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By Glenise Dreaver

Over fifty years of service to sport, to the community and the Samoan community in particular were recognised when Tiatia Ieti Fale Tiatia of Johnsonville become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours list. Tiatia is both his title and his family name. It means orator/chief, an honour bestowed in 1983 by his extended family in his home village of Avao Matautu Savai’i Samoa. “I’m very proud of my village,” he says. “The English bible was translated into Samoan there.” Continued on page 2. Tiatia Ieti Fale Tiatia MNZOM of Johnonville, the New Year award granted for his services to sport and the Samoan Community. Photo: Glenise Dreaver.

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Local man a Member of NZ Order of Merit Continued from page 2. His many roles in inaugurating and supporting Samoan rugby began in 1970, the year after his arrival. At that stage, he was a founding member, and playing captain, of the Wellington Samoan Rugby Committee’s representative team, creating opportunities for playing, and for networking opportunities for new migrants. Since then, Tiatia has supported not just Samoan rugby in many roles, but rugby generally at national level, including several years as vice-president of the Wellington Rugby Football


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Union. In 1998, he was the Tagata Pasifika TVNZ sports administrator of the year. In 1990 he was also nominated for the Wellington Civic Awards, one of our Unsung Heroes. His love of golf has also seen him involved with the Wellington Samoan Golf Association for 30 years. Tiatia Ieti Fale Tiatia has a high-profile community focus as well, one role being an appointee from the Samoan High Commission, overseeing the distribution of supplies by the Wellingtonbased team travelling to Samoa

Seven-year-old Nathan Matcham of Ngaio has the distinction of being the youngest registered swimmer in the Interislander Capital Classic Ocean Swim event at Oriental Bay on Sunday. Nathan has had a passion for swimming since he began at three and, he says, he loves how fast he can move when he swims freestyle. He has been gearing up for his swim by heading down to the beach twice a week to practice. This is, however, his first-ever ocean swim event and he is looking forward to receiving a medal to mark the occasion. Nathan is to swim in the 100m OceanKids event, part of the nationwide Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series held over a range of distances to

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suit all ages and abilities. Swimmers ages range from Nathan’s seven to octogenarians. It will be a family affair with Nathan being joined by mum, Jessica Matcham in the 3.3km swim around the fountain and Point Jerningham lighthouse. (There are a number of other events over shorter distances with starts staggered from 9am.) H is d a d , sibl i ngs a nd grandparents will be there to cheer them both on from the sidelines. The Capital Classic is the second of seven events in the nationwide Ocean Swim Series. For more information or to register for the Interislander Capital Classic visit www. oceanswim.co.nz

LEFT: Seven–year-old Nathan Matcham of Ngaio has the distinction of being the youngest registered swimmer in the Interislander Capital Classic Ocean Swim event at Oriental Bay on Sunday. Photo supplied.


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has played volleyball for New Zealand. They are just three of the 13 grandchildren continuing the family’s sporting tradition.

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after cyclones Ofa and Val. They took a container and four truckloads of supplies, taking oversight of both the company and family-to-family donations. The whole Tiatia family loves sports. Ieti and wife Fagaloa (Fay) have four children, daughter Avao and sons Filo, Natano and Asora. Asora has played for Manu Samoa, while Filo has been a high-profile All Black and an international rugby coach. And Filo’s 11-year-old twin daughters Gianna and Emma are both representative netballers, while his oldest daughter Italia

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By Glenise Dreaver

Funding is available for heritage and resilience projects for buildings in the capital. However, applications for both funds close on February 5. The Built Heritage Incentive Fund for heritage buildings provides 85 percent of its funding for seismic-related works, and the remaining 15 per cent for conservation projects. The Building Resilience Fund is targeted at non-heritage buildings which are earthquake prone, or have the potential to be. The money will allow for detailed seismic assessments before strengthening. A second round of funding is expected to be announced later in the year. Applicants are welcome to contact WCC with queries or for assistance, email funding@wcc.govt.nz or phone 04 499 4444.

Barrie Green arrived in Johnsonville from Tinakori in 1939, just six months old. And he’s been here ever since. Apart from a year living on The Terrace, newly married and working at the Reserve Bank on Norm Kirk’s new Pension Process system. “Those old pension books just infuriated him!” But with that job over, he and wife Beryl came back. For good. So you can safely say that Barrie’s a local who’s seen many changes, shops and businesses coming and going in what was a “relatively small” compact town. “One school, one picture theatre. You knew everybody or who they were.” The photographic exhibition featuring old Johnsonville on the wall of the Waitohi Hub has, therefore, brought back many memories. He knows exactly where each business was, and what replaced it. And there are also memories of

those who ran them, and other characters like the late Allan (Billy) Smith. “A real character. He was in my class at school and I can remember 1945, when he was hit by an American service truck. He wasn’t expected to live and it left him with some physical disabilities.” But that didn’t affect his mind or his business skills, he says. “And there was the whole of the Angell family. They had quite a few businesses, including a bakery and a bookshop. Nothing happened in Johnsonville without the Angells being involved.” He also remembers what became Alex Moore Park, when the whole community had its Guy Fawkes celebrations there. Not all memories are good. “There’s that disaster that is now called a mall!” he says with feeling. He’s impressed, however, by the new Waitohi Hub layout and that the Keith Spry Pool has also been involved in the redevelopment.

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He adds they were fortunate to receive grants from Johnsonville Charitable Trust, WCC Creative Communities, and The Trusts Community Foundation. “That paid for producing the exhibition and a bit extra to run some talks and a workshop alongside.” John Turner is visiting from Beijing and will give a talk at Waitohi on the weekend of February 15 and 16 and local documentary photographer John Williams and James will run a weekend photography workshop on those dates. Whanganui artist, writer and critic Peter F. Ireland will also give a talk on John Turner’s

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"Every time I visit I find something new," says long-term resident Barrie Green of the display of Johnsonville Road photos in the Waitohi Hub library. Photo: Glenise Dreaver

the Johnsonville Memories and Old Friends website on Facebook which has, he says, many anecdotes about the way we used to be.

Feast for photographers Local photographer James Gilberd, who has lived in the area all his life, has childhood memories of Johnsonville in the late 60s. And when he heard we were to get a new library, he says he immediately thought of John B. Turner’s mostly unseen and very fine photos of Johnsonville Road taken in the 1960s. “I realised that a new library could be an ideal exhibition opportunity for them, and of great interest to locals and other library visitors. “John, now living in Beijing, agreed.” Wellington City Council’s Stephen McArthur and Waitohi


photography on Friday February 21 at 2pm at Waitohi. “Waitohi will circulate the information when we finalise it, which will be soon,” James promises. “The photo workshop will have limited places and we’ll be looking for expressions of interest from keen local photographers, hopefully more in the younger age group, but open to all ages.” James is a trustee of the newly-formed Photography Aotearoa Charitable Trust, and has organised the exhibition as its first public project. There is more detail at http://www.photographyaotearoa.org.nz/

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Beginners’ classes will run in Johnsonville on Mondays February 3-24 from 7.30-9.30pm. The cost is $5 per class or all four for $15. The classes will be held at the Johnsonville Bowling Club, 34 Frankmore Avenue. No partner is required. You are invited to come along for fun, friendship and exercise to toe-tapping Celtic music. For more information contact Robert 021 163-9649 johnsonvillescdc@gmail.com or Rod/Kristin 478-4948 rod.downey@gmail. com, or visit their Facebook page

Baby monkey The first squirrel monkey to be born at Wellington Zoo in five years made a surprise public appearance last week, and staff on the primate team report that it is hanging on tightly to its mum Tupiza’s back. This is the first baby squirrel monkey born at the zoo in over five years. It will be some time before the sex of the baby is known. Information will be posted on the zoo’s Facebook page

By Brian Sheppard

Campgrounds attract Kiwis for summer fun. For families from the AlAmeen mosque in Newlands, the Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre in Wainuiomata had everything they needed. They, and friends from other mosques, gathered to enjoy the great outdoors. Some stayed

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for a few days and others just dropped in for a few hours. Organisation of the event had a lot in common with Maori gatherings. Everyone seemed to know what had to be done and took turns in helping. The nerve centre was the camp kitchen, which was operated like a whare kai, turning out an endless supply of food

on an industrial scale. On January 2, there were over 200 people present as others came to enjoy the outdoor experience and share a huge Egyptian barbecue. The lake was a great magnet on this sunny day, with many having their first chance to try kayaking and rafting. In other areas, people were testing their skills on a confi-

dence course. It wasn’t just the teenagers and menfolk - the women were keen to have a go too. On the main field cricket, football (courtesy of the Mini Dribblers) and tug-o-war were popular activities for the contestants and spectators. The children will have slept well that night. What a great day out.

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Property prices up The latest monthly report from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand shows an 11.4 percent median price increase in the Wellington region, up from December 2018 to an average $685,000. The report records that new listings were down 9.2 percent from the same time last year, with the demand for property continuing to drive prices up. The average current number of days from listing to sale was recorded as 27.

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Love coffee, love my dog... By Sarah Richards

Dog friendly cafes have arrived in Wellington’s suburbs and the customers are loving it. Who would have thought it paw-sible. Sven Johnson, manager of Café Villa in Ngaio, says people are happier having their dogs inside with them. Both Sven and his father, owner Warren, are animal lovers and like to make their customers happy, which these days often includes furry family members. “For me personally,” said Warren, “I just love animals and it gives me great satisfaction to see the dogs happy inside.” Warren says the vast majority of the public love having dogs in the café and they’ve only ever had one complaint. Café Villa has roughly four to five small canine visitors daily, more at the weekend with visits to the nearby Cummings dog park. Recently they had a well-behaved German Shepherd dog, who stretched out on the floor and went to sleep. But they’ve also had a cat in its carrier enroute home from the vet. “We’re open to all animals

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Warren Johnson, who has owned Café Villa since 2003, with Ngaio mini poodle Ollie. Photo: Sarah Richards.

as long as they are friendly. We haven’t had a bad dog yet,” said Sven who’s been known to sneak the odd sausage to his furry customers. Café Villa even had one of their canine clientele ditch the dog park and run away to the café front door. Then there are the regulars like shishou cross Trixie, who was anxious when she first started coming but now is a teddy bear after staff kept patting and welcoming her. Since the 2014 Food Act law change came into force in 2016, giving business

owners the option of having pet animals onsite as long as they managed the potential food safety risk, Café Villa has seen a lot more dogs appear. Before this, dogs were mostly outside on the deck or tables out front, which Warren would find upsetting, especially when a southerly was blowing. “In the middle of winter, one lovely little old lady out for her daily walk with her dogs would come in and the dogs would hide around the corner to get out of the wind.”


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What is there to look forward to in 2020?

Ella Verhoeven, Ngaio

Jacqui Wilde, Ngaio

“Spending time with my family.”

”The elections!”

Vivienne Spanjaard, Khandallah “Better rules around access for those with disabilities.”

Mereike Isherwood, Khandallah “More off-the-leash walking areas for dogs.”

Zoe Verhoeven, Ngaio “Growing up, having new ideas and having fun.”

Kiel Dela Cruz Johnsonville “Hopefully, world unity around climate change and hoping the people concerned in the government can focus on fixing it. Listen to nature!”

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Library great, but not perfect Dear Editor, The new Johnsonville Library is spacious and roomy and much better than the old library and will be a real asset for the area. Nevertheless the cafe is overpriced and the smell of chlorine is noticeable coming from the pool.

I attended a public meeting a few years back and one of the issues raised was the chlorine odour as the pool and the library would be sharing an entrance. Unfortunately this issue, by the looks of it, was not addressed during the planning of the new library.

I have heard other people mention the chlorine smell being a bit overpowering as they sit in the cafe or browse or read in the library, particularly the level closest to the Keith Spry Pool entrance. Megan Barber Johnsonville

EYE ON CRIME Local car crimes continue unabated

Smashed rear quarterlight windows are proving the almost universal method of entry for the car thieves who are very active in the local area In Johnsonville, a black Mazda Demio parked overnight in Cortina Avenue was stolen. It was later recovered in Rice Crescent, Newlands, with the ignition barrel removed and damage to the bumper as well as the obligatory smashed rear quarterlight window. A Mazda2 hatchback parked overnight in Dominion Park Street was broken into but nothing was reported stolen, as was a Toyota Vitz hatchback parked overnight in Elliott Street. This was also true of a silver Mitsubishi Lancer saloon parked during the afternoon in Dominion Park Street. A Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked overnight in Dominion Park Street was stolen, while a Toyota Vitz hatchback in the same street was broken into and boots and a spare car key were stolen. The owner of a Toyota Passo hatchback parked overnight in the same street was luckier, as the window was smashed, but nothing was taken. This was also true of a Toyota Markx parked during the day

in Ohariu Road. Small change was taken from the glove box of a Toyota Vitz hatchback parked overnight in Arapiko Street. A laptop was stolen from a Honda Accord saloon parked overnight in the same street and a BMW hatchback parked overnight in Kitchener Terrace had a window smashed, but nothing taken. Small value items were stolen from a Nissan Pulsar saloon parked overnight in Kipling Street, while cash, a cell phone and designer sunglasses were stolen from a Nissan March hatchback parked overnight in Fraser Avenue. A silver Toyota Aqua hatchback parked during the night in Bannister Avenue had an Apple appliance charger stolen. A a Daihatsu Sirion hatchback parked overnight in Fraser Avenue had shoes, an iPhone cord and cologne stolen. New books, a dressing gown, gloves, cutlery and Christmas decorations were stolen from a Toyota Vitz hatchback parked in the driveway of a house in Ceres Crescent Both front and rear registration plates were stolen from a Ford Fiesta stationwagon overnight in Prospect Terrace

and a Suzuki Swift parked overnight in Broderick Road had its front registration plate taken. An unlocked ranch slider door gave access to the lounge of a house in Tarawera Road. An electric guitar, a guitar stand, a mobile phone and trainers were stolen. In Khandallah a Mazda Demio hatchback parked overnight in Clutha Avenue was stolen, being recovered in Hanson Street, Newtown, with the engine running. A Holden Colorado utility parked overnight in Cashmere Avenue had a rear lock forced and a variety of tools stolen. A box on the front passenger seat of a Volkswagen stationwagon parked overnight in Ranui Crescent caught the eye of a passing thief. The window was smashed, only for the disappointed thief to find books - which were left on the seat. A green Discovery Landrover stationwagon parked overnight in Ravi Street was entered and a horse saddle stolen. The list goes on, with similar car–related thefts and crimes reported in Ngaio, Churton Park, Broadmeadows, Grenada Village, Karori, Wadestown, and Northland.

Marmalade queen Angela Werren of Karori, caught on the job with just some of her special Christmas batches of marmalade. Photo supplied.

Marmalade rules in Karori Angela Werren could well hold the title “ Marmalade Queen” of Karori. She has been churning out hundreds of jars of marmalade annually for 10 years now, all for the good of the community. At Christmas, her special recipe had a secret ingredient, “a generous dash of goodwill”, she says, with all proceeds going directly to her local church, St Ninian’s Uniting Parish, and to St John’s Op shop in Karori. “It’s my small way of making a difference and contributing to these vital community places,” says Angela.

Her marmalade has been described as “addictive” with one regular customer from Central Otago stocking up on trips to the capital. Boxes of jars turn up on Angela’s doorstep and the citrus is mostly donated, though she does buy New Zealand oranges as no-one locally has a tree. Some sugar is also bought for the additive-free; fruit, water and sugar-only spread. She makes three different types from her secret recipe: grapefruit, orange and lemon; orange and lemon and also grapefruit only. Angela uses a loved preserving pan, a couple

of measuring jugs and a wooden spoon and her best tip is to find a recipe that works and stick to it. Quality pure ingredients are, she says, also vital. Many regulars are waiting for new batches from the start of the season in July, to around December/ February, depending on citrus availability. Angela’s marmalade can be purchased at St Ninian’s garage sales on the second Saturday of each month or at St John’s op shop. Go to www.stninians.org. nz. Prices start from $3.00 depending on the size of the jar.

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Mayor gives himself 150 days By Glenise Dreaver

The first few days on the job for Wellington’s new Mayor Andy Foster didn’t go as expected. His October 19 election night majority of 503 became 62, challenged by a potential recount, only ruled out on November 8. Andy says he was always quietly confident, and just kept making plans. Roles were negotiated despite the recount, on a council retaining its Labour majority. A long-time councillor, Andy, 57, has previously described himself as “blue green”, but now avoids labels. His environmental passion is a matter of public record, as is the importance he places on keeping fit, including mountain biking. He regularly runs to work and when he has to drive, uses an electric vehicle. He says his first 150 days in office end in mid-March, the period he gave himself pre-election to feel comfortable about measuring his accomplishments. By then, he’ll be looking at ways to revitalise Civic Square and the Central Library. “Key projects,” he says. Community engagement with those will be vital, along with engineering advice now being received. And, Andy says the new library shouldn’t just be a book station design. He likes the Waitohi Hub’s innovative “Maker space”, for example. “We don’t

want just another 1980’s design.” Preparing for the city’s expected growth is also important. “We’ve got to accommodate 50-80,000 more people over the next 30 years.” By March the council will be looking to approve engineering advice on the city’s spatial plan, he says. Focussing on the ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ initiative and moving on public transport solutions in particular, are also on his agenda. So is planning for May’s 2020 budget. That’s a big challenge. “We need to keep the lid on spending as much as we can.” As chair of the council’s finance, audit and risk sub-committee, he was alone in voting against the council’s 10-yearplan last year, saying then that in the event of the unexpected, there was no room for manoeuvre. Since then, as just one example, the City Library has had to be closed indefinitely over concerns over its structural integrity in the event of earthquake. In summary, Andy describes progress in to date as “pleasing”, but there’s more to be done before those 150 days are up.

“It’s all about changing myself and changing my brain.” Manifestation coach Maddy Schafer of Newlands. Photo: Glenise Dreaver.

Challenge to our “genetic destiny” By Glenise Dreaver

Mayor Andy Foster

“I’m a manifestation coach,” says Maddy Schafer. The 53-year-old Newlands woman says it’s about helping people bring what they want into their lives, helping people around the globe navigate towards better health and well-being. So every morning she coaches her audience live on Facebook, teaching and explaining the brass tacks of changing your mind to change your life. People, she says, can just lose their inner compass. “And they often don’t know how to move their desires forward. But once they find their compass again, the next steps open up.” She’s an advocate of the work of Dr Joe Dispenza, most simply described as being in the area of mind, body, and heart connection. Maddy says there is a large body of published and measurable

research supporting his approach. In practising his techniques, she says she noticed her own long-standing low thyroid function improving, finally meaning she could stop her thyroid replacement medication. Other autoimmune issues also reduced. She says she now sleeps better, thinks more clearly, “and I’m much, much happier”. “It’s not magic, it’s a formula, and anyone can do it if they’re willing to do the work.” She believes his research demonstrates that thoughts and feelings immediately affect our health. “We’re not subject to socalled genetic destiny.” Maddy says he has many case histories of people reversing ‘untreatable’ conditions, with before and after test results and scans proving it. “The science of spontaneous remission is available to us now. I want people to know.”

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These linesmen, suspended from a helicopter, removed spacers separating the twin conductor wires to allow for replacement. Photo: Brian Sheppard.

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Thursday January 23, 2020



SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page

Steady the ship needed with India series The Indian cricket tour of New Zealand which begins on Friday looms as an important one for senior members of the Black Caps. After the humiliation that occurred on Australian soil over the Christmas period, it’s a key series for several senior members plus relatively new coach Gary Stead. The Black Caps, ranked two in the world, were blown to smithereens by the Aussies who ruthlessly

exposed the lack of depth which has always been an issue. While Kane Williamson’s men would have loved an easy home series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or South Africa, they have to deal with a hungry Indian team with arguably the best pace attack they have ever had. The Black Caps look like a team who have peaked, much like the All Blacks last year. They are

asking the same names to do the bulk of the work to set up victories. Australia proved when Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Trent Boult are unable to produce world class performances, the supporting cast struggles to step up. It is also a big series for Stead, who is in the tricky spot of piloting the end of this golden era of Kiwi cricket while also ushering in the next generation.

Sadly for Stead it appears the cupboard is relatively empty. There is a need to find a second opening batsmen, two dependable top-order batsmen, a spinner who actually poses a wicket-taking threat and a quick bowler who can bowl with pace but also stay on the field. That is a large number of holes to fill in the coming year or two. There have also been rumblings

over whether Williamson’s batting is suffering because of the captaincy duties. I think those whispers are unfounded but a poor home series against India would pile the pressure on Stead and his captain. This series must give the team and certain individuals some confidence back. If it does not, the tough times could only just be beginning for the sport in New Zealand.

The Police team which recently won the Al Ameen Unity Cup, presented by Ohariu MP Greg O'Connor. Photo: Brian Sheppard.

Police footballers take the honours The Police football team talked with their feet and played with their hearts just before Christmas when their Police team and members of the Newlands Mosque, along with other local teams, competed for the Al Ameen Unity Cup at Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville. The games provided friendly fun to find the ‘best in the field’ talents of some keen amateurs. Sherif Osman from Al Ameen Mosque approached a non-sworn

member of Police, Spencer Hiess from the 105 call line in Kapiti, to organise a team. And that team then won the round robin tournament against five other teams winning four out of their five games. The other teams were Victoria University, the Indonesian community team Habibis from Kilbirnie, The Hutt Stars, and of course Al-Ameen, the Mosque community from Newlands.

Spencer says Police had players from throughout the district. “Including Prevention, RNZPC, Comms, Intel, CIB, PST (front line) and Organised Crime. “ One staff member, a keen footy player, even came over from Masterton to compete, he says. “Opening up dialogue when organising teams, to minimise potential cultural expectations and differences, enabled the Police to field a mixed team incorporating

the only female player, non-sworn Grace Carroll. “It was great to see all players compete and definitely hold their own,” he adds. Grace says her response didn’t come with a second thought “because it was about supporting and engaging one of our local communities, combined with a passion for football. “I was proud to wear the Police uniform on the pitch and get

Ambassador leads the way The Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand Mira Woldberg lives in Wadestown and she is “walking the sustainable talk” by swapping her embassy car for an e-bike. Mira announced her decision at the recent month-long Greater Wellington Regional Council bike festival. “The Netherlands Embassy in Wellington is on a ‘mission sustainable’, which means that we have introduced recycling bins like a battery bin and compost bin. “In the messages that we bring to

New Zealand we always talk about the importance of addressing climate change.” She said she always drove a big BMW. “A very old fashioned [form] of transport and I thought: ‘This doesn’t really fit the message that we preach’.” Mira, who comes from a country where even princesses pedal to school, says it is important to lead the way, and that includes being a good influence on Embassy staff members. “We have two bikes here at the

embassy. “We started last year with a very nice wooden one, very special… and we have a regular red one. Staff can use [them] to go to meetings that they have and if they want to take it to their house that is also not an issue. “So that is a way that we try to promote cycling as a means of transport.” Mira says she would encourage other people to try cycling to work, even if it is just one or two days a week.

amongst it.” Spencer adds that it was great they could compete together for a bit of fun, given that they all share a love of football. “It was a great ice-breaker for Police and the communities we serve. “This tournament, and others like it, provide an opportunity to recruit from diverse communities. “We would love some of these talented players to join the Police and consider policing as a career.”

The Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand, Mira Woldberg of Wadestown, is commuting to her office by bike. Photo supplied.


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