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Tainted stream By Gerald Rillstone

Eight years of data shows Karori Stream exceeded the national standard for E.coli levels every month and is thought to be among the worst polluted streams in the country. Although there are no warnings in place anywhere around the stream it is not safe to swim in, paddle a kayak in or come into contact with the water in general. Testing of the water has shown it to have high concentrations of E.coli in areas above and below the treatment plant. Dr Mark Heath a senior environmental scientist for Greater Wellington Regional Council says the stream is in a poor state and constantly registering below the national standard. Continued on page 2. Bill Guest a retired civil engineer and member of the Karori Residents Association next to Karori Stream. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

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Warning signs needed There is no quick fix for the E.coli problem in Karori stream with aging sewer pipes, illegal sewer connections and lack of maintenance the main culprits. “We have waste water overflow when it rains and cross connections when people have connected their sewer into storm water outlets and storm water outlets into the sewerage system along with cattle and dog faces,” he says. There is a sewer network which runs alongside the stream and some parts of the network date back to the 1900s he says. E.coli levels in the waterway have become so high it is rarely safe to swim in the stream let alone paddle a kayak down it. Mark say councils across the region are struggling with similar problems and the work needed to remedy the situation is massive. “It will take a lot of investment to replace the network and it is an ongoing problem,” Mark says. “Unfortunately infrastructure and sewer pipes aren’t sexy and don’t attract the investment they should,” Mark says. Monitor ing ta kes place monthly on the stream by

GWRC and weekly by the Wellington City Council. E.coli has been found in tests from the village through to the sea and could be further up but that area is not tested. Bill Guest, a member of the Karori residents association, has lived in Karori for 24 years and the retired civil engineer has been trying to get various layers of bureaucracy to swing into action for years. What he would like to see is at least some warning signs in the appropriate areas. Bill was also told by one of the managers at the plant that partly treated sewerage discharged into the stream actually cleaned up the stream because the stream was already so heavily polluted, the discharge sewerage would water it down. How this arises Bill says is the overflow problem only occurs during rainfall. “The plant and the outfall pipe can handle 200 litres a second but when there is heavy rain there is 400 litres a second entering the plant,” he says. The extra 200 litres a second he was told is caused by inflow from storm water pipes illegally connected into the sewer

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system. Bill says Karori residents association wants to see a systematic approach where the whole thing is looked at from when the first rain drop hits the ground to the time the last drop runs out the end of the pipe.

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Emerging talent Anabel Jamieson, a year 10 students at Samuel Marsden College has just released her second single “By My Side.” Under her stage name Annie J her new single is a feel good electro pop song about friendship called “By My Side”. Mum Jo says from a young age Anabel was known as Bello due to her desire to sing loudly at any opportunity. Her first single ‘Make Believe’ debuted on the New Zealand Viral Top 50 and was picked up by a Belgium blogger.

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Anabel has written and recorded three songs and if she could she says she would gladly write more but her time is largely dominated by school work at the moment. “I really want to make an album which is my end goal or an EP which is three or four songs and then an album which is about nine songs,” she says. “This is only my second release. It took me about three months to write and the process of recording took me probably another four months,” Anabel says.

She has drawn on influences from her favourite artists including Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa and “By My Side” reflects her everyday life complemented by an electro pop beat. Her training in classical and modern dance has inspired her to make electronic infused music that motivates people to dance, all the while staying true to her roots as a guitarist and singer-songwriter. “I come up with the inspiration for the songs with my own life experiences, I’m a teenager and there is lots of stuff that I

go through that other teenagers go through,” she says. The track was mastered at Miramar’s Weta Studios and Anabel credits her guitar teachers John Avery and Andy Gartrell for their guidance in song writing. Anabel’s other songs are “Magnum” (about her dog) and can be listened to on Soundcloud, “Make Believe” which has had over 40, 000 streams on Spotify so far and is about a boy in a show she was acting with and is also on Spotify, iTunes or Apple music.

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Puppet making Newlands Come and listen to the story of the “Nutcracker” and be transported into the enchanting world of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King. Followed by a fantastical puppet making workshop where you will create your own magical puppets to tell a story at the Newlands Community Centre, Tuesday 9th October, 2pm – 4.30pm. Free event, suitable for children four years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

By Gerald Rillstone

An old suitcase filled with letters bought at auction around 30 years ago piqued the interest of Karori man Bob Cameron and led to him creating a massive data base of information. Since that original discovery he has done a lot of detective work and built a data base of information on around 3,000 WW1 soldiers and is looking to train someone else in the art of information collecting. Now 86 Bob is worried about his eyesight deteriorating and wants an able apprentice to take over and help keep the database alive. “It would be nice to have an apprentice to teach what I am doing and maybe take it over, I am 86 and my eyesight is not the greatest and eventually I won’t be able to see as well as I can. It would be nice to have someone to join me at the library and act as an assistant as some of the documents need two people to handle them, one to take a picture and one to take down the information.” Bob was attracted to the suitcase all those years ago as he is a postal historian and he was after the old post marks on the letters, but he decided to go a step further and transpose the information on to a data base and from there he was hooked. On inspection he found the post marks dated back to around 1914 and the letters were from 21-year-old Lesley Gower a WW1 solider from Wellington. “I set to and started to find out a little bit about him and found out he had enlisted in the army in 1914 in a unit called the third battery of the New Zealand infantry.” He went to the Alexander Turnbull Library and discov-

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Sprinkler use Residential garden watering restrictions come into effect this Sunday and are in place during daylight saving months (30 September 2018-7 April 2019) in Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington. Upper Hutt garden watering restrictions apply all year round. These restrictions allow for the use of a single watering system (sprinkler, irrigation system, soaker hose, or unattended hose) between 6-8am and 7-9pm. Even-numbered houses are allocated to be watered on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc.) Odd-numbered houses are allocated on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)

Bob Cameron with some of the WW1 letters he discovered in a suitcase. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

ered a diary from men who were in the third battery but there was very little information about the soldier’s army number. “I found every document of which there were thousands at the Turnbull Library referring to WW1, I have looked

at them all and I have 3,000 photographs of documents and from there I have been able to determine who that guy was that wrote the letters.” “Then I get the army file and it always has where his parents lived and what they did and where he enlisted, and then you

go to birth deaths and marriages to find out more,” he says. Thanks to Bob’s dedication the Alexander Turnbull Library now has the full information on 3,000 soldiers, the information can also be found on Bobs blog which is robertcameron. wordpress.com

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Potential pitfalls of retirement village The financial fish-hooks of moving into a retirement village will be explored at a free public seminar in Northland, Wellington, on October 17. Many people do not fully understand the financial implications of retirement village contracts when they pay for a ‘license to occupy’ a unit, says the National Manager of Retirement Villages at the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC), Mr Troy Churton. There are 11 retirement villages in Wellington city and Lower Hutt, each containing 60-100 units Churton is running the free seminar on behalf of the CFFC, an independent government agency that monitors the retirement village industry.

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Makara Beach - A local community group continues to meet and research ideas for the future of the area. The next community meeting and report back will be on Sat 13th October 10am. Street Lighting - There still appears to be issues with some street lighting. You can lodge your concerns direct with WCC either by phone on 499-4444 or use the FIXit smartphone app. If you get no response please let me know. Metlink Buses - The big issue across our area continues to be the new public bus service provided by Greater Wellington Regional Council’s public transport group (Metlink). Due to the high level of concerns expressed by the community, there are some improvements finally underway with more capacity. However there is still much more to do and I will continue to advocate strongly for our community. Ngaio Gorge - The council is working on an engineering solution for the slip on the road. Final designs should be ready by March 2019 with construction aimed to start by May 2019.

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inbrief news Animal welfare Regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system come into effect from today, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor says. From today, Animal Welfare Inspectors from MPI and SPCA can issue fines for certain actions, such as allowing dogs in cars to get heat stressed, or failing to provide tethered goats with access to water and shelter. Some of the regulations are infringement offences, with a set fine, while others are prosecutable offences, which could result in a larger fine and criminal conviction. Farmers also need to be aware of the new regulations, which cover on-farm practices and transporting livestock.

Wellington’s buildings secured Of the 113 Wellington buildings with dangerous facades, all but one has completed their reinforcing work within their deadline. One building owner has failed to meet their deadline. However, this work is due to be completed today, Monday 1 October 2018. All building owners who met their deadline are eligible for funding support from the Government and Wellington City Council. Unreinforced masonry is clay brick, concrete block or stone units bound together using lime or cement mortar, without any reinforcing elements such as steel bars.

Johnsonville Fire Station open day By Brian Sheppard

A sunny day and a chance to see fire trucks close-up attracted queues of families at the Johnsonville Fire Station’s open day on September 29. Volunteer firefighter Dave Knubley explained that the station has two fire trucks: one operated by the Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Brigade and the other by career firefighters. Their work is coordinated and managed by Fire and Emergency NZ. The truck with career firefighters acts as first responder to a call out, leaving the Volunteer Brigade to provide support if needed or to respond to another emergency. Firefighters from around Wel l i n g t o n s h owe d visitors around their fire trucks and gave demonstrations on fire safety. They used a video display and artificial reality goggles to show how to plan for escaping from a burning house and a

crawl-though tunnel to teach children the need to keep close to the ground if crawling from a smokefilled building. A popular demonstration in a mock-up kitchen showed how a fire in an overheated pan of oil can be put out before the fire gets too large. Firefighter Margaret Tahuna from the Johnsonville Volunteer Brigade used a saucepan lid to starve the fire of air before turning off the heat source and leaving the oil to cool. She repeated the demonstration with an oven slide and then showed why water must not be used on an oil fire. Just a cup of water caused a violent explosion, spraying burning oil around the kitchen. The people watching this demonstration were left to wonder what this would have meant if it happened in their kitchen. Combining these important lessons with fun for all ages made this a great family outing.

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ences the best performance that they can. The 12-18 year old youth theatre company members don’t just perform in their shows, they run them. All aspects of the show including design, budgeting, publicity, and fundraising are run by the teenagers with guidance from teacher and director, Deborah Rea. The Churton Park-based group hit a devastating snag when two of their actors, including a lead, left the produc-

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Former Onslow student performs Leading Aircraftwoman Barbara Graham can’t wait to perform in her home town next week as a vocalist in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band’s annual concert. This year the band’s popular Air Force in Concert has been moved to the larger Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, which also provides improved acoustics on previous venues. Leading Aircraftwoman Graham, who attended Onslow College and Victoria University, joined the band as a vocalist two years ago. “The band offers so many performance opportunities, many of which aren’t available to most vocalists, such as the services and ceremonies,” she says. “It’s also a pleasure to be able to perform so often with a big band, which, again, most singers don’t get.” Like the other members in the 65-member band, Leading Aircraftwoman Graham is a Reservist, which means she doesn’t have day-to-day duties with the RNZAF. “When I’m involved in a concert or ceremony, I will have rehearsals ahead of the time, then perform on the day,” she says. This year’s Air Force in Concert will feature a range of musical styles, from John Williams to John Farnham and from Sousa to Puccini. Leading Aircraftwoman Graham will share vocal duties with Steph-

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Karori Storytime Chinese Storytime is held at Karori Library on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10.30am. This Mandarin storytime will replace the regular storytime session once a month. These free 30min sessions feature songs, rhymes and interactive stories with Cicada Creative Space - everyone is welcome.

Leading Aircraftwoman Barbara Graham in full song. PHOTO: Supplied

anie Paris, while talented piper Flight Sergeant Murray Mansfield will get the feet stomping with some Celtic melodies and the band’s Drumline are promising dramatic innovation on last year’s electrifying performance. When not performing with the

band Leading Aircraftwoman Graham spends time with her husband and seven-month-old son, sings professionally and works as an editor. The Air Force in Concert will be held in the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday, October 6 at 2:30pm. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

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After completing their term of being healthy Rewa Rewa School students receive books from their heroes Milly Mackey and Peter Taylor. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

Books for heroes By Gerald Rillstone

For the last nine weeks students at Newlands, Rewa Rewa School have participtated in the healthy heroes challenge and all their hard work was celebrated last week with a special assembly. One of their heroes, Newlands College year 12 student Milly Mackey, was back to celebrate with them and give out some rewards. Milly is a Wellington rugby age group representative who plays in the sevens, touch, 15s and flag teams. Also visiting was former Olympic bronze medal rower Peter Taylor. Peter won his bronze medal while partnering Storm Uru in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also caused an upset win when he became New Zealand national champion in the lightweight men’s single sculls at Lake Ruataniwha, beating triple world champion Duncan Grant in 2011.

Peter told the students of his way of getting motivated to compete and goal setting. He also went through how he coped on occasions with defeat, by refocusing and challenging himself to do better. The nine week Healthy Heroes programme is a school-based, Rotary-developed initiative based on, eating well, exercising and being active, getting enough sleep, stretching your mind and helping others. Healthy Heroes was managed at the school by the local Rotarians, Johnsonville’s immediate past president William Nobelen says. He says in week three the children received a reward for their healthy living effort with fresh fruit donated by Newlands New World. In week six the students were each given a swim pass to Keith Spry Pool which was donated by the council. And last week they all received an ageappropriate book donated by the Warehouse. Overall prize recipient was Izac Miratana, year one.


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Engineering skills on display at Epro8 Onslow College’s Epro8 team battled it out to make it into the Epro8 grand final. With teams from high schools around the region vying for a position in the semi-final, the Onslow team, Etron, were among the top six. Every year over 9000 students from 800 schools throughout New Zealand take part the epro8 challenge with teams competing to build large-sized structures, solve practical problems, engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles, invent machines that can complete simple tasks undertake unusual and fun experiments, construct basic electronic circuits. They also get to solve interesting problems using practical maths with each team of four based at a workstation containing an impressive assortment of easy to use parts and equipment. The three-hour event began with a tutorial on the equipment teams would be using. Teams were then given a booklet containing a number of challenges. All the challenges were of an entertaining physical nature. The harder the challenge, the more points it was worth.

Onslow College’s Epro8 team Etron members Sam Cooper, left, and Finn Mackenzie. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

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Saving the Maui dolphin Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Year 8 students have been working on Social Justice Projects over the last few months. Their brief was to choose causes they are passionate about, with the emphasis on creating change. Wynter Tickle wanted to help protect the critically endangered Maui dolphins

from gill and trawl nets by changing the protection zone to waters up to 100m deep around the New Zealand coastline. She created a video, and a display in the main corridor of the school, inviting students to sign in support of this cause. Both the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust and Wynter are looking to raise

awareness of this issue and lobby the Government to change the protection zone. Wynter’s next step is to write a letter to Eugenie Sage, Minister for Conservation and Associate Minister of the Environment. She wishes to present the letter, and a large photograph of the display with the collected signatures, in person. “Students have worked incredibly hard on their projects. The girls were advised to think about raising awareness and opening people’s minds to different perspectives. This has required them to think outside

the box, rather than simply choosing a good cause and organising a sausage sizzle. “Students have emailed companies, run surveys, made phone calls, created posters, petitions, developed relationships within the community and set up Instagram pages. It has been an extremely positive real life, project-based learning experience for all our Year 8s”, teacher Callie Ballara says. You can find more information about this cause on the NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust website.


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Sri Lankan Senior Citizens donate to needy

Johnsonville Food Bank manager Debbie Avison, right, receives one of the many parcels generously donated by the Johnsonville’s Sri Lankan Senior Citizens, Ernest Perera and Matt Joyasingtte. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

Johnsonville’s Sri Lankan Senior Citizens has made a generous donation to the Johnsonville Food Bank. Chairman of the Sri Lankan Senior Citizens Ernest Perera says the donation is a yearly event which the 20 years-old organisation has been doing for some time. “We are always happy to donate food to the needy as it is part of the commemoration of past members,” he says. “It is a chance for us as a charitable entity to do something for the community as well.” Foodbank manager Debbie Avison says the food will be a terrific

help as she has noticed more and more people are in need of help this year. “There has been quite an increase in the number of people in need of help in the last couple of years,” Debbie says. “Some of them need help with their power bills, for others it is car repairs that have come up unexpectedly and the food will be a great help.” The event was also an opportunity for Senior Citizens members to enjoy a meal together. The Sri Lankan Senior Citizens conducts regular monthly meetings

on the last Sunday of every month at Johnsonville Community Centre from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. A home cooked gourmet meal is always shared with warm hospitality and members are entertained with music on most occasions by members themselves. They also sponsor seminars, workshops and tours for the benefit of members and celebrate two festivals every year called VIZA: traditional New Year festival in April and end of the year celebrations during the last couple of months of the year with the participation of a wider community.

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Sailor the Puffer Fish St Benedict’s School in Khandallah played host to Sailor the Puffer Fish on World Lung Day 25 September. Organised through the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, Sailor the Puffer Fish is part of The Sailor Asthma Show, which is an engaging musical show which educates about asthma. It is performed at Primary Schools and Early Childhood

Centres throughout New Zealand and has just finished a South Island tour to over 10,000 students. Chris Lam Sam is the children’s entertainer that runs the show alongside his trusty mascot Sailor the Puffer Fish. Following the show last week, St Benedict’s is now certified as an ‘Asthma Friendly School’. To qualify a school needs to have completed a range of

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This has been a week where we all basked in reflected glory of seeing our Prime Minister performing extremely well on the world stage and unlike Prime Ministers before her, she did not have to pay to get herself and New Zealand a very positive profile in American media. A small trading nation needs all the exposure we can get and certainly Jacinda is the person to do it, helped of course by having a very cute baby in tow. At the same time of course, the economic news at home is very good as New Zealander’s become comfortable with a Government determined to improve the lot of all Kiwis. Locally the buses are still proving a big issue and last week I spoke to commuters whose biggest gripe is still late or no show buses. That is unforgiveable and the Regional Council are on notice from its citizens and Central Government to get this fixed quickly. While some of the blame can be

apportioned to the competitive operating model imposed on them by the last government known as PTOM which was essentially a cost cutting exercise, poor planning and consultation was also a major factor. Wellingtonians have always been proud of their public transport system and to put it at risk in this way is irresponsible. The Churton Park and Johnsonville Residents Associations gave detailed submissions over the last few years whenever they had the opportunity to do so and they predicted this outcome. A big congratulations to the Johnsonville Fire Brigade for their 75th Anniversary this month. They have saved and assisted many people over the last 75 years and for that we are very grateful for their service. Well done! And finally, it looks like after a few false starts, spring is here so get out and enjoy this magnificent electorate Greg.OConnor@parliament.govt.nz we live in. Facebook.com/GregOhariu

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activities including having asthma documentation in place, informing their staff about how to recognise and treat those experiencing an asthma emergency, have a first aid kit containing an up-to-date reliever inhaler plus will have taken part in the educational show. Michael Hinds, Principal at St Benedict’s School, commented after the show: “It’s really important for our staff that they know what to do in an asthma emergency. This show manages to convey a serious message flanked by audience interaction and fun - all of which our students embraced. We are delighted to now be a fully-fledged Asthma Friendly School. With one in seven children having asthma, it’s important that teachers have an understanding around this issue including details around triggers and how to both advise and support our students.” The Teachers’ Asthma Toolkit was launched earlier this year by

Chris Lam Sam with students.

the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ and is a great online resource where teachers can also find out more www.learnaboutlungs. co.nz There’s also a section on the website for parents and caregivers. The end of September also marks the end of Breathe Better September which is a national campaign to raise funds and awareness for the 700,000 New Zealanders that live

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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a silver Toyota Levin saloon parked locked overnight on the road in Chesterton Street was stolen. It was later recovered in Tawa. A Honda Civic parked overnight in a parking bay outside a flat in Middleton Road was damaged when an offender slashed three of its tyres and smashed the front left indicator. An attempt was made to force an entry into a house in Woodland Road by pushing hard against the front door. Locks securing the door gave way but entry was prevented by the security chain which withstood the force. In Newlands a house in Glanmire Road was entered by a burglar during the day while the occupant was away. Entry was gained through a bathroom window which had been left ajar. A laptop computer was taken from a bedroom and another from a desk in the family room. In Khandallah an attempt was made to break into a green Honda Civic saloon parked overnight in Madras Street. No access was gained but the locks and a door handle on the driver’s and the passenger doors were damaged by the attempts made to jemmy

them open. An attempt was made to break into business premises in Ganges Road. Jemmy marks were left around the lock on the front door of the premises. The intruder alarm was activated and the attempt was abandoned. In Ngaio a white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked overnight in Cockayne Road was broken into via forced canopy handles. A dyno drill and ramset drill bits were stolen. In Churton Park a white Subaru Legacy stationwagon, parked on the street in Westchester Drive during the late evening, was stolen. In Crofton Downs a property known as Kilmister Block was entered by a vehicle during the weekend. Access was initially gained on Saturday night and a grinder was used to cut through the security chain. Inside the property the vehicle was used to do donuts and in doing so became stuck in the mud. Material left behind had been used to free the vehicle. It is thought that the intruders returned again the following night. In Grenada Village a property under construction, left locked and secure, was entered by breaking off the latches of a rear window leading

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Mammal tracks trigger Zealandia incursion response Mustelid tracks, likely from a weasel, have been found inside the fence at Wellington’s ecosanctuary Zealandia, triggering an immediate hunt for the unwelcome predator. Conservation and Research Manager Dr Danielle Shanahan said that while incursions are very rare, Zealandia is well-prepared to deal with the situation and is working with experts to plan and carry out an eradication programme. The footprints were discovered on 1 October 2018, and were found during a routine annual pest audit in a tracking tunnel. This has prompted an immediate incursion response by Zealandia staff, supported by expertise and resources from organisations including the Department of Conservation, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and Predator Free Wellington. “Our first priority has been to get a full and detailed understanding of the situation,” she said. “We have spent the last day carrying out a thorough assessment of the

fence to ensure there are no breaches, and put out camera traps to see if we can gain any more knowledge on the animal.” The discovery was made at the southern tip of the valley, and a team of staff and volunteers are now laying traps and tracking tunnels across the sanctuary to catch the intruder. Shanahan said that while it was too soon to be certain how the mustelid had gained entry, it was likely to be a recent arrival. “A Department of Conservation mustelid-detection dog swept the valley in late June, and found nothing.” The operation will continue until the animal is found and Zealandia staff are confident that the sanctuary is clear of introduced predators. The incursion reinforced the importance of constant vigilance at the fenced sanctuary, including regular pest audits and careful biosecurity protocols. “Even one introduced predator is one too many”, said

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Shanahan. “A single stoat, weasel, rat or possum could cause significant harm to our birds, lizards and invertebrates. Zealandia is home to many important populations of some of New Zealand’s most threatened species, and we must give them

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Recruiting girls to summer sport Girls only League manager for Onslow Cricket Club Steph Law is keen to see as many girls take up the sport as possible. Steph says as a summer sport cricket is great for those who may have played hockey during the winter and want something to do during the summer. “We are keen to get as many girls from years five to eight involved,” she says. “We are keen for them to come along and see if they like it, we do play with a

soft ball so it isn’t the hard leather for them to cope with.” Older girls do already play in the mixed league she says but they would like to take part in the Sunday girls’ only league. “So long as they come along and have fun and enjoy trying something different,” Steph says. Former New Zealand representative women’s cricketer Penny Kinsella is coaching the team.

Celeste Dixon has her turn during the open session for Onslow women’s cricket practice. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

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Trying a different approach to community involvement Onslow Cricket Club have decided to get out in the community and work at raising their profile. Onslow Cricket Club manager Rhys Morgan says they decided to come down and spend a bit of quality time in the community. “It is the first time we have done this, we were going to be in Napier for a preseason tournament but through injury in the team and some unable to commit we thought time would be better spent down here at the

school doing some painting,” Rhys says. “The exercise is more to raise our profile in the community in the hope that someone or organisation might want to get in behind us and support us, we are not just about trying to win games of cricket but we are a community club also.” He says they found out through the principal of the school that they were looking to pay someone to do the painting job, as it was a fairly low-skill job. Rhys decided it was a great idea for the team to donate some of their time. This year the club is defending the oneday title for Wellington.

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Jack of all trades the best midfield option I love Ryan Crotty but Jack Goodhue is the best midfield option for the All Blacks. Goodhue appears to be a generational talent, like Brodie Retallick was after the 2011 World Cup. The reality is, that Crotty is a tremendously reliable player. The 31-year-old is not a flashy player, but like Ben Smith, he’s a safe pair of hands who rarely makes a mistake and has excellent game awareness. Goodhue, from Northland, but playing for the Crusaders appears to have the silky skills to handle one of the busiest positions in rugby and he’s only 23-years-old. Goodhue has taken to the international game like a proverbial duck to water. The All Blacks’ 35-17 road win against

Argentina made it clear that Goodhue is the long-term midfield answer. Crotty’s best days appear behind him, not only through age but injury as well. Sonny Bill Williams has and always will be a pet project but he too is hanging on for next year’s World Cup in Japan. SBW continues to give you what you expect - the odd brain fade and a few magical off-loads. Williams has reached his peak, as has Crotty and I’d suggest Goodhue is already better than them both. Goodhue is physically confronting on defence, well organised and has a deft slight of hand which can cause havoc on attack. The next 10-year All Black is here and he’s a boy from Northland.

Onslow cricket club premier team members get busy painting the adventure playground at Cashmere Avenue School Khandallah, from left, coach Matt Tiller, Onslow Cricket Club manager Rhys Morgan, Gary Keegan, Andrew Pollock, Andrew Fletcher, Hamish Kyne and Tim Robinson. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

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