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Rongotai College played host to the biggest ever meeting of teachers from Wellington’s eastern suburbs on Monday. The Motu Kairangi Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) saw 270 teachers and principals from 13 schools located within the eastern suburbs, along with a teen parent unit in Tawa, converge to collaborate on how to strengthen the area’s culture of inclusion and excellence. There are 4631 primary, intermediate and secondary students enrolled in the schools represented in the Motu Kairangi Kahui Ako. There is also a Community of Learning representing the Catholic schools in the eastern suburbs. Continued on page 2. Teachers from the 14 schools that attended the Motu Kairangi Kahui Ako at Rongotai College on Monday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Continued from page 1. The hour-long after-school meeting saw table-groups of teachers deliberate over questions such as “what are the strengths of your school?” and “how would you like to work with other teachers within our Kahui Ako?” Seatoun School principal John Western, who was appointed to organise the hui, says it was a historic occasion. “It’s the first time we have

Schools was seen as each school doing their own thing. Now our thinking is that each school is autonomous but there’s the collective advantage of working together.” The collaborative practice is not competitive but builds on the strengths of each school and agreements will be made through consensus. John says Eastern Suburbs schools have a long history of collaboration, including help-

ing with transitions from kindergarten to primary schools and sharing curriculums to develop better understanding of certain areas and numerous sporting events. Teachers’ answers were uploaded to a website that will be collated and viewed by each school’s board of trustees. Those boards will then meet to decide on which suggestions to adopt at Seatoun School later next month.

Public transport advocates make visual protest By Jamie Adams

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ever done something like this on this scale,” John says. “This is talking about outcomes for learners. We are going to decide what our direction will be for the next two years. “We will have cross-school lead teachers and within-school lead teachers and we are going to employ these people to work in schools and across schools to improve student outcomes. “In the past Tomorrow’s

A public meeting about the ongoing problems of Wellington’s new bus network in Kilbirnie on Sunday generated plenty of noisy protest but one group opted for a visual means to convey their message. Members of the Wellington branch of Generation Zero turned up at St Patrick’s College hall in a painted cardboard bus to highlight the urgent need for better public transport in the capital. The youth-led organisation was set up with the intention to cut carbon emissions through smarter public transport and less reliance on fossil fuels. Its ultimate aim is for New Zealand to be carbon neutral or “zero carbon”. Branch convener Victor Komarovsky says their message on Sunday was that the public transport system we have is no longer working well. “We a re standing in solidarity of bus drivers and for sustainable public

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Regional councillors admit they missed the bus LEFT: Rongotai MP Paul Eagle calls for calm as Greater Wellington chair Chris Laidlaw delivers his speech to a lively audience. PHOTO: Jamie Adams BELOW: A stark message is stuck to a noticeboard for feedback about the bus changes. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

inbrief news Wellington lights up to welcome international rainbow conference The capital lit up some of its key landmarks on Friday to celebrate the launch of the largest international LGBTQI conference, which will take place in Wellington in March 2019. The Michael Fowler Centre, the Carter Fountain, and the Cable Car tunnel were lit up in rainbow colours to coincide with the launch of the 2019 ILGA World Conference. Next year, Wellington will play host to the conference in its 40th year and will be the first Southern Hemisphere city to host the event. The conference is expected to bring in 600 members of the LGBTQI community from around the world.

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There were no holds barred when residents of Kilbirnie and neighbouring suburbs expressed their displeasure regarding Metlink’s new bus service when Greater Wellington representatives met them at St Patrick’s College on Sunday. It was the second of a series of meetings held around the city; the first in Newtown on August 12 saw councillors and their staff bear the brunt of anger from Wellington’s southern commuters. This time it was eastern suburbia’s turn to unleash their wrath upon regional council chair Chris Laidlaw, who fronted the meeting but did not take questions. That job was left to the council’s public transport general manager Wayne Hastie, whose answers were peppered with repeated interjections by the disillusioned audience.

In a prepared speech, Chris said it had become clear as to what wasn’t working, but he believed the system was “beginning to settle down” – words that received universal derision. “The problems that people are experiencing stem from a small number of basic issues. These include the difficulties we have experienced getting the right capacity buses to the right place at the right time. “And there have been problems with information technology from day one, with inaccurate information being displayed on the RTI screens.” He said staff have been “working very hard” on both issues. St Patrick’s rector Neal Swindells said the school has lost three Mana Coach Service buses on their route to and from Wellington’s northern suburbs since the July change. “It’s too expensive to use chartered buses, so the No.24

bus both in the morning and afternoon now has an extra up to a 120 St Pat’s students on it. “We didn’t see this coming. The bus drivers only let us know at the end of the holidays.” Robin Boldarin of the Miramar Maupuia Progressive Association called for an addition to the No.18e service that currently runs from Miramar North to Karori. “If we have got something for one half of Miramar, why not something for the other half who are missing out Strathmore Park, Seatoun and about 4000 households?” A spokeswoman for the Hataitai Residents’ Association said since the No.14 no longer goes to Kilbirnie some people from that suburb had to catch five buses for a return journey further east. The biggest cheer went to Joe Stewart of Miramar, who said performance figures from

monitoring the network will be “totally skewed” due to its disastrous situation. “If you’re putting in a new computer system, there’s this concept called ‘testing’,” Joe said, prompting major applause that lasted 20 seconds. Regional councillor Daran Ponter was given the last word, admitting Greater Wellington had so far failed to deliver the physical infrastructure necessary for moving around the city. He said hubbing had already existed under the previous network but the council didn’t recognise it as such. Daran assured the public that things will improve, but any changes to routes and timetables cannot happen immediately. “The operator has to change the rosters, we have to put out new timetables, we have to physically put them on the bus stops and notify people. That is going to take time.”

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inbrief news Deadline looms for TV labels review Parents and caregivers have until tomorrow to have their say about the timebands, parental locks and classifications labels that help to protect what their children watch on free-to-air television. Hundreds of people have already given their feedback about whether there should still be restrictions around when certain programmes, including those rated “Adults Only”, can be broadcast on free-to-air television. Feedback can be made via a survey on the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s website or by emailing info@bsa.govt.nz.

Central library’s hours may be extended By Jamie Adams

Users of Wellington Central Library may be given more hours to spend there on Sundays

in the future, after the city council voted to have a look at the viability of extending them as part of a broader review. However that’s not good

Biosecurity Awards nominees sought Community groups carrying out programmes to protect the local environment are encouraged by Biosecurity New Zealand to enter the country’s annual Biosecurity Awards. The prestigious awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting New Zealand from biosecurity threats. Head of Biosecurity New Zealand, Roger Smith, says the awards are our way of celebrating people and organisations across the country who are contributing to New Zealand’s biosecurity. Entries for the awards close on 31 August. Go to the MPI website for more information.

Medical pot doesn’t alter crime - study Victoria University of Wellington research shows there has been almost no change to the level of crime in the United States since the legalisation of medical marijuana. The research, led by Dr Luke Chu from the School of Economics and Finance and former student Wilbur Townsend, studied national crime rates as well as rates in the states that have passed medical marijuana laws. It found effects were minor, with the exception of California where violent and property crime reduced by 20 percent between 1996—when medical marijuana was legalised there—and 2013.

Bernard O’Shaughnessy says it is embarrassing that Wellington’s main library is open for only three hours on Sundays. PHOTO: Martin Beck

enough, according the people who led the push, who say councillors should have voted for an immediate trial. Miramar resident Bernard O’Shaughnessy spoke to councillors on Thursday on behalf of Rose Phillips, who had organised an e-petition to change the current Sunday opening hours of 1pm-4pm to bring it in line with Saturday, when it is open from 9.30am-5pm. The e-petition attracted 111 votes by its closing date. Bernard told the City Strategic Committee that many people visit the main library on weekends and it was “embarrassing” other large cities had libraries open all day on Sunday but not Wellington. “The use of the libraries is phenomenal – 4.6 million people access those facilities every year,” Bernard said. “With our ageing population, I think more people are going to come into the CBD on Sundays. “I’ve talked in my submission about staffing issues. It would cost $250,000 extra a year but that’s a division of only $1.25 per ratepayer per year. That’s peanuts compared to the big projects that are going on.

“I think we are absolutely positively the coolest little capital in the world and we need to just do it.” Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons supported Bernard’s cause, saying the number of signatures on the e-petition underpinned the importance of the issue. “Wellington libraries are very well used and supported by the community and I certainly support steps that we can take to increase the opening hours in our most valued library.” Committee chair Iona Pannett agreed, saying a library was one of the most important institutions in the city as well as being safe, inclusive and educational. The council unanimously voted for a review of the hours as part of the process for developing a libraries strategy and an overall review of service levels. The decision left Bernard “bitterly disappointed”. “The matter now has to be considered in a review of all libraries, but such a report won’t surface until late 2019.” Bernard is concerned the review may see the hours of suburban libraries will reduce and that some may even close.

Mayor backs moves to strengthen tenants’ rights Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is backing an overhaul of the renting housing market, as more Wellingtonians will be renting in the future. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford on Monday announced proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act aimed at making life better for renters. “The New Zealand housing

market is changing and more and more people are being forced to rent longer into their lives,” Justin says. “This is more prevalent in cities like Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. “Wellington rents are rising faster than the rest of the country and competition for places is fierce. The rental market needs to be more

balanced. “Rental bidding, as has been reported in Wellington, further distorts the market and leaves tenants with less cash for day-to-day living. The Mayor says Wellingtonians do not want a city where all people can afford is rent and then they skimp on other essentials. “We also want people to be

more secure in their rentals, not sitting in their flats unsure whether they will be there in a year’s time. “It’s not just young people but families and older people who need rental security. Shifting from rental to rental means unnecessary upheaval in children’s school lives and also unnecessary stress for those involved.”

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Wellington High School students from New Zealand and around the world pooled their talents to make a film focused on ability, not disability – one that was good enough to premiere at a film festival in Auckland. The 13 students, including those from Vietnam, Canada, Russia and China made a short film, Wave, about a day in the life of a girl who is hearing impaired, for the 10th ‘Focus on Ability Short Film

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Wellingtonians’ money woes getting worse, says budget advisor By Jamie Adams

The Newtown Budgeting and Advocacy Service is warning the upcoming Money Week is more important to highlight than ever before. Manager Geoff Curzon says the free service is “busier than ever”, with five people visiting each day, sometimes more. “We see lots of people who present in a serious financial crisis, including inability to pay for loans, credit cards and sometimes power and rent. “Sometimes the help they need is not very long for it to be solved, for others it can take weeks or months,” he says. “People are often desperate because they might have several things going on at once. They feel embarrassed and delay doing things. “They might have serious mental health issues, have problems with addictions, live in quite a stressful environment, and their rent could be far too high.” Geoff says part of the blame lies with finance companies, particularly those that offer loans online. “Online lenders don’t see the person to see how stressed they are. They can’t do an informed analysis of the person

they’re lending to.” “A lot of borrowers are very stressed people who have problems with addiction and lenders I don’t think are doing credit checks. Banks have to but fi nance companies don’t. There’s no clear criteria.” However some companies like Instant Finance are more careful about who they lend to, he says. While the majority of clients live in difficult situations, some visitors are from more well-off backgrounds. “All sorts of people have problems with money. Some people are frivolous with it or make impulsive choices that get them into financial trouble.” The big issue for Newtown residents especially is scarcity of accommodation. “People are often on a waiting list and Housing NZ says ‘you need to be looking for private accommodation or else we can’t help you’. Geoff says Money Week, sponsored by Sorted (a free money guide set up by the Commission for Financial Capability), is kind of a wake-up call as to how we are dealing with money. “It’s about making the community aware that people often have problems through decisions they later regretted, such as taking out loans.”

Newtown Budget and Advocacy Service manager Geoff Curzon says he is seeing more clients with money problems. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: How do you feel about the council abolishing free weekend parking in the CBD?

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It won’t affect me because we don’t go into the city often, but I don’t think it’s a good idea. It will deter the customers of retailers and they will go to Queensgate instead.

That will discourage families and people who go to shop at the farmers’ market as you can’t bring lots of shopping on a bus. I recently bought a car because the bus service went downhill from April.

For me it won’t matter as I don’t drive. I suppose they need to find out how to make money without taxing everyone. People will start taking public transport a bit more

We normally go into the CBD for the Waitangi Market. People like us won’t bother now if you have to pay for parking. They’ll go somewhere else.

I don’t like it. Parking costs a fortune and it might put people off going into town. It might encourage people to use the bus but people like convenience.

I think it’s a rubbish idea. The parking wardens won’t get a break. It will be a pain for us having to pay and it won’t make a difference to traffic.

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Accident waiting to happen thanks to Kingston bus changes Dear Editor, The road safety of Kingston bus users are now at higher risk, they need a well-marked pedestrian crossing to slow down speeding cars. With the new 23 bus route doing a U-turn and the new No 7 bus stop with double-decker, sometimes 4 buses are stationed

in Kingston at one moment. There are many more cars on our streets now and more driving through Kingston to avoid city traffic using their cellphones – it is only a matter of time before a fatality occurs. Police are unaware and reluctant to review Metlink’s new Hubs for road safety while the

WCC mayor and councillors fail to properly represent the ratepayers’ commuting and safety needs. The new No 23 route is pathetic in reality – the No 23 bus does a U-turn at Kingston when it should continue on up Quebec St, The Ridgway to loop off down Farnham St as the old No 21 did, then it should go directly

via Liardet St to Hutchison St instead of following the old narrow dangerous goat track along Balfour and McColl Streets. There are too many parked cars along that route and those few commuters could easily walk down if the council provided steps to Liardet St. Martin Beck, Mornington

Politicians’ pay freeze a mere token sacrifice Dear Editor; All six interviewees for “Word on the Street” (CSN Aug. 23) were unanimous that it’s a good idea for our MPs to renounce, for a year, their annual pay rise of 5%; and I concur with those six. However, I’m cynical about the motive for the renunciation by Jacinda and the rest. It looks like a mere token sacrifice by all concerned, if you

consider the marginal difference to their living standards will be made by postponing for 12 months a rise that would increase such high salaries by one-20th. And what about their various other fringe benefits and perks, and so forth - will all those also be frozen at their present rate? Though I don’t agree with the idea that the total of MPs ought

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provide cushy jobs at taxpayers’ expense. It’s now evident that a significant fraction of our MPs are there to indulge in posturing, attitudinising, and egotism, while professing to be greatly concerned for our whole nation’s wellbeing. As well, the bad manners and undignified behaviour get worse all the time. Inci-

dentally, Mr Franken’s letter about percentage pay rises, plus how all pay rises result in immediate increased prices, is very sensible. I have clear memories of the galloping inflation we endured from 1966 till 1984. H Westfold, Miramar

Education has actually improved since Westfold’s day Dear Editor, The letter about teachers’ pay from H Westfold was a somewhat incomprehensible diatribe that teachers had somehow “been heavily involved in the wreck of education” and even more implausibly “the ruin of our Western society for 40 odd years now.” I imagine he is speaking from a time -probably even a distant galaxy- where children (whom he describes as “little brats”) are “flattered, spoiled” and don’t learn.

In fact in the last 40 years the levels of literacy and skills and university entrance have all significantly increased. H Westfold cannot have been aware that the improvements have been brought about by the nature of schooling. For example, bullying between children is firmly discouraged, teachers do not use corporal punishment, there is mainstream education so that children with difficulties, learning or otherwise do not get shunted off to

special schools or learning disability “hospitals, there is encouragement of the teaching of te reo Maori, there are a wide variety of different cultures and religions in our schools and the general care of children is a world away from the 1970s. Yes teachers fully deserve a big pay rise and H Westfold needs to get out more and embrace the 21st century. Valerie and David Townsend Miramar

So-called wetsuits barely more than bikinis Dear Editor; Here is another example of the wrong name given to something (CSN, Aug. 23), in your front-page, illustrated article. Nowadays, the garments made to be worn while swimming are properly called swimsuits or bathing-suits: they are not wetsuits.

A wetsuit is made of thin rubber, and covers almost the whole body: it is often worn by surfers; though another version of it is worn by scubadivers, “frogmen”, and so forth. From your photo of the young ladies modelling the things misnamed “wetsuits”, it’s evident that most of the models’ bodies are not covered

by anything at all. We seem to have moved on from the time, not very long ago, when the feminists used to get upset by photos of girls in very brief bikinis. These swimsuits in your photo are not bikinis, but cover very little more than they did! H Westfold, Miramar


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Capital abuzz for Bee Aware Month September is Bee Aware Month and there’s a hive of activity around the capital to raise awareness of the crucial role bees play in all of our lives. The focus this year is bee health and what communities can do to help keep bees healthy so they’ll be better able to fight disease and thrive. The bee population in New Zealand contributes about $5 billion to our economy annually and supports about one third of everything we eat says Mayor Justin Lester. “We are focused on being a resilient and sustainable city, and bees are a critical component of that vision and the future of our urban ecology,” says Justin. “Being a bee-friendly capital is something we can all contribute to – and will all benefit from.” Wellington City Council and Apiculture NZ (ApiNZ) are partnering up and inviting the public to events around the city

designed to raise awareness and provide tips about how to be bee-friendly. Take the opportunity to ask a beekeeper a question, learn how to make beeswax wraps, hear about Bee mythology, or do a honey tasting. The start of spring also means some honey bees are on the move, and a swarm of bees could be unexpected visitors in your back yard. Beekeeper John Burnet, member of Wellington Beekeepers Association who also manages hives at the Wellington Botanic Garden, reassures the public to not be afraid of swarms, but to take the following steps. “If you find a swarm, your best approach is to not disturb the bees, and contact a beekeeper to safely collect it. Swarming bees are not aggressive and will not sting unless they feel threatened,” he says. John and other members of the Wellington Beekeepers

John Burnet, right, will explain the principles of beekeeping at upcoming Bee Aware Month events. PHOTO: Supplied

Association will be demonstrating at special events hosted by the Council as part of Bee Awareness Month.

They will be at The Wellington Botanic Garden’s Begonia House on September 1 from 11am-2pm and at the Council’s customer ser-

vice centre foyer during lunchtime on September 10 and 14. Other events can be viewed on the Council website.

Mayor welcomes School kids to march for road safety on Orange Day local companies’ acquisition deal

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has welcomed the deal between local companies Z Energy and Flick Electric. Z Energy has bought 70.1 percent of retail electricity supplier Flick for $46 million, it was announced today. “This is a great Wellington story,” the Mayor says. “New Zealand’s largest transport energy company recognises the value and potential of a Wellington start-up. “Flick was launched only four years ago to disrupt the electricity market and has admirable core values. “Prior to founding Flick Electric Steve O’Connor was chief executive of Creative HQ, Wellington’s business incubator and

Primary school students march to Parliament at last year’s Orange Day Parade. PHOTO: Mark Tantrum

More than half of Wellington’s primary schools will be represented at this year’s Orange Day Parade on Friday, September 7 – in a mass celebration of our school road patrols. The march from Parliament is held to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of school traffic safety teams who are out rain or shine to help students cross the road and get to school safely. Over 1400 students will march from Parliament along Lambton Quay and Willis Street to Wakefield Street, and then enjoy a celebration at the Michael Fowler Centre hosted by Wellington City Council. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the number of students

regularly walking to school in the city is increasing, making the role of school traffic safety teams more important than ever. “We have 53 schools with patrols at school crossings and the patrollers help around 14,000 students to cross the road safely. It’s a massive achievement for Wellington and they should quite rightly be proud of what they do”. Wellington School Community Officer Aaron Dann, who trains road patrollers, says they make a big contribution to keeping our school communities safe during one of the busiest times on the roads. “School patrollers are out in all weathers, doing a great job keeping their peers safe. Orange Day is an opportunity for Wel-

lingtonians to acknowledge the job they do for road safety, and it’s also a reminder that drivers should slow down and be alert when passing schools,” Aaron says. This year, schools will be competing for prizes such as best banner, best presence in the parade and the hotly contested best school patrol. The event is coordinated by Wellington City Council and NZ Police, and is supported by Jacobs, Tranzit Coachlines and Pak’n’Save Kilbirnie. A rolling road closure will be provided by the Police from 10am – 10.45am. Please follow their instructions, and expect some delays along the parade route.

innovation centre,” Justin says. “The future of transport is low-carbon and electricity will be one of the fuels needed to achieve that. “Wellington is now investing in electric charging points for EVs and once Z Energy and Flick throw their weight into it, it will take off.” Councillor Simon Marsh, who holds the economic development and business portfolio, is pleased Flick has been picked up by a local company. “Flick is very much the product of Wellington’s leadership in innovation and technology,” says Simon. “It now has the capital to grow here in New Zealand and even better in Wellington.”

Newtown principal ‘exceedingly disappointed’ by thefts of new TVs By Jamie Adams

Newtown School pupils looking forward to being taught with the latest TV technology may have to go without for a while after a burglary over the weekend. Police are investigating the theft of 12 Panasonic televisions, 12 Apple TV devices and a number of bathroom fittings — all brand new and in their packaging — on either Saturday or Sunday. Newtown School principal Mark Brown says he is “exceedingly disappointed” with the burglary. Each Apple TV device cost $250 and the television sets were around $1000, with a 65” set

valued at $1800, Mark says. “They were to be used in every class as TVs are part of our equipment now. We were supposed to start using them in two weeks’ time.” The new equipment had been stored in the site of a major new building that was yet to be completed. It had only one entrance point and there was no sign it was forced open, leading to speculation the burglar was someone who had access to the building. Anyone with information or who has been offered any of the items for sale should call police on 04 381 2000, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Wellington hosts Iconic leaning air traffic control Transtasman TB conference tower takes off New Zealand and Australian researchers, clinicians, practitioners and policy makers have today gathered at Te Papa for a conference focused on tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (TB) remains a cause of high health burden worldwide. It is ranked as one of the top 10 contributors to mortality worldwide – in 2015, 1.8 million deaths were due to TB. Around 1200 new cases occur in Australia and 300 in New Zealand annually. We are in a time of change for tuberculosis: new diagnostic techniques, treatment options and strategies for understanding and acting on tuberculosis epidemiology offer great promise, and

the exciting goal of tuberculosis elimination is gradually taking shape. The 2018 Australasian Tuberculosis Conference is therefore timely. The overarching theme is “Winds of Change: Tools for TB Elimination”. Over 160 delegates, primarily from New Zealand and Australia, have joined to debate and discuss new areas of TB science, learn new techniques and practices, and develop networks to better improve and coordinate TB management across the region. The conference, which is facilitated by Hutt-Hospital-based Regional Public Health, concludes tomorrow.

Minister praises decade of marine life growth on South Coast

Cutting the cake at the Taputeranga Marine Reserve celebrations are (from left) Morrie Love from Taranaki Whanui, Alexis Stratton-Sims from Wilford School, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage, Hishonika Vijayarajan from Wilford School and Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve chair Colin Ryder. PHOTO: Supplied Wellington Airport’s new air traffic control tower at the entrance to the Rongotai shopping precinct. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The so-called “Leaning Tower” of Rongotai is up and running. Wellington Airport’s new air traffic control tower opened last week, showcasing a unique design to appear as if it’s leaning into the prevailing wind. The tower, commissioned by Airways, the company responsible for air traffic control in New Zealand, is located at the entrance to the Rongotai shopping precinct on Tirangi Road. It replaces Airways’ existing control tower further up Tirangi Road, which has been decommissioned after 61 years of service. The $20 million parallelogram-style building is 32 metres high and was designed to be in keeping with both the existing and proposed future airport environment, and to meet necessary technical and operational requirements. “Our air traffic control towers are icons of New Zealand’s aviation industry, and one of our most tangible and visible representations of the work we do every day keeping our skies safe,” Airways chief executive Graeme Sumner says.

“As we look to the future of a more digitally driven way of delivering air traffic control, it’s fitting that one of the last of these physical towers to be built will be our most distinctive.” Indeed, the distinctive aspect is its 12.5-degree lean, designed to counter the prevailing northerly wind in the area. For this to happen, the foundation was base-isolated so as to meet 100 percent of the building code. Each of the 13 base isolators can support the weight of 200 African elephants, according to Airways. The building will be one of the last bricksand-mortar air traffic control towers to be built in New Zealand, as Airways aims to use digital technology in the future. “Invercargill will be the first airport to launch a digital tower in 2020 and a contingency digital tower will also be in place in Auckland by 2020,” Graeme says. The new Wellington tower will support the more than 97,000 flights that arrive and depart each year. Controllers, who will have 360-degree views of the airfield, began managing live traffic from the tower on Sunday.

Marine life at Wellington’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve has flourished in the decade since it was created, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says. The minister joined iwi, conservationists, community members and school children to celebrate 10 years since the creation of Wellington’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve on Sunday. The Department of Conservation’s monitoring of marine life in 2016 showed that there were more and bigger blue cod inside the reserve’s boundaries than outside it; rock lobster had become larger, heavier and more plentiful inside than outside; adult paua are found in greater densities and are larger in size within the reserve than outside. “The creation of this reserve was a tremendous achievement for the community who stood up and said bravely and firmly ‘we want this place protected’ – and who continue to cherish and enjoy it,” Eugenie says. “When Taputeranga was created it was New Zealand’s 33rd marine reserve. There are now 44 marine reserves in New Zealand’s territorial waters and we need to expand the network further and create new deep sea marine protected areas in the Exclusive Economic Zone.”

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Will King ‘clear winner’ at Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria Baritone Will King took fi rst prize at the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria on Sunday night, with a performance that blew away the audience, according to adjudicator Richard Greager. Second place was awarded to soprano Sophie Sparrow. Originally from Auckland, Will is currently in his fourth year of Classical Voice at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. He was recently selected as a 2019 Dame Malvina Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera and was runner up in the 2018 Becroft North Shore Aria Competition and third in the 2017 Dunedin Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria Competition. Will is a member of Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus, Voices NZ Chamber Choir and the NZ Youth Choir. The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria is organised by the Hutt Valley Performing Arts Society and was held at St Andrew’s on the Terrace over the weekend. Richard Greager said he was thrilled with the line-up of finalists for the aria competition, who saved their best singing for the final after a weekend of giving their all.

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Adjudicator Richard Greager with winner Will King, left, and runner-up Sophie Sparrow. PHOTO: Supplied

Dame Malvina Major said the opportunity for these talented young singers to perform in a competition such as this is

invaluable as they prepare for professional careers. “Congratulations to Will, and to Sophie and the other finalists.”

Wellington City Council has agreed to proceed with a controversial user-pays model for parking on weekends. T h e n ew a r r a ngem e nt will start on September 8, following a full Council meeting yesterday where councillors voted 11-3 in favour of the new model. T h e C ou nc i l we eke nd fees will apply 8am–6pm, Saturday–Sunday. It will cost $2.50 per hour in all high-demand a reas with a weekday rate of $3 and above, and $1.50 per hour in all parking spaces on the city fringe with a weekday rate of less than $3. They are expected to bring in $3 million a year and help bring down rate increases. “The weekend parking charge is part of a budget package that got 73 percent support during the Longterm Plan process,” says Mayor Justin Lester. “Parking fees are always going to be unpopular but we believe there will be positive effects. “Anecdotally people avoid the CBD at the weekend because parking is hard to fi nd in high-demand areas. People are spending a lot of time driving around just looking for a park. “Fewer cars in the CBD

will mean fewer ca rbon emissions and a more liveable central city.” The Mayor says Council parking only accounts for 14 percent of the spaces available in Wellington. Private parking companies will continue to charge at weekends. The Council’s transport portfolio leader, Chris Calvi-Freeman, says weekend parking was never actually “free” as it was funded by the $1.4m Downtown Targeted Rate; a fee charged to commercial properties in the central city. “Other big cities, Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin, charge for weekend parking.” C h r is says f re e C BD weekend parking was introduced in 1996 when the CBD’s population was tiny but now more than 20,000 people live there. “The CBD has changed out of sight and there’s now really no need for an expensive subsidised parking scheme,” he says, adding that many weekend shoppers now walk, cycle or take a bus. The Council also approved a fee increase to coupon and parking permits that haven’t risen in eight years.

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Lions to seek redemption against second-tier Southland The Wellington Lions will be hoping for a reverse of last week’s outcome when they take on Southland at home tomorrow. The Lions lost their Mitre 10 Cup Premiership match 27-20 to defending champions Canterbury on Saturday. Following on from their first-up win over Otago, the Wellington Lions headed south confident they could make it two from

two despite the challenge of beating Canterbury on their home ground. However, Canterbury showed how ruthless they can be at times as they seized on a number of opportunities they created to take a healthy 22-7 lead into the break. Things had looked promising for the Lions when Thomas Umaga-Jensen scored a nice try to give the visitors an early

lead but Canterbury got into their work and managed to turn pressure into points. Ahead 15-7 with time almost up in the first half Canterbury opted to take a lineout from a penalty infringement before they worked a set move to send halfback Mitchell Drummond over. The Lions started much better in the second half and were rewarded for that good work when

James O’Reilly and Du’Plessis Kirifi scored to narrow the margin. But despite creating several good opportunities the Lions could not find the finishing touch to get themselves in front. There was no shortage of effort from the Lions but handling errors and turnover ball cost them at vital times. Despite the loss there were

some really good performances from the Lions players, including lock James Blackwell who was prominent throughout the 80 minutes. The Lions play Southland at Westpac Stadium this Friday evening. Southland is one of four teams from the second-division Mitre 10 Championship that Wellington plays during the Premiership round robin.

Blaze and Firebirds to be part of T20 double headers for domestic season

The 2017/18 Wellington Blaze team, who will be competing in double headers this season. PHOTO: Cricket Wellington

The 2018-19 domestic cricket schedules have been released, with highlights being the introduction of the women’s teams to the Super Smash and a number of double headers through the T20 competition. The Super Smash will officially kick off in late October with a round of matches between the Wellington Blaze and their counterparts at Lincoln. From there, the competition moves to an exciting line-up of 16 double headers through the festive season and in to January. Reigning T20 champions the Blaze will play four double sheaders with their capital city colleagues, the Firebirds, including two at the Basin Reserve on December 28 against Otago and January 6 against Canterbury. Blaze captain, Liz Perry is excited about the new competition bringing all of New Zealand’s top players together. “The expanded Burger King Super Smash is a progressive initiative for cricket in New Zealand and it will be great to have the Blaze and Firebirds playing together. The Firebirds will begin their 2018-19 season at the Basin Reserve against Auckland

on October 10 in a repeat of last season’s blockbuster Plunket Shield opener. Firebirds’ head coach Bruce Edgar acknowledged the earlier start provides a new challenge but points to last season’s success as a marker for his team. “Playing cricket in spring definitely creates some additional tests for players but our bowling unit showed how they can exploit those conditions last year and our batsmen also showed that runs were on offer for those prepared to work hard, so we’ve got the blueprint to work from.” This season the Ford Trophy moves to a full two rounds and will begin in October following the Plunket Shield’s opening two rounds. The Firebirds will play four of their five opening games at home before the Blaze open their Hallyburton Johnstone Shield oneday competition at the Basin Reserve against Otago on November 17. Cricket Wellington CEO, Cam Mitchell is looking forward to both the expanded Ford Trophy and a schedule that sees the Wellington Blaze make the Basin Reserve their home,

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Cheika’s clock is ticking Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is fortunate his country doesn’t boot out their top rugby coach like they do their prime ministers. With each passing game, the fact he took the Australian team to the World Cup final in 2015 seems more like a memory. Saturday’s 40-12 drubbing at Eden Park was just another pathetic Wallaby chapter. Cheika seems determined to paint his team as overwhelming underdogs, the black sheep of their sport - it’s not working. Historically, Aussie teams, even those overmatched and lacking stars, have always found a way to be a threat. Cheika’s coaches box often looks like a play-pen for a spoilt child who throws tantrums when things don’t go his way. The Wallabies have regressed badly since 2015. A fortnight ago they were physically spent after 45 minutes. This week was exactly the same. That’s on Cheika - having a fit squad is something he should be able to produce regardless of how good

the All Blacks are. His focus seems to be more on excuses rather than exercise. He seems more determined to bemoan refereeing decisions or take pot-shots at All Blacks coach Steve Hansen than take an objective, hardline look at the frailties of his squad. This isn’t the 1990s where the Wallabies had world-class players like John Eales, George Gregan, Stephen Larkham, Matt Burke and Chris Latham. There isn’t one All Black I’d swap for their opposing Wallaby counterpart. The Australians need to understand that not only is rugby an 80-minute game it’s also now a 23-man game. Playing 80 minutes requires an injection of highly skilled, fresh legs. The eight-man All Black bench has proven itself to crush the Wallabies time after time. The reality is, the All Blacks are ruthless on turnovers, are the best in the world at turning defence into attack and amassing long-range tries. Currently it’s not a compelling rivalry and Cheika doesn’t seem like the man capable of changing that.


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