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Planting a native falcon revival By Jamie Adams

No one has ever assumed karearea, or native falcons, would be flying over suburban areas, yet these birds have become very much a presence in Newtown. Local artist Paul Forrest often spots them from his garden studio in Newtown’s Owen St each day. “The other day one swooped over my house,” he says. “It’s often up in the pines.” Paul puts this phenomenon down to a planting project he hosts on the slopes above Newtown where the falcons hang out. Continued on page 2. Paul Forrest with one of the native trees being planted on the western slopes of the Town Belt next to Newtown. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Artist bringing back the natives, plant by plant Continued from page 1. Called Bring Back the Natives, Paul received 500 plants, including ngaios, totara and cabbage trees from Wellington City Council to help revegetate the Town Belt slopes in Newtown’s east. Paul partners with Volunteer Wellington for the Corporate Challenge to host businesses who have signed up to volunteer

to do planting for a day. “These partnerships work really well with us – Chorus, MBIE, Z Energy. They do one day’s paid leave a year helping us,” says Lyne Pringle, a co-ordinator at Volunteer Wellington. “Community groups, the council and Victoria University have come on board to support the programme as well, com-

mitted to being civic minded. “The result is we have got this habitat - something that supports native birds - and you get something like the falcon.” Paul believes the Zealandia bird sanctuary has produced a “halo effect” for native birds in Wellington. “As the trees get bigger they will take over and attract even more birds.”


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Lyne says the project, along with Zealandia, is countering the loss of biodiversity happening worldwide. “In our city we’ve reversed the trend.” The Town Belt is undergoing a transition on the lower hillside and Paul hopes one day all the pines will be replaced. “It’s encouraging how much it changes. It’s quite big-picture stuff we’re doing.” He believes if everyone got involved in tree-planting the counter-effect it would have on climate change would be significant. “It’s the most tangible thing you can do to save the world.” Paul has also collaborated with bird photographer Derek Tearne, in implementing the Halo Project, which Paul has used his art to alert the Wellington region to the benefits of planting and conservation projects. The ongoing indoor/outdoor installation series sees Paul combine Derek’s photos of birds with artistic embellishments, some of which also feature sounds recorded by Matu Booth. Paul’s work will be celebrated at the upcoming Challenge event at the KPMG building on June 22 as part of National Volunteer Week.

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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. 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 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 six 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



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Eight feature-length New Zealand films have been announced to screen at the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) in 2018. Five documentaries will have their world premieres in the programme. “We’re thrilled that NZIFF is the platform for these NZ filmmakers to launch their stories and their characters,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden. The eight films are Angie, Bludgeon, The Heart Dances, Maui’s Hook, Mega Time Squad, Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms and Stray. The festival will also feature acclaimed American independent drama Leave No Trace which stars Houghton Bay actress Thomasin MacKenzie.

Youth input crucial in survey Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Youth Peeni Henare are urging young New Zealanders to have a say on the issues that affect their health and wellbeing. Budget 2018 set aside up to $4 million over four years for a Youth Health and Wellbeing survey. The survey will provide information covering a range of areas including culture and ethnicity, home and family life, the school environment, health, risky behaviours, injuries, employment, exposure to violence and community connectedness.

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Wellington College filmmakers take out top award A group of Wellington College students were among the future stars of the film industry who were celebrated at Roxy5 Short Film Awards last Wednesday. The competition is a joint venture of Capital E and Miramar Events Trust and celebrates young filmmakers from across the Wellington region. Thirty-nine films were submitted for the competition, the largest-ever number of entrants, its organisers say. The event, held at Miramar’s Roxy Cinema, screened the top 10 films before awarding prizes in six categories. The Wellington College trio of Jos Deveraux, Roman Ratcliff and Oliver Cass won Best Film (Senior School) with #dreamLife. Their film is about how a teenager’s pretend life on social media affects his relationships, physical health, and mental health. The three boys won prize money for their school and the opportunity for them to

Wellington College’s award-winning filmmakers, from left: Jos Deveraux (actor, producer), Roman Ratcliff (actor, producer) and Oliver Cass (director, cameraman, editor, writer, producer) with their certificates for Best Film (Senior School) for #dreamlife. PHOTO: Supplied

remake their film with industry experts and mentors. It will then be screened later in the year and submitted to national and international film festivals. Co-producers Melissa Conway and Kristy Grant were amazed at the quality of the films Wellington’s young creative people are making.

“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,” says Kirsty. “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.” “We are so impressed with the outcome, the results are outstanding” says Melissa.  #dreamlife can be viewed at

First CAB off the rank may be Kilbirnie’s By Jamie Adams

The future of Wellington’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) branches as standalone facilities is under threat – and concern has mounted that Kilbirnie’s may be the first to go. A turnout of CAB volunteers at a Wellington City Council grants subcommittee meeting last week drew an emotional response to a proposal to slash funding and evict CAB offices from community centres around the city, replacing them with mobile services. The organisation usually re-

ceives $210,787 a year in funding over a three-year cycle. However council staff recommended a one-off grant for six months of $103,500 to help CAB re-define the way it delivers services. Councillor Brian Dawson, the Social Development portfolio leader, says he cannot guarantee funding beyond that period. Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Community Centre co-ordinator Tracy Hurst-Porter is concerned that her centre’s CAB will be the “first cab off the rank” as a non-permanent service due to the need for the centre to close at some point for refurbishments,

as noted by Wellington CAB chairman Mike Regan at the council meeting. “The council hasn’t advised us when and why it’s going to happen,” Tracy says. “It’s wrong for them to make decisions without consulting us. “Yes, we are moving to a digital age but this call is 20 years too soon.” A petition on the website our. calling for Wellington CAB to be saved with full funding has attracted more than 1000 signatures. A physical petition at the centre has also attracted “pages” of

signatures, Tracy says. Council Team Leader Funding and Relationships Mark Farrar says the refurbishment of the centre is a separate issue that would not necessarily warrant the closure of the centre. “The decision that Council took last week is quite separate to the discussions we’ve been having with the board about configuration. “It may involve replacing windows, sorting out the kitchen and making it a bit better. At no point have we said it would close because of refurbishments. It may not affect the CAB at all.”

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New integrated regional bus network nears The countdown is on to the introduction of an integrated public transport network in Greater Wellington, with major changes happening across the region from Sunday, July 15. Those changes include new bus and railway timetables across the region and a zone-based fare system across bus and rail that will allow more flexibility in travel. Snapper cards will become available on all Metlink buses while Mana/Newlands and Uzabus payment cards will be retired. As well as new high-capacity, high-frequency bus routes, there will also be a

range of discounts and concessions for off peak fares, children, people with disabilities, and tertiary students. Additionally, free transfers will be available between any Metlink bus in the same zone within 30 minutes when using Snapper and between trains and buses from Zones 4 to 14 with a MonthlyPlus pass from August. However this convenience comes at a cost: There will be an average 3 percent increase to standard fares on trains and buses and cash fares will be at least 25 percent more.

“Signing up to MyMetlink is one of the best ways you can keep up to date with what this actually means for you and how you can be more connected,” Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Chair Barbara Donaldson says “Over the next two months there will be advertising, posters, website updates and mail drops in Wellington city.” A group of “AmBUSadors” will also start appearing at transport hubs across the region, offering a personal touch to

information and advice on the changes. “For some, the changes may take a bit of getting used to and we ask you to bear with us,” Barbara says. “It’s been a long time coming and I know the change is going to be worth it.” By early 2019 all buses will be Metlink branded and painted lime and yellow. About 80 percent of the fleet will be low-emission buses, including new double deckers and electric buses. All Metlink buses are expected to have bicycle racks by then.

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Compost hidden source of plastic pollution The extensive use of all kinds of plastic in food production is a ticking time bomb because of the risks it poses to the environment and human health, says ESR environmental scientist Dr Olga Pantos. Olga says there is a growing public awareness of the risks posed by plastic in the marine environment but there is not the same level of knowledge about the risks plastics pose in the soil. One potentially hidden source of plastic moving into the environment is via compost. Olga says that even consumers who want to do the right thing with their plastic waste get confused about what they can recycle and what should go to waste. Labelling is often hard to read and often even harder to understand. She says increased use of biopolymers and plastic alternatives in food packaging makes it likely that the amount of plastic in green waste is increasing. While some consumers might think they are making good decisions by choosing compostable and biodegradable labelled products, they can be just as harmful to the environment as conventional plastic if they are not disposed of properly, Olga says. Putting these products into compost may mean they are simply degrading to smaller pieces of plastic and making their way into the food chain. A recent study in Germany found compost from supermarket waste had close to 900 pieces of microplastic in a 1kg sample.

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Once that plastic gets into the compost it can have an impact on the biological function of the soil. Olga says the nature of plastics makes them effective in absorbing chemical contaminants, making them more toxic. Per capita New Zealanders generate some of the highest amounts of plastic waste in the world. Globally over 311 million tonnes of plastic was produced and most of that is single-use.

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Student set for FEAST of science in Brisbane By Jamie Adams

A Wellington East Girls College student will enjoy a warm reprieve from winter when she heads to Brisbane next month to attend a biological science programme. Heidi Kristono, 17, was selected out of more than 300 who applied to attend the prestigious Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) event at the University of Queensland at the start of July. Promoted and funded by the New Zealand Royal Society Te Aparangi, FEAST is a fiveday residential programme designed to inspire and inform high school students about the range of science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors. The students will explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops. They will also attend industry-run sessions about career opportunities. The Royal Society will pay 70 percent of students’ costs and they will receive certificates at the end of the event. Heidi, a year 13 student, is involved with Innovative Young Minds and is co-founder and co-leader of the Wellington East Girls’ STEM Club and an environmental form leader.


Dentists back health warnings The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is backing a suggestion of adding graphic images of rotted teeth and health warnings on sugary drinks as way to encourage healthier behaviours. Surveying nearly 1000 young adults aged between 18 and 35, Australian researchers showed a modelled 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 sugary drinks spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole.

Wellington East Girls’ College student Heidi Kristino is a keen follower of science. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“I have been watching documentaries by David Attenborough and other science programmes such as Inside the Human Body since I was five years old,” she says. At 14 she began collecting science equipment such as a small microscope, a light prism and a Newton’s cradle. “Science stimulates me because I am naturally curious, and it answers the many questions I have.”

Brisbane will be a new experience for Heidi. While she hasn’t received an itinerary, she expects the focus will be on agriculture and veterinary science. She also hopes the programme will cover dissecting, which is her favourite aspect of biological science. “I’ve dissected a cow’s eye and in class we did a cow’s heart and lungs.” Heidi intends to study biologi-

Year 9 Queen Margaret College students participate in a Stomp workshop.

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

performances as part of Year 9 Music and Drama. “All of Year 9 will be on stage later in the year presenting their ‘Year 9 Musicals’, so it was a great opportunity for the students to get a feel for what it was like to be up on stage. For some girls this may have been their first time onstage in front of an audience,” he says. The Year 9 Musicals are an annual highlight on the College calendar and see students adapt, plan, rehearse and perform a chosen musical as a class at the end of the year. Tim says the students learn important skills through participating in Performing Arts in Year 9 at Queen Margaret College. “Students learn collaborative skills, teamwork, planning, singing skills, choreography, as well as the history of musicals as dramatic genre,” he says.  Registrations are now open for current Year 8 students to attend Experience Year 9 on Thursday 21 June and find out what it is like to be a student at Queen Margaret College. Visit to register. PBA

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: With all cigarettes now in plain packaging, can NZ become smoke-free by 2025?

Mark McQuillan, Happy Valley “Not a chance, because people are always going to smoke. The rates are dropping but it will take 25 to 30 years.”

Richard Johnson, Kingston “No. I’ll never give up. Instead we need a lower cost of cigarettes to reduce crime. It will turn into a black market otherwise.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@wsn. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Kelly Lepper, Mt Cook “It’s unrealistic. I don’t mind what’s on [the packet], I’ll still smoke.”

Tereska Domanski, Island Bay “Probably not. No one seems to give up. I do think it will happen one day, but plain packaging will make no difference.”

Vibeke Moore, Karori No. I think people will [smoke] whether it’s plain or not. The drive for self-gratification is too strong.

Don Davies, Newtown No. It won’t work. It’s got to be price driven. It ain’t gonna happen until the next generation comes through – I say it’s 15-20 years away.

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CAB closures kick in the guts to vulnerable people Dear Editor, It was with incredulity and mounting anger that I read about the pending closure of CABs in the Wellington area. Well done Brian Davis, Jill Day and the unidentified Council staffer who are “absolutely confident” that they have made the right decision. Absolute spurious drivel to defend “cost cutting” and closure of an organisation that has provided thousands of Wellingtonians with professional advice/ guidance, advocacy and support in

dealing with many toxic and bureaucratic organisations such as Work and Income, ACC, Housing NZ and the Council. Fortuitously, well-trained volunteers also provide invaluable assistance for a diverse range of issues in more positive circumstances. Priceless volunteers and staff have been kicked in the guts. Readers may wish to go online to www. and read the CABNZ submission on Local Government (Community Wellbeing Amendment Bill 2018 (May 2018). This is just one of many submis-

sions that the CAB makes on behalf of those who are less fortunate requiring professional advocacy. The Council spends more than $250,000 annually on staff “perks”, travel etc, but cannot sustain this amount to continue the operation of five Wellington branches of the CAB beyond December 2018. It is obvious that vulnerable people in our community are considered inconsequential. Neville Wellbourn Hataitai

Kiwibank foundation customer calls it quits Dear Editor, I changed to a big Aussie bank because Kiwibank is no longer the low-fee bank that I signed up for. The Kiwibank directors no longer respect their customers or their foundation commitment, although the teller staff were

great. Kiwibank have taken on lots of new customers and given them generous mortgages towards additional property investments or a bach at the beach while cutting their foundation customers’ service. The new lot of directors are

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

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

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Why not join a ward with three councillors? Dear Editor I’m surprised that the Southgate people couldn’t see the advantage of voting to join the Eastern suburbs as we have three councillors compared to only two in the Southern Ward.

It really needs more explanation by Council to us all just as we need public information as to the plans to redevelop the Kilbirnie/ Lyall Bay Community Centre which is overdue. I am sure the progressive

Eastern councillors would have more support to upgrade the playground and other facilities sorely needed in the unknown little backwash of Southgate. On the other foot I don’t want Rose Wu (CSN May 31) to

put that NOG Mr Beenie’s slippers under her bed as she has a large collection already there!

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There should be fewer or no wards Dear Editor Paul Eagle states “a better solution to the problem of representation is to have single-member wards” which “would mean there’s more accountability.” What nonsense. Single-member wards are merely a device to shore up electoral support and to create safe seats for incumbent councillors — challengers would need to attain

at least 50 percent + 1 of the votes to unseat them. Multi-seat STV is a system of proportional representation designed to ensure that all significant opinions of the voters are accurately represented on council. It works on diversity, not uniformity. The answer to the “Southgate” question was to reduce the number of wards to three — two 5-seaters

and one 4-seater — or, better still, to elect all 14 councillors citywide, as they do in Dunedin. Then, with challengers needing only 16.7 percent or 20 percent of the votes (or just 6.67 percent in a citywide election) to unseat incumbents, we would see some real accountability. Stephen Todd Hataitai

Rongotai College’s All Whites acknowledged in print By Jamie Adams

Some of Rongotai College’s finest sporting talents of last century were on display when the school held an assembly and luncheon for its Old Boys of the past 90 years on Friday. Over 50 past students attended an assembly, part of a weekend of activities in and around the college organised by its Old Boys Association to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary. Of them, four were stalwarts of the football scene. They included Paul Cameron and Rodney Reid, who later went on to play for the All Whites, as well as Rhys Watson, the oldest surviving member of Rongotai’s First XI and who later played for Wellington. Paul and Rodney’s careers in football made up part of a booklet published by another Old Boy, Michael Chadwick. Rongotai to All Whites is a collection of profiles of 12 Rongotai College alumni who later represented New Zealand at senior level. At least one of them is a household name – Wynton Rufer, who is regarded as our greatest ever player and was named Oceania Player of the 20th Century. It also includes other players

IT’S TAX TIME AGAIN! Rhys Watson, Rodney Reid, Michael Chadwick and Paul Cameron at Rongotai College after the special Old Boys assembly to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

relatively well-known in the sport, such as Shane Rufer, Billy Harris, Michael Utting and Chris Killen, the latter who played in the 2010 World Cup. “When I came to Rongotai in 1947 that’s when football began,” Rhys says. The teams were so strong that it was only within a couple of years they were playing against club sides in an open competition. “We had a lot of outstanding players that came together at the time.” Paul Cameron, who is now the CEO of Volleyball NZ, says the 90th reunion was a great opportuni-

ty for old schoolmates to reminisce. “I think the fact we were playing top sides at Rongotai means we always had very strong teams when we were here. “Rongotai was a great breeding ground for me to learn about football and volleyball.” It was the second Old Boys’ reunion this year for Paul – in February he visited the school with fellow members of a top cricket team from 50 years ago.  Copies of the book are available from the college reception or

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Tutira Mai Nga Iwi (Stand Together People) during the ceremony. The Poneke juniors also performed a haka. “It’s an honour to have this permanent reminder here. This club meant everything to our father,” Eddie’s daughter Heather Ngamanmu says. “Poneke was his second home.” “We are really honoured and so happy to see this,” another daughter, Wendy Henry says. “Eddie moved back to Raupunga in Hawke’s Bay in his 50s. Whenever he would come back to visit us he would spend his days with the club. He would come to games and functions when he could.” In his early 60s, Eddie became one of Poneke’s youngest life members after he helped put in an extension of the clubrooms. Ru served as both president and captain of the club, playing rugby for Poneke from the 1950s

to the 1980s. “Every winter he was watching the rugby games on Saturday afternoon,” widow Pamela Whaanga says. “After he died we had a service here. We also got married here. He wore his blazer at the wedding.” The families say it is quite fitting the two men should be honoured alongside the original plaque of Ken Millar, who died in 2002, as they were all “best mates”. The idea was conceived by another Poneke life member, Fred Baker, who had trained under the tutelage of all three of the late players in different teams. Toitu Poneke general manager Jamie Collier says it’s wonderful to memorialize club greats in this way and he hopes more plaques can be established on other chairs in the future for when more stalwarts eventually pass away.

Council liaises with researchers as cold homes upgraded University of Otago, Wellington researchers are advocating for standards to bring all New Zealand housing up to the World Health Organization (WHO) minimum standard which recommends an indoor temperature of at least 18 degrees. The Wellington City Council is part way through a 20-year programme to upgrade its social housing, co-funded by the Clark Labour Government. One aim is to make the housing warmer and drier, and the Council is working with the university researchers to check if this is happening. A study, just published in the journal Policy Quarterly, led by Lara Rangiwhetu from He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme

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University of Otago researcher Lara Rangiwhetu is pleased many Wellington council houses are being upgraded. PHOTO: Supplied

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Rowers’ tree planting for free hire deal a win-win By Jamie Adams

The relatively barren exterior of Kilbirnie’s new multi-club facility is set to look a lot more attractive thanks to the efforts of a local adult Scouting group. Me m b e r s of t h e Newtown-based Regal Rovers crew spent part of the long weekend planting dozens of native trees and shrubs outside the Kilbirnie Crescent entrance to Toitu Poneke “The Hub”. A deal was struck between management and Regal Rovers whereby the crew would do the planting in exchange for free use of its facility

whenever it was needed. “It was done through [Toitu Poneke chairman] Ross Jamieson with the help of the council,” general manager Jamie Collier says. “With the whole redevelopment we want it to look good. “The wall was all the way back before the new building was built and trees had to be cut down. The front was looking a bit tired.” Regal Rovers member Stephanie Briggs says the trees planted are natives that will withstand Wellington’s wind as well as vandals. “It’s a good service project for us; it will help us towards

our Service Awards.” She and fellow Rover Adam Fay, who organised the planting, are thrilled with the opportunity The Hub has presented to them. “This will be used to hold bigger events with other Rover crews. We can hold big meetings here and hold games nights [in the big astroturf room] to encourage Venturers to join,” Stephanie says. Jamie looks forward to not only hosting the Rovers on occasion but also the induction of an eighth sports organisation, with a fencing club to begin training sessions there on Monday.

Regal Rovers Stephanie Briggs and Adam Fay with some of the trees and shrubs they volunteered to plant outside Toitu Poneke during Queen’s Birthday Weekend. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Cheers as Parrotdog brews take three golds, two trophies By Jamie Adams

A Lyall Bay craft beer brewery is riding high after taking out three gold medals and two Champion (supreme) trophies at the NZ Beer & Cider Awards Parrotdog won the gold medal and Champion trophy with its Forget-me-not in the hotly contested IPA category against more than 110 other brews, and retained its Champion title in the Pilsner category with its Pandemonium. It also won a gold medal for its Falcon Pale Ale. In total it received five medals out of 10 beers that it entered. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded based on the brews’ merits against a standard, meaning several brands could be awarded golds in the same category. Champion trophies are the overall awards given to the gold-winning brands that go head to head in each of their classes.

Head brewer and co-founder Matt Warner says his four-man team are “extremely proud” to win two trophies and three gold medals, considering there were only 14 gold medals awarded this year. “Last year’s entry came out of our old brewery on Vivian St and this year’s entry came out of our brand new brewery in Lyall Bay,” Matt says. “This is a testament to our talented production team for ensuring very high consistency, even when brewing the same recipe across two completely different production facilities with entirely different equipment.” Matt believes their wins were due to their brewing flavoursome, yet balanced, beers. “We try to make sure any highly hopped style beers are balanced with adequate malt bases, and vice versa.” The proceeds of a second round of fundraising late last year is focused on developing

Parrotdog head brewer Matt Warner says his four-person team is extremely proud to win their awards. PHOTO: Supplied

its distribution network, growing local and export sales and launching new products. More than 90 beer and cider makers from New Zealand and overseas entered 584 products into the competition. The entries were blind-judged by a panel of 16 independent expert judges using a collaborative method based on technical excellence, balance, mouthfeel, and most importantly, drinkability.

Wellington brews won five gold medals and champion’s trophies – the leading tally for all regions. Other Wellington winners included Te Arobased Fortune Favours for their “Oregonian All American Amber Ale” and Aro Valley’s Garage Project for their ‘White Mischief’ brew. All the winning brews will be on sale in New World stores throughout this month.


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Thursday June 7, 2018


Black Ferns contract for young local player Schoolgirl Dhys Faleafaga, already contracted to the Black Ferns. PHOTOS: College Sport

By Glenise Dreaver

Despite still being at school, 17-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 Years 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.

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A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of Application of Vertebrate Toxic Agents Hataitai trustees for Wellington an elected parent representative. Possum Control The board has resolved under section 105 of Te Kopahou – Wellington City Council the Education Act 1989 fill the vacancy by ELECTIONLandfill BOARD OF to TRUSTEES MID-TERM 2017 Gully selection. Greater Wellington Regional Council adDeclaration of Parent Election If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the Results vises the vertebrate toxic agent Potassium school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this Parent representative votes: Cyanide (Feratox) will be used in bait bags notice being published, to hold a by-election to and bait stations to control possums on Sarah BRACEWELL: fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be58 held. the Wellington City Council (WCC) owned FOWLER: 24 Any eligibleJames voter who wishes to ask the board David GATES: 29 Te Kopahou Reserve and Wellington City to hold a by-election should write to: Marian HORAN: 23 Council Landfill Gully, from the 18th June Chairperson Kathleen Anne LOGAN: 54 2018 on an ongoing basis. Board of Trustees Angus MACNIVEN: 47 Hataitai School The operational area includes all WCC areNolen Gene SMITH: 33 2 Arawa Road as of bush and scrub south of the Brooklyn Hataitai Invalid Votes 4 wind turbine. The area is bordered in the Wellington 6021 west by the road to the Hawkins Hill radar I hereby declare the following duly elected on 28/12/2017: by: 5 July 2018 and the reserve boundary to the coast, south along the top of the sea face escarpSarah BRACEWELL Kathleen Anne LOGAN ment, north to the landfill road, and up the Angus MACNIVEN eastern most gully below the turbine. Situations Vacant Potassium Cyanide is a deadly poison. Keep dogs on leads at all times and supervise LOOKING FOR a fully trained Hindu Signed children closely. Priest who can conduct and perform Keryn Young

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LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield) Wellington beat Upper Hutt 49-47 • Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Poneke beat Avalon 48-13 Johnsonville beat Oriental Rongotai 36-32 Marist St Pats beat Northern United 46-29 Wellington FC drew with Upper Hutt 32-32 • Women’s (Rebecca Liu’ana Trophy) Petone beat Marist St Pats 74-17

Oriental Rongotai beat Old Boys University 79-7 Hutt Old Boys Marist 46-22 • 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl) Tawa beat Wellington FC 56-0 Marist St Pats beat Western Suburbs 24-19 • Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy) Old Boys University 69ers beat Marist St Pats 28-19

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: MEN CENTRAL LEAGUE Miramar Rangers v Wellington Utd 5-2 Wairarapa Utd v Wellington Olympic 2-4 CAPITAL PREMIER Petone v Island Bay Utd 5-2 CAPITAL ONE Brooklyn Northern Utd v Tawa 1-0 CAPITAL TWO Marist v Wellington Olympic 1-3 Seatoun v North Wellington 5-1 CHATHAM CUP Island Bay v Wellington Olympic 0-5 Wellington Utd v Wairarapa Utd 3-6

COLLEGE PREMIER Scots v Wairarapa College 1-0 Rongotai v Onslow 4-0 Wellington College v Tawa 10-2 Kapiti v St Pats Wellington 1-4 St Pats v Wellington College 1-1 Rongotai v Scots College 1-4 WOMEN W LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Seatoun 6-1 KATE SHEPPHARD KNOCKOUT CUP Seatoun v Waterside Karori 1-2 Victoria University v Wellington Utd 0-6

Sports talk

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Those sorry, sad Springboks 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 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

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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 tearyeyed, 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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