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Wednesday October 24, 2018
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By Glenise Dreaver
“It’s not just a parade, it’s a performance,” says Johnsonville’s Christmas Parade committee member Lisa Woodley who is responsible for the event’s content and design. “I promised it would be bigger and better than last year’s and it will be.” That’s a big promise – the 2017 event won the national Lions award for the best community project in New Zealand. Continued on page 2. Johnsonville Christmas Parade planning is well under way and the Independent Herald caught up with three of the committee members last week. From left, Lisa Woodley responsible for parade content and design, Lisette Prendé, who does communications and marketing and Lions committee chair, Stephen Cook PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
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The Three Muskeeters, from left: WCC northern ward councillors Peter Gilberd, Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Malcom Sparrow. They will be making another guest appearance in the 2018 Christmas Parade. PHOTO Brian Sheppard.
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Continued from page 1. While there is tradition, with Santa, and marching girls and bands, there will be one major attraction; and this year it’s our very own ‘Back to the Future’ Time Machine. Lots of new characters will appear in professionally-created costumes from the “amazingly
talented” costume designer Gael Cherian, says Lisa. Along with Haunted Hogwarts, superheroes and mermaids there will be characters from Star Wars, The Avengers and Paw Patrol. The Three Muskeeters (our three local councillors) will be there as will Mayor Justin Lester - and this year he will be
in costume too. Also this year, there will be a ‘meet and greet’ of parade characters after the parade in nearby Memorial Park. Volunteers are always needed Lisa says: “To walk with floats, help with parking, mustering entrants beforehand, and get them into their correct parade
slots.” The only elements lacking are two flat-bed trailers which can be adapted to parade floats – and which are in short supply. “Can anyone help us?” asks Lisa, who admits to a few sleepless nights on that issue. Otherwise, it’s all go for Saturday December 1.
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community the following year. The churches receiving the trees were St Barnabas Anglican Church Box Hill, St Mary’s Anglican Church Karori, Karori Baptist Church, St Mary’s Karori, Wellington Cathedral, Otari Parish, Temple Sinai, Te Aro, St Michael and all Angels
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Wednesday October 24, 2018
Raroa intermediate students shine on world stage
inbrief news Local singers win in USA Wellington City Chorus has scooped a top international prize for barbershop singing. Fifty local singers travelled to St Louis, Missouri to represent New Zealand in the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic, mid-sized chorus category. The City Chorus took gold with a 15-minute package of songs brought together by co-directors David Brooks and Henrietta Hunkin-Tagaloa. “This is a great moment for our chorus,” said Henrietta. “We came to show that Kiwis can deliver a really great and entertaining barbershop sound that can win on the world stage.” The creative package told the history of music, from Gershwin through to Daft Punk. It premiered David’s new barbershop arrangement of Gershwin’s 1927 hit Soon.
Wellington’s White Pages now opt-in A new opt-in approach to the residential White Pages in Wellington is being introduced, and readers will need to order a (free) book if they wish to receive a copy. There will also be a 10 percent increase in standard font size. However everyone will continue to receive the Yellow business directory – which will have a fresh new cover design featuring a local business. Yellow CEO Darren Linton says research shows that digital searches for residential information are increasing, while New Zealanders have a greater tendency to use the Yellow print directories to find local businesses.
These seven students represented Raroa Intermediate School at the international problem-solving Tournament of Minds contest held in Darwin in mid-October. From left they are Alex Hay, Izzi Anderson, Tuhina Sambhus, Louis Oliver, Richie Man, Matthew Wallis and Daniel Soh. PHOTO supplied By Emma West
A team of seven students from Raroa Intermediate School has represented New Zealand at the Tournament of Minds international finals in Darwin, Australia. They competed with students from six other countries at the four-day event from October 11-14. The Tournament of Minds is a problem-solving programme whereby teams of students are tasked with overcoming demanding and open-ended challenges across a range of disciplines, from the arts and
social sciences, to language and literature and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Students from primary and secondary schools in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates competed. The dream of the seven Raroa students to compete in the finals finally became a reality following their outstanding achievement in the Tournament of Minds New Zealand competition. Team members Matthew Wallis, Louis Oliver, Izzi Anderson,
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ilege to represent New Zealand internationally. “When I first received the news that we would be going to Darwin for the internationals I was on cloud nine. We were all so exhilarated and delighted to have got so far in the competition.” The students have created a Givealittle page with the hope of covering the cost of their return airfares and other expenses, and said they would be very grateful for community support. You can donate at https:// givealittle.co.nz/cause/fundus-to-get-to-tom-internationalin-darwin
Police have thanked everyone who assisted and offered to assist with the search for nine-year-old Tawa boy Zion Flaws. He was found by a member of the public in the bush near Chastudon Place just before 9am on Monday after being missing overnight. Zion had last been seen on Greer Crescent at around 8pm on Sunday evening and there were serious concerns for his safety.
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Wednesday October 24, 2018
A bus-driving violist tells his story
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The inaugural conference of RatepayersNZ Inc is to be held over Saturday -Sunday November 10-11 at Ocean Lodge, 20 Muritai Street, Tahunanui, Nelson This event aims to bring ratepayers and residents groups together from around New Zealand to form one association which will be the voice for, and driver of, local government reform and accountability. The conference has an array of guest speakers on such topics as the effect of Council Codes of Conduct on freedom of speech, the purpose, intent and structure of residents’ groups in New Zealand and issues for taxpayers. There will also be a move to adopt a national constitution and elect the first board. Registration forms are available at https://sites.google.com/site/ ratepayersandresidents/home
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Peter van Drimmelen of Karori is lucky to have been born. He is the child of parents who, before marriage, survived the Japanese invasion of Java. His mother, Dieneke and eldest half-sister Constance, still a baby, spent three years in an internment camp. His father, Pieter, was only weeks from death after three and a half years of slave labour before being sent to Singapore. He had lived on a starvation diet of rice, building a never-to-befinished airport runway. Dieneke, whose first husband had been killed in Borneo in 1942, travelled to reunite with the man she had loved at first glance. They settled in the Netherlands, where Peter and his sister were both born. Pieter tells their love story in his characteristic under-stated way in his recently-published book Driving for Music, the orchestral memoirs of a busdriving violist. It was a musical home and Peter had fine teachers and a conservatorium education. His parents were very disappointed however when, on graduation, he chose bus driving over an orchestral career. But it led to four years of being paid to travel to the places he
Peter van Drimmelen, with his book and photographs. Photo: Glenise Dreaver
lated that work. Peter doesn’t regret retiring. His hands were becoming arthritic. Performances required painkillers. “And I’d done it for 40 years….”
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had dreamed of visiting – and attending concerts too. However, with his half-sister in New Zealand telling how wonderful it was here, Peter emigrated. His book details his integration into the New Zealand chamber music then orchestral scene – and the way his driving experience provided him with a living wage until he progressed into his 27-year career as a violist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. That instant and significant increase in his pay meant, he says, “No more counting nails for stocktaking, or packing mufflers.” And he also became a travel officer, looking after the orchestra while on tour anywhere in the world, as well as a player. He also met his wife Glenda there, a violinist. Peter made another good friend in the NZSO’s first violinist Michael Monaghan, who sadly died too young in 1996. So he founded the Michael Monaghan Young Musicians’ Foundation. It proved a massive workload, providing significant support for students who were given an opportunity to be soloist with a professional orchestra”. On Peter’s retirement in 2014, the Alex Lindsay Trust assimi-
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Karori West Normal School, Kena Kena Primary School, St Mark’s School and Wellington Home Education Network will perform their allocated scenes on Tuesday November 6 at lunchtime at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. Queen Margaret College and Te Aro School will join students from Fergusson Intermediate, Clifton Terrace, and Evan’s Bay Intermediate, which will host
the performances, on Thursday November 8. One or two scenes from the abridged play have been allocated to the participating schools. The students meet for the first time on the morning of their performance, practice their specially created jig, do one sequential run, and then perform to the public at lunchtime.
Maddie Brooks Gillespie, who is homeschooled and a performer in the WHEN troupe since the programme began five years ago, has, in the last two years been narrator, and this year, is also the poster designer. Tickets will be available through the iTICKET site or at the door: adults $12, SGCNZ Adult Friends $11, Students $7.50, Children (under12) $2.50
Wednesday October 24, 2018
Unions in solidarity as bus drivers set to strike By Jamie Adams
Disgruntled bus commuters could be faced with weeks of waiting even longer to catch their bus, or indeed no bus actually turning up, as a regional drivers’ strike begins tomorrow. But the drivers’ action has received plenty of support from other unions, some city councillors and the wider public. The Tramways Union last week announced all members employed by Tranzurban (a subsidiary of Tranzit) and Uzabus would walk off the job for an indefinite period from October 23 after the companies refused to allow its drivers to attend a union stop-work meeting on Friday to discuss pay and conditions, with negotiations having stalled with those companies. Due to a legal loophole, the start date was deferred to October 25 and it is possible the strike will last until November 30. While Uzabus operates on the Kapiti Coast, Tranzurban operates 60 percent of buses within the Wellington City network. About 140 of Tranzurban’s drivers are members of the union, while 50 work for Uzabus. It came after NZ Bus drivers rejected a deal struck between their employer and the union at Friday’s meeting. Those drivers will continue to work as negotiations go back to the drawing board. Striking was the only option left to Tranzurban union members, Tramways secretary Kevin O’Sul-
SEEING YOU HOME SAFELY Members of Unions Wellington show their support for bus drivers at Cuba Mall on Labour Day. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
livan says. “We have exhausted every possible way of avoiding that, no one has really wanted to listen and so we’ll just have to see how it pans out.” Since Tranzurban joined NZ Bus as operators on a new Wellington bus network this year, drivers have been pushing for better pay and conditions, with claims they are working up to 14 hours a day, some starting on less than $20 an hour. They have also voted no confidence in Greater Wellington Regional Council for allowing the situation to happen, and have called for a commissioner to take over management of the network. A demonstration organised by Unions Wellington, a local affiliate of the Council of Trade Unions, took place at Cuba Mall on Monday, with at least 100 people turning up in support. Convenor Ben Peterson told the
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Fundraisers seek support for Karori Event Centre fit-out By Glenise Dreaver
Wallace Simmers is the chair of the Karori Community Hall Trust, the group responsible for raising funds for the construction, and now fit-out, of what is now known as the Karori Event Centre. To fully realise the dream, Wallace says the $2.4m building, completed in 2017, needs around $816,000 to complete the interior fittings. This includes theatre seating for 218
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people, table seating for 100, a kitchen dressing rooms and bathrooms, as well as building in future-proofed audiovisual and sound capability. He says they have just completed a new brochure that they will be using to approach organisations for funding support to make the building “fit for purpose”. Naming rights to the centre itself, as well as the auditorium, the foyer and the meeting room are still available, as is the chance for individuals, families or businesses to buy a retractable seat, with a plaque acknowledging the donation, for $500. Wallace says trust members will be out at the forthcoming
The Karori Event Centre, located next to the community centre, now needs fitted out to the tune of $816,000 . PHOTO supplied
Karori Normal School Gala on October 27 to provide information about the fundraising campaign, and what the centre will be able to offer
the public. “We are also working on a new crowd funding campaign and will be able to provide more information about that
quite soon,” he says. “Ideas for holding funding events have also come from several councillors and we are exploring those as well.”
$23.5m to upgrade Churton Park’s high-voltage wiring The deputy chair of the Commerce Commission Sue Begg says the organisation has approved $23.5m in funding to enable Transpower to replace aging wires and strengthen the structures of a 9.5km section of its high-voltage directcurrent (HVDC) transmission in Churton Park. She says ensuring the security of the HVDC network is a priority for Transpower, and
the commission agrees this work is needed. “We expect Transpower to begin replacing these wires in late 2019 as this timing would align with the other replacement work already planned on one of the HVDC converter stations.” “We consider that Transpower’s proposal minimises the impact of reduced transmission capacity, while being the
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transmit electricity generated from hydro dams in the South Island to where it is consumed in the North Island. The cost of the project would be added to Transpower’s base capital expenditure allowance and recovered from its HVDC network customers. The expected impact on the average residential consumer is less than three cents per month.
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Spelling “whizzes” vie for national title On November 3, Kerwin Maas of Newlands College and Churton Park’s Adwik Ghosh of Scots College will be competing against 18 of New Zealand’s top spellers for the coveted title of 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee champion. All have won their places through competing against hundreds of Year 9 and 10 students from more than 100 secondary schools and colleges nationwide. The rigorous competition began with a written classroom test, which found the top 200 spellers in the country. They then went head-to-head in six hotly contested regional semi-finals. Now the top students from each region will face off at the tension-filled national final in Wellington on October 26-27, with the winner receiving the Spelling Bee trophy and $5000 towards their academic career. Now in its 14th year, the New Zealand Spelling Bee, supported by the Wright Family Foundation, aims to encourage Year 0 to 10 students to gain a love of the English language. The programme improves spelling capabilities, comprehension and communication skills. Spelling Bee founder Janet Lucas expects a tough competition, with many of the spellers being extremely competitive. And, she says, anyone can take part, because their sponsorship
Windy, wet forecast April Clark, MetService meteorologist, says a cold front is expected to move on to the South Island today with a burst of heavy rain and cooler air with a strong southerly change. Northwest winds also strengthen ahead of the front, with Wellington expected to return to a more typical spring-like forecast of strong gusty northerlies today. As the front moves north on Thursday, both sides of the South Island, as well as the lower North Island, receive a dose of rain. Looking further ahead, the weekend looks set to remain unsettled.
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Wednesday October 24, 2018
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How do you feel about banning fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day?
Claire Pohlen, Northland “I don’t mind either way, though we have got pets. And Wellington is very windy, so public displays are better.”
Sophear Nguyen, Newlands I don’t have pets, so I’m not too bothered.”
Kerrie Cooper, Newlands “I’ll put my hand up to say ‘yes’ to banning them.”
Kyle Preston, Tawa “Fireworks are cool.”
Anna Wollner, Paparangi “It’s a bit of fun. On Guy Fawkes you can prepare your animals, but two to three weeks later isn’t OK.”
Kim Howard, Khandallah “It’s a shame we’re not having the city thing. That avoids local problems.”
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a purple Mazda Demio hatchback parked overnight on the road in Kipling Street was stolen. In Newlands a red Toyota Auris hatchback parked in the driveway of a house in Bracken Road was damaged when an offender keyed the left-hand side of the vehicle. Another vehicle also parked in the driveway had both front tyres slashed. A red Honda Civic hatchback parked overnight in
Kenmore Street had both front and rear registration plates stolen. In Khandallah a grey Toyota Hilux stationwagon parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Onslow Road was stolen. A quantity of power and hand tools, batteries and chargers and wallet containing a drive’s licence and bank cards were stolen. A bank card has since been fraudulently used. An attempt was made to break
into a house in Rangoon Street. The intruder used a jemmy in an attempt to prise open a window at the side of the house. No entry was gained. In Ngaio the garage of a house in Abbott Street was entered through an open door and a number of unspecified items were stolen, while in Armitage Street a house was entered but no sign of force was used. Entry is believed to have been gained through the
use of a key. High value jewellery was stolen. In Churton Park a house in a residential construction site in Rochdale Drive was broken into by jemmying open a rear window. A dehumidifier, three electric fans and power and hand tools were stolen. In Grenada Village the garage of a house in Mandeville Crescent was entered through a smashed window. Several power tools were
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stolen. In Karori a large tub filled with planted flowers was stolen from the front door area of a house in South Karori Road. In Makara the property of a house in Makara Road was entered and several fence posts were stolen. In Kaiwharawhara a grey Ford Laser hatchback parked during the day in Cameron Street was stolen.
Generations learn to stitch together at Karori home The sounds of children’s chatter are echoing down the halls of Karori’s Huntleigh Home. There, the home’s residents have been teaching students from Karori West Normal School how to stitch yarn ‘poms’, which will eventually be woven together by residents at Palmerston North sister site Brightwater Home to make bedroom rugs for disadvantaged children. “It’s wonderful seeing the residents show the children how to stitch in the traditional way, but they’re also learning the odd new trick or two,” says recreation team leader Annelize Steyn. “Some of the kids who had been looking at ‘how to stitch’ videos on Youtube have been showing their elders all sorts of new shortcuts and time savers. It’s been amazing to watch.” Huntleigh Home has been hosting visits by the students of Karori West Normal School since 2012. Residents also regularly enjoy the company of toddlers from Early Years Leeds St and babies from Plunket. Home manager Tim Levchenko-Scott says facilitating meaningful interactions with children is an important way the home helps
residents stay engaged with the Wellington community. “We have many mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers living here who absolutely love the company of children, and they just light up whenever the kids come to visit.” “For them, it’s a chance to pass on the skills and wisdom they’ve built up over the course of their lives, and just enjoy the energy and presence of young people.” Intergenerational activities have gained popularity in recent years, as a growing body of research has highlighted their flow-on benefits to the community and success in breaking down age-related stereotypes. Contact between children and elders has also been shown to help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness among elders and improve the social skills of children who take part. Huntleigh Home on Karori Rd, Karori offers rest home and hospital care, respite and health recovery care, and a day programme. To learn more, visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz or call 04 464 2020. PBA
Wednesday October 24, 2018
Seniors’ Week proves a buzz DISCOVER YOUR BEST
These helpers and seniors had clearly enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express at the Seniors Week showing of the film held at the Churton Park Community Centre. PHOTO Brian Sheppard By Brian Sheppard
For most of us, life is busy: juggling commitments to family, friends, home and work. After retirement, many are able to cha n nel t hei r energ ies i nto activities that fill the gap left by work but that is not the case for everyone. Some are left behind or overlooked, so one week each October is designated as Te Wiki Kaumatua (Seniors’ Week), in which community events and activities focus on senior citizens and the elderly. The Wellington City Council is a strong advocate. This year, 42 Seniors’ Week events happened all over the Wellington between October 15-21. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester explained: “We’re proud to be connecting people of all ages across the region, and this popular programme of events really fits within our long-term plan by supporting activities and initiatives that
focus on our older residents.” Churton Park is proud of its multicultural character but this sometimes adds to the feeling of isolation for those who are still getting to know their community. So on October 17, the Churton Park Community Centre hosted a morning tea and film show for Seniors’ Week to help avoid isolation for its seniors. The local community supported the community centre manager, Mai Mostafa, to provide seniors with a lavish morning tea of home-baking to accompany a showing of the film Murder on the Orient Express. While most of the seniors were Churton Park residents, others came from Johnsonville, Newlands and Upper Hutt. The buzz of conversation before and after the film was a good indication that connections were being made, and that many were between people who had not previously met. The morning clearly ticked all the boxes for a successful event.
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Wednesday October 24, 2018
Building community leadership with the Johnsonville Youth Grants Awards By Brian Sheppard
Last Thursday, 26 young people and their families gathered in the Johnsonville Mall to receive grants from the Johnsonville Youth Grants Trust. The Trust receives applications each year to encourage young people between the ages of 13 and 23, living within the Tawa to Crofton Downs area, to develop leadership skills, to be the best they can be, and to be involved in their community. This year’s grants were for a total of $36,000. Two local businessmen, Chris Kirk-Burnnand and Neil Livingston began this work in 1987, distributing grants from an $80,000 donation received from the sale of the community-owned Independent Herald. They saw the important contribution that these grants could make to our future community and so formed and sponsored the Johnsonville Youth Grants Trust. Other local businesses soon joined them and have continued the tradition of sponsoring the annual awards. In a departure from its previous practice in which the trustees have assessed the grant applications, this year, the assessments have been made by Newlands, Onslow and Tawa colleges.
The trustees have expressed a wish to ensure that these awards also support at-risk children and so have also received advice from Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. As the keynote speaker at this event, he spoke about the need to have a dream, the need to remain true to your principles, and to be sincere. The awards recognised a wide range of achievements, mainly by young women. All but five of the twenty-six were in the of education, representing language, maths and science, music and dance, law, sustainability and community leadership. The remaining five related to sporting achievements: tennis, cricket, swimming, running and table tennis. If these young students prove to be our future leaders in their fields, they will give weight to redressing gender imbalance, as all but a handful of the awards went to female students. (The trustees are Jess Chilton, Richard Kilkenny, Chris KirkBurnnand, Helen Kirk-Burnnand and Rosemary Trendle, while the current sponsors are Property Logic, Autostop, Mint Property Managers, Churton Homes Ltd, Johnsonville Shopping Centre and Countdown.)
Johnsonville Youth Grants recipients 2018. PHOTOS: Brian Sheppard
Johniel Bocacao (Newlands College) - education award - biology received his award from Children’s Tamara Anderson (Onslow College) - sport award for Commissioner Andrew Becroft. tennis with the Children’s Commissioner.
Pre-awards entertainment - Newlands College ukelele band.
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OUT&about Khandallah School: Past, present and future celebrated
Current students welcomed guests to the school with a Waiata.
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Khandallah school celebrated its 125th anniversary over Labour Weekend, and on October 20, former pupils and guests, including Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, past pupil Sir Donald McKinnon, Wellington city councillor Dianne Calvert and Brett Hudson MP joined in official celebrations. As well as a school reunion, it included the opening of the school’s new learning environment by the Minister. The new Kauri block replaces the old three storey building, where demolition work began this week. Three of the students, representing the three year levels who will be using the new nine-classroom block, cut ribbons to mark the occasion. As former pupils shared anecdotes about the past their vivid recollections, prompted by photographs, spanned the decades. One former pupil, Peter Gibbons, now 93, was able to describe in detail school life as early as the 1920s. Khandallah School’s name is said to come from a homestead built in 1884, the name drawn from Khandela in India, where the military man who owned it had served. The school opened in 1893 in Simla Hall at the bottom of Simla Crescent, a temporary home until a purposebuilt school was opened, on the present site, in 1894. The school’s records show that when it was first built, the school was surrounded by dairy farms and a few houses, linked by farm tracks, with the playground a broom-infested three-acre paddock. Electric light came in 1919 and piped water in 1923 and additional rooms were built as the roll increased. In December 1972 came the school’s biggest disaster, when it had to be rebuilt after all but the 1940 junior block was destroyed by fire. Now, with its fine new facilities, and further redevelopment of the grounds and carparks to come, it looks to the future with confidence. PHOTOs Brian Sheppard
The Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, Clr Dianne Calvert and Brett Hudson MP lead former students to the powhiri.
Hundreds of former pupils, guests and staff hear the welcoming addresses LEFT: The decade of 1943-53.
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BELOW INSET: The oldest former Khandallah School student Peter Gibbons , 93, vividly remembered school life in the 1920’s
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Wednesday October 24, 2018
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Wednesday October 24, 2018
Love of sport sees young athlete overcome challenge By Glenise Dreaver
Mitchell Lang of Karori, off to swimming practice in the Karori Pool, just part of his fitness regime. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
Fourteen-year-old Mitchell Lang of Karori thoroughly enjoyed his fourth Halberg Junior Disability Games, held in Auckland between October 5-7. The Wellington College student this year entered four events: swimming, athletics, football and archery. The games are open to those aged between 8-21 with a physical or visual impairment and Mitchell competes in the visually impaired category. He finds it hard to define his disability because, he says, he has had it since he was born and doesn’t really know what normal sight is.
So he works around it. “I just can’t see detail, that’s all.” His favourite event is football. “That’s the sport I’m most passionate about.“ He won the prize for the most promising athlete in football in his first year. The next year he won the award for the best male in swimming. However, there are no longer prizes awarded in the football event – though that in no way affects his enthusiasm for competing. He’s a Fulham supporter. Why Fulham? “Well mum lived in Fulham for a while…” Mitchell enjoys open competition too. He is a member of his school’s football academy, playing with and against students
without disability. “As far as I know anyway.” And he swims for the Karori Pirates. The level of family support is huge. When he competes his family – parents Jenny and Jeremy, sister Georgia and Grandma Rosie are always there. (Grandma Rosie travels from the Coromandel to wherever he is competing.) And Kate Horan of Parafed says this: “Mitchell is very well-respected by all of us, helping out at our athletics training sessions with the younger kids, while his older sister, Georgia, also did a bake sale for our team and raised over $100. “She did all the baking herself and sold it at school.”
Local trail running champion sets sights on world title By Glenise Dreaver
On October 14, Andrew Thompson of Churton Park became the 2018 Crater Rim Ultra and New Zealand and Oceania Trail Running Champion The 39-year-old, racing in the masters grade, was first overall, three minutes ahead of the second placegetter on the 52km trail over the Port Hills in Christchurch. Different trails, he says, make different demands – the technical aspects of each trail can vary depending on the terrain underfoot. “It can be quite varied and rocky. Often there
is some scrambling.” The event was the first time Athletics New Zealand had sanctioned such a race, which is growingly popular, he says. “It’s seen as very competitive around the world.” His first big podium win came in the WUU2K Marathon in 2017, followed not long after by the A100 stage race (100+km over three days), then second in the 43km 2018 WUU2K Marathon. A member of the local Olympic Harrier Club, Andrew is now waiting to hear whether he will be selected for New Zealand’s world championship trail running team to run in
Portugal in June 2019. “I’ve put in an expression of interest, but there is a formal process to go through.” Being selected for an international event in his sport does not, however, carry funding with it. That means Andrew, who works full time in IT, and is a husband to Clare and father of two girls under 10, says he would be self-funded. “So I’d have to get some fundraising going.” He says he started his running career doing orienteering at Newlands College. “I used to go up Mount Kaukau quite a lot.”
But that all stopped when he went to university. He gave up running until he and his family shifted to Churton Park in 2011. Andrew has a coaching programme designed by local man Chandima Kulathilake (aka Chan) from Run Wellington. There’s 400 kilometres covered every month and he runs every day, often running (or cycling) to work. “And I do a Mt Kaukau run once a week.” He credits Clare with great support. “She doesn’t mind if I disappear for four or five hours to run around the hills.”
with Jacob Page
Toddy, the trophy and a trip to the bathroom
An elated Andrew Thompson of Churton Park takes out the Oceania, NZ trail running titles. PHOTOS by Shaun Denholm
There is nothing better than a free lunch. The national provincial rugby championship is a glorious nursery for New Zealand rugby but it’s worth is going unappreciated. This Saturday, Auckland will play Canterbury in the premiership final and entry will be free to everyone who wants to witness it at Eden Park. It’s a good initiative to give a final the atmosphere it deserves, but a sad reality of how irrelevant the competition has become to the casual rugby fan over the past 20 years. My first live rugby memory was watching Todd Blackadder’s Canterbury beat Counties Manukau in the 1997 provincial final. A photo of Toddy hoisting the trophy aloft hung in my bathroom for many years and may do so again in the future. I sat at ground level on temporary seating on the sideline such was demand for tickets to the 38,000-seat venue. It was a sunny afternoon game (imagine that for an outlandish theory to draw people in) and running rugby
was the order of the day with more than a dozen All Blacks on show. Jonah Lomu and Joeli Vidiri were on the wings for Counties but Canterbury proved too strong winning 44-13. I can’t remember much of the game itself as sitting ground level as an eight-year-old meant I wasn’t tall enough to see any exciting moments. More than 40,000 people saw that final live and there were even more at Dunedin’s Carisbrook the following year when 40,626 witnessed Otago bear Waikato for the 1998 crown. Even with free tickets, it’s unlikely half that will turn up on Saturday. It’s my belief, the provincial competition is what keeps the All Blacks at the top of the rugby world. It’s the reason Steve Hansen can name a 51-strong end-of-season squad and still have players feel hard done by when they miss out. Some of the best things in life are simple and effective. The NPC competition may be lost in the oversaturated New Zealand rugby market but it still has its place. Provincial rugby is the strength of rugby in New Zealand.
Wednesday October 24, 2018
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