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Suited for success By Jamie Adams
At only 22, a local fashion designer is set to make a splash in the swimsuit industry with the launch of her summer wetsuit collection. Gemma Cornish, of Strathmore Park, officially launched the Gemma Lee fashion line at a function at the Botanic Garden last
Thursday with a parade of models showing off her range of pop art-style wetsuits for women. It comes after Gemma’s designs have already gained the attention of national media and Vogue Italia, even winning the Most Commercial Collection Prize at the iD Fashion Show in Dunedin in May. Continued on page 2.
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Determination sees Gemma’s fashion dream become reality Continued from page 1. The Massey University design graduate told the audience the launch has been a dream of hers for most of her life. “We’re all standing here tonight because a little sixyear-old Gemma decided that she wanted to be a fashion designer when she grew up, and as time went on that dream burned brighter and stronger. “Now here we are 16 years later, and as much as I had dreamed about launching my own label, this entire journey has exceeded my expectations and has smashed all my goals out the window.” Her motivation for designing colourful wetsuits came from a desire to mix fashion with functionality after the frustration of wearing dull wetsuits over her vibrant togs when ocean swimming. Gemma says being ethica l a nd envi ron menta lly conscious was to be at “no compromise”, meaning she ultimately contracted a Gold Coast firm to manufacture them in limestone-based neo-
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester speaks alongside Gemma Cornish during her swimwear brand’s launch at Begonia House in the Botanic Garden. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
prene. The upside is they will be made in the place where a large section of her target market lives, in a climate warm enough to ensure they could be sold there even in winter. “Our online store goes live in September, we hope our suits will travel the world.” Speaking at the launch, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester
said Gemma had got in touch with him some months ago about the business she was setting up. “When I was a bit older than Gemma 12 years ago I was in a similar situation, setting up my own business, and I know how much work goes into it. “I knew what Gemma had ahead of her, but what I appreciate about her is her level of
ambition and the desire in her eyes to do this,” Justin says. “We’re really lucky in this city to have young, aspiring individuals like Gemma who are prepared to take a chance and express their creativity. “I’m told these are called ‘Wellington peak-of-summer suits’,” he joked. “They look fantastic and I’m sure there is a market for them.”
More public meetings about bus network announced Several more meetings for disgruntled users of Wellington’s bus network are planned in the coming weeks, with one happening in Kilbirnie this Sunday. Kara Lipski, who organised the first such meeting in Newtown earlier this month, has arranged with Rongotai MP Paul Eagle to hold another one at St Patrick’s College hall on August 26 at 3pm. (An article in last week’s Cook Strait News advising it would be held at the ASB
Centre was incorrect.) Paul will also chair a meeting at Miramar Gateway Baptist Church on Park Road at 7.30pm on September 6, and one at the Mornington Golf Club, Berhampore at 3pm on September 23. Regional councillor Daran Ponter is expected to attend the Kilbirnie meeting and will be joined by fellow regional councillor Sue Kedgley and city councillor Sarah Free at the Miramar meeting. “I will organise another
one if required – back in Newtown at the end of September,” Paul says. “These will be a set format where regional council officers and elected members will be fully involved – and they need to be, to ensure they absorb what’s being said and progress the necessary changes quickly.” Kara, a member of the Public Transport Users Association, is demanding changes to the timetables to allow enough time for drivers to break for personal needs, as
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inbrief news More police for Wellington District The Wellington Police District Commander has welcomed the 101 officers allocated to Wellington District on Monday by Police Commissioner Mike Bush. The new staff were allocated as part of the 1800 additional Police funded through a $298.8 million increase in Budget 2018 that built on an increase from the previous year. “The investment of additional staff ensures we can continue to enhance our frontline response, and will have a positive impact for the community and for our own staff working to prevent crime and make the communities we serve safer,” Superintendent Sam Hoyle says.
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Owner/operator Lin Guo is excited about changes that will be happening at New World Newtown over the coming six months. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
Change is finally happening at New World Newtown as part of a revamp of the mall that houses it. Owner/operator Lin Guo, who took over the business in February, says short-term disruption for customers will be worth it once the new store is completed sometime early next year. The most anticipated aspect will be a new open layout that will mean shoppers won’t have to go right around the store to get to a particular aisle to buy one or two things. “This will bring it in line with the layout other New World supermarkets have now,” Lin
says. “We get lots of students, so it will be especially important for them.” Another major change is the refrigeration system that will be updated for the first time since the store was established in the mall 29 years ago. That will coincide with renovations to the store’s bakery, deli, seafood and butchery departments. “The produce area will be doubled as we find Newtown customers like fresh, organic food.” Finally, the liquor will shift from the front to a secluded area where bread is currently shelved, which is likely to please locals concerned about
the prominence of alcohol retailing in Newtown. Lin says the move is done as per the requirements of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 to restrict alcohol to specific zones. “We take our responsibility as a retailer of beer, wine and cider very seriously.” Already construction work is happening in the carpark above the supermarket, and Lin apologises to customers disturbed by excessive noise. “Those who have been with us for 25 years I hope will say ‘wow’ when the work is done,” Lin says. He also hopes the revamped mall, including the supermar-
ket, will be ready for patronage in time for next year’s Newtown Festival in March. Lin bought New World Newtown having previously operated Four Square in Ellerslie, Auckland for four years, for which he won a Store of the Year award. He seized the chance to buy the Wellington store when told Foodstuffs, the owner of the New World brand and the mall complex, was planning a makeover to coincide with its earthquake-strengthening. “That was the motivation for me. I think this is a really good opportunity and I’m up for the challenge to make sure I get it right for customers.”
The 2019 New Zealander of the Year should be from Wellington, says Mayor Justin Lester. Nominations for the prestigious award and supporting categories opened last month and close on September 17. Justin urges locals to nominate fellow residents deserving of recognition for the 2019 awards. “Each and every one of us knows someone in our community that’s doing something special to make Wellington a better place to live for all of us.” Anyone can nominate an individual or community organisation for one of the six awards in the programme. To do so, visit www. nzawards.org.nz.
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inbrief news Silence for homophobia On Friday thousands of students across New Zealand took a vow of silence to draw attention to homophobic and transphobic bullying in their schools and communities. Day of Silence is the largest studentdriven action for safe schools in the world, and was introduced to New Zealand as a national campaign four years ago by national charity Inside OUT. People around the country joined schools to take actions to support rainbow communities, including fundraising for InsideOUT and taking a “selfie for silence” where they commit to an action to help break the silence about the effects of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
School dental service ‘failing kids’ The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) president has called on the government to improve the school dental service. Dr Bill O’Connor says figures show 96,000 children are overdue their recalls with the dental therapist, 29,000 young New Zealand children had teeth extracted last year, and 7000 kids required hospital dental treatment under general anaesthetic. “I believe the Community Oral Health Service is failing our kids,” Bill told NZDA members at its annual conference. He urges the Minister of Health to act now to address “this appalling situation”.
Bottle deposit scheme urged Plastic campaigners are still waiting for a crucial piece of zero-waste infrastructure after The Greens’ action-on-waste announcement yesterday. In what is being called “a boost to plastic recycling”, Associate Minister Eugenie Sage says the government plans to draft a strategy for increasing local capacity for recyclables, but plastic campaigners say without proper collection systems in place, this just won’t fix the problem. “We want the government to introduce a bottle deposit scheme. It’s a cash-refund system for beverage containers, and it’s getting incredible recycling rates around the world,” The Kiwi Bottle Drive’s Holly Dove says.
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Help end child poverty? Can do, say Scots students By Jamie Adams
A desire by a Scots College student to make a difference for those less fortunate has led to every fellow schoolmate getting involved in a charity drive. All members of the school donated more than 1000 cans of food to the Salvation Army as part of a mufti day earlier this year. It coincided with the Wattie’s Cans For Good programme which saw the
food manufacturer also donate 25,000 cans to the charity. Year eight student Alex Shekouh got involved in the programme after he first looked into the issue of child poverty as part of an exhibition project in 2015. “When I grew up in Warrington in England I saw a lot of it,” he says. After his 2015 project he looked to take part in Cans for Good but missed the deadline
to apply. It was a few months ago, when the news covered how the Salvation Army were struggling with their supplies, that Alex made sure he wouldn’t miss the opportunity this time. He got in touch with his middle school principal about registering the school, and liaised with staff to get Scots College involved for the collection, which led to the mufti day can drive.
From left: Scots College students Dhairya Thakkar, Sam Pay, Nick Mazey, Middle School deputy principal Will Struthers, Salvation Army Miramar pastor David Medland, and students Alex Shekouh, Jeremy Welsh and Jake Hodder with their boxes of donated cans. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
“Every student brought a can to school. Some brought a few,” deputy principal Will Struthers says. Salvation Army Community Ministry administrator Trish Brennan says five schools on Miramar Peninsula have got involved this year, the four others being Miramar Christian, Miramar North, Holy Cross and Worser Bay. “For 25 years Wattie’s has suppor ted T he Salvation Army as a partner for our food banks,” Trish says. “For the past two years this took the form of Wattie’s Cans for Good, which has been hugely successful. “With help from kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary schools - 229 supported us in 2017 - all around the country we aim to collect more than 110,000 cans to help restock local food bank shelves in the high demand period leading up to Christmas.”
Proposal to soften city liquor ban bylaw voted down Most Wellington City Councillors have disapproved a proposal to allow possession of alcohol within the city’s extensive liquor-ban area. Last Thursday’s City Strategy Committee was asked to review the Liquor Control Bylaw, which is set to expire in December. The review calls for councillors to check if existing provisions are appropriate to deal to alcohol-related problems. Committee chair Iona Pannett called for an amendment to a clause by removing the ban on bringing alcohol into or possessing it in the area, which covers the entire CBD, Newtown and Oriental Bay,
to simply banning the consumption of it there. It would then be adopted for public consultation. “Alcohol bans displace the problem,” she explained. “They move them somewhere else but don’t solve the issue of problem drinking. “The ban in Aro Valley moved it to Newtown, and with one in Newtown now, the problem is in Kilbirnie.” Iona also believes the ban of possession disproportionately targets vulnerable groups. “There is huge potential for discrimination against homeless, who are largely Maori. We want to avoid the problem of racial profiling.”
She said there was nothing inherently criminal about possessing alcohol and the city environment was supposed to be “a bit gritty” anyway. “There is hypocrisy when we push Jim Beam on to young people but punish them when they are caught with it.” However there was almost universal opposition, with councillors pointing out the police apply discretion when dealing with breaches of the ban. Brian Dawson said Iona’s accusation of racial discrimination by police was exaggerated. “We can’t compare a liquor bylaw with Rodney King [police brutality that led the 1992
LA riots] and the Urewera Raids,” he said. “It’s about how do we keep police safe in a difficult situation. You can drive down Aro Valley any day and not everyone with an open can of liquor is being arrested and thrown into a cell.” The sole backer of Iona’s amendment was Sarah Free, who disapproved applying discretion to the “clumsily worded” bylaw. “I can’t support a law which makes it a crime to bring alcohol into an area. There needs to be better laws for dealing with the harm,” Sarah said. The amendment was voted down 13 to 2.
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Spring is almost here, which means Wellington City Council’s lawn renovations programme is set to roll. A number of the city’s most popular parks and lawns will be given a springtime tune-up from late August to October. This is in preparation for the event-filled summer months ahead, when they will get a lot of usage from Wellingtonians and visitors alike. Some of the central city’s busiest lawns – including Midland Park and Glover Park – will be fenced off for up to 30 days to let nature do its work and allow the new grass to germinate and grow ready for the areas to be used again. Dog exercise areas, which are also well utilised, need this time to be renovated to
recover from the heavy winter use. These areas, such as Cog Park off Evans Bay Parade, can still be used – but there will be some access restrictions. The Council’s mowing team manager Matt Beres says various procedures will be carried out. These include topdressing, weed control, drainage work, fertilising, and sowing with new grass seed. As part of the renovations, the Council is experimenting with a hybrid turf at two sites. It is an artificial turf that also allows real grass to grow through. Matt says the Council’s sports fields team has successfully trialled a section in one of the goalmouths at Seatoun Park. The hybrid turf will be laid on one lawn at Midland Park and on a section of the Cog Park dog exercise area.
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There was proof that kindness trumps selfishness when a team of Countdown managers visited Wellington Zoo last Thursday. The team leaders were there to hand over a cheque for $2000, after the zoo’s donation box, located in its foyer was stolen last month. The box is not emptied each day and it was estimated there were hundreds of dollars inside. However CCTV captured images of the two alleged offenders and a woman was later arrested and charged with theft. “We are really pleased that the police found them,” zoo spokesman Zel Lazarevich says. While there was no way of knowing how much money was taken, at least one small business immediately got involved with compensating the zoo for its loss, with a Newtown Vietnamese restaurant donating $300. Now the generosity has gone a step
further, with 10 Countdown supermarkets from around the Wellington region (known as Group 303) chipping in to provide a total of $2000 for the zoo. The managers from all those supermarkets turned up at the zoo on Thursday to present a giant ceremonial cheque to the zoo. “It’s such a nice reminder that we have so much community spirit. We are very, very grateful.” The money will go to the zoo’s conservation fund which includes facilities such as The Nest Te Kohanga, which carries out health checks on zoo residents as well as native wildlife. While funding comes from other sources like memberships, donations from the public and companies make up a big part of that, Zel says. Countdown Newtown store manager Paul Berney says donating to worthy causes is something the company does regularly. “At a black and white ball we bought a raffle and donated it back to them,” Paul says. “We try to give back to the community as much as possible.”
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What do you think of MPs having their salaries frozen from rising for a year?
Nick Hanna, New Plymouth (ex-US) “I support it. If they [backbenchers] are getting $163,000, what are they getting on the side?”
Jemima Maguire, Kilbirnie “It’s a good idea; good on Jacinda. It should be paid on merit like we are. They have to earn it.”
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Tony Kuepfer, Miramar “It’s a good move. It should be on a pay scale akin to other jobs. [Increases] have to be in perspective – 5% of $100,000 is a lot more than 5% at $20,000.”
Margaret Davis, Rongotai “I think Jacinda’s worried that it would be a very bad look to give them an increase. It should be paid on merit, but it will never happen.”
Brian McAdam, ex-Miramar “It’s a good idea. They should cut the number of members in half and then we could pay them more as we’ll get a better calibre of people in Parliament, maybe.”
Basti Todd, Newtown “I think that sounds pretty good. Nurses and teachers should be paid more. Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying $100,000 for MPs to ride around in limos.”
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When wages go up, costs will follow Dear Editor Already soothsayers are warning about the secondary school teachers’ likely demands. Luckily the university are busy worrying about name changes! What about the other side of the wage demands; the costs have gone up. If the low interest rates, artificially imposed by the Reserve Bank have been so good for NZ, where did those
benefits go? Retired people with their meagre savings in the bank were the main people giving up expected income. Industry which most fitted from this life line did not give price reductions apart from the decrease in the price of cheese. Luxury cars of executives clogging up our roads may indicate where the money the low wage earners need has
gone. Watch the top-class grab in any wage increases; demanding commensurate percentage rises. If a family on $500 a week needs $50 more to survive, someone on $5000 a week will claim an increase in excess of $500. Is that fair? Paul Franken Strathmore Park
PC-enabling teachers don’t deserve better pay Dear Editor About industrial action by teachers and the NZEI (CSN, Aug. 16), I have little sympathy with them; and I think the reason that fewer people go into teaching is that they (especially men) are put off by all the political correctness of a system where the staff are scared of the children, who seem to do as they
please - which includes being able to get teachers disciplined for upsetting the little brats by telling them the truth about their behaviour. I cannot see why teachers (unlike nurses) can properly say they are underpaid for their work. They talk a lot about the strain of it; but every responsible
job involves strain. There are people with jobs entailing more responsibility and stress, but with lower pay, involving longer working hours, and with annual holidays of four weeks at most. Worst of all, teachers have been heavily involved in the wreck of education and the ruin of our Western society, for 40plus years now.
After years of being flattered, indulged, and spoiled rotten, youngsters end their formal education (even up to being university graduates), without the knowledge plus the JudaeoChristian work-ethic and morality essential for employment and a stable life. I know there are still some able, dedicated, conscientious
teachers who do a good job, with good results, in spite of all the PC rubbish surrounding them and their pupils. However, such teachers are now a definite minority. [abridged] H Westfold Miramar
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Historical society salutes long-serving committee member We are all immigrants - one way or another, as the Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society discovered at public meeting on Monday night More than half the attendees of the meeting were descendants of immigrants who came to New Zealand on sailing boats in the 19th century. Jenny Jones spoke about her book No Simple Passage the voyage of the London from England to Wellington in 1842. Conditions at home like overcrowding and poor sanitation led people to take the four-month journey with hopes of a better life. Working-class people in steerage cleaned, swept, cooked in work gangs, rations were cut for behaviour deemed poor by the Superintendent/Surgeon. Thirteen children and two mothers died en route. Copies of the book can be purchased on the website www. jennyrobinjones.com Marion Findlay has resigned from the
committee after many years of helping create an orderly, comprehensive collection of paper clippings, documents, photos and maps. Marion also researched and wrote articles for the society’s magazine and assembled 30 display boards. A William Fox water colour print and life membership was presented to her at the meeting. Two committee places remain vacant, while all other office holders and committee members were returned. The Historical Society welcomes more volunteers to help with the collection. Those interested can call in and see what they do at the Island Bay Community Centre on Fridays between 10am and 2pm. More information can also be found at the society’s Facebook page or by contacting Annette Moffatt on 027 227 5058. A website is under construction.
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Marion Findlay has stepped down as the society’s curator. PHOTO: Eva Kaprinay
Pokies to be ‘paused’ during Gambling Harm Awareness Week At least 70 pubs and clubs from Bluff to Kaitaia will be “pausing their pokies” for an hour during Gambling Harm Awareness Week, September 3-9. The Pause the Pokies initiative is being coordinated by the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF), Mapu Maia (Pacific Counselling Service), Asian Family Services, and several community partners around the country to raise awareness about gambling harm. PGF spokeswoman Andree Froude says having over 70 venues signed up to take part is an outstanding result. “It is great to be able to work with venues and community partners to raise awareness about harmful gambling, particularly pokies,” she says. “The awareness week starts with 15 of the 17 venues in Invercargill pausing their pokies in the morning and there are some venues participating that are pausing their pokies every day for an hour during that week. “We are hoping that pausing the pokies
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SWIS gearing up for annual art show By Jamie Adams
The staff of South Wellington Intermediate School look forward to plenty of sales of art, including some by their own students, when their annual art show returns for 2018 next weekend. The show starts on Friday, August 31 with a gala from 7-9pm attended by artists and VIP guests that may include local actors Miranda Harcourt and her internationally-acclaimed daughter Thomasin McKenzie. Principal Traci Liddall says this year they are celebrating artists with a link to Wellington. “There will be photographic art, oils, water paintings, sculptures and ceramics. “There will be 38 artists in total,
including four feature artists. Up to 30 ceramic artworks from students will also be on display,” Traci says. “The students do it as part of their art curriculum and are given the option of selling their art at the show. If they want it in the show it has to be for sale. She says a surprising amount of the students’ art is sold to people who aren’t their parents. “About 75 percent of work is purchased on the opening gala night.” Traci says the show has “absolutely” got bigger since it began four years ago. “It started as just me and the art teacher in the first year. The last two years it’s had to be curated because it’s become quite an event.” One of the feature artists, Benji Hatfield of Island Bay, attended
SWIS in 2011 and 2012. Benji specialises in photography, with his black and white exhibit, Grandpa, displaying a profound contrast between light and dark. “I do a lot of installation works, appropriating my photographs, and I also employ a lot of fabrics and papers to print my photographs on, so that they become objects. I also consider writing as a form of art,” he says. “I’ve got an installation at Weir House [hall of residence] in Kelburn and I’ve done a solo art exhibition curated in my bedroom.” The gala night is a ticketed event ($22 at the door) with refreshments and entertainment. The show continues over the weekend from 10am-4pm with free admission.
Benji Hatfield with his photographic piece Grandpa, one of the many artworks that will be exhibited at South Wellington Intermediate’s art show. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Great Debate puts Watercolours of Wellington PM’s job under spotlight come to Petone gallery Houghton Valley’s longrunning celebrity debate turns 21 this year, and is marking the birthday with a fresh line-up of speakers and a PM baby theme. The Great Debate, started by former Rongotai MP Annette King, is a fixture at Pines Cabaret each August, usually pulling big crowds to a night of music, wine and witty repartee as MPs and local identities trade ribald jabs at each other’s tender parts. The debate has been a huge boost for Houghton Valley Playcentre, which has used the funds raised to build a new centre, playground, and other facilities over the years. This year’s debate will be held under the leadership of new Rongotai MP Paul Eagle. New speakers include local comedienne Jo Randerson, MP Tamati Coffey, and local South Coast personality Bruce Stokell, owner of the Lighthouse and the Keep B&B. It’s also celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage,
Alan Collins’ solo exhibition at Artspace Gallery showcases how passionate he is about watercolour painting and includes over 40 new watercolour paintings featuring some of his favourite scenes. Included are vistas of his seaside home town of Eastbourne and seascapes and landscapes featuring views of Eastern Bays, Petone, Lower Hutt and Wellington harbour.
His exhibition also includes scenes of London and the English countryside, painted on his last trip to the United Kingdom in 2017. Watercolour painting is known as the most fickle of all mediums but it is also the most portable and lightweight, thus making them ideal for outdoors painting, and this is how Alan enjoys painting the most. Those familiar with Alan’s style
and a nod to our First Baby with the moot: “Running the country is easier than being a stay-at-home parent.” There will be live music from The Wooden Box Band to open the event and fresh crayfish from the Chatham Islands auctioned for prizes, as well as artworks by local artists. The event will be held next Thursday, August 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 and can be bought by emailing hvpc.greatdebate@gmail. com, phoning Clare on 027 452 0931, or online Facebook “The Great Debate 2018”.
Wellington Harbour, by Alan Collins
will delight in this new collection of paintings which showcase his unique style for which he is popular. From the moment Alan dips his brush into the paint, amazing scenes start to unfold, brushstrokes with wonderful movement and light which shows his brush is definitely an extension of his eyes and soul. His favourite tip for the aspiring artist is “draw or paint what you see, not what you think you know”. In addition to regularly changing feature exhibitions, Artspace Gallery exhibits all genre of art by over 300 local and nationwide artists. Visitors regularly comment how wonderfully diverse the collections of local creativity are. The gallery also offers a huge range of unique locally made creative gifts, gift cards and regular art classes. It is located at the congestion-free end of Petone, with free and easy parking right outside, or along the sea front. The exhibition opens on Saturday, August 25 from 1-5pm and runs until October 23. Entry is free.
Metlink has worked well despite problems – city councillor Why is Wellington’s bus network being run by the regional council, instead of the city council? That was a question put by Newtown resident Warwick Taylor at a public meeting earlier this month about the problems experienced by bus commuters since Metlink put in place a new system in July. “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,” he told the audience,
which prompted much cheering. However eastern ward city councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman does not believe it is possible to revert to the old system and says that for the past 27 years, management of public transport by Greater Wellington has been effective, despite some flaws. The origins were in the late 1980s when the fourth Labour Government restructured the function of territorial authorities, which included transferring the responsibility of public transport to regional councils. “In the 1980s everything was
being corporatised and as part of that the government said it was time to deregulate public transport and put services out to tender,” Chris says. “At the end of 1989 I joined the regional council to set up a department to oversee the tendering of contracts of public transport in Wellington. “The first of July 1991 was the first big change for public transport for many decades. The new network I was responsible for worked well for the next 27 years, although there were of course a number of minor changes during
that time. “As we had less than two years to design and implement the 1991 network, there wasn’t time to develop a unified ticketing system, but I would have expected such a system to have been developed during the late 1990s or early 2000s.” Chris says Greater Wellington was slow to adopt new technology for payments. He describes the on-board ticketing system on the trains as “archaic” and says a universal payments system for trains and buses should have been introduced by now.
He also believes that while the new hub-and-transfer system is about saving mileage and reducing congestion in the CBD, it has also made bus travel more unreliable during peak periods. Chris believes it is unlikely the city council will ever return to managing the buses as it would require a law change that central government would have little appetite to do. “The regional council hasn’t got it quite right, but we proved in 1991 that the city council didn’t have to run the buses for us to have a good network.”
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Carpark shifted as Lyall Bay dune restoration underway Work is well underway in creating a new sand dune at Lyall Bay, and restoring Surfers’ Corner at the popular south coast beach. Earthworks and installation of “riprap”, or foundation stones, are being carried out on the beach this month before 1250 cubic metres of sand is brought in to rebuild the dune. The carpark, which previously occupied the waterfront, has already been shifted to the corner of Lyall Parade and Cochrane Street, and the 27 spots are being well used by beach visitors. Storms in 2013, and strong tides in 2015, caused widespread damage along Wellington’s south coast – prompting Wellington City Council to commission the work to protect the natural and built coastal infrastructure. It meant reinstating a functioning sand dune at Surfers’ Corner.
Council Open Spaces and Parks Manager Myfanwy Emeny says the work means parking infrastructure is being removed from the coastal environment. “We are making the Lyall Bay beach more robust,” she says. “The previous asphalt carpark was actually very fragile when it got hit by the force of the sea, and the new sand dune should do a much better, and more natural, job of protecting the road and infrastructure.” Council has budgeted just over $1.4 million for this piece of work, which is anticipated to be finished by the end of October. A wide section of the community, including Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay-Rongotai Residents Association, Wellington Boardriders Club, and local surf clubs were all consulted about the work. The aim is to retain as much beach and dune amenity, access and parking as possible.
The Lyall Parade parking area has been closed to allow for dune restoration. PHOTO: Vandy Pollard
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Football fans urged to support Wellington women semi-finalists By Jamie Adams
Wellington United’s women’s team, who have just secured the W-League title for the second time in three seasons have their sights set for national glory this weekend. United have made it to the semi-final of the Kate Sheppard Cup, where they will play Dunedin Technical, the Football South Champions, on Saturday. The Kate Sheppard Cup is the National Women’s Knockout Cup. It was renamed this year in honour of 125 years since women got the vote in New Zealand. This is the first time Wellington United, a club which coincidentally also celebrated 125 years of existence this year, have had a team make it this far in the women’s competition. Wellington United historian Dave Webster says the club would like to get a sizeable crowd along to support the team in a special year for them. “It is significant for Wellington United as it is our 125th anniversary and it was one of our family of clubs, Hungaria, that set up the first women’s football club in New Zealand in 1970,” Dave says. “They’ve been going seriously in the women’s league since Wellington City merged with Hungaria in 2006.” Dave believes Wellington has a good chance of winning, with seven of its players having played in the Capital National League. The game is on this Saturday, August 25 at Newtown Park. Kick-off is at 2pm with a gold-coin donation to enter.
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Thursday August 23, 2018
Puncture robs unicyclist Ken of gold medal in international event By Glenise Dreaver
“I was very close!” says Grenada Village’s Ken Looi, back with a silver medal in the 100km road race at the 19th Unicycle World Championships and Convention (Unicon 19) in Ansan, South Korea. Ken had good reason to be disappointed. In the biennial championships, which he has attended since 2004, he has consistently placed in the top three, but only won the world championship once, in 2006. This time, it was a puncture that robbed him of his six-minute lead and left him chasing the field. “But in a four-hour race, there is time to chase.” “I heard hissing and knew I had to get off quickly.” (A puncture on a unicycle is, after all, only going to have one outcome – and takes precious time to sort out.) Forty-year-old Ken trained with a daily unicycle ride to and from work at Peninsula Medical Centre, where he is a GP, for eight months preceding the event. With home in Grenada Village, and the centre in Miramar, that’s an hour and 20 minutes each way. “I come from a bicycling background. And I still do a bit of running,” he says, adding that he will probably be back on the bicycle now the world champs are over. Why unicycling? He got interested 18 years ago, “It looked a bit of fun. “I used to race mountain bikes and then realised that mountain-unicycling was a thing, so got into long distance unicycling that way” he says of the sport that
Unic yclist Ken Looi of Grenada Village regularly cycles to Miramar. P H O T O : Jamie Adams.
has become such a big part of his life. Other members of the New Zealand team also did well, with Sam La Hood of Auckland winning gold in the women’s slopestyle street competition on an urban obstacle course and demonstrating tricks. Christian Huriwai, also of Auckland and a three-time former street world
champion, won bronze despite an injury requiring hospital treatment mid-competition. The other team members, Chris Aitken and Tony Melton, both achieved age-group placings in the street competition and road races respectively. Over 1100 unicyclists from 30 countries attended the 12-day event.
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FOOTBALL RESULTS Men’s CENTRAL LEAGUE Miramar Rangers v Waterside Karori Wellington United v Stop Out CAPITAL PREMIER Island Bay United v Miramar Rangers CAPITAL 1 Brooklyn Northern United v Tawa CAPITAL 2 Seatoun AFC v Wellington Olympic COLLEGE PREMIER St Pats v Wairarapa Scots College v Tawa College Rongotai College v Silverstream Wellington College v HIBS Women’s W LEAGUE Wellington United v Western Suburbs Seatoun AFC v Upper Hutt City PREMIER LEAGUE Island Bay United v Stop Out
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Gary Stead’s appointment as Black Caps coach was the only logical choice. It’s certainly a changing of the guard with Mike Hesson departing after more than six years in charge. As a cricket tragic, the observations suggest the former Canterbury and Black Caps opening batsman will take over a side that has hit its apex and is on the way down. While players like Trent Boult, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are rightly considered world class, there are plenty of questions around other spots. Stead, who has been involved with Canterbury cricket for more than 20 years, will have to get the best out of his two provincial players. Wicket-keeper/ batsman Tom Latham and middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls have the chance to
cement spots in the national team in all three formats of the game, but each have their issues. Latham has had some quality innings, especially on foreign soil but he hasn’t produced it consistently to silence the knockers. The same could be said for Nicholls who has not had that break-through innings yet and has largely maintained his No 5 batting spot because there hasn’t been a better or adequate alternative. Williamson is a class act but Taylor, at 34, is in the twilight of his career. Both Cantabrians will need a statement year under Stead to keep their international careers on track. The other two issues will be how to get pace bowler Tim Southee back to somewhere near his peak 2015 performance and working out who is our best spin bowling option.
For me, it’s leg spinner Ish Sodhi but variables like Todd Astle and Mark Craig have all been tried with no real success. Can Stead get the best out of Colin Munro, who seems to be a gem in the twenty20 format but terrible at the longer forms of the game? Stead has been quoted as saying he wants to focus on small gains initially and that’s a reasonable approach and expectation. After a period of unrivalled continued success under Hesson, Kiwi cricket fans could be forgiven for forgetting how middle-of-the-road this team was before it. Stead comes across as a steady pair of hands, much like he was as a player. Dependable, reliable but not flashy. He deserves time and patience, as cricket in New Zealand moves into a new era.
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