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Food Fair to rock By Jamie Adams

Rongotai College’s annual Food Fair promises to be a bit more exciting than usual as the King of Rock is set to roll in tomorrow. Well, not “the” Elvis of course – but student Hoani Cowan-Rauhihi, who was asked by fellow students to repeat for parents a performance as the music icon that he gave at a recent school assembly. A video of Hoani performing Suspicious Minds can be seen on Rongotai College’s Facebook page, which has attracted more than 100 “likes”. Continued on page 2. Hoani Cowan-Rauhihi strikes a pose in his Elvis costume for Rongotai College’s upcoming Winter Food Fair. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Student ‘Elvis’ to add spice to Rongotai’s winter food fair Continued from page 1. At 14, Hoani is perhaps New Zealand’s youngest repetitive Elvis impersonator. He says performing in front of his mates was “fine” as he had done impersonations at rest homes and even a wedding. “I’ve grown up with Elvis’s music. My grandfather used to play it in the car quite a lot and we used to go out with him quite a bit, and that was one of the only kinds of music I listened to as a child. Impressively, the Year 10 student made the outift himself - in fact he has three jumpsuits. “I sew them from a roll of fabric. I took a sewing class for about a term at Evans Bay Intermediate. I liked making just various little items like bags and stuff. “So I got my own sewing machine, and then once I decided to start doing Elvis, the sewing machine was right there.” Hoani was first inspired to

dress up as Elvis when his grandmother was having a Matariki concert for a church, and she needed a few performers. “I just sort of thought to myself, why not sing Elvis and get dressed up?” Hoani will perform four songs at the food fair. He would like to enter Elvis impersonator contests, such as one that will feature in Upper Hutt later this year, though he may have to wait until he’s 18. In the meantime one of his uncle’s friends has a list of rest homes where he will perform for a fee over the holidays. He cites It’s Now Or Never, as one of his favourite Elvis tracks. Other entertainment for Winter Food Fair include the college’s Big Band and its choir, pop/R’n’B band Jahsoul and jazz-rock band Ground Floor. The annual fair has been brought forward this year to become a winter event, so comfort food will be the order of the day,

Wellington City Council and the Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau (WelCAB) have agreed on a collaborative course of action in which the two parties could enter a three-year contract being considered at the City Strategy Committee meeting tomorrow. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says after a number of meetings over the last two weeks the outcome is one that both parties can get behind. “WelCAB has a long history in Wellington, and is an institution that we hold in high regard,” Justin says.

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Damian Diack of MPI, Karen Adair of MCH, Julie Collins of Forestry NZ, Wing Comander Neil Taylor of the NZDF, Jack Steer chief executive of the RNZRSA, Associate Minister of Forestry Meka Whaitiri and MPI director-general Martyn Dunne. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

A reserve between Russell Terrace and Newtown Park is set to be transformed over the coming decades following a tree-planting ceremony to recognise war veterans. Associate Forestry Minister Meka Whaitiri, Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and RSA chief executive Jack Steer joined officials from the Ministries of Primary Industries and Culture and Heritage, as well as the New Zealand Defence Force, in planting 40 totara at the Berhampore reserve on Friday. They were the first trees to be planted as part of the Gov-

ernment’s Matariki Tu Rakau remembrance tree planting programme announced on Anzac Day. The nationwide programme involves communities across the country planting up to 350,000 trees during Matariki in recognition of those who have served in the defence forces. It is part of a series of initiatives to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. Meka says the event served as an opportunity to plant natives as part of the programme, given the majority at this stage are exotic pines. “Only 13 percent of New Zealand trees are native. I’m keen to

get the balance to 50/50.” Mayor Justin Lester says Wellington City has already seen 1.6 million trees planted over the past 15 years and he expects that number to reach two million by 2022. MPI Director General Matryn Dunne says many battlefields had left a trail of destruction of “shredded trees” as well as death. He says it is appropriate totara were chosen to symbolise their regeneration as they are “truly remarkable trees”. RNZRSA chief executive Jack Steer says the trees should symbolise “everyday men and women sign up to go into harm’s way” who then may feel re-


luctant to be recognised as veterans. “Veterans compare themselves to those who served in World War One and Two and feel they don’t measure up. “This is a very important event for veterans and our city.” Planting of the trees will occur over the month of Matariki, and will be carried out on various types of land, such as marae, public parks, and places of remembrance. A spokeswoman for the Council says the current pine trees will be cut down within 20 years as they near the end of their lifespan, to allow for a smooth transition for the totara takeover.

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“Sensationalist” claims about extensive Chinese influence in New Zealand highlight the importance of the knowledge and understanding Wellington’s Contemporary China Research Centre brings to public debate, says the centre’s new director. The claims, including that New Zealand has become the “soft underbelly” of the Five Eyes international intelligence network, are overblown and do a disservice to the much more complex reality of the New Zealand-China relationship, says Victoria University Associate Professor Jason Young.  “If we don’t understand China then we disadvantage ourselves within the region and within our relationship with China,” he says.

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inbrief news Fairness ‘up to standard’ The vast majority of the public believe the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s decisions on its Fairness Standard are robust, according to a survey. The standard requires broadcasters to treat individuals and organisations taking part or referred to in a broadcast fairly and considers complaints about whether this standard has been breached. Fifty-six people in focus groups considered complaints about a tiler featured on The Block: Villa Wars, a politician in an item on Newshub, and members of the public filmed during items on Story and Seven Sharp. An average of 90 percent of them rated the BSA’s four decisions as very good, good or acceptable.

Future of Antarctica under spotlight Choices made in the next decade will have long-term consequences for Antarctica and the globe, according to research published today in Nature. The authors, including Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Tim Naish, are from the world’s leading Antarctic and climate change institutes and are experts in a range of disciplines, including biology, oceanography, glaciology, geophysics. They say Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are closely coupled to the rest of the globe and so change in the region will have widespread consequences for the Earth and humanity.

Retailers pull ionisation smoke alarms All major DIY stores have agreed to stop selling ionisation smoke alarms following a request from Consumer NZ. A recent test found ionisation-type smoke alarms performed so poorly that the watchdog called for retailers to pull them from their shelves. All stores Consumer contacted about their ionisation alarms agreed to stop selling them. Consumer NZ head of testing Dr Paul Smith welcomed the news. “Removing a product that doesn’t perform a critical safety task effectively is a major win for New Zealand consumers.”.

Hataitai church now empty due to earthquake risk By Jamie Adams

Another building in Hataitai is facing an uncertain future thanks to the power of Mother Nature. The 100-year-old Anglican All Saints Church on Hamilton Road has been vacant in recent weeks after its owners were given the bad news about its ability to withstand a major earthquake. “Since the Christchurch 2011 earthquake, buildings have been given different building standards for earthquake risk,” Reverend Ben Arcus says. The Wellington Regional Diocese was originally told the church had to be at least 34 percent of the Building Code. Now it needs to be at 67 percent of the code by 2024. A further blow came when an engineer’s report confirmed the building was only at 15 percent of the code, prompting the diocese to conclude that it was too unsafe to function in. “We are no longer able to occupy the building while it is not up to standard.” Ben says the church was unaffected by the 2016 Kaikoura quake that led to CBD buildings being condemned, as that was a prolonged rolling quake that mainly damaged steel. “A short sharp one would knock down a brick building like this.”

Other churches within the region’s Anglican Diocese have had to close for the same reason. As a consequence, Sunday services have been held in the main hall of the church’s neighbouring conference centre, which was established in 2013. Ben says “it was of great fortune” to have the centre, given it took “50-60 years” of fundraising and, much lobbying by the previous vicar, to see it come into existence. “It’s been done to a high [earthquake] standard with plenty of noise reduction. “So while this is unsettling news, it is not the total disaster that some parishes have faced. “My guess it could take $1 million to strengthen it. We are not doing anything until we get the quotes. We’ll know in the next couple of months. “Then we have to ask is it worth the cost of strengthening or should we build a new one, or does it need to remain standing as a heritage building?” Ben will hold a Q&A session between Sunday services to answer any questions people may have. Another Hataitai building, the former bowling clubroom off Hataitai Road, is also facing an uncertain future due to earthquake risk.

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Single way to pay for public transport a step closer A single way to pay for your bus, train or ferry service is a step closer today following the call for interest from the market to provide a national integrated ticketing solution using world-leading technology. “Wellington is working with other public transport authorities across the country and the New Zealand Transport Agency to deliver a state-ofthe-art way of paying for travel

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to pay on all Metlink services, because it will make their travel and their lives simpler. “People are used to using a single card or a phone to pay for a range of services and products. We need to keep up with their expectations, otherwise we risk losing customers to other forms of transport.” Barbara says a single national ticketing system means duplication across councils can be abolished and costs are shared

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Fundraiser turned volunteer medic loves the challenge Volunteer Awareness Week is a chance for Wellington Free Ambulance to say thank you to their incredible volunteer event medics for all their hard work and effort. One of those volunteers is Jude Partridge. Three years ago, after organising the PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation Charity Relay, and raising over $95,000 for four charities including Wellington Free Ambulance, Jude enquired about joining the Wellington Free Team as a volunteer event medic and has never looked back. “I’d always been interested in becoming a paramedic, but as my career advanced in marketing and communications I felt I had left it too late to begin studying

for a different career. “After the 2015 PwC Foundation Charity Relay and meeting the fantastic team of event medics on the day I thought I could give it go and join them,” says Jude. Juggling work, children and volunteering can be difficult, but Jude says thanks to an understanding employer and supportive husband she manages to do it all. “I’m extremely lucky to work for an organisation [that] encourages and supports their staff to get involved with volunteering and give back to their communities,” says Jude. “For weekday events PwC allows staff to utilise volunteering leave to help balance work and

personal life. For those events on the weekends…a supportive husband certainly helps!” Jude acknowledges that with many people leading such busy lives, it can become increasingly difficult to find time to volunteer, but she highlights the importance of helping out where you can, saying it’s an “amazing feeling”. “Being that person to help someone in their time of need is a very rewarding experience.” Wellington Free has 80 qualified volunteers completing around 1000 hours per month and it takes extraordinary commitment, tenacity and resilience.  Those interested in joining should visit: volunteer or email volunteers@

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Councillors back anti-diesel bus group’s concerns A group of Greater Wellington Regional and Wellington City Councillors have backed the findings by a campaign group on the impact of public transport changes on people living along routes that have been switched from trolleys to diesel buses. ReVolt Wellington have identified a 200 percent increase in carcinogenic diesel pollutants for the next decade, a 300 percent increase in noise compared to the trolley bus era, and a drop in property values across the east-west corridor when the GWRC’s new high-frequency bus network is phased in during July. At a meeting convened by the group on Wednesday night at the Seatoun Village Hall, regional councillors Sue Kedgley, Daran Ponter and Roger Blakely, city councillors Chris Calvi-Freeman and Sarah Free, and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, met with concerned citizens from across Wellington who expressed their mounting concern about the massive increase in noise and pollution they have been exposed to by the change to a predominantly



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baby to sleep as buses idle outside her home. A Houghton Bay resident at the meeting called the prospect of homeowners along bus routes having to spend thousands of dollars to soundproof their homes against noise “disgusting”. Sue hopes Greater Wellington can get battery buses as soon as possible on the number 2 route that ends in Seatoun.

“We also need to consider if we could move the terminus away from a built-up residential area.” With the number of diesel buses expected to increase dramatically when new operator Tranzit begins next month, Paul Eagle said a change in thinking was needed at the national level. He offered to get a local group together to meet the Minister of Transport.





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Government to help fund eastern suburbs bicycle network More of Wellington City’s cycle network will be under way in the next few months following confirmation that the Government will fund the eastern suburbs cycling projects that the Council has recently approved. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says receiving business case approval for $24.3 million of work in the east is an important milestone in the city’s plan to develop a connected citywide bicycle network. “The Government wants improvements that can be used by people of all ages and abilities, which fits perfectly with our aim to make Wellington an even more people-friendly, attractive and sustainable city,” he says. Councillor Sarah Free, Portfolio Leader for Walking, Cycling and Public Transport, says confirmation of the Government funding ($15.3 million) represents real progress and is a big win for the city’s commuters. “It will meet approximately two-thirds of the cost of the projects we have in the pipeline, including the planned new two-way bike path around Evans Bay, and the improvements already under way on Cobham Drive. “It will also help us improve the congested section of pathway between Freyberg Pool and Waitangi Park, and provide a safer way for people to ride between the eastern suburbs and Newtown.” Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says the projects are an important step in the development of a safe, citywide cycling network for Wellington. “More people walking and cycling will help to create a more healthy and vibrant city while also reducing car traffic, noise, and congestion. “Over $1 billion will likely be available over the next 10 years for new walking and cycling infrastructure,” she adds.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How do you think the city council is performing so far in its term?

Lyn Wood, Kilbirnie “I think they’re putting too much focus on cycling. Too much money has gone into cycleways.”

Elizabeth Neilsen, Kilbirnie “There needs to be a little bit more investment in social housing, probably more in the suburbs.”

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Apa Hut, Kilbirnie “There are still a lot of homeless people on the street and yet money goes all over the show. It would be great if they had more money.”

Ewan Smith, Mornington “B+. Their intentions are good, they’ve made some good decisions, but sometimes they go on halfcock. It really concerns me that they are pushing for light rail with not enough regard for the costs.”

John Mataban, Berhampore “Barely a pass. The Tory St precinct was a waste of money and the Island Bay cycleway is still a mess and it’s not safe.”

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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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Council officers should be put in mobility bus and leave town Dear Editor, We are pleased that the Council have come to their senses and reversed their thoughts of slam-dunking the Citizens Advice Bureau. It is such an awesome free advisory-cum-consultation service with many dedicated experience volunteers. Councilor Dawson will lose his seat at the next election as we will not forget.

Also it’s really time to have these high-paid council officers put to the cross. Are they this far out of touch as to the merits of the CAB, to warrant the recommended funding cuts, when on the other hand in the same building the Council wants to run with billions of dollars to “move Wellington forward”? It’s the Council officers who should be put in a mobile travelling bus to

Not getting value for money from zealous Council staff Dear Editor Thank you my God that the CAB is being protected rather than being slashed to pieces like some zealous Council officers wanted, as well as an out of touch Councillor Dawson! I call for a review of the Council officers structure as we are not getting value for money when crazy recom-

Sharron Guy, Newtown “A notable difference is they seem to be looking for more community collaboration. They surveyed what women wanted and sponsored some artists for Matariki. They’re reaching out a bit more.”

mendations like this come about. Just $220,000 for the five wonderful CAB outlets is peanuts for what the Mayor is asking us ratepayers to stump up for the billions we have to spend in his updated LTP for projects that foster the developers! On another point I see H Westfold (CSN 14 June) adds to

Council move scared off by petition number Dear Editor Well the online petition of more than 4500 signatures certainly scared the Councillors who wanted to shaft the CAB! The model suggested mobile CABs (we already have taxi cabs) should now be investigated for all Council staff as the staff numbers have grown out of proportion by this overpaid CEO! Perhaps the clear example going forward is to have all wards with a front office like the “Kia Ora Newtown” one that is proving to be great for communications for local real people to link to those council officers who live in the glass place of the CBD. Also the ex-Rev Dawson has to become an ex-councillor as he already is on some other planet! Anita Vogt Newtown

his dislike list as he doesn’t appreciate falcons but I for one think they are beautiful birds and I hope they attack all the awful pigeons around, as well as the odd Christian and defunct Kiwibank managers! Rose Wu Kilbirnie

deliver their edits, and we hope the bus leaves town. Under this present CEO the staff numbers have jumped from 1000 to 1500, and we have one of the highest ratio of officers to poor ratepayers. Susan & Bruce Dryberg Te Aro

Service too good for them to close Dear Editor, As a now retired, but long-term volunteer at the Eastern Suburbs Citizen’s Advice Bureau, I too am appalled at the suggestion any of the bureau should be closed. The Citizen’s Advice Bureaux provide a vital service, keeping people with basic problems, expert, free financial and legal advice, and referring people to the

correct agencies when necessary. The bureau are especially useful to immigrants, newcomers to Wellington and the elderly, who may have difficulty accessing the help they need. It is unbelievable that the Council is considering closing any of the bureaux. Ann Harris, Kilbirnie

Down with Lotteries Commission Dear Editor, Our NZ Lotteries Commission is contrived and corrupt and it needs to be disbanded, closed down by the new Coalition Government. The Lotteries Commissioner has a very high salary and high office running costs, they spend many millions employing staff and advertising under the great auspice that they provide funding for school children’s sports equipment, yet most parents and schools are busy fundraising in their spare time themselves! The millions that the Lotteries Commission claim to be providing does not actually reach the NZ

school children’s sporting needs. Poor venerable New Zealanders suffer most from a corrupt and fraudulent Lotto gaming system run by clever crooked accountants with very sophisticated computing technologies with absolutely no police supervision while spending millions on advertising in projecting itself as the great charitable benefactor. Yet in reality the Lotteries Commission runs the game on a bankrupt budget - many of the big prizes simply disappear back into the Lotto kitty. Lotto uses grand extra prize lures to boost and cover their weekly debt expenditures – umpteen thousands

of so-called extra Christmas, cars, prizes over the past 20 years were non-existent. Now there are too many ‘Free Ticket’ prizes, regular players are sick of getting frequent free ticket prizes, the scratch card games no longer have any real major prizes. Ministers of Internal Affairs have ignored the truth about our Lotteries Commission – the Lotto maths simply do not add up! Lotto should be closed down – because it is hurting the most venerable [sic] citizens. [abridged] Martin Beck, Mornington

Thursday June 21, 2018

Hataitai management committee appoints new chair Hataitai resident Barbara Benson was elected last week as the first chairperson of the newly formed Joint Management Committee, which will manage the former bowling club and the Hataitai Community House. Her appointment follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between two organisations, the Hataitai Community Recreation Trust and the Hataitai Community House,

transitioning them under one management system. “It is an exciting time for Hataitai and its residents. We have a Feasibility Study in progress in the suburb to find out how residents see the bowling club and its services developing in the future,” says Barbara. She spent 34 years in Dunedin where she led teams of people throughout her working life as a secondary school science and biology

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teacher and teacher educator. In 2008 she moved to Wellington to the national position of Manager Teacher Education at the New Zealand Teachers Council (now the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand). Barbara’s voluntary work over 40 years included being the Chief Judge of the National Science and Technology Fair and latterly she was the chair of its advisory board.

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Thanking bus commuters for kindness Dear Editor, On June 13, as the rain poured down, I boarded an Island Bay bus in Lambton Quay. The time was 3.05pm so I wasn’t able to use my Gold Card. On attempting to use my Snapper card, I found it needed topping up. The bus driver insisted I was

to get off the bus. When I said I needed to get home to Island Bay, he shrugged. I had $3 change in my purse so I turned to the crowded bus and asked if anyone could let me have the $2 I needed. A young man and a woman each found $1 to give me and I was able to pay my fare

and travel home. I will probably never meet them again but words cannot express the gratitude I felt. I realise it was foolish not to have checked my Snapper card. At 82 years of age, I don’t always remember these things. But I will always remember the kindness

of those two people. It reminded me that life is good and the world can be beautiful at any time when we are kind to each other. Thank you so much – both of you. Beryl Skipper Island Bay

Transport action should not be based on panic Dear Editor, When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out their options for transport changes a while back they seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’

Not good; this is a time for action based on introspection, not panic. The Post Truth Era we are living in nowadays has come about in part because the fundamental problems associated with massive use of fossil fuels

(climate change the worst) have shown us there are major changes ahead for consumer civilisations, changes which terrify. In Wellington, transport is and has been for a while now the frontline of this. The self-respecting thing to

Good luck to vegans even though I could never be one Dear Editor, About the vegetarian week (CSN June 14), it’s a good idea in some ways, though I’d never make a vegetarian or vegan. In my old age, I’ve drifted off meat, so that I’ve eaten more fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs and dairy products like cheese and feta. But alas, I’ve become anaemic by not eating enough red meat; and I don’t much

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Regional Council commits $5.8b to major investments Greater Wellington Regional Council is readying its 10 Year Plan for adoption – committing $5.8 billion to its regional infrastructure. Chair Chris Laidlaw says the Council is undertaking an ambitious programme of work – investing in our region for future growth and the possibility of any natural disaster, such as flooding and earthquakes. “We have made a commitment to transform our transport network, complete major flood protection projects, ensure our

region’s water supply is resilient to major events and committed to working in partnership with our community to improve freshwater quality. “All of these investments were strongly endorsed during consultation with the public.” Among the investments to benefit Wellington’s south and east is an integrated public transport network from July, which it says will make fares simpler and more affordable for some. “Wellington city will have a

new bus network with high-frequency routes and more services. There will be over 250 brand new buses serving the region from July 15 2018 and another 90 early in 2019, including high-capacity double-deckers and electric buses.” The Council also anticipates it will play a key role in delivering the mass transit and public transport components of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme and has allocated $67 million from the 10 Year Plan.

Future-proofing the region’s water supply – and preparing for adverse events – is another high priority spending area. Greater Wellington has committed to seismic strengthening of reservoirs, including contributing $5.6 million to the development of the Prince of Wales Reserve Reservoir in Mt Cook. There will also be work in conjunction with Wellington City Council and Wellington Water around a cross harbour pipeline or water bores off the

Anti-straw campaign part of push for plastic-free Miramar

Plastic Free Peninsula (PFP) has launched a new campaign “No Straws on Our Shores”, a new initiative to reduce plastic straw consumption. The PFP group holds beach clean-ups around the Miramar Peninsula and they are always shocked to see the high number of plastic straws that wash up on the beaches. “Plastic straws are definitely one of the most common items we collect at our beach clean-ups and they are so unnecessary - it’s just a habit that we don’t need,” says Miranda Struthers, spokesperson for Plastic Free Peninsula. Miranda says there are

plenty of other alternatives in the market now if people really need a straw, with paper and metal straws becoming popular. But just refusing a straw is the simplest way to stop straws getting into the ocean and affecting marine life. “We want to reward positive behaviour change and our campaign supports people saying ‘no thanks’ to a straw. “Lots of cafes are already moving in the right direction but it’s really consumer behaviour that will see the end of plastic straw use - look at the great progress happening with plastic bags.”

Nine-year-old Edward Holben has been driving the campaign and has teamed up with designer Wibke Kreft to create a PFP reward card to help people remember to refuse a straw. PFP is giving away reward cards to families at their quarterly beach clean-ups. Just like a coffee reward card, you collect a stamp from participating cafes for saying no to a straw, and once your card is completed, you enter a draw to win prizes at the following beach clean-up. The next clean-up is scheduled for July 8, at Worser Bay beach from 10am-noon.

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ton artist Fifi Colston, at which children can make a Matariki headband, or a star torch, so they can shine the seven stars of Matariki on their wall. • Three story time sessions at which children can hear the story of Matariki and learn a special karakia and waiata. A range of tours, including our popular ‘Kids in the House’ tour will also be running throughout the day and we are encouraging visitors to take a moment to reflect and leave a message of hope for the year to come on our ‘sky of stars’. Bookings are required for all activities and tours. Please see the Parliament website for details.

Te Papa wants Matariki celebrated as an event of national identity Te Papa believes Matariki should be celebrated by all New Zealanders as an indigenous event of national identity. Te Papa has marked Matariki for many years, and played an important role in revitalising interest in the event. This year, it will hold for the second time, a Matariki community ritual, along with other public events. But beyond the museum’s walls, Te Papa wants to see Matariki celebrated by all New Zealanders, as a unique expression of national unity. Dr Charles Royal, creative director of Te Papa’s Matariki programme, says the time is right for Matariki to take its place as an important national occasion. “I think people are looking for an expression of national culture - an event of national unity across the diversity of the country,” says Dr Royal “Let’s shape Matariki into such an event - for all, by all, with elements inspired by our indigenous Māori culture.” Matariki traditionally marked the end

of a lunar calendar year - according to Maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar – and the beginning of a new year. For this reason, Matariki like all cultural new year festivals around the world, has a primary theme of renewal. Dr Royal said that the themes of Matariki are universal. It is a time of renewal, a time to gather with family and friends, and a time to acknowledge those who have passed in the year gone by. “Traditionally, fires were lit and food was cooked on these fires. It is said that the aroma from the cooked food would be a conduit to release the spirits of loved ones who had died in the year gone by,” says Dr Royal. Dr Royal said calls to create a national holiday were an interesting reflection of the growing interest in Matariki. “Yes, it would be great to have it marked by a national holiday, but what is more important is that we take the time to acknowledge who we are and to express love for these islands that we call our home,” he says.

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Check out this winner of regional supermarket contest It was a one-two for Miramar as Wellington City swept the podium at Monday night’s regional Checker of the Year competition at Shed 6 on the waterfront. A total of 83 checkout operators from New World and Pak’nSave stores across the Wellington region went till-to-till in Foodstuffs North Island’s 70th annual Checker of the Year competition, which has attracted a record number of entries this year. Ashleigh Quayle from New World Miramar took the title, with colleague Kendall Mcilrath the runner-up. In addition their supermarket won an award for top-scoring store. Sean Pool from New World Churton Park took the certificate for third place. The checkers competed on stage against one another while being judged by a team of six senior Foodstuffs staff. Checkers were assessed on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as quickly as possible, while also staying friendly and composed. Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin said this competition celebrates

Competition winner Ashleigh Quayle, of New World Miramar. PHOTO: Supplied

the skills of those who are at the front-line of the public’s experience of their local supermarkets. “Our checkout operators are the face of our business, and this event is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on them and show our sincere appreciation for the contribution they make every day to our success in meeting customer expectations,” Chris says. “The fact that this is the 70th anniversary of the competition, and that it is bigger than ever before

with over 120 stores participating, reflects the value that our staff see in it. It gets quite competitive, but is also a chance to have fun and build relationships.” Ashleigh will go on to compete against the winners of the nine other regional heats held over June-July. Each regional winner will be mystery shopped between August and November to determine the overall North Island Checker of the Year winner and two runners-up, which will be announced in November.

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Northern United beat Marist St Pats 35-22 Oriental Rongotai beat Poneke 41-27 Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Marist St Pats beat Northern United 52-5 Oriental Rongotai beat Poneke 19-17

Memorial Cup) Wellington beat ParemataPlimmerton 27-15 Under 21 (John E Kelly Memorial Cup) Marist St Pats beat Petone 25-22 Under 21 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat Poneke 28-20

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LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: Men’s CENTRAL LEAGUE Miramar Rangers v Building King Havelock North Wanderers 7-0 Wellington Olympic v Napier AFC 1-2 Wellington Utd v Lower Hutt AFC 3-3 CAPITAL PREMIER Island Bay Utd v Parapine ITM Upper Hutt City Football 1-1 CAPITAL 1 Brooklyn Northern Utd v Stop Out 4-3 COLLEGE PREMIER

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Thursday June 21, 2018


No more clashes as fencers move to The Hub

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Mediocrity can happen to the best of us

By Jamie Adams

Sword fighting has got a whole lot more enjoyable now that the Wellington South Fencing Club has moved to a new venue. The club is the latest addition to Toitu Poneke “The Hub”, in Kilbirnie, which has played host to seven other clubs since its formation last year. It was originally based at the ASB Sports Centre, where their Monday and Tuesday evening training sessions could sometimes clash with other events. “The Hub is a much better venue for us,” club president Stephen Peterson says. “The ASB has got a lot on and it’s hard to hear from a coach’s perspective because of the acoustics. “You can build a home here. It’s a more intimate venue.” The club has 15 members, all of whom are youth as it is focused on training school-aged children in Wellington’s south and east. Fencing is not a budget-friendly sport. A full kit costs $800 and that can be even higher to pay for the more protective headwear used in national and international


Members of the Wellington South Fencing Club, from left, Marama Wallace, Nolan Peterson, Lucas Ward and Cooper Gouge at their new home, The Hub. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

tournaments. However Stephen encourages new members by allowing them to try out the club’s gear and take a lesson for free. There are three sword categories in fencing – foil, epee and sabre – with foil being the club’s preferred weapon. “Some kids are fencing with an epee, which is a bigger weapon and where the body is the target.” While fencing has always been a minority sport in New Zealand, Stephen says it’s not one in which participants can burn out quickly. “You can start young and keep going until you’re 80 years old.”

The club has two coaches with prestigious backgrounds – one is a former Hong Kong national champion while the other competed for China. Stephen is keen to see the sport grow into something professional – it is mostly administered by volunteers –and believes the move to The Hub is a step in that direction. “With a venue like this we are putting the effort into growing this across more nights and getting more adults into the sport.” The club has a player to watch, with Lucas Ward finishing third in the under-17 national championships earlier this year.

PREMIER 1 HOCKEY RESULTS  ROUND 9 Men Harbour City drew with Northern United 3–3 Naenae beat Kapiti 4-2 Dalefield beat Victoria 4-0 On Sunday: Dalefield beat Harbour City 5-2

Women Harbour City beat Hutt United 4–1 Dalefield beat Karori 3-1 Toa beat Kapiti 6-3 On Sunday: Dalefield beat Toa 5-0

The All Blacks 26-13 win over France on Saturday night would be one of the toughest watches in recent memory. So scrappy was the performance that it would be easy to say the All Blacks will play much better in future and lose. The All Blacks’ victory never felt threatened after French fullback Benjamin Fall was shown red in the 12th minute after a collision under a high kick with Beauden Barrett saw the New Zealand pivot land on his shoulder and neck. While there was zero intent from the Frenchman, by 2018 standards it is a red card, even if many fans, myself included, fear the game is getting too liberal with the send offs. With Barrett missing the rest of the game after failing his Head Injury Assessment, the game lost all its shape. Yes, the French scrambled and disrupted well to ensure the score didn’t blow out but there were also plenty of things to ponder for the men in black. The Damien McKenzie trial

as the back up option at No 10 simply didn’t work. It’s safe to say the All Blacks would have played with more structure and composure in attack with a genuine pivot like Richie Mo’unga on the reserves. The All Blacks were regularly beaten to the breakdown, often a sticking point with Sam Cane, who is an outstanding tackler but isn’t a traditional fetcher at ruck time like many No 7s before him. The Wellington crowd which turned up, and no doubt paid top dollar for the privilege, could have been rightly frustrated by the performance. Yes, a win is a win and it was comfortable but the match was dull, with poor individual skills. With the series won, expect plenty of fresh faces for the third test as the All Blacks look to find their spark. Efforts like Saturday night should be quickly forgotten from an entertainment standpoint but there are lessons which must be learned.










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