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By Jamie Adams
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There was plenty of singing, cheering, and celebration of all things creative when the Bloom Collective was officially launched in Newtown on Saturday. The afternoon party saw a hive of activity at the collective’s home on the corner of Rintoul and Colombo streets. Its main performance area was packed to see several local acts take to the stage while other activities took place in the building’s art and music studios. Speaking at the launch, Ray Tuffin, who until recently was the council’s Community Liaison Officer for Newtown, says the Bloom Collective is the outcome of a need for such a centre after many recent changes that have been happening in the suburb. Continued on page 2. Everybody’s Choir sings Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah during the official launch of the Bloom Collective on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Newtown rocks at Bloom Collective’s launch party Continued from page 1. “In about two years we’ve had the WINZ office in Kilbirnie close, which brought a lot of people into Newtown who don’t reside here; after the earthquake we’ve had southern mental health move into Newtown from Kilbirnie; the addictions unit from Thorndon moved to Newtown, then we got the $19 million Salvation Army hub which has the addictions programme and drop-in centre. “So there’s a lot of extra people on the streets in Newtown. Some of those people weren’t well and were isolated. “One of the dreams we had was a place where we could create music, arts and crafts, and people could come here and be stimulated, be well. Bloom is really a wellness centre. “It’s not just for those who are unwell but for those who are isolated.” The rent-free space is only temporary until the building owners plan to convert it to apartments but Ray hopes Bloom will be such a success that another space will be found for it in the future.
One of its operators is Geoff Day who runs The Rock Academy’s Band School for children. “Trying to operate a small business as a music teacher is incredibly hard so support is very much appreciated,” Geoff says. “If you are a teacher you have 13 weeks of school holidays where it is hard to continue your income outside of the term so it’s a challenge. “When Ray told me of his vision of the Bloom Collective, I was blown away. “The Band School had been run out of my house. Now we can have more bands, with the capacity to run eight a week.” The new premises, along with donations from the City Mission, have also allowed Geoff to set up a new community recording studio called Frequency Zero, in collaboration with Jonny Avery. “There will be some free sessions for kids, local artists and those with mental health issues. For others it will be cheaper than what you would pay at other studios.” Bloom Collective co-ordinator Tim Tovey says it intends to
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Former PM fears for future generations By Jamie Adams
“My generation has failed you.” That was the stark summary expressed by former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer during a talk to Wellington High School students on Monday about the environmental problems the world now faced. His visit was one of several facilitated by Gwen Palmer-Steeds, a WHS representative of international youth-led action programme Roots and Shoots. She and other members organised the series of speaking engagements for a Zero Waste Awareness Week held at the school from September 10 to 14. Gwen invited her grandfather, who was also an Environment Minister during the Fourth Labour Government, to speak to students about just how dire the climate-change situation has become. “This is the age of Anthropocene – we are the main enemies of the planet,” Sir Geoffrey told them. “Climate change amounts to the four horsemen of the apocalypse. “We are going to have extreme weather events and we will need to be able to deal with it. The sea level will rise by one metre by the end of this century. We are doing virtually nothing about that.” In New Zealand the big issue was our lack of an effective method in disposing of waste, he said. “Our tyres that are no longer useful, there’s an enormous accumulation of them in New Zealand. “My grandchildren are spending their weekends on beaches trying to pick up plastic. “In the Pacific we have a
inbrief news GW CEO to take over bus transition Greater Wellington chief executive Greg Campbell is stepping in to take direct leadership of the implementation of the new Wellington bus network for the next three months. He will work alongside the General Manager for Public Transport Wayne Hastie. Greg says his assumption of direct responsibility for the bus transition programme reflects the importance the council places on getting it right. “While it has been a difficult process on some routes, we will solve the problems. “ The council’s General Manager, Environment Management, Nigel Corry will take up the role of Deputy CEO while Greg leads the bus transition programme.
Council grants $368,000 for projects Wellington City Council’s grants subcommittee has approved of $368,826 to 66 projects and organisations it says reflects the diversity of the capital. Two grants allocated $45,000 each for organisations providing emergency accommodation for women: the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust and Wellington Women’s House – both of which provide low-cost accommodation and wraparound tenancy support for women. The Arts & Culture Fund saw 31 grants for projects totalling $128,400, the Social & Recreation Fund 28 grants totalling $202,426 and the Natural Environment Fund seven grants totalling $38,000.
Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Gwen Palmer-Steeds at Wellington High School, which has held events to highlight the need to reduce waste in New Zealand. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
whole batch of floating plastic that occupies a space the size of Texas.” Globally, while some environmental issues were being addressed the outcomes were slow, he added. “Driftnet fishing is no longer happening in the Pacific but it is in the Indian Ocean. The hole in the ozone layer is closing but it will take about 70 years for it to completely close.” Sir Geoffrey said the sea-level rises will see coastal cities and possibly whole nations being wiped out. “If you think the migrational
problems in Europe are bad, climate-change migration will be enormously worse.” Sir Geoffrey’s speech wasn’t all doom and gloom, however. He says two ways in which meaningful action can be achieved would be for New Zealand to have a written constitution “so politicians know what the rules are” and for civics to be taught much more at school so young people realise they can make a difference. “Young people really have to get involved because no-one else is going to do it.” Gwen says action has been
taken at WHS, with Roots and Shoots recently introducing a recycling bin system. “I think it’s so important for students to get involved. There’s a lot of pressure on this generation to do something,” she says. Other speakers during the week included Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage and representatives from Wellington Zoo and Zealandia bird sanctuary, with students learning to compost and how to make natural body care products, reusable Boomerang bags and menstrual cups.
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inbrief news AA wants action on drugged driving The AA is calling on the Government to urgently progress its own actions to get drugged drivers off our roads. The drivers’ advocacy group was heartened by the comments of Transport Minister Phil Twyford that the Government has work underway to produce measures to reduce drugged driving. “The AA could not agree more with the Minister’s comments that drug impairment on our roads is a serious threat to life and limb for New Zealanders,” says AA Motoring Affairs General Manager Mike Noon. AA surveys over the last three years show 95 percent support for introducing a saliva-based test detection.
Mentoring supports for food merchants Four fledgling food businesses have the chance to fly after being named winners of the 2018 Good Food Boost programme last week. The Sustainable Business Network initiative, run in partnership with Wellington City Council, offers the four winning applicants - Creative Cooking, Wellington Honey, Esther’s and Half Baked - mentoring and business development support from some of the country’s most successful food business experts. Mayor Justin Lester says investing in the local food market is beneficial to the economy as it keeps money circulating around the region and, an exciting and innovative food scene is attractive to both locals and visitors.
EVs score highly for satisfaction Electric vehicle owners really love their cars – and they’ve been keen to spread the word during International Drive Electric Week (September 8-16). Latest results from Flip the Fleet, a citizen science collaboration of EV owners from across New Zealand, show 77 percent of electric vehicle (EV) owners are extremely satisfied with their low emission cars, scoring them 9 or 10 out of 10. The survey found owners find their EVs fit-for-purpose, a pleasure to drive, and to have very low running and maintenance costs. Their environmental benefits are particularly satisfying for many owners.
Rainforest trip eye-opener for Catholic School students By Jamie Adams
Students from two Wellington Catholic secondary schools were reminded of the global impact of humans during the adventure of a lifetime earlier this year. Five St Catherine’s and three St Patrick’s students, along with two teachers and one adult, spent two weeks in Indonesia for a research programme run by an organisation called Operation Wallacea. It gets groups of university and college students from all around the world collecting data for other organisations to go with their education in ecology and conservation. “Operation Wallacea raises awareness for these people who are really in poor rural areas,” student Steph Edlin says. “Its whole philosophy is that income gives an incentive for environmental protection. And we learnt lots about that, really.” The school party contributed to that income through homestay and guided tours. All up the trip cost about $6000 per person, with some of the students doing weekend jobs to
help pay for it. The students’ first week was at a rainforest camp on the island of Buton in Southeast Sulawesi, part of the Wallacea region of Indonesia. The region and operation is named after 19th naturalist Alfred Wallace. “We were collecting data about the birds, butterflies, plants, monkeys and tree bears, which are actually marsupials,” teacher Martin Kaulback says. Conditions were gruelling every meal was not much more than chilli rice and the students were required to build shelters and extract water out of vines. “They had to make a fire when it was raining and used vines to tie sticks together,” Martin says. Along with the lack of protein and high humidity, the crew had to contend with leeches, fire ants and even a snake that was quickly dealt to by the resident herpetologist. “I don’t think many of us came to a realisation of how much we would have to endure physically and mentally,” Steph says. The second week was spent on nearby Hoga Island, diving and snorkeling in the Wakatobi Marine Reserve. During their
marine study there was a stark reminder of the impact of humans when they visited a coral reef near populated island. “It had really succumbed to the ravages of pollution and that was very obvious. It was all brown and there weren’t many fish there,” Steph says. There was “a lot” of plastic in the water as well. “When we were staying on the island up on the beach there was a mountain of plastics at the high tide mark.” “Even when we were far from land I remember us hang our
legs off the bow of the boat and there was plastic in the water,” Martin says. “But you can’t blame it on the locals,” teacher Rebecca Rapira-Davies says. “It’s everyone’s responsibility and we’re probably just as bad as other places in the world with the currents taking it to places like Indonesia.” While Steph is not planning a career in science she says the trip has encouraged several of her friends to go down that career path, especially in the field of conservation.
Wellingtonians happy with quality of urban life - survey Amid the hustle and bustle of city life, Wellingtonians are generally happy with their lot, and also have a high level of concern for their fellow citizens, according to a survey released today. The biennial Quality of Life survey, conducted by Nielsen and jointly funded by the participating councils, surveyed how people in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, the Wellington region (including Hutt Valley and Porirua), Christchurch and
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A well-known local “agitator” has joined an increasing chorus of residents demanding Wellington’s liquor ban area be extended to Kilbirnie. Bernard O’Shaughnessy is campaigning for a ban on public possession and consumption of alcohol outside licensed premises in the suburb on the basis of what he and others say is a high level of crime and disorder there. It comes as the public are encouraged to have their say about a review of the current Liquor Control bylaw which currently includes a liquor ban area encompassing the CBD, Aro Valley and Newtown. “It would be appropriate to ex-
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Everyday superheroes of Wellington rise for climate action Local climate action group, 350 Wellington, took action on Monday to call for bold and ambitious climate leadership in the run-up to the Global Climate Action Summit hosted in California next week. 350 Wellington led a superhero march from Te Papa to Civic Square. They were joined by members of the public, fellow climate groups, and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw, to participate in an international day of climate action, Rise for Climate. This worldwide day of action sees thousands of people participating in actions across 95 countries. The event was centred around the group’s local campaign calling on Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester to cut ties with fossil fuel companies by banning the Petroleum Conference from council-owned venues. The group dressed up as climate superheroes to signify the role of people power and community-led solutions alongside two crossed banners which read ‘Fossil Free Wellington’. “Today was a chance for Wellingtonians to positively show their support for a fossil-free future,” says 350 Wellington spokesperson, Claudia Palmer.
Climate action group 350 Wellington show their message at Civic Square. PHOTO: David Tong
“Just like the nuclear-free movement, our mayor has a duty to stand up for what’s right on behalf of our city. It’s unacceptable for the council to allow such a harmful industry to use
Wellington’s public venues, and we’re calling on them to do the right thing and make the fossil fuel industry unwelcome. “Our city is at risk from climate related flooding, sea-level rise,
and extreme weather events, and we must hold the industry responsible to account rather than welcome them in.” 350 Wellington was joined by representatives from the Pacific
Climate Warriors, Coal Action Network, Generation Zero, Climate Justice Taranaki and Oil Free Wellington, who spoke about what climate change, and climate action meant to them.
Anonymous donation sees endangered plants return to natural habitat Phil Wollerman, Endangered Species Foundation Trustee and WCC Coastal Ranger Brian Thomas about to plant some seedlings west of Owhiro Bay. PHOTO: Supplied
Hundreds of rare and threatened plants were returned to their former habitat on Wellington’s South Coast with the support of the Endangered Species Foundation (ESF) on Tuesday. The planting was the first practical outcome of a new partnership between ESF and Wellington City Council that was made possible by an anonymous donation from a Wellington resident in 2015. The donor bequeathed $1 million in 2015 to the ESF to help protect and support wildlife preservation, and Environment Partnership Leader Tim Park says that legacy will live on in the capital. “Our iconic South Coast is habitat for many special native species. It is fantastic that the anonymous gift to the Endangered Species Foundation is helping us keep some of them safe from extinction.” The ESF supports high-priority
conservation projects that protect New Zealand’s most vulnerable indigenous species and habitats from extinction – aiming to save the rarest of the rare according to ERA Ecology Director and Principal Ecologist, Mike Thorsen. “This is a small step in the right direction to making the future a bit more certain for our most vulnerable indigenous species.” Some of the plants have been identified by ESF as priority species, and also include the local Cook Strait Kowhai. The kowhai was named after pre-eminent New Zealand botanist Brian Molloy, as both the plant and the botanist are well known to be “as tough as old boots”. Plants have been grown from locally sourced remnant populations by Council staff at its native plant nurseries at Otari Wilton’s Bush and Berhampore.
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Thursday September 13, 2018
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should the city liquor ban extend to Kilbirnie?
Tom Hutchison, Brooklyn No. I think they should put more effort into preventing people from turning to liquor in the first place.
Moses Emberson, Hataitai There should be. Sometimes it’s unsafe at nights and we have a lot of drunk people walking around. I have seen it a couple of times; especially at the bus stop.
Katelin Bull, Kilbirnie Yeah. I think in terms of reducing crime a liquor ban would help with that, if there’s statistics to back it up, but if not it’s unfair on a particular demographic.
Jonathan Denne, Kilbirnie Probably. There’s a lot of homeless here and I saw a rubbish bin set on fire here once. It would be nice to close [Bay Road] to traffic too.
Paul Campbell, Kilbirnie They should do. It would make it safer. Drunks are a pain in the butt and you can’t do much when there isn’t a ban.
Julia Cooper, Houghton Bay Yeah. Maybe if they legalised marijuana there would be less crime and definitely less drinking,
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 email@example.com. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Time to ban public boozing in Kilbirnie Dear Editor, I do not want to diminish the bus difficulties affecting Kilbirnie, but they only have till the end of the month to lodge their say on introducing a liquor ban for Kilbirnie through the Alcohol Control Bylaw and Liquor Control Area submission - otherwise they will miss out! Wellington City Council is under
Liquor ban area must be extended Dear Editor There is a Alcohol Control Bylaw consultation document on the Council website that few people know about and I would urgently suggest to readers that they read that and make a submission to Council to extend our liquor ban areas. We desperately need a total liquor ban in Kilbirnie as being a old woman I am totally afraid and worried every day when I just want to shop and see friends in the shopping centre in Bay road but are confronted with awful aggressive sods who are drinking and
swearing and threatening to all. They are made out they are homeless but most have Council flats or are couch-sliding through the desperate pathetic paths of their chosen lives. A liquor ban is a tool to use successfully as in Newtown and Aro Valley, so I do hope the Council sees sense and brings in a ban. Mind you if we had community cops and police on the beat this sort of nonsense on Bay Road shouldn’t happen. Rose Wu Kilbirnie
Movies should be made in workforce, not school Dear Editor; Re the movie made by pupils of Wellington High School (CSN Aug. 30), it is always good to learn about life’s difficulties, problems, and how disabled people can cope with theirs; but this item relates to what I’ve lately said about the wreck of education. WHS is the most notorious secondary school in Wellington for political correctness and bizarre notions; and its teens seem to spend an unusual amount of time away from classroom studies so as to engage in what used to be thought extracurricular activities. This sort of films ought to be made by our movie industry; and although a number of youngsters enter it after leaving school, the workforce is where they need to learn
moviemaking. The theme of “ability not disability” seems to show that it’s now commonly thought that “disabled” means the same as “helpless”. No, a disabled person somehow lacks, or else doesn’t fully have, at least one ability that the great majority of people have; so a girl who is partly deaf is disabled, but far from helpless. Good on her for being able to overcome her disability enough to lead a normal useful life; but the best people to make a film about it would be the fulltime makers of movies. It should not be done as a distraction from school studies. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar
great pressure from the booze industry to relinquish our wellestablished liquor ban areas and through false misrepresentation from its own WCC staff in clever transferring the problem of public drinking back onto Kilbirnie as a community issue for them to sort out - when in reality it’s the WCC’s responsibility to enforce the local
bylaws and the Gover nment to provide wet houses. Don’t let them blame the victim suburb! Send Kilbirnie’s public drinking problem to Roseneath by voicing your say – forms available at local libraries. Martin Beck, Mornington
Selected interpretation of signs Dear Editor, During the period of bus hub harassment in Kilbirnie there has been a round red road sign with a notice posted in the centre telling all buses they must turn left. I think I and most of the bus drivers
know what it is supposed to mean. Does it also mean that if there is a number in that sign it indicates that we must drive at that speed? Paul Franken Strathmore Park
Growing airline services transform Wellington visitor profiles Latest passenger figures for Wellington Airport show a 6.2 percent increase in passenger movements for August compared with the same month of the previous year and an increase of 4.3 percent in the past six months. Around 455,000 domestic and 75,000 international travellers passed through the airport during the month. Visitor numbers have been buoyed by new air services to popular tourist destinations with both Jetstar and Air New Zealand having almost doubled capacity to Queenstown over the past 12 months. The Singapore Airlines service which launched in 2016 has seen 38 percent more visitors from Asia, including 170 percent. “Wellington and central New Zealand as a destination for international tourists is
gaining p o p u l a rity,” Wellington Airport’s airline development manager Mike Vincent says. With Lonely Planet having just named Wellington as New Zealand’s top destination, Maike says it’s great to see Wellington increasingly included in touring itineraries. Wellington Airport also has a number of additional projects nearing completion, including a new transport hub and multi-level car park and Rydges hotel both due to open later this year.
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Genealogy club celebrates women’s suffrage milestone September 19 will mark 125 years since Governor Glasgow signed the Electoral Bill, and New Zealand women became the first in the world to win the right to vote. The NZ Society of Genealogists’ (NZSG) Kilbirnie Branch celebrated this important national milestone at their monthly meeting last Thursday. Much information on this event is available, and the original 30,000-signature petition is available to view at the interactive He Tohu exhibition in the National Library. The NZSG Kilbirnie members brought this to life at Thursday’s monthly meeting at the ASB Sports Centre, with 13
members giving a display of photographs of their ancestors who either signed the petition, or voted in the 1893 election, or both. Each contributor spoke briefly on the life of the women involved, giving something of their family background and life in the 1890s. The branch’s immediate past convenor Mary Shadbolt, now chairperson of the NZSG, hadmany ancestors who signed the petition. She gave a brief commentary on the lives of three who were Wellington-based. Other members spoke of their research turning up information on the lives of
Business representatives have concerns about living wage The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has reservations about a new living wage for all Wellington City Council workers, including those who are employed indirectly. The council’s announcement last week that it is now a living wage accredited organisation requires core external contractors providing services to the Council to pay their staff the living wage while working for the Council. This is in addition to the Council’s decision in 2015 to pay the living wage to only existing selected core external cleaning and security services. At that time, the Council and the Chamber agreed the Council would consult the Chamber if the living wage were to be extended to other external core contractors. If there was disagreement about such an extension, the parties would jointly seek a declaratory judgment to clarify the legality of such extensions. “The Chamber has strong reservations about the additional costs, estimated conservatively to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, with ratepayers footing the bill,” Chief Executive John
Milford says He says the Council’s change in direction is not unexpected, given the political context. “There is legislation going through Parliament that would allow the Council to extend the living wage to core external contractors, even where that would be contrary to the Council’s legal obligation under the Local Government Act to deliver services in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses. “It would give the Council broader spending powers without the current restraint of the ‘cost-effective’ test. The Chamber recently met Council officials to discuss the issue. Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who leads the living wage portfolio, says the chamber is out of step with what Wellingtonians – including ratepayers - want. She says ratepayers had repeatedly told the council they supported the living wage, most recently during this year’s long-term plan submission process. Fleur says the chamber’s questioning of the legality of the living wage was flawed and inhumane.
Youth to host TEDx seminar in capital
The organising team of this Saturday’s TEDXYouth@TeAro event at City Gallery. PHOTO: Supplied
TEDxYouth@TeAro is a TEDx event organised by local teenagers and will run in Wellington this Saturday, September 15. From 5pm until 8:30 pm at City Gallery in Civic Square, youth across Wellington will be asking: “What’s next?” The event features six inspiring young speakers: Creative practitioner Hama Tau’alupe, (Finding your culture in the modern world); Te Reo ambassador Wa-
tene Campbell (How to hold your rangatiratanga); UN Youth and St. John volunteer Hannah Ward (The ethics of volunteering); wellness blogger Charlotte Barber, (Your outcome-independent purpose); student Ryan Maass, (Raising an optimistic child in a pessimistic world); and writer Natasha Scott (Writing my way out of boundaries). There will also be live music by Daisy van Wel.
women during the mid-late 1800s. One person born as early as 1835 would have been 58 when she signed the petition and subsequently voted. Many others were only just 21, the then legal age to vote. There were numerous tales of hardship, common to immigrant families, with some women unable to bear children while others had up to 15 children. But the common thread was a desire to have their chance to vote and begin to influence our country’s politics. What these women would have thought of having a woman as Prime Minister, let alone one having a baby while in office, would be anyone’s guess.
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Pest Feast on the menu this Conservation Week in Wellington People can give our native species a helping hand in Wellington next week by answering the call to Conservation Week. Local food trucks at Harbourside Market will serve pest-themed dishes with prizes for the first to eat their way through a menu including wild venison pie and goat dumplings. People can also get their hands dirty at working bees, shop for native plants, or hear from expert speakers at a range of events across the city. Conservation Week runs from 15-23 September. With the theme “Conservation Week is Calling”, the Department of Conservation is encouraging people to get involved and find out how they can help turn around the loss of our unique biodiversity. DOC Community Ranger Lee Barry says NZ’s native wildlife is in crisis with more than 4,000 of our species threatened or at risk but “Wellington is well on the way to
becoming the first predator free city”. Cleaning up waterways, creating safe homes for wildlife and getting rid of weeds and planting native species are other actions people can take to help protect our biodiversity. For more details on these and other events, visit www.conservationweek. org.nz
Your ticket to adventure The new trout season is here. It’s time to dust off your rods and get fishing. Grab your 2018-19 fishing licence today.
Making the most of Wellington’s fabulous trout fishing Wellington residents have fabulous trout fishing on their doorstep and Fish & Game is keen to teach them how to make the most of it. The Hutt River has a good population of brown trout all the way from the mouth to the Tararuas and once anglers have bought a licence, they can use flyfishing or spin methods to catch them. The
licence is free for children under 12. Fish & Game is planning a course to introduce newcomers to the river with hands-on advice from staff and experienced anglers. Stay up to date with details by visiting Fish & Game at www.fishandgame.org.nz The new fishing season begins on October 1.
Get involved and give something back to the wildlife that calls Wellington home Conservation Week is a chance do our bit to protect Wellington’s wildlife and plants. Conservation Week activities will teach you all you need to know about weeding, catching pests and helping native wildlife in your own backyard. For more details on these and other events, visit www.conservationweek.org.nz
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Thursday September 13, 2018
Rongotai revels in double college basketball glory
Javelin thrower Cam Robinson in action. Cam is Kiwi Athletic Club’s top thrower. PHOTO: Supplied
Talented athletics club prepares for new season Rongotai College’s senior B co-captains Kane Upton and Charlie Symon with the Club 55 Cup, and senior A co-captains Adam Rybinski and Ezrah Vaigafa with the Grahame Pohlen Cup. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
Rongotai College can boast having the best male college basketballers in Wellington after taking out two senior championships last month. The boys’ high school’s Senior A side won the Grahame Pohlen Cup after beating St Pats Town 85-69 in the Secondary School Premier division final at the ASB Centre on August 31. But that’s not all – Rongotai’s Senior Bs also became regional champions after beating Paraparaumu College 85-82 for the Senior 2 division title. Not only was it Rongotai’s first win of the Pohlen Cup since 1998 it was its first ever win of the Club 55 Cup for the Senior 2 division. The Senior A team went on to narrowly lose the Zone 3 (lower North Island) final against Napier Boys’ High last Saturday, but they nevertheless qualified for the nationals for the second consecutive time by virtue of their qualification and an eighth-place finish last year, their best result in 20 years. Senior A coach Chris Tupu was thrilled with the results, as it was “really hard” just
to make it into the top eight teams in the top division. “It’s something about the depth we’ve got. We now have a lot of boys coming to Rongotai wanting to play basketball,” Chris says. Senior B coach Rob Clarke says it was fantastic to have both teams playing in the finals on the same night. Senior A co-captain Ezrah Vaigafa says his team’s glory reflects the passion and determination of the players. “We’ve been playing for a long time together and that’s built up a lot of chemistry. Everybody here is playing for their team, not themselves.” Senior B co-captain Charlie Symon says his team’s success came despite being promoted two divisions from the previous year. “It was really tough. Most games we won were decided by less than 10 points.” Rongotai College now needs a sponsor to pay for the $600 per person cost for its A team to attend the nationals in Palmerston North on October 1-6. Those interested in funding the team can contact Chris on 0275383783 or emailing Chris.Tupu@ rongotai.school.nz
Junior rugby once again proves a rippa
Ngakau Gartner of Te Akau Ki Papamoa School, representing Bay of Plenty, touches down right on full time alongside Tayler Trow of College St Normal School, representing Manawatu, in the final of the National Rippa Rugby tournament at Wakefield Park on Tuesday. Despite the try, Manawatu won the final and the championship for 2018. Schools representing each of the country’s 20 rugby provinces converged at Island Bay for the annual tournament, which saw Year 5 and 6 children play mixed non-contact rugby with belts and flags and in bare feet. The tournament is traditionally held in Wellington due to the central location of the city. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
The Newtown-based Kiwi Athletic Club looks forward to holding its 92nd season at a ground with a revamped track and new field areas making it now one of the top ones in New Zealand. The club, one of the oldest in Wellington, last season amassed 34 medals, including 12 titles and two records at the local Wellington Open and Masters Championships. Miramar residents Eddie Soria (M35) with three and Melania Lu Fai (W16) with two, and Graham Cook (M70) of Houghton Bay with one, were new title holders. Cam Robinson (Wellington College and Karori), is the club’s top male thrower. The 17-year-old is also Athletics Wellington Thrower of the Year and Sports Wellington 2018 Emerging Sportsman. In his specialist event the javelin, Cam won seven times during the season, including at the Oceania Area Champs, NZ Champs, NZ Secondary School Champs, Wellington Champs and the
McEvedy Shield. His best throw of the season was 69.68 metres. Jim Blair (MNZM) in his M85 grade, is a world-ranked masters athlete, with success here and overseas. He amassed a large medal hall and records, including 19 Wellington and three Masters records, during the season. At the NZ Masters Champs he won two gold and five silver medals and at the World Indoor Champs, three golds, three silvers and one bronze. The club has a close association with Wellington College and its continual McEvedy Shield success is in part due to having up to six members competing in club competition and being part of the Kiwi Club. The club welcomes new male or female members, including teens from other colleges. Its opening night will be the first Wednesday in October, at Newtown Stadium at 5pm. For further info, ring Peter Jack on 3886224 or head to sporti. co.nz/kiwiathletics
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Williams loses plot and US Open final Serena Williams got it all wrong in the US Open final on Sunday (NZ time). She lost in straight sets to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, but her behaviour towards the umpire was not becoming of her status. Williams responded to a code violation for coaching by telling the chair umpire that she’d “rather lose” than cheat. Umpire Carlos Ramos stood his ground. Williams said she was not being coached by her team in the grandstand but rather was receiving a “thumbs up”. Post-match her coach Patrick Mouratoglou later admitted he was coaching her. Williams, a winner of 23 grand slam titles was slapped with another violation for smashing her racquet. That cost her a point and on her way to losing 6-2 6-4. She insisted the umpire owed her an apology, demanding it at several
points throughout the match. Williams, who became a Mum 12 months ago, acted more like her baby than a grown adult. The pathetic attitude took away from Osaka’s upset victory and first grand slam title and cast a shadow over what had been an excellent title. However, Williams overstepped her bounds with her temper tantrum and should be severely sanctioned by the world tennis officials. She lied constantly on court, saying she’d rather lose than cheat. Turns out she did both. Credit must go to Osaka, a 20-yearold who grew up idolising Williams and said after her semi-final win that her motivation for making the decider was the opportunity to play Serena. Eventually someone will become the new measuring stick in women’s tennis. Someone will tame the current top lioness and send her into retirement. Perhaps Osaka is the new favourite to push her for that mantle.
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