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Two Southgate parents fed up with the inadequate state and location of the only playground in their suburb are calling for the Council to create a new one. Yael Gezentsvey and Louise Winspear, each of whom are mothers to two young children, say a new playground at nearby Southgate Park will serve the community a lot better than the one they are currently forced to use at a corner of Sinclair Park, which is beside a steep hill and across a field from the carpark. Continued on page 2. Yael Gezentsvey and Louise Winspear with their respective children Lily (1), Arlo (3), Quinn (2) and Nova (12 weeks), behind a giant puddle at Southgate’s Sinclair Park, which they say is inadequate for playing at. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Council urged to provide new playground for Southgate Continued from page 1. “The problem for us is access; in terms of getting here the access is very difficult. At what other playgrounds in Wellington do you have to go across a field or down a hill to get to it?” Louise says. “The council puts importance on the post-natal health of women, yet this steep path leading down to the playground is dangerous with a newborn,” Yael says. They also note grass in the playground area of the park is usually very long, yet interestingly it had been mown by council staff when the Cook Strait News paid a visit with them on Tuesday. Nevertheless there was a lot of mud and no path leading to it, making the play area anything but inviting. “We are so vulnerable here as well. No one can hear us if we need help,” Yael adds. Yael and Louise have made a submission to Council calling to making a new playground in Southgate one of its priorities in its 10-year Long Term Plan. Their submission has the support of other residents, with five locals quoted in it as wanting better facilities. “Southgate Park would be an

The entrance to Southgate Park, off Southgate Road, where Yael and Louise would like to see a new playground. PHOTO: Supplied

ideal location for a play area, with its flat site, street visibility making it safe and attractive to the community,” their submission says. They accept there are challenges for implementing one at Southgate Park, including the fact it is a former landfill with gas outlets, and that there are 75 fewer houses on Southgate Road than there are on Buckley Road next to Sinclair Park. However it would benefit those who don’t wish to walk a long

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the benefits of better health and well-being. The theme this year is “Conserving plants – our lives depend on it”, which they will be celebrating with free activities including a Seed Swap, plants on sale, games and activities for children in the Discovery Garden, and behind the scenes tours with our Botanic Garden’s team. Wellington’s Botanic Garden has on average over a million visi-

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and shade added.” Fleur says she and council officers are “open-minded” about an alternative location such as Southgate Park. However she acknowledges that the presence of gas vents could make it unviable there. The mothers say if Sinclair Park had to be upgraded instead then the critical issue that needed addressing was access. “They could at least put a tarmac path through here,” Yael says.

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distance to get to a playground, given Southgate Road is off the main bus route. Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who also holds the recreation and community facilities portfolios, says a plan to upgrade Sinclair Park is scheduled for next year. “I am absolutely committed to helping them,” Fleur says. “I have asked about the type of play equipment but it does need to be modern and safe. I would like to see a drinking fountain

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inbrief news Young residents have their say Wellington City Council’s focus on digital engagement has paid off, with younger residents making up the biggest cohort of submitters to its 10-Year Plan consultation. Consultation on the 10-Year Plan closed on May 15 with more than 2000 submissions received so far, up significantly from the 1017 submissions on the previous plan in 2015.  Mayor Justin Lester says while 19-30 year olds make up 19 percent of Wellington’s population, they accounted for 25 percent of submissions, with 90 percent of them made online.

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Newtown School’s mural celebrates diverse community By Jamie Adams and Gianina Schwanecke

Motorists and pedestrians will no doubt be turning their heads as they head down Mein Street at the new colourful mural now on display at Newtown School. With the school undertaking a rebuild of its main teaching block due to earthquake risk, it has also decided to revitalise the school environment by adding publicly accessible artworks which connect the school to its diverse and vibrant community. The first of the commissioned artwork, Kamala and the Hihi, transforms the school hall, facing Mein Street, with the

depiction of a native bird and an elephant. Parents and caregivers group Friends @ Newtown School commissioned local artist Michel Tuffery, in collaboration with graphic artist Charles Williams, to create the mural, which they say weaves the kaupapa of history, community, culture and environment of Newtown. “It is exciting to see this wonderful street art transforming our school hall. It celebrates the vibrancy and cultural richness of our community,” says Newtown School Board of Trustees Chairperson, Annette Gittos. “The Wellington City Council and the Newtown Residents

Association have been very supportive of the initiative and have contributed to the development of the mural.” Michel, who has an MNZM for service to art, says he chose a hihi as it represents the Tangata Whenua, like his colleague Charles. “The image of the hihi was one taken by me a couple of years ago up at Zealandia, which led to including it within the narrative of this artwork. Charles is renowned for his ‘bird’ graph art.” Kamala, the elephant, was a gift to the children of New Zealand by the All India Women’s Conference in 1953 in

appreciation of New Zealand’s aid efforts in CORSO. Kamala lived at the Wellington Zoo until she died in 1983. Michel says Kamala with Hihi is embedded with visual metaphors to initiate conversations throughout the community and visitors alike to Wellington. Newtown School is now fundraising for this mural and other art projects around the school. A fundraising page has been established on www. under the education category with the heading Mural for Newtown School and Community. The new school building is expected open in early June.


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inbrief news Students to go phone free Persistent use of cellphones by drivers has prompted students to take a stand on distracted driving, with a national campaign starting tomorrow. Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD) has organised a national “PhoneFree48” campaign, whereby participating students will go without their phones from 6pm Friday to 6pm Sunday, sponsored by family and friends. SADD spokesperson Piper Young says the campaign aims to show people if you can survive without your phone for a weekend then not using it while driving isn’t actually a hard ask.

More art wanted in capital: Survey A recent survey shows Wellingtonians are proud of their city’s creativity, and are backing investment in art and culture to make it a vibrant and interesting place to live, says Mayor Justin Lester. Creative NZ has released the results of a nationwide survey on how people engage with the arts, showing Wellington as the top “hot spot” for access to the arts.   Half of Wellingtonians agree that access to the arts is a reason they live in the city, well above the national average of 30 percent.

Call to end sexual violence More than 100 survivors, students, and helping professionals have signed an open letter to the Government calling for greater investment in preventing, reducing, treating and ending sexual violence. It asks for all secondary, primary and ECE schools to be given training for all teachers and administrative staff and the implementation of universal, bestpractice, culture- and age-appropriate primary prevention sexuality education. The open letter marks the launch of a national campaign led by Wellingtonbased movement ActionStation.

Council votes to extend library hours on trial basis By Jaime Adams

Newtown Library is set to have its Saturday hours extended – for at least a year anyway. Wellington City Council voted unanimously in favour of keeping the library open until 4pm on Saturdays at its City Strategy Committee meeting last Thursday. It came after local “agitator” Bernard O’Shaughnessy organised an e-petition calling to extend the hours until 4.30pm. The petition received 66 signatures. “Our little library is loved by many people. Newtown is a busy place and I want to encourage children to use the library,” Bernard told councillors. He noted that despite the size and important location of the suburb, its current midday closure was not consistent with libraries in Tawa, Johnsonville, Karori and Kilbirnie, which all remain open until 4pm on Saturdays. Employing library staff for longer obviously would come at additional cost; the bill for keeping it open until 4.30pm on Saturday is estimated to be

$13,103 a year, or $11,465 to keep it open until 4pm. Each councillor took turns at expressing support for the proposal, though some were more cautious than others. Both southern ward councillors Fleur Fitzsimons and David Lee agreed a trial beginning on June 1 would be fair. “Libraries are a beacon of free public space,” Fleur said. Eastern ward’s Simon Marsh was supportive but said there was no point in extending the hours if “only five people” were to be there during the afternoon. Peter Gilberd had reservations but agreed with a trial as the library was of particular value to the Newtown community. “If it doesn’t work and it doesn’t pull in those casual people looking for a place to be then it would be withdrawn,” he said. “Let’s monitor it properly and make sure it is used.” Diane Calvert said Newtown was “a key suburban centre”, so it made sense to keep the library open longer. She also noted the libraries were now a place away from

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home for some people. As well as voting for the trial, councillors also voted to allow officers to conduct a review of the overall library strategy for the 2021 Long Term Plan. If the trial was to be made permanent, additional funding would have

Budget will assist Wellington’s housing work, says Mayor Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has welcomed the Government’s move to spend more on social housing, and a programme aimed at helping the long-term homeless. Budget 2018 has allocated an additional $1 billion for housing, including $369 million in capital funding. It means an additional 6400 state houses over four years – or 1600 a year. Funding has also been made available for insulation grants for low income owner-occupied homes. An extra $142.5 million

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tres where an additional 550 places will be made available in the Housing First programme, which aims to house and support the long-term homeless. It has been piloted in Auckland and Hamilton, and will now expand to Wellington, Tauranga and Christchurch. The Council is planning, with government agencies, to set up Te Whare Okioki, the country’s first home for homeless people who suffer from chronic addictions. “It’s fantastic that Housing First will come to Wellington,

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Thursday May 24, 2018

Pair of ‘Poms’ lighten up LUX festival launch


Airport terminal project awarded Wellington Airport’s terminal south extension project was awarded Tourism and Leisure Category winner and a gold award at a New Zealand Commercial Project award ceremony held this week.   The extension, designed to facilitate future increasing passenger movements and requirements, saw the new structure constructed up and over the existing buildings while simultaneously facilitating 20,000 daily passenger and 200+ daily aircraft movements. 

The illuminated yarn-wearing performers of Kate Jones’ roaming exhibit Pom and Pom, one of the highlights of this year’s LUX Festival on Wellington’s Waterfront. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

While it doesn’t move as fast as the speed of light, Massey fashion design student Kate Jones’ entertaining exhibit at the LUX light festival is set to be a crazily active as well as illuminating feature of the annual event. A colourful array of light sculptures and interactive installations have brought lightness and brightness to the capital as LUX switches on with a mix of design, art and technical innovation aimed at surprising, delighting and captivating audiences after dark. Kate’s exhibit, comprising two giant round walking clusters of illuminated coloured yarn, was the main attraction of a pre-public viewing of the festival’s exhibits last Thursday night.

Her exhibit Pom and Pom was inspired by a paper connected with LUX called Creative Works for Festivals offered by School of Design senior lecturer Ant Nevin, who also has a separate exhibit at LUX. The paper asks students to devise a contemporary design project that can be pitched to producers while being mentored by artists and designers who exhibit nationally and internationally. Kate devised a performance piece in which two people wear separate clusters and move their way around the festival site accompanied by a black-clad figure whose role is to dance around and between the “Poms” with an external light source in the form of an orb which

will appear to be hovering. “The goal is that it can be seen and able to be thrown around,” she says. “The orb will illuminate key features of the Poms and add to the performative and comic nature of the piece.” The two separate clusters are made from Lycra and two bicycle helmets and feature ultra violet rings inside. The 21-year-old, who moved from the United Kingdom with her family to Warkworth as a teenager before coming to Wellington to study, is in the final year of her honours degree. The festival, held on the Wellington waterfront, opened on Friday and runs till May 27.

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Feedback sought Higher repair on potential standards needed as more EVs enter market property sales New standards will be introduced by the country’s largest body of panel beaters to cope with increasing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids and vehicles equipped with advanced safety technology on Wellington roads. According to Ministry of Transport statistics, Wellington has the second highest rate of EV and hybrid ownership in NZ with 1015 registered throughout the region. Collision Repair Association spokesperson Neil Pritchard says the industry is moving to stay ahead of the rapid evolution in car manufacturing which is increasing the complexity of vehicle repairs. He says the lack of regulation in the collision repair market can create quality control issues for consumers. “With the increase of EVs, selfdriving technology, and new types of construction materials, vehicle manufacturing has seen more advancement over the last decade than over the past century,” Neil says “While EVs are touted as having a reduced need for mechanical servicing, when it comes to collision repairs, there is a significant increase in the risk and repair complexity to get them back on the road.” Neil says EVs bring with them their own set of challenges when damaged in an accident. “Like all alkali metals, lithium is highly reactive and flammable and the risk associated with lithium-ion batteries found in EVs

Capital & Coast DHB is seeking feedback over the coming weeks on potential plans to sell properties in Porirua and Wellington. The properties are 201 Warspite Avenue in Porirua and 2/2A Coromandel Street in Newtown, Wellington. The Newtown property consists of two buildings built during the 1970s and leased to a crèche and a charitable organisation, the Ewart building – also built in the 1970s – that is currently occupied by DHB staff and a small community welfare operation, and a vacant former nurses’ home built around 1910 that is subject to a heritage designation. “As a provider of hospital

Electric vehicle sales in Wellington are taking off, Neil Pritchard says. PHOTO: Supplied

adds a high level of complexity to the repair process, including potential electrocution of the repairer.” Pritchard says the elevated risk of fire also prevents the vehicle from entering a spray booth which means the panel beater must introduce processes specific to that type of vehicle to complete the repair. “At the same time, many new models entering the market have advancements in safety technology which allow the vehicle to proactively mitigate or avoid

collisions. “To accommodate this change, we are bringing in new international, service quality standards to the industry which will see repairers commit to ongoing training, equipment upgrades, annual inspections and audit processes before they can become a Licensed Collision Repairer in this market.” Neil says approved Collision Repair Association members around Wellington will display ‘Licensed Collision Repairer’ on their signage.

and healthcare services, maintaining and leasing properties is not core business for us,” said corporate services general manager Thomas Davis. “As such, these buildings and associated lands are not part of our future investment plans and we are considering disposal of them.” Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the intention to sell these properties should email Philip.butter@ccdhb. or write to him: Philip Butter, Level 4, Ward Support Block, Wellington Regional Hospital, Private Bag 7902, Wellington 6242. Feedback must be submitted and received by 5pm Friday June 1.

This property on Coromandel St, Newtown is one of two that are being considered for sale. PHOTO: Supplied

Pyjama appeal launched in time for winter Wellington Hospitals Foundation has launched a new Hospi’s Pyjamas for Winter Appeal, after significant demand from Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital for new pairs of pyjamas to keep sick kids warm at night. The appeal will help many kids in the Wellington region stay warm and well this winter. The hospital sees a significant increase in the number of children who are admitted to hospital over the winter months. Many of these children come in to hospital without a pair of pyjamas. “This appeal will make a huge difference this winter for the many children who come to hospital,” Clinical Nurse Specialist Charlotte Stanczuk says. Community nurses also visit a number of children at their homes, many of whom do not have a warm pair of pyjamas to wear at night, which can help prevent them from being admitted to hospital this winter. “Pyjamas will be distributed to these children too.” Bill Day, Chair of Wellington

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Members of Stagecraft Theatre will be making a bit of a scene this Queen’s Birthday Weekend, when they gather at the Gryphon to celebrate their diamond anniversary. The non-profit incorporated society was founded in 1958 by Keith M. Bennett, who was also heavily involved in the early years of the fledgling New Zealand Ballet and Opera companies in the 1950s. Its goal was to provide a training ground in all aspects of theatre. “I believe Keith Bennett and his fellow pioneers would be thrilled, and surprised, to know that, 60 years after they set up in Ghuznee Street in a derelict house, Stagecraft would still exist and what’s more, perform its shows in a real theatre just down the road,” says Stagecraft President, Sam Perry.

Kilbirnie’s Joy Hellyer works as Joy), Enron, Pride and Prejudice an account manager for a local (co-written by Joy) and A Middesign company but has volun- summer Night’s Dream. They are currently in production teered at Stagecraft for more than for King Lear. 10 years. Joy’s work as venue manager Her first roles included stage managing and prompting but is unpaid and takes up many she soon joined the Stagecraft hours per week, negotiating hire, committee which led to work in showing hirers round the venue, managing much of the day-to-day checking it when they leave and running of the Gryphon as well being on call for any issues with as myriad events and activities for the building. She was recognised as a life Stagecraft. Her design company contacts member of Stagecraft in 2017. Stagecraft will be celebrating have led to the highly professional poster designs Stagecraft, as well its 60th with a diamond-themed as its photo shoots for productions. party and an afternoon tea for Come and enjoy the innovative fresh takes on Shakespeare Joy is one half of one of Stage- members. by students from aroundand Wellington Region! craft’s most performed talented directing Sponsors supporters will be duos with PaulDates: Kay. Joy and Paul’s invited a VIP gala performance Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11,toThursday 12 April 7.00pm productions have included The or ofDoor its current Book via Sales production, Brontë Three Musketeers by Polly Teale, on May 31. Tickets:(written $12 Adultsby $10 Concessions & SGCNZ Friends

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Question: Do you support councillors’ latest push to reduce the CBD speed limit to 30km/h?

Karen Rigby, Miramar “I support 30km/h - in certain streets it would work. The problem we have is the amount of traffic. Not all streets though; in Jervois Quay that would be ridiculous.”

Dominic Hygate, Strathmore Park “We need more enclosed areas without cars. There are far too many people … driving cars. We should have a mall going down Willis St between Manners St and Lambton Quay.”

Cheryl Van Dongen, Miramar “Yes it should. It’s very dangerous at times.”

Wayne McDermott, Island Bay “In certain streets I would support it. Smaller, narrower streets like side streets. Not the quays.”

Rosie Fai, Island Bay “No. Fifty is not that fast anyway – it’s a reasonable speed. Traffic is already slow enough. Cops have got better things to do than fining people for going 35km/h.”

Sally Jackson, Island Bay “I think that’s ok. I don’t drive that much through the CBD. If somebody thought it would make a difference then I would be happy to go slower.”

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Democracy under threat by ignorant wreckers Dear Editor; I note (CSN, May 17) the announcement of what our City Council has planned for Matariki 2018. Perhaps the fireworks will be welcome; but I fear they will then be used as an excuse to discontinue the very popular display for Guy Fawkes, which surely has a much better chance of good weather in early November than for Matariki in early July.

Departing from Newtown Kiwibank not hard Dear Editor, It was easy moving from the Newtown Kiwibank before it closes and before the madding rush of local businessmen change. I just made an appointment to open a new online account which

is free for Superannuates, but be sure to get a “change of bank account” form from WINZ, as that takes them two weeks to change over. Martin Beck, Mornington

Hell-bent on political correctness, the Council will doubtless tell us it cannot afford more than one fireworks display per year, and that we must move on from a British custom based on bigotry and sectarian strife, commemorating the fortunate frustration of the 1604 Gunpowder Plot, but allegedly irrelevant to us Kiwis now. As well, fireworks in early July will be part of displacing still more of our British usages

by Yankee ones. “I see no reason/Why Gunpowder Treason/Should ever be forgot”, says the old rhyme. Parliament was saved from destruction, but is now endangered by having been swamped by wreckers. They simply ignore public opinion, or else will try to deceive us that it favours their schemes. If implemented, they will destroy democracy, the rule of law, and Christian civili-

sation itself, whether or not our present legislators, administrators, and judiciary know this. I believe a few of them do know, while the rest are under strong delusion that they will create a world of peace, plenty and mutual love - good enough for the Tui billboard’s “Yeah, right”! H Westfold, Miramar

We need to work on our English skills first Of our three official Languages English is not spoken correctly, so why speak French before English is spoken correctly. The young cannot put a sentence together without using the word “like” every second word. Their diction is so bad they can barely be understood.

I detest the fact that we no longer call our children “children”, but “kids”, which are baby goats. Even in Parliament “children” is not a word used. TV presenters are worse, with any word with a “tu” sounded as “Choo” (Chooseday, evenchaly). If you tune into the sports

channel and a person being interviewed answers the question starting “Yeah-No”. The anchor says “acshally” (Actually). All making me cringe, I could go on with examples but I am limited to 150 words. Heather Bevan Island bay

Sallies’ new Newtown hub sees services merged By Emma Houpt JOURNALISM STUDENT

A local charity group is set to officially open its centre’s doors next month after recently condensing their services into one location in Newtown. Salvation Army Divisional Commander, David Daly believes that the worship and community centre will benefit those who rely on the charity for different types of support. “We know that the people we

are often helping come with all kinds of problems. It’s not just one-problem fixes,” David says. The new centre will consist of treatment programmes, community ministries, an early childhood centre, a church and a family store. Newtown Residents Association President, Rhona Carson anticipates the new centre will not cause any significant concerns for Newtown because of the charities existing presence in the suburb.

“The Salvation Army is already a valuable part of the social services in Newtown. I expect them to work well with the rest of the community to respond to any particular needs or issues that emerge,” Rhona says. “Having these services and their clients in the South of Riddiford St instead of the North might change the dynamic a bit but how that works out remains to be seen.” The Salvation Army decided to rebuild the centre after being

told that several of the original buildings required earthquake strengthening. David thinks that the pressure to rebuild allowed for the charity group to reassess their operational and physical structure. “We see people holistically. We thought this was an opportunity to bring all of those services that were scattered into one area together and look at ways to improve our services in Newtown,” David says. “For the people of Newtown,

it’s going to be an advantage that all of our services are under one roof. We are hoping that it will enrich the community and be a safe place for people to come to when they are lonely.” WCC Newtown Community Liaison Officer, Ray Tuffin agrees that the new centre will further benefit the community. “It will provide support and services to those who have become a part of the Newtown Community. A fantastic community partner in so many ways,” Ray says.

Thursday May 24, 2018


Southgate residents threaten election boycott over ward change By Asa Andersen

Southgate residents are threatening to leave their voting papers in the mailbox in Wellington’s next local body election, says the Island Bay Residents’ Association chair. Vicki Greco says Southgate residents who were at the association’s meeting earlier this month talked about abstaining from the election if Wellington City Council’s proposal to move their suburb into a different ward went ahead. “Some of the comments they made is they just wouldn’t even bother voting in the [Eastern Ward] local election, because they just don’t identify with it. “Any groups they belong to - whether a gardening place, an art group - whatever group they belong to it’s in Island Bay [Southern Ward]. “It’s like saying, ‘Right, you’re an Australian now.’ That is how they feel,” she says. The council’s Representation Review proposes to move Southgate out of the council’s Southern Ward, which encompasses neighbouring Island Bay, and into Eastern Ward, which has councillors unfamiliar to Southgate voters. Public submissions on the proposal have ended, but Southgate residents argue they couldn’t submit an informed response in

Southgate resident Rodney Page has voted in the Southern Ward for 40 years. PHOTO: Asa Andersen

time as the council didn’t give enough background information. The review proposes the change because Eastern Ward has too few people per city councillor. Southgate resident Rodney Page said he has voted in every local body election since he moved to Southgate in 1978, and says the

council’s change would bring his 40-year habit of voting to an end. “I wouldn’t [vote], I mean what’s the point? I couldn’t care about that bit over there. “We would be talking to Eastern Ward [councillors] about Island Bay matters.” The change would take place

in the 2019 local body election and would continue for the 2022 election. The council’s City Strategy Committee will review the proposed change on Thursday, with the full council making a final decision on May 30. Southern Ward councillor Fleur

Fitzsimons confirmed that council officials did indeed draw up different options, but said the proposed scenario caused the least amount of change overall. “There would need to be a compelling and sound justification made by residents for stopping the change,” she says.

Pumping money for charity close to her heart By Jamie Adams

A Miramar woman is giving back to a charity she says has helped her and others maintain a high quality of life despite their health conditions. Gillie Coxill is aiming to raise $500 for the Heart Foundation by holding a series of fundraising events in addition to running for the charity in this winter’s Wellington Half Marathon. While many individuals have been pledging money online, Monday’s event at the Seatoun Village Hall saw Gillie selling homemade soup and a range of household items. They included old books – still in good condition despite their gold-coin sale prices – puzzles, quilt fabrics, clothes, a handbag and even a cat carrier. “I’ve been decluttering my house for several months and have also donated to charity shops,” Gillie says. Gillie was born with a congenital heart defect that has led to scarring on her heart. “I would probably need a pacemaker put in at some point. Running helps me put it off.” Gillie says everybody knows someone with

Gillie Coxill holds a copy of two comic books she brought with her from the UK when she moved to New Zealand. They are among many $1 and $2 items on sale during her fundraising drive at Seatoun Village Hall on Monday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

a heart problem. “Heart disease is one of New Zealand’s

biggest killers. Someone dies every 90 minutes,” she says, quoting a statistic from the Heart Foundation. She puts the phenomenon down to modern lifestyle choices that have also led to a high rate of obesity. “Too often people don’t eat well and don’t exercise.” Originally from Worcestershire, England, Gillie came to New Zealand in the 1990s, bringing with her some books and comics that are not commonly sold here, including Beano and Dandy. They were among the items others in the community had donated for Monday’s sale. Monday’s event was the first of three fundraisers at the hall Gillie has organised. Today she will be selling cups of coffee donated by Havana and on June 11 she is organising a community lunch. She hopes the money raised will go to research to help “make a difference”.  Gillie has accumulated $470 in donations as of Tuesday. To join her cause go to wellington-marathon-2018.everydayhero. com and click on Gillie’s name in the sidebar.

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SWIS teacher gets Royal Society treatment By Besa Chembo JOURNALISM STUDENT

A South Wellington Intermediate School science teacher is one of this year’s participants in a prestigious programme designed to enhance their teaching. Since 2015, Royal Society Te Apārangi has had an ongoing programme that has helped science teachers develop leadership skills within schools and their communities all over New Zealand. The Science Teaching Leadership Programme provides opportunities for primary and secondary school science departments and their teachers to enhance the teaching of science within schools in support of the government’s strategic plan of science in society. In the first phase of the programme, schools nominate teachers who take paid leave and spend two school terms working alongside scientists to gain a deeper understanding of New Zealand’s overarching science curriculum strand called the Nature of Science In the second phase of the programme, the teachers return to school to work with students, staff and their local community to enhance the quality of science teaching and learning in their school over a period of up to 18 months. Aashif Sach, a year 7 and 8 specialist science teacher at South Wellington Intermediate School (SWIS), is one of the teachers selected this year.

His participation saw him go on a 14-day voyage of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic region with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research which included collecting temperature and salinity data from

Argo floats in Campbell Plateau. He admits that getting the chance to work up close with scientists and to experience oceanography and marine biology has given him a much deeper appreciation for science. “The programme has been great. It’s probably one of the most incredible experiences I have ever gotten.” Aashif admits to sometimes lacking confidence while teaching scientific

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WW1 soldier’s story Futuristic play brings virtual reality to audience leads to research on window Virtual reality is coming to Circa, in a first for audiences of New Zealand theatre. The Atom Room will bring a unique pre-show virtual reality (VR) prologue in the theatre foyer, in addition to the theme that will run during the show. Designed by Tony St George of Polytronik Studios especially for the show, ticket holders will witness a dystopian vision of Wellington 150 years in the future, as imagined by the world of The Atom Room. Written by award-winning Wellington playwright Philip Braithwaite and featuring new music from electronic music icons MINUIT, The Atom Room is a love story set within a highlyadvanced virtual reality system where couples ‘meet’ and ‘interact’ in ways so believable, it might as well be reality itself or “an ultra-modern version” of Skype. Sarah and Danny live in Wellington, 150 years in the future where climate change, tectonic shifts and nuclear accidents have wrecked the environment. Sarah secures an engineering job to create a new colony on Mars, leaving Danny behind on Earth. Can their long-distance relationship survive? Is the Atom Room their only hope? Starring Harriet Prebble (The Father), Taylor Hall (Filthy Rich, 800 Words), and Claire Waldron (King Lear), it is directed by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (La Casa Azul - Frida Kahlo, Hand to God).

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World’s delegates attend conference at zoo Wellington Zoo hosted the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) 2018 Conference earlier this week, which saw over 200 delegates from around the world attending. Delegates from local and international zoos, aquariums, government departments, councils, universities, and conservation non-government organisations were some of the attendees at the conference at Te Papa, with additional events and workshops at Wellington Zoo, from Monday to Thursday. Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield says the zoo was proud to have hosted this year’s biennial ZAA Conference. “Some of our delegates travelled from as far afield as Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, the USA and Hong Kong to attend this conference,” Karen says. “This event is a great opportunity for other like-minded individuals and organisations to come together to showcase their work in the environmental and conservation space and develop partnerships for future collaboration.” Key speakers at the conference

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Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield, right, with World Association of Zoos and Aquariums president Jenny Gray in front of a new map of all the places the zoo supports. PHOTO: Supplied

Former bishop’s warden of St Jude’s Church Edna Hurd in front of the stained-glass window dedicated to fallen soldier Frederick A. Nees. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

At first glance it seems like a typical stained-glass window commonly found in any of Wellington’s churches. But a closer look at one of the many such windows on display at St Jude’s Church in Lyall Bay will reveal something special about it – the stained-glass design is a dedication to Frederick A. Nees. Edna Hurd, a former bishop’s warden at the now disused church, says her interest in the window was sparked in an article published in the May 3 edition of the Cook Strait News about Hataitai resident Louise Brockway collating stories of local soldiers who fought in World War One for a display at the former Hataitai Bowling Club. Central to the story was Lieuteant Nees who died on the battlefields of France in 1918 at the age of 26. The church was built in 1923 and Edna believes the stainedglass dedication to Frederick is one of the first that was installed in it. The design depicts Frederick as

King Richard I. The St George Cross, which features next to an English Lion logo as well as on his sword’s sheath, and the flag of Cumbria at the extreme top suggest he was born in England’s northwest. Unfortunately not much else is known about Frederick. After a fruitless Google search and several weeks of going through old newspapers as well as further inquiries with Louise, Edna was unable to determine where he was born and where he died. “I found in a newspaper article dated April 30, 1947 that a woman called Mrs Nees was calling for more New Year’s honours. “I don’t know if she was his wife or his mother, but she and her brother Mr Chisholm were very active in St Jude’s Church and it was them who requested the window be put in.” Other locals who have been given stained-glass dedications include Jennifer Calder, Matthew Robert and Simon Craig. The church is no longer functional as it requires earthquake strengthening, but the hall behind it is still used for other events.

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Thursday May 24, 2018

Synchro team reaps gold at NI champs

Wellington Synchro’s winning Dolphin Combo Team about to start their routine. From left: Mairead Elliott, Annika Leslie-Bird, Leah Sumner, Sascha Fox, Molly Downing, Billie Leslie-Bird, Audrey Chew. PHOTO: Dave Lintott

Wellington punched above its at the North Island Synchro Swimming Champs over the weekend. This is the first time that Wellington Synchro has hosted the North Islands Championship, although other clubs have hosted in Wellington previously. Athletes compete in a figures competition, as well Team, Combo, Duet/ Trio and Solo events.

The North Island champs also includes the Intermediate & Secondary School competitions. The meet was managed by Glen and Jennifer Elliot of the Wellington Synchro, a relatively small club compared to others around the country with 13 competitive swimmers aged between 8 and 16 years. “A huge amount of effort from

volunteers and parents has gone in to organising the event and we are very excited our efforts came to fruition this weekend.” Wellington’s winners included the Dolphins Combos, Annika LeslieBird in the 12 and under figures and Mairead Elliot in the 13,14,1 5 figures. The Aquanauts duet also came second.

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Hundreds bid to be king and queen of the mountain Organisers say it was a fantastic day when 351 runners took to the trails of Mt Victoria to take part in the 95th Vosseler Shield event on Saturday. The first major individual interclub cross country races of the winter season saw competitors battle it out across all grades from U11s to Masters for over-70s. First-year senior Maiya Christini from Wellington Harriers Athletics Club (WHAC) took command of the women’s race early on and won comfortably by 38 seconds. She was followed by last year’s winner and clubmate Sarah Drought.

Maiya moved to Wellington last year but ran for her Auckland club last winter season in order to be eligible for the junior team at the New Zealand Road Relay Champs. In the men’s race, Daniel Jones took it to the field and opened up an early lead which extended to over a minute by the finish. He was followed by club mates Niam Macdonald and Harry Burnard, both of whom have recently been selected for the World Mountain Running Champs. Host WHAC retained the Barry Everitt Place for the highest scoring overall club on points.

Thursday May 24, 2018



LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

Northern United beat Oriental Rongotai 32-15 Petone beat Wellington FC 55-0 Marist St Pats beat Poneke 42-28

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield)

Petone beat Wellington FC 34-27 Marist St Pats beat Poneke 52-10 Northern United beat Oriental Rongotai 34-29

• Women’s (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy)

Wellington FC drew with Old Boys University 24-24

• Les Mills Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy)

Northern United beat Oriental Rongotai 36-32 Marist St Pats beat Twa 25-19

• First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup) Old Boys University beat Marist 42-41

• 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl)

Marist St Pats Bye Northern United beat Poneke 92-0 Oriental Rongotai beat Paremata-Plimmerton 44-10

Wellington FC beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 25-12 Upper Hutt beat Marist St Pats by default

• Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup)

• Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy)

Johnsonville beat Poneke 17-10

• Reserve Grade (JDR Cup)

Poneke beat Upper Hutt 38-26 Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 26-24


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Rongotai College v Wairarapa 1-2 Hutt International v Scots 1-3 St Pats Wgtn v Silverstream 0-2

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• Capital 1

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• Capital Premier Island Bay Utd v Petone Premier 7-1 Brooklyn Northern Utd v Wellington Utd 1-3

• Capital 2

• Capital 3

NW Reserves v Marist 1st Team 4-1 Seatoun AFC v Wairarapa Utd 8-1

• College Premier Youth Grade Wellington College v Kapiti 4-1

Waikanae AFC v Marist 1st Team 0-3

• Kate Sheppard Knock Out Cup Victoria University v Brooklyn Northern Utd 3-1


Harbour City beat Dalefield 4–3 Hutt United beat Northern United 5–3 Victoria beat Kapiti 3–1

• Women

Dalefield beat Harbour City 4–3 Hutt United and Victoria drew 1–1

Sports talk WHAC club manager Paul Hewitson leads a group during the men’s Vosseler Shield race. Paul was on the course from the early hours of setting up but he still fronted up to run. He finished seventh in the men’s Masters over-50s. PHOTO: Supplied

Marist in the Jubilee Cup semis Marist St Pat’s was a significant winner in a blockbuster match on Saturday at Kilbirnie Park. MSP and Norths both produced top second half performances in beating home teams Poneke and Ories to both book their places in the Jubilee Cup with two weeks to spare. MSP pulled cleared of Poneke to win their Horan-Millar Trophy match 42-28, while Norths beat Oriental-Rongotai for the To’omaga Alex Iona Memorial Cup 32-15. These other two wins mean that OBU (on 47 points), Norths (45), HOBM (43) and MSP (40) can all start preparing for the championship rounds. However, six teams - Petone, Tawa, Poneke, Oriental-Rongotai, the Upper Hutt Rams and

Wainuiomata (mathematically possible) – are still alive chasing the remaining three spots over the final fortnight of the first round. Just Avalon, Paremata-Plimmerton, the Wellington Axemen and Johnsonville are guaranteed to be heading to the Hardham Cup in June and July. In other results on Saturday, Petone beat Wellington 55-0 at the Petone Recreation Ground, Tawa beat Wainuiomata 43-22 at William Jones Park and the Upper Hutt Rams beat Johnsonville 4029 at Helston Park. Swindale Shield Points Table: OBU 48, Nor t hs 45, HOBM 44, MSP 40, Petone 37, Tawa 37, Po n eke 3 4 Ories 27, Wainui 25, UH Rams 25, Avalon 17, Pare-Plim 16, Wgtn 12, Jville 1

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No bolters for ABs Apparently gone are the days of the great All Black bolter. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that the All Blacks first squad of 2018 was as predictable as a Blues defeat. Whether that’s good or bad, is always subjective but when potential new selections are mooted prior to the announcement and then proven to be accurate, it does kill the emotion of the event. Still, there are key talking points to come from this squad to face France in June. Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock could not be ignored as the obvious choice of captain. Even with vice captain Sam Cane in the squad, the rugged Cantab was a popular choice. Steve Hansen and his wise men of selectors have gone with just two hookers. With Dane Coles out, they continued with Codie Taylor and the skittish Nathan Harris and avoided naming a third. Jordan Taufua gets rewarded for three seasons of knocking on the selection door. While his place looks to have come at the expense of the reliable Matt Todd, it appears Taufua could be groomed as the next enforcer of

the All Blacks loose forwards, much like Jerome Kaino was during his tenure. With the overseas departure of Tawera Kerr-Barlow, selectors have picked fellow Waikato scrum half Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi. That’s largely the only surprise in the backline with perhaps one Canes back Ben Lam a touch unlucky to miss selection given his Super Rugby form. But therein lies the evolution of selection. No longer does one stellar Super Rugby campaign make you an All Black that year. Hansen, like Graham Henry before him, has his trusted players, regardless of form. It’s now, more than ever, about fitting into the All Black environment and less about stellar on field performance. To be an All Black requires longevity and solid, reliable performance. If you’re flaky, then you’re out or not even let in at all. Hard to argue with that logic given the decade ranked No 1 on the planet and back-to-back World Championships. Here’s to more success, it’s what we expect and demand after all.


Thursday May 24, 2018

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