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By Jamie Adams
Staff from south Wellington’s Houghton Valley School joined with fellow teachers from dozens of other schools around the region during a rally to Parliament yesterday. The rally was the focal point of a nationwide strike by 29,000 members of the NZ Education Institute, the union representing primary and intermediate teachers and their principals. It was the first teachers’ strike since 1994, which NZEI principal negotiator Louise Green says was the culmination of more than a decade of disenchantment with government funding of the sector. Continued on page 2. Teachers from Houghton Valley School were among the hundreds who crowded Parliament’s lawn on Wednesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Striking teachers take to Parliament demanding better pay Continued from page 1. “We are here because of the huge level of concern and strength in the level of feeling,” Louise told the rally. “After 10 years of teachers and education being neglected, extreme measures are needed. “It’s time to break open the piggy bank and invest in teachers, children and education.” NZEI says in collective agreement negotiations, about 86 percent of teachers are being offered a pay rise ranging from about 2.2-2.6 percent a year for three years, far from the 16 percent over two years that members had identified as being necessary to address recruitment and retention issues. The rally saw a number of teachers and principals share their stories of hardship within the profession. One principal, Doris, said it was appropriate the strike went from 7am to 7pm, as those were roughly the hours she typically worked on a weekday despite being on a 40-hour-week salary.
“I’m having to catch up on administrative tasks after school.” A teacher called Lisa said she and colleagues were having to take on second jobs to make ends meet. “We are relying on the Salvation Army and Kids Can to feed our families.” Education Minister Chris Hipkins fronted the rally, saying the Government was listening. “In nine months we have not addressed all your concerns but we will work on them. We have given you a big funding boost but we know more will be required.” There was a big cheer when Jacinda Ardern also, unexpectedly, fronted. “We have to take on board every challenge you have raised. We need radical change, yes, but it takes time,” the Prime Minister said. In response, another teacher said while NZEI members understood the government’s predicament, the time for it to act was now. “We’re more than disappointed
A planned convention centre for Wellington will no longer feature a movie museum that Sir Peter Jackson had planned to build alongside. Wellington City Council and The Movie Museum Limited (TMML) on Wednesday announced a “mutually-agreed parting of the ways” for the joint project of the Council’s convention centre and TMML’s movie museum, which were proposed for Cable Street in central Wellington. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester
says that the decision came after a series of meetings and correspondence between the two organisations. Justin says it had become apparent that Wellingtonians would be better served with the museum and the convention centre as two separate assets. In a statement Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Sir Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger say that “despite the best efforts of all parties, the economics of the Cable Street location proved to be a challenge for the movie museum”.
“We remain committed to the creation of a Movie Museum in Wellington and will now be considering other options.” The Mayor says the council looks forward to moving ahead with the Convention Centre. “We are now gearing up for a sod-turning in 2019,” Justin says. “This will be a welcome development for Wellington’s business, hospitality and accommodation sectors as it will mean the city will be equipped to host larger conferences and conventions.” Instead of the museum, there
will now be a 1500-squaremetre exhibition space which the Council anticipates will host large, internationally significant exhibitions. The Council is in talks with Te Papa about a partnership for the operation of the exhibition space. Te Papa chief executive Geraint Martin says the museum is excited to work in tandem with the Council, given Te Papa’s experience, international standing and the proximity of the proposed site and the synergies between the two organisations.
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Feedback on uni name proposal extended The period for providing feedback on the proposal to simplify Victoria University of Wellington’s name to “University of Wellington” has been extended to Monday, August 27. The Victoria University of Wellington Council voted unanimously on July 27 to recommend the Minister of Education approve University of Wellington as the new legal name for the university. The draft decision also includes a commitment to the ongoing use of the word ‘Victoria’ to ensure its heritage is maintained. Feedback can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Andy Henkel addresses the crowd in one of the loudest speeches at Sunday’s meeting. With him is Rongotai MP Paul Eagle. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
The Newtown Community Centre was the scene of the anger and frustration of bus users and drivers on Sunday evening. The meeting was organised by Kara Lipski, who has joined a petition demanding action be taken on Greater Wellington’s much-maligned bus network that was introduced in July. One speaker said fed-up commuters were using their cars and those who didn’t drive were hiring Ubers, which defeated the purpose of keeping cars off roads. Others said the real-time system was “completely broken”, the Snapper machine on a bus indicated the wrong location when tapping off and the blue lights on the buses at night were causing migraines. Graeme Clarke said he had
come out of retirement as a workers’ advocate, such was the dire situation for drivers who say they are not being listened to by their employers. “Bus drivers are working 14-hour days. We are heading towards a total shut down,” Graeme said. “We have been out to visit Tranzit workers and I have had the police called on me. “Greater Wellington needs to step in and get their act together.” Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan was blunt in his warning for something to be done: “Does it have to take someone to die? “I’d like to apologise in advance about possible industrial action. Drivers will not subsidise public transport by taking a cut in wages and conditions.” A very vocal Andy Henkel of
Vogeltown said bus users “won’t accept this rubbish any more”. “How did the regional council make such a hash of all the technology we have now? It’s cost-cutting to see what they can save. This is unacceptable!” Warwick Taylor of Newtown said routes have been done by consultants to optimise returns to bus companies. “We had a perfectly good system run by the Wellington City Council 30 years ago – there was nothing wrong with it. The law should change to allow the city council to run their own bus service.” ReVolt’s Herwin Bongers, who presented a video comparing the noise levels of the new diesel buses compared to the old trolleys that had been replaced, believed the council’s choosing the cheapest option of diesels for the short term was
undemocratic. He said the Public Transport Operating Model, introduced by the previous National government, was flawed. The law allowed competition within the bus network with the aim of reducing fares and therefore increasing patronage. However it also resulted in a reduced subsidy from the NZTA, with it now only funding 17 percent of the costs while fares in some cases have actually increased. While Greater Wellington regional councillors Daran Ponter, Roger Blakeley, Ian McKinnon and council chairman Chris Laidlaw attended the meeting, none of them addressed the audience, preferring to talk one-to-one afterwards. Another meeting will be held at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie at 3pm on Sunday, August 26.
Following the unprecedented success of the 2017 rally, hundreds of vintage and classic cars will once again hit the road north of Wellington to raise money for the Cancer Society in the Daffodil Rally across New Zealand. Daffodil Day is on August 31 and as the Cancer Society’s main fundraiser helps it fund crucial work supporting people with cancer. Cars will be on display between 10 am and 3 pm at Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki (North Entrance) on Sunday August 26.
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inbrief news KNZB joins World Clean Up Day Keep New Zealand Beautiful has joined the global mass movement on World Clean Up Day, September 15. New Zealanders will join millions of people, in 150 countries, and will stand up against the global mismanaged waste problem by cleaning up roads, parks, beaches, forests, and coasts. Thousands of communities will act as one, creating a powerful “green wave” spanning from New Zealand to Hawaii. KNZB chairperson Alexandra Davids says the aim is also to raise awareness both locally and globally about the severity of the situation.
Kids’ competition focuses on antibiotics Health Minister David Clark is encouraging school children in years five to eight to fight germs as part of a nationwide poster competition about antibiotic resistance. “Antibiotic resistance stops an antibiotic from working effectively against bacteria – meaning some infections may become very difficult to treat,” David says. The competition, which closes on September 28, encourages students to create a poster highlighting either antibiotic resistance or hand washing. The winning posters will be used to promote Patient Safety Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week in November.
Plain English Awards coming New Zealanders have until the end of August to enter the 2018 Plain English Awards. The WriteMark Plain English Awards Trust is on the hunt for New Zealand’s best communication, as well as the country’s worst ‘Brainstrain’ communication. The annual Plain English Awards aim to improve people’s lives by raising the awareness of their democratic right to understand communications from government and private-sector organisations. To enter go to www.plainenglishawards.org.nz.
Consideration for extra services on key bus route welcomed By Jamie Adams
The president of the Miramar Maupuia Progressive Association is pleased Greater Wellington Regional Council is reviewing one of the city’s key routes, saying it is critical for a range of commuters. Increasing the number of direct services on route 18e is one of the options being considered by Metlink – Greater Wellington’s public transport brand - to improve the performance of the capital’s new bus network. Members of the council’s Sustainable Transport Committee expressed support for a suggestion for extra services on the extended route 18 between Miramar and Karori. They say this would be of particular benefit to university students, many of whom could use the service to travel to lectures outside of peak times. Councillors felt that reinstating off-peak services on route 18 would deliver a material improvement to a large number of travellers. The route 14 service in Kilbirnie has also been identified as one where a beneficial change could be relatively easy to introduce.
The Karori-Miramar route is undergoing a rethink. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Overcrowding and insufficient capacity on some key routes, together with the inaccuracy of the real-time information system at bus stops have been identified as the major frustrations still being experienced by bus customers. It says ongoing efforts have been made to identify and fix problems, such as changes to staff and route allocations which have resulted in a marked improvement in punctuality on route 1. Analysis had shown that smaller-capacity buses are sometimes
being deployed at peak times, and as one solution to overcrowding the council is working with the operator concerned to introduce depot management practices that would ensure only larger capacity buses are used at peak. Miramar Maupuia Progressive Association president Robin Boldarin says the review is good news, especially for Miramar North commuters who have to regularly travel out of the peninsula. “There are three university
campuses [Victoria, Massey and Otago University’s Wellington campus], and apart from those who go to the hospital and Wakefield Hospital, Newtown also has the only Work and Income office to cater for the southern and eastern suburbs. “Most of the time people have had to change buses to get to these places.” Robin hopes the council will next review the route from Strathmore Park, which currently requires a transfer at the Kilbirnie hub.
Plastic shopping bag ban welcomed by Wellington Mayor The Government’s decision to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags is being hailed by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and local government leaders. On Friday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced the intention to end use of the bags over the next year. Justin says the move will have significant benefits for councils around the country, who have responsibility for waste manage-
ment and litter. “Until now, local councils have borne the cost – both financial and environmental – of singleuse plastic bags entering the waste stream. Moving to a ban will significantly reduce that burden. “We were seeing atrocious results that New Zealanders were becoming increasingly concerned with, from entire hillsides covered in single-use plastic bags dating as far back
as the 1970s to researchers finding that around a third of dead turtles in New Zealand had likely ingested supermarket bags.” Last year, Wellington City Council was a driving force behind a nationwide campaign that saw 90 percent of the country’s mayors come on board a campaign asking the-then National-led government to impose a point-of-sale levy on single-use plastic bags. “Getting rid of the bags is an
even better result than we could have hoped for a year later and I’m delighted the new government has listened to what New Zealanders want,” the Mayor says. “Without government intervention it would have taken far too long for us to say goodbye to bags. A change in policy gives us certainty for the future.” This year 65,000 Kiwis signed a petition calling for an outright ban.
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Town Hall closer to cultural centre reality Wellington’s Town Hall is a step closer to being a centre for civic and cultural events in the city – after the signing of a binding agreement with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkῑ. The two organisations and Wellington City Council have formally agreed to redevelop the Town Hall as a centre for civic events and as the heart of a unique centre of musical and creative excellence, education, cultural connections and community engagement. The Town Hall has been closed since 2013 because it was earthquake-prone. Work started in May to reinforce the exterior brickwork
and a major strengthening and upgrade project is due to start later this year. Its completion is scheduled for 2021. Mayor Justin Lester says the Town Hall is an iconic Wellington heritage building with world-renowned acoustics. “The signing of this agreement, and the start of construction work on the Town Hall are exciting steps towards achieving that vision.” Victoria University of Wellington’s Vice-Chancellor Grant Guilford agrees. “This joint agreement to redevelop the Town Hall is another crucial moment in the journey towards establishing a national music centre in central Wellington.”
With the Town Hall at its heart and with our New Zealand School of Music and the NZSO in situ, the centre is intended to be a vibrant hub for artistic collaboration, talent development, interaction with the creative industries and public engagement. “Our fundraising campaign continues to progress positively and we are grateful for a number of significant leadership gifts, including the recent $4 million grant from the Lottery Grants Board,” NZSO’s Chief Executive Christopher Blake says. “All New Zealanders will benefit from their national orchestra being part of this world-class centre of musical and creative excellence in Wellington.”
Action against Viagogo welcomed Consumer NZ is welcoming the Commerce Commission’s announcement it’s taking ticket resale website Viagogo to the High Court, alleging it has breached the Fair Trading Act. “Consumers are being … pressured to buy by claims
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Wellington’s ‘Mother’ of Arts and Culture turns 20 By Jamie Adams
The Queen’s representative turned out to help celebrate a milestone that was reached by Wellington’s hub for dance and drama on Friday. Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre - home to Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and the New Zealand School of Dance celebrated its 20th anniversary with a number of impressive performances that reflect its name. Speaking at the formal presentation, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy described Te Whaea as “a magnet for creativity, learning and performance”.
“When the show started in 1998 it was a magnet for the region - 100,000 people attended each year. “I don’t see the performing arts as a nice add-on; it’s a fundamental part of being human. “The arts must be constantly replenished with new talent and works,” Dame Patsy concluded. Te Whaea – meaning The Mother– hosts over 60 community groups every year, from budding circus performers to Orchestra Wellington, the Orpheus Choir, Footnote NZ Dance and the NZ Symphony Orchestra. “We treasure our role in supporting performing arts groups and the outstanding work of our two national schools of
A Dalek made by students of Te Whaea’s new props construction course, made from 3D-printed components.
dance and drama to nurture and train the young dancers, actors, costumiers, designers and performing arts managers of the future,” says Te Whaea chair Mr Peter Dow. The wider complex is also a sporting hub that includes The Circus Hub, training circus performers, as well as Capital Gym Sports, Wellington Indoor Sports and the Te Whaea Artificial Turf. As an iconic landmark situated in Hutchison Road Newtown, the site was originally set up as showgrounds in 1927 and was used as army barracks during WWII. Winter shows featuring travelling circuses were held until Te Whaea’s inception in 1998.
The highlight of its milestone year is a new course in props construction which complements other courses in set design. One such prop on display during the cake-cutting ceremony was a Dalek made from 3D-printed materials. It even has a death ray that can move sideways by voice. “We are training people to enter both the film and theatre industries,” Set and Props Head of Course Francis Gallop says. All the props so far have been for training purposes but they plan to build a railway station for a set next term, which will involve skills usually reserved for the building industry, such as welding.
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Third-year dance students Vincent Fraola and Jaidyn Cumming flanked by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne after their special presentation.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you support the teachers’ strike?
Stella Jean, Khandallah “I support the teachers; my dad’s a teacher. The way they are getting paid and treated is not good enough.”
Lachlan Ferris, Te Aro “I support it. I’m a teacher aide. There’s a few things like pay and conditions that need addressing.”
Jacob Tucker, Mt Victoria “Yeah. They do a good job and deserve to get paid more for it.”
Felix Watkins, Berhampore “I think so. I think it should be more than $50,000 a year [to start on] and class sizes no more than 30.”
Jamie Lean, ex-Newtown “I think it’s time they were paid what they’re worth especially if we’re to attract more teachers. The average age is now 56 as there’s no incentive to enter the profession.”
Annemarie Meijers, Seatoun “Yes. They do an incredibly important job so should be well remunerated for it. We want to encourage people to go into teaching.”
LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Hypocritical stance on animal rights Dear Editor, Farrowing crates are not necessarily cruel to sows about to give birth, as your Hataitai correspondent wrongly thinks (CSN Aug. 9): a good pigfarmer provides what is necessary for farrowing sows. Many people are sick and tired of the hypocrisy displayed by the sort of
politically correct people who will, for instance, drive a round trip of about 400 kilometres to help save beached whales’ lives by refloating those big mammals, but will go and have an abortion the next day. Seemingly the life of an unborn human being is of no consequence, while that of a brute-beast is all-important.
At any rate, a pig-owner has a right to protect his/her investment in the livestock he/she owns; but as well, it is inhumane to risk cannibalism by the livestock: pigs are omnivorous in what they will eat, even though most sows are kind to their piglets. H Westfold Miramar
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have long known all the contractual service intricacies between the new bus company Tranzit at 60 percent and the old Go Wellington at 40 percent. The WCC mayor and councillors should have intervened much earlier to see that we all got a far better bus service than to simply want to attend public meetings now to pacify the
Dear Editor, I live in Lyall Bay and struggling along with all of my neighbours to come to terms with the supposed better bus system. Look, my life was simple in getting my three kids at different levels and different zones to get to school, get my husband away to work, and mainly in getting my 81-year-old who is on a walker safely to the hospital. So we are bringing out the cars, bikes, walking but not using the buses. All of us are experiencing bus delays, ticketing not working, full buses, wait times longer and exposed to the rain, and extra costs! All of the people we see at the bus hubs are very angry! Metlink’s new system of bus hubs and the new routes is just appalling, and their planners should resign forthwith. They have to do it much better! Naomida Best Lyall Bay
Dear Editor, The WCC mayor and councillors have failed to properly represent the ratepayers’ commuting needs with the new bus company service - they have miserably let us down - waving their hands in the air pretending - it’s the regional council! The WCC mayor and councillors
mass dissatisfaction from bus commuters. We need to vote for a better mayor and councillors at next year’s local body elections and Chris Laidlaw should pack his bags. A better council service or a better council! Martin Beck Mornington
Two solutions to illegal school-entrance parking Dear Editor, Last week I saw a black car, filled with children’s books like a bookshop, parked on a dotted yellow line outside Scots’ prep school. This week a school-bus driver could not deliver his darlings in Tawa on
account of the car clogging the school [entrance]. Is there a connection? I have a couple of money saving/ raising ideas for WCC: 1) stop painting the dotted yellow lines to save money on paint as the lines
don’t mean anything; 2) Get a parking warden to attend the school areas to tap into the goldmine of yellow line parkers. Paul Franken Strathmore Park
Te Papa’s innovation accelerator welcomes technology entrepreneurs Ten teams of technology entrepreneurs from across New Zealand, including four from Wellington, have been selected by Te Papa to develop their innovations in this year’s residency programme at the national museum. Now in its third year, Mahuki, the world’s first culture-tech accelerator, has a strong reputation for developing leading digital businesses for the culture and
heritage sector. Over the next four months the entrepreneurs will have exclusive access to Te Papa’s experts, resources, visitors, and wider cultural and business sector expertise to help develop and test their ideas. Te Papa chief executive Geraint Martin, who was part of the welcoming party, said he was thrilled to welcome these future digital leaders to Te Papa.
“Te Papa is always looking at ways to enable new kinds of storytelling and connect New Zealanders with their taonga. We look forward to what they produce for the cultural, heritage and learning sectors to enhance the user experience.” This year’s entrepreneurs come from all over New Zealand, including Wellington teams Showmode, Town Square, Fishhook
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Charity prevents 1000 tonnes of food from going to waste By Jamie Adams
A charity that specialises in saving food that was destined for the landfill reached an epic milestone on August 5. Kaibosh Food Rescue says that day is the point at which it had diverted one million kilograms of quality surplus food from 40 businesses in Wellington and the Hutt, including supermarkets and food merchants, to 75 community groups since 2008. As a result, Kaibosh has calculated that it has reduced carbon emissions by 778,460kg and provided 2.8 million meals worth of healthy, nutritious food to Wellingtonians in need in the past 10 years. General manager Matt Dagger says reaching a million kilograms is a significant event for the charity. “From humble beginnings in
a private kitchen 10 years ago, Kaibosh has been swept along on a wave of incredible support from the Wellington and New Zealand public.” Kaibosh provides transport free of charge for food donors and food community groups, relying on donations and grants to provide their service. It will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in October. Strathmore Park Community Centre co-ordinator Toni Taylor says Kaibosh makes an “incredible” difference when it comes to food distribution. She says centre volunteers drive to the Mt Cook-based charity to collect fresh vegetables, dairy products, bread, chocolate bars and even, occasionally, meat. “We take them back to the centre and put them into family packs. We try to distribute them evenly for every family who registers. Then they have the option to swap
food with each other based on their needs and wants.” Toni estimates 16 food parcels are distributed at the centre each month. She says the generosity of Kaibosh makes the “delicate process” of food distribution a lot easier, especially for those reluctant to visit food banks. “For a lot of people who come and see us, food is the last thing they want to ask for. However this method means they could be coming in for some other reason and this service can combine with that.” Jennifer Lang of Wild Foods, one of Kaibosh’s suppliers, says it is a great opportunity to give back to those who need it most. “As a gourmet food manufacturer, we often have small amounts of surplus unspoiled meal components, which we stock up separately and keep aside for Kaibosh.”
Weltec students take golds at national culinary competition A team from the Wellington Institute of Technology has taken out two golds and a silver medal at the prestigious annual Nestlé Toque d’Or student culinary competition. Culinary students Varun Yadav and Ashleigh Simpson proved to be strong competitors in the kitchen, winning gold for their efforts. Joshua Tollison also impressed patrons in a simulated restaurant with his service skillset which earned him a silver medal.
The trio fought it out against 21 other competitors from around the country to create their medal-winning three course menu at the competition. The dishes comprised an entrée of seared Akaroa salmon belly skewered with pickled eggplant and coastal spinach. The main was a horopito-roasted New Zealand beef sirloin and braised beef cheek followed by a preserved ginger custard rolled in praline on a charcoal, sherry and kawakawa jaconde.
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What does Wellington Wellington on track for world-first predator-free goal taste like? An edible souvenir shop, which showcases our dynamic city through food, has arrived in Wellington. As part of the Visa Wellington On A Plate line-up this August, the event offers edible artworks and souvenirs inspired by the special landmarks and locations that give the city and region its unique character. Local designer and Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Caitlin Le Harivel of CLH Food Design has developed nine fantastic edible souvenirs, all locally handcrafted from high quality ingredients. “I love Wellington and all the special places that make this city unique. For this year’s Wellington On A Plate I decided to have a bit of fun and create edible treats that pay homage to our city,” says Caitlin. “What better way to celebrate our
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Predator Free 2050 Limited, a 100 percent government-owned charitable company, has brought Wellington one step closer to becoming the world’s first predator-free capital city. Major funding was announced on August 8, and will supercharge efforts already being made to eradicate predators. “This is not a pipedream” says Ed Chignell, CEO Predator Free 2050 Limited, speaking at the funding announcement. ”The $3.27 million of funding Predator Free Wellington and Capital Kiwi jointly receive over the five years means the world’s first predator free capital is within reach.” The funding will ultimately allow native birds such as kaka, karearea, kereru and kiwi to flourish. Initially, Miramar Peninsula will be the primary focus of the predator eradication scheme, due to its already possum-free status and the airport acting as a barrier to incoming predators. Chris Laidlaw, chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council, has said that the progress that has been made in Miramar Peninsula is evidence enough that a predator free Wellington is achievable. “This additional funding… allows us to take the next big step and prove we can scale up predator eradication across the whole of Wellington.” Predator Free Wellington, one of the organisations receiving this funding, is equally contributed to by Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington and the NEXT foundation. “What is remarkable about Predator Free Wellington is not just the scale of what is
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Seatoun footballers celebrate promotion
PREMIER 1 HOCKEY FINALS RESULTS: MEN Grand Final: Hutt United beat Dalefield 2-0 Third/Fourth Play-off: Naenae beat Northern United 4-1 Fifth/Sixth Play-off: Harbour City and Victoria drew 1-1 WOMEN Grand Final: Harbour City beat Hutt United 5-1 Third/Fourth Play-off: Victoria and Dalefield drew 1-1 Victoria won the shoot-out series 3-1 Fifth/Sixth Play-off: Toa beat Karori 2-1
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: Seatoun players celebrate after winning the Capital 2 final to secure promotion to Capital 1 next year. PHOTO: Jane Dunn Photography
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Seatoun AFC has won the Capital 2 grade this season with three rounds remaining. Promotion to Capital 1 for the
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2019 season will be not only welcome but also the next challenge as the 110-year-old club aims to move up to at least Capital Premier
and the prestige of playing for the Venus Shield again. The shield has been played in Wellington football since 1895.
Wellington FC beat Marist 14-7 Paremata-Plimmerton beat Marist St Pats 31-26
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Thursday August 16, 2018
Capital hockey women take 2018 title
Harbour City players celebrate after winning the women’s final against Hutt United. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington city can say it has the best women’s hockey team in the region after Harbour City defeated Hutt United 5-1 in the Premier 1 grand final on Saturday. After going down to Eastern Hutt and Karori in the 2014 and 2015 women’s finals, the victory tasted particularly sweet for captain Maddie Simmonds and her team-mates from those games. It was certainly pleasing for long-time men’s coach Alan Register, who stepped in late for regular women’s
coach Di Jordan while she was away representing New Zealand at the Hockey Masters World Cup in Terrassa, near Barcelona. Two goals in the first 10 minutes to Charlotte Eastman and Estelle Macadre, and another to Charlotte midway through the second quarter established a healthy lead against United, who were without captain and talisman Ani Roberts, after she had badly twisted her ankle during the week. Kirsty Cole, Esther Chan, Teresa Warner and Brenna
Ellis all had good moments for Hutt United; while Reidy, Simmonds, Ruby Logan, and Claire Brown were the pick of what was a fine team effort by the new champions, who had finished the round-robin phase in third place but timed their run to the title perfectly. There was better news for Hutt United in the men’s grand final, with the newly merged side of essentially the same group of players and coach from last year’s winning Hutt Hockey Club defeating Wairarapa-based Dalefield 2-0.
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Haka caught up in branding for bucks The haka debate, which burst on the scene on Sunday, is a confronting topic on many levels. Concerns about how much the haka is being used have been raised in a new book The Jersey written by British journalist Peter Bills - were shared by the late All Black legend Sir Colin Meads and former prop of the 90s and 2000s, Kees Meeuws. Meeuws was one of the big parts of making the haka a memorable part of tests he played in due to the passion he showed while performing it. He believes the All Blacks haka has become too commercial and part of the brand. Meads, lamented similar thoughts before his death a year ago. For me, growing up in the mid to late 90s, the haka was part of an All Blacks game but I never saw it as a national symbol at that time. As someone who identifies as a New Zealand European, I’m not one who believes the All Blacks haka has been over-used or commercialised. I still get a thrill out of seeing it at both home and away games and I don’t believe that needs to change. I’ve often questioned if so many New Zealand sports teams need their own haka.
Perhaps on a New Zealand sporting landscape it feels like it is being overused. I attend many secondary school boy rugby encounters and every game has both schools performing a haka. I’ve seen so many now, it has become harder for me to differentiate the important times for a haka and when it’s just done because it’s something that is always done. The All Blacks have two haka they perform, the long-standing Ka Mate and Kapa o Pango, which they introduced in 2005. I used to think Kapa o Pango was considered the “big game” haka but that’s based on nothing more than perception. This haka issue appears to have come somewhat from left field. The All Blacks are no longer just a team that wear a black jersey, to Meeuws’ point, they are a brand; a corporate entity. Proof of that comes when we have teams called All Blacks 7s and Maori All Blacks. Brand awareness and reach is just the way of the modern world it seems and the All Blacks’ haka could just be a victim of that circumstance.
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