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Grief and joy By Glenise Dreaver
Cecilee Donovan doesn’t mince words. “Mental midgets!” she fumes , describing her bureaucratic battles to get entitlements owing to grandparents raising grandchildren in the Wellington area. Johnsonville Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) is, she says, better than most. But this 78-year-old volunteer spends 30 hours a week fighting for hard-won entitlements for grandparents, which have often been denied. Continued on page 2. As Cecilee Donovan unpacks a Foster Hope backpack for a fourteen-year-old boy, she is overwhelmed by its well-chosen contents. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
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Continued from page 1. “WINZ is our biggest battle,” she says frankly, citing co-ordination and training issues, while recognising that dedicated staff specialising in their entitlements would probably be too expensive.
Family Court guardianship processes are often frustrating, and ery expensive for grandparents while parents on legal aid are visiting and revisiting the same issues. One couple she knows had to spend $53,000 in nine years of litigation to keep
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or five?” P addiction is the usual reason, leaving her blazing. “I don’t give a s*** about addicts’ rights. They choose to take that stuff.” When she started this journey, parental age was formerly about 28 when they lost their family. Now it’s often late thirties and forties, with deeply disturbed children. However, wonderful people and organisations help. “Rotarians, Lions, Soroptimists for example.” Hutt council’s annual gift of theatre seats is special. Then, she says, there are Foster Hope, Little Sprouts, Nikau and McCarthy trusts to name a few who support them. “But above all is the continued caring of grandchildren by such dedicated and extraordinary grandparents who make a difference in a child’s life.”
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their grandchildren safe. This work comes about because for 16 years, Cecilee has co-ordinated the Wellington Support Group Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. She discovered it in raising her grandson from the age of eight. Now he is “the most amazing young man you could ever meet, generous and beautiful” she says, describing too his fine career in the Civil Service. Her two other children are always incredibly supportive. “They’d have taken their nephew if I hadn’t,” but life wasn’t easy. The poverty following her son’s bad decisions and other broken promises in her life meant she had to fight for the essentials, all the time grieving for her own son’s failings. “People forget that.” “And I only had one grandchild. Can you imagine four
“I was the one who turned the lights out,” says Roger Buchanan, the former CEO of New Zealand’s now defunct Wool Board. The Khandallah man gave his life to the wool industry, even writing a book “Last Shepherd”, essentially an autobiography about his more than 50 years in what was New Zealand’s largest export industry. He said it however, it was an industry which shrank under relentless pressure from international trends, not least the growing use of synthetics. So with retirement looming once he concluded the board’s winding up, son Steve decided his father would need to keep out from under his wife’s feet. The solution was to give him art lessons as a birthday present.
That was more than 10 years ago, and Roger’s art is now a passion. After discovering he could draw, he followed up the original lessons with tutoring by accomplished Dutch artist Marian van der Velde. Some six or seven years later, he found his own way using two distinct styles, representational and abstract. “I’m never quite sure which way it will go when I start a painting.” Roger and other Wellington Art Club members will be exhibiting at their annual exhibition at the Malvina Major Retirement Village on June 9-10. He can’t speak highly enough of the club, its Miramar facilities and the camaraderie it offers. The interactions with other
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First women’s team to cross Cook Strait
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ABOVE: Triumphant arrival in Picton – from left: Johannah Kearney, Ellie Morris, Tina Manker, Rachel Gamble-Flint LEFT: The team in action out on the water PHOTOs supplied. By Glenise Dreaver
The four women rowers from the “Through the Blue” charitable trust have done it– they have completed their long-awaited row of Cook Strait. The 94k feat, the first by a team of female rowers, and also the first north to south, was accomplished on Friday June 1, after a two-month wait for the right weather. It was not Picton to Wellington but Plimmerton to Picton, thanks to a last-minute change in the weather. That still meant non-stop head winds, with some “very big” waves, said Rachel Gamble Flint, who
featured in The Independent Herald (March 21, 2018 p1). It also meant there was no chance for a rest during the 11 hours of rowing, due to the risk of being swamped. The support team were also too busy staying afloat to take photos during the worst of it. “We were so lucky to have that exceptional support crew though, particularly Tufi Sele, Tim Snedden, Heather Scott and Phil Morris. We couldn’t have done it without them,” Rachel said. Their intensive training meant their bodies stood up to the stupendous effort but Rachel was, yesterday afternoon, visiting
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a plastic surgeon to see if her hands needed skin grafts. “The wind meant we were soon soaked to the skin, so the rubbing and chafing with salt water in our clothes and on our hands was the biggest problem.” They entered the Sounds by the northern entrance after five “pretty gnarly” hours on Cook Strait after their 5am departure. There was no let-up in the wind however and it took seven more hours to get to a warm welcome from Picton locals. All four rowers work with young people. Rachel is director of rowing at Samuel Marsden Collegiate, while Tina
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inbrief news Animal Advocacy hui Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri expects a wide range of animal welfare issues to be discussed with animal advocate groups at Friday’s all-day Animal Advocacy Hui in Auckland. “New Zealand enjoys a strong international reputation in terms of our animal welfare system. But it is important to continue to improve and, as part of that, discuss amongst ourselves what we think the priorities should be,” said Meka.
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Strong guidance to DHBs OraTaiao, The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, consists of senior doctors and other health professionals concerned with climate change as a serious public health threat. They have welcomed the climate change and health focus of a letter of expectations from the Minister of Health, David Clark, to all District Health Boards this month. Dr Alex Macmillan, OraTaiao’s coconvenor, says the health sector is a major contributor to our climate pollution so the letter is a “major step forward”. The letter says DHBs need to prioritise strong action. ”This will include working with other DHBs, other agencies and across Government. Plans … need to incorporate both mitigation and adaptation strategies, underpinned by cost benefit analysis of co-benefits and financial savings.”
Local man leads way with e-petition By Glenise Dreaver
Jonathan Mosen of Grenada Village has presented one of the very first “e-petitions” in this country. It identifies that disabled people faced significant difficulties with this year’s census. It was launched on March 6, the day the system opened, and with 156 signatures went to Parliament on Thursday May 24. Jonathan, blind since birth, and wife Bonnie, also blind, had to find an MP to sponsor it and local MP Greg O’Connor agreed to that. It has been referred to the Governance and Administration Select Committee. The petition says: “That the House of Representatives conduct an inquiry, with submissions open to the public, on difficulties completing the 2018 census.” The words are considered, mild, but for Jonathan and Bonnie there were huge levels of frustration, even anger,
after this year’s census experience. Jonathan holds a master’s degree in public policy and runs an international consulting company selling cuttingedge technology for the blind, as well as operating a global radio network on the internet. So filling out the census form online was straightforward. Before submitting however, he and Bonnie had to enter a code – and it proved unreadable. That was despite having access to the latest technology. “Maybe the words and designs in Te Reo caused confusion,” says Jonathan. So he asked the Department of Statistics to please send the codes by e mail or text. Not possible - confidentiality the reason. “Yet last year, the electoral commission gave me a code that way for an electoral vote the most sacred thing a person can do.” It was suggested a staff member come to their home
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and read them their codes. “As a businessman, I found that very resource-inefficient,” he says, adding that the blind weren’t the only ones to have problems. “My elderly mother, like many older people, was very
discombobulated by the process.” That’s why the petition is not restricted to the blind. “I wanted it to be inclusive. It’s the lack of consistency with rulings – a systemic problem,” says Jonathan.
Johnsonville not prepared for emergency There are concerns that Johnsonville, unlike the surrounding suburbs, does not have a completed emergency management plan. After discussions with the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) two meetings are planned, on the Tuesdays of June 12 and 26 at 7 pm in the Community Centre. These aim to gain local input from Johnsonville residents and businesses so that Johnsonville will be more resilient in the event of a significant disaster.
Individuals and either one or two representatives from local organisations are being encouraged to attend to help develop the plan for the suburb. Local resident Stephen Cook is concerned that this area, which he says is key in the northern Wellington infrastructure, may not be able to respond and recover appropriately in the event of a significant civil disaster. “WREMO is also concerned” he said, adding that public involvement and input is required to help identify hazards and strengths within the commu-
nity and infrastructure. He said the sessions would be family-friendly and suitable for individuals, community groups, and business representatives. “Our collective knowledge and assistance is going to be what gets us through!” The first meeting on June 12 would, he says, look at why we needed to be prepared to respond without waiting for official support, and what we can do before external help gets to us. “It would also consider potential hazards and how we could check on the things we
are worried about or rely on. Importantly it will consider how to co-ordinate a response from the Community Emergency Hubs in Johnsonville.” The second meeting, on June 26, will look at finding practical solutions to the critical needs of our community by drawing on our available resources. “It will also consider matters such as information gathering, making sure people get medical assistance ensuring that people have shelter, water, sanitation and food, and any other issues specific to our area,” Stephen says.
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National Party leader Simon Bridges last week spoke both in Johnsonville and Wellington Central as part of a national communities roadshow. Both events attracted good numbers of what were clearly National supporters - a good 100 at the community centre on Thursday afternoon and another 300 at Te Wharewaka o Poneke on the waterfront the same night. After their leader was introduced by their newest List MP Nicola Willis, he presented a half hour address to the Wellington meeting, then those attending were invited to ask questions from the floor. At both meetings, there were clear signals that supporters
wanted to hear more about specific policies and strategic directions that National would be carrying forward to the next election. Simon had clearly anticipated this in his speech, telling supporters those issues would not be addressed until 2019-20. When pressed during question time he gave two reasons for holding back on clear policies. “If we did that, Whammo! The Government would love that. They’d just nab them,” he responded. The second reason was, he said, that they could not anticipate what conditions would be like in 2020. “We just don’t know.” “It would be foolhardy to hem myself in when I don’t know
how things will be.” Another theme that emerged from the rank and file was concern about environmental issues. List MP Brett Hudson confirmed that there had been a shift in thinking in the party saying: “We’re all environmentalists now.” Simon, at the night meeting, had suggested the need for a bipartisan approach and a nationwide change in such important issues as zero carbon action. He had earlier pointed out that National’s role now was to hold the government to account if they are on the wrong track, and explain why. “It sounds negative but it’s important,” he said. “We’d have been a better gov-
ernment if we’d had a stronger opposition.” He said the second big task was more difficult, but it meant going out and listening to New Zealanders and engaging with them. Simon, a former Crown Prosecutor, may have attracted fellow lawyers to his Wellington meeting - the first three questions were from lawyers and there was clearly a phalanx of lawyers-in-training in the function centre. Law and order issues occupied some time during the meeting. Simon pointed to what he said was the important role of education in this area, paraphrasing the often quoted Jesuit adage: “Give me a child until the age of seven …”
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Prestigious award for local student Carlos Mendonca from Onslow College is one of two Wellington students selected by the Royal Society Te Aparangi to attend the Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) in Australia. The five-day residential programme is to be held in Brisbane, at the University of Queensland, at the start of July. It is designed to inspire and inform high school students about the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agricultural, animal, plant and food sectors. The students will explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops. They will also attend industry-run sessions. Carlos says he really enjoys science at school but just studying it there isn’t quite enough. He has been a participant for a number of years in the Wellington regional science and technology fair, a participant in regional and international physics tournaments and is studying toward the International Biology Olympiad. He also belongs to the Onslow College enviro-group. He says: “My exposure
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Year 9 music builds on learning and confidence at Queen Margaret College Year 9 students had the opportunity to embrace the noise in May as part of a workshop by internationally acclaimed performance group, Stomp. Stomp was in Wellington to perform at the Opera House and visited Queen Margaret College as part of their outreach to schools programme. The award winning show combines rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance with non-traditional instruments such as brooms and supermarket trolleys. QMC Head of Performing Arts Tim Jenkin says he was thrilled to see Stomp perform for and with the Year 9 students. “We were offered the chance to host them and felt this was a great opportunity for our Year 9 girls to see and work with a world class ensemble,” Tim says. “Stomp did a short introduction and demonstration of their show. They then divided the students into two groups using ‘broom rhythms’ and came back together as a group to use body percussion.” Tim says the opportunity helped students become more confident ahead of future
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How will Winston get on as Acting Prime Minister?
Nige Gray, Johnsonville “To a newcomer it’s interesting to see how he intrigues people. He could be a risk.”
Michelle Neville Churton Park “I’m fairly excited. It’ll be good, but the Opposition could make it difficult.”
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New Ohariu service club for women Altrusa is an international community service organisation and now a small group of women are writing a new chapter by launching a club based in Johnsonville. The kick-off event is Thursday June 14 from 7.30pm – 9pm at the Johnsonville Bowling Club. This new club, Altrusa International is forming in Ohariu and covers a geographic region similar to the Ohariu electorate that runs from Wadestown to Tawa. Organiser Katrina Clokie is excited about
the opportunities to serve the community. “I love the feeling that comes from providing support where it is needed, or doing something small to make a person feel valued.” Katrina is a busy person, working fulltime and holding multiple volunteer roles. She talks enthusiastically about how Altrusa fits into her life. “We plan to enable virtual attendance to our monthly meetings via conference call, use online collaboration tools for planning, and we are flexible
about the way that people give their time through our projects”. Altrusa clubs undertake a variety of hands-on service to benefit local and international causes. Each group is free to determine their own activities based on community need. Since the 1970s the organisation has made literacy a focus. This year Altrusa formed a partnership with Days for Girls to improve access to menstrual care in developing countries. There are leadership roles within each Altrusa club, and at a national and international level, where members can build a variety of skills in a supportive environment. Katrina has been part of Altrusa in Wellington for seven years and says the club has helped her develop skills that have been immensely valuable in her professional life. “I’m personally inspired by the strong female leaders across all levels of the organisation.”
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Knitting to keep babies warm
From left Warming Hearts co-founders Victoria Dickinson and Amber Izzard, both mothers and midwives – keeping Kiwi babies warm. PHOTO: Supplied
Saturday June 9 is World Knit in Public Day and Spotlight and the Warming Hearts Trust are launching a joint campaign to keep Kiwi babies warm. Warming Hearts is a charity which aims to ensure every New Zealand baby goes home warm and stays warm. On Saturday all Spotlight stores, including the branch at Kaiwharawhara in Old Hutt Road, will mark World Knit in Public Day by inviting New Zealanders to participate in a series of in-store events. They will be creating hundreds of knitted blankets and essential items of clothing to be made into bundles and gifted to
parents in need. The charity was founded by three women, all mothers and midwives, who know the struggles that many New Zealand families experience. “Babies in New Zealand are leaving the hospital unclothed and cold, with no safe bed to sleep in, often living in damp and cold homes,” Warming Hearts co-founder Victoria Dickinson said. Having Spotlight supporting their vision is “a dream come true”, she says. The bundles of essential, warm clothing and bedding are created by volunteers, craft, knitting and community groups, then distributed by a midwife network in a safe
and private and way. The partnership with Spotlight across all 18 stores nationwide will extend the reach of their work beyond Auckland. The costs of national distribution have been limiting and having Spotlight’s multiple drop off points means more babies will be warm this winter. So pick up your needles and head down to Spotlight on Saturday. The store will provide patterns for garments and will also be collection points right through June. The charity mainly focusses on items made from merino, wool and cotton and are requested in sizes premature to six months.
Young speechmaker bound for nationals Janhavi Gosavi, a student at Newlands College, has won the Lions District Young Speechmaker competition held recently in Masterton. “My speech was called ‘Poster Children,’” said Janhavi. “In it I explored how society glorifies students who are seen to be ‘perfect’ in terms of grades and reputation, as well as raising the question of whether or not being a poster child is worth the pressure and stress”. Janhavi found out about the Lions Young Speechmaker Competition through her school’s debating coordinator. She said she especially wanted to take part as this was her last year at high school. Lions Club Youth Director Judy Marbeck said that Janhavi now has the chance to listen to other young speechmakers from across the country when she competes at the
nationals in Christchurch. “I’m grateful to Lions for creating opportunities like these,” said Janhavi, “And to the Johnsonville Lions club for sponsoring me” Judy said the local group is positive about promoting local youth, and providing leadership opportunities for them. She was pleased that a number of club members could travel to Masterton to support Janhavi. “The audience heard a wide range of well-delivered quality speeches. They were both entertaining and thought provoking.” Club president Stephen Cook intends travelling to Christchurch to support Janhavi again. Winning the national contest there would be rewarded with a six-week Janhavi Gosavi: travelling to natrip to the USA and Canada, being tional competition in Christchurch. hosted by local Lions members. PHOTO: Supplied.
Our next revision of the Council’s 10 year plan is near completion. The plan is council’s blueprint for investment priorities for the next decade. Over the past month we’ve heard from over 2,000 people and groups and our city’s resilience was the top priority. 72% said they agreed on spending more on the Council’s priority areas of; • • • • •
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Paparangi School 50th anniversary By Brian Sheppard
Students perform the school haka
Assembly comperes Jacqui Li, Sia Goel and Angus Blair
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Past and present staff and families from Paparangi School renewed friendships and shared recollections to mark its 50th anniversary over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Paparangi was built in 1967 as a side school of Johnsonville, with four classes to accommodate pupils from the Beazley subdivision. From its opening in May 1968, it grew from 141 pupils and 6 staff until 1976, when it reached a roll of 400 with 15 teaching staff. Numbers then declined but the trend has since been reversed. It now has 12 classes and over 200 students, and the numbers grow. Strong community support is essential. In its early years, the area’s developer, Jim Foothead Ltd, donated a swimming pool. The school hall is also the result of community support, having been purchased from the Trentham Army Camp in 1974, dismantled and rebuilt on site. Willing parent participation has continued, with an extensive programme of tree-planting and the restoration and reopening of the school’s library last year.
Teaching staff from 1968, Anne Marie Moorhead (Left), Bailey Cox and teacher Lorece Vesty show some of the Donald Barrowman (Principal 1968-81) and Veronica children’s project work (Nell) Shepherd
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OUT&about Chinese Cultural Day at Churton Park School By Brian Sheppard
Chinese culture was celebrated at Churton Park School on May 29, when years 4 to 6 students by took part in Chinese activities that included martial arts, dumpling-making, dance and Chinese painting. Teachers also ran classes in the use of chopsticks, lion dancing, Chinese stories and music. The school had long wanted to find different ways of making its Asian students, who make up about a third of the schoolâ€™s roll, feel truly part of the school. An opportunity came this year by adding a trained Mandarin language teacher, Jiangzhi Diao for two terms, to introduce students to the Mandarin language and Chinese culture. Jiangzhi has also started a popular lunch time Man-
darin Club. Deputy Principal Maree Goodall explained that, through interactive activities, song, dance, written and spoken words and art initiatives, the students are experiencing a wealth of language and cultural opportunities to enrich their understanding of another culture, and to highlight the language spoken by many of the schoolâ€™s students. This initiative was made possible by a collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Victoria University, which has brought some Mandarin language teachers to New Zealand to spend a year working with New Zealand students. They live with a New Zealand family and experience Kiwi culture and education at its best, travelling and practising their own English.
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Chinese teacher Jiangzhi cooking dumplings in a traditional steamer while the students are filling them
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Hai Bo from the Confucius institute at Victoria University is teaching the students a traditional fan dance Chinese teacher Jiangzhi Diao and school principal Anne Lye at the end of the dumpling session, display their sticky hands
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The Otari students lined up at the Roxy, where it was announced their film Bounce Back was the best junior school film at the recent Wellington-wide schools competition. PHOTO: Supplied
Otari school film takes top award Last week Otari School in Wilton won Best Film (Junior School) at the Roxy5 Short Film awards event. These young future filmmakers walked the red carpet at the Roxy cinema where the 10 films in the final were screened. The Otari students won with their film Bounce Back. That means they will enjoy a tour of the internationally renowned movie-making facilities in Wellington, including Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Stone Street Studios, and the
Park Road Post Production facilities led by Oscar winner Jamie Selkirk. They have also won prize money for the school. Wellington College won Best Film (Senior School) with their team’s film #dreamLife. They won prize money for their school and the opportunity for them to remake their film with industry experts and mentors. That version will be screened later in the year and submitted to national and international film festivals.
The Tawa College film Journey was also in the top ten. Thirty-nine films were submitted for the competition, run by Capital E and Miramar Events Trust, the largest-ever number of entrants, co-producers Melissa Conway and Kristy Grant say. They are amazed at the quality. “It was a tough call for the judges to narrow it down to 10 films. They were so impressed by how engaging and professional the calibre of films was,”
said Kristy. “They took into account creativity, originality, the story, technical aspects, and the inclusion of the three key elements: the dialogue line “kia ora”, a star, and a piece of string. Among the entries are some future stars of the filmmaking industry,” she says. “We provide the children with guidance, and empower them to create, write, direct and make the film. We are so impressed with the outcome. The results are outstanding” says Melissa.
This week, Z Energy service stations have stopped providing single-use plastic bags to customers. Z has phased out the bags over the past six months, in response to a groundswell of support from Kiwis for ending New Zealand’s dependency on plastic bags. The firm is encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags and won’t be replacing single-use bags with an alternative because many common replacements are potentially equally or more damaging to the environment. Other measures Z has taken to reduce waste to landfill include rolling out easier-to-use modular recycling bins at 120 Z forecourts so far, to separate recycling and prevent it being tainted and sent to landfill, introducing internationally certified, fully commercially compostable coffee cups and collection bins, returning milk containers used for coffee to the supplier for re-use and next on the agenda is removing plastic straws from Z service stations.
Wednesday June 6, 2018
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Stocktaking at Trelissick Park The question was: “Is there a plant list for Trelissick Park?” Thinking that all self-respecting parks should have one, the park’s support team started working on the task. Now they have 188 native plants and 92 weeds listed via links on the ‘Plants’ and ‘Weeds’ pages of their website. Trelissick Park is a mecca for weeds, and supporters are well aware more than that 92 wait to be captured. WCC’s contractor, Kaitiaki o Ngahere Ltd, however, have sprayed the tradescantia1 below the Trelissick Crescent verge. This exposed a fascinating array of rubbish. Some bottles could be contenders for the ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Warrick Fowlie, adept at clambering around steep slopes, piled this into heaps for removal by cradle and rope. Conservation volunteers and locals set to and Wellington City Council had it all trucked away within
hours. That done, they planted toetoe and mingimingi close together along the brink between both park entrances. These will grow to form a dense barrier to thwart the serial dumpers of rubbish and garden waste which attract both flies and carrion birds. Park workers have also reported that the dreaded rabbits are around and the grass slope below Trelissick Crescent is favoured. But they also penetrate deep into the forest, where freshly-planted karamu has been completely chewed overnight. The RHDV1 K5 virus has been distributed at around 30 sites in the Wellington region. It may not kill all the rabbits but is another means of control. And between March and May Trelissick traps caught 24 rodents - more than usual. Most were rats, but the self-resetting A24s may have caught some mice.
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Gardening & OUTDOOR LIVING Family heritage seed being trialled Heritage Gardener Claire Bibby of Glenside holds two colonial era parsnips that were grown from seed. The original seed was planted more than 128 years ago on land that was to become part of the Bibby family farm. “I was brought up on the family farm near Ongaonga in Central Hawkes Bay, which began as 60 acre holding in 1872,” she says. “By 1910 it had become a substantial amalgamation of early settler farm blocks totalling more than 4,000 acres. My grandfather Edward Bibby (18961891) told me the story of how the Bibby family bought an early settler block from two bachelor boys in about 1890. “They had planted parsnip seed on the land with the intention of making parsnip wine. Apparently the wine wasn’t a success, but the parsnips were, and grew wild along the roadside. “Last year I returned to the farm and harvested the seed to see if it would grow in Glenside, as a trial for the heritage garden at the Halfway House. “They grow well here, their size is much larger than any parsnip I have seen before. They appear to taste the same, however the texture of the flesh is less dense. “They look similar to the half long Guernsey variety, which has thick shoulders and medium roots and was popular in the Victorian era.” Claire intends to trial the seed in the Halfway House garden this year.
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DOC, Creative New Zealand partnership continues More New Zealand artists will be inspired by New Zealand’s natural environment and cultural heritage with the continuation of a successful Creative New Zealand partnership with the Department of Conservation. Wild Creations is a fusion of conservation and creativity supporting artists to be inspired by experiencing the places, people, and stories of New Zealand’s unique environment and cultural heritage. They
may work in any art form or area of arts practice supported by Creative New Zealand. Wild Creations builds on an artist-in-residence programme of the same name offered from 2002 to 2012. A re-invigorated Wild Creations, broader in scope, was offered in 2017 as a pilot and with some refinements it will be continued for another two years. Applications open today. Cath Cardiff, for Crea-
tive New Zealand, says the pilot programme attracted a lot of interest with a number of high quality applications were received. “The three successful applicants submitted innovative proposals. They have made or are making highquality artwork inspired by their experiences that will be enjoyed by many.” DOC Director, National Operations, Hilary Aikman said Wild Creations helps to connect more Kiwis to our natural environ-
ment and cultural heritage. “The work of these talented artists is giving DOC great opportunities to connect more New Zealanders to conservation stories through art.” The initiative offers a minimum of two artists the opportunity to experience DOC environments and / or programmes between December 2018 and June 2019, as inspiration for new art work. To apply, visit the Creative New Zealand website.
OF THE WEEK TIL a 2004 study of 43 fruits and vegetables found that their nutritional value has decreased significantly over the past 50 years. The nutrients include protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and ascorbic acid. The declines, which ranged from 6 percent for protein to 38 percent for riboflavin, raise significant questions about how modern agriculture practices are affecting food crops.
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Wednesday June 6, 2018
Black Ferns contract for young local player By Glenise Dreaver
Schoolgirl Dhys Faleafaga, already contracted to the Black Ferns. PHOTOS: Glenise Dreaver (ABOVE) and College Sport (LEFT)
Black Stacks selected at nationals The 2018 NZ Sport Stacking Open Championships were held at Northland Memorial Community Centre, Wellington on Sunday June 3 with several national records broken. Video footage will be sent to the USA for the potential records to be verified. The tournament saw competitors ranging from ages 10-55 gather from all over New Zealand to compete in six events (three individual, two doubles, one relay). There was stacks of fun as competitors from around the country competed in a competition that is open to everyone. The sport has become recognised as being active and healthy, improving ambidexterity, concentration and hand-eye coordination.
The novice section enabled those new to the sport to compete alongside seasoned stackers, facing the same thrill of a competition whilst striving for goals and records amongst those of equal experience. The championships double as trials for the New Zealand Black Stacks in this internationally-recognised sport. The overall winners (combined male and female) who all made it to the 2018 Black Stacks team, were: 1 Caleb Arthur (Marton, Rangitikei), 2 Sarina Wang (St Kentigern College, Auckland), 3 Ben Lovelock (Dunedin), 4 Nathan Carter (Wellington Boys’ College), 5 Caleb Smith (Wainuiomata)
Despite still being at school, seventeen-year-old Dhys Faleafaga has just signed a contract for the national Black Ferns women’s rugby union team, one of the 28 players offered the first-ever 15s contracts. A Year 13 student at St Mary’s College, Dhys says she won’t actually be able to play for them until she turns 18 in October. She is however, training with squad members at the Rugby League Park gym in Wellington three times a week, from 6.30-7.30am. It’s only two years ago that she started playing union, having tried a season of club rugby with mixed teams at the age of five. “But I stopped. I was scared.” She says she was still too scared to try it out in Year 9 and 10 at school. It was in Year 11 when, having played netball for years, that her rugby-playing friends insisted she go to practices. “They forced me!” Success came quickly and she was selected as a back for the national sevens teams, first in the under 17’s then under 18’s. It was after one of their camps that she was approached by
a Black Ferns representative. “They seemed pretty keen on contracting me but I didn’t think too much about it. I thought perhaps next year.” But the contract arrived that will see her eligible for their end of year tour, though she’s not sure to where. For club and rep rugby she says she was always put in the back, though she played as a forward all her life for school rugby. And that’s where she was selected to play for her country. “It’s a big step up.” Dhys says that when her dad heard about her selection, he didn’t believe her. “You’re too young, too small,” he told his 175cm, 85kg daughter. “Mum was just really happy for me.” Despite her fears, she has had only one injury – a dislocated finger on last year’s tour to Australia that put her out for a fortnight. And a good physio has averted the need for knee surgery that seemed likely at one stage. With her sights set on a university study in Criminology, or perhaps a career in the police, Dhys is well aware the contract can help pave the way to a brighter and better future.
Calling netballers ANZ is calling for applications for assistance that will help Wellington netball fans achieve their netball aspirations. Over the past five years ANZ has provided sponsorship worth nearly $500,000 to teams, clubs, schools and players all over New Zealand, for kit, for high performance netball gear, expert coaching, court and club makeovers, even dream experiences. Last year St Francis de Sales
School in Island Bay applied because their courts doubled up as a church car park, meaning constant wear and tear to the lines. They received a court makeover including freshly painted court markings, new goal posts, new gear bags and match balls. Wellington netball clubs, teams, players and fans can tell ANZ what they need at anzcourtside.co.nz
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Those sorry, sad Springboks
Stacking: as sport that improves dexterity, concentration and hand-eye co-ordination. PHOTO: Supplied
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Johnsonville beat Oriental Rongotai 36-32 Old Boys University beat Petone 24-17 • Women’s (Rebecca Liu’ana Trophy) Oriental Rongotai beat Old Boys University 79-7 • 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl) Old Boys University beat Eastbourne 10-8
Paraparaumu beat Johnsonville 26-10 Marist St Pats beat Western Suburbs 24-19 • Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy) OBU 69ers beat Marist St Pats 28-19 Paremata-Plimmerton beat OBU Teddy Bears 34-14 OBU Righteous Brothers beat Upper Hutt 36-26
The demise of Springbok rugby is as sad as it is concerning. An underwhelming South African side lost 22-20 to Wales on Sunday morning at a game played in America. Erratic, fumbling and bumbling South Africa showed forward dominance but no other poise in a loss to a Welsh side who were as equally underwhelming. Gone, so it seems, are the days of a ruthless Springbok side who were the most physically imposing side of my childhood in the 1990s. There doesn’t seem to be any composure in tight situations. One of the most compelling images from my sporting viewing as a child was then All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick thumping the turf of Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld in exhaustion
upon his team’s first-ever series win in South Africa. Such was the effort needed, most of the men in black were left lying on the turf, physically drained and teary-eyed, overcome with emotion at their accomplishment. Nowadays, South Africa has only beaten the All Blacks twice in the past 17 tests and hasn’t tasted victory since 2014. Questions must be asked if South Africa are picking their best players, based on merit, form and ability or whether they are making decisions based on political notions and forces. There is no denying that over my time, South Africa are no longer the much vaunted side they once were. Based on Sunday’s loss, rock bottom may not have been found just yet.
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