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A fighter for the underdog By Jamie Adams

Tributes have been made for long-serving former Wellington City Councillor Bryan Pepperell, who died suddenly last Thursday aged 65. Son Martyn made the announcement on Bryan’s Facebook page on Saturday. “At times like this, words are not enough, but he leaves behind a legacy of empathy, and a huge community who he cared about dearly, and cared about him,” Martyn wrote. Continued on page 2.

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Former council colleagues pay tribute to Bryan Pepperell

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Continued from page 1. Bryan served in the southern ward of the Wellington City Council from 1995 to 2013. He made his mark by campaigning against a number of proposals, including building developments on the waterfront and the privatisation of council assets. “Bryan was a highly-principled man and someone who had strongly left-wing and progressive views,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says. “He always took the side of the underdog and fought hard against attempts to privatise Council operations and assets. “He was a popular and long-serving councillor in the Southern Ward. He also usually polled well in mayoral elections – much to the frustration of other left-leaning candidates.

“Bryan was a quirky and humorous speaker around the Council table. He was always good company and a man able to get on with other councillors and mayors – even if he was not enthused with their politics.” He was also a social media enthusiast who took advantage of the technology when he became frustrated by the lack of coverage in mainstream media. For example in 2011 he used his iPhone to film his own speeches at the council table then posted the footage on to YouTube. Rongotai MP and former councillor Paul Eagle, who served alongside Bryan in the southern ward during his final term, remembers linking arms with him in 2013 to stop the closure of CitiOperations, a council division responsible

Former city councillor Bryan Pepperell (1953-2018).

for rubbish collection and other services. “Bryan said no contractors could ever replace the work ethic and pride of council workers.” Paul describes him as a “peo-

ple’s councillor” and a “guardian”. Former presidents of the Newtown Residents’ Association Tom Law and Martin Hanley remember Bryan as a regular attendee at association meetings, and a champion for both community and individual causes. Another association member, Warwick Taylor, says Bryan was “a firm supporter of the little people”. Martyn says his father loved France and visited the country several times where he went grape picking in the 1970s. He was also a cycling and motorcycling enthusiast and in later years took photographs of birds. His funeral will be held at 2pm today at Old Saint Paul’s Church in Pipitea, followed by a public wake at the nearby Thistle Inn.

Island Bay bowls stalwart fondly remembered


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As a sad coincidence, another prominent person of Wellington’s south passed away last week. Island Bay Bowling Club’s oldest and longest-serving mem-

ber Owen O’Sullivan died on August 1, aged 90. His funeral was held at St Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday, which drew hundreds of people from both within and outside of the club. Owen had been a member

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Owen O’Sullivan rolling the ceremonial kitty at his bowling club’s centenary celebration last year. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File



of Island Bay Bowling Club since 1978, the same year the premises had reopened after renovations. The man affectionately known as “Doc”, due to his Marist upbringing, served as vice president in 1982/83 and president in 1983/84. Owen had a number of season victories within the club, particularly in fours competitions, with his name on the honours board as recently as 2016/17. He also won in fours in a national over-65s tournament in 1994/95 and in triples in a national championship after winning the club event in 2008/09. He often won championships playing with the club’s top player Domenico Massa, who remembers him as being very competitive. “Every time we crossed each other [on the greens] I’d jokma We nu sto ka ck cre me


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ingly say to others ‘Make sure you destroy this bastard’.” Domenico also remembers Owen as a great friend going back to 1977 when he first met him as a council clerk, and one who was always meticulous in his job. That trait carried on to his time at the club, with president Carl Muollo recalling him as going beyond his duties as a committee member. “He used to look after the greens with the greenkeeper. Sometimes he would be mowing the greens, other times he would be painting somewhere,” Carl says. “Whenever there was a working bee he was the first one here for it.” Club members made a guard of honour for Owen as he was carried out of the church on Tuesday.

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Government grant to help convert ex-trolleys to battery buses By Jamie Adams

There is a bright note among all the bad publicity Greater Wellington has copped, with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), announcing it will provide a $763,000 grant to convert more than 50 of the city’s former trolley buses to battery power. Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw says the grant will put Metlink among world leaders in the shift

to zero-carbon public transport and endorses the council’s pledge of a 100 percent electric public transport fleet. “And what makes this a truly unique story is that the electricity will be largely generated from the city and region’s best-known characteristic – its wind.” Chris says Wellington city could be the only city in the world which had a public transport fleet powered by renewable electricity generated within its own boundaries.

The money will be used by bus operator NZ Bus to install fast-charging stations for its former trolley buses at its Karori and Kilbirnie depots. The converted trolley electric buses are expected to be on the road from January 2019. ReVolt Wellington spokesman Herwin Bongers says they are “really encouraged that a government agency has recognised a pinch point”, but believes the regional council needs to be bolder.

“They will be converting 50 ex-trolley buses and 30 other buses. That’s a total of 80, which is only 18 percent of the fleet. So 82 percent will still be running on diesel,” Herwin says. “We want to see them commit to when they are going to get rid of the rest of the diesels. Hamburg has said they would get rid of older public diesel buses and Paris said they would phase out all diesel vehicles by 2024.”

ReVolt demands inquiry over ‘dysfunctional’ bus network By Jamie Adams

Action group ReVolt Wellington is calling on the government to appoint an Ombudsman and hold an inquiry into chaos and disruption on Wellington’s public transport network which it blames on the failure of bus contracts signed by Greater Wellington that took effect on July 15. It comes as it plans to hold a public meeting on the issue this weekend. On Tuesday evening members converged on Willis St to advertise the meeting to commuters, and wore facemasks to point out the increased pollution levels. They also have a petition on the NZ Parliament website to fix the network. ReVolt says responsibility lies with the government agency NZTA and the Public Transport Operating Model legislation passed in 2013 that forced competition on public transport routes to reduce government subsidies - and what it says is an “overly-compliant and

complacent” regional council. “Current legislation has resulted in a dysfunctional new public transport network and a punitive compliance culture that poses a direct health and safety risk to the travelling public,” spokeswoman Gilly Tompsett says. “Tranzit drivers’ inferior wages and conditions have led to experienced drivers familiar with Wellington’s challenging topography being replaced by large numbers of inexperienced new drivers.” ReVolt claims passengers are left behind by “not in service” buses trying to get back on schedule; travelling times for passengers have increased compared to pre-July 15, leading to frustration and increased car use; and some fares have increased despite the substandard service. It also believes cost-cutting has led to environmental and health impacts. It appears 95 percent of the fleet are diesel buses, which they describe as a “monumental step backwards”.

Facemask-wearing Peter Steven with one of the pollution graphs he and other ReVolt Wellington members distributed to bus commuters on Tuesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“On some high-density routes, the trolleys have been replaced by a 50 percent Euro 3 bus fleet - an 18-year-old standard totally unfit for purpose,” Gilly says. ReVolt is hosting a public meeting at Newtown Community Hall on Sunday, August 12 at 5pm. Greater Wellington’s five Wellington City-based councillors


were asked if they would attend. As of Wednesday only Roger Blakely and Ian McKinnon confirmed they would, with Daran Ponter and chair Chris Laidlaw “hoping” to. Sue Kedgley will be unable to go due to an outof-town commitment. Some city councillors and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle are expected to attend.

Zoo pushes ShakeOut over the half million With just over two months to go until the ShakeOut national earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi, already half a million participants have signed up. Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi congratulated Wellington Zoo on being the 500,000th signup during a visit on Monday with staff from his ministry and those of the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office. “Wellington Zoo has over 250,000 people through its door each year so it’s great to see the amazing preparedness plans they have in place to accommodate their guests, staff and animals,” he said. The drill and hikoi is taking place on Thursday, October 18 at 9.30am. To sign up and get more information, go to

Activists say ‘No’ to conference Local climate group 350 Wellington wants locals to join the call for Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to ban the Petroleum Conference from taking place at council-owned venues. “It’s unacceptable for the council to allow such a harmful industry in Wellington’s public venues,” said 350 Wellington spokesperson Claudia Palmer. “Our city is at risk from climate related flooding, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events, and we must hold the industry responsible to account rather than welcome them in. Our Mayor has a duty to stand up for what’s right on behalf of our city.”

Police training exercise this weekend Police will be conducting training exercises at the Arlington Apartments, Hopper St, Mt Cook from 9am to 4pm this weekend (August 11 and 12). There will be loud noises coming from the venue as the exercise involves the use of pyrotechnics. Police would like to reassure residents in the area that there is no cause for concern as it is a routine training exercise. Those with any queries or concerns can contact the Wellington Police Communications Centre on (04) 381 2000

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Emergency info now in 15 languages Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi says a Wellington initiative to translate emergency information into 15 languages will help keep diverse communities safe. “This Government believes that everybody has the right to be safe and informed in emergencies so ensuring emergency information is available to everyone is crucial. The translated guides were developed by the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office with the support of Red Cross, the INTERACT research team, volunteer translators and migrant and refugee services Kris says making the guides available is the culmination of a superb collaborative effort.

Kiwis top for skin cancer rates A new study shows New Zealand has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. The 2018 Skin Cancer Index says NZ has nearly 2500 new cases of melanoma every year. New Zealand classifies sunscreens as cosmetics and this is clearly not protecting consumers against the sun’s harmful rays, Consumer NZ says. Chief executive Sue Chetwin says only nine of 20 sunscreens tested last year met their SPF label claim and the requirements for broad-spectrum protection. Sunscreens can be sold without being tested because the sunscreen standard is voluntary here.

Supermarket to stay open during Newtown Mall revamp By Jamie Adams

Newtown’s decades-old mall is set for a makeover. Foodstuffs confirmed last week the property on Riddiford Street, which includes New World Newtown, is about to undergo seismic strengthening and refurbishment and the company decided to take the opportunity to give the complex a “comprehensive makeover”. “We have some exciting plans to turn the mall into a modern, fresh shopping precinct with some new retail and delicious new dining options,” Foodstuffs North Island general manager of property development Lindsay Rowles says. A new-look New World is something Foodstuffs has wanted for a long time, Lindsay says. “The supermarket will remain open throughout the refurbishment. Customers will notice scaffolding and other activity - and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. “We have been in discussion with existing tenants in the mall

about what we’d like to do for locals and whether they would like to be part of that moving forward.” Lindsay anticipates the refurbishment being complete by June 2019. He says the company is unable to share details on how much the project will cost or what sort of shops customers can expect to see. Newtown Festival organiser Martin Hanley recalls the mall was built in the early 1980s after the original New World was located on Constable Street where Big Barrel now operates. He says it will be the second time the mall will undergo a makeover, after the supermarket was expanded in the late 1990s “The chemist shop became the hospital pharmacy, and of course it now does postal services.” While Martin welcomes the makeover the downside is the loss of the pop-up shop which the Newtown Residents Association has rented as a low-cost community space for a range of classes, activities and perfor-

What Foodstuffs anticipates the new supermarket precinct will look like. IMAGE: Supplied

mances. Foodstuffs gave notice that the shop needs to be vacated by August 31 and Martin, who is also a member of the association, says they will need a new building if everything is to continue. “We do have another space in Rintoul St but not all activities can be done there.” Association president Rhona Carson also welcomes the revamp, saying it is overdue.

However she is concerned about how other businesses will be affected. “The other retailers in the mall are a valuable part of the business community and I hope things will be okay for them.” Anyone interested in leasing premises to the Newtown Residents Association can call them on 389 7316 or email newtownwellington@gmail. com.

Church offers day to fix computers for free Due to the cost of repairs to home computers, a local church will offer free repairs for this month. This is an annual event that is in its seventh year, and is designed to help people who can’t afford computer repairs. On Saturday September 1 in Island Bay, IT-qualified church members will be on hand at the church to fix your computer software problems for free, during “Computer Fixit Day”. This is open to anyone who has problems with their computer - you do not have to be a church-goer to take advantage

of this free service. The hours are 9am - 3pm and you only need to bring along the computer hard drive or “box” - not the screen, keyboard, mouse or cables (unless you are having an issue with one of those items). If bringing a laptop don’t forget the charger. Computer engineers will attempt to rid your computer of viruses and spyware, and will install a totally free anti-virus package for you if you wish. This is like a free tune-up for your computer. All expertise and software

will be free. It is only if you have a hardware problem where the engineers will try to diagnose the issue and can advise you, but they will not have any spare parts on hand to fix this type of problem. Organiser Fred Alvrez says that if you wish you can simply tell them what is wrong and leave your computer with the crew. “You do not need to stay around and wait for it to be repaired,” he says. “Just tell us what’s wrong, leave your computer with us, and all going well it will be

sorted by the end of the day.” There will be coffee and tea on hand if you do wish to wait, he adds. Fred says there is the possibility of being over-run with computers to fix, so repairs will be on a fi rst come-fi rst served basis. For more info, contact the Wellington South Baptist church office on 3836 888 (, or visit the church website www.wsbc. Wellington South Baptist Church is located at 284 The Parade, Island Bay

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Soup’s up as Sallies drive message of winter worries By Jamie Adams

The Tasting Room on Courtenay Place took on a new meaning when staff from The Salvation Army and The Hits radio station joined forces to distribute free cups of soup to the public on Friday. The lunchtime soup drive was part of a weeklong “Winter Warriors” campaign where

1000 cups were given away at various locations around the CBD each day, thanks to the generosity of the restaurants that hosted them. The soup events took place at more affluent areas of the city and nowhere near every passer-by was accepting the offers of free soup. However Salvation Army territorial media officer Robin Raymond says the drive

wasn’t so much about giving but raising awareness. “The aim of the Winter Warriors soup event is to let people know that there are people in Wellington who are facing those tough choices between heating and eating, or between paying rent and going to the doctor,” Raymond says. “It’s also to let them know we’re helping those people and

Peter Steele receives a cup of free soup from The Hits staff members and “Winter Warriors” Bailey Ferguson and Hannah Davies as Salvation Army campaign manager Diana Hill looks on outside The Tasting Room on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

they can join us to help those people as well so they don’t have to make those choices. Indeed, the recipes for the different types of soup those “Winter Warriors” from The Hits radio station were distributing each day were accompanied by the Salvation Army’s message that no-one should have to choose. Raymond says the drive has been very successful. “Most of the days we have run out of soup. One day we ran out of cups.” The Army has been active in south Wellington where the need for emergency housing and other support has become an epidemic. “In the past 12 months to June we’ve worked with 357 families or individuals in South Wellington who needed food parcel help — that’s through our Miramar, Kilbirnie and Newtown centres,” Raymond says. “Through these centres we also provided housing to 35 homeless families or individuals. They also offer counselling, social work support and other practical assistance.


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Record number of Wellington dwellings approved Wellington City is on the right track to cope with a population boom after approving a record number of new dwellings, says Mayor Justin Lester. Wellington City Council consented a record 1136 new homes in the year to the end of June 2018, up 31 percent compared with the June 2017 year, according to Statistics New Zealand. Across the Wellington region, 2781 new homes were consented – 7.3 percent more than the previous peak of 2632 in the year to August 2003.

About two-fifths of the new homes were in Wellington city, including 461 apartments and 451 townhouses. Councillor Brian Dawson, who holds the housing portfolio, says it’s great news in terms of housing supply. “Every new build helps to lift those numbers. Obviously we don’t know how these break down in terms of affordability and that’s an area we have to keep working on. “Less than two years ago we had a significant earthquake that might have slowed

building growth considerably but in fact the opposite has happened.” It is estimated the capital will need another 30,000 new dwellings by 2043 to cope with HS the387B expected population V/1 FINAL CTP.indd 1 increase. Mayor Justin Lester says the numbers are heading in the right direction. “We generally do about 800 consents a year, but that’s got to increase to more than 1000 to meet that demand,” Justin says. “We need to continue to approve and build different forms



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of housing in these quantities to meet the demands of current and expected population increases. “There are obviously a lot of greenfield sites on the outskirts but we are also trying to be innovative and smart with opportunities for apartment conversions and better designs for townhouses.” It is the second year in a row there has been a jump in Wellington city’s new dwelling consents. There were 869 in the 2016-17 year, according to Statistics NZ.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Do you think Victoria University should change its name to the University of Wellington?

Tara McGibbon, Island Bay “It’s pretty clear it’s in Wellington, so they don’t need to change it. It has an established reputation with that name and there are universities, like Massey, that aren’t named after a city.”

Barry Smith, Newlands “No. It’s always been Victoria and I don’t think it needs fixing. Most people know it’s in Wellington.”

Tony Harrison, Kelburn “Maybe. I know there’s a university in Australia called Victoria, so it could be confusing.”

Susan Blaikey, Island Bay “I don’t think so. I don’t think the geographic location matters, given you can now study courses over the Internet. Anyway, Harvard wasn’t named after a place. It’s all about standing.”

Joel Floris, Thorndon “Not really. Most Kiwis know it as Victoria and ex-students are connected to the name.”

Bryah-Rose Rauhihi, Newtown “People are scared of change but it’s going to be transitional. Eventually there will be people who won’t know any different. It’s like School Certificate becoming NCEA.”

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.

Mayor Lester destined for one term Dear Editor, With the local body elections looming next year, going by the many letters published recently, they definitely seem to reflect council incompetency under Mayor Lester. Since Eagle’s desertion, the millions of ratepayer’s money wasted on

Another brickbat for new Metlink buses Dear Editor, We think that the new bus system is very wrong. It is absolutely not acceptable to have so many of the new bus hubs still not functioning well. We have friends over in Miramar and to try and go through Newtown is madness. Fewer buses, longer wait times, and the “hubs” exposed to the weather. Off-peak travel is the problem for the elderly, mums with children, students and anyone trying to get to the hospital for

appointments. The new drivers are trying to get it right, but where was [the] training? So [Greater Wellington] shafted the old drivers’ conditions of employment and this is the outcome. On-peak travellers are slightly better off, but nonpeak travel is foolish. We are very angry about this and have joined different groups to get rid of all the GWRC next year! Goodbye! Tim Dalman Te Aro

Neo-liberal actions require vigilance Dear Editor: Herwin Bongers of Revolt Wellington makes the astute observation that New Zealand (Wellington in particular) is the only country signed up to the Paris Accord that has since removed sustainable public transport (trolley buses). The extent of change required to move into a sustainable society goes beyond what is on the table currently and this has added an uncomfortable edginess to proceedings. In the Post Truth Era we must become diligent at recognizing the neo-liberal nature of events like our regional coun-

cil’s handling of Wellington’s public transport. This should bring about significant self-reflection on the notion of Clean and Green New Zealand. Clean and Green is one of two main New Zealand mythologies which has been around a long time but in the perspective of the threat of climate change and the increase of pollution, from intense dairy farming practices for example, is not justified, and never has been really. Richard Keller Lyall Bay

failed commercial projects, the loss of our trolley [buses], the attempt to underfund CAB and calls for imported CEO to resign with a new bus company with adverse changes to boot – the list goes on. Young Lester simply does not have the capable expertise to manage

our capital city, or to appease the neglected ratepayers’ needs - like All Day Sunday Library, he is destined to become a one-term mayor! Martin Beck, Mornington

GW’s bid for more power on climate change hypocritical Dear Editor, GWRC Chair Chris Laidlaw is reported (CSN, August 2) as seeking greater powers for his cronies in respect of emission reduction plans “ to manage emissions and adapt to the consequences... on their own patches... considering the effect of

greenhouse gases...” This is the same clown who took 62 zero-pollution trolley buses off our street and replaced them with two double-decker fully emissionfree busses (out of 10, so far) with the promise of 250 more sometime in the future.

In the meantime we are landed with second-hand dunger diesels, belching carcinogens throughout our narrow windy streets, whilst the double-deckers are trying to navigate the hills of Melrose! Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

Charity begins at home Dear Editor; As I greatly respect Mrs Swift, I’m sorry that she seems not to have fully taken the point of my July 26 letter in her response (CSN Aug. 2): I wouldn’t like to think she is advocating complete freedom for bludgers as well as deserving cases who get donations or special help from charities or WINZ. Those organisations need to give a telling-off to parents who waste their small incomes on unworthy things while the children go without necessities; and it shouldn’t be

allowed to go unquestioned, or it will continue indefinitely. About the tithes paid to churches by Pasifika people in that situation, they should refuse to pay sums that will leave them impoverished in that way: they should pay free-will offerings that are realistic for their circumstances. It’s fairly well known that a good many Pasifika pastors are kept in very comfortable sinecures, knowing and caring little about the welfare of their flocks: it seems to be left as the Government’s

concern. The charities and WINZ should tell the pastors that charity begins at home: churches should aid their poor by asking smaller cash donations from them, and/or giving them some practical help. Do pastors tell their people to acquire what are indispensable in the Kiwi competition for jobs? That is: education, training, selfreliance, tenacity, and the Bible work-ethic. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

Inhumane farrowing pig crates must go Dear Editor, A farrowing crate is a small metal cage used to house a mother pig. She can’t turn around or do anything more than a few steps forward and back. She is in there to give birth and feed her babies. The restrictions don’t allow her to fulfil her basic needs, such as

building a nest for her babies. The pig industry knows farrowing crates cages don’t meet the standards of New Zealand law, but they continue to argue these systems are necessary. Parliament is currently considering the largest petition in five years, a petition to ban farrowing crates. I

personally hope that they take this seriously and ban this cruel practice. I’m very disappointed in the loopholes that allow our law to be undermined like this and allow our animals to be treated like this. I’ve emailed my MP Paul Eagle to let him know how I feel. Mona Oliver, Hataitai

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Campaign to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy By Jamie Adams

A local doctor is one of a number of people leading a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the debilitating disease that is muscular dystrophy. Dr Tristram Ingham is a senior researcher at Otago University Wellington. As a sufferer of muscular dystrophy, he is also the the chair of the Wellington branch of national association. “The Freedom Campaign is based around our organisational vision of ‘Freedom Beyond Limits’ reflecting our aspiration as a member-led organisation of overcoming the challenges our disabilities present to go out into the world and live full, active and enjoyable lives. “I’m passionate about advocating for better outcomes for people with disability, and neuromuscular disease in particular. “I was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) – a genetic muscle-wasting condition - when I was very young. “My mother, who also lives with

the same condition, always encouraged me as a child to not let disability stand in my way. “I’ve faced many challenges, hurdles, and set-backs in my life as a result of having a disability, however, as part of the fierce determination she inspired in me, I also learned that you have to ‘put your money where your mouth is’ if you want things to be done differently, or better.” Tristram, whose branch covers the area south from Taranaki and Gisborne, says the campaign is about raising awareness as well as funds. “There are over 60 relatively rare conditions associated with muscular dystrophy. “We have 400 members but that’s just the individuals who have it. There’s a lot more people, such as families, who are affected by their condition,” Tristram says. “Some conditions are not well known by GPs and they don’t always get the most up-to-date care. “There’s a lot of grief, anxiety and stigma attached to disabilities.

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Rise in local film permits as industry diversifies Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s new What We Do in the Shadows television spinoff is one of the productions behind a 25 percent increase in filming permits issued in the Wellington region over the past year. Wellington Paranormal was one of 515 permits issued, up from 398 in the year to June 2017. Worth an estimated $93.2 million to the regional economy, the 515 permits comprised of 223 productions including 13 TV series, 51 short films, 33 commercials, 21 documentaries, two feature films, one TV docu-drama and 102 other projects including music videos, corporate videos, travel

shows and web series. D av i d J o n e s , W R E DA’s general manager business growth and innovation, says this record high in permits shows the increasing diversity in Wellington’s screen sector. “Wellington is well-known for big Hollywood blockbusters, but our screen industry is becoming more diverse. We’re also thrilled to see the return of TV to Wellington, and the investment people like Waititi and Clement are making in the local sector,” says David. Companies from 2degrees to Play Station filmed commercials in Greater Wellington over the last year, as well as filming for New Zealand’s first musical film, Daffodils.

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‘Red ribbon’ coming to capital to highlight low pay rates Retail workers in Wellington are being encouraged to join those of the rest of the country in signing one of the largest banners ever in support of FIRST Union’s Worth It campaign. The multi-industrial union is holding stopwork meetings at 58 locations around the country which more than 5300 workers are expected to attend. The campaign calls on employers in the retail industry to pay workers a living wage of $20.55 an hour, give workers enough hours to live on, and ensure that as the minimum wage increases, so too do existing pay rates relative to this. This is in response to what the union says is the “overwhelming underpayment and underemployment of workers in this sector”. FIRST Union, which has 12,500 members across the country working in the retail industry, says the campaign is an opportunity for retail brands to instil more ethical work practices. General Secretary Dennis Maga says it’s hoped employers who’ve not yet adopted ethical business practices will take note of the support

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The Kilbirnie Genealogy Funeral Director Branch had their monthly meet-N ing last Thursday at the ASB 51. J.K. New Zealand’s longest running a mesmerising dance that goes Sports Centre. Guest speaker Rowling 7.00pmon contemporary dance company is beyond the form by drawing was former Labour MP of the chose the Monday November enticing new audiences to dance martial arts she learned30th during a 1980s and former New Zealand unusual At the Clubrooms United Nations ambassador up and down the country. residency in Taiwan. name Wellington-based Footnote New There is also projected imagery Dame Ann Hercus. ‘Hermione’ Zealand Dance, is thriving after a by Zahra’s fatherCorner RichardofKilleen, Main Road Ann spoke on the surname so young sell-out nation-wide tour of Search whose work has been Streets, exhibitedWainuiomata Hercus which she and husband and Moohan girls Engine, and will now showcase widely internationally and across John have studied in detail. wouldn’t their talent in another dynamic New Zealand. This will be their As an extreme example in this be newteased season, Balancing Point. first collaboration. case, they have found six main Bringing James local news Itsbeing fulltime dancers, Tyler Carney, Australian choreographers for optional spellings, but found Joshua Faleatua, Adam Naughton, O’Hara and Eliza who 101 variations going back up nerdy! toSanders, the community Georgia Beechey-Gradwell and have settled on Wellington’s south to 800 years. This detail is one Anu Khapung (the latter two coast, provided the backdrop aspect that keeps genealogy afiWellington-raised) have attractedSituation for theVacant vivid photoshoot for the cionados searching their family high praise, with reviewers calling season. histories along, of course, with recent performances “beguiling”, Set to the cadences of acclaimed tracing the familyAgenerations solid “spellbinding”, and “impressive”. New Zealand songstress Nadia – the Family Tree. For Balancing Point, Footnote Reid, this dance speaks of the Genealogists can be tenahas gathered together a heady mix elation and comfort a sense of cious, especially when arrivof New Zealand’s top musicians, home brings for two international ing at a brick wall. Normal designers and artists. choreographers who have chosen channels were not providing “We’ve been successfully exper- to call Aotearoa their home. an answer, so they went to the imenting with new forms of colThe dancers’ costumes are from Medieval History department laboration this year in our Search New Zealand’s ethical fashion at Edinburgh University, where Engine season, so for Balancing house, Kowtow, from their brand research staff took up the chalKilbirnie Genealogy Branch member Russell Marshall with Dame Point we wanted to keep pushing new Summer 2019 collection. lenge. Deliverers Required in Ann Hercus at the Kilbirnie Genealogy meeting. PHOTO: Supplied and see how far we could go,” says Footnote will perform Balancing As with much family research, general manager Richard Aindow, Point in Wellington, Christchurch it was time to be patient and in Scotland where the name I know who you are – I’m Joss Area 1: Momona, Mohaka, Kawatiri - Kaponga. New Zealand artist Zahra and Auckland. from Invercargill.” some weeks later the message Harcarse originated. Killeen-Chance has created Ellip-  The Wellington show is at Te They arrived and she knocked And the ultimate question, came through with their answer. tical Fictions for Balancing Point. Whaea Theatre, 11 Hutchison It was roughly “a boundary on the front door and said “Hel- were there any ancestors with at our recruitment In collaboration with accom- Road, Newtown at 7.30pm on View the Wainuiomata lo, my name is Ann Hercus”. status? Indeed there wasNews — the marking rock”. Applications are available offi ce or at the security gate based inresident the plished Wellington composer Emi August 16-18. Tickets are on sale Ann says the answerHercus line was traced back to The Hercuses also visited an online Ngauranga George in Wellington. at Pogoni, Zahra has choreographed ing the door replied, ”Oh, hello, the Earl of Dunbar. occupied house onContact an estate Barry 472 7987 or 021 276 6654. Anu Khapung, of Lyall Bay, performs a move at Princess Bay on AGM Wellington’s South Coast. PHOTOS: Caroline Atkinson Photography

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Te Papa secures ancient Terracotta Warriors China’s ancient treasures, the 2300-year-old terracotta warriors, are coming to Te Papa this summer. Terra cot ta Warr iors : Guardians of Immortality will open on December 15 and run until April 22, 2019. Te Papa has developed the $2.6 million landmark exhibition with support of up to $500,000 from the Major Events Development Fund, administered by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Te Papa’s chief executive Geraint Martin is delighted that New Zealanders will get this rare opportunity to see these unique imperial icons at the national museum. “The exhibition promises to be a major and unique event for Te Papa and for New Zealand.” For more than 2000 years, an underground army secretly guarded the tomb of Kneeling Archer, one of the Terracotta Warriors Qin Shihuang, China’s First exhibits bound for Te Papa. PHOTO: Ziyu Qiu Emperor.

They were discovered by chance in 1974 by a farmer digging a well and have come to be regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century – an eighth wonder of the world. The exhibition features eight warriors standing 180cm high, and two full-sized horses from the famous terracotta army, as well as two half-size replica bronze chariots, each drawn by four horses. It includes more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art crafted from gold, jade and bronze, which date from the Western Zhou through to the Han dynasties (1046 BC – 220AD). Geraint Martin says Terracotta Warriors will be supported by an extensive programme of free cultural events, “including Chinese New Year Celebrations in collaboration with Wellington City Council, which will create even more excitement around the exhibition”.

Wellington proves generous to keep kids warm this winter Together, the greater Wellington Community has donated over 7000 pairs of pyjamas to Wellington Hospitals Foundation’s ‘Hospi’s Pyjamas for Winter Appeal’. The appeal saw families, kindergartens, schools, community groups, businesses, and hundreds of individuals come together to donate pyjamas or make a monetary donation online. The donated pyjamas are being distributed by the team at Wellington Children’s Hospital, to keep kids warm and well this winter. Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital wishes to thank everyone who got behind the appeal. ”We have been blown away with Wellington’s generosity, and the support of Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital,”

Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wellington Children’s Hospital Charlotte Stanczuk says. “We have seen many parents become quite emotional when we give them pyjamas for their kids. “One mother told us that she has never, ever been able to provide new pyjamas for any of her kids. “Another parent told us that her kids had refused to take the pyjamas off in the two days since receiving them.” Foundation chair, Bill Day, says pyjamas have been distributed from as far away as Kapiti and Masterton, which he describes as “outstanding”. “The appeal has been a wonderful success and we can only say thank you to everyone, young and old, who has agreed to help young people stay warm this winter.”

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OBU takes Jubilee Cup A dominant first half set up Old Boys University to defend their Jubilee Cup after they defeated Norths 37-31 at the Petone Recreation Ground on Saturday. Four first-half tries saw OBU lead 25-3 at the break, a scoreline that would eventually see them seal victory. OBU dominated territory and possession, taking their chances as Norths struggled to contain their potent finishing. OBU No 8 Teariki Ben Nicholas was the first to cross after just 10 minutes and when Wes Goosen crossed five minutes later they had a 10-0 lead. Later, half back Matt Fowler snuck around the side of the ruck to score and the defending champs had a fourth when Sam Coventry drove over. Norths began a comeback in the second half, with tries to Kienan Higgins and Du’Plessis Kirifi dragging the score to 25-17. However OBU again surged ahead as Teariki and then Wes Goosen scored and gave their side what looked like a


match-winning lead at 37-17. Norths then replied with two quick tries with time almost up. However a great scrum right at the end saw OBU crowned Jubilee Cup winners for a second straight year. Earlier, Norths won the Tia Paasi Cup with a 20-15 win over Oriental-Rongotai in another final full of drama and excitement. Norths certainly enjoyed the better percentage of territory and possession in the first half as they worked out to a 10-0 lead in the first half. In other results, Petone pipped Wainuiomata 27-26 in the Hardham Cup, Old Boys University Colts annihilated Hutt Old Boys Marist 55-0 in the John E Kelly Cup while Marist St Pats just got past Oriental-Rongotai 35-32 in the Ed Chaney Cup. Old Boys University were also dominant in the Izzy Ford Trophy, beating Hutt Old Boys Marist 71-22, Johnsonville beat Petone 22-19 in the division two HB Morgan Cup while Oriental-Rongotai won the Colts division two Vic Calcinai Cup 33-22.

Whiti Te Ra too good for Victoria Uni in league final By Carey Clements

The ability to spot weaknesses in the opposition almost from the kick off allowed Whiti Te Ra to clinically take out the Wellington Rugby League Premier Grand Final title with a 26-20 win over the Victoria University Hunters at Porirua Park on Saturday. Although the final score reflected closeness, it was entirely appropriate that the win would fall towards the Otaki-based team, nicknamed Brothers. The win also allowed Whiti to claim a three-peat of successive Wellington grand final titles, following its hat-trick of successive titles in the Manawatu competition between 2013 and 2015. It was the first time that a Wellington league club claimed its third successive title since the Porirua Vikings win in 2010 Going into the final, Whiti had claimed their first encounter in round four with a

22-14 win in Otaki, before tight defence allowed the Hunters to shut out the Brothers with a 16-10 win at Kelburn Park in round eleven. For the Hunters it was a sad way to end their 50th anniversary season since their club was first established, along with the careers of two of its finest long serving servants in utility players Micky O’Brien and Jamal Tamaiva. Although defeated, O’Brien was nevertheless proud of his side’s brave competitive effort in the game. “It just came down to being down too much at halftime that put us under huge pressure, but in saying that we never gave up and kept trying right to the end.” University coach Matt Kilgour also believed his side lacked execution at vital times. “We had our chances, but just gave away the ball at crucial times when we needed to just stay focussed and play out the full sets of tackles.”

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Thursday August 9, 2018


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Participants in last year’s 50th Bays Relay take to Wellington’s streets. PHOTO: Supplied

This Saturday sees the 51st running of the Bays Relay. This annual event, which began in 1968, consists of five laps varying between 3.85km and 4.8km beginning in Island Bay and ending at Evans Bay. It is one of the few races in New Zealand that has survived in its original form, with increased traffic and road safety requirements seeing so many road relays fall by the wayside. Organised by the Wellington Harrier Athletics Club (WHAC), the event takes its place as one of the historic road relays in New Zealand, along with the iconic Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay in Christchurch which clubs from around New Zealand will contest as the national championship in October. As well as a huge commitment from clubs members and families, WHAC is relying this year on helpers from other

clubs and organisations such as St John to help with marshalling to enable the event to be run safely and smoothly for the 60 teams from around the Greater Wellington region who are taking part. The first wave of all women’s grades and Masters men’s 60-and-over grade takes off from Island Bay at 12:30pm with remaining men’s grades starting at 1pm. The race follows the south coast to Lyall Bay and around the Miramar peninsula with the first teams expected at the finish line at Evans Bay just before 2pm. Wellington Scottish are expected to dominate the senior and masters men’s grades while host club WHAC and Olympic will add some interest in the junior and women’s grades. The race began 1977 to cater for women and junior men and in 1990 opened up to senior and Masters men.

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Cantabs do right by champion Crusaders Hats off to the people of Canterbury for their support of the Super Rugby champion Crusaders on Saturday night. Cantabrians have received plenty of criticism for not filling their pop-up stadium over the past five years but Saturday’s 38-19 win over the bride’s maid Lions showed they will come out if the product is worth it. A sellout crwod of 19,500 people had the place rocking, I was there and enjoyed elements of my childhood in the buzz and atmosphere at the game. Hopefully that came across on television because the crowd was supportive, vocal and passionate to their own team and respectful to the Lions who lost their third consecutive final. Make no mistake, the stadium experience is poor and not worth the $82.50 for a second-tier ticket that I paid to be there. It was my first game at the stadium this year and I’m a fully eye-patched member of the crusade. The stadium is cramped, cold and clunky. It’s easy for people in other cities to

question Cantabrian support for their team but, as a big fan of all teams, there is competition for the entertainment dollar and there’s not much value in a rugby game in the middle of winter in that stadium. The atmosphere on Saturday night was decent by Kiwi standards. Generally, unless we are intoxicated, Kiwi crowds tend to sit on their hands and not do much unless their team does something worth getting vocal about. We aren’t a country of loud and proud cheer sections, perhaps our lineage to England runs deep. However Crusaders fans chanted for their team on defence, cheered when they were hot on attack and drowned out the final siren with a “back to back” chant. It was well deserved for a team that looked likely to win the competition on paper nine months before it started and never looked likely to lose that favourites tag once the season began. So for one week, lay off us Cantabs - we supported the right way and celebrated in great style.


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