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Ground Zero Waste By Jamie Adams
A vision of a plastic and waste-free future was on display when the Wellington’s first Zero Waste Expo was held at Newtown Community and Cultural Centre on Tuesday evening. The expo was one of several events in Newtown organised by Wellington City Council for Plastic Free July, a global initiative that aims to reduce plastic usage and increase recycling. The main drawcard was Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince of the Rubbish Trip. Originally residents of Wellington, the couple say they have lived without rubbish since 2015 when they began travelling the country spreading the message of sustainable living. Continued on page 2. Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the “No Waste Nomads” behind the Rubbish Trip initiative, at the Zero Waste Expo at Newtown Community Centre on Tuesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Newtown business expo presents sustainable plastic-free future Continued from page 1. “We find how easy it was to reducing our waste. We started saving money, eating better and we were getting passionate about it,” Liam says. The couple provided “zero waste” vegan nibbles on the night, complete with reusable cloths and no packaging. Other companies and organisations on display included Nude Grocer, which delivers groceries in reusable jars and banana boxes; eco-DIY shop Good Housekeeping and online shop Munch Cupboard that both sell metal straws and wax wraps as alternatives to plastic; Little Perfections, which provides a home-cleaning service using essential oils; the Tool Library Collective, which provides donated tools and DIY education to those in Newtown who don’t usually purchase tools, and Kaicycle, which recycles food waste from homes and businesses and composts the scraps at its “urban farm” behind the hospital. Another stall that generated much attention was Hello Cups,
Mary Bond, whose revolutionary menstrual Anna Bordignon, founder of Munch Cupboard, cups generated a lot of positive feedback. with her display. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
which co-founder Mary Bond says are reusable menstrual cups that collect three times more blood than tampons and can last up to five years. Organiser Renee Rushton, who co-ordinates the Newtown Centre, says the event generated
so much interest on Facebook she was concerned about having to turn away people so not to breach the 100-person limit for the venue. The last event of the month is an Art Supplies Swap, where locals can bring their unwanted
art or craft items to the Newtown Community Centre and swap them for new supplies. Supplies can be dropped off at the centre during opening hours in the lead-up to the Sunday event which will be held from 2pm-4pm.
Wellington wins Young Farmer host award A ground-breaking event which brought the country to the nation’s capital has received a sought-after award. Wellington hosted the Taranaki/Manawatu Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year in February. The contest was organised by Wellington Young Farmers and has been named the country’s best regional final in 2018. The club beat six other NZ Young Farmers regions which were all vying for the accolade. “We were ecstatic to take out the title,” said Wellington Young Farmers co-chair Sarah
Braun. “Due praise has to go to former club chair Nicola Barton who put in a mammoth effort organising the event.” It was the first time a regional final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year had been held in Wellington. “Our aim was to showcase modern agriculture to a city audience,” says Sarah. “We were excited to get the opportunity to do this and really proud of how it turned out.” Eight finalists from across the sprawling region tackled a series of gruelling modules on
Crawford Green in Miramar. “We had to get really creative with the modules due a number of challenges and restrictions we faced,” she said. “For example, we weren’t allowed to dig posts into the ground.” “We managed to have a good mix of academic modules, such as fertiliser testing and analysing pasture samples with current on-farm technology, as well as grunty practical ones to give them a good physical challenge,” said Sarah. The club was most proud of the challenges finalists had to
complete in the popular headto-head events. “They required a bit more planning at our end – for example in one they had to build a planter box using a deconstructed wooden pellet,” says Sarah. “Once they’d completed their box they had to fill it with soil, plant seedlings and set up an irrigation system. It was a real crowd pleaser.” People working in the capital who are passionate about the primary industries are encouraged to look up Wellington Young Farmers on Facebook.
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Transport planners ‘need kick up the bum’, says commuter By Jamie Adams
The fallout over Metlink’s much-maligned bus network shows no sign of abating, with another commuter speaking out over its failures. Kara Lipski of Newtown is one of possibly thousands of commuters frustrated with the new bus regime that operates in the Wellington urban area. “I know a woman in Severn St in Island Bay now has to walk up and down the hill to catch the bus. “For boys who live in Vogeltown and go to Scots College it can take three buses to get to school and three to get back.” The new system has also affected her schedule. “If I happened to have a day off I used to be able to take a No.3 from Newtown all the way to Zealandia. Now I have to get on a No.2 at Taranaki St.” Her real issue is that there are now several buses that operate two routes on the same number. For example, the No.3 runs between Rongotai and Wellington Station but the No.3a only goes as far as Kilbirnie. “Only the No.3 goes from Lyall Bay to Taranaki St and none go around the Basin Reserve.” She also says the much-touted double deckers are anything but adequate; while 10 of them are electric she has yet to encounter any that didn’t run on diesel. “Every one that has passed me has been clattering, not humming. “Those garish blue LED lights, I don’t know why they are there.” Kara also believes none of the new drivers have had a proper induction into identifying Wellington’s suburbs. “I know on one bus that was going to Newtown the driver told a passenger it wasn’t going
inbrief news WCC awarded for conservation programme A Wellington City Council programme which has involved tens of thousands of people in pest trapping, weeding, planting and conservation work has been recognised as the best council-led environmental programme in the country. “Our Natural Capital” won the Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Environmental Impact when the awards were announced in Christchurch on July 16. Councillor Andy Foster, who holds the predator-free portfolio, says it has been a sustained journey involving many community partnerships over some 26 years. Wellington City Council’s Water in an Emergency collaborative project with neighbouring councils was also a finalist in the EXCELLENCE Award for Delivery and Asset Management.
Countdown cuts sanitary product prices Countdown has dropped the price of its own-brand sanitary products. Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Kiri Hannifin, says the move is to address the real problem of “period poverty” for many women and girls nationwide. The move to lower the price of Homebrand and Select tampons and pads is expected to save customers $750,000 a year. In addition to the changes to its own brand range, Countdown is now retailing menstrual cups at 80 percent of stores nationwide.
Kara Lipski is fed up with the unreliability of Metlink’s new bus system. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
there. “The Wellington transport planners need a big kick up the bum. If you have been inconvenienced by the changes, get on the blower to Metlink and complain.” She says the momentum needs to continue as she believes the “teething problems” that Greater Wellington has referred to are much worse than they are letting on. Her grievances come after the Wellington Tramways Union lodged a complaint with police over what they say were illegal requirements to work shifts that
went beyond 14 hours, including breaks. Union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan has said he would like to meet with Paul Snelgrove, the managing director of operator Tranzit, on Friday to settle the matter. However Paul has so far refused to meet saying he has been engaging in “fear-mongering”. Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw says in a statement that a change of this scale was bound to bring with it a degree of disruption in the early stages. “Each day sees more services
running to schedule and I’m confident that when we all get used to the new network we’ll feel that the early discomfort was worth it, with more people being able to use our public transport to go to more places, more often,” Mr Laidlaw says. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle says he is organising at least two public meetings on the issue – one in Kilbirnie and another in Newtown — sometime in August and September. He says that he has had “hundreds” of complaints by people at his electoral office, as well as by email and social media.
50 years of metal recycling The Scrap Metal Recycling Association of NZ is celebrating its 50th anniversary today with an annual convention at Wellington’s Intercontinental Hotel. “Fifty years is a major accomplishment for any industry body,” says Korina Kirk, the association’s outgoing president. The association was established in 1968 by metal merchants who were facing anti-competitive moves by the NZ Government – the Government of the day was requiring all ferrous metals to be sold to the NZ Steel mill. That requirement almost crippled an export industry that today is worth $425 million annually to the NZ economy.
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inbrief news Animal testing up Latest figures from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) show the number of animals used in studies that were completed during the year and reported to MPI increased. A total of 254,453 animals were used in research, testing and teaching in 2016, up 13 per cent on the record low achieved in 2015. “The increase for 2016 is mainly due to more livestock used for veterinary research, testing and teaching,” says MPI Manager of Animal Welfare, Dr Kate Littin. She notes a decrease in the number of animals that died or were euthanised, and that the number of animals returned to owners or released to the wild was up.
Businesses anxious over available workforce New Zealand’s optimistic business outlook is under threat by a potential shortage of skilled workers. According to Grant Thornton International’s latest International Business Report (IBR) survey, business optimism nationwide is coming off its high from the last two years; this quarter, 60 percent of businesses surveyed were optimistic about the country’s economic outlook this is a sharp dive from 76 percent last quarter. Changes to the skilled migrant immigration category made under the previous government and a cooling in migration could be a key factor impacting continued optimism.
Sugar labelling consultation begins A trans-Tasman consultation on sugar labelling has begun following the latest Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation. “People want to know how much sugar is in our food and how we can consume less, so we want to hear what they think would improve sugar labels on packaged food and drinks,” Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor says. “We want food labels to provide clear, contextual information about sugars.” He says it makes sense to have the same rules for food labelling across both countries. The consultation runs until 19 September 19.
Catholic School gets its church back after five-year hiatus By Jamie Adams
Pupils at St Francis de Sales School finally got to step back into their Catholic church on Tuesday after being denied access for years due to uncertainty over its earthquake resilience. The school held its first mass in five years after an engineer’s report deemed it above the minimum safety standard for public use. During the congregation the school’s parish priest Father Dennis Nakora told the students, teachers and parents that their “home” at returned. “We finally get to come inside the building as a house of prayer for us. It’s a real blessing.” Wellington South Parish lay pastoral leader Joe Green says the church was closed in 2013 when an initial review deemed the back wall of the spire to be earthquake prone. “Only the year sevens and eights who were here as year ones and twos were able to use the church. After that we closed it,’ Father Dennis says. “A whole lot of parents
come here with their kids on a Sunday, but they haven’t been in here as a school,” Joe clarifies. “In the last 18 months we’ve had a committee looking after the property, and they’ve systematically gone through our properties getting a review in light of the revised national building standards. Information about the construction of the tower and the building went to an engineering company for peer review. “It came out at 70 percent of the National Building Standard which meant we could let the kids in.” The minimum standard for general use of public buildings under the revised NBS is 67 percent. Father Dennis says it’s a relief after five years of holding school masses at the library or the Presbyterian Church. “It’s great they don’t have to walk that long way anymore.” While it has returned to business as usual, the Catholic Parish of Wellington South has formed a committee that’s looking at renovating the church and actually raising it
Lay pastoral leader Joe Green with Father Dennis Nacorda inside St Francis de Sales Catholic Church. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
to a higher standard. “We are looking at putting in a dividing wall that can be opened up again,” Joe says. “It would mean we would have a useable prayer space
and then the back of it would be used for social gatherings.” The church could therefore be used by both the school and the community at the same time, he says.
Keep in mind Daffodil Day for next month The Cancer Society is asking the public to keep Daffodil Day in mind for their mid-late August planning. Daffodil Day is New Zealand’s largest street appeal. Its goal is to unite New Zealanders to help beat cancer and, by raising much needed funds, ensure the Cancer Society can continue to support vital cancer research and provide practical help, care and comfort thought out the country. As the Cancer Society’s
biggest communication event in 2018, the organisation asks for the public’s help in spreading hope for the one in three Kiwis affected by cancer. “Across New Zealand the Cancer Society is out every day of the year helping people who are affected by all types of cancer,” says Mike Kernaghan, the Cancer Society of New Zealand CEO. “We offer practical and emotional support to people when they are at their most
vulnerable. Behind laboratory doors our researchers are working on new drugs and treatments. “And our teams across the country are working tirelessly with communities to raise awareness and help prevent future cancers. “We can only do all this, and more, thanks to the money collected on Daffodil Day – every dollar collected by our 12,000 volunteers is used to help New Zealand and New
Zealanders beat cancer.” The Cancer Society provides accommodation close to all major hospitals in New Zealand. In 2017 it provided over 49,000 bed nights. Daffodil Day donations help pay for a wide variety of services including petrol for volunteer driving services. Last year over 4700 patients were driven to and from their treatment, by 1,145 volunteer drivers covering over 1,151,998 kilometres.
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Students sacrifice holiday time as production nears
Scrap metal fire risk increasing Last week’s fire at Macaulay Metals was a reminder of the daily risk that members of the Scrap Metal Recycling Association of NZ are very aware of, says association president Korina Kirk. “Unfortunately, as tip fees increase and more materials such as gas bottles and lithium batteries are deemed unacceptable by municipal kerbside collections, people are hiding these prohibited and flammable items in car bodies and other scrap metal deliveries.” She says it is a concern this was the second fire this year at a metals recycling facility caused by a lithium battery.
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Technicolour Dreamcoat. They had devoted 35 hours of practising their lines and dance moves during last week, with sessions normally going from 12-6pm. On Thursday the session went until as late as 9.30pm. However the boys were unfazed by the demanding schedule, describing it as a “productive use of time” and it also enabled them to socialise during rest breaks. The world-renowned play by
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Call for more volunteers for community centre’s garden By Jamie Adams
If you’re keen on gardening and have a few hours to spare each week then the Raukawa Community Centre in Strathmore Park would like to hear from you. The fledgling centre has been operating for a year and in that time has developed a community garden of a dozen plant boxes. Centre co-ordinator Ava Sanganoo says as the garden is tended by volunteers it can be difficult to get long-term commitment to maintenance, especially if those volunteers feel obliged to do it. The garden was established with the help of the council in July last year, and while it was initially tended to by some centre users, the number of volunteers had tapered off, with no core group taking care of it. It was once members of Kilbirnie-based Aranui Vocational Base began regularly maintaining it earlier this year
that some neighbours of the centre began to take ownership, Ava says. “The real benefit was their visibility. It meant more people came and helped by choice. They have planted taro, potatoes and pumpkin on the embankment in addition to the boxes.” Some of the volunteers are elderly and Ava would like some younger families to join in helping in the gardens and planting what they like to eat. “We are looking for help to maintain, protect and share with mana. “We need to know how to keep animals away from it, protect it with covers, and maintain dignity around the garden.” Ava says the garden is open for everybody to benefit from and relies on an honesty system. “We ask people to wait until the crops have matured and then take what they need.” Raukawa Community Centre has developed a number of
Volunteers from the Aranui Vocational Base tend to Raukawa Community Centre’s garden during a working bee earlier this year. PHOTO: Supplied
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Photos of iconic NZ poet on display Two exhibitions, both connected to Jerusalem (Hiruharama), on the Whanganui River, are on show between July 22 and September 22 in the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay. ‘Burying a Poet: the Tangihanga of James K Baxter’ depicts st r i k i ng i mages captured by photographer William Farrimond during the tangihanga at the marae of Ngati Hau on October 25, 1972. Fa r r i mond ha d d r iven overnight from Auckland and was encouraged to take
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you support legalising cannabis for medicinal purposes?
Peter Harris, Island Bay “I’ve got no problem with it, I’d even go further. I think it’s an individual choice question. Some of the harm that’s alleged is overstated.”
Victoria Vincent, Houghton Bay “Absolutely, because I think it has lots of benefits that we aren’t allowed to take advantage of. It’s a natural alternative.”
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Jim Dykes, Island Bay “I do. Cannabis has a lot of good uses. If it works then it should be. There’s no point of arresting terminally ill people.”
Claire Jonas, Maupuia “Yes. I think if people can be relieved of unnecessary suffering they should be allowed to use it as long as it doesn’t harm others.”
Here’s hoping hygiene products don’t go to bludgers Dear Editor; About your front-page item (CSN July 19), I’d be the first to commend any charity for giving them in entirely deserving cases. But though the intention is good, I only hope that none of the families concerned are spending their small incomes on such unworthy things as cigarettes, beer, marijuana, and on gambling and betting, rather than on soap, deodorants, tampons, and so forth.
I say it’s time for the CEO to leave on a Singapore Airlines free ticket real soon and we need an independent review of the grave misgivings of the operations of the directorship and staff of the community services of the council. Yours faithfully Tracey MacKay Kilbirnie
I am aware that charities are quite often conned by bludgers, but haven’t enough time to sort them out from the cases of genuine need for either money or goods. Another theme from that same issue of your journal is people’s reactions to the new bus routes and timetables. I know that it’s impossible to please everybody; but I should think there will be some further changes to aid people who are badly disadvantaged by the new arrangements, such as your correspondent Mrs Stewart.
the city section overhead wiring. The talk is about light rail coming to Wellington in 10 years. Light rail would provide the same thing as trolley buses but with steel rather than rubber wheels. Light rail would probably cost $1.5 billion, disrupt business, residents and traffic during construction and be noisier than trolley buses in operation. Light Rail would also only serve one corridor from Wellington Rail Station to the airport. Now, I am not saying “don’t do light rail” if Central Government offers to pay but just compare and contrast with what $100 million could
It seems grossly unfair that, on changing to another bus, there’s no further charge for Snapper fares, while there is one for cash fares. I suspect that this is all part of the blackmail and bullying to achieve a cashless society: people are being forced to go electronic or online for almost everything they buy or sell - which the Bible’s eschatology has in effect prophesied. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar
Extending library hours more sensible than costly flops Dear Editor, We, and many of our friends, who are elderly, totally support that NOG (Newtown Old Guy) [Bernard O’Shaughnessy] who has popped up again to try and get the City Librarian to have common sense and open the great Central Library all day on Sunday. It’s shocking to see other major cities in NZ ahead of us in this matter.
Light rail would simply be trolley buses on steel wheels Dear Editor, I am disappointed that GWRC has got rid of our quiet and environmentally friendly trolley buses and that WCC allowed them to do it. My point is that had $100 million been spent on the wiring and power supply and on new on-board bus storage batteries instead of spending up to $11 million pulling the wires down, we could have a “future proofed” electric bus system that could have recharged batteries on the go and allow “off wire” travel. Indeed, it may only have been necessary to retain and invest in
Alex Little, Mt Cook “I think there’s no harm for it to be. There should be some restrictions, I guess. I would support it recreationally too.”
Continued on page 9.
Time for council CEO to be banished elsewhere Dear Editor, The very high-paid CEO of the city council Kevin Lavery is critical of councillor Woolf having the strength to speak out over the mess of the CAB funding when at the same time saying that his officers “absolutely could and should do better”. As an overburdened ratepayer
Mitchell Gray, Te Aro “Yes. I’d see no reason for it not to be used medicinally. Personally I’d have an issue with it being legalised recreationally.”
have bought had it been spent on our trolley bus network. Now, more’s the pity, but I can’t see GWRC admitting they were wrong and restoring the trolley bus system so with GWRC’s current “transport plan” and the failed Wrightspeed turbine trolley bus conversion, it looks we will have to live with noisier diesel buses and a few unproven double decker battery buses recharged at fixed locations for the next 10 years. That is what people are revolting about. Dr Neil Douglas Thorndon
We can think of lots of supposed projects that the WCC has promoted and cost megabucks, with little gain for us ratepayers: An Australian Rules game was underwritten for a million and that was a flop; hockey Ice Skating failure; millions poured into ‘upgrading’ service lanes and then making lower Tory Street fun! Other Council facilities are open all day Sunday: Swimming pools
who have less people using them than libraries I understand. How many millions have we spent on tracks for mountain bikes, let alone the Island Bay saga that cost $2million to build and another $4 million to talk about it! We support the call to have our choice Central Library open all day on Sunday. Tim Dalman Te Aro
Surely there’s money available to extend library hours Dear editor, Mayor L ester’s cou nci l seems to believe that opening central library All Day Sunday is a cost issue? What is Lester spending our rates on that is more important for a capital city? Auckland and Christchurch find the budgets OK! More people use libraries than other facilities. Meanwhile bus fares have increased, landfi ll dumping costs are due to rise, along with rates and other increased fees. Surely there is some surplus
or sitting budget that is not currently being used which could be utilized to initiate the lagging need for All Day Sunday central library, like the defunct hotel/convention centre and film museum projects? Not to forget the additional expense towards the new Kilbirnie bus stop location which now looks more likely to be the future hub for light rail. Martin Beck Mornington
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Brickbat to Greater Wellington over new buses Dear Editor, There’s nothing good about the new bus system – it’s a phenomenal stuff up. People who have to use the bus to go to the hospital from Miramar now have to catch three buses, likewise if you want to go to Wellington Station, whereas before you could go straight there on a bus. Why change a system that was working perfectly? They obviously don’t even
Old bus routes should have been retained
know themselves. I’ve spoken to many disgruntled people and who could blame them? On top of that, their phasing out the blue card used for handicapped people is causing a lot more confusion as a lot of them have a hard enough time trying to work out what is familiar for them. Carol Doyle, Miramar
Dear Editor: Now that the changes to the bus schedules have actually arrived it would be helpful to remember that these changes were touted to be an improvement of service with no increase in funding. This was unfor tunate because what is needed is a significant expansion of
public transport (buses, trains), along with more infrastructure for personal modes like walking, and at best this project has only gotten in the way of that more important process of expansion. What should have happened was that the established routes were retained while the services being
touted as improvements were added in some way. Why are there fewer services from Kilbirnie to Courtney Place? And why should passengers from some areas of Miramar have to change buses to get to close destinations? Richard Keller Lyall Bay
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Pedestrians on Bay Road, Kilbirnie were treated to a busking performance like no other during lunchtime last Thursday. More than a dozen students of The Rock Academy camped outside Unichem Pharmacy to show the public the impressive musicianship they had developed in the space of only a few days. Tutor Geoff Day says the money they raised over the three days of busking was all for themselves as
reward for their dedication. Geoff says he began the holiday programme due to demand from some parents to give their children something to do over the school break. “For the first one we had just four kids but they were buzzing about it and before we knew it we had 18 in a group.” Geoff says he’s amazed by the dedication of some of his pupils who had not picked up a guitar before joining the programme. “Their tranformation is unbe-
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St Anthony’s Seatoun: Small School; Strong Spirit Jennifer Ioannou has been the Principal of St Anthony’s since October 2015. She is well-qualified and experienced in education, and knows how to make things happen to ensure the students at St Anthony’s receive a first-class education in a supportive environment. Jennifer actively leads the teaching
team so that they meet clear and high standards, have professional goals and are motivated to keep doing their best to help every student to achieve to the best of their ability and enjoy being at school. She focuses on solutions, positive continuous improvement, and is willing to get stuck in and work alongside
the community. This great package is acknowledged in an outstanding 2017 ERO Review, excellent 2018 Catholic Character Review, above national average results and words like these from a St Anthony’s student: “We aim to be R.E.A.L (Respectful, Excelling, Aware, Learners) and our Principal shows us how.”
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Ed Trotter, Miramar Central School Tena koutou katoa, I am Ed Trotter the Principal of Miramar Central School. I have taught for 15 years in the Eastern Suburbs and it is an honour to lead Miramar Central School, as its new principal starting in 2018. We are a co-education, PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) inclusive school from Year 1 to Year 6 with a proud and rich history where con-
nected, empowered and collaborative relationships are paramount. Our school vision, ‘Empowering our Children’ is central to all that we do. Miramar Central is a great school with incredible children, an amazing environment, quality education and specialist programmes, and a dedicated, friendly and supportive staff, parent and BOT
community. Our school values of Respect (Mana), Independence (Mana Motuhake) and Community (Whanaungatanga) are weaved throughout our teaching and learning programmes and the way we relate to one another. Visit our website to learn more about our great school, visit us during our termly ‘School in Action’ day or make an
appointment to learn more about how your child can have success at Miramar Central School and be an engaged life-long learner, confident in themselves, and well prepared for the life ahead of them. www.miramarcentral.school.nz 38 Park Road, Miramar Phone: 939-0684
Neal Swindells, St Patrick’s College This is my 5th year as Rector at St Patrick’s College. I have an extensive background in boys education at a number of state and Integrated schools. My passion is working with staff and parents to develop the talents of students and to see our students grow from boys to good young men. St Patrick’s College has been a key
part of the Wellington education community for 133 years and is constantly looking at how we can improve. Our boys love their College and are proud to wear the blue and white uniform. Our core values are Faith, Excellence, Learning, Community, Well-being and Brotherhood. We provide strong academic programmes that embrace
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Adelle Broadmore, Roseneath School Perched on the hill with commanding views of the harbour and city, Roseneath School, or Te Wai Hirere, is a vibrant and inclusive school. My name is Adelle Broadmore and I am immensely proud to be at the helm of a bunch of creative and empowering teachers who create an environment where children love to learn. With 120 students from
Years 0-8 and a supportive community, Roseneath School has a caring, family feel and our students experience Tuakana-Teina; collaborating with older and younger students. Our children have opportunities for leadership and participation in the life of the school, including a Student Council, Houses, choir, band, and sports. We are commit-
ted to providing a broad, rewarding learning experience with a strong focus on the arts. If you are interested in finding out more about our fabulous school, we would love to meet you! Phone 04 384 7218 Email office@roseneath. school.nz.
Joyce Adam, Miramar North School I once asked a group of long standing parents in the marketing and advertising industry what they thought the Miramar North School brand Included. Whilst schools have their vision, rarely do we think of this as our ‘brand’. The most common responses referred to the daily enactment of our shared values, excellent pas-
toral care of our children and the deep level to which the teachers know their students. Other responses included the strong sense of tradition and the bringing together of people. Our mantra at Miramar North School is centred on getting to know our students in order to meet their emotional needs and
wellbeing as well as their academic necessities. Our curriculum is designed so that it is accessible for all students creating equal opportunity for all. I am proud of our children and of our teachers - they are creators of community and practitioners of our vision and values each day.
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Rongotai College Kevin Carter has been Principal of Rongotai College since the beginning of Term 2, 2009. He is a graduate of the University of Auckland, holding a Master of Arts (Hons) degree in Geography and a Diploma of Teaching from Auckland Secondary Teachers’ College. While he misses teaching in the classroom, Mr Carter maintains a passion for education and has a simple education philosophy – building a culture where striving for excellence is the norm. For this to be achieved, Mr Carter believes the school must be
an environment with expectations to excel, where learning relationships are constructive, and where values are highlighted. These are aspects that he has emphasised in his time at Rongotai College. Located in Kilbirnie and founded in 1928, Rongotai College is a boys’ school enriched by a proud heritage. However, the school is forward-looking and progressive, educating young men to meet the challenges of today. Achievement in NCEA has improved significantly in recent years, as students have responded
positively to an engaging curriculum specifically developed for the way they think and learn, helping to build confidence and pride in their abilities. They thrive academically. Outstanding facilities including a campus-wide wi-fi and ultrafast broadband support and enhance teaching and learning. With a roll of 710, Rongotai College is small enough to know each boy well, recognising his individual character but large enough to offer an extensive curriculum. It provides a balanced, high quality education for its students, supported by an impres-
sive co-curricular programme. A wide range of community service, creative, cultural and sporting activities are offered, with many activities performing to an extremely high standard. www.rongotai.school.nz www.facebook.com/ RongotaiCollege 04 939 3050
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School An innovative educational leader with a passion for developing young people, Ms Narelle Umbers is excited about the opportunity she has to lead the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School through the next chapter of its distinguished history. “It’s a great privilege to continue doing what Marsden has done so effectively for 140 years; that is to prepare students for their time - to re-imagine what it means to help them lay the foundation for lives of meaning, accomplishment
and happiness”, said Ms Umbers. “Delivering a rich, future-focussed curriculum for us involves modernising our subject offerings, and integrating wellbeing education, digital and financial literacy, ‘enterprise skills’ and culturally responsive practices. We’ll achieve this by continuing to hire and train outstanding, progressive teachers, ensuring learning choice, and by engaging effectively with industry and the broader education community. Implementing sustain-
able practices is also important to us.” Ms Umbers is proud of the Anglican values that underpin the school and Marsden’s learning pillars of Excellence, Creativity, Resilience and Giving. She said these contribute to a Marsden student’s formation and the well deserved reputation graduates have for being competent, agile people of good character. Ms Umbers is delighted to be working with such a dynamic, open-minded, kind and inclusive community. She says
that having experienced the reality of the school’s unique spirit, she understands why so many families want to be part of it, whether at the Karori or Whitby campuses. www.marsden.school.nz 04 476 8707
Graeme Yule, Headmaster Scots College The core purpose at Scots College is the development of all-round character. Students from Year 1 to 13 are provided with opportunities across academia, sport, culture, service and spirituality and as the Headmaster I am proud of the young individuals who develop and realise their potential during their time at Scots.
At Scots we believe that as well as providing the necessary knowledge we also need to focus on the soft skills students will require to be successful in their future. With this, we are making changes to our Senior School. These changes are: a reviewed Year 11 curriculum from 2019 to better equip students for success
in Years 12, 13 and beyond, in the following year Scots is welcoming girls in Years 11 to 13, providing a foundation for realistic, meaningful and lasting adult relationships. To enhance the educational experience we are also building new facilities that include flexible learning areas and resources to enhance our STEM programme.
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Jayne-Ann Young, Queen Margaret College Queen Margaret College welcomed Jayne-Ann Young as Principal in August 2017. Jayne-Ann has extensive experience in education, having taught at schools all over the country; from co-ed, single sex and multi-cultural, high and low socio-economic environments. Prior to becoming Principal at QMC Jayne-Ann
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NZSO to help celebrate 20 years of Phoenix Foundation The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will join forces with The Phoenix Foundation, one of Wellington’s – and indeed the country’s – most lauded bands, for a remarkable concert experience next month. The NZSO and The Phoenix Foundation – Celebrate! marks 20 years since the popular band was founded in Wellington. Praised by music heavyweights, including Neil Finn, Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker, this will be the first time The Phoenix Foundation has performed with a world-class symphony orchestra. The concerts in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin feature a wide selection of The Phoenix Foundation’s songs and instrumentals from the past two decades, including Buffalo, Bright Grey and Give Up Your Dreams. Top New Zealand composers and arrangers Gareth Farr, Claire Cowan, Chris Gendall
and Hamish Oliver have been working with The Phoenix Foundation and NZSO associate conductor Hamish McKeich to create orchestral versions of the band’s muchloved works. “There is no sound on earth quite like a real symphony orchestra,” says The Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Scott. “We’ve had 20 years of driving each other crazy trying to make a six-piece band be as expansive and cinematic as an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. “The arrangers we have had the privilege of working with on these concerts have brought all those years of searching to another plain of existence. It’s going to be a cosmic, unrepeatable experience.” Hamish says the idea of combining an orchestra and band is always a potentially exciting concept, “especially if the group has wonderful quirky and challenging music, like The Phoenix Foundation”.
From left, The Phoenix Foundation’s Chris O’Connor, NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, Lukasz Buda, Will Ricketts, Tom Callwood, Samuel Scott and Conrad Wedde. PHOTO: Stephen A’Court
Wellington leads call for national approach to waste Councils around the country are overwhelmingly backing Wellington’s call for a game-changer in the way the country deals with rubbish going to landfill. Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is calling on the Government to implement the Local Government Waste Manifesto. A remit put forward by Wellington and Christchurch city councils was passed with 96 percent support at LGNZ’s conference in Christchurch at the weekend. The remit asks the Government to adopt a strategic New Zealandwide approach to the collection and processing of recyclable materials, and declare tyres, electronic waste, agricultural chemicals and plastics as priority products. “From January, China’s National Sword Policy meant China ceased taking much of the world’s waste, including some of our recycling, so they could focus on their own environment and reduce pollution,” says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. “When that option closed it showed us we have to make some important changes.
“New Zealand is a world leader in many fields, and we also need to be a world leader in keeping our backyard clean. “I am sure that with the right incentives, we can come up with innovative solutions to one of the world’s most pressing problems.” Councillor Iona Pannett, whose portfolio covers the city’s waste plan, says increasing the Waste Disposal Levy is critical for funding infrastructure which will allow New Zealanders to deal with waste onshore. In line with her earlier calls for action, the majority (76 percent) of conference attendees representing all New Zealand’s councils supported an increase in the levy. “Currently the levy is $10 a tonne, one of the lowest in the world and offers no incentive for recovery. Australian states have a levy in excess of $100/tonne. In the UK it’s $160/ tonne,” says Iona. “We will need landfill operators, councils, producers, brand owners and the community to work together, but central government is the key to making it happen all around the country.”
Wellington City Council is calling for a new approach to landfill management. PHOTO: Supplied
Island Bay stalwart farewelled by hundreds Island Bay icon Fay Far has died, losing a battle with cancer on July 1 at the age of 85. The following obituary was written by Marion Gunn. On Friday, July 6, we farewelled our beloved Fay Far at her funeral held at the Home of Compassion Island Bay. Fay and her husband Bill have been true icons in Island Bay for years, owning Fars Greengroceries and then Island Bay Stationers, affectionately known as Fars Books & Toys. I knew there were going to be a lot of people at Fay’s farewell so although I only live five minutes from The Home of Compassion and the service did not start until 1pm I left home at midday and wasn’t I right. The lower three carparks were full so I was directed to the carpark further along where there were only two parks available. On entering the chapel it was obvious it was going to be standing room only and I wondered how people outside were going to hear but another indoor area was made available, with sound. Between 350 and 400 people were there to remember Fay. I was sitting next to another icon, 95-year-old Mr John Williamson who, as anyone from Island Bay knows, can be seen every Anzac day proudly wearing his wartime medals. Like everyone else, John spoke very highly of Fay. After the entrance music of Somewhere Over The Rainbow the celebrant Jennie Jones read the eulogy which gave us an insight to Fay’s early life. Fay and Bill’s children spoke of their mother with deep affection and reflected on their happy childhood and the support they were given, with a few anecdotes along the way, with whatever they were doing at the time. Grandchildren Holly, Miranda and Oscar spoke of their lovely Grandma and are going to miss her very much. The open tributes came from many and varied:
A mother saying how Fay always gave the best advice on what books to buy; a local art shop that listened to Fay when she told them if a painting was good for selling or was “crap” and shouldn’t be there; a business rep, who said Fay had so much knowledge about books and knew exactly what her customers wanted and he enjoyed plenty of cups of tea on his visits; their accountant also told of the numerous cups of tea that were consumed when he visited. It was suggested that every year on July 1 we had a Lady Fay Day by putting away all technology items and instead pick up a book or two for the day. A murmur of agreement was heard around the chapel. Rest in Peace Fay.
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Greater Wellington moves to the sounds of silence They’re whisper quiet, the stealth bombers of the pest management world designed to spring a nasty surprise on the critters that daily degrade our environment and undermine our biodiversity. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s two new UBCO 2X2 electric farm bikes are providing the perfect platform for night shooting possum, rabbits and hares, giving shooters the advantage of near silence during pest eradication. By day the team uses the bikes to hit the tracks in pursuit of possums, rats and stoats. “The main appeal of electric bikes is they are silent, making them brilliant for night shooting,” says Greater Wellington team leader, pest animals, Glen Falconer. “Because they are light and manoeuvrable they also get us through tight tracks into tough country, so we can now cover more ground, control more pests and protect land you can’t get to on regular bulky motorbikes.”
The outcome is greater operational efficiency and a welcome further addition to Greater Wellington’s fleet of environmentally friendly electric vehicles. Greater Wellington’s innovative adoption of the eco-friendly bikes complements the theme of this year’s Biosecurity Week (July 23-29) which illuminates some of the vital work Greater Wellington has been involved in but which is often unknown by the public. The public are also invited to take part in a competition running through the Greater Wellington Facebook page. Each day a question is being posted on Greater Wellington’s Facebook page, related to biosecurity. Answers can be left in a comment on the Facebook post or emailed to email@example.com with a deadline of 5pm Friday, July 27. All correct answers will be entered into a draw and five people will be selected at random and notified on Monday, July 30.
Greater Wellington team leader, pest animals, Glen Falconer on one of the new electric farm bikes. PHOTO: Supplied
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Thursday July 26, 2018
Clareburt has potential to be best, says top Aussie coach
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lewis Clareburt and Australian champion swimming coach Doug Frost at Freyberg Pool last Thursday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
It is not often a New Zealand swimming club gets the privilege of having one of the world’s most successful coaches in their midst. But that is what Capital Swim Club is enjoying through July with Australian Doug Frost filling in for the club’s head coach Gary Hollywood. Doug’s temporary appointment is the result of his long-standing friendship with Gary, who is currently overseas on leave. It was Gary who trained local hero Lewis Clareburt to a bronze medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. After arriving in Wellington last week and seeing Lewis in the flesh for the first time, Doug admits Gary’s protégé is “quite impressive”. “From what I’ve seen, he’s got the potential and he’s got the attitude to certainly continue.” The man who guided Ian Thorpe to three golds and two silvers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, along with a string of world records, says believes Lewis will be able to cope with the pressure of expectation. “The world’s his oyster; it’s just a matter of
giving him opportunities.” Doug’s only concern is the lack of 50-metre pools for Lewis to train in - Freyberg Pool, one of the pools where the Capital Swim Club members use, is only 33 metres in length. Lewis says it is “awesome” to have someone of Doug Frost’s calibre in the coaching team. The 19-year-old from Roseneath was the surprise of the New Zealand swim team when he won the bronze in the 400m individual medley in a time of 4min14sec, breaking his personal best by four seconds. But he is under no illusions of how tough international competition can be. “My goal is to get an Olympic medal and to get a bronze I’d realistically have to swim 4min09sec. It’s a long way away.” Doug will mentor Lewis as he works towards competing in the 200m and 400m medleys, as well as the 200m backstroke and butterfly at this year’s Pan Pacific Championships. It’s the first time Doug has visited Wellington. He last toured New Zealand in 1990 for the Commonwealth Games in Auckland when he was the coach of Australian swimmer Wendy Bowie.
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Premier 1 (Jubilee Cup) Poneke beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 50-33 Oriental Rongotai drew with Tawa 17-17 Marist St Pats Bye Premier 2 (Hardham Cup) Wainuiomata beat Wellington FC 23-22 Premier Reserve (Ed Chaney Cup) Poneke beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 32-16 Oriental Rongotai beat Tawa 32-23 Marist St Pats Bye Premier Reserve (HD Morgan Memorial Cup)
Wainuiomata beat Wellington FC 15-12 Women’s (Tia Passi Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat Marist St Pats 82-5 Women’s (Izzy Ford Cup) Avalon beat Poneke 55-0 Under 21 (John E Kelly Memorial Cup) Marist St Pats beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 36-7 Under 21 (Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup) Oriental Rongotai beat Wellington FC 66-7 Poneke beat Wainuiomata 44-8
First Grade (Johnsonville Centennium Cup) Stokes Valley Chiefs beat Marist St Pats 55-10 85kg Restricted (Tony O’Brien Shield) Wellington FC beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 17-12 Marist St Pats beat Western Suburbs 12-10 Reserve Grade (Paul Donoghue Memorial Cup) Poneke Ruffnuts beat Upper Hutt Rams 43-7 Reserve Grade (John Davies Cup) Marist St Pats beat OBU Pink Ginners 39-38
LOCAL FOOTBALL RESULTS Men’s CENTRAL LEAGUE Wellington Olympic v Stop Out 0-3 Wellington Utd v Napier AFC 1-4 CAPITAL PREMIER Island Bay Utd v Tawa AFC CAPITAL 1 Brooklyn Northern Utd v Waterside Karori 2-2
CAPITAL 2 Seatoun AFC v Marist 4-2 Women’s W LEAGUE Seatoun AFC v Wellington Utd 1-2 PREMIER LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v Kapiti Coast 1-12
PREMIER 1 HOCKEY RESULTS ROUND 14 Men Hutt United and Dalefield drew 1-1 Northern United beat Kapiti 3-2 Naenae and Victoria drew 2-2
Women Hutt United beat Dalefield 2-1 Karori beat Kapiti 3-2 Played on Friday: Dalefield beat Harbour City 3-2
Northern United leaders after senior rugby round robin Northern United held off a spirited Old Boys University to win their last round encounter 13-10 at Nairnville Park and claim the Andy Leslie Trophy as top qualifier at the conclusion of the Jubilee Cup round-robin series on Saturday. Played in gusty conditions, Norths scored first half tries to wing Liki Siliga and and blindside flanker Parekura Lalaga on the stroke of halftime to turn with the wind holding a 10-3 lead. The other two seventh round Jubilee Cup results saw Poneke finish their season with a flourish by beating Hutt Old Boys Marist 50-26 and Oriental-Rongotai and Tawa draw 17-17. The Jubilee Cup semi-finals next weekend will see Northern United (1) host Hutt Old Boys Marist (4) and Old Boys University (2) host Oriental-Rongotai (3). Ories supporters were left lamenting a death-knock Tawa try that cost their team a home semi-final.
Ories had come back from a 0-12 deficit to score two converted tries – both to No. 8 Luca Rees – to lead 14-12. Fullback Trent Renata kicked a penalty to lead 17-12 and a home semi-final berth beckoned. However, Tawa’s wing Thomas Temu crossed at the end to prevent a Polo Ground playoff. Over at Kilbirnie Park, Poneke scored opening tries to No. 8 Greg Foe and wing Brian Coclough to see them go up 14-0. HOBM responded with a tries to midfielders Jayden Treviranus and Chase Tiatia to draw level at 14-14 at halftime. HOBM flanker Jordan Gillies scored from the kick-off but Poneke striking back through centre Alex Morrissey and Foe for his second which took Poneke into a 28-19 lead. Tiatia bagged his brace to close the gap to 26-28, but Poneke sailed home with the wind to win comfortably.
Registrations open for 2018 Halberg Games Registrations are now open for the 2018 Halberg Games, a national three-day sports competition for physically disabled young people at King’s College in Auckland from 5-7 October. Hosted by the Halberg Foundation the charity set up by Olympic running legend Sir Murray Halberg – the Games are open to physically disabled and visually impaired athletes aged eight to 21 years. Athletes can register to compete for their local region and select from up to 20 sports on offer including; swimming, golf, athletics, boccia, wheelchair basketball, football, rowing and table tennis. An opening ceremony will kick off
the festivities, featuring a parade of the athletes in their regional teams, lighting of the official Halberg Games’ flame and reading of the ‘Athletes Oath’. Guest speakers will include the Halberg Foundation Patron Her Excellency, The Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand along with Disability Rights Commissioner and Halberg Games Ambassador, Paula Tesoriero MNZM. The Halberg Foundation is also searching for volunteers to assist with the three day event to support in various roles. To register as an athlete or volunteer for the 2018 Halberg Games go to www.halberggames.co.nz
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Sending Damian McKenzie to the back of the class Damian McKenzie’s fleet -footed ways should have him playing at fullback, not No 10. Watching the quarter final between his Chiefs and the Hurricanes on Friday night showed the positive and negative reasons why. The 23-year-old was mercurial from broken play. As usual, he has the ability to step and glide past defenders when given space and time and is one of the best counter-attackers of the modern era. However, that ability to sum up a situation at pace seems to go missing with his passing game. His desire to throw long, cut-out passes has long seen him as an intercept risk and it happened twice, leading to one try, in the Hurricanes 32-31 quarter final win in Wellington. In the 10 jersey he seems stifled against an organised defensive line. After the playoff loss, All Blacks selector Grant Fox said on radio
that Mackenzie needs to take better options and rethink the big passes. The All Blacks have long seen McKenzie as the back-up to first choice 10 Beauden Barrett but it appears his game is better suited to challenging Ben Smith for the black 15 jersey instead. In reality, the second best No 10 in New Zealand is currently Richie Mo’unga. However, there appears to be no end in sight to the Damian McKenzie experiment. Undoubtedly McKenzie deserves his spot in the All Blacks but it would be a stretch to say he is in his best spot. At 23, he has time to prove doubters wrong, but learning a position while playing for the All Blacks rarely turns out well. The New Zealand public demands perfection, not a work in progress and McKenzie is certainly far from a finished product.
Thursday July 26, 2018
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