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Santa pops by By Jamie Adams

Santa Claus really did come to town on Monday – Lyall Bay to be exact - to say greetings to all before the big task of delivering presents to children around Wellington and beyond on Monday night. As well as preparing to put smiles on all faces of children who anticipate their gifts, Santa is encouraging those in isolation and who are less well-off to come along to a free community lunch in Newtown on Christmas Day (Tuesday). Continued on page 2. Santa Claus couldn’t resist paying a visit to Lyall Bay beach on a sunny Monday afternoon. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Santa encourages locals to come together for Christmas Day Continued from page 1. Everybody’s Christmas Picnic will be held at Carrera Park at noon on December 25. It is being organised by a collective made up of the Newtown Residents’ Association, Newtown Festival Trust, The City Mission, St Vincent de Paul, St Thomas Church, The Salvation Army and Kia Ora

Newtown. Last year’s Christmas picnic attracted around 120 people and Santa and organisers are hoping for even more this time. Food will be provided by food “rescue” charity Kaibosh and there will also be a presence from the Downtown Community Ministry and the Sisters of Compassion Soup

Kitchen, as well as Petrushka the Russian Clown. Spokesman Ray Tuffin says it’s especially good that all these charities are coming together for Christmas, something that would have been inconceivable two years ago. Locals are also encouraged to turn up to the Salvation Army Hope Centre on Riddiford St

at 10am to celebrate Christmas with a carol service. Met Service is predicting generally settled conditions for most of the country on Christmas Day. However it will keep a close eye on the position of a trough to the north, in case it decides to sink south and put a dampener on the Christmas barbecue.

Business group pleased as convention centre gets green light Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which they say will create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in the CBD. The Council’s City Strategy Committee passed the recommendation unanimously last Thursday. The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000 square-metres of floor space, will be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa. It has a net cost of $154.3 million and the council aims for it to be rated Five Green Stars, which represents “New Zealand Excellence”, by the NZ Green Building Council. It is estimated the CEC will boost Wellington’s GDP by $44.8 million a year and employ people in 550 jobs once it is operating. The council anticipates construction, which will employ 864, will start in August 2019 and should take three years. “I am delighted we are able

What the planned Convention and Exhibition Centre will look like from Cable St. IMAGE: WCC

to start on this project,” says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. “This has been more than five years in the making. “We have an ambitious social programme to improve things for all Wellingtonians, and we need to ensure the Wellington economy is growing so we can help fund it. “We’ve budgeted for the CEC in the Long-Term Plan and local businesses are eager to see it happen.” Councillor Simon Marsh, who holds the Economic Develop-

ment Portfolio, says the centre will ensure the city can remain competitive when Auckland and Christchurch are also building convention centres. “It is anticipated that more than 100 new events will be attracted to the Wellington market each year, bringing almost 150,000 additional delegate days and the related economic benefits.” The Wellington Chamber of Commerce says the decision is great news for the city’s economy.

“This new proposal for the convention centre will give Wellington a fit-for-purpose venue that local businesses say the city really needs if it is to continue to grow,” says chief executive John Milford. He says if the city wants to grow its revenue it, in turn, has to support the growth of its local businesses and this is a great opportunity to do that. “Its location will better link Te Papa with Courtenay Place, and is in an area that needs regeneration.” Dentists

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Brooklyn businesses slam new bus hub By Jamie Adams

Greater Wellington Regional Council is under fire over the layout of the bus hub in Brooklyn’s Cleveland St, with residents and business owners saying it’s had a detrimental effect on the suburb. One cafe owner, Jo McNaught of Jo’s Place, has labelled the councillors and contractors as “muppets” for the effect the hub has had on the area, especially her income. “I’ve lost about 15-30 percent every day since they started the project in June. They would do major tarsealing during lunchtime, meaning the road was completely closed during that time.” Jo says her loss of income will be ongoing as the new hub meant six parking spaces were removed, including four on Jo’s side of Cleveland St, to accommodate the new bus stops. Jackie Desai, who owns Wing on Chang Food Market directly across from Jo’s Place, says more customers are double parking because of the loss of car parks. “People tell us they don’t bother coming in because they can’t park.” She says Cleveland St has become unsafe, especially for nearby school students, because of the frequency of buses, a new bus stop on the corner with Harrison St, and the reduced width of the road where another bus stop has shifted to. The construction process also affected her income. “It took them about six months to do the whole thing. Within that six months we weren’t even meeting half of our daily turnover.” She believes the council has been “absolutely” incompetent in its management.


inbrief news Big insulation subsidy for Wellingtonians Summer is a good time to take advantage of Government insulation grants for low-income households says EECA Energywise. Warmer Kiwi Homes manager Eddie Thompson says insulation grants covering two-thirds of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation are available for low-income homeowners. In Wellington City, additional funding from Wellington City Council means the discount is 85 percent, often bringing down the cost of insulation to a few hundred dollars this year. Eddie advises homeowners to check for eligibility by contacting the Sustainability Trust which is contracted to deliver the programme - customerservice@sustaintrust. or 0508 78 78 24.

Terracotta warriors now on show Te Papa’s landmark Terracotta Warriors exhibition is now open. Board chairman Evan Williams says: “It is a huge honour to be entrusted with these greatest treasures of China. We embrace the responsibility of being their Kaitiaki and this opportunity to share China’s ancient history with New Zealanders.” The exhibition features eight life-sized warriors and two horses from the buried army that guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor. Also on show are over 160 exquisite treasures from imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an. Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality runs until April 22. Tickets available from

A bus stops at one of the shelters of the new Brooklyn bus hub, with the bus stop space notably taking up most of the lane on Cleveland St. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“The [contractors] knew what they were doing and the manager of the workers even told [the council] that when you take the footpath out, the distance between the two footpaths would not be enough for two-way traffic. He wanted [the council] to listen but they didn’t.” Brooklyn Residents Association chair Sophie Jerram says new layout is an accident waiting to happen, with buses having already taken out wing mirrors. The BRA undertook a survey

of businesses, results which Sophie says are “shocking”. “Using a scale of 1 (woeful) to 10 (superb) the highest average score across the ratings given by responders was 4.3 with 4 being the highest median,” she says. “We believe that much of this angst could have been reduced by open and proactive communication from the councils throughout the planning and the building of the Hub.” While a review is scheduled for July, Sophie urges the re-

gional council to undertake one urgently to address concerns and undertake immediate remedial action. Wellington-based regional councillor Sue Kedgley gives her “abject apologies” for the disruption experienced while the hub was being built. “Cleveland Road is very narrow so if local dissatisfaction remains we will need to review the functioning of the hub and see what improvements can be made to it.”

Record arrival numbers predicted A record number of international travellers are expected to pass through Wellington Airport over the summer period. Approximately 70,000 visitors will fly into the airport over summer, an increase of 9 percent compared to the previous year. The busiest day for international movements through the airport will be Sunday January 6, with almost 4500 international seats over 24 flights operated by six airlines. Mike Vincent, Wellington Airport’s Airline Development Manager, says the majority of international air visitors to Wellington will use Trans-Tasman services.


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inbrief news Last Cook Strait News for 2018 This is the last regular edition of the Cook Strait News for 2018. Our next edition is Wellington Suburban Newspapers’ annual bumper version, with the Cook Strait News and Independent Herald combined, to be delivered on Boxing Day December 26. The first Cook Strait News of the New Year will be delivered on Thursday January 10, 2019.

Cancer survivor to take on ultimate cycling challenge By Jamie Adams

Awards for misleading Foods promoting their fruit and vegetable content, when they contained very little of it, and products making meaningless animal welfare claims were among this year’s recipients of Consumer NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards. Chief executive Sue Chetwin said the annual awards highlighted claims food manufacturers used to market their products as better choices. Sue says winners included foods promoted as healthy even though they contained spoonsful of sugar. She also notes that Tegel, Ingham and Pams “cage free” chicken claims are meaningless as chickens raised for meat aren’t kept in cages. Nor do they mean free range – the chooks don’t leave the shed.

Cycling has become a way of life for Miramar’s Louise Curtis, who has undertaken many charity rides on two wheels since surviving brain cancer. Now she plans to take on what is regarded as the ultimate challenge for cyclists in New Zealand. Louise will in February begin the Tour of Aotearoa, a nationwide cycling route established in 2016 that covers 3000km of trails and roads from Cape Reinga to Bluff. “In 2013 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and then, after an awake craniotomy, was diagnosed with brain cancer,” Louise says. Louise can no longer run or even walk properly due to a foot injury she sustained during a fitness class. It was incorrectly diagnosed but eventually led to a diagnosis of a brain tumour. “The only physical activity I could do comfortably was cycling, so I started cycling events through my chemotherapy as a way to fundraise for the organisations who have supported me. “The very first one was the Grape Ride in 2014 when I was in chemo at that stage. It’s a 101km

ride through Marlborough. That same year I did a ride to combat cancer – two days each of 100k in Auckland.” She also participated in “The Crank” a 24-hour cycle-thon for CanTeen for which she was also an ambassador, as well as the Wairarapa Women’s 100km Ride earlier this year. Louise is embracing what will be an epic challenge by comparison, saying that if anything the tour will be a “distraction” from the jarring head and leg pain she still suffers since the cancer. “Riding my bike is my form of pain relief; I don’t take medications. With pain there is strength.” While riders typically participate in a brevet, where they are expected to complete it within a certain number of days, Louise’s ride will have no time limit. She will have a support crew through the North Island legs but it will just be her and another female rider through the South Island legs. Louise hopes to raise at least $5000 for the Cancer Society Wellington. “They have supported me with counselling, yoga and just being able to go in and have a chat with their awesome team.”

New children’s legislation welcomed

Cancer survivor Louise Curtis with the bike she’ll be riding the length of the country on in February. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Barnardos says that the passing of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill and Children’s Amendment Bill in Parliament on Tuesday signals a landmark moment for children. “We have been advocating for the passing of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill because it will make a difference for children,” Barnardos general manager advocacy, Dr Claire Achmad, says. “That this law and the Children’s Amendment Bill has passed with support across political lines means our Parliament is standing behind children, committing to reducing New Zealand’s high rates of child poverty and promoting children’s rights and wellbeing.”

We’ll be back, says Team Wellington coach By Jamie Adams

They may not have got through to the next round, but Team Wellington can feel immense satisfaction with giving one of the world’s best club sides a real run for their money at the FIFA Club World Cup last week. The Miramar-based side lost 4-3 to Al Ain FC in a penalty shootout after at one point leading the match 3-0 thanks to

goals from Mario Barcia, Aaron Clapham and Mario Ilich. While the loss was heartbreaking, given the lead they conceded, coach Jose Figueira says he was incredibly proud with how his team played. “We did really good to regroup after the onslaught in the second half. Once it got to penalties we knew we had a chance but it would always be a bit of a lottery.

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“On reflection, putting everything into context, it was the first time being at the global event with that type of opposition, so we’re delighted with the performance we put in,” Jose said after arriving back on Monday. “We took them to the wire and I think when the dust settles they’ll be hungry to come back to this stage and prove themselves again.”

“We put in a performance and a showing that showed we deserved to be here.” He believes Team Wellington has what it takes to return next year and go even further, if they can defend the Oceania title they won against Lautoka in May. “The Oceania Champions League kicks off in March and everyone wants to get back to playing at that level.”

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St Mark’s pre-schoolers Paige ChauCameron and Anna Barker show some of the upcycled yoghurt products their class has won from TerraCycle. PHOTO: Supplied

Preschoolers help to divert 68,000 yoghurt pouches from landfill By recycling ‘non-recyclable’ yoghurt pouches, St Marks Preschool has won a pack of upcycled products made from yoghurt pouch waste as part of a national recycling competition that has diverted over 68,000 pouches from landfill, thanks to Fonterra and recycling pioneers, TerraCycle. Launching on World Environment Day (June 5), the Fonterra Snap, Recycle & Win competition invited Kiwis nationwide to collect all brands of yoghurt pouches and send them to TerraCycle, who will give the waste a second life by creating new products. Those who shipped a minimum of 1kg of yoghurt pouch waste to TerraCycle during the competition period went into the draw to win one of 25 upcycled prize packs, which include five upcycled lunch boxes and 10 upcycled pencil cases, all made from empty yoghurt pouches. Of the competition, St Mark’s Church School preschool teacher Susan Adams says: “Recycling in the competition was a

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Student judges get FAB treatment for their efforts By Jamie Adams

The Franken Arts Bursaries (FAB) were rolled out for another year at the Evans Bay Intermediate School prizegiving on Thursday. But it wasn’t just the recipients who were celebrated. FAB Trust chairman Paul Franken took some of the judges to lunch at the neighbouring Brentwood Hotel to thank them for their efforts. Those judges happened to be students as well – EBIS year 8 pupils Danielle Guldborg, Esme

Olney-Boyd, Emily Morse and Flynn Gowans. The money awarded adds up to $7000 so there is a big responsibility in judging the 14 applicants for this year, some of which came from Wellington High School, St Pats College, St Catherine’s and Rongotai College, as well as EBIS. However Paul says he chose young people to judge as he believes they can be relied upon to make good decisions. “It’s a Dickens of a job but I’ve got confidence that young people can do

that a lot better than old people.” The FABs were founded by retiree Paul eight years ago as a way to get more students involved in the arts. The money gets put into an account to be invested once the student enters a tertiary instution. While one of the judges is typically one of last year’s recipients, the other three were chosen by EBIS visual arts teacher Stamatoula Boolieris. “I wanted the three students to be balanced in different areas. I thought ‘who’s someone who makes decisions and is not fazed by a lot of criteria?”

she says. “One of the first I chose was Flynn because he’s like that with all subjects.” All of this year’s FAB recipients were connected to Evans Bay Intermediate: First prize of $3500 went to Betty Smith, for singing, piano and composing. The $2100

second prize went to Zico McDougall for drawing, while former pupil Jack Harris, who now attends Wellington High School, received a $1400 bursary for music. Betty plans to invest some of the money in Lorde’s vocal coach, such is her potential as a singer.

FAB founder Paul Franken and EBIS year 8 judges Danielle Guldborg, Emily Morse and Flynn Gowans with visual arts teacher Stamatoula Boolieris at Brentwood Hotel, where they enjoyed lunch courtesy of Paul on Monday. Absent is Esme Olney-Boyd. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you plan to eat on Christmas Day?

Jackie Spellman, Lyall Bay “We are going to a friend’s place so it will be a surprise. I’m guessing ham, salad and potatoes. I’ll be too full for dessert.”

Laura Skidmore, Hataitai “Probably a ham on the bone with pineapple. We normally have brunch so we’ll be having croissants and chocolate-covered strawberries for that.”

John Meredith, Kilbirnie “To me every day is a holy day and I’ll be giving out plenty of food as I meet people. I’ll be eating ham, pork and mutton, but not turkey.”

Suzanne Mossman, Lyall Bay “I’m going to have it with family in Picton. We are going to have chicken and salad. Not turkey this year – normally we would. Dessert would be lemon cheesecake with ice cream.”

Amanda Williams, Newtown “I’m having it with my sister and her boyfriend in Naenae. It will be chicken and veggies with trifle for dessert.”

Jinny Gibbons, Kilbirnie “I have no idea as I’m going to be with my eldest daughter and two grandsons. I usually have it alone so this is a change I look forward to.”

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.

We don’t need a convention centre Dear Editor, Keep up the good work CSN. Wellington [does not] need another event centre as we already have sufficient venues in and around the city, yet Mayor Lester seems determined to spend the $154 million of ratepayers’ money on reviving the defunct

convention centre, in that he throws out renowned global events as if they very important evidence for a new expensive Wellington events centre to which he can attach a foundation brass plaque with his name on it. The land and money can now be used for the ratepayers’ real needs.

Merry Christmas everyone and all the very best for 2019 - with a brand new mayor and councillors to boot. [abridged] Martin Beck, Mornington

Minority of cyclists use roads like racetracks

Liberal policies have made this country less safe

Two letters in the December 6 edition highlight the lack of courtesy or common sense, even an attitude of ‘entitlement’ by some of the cycling community whose cavalier attitude to other Road users and pedestrians beggars belief. I am familiar with the roads on the Miramar Peninsula, which become de facto racetracks early morning and most of the weekend with Lance Armstrong wannabes riding in packs round the Bays. At any other times, the designated cycleways are deserted. Meanwhile on my not infrequent forays into Island Bay, where cars appear to be parked in the middle of the road, the

Dear Editor; About “Word on the Street” (CSN, Dec 13) - most of the interviewees seemed too young to realise that NZ has deteriorated from a very safe, law-abiding nation to a very violent, criminal one. My guess is that, in proportion to our small population, our rate of violent crimes (plus serious frauds) must now be among the leaders, worldwide. I clearly remember the 1950s and 1960s, when we had no more than six homicides and rapes per year, if that. Our population has doubled since

cycleways which create that illusion, are deserted! It is high time that the Council paid attention to the needs of the ratepayers who wish to use the roads and pathways in safety, rather than a tiny minority of cyclists, seemingly large mature males kitted out in dark clothing with a preference for very expensive cycles using any sealed surface as a Racetrack. Why is it that the council continues to pander to these ‘hoons’? They seem to be the modern equivalent of the ‘Bikers’ of the late 20th Century, but they at least stayed on the road! Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

approximately 1965; but the number of those crimes seems now to have been multiplied tenfold in the 53 years since then; and why? There are several reasons; but all of them are the result of official policies and legislation, increasingly more permissive and “liberal” with regard to crimes, social institutions, the family, marriage, education, and many other things. These “reforms” have facilitated it all. Unless all this wicked nonsense is halted and reversed very soon, it is likely that, by about 2025 if not

before, NZ will have become lawless and ungovernable, even possibly with a civil war. But our PC authorities still wonder why it’s all happening: they ignore “the elephant in the room”; so their “remedy” is to implement still more of their idiotic policies. Political correctness is nothing but a refusal to acknowledge reality, common sense, and the wisdom of our forebears, and has brought the whole Western world to the verge of collapse. H Westfold, Miramar

Family time: An Argument for Screenless Alternative Interaction with screenbased technology is now an integral part of day-today contemporary life: we depend on technological developments, quickly absorb them into our lives, and accept them as commonplace. However, many studies have linked their accessibility and frequency of use to a rise in obesity, mental health issues, and poor self esteem - particularly among young adults. Psychologist Jea n M. Twinge, a researcher interested in the effects that technology has on mental health,

conducted a comprehensive study that discovered a correlation between the 2007 release of the iPhone, and the rapid rise of feelings of loneliness amongst teenagers. We are better connected with the world than ever before, but less connected with what is directly in front of us. The fostering of a screenfree environment during family time could be the perfect way to combat feelings of disconnection and isolation. For young people in particular, social media gives them an outlet to throw their feelings

into a void, and often to have those feelings validated by others who are doing the same. However, this can have a hugely negative effect on how they deal with their problems: the acknowledgement is there, but active steps towards a solution usually are not. By focusing on the real world and the real people in front of us, even if just for a small amount of time each day, we can strengthen familial bonds and feel a stronger sense of belonging than any piece of technology could possibly mimic.

Our smartphones in particular are an added appendage, and when they’re not immediately available, many people will struggle at first. Outdoor activities could be the best way to combat this: if you’re playing a sport, paintball, or swimming, or are otherwise physically distracted, you won’t be thinking about your phone. In a world where we are swamped with technology, it’s easy to forget the importance of taking time to do things together. Provide a fun and engaging alternative to screen

time, and watch your familial bonds strengthen, each individual grow, and all of you feel more connected.

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Thursday December 20, 2018

Cycleways need to be carefully designed, say Newtown residents By Jamie Adams

The Newtown Residents’ Association has expressed cautious support but also concern over Wellington City Council’s proposal for cycleways through Newtown, Berhampore and Mount Cook. In a submission to the council, president Rhona Carson says it was impor tant to acknowledge the wishes of the whole community. “We are concerned that after several years of inaction the final design and implementation of these cycleways will be r ushed, in order to meet the requirements of f unding f rom the NZ Transpor t Agency Urban Cycleways Programme,” her submission says. “Cycleways are an investment in the future and need to be carefully designed. “We recommend that comprehensive engagement with the local communities should continue during the detailed design phase. There is valuable local expertise; do draw on this so that you can build it once, and build it right.” The association supports making it easier and safer for people to cycle, especially for those who want to, but experience it as unsafe in current conditions. “However we know that while many people are delighted with the prospect of protected cycleways many others are alarmed about how this will affect their current way of life.” Rhona says many residents fear that parking is in dan-

ger of being dismissed as unimportant in a project that is focussing on meeting the needs of cyclists. “Many of our residents are elderly, have physical limitations, are transporting small children or for many other reasons are dependent on using and parking cars, and there are a lot of properties without off-street parking.” In addition, if the provision of cycleways is successful and more people leave their cars at home this in many cases will mean leaving them parked on the streets. Council cycling portfolio holder Sarah Free accepts loss of parks will be inevitable but says the council “will be doing our absolute best to balance the needs of everyone”. “We’ve had over 1000 submissions to our consultation on the Newtown connections and 75 percent of submitters said it was either very important or important to make it safer and easier for people to ride bikes,” Sarah says. “However, loss of car parking was a clear concern, and ways to minimise the impact of that are an impor tant consideration for Council. “It’s clea r that pa rk ing - and how parking is prioritised for different uses - will be a challenge; but if we do nothing to make alternative forms of transport more appealing it will be even more of a challenge in the future. “We will be going out for further consultation with more details in the first half of next year.”

Free fire safety home checks By Izzy Davis

Wellington’s Fire and Emergency services are currently offering free home checks to residents as part of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Home Fire Safety Visit Programme. These home visits can include the upgrade of your existing smoke alarms, placement of smoke alarms, an assessment of your home to make sure alarms cover and give adequate warning in the event of a fire and the opportunity to have a conversation with a local firefighter about home fire safety. Fire Risk Management Officer Phil Soal says: “Our main focus is Home Fire Safety aiming at the reduction of fires in resi-

dential properties. We are currently attending over 3000 property fires each year and are committed to reducing this number.” Station officer Pete Burtonwood says: “Fire and Emergency NZ is tasked with continually working to reduce the incidence and consequence of fire. Home Fire Safety Visits can give residents peace of mind in regards to fire safety.” Fire and Emergency Wellington are carrying out Home Fire Safety Visits daily and can visit homes during the day or in the evening.  To arrange a home check simply call your local fire station, or send an email to, giving your contact details, and address.

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Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

Christmas F A C T S • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers. • In 350 AD Pope Julius I, who was bishop of Rome at the time, announced December 25 as the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. • It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the bestselling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide. • The tallest Christmas tree ever cut made

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Rifle club celebrates 40 years By Bronwyn Shields

Wellington Central Smallbore Rifle Club, Wellington’s youngest smallbore target shooting club, turned 40 on December 1. To mark this milestone, the club invited past members to join them in celebrating its birthday during the club’s year-end prize giving, with a two-course dinner. “It was great to catch up with a number of ex-target shooters” said one of the founding club members, Neil Kinsey. “Starting a sports club from scratch with no equipment or money had been no easy task. 40 years ago, the members put in many hours of fund raising to get the club started with bottle drives, socials and raffles,” says Neil. He says the same enthu-

siasm for the sport back in 1978 is still very much alive today with the club’s focus on promoting the sport and its shooters. The club has a good range of members in age, gender and ability. “We are about promoting both novice and experienced shooters in a safe and controlled environment with members able to compete in open and graded competitions” says Neil. The club shoots on Monday evenings at the Royal Tiger Range in Berhampore from 7pm. It welcomes all new shooters from age 12. Neil says shooting is a great sport the whole family can participate in together and the club has had many family combinations.  For more information visit


Wellington Central Smallbore Rifle Club captain Ravi de Silva cuts the club’s 40th birthday cake along with past club captains John Brown, middle, and Neil Kinsey. PHOTO: Zac Chinna

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Lyall Bay junior lifeguards succeed in monster event

Lyall Bay SLSC junior members Kit Jones, 15, Loredana Unsworth, 15, and Pippa Nicol, 14, celebrate their success. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The future is bright at the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club after several of its younger members came away with medals at a gruelling long-distance event at Mount Maunganui on the weekend. Teenagers Kit Jones, Loredana Unsworth, Alex Edmonds and Pippa Nicol reached the podium in a number of age group events at the Mt Monster, a 25km high-endurance multisport competition consisting of a 5km run, 1.5km swim, 12km paddle and 6km board swim. All athletes must be trained and qualified lifeguards in order to compete in the annual event - each athlete is required to complete a minimum of 25 voluntary hours to patrol the beach at Lyall Bay. Kit, 15, was third in the men’s U19s seventh male overall in his first attempt as an individual. He competed as part of a team in last year’s Mt Monster. Alex, 17, was third in the women’s U19s while Pippa, 14, won the Mini Monster, a slightly shorter event for under-14s. It was

her second Mini Monster title in a row. The real standout was Loredana, who won the U19 women’s event despite being just 15. She also finished second for women in the overall competition. Remarkably, this was also Loredana’s first attempt at the Monster as an individual. The teens are now back home and will have a short break from training before returning early in the new year back to train for the shorter faster surf sport events with the focus of Surf Life Saving New Zealand Championships in March 2019. Club administrator Fran De Gregorio is thrilled with the achievements of the next generation of surf lifesaving athletes. “It’s way better than what we achieved two years ago,” she says. “Our club is very young so it shows the future of the club is very good. The fact Kit is the leading men’s under-16 athlete shows the calibre of our members.” Coach Rob Nicol says his sport lifeguards train very hard, with Loredana doing up to 12 swimming sessions a week at the pool and in the surf.

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Schmidt sharper than razor’s edge for ABs coach On the surface, Scott Robertson is the front runner to be the next All Blacks coach - however I hope the NZRU dig a little deeper. The two time Super Rugby winning coach with the Crusaders has not put a foot wrong over the past two years but is lacking experience. The All Blacks coaches of the modern, professional era (1995) who have had the most success have coached extensively both provincially and internationally overseas before landing the role of All Blacks mentor. Both Graham Henry and Hansen, who have each directed the men in black to back-to-back World Cup crowns in 2011 and 2015, had long stints coaching Wales. No doubt that time helped mould both of them into better coaches. Wales, while not a rugby powerhouse, is a place just as passionate about the sport as New Zealand is. There’s a level of scrutiny and accountability that would have served both men well when they came home to be part of the All Blacks set up. My pick would be Ireland coach Joe Schmidt but if he intends to stay true to his word of a coaching sabbatical after next year’s World Cup to focus on family, then the field seems wide open. When coaches with limited experience have been picked, it has not gone well. John Mitchell comes racing to mind

when he was thrown in the deep end and his team floundered at the 2003 World Cup in Australia. Sure, Henry failed at the same tournament four years later but the team had been dominant for his tenure up until then. Robertson has been like a shooting star, taking every opportunity available to him over the past two years. Success at age-group level and the Crusaders can’t be ignored. There’s just no substitute for experience and success and Schmidt, has taken Ireland from a team considered handy on their day to a genuine threat to become world champions in Japan. If Robertson misses out this time, it will not be a fatal blow to his aspirations. Perhaps he will have to coach another international team first. Ireland would be keen for sure. Former Chiefs coach and current All Blacks assistant Ian Foster is also a likely contender having done a similar apprenticeship as Hansen did under Henry. However, as head coach of the Chiefs, Foster never got to the heights he could have with the squad at his disposal and that’s always been my hang-up. One major focus of the next coach will be player retention. The black jersey is proving not as alluring as European money for players who are getting younger and younger.











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