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There is likely to be a sea of pink when Wellington’s biggest Zumba Fitness event returns this month for 2018. The annual Zumbathon charity event brings together Zumba instructors from throughout the Wellington region as part of a worldwide effort from the Zumba Fitness community to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Dancing to rhythms from all around the world, about 300 people are expected to turn up in pink outfits at the family-friendly party with fun, easy-to-follow routines led by Wellington’s instructors. Continued on page 2. Wellington Instructors from left, Alison Childs, Natasha Macaulay and Paula Hay. PHOTO: Supplied


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Zumbathon Pink Party breast cancer fundraiser to be colourful Continued from page 1. Many local businesses have got involved and donated raffle prizes. Instructors are donating their Zumbawear and all the proceeds from this event will be donated to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. “It’s a chance to get together, dress up in pink and raise

money for a fabulous cause and one that is very dear to my heart, as my mother is a breast cancer survivor” says Zumbathon director Natasha Macaulay, of Melrose. Natasha loves that participants can have a ball by dancing and burn calories at the same time. “In 2010 I was addicted to

Zumba five times a week. After my second child, I lost 20 kilograms in 18 months. “Then my hot Brazilian instructor left. I couldn’t find anyone like him so I did the training six years ago and haven’t looked back.” The Wellington Zumbathon is being held at 3– 5pm on Saturday, October 13 at the

Wellington Chinese Sports & Cultural Centre, Mount Albert Rd, Berhampore. There are $2000 worth of raffle prizes up for grabs. Tickets are $20 and available at wellypinkparty.weebly. com or email or $25 at the door. Free entry for kids under 13.

Basin Reserve on track to be ready for summer Much of Wellington’s Basin Reserve may currently look like a construction site, but the city won’t miss out on any top-flight cricket over the coming summer season. The Wellington Firebirds have been playing practice matches on the oval over the past two weeks in preparation for their Plunket Shield opener against the Auckland Aces on October 10. The new players’ pavilion is still under construction, but will be ready in time for the first test against Sri Lanka on December 15. The Black Caps will play another test, against Bangladesh, at the ground in March next year. Design work is being carried out for the seismic strengthening of the Museum Stand, which was closed for safety reasons in 2012. The 1925 stand is being strengthened and refurbished at a cost of around $7.7million and it is envisaged that it will be ready by February 2020, in time for a test against India. When completed, the stand will house the Cricket Museum and

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Cricket Wellington offices. The terrace seating in front of the stand is being upgraded and will also be ready for the Sri Lanka test. While the seating work is being carried out the western side of the ground remains closed off. “Eight Wellington men’s and women’s matches will be played at the Basin before the pavilion is ready for the Sri Lanka test, but portable dugouts and marques will be used to shelter the players,” says Wellington City Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds the recreation and community facilities portfolios. “After that the ground will be ready for international cricket and further community use. It will continue to be used for children’s sport at the weekend.” The Council has allocated more than $20 million over 10 years for upgrading the Basin with a number of goals, including refurbishing and strengthening the Museum Stand, improving public amenities, seating and entranceways and developing a children’s play area.

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Pacific designer has fashion dream in his sights By Jamie Adams

A Strathmore Park eco-fashion designer will be Wellington’s only representative in a celebration of emerging Maori and Pacific designers this weekend. Dane, whose real name is Dane Sydney-Smith (Dagger is his brand), will make his second appearance at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show (PFFS) at Mangere Bridge, Auckland on Saturday. “There were 13 designers who got selected to take part. So I was quite fortunate.” Describing his clothing as unique, bold and sustainable, with pieces that are high in drama and fantasy driven, Dane is drawn to eclectic fabrics such as velvets, lace, tulle, plastic and wool. “I can’t wait to unleash the beast out of hibernation,” he says. “PFFS is an important platform for Pacific fashion designers who want to go further with their careers and passion for fashion.” Originally from the Cook Islands, Dane made his debut at the PFFS in 2016. “My goal is to be able to style and dress a client and help them feel more confident and happy with themselves and who they are,” he says. Dane looks forward to showcasing his Resort 19 Collection which he describes as “avant-garde”. “Lots of the fabrics I use are discarded or recycled fabrics. I sort of dabble in eco-fashion a bit.” Social media interaction enabled all the fabrics to be donated to him rather than disposed of. “Anything for me to stop fabric ending up in the landfill is pretty much why I do it.”


inbrief news New apartments in Berhampore Public housing in Wellington received a boost last Thursday with the opening of 34 Housing New Zealand (HNZ) apartments in Berhampore. The complex in Britomart Street, named Te Maru o Tawatawa by the pupils at nearby Berhampore School, will provide dry, modern one-bedroom homes to help meet the increasing demand for smaller units in the capital. HNZ deputy chief executive Greg Groufsky says the $9.3 million dollar development has increased the number of state homes in Wellington City to 1828.

Retirement village pitfalls The financial fish-hooks of moving into a retirement village will be explored at a free public seminar in Northland, Wellington, on October 17. Many people do not fully understand the financial implications of retirement village contracts when they pay for a “license to occupy” a unit. For example, the occupation right agreements offered have little financial sympathy when an occupancy ends due to the resident dying or having to move to more intensive rest home care. To register for the seminar phone the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) on 0800 268 269 or visit eventfinda.

Artist exchange programme Strathmore Park fashion designer Dane Dagger with Sun and Sky, one of 10 outfits he plans to showcase at the upcoming Pacific Fusion Fashion Show in Auckland. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Dane has been involved in fashion for 10 years after an epiphany moment while living in Melbourne. “I moved back to Wellington and started at NZ Fashion Tech a month later.” Since then, Dane has showcased his designs at three NZ Eco Fashion Weeks. One of his favourite fashion moments

was having Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 Rachael Milne appear as his finale model. However the path hasn’t been easy. As fashion work is essentially a hobby, he has had to complement these long hours by working fulltime as a barista in the CBD to pay the bills. “I work from 7am to 2 o’clock then come home at 3 o’clock

and sew till 9 o’clock.” Up to 10 of 45 models on the night will wear his designs as they vie to be the 2018 Face of Fusion. The exposure will go a long way towards Dane’s dream of one day owning his own fashion store and becoming an internationally renowned brand.

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inbrief news Council urges bus mediation Greater Wellington Regional Council met yesterday regarding the GWRC contracts with public transport operators, urging the Tramways Union and bus operators to take up the Council offer to facilitate discussions over drivers’ wages and conditions. “We are urging the employers and the unions to sit down together, redouble efforts, and finally reach a workable agreement that meets the needs of workers, passengers and the bus companies,” Council chair Chris Laidlaw says. Because it is not the employer, the Regional Council is unable to direct employment negotiations, nor use ratepayers’ funds to pay bus drivers directly.

Market’s leftover rubbish puts school parent in filthy mood A parent at Newtown School is fed up with litter left behind from the fruit and vegetable market that is held there every Saturday. “The grounds are not tidied up at all after the markets, leaving rotting fruit, plastic bags and skid marks of fruit (with tyre

marks) on the asphalt most weeks,” Kim Narsi says in an email that was also sent to the Ministry of Education. “I am pretty disgusted with having our kids playing on soiled grounds each week. “We are trying to teach our children about respecting their

Longer days, shorter sprinkler use Residential garden watering restrictions have come into effect for the duration of daylight saving months throughout the Wellington urban area These restrictions allow for the use of a single watering system (sprinkler, irrigation system, soaker hose, or unattended hose) between 6-8am and 7-9pm on allocated watering days: Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month while oddnumbered houses are on odd dates. These are base-level restrictions that apply every year, and can be increased depending on demand and supply around the region.

New rules for temporary housing of pets New animal welfare requirements for the management of companion animals in temporary housing facilities have come into effect. The new Code of Welfare for Temporary Housing of Companion Animals was introduced on October 1. It was developed by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) and has been issued by the Minister of Agriculture. The new code sets out minimum standards and best practice guidelines for animals in temporary housing facilities and applies to companion cats and dogs, as well as pets not covered by an existing code of welfare, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, fish and turtles.

The state of the Newtown School ground next to an overfilled rubbish skip after Saturday’s market. PHOTO: Kim Narsi

it is meeting with the market manager to discuss its expectations around the site being left in a clean and tidy state,” Kim said in a statement. Principal Mark Brown reiterated that to the Cook Strait News after the meeting on Friday. “We have been able to show him the condition of what’s left through photos. We have an agreement that the grounds are to be cleaned by co-ordinators and expect a high standard of cleanliness.” While some rubbish could be left occasionally, that weekend’s mess was a “significant breach of what we expect”. “We’ve been given an assurance by him that they will keep the grounds clean. I feel confident that with the relationship we have, this won’t happen again.” Market manager Damian Yong did not respond to a request for comment.

Holiday fun as Aladdin flies in A modern take on the children’s tale Aladdin is coming to Wellington in time for the school holidays. There is mayhem in China as the wicked Abanazar searches for the magic lamp with its great and powerful genie. But first, he needs help from the hapless Aladdin. Meet the hilarious Widow Twankey, the ditzy Wishy Washy, beautiful Princess Maya, magical, mystical genies and of course, there is the evil Abanazar with a whole lot of Egyptian attitude. There is plenty of chaos and hilarity as Abanazar attempts to find the lamp and be all powerful – unless Aladdin can spoil his magical plans. This version of the play is written and directed by Amanda Stone of Roseneath, whose company the Pantaloons has performed children’s productions in Wellington theatres, especially during school holidays.  Aladdin will be held at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, at 10am and 11.45am on October 9-12. Tickets are $12. Go to to book.

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new environment so it is very ironic that they are welcomed each week to school grounds that are filthy.” Kim says the issue has been brought to the attention of the principal and the Board of Trustees numerous times. “The Board have been trying their hardest to get the school to enforce compliance of the contract which states the market needs to clean up afterward the but it does not seem to be working.” The ministry’s Head of Education Infrastructure Service Kim Shannon says they were aware of concerns being raised and asked the school if any action was being taken. While the board has a casual use agreement in place directly with the market gardeners, as a Crown entity it has a legal responsibility to maintain its property. “The school confirmed that


Some of the cast of Aladdin, from left: Vic Roper as Officer MeToo, Jacey McGrath as Princess Maya, Rob Arnold as Aladdin and Allie Hale-Brown as Officer HuMee. The officers are the royal police who protect the Princess from “commoners”. PHOTO: Supplied

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Military musician promises ‘outof-this-world’ playing Royal New Zealand Air Force Band member Corporal Mary Scott is promising something for everyone at this year’s annual concert in Wellington. The band’s popular Air Force in Concert on Saturday will feature a range of musical styles, from John Williams to John Farnham, and from Sousa to Puccini. The 65-member band is made up of New Zealand Defence Force Reservists, many of whom are active in Wellington’s music scene. Corporal Scott, who leads the clarinet section, says the band plays a range of styles, from jazz to classical. “This year’s concert will have something for everyone,” she says. “My favourite is Struttin’ With Some Barbecue, where you will hear some out-of-this-world bass clarinet playing.” Corporal Scott, who has music, science and linguistics degrees from New Zealand, Germany and London, is currently enjoying her third stint in the band. She joined in 1979 but then left in 1982 to study in Germany. The Seatoun resident came back in 1987 but left the following year to join the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She returned in 2011 and is still going. A highlight was travelling with the band to the Kuala Lumpur

Corporal Mary Scott says this year’s Air Force in Concert will have something for everyone. PHOTO: Supplied

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Music and muffins in students’ Red Nose fundraiser By Jamie Adams

Wellington College students got into the spirit of charity with a fundraising event to finish term 3 on Friday. Year 11 student Ken Rayner and seven of his schoolmates organised a concert and baking sale during lunchtime. It was the first time the school has held such a fundraiser. The concert in the school’s Brierley Hall featured a number of talented student acts, especially from soloists Roshi Sneyd and Sanjay Tejas, whose excellent singing and

guitar work would suggest a future career in music. While that was going several students stall sold red-nose-themed muffins and cupcakes, with all proceeds going to Cure Kids. A total of $817 was raised from the combination of baking sales and raffle tickets for the concert, with prizes donated by a number of CBD businesses. Cure Kids aimed to raise more than $1 million towards vital research to improve, extend and save the lives of Kiwi children with serious illnesses and conditions.

ABOVE: Year 11 students Alexi Zangouropoulos, Hugo Kilspy, Josh Kemp-Whimp and William Antrobus with the various Red Nose Day-themed cupcakes and muffins sold as part of the charity drive. RIGHT: Year 11 student Roshi Sneyd performs Yeah, I Like You during the Wellington College’s Red Nose Day benefit concert. FAR RIGHT: Year 13 student Sanjay Tejas beatboxes during his performance of I See Fire. Sanjay used a loop-pedal recorder attached to his guitar and microphone, which allowed him to layer his music over the course of the song. PHOTOS: Jamie Adams

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With Suzanne Aubert being declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis, New Zealand is on track to get its first Catholic Saint. During her life, Mother Aubert greatly influenced progress in such areas as health, education, women’s rights and social welfare, as well as founding a religious congregation. Her work in the fields of medicine, Maori language and an evolving New Zealand spirituality was pioneering and far-reaching. To mark her day of celebration – the first Sunday in October - the churches in Island Bay are coming together to celebrate the life and work of this social and religious pioneer, and champion of children and the poor, with a festival called CompassionFest. This festival running over the first weekend in October has events for all the family, including a day of activities for children, a children’s tour of Home of Compassion’s new exhibits, a historical society talk on 1900s Island Bay, a pop-up Soup Kitchen, a homebrew beer-tasting evening, native tonics workshop and a symposium called “What does compassion have to do with running a country”, as well as worship services. The first event in the Festival is For Compassion’s Sake: an art exhibition. This will be running the week leading up to the festival in the Island Bay Presbyterian Church lounge, with contributors having been invited to submit work illustrating either the life of Suzanne Aubert or the virtue of compassion. The beer-tasting event ‘Splendid Drop’ will feature a unique beer brewed by

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Kilbirnie School play brings modern humour to Peter Pan story By Jamie Adams

It was standing room only when Kilbirnie School held their biennial production Losing Neverland last Thursday.

St Patrick’s College kindly let the nearby primary school use its hall for the end-of-term musical, which was a modern, humorous take on the characters of Peter Pan. The play, written by Kilbirnie

teacher Katrina Te Rito, saw the Lost Boys living up to their name by falling out of their book and into the real world during a class trip to the library. They then had to travel through

various books in their quest to return to Neverland, which included encounters with pioneering women, famous New Zealanders and Maori legends, as well as their interactions with Captain Hook and Tinkerbell. The entire school was involved in singing and dancing to a number of familiar pop songs in between the acts on stage. After the show Kilbirnie School Principal Tony Austin told appreciative parents in the audience that such a show created “lifelong memories” for their children. “I think it’s a testament about

what’s possible with the arts and why it’s so important. “There’s been so much learning of songs and dances but even more than that, there was so much learning of how much can be achieved when students work together. “There hasn’t been any student who has achieved anything by themselves.” As creative director Katrina says she wanted her script to involve plenty of input from students. “Each class was encouraged to come up with their own ideas for dances. We even used the dance from [video game] Fortnight.”

The Cricket (played by Freya Barnett) leads the Lost Boys (Joe Barry, Tilly Sipeli, Jessica McPherson, Charlotte Masters, Amelia Kamo and Flynn Gordon) on a conga through the jungle during Kilbirnie School’s performance of Losing Neverland. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Wellington designers among WOW award show winners Two designers from Wellington’s eastern suburbs won awards at the prestigious World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards show in Wellington last week. The 2018 show featured 140 finalist garments by 147 designers from 17 countries and regions, vying for 39 awards. Kayla Christensen of Island Bay was second in the Aotearoa section with her garment Ancient Dreamscape and Seatoun’s Ali Middleton

was third with Tar’White. New Zealand’s largest theatrical performance, WOW is celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2018. WOW combines the world’s leading wearable art design competition with a spectacular nightly stage show that attracts an annual audience of around 60,000 people – over 40,000 of those travelling to the capital city from across New Zealand and around the globe.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Could a four-day working week with five days of pay boost productivity?

Tracy Murphy, Kingston It will improve family time as you’ve got extra hours, so you have got less stress. There’s always going to be some employers who will be unhappy about it.

Jonathan Hunt, Miramar If they are all putting their best into it then in an ideal world they could work harmoniously for 32 hours. It’s an incentive for them to work harder.

Thomas O’Farrell, Miramar In some industries it’s easy to quantify how productivity matches the time spent. I wouldn’t think it would work in construction but in offices, maybe.

Sue Burke, Seatoun I’m an employer. It wouldn’t work for our business as our clients could be let down if we couldn’t cover for the day off. It’s not “one size fits all”.

Tony Coard, Kilbirnie Of course it could. People only work six productive hours a day anyway, so it would mean 30 out of 32 instead.

Les Collins, Wadestown Yep. Productivity will remain the same or be slightly higher. Businesses would be better off, especially offices.

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Metlink projecting same attitude as Trump Dear Editor, Mornington has only one bus route now when it used to have two. Metlink’s new hub and route design ignores most of the upper Mornington suburb; residents have to walk up and down to Kingston to catch a No 23. The reason why hubs were not previously used was because Wellington had wise bus routes for the commuters needs, but Metlink decided those needs were not moderncompany useful.

Metlink projects the same arrogant attitudes as Trump – no changes to bus hubs, routes will occur until the end of the bus drivers contract year, while Chris Laidlaw is reluctant to admit his deliberate incompetence; he believes the new bus system is working just great and does not need changing! He was a better RNZ announcer than an All Black or councillor. Martin Beck Mornington

Higher interest rates needed for pensioners It is time for NZ business to show gratitude to superannuants for helping them out. Ever since the Reserve Bank, at the request of the Government, announced a lower rate of bank interest, ordinary people who try to save by

Night bus change means I have to hitchhike Dear Editor, I live in Miramar North Road. I used to be able to go to my nearest bus stop and get on the number 2 and go into town. With the changes, I now have to get on the number 18 and get off the bus at Miramar shops and get on the number 2 just to get into town. I have a quiz on a Thursday night at The Realm it finishes about 9.30 I used to be able to hop on the bus and get off in Park Road, not anymore I now have to hitchhike home instead. Nicki Brewer-Mann Miramar

‘America First’ dream far from reality Dear Editor, Mr Trump projected a Mohammad Ali like attitude at the recent UN Gen Meet – I am the greatest! Float like a bumble bee, sting like a butterfly. Trump cannot talk without waving his hands around, you just can’t take him seriously, and he won’t be the American president forever! First Trump declared there was no trade war with China, now he’s proclaiming he is winning the trade war with China. Yeah right! Everyone will suffer as a consequence. While global media bounce from one distracting Trump tweet to the next, sound people question what exactly has evolved to make America great

putting some money in the bank have been penalised by a zero or almost zero rate of interest. By acquiescing to the low bank rate, so that business can profit while telling the National Party that their confidence is down, we are suffering.

again? Have new car assembly plants suddenly re-established in Detroit by Ford, GM or Japanese car companies? Are lots of Asian clothing sweat shops beating a path to set up business in America? China will continue to manufacture cheap clothing for America and NZ for many years to come! Has NZ’s Fonterra opened in the USA? What is the real level of American-paid jobs and unemployment? Making America’s elite rich able to extract great wealth again - is what it’s all about. Martin Beck Mornington

We are depending on our savings, supposedly safe in the bank, while CEOs are being rewarded with thousands. Did I say thousands, we can’t even comprehend millions! Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Roads are for driving on, not parking on 24-hour parking in Miramar South may well suit the residents who like a law for themselves During the weekends you can always find over half a dozen cars overnight parked in driveways, blocking the footpath and with their rear ends with towbars sticking over the road to trap bicycles keeping to the left. Why are cars allowed to park on the roads anyway? They are for traffic, not as

free parking areas. Some areas even are reserved for residents only to park; they are not a road anymore and should be advertised just like any town-belt area redesignated for private use. Any car parked on the roadside should have their parking lights on to dissuade long-term parking. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Work remains to cut homicide: Victim Support While New Zealand’s homicide rate is falling, too many families are still facing the trauma of homicide, says Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso. New Zealand Police released figures today showing the provisional number of homicides for 2017 was 48 – the lowest in 40 years. Victim Support data mirrored the trend, with the organisation supporting 1617 people bereaved by homicide in 2017/18, down from 1707 the year prior,

and 1989 in 2015/16. Kevin says every homicide leaves many victims. “Behind each death is a family and community scarred,” he said. “To lose a loved one to homicide is one the most devastating losses anyone can experience, and its impact lasts a lifetime.” He also said it remained critical to keep up the momentum on reducing the causes of homicide, particularly family violence.

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Teen conservationist backing the ‘underbird’ of NZ natives By Jamie Adams

George Hobson with a framed photo he took of a banded dotterel on the Petone foreshore last year. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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A Kingston teenager is campaigning for one of New Zealand’s lesser-known native species to be crowned Bird of the Year for 2018. George Hobson is the campaign manager for the “charismatic and adorable” banded dotterel, also known as the pohowera, which is declining in numbers due to habitat loss. He could not give an exact number of the tiny wading bird, classified as a plover, but estimates “between 20,000 and 50,000” exist, meaning they are deemed vulnerable. “They are steadily declining because there hasn’t really been any conservation effort. “They don’t get anywhere near the amount of attention of other birds that people know and love. “They are potentially not so charismatic and conservation is really focused towards more popular birds – kakapo, kokako, the kiwi – whereas these birds are known as underbirds.” Banded dotterels are found all over the country but are especially prevalent among the central South Island’s braided rivers where they normally breed. “They’re dotted around the coasts of both islands as well. They migrate out of those breeding sites. Some got to Australia, others migrate to Miranda Shorebird Centre (on the Hauraki coast) and to Auckalnd and Northland.” George says winning Bird of the Year is crucial in raising awareness for the bird, whose breeding habitat is affected by human activity, especially four-wheel-drive vehicles.

“It’s about stopping people and educating them by saying ‘hey this probablyisn’t the best place to take your four-wheel-drive’. “Hopefully with that there will be more incentive for money to go into conservation work to be done on them.” George, 15, is home-schooled and already has an extensive involvement in conservation with the aim to one day work in the environmental field. He is the communications coordinator for Young Birders NZ, he works with the education team at Zealandia eco-sanctuary, and is on the Forest & Bird Youth Wellington council, as well as its national committee. The Bird of the Year “election” was first held by Forest & Bird in 2005, when it was won by the tui. Since then, various species have taken the title, including the kakapo, pukeko and fantail. Our national icon, the kiwi, won it in 2009.  Voting is open until October 15. To register your vote by email go to birdoftheyear.

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A modern take on classic ‘Streetcar’ Island Bay’s Tanya Piejus has taken the reins of Wellington production that offers a fresh take on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The play, produced by Khandallah Arts Theatre (KAT) focuses on the enduring themes of self-delusion, mental fragility and masculine dominance in the modern world. Tanya Piejus says she chose to direct this play because it is a theatre classic and for its strong female characters and challenging roles for all actors in the cast. “While this remains a powerful and relevant play, I’ve thought a lot about to how it stage it for modern audiences in the wake of the #metoo movement, given it features physical and emotional violence of men against women with no apparent consequences,” says Tanya. In this context, KAT has partnered with White Ribbon to communicate an important anti-domestic violence message in the production that is missing from the script. Written in 1947, A Streetcar Named Desire won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1948 and was made into a famous Hollywood

movie starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando in the early 1950s. The central character is Blanche Dubois who, buoyed-up by desperate fantasies of respectability, fights the furies of destitution, insult, abuse and madness when she is forced to seek refuge under the roof of her younger sister, Stella, and her forceful husband, Stanley, in a working-class district of New Orleans. Reflecting the approach of presenting this play through a modern lens, this production’s set will be more contemporary with an industrial feel through the use of scaffolding and chains to create separate areas. “Notwithstanding the more contemporary aspects of this production, it will stay true to the spirit of Tennessee Williams’ writing, which will satisfy those who know the play as well as those who are seeing it for the first time,” says Tanya. A Streetcar Named Desire runs from Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 20 (production days and times vary) at Cochrane Hall, 110 Cashmere Ave, Khandallah.

Island Bay’s Tanya Piejus directs Wellington south actors Matt Todd, Lox Dixon and Thomas Barker during rehearsal of Khandallah Arts Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Teen singer Annie J one to watch By Gerald Rillstone

Emerging talent Anabel Jamieson, a year 10 student at Samuel Marsden College, has just released her second single. Under her stage name Annie J, her new single is a feel good electro pop song about friendship called By My Side. Mum Jo says from a young age Anabel was known as Bello due to her desire to sing loudly at any opportunity. Her first single ‘Make Believe’ debuted on the New Zealand Viral Top 50 and was picked up by a Belgium blogger. Anabel, of Hataitai, has written and recorded three songs. She would gladly write more but her time is largely dominated by school work at the moment. “I really want to make an album which is my end goal or an EP which is three or four songs and then an album which is about nine songs,” she says. “This is only my second release. It took me about three months to write and the process of recording took me probably another four months.” Anabel has drawn on influences from her favourite artists including Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa and By My Side reflects her everyday life complemented by an electro pop beat. Her training in classical and modern dance has inspired her to make electronic infused music that motivates people to dance, all the while staying

true to her roots as a guitarist and singer-songwriter. “I come up with the inspiration for the songs from my own life experiences, I’m a teenager and there is lots of stuff that I go through that other teenagers go through,” she says. The track was mastered at Miramar’s Weta Studios and Anabel credits her guitar teachers John Avery and Andy Gartrell for their guidance in song writing. A nabel’s ot her songs are Magnum (about her dog) and can be listened to on

Soundcloud, Make Believe which has had over 40,000 streams on Spotify so far and is about a boy in a show she was acting with and is also on Spotify, iTunes or Apple music.

Talented singer, songwriter, and performer Annie J of Hataitai. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

GW chief sets eight-week deadline to fix bus problems Wellington’s maligned bus network has been boosted with the introduction of the new 18e route between Miramar and Karori. It will run without transfers and be available as an all-day service rather than just running at peak hours. Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive Greg Campbell says the council is acting on customer feedback with the new design in place and making tangible improvements every day. “The 18e route is of particular value as it runs via both universities. By moving its introduction forward and extending it into off-peak times it will be more convenient for students wanting to attend lectures at different times of the day outside of the peaks. Last Thursday council leaders and management briefed Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure select committee on progress with the new network. “It’s been a rocky and disappointing start and we apologise for this,” Greg says. “We are getting more capacity into the system, better punctuality, familiarity with routes, and accuracy with real-time information.

“We k now we’ll never ple a s e eve r yo n e a s by the very nature of public transport we can’t offer a door-to-door service for all passengers. “My goal is achieve within eight weeks, with all operators, all agreed punctuality KPI’s and correct bus size matching, providing the correct capacity for each trip. “Quite simply, the bus arrives when expected and there is space to take you on board.” However Public Transport Users Association member Kara Lipski says feedback from two workshop meetings she organised in Miramar and Hataitai revealed there’s still a long way to go. “One person told me it takes one-and-a half hours to get from Roseneath to Kilbirnie. “The loss of the No.5 from Hataitai to the city has seen it replaced by the No.35 but there’s nothing at peak hours. People want the No.5 back.” Kara says while introducing the 18e is a “good first step”, it shouldn’t finish there. “We finally have a direct route from Miramar North to the hospital. Now we need a direct one from Strathmore Park.”

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Thursday October 4, 2018

Tireless public servant advanced the arts in Wellington By Chris Barton

In a diverse and distinguished career, Jim Stevenson (19472018) combined service in the fields of law, government diplomacy, regulatory reform, civil service with an abiding love and support of artistic endeavour. During a significant period of change in New Zealand he was instrumental behind the scenes in guiding the reforms of the Fourth Labour Government. His

ferocious intelligence and muchnoted work ethic were evident in his work on deregulation and competition policy. His long association with the arts began in 1971 when he became the first chair of the New Zealand Students Arts Council. In this position, he toured many rock bands nationally and organised ground-breaking university tours dancers and poets. In the 1970s he supported his wife Jenny Stevenson in

the establishment of the Dance Centre in Wellington and in 1987 they became co-founders of the Wellington Performing Arts Centre (WPAC), offering tertiary level and community classes in dance, singing and acting. It was sold to Whitireia NZ in 2009, when Jenny and Jim jointly received the Absolutely Positively Wellington Award for contribution to the city and community. During the time of WPAC’s

operation Jim offered several personally-funded scholarships to Maori and Pacific Island students. Other artistic interests have included writing the constitution for the national dance advocacy group DANZ and becoming a founding executive member. He will be remembered for his singular wit, as a devoted, supportive husband, father and friend who was compassionate, gracious and generous to a fault.

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‘Inspirational’ TP to lead Wellington’s Halberg Games team By Jamie Adams

Parafed Wellington has its largest team ever heading off to represent Wellington at this year’s Halberg Games at Auckland’s Kings College, on October 5-7. The 17-strong team has been training intensively over the past eight weeks attending weekly athletics sessions at Newtown Park in preparation for the games, a national Olympics for physically disabled and visually impaired eight to 21 year olds. They have also had two swimming sessions with a Paralympic swimming coach. Youth co-ordinator Kate Horan says she is very excited for the team, who will compete on an even playing field. There are 20 sports available including adaptive cricket, athletics, wheelchair rugby and basketball, catering for all levels and abilities. “Most of them are doing both athletics and swimming. Some will get to try sports for the first time. Some events will be competitive and some non-competitive.” The team will be led by Tristan-Perry (TP) Moananu of Miramar, whom Kate describes as an “inspiration” for other kids.

TP is a member of the Halberg Youth Council, a group of 10 young leaders from around the country who represent the voice of physically disabled youth. TP is visually impaired and can only see in blotches, with no central vision. The 17-year-old Wellington College student will compete in four athletics events – shot put, discus, 50m sprint and 100m sprint, as well as a swimming event and, for the first time, golf. TP has been training hard in the leadup to the Games, by attending Parafed Wellington training sessions, as well as keeping fit at Rongotai gym Elevate+. Its operator Pat Ho has sponsored TP to train there and has also provided him with a nutritional food plan. “It’s been really helpful with getting me prepared,” he says. “It was great to meet people with other experiences.” TP will aim to repeat his win in the 100m from last year and improve his times and distances in the other events. Kate says the Halberg Games are as much about athletes forming friendships and building dreams as it is about winning medals.

Wellington pips Canterbury to take junior cross-country title More than 80 young cross country runners from across the Greater Wellington region returned from Nelson having won the annual Inter-regional Primary and Intermediate Schools Cross Country Championships. The event is in its 14th year with Canterbury and Wellington going into this year having won the Phil Costley Shield five times (the two regions were joint winners in 2008, 2010, 2012). This year’s win puts Wellington one ahead. This year was closely contested battle, as after nine events, Wellington narrowly fended off Canterbury to win the Shield by only five points. The years 5 to 8 athletes are the top 10 runners in their age group from Wellington, Masterton, South Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti Coast. Wellington co-ordinator Kirsty McTan-

nery says the team was notable for the amazingly high number of twins. “The year 8 girls team of nine runners had five twins in it, with one set of identical twins running in the team. Of the remaining three girls, two have twin brothers, and one has an identical twin sister.” Vice captain Nathaniel Daniel was also noted for his selfless sportsmanship after a Wellington teammate, Somalian refugee Muse Abraha-Berhe of St Patrick’s School in Kilbirnie, tripped before finishing second in the year 8 boys’ race. “He fell near the finish line and his Wellington team mate who was coming third helped him up rather than run past.” Team captain Jack Hunter of Wairarapa won his fourth consecutive race, meaning he now has every title from year 5 to 8. He is only the second runner to achieve this in the history of the event.

Lions hope to roar back from loss The Wellington Lions will be aiming to make amends when they take on Auckland in the ninth round of the Mitre 10 Cup premiership at Westpac Stadium tonight. After a 49-7 thrashing of Manawatu the previous week, the Lions were brought back to Earth after losing to the Tasman Mako 2822 at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. The win, which lifted Tasman to the top of the premiership table, was built around a disciplined forward effort as they held a clear edge up front. While the two sides were even in a lot of facets of play, it was Tasman’s ability to strike at key times that also gave them their overall advantage. The visitors’ driving play also put the home

side under pressure for periods as they were well organised and ruthless in the right parts of the field. It was a huge credit to the character of the Lions, especially on defence, that they kept themselves in the game as Tasman dominated possession for long periods. The Lions also gave themselves a chance at victory late in the match when replacement Thomas Umaga-Jensen crossed out wide but the Mako held on through their ability to hold on to the ball as the seconds ticked away. The Lions will play second-ranked Auckland at home tonight. Wellington are currently fourth on the table with two rounds to go.

Tristan-Perry (TP) Moananu, of Miramar, at last year’s Halberg Games. PHOTO: Supplied

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with Jacob Page

Jack of all trades the best midfield option I love Ryan Crotty but Jack Goodhue is the best midfield option for the All Blacks. Goodhue appears to be a generational talent, like Brodie Retallick was after the 2011 World Cup. The reality is, that Crotty is a tremendously reliable player. The 31-year-old is not a flashy player, but like Ben Smith, he’s a safe pair of hands who rarely makes a mistake and has excellent game awareness. Goodhue, from Northland, but playing for the Crusaders appears to have the silky skills to handle one of the busiest positions in rugby and he’s only 23-years-old. Goodhue has taken to the international game like a proverbial duck to water. The All Blacks’ 35-17 road win

against Argentina made it clear that Goodhue is the long-term midfield answer. Crotty’s best days appear behind him, not only through age but injury as well. Sonny Bill Williams has and always will be a pet project but he too is hanging on for next year’s World Cup in Japan. SBW continues to give you what you expect - the odd brain fade and a few magical off-loads. Williams has reached his peak, as has Crotty and I’d suggest Goodhue is already better than them both. Goodhue is physically confronting on defence, well organised and has a deft slight of hand which can cause havoc on attack. The next 10-year All Black is here and he’s a boy from Northland.


Thursday October 4, 2018

Mitre 10 Garden Centre team celebrates success

ABOVE: from left, Andrea Scown, Luca, Nicole and Brendan Hall LEFT: The Crofton Downs Mitre10 Garden Centre team proudly displays their trophies. From left, they are Beth Harman, Linda Simmons and Sandy Gaylard holding the trophy. Team Leader Eric Wortman holds the framed certificate. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

The Garden Centre team at Mitre 10 Crofton Downs is rightly elated they have been recognised for their excellent garden centre service, taking home the Mitre 10 Garden Centre Store of the Year award at their retailer’s national awards

ceremony. Team Leader Eric Wortman said the judge was impressed by the way they made the most of the space, the good quality and variety of plants, given the size of their centre. He admits to being “quite fussy”

about how plants are displayed. Mitre 10 Crofton Downs owners, Brendan and Nicole Hall, praised the store’s garden centre team, saying the accolade reflects the determined effort to deliver firstclass customer service.

“We have a knowledgeable team who works incredibly hard, and it’s great to see them formally recognised for all their efforts and their continued focus on quality service,” Brendan says. Congratulations to Brendan and


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