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WWI heroine remembered

By Julia Czerwonatis

Elizabeth Pinfold, recipient of the First World War Queen Elisabeth Medal, was commemorated last Friday with the unveiling of a plaque at her restored grave in Karori Cemetery. The Karori local is one of 33

New Zealand women known to receive the medal in honour of their support towards Belgium throughout WWI. Shortly after the outbreak of WWI Elizabeth took it upon herself to lead the fundraising campaign that helped to relieve Belgian civilians and soldiers. Continued on page 2.


Elizabeth Pinfolds’s granddaughter Norma Emmerson (right), next to her daughter Susan Emmerson, her granddaughter Philippa Reid and great-granddaughter Madelene Reid. PHOTO: CREDIT: Julia Czerwonatis


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Four generations gathered at Karori Cemetery to honour their forebear Continued from page 1. The mother of nine wrote to newspapers around the country urging people to donate money or old clothing. “Many of our women in New Zealand have not much money to give to Patriotic Funds, but most can give a left-off garment and a little time to renovate or remodel it. What we do, we must do quickly,” she wrote. Elizabeth helped to raise £800,000. Outgoing Belgian Ambassador Jean-Luc Bodson unveiled Elizabeth’s restored tomb placed “in a magical place between forgotten graves”, as he described the cemetery, with four generations of Elizabeth’s family gathered. “This is very special for our family,” Susan Emmerson, Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter, said. “We didn’t know anything about Elizabeth, and this has been an exceptional experience for us. “The journey to discovering our family history has just started for us.” Mr Bodson said Belgium hadn’t forgotten about the sac-

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne (United Future) proposed a new road tunnel from Ngauranga to Glenside to link up with Transmission Gully. The closure of State Highway 1 through Ngauranga Gorge twice in the last week had highlighted the need for bold thinking and solutions about Wellington’s northern approaches, Mr Dunne said. “The recent weather events show how easily Ohariu residents could be isolated if the Ngauranga Gorge was closed for a prolonged period of time. “Much of the focus in recent

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rifices New Zealanders made to help his country. “Looking at Elizabeth’s achievement, I find it very remarkable that in a century without social media that she was able to connect to so many people and create a community feeling that helped so many for away from New Zealand,” Mr Bodson explained.

Elizabeth was also committed to wider social issues. She opposed the sale of alcohol in Trentham Camp and argued to include women on education boards. Elizabeth was killed in 1927 after being hit by a car on Karori Road. The unveiling of her past was part of a research project by Im-

elda Bargas, senior historian at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Dilys Grant, Wellington City Council project manager for Anzac commemorations, and students from Victorian University. Most other medal recipients came from Dunedin and will be commemorated in the coming months.

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Elizabeth Pinfold’s descendants (left to right): Ed, Emiliano and and Rose Bermudez, Lucy Reekie, Norma and Susan Emmerson, Philippa and Madelene Reid.

years about traffic in Wellington has focused on improving the flow of traffic through Wellington, from Ngauranga to the airport, and the bottleneck around the Basin Reserve.” How traffic was getting into and out of Wellington had been largely ignored, according to the United Future leader. “At present, there are two alternatives – Ngauranga Gorge or State Highway 58 over Haywards. “The completion of Transmission Gully and the Petone to Grenada link road in the next few years will help, particularly with

regard to traffic through the Hutt Valley through State Highway 58, but the problem of reliance on Ngauranga Gorge will still remain,” Mr Dunne said. He explained that the Ngaio Gorge, and the road through Khandallah to Johnsonville, and then on to Middleton Road to Tawa was the de-facto back-up at present, but that was inadequate, because the road to Johnsonville was never designed to be a main arterial road. Mr Dunne suggested a tunnel could be built in about 4 to 5 years. “It’s an interesting idea but

I’m unsure if it would be feasible,” Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman, said. “We would have to see what the NZTA thought about it before any serious thought was given. And if there was serious thought given, then we would need to discuss and progress it at a regional level.” A New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) spokesperson said NZTA had not considered the option of a tunnel for the Ngauranga Gorge route and they weren’t in a position to provide any comment on the proposal.



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Waterfront market gets on board with re-usable bags Punters at Wellington’s waterfront markets are being offered free reusable shopping bags as an alternative to plastic bags as of last Sunday, thanks to a collaborative effort between the market and Wellington City Council. The initiative is supported by local school children and Boomerang Bags, a Wellington community project that upcycles un-used fabric and sews it into shopping bags. The bags for distribution are

donated by Boomerang Bags and council staff who have been sewing bags for the event as part of their plastic-free July campaign. “Every year, New Zealand uses 1.6 billion plastic bags, and roughly 9000 tonnes of plastic waste goes into Wellington’s landfill,” Councillor Iona Pannett said. “This is one of the ways in which the council is helping to reduce the number of bags going

to landfill.” Every week, an estimated 10,000 people visit the markets outside Te Papa for fresh produce, speciality items, street food and coffee. Market organiser Fraser Ebbett said it could be a challenge trying to get vendors to go plastic free overnight, and that “collaborating with the council and community to provide the option of reusable bags is a step in the right direction”.

The efforts are a part of a wider nationwide effort to lobby Central Government on the issue of the plastic bag levy. Last week, a letter signed by over 90 per cent of New Zealand mayors was sent to the Minister for the Environment, Nick Smith. Ms Pannett said she hoped the model would result in more markets around the city working with council to become plastic bag free.

Connection, friendship and a passion for art By Julia Czerwonatis

Brazilian graphic designer Fernanda Fontenelle and her husband set off to travel the world starting with exploring New Zealand – five years later the couple hasn’t left the country. Now, the Karori resident has been honoured with the Volunteer Connect Awards for New Migrants for her community engagement. “When we moved to Wellington I had problems with my health so I couldn’t work,” Fernanda explained. “So I thought I could do a volunteer job. I wanted to do something good, and when I found out about IHC [Society for Intellectually Handicapped Children], and I thought this is so cool.” Fernanda contacted the organisation and was assigned a friend – Karin. “It’s a one-on-one friendship. It’s good for the person to have some company, and it’s for me too because I am new in town,” Fernanda said. “Karin is lovely.” Once a week Fernanda and Karin met on Cuba Street to go for a walk and talk about their

shared passion, art. “She’s a great artist. Karin gifted me some of her work and I have it hanging in my living room,” Fernanda said. “We’re not only talking about art but everything – about life.” Fernanda described Karin as very independent despite having a mental impediment. “I learned so much from my meetings with Karin. I used to feel sorry for people with impediments, but now I know they are not really different from anyone else – they have a good life,” Fernanda said. “People look down at others when they feel sorry for them, but that’s not right.” T he young mother was amongst volunteers from 17 ethnic communities represented at the award ceremony. They were nominated by Volunteer Wellington’s member community organisations to demonstrate the important role migrants who volunteer play, and also as a way to thank volunteers for their work. T he Volunteer Connect Awards result from a collaboration between Volunteer Wellington, Citizen Advice Bureau Wellington and English


inbrief news Food business competition Fledgling Wellington food businesses have the chance to win free mentoring from experts including top local chef Shepherd Elliott and Supreme Coffee CEO Richard Shirtcliffe with new Good Food Boost programme. The programme, initiated by Wellington City Council and The Sustainable Business Network, will provide a mentoring system that gives support and fast tracks the growth of good food businesses. Four businesses will be chosen to be part of the eight-week programme to receive support and guidance from leading mentors to give their businesses a boost. Wellington sustainable food businesses are invited to submit their applications until August 30. For further information visit goodfoodboost or good-food-boost.

Village Green Trust Community and conservation group Wadestown Village Green Trust (VGT) will celebrate its 10th anniversary in July 29 from 10.30am until midday with the Wadestown community and friends at the Philip Myers Park. VGT and community volunteers have worked in partnership with the Wellington City Council to enhance the gardens and bush area of Philip Myers Park that surrounds the Wadestown Library. There will be a fun treasure hunt for children, a short tree planting ceremony and a special morning tea at the Wadestown Library Community Space area.

What is your property worth? Karori local Fernanda Fontenelle and her friend Karin share a passion for art, and Karin has gifted Fernanda one of her paintings. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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inbrief news Karori Book Fair Karori Rotary and Lions are calling for good quality books from the general public for this year’s Book Fair on August 25 and 26 at the Karori Baptist Church. Books (no encyclopaedias or magazines) can be dropped into collection bins at the Karori Mall, Karori Community Centre, or the Karori Park Café, from July 26 until August 7. For more information contact David Watt, Rotary Club of Karori, 027 2466 339.

Animal welfare regulations Ministry for Primary Industries announced 46 new animal welfare regulations last week. They prohibit tail docking and the removal of front and articulated dew claws unless done by a veterinarian to treat a significant injury or disease. People leaving a dog in the car must ensure it does not display symptoms consistent with heat stress or will face an infringement offence; animal owners must ensure the collar or tether does not cause cuts, skin abrasions, swelling, or prevent breathing, panting or drinking; and dogs must not be carried on the open rear of a moving vehicle unless they are secured or enclosed in a crate, with the exception of working dogs while at work.

Kaleidoscope of motion, colour, music in Indian dance production Krisha Narayan from Churton Park has been dancing for 10 years and this year she will be performing in the Mudra Dance Company production of Kartiyeya. The Mudra Dance Company under the direction of Vivek Kinra will be back to perform early August in Wellington. The show’s protagonist Kartikeya is the younger son of god Shiva, and is the beloved deity of the Tamil people. There is not a village in south India, however small, which does not possess a shrine praising Shiva. Krisha was welcoming the opportunity to perform and working hard towards the show “I really enjoy that we convey stories through dance as well as the movements involved. It is a form of art that people seem to view as innately both, personal and externally expressive,” Krisha said. She will be performing alongside three other dancers from the western suburbs. “In dance I want to complete the whole course and have the satisfaction of knowing I have achieved learning the classical dance form of Bharata-Natyam that requires a lot of discipline and persistence.

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“It is a journey of perpetual growth that rewards me with a sense of accomplishment knowing I have attained training in such a beautiful art form.” Krisha is in her final year at college and will be joined in the production by 14 other dancers. Kartikeya will be a kaleidoscope of motion, colour, music, mime, and rhythm. The dances will highlight Vivek Kinra’s

choreography which combines innovative and traditional elements of dance. “I have always enjoyed music and dancing, which I can outwardly express myself through. Dancing contributes to me as a person by allowing me to find clarity and stability without the use of words, but instead movements and I just feel happier when I dance,” Krisha said.

“When I dance I feel full of energy and just let myself become part of each movement because nothing else engages me the same way physically, emotionally and socially all at once.”  Kartikeya will be staging at the Whitireia Theatre August 4 and 5 from 7.30-9.30pm,a nd on August 6 from 4-6pm. Tickets from $20-30.

Memorial to recognise bonds of war The bond formed between Belgium and New Zealand during World War I was recognised last Friday with two special ceremonies at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Outgoing Belgian Ambassador Jean-Luc Bodson was breaking the ground for a new Belgian memorial to be built in the park and unveiled in October this year, and unveiled a model of the memorial which would be

on display until October at The Great War Exhibition. Mr Bodson said he was pleased to be acknowledging the close ties between Belgium and New Zealand. “The battlefields of the First World War created lasting bonds between Belgium and New Zealand and commemorations like these help reinforce this friendship. “The Belgian people will

forever be grateful for the inconceivable sacrifices that were made by the New Zealanders, here and on the battle front. Let me assure you that these sacrifices are not and will not be forgotten,” Mr Bodson said. That is where the idea of the travelling exhibition The Belgians Have Not Forgotten came from. It gives an insight into the landscape, the history and the ceremonies in Belgium

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Executive manager fundraising and communications, Diane Livingston, said the event gave people the chance to celebrate the history of Wellington Free Ambulance and find out more about the campaign to buy a People’s Ambulance. This would be the first time in its 90 year history the service had fundraised with communities to purchase an ambulance. “We’re going to build an ambulance for the people by the people,” Diane said. “In 1927 the mayor at the time was driving along Lambton Quay when he stopped to help someone. From that day on he decided ambulances

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Linden Winter Festival Due to a series of unforeseen recent events Wellington City Council had to cancel the Linden Winter Festival, planned for July 30. One of the main complications were the ground conditions and recent weather. Council are combining some of the activities to support Linden School’s fit track opening which will be a community event on Saturday August 19.

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A passion for making a difference in the mental health of young New Zealanders has led Phoeba Basika down her own entrepreneurial and empowering path. Pheoba, an artist based in Newlands, had been inspired by a number of calligraphy artists on Instagram and felt the need to start her own in 2015. “I thought of an amazing name - Heaven’s Agenda. I chose the name because most of my work and quotes are inspirational and uplifting,” the 25-year-old said. Phoeba said she enjoyed making pretty things for Heaven’s Agenda but wanted to learn more about starting a social enterprise. This led her to apply last year for Live the Dream – a programme to develop young social entrepreneurs and their ventures. “I was passionate about making a difference in the mental health of young New Zealanders. Emotional health is often ignored and not given enough importance at all. “I wanted to shine a light on this issue and help change negative and toxic thinking that fills the minds of a lot of people.” Following the programme, Phoeba started the MindoverMatter Journal, a journal to empower and inspire young women to build intentionally beautiful lives. “There is so much in the world



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that is ready to rob our focus. The journal is something you can invest into and use to help rebuild focus on what matters. They help you practice gratitude and confront negative thoughts.” The former Wellington East Girls’ College student admits she did not know what modern calligraphy was when she started her journey. However, took baby

steps and perfected what she was passionate about. Phoeba’s designs and prints continue to get better and are loved by her friends and family. “This is one way I practice being mindful. “Being fully aware of what I’m doing as my whole focus is on the colours and movements of the brush. It’s my happy place.”

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Karin Mahlfeld, German born biologist and Ngaio local for over 20 years, is one of New Zealand’s leading invertebrates researchers who has specialised on land snails. The Independent Herald talked to the honorary research associate for the Department of Conservation (DOC) about her education programme Open Lab that the land snail ranger launched together with Natasha Evans in 2015.

How does the Open Lab work? What inspired you to organise the Open Lab? I found there wasn’t much being done about the conservation of invertebrates. People don’t know what’s in their environment. There are over 130 restoration groups in Wellington who are trapping, fighting pests and weeds, and planting trees. And I thought it would be a good idea to have a lab to support these conservation groups and introduce them into the invertebrates.

Between 2015 and 2016 we have done over 40 Open Labs. We go to schools or pop up at community places with our microscopes and look at litter samples to identify species in the specimens.

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lot of life, and that’s where nutrient recycling happens. The more diverse, the healthier it is, but if that gets disturbed through human interference we are losing species. There are over 600 snails on threatened species list.

Why are those invertebrates important for our ecosystem? They fulfil an important role in breaking down organic components in the litter and feeding it back into the nutrient cycle. They also provide food for birds. It’s important that people understand how our ecosystem works

so that we learn how to live sustainably. In the Open Lab, we introduce people to the rich yet hidden biodiversity of invertebrates. We tell them what sort of threads might impose on the species, give them advice on collection methods and how to prevent eradication. Since running the Open Lab, we looked at over 400 samples and found more than 20 new species.

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Inge Doig “My boys and I went up to Whangarei to visit my father. We flew back in the awful weather, so the flight into Wellington was quite bumpy. We also had my sister-in-law and her boys visiting us.”

Anne Field “I’ve been working and holding the fort during the holidays. We have a few prospective parents coming in to see our school and I have been meeting with them. And I relaxed a bit at Waikanae.”

Anna Engleback “I was involved with the Wellington Orienteering Club. We went to the Secondary Schools National Competition in Wairarapa.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a property in Broderick Road was entered and covers which had been roped down and secured were removed from a parked vehicle. This was a repeat of a similar incident two weeks ago. The hatchway leading to the underside of the house was also unscrewed and left on the ground with the car covers. In Newlands a trailer fitted with a cage and an advertising board on it, which was parked in Newlands Road, was stolen. A white Isuzu commercial vehicle parked

overnight on the road in Salford Street was broken into. The rear window of the canopy was smashed to gain entry to the rear of the ute. No entry gained to the cab. A brown Mitsubishi stationwagon parked during the early afternoon in Black Rock Road was broken into via a smashed driver’s window. A radar detector and a power bank were stolen. The owner later discovered that his wallet, containing a driver’s licence and a variety of bank cards, was also taken from the vehicle.




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Jessica Southey from Khandallah and Sophie Fulton from Churton Park will join the cast of in the Circa season of A Doll’s House, both starring as character Bee. Jessica is an active member of the Junior Musical Theatre group, has participated in group trinity drama productions and enjoys performing in the Con Brio choir. “I really enjoy playing Bee and also and having other kids in the cast. Sophie and I have become best friends since the production started,” the seven-year-old said. Sophie has recently finished filming a feature role in the Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines, due to be released in December 2018. She had her acting debut in Krampus in 2015 when she was five years old and has a wealth of stage experience, including singing solo in Broadway Studio Next Generation at BATS Theatre earlier this year. “I love getting on with the all the people here – everyone has made good friends with each other. It’s really fun,” Sophie said. Wellington author Emily Perkins adapted Henrik Ibsen’s original A Doll’s House from the late 19th century for the Circa production re-setting the plot into contem-

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The hopes and concerns from the people of tomorrow Victoria University of Wellington opened their new art exhibition last week featuring works of over 25 students at the Adam Art Gallery. The Tomorrow People focuses on an emerging generation of artists and their hopes, concerns and questions about the future. The exhibition captures their

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Kezia Shepherd is a student at Fiona Haines Dance Academy and trains to become a professional dancer for the Royal Academy of Dance. PHOTO: Alan Raga, 2017

Eyes On aims to build community resilience in Tawa Tawa’s plans toward full Business Improvement District (BID) status continue to take shape as retailers and property owners collaborate on a variety of strategies to strengthen the village’s appeal and relevance for consumers. One of the first initiatives to launch will be the extension of Wellington’s Eyes On initiative to Tawa retailers. Police and Wellington City Council will invite to a free seminar next week introducing the commercial and social guardianship programme that helps businesses minimise theft, improve staff safety and raise awareness around community welfare. Eyes On includes over 600 businesses from the CBD and suburbs who share information about shoplifters, antisocial or concerning behaviour enabling police to respond strategically. The programme has led to a 23 per cent reduction in shop thefts reported in Wellington CBD since it was launched in 2015. For Tawa pharmacist and BID member Ant Simon the network bough some relief from a group of repeat offenders that were known to his staff. “They used to come in as a team and clear out large amounts of stock, gift sets and things like that” Ant said. His CCTV footage of the shoplifters was passed onto police through Eyes On. Police were able to track them down and prosecute them.  The free session will be held in the Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street, from 7.30- 8.45am. RSVP to Bruce White bruce. Tea, coffee and pastries provided.

Young talent Kezia Shepherd, Year 9 student at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori, has dedicated her life to dancing since she was four. With up to 12 hours of dancing lessons a week Kezia has only Sundays off –yet she can’t get enough of it. “I just love dancing a lot. When I dance, I don’t really think. I just feel the music” Kezia said. “It’s quite amazing being on stage, and you just feel everything, but you don’t think about – it just comes to you.” Kezia trains at the Fiona Haines Dance Academy and has joined the intermediate programme of the Royal Academy of Dance. It’s a scholar programme for young dancers who aspire to go the New Zealand School of Dance for full training.

During her classes Kezia mainly enjoys focussing on her ballet performance. “Ballet is such a complex style of dance and has a lot of beauty to it. It makes you strive to become the best you can be. “Everything has to be just right, and you have to work hard to achieve a perfect ballerina technique.” However, Kezia is more than a ballerina. “Previously it used to be a thing that you are just a ballerina, but now you have to be well-rounded to be a dancer. You have to confident in many styles,” she explained. Kezia performs across several styles including jazz, musical theatre, barefoot, contemporary, lyrical and self-choreographed. The eleven-year old already has a success record after performing in the Associated Ballet and Theatre Club competition where she placed first in Own

Choreography, second in Contemporary and Lyrical and third in Jazz. Kezia said competitions were a great experience. “You gain so many skills you wouldn’t have learned if you were just in the classroom, like performances on stage. I also enjoy meeting so many new people – you get to learn a lot from them,” Kezia said. Her mother Kate Shepherd said Kezia had always been a very physical child “From a very young age, she has always danced. It’s her aspiration that let her progress through this. “The pleasure that she gets from it is the most amazing thing. She works hard for it.” Kezia was injured for the past six weeks and not being able to dance was quite a challenge for her. However, she is back on track now, slowly starting to train again and tying her dancing shoes for the next show.

Sodden fields restricting sports teams this winter

Jaxton Mato, Riley Kennedy, Sean Masuda-Morgan, Jacob Coombs, and Angus Blair at the Armstrong Cup last weekend. PHOTO: Johnsonville Rugby Junior Club

Some of Wellington’s traditional grass sportsfields are being turned into sodden bogs this winter – and sportspeople face the prospect of further match restrictions as Wellington City Council seeks to provide playable sportsfields for the remaining winter season. “Most of our grass fields are on the way to turning into mud baths especially after last weekend’s restricted play on them,” Paul Andrews, council’s parks, sports and recreation manager, said. “With more wet weath-

er forecast for later this week, it’s likely we’ll have to restrict grounds again or close many of the fields as they will be unplayable,” he added. “Most people have probably forgotten how wet the summer was – but that’s been followed by a wet autumn. We had more than 200 millimetres of rain in April compared to the average of 94 millimetres,” July is sitting at 171 millimetres compared to the average of 110 millimetres. Paul said even the city’s premier fields – with sand

bases and other advanced drainage – were saturated and starting to suffer. The lack of wind is also not helping to dry them out. “Our ultimate goal is to get games played and we will do everything we can to make this happen. Maximising the artificials is key at this time of year.” Paul said even basic tasks such as line marking and mowing were virtually impossible at the moment, given the soft and slippery ground conditions. Acting Mayor Paul Eagle, council’s recreation

portfolio leader, said the good news was the council’s multi-million dollar investment in eight artificial-turf sportsfields over the past decade has been a lifesaver for winter sports – the last one was opened at Newlands College earlier this month. “Despite the high rainfall this year, the disruption has been far less than in the bad old days when most sports could be cancelled for weeks on end for fear that someone could disappear into the mud, never to be found,” he said.


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RUTH COOPER: LANDSCAPE ARTIST I paint landscapes in acrylic on canvas preferring mostly NZ mountain, rural and coastal scenes. I’m a lifelong artist – but have really only been able to put more time into painting in the last 10 years – I’m a self-taught. I have enjoyed raising a family and worked as an occupational therapist in Wellington for the last 35 years.

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inbrief news Shaping Karori Karori locals are invited to come along and share their views on the future of Karori with the Wellington City Council on Saturday July 29, 2-4pm at the Karori Baptist Church Hall. The first session was held last Sunday. It is co-hosted by the Karori Association. Childcare and refreshments available. If you can’t come but want to share what you think, give your views online at

Central city biking Wellington City Council brought forward plans for new cycling lanes in the CBD. The new contra-flow lanes, which can be added without removing parking, are being proposed for Cuba Street running up from Ghuznee Street to Vivian Street, and along Willeston Street running from Willis Street to Victoria Street. Council also proposed a new one-way cycle lane on Rugby Street for people riding from Adelaide Road towards Tasman Street (this requires the removal of six coupon parking spaces); changing signs so people can legally ride both ways in lower Cuba Street between Wakefield Street and Manners Street; designating Bunny Street as a shared zone, and allowing people on bikes to ride both ways between Lambton Quay and Featherston Street and providing parking for about 20 bikes in Grey Street.

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Wednesday July 26, 2017


A muddy good time at the Armstrong Cup The Johnsonville rugby juniors took home the Armstrong Cup at last weekend’s tournament winning two out of three games played. The muddy rugby field at Newlands College didn’t stop the U9, the U10 and U13 teams from scoring tries. Trina

Coombs, U9 coach and Johnsonville Rugby Junior Club convener said it was grass root rugby at its best. “It was an awesome day! Council had closed all fields so we were lucky that Newlands College offered us their grounds.” LEFT: Monty Davidson and Josh Ingham (U10 Johnsonville) BELOW: Ball carrier Jaxton Mato, Logan Hight, Ralph Winter, Riley Kennedy, and Sean Masuda-Morgan (U9 Johnsonville) PHOTOS: Johnsonville Rugby Junior Club

U12/U13 huddle with Sam Morgan, Ngahau Tepaa, Alex Schofield, Devin Leaupepe and Kaiarahi Brunning in the front, and Oliver Cuthbert, Levi Rangi, Hershal Potiki-Moses, Kyan Mill-Cameron and Flynn Watson in the second row.

Thrower of the year grabs Oceania javelin title Cam, 17, next to Debbie Strange – he won the U18 Nationals, and U18 Oceania Championships. PHOTO: Supplied

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Those familiar Warrior woes... Watching the Warriors is like being a sucker for punishment. If they don’t make the playoff for the sixth consecutive year, where does it leave the Kiwi NRL franchise? Judging by their loss to the North Queensland Cowboys, a swift exit from the season seems the only outcome yet again. Change the coach, change the board structure, change the captain, bring in players, cut players - none of it makes any difference. The Warriors would settle for mediocre, they’re far worse than that, but their inability to be accountable, to accept that the club appears to be rotten to the core means loyal fans are shafted year after year. The club had a chance to get it right. Ivan Cleary coached them to a final - after already being shown the door before those playoffs started. James Maloney was in the halves but he was let go too.

Let go to play multiple State of Origin games and to win premierships with the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla Sharks. The fans deserve better, they deserve an honest effort at all times. They deserve improvement from season to season and they deserve to watch a team that has pride in a jersey. These fast starts and late implosions are pathetic. There appears no heart, desire or willingness to get better. The Warriors should have won a premiership by now and yet it can be easily argued that their biggest barrier to that hasn’t been their opposition on the field but themselves. There appears to be an acceptance of their plight both from the team and their supporters. It’s like an unhappy marriage where both sides are unwilling to admit it’s not working and stay in the routine purely for the familiarity.

By Julia Czerwonatis

Karori sportsman Cam Robinson “has had a spectacular first season with the javelin,” Jo Murray, sport development manager for Athletics Wellington, said. The seventeen-year-old entered the Oceania Area Championships at Suva, Fiji, last month and won the U18 comfortably with a throw of 63.03 metres. “Javelin is harder than people think. To achieve what he has so early on in his athletics career is outstanding,” Jo explained. Cam was also entered in the open Men’s too and came seventh with a throw of 57 metres. “It was an awesome trip,” Cam said. Competing in Fiji was a different kind of experience for him having to throw in the Fijian heat. “The run-up was a bit short, too which was quite challenging. And it was pretty windy but coming from Wellington I’m used to it,” Cam said. Cam knew he was competing against strong athletes and said he was a bit

nervous leading up to the championships. “Then I watched the first thrower, and I thought ‘I can beat this guy’,” Cam said. Cam used to play cricket up until recently and started to train javelin last year. “I had enough of standing outside in the rain, and I was always quite good at throwing, so I gave javelin a go.” Cam proved to be more than “quite good at throwing” – this year he won also won the National Under 18 title and the Athletics Wellington Throwers Award at the annual Athletics Wellington prizegiving. “It’s quite an achievement when he’s so new to the sport,” Jo said. “He is consistently throwing over 60 metres. He is loving his new found sport, has a great attitude and wants to give it everything, so he’s an exciting young talent for the future.” Athletics New Zealand has recognised this by selecting him their Pathway to Podium programme. Cam is already setting a new challenge for himself: “I will be competing at the New Zealand School Nationals at the end of the year, and I’m hoping to go past 70 metres.”


Wednesday July 26, 2017