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Three Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Brigade members gave a very good account of themselves as they raced up the 328 metres of the tallest building in the southern hemisphere on Saturday May 19. They joined 497 other New Zealand firefighters running up the 1103 steps in Sky Tower’s 51 flights of stairs, all wearing 25kg of kit. Thirty-one-year-old firefighter Dave Knubley said the three Johnsonville men used the breathing apparatus, though that is optional. Continued on page 2. Kitted up and ready for the Skytower Challenge: Johnsonville firefighters, from left: Josh Harvey, Kapu Werahiko and Dave Knubley. PHOTO supplied.

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Auckland’s Sky Tower, where three Johnsonville firefighters raised to the top. PHOTO: Supplied.

Continued from page 1. It was his second go and though his 17m 55s was a little slower than last year, he along with the other two locals, is up for another attempt in 2019. The fastest Johnsonville member was a first-timer, 23-year-old senior firefighter Josh Harvey, with a time of 13m 21s.

“Very impressive,” says Dave, adding that Josh will start training earlier than this year’s three-month lead in, hoping to break the 10 minute mark next time. (Another Josh, 35-year-old Mount Wellington firefighter Josh Harrison, won for the eighth time straight in 8m11s.) Senior Johnsonville fire-

fighter 49-year-old Kapu Werahiko, in his third year and at masters level, finished in 31m 23s. Dave said competitors are “chipped” and leave at 30-second intervals, meaning quite a bit of passing on the stairs. “It’s packed in there.” However there was, he said, a volunteer medic on every fifth

landing, so health and safety issues were well covered. The team paid for their travel and accommodation. Through sponsorship from family, work colleagues and members of the public, they contributed $2290 towards the record $1,256,000 the event raised for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

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The Wellington Council’s sale of emergency water tanks outside Newlands New World last Saturday saw the Northern Ward councillors sell the 14 tanks that were pre-ordered, as well as the nine they had on sale that day.

Councillor Malcolm Sparrow said they then had to take three more orders once they had run out of stock. “So a very successful venture!” he said, adding that local school and churches benefitted to the tune of $70 and $200 was

donated to Mary Potter Hospice. The 200 litre tanks, which sell for $110, will next be sold outside Churton Park New World from 11.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday June 9. Those who would like one are asked to pre-order and pre-pay.

What’s the Best Computer for You? Getting the Right Hard Drive Your computer hard drive is where you save all your documents, photos, music and your computer operating system, like Windows 10. It’s your computer’s filing cabinet and so it’s important that it’s reliable and working well because when a computer fails, and they all fail sooner or later, it’s often the hard drive that’s to blame. The standard hard drive has always been a spinning metal disk that over time tended to slowly wear out but the data was usually recoverable. This is called a Hard Drive Disk or HDD. Nowadays a newer version is used, called a solid state drive or SSD which uses different technology that’s much, much faster than HDD. The problem is that when a

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inbrief news Whittaker’s wins again Whittaker’s, which makes all its chocolate from bean to bar at its factory in Porirua, is named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand for the seventh consecutive year. The Reader’s Digest list also names the firm as the Most Iconic Brand for the sixth year running and they topped the confectionery category for the seventh straight year. Matt Whittaker says they especially value the Most Trusted Brand award because it is decided by the New Zealand public. “We’d like to thank our wonderful factory staff who share our passion for chocolate and our commitment to quality, he said. He also acknowledged their many New Zealand suppliers.

Big Sing back The Big Sing Wellington Regionals is coming up on June 18 and 19 at the Michael Fowler Centre. This will feature 40 secondary school choirs, including three from the Northern suburbs: Onslow College Choir, Onslow Chamber Choir, and  Northern Notes from Newlands College.

Richard and Kirstie Smith arriving back in Wellington to “recharge” and rally support for their work in Cambodia. PHOTO: Supplied. By Glenise Dreaver

On July 5, former Wellington teachers Richard and Kirstie Smith arrive back in New Zealand from Siem Reap in Cambodia. They will be “recharging” and rallying support for empowering vulnerable girls and their families and lifting education standards in the country they have worked in for the last two years. Kirstie, formerly a teacher at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, has spent that time managing a project that provides

counselling, aftercare, and education, and arranges vocational training for underage girls, either at-risk or rescued from the sex industry. Richard, in 2015 voted ‘New Zealand’s most inspirational teacher’, went from teaching at Wadestown School to teaching at an international school. He has also been working with Prison Fellowship Cambodia, supporting prisoners and their families and running a Christian programme called ‘Celebrate Recovery’. Providing they can raise funds for another three years, the

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Smiths will return to Cambodia in January 2019. “Although we are partly self-funding, we’ve had financial backing from friends, church and family,” says Richard. During their time in Wellington they hope to extend this group of supporters to include others who share their vision. Richard plans to continue working with Prison Fellowship and to work with ‘See Beyond Borders’, a non-governmental agency focussed on teacher training and developing learning programmes. Kirstie will continue to pro-

vide support and opportunities for vulnerable girls, women and their families. “Most of the drive to enter the sex industry comes from poverty. An accident, sickness, bereavement or wedding can put a family into enormous debt. “The biggest potential earner is often a teenage girl. Working with families to help them improve their standard of living is therefore a vital part of this ministry,” says Kirstie. Richard says, “It’s been tough at times, being so far from family and friends so the prospect of home is oasis-like.”

Dentists want warnings on sugary drinks The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is backing a suggestion of adding graphic images of rotted teeth and health warnings on sugary drinks to encourage healthier behaviours. Research was presented at a European Congress by Professor Anna Peeters from Australia’s Deakin University revealing that nearly 1000 young adults showed a 20 percent drop in purchases of drinks bearing a picture of rotten teeth. “This is exactly one of the seven measures we have called upon in our Consensus Statement on Sugary Drinks,” said NZDA spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole.

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inbrief news Triple T makes the AB squad Johnsonvile Rugby Club is celebrating the naming of Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (‘Triple T’) in the All Blacks Squad to play France in the upcoming test series. Whilst Triple T, though not locally “born and bred” here, played with the club in 2016 for a few select games when he was released from the Hurricanes. More recently he has been with the Chiefs.

Sign language initiative from student By Glenise Dreaver

Last Wednesday, Winnie Solomon, Year 12 at Samuel Marsden Collegiate school, organised a special hour-long sign language workshop for her classmates.

Some 15-20 attended the highly successful seminar led by Nicolette van Vuuren from Deaf Aotearoa, who is both deaf and mute. Winnie says she was diagnosed with severe hearing loss when she was two and a half

and got her hearing aids soon after. “We don’t really know if I was born with hearing loss or it happened gradually as newborn screening wasn’t around when I was born,” she says. “I am so grateful to now be

GWRC consults with community A spokesperson says that community feedback and rates affordability were key considerations in Greater Wellington Regional Council’s 10-Year Plan discussions. This year, they received 761 submissions, a record, and Hearings Committee Chair Cr Barbara Donaldson says that understanding the needs and wants of communities was integral to their processes. The key proposals for feedback were public transport, water supply and quality, biodiversity, emergency management, economic development and building resilience around the region. “Our deliberations and final decisions were based on the views of our community,” she says adding that they were impressed by both the volume and the quality of the submissions“ from individual ratepayers through to the city and district councils, companies and iwi representatives”. W R I G H T S H I L L F O RT R E S S

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Year 12 student Tegan Martin (left) has her introduction to signing for the camera. Deaf Aotearoa representative Nicolette Van Vuuren, centre, was invited to the school by student Winnie Solomon (right). PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

an ambassador for newborn screening at Wellington Hospital. “I really wanted to give back to the deaf community by learning sign language, since I am a part of that,” she says. “I have felt guilty, only knowing the basics and now what I learnt at the workshop, though I met a group of deaf people at a rugby game a while ago. I signed ‘Hi my name is Winnie’. “They replied, shocked that I knew sign language. “I felt really proud and I think it made both my night and theirs. She is thinking about doing some NCEA internals to get credits and extend her knowledge. Despite her hearing aids, Winnie says she does sometimes miss what people say so she has trained herself to lip read. “I don’t see signing used much, though it is an official national language like English and Maori.” Winnie said they were taught words like hello and goodbye, the colours, numbers, animals and even sports. She also says the feedback from her supportive year group was “awesome”.

Wellington economy in a good place Wellington City Council Economic Development Portfolio leader Simon Marsh says he is encouraged by the way the city is tracking 18 months after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. “Our economy has clearly grown in the last quarter, our unemployment rate continues to fall and the number of new residential building consents has grown. Wellington is in a

good place,” he says. The Quarterly Economic Monitor for Wellington City for the period ending March 2018 shows confidence is high in Wellington, with the economy growing by 2.7 percent. This growth increased the city’s GDP to $20.5 billion, with the report noting that the change of government and an improvement in public sector

employment could be part of the reason. Wellington’s unemployment rate is down to 4.2 percent at the end of March 2018, compared to 4.7 percent for the previous quarter. The city experienced a gain in permanent and long-term migration of 2772 people in the year to March 2018, which is nearly double the 10-year

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Huge sacrifice for Emily

ABOVE: Emily Briers with her sister Georgia, in the grounds of the Crofton Downs School, after the big shave. PHOTO supplied. RIGHT: Emily braves hairdresser Helen Rawling’s tools of her trade as she donates her hair to the Wellington Cancer Society. Friend Zoe Fergusson held her hand. PHOTO Tania Parker

Eleven-year-old Emily Briers of Crofton Downs School last Thursday donated her hair to be made into a wig, with the $7300 she raised going to the Wellington Cancer Society. Local hairdresser Helen Rowlings shaved her hair while Emily’s friend Zoe Fergusson sat beside her in the school’s hall, holding Emily’s hand and offering moral support. Emily says: “I used to have an uncle called Brendan and I miss him so much. He was always fun and loved the outdoors. “Seven years ago in May he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.” The treatment he had meant his hair never grew back in that same spot, she says. Two years ago, he went for a run and had a seizure. “The brain tumor was back,”

Emily says. “After that he came and lived with us for a while. A great memory of him is that every time someone had a birthday, Brendan would buy a box of Cadbury Favourites. Brendan died last June and Emily chose head shaving as a good way to remember him. “I’ve always loved my hair and for me this is a big sacrifice, but if it means I can donate to a good cause, it will be worth every inch of it. “Also Brendan always shaved the rest of his hair as low as it would go.” “Please dig deep and help me raise money for this great cause.  Donations can be made at https://

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Should we become a republic, instead of keeping the Queen as Head of State?

Pat Cooper, Tawa “No! You can tell where I come from!”

Barbara Rivers, Khandallah “Only after she abdicates, or dies.”

Bruce Flett, Rawa “No, for a whole variety of reasons.”

Anna Lord, Newlands “I’m a little bit torn. The royals are obsolete, but I like them anyway.”

Debbie Wheeler, Aotea “No, I’ll stick with royalty.”

Isobella Lane, Ngaio “I don’t really care. She doesn’t really do anything any more.”

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LETTER to the editor Dear Editor, Your statement that Ryman’s certificate of compliance relates to the demolition of “the less significant buildings” in the Karori Campus is incorrect (May 9 p. 3). As we understand it, Ryman pro-

poses to demolish approximately half of the campus, including the historically-important gymnasium, and the buildings framing the fabulous and enchanting Lopdell Gardens, including the delightful crimson sky-bridges.

These elements cannot be simply extracted from the experience of the Teachers College landscape, which is an exquisitely-designed site built in two stages, not a group of unrelated buildings able to be plucked off with no effect on the

composition of the whole. We look forward to your next article in this series on the Karori campus and hope that it draws more comprehensively on those with heritage expertise and knowledge of Brutalist architecture, as

well as the memories of people who trained to be teachers there. Christine McCarthy and Daryl Cockburn Co-presidents Architectural Centre

Royal wedding prompts reminiscing at Karori home Residents Audrey Hayes and Merle Lewthwaite admire each other’s wedding outfits at Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori.

While the royal wedding has incited much fun and frivolity this month, it’s also been a source of meaningful connection and bonding for many of the community’s elders. Residents, families and staff at Karori’s Huntleigh Home have been relishing the opportunity to swap stories about their own wedding days. “We were married at St James Anglican Church in Lower Hutt in 1960, before moving out to near Totara Park, where we stayed for decades. It rained all day, but that didn’t bother me much as they say that’s good luck!” recalls resident Audrey Hayes. Audrey says the royal nuptials recently prompted her to look through her old belongings for traces of her own wedding day. “I actually managed to find some of my old wedding accessories like my veil and headpiece, which I didn’t even know I had here. “My daughter wore my headpiece on her wedding day too, so that was pretty special

to discover,” she recounts. Recreation team leader Annelize Steyn says special occasions like these often provide great opportunities for staff to open up conversations with elders and learn more about their lives. “We love learning about what stirs the hearts of the residents here and events like the royal wedding provide us, as staff, with a fun and wonderful way to do that. “Although the event itself may be fleeting, the memories we share and the bonds we make as a result last much longer and make such a difference to the life and energy of the home,” she says.  Huntleigh Home follows Enliven’s eldercentred philosophy, which places special emphasis on the importance of connecting with elders as people and ensuring they enjoy opportunities for companionship and community engagement. To learn more, visit nz or call 04 464 2020. PBA

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Art gallery set to become permanent studio By Glenise Dreaver

The exhibition of artist Leonard Victor Mitchell’s paintings, which opened in an empty shop site in Ganges Road in Khandallah (Independent Herald, March 21 2018, p3) has proved an unqualified success. Anna Reed, Leonard’s niece, said the family had arranged an extension of their original five-week lease to May 5, then approached the group that owns the building to see if they could stay on in what they hope will be a permanent arrangement. They discovered there are plans to split the current large display space into two “and we are taking the smaller one as our gallery,” says Anna. The gallery will be called Mitchell Studios. It means quite a long “to do” list, including plans for the sale of prints for those not in the market for an original. Further diversification could also mean sales of books – and a book in which Anna has been a prime mover is due to be published by Potton and Burton in October. Mitchell & Mitchell is the story of Leonard and his father who was a commercial artist and stamp designer, she says. She is one of a team of three working on it, her role primarily in design and layout. Interest in Leonard’s work grew after a recent Sunday programme which featured his brother and

Anna Reed, niece of Ngaio-born artist Leonard Victor Mitchell, at right, with her mother Madeleine Mitchell in the Ganges Road gallery that is set to become a more permanent feature of the street. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Anna’s father, 90-year-old Frank. He has guarded Leonard’s artistic legacy for almost 40 years since his death, until he felt the moment right to restore him to his rightful place in the history of New Zealand art. Within half an hour of the programme, emails started pouring in says Anna, and

the influx continued for a week. “There have also been many who’ve seen the story in the Herald,” she says. The Khandallah community has also been very supportive, pleased by the news that the new gallery in their midst will be a more permanent fixture.



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Wednesday May 30, 2018

Lions commit $72,000 to plant conservation

The sponsoring of a plant conservation laboratory at Otari-Wilton’s Bush by The Lions Club of Karori has been completed, in a project which celebrates one hundred years of Lions Clubs International. A lunchtime function on Friday May 25 was held at the Otari-Wilton’s Bush Information Centre, when Karori Lions project leader Trevor Anders presented a commitment of $72,000 to Mayor Justin Lester. Councillors Andy Foster, Diane Calvert and Peter Gilberd attended, along with Lions district governor Rex Bullard and representatives of a number of Lions clubs which had made donations to the project.

Karori Lions had also received support from the national Lions trust (Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust), the Lion Foundation (through the Karori Brooklyn Community Charitable Trust) and the Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust. Endorsement was also received from Te Papa, Victoria University of Wellington and Plant and Food Research. A sunny, mild autumn day assisted in providing a very relaxed and friendly event. In a closing speech, Otari-Wilton’s Bush manager Rewi Elliot commented that six months ago having this research facility at Otari had just been a dream, which would not have happened if Lions had not stepped up.

Huge rig on site at Malvina Major Village Ryman Healthcare’s construction of the Figaro rebuild at Malvina Major Retirement Village is well under way with two thirds of the excavation completed for level one. Piling has started in the south west corner and the company has sourced one of the biggest drilling rigs in the country which is currently on site. A Ryman spokesperson reports that this new machine has sped up the process, managing the hard rock well and completing pile depth in quicker time. The site has been split into three, and after the completion of the first section the plan is to install a new access ramp. This will allow work on the north end to begin with continued excavations and piling. The tower crane was installed on May 12 and delivers permanent lifting capability on site and through the rebuild. This also means the crawler crane can be removed to make One of the biggest drilling rigs in New Zealand can room for more piling to be done. be seen from Burma Road. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

From left: Karin van der Walt, Wellington Gardens Conservation and Science Advisor; Trevor Anders and Mayor Justin Lester. PHOTO graph: Neil Price, WCC


Restored carillon sound as a bell Pukeahu National War Memorial Park will be the site of a double celebration on Wednesday at 3.30pm with the unveiling of the Wellington’s Bell Stories interactive display in the National War Memorial foyer and the reopening of the restored and strengthened National War Memorial Carillon. Grant Robertson and Mayor Justin Lester Mayor will be present for the unveiling, to be followed by a Return of the Bells Carillon recital at 4.15pm by national carillonist, Timothy Hurd, to celebrate the completion of the four-year restoration of the carillon.


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OUT&about Book sale sets record By Glenise Dreaver

The Blue Dragon book sale, held in Ngaio on Saturday in support of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Hanoi, this year raised a record $13,418. The annual event supports the charity featured on p.1 of the Independent Herald (May 9, 2018) which rescues Vietnamese children from child traffickers and forced labour, providing education, food and care. Blue Dragon trustee Iona McNaughton said she had arrived at the Ngaio town hall at 8.15am to set up and found a queue of twenty people. The crowd had swelled considerably by the time the doors

Gareth Phillips of Ngaio enjoyed exploring the children’s book boxes with two-year-old Anna and Carys, six.

opened at 9am. “It was just hectic,” she said, adding that they had earned $10,400 last year and thought they would not be able to beat that. “The trustees are very grateful for the great coverage in the Independent Herald and the support of the local community, which contributed hugely to making this the most successful Blue Dragon Book Fair yet,” she says. “It’s just such a lovely community thing. It’s so exciting to see people still love books and reading.” Some customers had, she said, spent $200-300. “They’ve got a year’s worth of reading.”

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Joelene Smith and Andy McHugh with two yearold Sadie, up on the stage enjoying sorting through the children’s books there. Blue Dragon Charitable Trust members Iona McNaughton, Susie Gifford and Sylvia Hunter were elated by the crowds of eager book-buyers. The crowd of eager book buyers had thinned a little by midmorning, but there was still a buzz from in the hall.


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Emmanuel Evan‘s pizza was a smash hit at Onslow College’s Vegetarian and Vegan food fair on Friday. Here he shares out portions to Nadia Murray-Ragg, Beth Williams and Freya Bacon-Botham.

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Onslow College’s very active Enviro Group is running several projects in different areas. The vegetarian and vegan food fair and Predator Free Schools groups both met on Friday. The predator trapping programme is under way in the school grounds. Last Friday some ten members met after school, under the guidance of Miriam Sherratt , facilitator with Papa Taiao Earthcare, to take traps to the wooded area at the back of the school grounds. A smaller number were spread near the front. The students also checked four traps that had already been placed and, Miriam said,

empty, either with set up problems, or with baits having been taken by mice who were too small to activate the traps and they would work to find ways to prevent these problems. She said the Papa Taiao group were running trapping programmes at the eight schools in the Wellington area which had elected to join their predator-free network, which also includes 12 schools in Northland. The students were working outside school hours she said, but could earn up NCEA credits by doing the trapping work. The college is also running a forest restoration and vegetable gardening group and a waste minimisation and recycling group.

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Wednesday May 30, 2018

Students Raise Funds for SPCA Wellington

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Cupcakes proved a popular fundraiser at St Benedict’s School. PHOTO: Provided.

The New Entrant to Year 2 students at St Benedict’s School have been learning about caring for animals and the classes have had visits from the SPCA staff, a Dog Control Officer and the Khandallah Vet Clinic. The main focus has been the importance of responsibility when caring for a pet, and ensuring animals

receive the ‘Five Freedoms’ - from hunger and thirst, from discomfort (shelter), from pain, injury and disease (medical care), exercise, and from fear and distress (love and understanding) Fiona Barnett’s Year 2 class then constructed play toys that they could donate, with the decision then made

to hold a cupcake sale. The students, supported by their parents, arrived at school last Friday with a range of beautifully decorated cupcakes to sell to all students and staff. The $562 raised went to the Wellington SPCA to purchase scales to weigh the animals.

Fifty old commuter train carriages are taking a road trip to Wellington’s Southern Landfill over the next few weeks. The carriages, each about 20 metres long and weighing about 25 tonnes, are being delivered by truck to the landfill where they are to be scrapped. Angus Gabara, Metlink’s Manager of Rail Operations, says the organisation has been trying to sell the old carriages for reuse for years. “Initially they were sold to a South African buyer, who took a first lot of 16 units (32 cars) to be reused in service in Africa. “But the deal for the remaining 26 units fell through in late 2017. The units were retendered earlier this year and the tender was won by Macaulay Metals to dispose of them.” The Hungarian-built Ganz Mavag trains ran on Wellington’s commuter lines from the early 1980s until they were replaced in 2016. The bogies and motors and other recoverable scrap will be separated from the units but the car body itself contains asbestos within the anti-drum coating (inside the walls of the carriages).

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Wednesday May 30, 2018


Johnsonville Rugby Club: Towards a brighter future By Glenise Dreaver

Blair Hannah, a Johnsonville Rugby Club committee member who heads up the areas of business, finance and sponsorship, and who also acts as a club spokesperson, says they are working on regeneration. A recent meeting of committee and supporters started the process and working groups are being formed. With Te Aro Physio, they are working on creating a register of injuries to manage player

welfare. That’s important, as this year the Premiers have had injuries galore with up to half the team sometimes out of action With some players in the wider squad not always fully committed, it meant the Premier Reserves were “very, very close to defaulting prior to that club meeting” says Blair. The Premier team has therefore had some poor results this season with depth and culture impacted. With just two points, it is sitting at 14th on the 14-team ladder in the

Swindale Shield. The Premier Reserve team however, is a different story and, Blair says, building their squad up is a platform for the club’s future that is really paying off, that team now sitting eighth – mid-table. They started strongly with some top Colts aboard, but once the Colts season began the side struggled a bit, and notably were “hammered” a few weeks back by Marist St Pats and Poneke Premier Reserves. Then, a month ago, they recruited coach Andrew Wharakura. “He’s

Local synchronised swimmers do well Northern suburbs competitors acquitted themselves well in the North Island Synchronised Swimming Championship hosted by Wellington Synchro on May 19 and 20. Over 80 competitors from six clubs and 16 schools across the North Island gathered at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre to compete in solos, duets, team and combo events. The Wellington Synchro Dolphin Combo Team clinched first place in their routine, which featured Annika Leslie-Bird, Khandallah, Sascha Fox, Crofton Downs, Molly Downing, Ngaio, Billie Leslie-Bird, Khandallah, and Audrey Chew, Johnsonville, Leah Sumner Melrose, and Mairead Elliott, Berhampore. The Wellington Aquanuats Duet team of Sophie Janae (Northland) and Tamon Smith (Brooklyn) came second in their event and Annika Leslie-Bird took out first place in the 12 and under Dolphin Figures. Mairead Elliott was first in the 13-15 Dolphin Figures.

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield) Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Johnsonville 52-24 Northern United beat Old Boys University 50-45 • Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Johnsonville beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 41-19 Northern United beat Old Boys University 51-24 • Women’s (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy) Old Boys University drew with Hutt Old Boys Marist 12-12 • Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup) Old Boys University beat

Johnsonville 34-12 Poneke beat Old Boys University 55-0 • Les Mills Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy) Old Boys University beat Northern United 29-24 • 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl) Avalon beat Western Suburbs 88-7 • Reserve Grade (JDR Cup) Upper Hutt beat Johnsonville 24-20 • Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy) Paremata-Plimmerton beat Old Boys University 31-12

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Clueless Canes humbled by clinical Crusaders Hurricanes pack and pounced on any mistakes. There were plenty of them. The brothers Barrett, Beauden and Jordy were no match for the conditions or their opposites. Both are All Black certainties, yet they were humbled by rain and a resilient Crusaders forward pack that embraced the 80-minute grind. Handling errors were an issue and the Hurricanes tried to play too expansively. Christchurch should have a stadium with a roof by now but it doesn’t yet. Coaches and management have to take accountability for the poor preparation. There’s plenty of support staff running around these days, one of

More ambitiously, Blair says they have decided that a gym, not only for players and members but for the community, will help them to recruit and retain talent, to build a stronger fitness base and team culture. Importantly he says, it is evident there are green lights around the club, including a very strong support and sponsors base which they are thankful for, though there are also what he describes as amber lights, areas to be addressed later. But for now, watch this space…

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Molly Downing on the shoulders of Annika Leslie-Bird in the Dolphin Combo routine. PHOTO: Dave Lintott.

Sports talk

Rugby is still a winter sport someone should have mentioned that to the Hurricanes. The Wellington Super Rugby franchise was drowned in the rain in Christchurch 24-13 by the Crusaders. The Canes’ dry weather mentality and the Crusaders’ clinical ruthless nature proved to make for a miserable night. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said post-match that his team only had themselves to blame. That’s a silly statement. Far better teams have come unstuck against the Crusaders away from home. The Crusaders, without captain Sam Whitelock and vice-captain Ryan Crotty, simply rolled up their sleeves, treasured possession, dominated the over-hyped

a very, very good team man, drawing on past relationships and building support with key contacts and former players.” They realised that shared training sessions for the top two teams weren’t working, so the Premier Reserves, for now, have their own Wednesday night sessions. “They had no separate identity.” There is already a much better team spirit says Blair. “They are playing for each other and that is what we need to drive across the club.”

them should have taken notice of a rain radar or weather forecast and then suggested a tactical change was in order. The Hurricanes played like no one had made them aware of that fact. Living in Christchurch, many red and black fans, myself included, thought the Crusaders may have been ripe for the picking. Oh ye of little faith. The Crusaders were missing plenty of big match players. As well as Whitelock and Crotty, their ill-discipline had left the propping stocks bare. There’s has been no sighting of All Black captain Kieran Read. The Hurricanes still have plenty to prove, the Crusaders - well, they’re as advertised.

This month, our government announced the Budget. This is where the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister outline how we are going to raise and spend the money over the short and long term to run the country. Like our own household budgets, we have to prioritise. Unfortunately we have discovered something which will not surprise those of you in the electorate who work in or around government; that a lack of investment in essential government services over recent years means it’s now necessary to catch up on the maintenance and pay the bills. Those with children in overcrowded classrooms or struggling to find housing will especially understand. So the next three budgets will be about making sure the needs of all New Zealanders, not just those at the top of the financial tree are met. Look for the families package which starts being implemented in July. By 2020/21, this package will add $75 a week to 385,000 NZ families, money which will recycle in our local economy and grow it. The opposition will of course pick holes in the budget;

that’s their job. But as we’re being accused of spending too much and not enough at the same time, we must have pretty much got it right. The trick is to maintain a strong growing economy while making sure we don’t become a rich country full of poor people, because that will make us like the extremely unfair societies we or our ancestors immigrated here to escape from. It’s always nice to get back to the electorate after a hard week in Parliament and events like the Ngaio Book Fair (I’m not allowed to bring any more books home unless I donate the same number) and the German Fair in Khandallah held last weekend are great places to not only enjoy the fare, but also be available to those who want to talk about local and national issues. I find that the best way to keep up with local concerns, and at the same time try some very tasty exotic food. As winter hits, remember the Winter Energy Payment brought in by this Government begins in July. Large numbers of people, especially the elderly, will have extra money for heating. Stay warm!

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