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Strait up, she’s done it By Jamie Adams

A nationally-renowned outdoor challenge programme was the inspiration that led to Miramar’s Breanna Ward achieving something only a few dozen people have done. The 21-year-old swam across Cook Strait on December 1, completing the 29km North-South journey in 7 hours and 26 minutes. It makes hers the 113th crossing of the strait, with several swimmers having done it multiple times. Continued on page 2. Breanna Ward at her workplace, the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, after completing a seven-and-a-half hour crossing of Cook Strait earlier this month. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Continued from page 1. What’s notable about Breanna’s swim was how early in summer it was done – most people do not attempt it until February or March when the weather and water is typically at its warmest. “Cook Strait has always been a major dream of mine, but doing an Outward Bound course last year was what really kickstarted me into achieving it,” Breanna says. “I mentioned it at the end when we talked about goals that we wanted to go away and do. “Because of this, as well as the huge positive impact Outward Bound had on my life, I decided to make my Cook Strait swim a fundraiser for Outward Bound.” Breanna, who works as a lifeguard at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, has raised about $2300 so far, including proceeds from a public two-hour Swimathon at the centre on Sunday. “I raised about $1000 before the swim and then during the swim so many people were donating.” She says that was as much a factor in her motivation to succeed as was the personal aspiration. Despite being in the water for nearly a third of a day,

Breanna Ward approaches the Marlborough Sounds during her 29km swimming journey. PHOTO: Supplied

Breanna says at no point did she feel like giving up, having prepared throughout the year by swimming up to 65km a week. Throughout the winter she trained at the aquatic centre, which meant biking there and back in the dark to train before and after her shifts. Thereafter she transferred to the sea, at one point embarking on a five-hour-long 16km harbour swim which led to a damaged shoulder just a week before the big event. Prior to her training, the longest distance

she had continuously swum was just 3km. She says she will never forget the beach she landed at when she touched the South Island. “It was beautiful and overwhelming looking back towards the distant North Island and feeling the accumulation of a year of training, knowing I had done it.” She also credits support from family and friends who accompanied her by boat, including veteran Phil Rush who organises crossing attempts. While she is open to repeat-

ing the feat, Breanna says she now has other ideas for ultraswimming, including taking on the “really challenging” North Channel between Scotland and Ireland. She also plans to cycle around New Zealand with a friend and would like to run a marathon.  Breanna aims to raise $2500 for Outward Bound by the end of January. It will go to scholarships for people who wouldn’t be able to afford the course fees. To donate go to obchampion.everydayhero. com/nz/breannaward.

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Shelly Bay iwi determined to get their land back By Jamie Adams

Local iwi collective Taranaki Whanui vow to reverse the sale of Shelly Bay land by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST), a decision they say is an injustice to the original owners. Spokesman Anaru Mepham says the successful challenge in the Court of Appeal by Enterprise Miramar to a housing development plan by new owners The Wellington Company was “remarkable”, but also places Taranaki Whanui in a new position. “It’s a position of opportunity where people can potentially influence the outcome of this next stage of planning and development of our land here,” Anaru says. “We challenge the sale of this land; the sale of this land is unlawful.” In 2016 the PNBST asked members to vote on permission to sell three sections of land they had bought from the Crown. It had been bought for $15 million with money received from a treaty settlement. Despite Taranaki Whanui’s five iwi opposing the sale, the trust went ahead anyway, with the land sold to The Wellington Company for $2 million, well below its valuation of $7.4m. “This whenua has been sold by our own people for a pittance, which is disgraceful,” iwi member Dan Love says. “The vote clearly came back not to sell.” Anaru believes the sale has breached article 2 of the Treaty of Waitangi regarding how land transactions are dealt. Last Thursday Taranak i Whanui members gathered at Shelly Bay to plant a Tino Rangatiratanga flag in a sym-

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inbrief news Talk therapies critical for preventing suicides Samaritans Wellington welcomes the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry report to Government, believing access to talk therapies is critical for preventing suicides. “We would like to see the Government working together with community organisations like Samaritans to properly fund the talk therapy services that are already in place” Wellington board chair Peter Barker says. He says Samaritans has a vital role in suicide prevention — listening and talking to people who are distressed, depressed, lonely and contemplating suicide, but as a volunteer organisation that receives no government funding, it is “forced to lead a hand-to-mouth existence”.

Wellington ‘one of top destinations’ A panel consisting of five of the world’s top travel influencers and bloggers has chosen Wellington, as one of the six top emerging travel destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific for 2019. The annual awards honouring up-and-coming destinations were published last night on the site TravelLemming.com, which covers emerging and under-toured destinations around the world. Winning destinations were determined by a panel consisting of five of the top travel bloggers, vloggers, and influencers in the world, with a combined following on social media of over 1.2 million. Wellington was nominated for the award by the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.

Members of Taranaki Whanui admire the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, right, after it was erected by Anaru Mepham, left, at Shelly Bay on Thursday following the Court of Appeal ruling. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

bolic gesture of claiming the land back. “We are calling for the trustees of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust to step down from their positions and get the people to revote and have a say in how this trust should be managed,” Anaru says. Hereni Jenkins-Mepham says with the resource consent quashed, the chance to move forward constructively

is “huge”. “We are tangata whenua. Without land we have no identity,” Hereni says. Another iwi member, longterm Shelly Bay resident Kenney-Jean Sidwell, says she has felt “so much grief” since the sale. “This is wrong for iwi, wrong for the community and for the environment.” Anaru says they are prepared to fight the sale in court if

necessary and are now seeking to meet Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little to discuss whether they have a case. They say the saddest aspect of the situation is the lack of communication from the trust, which has only been prepared to speak through its lawyers. The PNBST has been approached by phone and email for comment. There was no reply as of yesterday.

Christmas craft market After successes with previous events in July and October, Kilbrinie is gearing up for its third Craft Market, this time with a Christmas theme. Organiser Sonia Markholm says everything to be displayed has been hand made by local crafters and there will be a number of great items for Christmas gifts including dolls’ clothes, crocheted and knitted teddies and toys, jewellery, paintings, cards, peg dolls, Christmas decorations, hand bags, fans, crystals and art works. Kilbirnie Christmas Craft Market will be at Kilbirnie Community Centre, 56 Bay Road, from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, December 15.

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inbrief news Ngā Taonga relocating to safer site Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Wellington office will be moving in May 2019 from its current location in Taranaki Street to the National Library building on Molesworth Street due to earthquake risk. “The move from Taranaki Street is the culmination of a great deal of research, planning and negotiation made necessary by the reclassification of our premises as earthquake prone in 2014,” Chief Executive Rebecca Elvy says. Ahead of the move, the ground floor space at Taranaki Street will retain its building reception function but the café service and cinema will not reopen after the Christmas and New Year break.

ACC levy changes ‘backward step’ The NZ Automobile Association is disappointed with the announcement by the Government to end ACC’s Vehicle Risk Rating scheme. “Scrapping Vehicle Risk Rating is a backward step at a time when a rising road toll is demanding more action to improve road safety,” says AA principal advisor – regulations Mark Stockdale. He says much more needs to be done to promote vehicle safety to Kiwis. The move will see the annual motor vehicle levy for the 38 percent of cars currently in the safest band rise $28 – more than double the ACC levy their drivers currently pay.

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Waiting game as Kilbirnie booze ban on cards By Jamie Adams

Kilbirnie residents will have to wait until the middle of next year before they know if they will finally get a much-desired public liquor ban in their shopping precinct. Last Thursday Wellington City Council, in its city strategy committee meeting, agreed to an amendment to a proposed modification of the current liquor ban area. They agreed to a motion from eastern ward councillor Simon Marsh to consult with the community about creating an alcohol ban area within the Kilbirnie business area. That area would be bordered by Mahora Street, Coutts Street, Childers Terrace, Evans Bay Parade and Rongotai Road. Council officers will report back by June 30, 2019 after which councillors will decide. Councillors also agreed to a “comprehensive range of initiatives seeking to manage alcoholrelated issues in the Kilbirnie community”, such as an increase in Local Hosts and improved

access to tenancy services for those living on the streets. Kilbirnie Business Network manager Gary Holmes was pleased councillors were finally taking a stance after years of lobbying by local businesses and residents. “We will put in a strong submission through the consultation process,” Gary says. “We are confident the council will make the right decision.” Gary says the problem of alcohol-related crime in Kilbirnie is as bad as ever and it was important the ban area extended beyond Bay Road. “We are getting regular reports of businesses getting broken windows, even on [Evans Bay] Parade. “In Auckland most suburban centres have 24/7 liquor bans in place and there’s been no issues.” Bernard O’Shaughnessy, a selfdescribed “agitator”, has been a vocal critic of council inaction on the issue. Several councillors had previously opposed implementing a ban on the grounds that it would not work, as the people

Bernard O’Shaughnessy points out what he says are two big contributors to Kilbirnie’s ongoing public drinking problem due to their sales of alcohol until as late as 11pm. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

who drank in public in Kilbirnie were often homeless alcoholics who would either ignore a ban or take the problem elsewhere. Bernard says a local business survey showed 85 percent of operators believed the drinking problem among beggars has become worse over 2017/18. “A ban allows normal good people to go about their legit business and pleasure in a responsible manner, showing respect to the free unmolested safe passage of others.” He believes Kilbirnie’s situation is made worse by the fact

there are two supermarkets in close proximity to Bay Road where liquor is readily available to vagrants. Countdown’s licensed hours in Kilbirnie are 7am to 11pm while Pak’nSave across the road sells alcohol from 7am to 10pm. A Countdown spokesperson says it takes its responsibilities as a retailer “really seriously”, and it has strict procedures in place for selling alcohol in its stores. Pak’Save Kilbirnie owner Dean Galt would not comment on Bernard’s claims, but is supportive of public liquor ban.

More counters to show bike trip numbers Additional electronic counters and improved online data will help show how Wellington City travel patterns change over time as more paths, lanes and other changes are made to make it safer and easier for more people to make some trips by bike, a Councillor says. Wellington City Council installed electronic counters on eight key routes earlier this year, including Evans Bay Parade and the airport subway. It has just installed counters in another 11 locations, including

Seatoun Tunnel, Cobham Drive’s bike and footpaths (near Miramar cutting) and Crawford Road’s bike lanes. Data collected is also being more comprehensively displayed on the Council website transportprojects.org.nz Wellington City Council’s Portfolio Leader for Walking and Cycling, Councillor Sarah Free, says it is early days yet. “Over time, the Council wants to be able to track how the numbers change as safer facilities for people on bikes are developed, the population

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: In light of some recent high-profile murders, do you feel safe in NZ?

Mary Hart, Island Bay “I feel safe in New Zealand, particularly Wellington. I’ve lived in Auckland and in a big city it’s more likely to happen. NZ is much safer than other countries.”

Peter Baylis, Island Bay “I do. We have to accept we live in a complicated society with different cultures. I walk down the street every day and I don’t get harassed.”

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Keryn Hutchens, Upper Hutt “I feel safe. I think you are unlikely to get murdered here. The murders are an aberration. We’ve had crime sprees before.”

Dear Editor: I am disappointed with pedestrian access to the new so-called ‘bus hub’ in Kilbirnie which is operational now. Public transport in the form of buses should be expanded not just be reorganized. In an expanded service there needs to be direct access from pedestrian safe areas such as the Kilbirnie shops to the ‘hub’. Perhaps Paul Franken’s suggestion (CSN,

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Dear Editor, Mayor Lester and WCC councillors who are responsible for the underlying agendas and deliberately working against the ratepayers’ wishes have no integrity - they sold out to big-business long ago. Mayor Lester ascribes himself as a civic engineer specialist in deciding to impose his own personal version for the Island Bay cycleway, rather than accepting the residents’ preferred option E. With the impending gentrification of Newtown under our ‘do nothing’ mayor for the ratepayers and citizens, Lester’s big-business capitalist system is now out to make lots of money by transforming old Newtown into a modern upper working-class suburb under

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Peter Chapman, Brooklyn “I do. I just think we have a good caring community and we look after each other. There’s possibly a nasty element in certain parts but mostly it’s pretty safe.”

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the guise of ‘progress’ and why Kiwibank abandoned Newtown for Kilbirnie. Newtown is thriving, but rents will rise beyond the workers ‘and the beneficiaries’ means and leases for the small shop operators will force them out. Despite the Shelly Bay demise, the undemocratic changes about to be imposed upon Newtown will see Kilbirnie flourish with the onset of a Light Rail hub via a duplicate Mt Victoria tunnel. As a senior, I have been deprived throughout my life more cunningly under Labour governments than National. Winston Peters should seriously question his coalition partner’s gentrification of Newtown before they destroy it. Martin Beck Mornington

Snoopy’s death a reminder of past cat Dear Editor; I dropped a few tears over the item (CSN Dec 6) about Snoopy the friendly pussycat who lived to be aged 16, only to be killed when a car ran over her. I’m an unashamed aleurophile, even though two of the six men who have agreed to carry my dead body to the grave are aleurophobes who hate cats! I suppose the brute-beasts have no life after this one; but I can’t help hoping that perhaps they might have one after all. I still have fond memories of Muffie, my loved she-cat who also died at age 16 in mid-1979; so it would be nice to think she’s

gone to “the great cat-basket in the sky”. In cold weather she would burrow under the counterpane and sleep with me, but not in the warm weather times: you can always trust a cat to find the warmest spot or the coolest spot as occasion requires! She was a keen catcher of mice and birds all her life; but I guess this wouldn’t be allowed in the after-life. At any rate, it’s good to know that Snoopy had so many friends at the bus-stop in Kingston - the tributes to her were very touching. H Westfold, Miramar


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Chance to get close to world’s largest rodents Wellington Zoo is introducing a new opportunity for patrons to get close with the world’s largest rodent next year. The zoo’s Close Encounters are an opportunity for visitors to meet an animal up close; learn more about them and what they can do to help them in the wild. Participants also help Wellington Zoo in their work to save animals, as 10 percent of proceeds go towards projects supported by its Conservation Fund. The capybara, a type of rodent mammal native to South America, shares similar features with the guinea pig and eats mostly grass, water plants and vegetables, as well as fruit and tree bark. Although capybaras are not endangered, their population has been affected by hunting and habitat loss and it is related to the tamarin, which is endangered. Wellington Zoo actively supports a range of conservation projects to help save animals that live in the same habitat as the capybara. The zoo is home to three adult

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Encounter Gift Card at the zoo, or via the zoo website, for a unique Christmas gift. Tickets are $99pp and bookings will be available in early 2019.

This December, Women’s Refuge is launching its nationwide Give a Gift appeal asking Kiwis to donate presents to children affected by domestic violence this Christmas. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of family violence in the world, with an act of domestic violence reported every five and a half minutes. Over Christmas, sadly these numbers surge and it can be common for women who are fleeing from violent relationships to leave with nothing, which includes the presents under the tree. In December last year, Women’s Refuge’s 40 safe houses around the country were at capacity, with 1629 children among the occupants. Women’s Refuge hopes to raise awareness of the Give a Gift campaign and the plight of women and children facing Christmas in a refuge, so that ultimately everyone in their care can celebrate and open a gift on Christmas. Local community members can contribute to Give a Gift – which runs until December 21– by purchasing a gift and dropping it off at their local Bunnings store in its dedicated collection boxes. Big or small, by donating a gift locals will help bring joy these holidays.

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Dear Editor, The Hub should be the centre of things around which everything is ordered. Surely not the thing you are married to! Now we have a sports hub, right on the edge of the playing fields, adjacent to residential houses. Bus hubs, placed further away from the shops with not even a toilet or a tap. I suppose it is correctly named a bus hub if its central purpose is to save money for the bus owner. Education hubs are now proposed; the centre of education should be the pupil, not a group of unrelated school-boards to hold a central Christmas party! Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Dear Editor, Driving up Crawford Road into Constable Street the other day I was shocked at the massive impact the new and ugly cycleway has made on these two roads. It’s simply ridiculous! The width of the cycleway is unacceptable given the width of the roads. It’s obvious buses will not be able to pass each other - what a nightmare in the making! It’s also clear that the congestion this stupidity will cause will do absolutely nothing for our carbon emissions goal! What are the roading engineers thinking? The WCC Councillors and all council officers involved should all hang their heads in shame. Daniel Nixon Vogeltown

Let’s open community centres to homeless Dear Editor We agree with wise old Rose Wu (CSN Dec 6) saying that Kilbirnie urgently needs a drinking-inpublic-street liquor ban in Bay Road shopping area. Yes and what a good idea to open up some community centres overnight to house the homeless, feed, shower and give a hot meal. Let’s open the Newtown, Kilbirnie and Karori centres to solve the problems. Councillor Dawson and his evergrowing number of Council staff shut down the well-attended ‘drop in centres’ so we have the group of people who had somewhere to go now just have no destination so

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they roam the streets and get into trouble. The director of community centres (Jenny Rain) could be rostered on call/duty to help sort out the downtrodden lost minority ethnic group that was over-run by the Pakeha. Meantime a liquor ban would allow us law-abiding ratepayers to see the woman Maori Santa at Farmers and purchase our clothes made in Bangladesh. Hohoho. Merry Christmas to readers and the best local paper ever! Tim Dalman Te Aro

Cyclists are easy target of systemic problem Dear Editor, It is totally outrageous and wrongheaded of Hoffman and Green in their CSN letter of December 6 to blame Patrick Morgan for cyclist behaviour at Island Bay. Patrick is doing his best to promote safe cycling through cycleways and other initiatives like teaching school kids, including my daughter, about safe cycling. How ridiculous to blame him. I guess he is an easy target and it’s a kind of shoot-the-messenger mentality. What critics need to see is that we have a systemic problem with the growth of motorised traffic over decades trying to fit on the tight and narrow Wellington streets. Walking,

cycling and dare I say double-decker buses are all solutions to maximising limited road space. All these solutions involve everyone having a willingness to share space and avoid inflammatory claims like “The Parade has become increasingly dangerous for pedestrians”. In Berhampore we still have cyclists riding on the footpath because there is no cycleway. Every morning Island Bay cyclists ride along their cycleway to Berhampore but when they get here half of them take their lives in their hands by riding on the road while the other half, mainly school kids, go onto the footpath. Curtis Nixon, Berhampore

Public’s views supported Dear Editor, I agree with Irene Studman (CSN December 6) about the proposed arena on the waterfront - the money should go to

sports facilities for the northern suburbs. I also think Ferne McKenzie has a very good point about parking needed for tradespeople,

skips, visitors, and people with children. Helena Hutchinson Berhampore

Moving Airport Flyer’s bus stop illogical Dear Editor, Regarding the new Wellington Airport bus hub (CSN, Dec 6), I do not understand why [transport] manager Pippi Kettle thinks moving the Flyer stop from 25 metres from baggage claim to 150 metres away going by all the taxis (who clearly want the bus-business) is a good decision. Anybody who takes the bus

will agree that the bus stop should be at the closest possible location from baggage claim. We do not have five buses lining up that need all that parking space: we have one bus (and it rarely arrives on time, by the way). I do not understand why almost every decision made regarding buses worsens service. Obviously, as people have said at local meetings about bus changes,

those making decisions do not ride the bus. The Airport Flyer should go down Tirangi Road, enter the airport the “back way” (the faster way), drop passengers off at the departure/check-in level, and then pick up passengers as close to baggage claim as possible. Steve Behrendt Kilbirnie


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Thursday December 13, 2018

CLASSIFIEDS

Children from five Wellington schools pose with letters on Island Bay beach to show their love of Taputeranga Reserve after 10 years. PHOTO: Te Kawa Robb.

Taputeranga’s 10 years celebrated in style By Jamie Adams

About 300 pupils from five Wellington schools – including four from the southern suburbs – turned up at Shorland Park to hold a special presentation on Friday. They took to the beach to pose for a photo to show their love for the Taputeranga Marine Reserve which turned 10 years old last week. Classes undertook several ecoaware activities at Shorland Park for much of the day, including turning T-shirts into shopping

bags, identifying marine creatures, sorting out recycling and learning about the regulations of the marine reserve. Prizes were also drawn for competition winners that included free tours of the reserve and Somes Island. “We did our first snorkel the first year Taputeranga was established. We didn’t use this one initially, we used Kapiti. But because the reserves got better every year, now it’s a no-brainer as it’s right on our doorstep,” director Zoe Studd says.

The event was organised by Mountains to Sea, a charitable trust dedicated to educating the public about their local environment by getting them participating in a number of programmes. By coincidence 2018 has also been the 10th anniversary of the trust, which has led 20,000 people, including students from 41 schools, through their programmes since July 2008. As victims of their own success, the trust is fundraising for a new trailer and second-hand truck to cater for the extra demand for

snorkelling equipment. While the organisation did receive more than $242,000 in funding from corporate and charitable sponsors over the 2017/18 financial year, nearly two-thirds of it went into programme delivery and hosting events. “We work out of our trailer. We go all around the Wellington region. We don’t have an office, we just turn up, open up our trailer and through wetsuits out,” Zoe says. “Currently I throw everything into the back of my car and

while the Wellington team has a dedicated trailer we don’t have one for any of the other teams.” Mountains To Sea’s 10th anniversary will be celebrated further this Saturday with a free public snorkelling event at Princess Bay this Saturday from 10am-3pm.  The Pledge Me fundraising campaign finishes on December 19 with the aim of raising $20,000. They are currently at about $15,0000. To makle a donation go to pledgeme.co.nz/ projects/5866.

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Thursday December 13, 2018

SPORT

Record number of Halberg nominees The Halberg Foundation has announced a record 93 nominations in six categories for the 56th Halberg Awards, New Zealand’s pre-eminent event to celebrate and honour sporting achievements from 2018. The awards, held annually since 1963, are the brainchild of Olympic athletics champion Sir Murray Halberg to honour sporting excellence and as a major fundraiser for the Halberg Foundation. That is his charity which aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled young New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation. Forty-three sporting codes are represented in the nominations, recognising achievements in 2018 up to November 30. The evolving international feats of females in sport has been recognised with 22 nominations from 15 sports for High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year — the most of any category. The 2017 winner and 2016 supreme Halberg Award winner canoe racing champion Lisa Carrington is in the running again. There are 18 nominations from 12 sports for the Sportsman of the Year Award. The list also includes Brodie Retallick (rugby union), Codie Taylor (rugby union) and David Andrew Liti Olympic (weightlifting), Five-time winner Sophie Pascoe has again been nominated for the newly named ISPS Handa Para Athlete/Team of the Year, with

support from Paralympics NZ. The Para swimming champion is joined by nine others. There are 14 nominations from 10 sports for the Team of the Year award. Nominees for the Para Athlete/Team, Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team categories will all be eligible for the supreme Halberg Award – the country’s highest accolade for sporting excellence. The Emerging Talent category, designed to assist a young athlete in their quest to reach the pinnacle in their sport, includes 15 nominations. The Halberg Awards judges will now review the nominations to shortlist into finalists who will be announced in January 2019. The 56th Halberg Awards will be held on Thursday February 21, 2019 at Spark Arena in Auckland. Other awards presented during the ceremony include; New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment public vote category, Sport New Zealand Leadership, Lifetime Achievement and inductees into the Sports Hall of Fame. “It is impressive that we have received the highest number of nominations to be considered by the judges, once again a testament to the hard work and achievement of our elite sporting teams, athletes and coaches,” says Shelley McMeeken, chief executive of the Halberg Foundation.

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Great local results at primary inter-zone athletics

Champion runners Lucy Skogstad and Lachlan Stefands practise their block starts for their respective sprint events. PHOTO: Geoff Henry

Seatoun man part of national bridge champion team Here is a happy man – and he has every reason to feel on top of the world. Simon Louisson, from Seatoun, was part of the Wellington Interprovincial team who won the prestigious Dougal McLean trophy in Auckland last month. The inter Provincials are made up of four sections: Open, Senior, Intermediate and Women. Simon was part of the Intermediate team, which also included Margaret and Graeme Dick, and Turei Haronga. They lost three matches along the way but also played great bridge to win section by a sizeable margin. The Wellington Bridge Inter provincial Team played outstanding Bridge on November 24-25 to claim the Dougal McLean trophy for the third year in a row. Chef de Mission of the Wellington Team, Nigel Kearney says that before the weekend Auckland were the favourites in Open grade because their team was made up of four international players, but the Wellington Team made up by Alan Grant, Nigel Kearney, Kyle and Anthony Ker pulled off the incredible feat of winning

ning the girls’ 100m, long jump and high jump, while Gabrielle Healey took out the girls’ 200m and 1500m, Phoebe Gray the girls’ discus and Hugo Jones the boys’ high jump. Also George Te Matapuna was joint winner of the boys’ long jump. Year 8 athletes also fared well, with Ilaria Stefanidis winning the girls’ 200m, Lachlan Stefanidis the boys’ 100m and 200m, Eliza Squire the girls 1500m and Phoenix Hague-Smith the girls’ Vortex.

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That schoolboy rugby debate blow-up

Simon Louisson celebrates with the Dougal McLean Trophy and the top Intermediate trophy. PHOTO: Supplied

all their 12 matches and had the event won before the last three matches on the final day.

LOCAL CRICKET RESULTS: MEN’S PREMIER ONE-DAY Eastern Suburbs 233/7 (50 overs) beat North City 174 (46.1 overs) Taita 131/5 (21.2 overs) beat Wellington Collegians 126 (48.4 overs) Hutt District 208/6 (50 overs) beat Wellington Collegians 157 (48.4 overs) MEN’S PREMIER RESERVE ONE-DAY Eastern Suburbs 266/9 (50 overs) beat North City 99 (33.2 overs)

Outstanding results were achieved by athletes from the Newtown-based Wellington Harrier Children’s group at last month’s inter-zone primary schools athletics championship. Among the winners at the November 29 event were Xavier James in the year 4 boys’ 100m and high jump and George Gray in the year 5 boys’ 800m and Vortex. Year 7 athletes did particularly well: Lucy Skogstad was the standout, win-

Eastern Suburbs 177 (47.5 overs) beat Karori 173 (49.5 overs) Hutt District 171/8 (34.0 overs) beat Wellington Collegians 170 (43.4 overs) PREMIER GIRLS T20 Hutt District 44/3 (6.1 overs) Wellington Collegians 40/7 (9.3 overs) Upper Hutt 91/0 (15.1 overs) beat Eastern Suburbs 90/4 (20 overs) Eastern Suburbs 103/7 (20.0 overs) beat Johnsonville 111/3 (20.0 overs)

The high school rugby player poaching scenario has been a powder keg waiting to explode for a long time. Auckland’s St Kentigern College will now be the scapegoats for this. If you watched any First XV rugby game anywhere in the country, rest assured there were players there playing purely for their on-field abilities. Whether it’s players changing schools in their own regions or players coming from overseas, nearly every school I can think of has enticed schoolboy prospects to play for their school, usually under the guise of a scholarship. I attended Marlborough Boys’ College during 2003 - 2007 and it was abundantly clear as a student, a lot of the school’s public persona and success was wrapped up around how the first XV was going in the Crusaders’ region secondary school competition. Secondary schoolboy rugby is a business. Success and failure really matters and the player poaching and the faux rugby scholarships have been part of the cycle. The dominance of New Zealand rugby comes down to two things, the

strong national provincial competition which is unparalleled globally and the high standard of First XV rugby. Whatever happens with this saga going forward could potentially hurt the professional game in this country. Top players in all sports have gone to bigger schools to further their sporting futures. I’ve seen it in basketball, tennis, hockey, cricket and rowing to name a few over my decade as a sports journalist. It’s simply families doing what’s best for their talented kids. But for every 10 of those instances I’m sure there’s cases of player poaching. It just happens that rugby is this country’s most popular sport. The past week will have a number of high profile rugby schools on edge that they could be next in the firing line of accusations. That worst-kept secret in secondary school sport, that constantly-whispered issue of schools loading up their rugby teams, has now become a public topic of debate. Watch this space. It has only just begun.


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