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Better for Worser

By Jamie Adams

Worser Bay residents left frustrated by the eyesore of a barren hillside following a mass tree-felling earlier this year now have something to smile about. The hillside on the corner of Awa and Karaka Bay roads have about 900 new native shrubs and bushes growing on it after Wellington City Council’s tree restoration

team organised a planting session with two local schools there on Thursday. Kaumatua from Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika blessed the site before students from nearby Worser Bay School and Seatoun’s Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Mokopuna went about restoring the vegetation that had been removed from the hillside in March. Continued on page 2.

Worser Bay School pupils Max Campbell-Smith, year 6, Liam Struthers, Year 5, and Ollie Holmes, year 6, at the tree-planting event. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Pupils muck in to give Worser Bay hillside facelift Continued from page 1. The pupils and council staff planted within three zones on the hillside, with one area cordoned off after archaeologists had found evidence of a shell midden. A cluster of ageing pines and macrocarpas had been felled in the area in March due to storm damage and bank instability. That led to an outcry by some locals but the Council had promised they would be replaced by native plants grown at the council’s Berhampore nursery. However most will not be trees due to the unstable nature of the hill and that the pines had blocked residents’ views of the harbour. “Plants on this section will have a shallow root system so that it won’t cause as much disturbance and most of the species are low shrubs,” restoration technical advisor Anita Benbrook says. The majority of them are kawakawa, hebe and mingim-

What the hillside at the northern end of Worser Bay now looks like. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

ingi, while harakeke flaxes were also planted for the purpose of ultimately harvesting for weaving. While there will be an opportunity for infill tree planting, they’re not likely to grow tall due to wind exposure, Anita says. “It’s quite a harsh site for plants, on the edge. Anywhere

that’s a bit more sheltered, new plants will go there in a staged approach.” Worser Bay supervising teacher John McDougall says the school has been involved in several tree-planting events in Seatoun due to its association with Te Motu Kairangi environmental group. “We even have our own shade

house for planting trees.” Nga Mokopuna teacher Muri Sullivan says the Maori-language immersion school has contributed to conservation efforts through dune restoration on Seatoun beach. Both teachers appreciate that Thursday’s planting session had cultural significance as it was on the site of Te Whetu Kairangi pa.

New social housing site named after food gardens Te Mara apartments – 104 new social housing units built by Wellington City Council – were blessed in a dawn ceremony on Monday. The units – ranging between one and four bedrooms – occupy part of the for mer A rlington Apa r tments site in Mount Cook, the Council’s largest social housing site. Mayor Justin Lester joined represent at ives of lo ca l iwi, Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika, in a blessing

of the site. The iwi gifted the name Te Mara to the site, meaning the food gardens. The area – originally called Pukeahu, was historically used for gardens and native vegetation to support the community of Te Aro Pa in lower Taranaki Street, located on the old shoreline. Justin says: “The completion of Te Mara is a huge achievement. We have nearly doubled the provision of social housing at the site, with 104 good quality units on a


site where 57 poor quality apartments used to stand. “The development at Te Mara increases the opportunity to make sure the city’s most vulnerable people are well-housed.” Councillor Brian Dawson, who holds the housing portfolio, says Te Mara is built around a community space. “The units are also built to modern standards. They are properly heated and insulated and Te Mara will be a much better place to live than

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Toitu Poneke becomes hub of accessibility

inbrief news Waterfront lagoon name now notable Confusion about the name of Wellington’s waterfront lagoon will be no more, with Whairepo Lagoon now etched into the landscape. The man-made landmark by Frank Kitts Park was officially named Whairepo Lagoon in 2015, but the name was not widely known. The name has been etched into wooden planks in the garden near The Boatshed and is easily seen from the north side of the lagoon. Deputy Mayor Jill Day is excited to see the name, which refers to the eagle rays that inhabit the lagoon, permanently recognised.

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Toitu Poneke (aka The Hub) general manager Jamie Collier shows off the new ramp that has made access to the centre easier for many. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Kilbirnie multi-club facility Toitu Poneke “The Hub” can now truly call itself inclusive after a major improvement to its entranceway. A new sideway ramp has been constructed to replace a steeply sloping front entranceway that The Hub’s general manager says had been causing headaches for anyone pushing something with wheels. Jamie Collier says the new ramp has made a “huge” difference for not only people in wheelchairs, but also mothers with prams and workers deliv-

ering goods by hand truck or cargo trolley. “People are absolutely loving it. It’s making things so much easier,” he says. “Beforehand everyone who was pushing something on wheels had to be assisted as the angle of the slope was close to 45 degrees.” Poneke Football Club, which owns the building, successfully applied for a community grant of about $10,000 to fund the upgrade, which also included installing a handrail. “Every Monday we have mothers and children visiting for playgroups and I don’t want

them to have difficulty getting in,” Jamie says. As well as disabled visitors, some users of The Hub are ex-sportspeople from the New Zealand Rugby Foundation, which deals with players who are in long-term recovery from catastrophic injury. “There’s one guy who played for the Lions who now has a walking stick, and there has been one with a wheelchair. “There was going to be a booking here for people with disabilities and lack of access was a barrier to it happening.” Only the lower level of the building had been easily acces-

sible as stairs made it impossible for those in wheelchairs to socialise with their mates on the upper deck unless they negotiated the difficult front entrance. “Now they can come in through the front to get there. They don’t have to be left below on the ground. “Everything in the building now accommodates disabled people – the community room, toilets, the lift and this is the final piece.” The handrail is still being constructed and Jamie expects it to be installed before the end of the month. Dentists

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Popular landmarks around the city were lit up as part of celebrations of Suffrage 125 yesterday. September 19 marked 125 years since the Electoral Act was passed giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote – and making New Zealand the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. The Michael Fowler Centre, Cable Car tunnels, Carter Fountain, and Woman of Words sculpture in Midland Park were some of the iconic sites lit up in the Suffrage colours of purple and white.

Very few students use e-ciggies Results from the ASH year 10 smoking survey show that in 2017 fewer than 2 percent of Year 10 students use e-cigarettes daily. Students who smoke daily were more than 25 times more likely to use e-cigarettes daily than those who have never smoked, according to the survey of nearly 27,000 students. ASH programme Manager, Boyd Broughton said: “E-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of tobacco, and if they can help divert teen smokers from a lifelong addiction to cigarettes than this is an encouraging trend.”



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inbrief news Action urged on sugary drinks The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is urging the government not to be left behind on measures to reduce sugary drink consumption. “The government needs to act here, rather than pay lip service. We are seeing a severe situation with child dental decay. It’s linked to sugary drinks, and frankly, if child poverty is to be addressed, oral health needs to be part of this,” said NZDA sugary drinks spokesperson Dr Donna Kennedy. NZDA has called for a sugary drinks health levy in line with World Health Organization recommendations.

Pak’nSave Kilbirnie refurbishment nears completion Residents of Wellington’s southeastern suburbs are set to enjoy an improved shopping experience as renovations at the city’s largest supermarket draw close to completion. T he refurbish ment of Pak’nSave Kilbirnie began in earnest late last year, and is expected to be completed in early November.

The improvements – worth $17 million – include 70 square metres’ more space inside, meaning wider aisles, more natural light, modern shelving throughout, and new checkouts. The store will be more environmentally friendly too, with CO2 refrigeration, new energyefficient LED lighting, and an upgrade of its air-conditioning

Meat-free challenge Bowel Cancer New Zealand invites the public to take part in the seven-day meat free challenge from Monday. Studies show bowel cancer risk increases by 12 percent per 100g of red meat consumed per day and by 16 percent per 50g of processed meat consumed per day. “Meat Free Week gives people the perfect opportunity to include more plant-based foods in their meals,” Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) general manager Rebekah Heal says All funds raised by those who sign up will aid the work of BCNZ in supporting approximately 3,000 New Zealanders diagnosed with bowel cancer each year.

‘Be Prepared’ for natural hazard The Earthquake Commission has launched its new Be Prepared webpage which provides tailored and detailed information for keeping homes and contents secure in the event of a natural disaster. EQC manager of research Richard Smith says it provides a mix of information that is specifically designed for landlords, tenants, home buyers and owners, renovators and people living in apartments. “Our message to all householders is by making sure that your home and contents are strong and secure, you will be keeping yourself and your whanau safer from the effects of natural disasters.” Check out the webpage: be-prepared.


Kilbirnie Pak’nSave owner/operator Dean Galt in front of the supermarket ’s new glass exterior. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

systems. “The refrigeration units were getting towards the end of their life,” Dean says. “We had some new cabinets and it was more efficient to convert everything to carbon dioxide.” The store will also have a new bakery equipment and onsite café. Parking has also changed. Although there are now four fewer spaces, the carpark is now safer to drive on with resurfacing reducing the slope at the edges. Pak’nSave Kilbirnie owneroperator Dean Galt says he’s “counting the days” till his newlook store is finally finished and shoppers can enjoy the benefits. “We would like to thank our loyal customers who have stuck with us through some trying conditions,” says Dean. “As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait,

and I’m confident our customers will agree that the end-result has been well worth the wait.” He adds that the construction work has future-proofed the site in more ways than one. “Not only has the structure been earthquake-strengthened throughout but we’ve also installed a new generator that can keep the store running during a power cut. “My staff have been awesome, putting up with a lot of disruption, and their cool heads and words of encouragement have actually helped me stay positive.” “The head contractor, Holmes Construction, has been outstanding to work with too, not to mention all the subcontractors who have worked on this project – and to them I want to say a big thank you.” It is the second major refurbishment at the 19-year-old supermarket, the first being in 2006.

Improvements to bus network are happening says Greater Wellington Greater Wellington Regional Council says it has made progress with resolving the issues affecting the new bus network and it has released statistics it says show the experiences for commuters are improving. A council spokesperson says priorities include completion of hubs, solving the issue of Real Time information staying on long after bus has left, increasing capacity by deploying extra buses where needed and actively manage operators to ensure delivery of right-sized buses on every service. The spokesperson says punctuality is not where the council wants it to be but it’s improving

steadily, with 95 percent of tracked buses departing on time from its origin, up from 82 percent since the July launch. “Cancelled services are returning to the historical average.” Despite the level of public dissatisfaction, the spokesperson says continuing patronage growth “defies the commentators” – there were 17,000 more trips on buses than over the previous August. More new buses have reduced the overcrowding issue on key routes and council officers are out at the “hot spots” to observe what’s happening. However Kara Lipski of the Public Transport Users As-

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Club murals celebrate past and present

LEFT: Artists Iain Watt and Jenny Rattenbury with club president Carl Muollo underneath one of the two new murals on display at the Island Bay Bowling clubroom. PHOTO: Jamie Adams ABOVE: The second mural depicting the club in 1918. By Jamie Adams

A permanent reminder of Island Bay Bowling Club’s century-old past – and its contrasting environment today - is now on display thanks to the efforts of two local artists. Two new murals now greet members as they enter the clubroom, one depicting players and spectators in front of the original club building in 1918,

the other portraying how players and the clubrooms look today. The murals were painted by club members Iain Watt and Jenny Rattenbury, who are both fulltime illustrators, after they were approached by the club as part of its centenary celebrations. “Doc [the late Owen O’Sullivan] asked us to do them,” Jenny says. The pair leapt at the opportu-

nity to combine their loves of art and bowls for such a special occasion. “There was extensive research that went into painting them,” Iain says. “We got old photos of the club building and the period costumes. We also got photos of the best two players in the club for the modern mural.” “Iain did the people while I did the backgrounds,” Jenny says. The murals, which involved

acrylic paint on wooden boards, were done over the winter at Jenny’s house then attached to the clubroom ceiling in time for the 2018/19 season, which began on Saturday. Iain, of Island Bay, has been an artist for 47 years and has painted murals for the past 11, while Jenny, of Houghton Bay, took up art as a career in 2004. Iain is a teacher of art at The Learning Connexion in Lower

Hutt and Jenny is one of his former students. Jenny went on to paint several outdoor murals at Island Bay Bowling Club in 2009. IBBC president Carl Muollo says the murals have added style to what he believes is a fantastic community facility. “Anybody in the community is welcome here; it doesn’t matter whether it’s a church service or a kids’ class, we’re here for them.”

NZSO to present Frankenstein!! and Beethoven in 2019 The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform every Beethoven symphony and the acclaimed contemporary work Frankenstein!! in an exceptional line-up of concerts for 2019. The season centrepiece will be a Beethoven Festival in Auckland and Wellington, conducted by NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart, where New Zealand’s

national orchestra will perform the great composer’s nine symphonies. Austrian composer and conductor HK Gruber’s adventurous Frankenstein!! is inspired by the classic novel and refers to other fictional heroes and villains, including James Bond and Goldfinger. International soloists will in-

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around the country in 2019 are outstanding. “The Beethoven Festival is one of our biggest undertakings, and a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest music ever written for orchestra. Maestro de Waart is a musical authority on Beethoven and to have him conduct this festival makes it even more special.”

Several New Zealand works will be performed by the NZSO in 2019, including commissions by Kenneth Young and Michael Norris. A summer tour, Classical Journey, led by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, will bring popular works by Rossini, Haydn, Prokofiev and Brahms to several centres.

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Church festival focuses on concept of compassion A new festival in Island Bay in the first week of the school holidays aims to do make people think about what compassion really means. In this era of festivals of every kind, the minister of the Island Bay Presbyterian Church, Nathan Parry, thought it would be interesting to look at this much used concept from a religious angle. “CompassionFest 2018” is the outcome of this idea and

being in Island Bay is also referring to the life and works of Suzanne Aubert - founder of the Home of Compassion and the Soup Kitchen to name only two of her many achievements. Events include a symposium of politicians and theologians, a kids’ festival, a journey into the healing powers of native plants in traditional medicine and an art exhibition. The festival is not tied

down to any particular sect and creed and it emphasises compassion as found in a personal vision. The art exhibition is being run in conjunction with the festival to reflect the fact there is nothing more personal than the imagination of an artist. “One of the great rewards of putting together an exhibition is the diversity of what artists come up with – already we have interest

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For the month of September, Te Aro resident Jessica Mackay and two friends will be going the distance and training towards a 17km trail run as part of Team Better Breathing, raising funds for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand’s annual Breathe Better September 2018 challenge. The group have pledged to run from Aro Valley to Red Rocks Reserve, traversing across rugged Wellington coastal terrain to raise awareness and funds to support the 700,000 New Zealanders living with a respiratory condition. The Better Breathing Challenge will take place in the last weekend of September, to mark a month of activities all aimed at raising awareness and funds for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. “I have mild asthma myself and know of many people who are living with chronic respiratory conditions,” Jessica says. “Having seen the direct impact the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation has made in improving the lives of these people, I now want to use my healthy lungs and raise vital funds to continue the work.”

Team members Edel Ní Súibhne and Luke Atkinson, who also live with asthma, hope to reduce the amount of preventable deaths from asthma attacks while encouraging fit and healthy lives. “I love fitness and sport and take medication for mild asthma, as part of my training I want to help people living with asthma and respiratory conditions so that they can live a life where their illness doesn’t hold them back,” Edel says. The Breathe Better September challenge encourages participants across to New Zealand to sign up as Everyday Heroes and challenge themselves with anything active to promote healthy lungs, such as a daily swim, a pram walk or five minutes of yoga a day. The challenge runs for the duration of September with registrations still open. There’s also a two-week Challenge running for those that are still keen to sign up and support the charity. To sponsor Jessica and Team Better Breathing or for more information and to register for the Better Breathing Challenge visit

Free will changes this month to assist charitable giving September is Wills Month and the Wellington-based Nikau Foundation has partnered with eight local law firms to allow generous individuals to include a charity in their will for free. Many people think that gifts in wills are only for the wealthy however it’s easy for the executor to leave a small percentage of their estate to something they are passionate about. That could include scholarships to young musicians; a donation to a geographic region like Kapiti; an area of interest like conservation; or to a specific charity like Women’s Refuge. Recruitment consultant Tilda Bostwick of Island Bay took advantage of the offer last year and was pleased to be able to add a donation to her favourite cause – the arts. “I am passionate about the arts, in particular where citizens can directly engage in creative activities like arts festivals or in community art spaces.

“I choose to give through Nikau Foundation because my gift will be invested in a growing pot of funding for Wellington and will continue to make grants to arts organisations long after I am gone.” Through the community foundation model, the capital remains intact and the investment income is used to make distributions annually to charities and community groups across the Wellington region according to the donor’s wishes. The law firms providing free will changes this month are: Breadon McCardle, Gibson Sheat Lawyers, Kapiti Law, Morrison Kent, Oakley Moran, Susie Mills Law, Wakefields Lawyers, and WCM Legal. Those keen to take up the offer should contact Nikau Foundation on 0800 YOUR GIFT (0800 968 744) or visit to book an appointment.

Council unveils new rental model for inner city A New Zealand-first model to help bring more affordable and quality rental accommodation to the central city has been unveiled in Wellington. The apartment conversion deal is aimed at allowing key workers to live in the city. Wellington City Council and The Wellington





Company (TWC) have entered a 15-year agreement which will see TWC convert Freemason House, 95-201 Willis Street, into 35 apartments. The apartments will take up five floors of the nine-storey 1980s office block. Commercial tenants will remain on the ground and

other floors. Mana whenua have gifted the building the new name Te Kairanga Aroha. Council will rent the quality one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments from TWC and lease them at less than the market rate to people who are employed in es-

sential work in the central city and who have trouble finding rentals. Tenants’ rents will be tied to increases to the Consumer Price Index and not the market rate. Tenants will have to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the units. The model, which is cost neutral to Council, can be rolled out to

additional buildings in the city that meet the criteria. Delivering inner-city conversions is part of the Wellington Housing Strategy, Housing Action Plan and is one of Wellington City Council’s priorities. The first of the apartments will be available by this time next year.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Has the bus service improved since the new network was introduced in July?

Michael Ensor, Hataitai No. Sometimes I have to wait 10 minutes after it’s due. The timetable is a work of fiction. I have to allow up to one-and-a half hours to get to the hospital now.

Leo Feneridis, Miramar No. I have to catch six buses to get to Newtown and back. Sometimes I’m waiting up to an hour.

Chris Sole, Hataitai I have found it works better for me. The routes that I catch are scheduled more often. The No.14 [to Hataitai] and No.20 [to Courtenay Place] take less time.

Sotiris Psathas, Melrose With the waiting time, not really. The problem is the transfers. On the Melrose to Strathmore route I now have to catch three buses. But going to the city has been better.

Les Coutts, Kilbirnie It will get better slowly. There are more buses but they seem to be not in service. Routes are different but still get me from A to B.

Bernadette Takacs, Strathmore Park I’m getting used to it. What’s bugged me is that the last bus that leaves the city for Strathmore Park is at 9.10pm. It needs to be later.

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Could Kilbirnie liquor ban be workable? Dear Editor, It has been interesting to learn that people in high places are beginning to show concern about the public consumption of alcohol in Kilbirnie’s shopping area. It is certainly becoming more noticeable, together with the accompanying unruly behaviour. (Referring to last week’s Cook Strait News) I wonder, though, if the issue is being approached the wrong way around. i.e.

Big booze industry influencing council Dear Editor, Kilbirnie will be shafted by the slanted predetermined outcome evidence being gathered for the Wellington City Council Alcohol Control Bylaw and Alcohol Ban Areas decision. WCC uses an on-line partial submission form, non-visible to public view as grounds towards making an important decision on behalf of the ratepayers – a decision that will inevitably be opposed to by the majority of Kilbirnie residents! Is this council acting on behalf

of the ratepayers or the big booze industry front groups? WCC should employ an additional two residents besides the one and only policy advisor currently assigned to the alcohol ban areas review that would encompasses the area around central Kilbirnie and hub. The Alcohol Ban areas are the most appropriate way for Police to deal with the specific problem of liquor consumption on our public streets! Martin Beck, Mornington

The right to shop without the drunks Dear editor We have business and family interests in Kilbirnie and in the past decade the Council just doesn’t support the locals. We went to a meeting in 2015 or 2016 on the community centre and hundreds of angry locals called for a liquor ban then. But the Police stood up and said sorry three times for letting down the area, and the Council said then the same things they are saying three years later: “It’s a complex issue of homeless-

ness, mental health and alcohol.” Well, be that as it may be, we just want the right of citizens to go shopping without the drunks in Bay Road. We will be making a submission to the councillors to get real and put in a liquor ban like Newtown and the CBD. Imagine if the liquor ban was lifted in Oriental Bay, wouldn’t that be funny? Yours sincerely Tim Dalman Te Aro

If step one was to make Kilbirnie’s Bay Road shopping precinct smoke free, then I think any unruly conduct would reduce somewhat. For a start, you would target the people who may be smoking synthetic cannabis also. Drinking alcohol (in public) and smoking do seem to go hand in hand, so why not go for the smoke-free policy in the first instance, then watch the rate of public alcohol consumption become

a non-issue over time. (Smoke-free policies seem to be widely applauded these days.) If you were trying to implement an alcohol ban, how could you police someone who might be drinking a mix of alcohol and coke in a plastic bottle without risking an assault charge? Christine Swift Island Bay

If it works in Newtown it will work in Kilbirnie Dear editor, We support the need for Kilbirnie to have a public street liquor ban just like we have in Newtown as a ban works to stop the silly public street drinking of alcohol that leads to disorder and crime. Clearly the problem of too much

alcohol in Kilbirnie stems from the two big supermarkets plying their alcohol with low cost, strong marketing, and in making alcohol a normal food item! I have heard that they sell millions and millions of litres of alcohol a year and we remember the days that

the supermarkets didn’t sell this product at all. The Council must act to protect elderly and all ratepayers by putting in place this tool. Yours faithfully, Anita Vogt Newtown

Parking to get easier for Brooklyn disabled drivers By Jamie Adams

Good news for wheelchair users in Brooklyn – a new mobility park is coming to your suburb. The Wellington City Council approved a mobility park outside the Brooklyn Fire Station on Cleveland Street at its City Strategy Committee meeting last Thursday. A mobility park was something the Brooklyn Residents Association, particularly member Perry Aspros had lobbied for over the past two years. Perry says he is “ecstatic” that Brooklyn’s main shopping street is finally getting a mobility park, saying it’s “well overdue”. “It has taken a long time to find the right space that is agreeable to both shopkeepers and residents. The feedback has been good.” However for Perry the issue isn’t over yet – he would like an additional mobility park outside the library as many users are elderly. “Parking in Brooklyn is getting critical for elderly,” Perry says. “We are the only suburb in

Wellington that has residents’ parking spaces on its main shopping street. “Ninety percent of people that use these parks are elderly people who have some sort of mobility problem.” However he is concerned it may never happen due to the steepness of the street outside the library. Council requires the gradient for a mobility park to be no more than 10 degrees. Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says it is a good example of a residents’ association working closely with Council to see a constructive solution to an issue. “I congratulate the Residents Association and in particular Perry Aspros for his tireless effort on the establishment of this mobility park,” Fleur says. She promises to follow up Perry’s idea for a library mobility park with relevant council officers. “I am mindful that just last week the Accessibility Advisory Group raised concerns about non-compliant parks so I would want to discuss it with them too.”

Thursday September 20, 2018

Fantasy to come alive at local author’s book launch


Predator Free workshop A Predator Free Workshop is planned for Hataitai, with a view of making the area predator free. The Hataitai Joint Management Committee has invited a branch of Predator Free Wellington to present a workshop later this month. The guest speaker will be Ian Robertson of the Predator Free group that encompasses Mt Victoria, Oriental Bay, Roseneath and Hataitai. Committee member Judy Kerr says Ian is very knowledgeable about the subject and she hopes for a big turnout of residents to learn about trapping, bait and purchasing traps. The workshop will be held at the former Hataitai Bowling clubroom, 157 Hataitai Road, on Sunday, September 30 from 10am to 11.30am. Go to to register interest.

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Brooklyn author AJ Ponder and cosplayer Eli Sirvid hold copies of AJ’s new book Quest. PHOTO: Supplied

Brooklyn author AJ Ponder is launching her latest book, Quest this Saturday at PhotonFlux. Full of crazy characters, and references to movies, books and more, Quest is both a spoof and an adventure—an adventure to read to the children at night, and a spoof for fantasy enthusiasts. The plot revolves around a girl called Sylvalla who escapes Avondale castle and the life of a princess, in search of the adventure she’s always wanted. However once she’s

found, adventure bites back. The Quest book launch is a family-friendly event for all ages, and reflects AJ’s love of all things fantasy, dragons, swords, heroes and adventure. There will be a sword-fighting demonstration with Tara Macintyre and others from the Company of the Dragons, a costume competition with prizes awarded by local cosplayer Eli Sirvid (a winner of the Best Open Group, Armageddon 2017) and a fantasy quiz for all

ages, and more. AJ is best known as the author of Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, a book that weaves Wellington and some of its landmarks and legends into a fantasy world of thrills and danger. Those who love fantasy are encouraged to come to the book launch dressed as their favourite heroes, heroines or monsters. The event is as 3pm on September 22 at PhotonFlux, 176 Victoria St, Wellington Central.

School exhibition framing up to be worth a look St Patrick’s College is hosting a biennial art exhibition tomorrow evening. Framed is a long-running event organised by the St Patrick’s Parents’ Association. which has garnered a reputation for attracting high-quality art at great prices. This year the exhibition boasts over 30 established and upcoming artists with more than 130 artworks in a range of media

available for purchase. The exhibition is fronted by Julian Knap with Jane Blackmore, Dean Proudfoot, Jane Brimblecombe, Sue Malthus, Nicki Stewart, Michael McCormack, Nicola Dench, Sue Lund, Kyla Cresswell, Basia Smolnicki, Rochelle Andrews, and Sheyne Tuffery among the artists lined up to showcase their new and recent artworks. College students will

also exhibit art. The evening will also be a social night out with entertainment from the college’s talented musicians, and light refreshments included in the ticket price. Framed is on at 6.30pm-9.30pm, Friday September 21, St Patrick’s College, Evans Bay Parade, Kilbirnie. Tickets ($25) are on sale from eventfinda and the College office.


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YMCA Holiday Camps We have five exciting programmes on offer for kids and youth these holidays. Pioneers Day Camp for 5-7 year olds, Explorers Day Camp & Residential Camp for 8-9 year olds

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Rata Studios Rata Studios presents two creative courses these school holidays: Improvised Musical Theatre with Jo Rodgers and industry professionals. 9am – 3pm 1-4 October, ages 9-15. A three-hour ultimate VR Tree House work-

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Miramar Central School put on a series of fashion parades like no other last week. The school held its annual World of Wearable Art (WOW) event with the theme this year being centred on Africa. Pupils from year 1-3 took to the catwalk in front of impressed parents on Wednesday evening, with seniors taking their turn to strut their stuff on Thursday. Gillian Henderwood, a member of the school’s art team, says every class took part in the event. “They all contributed one aspect of African culture, so that might have been a particular country or creatures. One class was based on the characters from the Black Panther movie. Another was based on the Anansi spider legend.” Students have spent the term learning

about African culture, which is reflective of the school’s diversity - there are currently 22 African students attending Miramar Central. The school annually holds a WOW festival focusing on a country or continent with a unique culture; last year it was India. “We have a cultural week following on from this where we have people from the local community talking and sharing knowledge to students,” Gillian says. Trish Bathard, the leader of the school’s cultural team, says students spent the term creating their outfits, which included 3D models of certain accessories, such as spider masks. “We used lots of recycled materials and paper mache, and they had to think carefully about how to attach the pieces together.”

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Wild Goose Qigong Classes Give your inner self a Spring bath! If you are feeling sluggish after winter, start the Spring and Summer term with classes in Dayan (Wild Goose ) Qigong. This Daoist (natures’s way) Qigong tradition teaches movement and breathing to allow a stronger flow of Qi or energy to all organs, joints, muscles and tendons . It awakens and heals

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Family affair for NZ-born Samoan at Invictus games Faamanu (Nu) Taulafo Filo Leaana will be tapping into all the elements that make him who he is when he represents the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The Invictus Games is the only international adaptive sporting event

for wounded, injured and ill active duty and former service members. This year’s event, in Sydney from October 20-27, will involve competitors from 18 allied nations in 11 adaptive sports. Faamanu, an amputee who has also suffered PTSD and depression,

Miramar’s Nu Filo trains on a rowing machine for the next month’s Invictus Games being held in Sydney. PHOTO: Supplied

will compete in powerlifting, rowing, shot put and discus. The Miramar resident lost his lower right leg and the middle finger of his right hand at Waiouru in 2006 after a fellow soldier who had picked up live ammunition put it into a rubbish bin and it exploded when the bin was emptied. “It was a freak accident, which could have been avoided, but lessons were learnt from that day. You’ll now see posters up around army camps about what you do when you see live ammunition in the training area,” Faamanu says. The accident happened five years into his army career and forced a rethink. He’s now an IT analyst for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington and is training to compete at his third Invictus Games. “This year is different because the last couple of years my family were unable to travel to the United States and Canada but the convenience of the Games being held in Sydney means more of my family and friends will get to attend and enjoy them. “When I’m going through my journey I will also have my family there for the ride, going through those hard times too. Seeing them enjoying Sydney will put a smile on my face.” Parents Sinapati Leaana Filo and Senia Filo, who moved to New Zealand from Samoa 43 years ago, will be leading his family support team.

Thursday September 20, 2018

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Beauden’s boot finally costs All Blacks It’s time Beauden Barrett’s goal kicking came under the scrutiny it needs. For a long time, his general play around the field has got him through but in Saturday’s 36-34 loss to the Springboks it was a glaring problem. I grew up watching rugby with my Granddad and he always said you pick your captain first and then your goal kicker. This loss proved how impor ta nt that simple for mula can be in the outcome of games. Yes, the All Blacks gifted them two intercept tries but had Barrett kicked his goals to an All Black standard, New Zealand would have escaped. Barrett kicked just two of six conversions and at least two of them were makeable by a goal kicker worth his salt. To heap more misery on the Wellington playmaker, both he and Damian McKenzie were on the park

and no one went for a drop goal in the last minute. Rugby has become a game of tries, not goal kicks and drop goals, but when a penalty goal or drop goal is enough to win a game, someone needs to have that skill and execute it under pressure similar to Saturday’s game. T h e A l l Bl a ck s d id enough to win the test match. Take nothing away from the Springboks who deservedly won the contest through taking their chances, producing relentless defensive pressure and rattling the usually unflappable men in black into poor mistakes. This has to be a wake-up call that points can’t go begging no matter how much of a genius Barrett is in general play. Credit to South Africa - an absorbing test match which the All Blacks, to a man, must learn from.














Thursday September 20, 2018