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Plan tees off Ken By Jamie Adams

A stalwart of Miramar Golf Club is refusing to accept a plan by the owners of Wellington Airport to compulsorily purchase much of its course in order to expand its capacity, saying it would ruin the club. Ken Mulholland, who has been a member for 48 years, says the golf course acts as a major tourist attraction, a recreational green space and a noise buffer between the airport and residential areas. If the proposed sale went ahead the golf club would lose roughly half of its land, meaning it would become a nine-hole course only. Continued on page 2. Miramar Golf Club member Ken Mulholland, in front of a lake which includes a fountain aerator he donated to the club, which would be gone under the sale plan. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Miramar golf course to be halved if airport gets its way

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Continued from page 1. Ken has uploaded a petition to the NZ Parliament website calling for MPs to pass a law that would apply a “special heritage land designation on land owned by the Miramar Golf Club in Wellington to protect it from compulsory acquisition by Wellington Airport”. The petition currently has 98 signatures with 105 days left until it closes. “I’ve applied to have the site listed as a Heritage NZ site, but that would take two to three years for approval,” Ken says. The Miramar Golf Club is 113 years old and its 18-hole course has lain adjacent to Wellington Airport since its establishment in 1958. Wellington International Airport Ltd has given notice that the golf club land is needed to expand for future growth, including longer taxiways and accommodating more planes, especially if a controversial plan to extend the runway goes ahead. The golf club was told the company was able to compulsorily purchase the land under the Public Works Act. However Ken is sceptical about that right, given it is a profitmaking business.

What Wellington Airport would look like after acquiring much of Miramar Golf Course, with a new holding bay and extended taxi-lanes.

“Two-thirds of the airport is majority-owned by private firm Infratil, with Wellington City Council owning the other third. “The airport is making substantial profits while hiding behind the guise of a utility company. “Its expansion is destroying the quality of life for those who live on the Miramar Peninsula. It is a monopoly business in the area and should be investigated by the Commerce Commission.” Ken also notes the council’s stake in the airport makes the sale more problematic as it would need to make changes to the District Plan, creating a conflict

of interest. He says a LIM report would state the land is zoned for recreational use only. He says if the airport really needs to expand it should do so westwards into Rongotai, given it already owns some of the adjacent land and much of it isn’t residential. Members of the Strathmore Park Progressive Association have signed the petition but are realistic about the outcome, given it is private land. “If this goes ahead we want a bottom line of two-way access of Stewart Duff Drive and buffer zones to neighbouring houses,” secretary Glenn Kingston says.

“The noise at the moment is not too bad because the taxiing takes place in the distance. This plan would effectively mean planes in people’s backyards.” Miramar Golf Club president Paul Warren would not comment until after another meeting with airport management today. In a statement, a spokeswoman for Wellington Airport would only say “the airport requires the additional land to accommodate forecast growth and meet future civil aviation requirements on both sides of the runway”. “We will continue to work with the golf club and its members on the future use of the land.”

Bus drivers settle with NZ Bus, strike may be delayed

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Good news for bus commuters - the Tramways Union has reached a provisional settlement with New Zealand Bus and it’s possible a planned strike will not go ahead next week. Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the settlement will be put to the union members for ratification tomorrow. He says the union negotiators will recommend that the “really good settlement” be accepted.

“It gave us practically everything that we asked for.” Over the next two years the drivers will get a 4 per cent pay rise and an extra week’s holiday, a shift allowance and a bargaining process agreement. Furthermore, the union is using this settlement as the bottom line for any agreement with the other bus operators. NZ Bus is a small employer, while Tranzit operates more than 60 per cent of Wellington regional bus routes.

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Tranzit has asked that negotiations be reconvened and Kevin says if they agree to let their drivers attend the union’s stopwork meeting set for Friday it will suspend a planned strike on October 23. “If Tranzit signals that it will meet the baseline just established, the strike will be postponed while negotiations continue. They need to have time to have a think about it,” Kevin says.

As of Wednesday afternoon there had not been any indication that Tranzit drivers would attend Friday’s meeting. The Tramways Union is seeking the same collective contracts for its Go Wellington drivers that have been ratified for Hutt Valley Flyer drivers. The Government is also weighing in. It has reconvened its committee on transport and infrastructure to meet on Thursday, October 25.



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Fashion brand launch new highlight in illustrious career

Lumen Clothing is unique in that the garments are decorated with illuminating highlights. INSET: Fiona Pohlen - Wellington fashion designer. PHOTOS: Supplied By Jamie Adams

She worked as a golf caddy in Japan, a tour guide for Japanese tourists on the Great Walks, a police officer and search-and-rescue volunteer, and she also overcame a rare cancer. Now Wellingtonian Fiona Pohlen has begun a new chapter in her storied life with the recent launch of her new local fashion brand Lumen Clothing. Inspired by her work in the police, Fiona has created sophisticated reflective wear to keep people safe and stylish on the streets of the capital. “My aim is to create a city where pedestrians are all visible in low-light conditions, and still look fabulous, wearing sophisticated, locally-made clothing,” she says. Lumen Clothing uses 3M

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reflective wear in everyday clothing is genius.” Realising fashion design was a viable career, Fiona quit the force after graduating from Massey Design School in 2008. But before she could continue pursuing her dream job she had to deal with the anxiety of cancer diagnosis. “It was sarcoma – a rare soft tissue cancer.” With the support of friends and family Fiona got through and is now cancer-free. Progress to becoming a fulltime fashion designer was still gradual as she had to do other jobs to pay the bills while making her garments for friends. But the hard work has paid off with the Lumen Clothing workroom now established in Te Aro, along with an online shop, Fiona was determined to

ensure her products were ethical and sustainable by having them not only made locally, but also sourced locally where possible, as well as avoiding disposal. “It needed to have a positive impact. Any larger scraps of plastic were put into zero-waste bags.” Her efforts have already been recognised with a Lux Luminance Award in Project Glow Wear 2016, and she says feedback from customers has also been positive. “People are finding it fascinating, as we usually see illuminated jackets on road workers. “We are about reducing the negative impact our clothing brand has on the environment, and if we can keep people safe in low-light conditions whilst doing it, even better.”


inbrief news Heritage buildings to be strengthened Heritage buildings in Wellington are receiving funding to help with earthquake strengthening, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has announced. Heritage EQUIP funding totalling $852,000 has been awarded to the owners of four significant Wellington buildings. Ashleigh Court Newtown, a Heritage NZ Category 1 building, is receiving $184,000; 255 Cuba Street is allocated $31,000; the landmark Erskine Chapel of Island Bay, also a Category 1 building, receives $250,000 and the Farmers Building in Cuba Street receives $250,000. Heritage EQUIP provides private building owners with up to 50 per cent of the funding required for seismic strengthening of heritage listed buildings.

Rugby Lions raise $7000 The Wellington Children’s Hospital will receive $7000 after a dedicated fundraising effort by the Wellington Lions squad. Each year the Wellington Lions Mitre 10 Cup squad forms four mini teams and are set challenges for the season. This season the players decided to try and raise money for the side’s charity partner, The Wellington Children’s Hospital, from an initial outlay of $200 That included running a number of raffles with the players coming up with their own prizes, including lunch with the squad at The Green Man. The winning mini team raised $3630.

Toogood coming to Massey Musician Jon Toogood’s The Adults are the headline act for the VNZMA Artisan Awards to be hosted next month at Massey University Wellington’s School of Music and Creative Media Production. Five Tui awards will be presented at the event on Monday, November 5 that honours the creative talents working behind the scenes of the top New Zealand recordings of 2018. Awards will include Best Engineer, Best Producer and Best Album Cover, as well as the categories of NZ On Air Best Music Video and the new award for Music Teacher of the Year.

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inbrief news Cooler spring masks UV risk MetService is urging Kiwis to re-think their sun-exposure with the risk of damaging ultra-violet (UV) radiation climbing rapidly at this time of year. MetService meteorologist James Millward says UV radiation isn’t just a summertime concern. “Many people incorrectly believe that UV levels are related to temperature, which is a myth,” says James. “Cloudy days give people a false sense of security. A high percentage of UV gets through cloud.” The risk of UV damage exists for a high proportion of daylight hours whenever someone is outside and regardless of what they are doing.

Single CEO for two DHBs Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs have voted to appoint a single chief executive officer to lead both DHBs in a move they say will better support health service planning and delivery across the Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington and Hutt Valley areas. The joint chief executive will support the DHBs to plan together on prevention and community-based care while also ensuring hospitals provide expert clinical care when people need them. There will now be an opportunity for staff and other stakeholders to engage in discussion about how best to ensure a smooth adjustment and transition to a single CEO model.

Warning labels for pregnant women Pregnancy warning labels on alcohol will become mandatory in New Zealand, The decision was made at the Australia New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in Adelaide last week. “While the alcohol industry has been voluntarily including warnings on some products for the past six years there is no consistency in the type, colour, size and design, reducing the effectiveness of the message,” Minister for Food Safety Damien O’Connor says. The move brings New Zealand in line with other countries that legally require pregnancy warning labels on alcohol such as the US and France.

All Countdowns now free of checkout plastic bags By Emma West

Countdown has become New Zealand’s first supermarket to phase out single-use plastic bags at checkouts, having made the move to reusable bags on Monday. Every one of Countdown’s 180 supermarkets nationwide have now implemented the change, including all stores across Wellington city, after the 26 remaining stores became plastic carrier bag free this week. Over the last year the company has spoken of its commitment to removing these bags from its checkouts and online shopping service by the end of 2018, and now has reached its goal – two and a half months ahead of schedule. Corporate Affairs and Sustainability general manager, Kiri Hannifin, says the supermarket chain is proud of its progress. “We are absolutely over the moon to have not only been the first supermarket to commit to phasing out these bags, but

also the first to actually deliver on our promise to Kiwis,” Kiri says. “Our ability to move more quickly than anticipated and complete our roll-out well ahead of our deadline is thanks to the hard work of our amazing store teams and our passionate and proud customers who really have got behind this move.” The company’s decision will put an end to the circulation of 350 million single-use plastic bags in New Zealand each year. Countdown Newtown duty manager Mannu Sanwal says this move is important for the environment and customers are predominantly in favour of this decision. “People are getting into the habit of bringing reusable bags from home if they have a lot of stuff to carry, and they don’t mind buying our ‘Bag for Good’ which is only $1,” says Mannu. The in-house bag can be replaced in store free of charge when it wears out and Count-

Countdown Newtown store manager Paul Berney and duty manager Mannu Sanwal with two types of purchasable bags that now permanently replace plastic bags at the supermarket. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

down is currently trialling the use of paper bags in its bakery department, as it tries to reduce unnecessary plastic consumption wherever possible. Store manager Paul Berney says customer feedback since Monday has been really posi-

tive. “We did a lot of training in the lead-up to it to let the customers know about it and they were really pleased. They’re used to it anyway – about 60 per cent were using their own bags on Saturday.”

Anti-diesel bus group calls for government intervention Local lobby group ReVolt Wellington has noted the irony of the city’s current bus network in the wake of last week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that called for a steep cut in CO2 emissions within 12 years to avoid irreversible climate change. Greater Wellington Regional Council scrapped the trolley bus network in November and since then has replaced them with a fleet of mostly diesel buses, with a plan to phase in

an all-electric fleet over the next decade. ReVolt spokeswoman Gillian Tompsett says Wellington now has the dubious honour of being the only city in the world to remove sustainable public transport since the Paris climate accord was signed in 2015. “In the run-up to the introduction of the new bus network, the GWRC repeatedly failed to tell Wellingtonians that Euro 5 and Euro 6 buses release dangerous carcinogens and that carbon

emissions would increase.” Gillian says an Offical Information act request by ReVolt to obtain NIWA emission reports to the GWRC, confirms that nitrous oxide emissions have increased in the city since trolley buses were decommissioned in November. “With only 30 electric buses planned to be on the road by 2021, Wellington will still have less than half the number that were operating in 2017. “There is no question that

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Organ reaches milestone with free concerts

St Thomas Church assistant priest Richard Noble demonstrates the 120-year-old organ. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

St Thomas’ Chapel in Newtown is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its vintage pipe organ with a series of concerts. The oldest components of the organ were built in 1898 by the celebrated organ builder Arthur Hobday, who had set up business in Wellington in 1896 following a career in Australia, and who lived in Lawrence Street in Newtown until his death in 1912. Arthur built organs in many church buildings throughout New Zealand in the later years of the 19th and the first decade of the 20th centuries. Over the years further stops were added to increase the organ’s size and capability. In 1970 the original wooden St Thomas’ Church was fire-damaged beyond repair and demolished the following year. The organ was removed and put in storage until the completion of the current St Thomas’ Chapel in 1982, when half of the organ components were installed in St Thomas’ with a new manual (organ keyboard). The remaining organ pipes were installed as a new instrument in the former St Cuthbert’s Church in Berhampore.

Organiser Richard Noble, an assistant priest at St Thomas’, says the visible pipes are merely decorative and the actual sound pipes are tucked behind them. “It’s a pre-cursor to the modern synthesiser. Each pipe comes with different sounds like drums and strings. There are also pedal keys that act as bass notes.” Following the August 2013 earthquake and prior to the subsequent deconsecration and demolition of St Cuthbert’s in 2015, the organ there was gifted to the Wellington Museum, where it is hoped it will eventually be displayed as a working exhibit. During Heritage Week, which begins on October 22, folk will be able to enjoy the sound of the Hobday organ at St Thomas’ Chapel in a series of half-hour lunchtime recitals. David Dobson, Ken Dougall and Jonathan Berkahn will perform from 12.30-1pm this coming Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively. They will be followed by an hour-long recital at 2pm on Saturday October 27, and then during the 9am worship service on Sunday.

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Council eyes more money for southern walking and cycling routes Wellington City Council is aiming to secure up to $24 million in Government funding for walking and cycling improvements in Island Bay, Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook. The Government this year announced it will invest more money making walking and biking safer and easier, offering an opportunity for the Council to get more work done without needing more ratepayer money. The Council has been talking with the NZ Transport Agency to determine how to maximise funding for the southern suburbs, where planning is under way in Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook for more walking and cycling infrastructure. Mayor Justin Lester says the Council has approved $8 million in ratepayer funding to improve connections in the south of the city between now and 2021, including the agreed redesign of The Parade in Island Bay. “By partnering with NZTA under the new Government Policy Statement, we have the opportunity to fund up to $32 million worth of changes in

these areas by 2021, with the Council paying 25 per cent and NZTA paying 75 per cent,” he says. The Council is working towards an integrated plan for what it says is high-quality biking and walking connections from the south coast to the city – including the Island Bay improvements – for which it aims to achieve sign-off from NZTA by mid-2019. Councillors will consider the co-funding opportunity at the Council’s City Strategy Committee meeting today. If approved, it will affect when the redesign work in Island Bay will happen. However not everyone is happy with the announcement. On Friday Island Bay Residents Association president Vicki Greco announced the association had filed for a judicial review in the High Court and served the Council a notice of proceedings. The proceedings ask to quash the decision of September 27, 2017 to adopt the option it took, and it has also taken issue with the consultation process leading up to the decision.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Do you support Wellington Airport’s proposal to expand into the Miramar Golf Course?

Vicki Kennedy, Strathmore Park No. There’s not many places around the city where someone can play a game, not that I’m a golfer. I don’t think the airport needs to get bigger.

Martin Loga, Miramar I don’t mind. It makes sense to me. It’s an international airport and it’s annoying if you have to catch two planes to go overseas.

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Flo Hatziloukas, Seatoun Heights I think we need to expand otherwise look at all the international flights that don’t come here. If Wellington is going to benefit from it, why not?

Jane Broad, Strathmore Park Yeah. It’s a small airport. I can appreciate how people would be upset by it but there’s nowhere else to expand it.

Bridie McDonald, Seatoun The concern I’d have is why the local developments haven’t had proper consultation. There’s always arguments for growth but it will have a huge impact.

Julian Legge, Miramar If it was for the extension for the runway then I would be all for it. It would be a shame to get rid of green land for the sake of not much.

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Diversity has wrecked the post-Christian western world Dear Editor; Anita Vogt ends her letter (CSN, October 11) by suggesting I might have an opinion on the relative importance of religion and culture, she herself desiring less of the former, and more of the latter. Yes, I have an opinion. First, it depends on which religion: all present faiths and non-faiths other than Christianity are false; and this includes many that pretend to be Christianity and to be the only true one.

Cultural, not religious difference, is precursor to war Dear Editor I am rather baffled by Anita Vogt’s reply (11 October) to my letter pointing out the anthropological difference between religion and culture. I hardly thought I was being contentious or creating confusion in doing so, and I’m not sure that Anita’s response provides the clarification that she seeks to offer. As for her contention that, ‘All wars start with religion’, I wonder if Anita could explain to readers the religious basis for WW1,

WWII, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the American Civil War, the American War of Independence, the Franco-Prussian, the Austro-Prussian War, the Napoleonic Wars, etc, etc. To the contrary, along with geo-political land-grabbing, the evidence of history would suggest that the precursor to war is all-toooften ethnic and cultural difference fomented into hatred. Richard Noble Newtown

Perhaps some non-Christian religions and cultures include a modicum of wisdom; but they still all lead to eternal loss; and the Christian ethos and culture put them all in the shade, as well. While many wars have been started by religion, it isn’t true that all wars are. Neither of the two World Wars was; and WWII was started by irreligion. Nazism was atheistic, though getting a lot of help from pseudo-Christians who saw it as an ally against Communism.

At present, the idiotic notion of “diversity” has all-but wrecked the postChristian Western world. The adoption of biculturalism or multiculturalism is already bringing that world’s civilisation to collapse and chaos. This will come very soon, unless the present policies are arrested and reversed - pronto! H. Westfold, Miramar

There are plenty of Wellingtons as well Dear Editor, As soon as the Minister has been persuaded by Victoria University Wellington to drop Victoria from its name, there should be a concerted effort to dissolve confusion. There are 13 Wellingtons listed in even a concise atlas. What confusion if a graduate is presumed to have graduated in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Chile, Texas, Ohio, Nevada, Kansas, Sri Lanka,

Somerset, Telford & Wrekin in Pommie land or even Whanganui-O-Tara. Surely Minister of Education, you have something better to do with your time. VUW please give some credit to King Dick when he proudly promoted our Victorian Heritage. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

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New funk-synth band promises ‘citrus’ to your ears The four members of Mt Cookbased funk-synth band believe their fresh and distinct sound is like the smell of citrus. Androgynous Lemon - a fourpiece band consisting of Massey University music students Reuben Burke-Munns, Nikita Piper, James Millsworkman and Amy Bonsor - will host a listening/

release party in the courtyard outside Massey Wellington’s Tussock Café at 12pm today. The band released its debut two-track single Gold/Space Samba via the website Bandcamp on Friday. A ncho r e d by Reub en’s smooth basslines and Nikita’s ever-changing drum pattern,

the band produces a funky, chill groove that isn’t limited to any particular genre. However, they create an atmospheric sound they say is sure to entice your ears. The band has a sound comparable to US musicians The Internet and Ravyn Lenae, but with notable differences.

Wellington band Androgynous Lemon, from left: Amy Bosnor, Nikita Piper, James Millsworkman and Reuben Burke-Munns. PHOTO: Supplied

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They describe their music as “sour but sweet, and extremely versatile”. James’s ever-changing synth patterns mixed with Amy’s vocal and tone range contribute to this versatility. Androgynous Lemon’s new single has been described as “ground-breaking” in the alternative genre. Ben Elisara of Coastal Promotions describes it as “a distinctive yet refreshing sound the New Zealand Music scene has not heard in decades”, while musician Solomon Crook loved the “quirkiness” of the “summery” Gold/Space Samba. The band says it is largely focused on crafting experimental music that is not exclusive to any type of listener or genre. Later this month the band will play at Massey Wellington’s R1 room, as well as in Eastbourne and Whanganui with other headlining band Electric Current.

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World War I nurses did not serve on front line Dear Editor Dean O’Gorman wrongly states that New Zealand nurses served in the front line on the Western Front during the First World War (CSN October 11). Only men worked in the front line

medical stations, the Regimental Aid Posts. Wounded soldiers were sent from these posts to Advanced Dressing Stations behind the lines, where again only men worked. Soldiers requiring im-

mediate surgery would then be taken some kilometres back to Casualty Clearing Stations, where nurses could first be found, assisting in triage and operations. This was important work and not without danger, as these areas

faced long-range shelling and aerial bombing. Nevertheless, the nurses were neither ‘on the front line’ nor ‘the first port of call’ for our wounded soldiers. David Filer Houghton Bay

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Roxy promises 24 hours of Harry Potter mania By Jamie Adams

I was told pretty much everyone stayed awake throughout because Roxy Cinema’s 24-hour “Harry we provided tea and coffee.” Potter-thon” is returning for 2018. Nonetheless Annabelle recomDie-hard fans of the world of mends all participants bring a the boy wizard will be able to pillow and blanket in case their fully immerse themselves in the body clocks insist they get a bit of entire Harry Potter franchise over sleep at some point. weekend of November 10 and 11 She is also encouraging moviegoers to go the “full Hogwarts” by dressing up for a costume competition. It won’t be a case of sitting in the cinema watching the big screen for the entire time. There will be significant breaks between each film, including hour-long meal breaks (dinner, breakfast and lunch). There will also be a Quidditch match, quizzes, prizes, and “secret surprises”. Tickets are $150 each and include meals, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee. The session begins at 1.30 and while it is general admission, entry to the cinema is by ticket purchase time – those who buy tickets first will be let in first. Annabelle says half of the 140 available tickets have already been sold, which suggests that “Harry Potter-thons” will become an annual Anton Vegar as Dobby the house-elf at last year’s Harry Potter-thon at occurrence at The Roxy. Bookings Roxy Cinema. PHOTO: asounesphoto can be made at its website. with The Roxy screening all eight films back to back. It is the second such event to be held at the Miramar movie theatre. Co-ordinator Annabelle Snelling says they decided to host it again after last year’s was sold out. “I didn’t organise it last year but

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Improv Festival celebrates 10 years with Gala The New Zealand Improv Festival is set to celebrate its 10th birthday season in style later this month with an “epic” evening of improvised comedy. A Truly Momentous Occasion: The NZIF Gala is the headline event of 17 shows happening in Wellington from October 20-27. Festival director Jennifer O’Sullivan, who will MC the event, says it is sure to be an “unmissable smorgasbord of spontaneous comedy, drama, music and delights”. “The birthday Gala is going to be amazing. We’ve never held an event like this at NZIF, and I’m so excited to be hosting it,” says Jennifer. “With improvisors coming from all around New Zealand, a bunch from across Australia, and then a few special visitors all the way from Chicago, Münster and

London, this Gala and Festival is truly international and I am incredibly proud to see the word is spreading that the NZIF is a high quality experience.” The annual New Zealand Improv Festival sees hordes of world-class improvisers from all around the country and the world take over Wellington for one week of made-up mayhem. There are no scripts, no lines to remember, only spontaneity and generosity on stage, creating theatre that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. The NZIF 10th birthday Gala kicks off on October 20 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Tce. The other 16 shows are happening at BATS Theatre. Go to nzimprovfestival. to find out more.


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Facebook to help NZ youth lead charge for online change By Jamie Adams

High school students now have a new way of developing confidence among their peers thanks to a new online safety partnership. Sticks ’n Stones, a youth-led bullying prevention organisation based in Central Otago, has teamed up with Facebook and subsidiary Instagram to launch Online Advocates, which aims to empower 14-18 year-olds who may want to create positive change but feel hamstrung by peer pressure. The programme will begin next year and will run in high schools. It will combine face-to-face workshops with online modules through a network of supportive peers to promote positive online experiences and interactions. Students from four high schools attended the launch in the CBD on Tuesday, including a group of Year 12s from Wellington High School. Sticks ‘n Stones CEO Karla Sanders says the programme will target 40 schools around the country. “There are three key themes – find your voice, raise your voice and create

Year 12 Wellington High School students Abishkar Palma, Theo Sutorius, Riley Gibson, Liberty Facebook Head of Global Safety McIntyre-Reet and Molly Doyle at the launch of the Sticks ’n Stones Online Advocates programme. Antigone Davis speaks at the PHOTOS: Jamie Adams launch.

change in your community. “Within a high school, leadership opportunities can be limited. These roles tend to be filled by those who are already confident. “We are trying to empower people in non-traditional leadership roles.” Karla says “unspoken norms” that come about through peer pressure prevent many young

people from being themselves. Facebook’s Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis flew in from the US to attend the launch. She told the audience that young people are “at the forefront” of achieving Facebook’s aim of building community. “In order to do this you have to feel safe online, which means we have to invest in your online safety.

“Partnerships are core to getting this right. We are experts in building a platform but we are not experts in things like suicide prevention. “We have found one of the best ways to actually prevent someone from harming themselves is for someone that they’re connected to to reach out and let them know that they care.” Wellington High School student

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Zinefest committee members Eddie Haydon, left, and Miranda Wolf with some of their zines that will be on display PHOTO: Carissa Corlett

Local illustrators, writers, artists and designers will be sharing their work with other keen audiences when the Wellington Zinefest arrives next month. Zinefest is a platform for all kinds of creatives to share their self-published work in an “epic” zine market day. This year, the event will be held on November 17 at the new creative campus Te Auaha on Dixon Street. Zines are self-made magazines, typically cheap to make and covering unique content. “Zinemaking is an infinite craft – there is no right way to make a zine. Some are professionally bound,

while others come directly from the library photocopier,” Zinefest committee member Liam Goulter says. Liam notes that zine markets are not about profit as the publications’ prices typically only cover production costs. “Alternatively, zinemakers can bring their own zines to trade.” Wellington Zinefest will cover a massive range of topics, from anarchism to cute socks. Liam says each stall is unique and reflects the diversity of talent in Wellington. “For me, zine culture is one of the coolest parts of living in Wellington,” Liam says. “Normal media show you

one version of the city we live in – but through zines I get to see a whole different version. “For me they show you what’s going on in the minds of the people who live here. Reading a zine is like looking through someone else’s eyes for a minute or two - it’s pretty special.” Spaces for its 60 stallholders filled up almost instantly, he says, and roughly 1000 people are expected to traverse the market space just off Cuba Street. Liam says the Zinefest committee decided to hold the market at Te Auaha thanks to its central location, accessibility and creative vibes.

Molly Doyle says a peer-to-peer network would be an effective way for students to communicate any issues they may be reluctant to talk about with their parents. Fellow WHS student Liberty McIntyre-Reet believes her school - which is notable for its inclusiveness - could lead the charge for creating positive environments, both on and offline, in all schools.

Electric vehicles go the distance If you think you can’t go places in an electric vehicle, you’re wrong, according to latest data. The data from Flip the Fleet, a coalition of over 1150 EV owners nationwide, shows that electric vehicles are actually driven further each year than combustion vehicles. The annual average distance travelled across all models of EVs is 14,100km/year, a quarter more than the 11,500km/year for combustion vehicles. Kathryn Trounson, chairperson of environmental lobby group The Better New Zealand Trust, couldn’t be happier. “Our Trust provides test drives to let people experience what a joy EVs are to drive. These data show that the switch to electric cars also saves them money while reducing New Zealand’s carbon footprint,” Kathryn says. Even the very earliest Nissan Leaf model with a small battery is travelling more than the average for combustion vehicles, she says. The average single trip away from base and back again in a New Zealand EV is 48km, whereas the NZTA estimates that the combined distance of all the day’s trips in a combustion vehicle averages only 28km. “The data well and truly busts the myth that EVs aren’t a practical substitute for a conventional car,” Kathryn says. The sums in favour of an EV are getting even better with the recent petrol price hikes. Flip the Fleet estimates that a commuter doing a 100km round trip to work, five days a week, is saving $90 per week in fuel and maintenance costs. Flip the Fleet is a “citizen science project” that provides scientifically reliable information on the benefits and constraints of electric vehicles in New Zealand. Co-founder Dima Ivanov says there are currently 182 EV owners from Wellington who have signed up to Flip The Fleet, and this number has been steadily growing. “Wellington is second in our rank of cities with Flip The Fleet participants (Auckland is first with 323), so the uptake in your area seems really good, based purely on this one value.” Dima notes there have been “quite a few” sign-ups overall in the recent weeks, but could not specify if it was attributed to the price of petrol.

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Chef Calling all Chefs! At Rita Angus Retirement Village, Kilbirnie, we have a food revolution under way. “Ryman Delicious” is our all-new approach to food and fine dining. Developing menus with more complexity for chefs, we offer fine dining and a wide range of choice to our residents. We have the following positions available: • Head Chef - Sunday through Thursday 0800 – 1700 • Chef - Tuesday through Thursday 1100 – 1900, and Friday and Saturday 0800 – 1700 Key skills required: • Previous experience as a Chef • Ability to lead a team and run a kitchen with a sense of humour • Ability to cater for special functions and dining events • Highly organised and reliable • Personable with a positive attitude For more information or to apply please email Lynne Peirse at, call 04 387 7626, or visit

With significant growth in the Wellington region we will be inviting successful applicants to an Assessment Centre on Thursday the 15th of November. As a Community Support Worker you take on tasks that are dynamic and will depend on the needs and dreams of each person. You provide assistance with daily activities such as community participation, socializing, work or education, personal cares and domestic chores, as well as responsibility for reporting and administration. In our residential service, we provide services for adults with intellectual and or physical disabilities within shared homes and out in their community. We provide 24 hour support which consists rotating roster Monday through to Sunday. Skills & Experience • Committed and passionate for supporting people with disabilities to live great lives • Ability to communicate effectively and supportively with your colleagues and the people you support • Empathy and willingness to support people

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with their personal cares, such as bathing, dressing and toileting The ideal candidate will have: • The commitment to achieve a Community Support Worker Level Three qualification • Experience supporting people with disabilities and/or challenging behaviours • Reliability, Commitment, and Passion for working with people • A full New Zealand driver’s licence • The ability and confidence to drive a van with a manual transmission • A relevant qualification • The ability to use a computer effectively, including programs such as Word, Internet Explorer, and email Apply Now if you have a passion for working with people and want to make a difference!

Apply by visiting our career site and entering job reference – 11523. Applicants must be available to attend our Assessment Centre on Thursday the 15th of November. Spectrum Care is proudly an equal opportunity employer.

Thursday October 18, 2018


James Blackwell named Lions top player

Lions lock James Blackwell was named Wellington Player of the Year at the 2018 Wellington Representative Rugby Awards on Monday. On a night that saw Wellington Rugby recognise the union’s highest performing teams, players and coaches, Lions head coach Chris Gibbes scooped the Coach of the Year award for a second year running after guiding his side to the premiership semi-finals. James was awarded the newly named Graham Williams Memorial Cup, in honour of the late lock who made a record 174 appearances for the union. He also received a trophy as Lions Player of the Year. It came after a season that saw James show some of his best and most consistent form in all aspects of the game. Chris has continued to guide the Lions up the national pecking order a year after taking them to Mitre 10 Cup championship victory and promotion in 2017. Under his guidance, and that of assistants Andre Bell and Cory Jane, the Lions finished fourth in the premiership after round robin play in the Mitre 10 Cup and will meet Auckland in the semi-finals on Saturday. The Wellington Pride, who finished the regular season on top of the Farah Palmer Cup championship and will host the final against Otago on Saturday, was named Team of the Year. The Lions play Auckland in the Mi- Wellington and Lions Player of the Year James Blackwell with tre 10 Cup semi-finals this Saturday. his two trophies. PHOTO: Supplied

Sports talk

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Give ‘em a taste of Kiwi For the past year, I’ve been forced to look at a six-storey mural of former Kiwi coach David Kidwell. After the Kiwis’ 26-24 win over Australia on Saturday night, they can paint over that any time they like. Kidwell, a Cantabrian, and Kiwis coach at last year’s abysmal Rugby League World Cup, was an abject failure in the role, as the Kiwis were bundled out to lowly Fiji on home soil. New Zealand rugby league supporters are the most loyal fan base in the country. Forever loyal and forever let down. Saturday’s win, the Kiwis’ first in more than three-anda-half years, would have won many fans back after their shock exit on home soil last year. New coach Michael Maguire and rookie captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak pulled off an epic upset at Mt Smart Stadium and probably helped revive the international form of the game in this country. Let’s not mince words here, international league is the third most important level of

the game behind the NRL and State of Origin. This Kiwis’ performance should be the blueprint going forward. H istor ica lly, t he typica l Kiwi effort was punctuated by an emotional national anthem, stirring haka, physical first 30 minutes before they rolled over in the final 50 minutes to lose by 30 points at the final whistle. The 2018 version saw them soak up pressure throughout, complete their sets and pile pressure on the highly-fancied Australians who wilted under the scrutiny. Only two late tries from the men in green and gold made the final moments interesting as the Kiwis had shown their superiority throughout much of the match. These early signs are promising. Like all things about top flight league in New Zealand, whether it be Warriors or Kiwis, consistency is key. Is this a f lash in the pan performance or is this the rebuild a fter the K idwell disaster? Only time will tell.










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