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Enriching with hygiene
A new organisation has partnered with Wellington City Mission to raise awareness of hygiene poverty. Soap for Society came about after Wellington blogger and policy advisor Lucy Revill was constantly inundated with mountains of beauty samples to “promote”. Lucy thought this was crazy when a large number of low-income families, students and unemployed people struggled to afford the basic hygiene products such as soap, deodorant, shampoo or sanitary products that many of us take for granted. Continued on page 2. Lifestyle blogger Lucy Revill, left, and Olivia Lange of the Wellington City Mission with the Soap for Society poster and some of the hygiene products they are asking for. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Wellington’s Mission: $1000 and toiletries for 1000 families in 10 days Continued from page 1. Lucy, who writes a Wellington lifestyle blog called The Residents, saw the similar success of Beauty Banks in the UK and wanted to do something about it here. “As a blogger I often get sent makeup and bathroom products and end up with more items than I can reasonably use,” she says. “It occurred to me that there was a gap in how I thought about donating to charity. I’d often donate clothes and food, but rarely toiletries or shower gels.”
Lucy says hygiene is still very important for those struggling to earn a living. “When we don’t like how we look, feel like we smell, have dirty hair or can’t get our hands on basic bathroom items, like razors, deodorant or shampoo, it hurts our ability to be our best self and see ourselves as being equal in the eyes of others.” The first cab off the rank is Soap for Society’s inaugural toiletries drive. From July 23-30 Wellingtonians will be able to donate beauty and toiletries to help
those in need by dropping off the products to Wellington City Mission in Newtown or their inner-city store on the corner of Taranaki and Abel Smith Streets. Their goal is to collect enough products for 1000 families and raise $1000 for Wellington City Mission in just 10 days. People can drop off sanitary items, razors, shaving foam, deodorants, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, and even lipsticks. “For the families and individuals who come to us for help, donated toiletries and
sanitary products can mean so much,” Wellington City Mission Community Programmes Manager Olivia Lange says. “We’ve had people in this situation who are looking for work, and this service allows them to look presentable for a job interview.” The pair are also holding a special lunch event at the Grand Mercure Hotel on July 28 where all proceeds will go direct to the Wellington City Mission. To find out how to donate products or money go to soapforsociety.org/how.
Local music groups combine to perform with world-class American pianist Members of the New Zealand School of Music Big Band and Orchestra look forward to playing alongside a world-renowned American pianist next month. Five-time Grammy-nominated musician Shelton Glen “Shelly” Berg joins Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Koki New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) Big Band and Orchestra to present An American in Wellington at the Michael Fowler Centre on August 9. Soloist Shelly Berg is a Steinway piano artist, arranger, orchestrator and producer, and has been called one of the finest jazz pianists of the 21st century. Louisa Williamson, a saxophone player with the Big Band says it will be inspiring to perform alongside him. “I’m looking forward to being around someone who obviously has such an amazing work ethic and passion for what he does,” Louisa, of Kelburn, says.
The NZSM Big Band and Orchestra don’t traditionally perform together – the Big Band normally raises the roof at places like the Bristol Hostel and The Rogue & Vagabond, and the orchestra performs symphonies at St Andrews on the Terrace. But for this special concert they’re coming together to perform music by Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Debussy and Bernstein, with some of it arranged by Shelly himself. The two ensembles performing together is a good challenge, Louisa says, as they have to be careful with volume. “We can play a lot louder than them. It’s a little tricky as we can’t hear them as well as they project out the front, so it’s a good exercise for us in keeping our ears open.” Fellow student Patrick Hayes, who plays violin in the orchestra, looks forward to playing with the big band as “they have
Saxophonist Louise Williamson and violinist Patrick Hayes will perform with the NZSM Big Band and Orchestra next month. PHOTO: Supplied
incredible energy”. Patrick, of Highbury, is also excited about the eclectic mix of various works in different styles, and loves how passionate everyone is about the music.
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New bus service ‘a shambles’
Calling musicians for Gardens Magic 2019 Wellington City Council is calling for musicians to apply for the iconic Gardens Magic free outdoor concert series. As the flagship annual Summer City event, every January a wide variety of Aotearoa’s music legends and rising stars are showcased on the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell stage. As the sun goes down, the surrounding gardens are transformed with a magical lighting installation for 18 nights, perfect for a summer picnic with whanau and friends. Musicians of all styles are invited to apply online at wellington.govt.nz/ gardens-magic. Applications are open until 5pm Monday, August 20.
Mayor pays tribute to Paterson
ABOVE: Waterworks continue to be carried out near Kilbirnie’s new bus hub after the transformation of the Metlink bus network. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester expressed his sympathy to the family of festival director extraordinaire Sue Paterson, who died last Thursday after a long battle with cancer, aged 64. Sue was marketing director of the biennial New Zealand Festival from 199498 and took on the role of New Zealand Festival executive director from 2009-17. In 2017 she was named Senior New Zealander of the Year to recognise her 40 years of service to arts and culture. She was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. “Sue was a lovely person and did outstanding work in the arts sector over a long period,” says the Mayor.
INSET: One of Metlink’s new electric double deckers heads down Adelaide Road. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
Metlink had touted them as part of “a better public transport network” but for many commuters, Greater Wellington’s new bus routes, and timetables and payment system have been anything but. One Miramar resident has gone as far as describing the process for travelling on them as “a shambles”. Bernard O’Shaughnessy says he got on a No.2 bus in Miramar but in wanting to travel to Newtown, had to swap at Kilbirnie to get a No.3. “But the Kilbirnie bus hub [is] not complete so it’s very messy at that temporary hub. “The new hub site is very exposed to the winds and rain, and is away from the shops.” Bernard says connecting buses arrived late and there was much confusion by people as to connecting buses and routes, but that
wasn’t the worst of it. “There are lots of new drivers and they are struggling with the bus, the operations of the ticketing system and the timetables as well. “On the bus I got in Kilbirnie at about 9.30am the driver couldn’t get his ticketing machine to read the Snapper cards so he let all those on for free, and there were quite a lot of people.” Bernard accepts that under the new regime there will be advantages for peak-hour travellers, such as faster trips and more express buses, but for off-peak commuters there will be fewer buses and more bus hopping. He predicts next week will be another “Black Shambles Monday” as children return to school. Greater Wellington general manager of public transport Wayne Hastie says the Kilbirnie hub is operating in a temporary location due to essential water-
HospoGurus cut ties with pokies works working their way through Kilbirnie that have closed the roads around the new hub. He says overall the system performed well as of Monday. “Every weekday morning we run about 900 bus services across the region. The vast majority have run as scheduled.” Despite Bernard’s concern, Wayne says the switchover to new Snapper terminals appears to have been successful. “We’ve always said there may
be some bumps in the road and we have had some [on Monday]; with new routes and timetables we are seeing some services running late but we expect that to improve as drivers get used to how the routes work in peak times.” Wayne expects there will still be minor issues over coming days. “Some issues we can fix within minutes, while others may take some days.”
Wellington-based bar operators HospoGurus are amongst the latest in the capital to break their ties with onsite gaming. The group operates five venues across the city and has recently made the decision as part of the company’s long-term strategy of being a responsible operator. Greig Wilson, owner of HospoGurus, said that the move was “part of a wider trend of venues moving away from gaming as a source of revenue”. Following the removal of gaming from Eva Beva in 2017, Bad Grannies was the last of the group’s venues to feature the machines.
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inbrief news Predator Free 2050 ‘unachievable’ A research collaboration is proposing an alternative to Predator Free 2050, calling the current policy “badly designed and unachievable”. It says the policy is based on assumptions that predator extermination is the best way to protect biodiversity, that we need to eradicate every stoat, rat and possum to protect biodiversity. Associate Professor Wayne Linklater from Victoria University’s School of Biological Sciences says complete eradication of predators is “technologically impossible”. “Biodiversity is affected more in some places by habitat decline and plant eaters than it is by predators.” He says we need a more varied approach such as building sanctuaries and restoring habitats.
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Painter/diver turns marine biology into an art form By Jamie Adams
Long-time South Coast artist Margaret Elliot feels blessed to be able to combine her two passions – marine biology and painting. Margaret currently has 14 of her paintings on display and for sale at Solander Gallery as part of an exhibition called Above & Below at Solander Gallery in Te Aro. While some of them depict the dramatic waves and rocky landscape of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve, there are also several artworks of the reserve’s amazing sea life. She has lived in the same house overlooking Houghton Bay since 1980, with her studio in a nearby tin shed, and has painted the area many times. “I have snorkelled extensively throughout the reserve during the summers since it began and have enjoyed watching the increase of species,” Margaret says. Each of Margaret’s paintings is based upon a composite of up to 10 underwater photographic images, though the landscapes
are based on the old-fashioned method. “I sketch them on the beach in the afternoon. It takes about an hour and a half. On the days I do it the weather is lovely and people are talking to me,” she says. The view when you hit Princess Bay is stunning. Even on a bad day it’s dramatic. A certified diver, Margaret has dived overseas and snorkelled in New Zealand waters. “Sea anemones, coralline turf, sponges … there’s such wonderful life down there.” It’s an interest she’s had ever since studying to become a marine biologist, a career that skewed towards fine arts instead. Margaret nevertheless completed a science degree and later found there was a common bond between the two disciplines. “Half the scientists I met when I visited Antarctica 20 years ago were really into art.” As well as the South Coast, Margaret has also painted landscapes here and abroad, including Fox Glacier and Antarctica.
Houghton Bay artist Margaret Elliot among her marine paintings at Solander Gallery. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
“I’m really interested in geology. That’s what draws me into painting.” After the exhibition Margaret plans to visit Vanuatu for more
diving that will hopefully lead to more inspired artworks. Her exhibition runs at Solander Gallery, 218 Willis St, until July 28.
Show brings new meaning to ‘improvised dinner’ An improvised play, hosted by two veterans of Wellington’s comedy theatre scene is coming to Circa Theatre. Ian Harcourt of Newtown, and Tim Gordon of Island Bay are the actors involved in The Dinner, an entirely new, full-length play set at a special dinner held in Wellington by old friends on the night of the performance. Conceived by Joan Bellviure
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Resilience Fund ‘Boosted’ beyond its target
Louise Parkin, General Manager of Nikau Foundation, presents Diana Papadopoulos from Booster NZ with an artwork to thank them for their support of the Wellington Resilience Campaign. PHOTO: Supplied
Independent charitable trust Nikau Foundation got a dose of its own generosity when an iconic Wellington business came to their rescue in the last hours of their resilience fundraising campaign. KiwiSaver provider Booster donated over $2500 to the community foundation’s Pledge Me campaign to catapult them past the $20,000 target. This was on top of pledging another $2500 for rewards in previous weeks. “We are extremely grateful to Booster for understanding the importance of our work in building a pot of funding for grants to boost community resilience, and getting us over the line,” Nikau
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Commuters are asked - what do you think of Wellington’s new bus network?
Walter Baier, Mt Cook “I would take a bit of time to judge it. I’ll just adapt [to the new routes and timetable].”
Avril Whittam, Hataitai “I don’t like it. I’m dealing with new numbers so don’t know if I’m getting on the right bus. I have a brain injury so this affects my independence.”
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Cushla Skachill, Kilbirnie “I volunteer at the hospital and I’m just waiting 20 minutes longer than I used to. I’m going to be late because of it. People here are pissed off.”
Jim Booth, Kilbirnie “I’ll give it a try and see what happens. It’ll take getting used to, but it’s got to be an improvement.”
Kelsea Jackson, Newtown “The buses are not dependable. I’ve been waiting for the No.3 for 10 minutes after the time it was due. On Sunday night I waited half an hour.”
Vincent Verberkt, Berhampore “It’s pretty appealing how it now goes from Adelaide Rd to Johnsonville without me having to get on another one. I’m looking forward to getting on a double decker.”
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Airport parking building a bright spot in Miramar We are in the last few days of having a regular bus service, in which the residents of north Miramar (ie north of Miramar Ave) can get one bus into town, all day, without delays at hubs. For Gold Card users who want to travel between the hours of 9am and 3pm, we will now have to get two buses to travel to the city via the bus tunnel, or three buses to get to Newtown, the hos-
pital or further afield to the universities. However, amid all this pessimism and gloom, there is a bright spot on our horizon, viz the wonderful new parking building at the airport. It has been so tastefully decorated and is already creating a lovely artwork which blends in with and reflects the scenery around it. This building could have had ordinary plates covering it and been a real ‘blot
on the landscape’. However, with some great design work and minimal cost of producing differently coloured plates, we now have an artwork created out of a utilitarian building. I hope that the architects and designers receive commendations for their work. June Stewart Miramar
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LETTERS to the editor
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Nothing upper-class about real meaning of High Tea Dear Editor, Though I was very glad to read about the charity function organised by our local Greek ladies (CSN July 12), I must correct the recent common Kiwi misconception of what High Tea is. It’s a term used among the working and lower middle classes of Britain for their early evening meal: pretty well the same meal as what is called supper by their American counterparts, and called tea by those of NZ.
That is, a knife-and-fork meal of items like kippers, sausages, black puddings, etc., sometimes followed by light “afters” such as ice-cream. After that, the drink is usually tea. The same social classes often call their midday meal dinner. In the whole English speaking world, the upper and upper middle classes call their early evening meal dinner, and their midday meal lunch(eon). The light meal of sandwiches, cakes, and a pot of tea, here in NZ,
can be called morning tea, lunch, or afternoon tea; but the British upper and upper middle classes simply call it tea as their late afternoon light meal, and never call it afternoon tea at all. I feel very nostalgic for the cafes called tearooms that existed throughout NZ for many years before about 1970. They also served hot pies as an option to the sandwiches and cakes; and as an option to tea, they served
Serial writer’s letters hurtful
Proposal to keep library open supported
Dear H. Westfold (and Editor) I refer to H. Westfold’s letter (CSN July 12). Please quit your hurtful letters. Do you even care about our culture, our past? Do you put yourself in other people’s shoes? Have you thought about how others feel about your letters that you write? Please calm down a bit. Anonymous (name provided) Island Bay
Dear Editor, I do totally support another reader (Martin Beck: CSN, July 12) that the CBD Library must be open all day on Sundays. The City Council spends my rates on all sorts of things I do not need nor support, yet the Central Library on the weekends is a choice place of destination and information. How much more would it cost to open, a very small amount compared to the benefits? Rose Wu Killbirnie
coffee (of a sort!), cocoa, milk, or a soft drink. All this was a normal meal: nothing about it was “high”, except the three-tiered silver
stand for the sandwiches and cakes! [abridged] H. Westfold Miramar
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Rainbow view blighted by rubbish Dear Editor, Dur ing my ea rly mor ning walk [on Friday] a beautiful rainbow started in Cook Strait and appeared to terminate at the end of Owhiro Bay beach. Since retirement my normal procedure is to pick up tins, bottles and general rubbish on the roads, Shorland Park and around the
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Thursday July 19, 2018
Newtown becomes ‘toot-town’ as nurses strike By Jamie Adams
A section of Riddiford Street was subjected to a cacophony of car horns for most of the day as nursing staff and their supporters followed through with their months-long threat of strike action last Thursday. Horns from cars, trucks, buses and taxis all tooted loudly in approval of the hundreds of New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation staff who spent hours holding placards demanding the Government and DHBs increase their pay rates and staff numbers, as well as improve working conditions. The Government had offered three pay rises of 3 per cent across 18 months, a cash injection of $38 million to hire about 500 more nurses, a lump sum payment of $2000 and a commitment to pay equity by December 2019. However this wasn’t enough for nurses and other healthcare workers, who walked off the job from 7am on Thursday to 7am Friday after a majority of the union did not support the
Nurses picket outside Wellington Regional Hospital during last Thursday’s day-long strike. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
latest offer. NZNO industrial services manager Cee Payne, who was among the striking nurses on the day, says the amount of public support was “fantastic”. “I was down here for four hours. There’s been no indication of anyone not supporting us.” The picket lasted from 7am to 5pm and Cee says while no one was there the whole time, there
was a constant presence of more than 100’, and the skeleton staff who had pledged to work to ensure life-preserving services remained, also joined them once their shifts ended. She says the strike was a necessary way for nurses to “show their frustration” of just how dire the situation has become. “Without decent pay we can’t attract decent people into the industry. There’s a need for
some of our nurses to do 17hour shifts.” Despite the short supply, 500 graduates from last year remain unemployed because there hasn’t been enough money to hire them on full-time salaries, she says. The Wellington strike was one of 20 held at District Health Boards around the country. The union hasn’t ruled out further strike action in the future.
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FOXGLOVE BAR & KITCHEN serves a satisfying variety of food from Executive Chef Eric Lee. Express lunches to burgers & salads, light snacks to 3 course dining. All to be savoured in our relaxing bar & restaurant spaces with spectacular ocean views, whale sightings not guaranteed. PARK KITCHEN A contemporary neighbourhood eatery and bar with a variety of delicious locally sourced food and beverage options to satisfy any appetite. Featuring a Korean Fried Chicken Burger in the upcoming Wellington on a Plate festival. Call (04) 3880303 or visit our website to book a table today.
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The BEAT KITCHEN food truck is owned and operated by two qualified and well-travelled chefs. We make everything we can from scratch, using as many local and seasonal ingredients as we can get our hands on. Our menu changes daily. Weddings and Corporate catering too! Facebook @BeatKitchenWelli for locations. THE CHOCOLATE FROG is Miramar’s one-stop cafe offering delights like homemade bagels for breakfast to smoked chicken salad for lunch. All food is made on-site from original recipes and can be enjoyed with coffee, smoothies, milkshakes or a range of other drinks. Visit us today at Palmers Garden Centre, Miramar.
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QUEEN SALLY’S DIAMOND DELI - 200 Queens Drive, Lyall Bay 04 3872829. With a big emphasis on vegan and vegetarian options Queen Sally’s offers beautiful samosas, salads and filled wrap. The menu tacked to the coffee machine changes weekly, depending on what’s in season and what creative new salads and doughnut flavours the team at the off-site kitchen have come up with, but it will always be vegetarian friendly and damn delicious! CHARLEY NOBLE is Wellington’s central Eatery and Bar offering contemporary casual dining built around fresh ingredients and a wood fired grill. In an energetic dining room pair a wine or craft beer to our extensive menu, knowing that everything is prepared from scratch daily. CAMEL GRILL TAKEWAY offers an mouth-watering array of Egyptian and Mediterranean cuisine drawing on traditional dishes from owner Abdalla Tammam’s childhood in Egypt. The menu includes grilled sharwarma wraps, pizza, and burgers - all served with fresh handmade flatbread. Drop in today at 37B Dixon St. Say hello to your new happy place. CARLTON CAFE is under NEW MANAGEMENT and is just waiting to entertain you. We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fully licensed, great atmosphere with an amazing private outdoor courtyard. The list goes on. What are you waiting for??! Check us out today!. www.carltoncafe.co.nz With four locations across town, NAM Ð has become Wellington’s favourite Vietnamese street food vendor. Everything is prepared freshly on a daily basis, including our specially baked bread and homemade butter, pâté and pickles for our famous bánh mì burgers. Try us at Press Hall, Cable Car Lane, 43 The Terrace, or 63 Tory Street on weekdays.
LA BELLA ITALIA has been named by Ristorazione Italiana Magazine as one of the 70 Best Restaurants with a Pizzeria in the World. That’s no surprise because from the moment you step through its doors of this unique combination of restaurant, café, and retail shop you will feel like you are in Italy. The staff of La Bella Italia say it’s truly an honour to represent New Zealand on this list comprising 34 countries from around the globe. 10 Nevis St, Petone. 04 566 9303
TANDOORI NIGHTS has provided quality authentic Indian cuisine in the western suburbs since 2009. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients to create traditional Indian curries. Our prices are very reasonable, such as $10 butter chicken including rice and naan. Our takeaway menu is available for pick-up and delivery within our local suburbs. Go to www. tandoorinightsngaio.com or phone 04 479 4000 to place an order.
The KELBURN VILLAGE PUB has long been known for its diverse craft beer selection and cosy atmosphere. We are now quickly gaining recognition for our surprisingly innovative and delectable food. There is no better time to find one of Wellington’s hidden gems than during the WOW festival! Make your booking today!
KARAKA CAFÉ: The ‘mean-Maori-mean’ cuisine that Karaka has to offer, along with the scenery of the lagoon and waterfront. We are open for Breakfast and Lunch 7-days a week. It’s fair to say that Karaka Café is a pleasant cultural experience and one that is unique to Wellington. 04 916 8369
WHITEBAIT is an iconic destination for elegant, seasonal and ingredient focussed cooking highlighting the best of our oceans. Whitebait’s wine list is curated to complement our menu, selecting the best New Zealand and International wines. Stunning views of the Marina to Skyline of Wellington central city.
BAMBUCHI restaurant is a hidden gem in the heart of Hataitai. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat into our Balinese inspired dining room and enjoy a South East Asian inspired menu full of fresh seasonal produce & local free farmed meats. Join us for Wellington on a plate 2018. Phone 043864615 www.bambuchi.co.nz
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Dozens take up rates remission on new homes Nearly 50 owners of new home builds in Wellington in the last year have taken advantage of a new rates remission incentive introduced by Mayor Justin Lester. Fifty-one people applied for the $5000 remission and 49 met the criteria before the deadline of June 30. Defined as “rates for which the requirement to pay is remitted”, the remission is available to anyone who has not owned their own home before. It allows them to claim the first $5000 off their rates from when they own the new house or apartment, subject to conditions. It is one of 30 measures Wellington City Council is using to tackle a predicted housing shortage as it is estimated the city will need 30,000 more houses by 2043. The Council approved 742 resource consents in the year to 30 June, which falls within the normal 700-800 range. It is too soon to say if the remission has increased the number of first builds.
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier 1 (Jubilee Cup) Wellington FC Bye Premier 2 (Hardham Cup) Marist St Pats beat Poneke 43-25 Oriental Rongotai beat Northern United 37-33 Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Marist St Pats beat Poneke 43-25 Oriental Rongotai beat Northern United 37-33
Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Cup) Marist St Pats beat Poneke 27-17 Northern United beat Oriental Rongotai 37-33
Old Boys University beat Poneke 57-0
Women’s 1 (Tia Passi Memorial Cup) Paremata-Plimmerton beat Marist St Pats 6-17 Oriental Rongotai beat Northern United 43-36
Under 21 Div 2 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup) Poneke beat Johnsonville 32-10 Oriental Rongotai beat OBU Black by default Wellington FC beat Wainuiomata 47-17
Under 21 Div 1 (John E Kelly Memorial Cup) Marist St Pats beat Tawa 29-26
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LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS: MEN CAPITAL TWO: Seatoun AFC v NW Reserves 4-2 Wellington Olympic v Marist 4-1 Island Bay Utd AFC v Waikane AFC 2-2 CAPITAL THREE: Island Bay Dreamers v Kapiti Coast Utd 3-2 Island Bay Seagulls v Brooklyn Northern Utd 3-4 WOMEN WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE:
Wellington Utd v Brooklyn Northern Utd 3-2 EXECUTIVE PLATE: Marist Women’s 1st Team v Victoria University 3rds 8-0 Island Bay Utd AFC v Wainuiomata 2-1 Wellington Utd v Victoria University 2nds 0-2 North Wellington 1st XI v Island Bay Orcas KELLY CUP: Wellington Utd AFC v Wairarapa Utd 3-1
85kg Restricted 2 (Tony O’Brien Shield) Marist St Pats beat Wellington FC 22-15 Reserve Grade 1 (Paul Donoghue Memorial Cup) Poneke Bye Reserve Grade 2 (John Davies Cup) Upper Hutt J8s beat Marist St Pats 26-19
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Thursday July 19, 2018
NZ team heading to ‘Olympics for unicyclists’ By Jamie Adams
A team of five unicyclists from New Zealand, including two from Wellington, is off to Ansan, South Korea for the 19th Unicycle World Championships and Convention (Unicon). The biennial event will be held from July 29 to August 10, and will host over 1000 unicyclists from around the world. Unicon is known as the Olympics of unicycling for good reason: Not only do the events include track racing, road racing, and mountain-unicycling, they also include disciplines not associated with racing, including artistic freestyle (similar to figure skating), urban competitions (like skateboarding), and even the team events of unicycle basketball and hockey. The New Zealand team includes Christian Huriwai (Auckland), a three-time world champion in the street competition. Joining him in the urban obstacle events is Sam La Hood (Auckland), the reigning women’s world champion. They will be joined by top racing unicyclist Ken Looi of Wellington, who was the 2006 road racing world champion and is currently ranked third in the marathon 42km event. Tony Melton (Auckland) and Chris Aitken (Wellington) round out the team, and will be competing in a mix of road racing and mountain unicycling events. Ken is the secretary of the New Zealand Unicycle Federation, which was incorporated in 2004, and he is also a member of Unicon’s six-member organising team. “We hosted the world champs in 2010,” he says. He believes the difficulty in learning to
NZ unicycling representative Ken Looi demonstrates the art of pedalling on one wheel. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
unicycle is similar to that of a bicycle, as it is a matter of retaining balance. “It’s slightly harder as there is a tighter curve to pivot on, but once you have got the hang of balance you don’t think about it.” Unicycles normally have no gears or brakes, but there are larger-wheel versions that are twospeed, while mountain unicycles (or munis) have disc brakes. Ken has no problem riding his unicycle from his Grenada home to his workplace in Miramar. He has even ridden one down Dunedin’s Baldwin St. He expects Germany and Japan to dominate the champs, especially in track racing, but believes Kiwi unicyclists “do pretty well considering the size of our country”.
with Jacob Page
Wrestling with the reality of UFC There’s an age-old saying that characters create cash. The more charismatic and captivating someone is, the more people want and will pay to see them. The biggest company in mixed martial arts, the UFC, is finding that out. Down on big names to engage casual fans, they turn to a guy with a professional wrestling background to get eyeballs on their product. A fortnight ago, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier knocked out UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to claim both titles. It was a big fight but more for the pure MMA fans, mostly. Like all good stories, a fight needs a protagonist and antagonist. Both Cormier and Miocic are nice guys - that draws money but it’s not the blockbuster study in contrast that sells a casual fan. Enter Brock Lesnar, A former twotime NCAA champion, former UFC heavyweight champion and current World Wrestling Entertainment universal champion. Lesnar has the credentials and most of all that antagonist edge. Lesnar lives in rural Canada, out of the limelight. Speculation is he doesn’t love wrestling or MMA - he
loves money. Once one fight ends, the promotion starts for the next one. Once Cormier invited Lesnar into the octagon, Lesnar the money earner began. He cut a typical bad guy promo reminiscent of the golden days of boxing and then got physical with Cormier. Clearly the whole thing was staged, but it looked to get a little too real for even Cormier, who seemed visibly shocked as things got physical. Lesnar draws and here’s why. He’s bigger than most normal people, he’s an ass-kicker with a pedigree and he doesn’t care what people think. All of that is fascinating and it makes people part with their money. Whether you love him or hate him, Lesnar doesn’t care. He just wants your money. The other realisation is that whether you love wrestling or MMA, the reality is both are very similar. Tell a compelling story which leads to a physical altercation that people want to pay to see. Lesnar and Cormier are likely to fight in early 2019. It will draw more than Miocic and Cormier a fortnight ago. Take that to the bank.
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