette is burnt,

and a huge improvement on ever-more congested roads. Tony Sutcliffe is, however, correct on one score: the Edinburgh project was extremely badly managed. Surely the logical conclusion from all this is that light rail is likely to be very successful in Wellington provided its design and construction are managed well. David Tannock Hataitai

Edinburgh trams profitable despite problems Dear Editor Tony Sutcliffe is right to refer Wellingtonians to the sorry saga of Edinburgh’s trams as a lesson in how not to manage a light rail project (Letters, May 3). Just about everything t h a t c ou ld h ave gon e wrong, did go wrong. However, the first line is up and r unning and

Smoking and Hypnosis There’s never been a better time to give up smoking. Research just released has found that smoking is much more dangerous than commonly thought. Researchers have found that just one cigarette a day can still raise the risk of a heart attack or stroke to about half the risk from smoking 20 a day. The belief that cutting down reduces the risk of getting smoke related disorders may be true of cancers, but isn’t true for heart disease or stroke. Looking specifically at studies which took into account a range of factors such as age, BMI, cholesterol and blood

Neil Carey, Miramar “There’s too much rugby, it’s making too much money. I would like to see it played as a Round Robin of 12 teams have less games.”

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Get priorities right, Ridgway School Dear Editor, The French are at it again! First they want to invade Newtown School, got defeated there, so now [they] want to start a French Immersion unit at Ridgway Primary School. This means the State and the present parents and children will have their ‘general funds’ robbed for a few high minded parents who blindside the Board of Trustees. The case in Newtown was well

Liam Hockings, Newtown “Absolutely. I think it’s really bad if they were to go as they add a lot of variety to what is a stale competition. I think so.”

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has been very successful, reaching profitability two years earlier than expected. I’m not sure what Tony means when he says that Edinburgh’s old parliament building was demolished to make way for the trams. This is not the case. The old, pre-Union Par-

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Local/central government partnership driving light rail proposal Dear Editor Martin Beck (May 3) misunderstands the development process for new transport infrastructure including a possible light rail route. The proposal for light rail is being evaluated by Let’s Get Wellington Moving, a joint WCC/GWRC/NZTA initiative. LGWM is steered by a governance group, whose membership comprises Mayor Justin Lester and myself from WCC, the chair and deputy chair of GWRC and the chief executive and another senior officer from NZTA. “Local big business” is not driving this initiative; instead light rail was added to the evaluation list last year on my insistence. Research is concentrating on a single spine route via Newtown. The possibility of light rail has been

enthusiastically endorsed by a large percentage of the many Wellingtonians who responded to the LGWM consultation. While nothing has been decided yet, light rail is a real possibility and, if approved, would run through Newtown, not Mt Victoria. A second Mt Victoria tunnel is also under investigation, but for motor traffic, not light rail. I’m afraid I don’t understand Mr Beck’s reference to “digging very deep foundations for all the new high-rise constructions in Kilbirnie”. Does he know of some major development plans about which I’m unaware? Chris Calvi-Freeman, Wellington City Councillor, Eastern Ward


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Mayor reaffirms living-wage pledge as letters of support handed over By Jamie Adams

Representatives of Living Wage Wellington presented Wellington Mayor Justin Lester with over 1000 signed letters at Newtown Library on Thursday. The letters support the commit-

ment of the Mayor and councillors to paying all its staff and contracted staff a “living wage”, an hourly rate of income deemed to be the amount needed to pay for life’s necessities and be able to fully participate in society. The first New Zealand living

wage of $18.40 was announced in 2014 and with annual updates it is now calculated to be $20.55. The current minimum wage is $16.50 Three library employees, who all earn the living wage, joined lobbyists at Thursday’s symbolic presentation to tell why it was so

important to them. Receptionist Lauren Hedley says for her the difference between the minimum wage and the living wage is the difference between her going and not going to the dentist. Cleaner Mohamed Mohamud, who came to New Zealand from

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons with the box of letters calling for the $20.55/hour living wage. With them are from left: Wellington City Missioner Tric Malcolm, Living Wage Movement community organiser Lindy McIntyre, Reverend Sunny Taimalegai of Berhampore Assembly of God, cleaner Mohamed Mohamud, security guard Wayne Richdale, librarian Lauren Hedley and translator Adam Awad. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

$34m put aside as more bus lanes proposed Wellington City Council has earmarked $34 million to help improve Wellington bus services with bus-priority lanes and new shelters as part of its draft 10-Year Plan. Councillor Sarah Free, the public transport portfolio holder, says Wellington’s population is expected to grow by up to 80,000 people in the next 25 years so it’s important the city has an efficient and user-friendly public transport system. “A reliable and affordable bus service is vitally important if we don’t want to end up with gridlock as the city grows,” she says. “While the regional council is responsible for bus routes and timetables, Wellington City Council can help ensure the service is more reliable by putting in more bus lanes and bus-only lanes and by giving buses priority at controlled intersections.

“This project will reduce pressure on private transport and help make bus travel times quicker and more reliable. “We’re also going to roll out 70-80 new bus shelters over the next decade to help ensure public transport is not only affordable and efficient, but a comfortable option for Wellington residents,” she says. The proposed changes will be done in coordination with Let’s Get Wellington Moving and the development of Wellington’s cycleways. Cr Free says it’s important the Council hears what the community thinks of the plan.  People can read the plan and have their say via www.10yearplan.wellington.govt. nz or through social media via #WgtnPlan.. Submissions close on Tuesday, May 15.

Care givers become care receivers – dental, that is Miramar was among the branches of Lumino The Dentists which, for the fifth consecutive year, provided free dental care for hundreds of deserving patients nationwide on Saturday. Lumino and Carers NZ, the national body that provides advice and support to family carers, partnered for the second year to provide free service to 450 family carers, in what is the largest free dental

event in the country. A team of 83 clinical staff and close to 150 support staff from Lumino The Dentists were on hand to treat or assist the unpaid carers at the 32 participating practices. Miramar receptionist Nisha Patel says the event was a great day. “All the patients were lovely and super grateful,” she says.

Somalia as a refugee, works 47 hours a week at various libraries, starting at 6am. Through a translator he says increasing the wage makes a big difference in providing for his six children. “It helps pay my rent and living expenses.” Security guard Wayne Richdale says although he has no dependents he has seen how not earning the living wage can affect those with families. “One woman I know would go without dinner to feed her children. There are a lot of families doing that.” Public Service Association National Secretary Glen Barclay says they are pleased with the progress made by the Council. “We are not quite there yet and these letters are so important because there are still people we need to get across the line.” Justin says it is pleasing councillors are no longer debating the merit of a living wage and it is simply a case of “when” not “if”. “We will be accredited to it by the end of the [council term].” Nearly 100 New Zealand employers are already fully accredited Living Wage employers, including Wellington employers such as BERL, Pivotal Print, Fix and Fogg and The Rogue and Vagabond bar.


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Thursday May 10, 2018

Fencer Sophia proves she can compete with the blokes

Sophia Tweddle shares the podium with three boys after winning bronze. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington East Girls College student Sophia Tweddle has achieved a unique double at the NZ Cadet Fencing Championships in Wellington. The year 12 student followed up her third-equal placing in the cadet women’s epee event with third-equal in the cadet men’s epee event the next day. In this fencing competition the losing semi-finalists do not compete for a bronze medal and are each awarded

one instead. To provide additional competition in preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships in July, Fencing NZ allowed women to compete in the equivalent male events. Sophia took on the challenge and was ranked eighth after the pool round where she defeated three of her five male opponents. After a bye in the round of 32 she defeated Amy Smith,

the ninth seed who had won the Cadet Women’s Epee title the previous day. She then eliminated the top seed, Cameron Fish, in their quarter-final bout and secured third-equal after losing her semi-final 13-15 to the eventual silver medallist. Next up are a series of open competitions, including the Central Region Championships in May followed by the North Island Championships on Queens Birthday weekend.

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Wellington tennis champs’ names in gold By Gianina Schwanecke JOURNALISM STUDENT

Men’s Doubles partners Hervé Michaud (left) and Finlay de Terte show off their new trophy. PHOTO: Bevan Johns

Hervé Michaud’s name will finally appear in the Wellington Tennis Club rooms “in big gold letters” after last month’s championship finals. The French-born player won the men’s doubles and was runner-up in the men’s singles on April 28. Hervé has played for the club for 10 years and says the club’s sheltered courts are the best kept secret in Wellington. “[It’s] the right mix of social and competitive with great facilities,” he says. Nestled in the hills of bush-clad outer Newtown, the club’s four flood-lit courts are protected from the worst of Wellington’s weather, but Herve says that Saturday’s weather was perfect. More than 50 people gathered to support the championship players, enjoy the annual barbecue and take part in a few social rounds of tennis. It was a family affair as Finlay de Terte,

the club president’s cousin, and Hervé went on to claim the men’s doubles winning 6-0 6-3 against David Chans and Yuong Ha. Hervé was later beaten by Cam Weenham 6-2 6-2 though. The women’s singles was a tough game between Naomi Burwell and Christy Robinson. A broken string temporarily disrupted Naomi’s play when she had to change rackets and Christy ultimately took the lead winning 6-3 6-0. In August Christy will head to the University of Northern Illinois to study education and geography on a tennis scholarship. “It was a pretty good game though it felt like a hard win.” She enjoyed Sunday’s game but struggled on the astro-turf. Lauren Teitzel and Naomi Burwell won the women’s doubles over Amy Hobbs and Daniela Theodorou 6-0 6-1. The mixed doubles was won by club captain Bevan Johns and Christy Robinson, over Naomi Burwell and Maurice Fearon 9-4.

Wellington High School aquatics stars making a splash By Jamie Adams

Two stars of aquatics have emerged from Wellington High School after bringing back gold from their respective national championships. Year 10 student Orlando Cristobel-Mandel, 14, swept the three under-15 breaststroke events at last month’s National Swimming Age Group Championships in Auckland, taking gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m. Year 12 student Liberty McIntyre-Reet, 16, topped the podium at the Diving NZ National and Autumn Championships in Dunedin, also in April. Liberty won the under-18 tier of the 1m springboard, 3m springboard and 3m synchronised springboard events, as well as the 1m open event. She also won bronze in the 3m open event. Although no national age-group records were broken, Orlando’s winning times were all personal bests and he anticipates going even faster as he develops. “I do medleys but breaststroke is my speciality,” Orlando says. While all specialist swimmers now have three bites of the cherry to achieve success, Orlando says there are different training

requirements for each event. “I like the 100m, that’s my best distance. The 100m is a more relaxed fast pace whereas the 50m is all-out speed,” the Hataitai teenager says. Moreover, the 200m is of long enough distance that Orlando and his coach must determine a race plan that often requires changing. Originally from San Francisco, Orlando has lived in New Zealand for almost two years and now has permanent residency. He anticipates eventually being eligible to swim for New Zealand which he is aiming for at Commonwealth level. Liberty, of Lyall Bay, says as with swimming distances, there is a marked difference in requirements between 1m and 3m springboard diving. “You can fit more spins and flips in the 3m, so there’s a higher degree of difficulty required. “Because I’m still learning, I get higher degrees of difficulty in the 1m. Usually it’s the other way around.” Liberty looks forward to more possible success, this time at international level, when she competes in the Singapore Diving Championships in June.


Oriental Rongotai beat Petone 25-17 Poneke beat Wainuiomata 26-21 Paremata-Plimmerton beat Wellington FC 14-8

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Diver Liberty McIntyre-Reet and swimmer Orlando Cristobel-Mandel are Wellington High School’s latest national champions for their ages. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Hard to punt against Purdon The dominance of Mark Purdon on Canterbury’s harness racing scene is a turn-off to casual racegoers. I took my partner to her first ever harness racing meeting at Addington on Friday night. She didn’t know how to read the form guide in the race book and called the drivers ‘riders’ in the first two races. I explained the basics of how to gauge form, barrier draws, drivers, trainers and she picked it up very quickly. Come race three I explained the impor ta nce of back ing horses trained by the All Stars barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. My Grandad always told me on the eve of Cup Week each year that you don’t back against Mark Purdon because he’s the best trainer, racing for the biggest prize money of the year. Purdon had five runners competing on Friday night. Those runners quinellaed two races

together, finishing first and second, including the $200,000 feature race of the night while the fifth won the last race on the programme. That’s training perfection but I can’t believe such dominance, while admirable, is good for the industry. How can other trainers make a decent living? Why would potential owners want to have their horses trained by anyone other than the All Stars team? While an argument can be made that Purdon’s dominance is admirable, it must have its negative outcomes for the industry. It surely makes life much harder for trainers, harder for them to entice potential owners to let them train their horses. I spoke to an owner on the eve of one of the races and she agreed the dominance made the industry less appealing on a number of fronts. Purdon deserves respect for his accomplishments but at what cost are those achievements being made?


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