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Living up to wage goal

By Jamie Adams

Wellington City Councillors and workers’ advocates celebrated a historic occasion with Council employees at the Wellington Museum on Monday. They all gathered to celebrate the Council becoming the country’s largest accredited Living Wage employer – and the first council nationwide to achieve the mark. Living Wage Aotearoa officially confirmed the Council had joined the list of more than 100 accredited Living Wage employers in Wellington. Continued on page 2. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Living Wage community organiser Lyndy McIntyre with the Council’s certificate of accreditation. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Continued from page 1. Accreditation was achieved once directly employed staff were moved to the wage and commitments were in place for contractors to also move to it.

Around 450 Council staff are now on the living wage of $20.55 an hour, $4.05 more than the minimum wage set by the Government. “This has been a four-year project for


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Council and we actually got there about 18 months ahead of schedule,” says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. “Research from around the world shows that paying a living wage brings benefits to employers, to staff and also to the wider community. “This was the right thing to do to make Wellington a more inclusive city. “I know a lot of other local authorities are also taking steps towards becoming living wage councils, which is great for all of New Zealand.” The Council has now joined the ranks of local living wage employers such as Pivotal Thames, The Rogue & Vagabond, Fix & Fogg and Berl. One council worker benefiting greatly from the living wage is Ahmed Diini of Newtown. Ahmed, who came to New Zealand as a refugee from Somalia in 2013, was working 60 hours a week on minimum wage as a cleaner, making spending time with his family very difficult.

“I couldn’t take them to the park I couldn’t go to their school activities,” he said. Ahmed’s contracted company cut his hours after his pay was increased to that of a living wage, but it’s meant he is able to see his children more while still being able to support them. “On behalf of low-paid workers I would like to thank campaigners. Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds the living wage portfolio, says it is a measure of the Council’s commitment to supporting “responsible employment and fair remuneration”. She says all employees have been on at least the living wage since 2017 and all contractors will follow suit as their contracts are renewed over time. As part of its 10-Year Plan, the Council has budgeted $3.4 million per year for 10 years to implement the Living Wage over time. This includes costs for council, council controlled Organisations and core contractors.

Less parking as work on Oriental Parade set to begin


Work will be getting under way on the section of Oriental Parade between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool from Monday so the planned street improvements can be completed before the busy summer season gets into full swing. The 350m section of pathway in this area is too narrow at busy times to safely accommodate the large numbers walking, biking and running – so the layout on the road side of the trees is being altered to provide more space for people. (04) 970 0439

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Councillor Sarah Free, portfolio leader for walking and cycling, says the work is one of many projects that have been approved by councillors to allow for more trips by bike. Construction fences will go up next to the eastbound traffic lane and along the seaward side of the trees. Most of the parking between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool will be out of action while the work happens. Temporary mobility parking will be provided when the

usual spaces are unavailable, and the contractor Downer will work with local businesses to ensure deliveries can happen. All the angle parking will be reinstated when the construction work is complete, and the road will be resealed and remarked. During the construction, people on bikes and on foot will be able to use the shared path on the seaward side as usual and get to all businesses and facilities.

Work hours will generally be Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm. Some Saturday work is possible. Traffic management will be in place around the construction area, including a 30km/h speed limit. The bus stop near Herd Street is being permanently removed and will cease to function as soon as construction begins as it is within the area being fenced off. The work is expected to be completed during December.



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Disability advocates push for accessibility law


inbrief news Conference focus to promote quality of life An international conference hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Treasury and the International Journal of Wellbeing is showcasing the latest research on wellbeing and public policy. Today’s Third International Conference on Wellbeing and Public Policy brings together over 350 people, including policymakers and wellbeing researchers, to share the latest findings on quality of life and how to promote it. Eighteen different streams of talks include Māori wellbeing, children’s wellbeing, post-disaster wellbeing, and housing and wellbeing. The conference concludes tomorrow.

Victoria’s vice-chancellor reappointed

By Jamie Adams

Accessibility campaigners from around the country assembled at Parliament on Tuesday to share their personal stories with Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni. Supporters of the Access Matters campaign presented to her a giant booklet of stories of Kiwis living with disabilities at at Bowen House. Campaigners say these stories represent of a range of systemic barriers the one in four New Zealanders living with a disability face on a daily basis. “We need accessibility legislation to implement minimum standards for access to everyday things others take for granted like transport, public services, websites, buildings, workplaces, and events,” Access Matters campaigner and wheelchair user Juliana Carvalho. “We know that changing the

law to introduce an Accessibility Act can help remove so many of these barriers. We believe that together, our stories have the power to influence and create a truly accessible society that benefits everyone.” A local advocate in attendance was Allan Jones of Island Bay. Allan has an extremely rare condition called Leber Congenital Amaurosis, which has caused him to be totally blind since birth. “It’s caused by a recessive gene and both my parents carried it. I think there’s one other person in New Zealand with the condition.” The only thing Allan has ever been able to distinguish visually is light and dark. Allan, who relies heavily on public transport, hopes a new law would lead to more voice-based technology and announcements adopted in public facilities. “I have an app on my cell-

Professor Grant Guilford has been reappointed for a second term as Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. Chancellor Neil Paviour-Smith says Grant brings the ideal mix of leadership, experience and knowledge to continue the University’s focus on providing New Zealand’s best student experience and enhancing its standing as New Zealand’s first-ranked university for research quality. Grant says it is a privilege to lead the university and he is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. His reappointment will run until the end of 2022.

ABOVE: Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and accessibility campaigners with the giant booklet of personal stories at the Access Matters presentation at Bowen House. RIGHT: Allan Jones, who has been blind since birth. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

phone that gives audio descriptions of where I am. It would be great if we had something like this on our buses. They have already got them on buses in Auckland.” Kay Jones, a member of the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ, says lack of wheelchair access on buses is a big issue, and has got worse since a new regime began in July. “Single deck buses have one or two spaces for wheelchair

Concert to explore moods of sound users but the double deckers we have now have reduced capacity. If someone with a pram boards a bus, the driver won’t let a wheelchair user on board because there’s no room or it takes too long to reload passengers.” Minister Carmel thanked everyone who provided their stories and promised to read them and report back with the aim of drafting a bill in the future. Dentists


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inbrief news Fewer Kiwis read books A total of 442,600 adult New Zealanders didn’t read a book in the past year, according to new research out today. Books are competing with television and computer screens for our leisure time, and 45-54 year olds had the lowest percentage reading of any age group. The 2018 New Zealand Book Council study also found that fewer Kiwi men are reading books. It reports that 86 percent of New Zealand adults had read or started to read at least one book in the past year, down from 88 percent last year.

Greens welcome harbour path investment The Green Party has welcomed the record level of investment for Wellington in “clean, green” transport choices like walking, cycling, new trains, and faster public transport. “I am stoked that this Government has announced funding for a separated pathway connecting the city and the Hutt Valley as part of the transport package,” Wellington-based Green Party MP Gareth Hughes says. “It’s a game changer for the city. It will eventually offer people the freedom to by-pass the morning traffic and walk, cycle, or run to work along the harbour’s edge.”

Nuisance calls plaguing consumers Seven out of 10 consumers have been on the receiving end of unwanted phone calls from companies in the past year, with 30 percent getting nuisance calls at least once every fortnight, a Consumer NZ survey has found. Across the Tasman, the government stepped in and set up an official Do Not Call register. It’s illegal for any company to call a number listed on this roll. In May 2018, a double-glazing company was fined A$25,200 for calling numbers on the register. Consumer NZ wants a similar register established here.

New dome will future-proof Newtown School pool By Jamie Adams

for council funding as it was competing with other organisations for 2018-19 Long Term Plan grants. To its relief, councillors approved the one-off grant at its city strategy committee on August 23. The money will go towards removing the corrugated roof and most of the brick wall structure and replacing them with a lightweight polycarbonate dome similar to that of Berhampore School’s pool. While the grant will cover the rebuild, the school is also contributing to lessons and maintenance through some of its ministry operational funding, as well as funding partners. Mark is delighted the council has come to the party as the school otherwise faced having to close the pool and demolish the building, which would have been expensive as well as devastating, given it provides up to 38,000 per-student lessons in the entire school per year. “The ministry does not maintain swimming pools, which is probably why Newtown is one of only 12 school swimming pools in our region,” Mark had told the

Newtown School’s indoor heated swimming pool is set to get a major facelift, after the Kaikoura earthquake forced it to go back to the drawing board. Wellington City Council last month approved a grant of $499,506 plus GST to redevelop the 38-year-old building that houses the school’s pool, slightly more than what was previously endowed in 2016. At the time it successfully lobbied for $434,318 to make improvements over two years, a grant that was to come out of the council’s School Swimming Pool Partnership fund, which encourages learn-to-swim programmes for children. “The roof was rotting and the walls and paths needed remediation,” Principal Mark Brown says. However the Kaikoura earthquake occurred later that year, which saw enormous cracks suddenly develop on its eastern wall. “It was agreed we would not proceed until re-costings and engineers’ reports were done.” The school then had to reapply

Newtown School Principal Mark Brown inside the school’s swimming pool building, which is set to be completely redeveloped thanks to council funding. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

committee. “We are very fortunate that Newtown School has a warm swimming pool that enables up to 100 school swimming lessons a year.” As a bonus, the school’s contractor Aquazone has agreed to provide free lessons to year 1-4 students two terms per year, while 5-6 students would receive

free lessons one term per year. Aquazone will also provide lessons to neighbouring St Anne’s School and a nearby early childhood centre at the pool, as well as discounted paid lessons to the wider community. Work is expected to begin in December and Mark anticipates it will be completed by mid2019.

Registrations open to be part of Maori Language Week parade Maori Language Week parades and similar events next month will bring thousands of New Zealanders out to celebrate the nation’s indigenous language under the theme of “Kia Kaha te reo Maori” (“Let’s make the Maori language strong”). Six parades or related events are planned nationwide, including the annual Wellington parade or hikoi from Parliament to Te Ngakau/Civic Square from

12pm on Monday, September 10. Friday, September 14 is Maori Language Day which commemorates the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Maori language to parliament. Also hundreds of people celebrate September as Mahuru Maori, in which they dedicate themselves to speaking only (or a little bit of) Maori during the month. The chief executive of the Maori Language Commission


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Botanic Garden to bloom as 150th year begins Monday marked the start of the Wellington Botanic Garden’s 150th anniversary. The celebrations will run through to November 2019, with a range of family friendly events - and it all started this week with school children,

iwi, local dignitaries and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester sowing flower seeds on Glenmore Lawn. The seeds will grow into a wild flower meadow representing the past, present and future of the history-rich gar-

den – which is a much-loved part of the capital. The 25-hectare Botanic Garden – a short walk from the central city – is visited by 1.2 million people each year, making it the third most visited attraction in Wellington

Wellington Gardens manager David Sole and Visitor Experience manager Raydeen Cuffe under a blossoming tree at the Botanic Garden. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone




Bus users have another opportunity to have their say over the new network that has been plagued with problems since July. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle will stage another community meeting on the bus issues tonight at 7.30pm at the Gospel Church, 33 Park Road, Miramar. There will be representatives from Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Wellington City Council to answer questions.

after Te Papa and the Cable Car. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is a Historic Places Trust Heritage Area. Planned since 1844, it was entrusted to the New Zealand Institute, the forerunner of the Royal Society of New Zealand, in an Act of Parliament in 1869. A year from now - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - will mark the 150th anniversary. Wellington Gardens manager David Sole says the area was once an essential food basket for Maori and is steeped in local history. “Its founders recognised the importance of the Botanic Gardens in the capital. They were the only ones in New Zealand to have an economic mandate.” Today the Botanic Garden contains protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and space for a range of activities. It also has a small part to play in popular culture. In 2010 it was mentioned in an episode of The Simpsons, which featured the stars of Flight of the Conchords. The 150th celebration events will involve four themes that highlight key aspects of the garden: history and heritage, family and community, science behind the collections, and will finish the year by exploring the future.


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Newtown arts collective set to jam By Jamie Adams

Newtown will this weekend celebrate its new hub of creativity, the result of community leaders converting a retail space that became available. The Bloom Collective is a community of music instructors, artists, dancers who have established a wellness centre for Newtown, which has become the focal point in Wellington for people with mental health issues and addictions. For eight weeks now it has occupied what used to be the Salvation Army Family Store, across the road from the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre on the corner of Rintoul and Colombo Streets. The Army shifted the family store to its new hub on Riddiford Street earlier this year. Co-ordinator Tim Tovey says the new centre focuses on people who feel isolated in the community. “The Bloom Collective arose out of a need to do something for people with mental health challenges, giving them meaningful activities,” Tim says. “Ultimately, Bloom Collective exists to inspire and nurture people through creative expression in music and arts.” Its several studios enable artists and musicians to practice their crafts in a thriving communal space. “These artists work to give back to the community in

The band Ssendam Rawkustra, from left: Evan Barraclough (bass), Hudson Roper (keyboard), John Kerkmeester (xylophone), Cesar Scanlon (rainstick), Matthew O’Brien (megaphone), Tim Tovey (gong), Richard Noble (congas), and Joyce McCrudden (drums) and Andreas Lepper (drums) during a rehearsal session for this Saturday’s Bloom Collective launch party. “Ssendam” is “madness” spelt backwards. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

which they reside by offering classes and workshops to people who would like to have more access to the arts,” he says. In addition there is a shopfront on Rintoul Street where artworks are available for sale. The building owners have allowed the collective to use the facility free of charge until they

demolish it to build apartments sometime in the fi rst half of 2019, Tim says. “We hope to have found another premises somewhere nearby to move to when this time comes.” While enjoying a rent-free occupancy, the Bloom Collective is still appealing for funds

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to pay for art supplies, signage and to fix the building’s leaky roof A public launch party will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 3pm-6.30pm. Mayor Justin Lester and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle will speak before music performances from various bands.

One of them will be Seendam Rawkustra, which is still going strong 11 years after mental health nurse Kieran Monaghan encouraged patients to play music together as a way to socialise. There will also be an interactive percussion jam, artists’ exhibitions and free workshops.

Anti-1080 protestors to converge at Parliament

Record transport investment for capital Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced a record $1.9 billion investment in Wellington that he says will deliver a safer, better-connected and more resilient transport system over the next three years. The planned investment is detailed in the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published by the NZ Transport Agency. It is part of the Government’s record $16.9 billion investment in transport across New Zealand. The investment in Wellington is a 25 percent increase compared to the 2015/18 NLTP. “This record investment in our transport system will help grow our regions, make it easier to get around our cities, and save lives on our roads. It will deliver the best results for our transport dollar,” says Phil. “Safety is a top priority for the Government. $425 million will be invested in programmes and projects in Wellington that will save lives. This will include revamping intersections to stop collisions, installing median barriers in high-risk

areas, and increasing road policing.” Funding will also be for projects that include the Eastern Bays cycleway and the development of the Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link. The minister says Wellington city’s compact position in an active earthquake zone makes improving resilience a critical part of the NLTP investment programme. “Geographic constraints mean any disruption to the transport system will have significant social and economic impacts for the nation’s capital and for the wider region and beyond. “We’re investing $109 million in transitional rail to help improve efficiency and reliability for commuters and freight. “State highways continue to receive the largest share of funding, with a total of $759 million invested in state highway improvements and maintenance, which reflects the Government’s continued commitment to this vital part of our transport system.”

1080 pellets, which campaigners say are doing more harm than good.

Two marches that originated in Cape Reinga in the north and Bluff in the south in July will meet in Wellington this Saturday to protest at Parliament over the continued use of 1080 poison in pest-eradication programmes. “We want to educate the public into how deadly this poison is,” Operation Ban 1080 spokesman Chris Walsh says. “There’s a lot of false science about how it came to be used. “The aerial dropping of 1080 poison has been happening since the 1950s, which is bad enough. “In recent times the potency of the pellets has been increased and the amount of poison dropped on our forests has tripled.” He says DOC’s aerial treatment of 1080, also known as sodium fluoroacetate, exceeds 1 million hectares per year and the department aims to treat as much as they can of the 8.75 million hectares under DOC management on a rotational basis. “This is the most toxic poison known to man which was created for the purpose

of poisoning town water supplies in war times because it can affect the human body in parts per trillion,” Chris says. “It was deemed too dangerous to handle so was never used by the German SS. “The NZ public are now speaking out in larger numbers and demanding that 1080 be banned.” A recent petition on the website attracted more than 25,000 signatures. Operation Ban 1080 believes DOC should stick to traditional trapping methods for killing rats and possums. Chris says if poison was to be used, cyanide would be safer as it breaks down in the dead animal’s system within a few days whereas 1080 can take months. “When rats eat the pellets they will die but then the moreporks eat them and the moreporks then die.” Predator Free Wellington spokesperson Kylie Reeves would not say if it supports the protest, but adds that it has no plans to use 1080 in any of its pest-eradication projects.

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Council staff soon to begin temporary shift to The Terrace The first Wellington City Council staff are scheduled to shift from Civic Square to temporary offices on The Terrace after Labour Weekend in October. The Mayor’s Office and Council meeting rooms will also be relocated to the multi-storey building at 113 The Terrace over the Christmas period. Meetings of the Council and its committees will be held in chambers on the 16th floor of the building. At the moment the Mayor’s Office and committee rooms are located in

the Municipal Office Building (MOB) beside the Town Hall. Heavy and noisy construction work is due to start in the Town Hall next year – meaning the MOB will be unsuitable for occupation. Council chief executive Kevin Lavery says the shift to The Terrace, coupled with the introduction of modern flexible ways of working which will enable higher utilisation of space, means the Council can temporarily relocate without any rates impact. “The building has a 90 percent National

The entrance to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower on The Terrace, where Wellington City Council will temporarily be located from next year. PHOTO: Google Street View

Dealing with Parkinson’s Disease through dance

Erica Rose Jeffrey leads a Dance for PD class. PHOTO: Supplied

Dance for PD Australia is coming to New Zealand to spread the word of using dance as an exercise option for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Lead by Dance for PD Australia’s director, Erica Rose Jeffrey, there will be a training workshop for potential Dance for PD teachers, followed by various free community classes held around the country, including Wellington. Parkinson’s New Zealand is proud to partner with Dance for PD to launch this world-renowned initiative. The upcoming training workshop to be held in Wellington this weekend will be the first of its kind in New Zealand. It is designed primarily to help dance teachers adapt their technique to work effectively with people with Parkinson’s. The workshop will be run by Erica Rose Jeffrey, director of Peace Moves and Dance for Parkinson’s Australia, who

believes in the power of movement for positive social change. “I am excited that Erica Rose Jeffrey from Dance for PD Australia will be providing the opportunity to grow the number of people teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s in Aotearoa,” says physiotherapist at TBI Health, Rachel Horwell. Rachel, who runs weekly Dance for PD classes in Porirua and Lower Hutt, is eager to hear from anyone considering attending the workshop and wants to see as many people with Parkinson’s as possible empowered through dance. The teacher training workshop will be held at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, on September 8 and 9. There will also be a free community class followed by light refreshments and discussion on Sunday, September 9 at 11am at the same venue.

Building Standard rating which will significantly improve our resilience as a Council, which is important given our role as a first responder in an emergency.” Mr Lavery says while the temporary address is at The Terrace, it has convenient lift access from Lambton Quay so people will have flexibility for access. The Council’s customer-facing service centre and contact centre will relocate to retail space in the CBD. Negotiations are underway over a preferred location.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Should all employers adopt the $20.55/hr living wage as Wellington City Council has done?

Elley Wagner, Mt Cook As someone on the minimum wage I would like to see the living wage be adopted by the majority of business. It could benefit companies if they were branded as [a living wage employer].

Esther McDowall, Mt Cook I have worked in workplaces where people were underpaid. With the living wage, if it gets to the point where it’s not sustainable [employers] might pay illegally more often.

Ewan Robertson, ex-Island Bay It’s not a simple thing to do. To employ someone on the living wage I would have to factor that in my budgeting. But I would be happy to pay more for a coffee if it meant they were paid fairly.

Melina Martin, Island Bay I don’t know if it’s entirely viable. It would be good if everyone could afford to pay that much.

Tony O’Halloran, Island Bay Yeah. I think everybody deserves fair recompense and the ability to have a healthy life.

Charlie Mortimer, Island Bay I’d say yes. It would ensure I’m able to look after myself.

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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Bus use also health and safety issue Dear Editor, I fear the new ‘improved’ bus system is putting the health and safety of passengers at risk. Buses are now even more packed during peak hours (hello GWRC that’s when most people travel!). On a No.2 (about 8.30am) when I got on at Hataitai I counted 32 people standing. The operative word is counted; I couldn’t see everyone. On a No.3 at 8am last week the bus driver

Many regional councillors don’t live in Wellington City Dear Editor, Threatening ballot box retaliation for the new bus system fiasco must be considered carefully. The Regional Council, which unfortunately is charged with Wellington City transport planning, is dominated by the northern reaches of the region which have a different view of transport for Wellington than we do in the remaining minority City Council area. These current bus changes cannot be separated from the long term planning for transport upgrade, including the so-called ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ initiative.

Actually, the GWRC sustainable transport committee is headed by northern representative Barbara Donaldson and she has been, and will continue to be, the chief obstacle to an upgraded bus and light rail system directed at Wellington City’s efficiency and sustainability needs. Yet, we’ve heard little or nothing from or about her in these angry meetings. We must have Wellington representatives who will stand up to Ms Donaldson and the northern regions. Richard Keller Lyall Bay

Teachers deserve pay rise, education has improved Dear Editor I absolutely agree with Valerie and David Townsend’s letter (August 30) — teachers certainly deserve a good pay rise. Many educational improvements have been made over the years as they outlined. Plus the focus on Maori — my grandson corrects my Maori pronunciation which I think is great. Maybe you should ration H Westfold to one letter every second

month — what a relief to readers of Cook Strait News that would be. Incidentally, it is great to still have a local paper delivered each week. Many areas have to do without these days but I enjoy reading about local happenings and personalities. Keep at it. Your job is very worthwhile. Judith Doyle Oriental Bay

twice urged people to move back to the back of the bus, beyond the notice telling people they should not be standing. There are also often people standing in line with the driver. It happens all the time. On double deckers people have been forced to sit on the steps. The last time I saw bus space used in such a way was when I was in India. Needless to say I fear for my and fellow passenger’s safety. All it will take is one sudden brake movement and everyone

standing is thrown forward, causing untold injury and perhaps even death. I wonder if/when that happens Chris Laidlaw will repeat his statement that the system is “setling down”. One last thing, the 31 express bus from Miramar is working okay - perhaps that’s because its route/timetable has been largely untouched. Craig Stephen Southgate

They are wetsuits, and are appropriate for summer Dear Editor I disagree with Mr Westfold (Aug. 30) with regard to the front page a r ticle (CSN, Aug. 23), which profiled the launch of local fashion designer, Gemma Cornish’s, summer wetsuit collection. Mr Westfold claims that the garments are “misnamed”, that they are not wetsuits because wet suits are made of thin rubber, and they cover almost the whole body.

As explained by reporter Jamie Adams, the wetsuits in Gemma’s collection are made of neoprene, which is of course rubber. Mr Westfold goes on to say “most of the models’ bodies are not covered by anything at all”. On the contrary, the models shown are wearing beautifully designed bright-coloured long-sleeved garments with only bare legs, entirely ap-

propriate for the warmer climates of the Australian market for which they are initially targeted. It is fantastic to see such talent a young designer and I wish Gemma all the very best for her very promising future. Victoria Humphries Strathmore Park

Response confirms views on education Dear Editor; The extremely PC response (CSN Aug. 30) of Valerie and David Towsend, to my letter of Aug. 23, is merely confirmation of what I wrote about the wreck of education and the ruin of Western society since 1970. First, change is not necessa r ily improvement anywhere: newer and later is not always better; and their letter is mere assertion without valid argument. Next, practically all of the things they claim to be advances in education are the very things which have

wrecked it and have contributed so much to the ruin of the civilisations that used to be called Christendom. A number of school and university subjects and departments have been purposely founded to make the whole education pyramid easy for youngsters who haven’t the IQ and/or work-willingness for serious academic achievement in the civilised world. This will enable quite a lot of such people to pass exams deliberately made easy for them: some will get the three stages of NCEA and perhaps a BA degree

in subjects that will not be employment qualifications, but might massage people’s vanity and ego. That is not improvement, but foolishness. As the lady and gentleman seem curious as to where I have been since 1970 or before it, the answer is: here in Wellington a nd other places where I have personally witnessed the ruination of our civilisation, at everincreasing speed. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar


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“I’m thrilled to be making my debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to explore the whimsical music of Harry Potter,” says Christopher. “It doesn’t matter if you’re from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or even Slytherin, there is something for everyone so be sure to hop on your broomstick and join us for a night of magic.” The Music of Harry Potter is the sixth NZSO concert programme this year featuring music from film, video games or television.

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Entertainment One (eOne), which owns popular children’s TV character Peppa Pig, has joined forces with Save the Children New Zealand as part of a nationwide fundraising event called Charlie’s Challenge. The pa r tnership extends eOne’s relationship with the Save the Children, which is a charity partner for Peppa Pig in the UK and Australia. Trish Padoin, Senior Vice President, eOne Family & Brands Australia says: “We are excited and honoured to work on a partnership with Save the Children New Zealand, who are so dedicated in supporting vulnerable children.”

Charlie’s Challenge will take place from November 20-27 to raise money to help the world’s most disadvantaged children. Save the Children NZ CEO Heidi Coetzee says: “We are challenging New Zealanders to create their own fundraising events or activities within three categories – eat red, run red or wear red. “We have chosen November 20 as our start date because it is Universal Children’s Day which aims to promote international togetherness, awareness for children worldwide, and improve children’s welfare. This fits perfectly to why we are running Charlie’s Challenge.”

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Shame to wait for Sunday library hours to be extended Dear editor I’m so glad that old chap got the Council to agree to open the CBD Library all day on Sunday but I’m upset that it won’t happen until 2020! I might be around that long but now even I have started reading books whilst waiting in bus stops as the new bus system is so crazy. The other day a man was lying

on the seat in the bus stop and we all thought he had died, but after 20 mins he woke and just said he was having a doze between buses! The GWRC must resign in mass before Christmas, as we will vote them out later in 2018 if they stick around. Rose Wu Kilbirnie


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Acclaimed author and illustrator Donovan Bixley will be entertaining children at The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie this Saturday. Donovan, who has published over 100 books, is a household name for anyone with young children due to his distinctive style and engaging sense of fun. His Wellington visit is a celebration of his latest title - How Maui Fished Up the North Island (Upstart Press), which reinvents the legend of Maui for a whole new generation of Kiwi children. In this fresh retelling, Donovan applies his unique twists

and trademark humour to this much-treasured story. “Initially I turned down the offer to write and illustrate a book on Maui,” says Donovan. “He’s such an important part of Pacific culture and I felt I didn’t have the knowledge or the mana to take on this legendary figure. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to bring my own interpretation.” Maui is reimagined as a cheeky younger brother, on the type of hilarious fishing trip with the whanau that will be familiar to many Kiwi youngsters. Underneath the fun, is a real desire to honour the cultural

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Street to Ellice Street, and remove the “We will look at the promotion of The present bylaw expires in Decem- CentrePort area from the ban. alcohol through advertising for city A solid ber and there have been law changes “The Council is aware some people events and whether this should be which mean it needs to be reviewed, may want to extend the ban to new tightened,” Fleur says. says Social Development portfolio areas. However, the new legislation She adds the review may lead to a new leader Councillor Brian Dawson. says we need to be able to show a high local alcohol policy that could have “Alcohol control bylaws are common- level of crime or disorder which is an impact on opening hours and the ly used to manage issues caused by attributable to drinking in public before number or density of establishments people drinking in public places. we can add new areas.” throughout the city. “There will be consultation with the “They are one of many measures A consultation is now open and runs outlined in our Alcohol Management until 5pm on September 30. People community and I have already been Strategy which include regulatory tools can make a submission through the approached by some public health Deliverers Required in such as giving the police power to pro- Council’s Have Your Say section on groups who want to participate and tectArea public safety and individuals, and its website. evidence.” 1: Momona, Mohaka, Kawatiri - Kaponga. share the Council power to regulate licensed In addition to the liquor ban review, The outcome of the review will be in premises.” City Safety portfolio leader Councillor early 2019. 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Complaints service warns of romance scam Financial Services Complaints Limited is urging Kiwis not to fall for romance scams and is commending the financial services industry for its efforts to protect consumers. The independent disputes resolution service is raising the red flag after receiving a number of complaints that centre around sophisticated romance type scams. “The irony in these cases is that the complainants’ issue

is typically with the financial service provider who has refused a transaction, suspecting a scam; not with the scammer,” says Susan Taylor, FSCL Chief Executive Officer. “Our complainants have remained under the illusion that they are in a genuine relationship.” In one recent case, the complainant had been in an online relationship with a Nigerian woman for around eight years.

During that time he had sent her money to fund her nursing studies and had recently purchased tickets for her to move to New Zealand. When the complainant tried to send additional funds as a “pre travel allowance”, he was dismayed that the money remitter declined the transaction, suspecting a scam. He complained to FSCL, acknowledging that Nigeria was a country known for scams, but

adamant that his relationship was real. The money remitter responded that it would reconsider its decision if the complainant could provide supporting information such as confirmation from Nigeria’s emigration department or photographs of the pair together. Susan says that FSCL had explained that although the money remitter provided a service, it was not obliged to transfer

money for him as the complainant was unable to source any of the information requested. It seemed likely that the woman he had been corresponding with was a fraudster who had skilfully groomed him over a long period of time. Susan says people should refer to NetSafe’s online resources for identifying and avoiding romance scams, including never sending money to anyone you haven’t met in person.

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Young sports talent provide insight into success

Wellington’s top young athletes with their programme certificates at the ASB Sports Centre. With them are Mayor Justin Lester (far left) and sports portfolio councillor Simon Woolf (far right). PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington’s most talented upcoming athletes were recognised at the Wellington City Council Sports Talent Development Programme presentation function on August 29. The function, held at the ASB Sports Centre, was hosted by Mayor Justin Lester with 110 athletes, parents, coaches, sports administrators and council officials present to recognise the seven sports involved in the

2018 programme; Badminton, Climbing, Fencing, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, and Volleyball. The programme, created by Sport Wellington and funded by Wellington City Council, aims to assist regional sporting organisations to develop their talent programmes to provide optimum opportunities for young Wellington athletes and equip them for success in high performance sports environments.

Mayor Justin Lester described those in attendance as Wellington’s “cream of the crop”. “We want to help nurture you and help you grow. And we want to celebrate your stories in newspapers and on TV and cheer you on at future sporting events.” An example of this is in volleyball. Leanne Turrell, Game Development Officer for Volleyball NZ says in 2015 there were five

Wellington athletes as national representatives; this year there are 17. A feature of the function was an interview with three of Wellington’s top young athletes, conducted by Jason Pine from Newstalk ZB, who shared their inspiration that keeps them at the top of their game. The three athletes, Maya Hahn (football), Saviour Tui (netball), and Thomas Hoskin (fencing)

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have been through the Sport Talent Development programme and have competed both regionally and abroad. The key aim of the Sport Wellington Performance Hub programmes, which the Talent Development Programme is part of, is to nurture successful people, not only for their sporting success but for their development as competent, capable members of society.

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Wellington Black Fern Jackie Patea-Fereti, right, seen here at a training session in Sydney last month, will be cheering on the teams at Island Bay on Monday. PHOTO: Supplied

The eighth Air New Zealand Rippa Rugby Championships is set for kick off in Wakefield Park on Monday. The annual tournament brings together 200 Rippa Rugby stars, representing 20 schools from around New Zealand, for a two-day tournament. Wellington-based Black Ferns Marcelle Parkes, Monica Tagoai, Joanah Ngan-Woo and Jackie Fereti-Patea are set to attend the tournament to cheer on the teams, along with 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup winners Les Ketu and

Kendra Cocksedge. New Zealand Rugby Head of Participation and Development, Steve Lancaster, said the tournament was a great opportunity for the teams to experience the fun that sport brings. “We’re delighted to once again welcome teams and their supporters to Wellington for an action-packed couple of days. It’s a fun time away from home and a chance to make new friends while enjoying Rippa Rugby. “Over the tournament’s eight-year history we have had more than 80 different schools compete and it’s

fantastic to watch young people represent both their school and province with such pride.” Selected pool matches and finals day matches will be livestreamed on the Small Blacks TV Facebook page, giving fans a chance to watch the action. Rippa Rugby is a fun, safe non-contact form of the game where primary school-aged girls and boys participate together in mixed teams. More than 600 schools played in regional tournaments around the country in order to qualify for the national championships.

Sometimes officials should just stick to what they know. US Open tennis umpire Mohamed Lahyani has got himself into hot water after giving Australian hot-head Nick Kyrgios a pep talk when he was down a set and a break in his second round fixture. Open organisers have said he went beyond protocol in leaving his chair to talk to the highly-strung tennis star. Lahyani can be heard saying “This isn’t you, I know that.” As it appeared Kyrgios was set to self destruct yet again in his talented but turbulent career. Kyrgios had let two big serves go past him without a swing of his racket in the points leading up to the altercation. The chat worked as he went on to win in four sets. Lahyani is one of the most respected umpires on the tennis circuit but it seemed an odd move for him to give a player a pep talk. Good communication is appreciated between officials and players in several

sports but tennis isn’t really one of them. Rugby r efe r e e Nigel Owens is one who has earned praised for his player-friendly approach. Cr icket umpi re Billy Bowden was always a charismatic and controversial figure with his flamboyant signals. He even gave Aussie quick Glenn McGrath a red card in jest for simulating the under-arm ball in the first ever international twenty20 match. Officials need to ensure the rules are enforced, they’re not there to dish out sympathy. Kyrgios has long acted like a spoilt child on the tennis court and it’s hampered his improvement in the sport. His third round opponent, and polar opposite, Roger Federer was not impressed by Lahyani’s efforts and his actions have been the cause of much debate ever since. Best officials just stick to the rules and leave the action and the meltdowns to the players.


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