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It’s all (bus) stop By Jamie Adams
Disgruntled bus commuters could be faced with weeks of waiting even longer to catch their bus, or indeed face no bus actually turning up, as a regional drivers’ strike begins today. But the drivers’ action has received plenty of support from other unions, some city councillors and the wider public.
The Tramways Union last week announced all members employed by Tranzurban (a subsidiary of Tranzit Group) and Uzabus would walk off the job for an indefinite period from October 23 after the companies refused to allow its drivers to attend a union stop-work meeting on Friday to discuss pay and conditions, with negotiations having stalled with those companies. Continued on page 2.
Members of Unions Wellington show their support for bus drivers at Cuba Mall on Labour Day. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Unions in solidarity as bus drivers begin strike Continued from page 1. Due to a legal loophole, the start date was deferred to October 25. It is possible the strike will last until November 30. While Uzabus operates on the Kapiti Coast, Tranzurban operates 50 percent of buses within the Wellington City network. About 140 of Tranzurban’s drivers are members of the union, while 50 work for Uzabus. It came after NZ Bus drivers rejected a deal struck between their employer and the union at Friday’s meeting. Those drivers will continue to work as negotiations go back to the drawing board. Striking was the only option for Tranzurban union members, Tramways secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says. Since Tranzurban joined NZ Bus as operators on a new Wellington bus network this year, drivers have been pushing for better pay and conditions, with claims they are working up to 14 hours a day. They have also voted no confidence in Greater Wellington Regional Council for allowing the situation to happen, and have called for a commissioner to take over management of the network. A demonstration organised by Unions Wellington, a local
The Brass Razoo Solidarity Band performs during the demonstration at Cuba Mall on Monday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
affiliate of the Council of Trade Unions, took place at Cuba Mall on Monday, with at least 100 people turning up in support. Convenor Ben Peterson told the crowd it was fitting the protest took place on Labour Day when “working people are celebrated”. He said the bus companies brought in by the regional council had “refused to give drivers a fair deal”. “We are here to pledge that every day we will be there to support them.” Wellington City Councillors Sarah Free and Fleur Fitzsimons also attended the protest
to declare their support for the drivers. “We have to send a strong message that bus drivers, like all Wellingtonians, should have decent wages,” Sarah said. “This is important to Wellington City Council as we are now a living wage employer.” In a statement Tranzurban says bargaining negotiations are still underway and are only in the early stages after mediation through the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise was accepted by the Tramways Union. “We are disappointed that the Tramways Union have
continued with what we see as premature and poorly thought out strike action,” spokesperson Helen Tickner says. “Expecting members to go for up to five weeks without pay is excessive and unfair, particularly as we are still in the early stages of negotiations.” Tranzurban claims it pays Wellington drivers a standard starting rate of $22.20 an hour, nearly $2 more than the living wage of $20.55. Others earn at least $21.40 an hour. It also says no drivers are permitted to work 14-hour shifts and have to take breaks every five-and-a-half hours.
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Plan ahead, Metlink warns commuters Greater Wellington’s public transport network agency Metlink says travellers should plan ahead in case the route they travel on is affected by striking Tranzurban bus drivers. Metlink spokesman Alan Seay says exactly how any industrial action may play out is difficult to predict, but it will
keep bus travellers updated on the evolving situation through the Metlink website and social media channels. The Metlink website shows that more than 180 routes, including school routes, could be affected by the strike, but Alan emphasises that Greater Wellington is uncertain as to which ones will be affected.
“ T he key me ssage for our customers is to please check before you travel. Use Metlink’s app or website to check for cancelled services.” Alan says Metlink regrets the impact industrial action will have on bus customers. The strike comes at a time when the regional council released data showing the
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Petrol cost too high? Time to get an electric bike Switched-On Bikes founder and operator Ryan O’Connell on a Moustache X-Road e-bike outside his new and improved waterfront shop. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
inbrief news Halloween of remembrance Island Bay Presbyterian Church is bringing Halloween closer to its origins next week with a special way to remember loved ones who’ve passed away. Groups who meet at the church will be transforming the church’s playground and memory garden into a light and lantern extravaganza with homemade lanterns, and inviting the community to add a personal element, decorating a river stone, then entering the “All Hallows Lantern Garden of Memories” to place their memorial stone. Anyone can join in during the evening of October 31, 4pm - 9pm, Island Bay Presbyterian Church.
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With fuel prices at record highs, there’s never been a better time for Wellington commuters to join the e-bike revolution, a retailer says. Ryan O’Connell, the founder of Switched On Bikes on Queens Wharf, says there has “definitely” been an increase in e-bike use over the past 12 months, thanks in part to a campaign led by energy company Mercury. “You would drive into the city and would see a huge billboard advertising an electric bike,” Ryan says. “If you’re sitting in your car wasting petrol at traffic lights…it makes you think of a more fun way to get around – one where you don’t have to spend $2.50 a litre for fuel.” Ryan says e-bikes are perfect for Wellington as the electric
motor counters the barriers of pedalling against hills and wind on a conventional bicycle, factors that put people off commuting that way. “People can get a little bit of help from the battery to head up a hill and not to be worried about the direction of the wind when going on their ride. It makes it so much more enjoyable.” Those who live in the southern and eastern suburbs have an added incentive with Wellington’s extensive coastal scenery. “The South Coast is beautiful. I live in Berhampore so when I ride an electric bike I will often ride around the bays to Island Bay then ride back up the cycleway to my home. “If I’m riding a standard bike I’m more likely to take the direct route home.” E-bikes have different unas-
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sisted top speeds depending on the make, with the legal power output for those designed for New Zealand roads being 300 watts. The most common are 25km/h and 32km/h, which Ryan says makes sense in a city environment. With the council proposing more 30km/h areas in the city to make the roads more cycle-friendly, Ryan believes the lower limit should apply to all traffic. “Bikes should be governed by the same speed that’s on the sign. If we were to have a legal top speed for e-bikes I would suggest it be 32, or 20 miles per hour.” Unlike electric cars, recharging the battery can be done through a home-based charger or even a desktop computer. “Most batteries charge to 80 percent of its capacity in two hours, then do a slow charge
for another 2-3 hours. For most people if they’ve done their commute they can plug it into the charger for an hour or two then they will be back up to 100 percent.” “We find with most of the bikes we sell that people can ride for about 60-80km around Wellington. That’s including riding against the wind and up some hills.” Prices have also dropped as supply increases. Ryan says a good quality e-bike would now start at $2800 with an average sale price of $3800. “The people who have chosen to ride an electric bike as their main form of transport are so happy with their investment. “It’s a healthy choice, they don’t have to worry about the price at the petrol pump, environmentally it’s a good idea and the servicing on them is minimal.”
Tributes have flown for Denis Adam, a major contributor to the Wellington and New Zealand arts scene, who died in hospital on Wednesday, October 17, aged 94. Denis and his wife Verna started to collect art in the 1960s. In 1975 they established the Adam Foundation to consolidate the ownership of this growing collection. The foundation’s activities then extended to support arts in general, and have tended to focus on emerging artists. Their support includes the Adam Art Gallery and the Adam Concert Room at Victoria University of Wellington, the Adam Chamber Music Festival and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
DHB switched on to save energy Work to reduce energy use and adopt more sustainable practices has resulted in Capital & Coast DHB saving more than $1.3 million over the past five years. In 2013, Capital & Coast DHB embarked on creating energy savings of up to 10 percent each year. Upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, along with new cyanosis LED lights, have seen the DHB’s carbon footprint reduce by over 980 tonnes per year. “The new tubes have enabled us to save around $2000 in just a couple of months, and are expected to save us around 60,000 kilowatt hours,” Sustainability manager Valentino Luna Hernandez says.
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inbrief news CBD streets go car-free on Sunday Wellingtonians who drive into the CBD are advised to ditch their cars this Sunday as the council hosts a car-free event from 9am to 1pm. Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke - Open Streets will see parts of some central city streets opened up for people and closed to cars. It will be the first Open Streets event on this scale to be held in the central city and people are encouraged to plan their travel ahead of time. A route starting from Hunter St and running along Wakefield, Cuba, Dixon and Taranaki streets to Jessie St will be closed to traffic from 6am to 3pm, with Manners Street to be bus-only. Bus routes 3 and 21 will be affected.
Rejection of drug-drive testing disappoints Victim Support and Brake, two organisations that support road crash victims, say they’re disappointed a proposed law to test for drug driving has been scrapped. Parliament last Thursday rejected a Members’ Bill enabling Police to perform random roadside drug testing on any driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. “While we acknowledge the challenges in drug testing and potential flaws in the Bill, victims have been denied the chance for it to be taken to select committee,” said Victim support general manager Karen McLeay.
Wellington Subways to help fight hunger Subway restaurants in Wellington will join nationwide franchises to fight food insecurity in celebration of World Sandwich Day. The American “submarine sandwich” company invites the public to join its largest fundraising event of the year, the Subway Live Feed; an initiative to help fight world hunger and feed Kiwis in need. In partnership with leading food relief charity KiwiHarvest, every guest who visits a Subway restaurant and purchases a sub, salad or wrap gets another one free, and Subway will donate the cost of a meal through KiwiHarvest to those seeking hunger relief. In 2017 on World Sandwich Day, 13 million meals were donated globally, and 90,000 meals were donated in New Zealand alone, with KiwiHarvest helping communities who
experience food insecurity and anxiety. Each donation will be captured on the Subway Live Feed digital tracker, and all are invited to follow the progress via SubwayLiveFeed.co.nz. Starting out as a fun way to celebrate the humble sandwich last year, World Sandwich Day has become a key date in the Subway calendar, dedicating sandwich love to feed local New Zealand communities in need. Subway is inviting all locals to come down and join in the celebrations to make a difference to the lives of fellow Kiwis. “We certainly appreciate the support that we receive from the local community in shining the spotlight on such an important cause,” says Geoff Cockerill, Subway Australia and New Zealand country director.
Rebecca, Mohit and Sumit, staff of Subway Te Aro, which will be joining other Subways around Wellington in participating in World Sandwich Day next week. PHOTO: Supplied
Together with KiwiHarvest, Subway New Zealand aims to donate more than 100,000 meals this year, making a difference to schoolchildren, families experiencing food
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Identifying quake-prone ‘priority’ buildings Wellington City Council has opened a Government-required consultation to identify priority earthquake-prone buildings, including those on key transport routes, which will need to be strengthened in a shorter timeframe. Changes to the Building Act following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes mean ‘priority’ buildings must be strengthened in seven-anda-half years rather than the normal 15 years. The new deadline applies to high-risk quake areas identified around the country. This includes Wellington, Christchurch, Napier/Hastings, Gisborne, Blenheim and Palmerston North.
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Airport’s new car park may reduce freeloaders By Jamie Adams
Wellington Airport’s new multilevel car park officially opened to the public on Friday, with the head of a local residents association “cautiously optimistic” it will help reduce freeloading in nearby streets. The nine-storey car park building has over 1000 car parking spaces and features a parking guidance system that informs drivers of free spaces on each level, so they can quickly locate available space. Wellington Airport’s transport manager Pippi Kettle is pleased to have the car park open to the public. “It’s a great milestone for Wellington Airport and we think the public will like the new building and parking options available to them.” The car park offers covered parking that can be booked online ahead of time, as well as drive-up options for use on the day for any length of stay. The building will also house a transport hub located on the ground floor, which offers a dedicated area for bus and coach pick-up and dropoff, due to open later in the year. Free public pick-up and drop off areas have been extended and additional bike and motorbike facilities have also been created. The airport has also introduced a 120-minute express parking zone near the building and close to the
What Wellington Airport’s new carpark building looks like.
Long walks to prepare for emergency Kāpiti Lions and the Rotary clubs of the Hutt Valley are organising walking events from Wellington to Kāpiti via Porirua, a distance of 50km, and from Wellington to the Hutt Valley, a distance of 30km. The purpose of the November 10 and 11 walks is to help the region’s residents get better prepared by having them practise for a potentially long walk home in case a major disaster cuts off roads and railways. The Long Walk Home events are supported by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO), which works to encourage people to increase their level of preparedness for emergencies. Each of the three legs start at 8.15am: On Saturday, November 10 walk from Wellington Railway Station to Ngatitoa Domain, Mana then on Sunday, November 11 walk from Ngatitoa Domain to Marine Gardens, Raumati. Hutt Valley walkers on Sunday will go from Wellington Railway Station to County Lane, Silverstream. The events are open to people of all ages and abilities.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you support Tranzit bus drivers going on strike?
Paul McGee, Te Aro “Yeah, I do. I want everyone to have a better working environment. I commute so I will walk or take an Uber.”
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Simon Manning, Kaiwharawhara “Absolutely, given what they’ve been through. It’s been a fiasco, and we knew this fiasco was coming.”
Joy Campbell, Kilbirine “Yes I do. I think striking is one way of getting the point across that things haven’t been resolved.”
Liam Hockings, Newtown “Yes, definitely. Drivers get paid bugger all and it means what they are doing is not worth it financially.”
Margaret Parker, Kilbirnie “I think it’s brilliant they’re going on strike. The drivers should get a pay rise because of their long hours and it’s not easy.”
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Incompetent regional council believes cheapest is best Dear Editor, The incompetent GWRC chose the cheapest bus company tender resulting in the commuters paying the cost in unsatisfactory hubs, new bus routes and increased fares. It’s time to elect better regional councillors who put the residents first and not the cheapest bus companies who possibly ordered 1000 new buses before the cheapest tendering process was confirmed. Martin Beck, Mornington
Easy to spend other people’s money Dear Editor, I hope all your readers took a good look at the photograph on page 5 (CSN October 18) showing the cycleway as it now is. When the Mayor’s compromise is finished the roadway will be a few centimetres wider and the cars will have a kerb to park against (but
they will be very much in the same position as in the picture). The pavement will be extended to the new kerb and will be divided into a pavement for walkers and a cycle way. This means the length of the Parade will require new drains to reach to the new
guttering at the new kerbs. The quoted price has gone from $6 million to $12 million, Paul Eagle says. The City Council hopes to pick up more money that is now available from the NZTA to fund it. Has no one on the Council the sense to return to the residents’ approved Cycleway
Council squanders money on new cycleways Dear Editor, It seems WCC councillors like to squander other people’s money recklessly. Mayor Lester now wants to use $24m of taxpayers’ money and $8m of ratepayers’ money to revamp the southern cycleways! Lester rejects the Island Bay residents’ preferred cheaper ‘option E’ to revert it back to its original form, but Lester wants to replace that with his own more expensive compromise version?
It’s time to reject Lester and political party frivolous councillors at the coming local-body elections before they plunge us into massive debt in their desire to pacify big design and roading contractors. Ratepayers deserve better than expensive political party campaigns for party councillors who have hidden big-business party agendas. It’s time to elect independent candidates who listen to the citizens. Martin Beck, Mornington
Option E (at an approximate cost of $2 to 3 million) and use the extra money to get the cycleway into Wellington completed, since that is their intention? It is easy to spend other people’s money. Irene Fagan Island Bay
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Work to start on Kilbirnie connections We’ll soon be starting work on new connections for people riding bikes on Rongotai Road, Crawford Road and the top section of Constable Street. The construction of new bike paths on Constable Street and Rongotai Road will be under way from Monday 15 October, and on Crawford Road from Monday 29 October. We aim to have all of this work completed during December 2018. These changes are part of making it easier and safer to walk and bike around the eastern suburbs, to Newtown and the central city. What to expect • On Crawford Road and the top of Constable Street, we’ll be installing uphill bike lanes. • On both sides of Rongotai Road, between Onepu Road and Te Whiti Street, there will be kerbside bike lanes. • This work includes changes to bus stops and removing some parking.
Joanna Yiannoutsos, Kilbirnie “I support the strike. Everything’s a right mess with this whole thing. What’s made this different is [Greater Wellington] cut off three or four routes, making things inconvenient for us.”
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Writer has been misled by heathens Dear Editor, About the letter from Richard Noble (CSN, Oct 18), this is a rare occasion when I agree with what he says, to some extent. Knowing some history, I was pleased to see him cite the names of several major wars that were not started by religion, anyway. All the same, he seems to be oversimplifying what he thinks
are the usual reasons for war: He says these are worldwide land-grabbing plus conflict between different cultures and deliberate promotion of their mutual hatred. I can’t help thinking he is hinting at our own country’s history; but perhaps we are still getting that same deliberately fomented hatred, though not mutual, but one-way. I conjecture that Mr Noble is some
sort of academic with neo-Marxist and pacifist views. Quite likely he has read and been convinced by quite a lot of GB Shaw and HG Wells, for instance. There was a time when I too was led astray by those very readable and persuasive old heathens, before I came to my senses. H Westfold, Miramar
Airport’s plan shows outmoded view of world Dear Editor, Ken Mulholland understandably is concerned about the future of the Miramar Golf Club and also potential loss of a noise buffer for nearby residences from the threat of an airport expansion. But the larger concern should be that the Airport plans to expand at all. In a carbon-constrained world
there will need to be less air travel and less tourism, not more. The airport calmly talks of ‘forecast growth’ which reflects an outmoded view of the world and looks like a desperate ploy. But given that in this ‘Post Truth Era’ there is very little critical response in that vein when the airport speaks (just look at the
comments in Word on the Street, 18/10) the airport may get away with it. In order to have a ‘get real’ discussion there is a need to realize that the Post Truth Era is mainstream in New Zealand. Richard Keller Lyall Bay
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Name changed because Queen Victoria is hated Dear Editor, Re Paul Franken’s letter (CSN, Oct 18), he and I seem to have much the same idea about the real reason for renaming Victoria University of Wellington as the University of Wellington: that the alleged prevention of confusion with other Victorias in the world is just a lying, weak excuse for the change. After all, the incorporation of
“Wellington” in the old name surely told the world that this is where Victoria University is; so why does “University of Wellington” make doubt or confusion less likely? And as Mr Franken says, there are many Wellingtons in the world as well as all the Victorias, too. No, the real reason was simply the PC and left-wing outlook of certain people: they hate the name of Queen
Victoria, as she symbolised monarchy, imperialism, colonialism, and the worldwide expansion of Christianity plus private enterprise traders throughout the growing British Empire in the 19th century. I recall that Karl Marx drew attention to the export of investment capital at the time. This explains quite a lot. H Westfold, Miramar
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‘Old Salts’ celebrate 100 years of Evans Bay yacht club
ABOVE: Life members of the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club gather in front of the clubroom for its centenary celebrations on Monday. RIGHT: Gary Wagstaff next to a 1926 P-class dinghy, one of the oldest surviving boats in the Evans Bay Yacht Club. PHOTOS: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
Glorious weather made Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club’s Open Day all the more memorable as the culmination of a weekend of centenary celebrations. Guests and club members — including life members going back to the 1950s — gathered for a photo opportunity, followed by lunch and an interclub regatta
to kick off the centennial season on Monday, Labour Day. Club president Paul Sara says at least 150 people turned up each day to celebrate. “On Friday we had a movie night. Saturday sailing was cancelled due to bad weather but on Sunday we had Old Salts Day where members from around the country gathered.” Former Commodore Gary Wagstaff was one of the oldest
Work on new Kilbirnie bike lanes has begun Work to install new connections for people riding bikes on the top section of Constable Street and part of Rongotai Road began last week, with work to begin on Crawford Road from Monday. The street changes were approved by councillors in March, following a year-long community engagement process, and are being made in partnership with the Government and NZ Transport Agency. Councillor Sarah Free, the Council’s Portfolio Leader for Walking and Cycling, says the new infrastructure will provide a greater level of protection for people riding bikes on these busy streets. “In the last few months, we’ve seen a big increase in people using bikes to get around, both in the numbers and variety of people riding,” Sarah says. “These improvements are planned to connect with a wider network of improvements in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook and we will be asking for further feedback from the community on options for those routes in mid-November. It’s an exciting time for cycling in the city.” On Monday, October 15, contractors began work on Constable Street to build an uphill bike lane, from Coromandel Street to
Alexandra Road. Sharrow road markings will go in on the downhill traffic lane. All five parking spaces will be removed on the uphill side, and several on the downhill side. Green wait areas (stop boxes) will go in at the Coromandel Street intersection and green road markings will clearly delineate the bike lane near the Alexandra Road intersection. The bus stop will be temporarily relocated just uphill from the existing stop while the work happens. Two traffic lanes will operate at peak times, however traffic will be down to one lane at times. Construction of kerbside bike lanes on Rongotai Road, between Onepu Road and Te Whiti Street, has also begun. The bike lanes will be next to the footpath and protected from the traffic by a raised concrete buffer, which people can park against and use to safely get in and out of cars. Parking for about 30 vehicles will remain – about 17 less than at the moment. In time, the Rongotai Road bike lanes will connect with new paths and improved crossings at the Kilbirnie bus hub. There will also be improved crossings at the Onepu Road intersection for people walking and biking.
club members to attend the celebrations. He joined the club at age 13 in 1950, becoming a life member in 1992. The Wagstaff family were active throughout the club’s history. Gary’s grandfather William and father Cyril were both life members and all, along with Gary’s son Greg, have been national champions over the decades. Gary remembers the club was originally based in Rongotai,
shifting to its Evans Bay location after land reclamation. “The council built the twostorey building and my grandfather did all the negotiations with them.,” Gary says. “There was a hall on the other side that was used for dances and as a picture theatre every Saturday night.” Another highlight of the century was club member Stephen Coakley taking a moth dinghy all the way to McMurdo Sound
in Antarctica. The upstairs of the clubroom is notable for the memorabilia from the past century on display, including a P-class yacht built by Harry Highet in 1926, one of the oldest ever built there. The weekend celebrations were just the start of a season of festivity for the club. As well as hosting a national P-class regatta in January, the club will also be hosting a centenary dinner in June.
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The soon-to-be-closed left-turning slip lane. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
New cycleways aren’t the only changes happening to roads in Kilbirnie. The left-turning slip lane on Cobham Drive, adjacent to St Patrick’s College at the Evans Bay Parade intersection, will be closed to traffic for a three-month trial from Monday, October 29. Wellington City Council is working with the NZ Transport Agency on closing the slip lane as part of looking at how this intersection can be made safer for people walking and biking. The closure is being trialled to see if there are any flow-on effects for traffic using Cobham Drive. From Monday the slip lane will be blocked off to vehicles with a mountable kerb and artificial
grass. Drivers will still be able to turn left into Evans Bay Parade at the traffic signals. There will be a clear path across the closed-off lane for people walking or biking to or from the signalised crossings over Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade. If this change is made permanent, it would be done in early 2019 as part of constructing a new two-way bike path on the St Patrick’s College side of Evans Bay Parade, between Cobham Drive and Kilbirnie Crescent. It would also connect to new walking and biking paths on Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade north into the central city.
Thursday October 25, 2018
From life on the streets to teaching addiction recovery An addiction recovery specialist, whose own turbulent early life was turned around through the practice of mindfulness, will be visiting Wellington in November. Dr Valerie Mason-John, from England, is an award-winning author who overcame a childhood of abuse, foster homes, living on the streets at 14 and in a detention centre at 15. She also suffered from bulimia nervosa and addiction. Turning her life around with mindfulness meditation, she was ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order as Vimalasara. “I am a poster child of mindfulness,” says Mason-John, co-author of Eight Step Recovery Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction. Written with Dr Paramabandhu Groves, a clinical psychiatrist, specialising in alcoholism with the British National Health Service, this twice award-winning book has become
the basis of eight-step recovery programmes which are growing steadily throughout Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Vimalasara will be giving a public talk at the St Andrews Centre at 7pm on Tuesday, November 13 entitled “Mindfulness: an antidote to stinking thinking and addiction”. Entry by koha. As well as giving a public talk, Vimalasara will be visiting recovery groups in Wellington including The Bridge Centre and PACT and leading an evening workshop for the recovery community at the Wellington Buddhist Centre. The Wellington Buddhist Centre also has a new addiction recovery group, based on the Eight Step Recovery. The confidential group meets on Sundays from 6.30pm until 7.45pm at the Wellington Buddhist Centre, Broomhedge St off Adelaide Road. Entry by koha.
Award-winning author Valerie Mason-John, also known as Vimalasara, will be speaking in Wellington next month. PHOTO: Supplied
Heritage Week – it’s about time, says Mayor Wellington Heritage Week is back for its second year, once again showcasing the history of the city with events, tours, exhibitions, and sneak peeks behind the scenes of some hidden treasures. Mayor Justin Lester says the 2017 Heritage Week was hugely popular in its inaugural year, and he’s expecting the same results from the event this time around. “Wellingtonians embrace their history as much as their future. Our history has built the founda-
tions of this city, so it’s crucial to preserve, celebrate and respect it, as much as it is to learn from it,” says Justin. “The waterfront is a great example of the benefits of preserving heritage. This vibrant and bustling space is a good demonstration of the city’s living history, which is full of character and a well-defined sense of place.” There will be more than 30 events featured over Wellington
Heritage week, many of which have entry free or by koha. But bookings are necessary for many, with a few events already booked out. Heritage Week celebrates the remarkable history of city that can be celebrated all year round, according to Council Heritage Manager Mark Lindsay. “Heritage is not just about buildings and locations, it’s also about culture and people. Wellington is a city that celebrates
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its heritage and recognises how changes over time – good and bad – have helped shape the vibrant city we have today. “Although some of the events are already fully booked, much of what’s available this Heritage Week is also available most days of the year, like visits to the Nairn Street Colonial Cottage, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Truby King House gardens, and Council’s City Archives can organise
tours too.” The Council Archives tours are fully booked. But there is an exhibition showcasing a sample of the collection which is open for all walk-ins. The full collection of over 650,000 documents, artworks, images and ephemera can be visited by contacting archives@ wcc.govt.nz to book. Visit https://wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz/ to see the full list of events.
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Participants of last year’s Diwali Fesival. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington City Council will be hosting its annual Diwali Festival this Sunday. Also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, Diwali is Wellington’s local Indian and South East Asian communities’ most vibrant cultural celebration. The lighting of lamps at this ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life. Highlights of the festival include delicious Indian vegetarian food stalls, traditional and contemporary dance, music and fashion arts, craft and henna stalls, and an exhibition on the
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Thursday October 25, 2018
LitCrawl turns five with feast of events Wellington’s favourite literature festival is celebrating its fourth birthday this November. LitCrawl started in 2014 with 15 events in one night. This year, the festival spans four days and features over 50 events. “We are both surprised and delighted,” co-director Claire Mabey says “It is heartening to be here today with a plump programme and the support of so many.” “We always thought of LitCrawl
as the bringing together of things that we love about Wellington and New Zealand’s writing community, and that remains true today. The venues, the writers, the publishers, the crawlers -- everyone has a big part to play.” On Thursday November 8 the festival begins with Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar talking to RNZ’s Kim Hill about his extraordinary success. His debut book Calling a Wolf A Wolf has been acclaimed
worldwide. A poetry showcase on Friday night November 9 features Akbar, alongside other international guests, Raymond Antrobus (UK) and Doireann Nì Ghrìofa (Ireland), with Aotearoa talents Dominic Hoey, Tayi Tibble, Erik Kennedy, Hadassah Grace and Ray Shipley. That’s followed by the “epic” crawl on Saturday November 10 with 25 events between 6pm - 9.30pm throughout Wellington’s CBD.
Highlights will include a conversation about killing off characters (with authors Steff Green, Elizabeth Knox, Annaleese Jochems); True Stories Told Live (including Lizzie Marvelly, Raymond Antrobus, Eirlys Hunter, Victor Rodger and more); Lit-Synch for your Life (where writers talk about musical influence and drag queens lip synch the selections); and the much-loved session in Alistair’s Music will feature Nadia Reid this year.
Local writers involved in the festival include South Coast resident Nick Bollinger who will discuss songwriting at Alistair’s Music on Cuba Street at 8.30pm on Saturday, November 10, and Matariki Williams of Island Bay, who will make an appearance in the Dead Ladies Show at San Farn, Cuba Street at 7.30pm on Sunday, November 11. Matariki will also discuss the state of art writing in Aotearoa at the City Gallery at 2pm on November 11.
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Thursday October 25, 2018
Auckland proves too good for Lions in Mitre 10 Cup semi The season is over for the Wellington Lions after they were beaten 38-17 in their Mitre 10 Cup premiership semi-final by Auckland at Eden Park on Saturday afternoon. The play-off match could not have started better for the Lions after Wes Goosen scooted down the sideline in the opening five
minutes to score in the corner. However, things got a lot tougher as Auckland started to dominate the breakdown where the Lions suffered at the hands of the referee who penalised them repeatedly. That gave Auckland a territorial advantage and they made it pay as they crossed three times in the
opening half to take a 24-10 lead. Lions head coach Chris Gibbes made several changes at halftime, bringing on the likes of Dane Coles and Du’Plessis Kirifi who made an immediate impact with his work around the field. A sustained period of domination saw the Lions close the gap to just seven points as Teariki
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Ben-Nicholas, who also had a strong game, crossed following an attacking lineout. While the door looked to be open for a Lions comeback the job was made a lot more difficult after impressive Auckland No 8 Akira Ioane crossed for the second of his two tries. The deficit, combined with the
heat of the late afternoon sun, saw the players struggle as they chased the match which was beyond them when Auckland scored the last of their five tries. Still, the Lions tried to the end but will know they made too many mistakes and turned over too much ball to reach the premiership final.
Scots defend college Sevens rugby title In the Wellington Secondary Schools Sevens final Scots College successfully defended the Christian Cullen Cup, outpacing St Patrick’s Silverstream 26-10 in the Cup final. Scots scored the first four tries of the finale unanswered before Reilly Higgins and Ryan Amer restored some respectability with consolation efforts for the Catholics. Scots’ greater aggression at the breakdown and athleticism on the flanks was especially telling as Jaylen Tuapola, Roderick Solo (2) and Epe Sailo crossed the strip to settle the contest quickly. Scots, who were national runners-up last year, looked by far the most impressive team scoring 24 consecutive tries before concession. In pool play Scots trounced Hutt Valley High School (43-0), Taita College, (29-0) and Wainuiomata High School
(62-0) to establish a semi-final meeting with St Patrick’s Town. St Patrick’s Town was consigned to second in Pool C after narrowly losing to Silverstream 24-22 in a key early afternoon pool play encounter. Scots scored two tries in the first two minutes against their Kilbirnie rivals, before facing a genuine acid test for the only time in the day. Town bustled over out wide and then had a try disallowed as they went to the break trailing by five. Scots swiftly regrouped to prevail 31-12. The towering Isaac Sailo, the industrious Kees Jansen and New Zealand Barbarians Schools selection Caleb Cavubati also impressed for the champions. Scots College will head to Auckland in December to take part in the National Condor Sevens tournament.
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Toddy, the trophy and a trip to the bathroom Pride captain Jackie Patea-Fereti and coach Ross Bond proudly hold the Farah Palmer Championship Cup. PHOTO: Reef Reid /radarphotography.co.nz
The Wellington Pride will be playing in the Women’s Farah Palmer Cup Premiership division in 2019 after a popular home win in the championship final over the Otago Spirit at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday. The Pride won the final 57-5, outscoring their southern opponents nine tries to one. Fullback Timena Tuma’ai and right wing Monica Tagoai both scored two tries, while props Angel Uila, Janet Taumoli and Dora Laupola (off the bench) scored one each, as did captain and No. 8 Jackie Patea-Fereti and lock Joanah Ngan-Woo. Second five-eighth Amanda Rasch shrugged off a hamstring injury from last weekend’s 33-7 semi-final win over North Harbour to kick six from nine conversions. For the Pride, first-five Acacia Claridge-Te Iwimate – in her 50th appearance for the side – and centre Fa’asua Makisi both had strong games, the former a constant threat taking the ball to the advantage line and the latter with several lively bursts. Patea-Fereti was typically industrious along with hooker Alicia Print, with the
replacement front row trio of Rosie Stirling, Laupola, and Elieta Taito delivering a significant impact when they came on. In particular Laupola and fellow replacement Bernadette Robertson delivered fends and bump-offs that got loud reactions from the crowd. Left wing Leti L’iga didn’t add to her tally so finished this season with 52 tries in 50 games combined for her Oriental-Rongotai club side (41) and the Pride (11). The Pride finish the season having won six of their seven games, after losing in their opening match to Hawke’s Bay. They were they only side to lower Canterbury’s colours, with the defending champions routing Counties-Manukau 52-29 to claim back-to-back Premiership titles. Along the way, the Pride established two record scores, beating Tasman 88-3 and then toppling that with a 118-0 win over Taranaki. The Pride also established a new Women’s FPC season points scoring record, tallying 449 season points. The Pride scored 69 tries this season in their seven games.
There is nothing better than a free lunch. The national provincial rugby championship is a glorious nursery for New Zealand rugby but it’s worth is going unappreciated. This Saturday, Auckland will play Canterbury in the premiership final and entry will be free to everyone who wants to witness it at Eden Park. It’s a good initiative to give a final the atmosphere it deserves, but a sad reality of how irrelevant the competition has become to the casual rugby fan over the past 20 years. My fi rst live rugby memory was watching Todd Blackadder’s Canterbury beat Counties Manukau in the 1997 provincial final. A photo of Toddy hoisting the trophy aloft hung in my bathroom for many years and may do so again in the future. I sat at ground level on temporary seating on the sideline such was demand for tickets to the 38,000seat venue. It was a sunny afternoon game (imagine that for an outlandish theory to draw people in) and running rugby
was the order of the day with more than a dozen All Blacks on show. Jonah Lomu and Joeli Vidiri were on the wings for Counties but Canterbury proved too strong winning 44-13. I can’t remember much of the game itself as sitting at ground level as an eight-year-old meant I wasn’t tall enough to see any exciting moments. More than 40,000 people saw that final live and there were even more at Dunedin’s Carisbrook the following year when 40,626 witnessed Otago bear Waikato for the 1998 crown. Even with free tickets, it’s unlikely half that will turn up on Saturday. It’s my belief the provincial competition is what keeps the All Blacks at the top of the rugby world. It’s the reason Steve Hansen can name a 51-strong end-of-season squad and still have players feel hard done by when they miss out. Some of the best things in life are simple and effective. The NPC competition may be lost in the oversaturated New Zealand rugby market but it still has its place. Provincial rugby is the strength of rugby in New Zealand.
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