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Bills killed By Jamie Adams

In a double-whammy for over-the-counter customers, NZ Post closed two of its Wellington PostShops yesterday, meaning anyone who wants to physically pay a bill will now have to travel to the CBD. The Kilbirnie PostShop/Kiwibank will from today be a standalone branch of Kiwibank with all postal services now being conducted at the neighbouring Paper Plus. The move coincides with the Newtown branch of NZ Post and Kiwibank closing its doors for the last time on Wednesday, with agencies having replaced the PostShop there. Continued on page 2. Michael Knox holds a receipted bill after making a payment at Kilbirnie Postshop, the last time he will be able to do so in the suburb now that the NZ Post branch has closed. PHOTO: Sam Tattersfield


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Elderly to lose out as Kilbirnie PostShop closes A brief in last week’s Cook Strait News about the Kilbirnie Kiwibank offering bill payment services was incorrect. A spokesperson confirmed the branch will offer banking services only and customers cannot make bill payments at this site, regardless of whether they are account holders. That service will instead be available from agencies operating at shops in Courtenay Place and Manners Street or via alternative stores such as VTNZ. There are also online options for bill payments. While the transition from Postshop to postal agency had been known for some time, local residents were taken aback

by the fact they will have to travel afar for such a basic chore. Michael Knox, who has been travelling to Kilbirnie to pay his bills since the Miramar PostShop closed in 2011, was “devastated” by the move. “My daughter drives me there, but she’s busy enough as it is. I’ll have to take a bus now. “I do have a Gold Card but there’s a lot of people who don’t. It’s an inconvenience, especially for people from Seatoun.” He believes a possible solution would be to hold a mobile service that visits each of Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs on a day each week. A Lyall Bay resident who con-

tacted the Cook Strait News, but who did not want to be named, says she liked being able to relicense her car in person as she received the windscreen label straight away instead of waiting for it in the post. “I can go into the CBD but Kilbirnie has quite an elderly population, and we know the story with the buses and how the new routes will make it hard for them.” Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre manager Tracy Hurst-Porter says the closure a sign of the times and another reason why community centres were more important than ever for those living alone. “With the ageing population in

Kilbirnie there are some people who face isolation. For them meeting the friendly teller at the PostShop can be the highlight of their day.” Kiwibank spokesperson Holly Thompson says the company is committed to providing face-toface service for its customers, “but this needs to be sustainable”. “We have a responsibility to New Zealanders to be an economically viable business,” Holly says. “The Kiwibank standalone model is focused on banking services and conversations. Bill payments aren’t the right fit with the customer experience we’ve created in these branches.”

Meat off the menu this week for some Wellingtonians By Sam Tattersfield JOURNALSIM STUDENT

Many Wellingtonians will be taking part in Meat Free Week, June 11-17. The initiative is in its eighth year, and the NZ Vegan society is, for the first time, supporting it. The week is a way for people, who might care about the health benefits, ethics, or the global warming impact not eating meat has, but aren’t willing to commit to veganism or vegetarianism to give it a go, a vegan society spokesperson says. Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand national coordinator Amanda Sorrenson thinks people are fairly open to giving something like Meat Free Week a try. “After all, people really do hate to see animal cruelty and

often have concerns about the impact their diet has on their own health and the environment,” Amanda says. Meat Free Week was founded by Australians Lainie Towner and Melissa Hobbs in 2013, as a project to raise awareness of the downsides of the meat industry. It now operates in Canada, New Zealand, the United K ingdom and the United States, and is supported by groups, including PETA and Greenpeace, and people, including Jamie Oliver, Paul McCartney, Joanna Lumley, John Bishop, and Chris Darwin (great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin). The society is posting to Facebook daily with meal planners and recipes, and has a guide for finding vegan restaurants on its website, to support the week.

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inbrief news Clamping at Park and Rides now possible The Greater Wellington Regional Council is introducing terms and conditions to Park and Ride carparks in an effort to bring these facilities under control. The terms and conditions have been introduced to enable the council to clamp or remove vehicles breaching the rules at the cost of the owner (up to $350). However, an educational period will be undertaken, issuing all offending vehicles with warning notices first, unless the vehicle is parked dangerously or blocking other users. The council will be erecting signs at Park and Ride locations and running an awareness campaign alerting users to the changes.

USA vs Canada ticket giveaway The Cook Strait News has a double pass to give away for the New Zealand Ice Hockey Classic 2018, which features a game between USA vs Canada at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Saturday, June 23. To enter the draw email your name and phone number to with “Ice Hockey Classic” in the subject line. The winner will be drawn on Monday June 18 and PDFs of the tickets emailed to the winner.

ABOVE: The new Salvation Army Worship and Community Centre at Riddiford St, Newtown. PHOTO: Jamie Adams RIGHT: Territorial leaders Commissioners Yvonne and Andrew Westrupp cut the ribbon to officially open the building on Saturday. PHOTO: Supplied

The Salvation Army is excited to start a new chapter in its work in Wellington with the opening of its new Worship and Community Centre in Newtown this weekend. The celebrations for the new building on the corner of Normanby and Riddiford Streets began with an official opening on Saturday, attended by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, along with senior Salvation Army leadership. The new building draws together Salvation Army services in the south Wellington area, bringing those from the respected Wellington Hope

Centre, including the food bank, social work, counselling and addiction services, alongside the Army’s Wellington South church, Early Childhood Education Centre and Family Store. Central Division Divisional Commander Captain David Daly says the Army is very excited to be making a significant commitment to the greater Wellington community and especially to its most vulnerable members. “We’ve been working in Wellington for over 125 years and this building is a sign of our commitment to continue strengthening that good work

World Blood Donor Day into the future.” Bringing services together in one building will allow a new way of working, where services work together more closely to ensure a greater level of support for people seeking the Army’s help, Captain Daly says. “We are committed to ensuring all the services we provide are easy to access and are working together in the best way possible, to give the


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inbrief news Wastewater upgrade in CBD Council subsidiary Wellington Water will begin work on Monday at the corner of Victoria and Dixon streets on an important upgrade of the central city’s wastewater network. The six-month project will include the construction of a new underground pump station at Volunteer Corner and an upgrade of the pipes beneath Dixon St that connect to the wastewater mains on Willis St. Wellington Water spokeswoman Tonia Haskell says the project will also provide additional resilience to the city’s wider wastewater network. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

Vulnerable customers done over: Survey Consumers getting their electricity from prepay power retailer Globug are more likely to get bad service, Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey has found. Consumer NZ head of research Jessica Wilson said Globug’s ratings were alarming because the company provides power to some of the most vulnerable consumers. Globug customers must pay for power in advance. They also pay a fee (from 20c to 75c) each time they top up their meter. The survey found a significant number of households were having trouble paying their bills.


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What you see (or hear) is what you eat, promises chef By Jamie Adams

A special film screening at Miramar’s Roxy Cinema tonight will add another sense to the audio-visual experience of filmgoing. Eat The Film combines fine dining with film viewing, but with a difference – patrons actually eat what’s being shown or described on screen. Organised by Nic Spicer, the head chef of Roxy’s restaurant Coco, the multi-course degustation is one of several events as part of the Loemis festival, which celebrates the winter solstice. It will be presented whenever food is referenced at certain intervals during the screening of the original 1973 version of The Wicker Man, an appropriatelythemed film for the solstice. “This is the seventh film we’ve done but the first time with Loemis. We’ve previously done them for movies like Reservoir Dogs and Blade Runner,” Nic

says. “Versions of this have been done around the world - for example, cinemas in London have served antipasta – but we were the first to do a five-course degustation.” “We try to pace it so something is served every 20 minutes.” Nic says putting together a menu based around food references wasn’t as hard as it sounded. “The film is based around pagan rituals of harvest and growing produce on the island so the menu came together very quickly. “There’s a mix of ways we’ve done it. They will either be literally eating what the characters are eating on screen, or it could be based on a double entendre or play on words.” To minimise disruption, patrons will have a large box by their feet to dispose of crockery before the next meal arrives. Waiting staff will be discreet and

Coco Restaurant head chef Nic Spicer’s Eat The Film event celebrates the winter solstice. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

lighting will be kept dim. As for just what will be served, patrons will have to find out on the night. Eat The Film is part of a series held around Wellington for the Loemis festival. Another event is the final ritual passage of Seraphina, an art installa-

tion currently on display at the Central Library, which will be carried to the Whairepo Lagoon then floated out and set on fire. The procession will begin from the library on June 21 at 5.30pm.  To buy tickets to Eat The Film go to html.

Billions to be spent on projects as council’s 10-Year Plan is passed Wellington City Council’s 10-Year Plan is ready for adoption, after the Mayor and councillors passed the proposed plan at last Wednesday’s deliberation session. “The 10-Year Plan gives us the mandate to move ahead on our plans for resilience, housing, transport, a sustainable economy and the creative and cultural sector,” Mayor Justin Lester says. The plan involves investing $2.31 billion in capital projects which the mayor says will ensure Wellington remains safe, inclusive, crea-

tive, sustainable and futurefocused. Projects over the next 10 years include building a 35 million-litre reservoir under Prince of Wales Park in Mt Cook; spending $280m on improving key transport corridors, wastewater and water infrastructure; building 22 community water stations at a cost of $118.5m; a partnership with NZ Transport Agency and Greater Wellington Regional Council costing $122m to transform transport infrastructure; and spending $111m on cultural venues to

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The library, now based at Montessori Capital School in Vogeltown, started on Ohiro Road in 1985. Toy librarian Jess Jones said she had been involved in the library since her daughter Jackson was one year old and supported more Te Reo in early education. “We’ve been having a lot of people asking for Te Reo toys, their kids see them at kindy or day-care. So we thought it’d be a

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Card problem hits pay-and-display machines Motorists are asked not to use debit cards to pay for on-street parking in Wellington’s CBD for the next few weeks while a technical problem, associated with a newly-released ANZ debit card, is fixed. About 160 pay-and-display parking machines in Wellington’s CBD have been put out of action after some motorists have attempted to pay for parking using the new ANZ debit cards that feature raised ‘braille’ dots. The dots are designed to help

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Govt ‘more trustworthy’ than churches A new study shows the number of New Zealanders who trust government has risen substantially since 2016. The Colmar Brunton survey asked 1000 people across the country how much they trust key groups such as government ministers, police, medical practitioners, churches, charities, small businesses, the media and bloggers. Asked whether they trust the government to do what is right for New Zealand, 65 percent now answer yes, compared with 48 percent in 2016.

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Wellington Curtain Bank is asking for public support to meet demand for curtains for low-income homes this winter. Each year, more than 550 families with a Community Services Card ask for the free, lined curtains provided by Wellington Curtain Bank. “We need more curtains donated before the end of winter, to ensure we have enough to go around,” says Healthy Homes Manager Miranda Struthers. Wellington Curtain Bank is supported by the Sustainability Trust, a social enterprise supporting people to create warmer, healthier homes and reduce their impact on the environment. The Curtain Bank upcycles cur-

tains from donated fabric and curtains, tailoring them to snugly fit a person’s windows, and lining them to make them more effective at keeping heat in and cold out. “It’s a small action that can make a big difference to the home,” says Miranda. Many of the families who request curtains from the Curtain Bank are living in rentals, so have limited control over the warmth of their home. Many rental homes are poorly insulated and without fixed heating. Although there are insulation subsidies available from the Government for landlords till the end of June 2018 (with the legal requirement to insulate by July


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Walter Cook, Miramar “I’m lucky I live with a rich sister – she owns the place. Her house is heated by one of those radiator systems. It’s the warmest house I’ve been in in winter – it’s womb-like.”

John McDonald, ex-Miramar “I just rug up warm. I go to the pictures or stay home by the fire and read. I do handiwork indoors as well.”

Robyn McDonald, Miramar “I go to Kilbirnie Pool and do aqua-jogging. They also have a spa pool there which I use. I do baking and have warm soup at home on cold days.”

John Haansta, ex-Miramar “The place I live in is Canton where it’s 35 degrees right now. When I’m here I walk a lot, keep busy teaching judo and jujitsu.“

Michelle Bush, Melrose “If I’m really cold in my house I vacuum. I also go to the gym and run around after kids.”

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Dear Editor; All of us WINZ beneficiaries are certainly grateful for the temporary augmentation of our benefits during the three months of July-to-September 2018. We’d have been still more grateful if it had been for the four months beginning with June; but if it must be only three, I think our “official” winter of June-toAugust would have been better. I know there is occasionally a mild winter, or one where the really cold

weather doesn’t start till late June; and meteorologists cannot forecast which parts of a winter will be the hardest; but this year the cold, windy, wet weather began in mid-May. And we old people know that, as a general rule, those three calendar months are the coldest, wettest, and windiest in the whole year Not only frosts and strong, cold winds, but also rain, hail, sleet, and snow; so it’s clothes dryers as well as space heaters.

A sidelight: old or middle-aged Kiwis ought also to recall what the Government promised us 30 years ago: deregulation/ privatisation/competition would give us cheaper electricity and gas. The witty and erudite PM David Lange must have known we’d get it “on the Greek Calends”: he surely knew that sarcastic phrase from Ancient Rome - the Greeks had no Calends at all! H Westfold; Miramar

Predator falcons won’t be welcomed by all Dear Editor; About your front-cover article and photo (CSN, June 7), it was unavoidable that the recent local upsurge of birdlife would include the native falcons; but this should not be welcomed without qualification. All hawks are predatory, and

are seldom popular among people who keep hens or small pets like tame cage birds, white mice, and young rabbits, when such pets are allowed out into home gardens. From childhood memories of Taranaki dairy farms that had poultry including chickens and

ducklings, I can tell you that hawks were/are seen as pests and enemies. They possibly have a useful function as scavengers, and as killers of some smaller fellow-pests. However, I doubt that a proliferatiion of hawks will be, on the whole, any great blessing to the





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Greater Wellington Region. From those same memories, I’m hoping we shall now get more of our native nocturnal birds of prey, moreporks, to keep the rodents’ numbers down. I still fondly remember our native owls as they hooted during those 1940s nights, and that they are

happy with not only native trees and shrubs, but exotic ones as well. So unlike our City Council, the moreporks don’t try to be politically correct! H Westfold, Miramar

Wellington ranked NZ’s most creative city Wellington, fresh from retaining its crown as the world’s most liveable city, has now also defended its title as New Zealand’s most creative city for the second year in a row, according to the latest Infometrics Creativity Index. The index puts Wellington ahead of Auckland, Queenstown and Dunedin, which also rank highly on the list. Five of the top 10 creative areas are in the Wellington region. The index looks at the proportion of a city’s workforce that is involved in creative and artistic occupations and industries, and points to

a link between the creative arts and economic development, particularly in technology. It shows that not only is Wellington by far the most creative city, with more than 10,000 people employed, but its economy is also by far the most knowledge intensive. Earlier this year, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announced a $127 million injection into the city’s arts and creative sector. According to Infometrics, at the beginning of the millennium the creative sector contributed slightly more than 5 percent of the city’s GDP, which grew to 6.5 percent by 2016.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Wellington to fire up for Matariki

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New Zealand will be celebrating Matariki, Maori New Year, from June 15 this year. Matariki does not have a fixed date, rather, it is when the Pleiades, or Matariki, star cluster becomes visible before dawn, usually around May or June. Wellington will be putting on a number of events to celebrate this year’s festival, including in the east and south. The Wellington Zoo will be hosting events this weekend, June 16-17. They will include making Matariki lanterns “to light up the winter sky,” learning the Te Reo Maori names of zoo animals, and giving harakeke whetu (flax star) to animals. The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre will be hosting an evening of kai and music on Saturday July 7, from 5.30-7.30pm. Welllington City Council will put on a fireworks show on Saturday, July 7 that will replace the usual Guy Fawkes display. Civic Square will tomorrow evening feature ReCut, a free outdoor arts event showcasing a mix of dynamic art forms. The council will also host Ahi Ka - a celebration involving a waterborne fire, a bonfire which

The July 7 fireworks on the harbour will be Matariki’s main drawcard.

attendees are encouraged to toast marshmallows on, Maori storytelling, waiata and performance, on Friday, June 29, at the waterfront’s Whairepo lagoon and Odlins Plaza. It will include the Nga Wai Piata (Streams of Light) opening procession, where children from seven regional schools will hold hand-made light sculptures of land and sea creatures made with local Maori artist Terrence Turner. It will also feature workshops for learning how to make and use poi. As part of Ahi Ka, Te Papa will

host ‘Oneone,’ which the council describes as “an amazing work of living art... a haunting sensory experience featuring digital cinema and a lone dancer on the water.” Te Papa will hold a series of events, including a ritual, complete with fire and Maori storytelling, on June 14, with storytelling continuing until June 16, and kapa haka the following weekend. It is also allowing the public to view Matariki-inspired artwork by Michel Tuffrey and local secondary school students on its shop window on June 14-15.



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Big demand sees return of Wellington poetry book By Jamie Adams

A compilation of poetic thoughts about the capital city from some of New Zeala nd’s most well-known writers has proven so popular that the book has been republished 18 years after its first incarnation. Compiled by Gregory O’Brien and Louise St John, Big Weather is a described as “a celebration of Wellington and the creative life it inspires”. Both major and lesser-known New Zealand poets, along with visitors from offshore, have all been moved to record their responses to the steep

streets and myriad people, the food and political energy, the cable car and cenotaphs, the wharves and, as the title suggests, the big weather. Re-released on June 1, Big Weather comprises 100 poems and is organised into various sections with specific themes. It begins at the inner city and harbour, moving into the suburbs and parks, before heading to outer areas - and into the 21st century. Musings from late writers of the past come from the likes of James K. Baxter (famous for likening Wellington to a “sterile whore of a thousand bureaucrats”), Katherine Mansfield, Allen Curnow and Robin Hyde.

They are accompanied by the texts of many contemporary poets, from both New Zealand and abroad. They include well-known bard Sam Hunt, Victoria University Emeritus professor Bill Manhire and Dinah Hawken who describes the harbour as “hallucinating”. Even the author makes a contribution with Contents of a Breeze, Wellington, written in 1990. The book was first published in 2000 and reissued in an expanded form in 2010. It was originally co-edited by Louise St John, who died in 2009. Greg has dedicated the latest edition to her.

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Newtown gets new board member, looking for one more The board of the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre (NCCC) Trust has appointed a new member, Ken Allen. Ken has joined the NCCC Trust’s team of volunteer board members, replacing Toni Carson who left some months ago. As well as the centre, on the corner of Rintoul and Colombo streets, the board manages Newtown Hall on Daniell Street and Network Newtown at 9-11 Constable Street. It also runs a number of projects and programmes aimed at benefiting the community, including the Wellington Timebank, Newtown Youth Programme, Smart Newtown, $2 exercise classes and more. Ken’s previous governance experience includes roles at Newtown Ethical Lending

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Savea commits to Lions campaign The Wellington Lions have kept one of their most experienced players for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup after wing Julian Savea signed on for the campaign. Despite only being 27, the Oriental Rongotai club member has played more than 200 firstclass games for Wellington, the Hurricanes and the All Blacks. Wellington Lions head coach Chris Gibbes was delighted to again have the services of Julian

who played an important part in the side winning the Mitre 10 Cup Championship in 2017. “You can’t put a value on how much a player like Julian can bring to a squad in this competition,” Chris says. “We saw it last year with what he contributed on and off the field and we are delighted he has again put himself forward to be one of the squad’s key leaders.” Julian will join the likes of

veteran loose forward Thomas Waldrom who will shortly return to Wellington after a successful stint in the United Kingdom. “We know as a coaching group how much knowledge these guys will pass on to the younger guys and how much of an example they will be. “We also know they are really passionate about Wellington rugby and they want to to see the side succeed.”

Julian says he looks forward to Wellington returning to the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership and building on what they achieved last season. “I’m still really keen to be part of the set-up again and doing my best to contribute as much as I can to the squad,” he says. “The desire I have to play for Wellington is still really strong as is my determination to continue to play well in New Zealand.”

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Miramar out of favour with native birds - for now While the halo effect of Zealandia may be responsible for the rising number and variety of native birds in many Wellington suburbs, they’ve been slow to wing their way to the Miramar Peninsula. A recent baseline survey of 84 stations by Greater Wellington Regional Council has found the peninsula remains dominated by introduced species such as house sparrows, blackbirds, starling, chaffinch and greenfinch. There are more house sparrows, for example, than the combined number of native bird species peninsula. The iconic tui is one native bird that is making its The survey found an average of 13.7 presence felt in Miramar. introduced birds were seen at each of

the 84 bird count stations, versus 2.5 native forest birds. Tui and silvereye were the most common native forest birds, being seen at 38 and 29 stations respectively. House sparrows were the most common introduced species, found at a rate of 7.3 birds per station, and blackbirds at three per station. Greater Wellington spokesperson Philippa Crisp says the high number of tui throughout the peninsula reflects the large number being seen across the city. “Citizen scientists on the peninsula have also reported shining cuckoos, bellbirds, kaka and karearea and we expect morepork are present, though

we didn’t survey at night. “There will be more and more birds on the peninsula in the future. It’s a waiting game as we rebuild a more secure habitat for native species through intensifying our efforts to eradicate predators such as rats, stoats and weasels. Create a safe space and the birds will come.” Philippa says the survey will provide one benchmark against which to measure the success of Predator Free Miramar, which aims to eliminate bird predators from the peninsula. “To encourage native birds back to Miramar it’d be great if residents would plant a native tree as well as have a trap in their backyard.”

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Wellington divers snatch world champs final spot Wellington sychronised divers Yu Qian Goh and Anton Down-Jenkins have qualified for the FINA world champs. PHOTO: Supplied

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Wellington’s Anton Down-Jenkins and Yu Qian Goh combined on Sunday at the World Cup in Wuhan China in the 3 metre mixed synchronised diving event to finish in 12th place. In doing so, Yu Qian and Anton have earned New Zealand a position in the final at the 2019 FINA World Championships in South Korea. Yu, of Kaiwharawhara but now based at the University of South Carolina, and Anton, of Seatoun, came from behind with their last

dive, scoring 262.92 to take the last place on offer to next year’s premier international meet. They edged out Canada’s powerful team by 24 points. Diving New Zealand convenor of selectors, Simon Latimer says: “This is further good news for the sport in New Zealand following the Commonwealth Games and shortly before a team of five new representatives leaves for the World Junior Championships in Ukraine in July.” Wellington’s Arno Lee is among those five.

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat Marist 29-22 Northern United vs Poneke Match postponed Premier 2 (Hardham Cup) Wellington FC beat Avalon 22-20 Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Northern United vs Poneke Match postponed Oriental Rongotai beat Marist St Pats 26-25 Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Cup) Wellington FC beat Avalon 48-43 Women’s (Rebecca Liu’ana Trophy)

Marist St Pats beat Poneke 69-5 Oriental Rongotai beat Avalon 86-24 Les Mills Under 21 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup) Poneke beat Old Boys University by default Wainuiomata beat Oriental Rongotai 22-20 Avalon beat Wellignton FC 29-28 85kg Restricted (JC Bowl) Avalon beat Marist St Pats 50-3 Wellington FC Bye Reserve Grade (Mike Copeland Trophy) Marist St Pats beat Old Boys 46-31

LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: MEN’S COMPETITION CENTRAL LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Building King Havelock North Wanderers 2-4 Wellington Olympic v Waterside Karori 2-1 Napier City Rovers v Miramar Rangers 3-1 CAPITAL PREMIER - VENUS SHIELD Island Bay AFC v Lower Hutt Utd 4-1 CAPITAL 1 Miramar Rangers v Brooklyn Northern Urd 2-7 CAPITAL 2 Seatoun FC v Waikanae AFC 1-4 Marist v Upper Hutt 4-1

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The ANZ Premiership is back for a second season and the sponsor is asking what Wellington’s netballer fans and supporters need to achieve their netball aspirations. ANZ is calling for applications for assistance that will help Wellington netball fans achieve their netball aspirations. The bank says support is not limited to kit; it could be anything big, small or off-the-wall. In the past it has included netball gear, expert coaching, and court and club makeovers. St Francis de Sales School in Island Bay was one such recipient. Last year it applied for assistance because their courts doubled up as a church car park at the weekends, resulting in 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. Over the past five years ANZ has supported teams, clubs, schools and players all over New Zealand to the value of nearly $500,000. “We are proud to support netball at every level, from grassroots right up to the elite ANZ Premiership and Silver Ferns.,” Sue McGregor, ANZ Head of Sponsorship, says. “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve your goals, so we are committed to helping as many netball fans as we can.” Wellington netball clubs, teams, players and fans can say what they need to help achieve their netball goals at

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The generational sporting hero There’s something about the players of your youth that seems to make it difficult to be objective. That debate of the greatest ever in a chosen sport is always subjective and depends on the impact that player had on you and what period of life you were in. Generally, the younger and more impressionable you are, the more fondly you remember a player. That classic debate is raging in America as the NBA’s current best player, LeBron James loses another finals series to the Golden State Warriors. Those over 30 generally believe Michael Jordan is the best basketballer ever, based on his impact, spectacular play and undefeated 6-0 finals record in the 1990s with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s six rings are held up and the reason LeBron is, at best, No 2’s because, despite him having most ingame statistics in his favour, he only

has three championships in nine finals appearances. For me, growing up, my three favourite sportsmen were Black Cap veteran Chris Harris, All Black first-five Andrew Mehrtens and Canterbury rugby captain Todd Blackadder. All three were incredibly reliable but, in my more realistic moments, each had their weaknesses. Harris never was a test match regular, Mehrtens wasn’t a great defender and Blackadder had a mediocre All Black career. However each of them were instrumental in me loving sport. The same will be happening with kids looking at Beauden Barrett, Ross Taylor and Kieran Read. It’s simply a generational thing. There’s no right or wrong answer, only fodder for friendly debates for years to come.


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