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Thursday December 20, 2018

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.”

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and safe travels throughout this Holiday season

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