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First women’s team to cross Cook Strait

Bill payments at Kiwibank only Kilbirnie customers who use the NZ Postshop to pay their bills are advised to use the standalone Kiwibank branch when postal services move to the neighbouring Paper Plus outlet next week. Postal services, such as buying a stamp and sending a parcel, will continue at the new location on Bay Road from June 14. However over-the-counter bill payments, which are currently administered by Kiwibank, will continue to be done there. A Kiwibank spokesperson says any customer can make the bill payments at a Kiwibank branch, not just account holders.

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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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Tina Manker teaches at Onslow College, Joanna Kearney is a teacher at Scots College and Eleanor Morris is a former mental health worker who rows with the Wellington Rowing Club. That focus has driven the team’s establishment of the charitable trust Through The Blue, which is working with Victoria University to provide prevention and early intervention support for young people at risk of developing mental health issues.  Donations can be made on https://givealittle.co.nz/ cause/4-girls-row-across-thecook-strait

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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.

SIMON ‘SWAMPY’ MARSH Your Eastern Ward City Councillor

Is there an issue in the Eastern Suburbs that concerns you? simon@swampymarsh.co.nz

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