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Mountain Biking Heroes

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By Glenise Dreaver

Wellington’s Kennett brothers, Paul, Simon and Jonathan, have become the first New Zealanders inducted into the United States’ Marin Mountain Biking Hall of Fame. Their nomination says over the last 30 years the brothers, who have not only won NZ championships but participated around the world, have completely transformed off-road riding in New Zealand. Their “enduring contribution” of ground-breaking events, best-selling publications and sustainable trail development shows they are true pioneers of the sport. Continued on page 2. Paul, Jonathan and Simon Kennett take part on a tandem bike during the 2009 Karapoti Classic. PHOTO:

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Wellington brothers in US Mountain Biking Hall of Fame The accolade also recognises their key role in making mountain biking one of New Zealand’s most popular outdoors pursuits. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says that Wellington is one of the best places in the country for mountain biking “and it’s in large part thanks to the massive efforts of the Kennetts”, adding that their conservation work has pioneered the way parks are built. Wellington councillors Andy Foster and Peter Gilberd are also delighted. Andy has worked with the brothers for many years and says Paul, Simon and Jonathan were New Zealand pioneers of what is now a booming sport for all ages, both here and overseas. He says they have contributed massively to many events and helped create route alignments for many city tracks.

Paul, Simon and Jonathan Kennett with their books. PHOTO: Marilyn Northcote

“They became the development managers when we set up the award-winning Makara Peak in 1998, and right from the get-go this was an environmental project too, with sustained pest control with at least one tree planted for every metre of track.”

That is, says Andy, now a model for volunteer trail development combined with forest restoration. Peter, the council’s Natural Environment portfolio leader, says the council has increasingly recognised that the green belts and the tracks

through them are a huge part of Wellington’s unique lifestyle. The Kennetts have played a massive role in that he says. “We join with their many friends and the mountain biking community in congratulating them.”


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Plunket defers crèche closure pending new ownership The Plunket report about the needs of Karori’s under fives, undertaken by external consultants, has been released. This follows a furore that erupted after Plunket’s announcement in March this year that the Karori Plunket crèche would be closed. Plunket now says that following consultation with the Karori community, they will begin negotiations with community members who have expressed an interest in taking over the crèche. Plunket’s chief of strategy and performance Radha Balakrishnan says Plunket is

committed to working with the community to support a sessional, community-operated crèche. “Plunket understands the importance that the Karori community places on the crèche – and the consultation process has confirmed this. “To allow time for negotiations to proceed with minimal impact for the children, the interim crèche service will be extended until the end of Term 1, 2019. “Plunket will be seeking to conclude negotiations for transfer of the crèche service by November 30 2018,

to provide certainty for the Karori community. If we are unable to reach agreement, we will have to close the Karori crèche at the completion of Term 1, 2019,” Radha says. “All other Plunket services, including the Plunket Nurse and Plunket in Neighbourhood (PIN) services, will continue. “The consultation identified that these services are highly valued.” Plunket will also be exploring the idea of a community hub, although negotiation for continuation of the Karori crèche is the current priority.

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The consultation process has been valuable, says Radha and they will be using the same process with other communities around New Zealand when consultation is required. Spokesperson for the Karori Community Advisory Group that guided the consultation, Blair Renwick, says the Plunket consultation has provided insight into what Karori families need and value the most, providing a platform to plan for the future. “The consultation also highlighted the value of partnering with communities for greater effect,” Blair said.

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Survey offers chance to shape our new community People are being asked to provide feedback on what kind of community they’d like to live in as planning begins for the development of the Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West area between Churton Park and Tawa. The council has provided an online site to enable people to

identify what qualities, facilities and features a brand-new community will need. This first feedback phase closes on September 3. It will help shape how the roughly 260ha of rural land in Upper Stebbings Valley, Marshall Ridge and the western hills of Glenside could be developed.

Deputy Mayor Jill Day says the council is exploring the area’s potential to help meet the city’s anticipated high demand for housing in the next 30 years, with up to 30,000 new homes needed by 2043. Jill says the chosen areas are one of the few remaining parts

of Wellington identified for new housing. “So if it’s going to be developed we need to do it right and make it a vibrant place where people want to live,” she said. The online survey is found on the Have your Say page on wellington.

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inbrief news Demand for water tanks The council’s community resilience portfolio leader Malcolm Sparrow says 32 emergency water tanks were sold on Saturday at the Lions’ Saturday Market at Outlet City, Tawa. Sixteen were pre-sold and the other 14 were sold on the day, with two to be finalised in the next day or so. The money will be directed to a local charity or community group, to be decided. Malcolm says the sales meant they have surpassed the 800 mark since they started selling them in May 2016. The three northern ward councillors also aim to do a Johnsonville session later in September.

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Call for cancer co-ordinators Kris Faafoi, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and local MP Greg O’Connor, watch these Newlands college year 11 economics students familiarise with the new BNZ app My Moni. From left, they are Vicheka Chhon, Avni Labhsetwar and Demishka Pillay with BNZ volunteer Kusum Pater. PHOTO Glenise Dreaver By Glenise Dreaver

On Wednesday August 8, Kris Faafoi, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, joined a Year 11 Economics class at Newlands College He was suppor ting the half dozen local BNZ staff who were working with the 23 students as they familiarised with the bank’s recently-launched “My Moni” app. The bank had, nationwide, closed its branches that day,

enabling over 2500 of its staff to head out into their local communities as volunteers. The initiative, called Closed for Good, is in its ninth year and this time, it focused on helping young and old to improve their financial capability. The Newlands students were part of more than 32,000 kindergarten-aged children, teens and seniors across New Zealand who took part. The bank’s CEO Angie Mentis, along with local MP Greg

O’Connor, also visited the class to see the new App in action. It aims to help people, including teenagers, learn about the importance of making good financial choices and preparing for key life moments. The class was clearly engrossed. Not even the eruption into their classroom of a Cabinet Minister, an MP, the bank’s CEO and other support people, along with the Independent Herald’s journalist and at least four film makers and their

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equipment creating a film for the BNZ, caused the students to lift their heads from their phones as they focussed on the learning. Kris said the building of financial literacy was important, adding that he would like to see more of it woven into what young people are doing “… “getting children to think more about money and the decisions they make”. And he told one group: “If you can be better than us at this – that’s good!”

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inbrief news Vintage car rally On Sunday August 26, watch out for some interesting (and perhaps slow) cars on local roads on their way to the Vintage Car Club Of New Zealand’s Daffodil Rally, held in support of the Cancer Society’s annual appeal. The cars will be on show at Queen Elizabeth Park between 10am-3pm. There will also be a sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and cupcakes, with a $5 minimum donation per car.

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Review of bowel cancer screening Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BZNZ) is pleased the Ministry of Health has accepted the recommendations from the bowel screening review. BCNZ spokesperson Professor Sarah Derrett says, there is no doubt the review was needed after issues surfaced in the early phases of the screening programme rollout to five of New Zealand’s 20 DHB’s. She says that as a charity they see the challenges people face in getting access to diagnostic services, both within the screening programme and for people aged under 60 years who are outside it. “It is essential that the workforce capacity issue is addressed urgently.” That was, she says, a key factor in delaying the rollout to all DHBs.

More feedback on university name The period for providing feedback on the proposal to simplify Victoria University of Wellington’s name to ‘University of Wellington’ has been extended. The university’s chancellor says the council has listened to those who have requested an extension and extended the deadline to 5pm on Monday August 27. The council voted unanimously on July 27 to recommend that the Minister of Education approve University of Wellington as the new legal name, as well as adopt a Māori name, Te Herenga Waka. The draft decision also includes a commitment to the ongoing use of the word ‘Victoria’ to ensure its heritage is honoured and maintained.

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O n s l ow-We s t e r n Wa r d councillors Diane Calvert and Simon Woolf gave what has been described as a compelling presentation to the Greater Wellington Regional Council Sustainable Transport Committee on Wednesday August 8. Their Powerpoint presentation, which Diane said they felt was attentively received by some, though not all regional councillors, discussed the multiple issues and gaps that have occurred since July 15, when the new system was implemented. Diane was especially critical of the gaps in the committee’s own report, especially because it lacked any recommendation of ways to further engage with Wellington commuters she told the meeting. However, since then, some councillors from Wellington

City Council and GWRC have organised public meetings. Simon Woolf said he and Diane had done a number of practical exercises and he had stood at bus stops in Lambton Quay logging buses and noting the huge number of issues that were occurring there. “I don’t think the GWRC had a grasp of the magnitude, the absolute enormity of it all.” He was disappointed, however, that one particular regional councillor was far from constructive in his questioning. Daran Ponter, on the other hand, was singled out as “very helpful”. “ I think the three city councillors who were there – including Sarah Free – gave pretty compelling evidence that swayed them into action.” The Powerpoint presentation pointed out that there was nothing in the GWRC officers’ report

about the real level of success or failure of the bus service across the different routes ... “there are only some routes with ‘issues’,” said Diane, who presented the information. Another crucial gap the two councillors pointed to was the failure to mention such high profile issues as the non-completion of the bus hub interchanges. GRWC councillors were also told that though their statistics showed bus punctuality averaged 70 percent, there was no split between peak and off-peak performance, hiding peak time issues in the average. The city councillors’ recommendations to the GWRC included advice to focus on resolving the bus services before starting on any train network improvements. They pointed to the need for better engagement with the community to ensure remedial

action is appropriate and suggested that sufficient funding, with clear milestones and timelines for the remedial work, was needed over the next three to 12 months. They also suggested an independent review of the work, to ensure remedial action was robust and targeted correctly. “Being told that people take a while to adjust to change isn’t the point,” says Diane. “It’s not about change or ‘teething problems’. “No-one deserves to have the service to get worse to the extent it has. “As WCC councillors, we’ve heard it and seen the issues. “These are real people being impacted and it could have been significantly reduced if the right level of resources had been allocated, with better engagement on the design and closer monitoring of implementation by GWRC.”


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Shelter from the elements at Raroa It has been said there is only one worse site for a school in Wellington than at Raroa Intermediate school and that’s in the middle of Cook Strait. The school’s assistant principal Matt Tilley says, however, they have plans for the grounds that

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for a COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area) to be constructed over the quad area. “The intended shade system will give protection to students and the community from the harsh summer sun, gusty spring winds and cold winter rain,” he says, adding that

it will also give the community another protected arena to book and use for a wide range of events. He says Raroa has a vision that, in this day and age, it is more crucial than ever to give children the option of being able to play and learn outside. This newly-covered structure would be open to the community for use after school and at

weekends. “I often come into school in the weekend and love seeing dads shooting hoops with their kids or mates just having a kick around. Imagine if they could do that stuff all year round,” says Raroa teacher Phil Morris. Planning for a fund-raising community walk later in the year has begun, to further add to the COLA fund.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: If you were Prime Minister for a day, what would you do first?

Amanda Coyne, Paparangi “There are so many things – like workers in maternity care and hospitals. More support for them and teachers.”

Jane Hepetema, Johnsonville “It’s hard to pick! We need lots of housing.”

Tracey Bennett, Johnsonville “That’s a huge question. The first thing would have to be social housing.”

Maddie Servos, Johnsonville “That’s a hard one. I’d make it easier for students first – my bills for next year are already scary!”

Mark Wilkinson, Churton Park “Good question! If I was to be unselfish – I don’t have children – child poverty would be number one.”

Lalene Roberts, Newlands “Probably help teachers. They’re supporting the next generation in education.”

GWRC trying to reduce ‘considerable discomfort’ Greater Wellington Regional councillors have acknowledged that the introduction of the new Metlink network has caused “considerable discomfort” for many, and that problems remain. “This is the biggest change to the Wellington public transport system in decades, and while there was always going to be an element of disruption resulting from it, we understand the inconvenience and frustration it has caused,” says

council chair Chris Laidlaw. “Change of this nature is never an enjoyable experience, and we regret that this has been such a negative experience for so many.” Increasing the number of offpeak services on Route 18 between Miramar and Karori, one of the city’s key bus routes, is one improvement for which the GWRC’s Sustainable Transport Committee has expressed support.

This would be of particular benefit to university students as many could use the service to travel to lectures outside peak times. The route 14 service in Kilbirnie has also been identified as one where a beneficial change could be relatively easy to introduce. Overcrowding and insufficient capacity on some key routes, together with the inaccuracy of real-time information system at bus stops, have been identified as

major frustrations. While the council apologised to customers, it also identified its efforts to find causes of problems and the progress towards fixing them. For example, a council spokesperson says, changes to staff and route allocations have resulted in a marked improvement in punctuality on route 1. Analysis had shown that smallercapacity buses are sometimes being deployed at peak times, and

the council is working with the operator concerned to introduce depot management practices to ensure only larger capacity buses are used at peak times. “We are working systematically through remaining problems and we are seeing steady improvement in the number of buses tracking accurately on the real-time information system, as well as with the overcrowding and capacity issues,” says Chris.

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New partnership The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award team and Special Olympics New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help participants gain their Hillary Award.

Karen Ross, for the Hillary Award, says working with Special Olympics is a privilege and that developing confidence, communication, problem solving and resilience is crucial for all young people.


These young dancers from Carolyn Mckeefry’s Khandallah Ballet Academy, Khandallah Road, will be performing at a Charity Gala Ball in aid of Youthline on September 8. From left front they are Cally ChengSu, Fiona Quinn, Georgia Howatt. Left back: Cate Flavell, Christine Chow, Rhian Beddow, Katherine Chow. (Absent Katya Sellen). PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver By Glenise Dreaver

Ballet teacher Carolyn Mckeefry says all the young dancers who will perform in aid of the Youthline Gala Ball charity in September have recently successfully completed their annual ballet exams. There’s no relaxing though – they are moving on to dance in support

of Youthline on September 8, the gala ball having been organised by Khandallah residents Vino and Anselm Martyn (Independent Herald, July 11, p.4). They have all heard of and support the hotline phone support service for young people dealing with issues like bullying, depression, anxiety, self harm and attempts



at suicide. Their tutor, Khandallah Ballet Academy’s studio owner Carolyn McKeefry, says three of them will perform a classical piece, to ‘Greensleeves’, while the other five will do a traditional Scottish “ lilt” a 150-year-old dance originally choreographed specifically for ladies.

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Pollution, chaos has city in “disarray” WINTER HOT DEALS By Glenise Dreaver

Herwin Bongers is a spokesperson for of ReVolt Wellington, the anti-pollution, anti-diesel bus action group formed after the removal of trolley buses by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) as part of the capital’s new bus network system introduced on July 15. This has resulted in a surge in exhaust emissions and major disruption to the life of the city There has been a loss of experienced drivers, an influx of inexperienced drivers unfamiliar with the region, along with new routes, new buses, new systems and associated electronic technology, together proving a disastrous combination. A fleet made up of more than 95 percent diesel buses has meant increased diesel pollution, rather than less as was promised. “They’ve had 10 years to plan

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this. Why should things be in such disarray?” Herwin asks. ReVolt has a petition on its website calling for the appointment of an Ombudsman and a public enquiry into the chaos. And Herwin is questioning not only whether such haste was needed, but whether the GWRC is the correct body to be overseeing this vital

Wellington service, pointing out that of the 13 regional councillors, only five are from Wellington. There is, he says, a political agenda. “The previous National Government needs to be called out on it.” He cites the provisions of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2013, which enshrined the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) in legislation. That law, says Herwin, requires councils to open up public transport to competition, thus reducing costs to New Zealand’s Land Transport Agency, which subsidises public transport. The first step was the GWRC decision to dismantle the non-polluting trolleybus network, he says. “With fixed lines and routes, that was the only way to open up the Wellington market.” “And PTOM, focussed on competition, has no requirements about noise, pollution and public welfare. “

Survey of bus users finds dissatisfaction Another ReVolt member, Keith Flinders, said the group did a survey of about 300 commuters waiting at Willis Street bus stops on Tuesday evening last week. “We found that those travelling to Wadestown, Wilton, Northland, Karori and most of the eastern suburbs were the most dissatisfied of those we spoke to. “And there were a few words that I can’t repeat here uttered about the GWRC”.

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near future. Apart that is from the No. 18 route that might revert from peak hours only to all day. “This will be a relief for the many in Karori and Miramar North who need to get to the hospital for appointments, etc., and to students attending Victoria University.” He said it would also provide relief for Karori-based hospital workers returning home late at night and having to change buses in the “lessthan safe” CBD as they do at present.

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By: Tuesday 11 September 2018

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Wednesday August 15, 2018

International competition for young gymnast Thirteen-year-old Twisters gymnast Sarah Jennings and her coach Cat Diamond have had all their hard work rewarded, with Sarah being selected to represent New Zealand at the Perth International Gymnastic Competition on September 1-3. Cat will accompany her. Sarah is part of the New Zealand development squad and trains 16-20 hours per week, over four to five days with coach Cat, training out of Bigair Gym. Her favourite apparatus is bar although “there is scary stuff to master on all apparatus” she says.


Shared grief and triumph for North Wellington Football

Sarah has had a successful season and is looking forward to representing her country for the second time, having represented New Zealand in Singapore in 2017, where she placed second overall. She competes at step nine on the gymnasts’ 10-point scale and Cat expects her to move up to the top level by next year. Following Perth, Sarah will return to New Zealand for an intense four-week build up with her 11 team mates, all selected to compete for Wellington at the New Zealand Gymnastics Nationals in October.

Adam Roach at full stretch during North Wellington’s Division 2 match against Olympic on Saturday. PHOTO: Glyn Badcock By Grant Stephen

Some of the best moments in sport can happen off the field rather than on it and the last week at the North Wellington Football Club showed just how true that can be. Saturday August 4 will always be remembered for the sad passing of Tim Robertson during the half-time break for his beloved North Wellington Onslows Masters team. The 50-year-old family man lived life to the full and the outpouring of grief, raw emotion, compassion and caring for Tim,

his family, his team and the club was simply overwhelming. All club teams donned black armbands and observed a minute’s silence for the 25-year team veteran and the club was staggered to learn that this gesture was also observed by teams and clubs all over the Wellington region during the weekend. In other matches on Saturday, fellow Masters team the Wanderers secured a valuable 2 nil win over Victoria University to retain their place in Division 4, The Premier Men’s side defeated Western Suburbs 1-nil to finish the season unbeaten and the

Men’s third team drew 1-all with Island Bay to also come through at the top of the table without a loss. The Men’s Reserve side had an emphatic 6-2 win over Olympic to clinch second spot and win promotion to Division 1 in the two up, two down promotion/ relegation system. The Men’s Premier side play Palmerston North Marist at Alex Moore Park this Saturday at 2.30pm in the first leg of the two-match competition to decide who will compete in the Central Regional League for 2019.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Haka caught up in branding for bucks

Local gymnast Sarah Jennings on her favourite apparatus the bar, with her coach Cat Diamond overseeing. PHOTO: Supplied

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: First Grade (Johnsonville Centennium Cup) Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Old Boys University


85 kg Restricted (Tony O’Brien Shield) Johnsonville beat Western Suburbs


Reserve Grade (John Davies Cup) Old Boys University 69ers beat OBU Pink Ginners Western Suburbs drew with OBU Righteous Bros Upper Hutt J8s beat OBU Teddy Bears

36-26 33-33 by default

The haka debate, which burst on the scene on Sunday is a confronting topic on many levels. Concerns about how much the haka is being used has been raised in a new book The Jersey written by British journalist Peter Bills - were shared by the late All Black legend Sir Colin Meads and former prop of the 90s and 2000s, Kees Meeuws. Meeuws was one of the big parts of making the haka a memorable part of tests he played in due to the passion he showed while performing it. He believes the All Blacks haka has become too commercial and part of the brand. Meads lamented similar thoughts before his death a year ago. For me, growing up in the mid to late 90s, the haka was part of an All Blacks game but I never

saw it as a national symbol at that time. As someone who identifies as a New Zealand European, I’m not one who believes the All Blacks haka has been over-used or commercialised. I still get a thrill out of seeing it at both home and away games and I don’t believe that needs to change. I’ve often questioned if so many New Zealand sports teams need their own haka. Perhaps on a New Zealand sporting landscape it feels like it is being overused. I attend many secondary school boy rugby encounters and every game has both schools performing a haka. I’ve seen so many now, it has become harder for me to differentiate the important times for a haka and when it’s just done

because it’s something that is always done. The All Blacks have two haka they perform, the long-standing Ka Mate and Kapa o Pango, which they introduced in 2005. I used to think Kapa o Pango was considered the “big game” haka but that’s based on nothing more than perception. This haka issue appears to have come somewhat from left field. The All Blacks are no longer just a team that wear a black jersey, to Meeuws’ point, they are a brand, a corporate entity. Proof of that comes when we have teams called All Blacks 7s and Maori All Blacks. Brand awareness and reach is just the way of the modern world it seems and the All Blacks’ haka could just be a victim of that circumstance.


Wednesday August 15, 2018

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