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The new entrants at Roseneath School have celebrated a milestone in a way that has not only enhanced their numeracy but also benefited those less fortunate. The pupils of the school’s “Aft Class” spent the past term getting their parents to donate 100 cans of food to the Wellington City Mission as a way to celebrate the first 100 days at their school. New entrant teacher Jennifer Thwaites, or “Miss T” as her pupils call her, has organised these charity drives since she began working at the school eight years ago. Some of those original pupils are now in year 8 and they too took part in the cause. Continued on page 2. The pupils of Roseneath School’s new entrants Aft Class next to the Wellington City Mission van which collected their donated cans on Tuesday. With them is teacher Jennifer Thwaites. PHOTO: Supplied

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New entrants learn that charity counts – a lot Continued from page 1. “One of the girls became known as the ‘can fairy’ because

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The pupils of Roseneath School’s new entrants Aft Class behind the 104 cans their school has donated for the Wellington City Mission. With them is teacher Jennifer Thwaites. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

the concepts of empathy and generosity. The class was given a number chart with squares from 1 to 100 so they could track their total by colouring in a square each time a can was brought to school. On some days two or three squares were coloured in. In the end they exceeded expectations, donating 104 cans - and a jar of peanut butter. City Mission driver Foni Annandale, who collected the cans on Tuesday, says it great to see such young children getting involved in charity. “A lot of schools around Wellington have taken up these initiatives. The Brown Paper Bag appeal ran parallel to these.” Roseneath School principal Adelle Broadmore says it’s heartening to see that parents in one of Wellington’s more wellto-do suburbs are doing their bit. “Our families here are pretty okay, so for them to think of others is very cool.”

‘Poo painting’ prompts call to have Kilbirnie toilets open 24/7 The manager of the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay community Centre has spoken out about the messy consequence of not having the suburb’s central public toilets open for 24 hours. The toilets are located next to the community centre at 56 Bay Road and Tracy HurstPorter says there are homeless people regularly sleeping in the vicinity, That issue, along with having a nearby pub open until 11pm or midnight, means having the toilets closed from 9pm to 7am, as the Wellington City Council had ordered them to be, leads

to public urination and worse. “The problem is, if you are caught short where do you go? Some of those who are sleeping rough have a place to go but it could be too far away,” Tracy says. “If they are intoxicated that exacerbates it. They come out of the pub and then do their business.” What’s really outraged Tracy was when she encountered disgusting vandalism she describes as a “poo painting” caused by a vagrant who had slept outside the centre. “It was all over the windows,”

she says. “I feel sorry for the poor council contractors who had to clean that up.” Tracy has complained to Kilbirnie Police about the incident but was told that unless the perpetrators were caught “brown-handed” nobody could be arrested. “It’s really frustrating for the people at our centre.” She says there have been conflicting messages about whether the toilets’ opening hours should be extended, as Wellington City Council officers told her they would be but the cleaning contractor said that


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Bus drivers likely to take strike action In a further blow to the Wellington “bustasphophe”, bus drivers confirmed on Wednesday they plan to go on strike unless their employers Tranzit, NZ Bus and Uzabus address low pay and excessive hours. Speaking at Sunday’s meeting, Tramways Union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan said his members will no longer allow “unfair conditions with a hostile employer” to continue. On Wednesday a stopwork meeting for all members from Paraparaumu south voted on “not if but when” they would take industrial action. “We apologise in advance but until the operators come to the table it will happen. We are not going to stand back and let these people treat us the way they are.”

He added Tranzit staff called the police every time he attempted to enter its Tranzurban depots. If a new collective agreement isn’t reached union drivers will walk off the job on October 23. Tranzit spokeswoman Helen Tickner denies Kevin’s assertion that her company is refusing to negotiate. “We are in negotiation with the Tramways Union over a collective agreement for their members,” she says in a statement. The Tramways Union have not always been denied access to depots, she adds. “In fact Mr O’Sullivan visited our Grenada depot on 19 September. After being introduced to staff he was scheduled to stay for one hour to be available to talk with staff but he left of his

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Tramways Union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan speaks at the public meeting at Mornington Golf club on Sunday as organiser Paul Eagle look on. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

own accord after 15 minutes. She says the union is aware that its representatives must obtain consent to access a workplace and “they are also aware of the manner in which they

must obtain this consent”. “Unannounced and unnotified visits to depots without consent, especially when they take place at 5am, are very far from meeting what is fair or reasonable.”

More bus changes promised as southwest have their say It was southwest Wellington’s turn to list their grievances to Greater Wellington Regional Counicil over the buses saga on Sunday. The meeting at Mornington Golf Club, which was organised by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, was a more cordial affair than previous meetings but still emotional at times. Peter Clayworth of Vogeltown said he knew at least three people on his street who used to take a bus were now driving. “Each time at peak times in the morning the [number] 3 was late and packed. “I changed from getting the 23 to the 7 but we find the co-ordination is no good. “I’m basically using as my weekly work service what used to be our weekend-with-no-bus service.”

The new bus shelters were inadequate and the lack of pedestrian crossings had made the roads in his area more dangerous. He added the “useless, tiny” AdShel shelters failed to protect the huge number of commuters standing at bus stops from the weather at peak times. “The people who designed this network – they don’t take buses, I don’t think.” Peter called for a direct service between Vogeltown and the city as they used to have. Southgate’s Lucy Mouland says her fellow residents used to have the 22 service on weekdays and 23 on weekends but both had been replaced with the 29, which means they have to change buses at Newtown to get to the city. “Every time we get on, the buses from Island Bay are full. We can’t get on or we can’t get

a seat. My daughter is little so she finds it quite hard and my mother can’t manage standing on a bus either.” Her family attends services at the cathedral on Sunday morning but under the new regime they are having to get up much earlier and are arriving late despite that. Brooklyn’s Alex Ahlert of Brooklyn, who is originally from Berlin where double deckers are common, says the Wellington buses lack stairs at the back which has led to prolonged loading and unloading of passengers. He sympathises with drivers being paid around only $20 an hour for a job he believes is similar to piloting a plane. Roger Blakeley, one of five regional councillors who attended, repeatedly said all the issues raised were “completely


unacceptable”, especially after a Kingston mother spoke of having to leave her daughter behind for her to catch a different bus that never turned up. “You have every right to be angry.” Daran Ponter agreed the 23/3 interchange at Hutchinson Road doesn’t work and he has asked officers to bring forward a report into providing a direct service on the No.23 route at their next sustainable transport committee meeting. He said the council has also called for a report into into providing an off-peak service – effectively the 23e – on the weekends to cater for those in the Melrose and southern Newtown areas. Daran also promised the council will get rid of hubs that are deemed unnecessary.

After two years of engagement, workshops and collaboration with the community, management of the Newtown Community Centre, Network Newtown and Newtown Hall are now seeking feedback for the architects on the potential designs for upgrades to the three facilities. The proposals, by WSP Opus Concept Designs, are yet to be costed and could be changed if necessary. The public can share their views online, or at Kia Ora Newtown or Newtown Community & Cultural Centre until October 8. The confirmed designs will be presented to the community on October 27.

Change to ‘University of Wellington’ approved Victoria University of Wellington’s Council has confirmed its controversial proposal to change the university’s name to ‘University of Wellington’. The Council on Monday voted in favour of making a recommendation to the Minister of Education to approve the new legal name for the university, as well as adopt a new Māori name of Te Herenga Waka. The decision includes a commitment to the ongoing use of the word ‘Victoria’ to ensure its heritage is honoured and maintained. The Council’s decision follows well over a year of advice from experts and discussion with staff, students, alumni and stakeholders.

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inbrief news Daylight saving returns A reminder that daylight saving begins on Sunday, September 30 so everyone is advised to put their clocks forward one hour before they go to bed on Saturday night. The Fire Service also reminds residents to check that their smoke alarms are still working.

Crowdfunding benefits sick babies A crowdfunding experiment to raise funds for ground-breaking paediatric research in Wellington has generated almost $20,000. The money, raised by electricity retailer Powershop, will support research into the effects of anaemia among premature babies, and the use of Statistics NZ data to track the long-term health outcomes of premature babies. The funds were raised by offering Powershop customers special Neonatal Trust branded electricity at a premium rate, with funds going directly to The Neonatal Trust. Over the course of the crowdfunding campaign, 2,115 customers donated an average of $8 each.

Students, sewing centre hope to WOW customers with alien display By Jamie Adams

Two St Catherine’s College students have joined forces with a well-known Kilbirnie handcraft shop as they bid for glory in an annual window display competition. Year 11 girls Mya NobisHerbison and Reema Magan have created an extensive display called “A Dance In Outer Space” in collaboration with Jo Morris of the Wellington Sewing Centre for this year’s Wellington Loves WOW (World of Wearable Art) Window Dressing Competition. “We entered in the competition and asked St Catherine’s if they wanted to help,” Jo says. Indeed, the school was keen to get involved, with the two technology students putting their hands up as an opportunity to gain credits for the NCEA assessment. It is the second time Jo has entered the competition, having collaborated with customers last year. Although there was a set criteria, entrants were allowed to let their imaginations run wild. “All they told us was that it had to use a colour palette of

Wellington Sewing Centre owner Jo Morris with St Catherine’s College Year 11 students Mya Nobis-Herbison and Reema Magan in front of their collaboration for this year’s Wellington Loves WOW Window Dressing Competition. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

silver, purple and dark blue. So we decided to do an outer space ballroom theme.” The display features a number of humanoid aliens wearing costumes made from velvet sequins and other fabrics sourced from the Sewing Centre and other shops. One of the aliens is made from a helium balloon, the other a Worbla mask. Mya and Reema’s contribution came in the form of a purple taffeta dress and is embellished

with Christmas decorations. Further ornamentation came in the form of Chinese lanterns and even a toast rack for a crown. “We cobbled a lot of things together and got customers to lend us things,” Jo says. While putting it all together took “about 2-3 weeks”, the planning and sourcing of items was months in the making. Some of the work was done during school hours but the

girls also assisted Jo with the installation over one weekend. There are about 50 entrants in the window-dressing competition, which is part of the WOW festival that kicks off on September 27. Most of them are based in the CBD, with one other entrant from Kilbirnie, Vinnies Re Sew. Voting began yesterday and the winner will be announced on October 14. Vote at

Council proceeds with social housing lease Wellington City Council has agreed to lease its newly built 104-unit social housing complex in Mt Cook to Housing New Zealand (HNZ) in what has been described as a “win-win-win” deal. Site 2 of the former Arlington Apartments in Mount

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He says Wellington is not giving up its responsibility for social housing. “It is not enough to say we are maintaining City Housing. We need to grow the number of social houses as the city grows. This transaction will help us do that.”

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Plea to expand 24-hour parking in Miramar South By Jamie Adams

Miramar South’s 24-hour restricted parking zone has worked but has also brought unintended consequences. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File

A Miramar South resident has pleaded for a restricted parking area in the suburb to expand to discourage freeloading airport users from hogging space and disturbing residents. However the Wellington City Council has decided the zone will stay as it is – for now. In a submission to t he council’s Cit y Strategy Committee on Tuesday, Miriama Williams said the 24hour parking restriction introduced last year had pushed the problem further east, including at her end of Strathavon Avenue that isn’t subject to the restriction. The zone applies to the area south of Caledonia Street and Devonshire Road as far Ellesmere Road and Crawford Green. “Our home is just 10 metres outside the boundary,” Miriama told councillors. “We have lived in our home since 2004 and never had any issue with long-term parkers. “Since the 24-hour zone has been put in place we have had frequent and sometimes regular long-term airport parkers, and it’s particularly bad on weekends. “We hear people drag suitcases, talking loudly, starting cars and unfortunately it

wakes our baby.” Another issue was on-street parking, with many residents now competing for spaces. “With many of us driving to work you can come home to find no parks available and having to park within the 24-hour zone. Some people also park really badly and leave them for a week or more.” Miriama called for the zone to be extended to Ira Street and the Strathmore Park shops – another 400 metres - “so you would make it really unattractive for long-term parkers who would have to walk for over a kilometre to the airport”. However Eastern ward councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said the policy has been a success, with more than half of cars in the restricted area now gone as airport users chose to get there by other means. “I believe it would be inappropriate to revisit the scheme now, to simply do so would draw further resources into an issue that I believe is 95 percent solved.” Chris advocated reviewing the area when parking in Wellington as a whole comes up for review. Fellow eastern ward councillor Simon Marsh expressed sympathy for newly affected residents but was happy it would be considered as part of a wider review. “I think we need to wait for when the airport has its parking building in operation. The airport will have a large parking capacity to fill and they will want to be competitive.” A council report recommendation to retain the status quo was carried unanimously.


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Pupils at Miramar North School got to witness something not often held in such an environment on Tuesday. Parents and staff worked together to hold a hangi lunch for the entire school, giving its 260 pupils the chance to feast on a meal cooked the traditional Maori way. It is the first time the school has held such an event, which was the idea of the school’s junior syndicate leader Sarah Macintosh. “The majority of the school has never seen a hangi process. They used to do it at Mt Crawford [community garden] and brought it to school, but it’s never been done on the school grounds before,” Sarah says.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Have reports of needles found in Australian strawberries put you off buying them?

Aurora Soliz, Kilbirnie No. It’s made me very cautious though. I now chop them in half and then three times longways. It’s nice because they last longer for my son.

Nick Treadgold, Newtown I don’t buy strawberries at this time of year. Hopefully by Christmas time when I do, it will have been forgotten about.

Joe Hamilton, Miramar Not really. I find it’s a weird way of trying to scare the public. I’d eat them as normal.

Mary Richard, Newtown It’s been a while since I bought them. It’s very bad how it’s encouraged people to be copycats. It has made me concerned.

Barbara Strathdee, Vogeltown No, I will cut them up, I make them for fruit salad anyway. The amount of anger and severe penalties will make whoever did it think twice now.

Rose Forsyth, Island Bay No. I cut my fruit up anyway. I feel sorry for the growers who have to dump their product. All that time and money, so sad.

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.

Islam is a religion, not a culture Dear Editor The article on September 13 ‘Local Muslims to showcase Kilbirnie mosque’ opens with a significant misnomer in stating that ‘Wellingtonians have a chance to experience another culture [...] when the Kilbirnie mosque opens

Who’s really to blame for bus fiasco Dear Editor, Of recent times, the City Council has washed its hands of this. The Regional Council has taken to making sly digs at NZ Bus and the Tramways Union. The real core of the problem is that both Councils were determined to push this through come hell or high water. To suggest that it’s all the fault of NZ Bus buses being too small, overlooking the fact that until a few months ago, NZ Bus had 62 large, pollution-free, fit-for-

purpose buses which were thrown off the roads before a viable alternative was in place. Secondly, NZ Bus drivers had decades of knowledge of Wellington streets. What would go where, when and how and they were thrown on the scrapheap of redundancy. All because that was necessary for Transit to submit the lowest tender! Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

Jam jar covers a basic necessity I am one of a group of women who like to make the most of the lemon harvest by making lemon marmalade and lemon honey. But we have struck a problem; we cannot find packets of cellophane jam jar covers in our local supermarkets. We have tried asking staff in a number of supermarkets in

our area and elsewhere with no success. I think that jam jar covers should be one of the basic necessities stocked by our supermarkets to encourage those who wish to preserve their home grown produce instead of wasting it. Helen Bathurst Miramar

Councillors need to be challenged on liquor-ban stance Dear editor We appreciate the suggestion of Christine [Swift] (CSN September 20) that the issue of smoking goes hand in hand with issues of poor public behaviour when associated with alcohol drinking, as sadly experienced by the good people of Kilbirnie, but society is still a long way off banning public smoking, isn’t it? Meantime it would seem urgent that for the good elderly and all normal people of Kilbirnie that a liquor ban be

put in place ASAP as we no longer go shopping in Bay Road because of the threatening drunks. Where are our Councillors on this matter? We challenge them to publicly state their support for a ban. We do hope ratepayers make their collective voice heard by making a submission on line to Council before September 30. Yours sincerely Mattie & Sandie Cho Lyall Bay

its doors to the public later this month.’ Islam is not a ‘culture’ - it is a global religion that includes people of many different ethnicities and cultures. One can be a Pakeha NZer culturally and also adhere to the religion of Islam.

This is an important distinction to make. ‘Religion’ and ‘culture’ are often interrelated (eg. in the case of Judaism or Hinduism) but they are not the same. Richard Noble Newtown

Disabled parking in, general parking out Dear Editor It was good to see that there will be a disabled park outside the fi re station in Brooklyn (Cook Strait News 20/9). But it doesn’t compensate for the general carparks lost thanks to the new bus hub. For a start, where the No 7 going to town stops at the library has taken two precious car parks. The temporary bus stop outside the Chinese takeaway on Cleveland Street, means another three or four fewer parks.

And now I see that the turnaround outside the library, which has been inconveniently taken up by roadworks (making the new bus hub) for the last three months or so, is supposedly permanantly unavailable for Brooklyn drivers because it has been dedicated for buses only. I wonder how many will take any notice of that! Yours faithfully David Lindsay Brooklyn

Councillors on notice over Kilbirnie liquor ban Dear Editor I support the need to have a public street liquor ban in Kilbirnie and would urge all locals to make a submission before September 30 by letter or online submission to Council. We have put up with the drunks for too long when we just want to go and shop without having the disorderly behaviour in our faces. The Council Officers are remiss in not supporting us, just like when we had the

roadworks upgrade that went on for too long. I’m watching the Councillors on this and if they support us, great. If not, we will vote them out, just like the other lot (GWRC) who stuffed the bus system. Also Christine [Swift] should stay in her own backyard in Island Bay where they are still talking about the cycleway costing us ratepayers millions! Yours sincerely Sarah R Wu Kilbirnie

Wellington most optimistic region A net 30 percent of households in the Wellington region expect their local economy to strengthen over the coming year, according to the Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the September 2018 quarter. While this is lower than the net 39 percent recorded for June quarter, households in the capital remain the most optimistic of

the major metropolitan regions. “Falling confidence is likely to reflect the impact of a slower housing market,” says Westpac Chief Economist Dominick Stephens. “That said, confidence in the region’s prospects still remain relatively upbeat, mainly because of an expected increase in public sector activity.”

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Mosque Open Day The Kilbirnie Mosque opened its doors to the public on Saturday. International Muslim Association of New Zealand (IMAN) president Tahir Nawaz says about 700 people turned up this year, a slightly lower

figure from previous years. Nevertheless it was a success, with both Muslims and non-Muslims engaging in a number of activities and enjoying a range of ethnic cuisine for lunch.

Wardah Marzouk paints a rainbow on the forehead of Teena Saleem in the children’s activity area.

Fitness dance class for all ages Lynne Breed owner/operator of the Shelly Bay Fitness Studio believes exercise should be fun and creative and has been teaching fitness dance classes, circuit classes, gymnastics and acrobatics for 30+ years. Her studio is a hub for fitness classes including Peeled Banana Dance, designed for all ages and approved as part of Sport Wellingtons strength and balance classes. These stimulating classes run every Tuesday & Thursday morning & night for those wanting a more creative and fun fitness class. Circuit Fitness classes run Monday & Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. These are based on core strength and conditioning principles, including cardio work for a more rounded programme. Cardio work is done outside if possible, taking in the wonderful vista

ABOVE: Maree Mudoch tries on a hijab and abaya with the assistance of Ramedhatun Nugraheny. RIGHT: Farhan Shafiq and Mohammed Abdullah in the foreground of the many food stalls in the Mosque dining room. Ethnic cuisine ranged from Middle Eastern to Somalian to Cambodian.

of Shelly Bay. Understanding how easy it is to become isolated no matter your circumstances, Lynne strives to help participants remain sociable with all the morning classes gravitating towards Chocolate Fish at the end of play. Lynne also provides Private Training sessions’ targeting the clients’ individual needs more precisely to provide greater singular attention. At Shelly Bay Fitness Studio there is no age restriction and no fitness prerequisite. Moves are not complicated and machines are not ‘in’. All you need is a desire to get active, move and have a good time! The fitness Studio is the last building on the Shelly Bay Base next door to Blackmore and Best.  Contact Lynne on 0274 416 079 or PBA

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Lions and Pride maul their opponents Wellington enjoyed emphatic victories for both the men’s and women’s representative teams on Sunday. The Lions have moved back to third on the Mitre 10 Cup premiership table after an emphatic 49-7 win over Manawatu in Palmerston North. They are equal on points with Canterbury and one point behind second placed Tasman after their seventh match. The fight for a top two place will really heat up in Wellington on Saturday night when the Lions host Tasman - the two sides coming off differing wins on Sunday. While the Lions were dominant, Tasman only snuck past Counties Manukau but Saturday’s match at Westpac Stadium promises to be a highlight on the premiership schedule. Manawatu struggled to contain the Lions from the outset as the visitors got on the front foot and showed plenty of intent as forwards and backs worked well together

as the Turbos were stretched on numerous occasions. Meanwhile Tasman’s women’s team was comprehensively outclassed in their home match against the Wellington Pride on Sunday. The Pride eased to a 88-3 win over Tasman to book their place in the Women’s NPC Championship semi-finals with two rounds remaining. They ran in 14 unanswered tries to beat Tasman in the fourth round of the Farah Palmer Cup match to move to the top of the table. The Pride led 31-3 at halftime, scoring a further eight second-half tries. In a complete team performance, the Pride’s hunger and commitment proved too much for the Tasman side, with 12 players crossing the chalk. Left wing Ayesha Leti-L’iga scored three tries, taking her 2018 season tally for both Oriental-Rongotai in club rugby and for the Pride to 48 tries in 16 games.

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51. J.K. Rowling 7.00pm chose the Monday 30th November unusual By Jamie Adams thebe Clubrooms and itAtwill family friendly,” Jason name says. ‘Hermione’ Residents of Miramar and beyond are “The first of oneMain willRoad be small but who Corner encouraged so young to create community spirit knows – in a year’s time it could be someMoohan Streets, Wainuiomata by taking part in a series of free monthly and thing everyone wants to be involved in. girls lunches at its suburban hub. If turnouts for the three lunches are big wouldn’t This weekend’s Whataitai Sunday the community centre will look to hold be teased Lunch will be the fi rst of three to be held Bringing localyear. news more of them next for being at the Miramar and Maupuia Community “The most important thing is to have nerdy! to the community Centre over the coming months. people wanting to get involved.” The lunch was initiated by centre Sunday’s lunch starts at midday. The volunteer Julia Atkins, with friend AnnaVacant second will be held on October 28 and the Situation Wooles, who used to hold similar events third on November 25. in Auckland in collaboration with Kiwi Jason also hopes the interaction at the Harvest. lunches will generate other ideas for “She started organising these lunches community events at the centre. on the last Sunday of every month,” “If you have an idea we are here to make centre co-ordinator Grant Ellen says. that happen, especially if it’s about getting “It was for community members to help the community together and having fun.” out and prepare the food. Jason is keen for more volunteers, includ“We’re getting our food from Kaibosh ing board members, but ideally anyone Food Rescue as the idea is for us to use who is keen to help out at the centre in what we’ve got left.” some way. In an extension of the zero-waste The centre is also looking to employ Deliverers Required in theme, crockery and steel cutlery will someone “energetic” to take on the role be used to wash up afterwards. of engaging with the community. Areachair 1: Jason Momona, Mohaka, - Kaponga. Centre Paul says getting the Kawatiri “The perfect candidate would be somewider community together for such an one who has been studying community event is something they have been keen development at university.” to do for some time. Those interested can visit the centre at 27 “We don’t know what it will look like Chelsea Street on weekdays 10am-3pm or on the day but there will be some music calling 388 1944.

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Figures on the Quotable Value website show the average value of a Wellington City property increased a whopping 42.5 percent between September 2015 and August 2018, from $546,105 to $778,386. The northern suburbs had the highest average increase, rising by 48.1 percent from $478,897 to $709,070. The Central and South (which includes CBD apartments) rose by 39.9 percent from $554,942 to $776,572, while the East jumped 40.5 percent from $589,547 to $828,253. These price values reflect the higher A solid rating values for properties in Wellington over the same period. The Wellington City Council Rating Revaluation for 2018 is in progress and owners of more than 80,000 properties will receive an updated rating value for their property by November. The new rating values are being prepared on behalf of the Council by Quotable Value (QV). QV Senior Consultant Paul McCorry says rating revaluations are carried out on all properties in New Zealand, usually once every three years to specifically help local councils set rates. Applications are available at our recruitment He notes that rating values are just office or at the security gate based in the one of a number of factors councils use Ngauranga George in Wellington. to allocate rates and are 276 not6654. designed to Contact Barry 472 7987 or 021

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What's Compassion got to do with running a country?

Politicians and theologians converse in this free CompassionFest symposium. Sun 7 Oct, Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay.

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Thursday September 27, 2018


Eastern suburbs dominate NZ U-19 Floorball World Cup team

ABOVE: Jack Cobden-Cox, right, and Tim McKibbon are just two of the local players in the New Zealand under-19 Floorball team playing in this weekend’s World Cup qualifying tournament. LEFT: The under-19 boys’ team that will be taking on Australia and Japan at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie on Friday and Saturday. PHOTOS: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

It’s a sport that few would know about, but a team of young men and boys are aiming to get New Zealand onto the world stage in floorball. The New Zealand boys’ under-19 team will take on Australia and Japan at ASB Sports Centre this weekend in a third attempt at qualifying for the World Cup.

This despite floorball having only been played in New Zealand for about 10 years, according to head coach Christian Bertschinger. Wellington is more than well-represented, with 16 of the 20 players from the region. Eleven of those 16 are from boys’ colleges in Wellington City’s eastern suburbs. Christian says the reason for this is simple: The ASB Sports Centre is the best venue in

EBIS aims for higher goal after footballers’ good result

the country for playing floorball and local students are drawn to the sport because of it. The game originated in Europe as a summer derivative of ice hockey. While the playing area is enclosed, there are no skates and players use sticks with plastic heads to hit a plastic ball with holes. Another crucial difference is the goalies defend with their hands, and on their knees. Two players spoke to the Cook Strait News during a training session on Saturday. Miramar’s Jack Cobden-Cox, is just 14 but will be competing against players of school-leaving age in a defensive role. “I started playing floorball in Year 6,” he says. “I was playing inline hockey but floorball is a lot easier to play.” Tim McKibbon, who plays at wing, says the sport has grown a lot since he

took it up six years ago. “It’s gone from two grades to seven. It’s great you can play it anytime of year and it never gets cancelled because it’s an indoor sport,” the 18-year-old of Lyall Bay says. With New Zealand ranked outside the top 20, Tim admits beating higher-ranked Australia and Japan will be tough, but believes the side is better than last time, with more experienced players still eligible to participate at U19 level. The top two teams from the tournament will earn spots at next year’s World Cup in Halifax, Canada. The Kiwis take on Japan at 7pm tomorrow, and go up against Australia at 7pm on Saturday. Christian hopes for some strong local support to maximise the home-court advantage.  Tickets can be bought at

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The EBIS girls’ football team are buzzing after their credible 7th placing at the AIMS Games in Tauranga. They are (back from left) Emma Mills, Kate Walker, Charlotte Badger, Hayley Hicks, Frankie Coup, Emma Rosenbrook, Rosa Vandermolen and Isla Morgan. (Front from left) Esme Olney-Boyd, Anika Humphries, Ava Saulbrey, Fern Scarlet. Absent are Libby Sexton and Samantha Hatchwell. With them is coach Paul Chalk. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Evans Bay Intermediate School (EBIS) proved to the rest of the country it has a sports team that can foot it with the best. The school sent a team to the AIMS Games in Tauranga for the first time ever this year after its girl footballers were runners-up in a regional intermediate tournament in Term 1. “We lost the final to Raroa [Intermediate] after it went into extra time,” assistant principal Shane Lavery says. It was after the final that staff at Raroa, which Shane had taught at until taking a his new role at EBIS this year, suggested to coach Paul Chalk they take a team to join them at the AIMS Games. “We wouldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for them,” Shane says. “I knew their coach relatively well and saw it as an opportunity to see what the competition is like. “I thought the girls would do well, not be out of their depth.” Indeed they weren’t; in a football tournament involving 34 teams, EBIS finished seventh after beating five schools in their

pool, including a 12-0 thrashing of Mokoia Intermediate. “We played the quarter-final against Barradine [College of the Sacred Heart],” captain and Year 8 student Isla Morgan says. “We lost 1-0 against a school of more than 1000 students. It was so close it was nearly a draw.” The girls then played two more games to determine their final place. They lost the first but won the playoff for seventh in a penalty shootout, thus finishing higher than local rivals Raroa, who were ninth. The AIMS (Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) Games are a kind of national Olympics for 11-13-year-olds that has taken place in Tauranga since 2004. More than 10,000 children from 320 schools participated in 22 sports including rock-climbing, BMX , futsal and yachting. “A lot of secondary schools use the AIMS Games to scout for talent for their schools,” Shane says. “The girls not only played really well but made most of their trip. We want to build on that by sending other teams there in the future.”

Familiar foes at grand final time I let out a little grumble realising the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm would meet in the NRL grand final on Sunday night. It’s a bland final to me, with two teams who have had their fair share of success. Melbourne are defending champions and the long-term benchmark of the competition The Roosters last won in 2013 and are the cashed-up glamour club who always have top players. The most intriguing aspect of the final may be which players aren’t playing. Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater, who has announced his retirement at the end of the season, should miss the final after a shoulder charge last weekend saw him cited. The cynic in me thinks the Aussies won’t want to get in the way of a good fairytale so he may get off on a technicality no one knew existed. The Roosters look set to miss star off-season signing and former Storm signing Cooper Cronk who suffered a

severe rotator cuff injury and is likely out without anyone admitting it. The competition was tight this year with the top eight team separated by just one win after 25 rounds. Yet, the two top teams have made the final. The Roosters will be the favourites and rightly so. They have the defence capable of winning championships and the players like fullback James Tedesco and Blake Ferguson who can split a defence apart. The Storm look to be nearing the end of their decade of dominance. Cronk is gone, Slater has retired, hooker Cameron Smith has just the 2019 season left in him. Maybe one last premiership is on the horizon. Walking wounded or not, both these teams will put on a show. Maybe after a week of build-up I’ll be motivated to watch. Who knows, it might be a classic final which no one saw coming.


Thursday September 27, 2018

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