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PM praises Rongotai’s ‘heart’

By Jamie Adams

It was an event evidently worthy of attracting the Prime Minister when Rongotai’s Member of Parliament hosted the reopening of his electorate office on Friday.

Jacinda Ardern had time on her busy schedule to visit Newtown to cut the ribbon with Labour colleague Paul Eagle and several local schoolchildren in what will now serve in a dual capacity as a community hub. Continued on page 2.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cuts the ribbon in front of Labour MP Paul Eagle’s newly-renovated Rongotai electorate office on Riddiford St on Friday. With her are (from left) St Anne’s School pupils Cahrelle Fa’amau and Tyler Lui and, Island Bay School’s Edward Cox. PHOTO: Eva Kaprinay

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Jacinda pays visit as electorate office becomes community hub Renovations had included the merging of two rooms into one large conference room dedicated to Paul’s predecessor Dame Annette King, along with a computer suite for internet access. Organisations and individuals that will use the space to provide services when Paul isn’t present include a food waste bicycle collection service, a budget adviser, a mental health support service and St Thomas’s Church which will provide bible classes. The Prime Minister’s visit attracted more than 70 guests including students from Rongotai College, St Anne’s School and Island Bay School, as well as representatives from several local churches and charities. Even Sir Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop made an appearance. Jacinda began her speech by charming the crowd, noting: “In Rongotai you don’t change hands between people often and that’s because you select excellent people,”

Jacinda Ardern congratulates Rongotai MP Paul Eagle for his electorate office’s transformation into a new community hub during a speech on Friday. With him are St Anne’s School pupils Tyler Lui and Cahrelle Fa’amau. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“We’ve gone through, over the years, these different branding exercises and often have external people come in and articulate what it means to be Labour. And what’s the current version of that every single day? It’s our electorate offices. “These places where we have amazing team members – and I acknowledge Paul’s staff – who day in day out are here doing

the mahi on our behalf, being the face of what it is to be a representative in Parliament and helping people when they need it most.” Paul echoed those sentiments in his speech. “I take the lead from the Prime Minister in ensuring this office remains a beacon of hope; almost a place of refuge for those who are seeking help,

and wanting advice as simple as a listening ear.” He also paid tribute to his predecessor, noting that many people who visit the office still ask “Where’s Annette?” “I sort of don’t tell them, I say ‘Er, she’ll be in soon’,” he joked. “[Husband] Ray [Lind] and Annette had been really good friends… and I’m doing my best to continue her legacy.”

Enterprise Miramar welcomes decision on Shelly Bay Business group Enterprise Miramar is “very pleased” with the outcome of the Court of Appeal decision that has quashed resource consent for a $500 million housing and infrastructure development at Shelly Bay. The Court of Appeal has found that the Council took the wrong approach when it applied the legal tests in the Special Housing legislation, and that it is possible that if the correct approach had been adopted that there might have

been a different outcome. Enterprise Miramar challenged the resource consent granted for the development, which would have seen 350 apartments and townhouses built, along with a marina, ferry terminal and cable car to Mt Crawford. It was opposed because it did not think that the proposal, and all effects from it, was well thought through, tested and mitigated. “The consistent feedback from within the community is

that people are really worried how the local infrastructure would cope with the development, and how a development of the scale proposed can proceed when the District Plan had set such clear expectations for the site,” board chair Thomas Wutzler says in a statement. “Effects on recreation and the coastal environment, safety for walking and cycling and traffic impacts are just some of the concerns held by people who live, work and play in the

Eastern suburbs. “Enterprise Miramar has always said that Shelly Bay needs to be developed, but in an appropriate way .” Mayor Justin Lester and eastern ward councillors have not publically commented on the decision, however Councillor Andy Foster says it was apparent the Council had failed to properly weigh heritage, environment, and infrastructure concerns, which were issues he had raised with staff previously.



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Striking midwives take to the street

GPs to go on strike

By Jamie Adams

First it was the nurses, and this week it was the midwives’ turn to make some noise as about 30 Wellington members of the Midwifery Employee Represenation and Advisory Service (MERAS) picketed for two hours across from Wellington Regional Hospital on Wednesday. That was still only a small proportion of the overall number employed at the hospital, with most remaining at work to provide “life preserving services”. T he st r i ke was pa r t of nationwide action over the past fortnight against what DHB-employed midwives say is a refusal by DHBs to acknowledge the difference between midwives and nurses in terms of responsibilities and pay that reflected that difference. Negotiations between the midwives’ union and DHBs had been going for a more than a year, with the union rejecting the latest pay offer, leading to strike action commencing on November 22. MERAS Wellington union delegate Jess Maxwell says

Wellington GPs, including those near some Newtown, plan rolling strikes in the lead-up to Christmas over exclusion of dentists from collective agreement Twenty-one GPs employed by Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangatira at four Porirua practices and one in Wellington city (Ora Toa Poneke near the Basin Reserve) plan to walk off the job in support of their dental colleagues – believed to be the first time a strike has taken place in a GP practice. These include five one-hour stoppages from 9am on December 7, 10, 13, 18 and 19, followed by a full day strike on December 24 by 21 GPs.

Unionised midwives picket across from Wellington Hospital during their two-hour strike on Wednesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

support for Wednesday’s strike was “amazing”, if tooting from passing motorists on Riddiford St was anything to go by. “New mothers have been really supportive as well,” she says. “They really hope we get what we want.” What the midwives want is

an improvement on the starting salary of $49,449, which they say would help address the midwifery shortage and midwives’ work-related stress. During nurses’ pay negotiations, the nurses union and DHBs had brokered a deal which would have included

the same rates for midwives, despite MERAS playing no part in the deal. ”I don’t think the public fully understand how demanding the job can be,” Jess says. “We just want recognition that we are midwives, not nurses. We are a separate profession.”

Councillors heed call for more bus services to Strathmore Park Greater Wellington councillors have acknowledged the need for more improvements to Wellington’s much-maligned bus network and will now investigate the possibility of more direct routes for commuters to and from Strathmore Park. It came after several submissions from local representatives, including Public Transport Users Association

memb er K a r a L ipsk i of Newtown, who presented her petition with more than 200 signatures to the council’s Sustainable Transport Committee on Wednesday. “Since July I have met many bus users who want routes reinstated or improved,” Kara sid. “Prior to July the routes 43 and 44 provided a direct service to Strathmore Park. They also provided a late-night

service for shift workers.” Her petition had also disapproved of the merging of routes 12 and 14, saying it will not serve the people of Hataitai nor Strathmore Park. “You have a proposal regarding this and hope you understand the needs of bus users in these locations. “Three recommendations have been made including the need to provide a service

that ends after midnight at the Strathmore Park terminus.” After the meeting Kara told the Cook Strait News there was a small group within the Council that understood the issues but whether her demands would be met remained to be seen. She adds that drivers were in favour of direct services, saying it can be done under the current regime.


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Terracotta warriors arrive After travelling more than 10,000 kilometres from China’s ancient capital Xi’an, the 2300-year-old terracotta warriors have arrived at Te Papa. The imperial icons were welcomed a fortnight ago with a small informal blessing as each crate of precious cargo was brought into the national museum. The exhibition Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality opens on December 15 and runs through summer until April 22. It features eight life-sized warriors and two horses. Also on show are over 160 exquisite treasures from imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.

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inbrief news Disability alliance lauds progress towards law The Access Alliance, a collaborative of 12 national disabled people’s organisations, is standing in support of the Minister for Disability Issues in her efforts to advocate for Government to commit to introducing a national accessibility law. Paralympic swimmer and blind accessibility campaigner Mary Fisher says it’s about “smart, systemic change” that’s good for everyone, especially the one in four New Zealanders who live with a disability. “An accessibility Act with standards in key areas of life would mean we can take a systemic approach rather than fighting each barrier one at a time.”

Social responsibility questioned After the strong public reaction against the potential closure of its last 79 Post Shops, the Postal Workers Union is asking NZ Post to demonstrate how it believes the state-owned enterprise has complied with the social responsibility provisions of the State Owned Enterprises Act. The State Owned Enterprises Act requires NZ Post to be “an organisation that exhibits a sense of social responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates”. The Postal Workers Union consistently challenged NZ Post’s failure to first consult with local communities before quietly removing around 1500 roadside post boxes throughout the country.

Raukawa community’s Christmas party promises to be unique By Jamie Adams

Raukawa Community Centre is gearing up for its Christmas celebration – one that staff and local volunteers are funding and organising themselves. Previous events were entirely council-funded and managed but this time the organisers are excited about being able to go it alone with their own ideas that reflect the diversity of this community within Strathmore Park. “This year’s Christmas in the Park is getting other organisations in the community out there. It’s a recognition of what’s happening in our community by our community,” Lisa Morunga, one of the organisers, says. Singing and dancing will be the main activities: The Wellington City Chorus female barbershop choir and the Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church from Newtown will belt out some tunes while two exercise groups based in the Strathmore Park and Newtown community centres will perform dances that others can get involved in. The Kairangi touch rugby team will be running a fund-

From left, Nina Visesio, Upu Laumatia, Brenda Sinclair, Toulata Pala, Lisa Morunga, Gese Tan and Tina Billing – volunteers at Ruakawa Community Centre – behind some of their arts and crafts that will be on display at this weekend’s Christmas festival. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

raising sausage sizzle. “There will be an Atua Group, which has been making jewellery and other crafts,” Lisa says. “We also have a lady who does harakeke (flax) flowers, so she will have a stall as well and there’s a lady who will be selling cushions with Cook Islands patterns. “Santa Claus is coming on a fire truck, followed by his many elves,” Lisa promises. “Hope-

fully Santa will also get up on stage and have a sing-along.” A T-shirt designer by the name of “Juse1” will also be returning to show off his graffiti-style designs. “People can either pay $2 for a T-shirt or they can bring their own and he will spray paint on them,” Lisa says. Centre co-ordinator Ava Sanganoo says Council is supporting some of the bigger

items, along with Strathmore Park Community Centre, but the bulk of funding is coming from the Raukawa community. “They’re taking ownership. At first just a few people turned up, now we’ve got a big group organising it.” Christmas In The Park goes from 12-3pm at Raukawa Reserve this Saturday. Cancellation will happen only if rain is particularly heavy.

Shelly Bay on display for festive season Locally well-known artists Juliet Best and Jane Blackmore are holding a Christmas exhibition at their Shelly Bay gallery this weekend. Juliet, who was last year appointed as Life Flight Trust’s artist-in-residence, says Shelly Bay is a place that has so much history and beauty and the exhibits on display reflect that. “I am grateful and aware of the beauty of the journey I have

to work each day, driving round the stunning Wellington bays to Shelly Bay from my home in Island Bay. “I know this sense of gratefulness and awareness has inspired my coastal painting series. I love the art gallery and feel very happy to create work here as well as show it. “The amount of people who come in and are so happy to see artists at work is really inspiring



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and quite a sharing experience for us as well. “Jane and I are New Zealand artists with our own art identities, but what we also have that is so magical is our wonderful shared studio space that is openly connected to our shared gallery space.” Jane has been creating work for over nine years at the gallery. “This space continues to support and nuture my creativity,”

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School’s out for much-loved Wellington College teacher By Izzy Davis

After 32 years, Wellington College coach, science teacher and PE teacher Neville Paul will be retiring. Neville was first drawn to teaching as he got “a buzz” out of helping students. While he enjoyed competing in sports himself, he found coaching suited him and “enjoyed getting the best out of people”. One of the highlights of his career as a coach and teaching was travelling around America for a sports trip in 1990 and getting to know the parents of the boys and socialising with them. Former student and athletics captain for 2016 and 2017 Liam Webb had a close connection with Neville and says: “He’s quite the character around the track and school, but had a great dedication to the athletics programme with trainings being held on most days with him always being there.” 2015 graduate student, Harry Delany, was coached by Neville for five years and says: “His humanistic interest and concern for people was (and still is) uncomparable. For this reason, I’ve never looked at Nev as a teacher, or as simply just a coach, but as a good friend. In fact, he came to my 21st recently and received a mention from my parents during the speeches as a ‘thank you’ for the immeasurable impact that he has had on my brother and my life”. To sum up his time teaching at Wel-

Neville Paul, with his Thank you cake. PHOTO: Supplied.

lington College, Neville says it has been “really rewarding” and a big part of that is because of the relationships he formed with students and watching them grow. Neville was even a groomsman at a former pupils wedding. Parents of Neville’s pupils organised a farewell function which involved food and, speeches. Old students he taught and coached travelled to Wellington to attend and wish him well on his retirement.

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Entrepreneur Day proves to be roaring success

Wellington BGI youth worker Christoph Zintl with EBIS year 8 students (from left): Yusuf Abboud, Jack McKinstry, Dylan Dang (front), Maiterangi Arahanga, Zade Adams and Kane Sutcliffe following their successful barbecue for their Ka Puta enterprise scheme on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Students hatch their potential after rapidfire burger sales By Jamie Adams

Two groups of Year 8 students at Evan’s Bay Intermediate School are feeling a sense of pride after successfully partaking in a pilot youth enterprise scheme. Youth worker and supervisor Christoph Zintl, of the Wellington Boy’s and Girl’s Institute (BGI) oversaw the project throughout the term. It was called “Ka Puta” meaning ‘hatching or emerging’. “The aim of Ka Puta is to work with at-risk young people in a strength-based way to see them take on their own social or enterprise project,” Christoph says. “BGI has created the learning journey with support, and fosters the discovery of their

development. Additionally every group is given $1000 as seed funding towards their project.” Throughout the final term Christoph had supervised two groups at the school. On Wednesday a mix of boys and girls ran a pop-up pancake business called Flip, which made them a profit of $208.30. The second, an all boys group, ran a burger and milkshake business called “Uzi Burger”, named after the automatic handgun. All the burgers sold within the lunch hour, netting the boys a profit of $443.10. The Cook Strait News managed to catch the Uzi Burger group at the end of lunchtime on Friday. Spokesman Maiterangi Arahanga says the whole process, including

brainstorming ideas, surveying what students wanted and marketing the product, was fun and inspiring. “We know people love food so we thought burgers and milkshakes. We then did a survey of what students wanted in them.” As a bonus, the students got to keep their takings to divide among themselves. The Wellington BGI was founded in 1883 by a group of young people associated with St John’s Church that were keen to help other young people in their community. Its programmes focus on helping youth build strong and long relationships with their families and peers, while developing other necessary life skills such as effective leadership and communication.

Room 2 senior pupils Andy Chhun, Chairud Sokhan, Toby McFarlane and Alex McKinstry made $80 from the sale of their stress balls (balloons filled with rice). PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Miramar Central School’s first ever Entrepreneur Day last Thursday was such a success that the stalls were already being folded up two hours before it was planned to finish. Groups of up to six children were out selling a range of items they had made in class as part of the day. Principal Ed Trotter says it was the culmination of weeks of each of the school’s classes collaborating in coming up with concepts and the marketing and sale of them as a way to develop financial literacy as part of their key competencies. “The kids had an inquiry process

then thought about a product to sell. They investigated the costs of making them, and how to market them,” he says. “Everybody contributed in some way. Some pupils designed the stalls while others were there to sell the products.” While most of the classes got to keep their profits, the takings from rooms 1, 2 and 3 would go towards the leavers’ dinner. Deputy principal Tracy Shanks was amazed at how quickly parents and other students were keen to snap up all the items on display. “We were virtually sold out by 3.30.”

Students return the flavour to lifesaving chopper staff By Jamie Adams

The hard-working crew of the Lifeflight Trust’s Westpac rescue helicopter have been treated to an afternoon tea of school-baked delights thanks to the kind-hearted efforts of Rongotai College students. A group of 10 rolled up their sleeves to do some baking, with two of the students delivering lollycakes, muffins and fancy bread to very appreciative ambulance staff on Friday. Nicknamed ‘Returning the Flavour’, it involved the boys baking at the school in the morning and delivering an afternoon tea to local emergency services as a thank you for the amazing work they do to keep our community safe. The visit was a new activity amongst the highlights of the college’s annual

Year 9 Social Action Day. “The purpose of Social Action Day is to provide an opportunity for our year nine students to ‘give back’ to their community,” organising teacher Scott Dennison says. The 13 activities included volunteering at the SPCA, waterblasting Houghton Bay hall, clearing bushtracks, removing graffiti from fences and collecting rubbish from beaches. Scott says there was no reward for their good deeds other than “the satisfaction of doing something for others”. “It’s teaching them empathy, humility and caring for others, and building connections with the community.” Fixed wing crew member Joseph Huggins says such snacks are very helpful for when their blood sugar levels are low during their shifts, which can be up to 12 hours long.

Lifeflight Trust air ambulance crew Joseph Huggins and Logan Taylor (back) with Rongotai College Year 9 students Desmond Matala and Jack Harris. With them is 10-year-old Millie O’Halloran, daughter of teacher Nick O’Halloran. Millie had required the services of Life Flight at a younger age. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Adopt, don’t shop, says SPCA

Duke and Lottie would love someone to adopt them. PHOTO: Supplied By Izzy Davis

With the holiday season quickly approaching and Christmas being a popular time to surprise loved ones with the gift of a furry family member, Wellingtonians are being encouraged to “adopt not shop” this season. The Wellington SPCA currently holds 385 animals, mainly cats and dogs. Some are being cared for in foster homes while others are on the premises waiting for

their new home. The general manager of the Wellington SPCA Ros Alsford says during this time of year there is an increase of animals in the SPCA, especially kittens, as the spring breeding has come to an end. While there are more animals coming into the shelter, over summer there are also “high numbers of animals finding a new forever home” says Ros. SPCA animals are fully vacci-

nated and de-sexed before they are placed for adoption. Ros encourages people who are looking for a new pet to drop by and have a look at the centre before deciding to purchase. “The animals do deserve a second chance at finding a lovely home. Not all the animals have come from a great background and there are so many animal shelters across New Zealand so we want the animals to be able to find their forever home”.

Counsel in Concert The annual Counsel in Concert event is returning for 2018. The choir and orchestra of over 60 Wellington lawyers and legal staff are augmented by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington. This year’s Christmas theme includes Carol of the Bells, Poulenc Gloria, and songs from Love Actually, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Counsel in Concert: All I Want for Christmas will be held at 12.15pm and 5.30 pm at St Andrew’s on the Terrace. Entry is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Child Cancer Foundation.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Do you support the proposed 12,000-seat indoor arena to be built on Wellington’s waterfront?

Lalita Kasanji, Miramar “I would, there needs to be one. I think it would be pretty resilient.”

Jimmy-Lee Hongara, Vogeltown “I support it. Maybe in the CBD, if there’s no space then the waterfront, if it’s up to building regulations.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed 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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

John Tijsen, Island Bay “No I wouldn’t. It’s on reclaimed land where the BNZ building collapsed. We are spending too much and we’ve got a massive debt.”

Ken Findlay, Island Bay “I would like the coastline to stay as natural as possible. I’d probably support it, but somewhere else.”

Irene Studman, Island Bay “I don’t. If they’ve got spare money they should spend it on a sports building for children in north Wellington who find it hard to get to the ASB Centre.”

Henri Lyons, Island Bay “Yeah, it would be a good place to have it. I reckon it would be strong enough [to withstand an earthquake].”

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Disgusting behaviour by ‘respectable citizens’ A visit to any A&E clinic of any hospital on a Saturday night, proposed special training for ambulance and firefighters attending accidents in how to handle alcoholaffected, are obvious indicators that something is wrong with our NZ love affair with alcohol. With the quality of cameras available to our emergency

services, we should use these tools. There are some splendid show-cases available like those near St James’ Theatre in Courtenay Place in Wellington, so close to one ‘crime scene’. Magazines, newspapers and TV should develop, as a public duty, to display clear photos, without their faces opaqued

or pixelated to shame this disgusting behaviour. Once they are sober, the ‘heroes & heroines’ can see and be seen, having to explain to their peers, parents and children why they wilfully and voluntarily put themselves in these situations. This public display of facts, performed in public, even their puking and urinating

and threatening behaviour by normally responsible, respectable, healthy and normal people, may have them and their friends adjust their behaviour next time they misbehave. They are not entitled to get away with it, their privacy needs no protection if they, in public, misbehave Paul Franken Strathmore Park

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I found Patrick Morgan’s (Cycle Action Network) response (CSN Nov 8) to Christine Swift’s letter (CSN Nov 1) offensive, patronising and downright rude! I believe Ms Swift was asking a genuine question regarding cyclists’ behaviour/etiquette and the road code at pedestrian crossings. The Parade has become increasingly dangerous for pedestrians and I think this to be but “one” of the “unintended consequences” of the cycleway. I’m sure that this would go against what Cr Free who holds

Dear Editor, If you’re tired of the traffic around Newtown then bike lanes might actually help. Newtown has lots and lots of cars, people use those cars every day because it’s the most convenient way to get around. You could walk, but the most direct routes involve crossing lots of busy streets and waiting in the rain for the lights to change. You could take the bus, but since July they’re a bit less

the WCC portfolio for Walking and Cycling had intended – but it has happened! Cyclist behaviour is now completely unpredictable – going the wrong way up and down the cycleway, using the footpaths at speed, flouting helmet rules and basic courtesy. Perhaps Mr Morgan could stand up and take responsibility for this? He certainly has a lot to say in the media. Henk Hoffman and Deb Green Island Bay

Throwing money at education won’t solve the wreck it’s become Dear Editor; You already know that I have little sympathy for the present guts-aching protests by teachers claiming to be underpaid and overworked (CSN Nov 22); so I was sorry to see that a decent man like Ken Findlay has been deceived into supporting them. The mention and the photo of Mr Findlay, now aged 80, takes me back to my “Consumer” days of approximately 1968-1973, when his wife spearheaded the local Campaign against Rising Prices, known by its acronym,

CARP. I joined it; and all these years later, I still think there was a lot of justification in CARP’s protests: though some inflation was inevitable, successive Governments seemed happy to let it all go unquestioned; and they made only half-hearted attempts to slow down the galloping inflation that we had from mid-1966 to late 1984. Well, we were all a lot younger at the time: I clearly remember what a very handsome young husband Mrs Findlay had when

he was something big in the Meatworkers’ Union; and he still looks a personable old guy now. But just throwing more money, including higher pay, at education, isn’t going to salvage it from the wreck it has been made by deliberate policies. The good teachers are not usually among those who squawk the loudest, either! [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

reliable so it’s probably best to jump in the car. How about a bike? Hell no! The traffic is awful, people pass you too close and fast and you might get run down by a bus. These are some very valid and rational arguments for everyone driving, but if everyone does that then we just get gridlock. Instead of making more space for cars, we could take a little more space for people on foot, scooters or

bikes. If you’re not interested and the car is still the way for you, then it’ll be easier to park and drive because other people in cars have taken up those other options. When you design a city where people have a choice of how they travel it works better for everyone, including people who need to drive. Mark Johnston Melrose

Priority for revamped port is resilience Dear Editor: The most important aspect of any rebuild of the port area in Wellington (CSN, 28/11) should be directed toward resiliency and the construction of emergency facilities in the wider Wellington region. The ferry port should be a part of this planning, not separate from it. A joint program of GWRC and WCC, partnered with other agencies, is a natural place for emergency infrastructure planning and given the threat

of earthquakes this should take precedence over the ‘more efficient ferry service’, and ‘enhanced customer experience’ described in the article. The evident excitement about growth in passenger numbers is ‘so twentieth century‘ and out of date that perhaps that is a reason why this project is taken out of the larger context of the urgent need for emergency infrastructure. Richard Keller Wellington

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Kingston pays tribute to lovable ‘bus stop’ cat By Jamie Adams

A community is mourning the passing of a cat that touched the hearts of so many people. Snoopy, of Kingston, died after being run over by a car last month. She was 16 years old. What made Snoopy special was that she became known as the “Kingston Bus Stop Cat”, as for almost all of her life she would sit at the Kingston bus shelter to greet waiting commuters. Owner Wendy Riley says Snoopy walked and sat at the bus stop every day for 14 years. “She would sit at the bus stop

from the first bus in the morning until I brought her in each evening. Whilst out there she would greet everyone catching a bus and get many pats and would sit on laps if a bus was cancelled. “In the late afternoon she would still be there to see the people off the bus and get more pats and cuddles,” Wendy says. “She would brighten up the lives of most daily, almost skipping towards them when they approached. “She followed people because she loved people.” Snoopy was so well-known to the regular bus drivers that she boarded their buses on occasion, once

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even going for a ride all the way to the railway station and back. “The driver knew she was on board but got the driver on the returning bus to take her back.” Wendy says the outpouring of sadness from the Kingston community has been overwhelming. Tributes were placed on the Quebec St bus shelter following Snoopy’s death, including a handwritten ode written on behalf of the people of Kingston. Part of it reads: “Hope we meet again Snoopy At that great bus stop in the sky Where cats can catch buses As clouds float by.”

Snoopy (aka the Kingston Bus Stop Cat) has died aged 16. PHOTO: Supplied

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I live in Constable Street and the lost eightplus parking spaces have been replaced by buffers and plastic flags. [Another newspaper] article suggests that between 111 and 605 more parking spaces will disappear, depending on the future cycle plan. Affected people are business owners and residents. A car park is more than a place to park a car – it is a space for a visiting tradesman; putting a child in the car; having a rubbish skip or visitors; dealing with groceries etc. Side streets have been recommended for parking but they are often narrow, well parked and in Newtown. One of the side

Dear Editor, I see Terri O’Neill (age 20) is seeking a Council seat for the Labour Party next year. I invite her to visit all the business houses of Kilbirnie and the local community when representatives attended Council calling for a liquor ban in Bay Road so that all customers including families and elderly want to go about their lawful shopping business in Bay Road but face the daily aggressive drunk and disorderly behaving persons who are chasing off the music buskers and shoppers! She advocates against a liquor ban (just like the narrow minded Council Officers, Director of Community Centres) in saying the problem is complex yet must be solved

streets is also part of the cycleway with loss of parking. Council needs to come up with a win/win solution. The cycleway in Constable Street has also made many cyclists more unsafe than before. I am now seeing more cyclists at our end of the street which is a good thing, but very few have identified the elaborate ‘thing’ as a cycleway. Cyclists have either continued to go illegally up and down the footpath or choose to ride in the line of traffic which has become narrower because of the buffers and flags on both sides of the road. Ferne McKenzie Wellington

Carols, gifts promised for Seatoun Christmas celebration By Jamie Adams

Carols by candleilght are returning to Seatoun, with the Christmas spirit of giving set to be alive and well. Organisers are inviting the local community to attend next Friday’s carol service, which will be led by Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge. The event won’t just be about singing, as there will be a Christmas tree with participants encouraged to donate non-perishbale food items or other gifts for those less fortunate during the festive season. This year will be the fourth in recent time that St Christopher’s Church will be holding a carol service, and the third in support of the Wellington City Mission. Earlier in the evening the neighbouring Seatoun Village Hall will host a gift market for the second time after last year’s proved a success. Organisers Gillie Coxill and Elaine Newson say the carol service has become a huge event, with the church fully packed last year. “It’s become a little tradition in its own right,” Gillie says. “The reverend will put his personality on it – the same story told differently.” “It will be Christmas with a twist,” Elaine promises. “It’s non-denominational and encourages people who might not

Gillie Coxill and Elaine Newson, organisers of this year’s Christmas Carol Service and Gift Market at St Christopher’s Church and Seatoun Village Hall. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

have sung since they left school, or who just don’t do it,” Gillie says. They hope to see plenty of gifts under the tree by the end of the night, though any that are wrapped should state whether they are for a boy or a girl. Cash donations are also welcome. The gift market promises a range of locally-made arts and crafts

along with Christmas cakes and mince pies. “If you’ve got an odd uncle and you can’t think of something to buy him, you’ll find it here,” Gillie says. The gift market starts at 6pm on December 14 at the Village Hall on Forres St. The carol service will commence at 8pm with refreshments at 9pm.

by the community. If the Labour Party wants to embrace them with aroha and help treat their drug and alcohol issues, well could Terri and the 1700 Council employees please take them to their homes for a week at a time, so in the meantime us rate-paying real voters can go Christmas shopping. Rose Wu Kilbirnie. PS: Oh dear, the new Kilbirnie Bus Hub is an accident waiting to happen! I have joined a local group to campaign against all Councillors to: “VOTE THEM ALL OUT!”


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Jackson’s luck sees Hurricanes blow into Houghton Valley School By Jamie Adams

Some of its pupils had the privilege of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their recent visit. This time the entire Houghton Valley School got to meet local royalty of the rugby variety when three Hurricanes players turned up at lunchtime on Monday. Lock Sam Lousi, half back Richard Judd and midfielder Billy Proctor paid a visit all thanks to the luck of Year 6 student Jackson Hill, who entered in a Hurricanes competition. Throughout the Super Rugby season fans were asked to “make a wish”, by placing an entry in boxes at home games, as to what they would like to do if they won a day with Hurricanes players. Up to 10 entries are selected per

year and Jackson’s, who asked for players to visit his school, was one of them. As well as posing for photos and signing autographs, the relatively new trio also answered pupils’ questions including what their worst injuries and toughest games were. Sam noted a shoulder injury had caused some bone to be chipped off, while Richard said playing the British and Irish Lions in a tour match was exceptionally tough due to their size. Sam also offered hope to those children who may have thought they needed to start very young to become a top player. “I started playing when I was 13. So it’s never too late to start.” Their visit was completed with a game of touch in nearby Sinclair Park.

Jackson Hill, 10, with Hurricanes players Sam Lousi, Richard Judd and Billy Proctor during their visit to Houghton Valley School on Monday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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SCHOOL ENROLMENT SCHEME Out of Zone Applications Open 2019 Enrolment at the school is governed by an Enrolment Scheme, details of which are available from the school office or our school website – Ballot applications are now being accepted for places in 2019. Actual vacancies will be determined at the time of the ballot. To apply, please complete an Out of Zone Ballot Pre-enrolment form available from our website. Applications can be emailed to and be received by: 12 noon, Friday 8 February. If the number of out of zone applicants exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone places is required, it will be held on Tuesday 12 February. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within 5 school days of the ballot being held. In Zone Enrolments: Parents of students who live within the zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during 2019, should notify the school immediately to assist the school to plan appropriately.

Death Notices

COUTTS, William Ernest (Bill): Nov 30, 2018 CROTHERS, Margaret Doreen (nee Todd): Dec 4, 2018 JOHNSON, Neil Tuitolovaa P: Nov 25, 2018 McDONALD Dr Geraldine: CNZM Nov 26, 2018 McDONALD, Public Notices

Miramar North School Out of Zone Placements Places available in 2019 Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office. The board has determined that in addition to accepting all in-zone enrolments there are 10 places available for out of zone students in 2019. If the number of out of zone applicants exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. Deadline for the receipts of applications: Friday 14th December 2018 Date of Ballot (if required): Monday 17th December 2018 Email applications to: If a ballot is required, parents will be informed of the outcome within three days of the ballot being held. Nicola Pauling Chairperson, BOT

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To all our parents, caregivers and volunteers who have given of your time so generously. The Board of Trustees and staff of Evans Bay Intermediate would like to thank you all for helping at the school in some way this year. Whether it was for reading with students, being a sports coach or manager for many of our sports teams, for being a passionate gardener, helping with all the different school trips we have been on, working on fundraising activities, helping at breakfast club and to those who have made extra donations to assist students. Your help has meant that we have been able to do all these things, for our students and we appreciate the time you have given up and the effort you have made to do this. We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

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Thursday December 6, 2018.


Council staff hold friendly farewell for World Cup-bound club By Jamie Adams

Team Wellington this week headed off to Abu Dhabi to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament involving the top club sides from each of the world’s six continental confederations. Before getting on the plane however, some of their players got the chance to show off their skills against a Wellington City Council team that included the Mayor Justin Lester, councillor Andy Foster and former Black Cap Grant Elliot. Team Wellington, which plays home games at Miramar, won the right to represent Oceania after winning the Oceania Champions League tournament in May after years of domination by Auckland City. While Abu Dhabi in located in the hot desert of the Arabian Peninsula, being winter now means temperatures will likely be in the more bearable mid-20s. They will also have plenty of time to acclimatise, with their first game, a knockout, against home team Al-Ain not scheduled until December 13 (overnight NZ time). Nonetheless, coach Jose Figuera admits it will be a tough task for Team Wellington to get through to the next round.

Orange-clad Wellington City councillors and staff along with Grant Elliot (third standing from left) pose for a photo with members of Team Wellington before their farewell friendly match at Civic Square on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“It’s an amateur team against a full professional team,” he says. “Some of them played in Russia [for the Football World Cup].” However the New Zealand side does have players who played in age-grade internationals and are in the All Whites squad. If Team Wellington manages to beat Al-Ain they will be guaranteed at least two more games, with a match against Africa champions Esperance de Tunis followed by either a semi-final match or a match to decide fifth place. Prior to the friendly match, a kitted-out Mayor Justin Lester told them everyone in Wellington had “huge respect” for the team. “It’s great for the country and great for football. We are incredibly proud of you.”

Half a century of swim club service recognised

LOCAL CRICKET RESULTS: PREMIER MEN’S ONEDAY Eastern Suburbs 216/8 (50.0 overs) beat Victoria University 189 (47.1 overs) Wellington Collegians 177/6 (41.5 overs) beat Onslow 175 (47.0 overs) PREMIER RESERVE MEN’S ONE DAY

Victoria University 175/4 (46.5 overs) beat Eastern Suburbs 174 (48.3 overs) Wellington Collegians 180/9 (44.1 overs) beat Onslow 179 (45.3 overs) PREMIER GIRLS’ T20 Eastern Suburbs 103/7 (20.0 overs) beat Johnsonville 111/3 (20.0 overs)

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Bitter Warriors show true colours with Johnson exit The Shaun Johnson exit from the Warriors has been handled poorly by an organisation that’s never been great at public relations. To start with the positives, they did the right thing by granting their million dollar playmaker a release when he asked for one. There’s no point having an unhappy player at your club. That can get toxic. But that’s where the positive comments end. Warriors boss Cameron George fronted media and when asked where the replacement would come from, like a punk teenager at the back of a classroom, he said: “The phone has been running hot.” That smacks of arrogance and desperation. Anyone who knows anything about the NRL player market knows the odds of landing a marque halfback in December is extremely remote. The statement was a pathetic parting shot to Johnson, who has

now signed a deal with the Cronulla Sharks. A split for both sides is the best option all round. Johnson has a chance to play for a better, more equipped team, though the Sharks have their own financial issues at present, and he can do it away from the Warriors spotlight which has seemed to drain his talent at certain times. The Warriors have never won a premiership since entering the NRL in 1995. With no playmaker, that streak looks likely to continue beyond 2019. Many players have thrived after leaving the Warriors and it would not be a shock to see Johnson get closer to a premiership with a new team. The Warriors have never been short of talent but the culture and back room politics has often been their undoing. This smacks of just another example.

Jim Drummond, 96, and Ian McDonald, 85, with their long-service awards following a ceremony at Freyberg Pool on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The Hataitai Amateur Swimming Club held a special presentation before its final children’s class of the year on Friday evening. President Jim Drummond, 96, and club captain Ian McDonald, 85, were presented with awards to recognise 50 years of voluntary service to young swimmers and to local swimming in general. In presenting the awards, Swim Wellington immediate past chair Mark Berge extended his sincere gratitude for Jim and Ian’s “sterling service” of leading the club’s Learn to Swim programme. “Through their vision and efforts together with those of the Hataitai Amateur Swimming Club they have worked tirelessly to ensure that this service remains available and affordable to families from all walks of life,” Mark says. “This in itself is a significant achievement in the current environment of commercialisation

of this sector and reduced capability within our schools.” Jim began volunteering at the club in 1968 and has been the president for the past 30 years. Ian joined started in the same year as Jim and has led the swimming at Freyberg Pool or on Hataitai beach for at least 40 years. He also fronted an instructional video. “This is Wellington’s oldest club; in fact it is one of the oldest in New Zealand. It started in open water,” Mark says. “If there’s a legacy that remains from these gentlemen, it’s the thousands of children who have learnt to swim here. “That’s a remarkable thing because it’s generational; not only have they learnt to swim but their children and their children’s children as well.” Jim and Ian said they were “amazed” and a “bit humbled” by the honours. “I knew they would be saying something but that tribute was really unexpected,” Jim says.



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