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Double decker delight
By Jamie Adams
If they were red you might have been forgiven for thinking London’s iconic double decker buses have invaded the capital. But not only are they a different colour, and built in New Zealand, these 10 new double deckers also mark a major step
toward a 21st century public transport system for the region due to their being fully electric. That’s the belief of the Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council Chris Laidlaw at the launch of Metlink’s new buses and bus network at Parliament last Thursday. Continued on page 2.
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters cuts the ribbon, beside a suite of politicians, at the official launch of Metlink’s new electric double decker buses at Parliament on Thursday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Electric public transport enters new era with double deckers Continued from page 1. “We need to plan for future growth. Journeys on buses, trains and ferries are set to increase from 38 million to 42 million a year between now and 2024,” Chris says. He believes that is a good thing as congestion levels from private motor vehicle
use are “really unsustainable” and significantly contribute to climate change. “Our electric double deckers are wireless buses for a wireless world. “They are New Zealand’s first battery-powered bus fleet, and we believe they are the first fully-electric double deckers in
the southern hemisphere. “We’ve set ourselves the target of a 100 percent electric bus fleet and the first stop on our way is 10 new double deckers this year and 32 by 2021.” Chris promises there will be more than 350 new Metlink buses on Wellington roads by early next year - 80 percent of
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Visiting students from Australia’s East Brunswick High School send a visual message to those heading away from Parliament on board the double deckers for a test ride. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
the fleet – however nearly all of them will be diesel-powered, albeit of Euro 6 low-emission standard. “The council and our four bus companies – Tranzit, NZ Bus, Mana and Uzabus – are investing tens of millions of dollars in buses that are quieter, more spacious and air conditioned.” Media were invited to take a ride on one of the buses as part of the launch. The bus was noticeably quiet, and made no noise at all when idling (giving the disconcerting impression it had been turned off), but was prone to scraping tree branches. However its reliability was confirmed when it maintained a speed of 80km/h when taken up the Ngauranga Gorge. Built and assembled by Kiwi Bus Builders in Tauranga, the double deckers utilise ionbased battery technology from global developer Microvast. Infrastructure is in place to ensure they can carry up to 82 passengers and travel up to 150km on a single charge costing as little as $22. Each bus is charged overnight at Tranzit’s Tranzurban depot in Rongotai, with fast-charging of 10 minutes’ duration taking place at strategically-placed stations en route. They make up a fleet of 234 new buses to service the bulk of Wellington and Hutt Valley commuter routes.
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Group ReVolts against ‘wilfully misleading’ regional council By Jamie Adams
Opponents of Wellington’s new bus regime say the new electric fleet is a fragment of what the city used to have. A group called ReVolt was established to argue that Greater Wellington’s much-touted battery buses paper over health and environmental problems that have worsened since trolley buses were decommissioned. They say Wellington faces an indefinite period of mostly diesel buses on our streets, including on those that used to service trolley buses, as the Metlink-branded new double deckers will make up less than 10 percent of the regional fleet by 2021, and less than half the number of trolley buses that existed before November 2017. While Tranzit’s new diesel buses have engines that are of Euro 6 standard, ReVolt says that noise and pollution from interim buses have driven them crazy. Seatoun resident and ReVolt founder Herwin Bongers says he has had to soundproof his house due to the regular increase in noise from idling by buses at a stop across from it, ever since diesels began operating on his Hector Street route. “Fifty-four decibels is enough to make people want to leave their homes – 63 decibels is the average level when buses are parked here. It peaks at 78.” Herwin says a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report has shown that for every extra decibel in average noise in an area there is a 1.2 percent drop in property prices. “We got a five-decibel rise since the buses came here.” Hataitai’s Ray Henkel says the
Neil Douglas, Keith Flinders, Ray Henkel and Peter Steven of ReVolt are displeased with the new influx of diesel buses on Wellington’s streets. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
noise of diesel buses on Moxham Avenue can be unbearable overnight. “The noise can start at 5.45am and go till as late as 2.30am at times.” Cyclist Peter Steven says it’s the pollution that really annoys him. “I start down Adelaide Road then when I veer off onto a narrow street I’m stuck behind them.” Gillian Tompsett was “astonished” there was no plan to bring electric buses on the East-West route. “One councillor told me we won’t be getting them for 10-12 years. “We heard all the news about them coming but there was no notification about the increase in noise. The impact of noise was noticeable from day one.” “They have been wilfully misleading,” Herwin says. Thorndon resident Neil Douglas says the situation was the result of the council’s failed
experiment with trying to install Wrightspeed hybrid batteries in its previous fleet. He believes instead of an estimated $1.5 billion light rail system, it would cost only $100 million if Greater Wellington was to bring back the trolley wires that could power new lithium batteries in the old buses for off-wire use, rather than possibly sending them to Tauranga. Greater Wellington chairman Chris Laidlaw admits it would take “decades” for the bus fleet to become 100 percent electric, but cost was an underlying factor in the slow process, as well as the decision to remove the “inflexible” trolley buses. “However costs are coming down all the time. I’m hopeful that the government and councils can speed up the process with more funding.” Metlink spokesman Alan Seay says the “vast majority” of services across the region have
always been diesel. “For example, in the year to September 2017, 63 percent of services in Seatoun were provided by diesel buses – and that was when the trolley buses were operating. “Additionally, over this period, only one in 10 buses operating in Seatoun at night were trolley buses.” He says some routes, such as to Karori and Seatoun, will miss out on the double deckers because their height means they cannot go through their tunnels. While Alan rules out any return of the trolley wires, he says NZ Bus has been testing electric drive trains on existing trolley bus chassis with one such bus now in operational service. “We are in discussions with NZ Bus about the cost and timing of the conversion of the remainder of the trolley fleet. We would expect that the EastWest spine would be where they would play a major role.”
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inbrief news Pints for Pooches returns In 2016 Garage Project & Golding’s Free Dive held a massively successful fundraiser for the SPCA; and after a hiatus last year it is being brought back for 2018 in expanded form. On Saturday, July 14 six kegs will be donated to six bars in Wellington, this time with six kegs also being donated to six venues in Auckland. Dog owners are encouraged to take their dogs for walkies to Garage Project 91 Aro, Golding’s Free Dive, Husk, Heyday, LBQ or Rogue & Vagabond and make a donation by buying a pint. All proceeds from the kegs will go directly to the SPCA.
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Matariki fireworks postponed The Matariki Sky Show has been postponed to this Saturday (rain day being Sunday) – primarily due to the presence of the southern right whale in Wellington Harbour last week. Wellington’s acting Mayor, Jill Day, says the postponement call was made following advice from the Department of Conservation and mana whenua and concerns over the safety of boaties among the whale. She says the Council will talk to interested parties – including the Harbourmaster, iwi and police – about how to deal with the situation if the whale is still in the harbour this weekend.
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inbrief news Some buildings yet to be secured More than half of Wellington buildings listed as dangerous to the public in an earthquake have been upgraded as a deadline for the work approaches. Many have started securing works but less than three months before the deadline, Wellington City Council is concerned a few are yet to begin. Following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, the Council identified 113 buildings with unreinforced masonry and their owners were given a Governmentimposed deadline to secure them. So far 59 buildings have been taken off the list, 54 buildings are still having work carried out or have not submitted final documentation, and 14 are yet to begin.
Harbour whale ‘Matariki’ steals the show By Sophie Manson
Wellington became home to a southern right whale/tohor this past week, consequently attracting hundreds of visitors to the city. The presence of the whale, nicknamed ‘Matariki’, led to the postponement of the Wellington Harbour Matariki celebrations, and caused traffic standstills over the weekend. One Facebook user took to
social media to share a photo of the gridlock, saying that “traffic backed right up to Kilbirnie as the whale [was] playing at Miramar wharf”. “This is rare. The last reported sighting of a southern right whale in Wellington Harbour was in 2010,” says Hannah Hendriks, DOC Marine Species Support Officer. “During the breeding season, these whales are mostly found around the Subantarctic
Islands.” DOC, in conjunction with NIWA, took a DNA sample from the whale last week and are hoping to confirm its gender. University of Auckland marine science PhD student Victoria Warren says the presence of the southern right is a good sign for the species, adding that sightings around mainland New Zealand have increased. “It may be a sign of a recover-
Junk food dominates NZ sport Junk food dominates New Zealand sport venues, according to new research. The study, funded by the Health Research Council of NZ, found that fizzy drink, chocolate, chips and other fried foods were the most common foods sold at these venues. “Unfortunately, we have competing players in the sport – healthy physical activity and unhealthy food,” says coauthor Professor Louise Signal from the University of Otago, Wellington. “Healthy nutrition policies in sports clubs are urgently needed. This requires support from health agencies and leadership from national sports organisations.”
The southern right whale makes its presence felt in Wellington Harbour at the weekend. PHOTO: Grace Sharp
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ESR scientists say recent drinking water survey results reinforce the importance of treating water to make it safer to drink, and having robust monitoring systems. ESR drinking water scientist Dr Chris Nokes says some of the registered water suppliers covered in the recent Ministry of Health report failed to meet standards because their sampling programmes did not meet monitoring requirements. He also says there are some water supplies that are at an unacceptable risk of being unsafe, and that may be due to under-resourced systems.
The children of Island Bay Playcentre were treated to their own excursion as one of the first booked groups on board one of Metlink’s new electric double decker buses on Friday. Spokeswoman Rachael Setter says the Playcentre was one of a number of groups that arranged an excursion prior to the start of the buses public operations this Sunday, including the Island Bay Residents’ Association.
The double decker bus took the group of 16 pre-schoolers and eight parents/caregivers from outside The Empire Cinema in Island Bay to Te Papa where they were to learn about Matariki, Maori culture and the idea of renewal. Rachel says both the bus ride and the Matariki session fits with the Playcentre’s focus on sustainability and their move to Torin Sternagel-Silao got to play driver during Island Bay using natural resources wherever Playcentre’s trip to Te Papa on Metlink’s new electric double decker bus last Friday. PHOTO: Supplied possible.
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Breaking barriers to participating in arts Opportunity Arts is a new arts organisation that is celebrating its launch with an exhibition this week at Thistle Hall Gallery until July 15. Opportunity Arts advocates, empowers and provides practical support for artists of diverse backgrounds who face barriers
to participation in the arts; to develop individual, sustainable arts practices. It works with talented and dedicated emerging artists, who for reasons such as disability require additional support to access opportunities that can increase their audience, profile, income, sense of
pride and purpose. Its organisers believe that with this mahi (work) they can encourage social change and diversify the New Zealand contemporary art scene. It is giving a voice and platform to those who are often unheard and unseen within this com-
munity and wider society, says curator and Opportunity Arts founder Eryn Gribble. Opportunity launches this July with a group exhibition at Thistle Hall and a series of public events. “This show features over 10 talented artists working in different mediums from the Wellington
region,” Eryn says. “It is an inclusive show featuring artists with disabilities alongside their contemporaries without [them]. This puts the focus on ability rather than disability, and lets the work speak for itself.” The exhibition runs daily from 9am to 6pm.
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Ahoy! Ready for some adventure? Then heave to me hearties, hoist the Jolly Roger and plunder that treasure! Join Jim Hawkins aboard the good ship Hispaniola for a swashbuckling tale of high drama, low cunning and villainous skullduggery that’s packed with jokes and mayhem as Treasure Island comes to Wellington for the school holiday season. According to writer/director Amanda Stone, there will be plenty of audience participation, singing and dancing in this “perfectly piratical pantomime”, which is adapted from the classic children’s story by Robert Louis Stephenson. Amanda’s company The Pantoloons have held a number of recent productions, reviews of which have been positive - audience members have noted the clever humour that caters to both young and old. Amanda runs Amanda Stone Productions – providing musicals to schools in Australia and New Zealand. She is a New Zealand Theatre Federation Merit Award holder and a Musical Theatre New Zealand Merit Award holder. Treasure Island will run at The Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, at 10am and 11.45am on July 18 – 20. Go to iticket.co.nz to Jenelle Pollock as Long Joan Silver and Jacey McGrath as Sophia the squire’s daughter in the upcoming play Treasure Island. PHOTO: Supplied book tickets.
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everyone who has given so generously again this year. “This year’s chopper appeal has been focussed on the concept of ‘Chopper Country’ and keeping people safe as they go out and live their lives to the fullest in New Zealand’s great outdoors – whether they’re at work or out exploring, as Kiwis do,” says Simon. Life Flight’s Chief Executive, Ian Pirie describes this year’s Chopper Appeal as “fantastic”. “Life Flight is grateful for the outstanding support we receive from the Wellington, Wairarapa, Kapiti, and Marlborough community – including our dedicated sponsors such as Westpac and our terrific volunteers who go out on the street to shake buckets and run events to raise funds to help keep us flying,” Ian says. “This incredible generosity of time and money enables Life Flight to rescue people in extraordinary circumstances, every hour of the day and every day of the year.” Donations a re welcome throughout the year and can be made at www.chopperappeal. co.nz or any Westpac branch.
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Promising actor gets Arts Excellence Award
Forme r S cot s College student James Costello Ladanyi, of Hataitai, outside Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. PHOTO: Supplied
Young Hataitai actor James Costello Ladanyi says winning a Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award is an incredible boost that will help him pursue his dream of a professional career in the performing arts. In September, the Victoria University of Wellington Theatre and History graduate and former Scots College student will begin a Master of Arts in Professional Acting at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the United Kingdom. The Arts Excellence Award worth $6000 was awarded by the Wellington Committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation as part of the foundation’s wider programme to help talented young performing artists to achieve their potential. James says he is thrilled to have been recognised as a promising young New
Zealand performing artist, worthy of the foundation’s generous support. “Pursuing a professional career in the performing arts has been a long-term goal of mine. “The last five years have been all about studying, planning and determination to make my acting goals come to fruition, so I could not be more thankful to the foundation for the financial assistance and its belief in me.” Assessors Clarissa Dunn of RNZ Concert and Professor Peter Walls, the CEO of Chamber Music NZ, say they welcomed the opportunity to examine the lives and achievements of some of Wellington’s talented performing artists. They believe James is clearly a motivated, multi-talented and resourceful young man with a strong academic background and a strong vision of his future as a professional actor.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Will you use the Transmission Gully motorway and should it be tolled?
Sophia Dempsey, Newtown “Probably - I’m getting my licence and I’ll be visiting my grandparents in Kapiti. I don’t know about a toll at the moment. You need to know what sort of transport uses it.”
Philip Blyth, Ngaio “Once I get my full driver’s licence, yeah, probably. Yeah, you have to pay for it somehow.”
Ida Di Leva, Island Bay “I think it’s great for people out that way. I’ll definitely use it. No, we pay our rates already.”
Tom Clune, Korokoro “Yeah, I sometimes go to Kapiti. No, it seems a bit silly to put a toll on it. It’s just another tax and won’t get people on public transport.”
Ina Kooistra, Southgate “No, I don’t drive. I’m not against a toll but if people drive on it regularly why not make it fairer by having a card that gives them unlimited use within a period?”
Megan Scott, Island Bay “I suspect I will be. It gives an alternative. I’m not 100 percent sure; someone’s got to pay for it.”
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Council’s response on Te Reo policy inadequate Dear Editor, I refer to Antony Cooper’s letter and our City Council’s response (CSN, July 5). Although I didn’t thin k the Council meant to go as far as he fears in the renaming of suburbs and Wellington itself with Maori names, I certainly agree in principle with Mr Cooper’s objections, and why he makes them. SELF SERVICE
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Surely any discerning reader will see that the Council’s letter doesn’t deal with the specific things feared by Mr Cooper. It ignores them, and instead indulges in a lot of PC generalities that don’t bind the Council to any particular promises or assurances at all, about its Maorification of our city. Would our Mayor himself like to spell out some concrete answers to what Mr Cooper and many other people are worried about? Concerning political correctness and the Loony Left in general, I’m reminded of a saying from Ancient Greece: “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” Well, either the real God or His adversary Satan seems to have sent the lunacy that
pervades what used to be Christendom; but I prefer to think the latter Old Gentleman has sent his demons to possess the people now running all branches of Government: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Not to mention the world of education, from university down to kindergarten, brainwashing the young and impressionable, so that education has been wrecked. Yes, the Devil is probably congratulating his demons on how effectively they have all-but destroyed our world and civilisation itself. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar
Central library not in line with other main centres Dear Editor, Is it not time that Wellington Central Library opened earlier on Sunday mornings as it does in Christchurch and Auckland? It would make it far more flexible for
those using it, rather than the current 1pm opening time. Martin Beck, Mornington
Theft from cars in central city nearly halve Three years of intelligence-led and preventative policing has helped to reduce car crime in a Wellington city area by almost half Compared to April 2015, reports of theft from cars have dropped by 46 per cent in Te Aro, according to statistics released by NZ Police. Guided by the police, progress has been made through car park building managers and vehicle owners introducing prevention methods. “A lot of work has been done around encouraging parking building owners to upgrade their lighting, security systems and even having staff around to do physical checks,” says Wellington City Area
Commander Chris Bensemann. “The reduction in car crime should be reassuring for city dwellers, workers and visitors alike. “Our goal is to make people be safe and feel safe. “If drivers use secure car parks and keep valuables out of sight, they should be able to leave their vehicle and confidently go about their daily lives and enjoy all the events and venues our city has to offer.” Effective interventions and partnerships have been developed across all police districts and are currently co-ordinated by two prevention coordinators.
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Council plan to make central city cycling easier Work has begun on a series of central city improvements that Wellington City Council says will help make getting about by bike a little easier. These include improved connections to the waterfront in several locations, new covered parking for bikes in Grey Street, an extension to the existing bike lane along Featherston Street, and a new lane up Rugby Street between Adelaide Road and Tasman Street.
The improvements – which were among the projects approved by councillors last year – are consistent with other improvements to cycling facilities being considered as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project. On Monday the motorbike parking spaces on Grey Street moved around the corner onto Featherston Street. In their place, a glass bus stop-style shelter now houses a two-tier
Dutch bike rack adjacent to the public toilets and showers. The rack has a gas-assisted mechanism, which will make it easy for people to lift bikes into position. Wellington City Council’s portfolio leader for walking, cycling and public transport councillor Sarah Free says the space-saving design will provide parking for 60 bikes in a space equivalent to two approximately six-metre-long
What the new covered bike rack on Grey Street will look like. PHOTO: Supplied
car parking spaces. “Covered public bike parking is common in overseas cities, but a new thing here,” she says. “We’ll be monitoring use over time, and depending on demand, may look to put in more in other locations.” Elsewhere in the central city, work is under way to widen and install new “cross now” lights at popular waterfront crossings so they can more safely accommodate and cater for people on foot and bikes. In Rugby Street, changes are being made to a traffic island to create space for a new bike lane between Adelaide Road and Tasman Street. A raised rubber lane divider will be used to clearly define and separate the new uphill lane from traffic. Kerb changes have also recently been made on part of Featherston Street, which allows the existing bike lane that goes as far as Bunny Street to be extended another two blocks as far as Ballance Street. The new facilities will all be complete within the next few months.
The talents of some of Kilbirnie’s artistic hobbyists will be on display and for sale when a craft market is held for the first time at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre this Saturday. Organiser Sonia Markham says the nine tables available for stalls have all been sold for the day. She anticipates it will be a big event after an absence of any craft market in Kilbirnie for the past few years since the last one at St Patrick’s Church Hall. “I just realised there isn’t much there for crafters in the eastern suburbs,” Sonia says. “There’s the Seatoun Arts and Crafts club, but you have to belong to the group to hold stalls there. “Brooklyn and Berhampore hold markets but there’s been nothing on this side.”
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Sea-themed portals for Rongotai to Miramar subway Sea creatures and ships – real and imagined – will soon transform the subway linking Rongotai and Miramar. Students from nearby Rongotai College, who are big users of the walking and biking tunnel beneath the airport runway, have worked with artist Sheyne Tuffery, Weta Workshop, Wellington City Council, and Wellington Airport over the past few months to help design murals for the concrete tunnel entrances. Sheyne, an award-winning Wellington artist, began painting the mural last week, and weather permitting it will take about a month to complete. Students will assist with some aspects of the work. The new artworks are part of an upgrade of the subway which also includes better lighting, new security cameras and a cleaner, brighter interior. An electronic counter has also been installed, which will provide ongoing information on the numbers using this route. The project has been supported by the Miramar Business Improvement
A design of the planned mural at the entrance to the Rongotai subway by Sheyne Tuffery, Weta Workshop and Year 12 art students from Rongotai College. IMAGE: supplied
District, which played an important role in helping to bring the different parties together. Mayor Justin Lester says the new sea-themed public artworks will significantly enhance the important walking and biking connection and neighbourhood. “More importantly, they will bring life and meaning to the
Landfill ‘safari’ to reveal plastic from the 1970s Following a positive public response for the inaugural roll-out in 2017, Wellington City Council’s ‘Bags in the Wild’ landfill tour is back again for this year’s Plastic Free July. Managers of the city’s Southern Landfill are inviting the public to book a tour of their Happy Valley premises to see the effects of discarded plastics. Waste minimisation manager Meagan Miller promises the experience will be “suitably frightening”. “In essence, it’s a safari, but instead of animals in the wild, you’ll get to see plastics that have sat amongst surrounding native bush since the 1970s.” Systems are in place to try to contain flying litter, but Meagan says that the combination of lightweight single-use plastic bags and other plastics, combined with Wellington’s iconic winds, means it is difficult to stop all plastics escaping the landfill. When they get into the surrounding environment they can threaten native birds such as pukeko and kereru, as well as polluting nearby streams. “We are fairly confident that no Wellingtonian would be happy knowing this is what is happening as a result
of their everyday purchases and life choices. We hope these tours will help to educate and influence future life choices,” adds Meagan. Currently, 34,449 tonnes of plastics enter the region’s three landfills, which equates to about 69kg of unrecyclable plastics per person every year. New Zealanders use approximately 1.6 billion plastic bags a year, and it’s estimated that each one is used for an average of 12 minutes before entering the waste stream. Last year, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester led a campaign where the country’s mayors called on the government to impose a levy on single-use plastic bags in an attempt to reduce their use. “Retailers are now coming on board and getting rid of single-use plastic bags, but the meaningful effort will come from people deciding to reduce their own use of them,” says the Mayor. The ‘Bags in the Wild’ tour is suitable for adults and supervised children, including school groups and community groups. Tours can be booked by emailing waste.education@ wcc.govt.nz or calling 04 383 4442.
names of the suburbs on each side, and help highlight the area’s history,” he says. Rongotai College art teacher Esmee McAuley says the project has provided an enormous opportunity for the students to learn more about digital and community art, work with practising artists, and to see and be part of
a design process. “The overall impact it will have on the community I think will only become apparent to the students involved after it is finished and people start using it.” The murals have a similar searelated theme at each end, but the Rongotai side will be more about the real, while the Miramar side
will be more about the myths, the fantastical, humorous and other-worldly. Sheyne, who is of Samoan descent and grew up in Newlands, has designed and painted murals in Coutts Street, Strathmore Community Centre, and in Mt Cook, Newtown and Johnsonville.
Greek ladies put on high tea for charity
From left: Ketty Lecatsas, Pela Arathimos, Melpo Kaldelis, Gail McEwen, Stella Bares, Dorianne Page and Chrisoula Kappatos next to a floral wall at the high tea event. PHOTO: Supplied
A recent cold, wet and windy Sunday Wellington afternoon was the perfect day to host and attend a high tea. The Greek Ladies Auxiliary of the Filoptochos held a High Tea and Bubbles event, at the Copthorne Hotel in Oriental Bay, to raise funds for the Neonatal Trust’s Wellington office. President Stella Bares says the Neonatal Trust does amazing work supporting over a thousand Wellington families of premature and sick babies a year, as they progress
through neonatal care to wellness and going home. “No matter what ethnicity, religion or socio-economic background we are, families of sick babies need the support of organizations such as this.” The Filoptochos is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Community and Church. The literal translation of Filoptochos is friends of the poor. Helping the sick and needy is not their only role; they also tend to the
needs of women and the elderly. They are a recently-elected committee who work very hard to raise funds to meet their philanthropic objectives. Vice President Melpo Kaldelis, who championed the event, says everyone had a great time at the sold-out function. “We wish to thank all the businesses and individuals who supplied the many raffle and auction prizes and a huge thank you to everyone who came to support us and the Neonatal Trust of NZ.”
Public submissions open for Whanau Ora Review The public is invited to make an online submission on the Independent Review of Whanau Ora. Public submissions can be made online at tpk.nz/whanauorareview from July 11 to August 15. The submission questions are available in English, Te Reo Maori, Samoan, Tongan and Cook Islands Maori but can be completed in
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Puppet show to explain not all green is good Weeds have a massive impact on our environment, so artists are raising awareness of them through art – and a school holiday puppet show is set to do that. Anna Bailey and her Wellington puppet company String Bean Puppets, has created The Tree Friends, a puppet show for children and families centred around a tale of a kereru and child on a journey to protect a baby kohekohe tree from dangerous climbing weeds. Getting the message across that not all green is good, highlighting the impact weeds have on native flora and fauna, and that action starts at home in our own
backyards and local reserves needed an exciting new direction, says biosecurity technical advisor Illona Keenan. “Predator Free New Zealand has really shone a light on the how the community can get engaged and support the natural environment, and we wanted the Weeds project to spark the same amount of interest. “Council and community groups plant approximately 100,000 native trees each year, but without weed control our native forest will struggle to thrive. So, alongside our current methods of weed control, we commissioned two artists to create art to highlight our key messages.”
In 2017, Wellington City Council put out a call to artists to create a temporary artwork to help raise awareness of weeds in the city. Wellington photographer Shaun Matthews’ project Incursion and Anna Bailey’s String Bean Puppets were selected by a panel of environmental and arts experts. The project is supported by the Weeds Awareness and the Public Art Funds. The free puppet show will be performed at a number of schools around the capital, but will also be open to the public at local libraries, community centres, and the Wellington Museum.
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Clareburt stars as Wellington cleans up at swimming awards
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier (Jubilee Cup) Wellington FC beat Johnsonville 15-5 Premier (Hardham Cup) Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Marist St Pats 24-7 Poneke beat Old Boys University 17-14 Oriental Rongotai Bye Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Marist St Pats beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 48-0 Poneke beat Old Boys University 17-15 Oriental Rongotai Bye Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Cup) Wellington FC beat Johnsonville 29-17 Women’s (Tia Passi Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai Bye Women’s (Izzy Ford Cup) Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Poneke 43-12
Under 21 (John Kelly Memorial Cup - Div 1) Marist St Pats beat Upper Hutt 21-10 Under 21 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup – Div 2) Poneke beat Old Boys University 26-0 Oriental Rongotai beat Avalon 64-8 Wellington FC beat Johnsonville 36-10 First Grade (Johnsonville Centennium Cup) Old Boys University beat Marist St Pats 50-5 85kg Restricted (Tony O’Brien Shield) Johnsonville beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 31-7 Western Suburbs beat Wellington FC 7-0 Marist St Pats Bye Reserve Grade (John Davies Cup) Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 69ers 34-7
LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS:
Lewis Clareburt was the recipient of Swimmer of the Year for 2018. PHOTO: Supplied
Saturday night in Auckland saw the annual Swimming New Zealand Awards - and Wellington swimmers had a great evening taking out the majority of the major awards. Roseneath’s Lewis Clareburt, who won bronze at the recent Commonwealth Games, won international swimmer of the year. Emma Robinson was named domestic swimmer of the year and Gary Hollywood, Lewis’s coach, won coach of the year. Lewis, Emma and Gary are all from Capital Swim Club in Wellington. At the finale of the evening Lewis also took out the supreme award and was named Swimmer of the Year for 2018. This award acknowledges the great
progress he has made in his swimming career this year. At only 18 he is said to have much potential on the world stage. Rounding out the Wellington regional representation of award winners was Chelsey Edwards, from Naeanae-based Swimzone Racing, who won Best Emerging Swimmer from the All Stars Zone which encompasses the southern part of the North Island. Martyn Newman-Hall, general manager of Swimming Wellington, congratulates the region’s “fantastic” swimmers and coaches. “There are some 5500 to 6000 competitive swimmers in New Zealand and Wellington has 770. Whilst not the biggest, on a per capita basis we are the
leading region,” Martyn says. “This would be the first time in many years that our region has dominated the national awards and reflects the achievements of our leading swimmers over the past 12 months.” Martyn says Swimming Wellington is fortunate that Lewis continues to live and train in the city. “His presence is an inspiration and assists the development of our up-and-coming swimmers.” All three swimmers are to represent New Zealand at international competitions in August. Lewis and Emma will compete at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo and Chelsey will be going to the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji.
National Age Group Swimming Championships returning to Wellington After being held in Auckland this year the National Age Group Swimming Championships will return to Wellington in April 2019. This is the largest national swimming event and provides one of the best opportunities for our swimmers to set national records on their journey towards representing New Zealand on the international stage. Some 750-plus swimmers, 200 coaches and team managers, and over 400 supporters
will converge on the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC) in Kilbirnie for five days of intense competition where club, regional and national honours will be at stake. Martyn Newman-Hall, general manager of Swimming Wellington, is “delighted” the region will be hosting this important event. He says WRAC is a great facility and it will provide an ideal atmosphere for both the swimmers and spectators.
“Wellington’s geographic position in New Zealand and WRAC’s proximity to the airport mean that it is a very cost-effective option for swimmers arriving from out of our region,” Martyn says. “The support and encouragement from WRAC, the Wellington City Council and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency to help bring this event to the city has been tremendous. We look forward to a great championship.”
MEN’S CAPITAL PREMIER AND CENTRAL LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v North Wellington 1-5 Miramar Rangers v Wellington Olympic 1-4 Island Bay Utd v North Wellington AFC 1-5 CAPITAL 1 Victoria University v Brooklyn Northern Utd 3-4 Miramar Rangers v Stokes Valley 2-3 CAPITAL 2 Seatoun AFC v Wellington Olympic 4-1
Marist v Victoria University 0-2 Island Bay Utd v NW Reserves 2-5 COLLEGE PREMIER St Pat’s v Tawa College 1-2 Rongotai College v Silverstream 2-0 Wellington College v Wairarapa College 5-0 Scots College v Hutt International 1-0 WOMEN’S W LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Upper Hutt 7-1 Seatoun AFC v Palmerston North 3-1 DIVISION 1 - ROUND 2 Wellington Utd v Tawa AFC 2-1 Island Bay Utd v Stop Out 3-0
PREMIER 1 HOCKEY RESULTS ROUND 12 Men’s Hutt United beat Harbour City 3–2 Dalefield beat Naenae 4-1 Northern United drew with Victoria 2-2
Women’s Harbour City beat Kapiti 7-3 Dalefield beat Victoria 2-0 Hutt United beat Karori 1-0
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Three Lions thrive on free-flowing football Pressure — it’s something intangible that’s easy to see. It does strange things to sports people and sports teams alike. Some thrive with it, while others take a dive. The All Blacks generally handle pressure well. But that thirst to win is often quenched. Our cricketers, hockey teams and swimmers have often come up short in big moments. Pressure can’t be touched but it can be felt and seen on someone’s face. It’s ironic English football has had its best World Cup campaign in more than two decades simply because the pressure of expectation has not been on them. Past teams have had so much expectation that they’ve often cramped up under the scrutiny and bowed out before their talent level suggests they should have. Having spoken to my few English friends throughout football’s biggest tournament, many were just happy to see the ‘Three
Lions’ get out of the group stage. One mentioned to me he was happy to see them make the knockout games and commented that they seemed to be playing with a freedom he hadn’t seen in his 30 years of watching the game. It was an interesting observation from someone who’s seen more than his share of English football heartache as the national side looked for their first World Cup since 1966. Past tournaments have been littered with funny stories of how the English messed up campaigns. Whether it be a David Beckham red card or a missed penalty, the English seemed to find new and bizarre ways to exit the tournament. Free of pressure and with limited expectations already exceeded, this team is not burdened by the past, they are not a laughing stock. No pressure, just pride.
Thursday July 12, 2018
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