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By Jamie Adams

A husband-and-wife team of Newtown architects have been acknowledged for putting the needs of the community before their own interests. Anna Kemble Welch and Martin Hanley were awarded the Ath Cup at the NZ Institute of Architects Wellington Branch Architecture awards on May 3.

The Ath Cup is awarded each year to anyone in the Wellington region who has done something special to promote quality and/or understanding of architecture, the built environment and the urban fabric of the city or region. It is named after Sir Ian Athfield, one of the country’s most celebrated architects, who died in 2015. Ian was its first recipient in 2008. Continued on page 2.

Anna Kemble Welch and Martin Hanley are proud recipients of the Ath Cup for 2018. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Long-serving Newtown architects win prestigious Ath Cup Continued from page 1. Anna and Martin have been partners of Red Design Architects since the early 1990s, but they have little time for designing buildings these days thanks to their commitment to organising and designing the layout and implementation of the annual Newtown Festival and other community projects. The success of the Newtown Festival was cited as just one reason for their award. Another was their design of a yet-to-be-implemented southern suburbs cycleway network project, for both its design outcome and its team consultation methodology. Their involvement with DEBRA NZ, a medical charity dedicated to people afflicted with the genetic skin disorder epidermolysis bullosa, was the other factor in their award. “We are very chuffed. Ath was a lovely man, who we miss dearly,” Martin says. “It’s really wonderful to be recognised by our peers and for them to appreciate what we have done for our community,” Anna says. “It’s a team award really,

Anna and Martin with the layout of the Newtown Festival which they redesign every year. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

only made possible by all the amazing folk who join in and contribute.” While the pair have won several awards in the past, the Ath Cup is by far the most significant, Martin says. The southern cycleways project from Te Papa to Island Bay was something the council funded them to design in 2013/14 as part of an envisaged city-wide cycleway network. “It was a vast urban design project. We managed to fit [designs of] cycleways into


Night work to install new energy efficient LED street lights is getting under way on Cobham Drive this week – part of a bigger project to develop a new two-way bike path and footpath on the harbour side. The existing old poles need to come out so the new pathways can be developed, but first, the new lights need to be installed and operational. These will be going in along the grass median strip in the centre of the road.

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inbrief news ‘Victoria’ may be dropped from name Discussions continue about a proposal to simplify Victoria University of Wellington’s name by retiring the word ‘Victoria’, with a public meeting to be held on the matter. Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford says international analysis shows confusion about the university’s name, given several others around the world have “Victoria” in their names. Professor Guilford says if ‘Victoria’ were to be retired its heritage could be honoured by retaining the word in publications, clubs and halls of residence. “No matter what happens, graduation certificates from Victoria University of Wellington are official certificates and will remain so.” The meeting is at 6pm on Wednesday May 23 in Lecture Theatre 1, Rutherford House, Bunny St.

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Wellington’s winning junior crew Recruit, aged 8-12 years, who will head off to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Arizona in August. PHOTO: AT Photography.

Winning Wellington hip hop team off to world champs Locking in world competition qualifying spots at New Zealand’s premier national hip hop event in Auckland, Kilbirnie-based dance studio The Company NZ (TCNZ) will send two crews to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship (WHHDC) in Phoenix, Arizona in August 2018. With Wellington championship titles under their belt, TCNZ’s The Capital and Recruits (mega and junior crews) came in at top three in the national HHI competition in Auckland in April, securing

highly coveted places for a run at the world championship in Arizona, August 2018. The HHI national qualifying event fielded crews from the nation’s most experienced and acclaimed dance studios. Staged at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, on April 16-20, and with over 100 teams competing across four categories, The Capital and Recruits beat New Zealand’s toughest competition in three brutal and tightly contested knockout rounds. “The amount of hard work

and commitment that went into winning at the national competition is what every artistic director hopes to see, and has really paid off,” TCNZ artistic director and former world champion hip hop dancer, Ben Uili, says. “Competing at Worlds is a rare chance for any hip hop dancer – and in New Zealand, rarer because the standard is so high. I’m really proud of them.” T he Aug ust 5-11 world championship plays host to 45 countries and more than




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Matariki plans announced Wellington’s winter will light up with fire, fun and fireworks over three events for the first Matariki ki Pōneke festival. Wellington City Council will kick-off the festival with a ReCut show on Friday, June 15, a new event Ahi Kā on June 29 to celebrate fire, kai and whānau, and the Sky Show fireworks on July 7. Ahi Kā will feature some of New Zealand’s finest Māori performers and storytellers, food trucks, fire sculptures, and a light parade showcasing talent from the region’s schools.

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inbrief news Award for ‘water only’ Kiwi schools The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) has received global recognition from Geneva-based FDI World Dental Federation for a project promoting ‘water only’ schools. The FDI Smile Award comes with a grant of 5000 Swiss Francs (NZ$7164) in recognition of ‘Adopt a School’, which sees dentists partner with schools in their communities to promote the benefits of children switching to water, and avoiding oral health issues that come with sugary drinks. NZDA CEO David Crum says the award acknowledges the difference New Zealand dentists are making. The award winners will be presented at the 2018 World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires in September.

Smokefree homes, smokefree teens: study New Zealand children and teens growing up in smokefree homes are less likely to take up smoking, even if their parents are smokers, a University of Otago, Wellington, study has found. The research shows the relationship between exposure to smoke in the home and adolescent smoking has become stronger over time. The association is independent of parental smoking – so children with one or more parents who smoke are less likely to take up smoking if there is no smoking in the home. However, exposure to second-hand smoke in homes remains common.

Radical new framework for treaties A team from the University of Otago, Wellington has just published a radical new framework for designing international trade and investment treaties. The framework would address public and health concerns arising from treaties such as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and could be particularly useful in New Zealand’s negotiations. The article was published in the international peer-reviewed journal BMC Public Health. Lead author Louise Delany says it is essential that health, social and environmental objectives are recognised in such treaties as legitimate in their own right.

Supermarket heeds plastic packaging concerns By Emma Houpt JOURNALISM STUDENT

Newtown New World is set to reduce its plastic use after a Facebook group complained to the supermarket about excessive packaging. Newtown local Amanda Barber took to Facebook to express her worry about plastic use at the supermarket. “I raised my concerns about this to the Facebook community group where others wholeheartedly agreed and complained to New World’s Facebook page and official page,” says Amanda. New owner of Newtown New World, Lin Guo removed the plastic packaging from the fruit and vegetables immediately after he was informed about the complaints. “We decreased the amount of plastic we used on fresh produce straight away. I was thinking about how we can make it convenient for customers. Actually the customers

would rather go plastic-free which I fully understand now.” When Lin relocated to Wellington three months ago he was not familiar with the community’s eco-consciousness. Lin previously owned the Four Square in Ellerslie, Auckland where customers preferred convenience over seeing a reduction in plastic packaging. “In Auckland the shopping experience is different, it is grab and go, for convenience of the customer,” says Lin. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle acknowledges the difficulty of understanding the needs and wants of locals when shifting to a new community. “It is always hard starting out in a new city and learning the local culture,” says Paul. “This experience has resulted in them being totally committed to better understanding the environmental and health needs of the diverse south Wellington community.” Newtown New World has recently put new systems in place

New World Newtown produce manager Hill Chang, Foodstuffs waste minimisation manager Jennifer Elliot and Newtown owner/ operator Lin Guo with Rongotai MP Paul Eagle. PHOTO: Supplied

to further reduce the amount of waste they create. “When I took over three months ago I made sure that we start separating plastic and cardboard out the back so that it can be recycled,” says Lin. The supermarket has also started donating food that is “good enough to eat but

not to sell” to the Wellington Night Shelter, the Compassion Kitchen and the Wellington SPCA. Lin Guo could not elaborate but says that the goal for Newtown New World is to start making steps towards becoming free of plastic bags in the near future.

Survivors of sexual abuse discover healing properties of art By Abbey Palmer JOURNALISM STUDENT

Encouraging creative expression through art is proving to be a successful tool for helping victims of sexual abuse work through their trauma. Wellington’s Sexual Abuse HELP foundation has adopted an alternative approach to working through the effects of abuse with survivors who prefer to put their feelings onto paper. HELP saw the benefits of art as an outlet for victims to process and heal from the life-changing

effects they have been subject to. Two art therapists who work with clients at Wellington’s HELP foundation have launched an exhibition of their own personal works to help raise money for the organisation in desperate need of funds. Te Aro’s Southern Cross Garden bar was transformed last week into an art gallery full of pieces created by the art therapists and close friends of 20 years, Janie Nott and Irena Stenner. “I’m so grateful to be sharing [art therapy] with the clients we

work with, because it gives them a means of escape and a means of creativity, power and voice,” Janie says. “I think with trauma it’s really important to have a bit of magic because it can be a very dark place.” Irene says she has a lot of appreciation for ACC who offer the funding for survivors to be able to make the step towards healing. She says art therapy is an opportunity for clients to heal and rejuvenate, which she too experienced when she created

the work for the exhibition. “I took six weeks off and I painted, these works are the result of that.” Chief Executive for Wellington Help Conor Twyford says the increase in demand for counselling and support services, combined with the limited funding from government was a “perfect storm”. “It’s really important that people can get access to our services and that part is great, but it means we have to get more and more creative with how we engage with the community.”


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Mayor backs keeping Basin Reserve stand A proposal to save, refurbish and strengthen the Basin Reserve’s heritage-listed Museum Stand will be debated and voted on by Wellington City Council today, with Mayor Justin Lester strongly behind the proposal. “I’m thrilled to announce that we are going to be making a decision on the future of this iconic Wellington landmark,” he says. “We want to retain the Basin Reserve’s place as the premier cricket ground in New Zealand and celebrate the heritage of cricket. “A central part of the character and history of the ground is the

Museum Stand.” The building and grandstand has been yellow-stickered and, apart from the museum on the ground floor, closed to the public since 2012. This followed engineering reports that put it at 23 per cent of New Build Standard (NBS), requiring it to be demolished or upgraded by 2022. Three proposals for strengthening have been prepared for councillors’ consideration. All would enable the stand to re-open. The cost ranges from $7.4 million to $11 million, and all options include strengthening the roof to

100 percent of NBS. The recommended option is $7.76m, which will strengthen the building to 50 percent of code. The funding will come from a reprioritisation of the $21.5m Basin Reserve Redevelopment budget, with the remaining funds originally to be used to install floodlights. With that project being put on hold, no new money is needed to upgrade the stand. The expected cost to Council will be $6.7m with the Basin Reserve Trust contributing $1m. The strengthened and refurbished stand will return the

An artist’s impression of what the Sussex St side of the Museum Stand could look like after refurbishment, including a new entrance for the NZ Cricket Museum and reinstated windows. IMAGE: Supplied

main entrance, staircase and exterior to the original condition, upgrade the stand’s public toilets and add two new accessible toilets. There will be spaces for the Cricket Museum and Cricket

Wellington offices. Cr Fleur Fitzsimons, the council representative on the Basin Reserve Trust, says the trust, council and other stakeholders are happy the stand will not be demolished.



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Time to give back to donor Jim, says Mary Potter

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For years Newtown resident Jim Fenton has been donating to Mary Potter Hospice. Now the hospice is calling for the public to give something back to him. Jim is now a patient at Mary Potter Hospice, living in his own home and attending the weekly day clinic. His first donation precedes the keeping of fundraising records, and he has been a loyal supporter for decades. His first connection with the hospice was when it was a ward at Calvary Hospital run by Catholic Sisters. “At first I was asked to be a helper and sit and talk to patients. But the Sister said I was too sentimental. “They then asked if I would take around the drink trolley, but I

didn’t drink and wasn’t interested. So I said ‘I’ll give you a donation instead’.” Jim says he was in his 40s or 50s at the time, and is now 86. He worked as a public servant for 40 years fulltime and then part time, at the Education Review Office, where he worked until his early 80s. Now he needs Mary Potter Hospice, which he calls “a real blessing”. “It is wonderful place.” “You can let your cares fly away. The staff are so dedicated and nothing is too much trouble. “And the volunteers... where would we be without the volunteers? We’d be lost without them.” The Hospice’s new chief executive Brent Alderton has been encour-

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Mt Cook reservoir recommended An independent panel has recommended Wellington City Council confirm designation of the Omaroro/Prince of Wales reservoir, following a hearing in March. This would see construction of a 35 million-litre reservoir — enough to fill 14 Olympic swimming pools — above the

playing fields at Prince of Wales Park in Mt Cook. The project is a key plank in the city’s resilience strategy to ensure fresh water is available to residents after a natural disaster and as the population grows. The reservoir will also provide a significant increase in water storage for the city. In the event

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Will you be watching the live broadcast of Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding on Saturday night?

Alphonse Bierings, Island Bay “Probably not, ‘cos I believe in the Dutch royal family not the British one. I think it’s a bit overhyped.”

Floyd Budden, Lower Hutt “I will switch it off. I think I’ll be watching the rugby instead.”

Vicki Moran, Kingston “I’ll watch it till I go to bed. I want to see what dress she’s wearing. They seem pretty cool.”

Holly McCloy, Island Bay “I’ll watch it; I’m originally from England. I’m not avidly into them. I’ll watch it until I’ve had enough.”

Clement MacKay, Aro Valley “No I won’t be tuning into the royal wedding. They seem like good people, but I honestly do not care. They have no impact on my life whatsoever.”

Leilani Baker, Mt Victoria “Probably. I feel like it’s kind of everywhere. If I don’t tune in then I am going to miss out on a topic of conversation the next day.”

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Bus route decision raises more questions Dear Editor Two items in last week’s issue helped to clarify what the roles of GWRC and WCC are in respect to public transport but it raises one question; which Council is responsible for the decision to move the bus stops in The Kilbirnie shopping centre from Rongotai Road to Bay Road, and why?

Do any of the elected members of GWRC use public transport and, if not, why not? I ask because how can they make such decisions without knowing how the system works and why they needed to change them? I agree with what the group featured in the lead article has stated so I wonder when the new timetables are going

to be available to the public; hopefully before the changes come into effect! If the GWRC are serious about wanting more people to use public transport they have gone the wrong way to do so. [abridged] James August, Mornington

Repainting of community centre interior dismays local I must admit to a sense of dismay when I read about the repainting of the interior of the Community Centre in Miramar. That feeling was primarily because that interior was deliberately and purposefully pared back to expose the lovely





old wood that had survived through the centre’s original function as the Town Hall of the borough of Miramar (1911), later to become a classroom and later still, as a library serving the two suburbs Maupuia and Miramar.

From a practical sense it maintained the atmosphere of a stately building, its beams an example of the workmanship of a past era (imagine if the Town Hall / old St Paul’s was to be ‘repainted’) and practical in the sense it did not show

the dirt, the varnish hid any old Sellotape marks and did not ‘lift’ if attachments were removed. I do wonder where the historic section of Council was when the change was mooted to paint. As an aside whatever hap-

pened to the hangings that were part of the history of the building and woven together by the spinners and weavers of the eastern suburbs? Robin Boldarin Miramar

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LETTERS to the editor

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Bus route change proves to be fait accompli Dear Editor, Wayne Hastie is quoted as reminding us that it is “five minutes to midnight” in respect of new bus routes coming into effect. I and many others, through your paper and other outlets, have been reminding GWRC that the time is getting closer, for about two years but they have been lax in keeping the users informed regarding proposed timetables and routes. Letters have been published by me and others during this

time, which have been studiously ignored. My prediction that we would be presented with a fait accompli, has come to pass! Cr Donaldson is quoted “we will continue to find a solution to meet your needs” smacks of stable doors, horses and bolting! Hopefully we might have some solutions when Cr Kedgley conducts a review in six months, as promised. I imagine she is going to be a very busy lady! Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

History should be priority over teaching French Dear Editor, I agree that Ridgway School should not ever have a French immersion unit at the state primary school. Our soldiers fought in France, yet then our Rainbow Warrior was

bombed in Auckland. So teach history first, then the BOTs must have English taught, then Te Reo. Viva la Kiwis (first) I say. Tim Dalman Te Aro

Kept in the dark over profit motive of big business Dear Editor, Re: Chris Calvi-Freeman’s letter (CSN, May 10): Sometimes mushrooms get elected - kept in the dark, fed on manure – not to admit local big-business profit is the driving force behind the city’s big developments. Big business has always driv-

en civic development; councils could not achieve such development without local big business who always proclaim such developments are to the benefit of the ratepayers and the community, but that is never the truth. If you are building a house

An ambulance dedicated to delivering prayer is about to hit the streets of Wellington. The Anglican Diocese is raising $20,000 towards covering the costs of the prayer ambulance. P roject co -ordinator Richard Apperley says the prayer ambulance was a safe place where people could explore their faith at their own pace. “It’s a Christian ambulance. It’s being bought by the Anglican Diocese but we are certainly open to anyone else using it so long as it kind of aligns with our Christian viewpoints,” Richard says. Richard says the prayer ambulance would become one of the many ways the church aids the local community.

“The Anglican church is hugely proactive in all matters of social justice. We have been involved in refugee resettlement, putting our own people out there to support all sorts of causes. “There’s always the direct action which is hugely important but that also has to be equally backed by prayer as well.” “We do believe prayer changes things - I know a lot of readers will be sceptical of that. “We are getting prayer out there and getting our people out there who offer so much to the community already in terms of dialogue and in terms of working out where needs are, so it’s a point of contact for the church and community.” The $20,000 will go towards covering the purchase of the ambulance,

- you pay exorbitant fees for council connections to drainage etc, yet in denial Chris fails to know that ratepayers are expected to subsidise the local Shelly Bay development. Martin Beck, Mornington

South Coast wall benefits not just locals Dear Editor, people benefiting from the SouthTHE bike, orFLOWER drive, and soak up the Regarding your page 2 article Coast road and it’s continued magic stretch of coastline that in last week’s Cook Strait News. existence. is the Wellington South Coast. Councillor David Lee seems The road is a very popular daily TheSTUDY councillor should re-conCAN FLOWERS HELP IN DIABETES?

of the opinion that structures like the recently re-done seawall on The Esplanade benefit only a relatively small number of home owners, and therefore is it right for that benefit to be spread across all ratepayers. Well, as one who lives on the beachfront just around from this wall, I can assure councillor Lee that there are no small number of

commuting route into town as sider his comments in this vein. We are looking for as people withdetermine pre-diabetesthere to trial a it’s much quicker than battling As far I can new flower extract to see whether it can reduce through Island Bay, Newtown, are actually relatively few areas blood glucose levels. etc. Many trucks and other peoalong4 visits the toSouth Coast where It will require Wellington Hospital for 3 eachneed time. to be conple use the road to access the tip; similarhours walls I’d hate to think of the route all structed in the short-medium those trucks would have to take term. So the council should just through town from the Eastern get to it and start building them. If you are interested please phone Diabetes Research Suburbs were the road not there. Benjamin Carpenter on 8062458 or email  On the weekend many people Owhiro Bay from far and wide come to stroll,

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Project co-ordinator Richard Apperley has promised to skydive once the $20,000 for the prayer ambulance has been raised. If you are interested please phone Diabetes Researc PHOTO: LOUIS DAY. on 8062458 or email

repairs, a new paint job and praying materials. Within one week almost $3000 has been raised. Richard and Bishop Ellie Sanderson have promised to skydive once the full $20,000 is raised. Ellie says when people pray they take a leap of faith, herself and Richard would be doing the skydive to honour the people who

had taken this leap of faith. The prayer ambulance is free. However, users are expected to cover the costs of petrol. Those interested can book online at www.  Donations towards the project can be made on the prayer ambulance Pledge Me page at projects/5636-prayer-ambulance.

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New bike track developed by school proving popular A new Brooklyn bike track is already proving a popular community facility – and fundraising is continuing to make it even better. The 400m asphalt track at Vogelmorn Park was officially opened on May 4 by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and MP for Rongotai Paul Eagle. It has been developed by Ridgway School with the help of the local community, including parents from Ridgway and Brooklyn schools and members of the Kaka Project. Named the Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track, it is the eighth track in the city to be developed in conjunction with local schools. It has been substantially funded through Wellington City Coun-

cil’s Bikes in Schools programme. Mayor Justin Lester says the Council is keen to support and encourage the development and use of bike tracks so children can learn to ride, and become confident and competent bike riders. “We want to see young people out there biking, and these tracks give them safe places, and lots of opportunity to get started.” The new track, which is adjacent to Ridgway School in Mornington, was sealed in March and has been proving a popular community attraction ever since, including after school, at weekends and during the recent school holidays. Ridgway School Principal Kathryn Smith says their aim is to make sure every child who comes through the school learns to ride

safely. “It’s exciting. We’ll be using it as part of our fitness programme and totally expect other schools to come and make use of it too,” she says. “The park gets a little boggy in winter, but with the bike track, we’ll be able to use it all year around for a range of activities including biking and running.” The team behind the fundraising effort is thankful for the support it has had so far, including grants from ACC, the Four Winds Foundation and NZ Transport Agency, but is still working hard to raise more money to add a bike skills area and pump track. Businesses can support the project by buying special features Spencer Ravji, 5, enjoys a ride on the new Tawatawa-Vogelmorn like wobbly bridges and chicanes, Bike Track during the opening event earlier this month. and there is a Give a Little Page. PHOTO: Supplied

IBRA plans court action over cycleway By Jamie Adams

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Flight paramedic celebrates new role on Mother’s Day If being a flight paramedic wasn’t tough enough, Hannah Latta is now raising her first child too. Add to the mix studying a Master of Health Science endorsed in Aviation Transport and Retrieval at the University of Otago and running a photography business on the side, and her schedule couldn’t be any busier, But the key for Hannah is good organisation and a few helping hands. Sam was born in October and, like many first-borns, has changed Hannah’s priorities. “Being a mother impacts every aspect of your life. It’s no longer about you and your goals. It’s

about you and your family. “Motherhood changes your perspective and makes you more compassionate for fellow mothers and their children. You develop a mutual understanding that can’t be replicated.” As a Wellington Free Ambulance Flight Paramedic and crucial member of Life Flight’s Westpac Helicopter and Air Ambulance crew, Hannah helps provide intensive care and specialist medical rescue services to the greater Wellington and Wairarapa region. It’s a skill that’s benefited her at home, too. “Thanks to the medical skills and knowledge that come with

being a flight paramedic, it has influenced my new role as a mother. “But don’t get me wrong; I still panic over the little things, just as any new mother would.” In amongst all the chaos, Hannah says it’s important not to lose herself as a person. “I have my partner, Shane, and a wider support network who know the value of my work and support me whenever I need them. They’re pretty great. “But I also think it’s important to take time out for yourself and continue to do the things that make you happy. My partner and I recently took Sam out on an overnight tramp, and he loved it!”

The Island Bay Cycleway saga shows no signs of abating as the suburb’s representative group aims to take the Council to court over the matter. In October 2015, the Wellington City Council began construction on a new version of the existing dual cycleway on The Parade, with the carparks moved into the carriageway and the bicycle lanes moved to the left of them on the road and on the footpaths behind bus stops. Construction on The Parade was completed in February 2016 and since that time the Island Bay Residents’ Association says the cycleway has caused confusion and distress for many locals. In June 2016 the Council agreed to review the cycleway and to take heed of local opinion. A replacement design was later adopted that would see the cycle lanes remain to the left of parked cars on raised paths attached to the footpaths. The association says the new design did not address community concerns, and as a consequence it complained to the Ombudsman, requesting an investigation into the process and the outcome. Now it has decided it would like the assistance of the High Court in this matter and accordingly the Ombudsman’s investigation has been placed on hold. President Vicki Greco says the association has instructed its solicitor to advise the Council that it proposes to seek a judicial review of the Council’s decision. Vicki says the timeframe of the outcome will depend on whether the council fights the issue in court, should it end up there, or settles with the IBRA out of court. She says the IBRA remains committed to seeing The Parade’s layout reverted to what it was prior to 2015, with cycle lanes on the road-side of carparks, albeit with some modifications. Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says she “totally” supports the right of the IBRA to seek a judicial review, saying “it is an important part of our democratic framework”. Fleur continues to back the Council’s “compromise solution” and is “hopeful” of finality. Fellow southern ward councillor David Lee is also maintaining the Council’s stance, saying the improvements “will benefit all road users”. He warns that seeking a judicial review is a costly process. “It is not about relitigating a decision, but a review of process. And, I’m confident the process has been robust.” Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, who voted with the Council when he represented the southern ward, says with construction not expected until the end of 2019 the Council and residents have plenty of time to reach an agreement without having to take the matter to court. “The only winners in that situation will be the lawyers.”

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artists will be displayed around Te Whare Waka while, the mesmerising waterscreen is back in the lagoon. Pou Rama (Light Posts), featuring a series of free-standing light structures, will illuminate the corner of the bridge by Taranaki wharf. As well as food trucks there will be light-themed treats from Gelissimo Gelateri, along with new additions like Glownuts (glow-inthe-dark donuts) and glow spider drinks topped with Foxton Fizz.  The LUX Light Festival runs from May 18 - 27, 6pm - 10pm.

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Thursday May 17, 2018


Sprinter, marathoner top athletics award winners Two local runners were the key winners in the Athletics Wellington awards at Newtown Park last week, with promising teen middle distance athlete Finn Seeds picking up several awards. Sprinter Alex Haye, who lives in Hataitai and is a member of Wellington Harriers Athletic Club, was awarded the senior male sprinter and the overall male athlete awards. He was a member of the winning Athletics Wellington 4x100m male relay team at the National Track and Field championships and won the 400m event in 47.63 seconds and came third in the tough 200m event. He also won two golds in regional sprint events. Marathon athlete Ruby Muir, from Karori and who runs for Scottish Harriers, was awarded the top female athlete award, and the award for the senior female cross country and road athlete. She is also the country’s topranked trail runner, and won both the Wellington marathon and half- marathon (competing in the latter for the first time), and was third in the Auckland marathon. Fifty-three awards were presented at the May 9 awards dinner, covering track and field, cross country and road events for both junior and senior athletes, masters, coaches and volunteers

Sprinter Alex Haye, of Hataitai, has been crowned Wellington’s best male track and field athlete for the 2017/18 season. With him is Athletics Wellignton co-chair Michael Wray. PHOTO: Supplied

in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Lower Hutt middle distance runner Finn Seeds was awarded the cup for the most outstanding athlete under 15, also taking out the middle distance and cross-country awards for his age group. Finn, 14, has won all the inter-clubs and secondary school

competitions he has competed in, with 18 gold medals in all. A special leadership certificate, recognising outstanding contribution to the development of athletics in the region was awarded to Jo Murray for her work as a volunteer as well as her work as the Athletics Wellington’s Sport Development Manager.

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with Jacob Page

Aussies will be vulnerable for Boxing Day test The Black Caps being given a Boxing Day test against Australia in 2019 couldn’t have come at a better time. New Zealand, while not at their 2015 peak, are likely to be very competitive against an Aussie side bogged down in turmoil of their own creation when they play in the glamour match for the first time in 32 years. New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has a few issues to juggle. Not only does he have to keep on-field performance high and the winning culture the Aussie public expects, but he also has to breed a better on-field culture. Doing all those things while getting used to his own role and assisting new captain Tim Payne won’t be easy. The Australians were easily cast aside by South Africa in their last test series and with Steve Smith, David Warner and to a lesser extent Cameron Bancroft all unavailable for the foreseeable future, these are shaky times indeed. Aussie’s best pace bowler

Mitchell Starc is also battling injury issues. New Zealand is reliant on captain Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor to score the runs and Trent Boult and Tim Southee to take the wickets. A series win over England should give the group plenty of confidence. The team has areas of improvement it needs to address but also the players who can make those improvements. Tom Latham has shown glimpses of being a quality test opener, Henry Nicholls scored a big ton in the Eden Park win over England and Ish Sodhi is becoming more consistent with the difficult art of leg spin. If the team can get an all rounder like Corey Anderson or Jimmy Neesham fit, then all of a sudden depth would be created. Day one of a Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the event of the year. It’s a chance for the Black Caps to earn international respect and come 2019 they should be in a prime position to upset the form guide.










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