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Kilbirnie is set to become a hub of cycling in Wellington after Evans Bay Intermediate School (EBIS) opened a new bike track on Friday. Wellington City Councillors and police turned up for the celebration of the $100,000 Bikes In Schools project, the result of the school’s collaboration
Evans Bay Intermediate pupil Ruby Douglas, right, leads Matthew Kauffman and Gemma Smith on a test lap of their school’s new cycling track after a ceremony on Friday. Behind them is Eastern Ward Councillor Simon “Swampy” Marsh. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free tries out Evans Bay Intermediate School’s new bike track. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Continued from page 1. In a speech made before the ribbon was cut, EBIS board of trustees chair Shelly Reet thanked the council for its $60,000 contribution to the project, along with Paul McArdle of Bike On NZ for securing $25,000 funding from the NZTA, saying the bike track was a “dream realised”. Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free, who holds the cycling portfolio, says it’s “amazing” to now have 11 Bikes in Schools programmes in Wellington. Others in the southern and eastern suburbs include Scots College, Holy Cross School, Houghton Valley School and Ridgeway School. “This project is really unique. This is probably the first Bikes In Schools project where there are already many kids who ride to school,” Sarah says. “There’s going to be lots more opportunities with bike projects around the city. We’ve still got money for two more schools.” While located on school grounds, Sarah says the track
serves as a community facility and will be available to the public after hours. EBIS deputy principal Wikus Swanepoel, the staff member in charge of getting the track implemented, says Bike On NZ came to the school with the proposal and ideas of how it should look. The $100,000 cost included 30 new bikes and a storage container, as well as the track which features a BMX-style section. “Part of the deal is that kids get a certain number of hours of training on bikes from the Wellington City Council facilitator,” Wikus says. The Bike Mentor Programme will see 21 Year 7 students learning road navigation skills, bicycle maintenance and inspiring others at EBIS to commute by bike. They would be taught leadership skills to become mentors to novices in order to get them more confident behind the handlebars. The student mentors have been given bike maintenance kits to get them started.
Strike looms as midwives reject DHBs’ pay offer More than 1100 midwives employed by District Health Boards (DHBs) have voted overwhelmingly to reject their pay offer and to go on strike. Eighty percent of members of MERAS, the midwives’ union, voted in all 20 DHBs, including Capital and Coast which operates Wellington Hospital, with 90 per cent voting to reject the DHBs’ offer and for strike action. Midwives gave notice on Tuesday of two-hour work stoppages every day on every shift over a two-week period, effective November 22 to December 5.
Industrial co-leader Jill Ovens says the idea is to maximise disruption for the DHBs while minimising the effect on women and their babies. Jill says members rejected the offer because they say DHBs are refusing to recognise midwives’ skills and responsibilities, a key claim for midwives since negotiations started more than a year ago. Instead, midwives were offered the nurses’ pay scales, agreed as a result of a negotiation in which the bulk of midwives employed by DHBs and represented by MERAS, played no part.
100-Gun Salute There will be a 100-Gun Salute as part of the ceremony to mark the armistice that ended the First World War. The 100-Gun salute will be conducted by 16th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of the New Zealand Artillery, part of the New Zealand Defence Force. When: Sunday 11 November 2018, 10.50am Where: Along the waterfront outside Te Papa
“Midwives gained recognition as an autonomous profession in 1990, nearly 30 years ago,” says Jill. “They have a high level of responsibility, study for a fouryear direct-entry degree, and their scope of practice includes a high level of clinical decisionmaking.” National representative council chair Kelly McConville says that the strike vote reflected the concerns that midwives have about their working conditions and that they are not acknowledged in their scope of practice. “It shows how we’ve been working at crisis point for a long
time now.” Jill says investment is required by DHBs and the Ministry of Health to recruit and retain midwives. “The DHBs and Ministry of Health know urgent action is needed to address the midwifery shortage and midwives’ work-related stress.” A spokesman for Capital and Coast DHB says detailed contingency planning for the strike is under way. “Patient safety remains our highest priority and focus, and patients can be assured that they will continue to receive the care and support they need.”
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Bus activist urges to have route extended as Metlink cites improvements By Jamie Adams
Despite potential disruption from last week’s strike action, overall performance of the new bus network has continued to improve, Greater Wellington’s public transport agency Metlink says. However a Newtown resident who has spoken out about the network since its July inception says it’s still not good enough
and has been gathering signatures for a petition she plans to submit to a regional council committee on November 27. Kara Lipski, of the Wellington branch of the Public Transport Users Association, is calling for Greater Wellington to extend fulltime the No.12 Strathmore Park service to the CBD. It currently only goes to Kilbirnie where a transfer is then required, although there are
“I know one person who had to take two buses to get to the hospital.” Kara is also concerned the last bus finishes at Strathmore Park at 10.55pm, saying there needs to be a later service. “These are people with limited financial resources, so taking a taxi means having to consider what to give up for the week.” Kara will be visiting Miramar Peninsula’s bus shelters to gather signatures until the end of the month. Another petition document is available to be signed at the Strathmore Park Community Centre, 108 Strathmore Road. It comes as Metlink has lauded improvements to the reliability of the bus service, which suffered minimal disruption from last week’s strike action by a handful of Tranzit bus drivers. Overall 96 percent of bus services ran last week, Metlink spokesman Alan Seay says. Its performance target is 99.5 percent. The performance indicator of punctuality at point of departure was 92.7 percent, a slight improvement on the week before. Matching of right bus size reached 83 percent at peak times. Meanwhile the Miramar hub opened for business on Labour Weekend, joining Brooklyn as one of two new hubs now up and running. Metlink had hoped the Kilbirnie hub would be operational by now but due to continuing work on a major upgrade of the stormwater system in the same area and bad weather, it has been postponed until later this month.
three extended services to the CBD via Hataitai during the morning rush hour. “Previous feedback from bus users in Strathmore Park indicates that a direct service to the CBD via Newtown is urgently needed,” Kara says. “Residents who depend on bus services to access work and clinics at Wellington Regional Hospital, need a whole-day, all-week direct service.”
Bus campaigner Kara Lipski with one of the petition documents she has been showing to commuters. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
inbrief news CCDHB take up electric vehicle trials Two electric cars may be the first step toward a smaller carbon foot – or tyre – print. Capital & Coast DHB has become the first organisation in Wellington to take up Contact Energy’s electric vehicle fleet trial for businesses. “We currently have fleet vehicles … at our sites across Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti,” said Corporate Services general manager Thomas Davis. “We’re now looking to see if electric cars can meet our transport needs, and if they would make a suitable addition to – or replacement for – our current fleet.”
International students boost Wellington New research has shown the value of Wellington’s international student education sector has hit $410 million a year for the regional economy and supports 3750 jobs. Figures released by the Government have revealed the benefit of Wellington’s 8504 international students, who in 2017 spent $390 million on tuition and living costs and $20 million on student tourism into Wellington. An additional $40 million was generated by friends and relatives visiting students in Wellington, supporting 540 jobs, which is currently included in Tourism NZ figures. China (2319 students) and India (794) are the top two providers.
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inbrief news Switch to Water challenge New Zealand Olympic pole-vaulter Eliza McCartney is challenging New Zealanders to swap sugary drinks for water for 30 days this November. Eliza is proud to once again be the face of this popular campaign and believes that drinking water is key to a healthy lifestyle. “Not only is this great for dental health, but this means fewer unneeded ‘empty’ calories, and there’s the acidity in sugary drinks which erodes tooth enamel,” says Eliza. To sign up go to switchtowater.co.nz.
Design student may have answer to bird predators By Jamie Adams
A local industrial design student may have the solution to a problem of nesting birds being vulnerable to predator attacks. Lucia Powrie has spent her
last year at Massey University creating a prototype kitset nest box which she says is predatorproof through its unique design. “I spent a summer researching how design could best protect New Zealand’s threatened
November to be unsettled MetService is forecasting another “spring-like” month for November, with large week-to-week variations expected. Meteorologist James Millward says it’s fairly usual for spring to show large swings in both rainfall and temperature. “It’s too early to put the winter woollies away but there’ll be days for the togs too,” he confirms. He says in November we should expect large week-to-week variation, adding up to what will most likely be a fairly average month. “Into the second half of the month, a settled Southern Ocean and occasional Tasman lows look set to bring us a real mixed bag. Pretty spring-like really.”
Lucia Powrie’s exhibit Nook, which features at this month’s Exposure Exhibition at Massey University Wellington. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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The union for bank workers in the private sector welcomes the release of the joint Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Financial Markets Authority review of conduct and culture in New Zealand’s retail banks. FIRST Union has long campaigned for the removal of sales targets from the banking sector, because of both the negative effect they have on workers and the risk they create for consumers. “Simply put, the banks are profitmaking entities and will always prioritise profits over other interests unless they are constrained by regulatory intervention or public scrutiny,” union organiser Stephen Parry says.
The school year may be almost over but a hive of activity is just beginning at Scots College as it adapts to a new era. Work is about to commence on a new block at the south end of the college campus which headmaster Graeme Yule says will offer flexible learning environments suited for individual study and collaborative group work. The key aspects of it are three “maker spaces”, a machine room for 3D-printing and a food technology laboratory to enable food
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science to enter its curriculum. “It’s a flexible area, meaning it won’t be open learning, but can be,” Graeme says. “It will feature partition walls with no doors for adaptable teaching, and glass walls to separate the three rooms within it so students can see what others are doing.” Before all this happens work has been under way with the council on realigning a sewerage pipe that runs underneath the campus. Scots College recently announced the new block will be named the McKinnon Block in
In addition to the McKinnon block, Scot College is also gearing up for the start of its co-educational regime. The Year 11 and 12 girls’ enrolments for 2020 have begun, with the college able to take up to 30 places for each year initially. “We’ll need a couple of extra classrooms for when girls come in,” Graeme says. “We’ve got capacity for girls in the boarding houses as well. We expect a mix of domestic, international and boarding.” Graeme anticipates female enrolments will peak at 150 after three years.
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A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am. This silence will broken by a fanfare of bells, sirens and horns across the city and harbour, echoing the joyous sounds heard across New Zealand when news of the Armistice reached our shores in 1918.
The Wellington Branch of the RNZRSA encourages all Wellingtonians and visitors to join the New Zealand Defence Force for the final commemorative activities of the First World War Centenary.
recognition of Ian McKinnon, who was the Headmaster at Scots from 1992 to 2002. Ian served as Deputy Mayor of Wellington from 2007 until 2013 and is now a regional councillor. “The name is not just for Ian,” Graeme says. “His wife Jenny also had a lot to do with Scots. She was responsible for a fence project around the college and was a matron in one of our boarding houses.” The block’s opening will coincide with a reunion planned for all Scots College students who attended during Ian’s term as headmaster.
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Preceding the national ceremony which will be held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, at 1100 am, a 100-Gun Salute by 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery will occur on the Wellington waterfront in front of Te Papa. The firing will commence at 1050am and is symbolically timed to finish at 11am when the guns fell silent on the Western Front 100 years ago.
At 7.30pm, at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, a sunset ceremony will be held marking the end of the First World War centenary period.
having studied for a Bachelor of Design with honours at Massey University’s Mt Cook campus over the past four years. Nook is one of more than 300 exhibits on display as part of the Exposure Exhibition, a celebration of the work of the graduates and undergraduates of Massey’s College of Creative Arts. Other exhibits include a bike parking apparatus with bag rest, a portable heat-pack for women suffering from endometriosis, a backpack that helps hobby beekeepers to re-collect swarms essential for bee reproduction and a children’s Maori pronunciation phrasebook. The Exposure Exhibition, which runs until November 17, has been a fixture of the university’s calendar for 11 years. Several design and fine arts graduates have gone on to achieve greatness, such as Sean Kelly, who won Season 13 of Project Runway. It is held daily at 10am-4pm at Massey’s College of Creative Arts.
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endemic birds. Through this I identified a need for specified nest boxes for two species of cavity-nesting birds, kakariki and tieke.” Called “Nook”, the box has thermo-wood panels to reduce the effects of temperature fluctuations and moisture build-up and the design mimics a natural cavity. Crucially, it comes with a steel overhanging roof and angled polycarbonate front panel, both of which make it too sturdy and slippery for rats to get into. Another aspect is the base, made out of eco-friendly “coco-crete”, a concrete-like substance primarily consisting of coconut. Lucia built the prototype and while she hasn’t applied to patent it, she is open to Nook being mass-produced if demand is out there. She has even discussed the possibility of volunteers at a local Menzshed building them. Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Lucia now calls Wellington home as she plans to move to Lyall Bay with her partner,
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City riders go gonzo over Onzo bikes Wellingtonians are leaping onto little black and yellow bicycles as the city embraces its first bike share scheme. Onzo’s six-month trial started on October 6. In its first two weeks more than 11,000 people have registered and nearly 14,000 trips have been taken. “It is a trial to test the market and the demand certainly ap-
pears to be there,” says Mayor Justin Lester. “The central city seems well suited to the bikes and it’s great to see all sorts of people using them.” Onzo’s chief operating officer Harry Yang says they are delighted with the uptake. “The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. People are tagging Onzo on social
media and it seems they are really enjoying the service. It’s quite exciting. “Wellingtonians appear to be treating the bikes with more respect than in Auckland, where the company started, and there haven’t been any cases of them being abandoned in odd places here.” Onzo employs six staff in Wellington to look after the
200 bikes. City Councillor Sarah Free who holds the Council’s cycling portfolio, says the arrival of Onzo is timely given the increased investment in cycling infrastructure in the city. To hire the bikes, people have to download the Onzo app, create an account and log in to find the nearest bike, which come with a helmet and lights.
The cost to hire a bike is 25 cents for every 15 minutes or $1 an hour. 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. Mt Cook mates Rhys Hollowood and Cameron Webber sang praises for the Onzo Bikes when they were spotted riding them on the waterfront on Monday. The pair travelled all the way to the boat sheds in Evans Bay, such was their enjoyment on the bikes. “There’s no gears so it’s obviously something you would ride on the flat,” Cameron says. They warn the bikes can be in high demand in days of great weather, as was the case on Monday.
Mt Cook residents Rhys Hollowood and Cameron Webber have given the Onzo Bikes their seal of approval. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Halloween comes to Miramar Bowling Club A range of colourful characters converged in Miramar last Wednesday when the local bowling club played host to a Halloween Party for the peninisula’s children. It is the third year the club has hosted such an event, which featured a barbecue, lucky dip and prizes for best costume. An “asylum” lair the club had con-
structed for its inaugural party was brought out again, and club members were also on hand to supervise some bowls recreation on the rinks. President Carl Northcott says hosting a party gives local children a way to get into the spirit of the tradition without them having to go trick-ortreating.
“Skeleton” Oli Holmes and “Harry Potter” Tomas Satyanand, both 6, next to a coffin inside the clubroom’s “asylum”.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should the sale of fireworks for private use be banned?
Ngaire Curtis, Berhampore “Probably. They cause a lot of mayhem, it would be much safer not to have them. It’s better to go to a public display.”
Brynn Acey, Southgate “I’m sort of 50/50 on it. I feel bad for the animals but people enjoy them as well. I think they’re on their way out.”
Philippa Henwood, Island Bay “I would support a ban, but don’t know if I would actively make it happen. I still buy sparklers. I think it’s more appropriate to have a display during Matariki.”
Ryan McQuinlan, Island Bay “I don’t think it should be banned. If they’re not putting on a show now we should have them in our backyards and keep a watch on people using them on the beach.”
Diana Giddens, Island Bay “I’m just getting sparklers because I don’t think other stuff is safe. It could be good if there was a community-based fireworks show at Shorland Park.”
Jim Love, Island Bay “I think it’s heading that way because there’s fires all over the place and people will probably stockpile a few. I think it’s dying out.”
LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than150words.Theymustbesigned and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Road users could learn from time at kindergarten Dear Editor, [In response to Christine Swift’s letter (CSN, November 1)] When I was in kindergarten we learned some basic tips on courtesy. Be kind. If you make a mess, clean it up. No hitting. Share. Big kids look out for little kids. Take turns. Similarly, the road rules apply
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to everyone, whether you are on foot, a scooter, bicycle or driving. Everyone has a duty of care to look out for others and do no harm. If in doubt, follow the kindergarten tips. Patrick Morgan Cycling Action Network Te Aro
Dear Editor, If the Mayor really supported protecting our heritage (CSN, October 25) his council should be questioning the external design of buildings when they are being built in council protected heritage areas. The Housing NZ redevelopment in Owen Street is
desperately needed, but we need the council’s formulaic rules around size and position to also embrace impact on the streetscape of the area. Architects can do better than destroy this prominent Newtown streetscape. Chris Gray Newtown
All hell breaks loose if All Souls Day is celebrated Dear Editor; I detest the Yankee festival foisted on us during recent decades: it okays witchcraft and paganism. But I was more worried by reading (CSN Oct 25) about some Presbyterians holding a remembrance of their dead on that date, All Souls’ Day, the eve of All Hallows’ (All Saints’) Day. This is perhaps the prelude to their embracing the odious Romish doctrine of purgatory, which is
especially stressed on that annual October 31. This was all very rightly dropped in Scotland and England at the Reformation: the English Prayer Book calendar has All Saints’ Day on December 1, but not All Souls’ day on the eve of it. There are Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for All Saints, but with All Souls completely omitted. Further, the Thirty-nine Articles specifically condemn the doc-
Councillors out of touch Dear Editor I read the papers submitted to Council calling for a liquor ban in Kilbirnie. What horrific stories from the many business shops but did the Councillors understand? I hear NOT one of the local Councillors voted for this call to help keep our elderly and family groups free from the harassment of the ones out of control in Bay Road. As Council officers put the forward the problem as being one of homelessness, beggars and minor crime then lets really do something about that. It’s time for the churches, marae and community centres to open their facilities at night to take in these desperate persons! Meals each night, mattresses on the floors, showers, check in at 6pm, hot meal, then check out at 8am! Besides these above mentioned groups get huge tax breaks from society so let’s spread the love. Rose Wu Kilbirnie
trine of purgatory, invocation of saints, relics, etc. The obnoxious perversion that calls itself “AngloCatholicism” falsely claims that a prayer in the communion service is for the faithful dead and the living together, in the hope of Heaven. No, it prays that the living, WITH THEM, will have everlasting felicity: it doesn’t pray that we AND THEY will; because the prayer rightly assumes that all the
faithful dead ALREADY HAVE that felicity that we hope to have. All suffrages for the dead are in vain: they have gone to either heaven or Hell for ever; and purgatory doesn’t exist. I hope those Presbyterians merely remembered their dead, and didn’t also pray for them, which no informed Anglicans or Presbyterians would ever do. But here in Wellington, there are alarming indications seeming to
indicate that a great many Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists are planning a sellout to “Old Redsocks of Rome” just a few years from now, and meanwhile wrongly suppose that Rome’s official teaching on how Christians are saved (synergism, of faith plus works), is okay. Well, it’s deadly! H Westfold, Miramar
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Dear Editor H.Westfold aka “the Dinosaurus of the East” (CSN 25 Oct) chastises R.Nobles pacifist views and as always pushes his narrow Christian view. Many wars are caused by the diversity of religion, such as persecution by the modern day Jews against the legally rightful owners, the Palestinians in a 70-year war which has no end in sight. One really needs to re-read Rich Noble’s letter to see that he was putting out there the Kilbirnie Mosque is some sort of small break away religion as opposed to actually being Muslim which is the greatest religion ever. Praise be to Allah. Tim Dalman Te Aro
Dear Editor, VUW is juggling four names in the air at present: Wellington University, Victoria Wellington University, Te Herenga Waka, and Te Whare Wanangao te Upoko o te Ika a Maui. Looking over Wellington NZ we see umpteen other tertiary educational school names like Massey, Otago, Weltech, Auckland, and I am still looking for Christchurch, Canterbury and Waikato campi (sic) who might have their foothold in Whanganui-O-Tara. The best solution, unique and true would be: ‘Excellent Other Wellington University’ EOWU. The advantages would be: 1. It is higher up the alphabetical
scale of names 2. EOWU is an honest name identifying with the NZ sheep industry as an old English word for ewe 3. It would be unique in the world as the names OOWU (One Other Wellington Uni) is already taken by an obscure clothing shop (On Our Way Up) and AOWU, (Another Wellington Uni) is already taken by the NZ Ambulance Officers Workers’ Union 4. It would get our Ministry of Education out of the role of dissatisfying at least half of the people involved with VUW. Paul Franken Strathmore Park
Thursday November 8, 2018
Ten years of putting the Kaibosh on food poverty and waste Wellington food rescue charity Kaibosh is celebrating 10 years of “rescuing” and redistributing food in the Wellington region. Kaibosh was founded in October 2008 when original donor Wishbone wanted to donate their quality surplus food to local charities, but these groups weren’t able to collect the food after business hours. Robyn Langlands, a volunteer at the Wellington Women’s Refuge, offered to pick up Wishbone’s surplus food in the evening, passing it on to the women and children staying at the safe house. Robyn and her husband George discovered that other Wellington businesses had a surplus of food, while numerous charities had a requirement for this food. The couple went on to found Kaibosh, New Zealand’s first dedicated food rescue organisation. Robyn remembers filling bags to the brim with food and packing them into their Toyota Corolla Hatchback.
“We’d take the food home to keep it overnight. We’d have it stored on the kitchen counters and tables – there was food everywhere.” Kaibosh has two bases, in Wellington and the Hutt Valley. They rescue and sort food from over 40 businesses, with the help of more than 200 volunteers, and redistribute it to more than 65 community groups. In the past decade Kaibosh has rescued more than one million kilograms of quality surplus food, provided 2.9 million meals worth of healthy food to people in need, and reduced carbon emissions by 795,512kg. Robyn believes Kaibosh has been successful because it’s a solution to both food poverty and food waste. As well as its volunteers, Kaibosh relies on the generosity of the community to help cover costs. It says a donation of $10 a week will provide 10 meals each week to people in need. To find out more visit kaibosh.org. nz/10for10
Wellington’s young people shaping their future One hundred and fifty young people took the chance to tell the Wellington City Council what their vision for the capital was at a summit held yesterday. Year 9 and 10 students from secondary schools across Wellington attended the Youth Summit, part of the Council’s project to develop a framework focusing on the needs of children and young people.
Robyn and George Langlands are thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of the charity they founded. PHOTO: Mike Heydon
Walk to raise awareness of motor neuron disease All around the country Kiwis are raising awareness, support and money for the annual Walk 2 D’Feet Motor Neurone Disease on Sunday November 11. “Our family has experienced three generations who have been affected by this devastating disease,” says Wellingtonian Jenny Knight. “My father was 55 years old when he was diagnosed. At the time his doctor had never treated anyone with motor neurone disease before and had only heard of three people who had it.” Just 10 months later her father passed away from the fatal neuro-degenerative disease. Jenny has watched her two brothers, auntie, and sister meet a similar fate. This family is currently nursing another sister and a nephew who have recently been diagnosed. A small proportion of people (5-10 percent) with MND will have a strong family history of the disease. “I am passionate about raising awareness and much-needed funds to support MND New Zealand to continue to provide care for people living with MND, their carers and families,” says Jenny, an MND volunteer. Motor Neurone Disease can strike active people often in middle age — changing lives overnight. Over 300 people are living with MND around the country. As this muscle-wasting disease pro-
gresses it robs people of their movement, speech and eventually their lives. People living with MND, their families and carers all need support as they face the daily challenges of this debilitating disease. People usually live between three to five years after diagnosis. The Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand provides essential information and support services to people with MND, their families and carers. The organisation works together with people living with MND, and their families, to enable them to have the best quality of life possible. “Delivering services costs money and unfortunately our contribution from Government funding agencies makes up less than 6 percent of what it costs us to deliver those services,” chairperson Lucy Haberfield says. Lucy is calling for the public to join the Annual Walk 2 D’Feet MND on this Sunday, November 11. The 3.5km walk starts at 11am from ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie. The walk is suitable for children, prams and wheelchairs. Money raised helps continue to offer free support to families affected by MND and fund vital research to help find a cure. To register go to mndwalk.org.nz where you can also create your own Walk 2 D’Feet MND fundraising page.
“As our city grows and changes, it’s important we understand the views and experiences of our children and young people,” Deputy Mayor Jill Day says. Students participated in interactive workshops on topics including transport, sustainability, community development, and participation in sport and recreation.
Thursday November 8, 2018
Stories sought as hospital site approaches centenary From treating infectious patients, to teaching music, to becoming a home for animals as SPCA’s Wellington Centre, the former Wellington Fever Hospital on Mt Victoria’s ridge has seen a lot in its almost 100 years of service. With the building’s 100th birthday in March 2019, SPCA’s Wellington Centre is gearing up to celebrate. The team is on the search for people who have been involved in the old Fever Hospital’s vast history. Opening its doors in 1919, the building located on Mt Victoria’s Green belt first started as an Isolation Hospital to care for infectious patients with diphtheria and tuberculosis. The hospital closed in 1981 after over 60 years of service, was soon taken up with residency by the Wellington School of Music. Now it is a home to animals, given a new lease on life by SPCA in 2013. As SPCA prepares to celebrate the building’s birthday, Central Region general manager Ros Alsford says they want to get everyone who has walked down the halls of the old Fever Hospital involved too. “This building is a unique part
What the hospital site looks like as the SPCA Wellington Centre today. PHOTOS: Supplied
of Wellington history. Over the years it has been home to so many people and we want to mark this milestone with the community.” Ros says SPCA wants to hear the stories of people who have been a part of the old Fever Hospital’s history and encourages them to reach out to their team. Their stories will not only be used in SPCA’s celebrations
in March 2019 but will also be collated into a book on the old Fever Hospital’s history. “Sharing these stories, collecting relics, looking back on 100 years in the Wellington community, this is something we want to celebrate on this landmark occasion.” To get in touch, you can call SPCA’s Wellington Centre on 04 389 8044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington’s Fever Hospital in 1919.
Rita Angus to host local art club exhibition Rita Angus retirement village in Kilbirnie will again play host to an art expo by New Zealand’s oldest art club, Miramar-based Wellington Art Club. In what has become an annual event, Rita Angus is to showcase works by members of the club over this weekend November 10 and 11, between 10am and 4pm. A number of Wellington’s best known and most respected artists will be exhibiting new works, all of which will be for sale on a first come, first served basis. More than 100 art works are expected to be exhibited. The club’s vice-president, Annette Straugheir, says the art expo is both an exhibition of its members’ artistic achievements and an opportunity for those with an interest in exploring or extending their artistic talents to come along and see what the club has to offer. “We are very grateful to Rita Angus for hosting the club. It’s a great partnership, which members value greatly”. Annette says a portion of the club’s earnings from each exhibition is provided to a charity supported by Ryman Healthcare. This year’s charity is the Stroke Foundation. The Wellington Ar t Club was established in 1892. Initially based in Upper Hutt, the club now welcomes new members to its purpose-built clubrooms in Chelsea Street, Miramar. As well as providing facilities for its members, it hosts classes for beginners and established artists alike.
Prominent artist and Wellington Art Club member Eric Dyne, whose works will feature at the Rita Angus Art Expo. PHOTO: Supplied
Christmas Parade returning to Kilbirnie Last year’s highly successful Kilbirnie Christmas Parade will be returning on Sunday December 2. The event, organised by the Kilbirnie Business Network (K BN), has been expanded in its second incarnation to include some family-friendly after-event entertainment behind the Kilbirnie Community Centre showcasing lots of local talent. As well as Santa’s grotto there will be free activities such as face painting, a fi re engine, bouncy castle and bubble and hula-hoop workshops. With 25 floats already confi rmed, the KBN expects the parade to be huge. “With live music from Rongotai College including their Big Band, choir and rock band plus Aspire Big Band, and performances from local dance groups including the Diwali dancers, this event is shaping up to be a great way to spend a couple of fun and festive hours with the kids,” says Gary Holmes. Gary welcomes any interested groups from within the Eastern Suburbs to join in the parade to make it a real day of community celebration. Individuals and groups are also invited to volunteer their services to support the success of the event. The Santa Parade will begin at 10.30am, rain or shine. More information and registration forms for the event can be found by contacting Town Centre Co-ordinator Susie Jones on 021 120 5069 or email info@ kilbirnie.org.nz.
Thursday November 8, 2018
End of an era as Strathmore outreach clinic closes By Jamie Adams
Newtown Union Health Service (NUHS) has assured residents of the Miramar Peninsula they will still have a presence in the area despite the closure of their Strathmore Park outreach clinic. NUHS staff gathered with members of t he publ ic at Strathmore Park Community Centre (SPCC) on Wednesday, October 31 to acknowledge the service it had provided in the area over the past 26 years. NUHS - a member of the region-wide Tu Ora Compass Health Primary Health Organisation – had held an outreach or “suitcase” clinic at the SPCC several days a week. The service continued to be held after a new clinic was set up in Broadway in 2011, gradually reducing to being held once a week. “In recent years the board has been increasingly hearing concerns about our ability to provide good quality care to the people of Strathmore at this location,” NUHS chair Grant Brookes says. “There was equipment that wouldn’t work properly, there was decreased frequency of
service.” A review in 2017 recommended the closure as most Strathmore patients were by then visiting the Broadway clinic instead, however it also found many people still valued the outreach service. “For that reason we acknowledge the loss that this closure represents,” Grant says. “We believe we can now serve the community better from our other locations.” Compass Hea lt h Genera l manager practice development Justine Thorpe says changing technology and different requirements on health professionals made it too challenging to retain the clinic. Vivienne Coppell, a GP at the outreach clinic since 2001, remembers the first clinic located “right up there on the hill” in 1992. “This was about coming to where the people were.” She acknowledged the clinic co-ordinators who over the years paid visits to check up on local elderly patients, as well as “mum and baby” groups and even dancing sessions for people in the waiting room. Elaine Hill, who had run the
GP Vivienne Coppell, left, and clinic co-ordinator Elaine Hill, right, with bouquets given to them by Newtown Union Heath Service manager Fiona Osten at the Strathmore Park outreach clinic closure party on Wednesday last week. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
clinic for 12 years, noted her daughter Charlotte had effectively grown up among a “huge family” of health providers they had got to know well over
that time. Earlier, local kaumatua Te Urikore Waenga held a prayer before leading NUHS staff through a waiata.
He noted the great work the health clinic has made in trying to reduce the levels of obesity and diabetes among children, especially Maori.
‘Puss In Boots’ Panto promises Newtown Vinnies to host free lunch as plenty of local jabs Seasoned local actor Simon Leary, known more for his dramatic roles, will be switching to more light-hearted fare this month. Puss In Boots The Pantomime, originally written by the late Paul Jenden and directed by Susan Wilson, takes the classic fairytale of the feline trickster to contemporary Wellington. The plot revolves around a poor widow woman, Mrs Miller, and her son Arthur (Ben Emerson), who live in Aro Valley. Arthur finds he has been left a cat in his father’s will – the clevSimon Leary as the king and Natasha McAllister as his daughter Princess Martha in this year’s Circa pantomime Puss In Boots. PHOTO: RocT
er-talking Puss in Boots (Jonathan Morgan). They set out to find riches and come across a down-on-his-luck king, played by Simon, his feisty daughter (Natasha McAllister) and marauding trolls (Jeff Kingsford-Brown and Carrie Green). For Simon, musical comedy is something he has become familiar with, having been involved in four at Circa previously. As with all its pantomimes, references throughout the play are local and topical, with many tweaks made by the cast throughout its run. “I am loosely based on Justin
Lester – King Justin of Wellington – who’s very proud of Onzo Bikes but has trouble getting taxes out of people. “My character is trying to marry off his daughter to someone rich and the cat tricks the king into thinking Arthur is this big, rich Marquis – we call him the Marquis of Makara. “There will definitely be references to Simon Bridges and the National scandals. A lot happens at the Botanic Gardens and across Karori. “The original play talks about ogres but we changed it to trolls because trolling is a thing nowadays. “Their main vendetta is against the king. So they’re trying to stuff up Wellington.” As well as the local jabs which Simon insists are “done with love” there is also innuendo to make it entertaining for adults as well as children. “We’ve done the pantomime for so many years that people would have started as kids and now they’re coming along in their 20s.” Of course no Circa pantomime is complete without its famous “Panto Dame” Gavin Rutherford, who plays Mrs Miller. “He’s been doing them eight times now. He’s so familiar with the character that he has licence to go off in little riffs with the audience. There’s a real interactive element.” Puss In Boots The Pantomime runs Tuesdays to Saturdays at 6.30pm from November 17 to December 23 with encore shows on January2-12. Book at circa.co.nz.
part of Free Shops series In response to Pope Francis’ call to action for World Day of the Poor, groups around Wellington a re hosting events throughout the week of November 12-19 under the umbrella, Better off Together / He Waka Eke Noa. The wider Wellington network of St Vincent de Paul Society is coming together to collectively host Free Shops around the region between November 3 and November 19. The Free Shop model focuses on giving people the shopping experience without the cost. It’s about giving people the choice to choose what they want for themselves and their family. St Vincent de Paul Society sees this as an opportunity to invest in our communities and the people within them. Stock will include women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes, toys, homeware and more. The stock comes from our own Vinnies Op Shops, community donations and the generosity of Kiwi Community Assistance. Last August, Vinnies Wellington held the first Pop-Up Free Shop in Newtown, attracting 700 people through the doors. Over 30 volunteers sup-
ported the event with the help of corporate groups from Housing NZ, Pathways, CCDHB, Massey and Paul Eagle’s electorate. Alongside the shop, a free community BBQ was held with tea and coffee provided by Peoples Coffee. The Newtown Free Shop will be held on the space of the former Caltex forecourt at 230 Riddiford Street, just across the road from the actual charity shop, at 10am-4pm on Saturday, November 17. Vinnies targeted marketing to social housing, social services and community support groups to make sure it was able to support the most vulnerable. A free community lunch will also be held on the site on the day. Encompassing the name ‘Better off Together’, Vinnies Newtown is calling on members of the public to help prepare and serve the food by turning up from 6am on November. Food will include baking, salads, meat for barbecues, vegetarian dishes, soups and sandwiches. Those keen to help should contact St Vincent de Paul on 04 389 7122 or email marketing@vinnieswgtn. org.nz.
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Thursday November 8, 2018
Local ex-All Black to give free talk on safety and success Site Safe is offering locals a chance to hear from All Black legend and Hurricanes stalwart Rodney So’oialo at its free Wellington event next week. A veteran of 62 tests and a former Hurricanes captain, Rodney will share his inspirational story about his career, teamwork and what it takes to succeed. With extensive experience as a coach and working with the police, Rodney knows keeping people safe is a team effort. “Whether it’s on the field or at work, working together is vital. Keeping ourselves, and the public, safe is so important.” Site Safe, a national not-for-profit
health and safety organisation that promotes a culture of health and safety in New Zealand construction, is sponsoring this free talk as part of its annual Wellington graduation event. The event recognises those who have completed a comprehensive health and safety training programme. This year there are more than 320 graduates across the country, a record. This after-work event takes place at 5pm on Thursday, November 15 at Tussock Bar, Massey University, and is open to the general public. Free tickets can be ordered online at sitesafewellingtongraduation2018.eventbrite.co.nz
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Thursday November 8, 2018
Team Wellington set to take on world’s best footballers By Jamie Adams
Wellington’s best footballers will be taking on some of the world’s greats when they head to the Fifa Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates next month. The Newtown Park-based club will take part in the prestigious
knockout tournament involving the winners of each of their respective continental tournaments. Real Madrid is the defending champion, having won it three times in the past four years. Team Wellington won the right to tour after beating Fijian side Lautoka in the final of the Oceania
Champions League in May, as well as defeating previous champions and arch-rivals Auckland City in the semi-finals. New Zealand teams do not have to compete against Australia’s top club side in the Oceania competition as the Australian Football Federation joined the
Asian Champions League in 2007. Team Wellington coach Jose Figuera says their success is due to a combination of experience, motivation and camaraderie. “Last season was my second season at Team Wellington and we have faced Auckland in two finals in the national league,” Jose says.
Team Wellington celebrating their Oceania Champions League victory in May. The result means they head to the UAE next month. PHOTO: @PHOTOtek
World cross country champs wannabes aim to go the distance A 10,000m race planned at Newtown Park this Saturday may see some runners go under 30 minutes, something that hasn’t happened in Wellington for over 25 years. The Agency Group 10k Invitational will see some of the fastest distance runners in New Zealand try to qualify for the World Cross Country Champs in Denmark next year. For senior men that qualifying time is 30 minutes for 10,000m. For senior women, it is 35 minutes and for junior men it is 32m 05s. The athletes will all be working together as packs to reach the times rather than competing against each other. Hamish Carson of Wellington, a 1500m Olympian, will be acting as pacemaker. Other Wellington athletes competing are 2016 NZ Marathon champion Nick Horspool who is this year’s fastest domestic marathon runner with a time of 2 hours 18 minutes; multi-sportsman Dan Jones; and current NZ Mountain Running Champion Niam Macdonald.
Hamish Carson will be the pacemaker in this Saturday’s Agency Group 10k Invitational at Newtown Park. PHOTO: Rowan Grieg
They will be up against several elite runners including Oska Baynes (Christchurch), a twotime New Zealand half-marathon champion who won last week’s Auckland Half Marathon; Chris Dryden (Christchurch), who is this year’s New Zealand U20 cross-country champion; Jacob Priddey (Dunedin), a multiple junior national champion in 6km road racing, as well as 3000m and 1500m; Samuel Tanner (Tauranga), winner of multiple junior national titles in road, track and cross-country in 2017-2018; and Michael Voss (Rotorua), a multiple junior NZ road champ who came second at last week’s Auckland half marathon. Wellingtonians in the women’s race include Nicole Mitchell, the Wellington Cross Country Champion and former NZ representative. Her recent 10km personal best of 36m24s on the tricky Wainuiomata course suggests she could go fast on the track. She will be joined by Mel Aitken, who won the 2017 Oceania Half Marathon Champs. An ultramarathon runner and policewoman, Mel recently moved to Wellington from the West Coast. They will be up against Lisa Cross (Auckland) this year’s national cross-country champion and Sally Gibbs (Katikati), who is the current NZ 10,000m champion at the remarkable age of 55. Earlier this year before she turned 55, Sally ran 10km in a time that was 30 seconds faster than the current women’s world record for 55-year-olds held by Silke Schmidt of Germany, meaning a world record could fall on Saturday. The B race (for those who run 40 minutes or more for 10km) will begin at 4.45. A race (for those who run 33 to 39 minute for 10km) will start at 6pm, while The Agency Group Invitational (sub 33 minutes for 10km) kicks off at 7pm.
“It’s the experience of playing against each other and using them as motivation for the Oceania finals. “We have got a close-knit group who work extremely hard for each other and there are exciting players in the team. “The majority have played in the New Zealand league for a number of seasons and they are a group that’s really come together.” While Team Wellington is largely made up of imported players, most of them have lived in Wellington for several years and are proud to represent the city, Jose says. “We’ve got a strong core of players with the likes of Scott Basalaj, Justin Gully and Andy Bevin.” Jose is under no illusion of what they are up against when they take on host side Al-Ain in Abu Dhabi on December 12. “It’s always going to be a massive test against fully-fledged professional players, some who played in Russia [for the Football World Cup]. “I and staff have done hours of homework on them. “Upsets do happen, but we have to be right at the top of our game.” If Team Wellington does manage to win, it will take on the winner of the African Champions League, the final of which will be held this Saturday.
LOCAL CRICKET RESULTS All local cricket matches on Saturday were abandoned due to bad weather.
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Jordie sure to be there despite form Jordie Barrett may be testing the All Black selectors’ faith in him. The enigmatic fullback, who has been out of favour for the latter part of the home season after a poor performance in the loss to South Africa, was equally inept against Japan on Saturday and the almighty court of public opinion wants him out. His replacement, the on debut George Bridge, had a blinder, continuing his strong domestic form. For much of the past decline, public consensus has suggested it has become harder to play your way out of the All Blacks than it has been to play your way in. The usual scape-goats for this theory have been Sonny Bill Williams and Isaea Toeava. Barrett is still the second best
fullback behind Ben Smith but what has made his stocks somewhat valuable is that he is a second kicking option for his up-and-down brother, Beauden, whose boot off the tee has run hot and cold particularly in 2018. With the All Blacks going for three consecutive World Cup crowns in less than 12 months, tough selections will have to be made. Dropping Jordie seems the best option on paper but gut instinct suggests the men in black have built an envied culture of winning because they deal with the devils they know and not the latest flavour of the month. Form is temporary and staying in the All Blacks’ class can feel like a permanent outcome at times.
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