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Greater Wellington is under fire over its new bus network yet again – and now fed-up commuters are vowing to fight back. Having already copped huge flak over the lack of electric buses in its much-touted new fleet of 250, it can be revealed that almost none of the 10 introduced are actually being used, with a charging station in Island Bay yet to be operational. The revelation has been slammed by action group Revolt Wellington, with its spokesman Herwin Bongers reinforcing his view that the regional council has totally misled commuters about the new electric era after trolley buses were decommissioned. Continued on page 2. ReVolt Wellington members David Allen, Herwin Bongers and Tuncer Sakgun in front of the Reef Street electric charging station that is yet to be up and running. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Anti-diesel group livid as virtually no electric buses in use Continued from page 1. “There’s been only two electric buses running and one of them broke down on the first day,” Herwin says. Island Bay resident and American expatriate David Allen says Wellington is emulating what happened in New Orleans from the 1950s when electric street-
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claims is able to charge a bus in eight minutes, is still being perfected. “The Reef Street charger was tested and commissioned prior to the buses going into service. There are no issues with it,” he says. “However, we are now in an operational environment and the focus is on refining the integration between the new buses and the charger. This is a routine matter.” Stephen points out Tranzit will be able to charge 10 buses at once at its Rongotai depot overnight, at the rate of 2-4 hours per bus, with a third bus recently introduced for charging there. He would not say how long it would take for the remaining seven to be functional, but they will enter service at the rate of “approximately one per week”. “Two charging stations, in Rongotai and Reef Street, will be sufficient for the fleet.” Stephen denies claims Greater Wellington has misled the public on EV bus numbers at its launch.
“What we have said is that we will have more than 250 brandnew buses this year and another 90 early in 2019. “We’ll have up to 60 double decker buses on high volume routes including 10 fully electric models by the end of 2018.” However Herwin doesn’t buy that argument. “They’ve had four years to plan for it and they said nothing about staged implementation. “New Zealand is the only country signed up to the Paris Accord that has since removed sustainable public transport. “The pollution is now greater than before when you factor in carbon dioxide.” Island Bay resident Tuncer Sakgun says this matter should be treated as a health issue, not simply a political one. “It’s about our future and our children’s future.” ReVolt plans to hold a public meeting on this and other issues regarding the buses at Newtown Community Hall on Sunday, August 12 at 5pm.
Primary teachers and principals vote for full-day strike action Unionised primary school principals, along with primary and early childhood teachers, have voted for full-day strike action on August 15. The NZ Educational Institute says their decision sends a strong message to the Government that there is a crisis in teaching that needs to be fixed. “There needs to be better investment in education so every child can reach their potential and we have enough teachers for every class,” says NZEI lead principal negotiator Louise Green.
“A clear majority of both member groups voted in favour of a full day, giving a strong endorsement for collective action.” The full-day strike action replaces the previously planned three-hour strikes. “We had a clear message from members at the paid union meetings and from feedback and surveys,” she says. “It is 24 years since educators have gone on strike and this is not an action we are taking lightly.” L e a d t e a ch e r n ego t ia -
tor Liam Rutherford says public opinion polling showed strong support for more taxpayer dollars being spent on education, including a significant pay increase for educators. “The National Party’s Uturn on teacher pay and new desire for smaller class sizes means there is now no political opposition to addressing the crisis in education,” he says. “The members’ decision to take industrial action shows the degree of frustration and conviction among teachers and
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Ray reflects as NZ Blood Service marks 20 years By Jamie Adams
He’s donated enough blood to fill the veins of an entire rugby team, but for Ray Brownrigg a near-lifetime of service was simply a way of doing something good for the community. Ray, 67, has made a staggering 230 donations over 39 years, having only recently stopped after making his first donation in 1977. “I had an operation so couldn’t donate as much. Plus I’m getting close to the age where I can’t donate anymore.” The Newlands resident attended a reception at Parliament for the 20th anniversary of the New Zealand Blood Service on Tuesday, which saw Health Minister David Clark and NZBS chief executive Sam Cliffe cut a cake in recognition of the milestone. “NZBS donors and its teams save lives, and we’re here to celebrate that,” David told a packed Grand Hall audience. Ray recalls the original place where he donated was a regional centre in Tasman Street which has since been converted into flats. More recently he donated plasma at the present blood donor centre when forms part of the national network, in Hospital Road, Newtown. “I remember they would give you a jab of local anesthetic so it didn’t hurt when the needle went in.” He notes the changes in technology, such as the machines that electronically monitor how much has been collected and how much more to go, as opposed to blood being manually weighed on scales. “But the professionalism of staff has always been the same.” With 470ml of blood typically being donated, Ray estimates
inbrief news Local humanity for Kenyan children Wellington skincare brand Essence of Humanity will donate 100 percent of its profits to a project supporting orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya. Essence of Humanity, a social enterprise that donates all its profits to charity, will be supporting Satinwood, a children’s home in Miti Mingi village in Kenya, run by international aid and development agency – So They Can. “Every child matters and Essence of Humanity reaching out to support the children of Miti Mingi Village is such a beautiful and impactful contribution,” says Essence of Humanity co-founder Stacey Fraser.
Young filmmakers sought for challenge ABOVE: NZBS chief executive Sam Cliff , left, and Health Minister David Clark and cut the “birthday” cake. PHOTO: Jamie Adams LEFT: Ray Brownrigg with a well-deserved piece of chocolate cake at the NZ Blood Service’s 20th anniversary celebration at Parliament on Tuesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
he has donated about 90 litres over four decades, not including his plasma donations. That’s about 18 times the amount of blood in an average person. He originally began donating to find out what his blood type was (B+), but continued to do so out of “a sense of fulfilment”. “It’s a sense of doing some-
thing for somebody else. You don’t know who it’s going to be.” The NZBS was created and appointed as the Crown ntity responsible for the national provision of all services and blood products in July 1998. The creation of an integrated national blood service marked
a significant change in the New Zealand health sector, and over the years NZBS has become a self-sustaining, model agency that many international blood services seek to emulate. Since that time, more than 600,000 individual donors have rolled up their sleeve to help a fellow New Zealander in need.
Some interesting statistics noted at the presentation: • Blood only lasts 35 days • 29,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products each year • Less than 4 percent of Kiwis
currently donate blood • One donation can save three lives • 3000 donations are required every week
• 29 percent of red cells go to cancer patients • 160,000 donations are made every year
Entries are now open for the Someday Challenge, the annual call-out to young filmmakers. Entrants are invited to submit a sustainability-related film, of any genre, up to five minutes long. The Someday Challenge is open to all New Zealanders under 25. Filmmakers can choose how they interpret the theme of sustainability. A panel of judges will select 20 winning films for viewing at an international film festival. Entries are open now until September 14, and winners will be invited to the Someday Awards ceremony in Auckland on December 6.
Correction The Zero Waste Expo that was the feature of last week’s front-page article was organised by the Newtown Cultural and Community Centre, not the Wellington City Council, which had rather promoted the event as part of Plastic Free July.
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inbrief news Wellington gets first dibs for new Boeing 737 Wellington Airport passengers will be the first in New Zealand to experience Fiji Airways’ new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft when it launches on the Wellington to Nadi service from December. The new aircraft will be more fuel efficient, have modern cabin interiors and amenities including seatback inflight entertainment and leather seats, larger overhead luggage storage and reduced cabin noise. Fiji Airways will be the first airline in the region to receive delivery of the more than 4500 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on order around the world. Wellington Airport chief executive Steve Sanderson says the aircraft provides a “fantastic” direct flight option for Wellingtonians.
Call to axe government spending cap The Income Equality group Closing the Gap has joined those calling on the government to drop its spending cap, saying there’s little hope of putting a dent in inequality if such an arbitrary limit remains. Spokesman Peter Malcolm said it was disappointing that the Labour-led coalition hobbled itself with its pledge of capping spending at 30 percent of GDP. “The coalition government has made a good start with its focus on health, housing and the Families Package, but much bolder steps are needed to tackle what have become very entrenched and damaging levels of inequality,” he says.
Granddaughter recalls traumatic experience of WW1 survivor By Jamie Adams
The Great War Exhibition’s latest special exhibition is now on display at the Pukeahu National War Memorial’s Dominion Museum. The End of the War? highlights the effect of the First World War on New Zealand soldiers and their families by focusing on the war experiences of nine people — men and women, Maori and Pekeha, Pasifika and Asian. One of them was Private Frank Tararo, a soldier from Mauke in the Cook Islands. His granddaughter Tui Tararo, who spent some of her childhood in Newtown, attended the exhibition at the official opening last Thursday to share his story. “Frank came to New Zealand around the age of 10 years old with the Grove family. “William Henry Grove was trader and supplied goods to the Pacific and had become close friends with Frank’s father while living in the Cook Islands.” Frank enlisted in October 1915 and entered the 3rd Maori Contingent, alongside 50 men recruited from the Cook Is-
lands. Overall, approximately 500 Cook Island men enlisted in WW1, an incredibly large number relative to its population. The 3rd Maori Contingent was a battalion of reinforcements who were incorporated into the New Zealand Pioneers upon arriving in Egypt in March 1916. Just a month later the NZ Pioneers were sent to the front lines at Somme, France. Frank and other Cook Islanders primarily served as diggers, having been instructed to create an 8km communication trench, Tui says. Frank was eventually required to fight as well, a role that proved to be life-changing. His lower arm and hand was shredded by exploding shrapnel, yet he survived due to the cold conditions stopping gangrene from setting into his wounds. Nonetheless, his arm had to be amputated. After the war, Frank returned to his family in Mauke as the only soldier of the island to survive. Frank’s older brother Tapoki had since died and it was customary for a widow to marry her late husband’s brother if he was single. Thus, despite
Tui Tararo with a photograph of her grandfather Frank Tararo, who lost an arm after serving in France during World War One. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
having only one arm, Frank raised her three children as well as four of his own with her, and was amazingly independent in doing so. “At one stage, the Island Administration decided to withhold his pension because they felt there was nothing wrong with him,” Tui says. “My grandfather had to petition the NZ Defence Office to get his pension reinstated.” Frank raised Tui for the first few years of her life until he brought her to her parents in
March 1967 after her grandmother had passed away. “My grandfather did not like to talk about the war to my father. He would often become quiet and withdrawn when people asked about his time during the war.” He returned to Mauke around 1970 and died there in 1973, aged 79. The End of the War? is the final chapter of a series of audio-visual shows created by Story Inc. and Dusk as part of the Great War Exhibition.
Wellington well-represented for WOW awards show Fifteen designers from Wellington region are among the finalists from 17 countries announced for this year’s World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards Show. New Zealand’s most spectacular stage show will be returning for its 30th year this September in Wellington. About 60,000 attendees are expected to attend the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards Show season from September 27 to October 14. WOW competition director
Heather Palmer said this year’s finalist designers were not afraid to take risks with their concepts and the execution of their garments to create something new and unique. “This year’s finalist garments show just how talented WOW designers are. Construction techniques like laser cutting, 3D design sculpting, and melding art and science into the garments, are on show along with hand-built elements such as
weaving, ceramics and felting. “There are strong sculptural and engineered techniques as well as painting and fabric concepts that are experimental and edgy.” This year’s show will be presented as a series of six worlds, each with its own design provocation that designers have responded to. Along with the recurring Avantgarde, Aotearoa and Open sections are Under the Microscope,
Reflective Surfaces and a crowdfavourite, Bizarre Bra, she says. “The finalists’ garments give us unique, forward-thinking and reflective interpretations of this year’s themes. Some will make the audience laugh, some will give you pause for thought, while others will simply wow.” Finalists had been selected from 17 countries, up from 13 in 2017. New Zealand is the most represented country with 65 finalist designers. Twenty-four
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Linking with private landlords to end homelessness With rentals in high demand and a shortage of affordable houses across the Wellington region, many people are finding themselves homeless. But local community housing provider LinkPeople believes private landlords can help. Homelessness is a complex issue, but chief executive Christine Hall says it can be solved when communities and organisations work together. LinkPeople is a registered community housing provider that helps people to find and access the housing and support services they need to live well. This includes linking people to affordable housing options and advocating for people who may face barriers to accessing accommodation. “We support people to find a permanent place to call home, then link them to the wrap-around support they need to live well and sustain their tenancy,” says Christine. “Supporting a person into a home is the first step. Once in a home, we continue to support each person to receive any additional support they need, identify and work towards any goals they may have, and connect them with their community and whanau.” “Since July last year, LinkPeople have helped 677 households to find
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permanent homes – 70 percent of those homes were in the private rental market. Private landlords are incredibly important, and we couldn’t do any of this without their support.” Peni Fiti, Island Bay local and property specialist for LinkPeople in Wellington, says LinkPeople can offer tenants affordable housing that meets their needs, while guaranteeing rent is paid to landlords. “We offer landlords a range of benefits when they partner with us,” Peni says. “We find trusted tenants, offer free property management and can guarantee rent whether the property is tenanted or not. “More importantly, we keep all our landlords well informed about their properties and perform regular property inspections.” LinkPeople have been supporting successful tenancies between landlords and tenants for more than 15 years and have housing services around the country. For more information about partnering with LinkPeople, contact 0800 932 432, visit www. linkpeople.co.nz or email Peni Fiti on firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust plans fundraisers for Indian children’s home Wellington’s Karunai Illam Trust is in the midst of a hive of activity as it prepares to host a fundraising photography exhibition and dinner. The charitable trust was set up to support the work of the late Jean Watson, a Wellington writer, who in 1987 established a children’s home in Nilakottai, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The home is called Karunai Illam, meaning “home of grace”, and was built in partnership with the DHAN (Development for Humane Action) Founda-
tion, which allowed the Illam to move to a more sustainable operation. The home provides for about 50 young girls and boys, many of whom come from single parents who are unable to financially support them. They reside there during the term time and are fully supported with their schooling, residential and extra-curricular activity costs met by the trust. Trust spokeswoman Meenakshi Sankar says living at the Illam and attending the local high school provides these children
with an opportunity to escape a life of desperate poverty. “Many of our children are further supported upon their departure from the Illam to seek higher education at local technical colleges and universities.” Meenakshi says the exhibition and dinner is not only an opportunity to raise money for the DHAN Karunai Illam, but also a chance for supporters to connect. The photography exhibition, HS Into 387B The V/1 FINAL A Lens LivesCTP.indd Of Our 1 Children, by London-based photographer Mo Grieg, is
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Soup Kitchen wins supreme community award Wellington Mayor Justin Lester with Compassion’s Supreme Award winners Karen Holland (Soup Kitchen manager), Paula Jones (volunteer coordinator) and Francis Fanning (long-serving Soup Kitchen volunteer). PHOTO: Supplied
Te Aro’s Compassion Soup Kitchen was honoured as Supreme Winner for their commitment to helping vulnerable people at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards last Thursday night. The charity, which has been operating in Wellington since 1899, provides breakfast and dinner to those in need, alongside access to computers, gardening, fishing and other purposeful activities that help create connection to the community. Mayor Justin Lester, who presented the award, says Compassion Soup Kitchen and its volunteers are the lifeblood of Wellington. “This amazing group of people engage with some of our most vulnerable residents and give them a warm meal and a safe place to be,” Justin says. “They embody the best of the volunteer ethos and I am pleased we can recognise and shine a light on their efforts. Without volunteers, Wellington and New Zealand would be much poorer places.” Compassion Soup Kitchen, which also won the Health and Well-being category, will go on to represent Wellington City at the regional awards later this year against the supreme winners for Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Porirua and Kapiti.
“We are proud to celebrate the valuable contribution and diversity of community groups in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards,” the awards manager Jo Maxwell says. “Congratulations to all the winners from the Wellington City region, especially Supreme Winner Compassion Soup Kitchen.” The annual Community Awards celebrate volunteering and the contribution made by hundreds of people every year around the Wellington region, including in the arts, heritage, and environment. Compassion manager Karen Holland says the award is a “wonderful acknowledgement”. “The Sisters of Compassion have worked in partnership with many volunteers and benefactors for over 100 years. We are so proud to be a part of the story of Suzanne Aubert, the sisters and the Wellington community.” The other winners on the night were The Performance Arcade for Art and Culture, Holocaust Centre of New Zealand for Education and Child Youth Development, Ghost Fishing for Heritage and Environment, Coastguard Wellington for Sports and Leisure, and Quick Kai for Rising Star.
TV classifications reviewed New Zealanders are being urged to have their say about whether changes should be made to free-toair television timebands and classification labels that have been used for decades to protect viewers from unsuitable content. The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) on Tuesday launched a public consultation regarding the
current timebands, including the Adults Only watershed at 8.30pm, as well as the classification labels of G, PGR and AO. An online survey, which should take 5-10 minutes to complete, can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/BSA18. A public meeting will be held at Level 7, 50 Customhouse Quay, at 1.30pm-3.30pm on August 17.
Drop-in sessions with councillors on offer The Kilbirnie Lyall Bay C om mu n it y C e nt r e i s opening its doors to local councillors to conduct regular drop-in sessions with the commu nity. The sessions will be held at the centre, at 56 Bay Road, every second Thursday from 3pm- 4.30pm. T herefore this month’s sessions will be on August 9 and 23. Community centre manager Tracy Hurst-Porter says they give the public an opportunity to get to know their local councillors and the democratic process for any issues they may have.
“If they have a particular issue they can go to the right people. Because they have been in induction training, the councillors know who to deal with. T hey a re a head of t he game.” The three Eastern Ward councillors – Sarah Free, Chris Calvi-Freeman and Simon Marsh – will run the sessions as a trial for two months. “They’ll see what the uptake is like and if people fi nd it useful,” Tracy says, adding that their viability depend on how many people turn up to them.
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Local actor finds jukebox musical joy to play in By Jamie Adams
A new American musical which premiered in London last year has been picked up by the Wellington Repertory Theatre for a local production run. Directed by Sandy Brewer and based on a book by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters, Breaking Up is Hard to Do is a romantic comedy jukebox musical set in the Catskills in New York State. It’s summer 1960 at Esther’s
Paradise resort on what should have been Marge Gelman’s honeymoon – instead she’s there with best friend Lois Warner trying to forget the most humiliating day of her life. Lois cheers her friend up by convincing resident singer Del Delmonaco to take an interest in her and to let the pair of them join him as backing singers on their final evening. Immediately smitten with heartthrob Del, Marge doesn’t notice
Georgie Sullivan as Lois in Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. PHOTO: Supplied
the attention of his clumsy but sweet-natured cousin Gabe as well as the looming presence of a TV talent scout, leading to doubts her new happiness will survive the pressure. Newtown’s Georgie Sullivan plays Lois, which she describes as “so funny and an absolute joy to play”, in her first performance with the WRT. “Lois is pretty optimistic and larger than life, while Marge is ‘whatever’,” Georgie says. “I love musicals. I live for them. If there’s an audition for one, I’ll be there.” Another factor for her involvement was the period it was set in. “I’m really into rock’n’roll. I’ve got so many ‘50s dresses, and this was a good opportunity to try one on.” The play features the songs of Neil Sedaka. Georgie was familiar with a few of his hits prior to rehearsals and enjoyed learning plenty more. Her love for music extends outside theatre. She sings in a band called Georgie and the Geriatrics (a name she admits took some convincing by her older male bandmates), which performs occasionally at pubs around Wellington. She also runs a business called Wish Upon A Star which sees Disney princesses turn up to children’s parties and other events. Breaking Up is Hard to Do is currently showing daily (except Monday) at Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee St, until August 11. Tickets are $15-25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EV owners ‘need to pump up’ Most electric vehicle owners could do with putting some more air in their tyres, according to the latest Flip the Fleet survey. Nearly two thirds of the 512 EV owners who responded to the survey reported that they only check their tyre pressure every six months or so, or even less frequently, with six percent never checking their tyre pressure. “Having properly inflated tyres is not just a legal requirement, it greatly increases the energy efficiency and range of the EV and it keeps the drivers safer on the road,” Flip the Fleet spokesman Alan Wilden says.
Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries This bus service is sponsored by Lychgate Funerals. It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.
Tuesday 7th August 2018 The pick up points and approximate times are as follows: Depart opposite 38 Onepu Rd, Kilbirnie Miramar Library Newtown Library (opposite) Bus stop – Medway St (outside New World), Island Bay Courtenay Place (Outside 11 Courtenay Place) Lambton Bus Interchange - (Platform C) Rutherford House KARORI CEMETERY (Outside 93 Karori Road) Karori Library MAKARA CEMETERY
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you still watch broadcast television?
Abbey Palmer, Te Aro “No, not really. I don’t have a TV. As a student you can’t afford to pay for Sky and Freeview boxes. If I missed something I’ll watch it On Demand.”
Jude Hamer, Lower Hutt “I don’t. I’m too busy with uni. I’ll watch Youtube and Netflix so there’s no need [for a TV set].”
Caroline Wishart, Auckland “I have it on sometimes. There’s not much to watch but there’s still news and live shows. I watch half free-to-air and half pay TV.”
Richard Dailey, Berhampore “Yeah I do. I know kids prefer to watch stuff online. I don’t know how to work the games they play.”
Jess Allen, Owhiro Bay “No, we haven’t had a TV in 12 years. We decided we didn’t need it. We watch online – used to be Lightbox, now Netflix.”
Aviva Stein, Northland “No, I don’t have a TV. I watch Netflix so I don’t get sucked into watching bad reality TV.”
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Tithing obligations could be reason for hygiene poverty Dear Editor, It was sad to read Mr Westfold’s letter expressing his misgivings about the possible recipients of free hygiene products (CSN July 26). Think of a teenage girl at college who wants to take advantage of this service.
It wouldn›t be her fault how her parents spent their income. She should feel she has as much right as anyone else to avail herself of this opportunity. Has Mr Westfold considered that, in the case of Pacific Island families, the obligation to
tithe could be the reason for the scarcity of finance available to their young women for hygiene products? (At least I hope Mr Westfold got a bit of exercise jumping to conclusions.) By the way, recently pensioners have been offered supplementary
grants to assist with their electricity bills over winter. No doubt there will be many pensioners receiving this grant who may not be in desperate need of it, if they were honest with themselves. Christine Swift Island Bay
Metlink’s network makes pensioners fitter Dear Editor, Wellington Goldcard holders should unite and provide a bouquet and public recognition to Metlink. Without heralding the great benefits and breakthroughs this humble Metlink is providing at blessings which should
be recognised and celebrated for at least 3 reasons: 1) Fitness for the elderly; by providing exercise and promoting fitness through transfer between buses. Clambering up and down should reduce the National Health costs. 2) Mental as well as physical
agility is stimulated by the relocation to temporary bus stops and hubs (whatever a hub is - rotating around the axle), and clambering on the bus and up the stairs if the lower deck seats are occupied. 3) Business acumen. By requiring multiple bus use,
the bus company will attract multiple subsidies from the gold-card Government support. Very clever! How can we give suitable recognition for these great benefits? Paul Franken Strathmore Park
Metlink broke promise about more frequent services Dear Editor, On a Friday and Saturday night, after a concert at the Michael Fowler Centre, there is often a large crowd of mainly elderly people waiting for a bus to Kilbirnie or beyond at the Manners Street stop.
Until last week, we had the choice of the numbers 2, 3, 11, 14, 43 and 45 and we rarely had to wait more than a few minutes. The buses were always crowded, often with standing room only. After a rugby game at the
stadium the situation was worse, with people having to wait for the next bus. Now the service has been reduced to numbers 2 and 3. Metlink promised that, although the number of buses would decrease, there would
be a more frequent service. This is not so - the number 2 bus still runs every half hour as usual after 6.30pm. Elizabeth Jones, Miramar
Arrests following parking meter thefts in Wellington
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Two men have been arrested following a spate of thefts from parking meters across central Wellington. Over the past three weeks over 25 meters were broken into and coins were stolen. T he met er s were a lso damaged in the process. Two men, aged 37 and 31, have been charged with wilful damage and theft. The pair are due to appear
in the Wellington District Court on the August 3. Wellington Area prevention ma nager I nspector Wade Jennings says police worked closely with the Wellington City Council throughout the investigation. “The meters have tamper alarms installed that are monitored by a private company. T hese ala r ms
were diverted through to the Wellington Dist r ict Command Centre to allow officers to be sent to the area immediately when a machine was being broken into. “We also increased patrols in the central city and closely monitored CCTV footage.” Wade says his staff did a “great job” to identify and
locate those responsible. A c ou nc i l sp oke sm a n was unable to disclose the amount of money taken due to the ongoing police investigation. He says, however, the damaged caused is in excess of $28,000. He says this level of crime is unusual as over the preceding six months, there had only been two instances of parking meters break-ins.
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Island Bay’s Manawa Karioi ecological restoration project has won a $5000 grant to erect signs and put in track markers that will help people walk local bush trails. The money comes from the Walking Ac c ess Com m ission’s E n ha nc e d Access Fund, which supports local groups to build and preserve outdoor access especially tracks and trails. There are more than eight Manawa Karioi tracks covering 13 hectares of land in the bush and hills behind Tapu Te Ranga Marae. A spokesperson for the Manawa Karioi Society, Chris Livesey, says that currently the tracks, none of which are marked, can be a confusing web for people who have not used them before. New map panels at the entrances to Manawa Karioi and colour-coded track markers will help more people to enjoy them. “The tracks are well used by people who know about them.
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Accessibility Awards honour inclusiveness
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Nine Wellington organisations were last Thursday honoured at Wellington City Council’s inaugural Accessibility Awards for their efforts to help make the city more accessible for everyone. The four category winners were Arts Access Aotearoa (Accessible Initiative), Everybody Cool Lives Here (Accessibility Champion), The Wellington Museum (Innovative Design in Accessibility Award), and Desman Tekira from Air New Zealand (Customer Service). Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, who presented the awards, says making a location or service accessible is about equity for our communities. “It’s easy to think of accessibility as being wheelchair ramps and mobility parking but it extends beyond this and includes attitudes and the way people are treated. “Almost a quarter of New Zealanders have a disability and with an ageing
Ronnie van Hout’s 2002 plastic, resin, rubber and fabric exhibit Sick Chimp, will feature as part of Te Papa’s upcoming Curious Creatures & Marvellous Monsters exhibition. PHOTO: Supplied
Two monstrous new art exhibitions for the under 20s open at Toi Art in Te Papa this month. From scaly sea monsters, shiny dinosaurs, and ghastly goblins, to the dark brooding misfits of Tony Fomison’s paintings – two new art exhibitions explore what lurks in the shadows. Curious Creatures & Marvellous Monsters is an interactive romp for kids and their adults through weird and wonderful creatures that have captured artists’ imaginations and inspired fantastical artworks. Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark is for teens and young adults and focuses on misfits, monsters and deformed figures on the fringes of society. The exhibition was co-created with local teenagers to explore how Tony’s work unpacks ideas of belonging. The two exhibitions will be unveiled in Te Papa’s new art gallery Toi Art,
which has welcomed more than 200,000 visitors since opening in March this year. Charlotte Davy, Te Papa Head of Art, says that monsters have fascinated both young people and artists for centuries. “From the shadows under their beds to the loud creak downstairs, kids use monsters as a way to explain the world around them and so do artists,” says Charlotte. “In Curious Creatures & Marvellous Monsters, kids can actually crawl into a painting to a goblin forest, create their own curious creatures, and experience art through movement, touch and smell. “And for our older audiences in Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark, they can use art to understand and express deeper and darker emotions. “The aim is to create a whole new generation of art lovers.” Both exhibitions are open until early November 2018.
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Greater Wellington seeks bigger climate-change role for councils Greater Wellington Regional Council has emphasised the importance of central and local government partnerships in meeting challenges from climate change, in its submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Greater Wellington believes the Bill should include provisions that address climate change adaptation and bring local government into central government emission reduction plans, creating a partnership with the potential and capacity to bring about change at both national and regional levels. “Anticipating and responding to climate change shouldn’t just be the preserve of central government,” says
Greater Wellington chair Cr Chris Laidlaw. “Local authorities must be given the mandate also to help both manage emissions and adapt to the consequences of a rapidly changing climate on their own patches, working with other local authorities where it’s the right thing to do. “To do so we need to eliminate obstacles to partnerships, so we are arguing that the Resource Management Act should be changed to end its prohibition on councils considering the effect of greenhouse gases in planning decisions, which has been in place since 2004,” Chris says.
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Medal-winning hockey artist has higher goal in sight By Jamie Adams
A Wellington hockey player is living the dream after combining the skills of his chosen sport with his passion for painting at a recent international competition. Te Aro fine arts student Zakea Page, 19, returned from the World Championships of Performance Arts in Los Angeles last month with three silver medals after competing against the world’s top variety show performers. He performed two routines at the championships. While the first involved spray-painting while on a two-wheeled skateboard called a Ripstick, it was the latter which proved most successful. Zakea won his medals in the Variety category by creating an image of himself on a canvas in just one minute using a hockey stick and a ball soaked in Chinese ink. His glory came after his trick drew the attention of sports organisations. “The Federation of International Hockey chose this performance as the Trick of the Month
on their YouTube channel, and I have performed it as the halftime show at the 2017 hockey world league final in Auckland. “I showed a video of it to the national director of the New Zealand Performing Arts team and she put me into the team.” Zakea says he practised four hours a day in the four months leading up to the championships, along with another hour each time trying to secure sponsorship. “I bought cartridge paper and went through hundreds of metres of that. I also saved on ink by watering it down.” Zakea appreciates how he has been able to successfully combine his passions of art and hockey. “I always found that art and hockey were similar. They use the same part of the brain – they are both meditational.” The Harbour City club member also notes how fortunate he was to develop as a hockey player after returning to New Zealand from China, where he first developed an interest in the sport, in 2016. Zakea has spent much of his
Zakea Page demonstrates his “hockey and ink” painting that won him medals at the recent World Championships of Performing Arts. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
young life abroad - including Vietnam, Bangladesh and Kuwait - due to his parents teaching internationally, something he describes as an “absolute privilege”.
His ambitions have become even loftier since his international success. “My ultimate dream is to perform in the opening ceremony of the Olympics.”
A demonstration of Zakea’s painting can be found at www. youtube.com/watch?v=9_jRXxr5oLY or @artofzakeapage on Instagram.
History beckons as promising Marist players added to Black Ferns squad Marcelle Parkes and Monica Tagoa’i have the opportunity to make Marist St Pats history, having each been named in the 28-strong Black Ferns squad to play Australia in August. Should either take the field they will be the first MSP players to play for the Black Ferns. The announcement comes after both
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS
PREMIER JUBILEE CUP Old Boys University beat Oriental Rongotai 34-19 PREMIER RESERVE ED CHANEY CUP Oriental Rongotai beat Poneke 13-6 Marist St Pats beat Northern United 32-14 WOMEN’S TIA PAASI MEMORIAL CUP Oriental Rongotai beat ParemataPlimmerton 106-0 WOMEN’S IZZY FORD CUP Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Poneke 65-14
players have taken great strides in rugby over the past few years, both for Marist St Pats and the Wellington Pride. Marcelle has had a meteoric rise in rugby having only started playing 15s this year following stints in both representative softball and netball at national level. She played Sevens for Wellington last
LES MILLS UNDER 21 JOHN E KELLY MEMORIAL CUP Oriental Rongotai beat Old Boys University 35-28 LES MILLS UNDER 21 VIC CALCINAI MEMORIAL CUP Poneke beat Wainuiomata 43-18 FIRST GRADE JOHNSONVILLE CENTENNIUM CUP Petone beat Marist St Pats By default RESERVE GRADE JOHN DAVIES CUP Marist St Pats beat OBU Righteous Bros 69-0 COLLEGE PREMIER St Pats v Silverstream 2-0 Scots College v Wellington College WBD Rongotai College v Hutt International 1-2 Women’s W LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Seatoun AFC 2-1 PREMIER LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v Kapiti Coast Utd -12
PREMIER 1 HOCKEY PLAYOFF RESULTS
Men’s Dalefield beat Hutt United 2-1 in extra time Naenae beat Northern United 5-2 Harbour City beat Victoria 3-2
for Marist St Pats this year. Oriental Rongotai’s Joanah Ngan-Woo rounds out Wellington’s representation in the Black Ferns squad. The Black Ferns play Australia for the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on August 18 at 7.15pm (NZT) and at Auckland’s Eden Park on August 25 at 5pm (NZT).
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summer and was named in the Black Ferns contracted group earlier this year. Monica has been playing rugby for a few years now and has been involved in a number of representative teams including the Wellington Pride and the Black Ferns Sevens Development team, with whom she travelled to Japan last year. She has scored nine tries in five games
Women’s Hutt United beat Dalefield 2-0 Harbour City beat Victoria 4-0 Karori beat Toa 1-0
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The rise of Richie must see him in black regularly If Richie Mo’unga isn’t picked in the All Blacks squad for every Rugby Championship game over the next six weeks, it will be a travesty. The Crusaders’ No 10 completely outplayed his opposite and incumbent All Black No 10 Beauden Barrett in the Crusaders’ 30-12 Super Rugby semifinal demolition of the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Saturday night. Sorry to say ‘Canes fans, it wasn’t for the first time. The Crusaders’ forward pack is easily the best in the competition and playing behind a pack which is always going forward can only help Mo’unga’s game. The Hurricanes, by contrast, are all sizzle and no substance and they were found out again in a big match
situation. All Black coach Steve Hansen will not change his tried and tested formula and it’s expected Barrett will remain the first choice 10. However, Mo’unga deserves his spot on the bench. The quest to mould Damian McKenzie into the next national No 10 is a work in progress. The Chiefs’ pivot still seems best suited to fullback where he has more time and space to use his footwork and speed. Mo’unga has been the most consistent first-five in New Zealand rugby over the last 12 months and if the All Black selectors continue to undervalue that fact, then he may join the mass departures from the Kiwi game.
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