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Reduced emergency housing Continued from page 1. They have now revised it down to just four pages he says. “Lots of people are no longer providing this service, but I don’t know why.” What he does knows is that finding a place for someone to sleep for $40 a night is now a real challenge. They sometimes have to refer those with no place to sleep to “sister” organisations
like the Salvation Army, or the Downtown Community Ministry. “There is also the men’s night shelter in Wellington, but lots of people don’t like going there. “Fortunately we recently haven’t had to tell people to sleep in cars, though we have had that in the past.” And, in another indicator of poverty, requests for emergency food parcels are rising.
the media with advertising for emergency access to funds. They charge “huge” rates of interest however. “Compounding rates can see a loan of $3000 very quickly become $9000.” The CAB is just one of a number of major national organisations calling for stronger government action on this and other aspects of social policy needed to better support the poor.
Clowning for a living By Gerald Rillstone
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Victor Li started out as a juggler and now clowns around for a living with Zirka Circus. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone
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“We are now handling about twenty-odd requests a week,” he says, reflecting a steady rate of increase that the small local office has been dealing with over the last two years. Any more requests than that are referred to the bigger foodbanks in Northland or Tawa. CAB also often sees financial despair caused by loan operators, until recently free to operate unregistered, bombarding
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Urban bike burglary costly By: Gerald Rillstone
A recent burglary at Jonty Ritchie’s bike business has left him out of pocket, disappointed and untrusting. Burglars smashed in the rear door of his Ngaio business around 5:30am one morning last week and made off with two expensive bike frames along with a partially built bike for one of his customers. The break-in has left Jonty around $1,000 out of pocket once his insurance excess has been paid. “I have been pretty lucky up until this point, it has been fourteen years and then this,” he says. He says with mountain biking becoming a fashionable trendy popular pursuit and bikes now hi-tech and expensive they are attractive to thieves. He says the thieves were obviously experienced and determined and knew what they were after. “A neighbour across the road heard something happening and came out and saw the car leaving and called the police,” Jonty says. “It makes me feel a bit worn out and tired and questioning
Bike share scheme Wellington City Council has provided Auckland-based company Onzo with a licence to operate their ‘dockless’ bike hire system until the end of March 2019. To hire the bikes, people have to download the Onzo app, create an account and log in to find the nearest bike. All bikes come with a helmet and lights. The cost to hire a bike is 25 cents for every 15 minutes. People hiring the bikes are encouraged to park them beside a bike stand – the trip is easily finished when the user pulls down the lock on the back wheel. There are some parking restrictions on the Golden Mile, Cuba Mall, the waterfront and in central city parks.
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Ngaio bike shop owner Jonty Ritchie gets to work on a customer’s bike. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone
why I bother with the business, I’m eking out a modest living and then someone can come
and take it away.” Jonty says since the break-in he hasn’t had any feedback from
the police and is surprised they haven’t taken a look at CCTV footage available in the area.
in Ranelagh Street was entered and searched. The driver’s door was left unlocked because a key had broken in the lock. All other doors were locked. The entry was believed to have occurred during a fight which had broken out in the street at around 4.30 am. Police attended the incident and the victim found their car had been rummaged and contents thrown about. Nothing is known to have been stolen. In Northland panes of glass beside the front door of a house
in Harbour View Road were smashed to gain access. A monitored alarm was activated and the victim immediately returned home and found the front door open. Several rooms showed signs of a search and a laptop computer is known to have been stolen. In Wadestown the basement of a house in Highland Crescent was entered, possibly through an unlocked door. A chainsaw, a weed cutter and a large bag containing a variety of tools were stolen.
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville an empty house in Frankmoore Avenue was entered through a smashed rear window. A small hot water cylinder under the kitchen sink was removed and taken. Fittings and pipes were also taken from a hot water cylinder located upstairs. Removal of these fittings caused a flood of water which damaged the floors and walls on both levels of the property. In Newlands a back door was forced open to gain access to a house in Gahagan Way. There
are indications that the house was searched but nothing is reported stolen. In Grenada Village a heap of cut gorse was set on fire at night. It was located on a walkway between houses and was deliberately lit using an accelerant. In Karori an attempt was made to break into a Housing New Zealand property in Victory Avenue by forcing the front door. No entry was gained. A white Mazda Familia saloon parked overnight
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Wellington Council’s decision to re-evaluate the business case supporting development of the city’s proposed convention centre is the right move says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. “A lot has changed since the original Wellington convention centre business case was put together and approved by councillors, so I’m pleased to see they are double checking that it still stacks up.” “Te Papa has benefited from substantial financial support over the years from the Downtown Levy, paid for by central city businesses and hospitality venues, and the entirety of the Council’s financial support to Te Papa, both directly and through this proposed new exhibition space, should be scrutinised,” John says.
New R&D tax incentives Business Central welcomes the new research and development tax incentives announced by the Government. Small business, in particular, will benefit from the halving of the amount of R&D investment required before a tax credit can be claimed, from $100,000 to $50,000. Raising the rate from the proposed 12.5 per cent to 15% is also an unexpected bonus.
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Former Newlands college student Lilly Marie Taylor has been selected to represent New Zealand in a global initiative. Lilly says the initiative aims to increase the influence and impact of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) and in the decision making that shapes the health of our planet. “There are six of us from Team Kiwi aka The Frozen Ferns, and we will join 90 other woman from 33 countries in this journey,” she says. “As part of the programme we’ll be travelling to Antarctica on a three-week journey to complete our Homeward
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strategies for scientific outreach, using the amazing backdrop of Antarctica to engage our communities, empower women and other minority groups in STEMM, promote and influence global scientific policy to make a difference especially around climate change and emphasis our connection to earth and role as kaitiaki.” Being selected to be part of the team one of three New Zealand based woman and one of six Kiwis in total for Homeward Bound I she couldn’t believe it. “As a Maori woman, who left school at 15 and spent most of my youth as a meta-
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On October 10, at 4pm, Lorrimer and Ian McAlister of Tauranga and members of their family will be part of a group at Glenside paying respects at the memorial of the Unknown Pioneer Woman. Lorrimer, with her 40 years experience in genealogy, is keen to discover if the unknown pioneer could be her great great great grandmother Janet Reid (nee Glen). Section 24 at the Halfway, now known as Glenside, was settled in 1840 by Scotsman Adam Reid and his wife Janet, as well as their seven-month-old daughter Margaret. Sadly, Janet lived only a few months longer and was buried in an unmarked grave. Two years later, on October 10 1842, Bishop Selwyn is known to have held a memorial service for an unnamed woman at a burial site in the area. The site was then marked but its exact location, and confirmation of the
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woman’s name, was lost. It has become known as the memorial of the Unknown Pioneer Woman. Last year, after the construction of the Westchester link road, a possible site was found and a memorial ceremony held there at 4pm, the time recorded for Bishop Selwyn’s first service 175 years before. This year, Lorrimer, her husband and her two eldest grandsons and their wives will be
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Confidential Karori By Gerald Rillstone
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Leah, a Karori mum and Sunday Star Times magazine columnist, decided it was time to put some of her favourite yarns into a book with a number of the stories about Karori and titled Karori Confidential. “I write about things that happen in the week. It’s not that autobiographical but inevitably things that happen in the suburb find their way into the column. “When I collected all the columns for the book, and there are about 70 in there, I found there was a whole section about moving to Karori and there is a section in the back about living here,” Leah says. The cover photo for the book is taken in Gipps Street in front of the butcher shop and Leah thinks it illustrates the suburb and life there well. “I borrowed my friend Carol’s dog and had that in the photo as well. You see so many dog walkers in Karori it is such a Karori thing to do,” she says. From her experience Leah muses the suburbs seem very routine and quite dull and everyone wants to get out of them but actually she says, “there is a lot of life there and I find things that are quite funny and quite moving. “One of the strongest things in the book is don’t underestimate Karori and don’t underestimate New Zealand suburbs; there is a lot to celebrate here.” Karori Confidential will be launched by Steve Braunias on Wednesday October 17 at Unity Books.
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Lucy Marinkovich from the Royal New Zealand Ballet treated Newlands kids to a workshop as part of the childrens holiday programme. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone
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really about whether people are in extreme pain. “It’s actually … better educated more articulate people who are used to control in their lives who want the comfort of knowing that if they get into that situation, then they’ll have an option to be able to take it early.” David Seymour says the Bill was not a judgment on anyone’s ability. “Look, I don’t normally talk about it but my mum had polio,
my cousin has Down Syndrome and that means that in some ways they have a different level of ability from other people but they would not qualify for this Bill because neither of them could ever argue that they were in an advanced state of irreversible decline. “Nobody by dint of having any kind of disability alone will ever be able to access assisted dying under this Bill,” he says.
Debate on End of Life Bill held With voting to take place on the end of life Bill later in the year National list MP Nicola Willis gathered together adversaries on the topic for a public debate at Samuel Marsden Auditorium last week. Currently with the justice select committee, if passed into law the Bill would make it legal for those with a terminal illness or irremediable medical condition to have the choice of assisted death.
The Bill passed its first reading in December 2017 and last week a crowd of around 250 gathered to hear arguments from both sides, with former Prime Minister Sir Bill English and Dr Sinead Donnelly, a palliative medicine physician on the opposing side and Act MP David Seymour and law professor Dr Andrew Butler arguing for the Bill. Nicola says it was important to
have the debate and for people to hear the conversation. “I have to vote on this bill and I need to know as much as possible about the bill and the public’s opinion,” Nicola says. The proposed law change would give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying. Sir Bill argued the debate wasn’t
Wednesday October 10, 2018
Cathedral unveils new organ The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is holding a festival of concerts as it welcomes a temporary replacement for its big pipe organ, damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake. While it is being repaired, a customdesigned state-of-the-art digital instrument has been installed by experts from the UK. The festival of concerts includes a free one with school holiday appeal - a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Peter and the Wolf. David Rowe, the new Dean of the Cathedral, will narrate the tale in the performance to be held at 2pm on Saturday October 13. The inaugural organ recital on Friday October 12 will be given by renowned concert
Eva Durrant of Wadestowon has youngsters at Wadestown Library enthralled with bees during her demonstration. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone
organist Dr Joseph Nolan while the combined choirs of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and Sacred Heart Cathedral will perform a programme of choral classics on Saturday evening. The festival concludes with two festal services on Sunday at 10am and 5pm, with the organ officially dedicated during the morning service. There will, however, also be daily 30-minute organ recitals from Monday October 15 - Friday October 19 at 12.45pm. Tickets for the two evening concerts are $30 each ($25 for students and seniors) or a combined special rate of $50/$40 for both.
This brand-new custom-built Regent Classic digital organ has been installed at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and will feature in a series of concerts between October 12-14. PHOTO supplied.
Even though Beeawareness month is over, the awareness continues with Wadestown Library putting on an insightful demonstration for kids during the school holidays this week. In a bid to sweeten her young audience’s interest, Eva passed around some of the honey before they were taught about smoking the hive to
Flat hunting season in Wellington usually starts with the students in February. However, this year kaka breeding activity is bringing a wave of unwanted intruders into Wellington properties. Department of Conservation rangers have responded to several requests to help evict unwanted tenants from roof spaces as the native parrots seek to nest in handy cavities. With strong beaks and a very inquisitive nature, kaka can make their way into ceilings, mistaking them for their natural nest sites inside rotten trees. DOC biodiversity ranger David Moss crawled inside a tight roof space to relocate a nest of three eggs last week, and was called out to attend another potential home invasion recently. “We usually get a few calls this time of year about strange noises at strange times. Where the birds have managed to get inside, its best for both them and their human landlords if we carefully relocate them.” Purpose-built kaka nesting boxes are usually fixed in a nearby location, and the eggs or chicks are carefully transferred. The new location is observed to check the adult birds have found their brood. “Kaka are pretty good parents. They hang around not too far away while we do the operation and eye us suspiciously. But once we leave them to it, they seem pretty happy with the upgrade.” Damage to property is only one risk. By nesting in ceilings, kaka put themselves in contact with potentially harmful materials such as glass wool insulation, treated timbers, and lead nails and plumbing which they chew. “Lead poisoning is a leading cause of death for Wellington kaka, along with metabolic bone disease caused by being fed inappropriate food by people.
calm the bees. Louise Davies, Community Centre Advocate for Wadestown, decided it would be valuable for kids to learn about beekeeping in their own community. “I thought it would be fun for the kids to see and get them to realise beekeeping is taking place on their own doorstep,” Louise says.
Forum brings Wellington social sector together Community organisations from throughout Wellington will join city council and government representatives at this month’s Wellington City Social Forum. The two-day social sector gathering will bring together practitioners, policy-makers and providers of services. The forum – a joint initiative of Wellington City Council and Community Networks Wellington (CNW) – will draw on the collective knowledge and experience of participants to establish a ‘big picture’ view of the sector. “Council wants to get a really clear idea of what community organisations believe is important and what they believe the city’s social priorities should be, and to make sure that Council priorities match as much as possible,” says Wellington City Councillor, Brian Dawson.
“Gaining that bigger picture means we can more effectively use Council resources to make sure our communities and people are getting the support they need.” CNW Co-Chair, Julia Hennessy, says the forum is an opportunity to build a collaborative response to the city’s social needs. “We hope that the forum results in new and strengthened connections, with an ongoing commitment to working together.” The forum takes place on October 17 and 18 and focuses on four priority issues: Mental health and addictions Housing and homelessness Social isolation Poverty and financial inequality Community organisations interested in taking part are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A kaka nest discovered in a local ceiling. PHOTO: Supplied
“A good way to avoid kaka moving in with you is not to encourage them to hang around the property by feeding them. Spending time around buildings waiting to be fed also increases the chance they’ll mess about with lead nails or other toxic products.” David Moss also recommends checking your roof for any weak points such as vents or rotten wood where kaka could break in. He recommends placing well-secured steel plates or mesh over these sites. When kaka chicks leave their nest, after around 70 days, they are generally unable to fly. Being grounded for several days makes them vulnerable to cats, dogs and other predators which can be more common around people’s homes. “If you already have a rat trap, add a stoat trap or possum trap to your backyard. Until we can fulfil the predator free vision for all of Wellington, its best if we send these birds the signal that they stick to safe, natural nesting sites.” Anyone suspecting they have kaka nesting in their home can call DOC for advice on 0800 362 468.
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Welcome to Cook Strait News’ - Women in Business Feature where we shine the light on local women in business
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What does my role entail?
What does your role entail? Good Real Estate is similar to many other occupations - we solve people’s problems. I try to gain clients’ trust so that I can give them honest advice on whether to buy or sell properties.
What has been your biggest achievement? I can recall several times when my own hard work in marketing a home has resulted in an outstanding sale that has changed someone’s life for the better.
What do you love about what you do? Because we have such good processes, we genuinely get results that would be unobtainable with a private sale or if our clients used an ‘average’ agent. I love knowing that I can make such a difference.
How do you define success? When both parties (buyer and seller) are delighted at the outcome of a sale and when clients refer colleagues and friends to us because we have done such a good job.
What do you do in your downtime? My partner and I have a lifestyle block in Makara with a few animals where we are planning to build our first family home.
Favourite inspirational quote? Just do it!
Professional Organiser What does your role entail? In short I help my clients clear their clutter and re-organise their possessions to help them save time and money for the things they are truly passionate about. My clients are at different stages of their lives - expecting a new addition to their family, downsizing, simplifying or preparing their house to go on the market. They require guidance, support and focus for clutter clearing anything from their pantry, closet, paper work to their whole house.
What has been your biggest achievement? Starting my own business and being able to do something meaningful.
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I run a female focused passenger service (men are more than welcome to ride). The main priority is to provide safe travel for our customers who include after-school pick-ups and late night/early morning rides as well as day-to-day and airport pick-ups. Other than safety, I try my best to keep prices affordable with NO Surcharge. I also run a non-profit emergency pick-up service for at-risk members of the community also known as the Angel System.
What is your biggest achievement? I would like to think that setting up The Angel System in Wellington helps at-risk members of the public get home safely. That’s a big achievement for me - because it brings me closer to my customers and spreads the word on prevention. All in all, The Angel System stands for a lot of what I am working towards!
What do I love about what I do? I love my customers! Meeting a new person every day and knowing that they and their families feel so much more comfortable knowing they can get home safely and be notified if needed. Being an active part of the community is a lovely feeling.
How do you define success? My version of success is knowing that my customers are 100% satisfied with their ride. Having the Wellington bars call for an emergency ride (through The Angel System) for an at-risk member of the public meaning that preventive measures have been taken to keep the community safe.
What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I try to find ways of bettering my company and spending time with my friends and family who always give me new insight.
What’s your unique selling point that sets you apart from the rest? Sophie’s Angels is price competitive with Uber, because we do not have surcharging and have superior customer service. We aim to be the service to call when you’re in need and we pride ourselves on doing more than just taking you from point A to point B.
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What does your role entail? I create, write and host bespoke quiz events in local bars and for office get-togethers and fundraisers. My married surname is Taylor, so our events are Taylor-Made! For one-off quizzes, I meet with the customer beforehand to discuss details and to agree on their preferred format and subject rounds.
What has been your biggest achievement? Helping to raise money for local charities at fundraisers. We also donate to Duffy Books in Homes which gives new books to NZ children – they will be the next generation of quizzers.
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I love that my job can change lives for the better! Working on our possessions often leads to working through hidden issues we carry with us and can lead to a more purposeful life.
It’s a whole lot of fun! Plus there’s a sense of community about the regular pub quizzes. The teams get to know me and I get to know what they are good at, and not so good at.
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CRAIG, Daniel Gordon: Sep 30, 2018 MacDONALD, Kenneth Charles: Sep 25, 2018 NEWBOLD, Jacqueline Frances: Oct 1, 2018 BOOTH, Tony Jeffrey (Anthony Geoffrey) - passed away at Wellington Hospital with mum by his side on Sunday 7 October, aged 58 years. Dearly loved son of Eunice Frater and the late Thomas Booth. Messages to ‘the Booth’ family may be left at www.tributes.co.nz or posted to PO Box 7123, Wellington 6242. A funeral service will be held for Tony at The Wilson Funeral Home, 375 Adelaide Road, Newtown on Thursday 11th October at 2pm. Thereafter private cremation. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown – Karori, Locally Owned. LUST, Esther Chana – Passed away on 8 October 2018 in her 97th year. Dearly loved mother of Adrian, Rex (Canada), and the late Barry. Beloved wife of the late Cecil Lust. Much loved aunty of Raoul and Ruth and all her nieces and nephews. Messages to the Lust family may be left in Esther’s tribute book at www.tributes.co.nz or posted c/PO Box 7123 Newtown 6242. A service to celebrate Esther’s life will be held at The Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 375 Adelaide Road, Newtown on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 at 2pm, followed by burial at Makara Cemetery. The Wilson Funeral Home, Newtown – Karori, Locally Owned.
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Come to the FREE Heart Foundation info session. Tuesday 16 October from 5.30pm, at TeRauparaha Arena, Porirua. To book call Annette 04 472 2780
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Linkline Social Club Inc
For active mature persons. Club dinners 6pm last Saturday of each month plus a range of other activities. Phone Jossie: 577 1876
Seniors’ Week Spring Dance
Sun 14 Oct, 2.30-4.30pm, Pōneke Hub club rooms, 3 Kilbirnie Cres, $10. Bookings essential, phone 04 387 5657. Please note the date was listed incorrectly in the Seniors’ Week brochure.
House Maintenance HOUSE WASHING, 16 yrs exp. Hotwater,
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OLD MAN PINE - green - $300 for 3.6 cubic metres delivered. Ph Tony 021 856 532
hedges, tidy ups. Ph Roy 476-3368 / 027248-3263.
redecorating. Steve 027 726 4718 CARPET & VINYL laid and repaired. Ph
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End of Year Out of Zone Enrolment for 2019
APPLICATIONS OPEN The Board of Trustees invites applications from parents out of zone who wish to enrol their children at Wadestown School for the Term 1 and Term 2 intake 4th February to 5th July 2019. Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office or at www.wadestown.school.nz Students who live in the home zone are entitled to enrol at the school. Limited places are available in Years 1-8. Where there are more applications for enrolment than there are places available the Board are required to fill any vacant out of zone places by ballot. Applications from out of zone students will be processed in the following order of priority: • Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current children at the school. • Priority will then be given to applicants who are siblings of former children of the school. • Priority will then be given to applicants who are children of Board employees. • Priority will then be given to other applicants. If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, selection will be by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone places is required, it will be held on Tuesday 23rd October 2018 under external supervision. Parents will be informed as to the outcome of the ballot immediately following the ballot being held.
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The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 4pm, Friday 19th October 2018.
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Applications are to be made in writing, marked ‘Confidential’ and addressed to: The Principal, Wadestown School, 2 Rose St, Wadestown, Wellington 6012.
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Wednesday October 10, 2018
Local kids triumph at champs By Gerald Rillstone
Local cross country runners have returned triumphant from the annual Inter-regional Primary and Intermediate Schools cross country championships. More than 80 young, keen, cross country runners from across the Greater Wellington region recently competed at the event held in Nelson and returned having won the annual Inter-regional Primary and Intermediate Schools Cross Country Championships. Joe Martin, 11, from Karori Normal School also won the year six boys’ race, a distance of two kilometres. This was a true achievement for Joe as his two older brothers have previously won gold at this event although Joe is the only one of the three to have won back to back titles, as he won last year as a Year 5 student as well, which certainly gives him bragging rights over his older siblings. “It was good and it was fun to race,” Joe says.
Out for a jog (from left), Molly O’sullivan (Saint Teresas) Joe Martin (Karori Normal) Amy McHardy. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone
Local girls Molly O’Sullivan from Saint Teresa’s and Amy McHardy from Wadestown schools, who train together during the week and weekends, were members in the year eight girls’ team.
This team of nine runners had five twins in it, with one set of identical twins running in the team. Of the remaining three girls, two have twin brothers, and one has an identical twin sister The event is in its 14th year with
with Jacob Page
Wrestling with the chance of history missed I sat in Melbourne over the weekend realising I’d flown over for the wrong event. I was in the sporting capital of the world to attend a WWE wrestling show along with 70,000 other people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday night. If I’d done my due diligence before my flight took off I would have realised I’d lucked into the best opportunity to see wonder mare Winx race in the flesh at Flemington. Had I not been staying with my cousin, I wouldn’t have even known Winx was going for win No 28 in a row in the Turnbull Stakes. As I sat on the couch in our accommodation, mentally kicking myself for letting a golden opportunity disappear, I watched through the television in amazement as racing purists and casual fans alike soaked up the atmosphere. Children were dressed in the silks of Winx’s jockey Hugh Bowman and seasoned race analysts simply stopped pondering who might win and became cheerleaders for the mare pre-race. She was an unbackable $1.14 on the fixed odds to win the race. In fact, analysts were telling people to back Winx and frame the ticket, as merely living in the age of the mare and seeing her race was victory in itself. With the stage set, the champion settled in her customary back of the pack position. Her booming speed in the home straight had been her calling card for years. She often streaked away from her opponents with utter arrogance as race callers battled to find superlatives to match what they had seen.
Saturday did not go to script. With 500m to go, Winx was second last on the rails. With 300m to go, her position had improved to the point where she was looking for a gap to stick her naturally big nose through and surge past but she was still a long way off the leaders in a quality field. With many acknowledging after the race that they thought she had no chance at that stage, Winx found some clear running room and Bowman set her alight. She stormed home and won by a length. It may not have been the most commanding performance of her career but few could argue it wasn’t one of her absolute best. I’m not sure if any other horse could have won from such an apparently hopeless position. My cousin, a casual racing fan, sat in amazement. I sat there, still kicking myself I wasn’t at the track, but thankful I’d seen a slice of history. If you only watch horse racing once this year, go out of your way to watch Winx race. The wonder mare will try and make further history when she races in the Cox Plate at Flemington on October 27. Winx will try and notch her fourth successive win in the Cox Plate. A race won previously by greats including; Phar Lap, Tulloch, Makybe Diva, Gunsynd, Kingston Town, Sunline and who can forget Bonecrusher’s win over Waverley Star, title “The race of the century”. Winx’s not just a sporting star, she is one for the history books.
Canterbury and Wellington going into this year having won the Phil Costley Shield five times. (The two regions were joint winners in 2008, 2010, 2012). T h i s y e a r ’s w i n p u t s We l l i n g t o n o n e a h e a d .
To compete in the event Year five to eight students are selected as the top 10 runners in their age group from Wellington, Masterton, South Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Porirua, and Parumoana, intermediates and Kapiti Coast.
Ngaio teen makes good in US Ngaio soccer star Ella Wilson is finding success in the United States and no one could be prouder than her grandad Bud Jones. He has been following her progress closely over the internet and isn’t a bit surprised she is doing so well. “She was really into it at Onslow and only got to the US around the first of September,” he says. Ella is on a soccer scholarship to Fairmont University in West Virginia and last week was voted all conference defensive player of the week. Ella was playing in the USA Eastern Mountain Conference National Collegiate Athletic Association and was voted defensive player of the week after a one-nil win by her team. She is on a four year scholarship at Fairmont and is studying for an environmental science degree.
She started playing soccer when she was 5 and played for various clubs including North Wellington Club, Onslow JFC and Wellington United. Ella has competed throughout New Zealand and internationally as well and has been on the national scene where she competed for the New Zealand Secondary School Team in Australia. Fairmont State University (FSU) is located in West Virginia and competes within the NCAA Division II. The school has around 5000 students, most of them athletes who are on athletic scholarships. FSU has recently built brand new facilities which include new dorm rooms for students. FSU also has state of the art gyms, medical rooms and athletic training grounds for their athletes. Ella will be studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in biology.
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Lawn Bowls A Fun Family Day Out for Young and Old WHERE: Wilton Bowling Club, 122 Wilton Road WHEN: Sunday, October 14, 11am – 4.30pm WHO CAN COME: This is a family fun day where kids and carers alike can enjoy themselves and ‘Have a Go’ at the game of bowls. Bowls will be provided, with special small-sized bowls available for youngsters. Club members will be on hand to show you the basics of the game. Flat-soled shoes (or barefeet) on the green please Tea and coffee-making facilities will be available all day at no charge and you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the club’s beautiful bush surrounds.
We look forward to seeing you on
Sunday, October 14
For further information call Paul Cavanagh (027 5291020)
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