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RIP Jimmy By Glenise Dreaver

Until his death on Monday following a vicious dog attack, Jimmy the black and white cat was an institution at the Café du Parc in Khandallah. For years he prowled the cafe, inviting customers to pick him up. “A real knee hopper,” says distraught staff member Helen Blake. Owner Kiki Kang says he had his special chair, padded, and would pace until the occupier let him have it. Years ago, Jimmy turned up at the home of local resident Malcolm Barr, to his own cat’s discomfort, so Jimmy lived outside. Continued on page 2. Fifteen-year-old café regular Ashleigh Poole, with Jimmy. PHOTO supplied


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Café du Parc “community cat” dies after vicious dog attack Continued from page 1. Malcolm shifted and took Jimmy, though his own cat remained unhappy and Jimmy

began spending even more time at the café. “Helen built a little shelter under the deck,” says Mal-


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colm, adding he wasn’t really anyone’s. “He was a community cat.” “When Jimmy was younger he had whacked a few dogs. But he had slowed up in the last couple of years.” Jimmy was, on Thursday at 8am, sitting as usual at the door, waiting for breakfast. Cook Lily Brown moved to let him in. “Not even a step away,” says Helen. Then a big dog, ancestry unknown, released from the owner’s car and said to have slipped his collar, streaked over in full attack mode. He picked Jimmy up, “shook him like a rag doll,” says Kiki, breaking two of his legs and leaving him with other multiple injuries. Kiki says the dog’s owner, who had the animal for only three days, whacked him with

her hiking poles and shouted, but to no effect. Three men who had come to walk in the park also tried to save Jimmy – but without a collar, the dog was impossible to handle. When Jimmy was finally released, Kiki’s husband took him to the vet. But by Monday it was clear, says Malcolm, that Jimmy, not improving, being fed through a syringe, unable to walk and toilet himself, would have to be put down. The contributions towards the vet’s bill have flowed in. The dog owner contributed generously, as did Kiki’s husband and Malcolm, and other regular customers, with donations up to $260. “He was a darling,” says Kiki. “He brought a lot of joy to a lot of people and he didn’t deserve to die like that.”

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Regular café customers, devastated as they discussed the news on Tuesday morning: From left, seated, they are Marilyn Wehrli and Margaret Hensch with staff member Helen Blake standing at left, café owner Kiki Kang and customer Samantha Wehrli. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver


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The 20th Karori Youth Awards will be held at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School on Wednesday September 5. And the organisers are encouraging everyone in the community to attend and stay for refreshments afterwards. “This is about recognising all the really great things young Karori people are doing to serve their community, and the fantastic citizens they are,” says Heather Baldwin, Karori Community Centre chair. “The event allows us to acknowledge young people’s achievements outside high academic or sporting accomplishments. We will celebrate and say thank you to young people between 11 and 25 years who show leadership, give service to their community and demonstrate perseverance. “The awards also acknowledge those who support, sponsor or

mentor Karori youth,” she says. Last year the Karori community got together to develop a vision for the area, to make it a more attractive and appealing place for local businesses, residents and visitors. It was agreed, says Heather, that one focus should be for the community to move from being somewhat divided to being more connected. “We know we can do that by involving more people in community events such as the Karori Fair and the Karori Youth Awards. “So we encourage all Karori people to come along and join us in celebrating these wonderful young people, who are an example to all of us. The awards ceremony starts at 7pm with a performance by the Karori West Normal School Kapa Heather Baldwin, chair of the Karori Community Centre, Haka group and will finish at 8pm, awards Sophia Webster with her 2017 silver award for followed by supper. service to the community. PHOTO: Supplied

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Lifelong lesson in health, well-being for children


inbrief news National Poetry Day Friday August 24 is the 20th New Zealand National Poetry Day and Khandallah Arts Theatre’s club-night on that date will be devoted to readings of poems old and new, familiar and exotic. KAT club-nights are when theatre enthusiasts, both members and non-members, enjoy the performing arts without having to make the time commitment required by the club’s full-scale productions. Those interested are invited to Cochran Hall, in the grounds of Cashmere Avenue School, for an evening of poetry. The readings, both rehearsed and impromptu, will begin at 7:30pm. Those wanting to read a rehearsed poem can ring or text Margaret Walls on 0274 435 843.

Botanic Garden celebrates 50 years The Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary from September 3 2018 to November 2019 with family-friendly events running throughout the year. The celebrations are being launched with a photography competition which launches on the first day and runs throughout the seasonally-themed celebration year.

Healthy Heroes supporters from Back left: Johnsonville Rotary past president William Nobelen, children’s role model Milly Mackey and Rotary member Ross Jordan. At front, from left: some of Rewa Rewa school’s Healthy Heroes, Conor Godfrey, Kayleigh Framhein and Tiare Framhein-Mathie. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Influenza project – Karori cemetery

By Glenise Dreaver

The group working on the Influenza project for Karori cemetery is seeking help with the design of promotional material, including trifold brochures, posters, and other materials. They are also seeking help with the content of four interpretative panels to be installed in the cemetery. The work is expected to take a few hours during the next couple of months. Spokesperson Barbara Milligan says they might be able to pay a small sum, though not a market rate for the work.

Rewa Rewa school students gathered in their school hall last week to celebrate a milestone in the Healthy Heroes programme brought into the school by Johnsonville Rotarians. Each of the children was presented with a gift of fruit, compliments of New World Newlands - in a paper bag – to mark their efforts to improve

their health and well-being. Local Rotarians were there, as was their role model, young representative sportswoman and Year 12 Newlands College student Milly Mackey. Her participation clearly means a lot to the children — her fan club was running up to her as she got out of the car on arrival. Rotary past president William Nobelen said this was the sixth time they had taken the

programme into a school, the second time at Rewa Rewa. “It creates a great dynamic in the school, and it doesn’t cost the families or the school anything,” he said of the programme. This time Todd Morton from Easyswim was also there, presenting ribbons following the school’s swimming event held in conjunction with Paparangi School. Swimming is an integral part

of the programme. Wellington City Council is, says William, very keen on children learning so in week six, each child will be gifted a council swim pass to Keith Spry pool. The grand prize for the teacher-selected stand-out student in week nine will be a voucher for swimming lessons, again gifted by Wellington City Council. And the local Rotary group will give each child an age-appropriate book.


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inbrief news Archives door opens Wellington City Archives Is marking Wellington Heritage Week by opening up its doors to the public on Labour Day October 22. The archives were established 25 years ago and are sited at the end of Barker Street. There are documents, books, photographs, objects and records oft all aspects of Wellington community and council life from the city’s foundation.

Return of Rainbow Warrior The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is to tour New Zealand to celebrate the Government’s recent move to ban new offshore oil and gas exploration licenses. The first stop will be Matauri Bay on September 10, the final resting place of the original Rainbow Warrior, bombed in 1985 by the French Secret Service in retaliation for protests against France’s Pacific nuclear testing programme. In 1987, New Zealand became the first country in the world to declare itself nuclear free. Greenpeace climate campaigner, Kate Simcock says it’s fitting that forty years later, in the lead up to the offshore oil and gas ban announcement, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern famously labelled climate change her generation’s “nuclear free moment”.

MP’s very public ‘fashion fail’ Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor says last Saturday he learnt lesson No 472# in life. “When you are on electorate event number five for the day, you’re running late and it’s a formal event which requires a change into your suit, you get changed in the car park,” he says. “With the light off to avoid an obscene exposure complaint of course. “You also change from brown to black shoes.

“But somehow you manage to put a brown one back on in the dark. “You go into the pre-dinner drinks and are so shod for half an hour before some kind soul points out your ‘dress fail’ just before you are due to speak. “And you can’t convince said audience it’s a new trend that hasn’t reached Newlands yet. “You just know the day can’t get any worse. “Sadly a true story, and my wife will just not stop laughing,” says Greg.

Greg O’Connor caught wrongfooted: the latest trend in political apparel, or perhaps just a political statement? PHOTO Supplied.

Strong support for new branch of ‘Bellyful’ in northern suburbs On Monday evening, around 30 locals attended an information evening about Bellyful Wellington North at the Newlands Community Centre. Bellyful, with 21 branches nationwide, provides meals for families with newborn babies, and families with young children who are struggling with illness, especially where they lack good support networks. Wellington currently has four

Bellyful branches: Porirua, Hutt Valley, Wellington South and Karori. However, no Bellyful branches covered the northern suburbs of Johnsonville, Newlands, Churton Park, Paparangi and Grenada Village. “We knew we had a gap” says Bellyful chief executive Charlotte Delahunty “and our Porirua and Karori branches were regularly receiving refer-

rals for families in this area that we were unable to support. “Wellington Community Trust has kindly provided a grant to help establish a branch in this area. ” Sarah Urquhart from Newlands and Rachel Dudfield from Johnsonville have both volunteered to help lead the establishment of this new branch. Sarah started volunteering for Bellyful Porirua earlier this

Ethnic Communities funding round The Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa has announced the opening of the 2018 funding round for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund (ECDF). ECDF provides $520,000 annually to support the development of strong, inclusive and resilient ethnic communities. “This fund contributes to improving social cohesion by supporting the development of established and emerging ethnic communities, now numbering more than 200 throughout the country,” she said.

At Monday night’s Bellyful information meeting held at the Newlands community centre. from left: Martina Sellars, Sarah Mataira, Rebecca Morahan (Bellyful trustee), Sally Jobson, Charlotte Delahunty (Chief Executive - Bellyful New Zealand), Rachel Dudfield, Angela Buchholz, Teressa Jones-Madill, Nicole Barlow, and their first major sponsor William Yip, Harcourts. PHOTO: Supplied.

year. “When I signed up I asked why don’t we have Bellyful in Wellington North. I knew there were lots of families that could benefit from that support,” says Sarah. Rachel saw a comment on Facebook and got involved about a month ago. “It’s about letting families know that someone understands how hard it is with a baby” she said. Bellyful needs at least 30 volunteers to help cook and deliver meals, as well as fundraise for the meal ingredients and packaging. Fortunately, local estate agent William Yip has stepped up as a major sponsor, and Newlands Intermediate School has offered the use of their food technology room as a Cookathon venue. Their staff are also keen to help cook. Referrals are received from Plunket nurses, midwifes, social workers, family and friends, or you can self-refer. Rachel says they hope to start delivering meals before Christmas.


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Kathleen Wright, founder and co-ordinator of the local business co-working organisation SubUrban, established in 2015, was part of last weekend’s establishment of the Co-working Aotearoa Association to promote, advocate and support coworking in New Zealand. On Saturday, Kathleen joined 17 other national coworking leaders at Carterton’s 3Mile coworking space to share, collaborate and discuss the future of coworking in New Zealand. The hui was called to accelerate collaborations in response to what is a growing global phenomenon. With international forecasts that 30,000 spaces would be needed for five million members by 2022, those present agreed New Zealand has much to learn both at home and internationally about what they agree must finally be called an ‘industry’. Kathleen has worked with SubUrban predominantly as a volunteer since she was part of the group that established it three years ago. It was initially in a shop in the Johnsonville Shopping Centre and is now found above the Mobil service station off Johnsonville Road. She says she does it because her passion is for connecting. “It’s about adding a vital piece in the puzzle to support community wellbeing and local economic development. “Through co-working we are creating new enterprise communities that

Kathleen Wright, co-ordinator of Johnsonville’s social enterprise SubUrban Co-Working, an early innovator of the new way of working now established nationally. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

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Drawing demonstration at Zealandia After the popularity of her live drawing event at Zealandia Ecosanctuary in July, artist Hannah Shand will, as her exhibition draws to a close, be drawing another original artwork in the information centre there on August 25. Hannah’s speciality is in detailed pen drawings. “Just like last time, I will be happy to chat with people at the session, which is going to run between 10.30am and 3pm,” she says. She says one of her favourite parts of being an artist and drawing wildlife is observing the animals and birds, witnessing firsthand each species’ unique and interesting behaviours. “Being a local I visit Zealandia regularly to see the diverse range of birds. I really appreciate all the amazing work they have done to create a space where

threatened and endangered birds can thrive,” she says. Hannah is currently collaborating with wildlife photographers around the country, using their images as references for her artwork. Using her art to fund her passion for wildlife, she is looking forward to the adventures her art will take her on. And after borrowing a friend’s camera and experiencing the excitement of photographing birds herself at Zealandia, she is now saving for a DSLR camera of her own. She loves to share her passion with fellow nature lovers through her Facebook and Instagram accounts @ hannahshandart. Hannah’s current exhibition of native birds will be on display at Zealandia Ecosanctuary until Tuesday August 28.

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Forgotten something? Last week, a green Ford Fiesta hatchback parked overnight in Westchester Drive In Churton Park was reported stolen next morning. Good news: It was later found further down the road. The owner had locked the vehicle but had not applied the handbrake and the vehicle had rolled further down the road.

Fortunately the car does not appear to have caused any damage during its driverless journey. And in Karori, a silver Hyundai hatchback parked one morning last week was reported stolen from Hildreth Street. That report was later cancelled as the owner realised that they had parked the car in another street.

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Recently a class of 30 students from St Brigid’s School in Johnsonville partnered with Challenge 2000 to move and spread a mountain of mulch at the Halfway House garden in Glenside. Teacher and heritage gardener Lorna Webb, who co-ordinated the event, said the Year 7 and 8 pupils, aged 11-12, were participating in the school’s on-going focus “connecting with community through service”. Teacher Janet Valentine provided the students and Junior and Felise from Challenge 2000 provided transport and muscle power to fill the wheelbarrows and buckets. The children worked in four teams and

the mountain was moved in an hour and a half. They agreed that it was h a r d work but lot s of f u n t o o. The mulch came from a macrocarpa that was felled on site earlier in the year. In addition to protecting new plants, moving the mountain of mulch has made the historic garden look tidier. The students have previously participated in community service by providing food to the Johnsonville food bank, and singing to residents at a retirement home. They have also signed up for the Student Army and are keen to be involved in other community projects.

Floral artists donate designs to church The Johnsonville Floral Art Club has, for 62 years, been working towards their aims of promoting and encouraging participation in the art of floral design. Members also cultivate the art of designing with plant material as a recreational and social activity. Recently club members enjoyed working together on two pedestals which were left at the local Uniting Church for a week for other groups to enjoy. For the September 19 meeting the club has invited floral artist Yvonne Marsh from

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Did the Prime Minister make the right call to hold MP’s wages this year?

Raey Butterworth, Khandallah “There will be no point if they catch up the 3 percent from this year with 6 percent next year.”

Natalie Jones, Newlands “100 percent! This country has to think smarter and I don’t see MPs out teaching children or saving lives.”

Peter Gibbons, Khandallah “It depends how long this is for… 12 months, no longer – because why should they be unique with no pay rise?”

Bessie Stewart, Johnsonville “I think she did well. She knows which side her bread is buttered on…”

Janey Bedgood, Johnsonville “It was definitely the right decision. Wise.”

Margaret Robertson, Ngaio “Yes, definitely, it was wise. There wasn’t really any choice.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a locked shed located on a property in Woodland Road was entered although there was no sign of force having been used. A power circular saw, a weedeater and a weed sprayer were stolen. A blue Daihatsu Mira hatchback parked locked overnight in Moorefield Road was stolen. This vehicle was later recovered in a campus carpark in Porirua. It was stuck over a concrete path

with grass on either side. Efforts had been made by the thieves to free the vehicle from the mud, without success. On recovery it was found that the ignition had been pulled out and a door lock damaged. An angry customer at a store in Johnsonville Road deliberately broke open packets of tea and left them on the shop counter. A full description of the culprit and his vehicle is with Police.

In Newlands a white Toyota Hiace light van parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Kentwood Drive had its front passenger window smashed to gain entry. A radar detector attached to the windscreen was stolen. A pair of sunglasses was also stolen from the centre console. In Ngaio a grey Toyota Landcruiser stationwagon parked during the day unlocked in an

open garage was stolen. A vacant and empty house in Melksham Drive was entered through a forced sliding door at the rear of the property. CCTV cameras were stolen by unscrewing the mounts and cutting the wires. In Karori a vehicle drove up the driveway of a property in Old Karori Road and the driver and passenger stole a quantity of scrap metal which the owner had

accumulated. CCTV footage giving details of the vehicle and the offenders is with Police. In Northland a house in Cheswick Terrace was broken into through a jemmied front window. The house was searched but nothing appears to have been stolen. Other damage was caused by the offenders when they tried to exit through doors leading on to a deck.

Huntleigh elders make friends with Mia Adorable puppy Mia may only be little, but she’s made a big impression on the residents of Karori’s Huntleigh Home. The cute puppy accompanies her owner, Huntleigh Home Clinical Nurse Manager Anna Roberts, to work each day and is well-known around the home for her love of tummy rubs. “The residents just love her and Mia loves their attention too–she always exposes her belly whenever she sees someone coming towards her. “She also hums and makes silly, yawning noises when you’re talking to another person. I think that’s her way of letting us know she wants her opinions to be heard as well,” laughs Anna. Like her owner, Mia plays an important role at the home, helping to ensure residents enjoy the love and companionship which pets offer. “If a resident gets sick or is upset, we’ll make sure they get to have some one-onone time with Mia. “There are also several residents who have ‘adopted’ her and take responsibility for looking after her for one day a week,” explains Anna. Resident Jane Warman, who takes care of Mia on Tuesdays, says the loveable pet makes her feel special. “One resident said to me with a chuckle, ‘I’m definitely the most important person in Mia’s life, she loves me best!’ But when she’s with me, I tend to feel the same!” she laughs. Fellow resident Helen Drake, who has Mia on Mondays, says the cute dog has the

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same effect on her. “She’s just adorable, and she makes me feel at home here,” says Helen. Like all Enliven homes, Huntleigh follows the elder-centred Enliven philosophy, which encourages elders to enjoy regular contact with animals. The home’s other pets include cats Rocco and Sox, and two budgies. Prospective residents are also encouraged by staff to discuss the possibility of moving in with their own pets. To find out more about the home and the pet-friendly Enliven philosophy, visit You can also call Huntleigh Home directly on 04 464 2020. PBA

Wednesday August 22, 2018

Ceilidh for community

Celtic Plus. David Moore (violin), Marion McInnes (piano), bass player Andrew Hemsley and John McInnes (percussion). PHOTO supplied.

What are you doing the evening of September 1? No plans? Then why not pull on your dancing shoes, and come to the annual community Ceilidh at Ngaio Town Hall. And if you’re wondering what a Celidh is – it’s a good old family dance. All ages are welcome, and for young families, there’s a natural break at supper time when you can carry the wee ones home to bed! Organiser Jo Fullelove from Ngaio Union Church says “It’s a real social event. You meet and dance with people you don’t know with no pressure - like in the good old days!” She reassures us the steps are simple, called out from the front so you don’t get lost. “Even if you don’t know

your Gay Gordons from your Flying Scotsmans, have no fear – you’re in safe hands with the band.” “The band” is Celtic Plus, an intergenerational group of family and friends who have been playing together for years. Folk music runs through their veins and John McInnes – percussionist and vocalist – will keep you in time as accordions, guitars, violins and more give you the full experience of Celtic music. Celtic Plus is also a regular feature at Ngaio Union Church services. Don’t worry if you don’t feel fit enough for a whole evening of getting footloose and fancy free; while it’s good exercise it’s not too

strenuous and, if you’re getting too warm, you can peel off a layer, or sit a dance out. “It’s going to be a fun evening,” says Joanne. “In previous years we’ve enjoyed a Highland Fling, sword dancing from one of our younger members, as well as poetry and storytelling from others.” Entry is by koha with all proceeds going to Ngaio Union’s community fund, which supports Ngaio folk in need. And bring along a plate to share for supper too. Dancing starts at 7.30pm and goes til 10.30pm. Jo recommends arriving early. “There’s a maximum 80 dancer limit - we had to turn people away last year!”

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Broadmeadows residents still fight bus issue By Glenise Dreaver

Ron Zoest of Broadmeadows says he went to the meetings held by the Greater Wellington Regional Council as they designed the new Broadmeadows bus route. But when the two-way system came out, with different routes and stops depending on whether buses are arriving into, or leaving Broadmeadows for Wellington he says he thought “What the heck? I’m sure we never talked about that. “And it doesn’t make sense,” the regular bus user says. “I had assumed in my naivety that the

buses from both Johnsonville and the city, would continue to the same clockwise route up from the bottom of the hill, that we had always had.” So the IT specialist decided to record issues in a way that is available to everyone – a Google- based spreadsheet recording confusions and complaints, both personal and observed, by time, route and bus number with a column for comments. He plans to present the data to the meeting for local residents to be held in the Khandallah Town Hall at 7.30pm on September 4. So far there have only been a few con-

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Wednesday August 22, 2018

Puncture robs sportsman of gold medal in international event By Glenise Dreaver

“I was very close!” says Grenada Village’s Ken Looi, back with a silver medal in the 100km road race at the 19th Unicycle World Championships and Convention (Unicon 19) in Ansan, South Korea. Ken had good reason to be disappointed. In the biennial championships, which he has attended since 2004, he has consistently placed in the top three, but only won the world championship once, in 2006. This time, it was a puncture that robbed him of his six-minute lead and left him chasing the field. “ Bu t i n a fo u r- h o u r r a c e , t h e r e i s t i m e t o c h a s e .” “I heard hissing and knew I had to get off quickly.” (A puncture on a

unicycle is, after all, only going to have one outcome – and takes precious time to sort out.) Forty-year-old Ken trained with a daily unicycle ride to and from work at Peninsula Medical Centre, where he is a GP, for eight months preceding the event. With home in Grenada Village, and the centre in Miramar, that’s an hour and 20 minutes each way. “I come from a bicycling background. And I still do a bit of running,” he says, adding that he will probably be back on the bicycle now the world champs are over. Why unicycling? He got interested 18 years ago, “It looked a bit of fun. I used to race mountain-bikes and then realised that mountain-unicycling was a thing, so got into long distance

unicycling that way” he says of the sport that has become such a big part of his life. Other members of the New Zealand team also did well, with Sam La Hood of Auckland winning gold in the women’s slopestyle street competition on an urban obstacle course and demonstrating tricks. Christian Huriwai, also of Auckland and a three-time former street world champion, won bronze despite an injury requiring hospital treatment mid-competition. The other team members, Chris Aitken and Tony Melton, both achieved age group placings in the street competition and road races respectively. Over 1100 unicyclists from 30 countries attended the 12 day event.

Unicyclist Ken Looi of Grenada Village on his way to work in Miramar. PHOTO: Jamie Adams.

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Dream runs for two North Wellington teams By Grant Stephen

No one could really believe what had happened after the New World Newlands North Wellington Men’s Premier football side walked off the pitch on Saturday with a six-nil score against Palmerston North Marist, the top team in the Central Region Premier League. It was the first leg of the home and away competition to determine which team will fill the vacant spot in the 2019 Central League competition and was played at Alex Moore Park on Saturday afternoon. North Wellington found the going easier than anyone had dared to dream. They were already leading by five goals to none by half time, despite not being easy going in the first quarter. The situation was not helped by North’s leading striker Maksym

Kowal coming off injured after 12 minutes. North Wellington chipped away at regular intervals however, and by the end of regulation time they had posted six unanswered goals and now take a healthy buffer into the return match at Palmerston North this weekend. The demotion of Havelock North Wanderers from the Central League with a game still to be played had already been confirmed a week earlier. It was also all smiles for the New World Newlands North Wellington Women’s Division 1 side as they ground out a two-all draw against Victoria University. The valuable one point from the match was good enough to maintain their top-of-the-table spot with a one-point buffer over the same opposition. With one game to be played, they appear firm favourites to play their football in the Women’s Premier League next season.

Wednesday August 22, 2018


Fine start for Johnsonville bowlers

Winter Cup Winners 2018, for the second year in a row. From left, Rob Veale, Brent Stubbins (S), Logan Amer and Brady Amer. . PHOTO: Supplied

The 2018 Waikanae Winter Cup has, for the second year in a row, been won by Johnsonville’s Brent Stubbins, Rob Veale, and Logan and Brady Amer. Three of the four Johnsonville Bowling Club players won the same cup last year with Sy Baker, who has moved to Nelson and this year was replaced by Logan Amer, brother to Brady.. The team had qualified on Saturday, but had to beat their section on Sunday morning to qualify for the final played later on Sunday

afternoon against a Paekakariki Bowling Club team led by Geoff Bovey. The locals came out on top to win the coveted Waikanae Winter Cup, which heralds the coming season. It saw 128 bowlers from all over the greater Wellington Region competing in the fi rst bowls tournament of the year. The next big event is the 32nd VC Cup: Keith Elliott Memorial Men’s Fours Tournament, to be played this year at Raumati Beach Bowling Club in two weeks time.

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The elated North Wellington Women’s Division 1 squad after their two-all draw against Victoria University on Saturday kept them in top spot. PHOTO: Glyn Badcock

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RUGBY RESULTS: 85kg Restricted (Tony O’Brien Shield) Johnsonville drew with Wellington FC 17-17

Standings: Johnsonville 5 Wellington FC 4 Marist St Pats 1 Western Suburbs

Reserve Grade (John Davies Cup) Upper Hutt Rams beat Western Suburbs 32-10

FOOTBALL RESULTS: Men’s CENTRAL LEAGUE Miramar Rangers v Waterside Karori 1-2 Wellington Utd v Stop Out 0-2 CAPITAL PREMIER Island Bay Utd v Miramar Rangers 1-1 CAPITAL 1 Brooklyn Northern Utd v Tawa 3-0 CAPITAL 2 Seatoun AFC v Wellington Olympic 3-1 COLLEGE PREMIER

St Pats v Wairarapa 8-1 Scots College v Tawa College 4-1 Rongotai College v Silverstream 1-2 Wellington College v HIBS 0-3 Women’s W LEAGUE Wellington Utd v Western Suburbs 12-0 Seatoun AFC v Upper Hutt City 5-1 PREMIER LEAGUE Island Bay Utd v Stop Out 3-3

Steady as she goes for cricket’s next chapter Gary Stead’s appointment as Black Caps coach was the only logical choice. It’s certainly a changing of the guard with Mike Hesson departing after more than six years in charge. As a cricket tragic, the observations suggest the former Canterbury and Black Caps opening batsman will take over a side that has hit its apex and is on the way down. While players like Trent Boult, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are rightly considered world class, there are plenty of questions around other spots. Stead, who has been involved with Canterbury cricket for more than 20 years, will have to get the best out of his two provincial players. Wicket-keeper/ batsman Tom Latham and middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls have the chance to cement spots in the national team in all three formats of the game, but each have their issues. Latham has had some quality innings, especially on foreign soil but he hasn’t produced it consistently to silence the knockers. The same could be said for Nicholls who has not had that break-through innings yet and has largely maintained his No 5 batting spot because there hasn’t been a better or adequate

alternative. Williamson is a class act but Taylor, at 34, is in the twilight of his career. Both Cantabrians will need a statement year under Stead to keep their international careers on track. The other two issues will be how to get pace bowler Tim Southee back to somewhere near his peak 2015 performance and working out who is our best spin bowling option. For me, it’s leg spinner Ish Sodhi but variables like Todd Astle and Mark Craig have all been tried with no real success. Can Stead get the best out of Colin Munro, who seems to be a gem in the twenty20 format but terrible at the longer forms of the game? Stead has been quoted as saying he wants to focus on small gains initially and that’s a reasonable approach and expectation. After a period of unrivalled continued success under Hesson, Kiwi cricket fans could be forgiven for forgetting how middle-of-the-road this team was before it. Stead comes across as a steady pair of hands, much like he was as a player. Dependable, reliable but not flashy. He deserves time and patience, as cricket in New Zealand moves into a new era.


Wednesday August 22, 2018