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Tyler Florance is proving to have an artistic talent that belies his 16 years of age. The St Patrick’s College student has been honoured as a guest exhibitor of five of his works at the Seatoun Arts And Crafts Club’s annual exhibition and sale this weekend. Continued on page 2. St Patrick’s College student Tyler Florance with the five paintings of native birds he will have on display at the Seatoun Arts and Crafts exhibition. Clockwise from top: A yellowhead, a banded dotterill, a North Island piopio, a rifleman, and a bellbird. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Continued from page 1. Normally only members of the club get to exhibit, alongside one of each of the top Year 12 art students from five secondary schools in Wellington’s south and east, who also receive prizes. However Tyler, a Year 11 student, so impressed the club with his paintings of native birds that he was invited as a special guest for the 47th exhibition.

“I’ve been privileged to get the opportunity to exhibit some of my works,” he says. What’s more remarkable is that he is self-taught, having only taken up art as a subject at school this year. “I’ve done painting pretty much my whole life and have developed my skills over time.” Most of Tyler’s works are centred on native birds, especially those that are endangered or

extinct. “I like to paint less known birds to bring forward to the public an appreciation of the wildlife of New Zealand.” Most of the paintings are watercolours, though some are oils on canvas. Tyler is committed to a Catholic education. He attends St Patrick’s in Kilbirnie despite living in Churton Park, and previously studied at St Ben-

edict’s School where he painted a mural. Tyler has been invited to sell his works, which could be worth as much as $800 in value, having earlier sold paintings in a school art auction. The Seatoun Arts Club exhibition opens on Friday 7pm for 7.30pm and runs from 10am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Seatoun Village Hall, Forres Street, Seatoun.

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Preliminary work has started on the old Lyall Bay surf club building, in preparation for its demolition which is due to start next week. This project is happening as the old building is in a bad state of repair, and Lyall Bay surf club now has a new home in the neighbouring purpose-

built clubrooms. The demolition of the old club building is one of the final stages of the restoration and strengthening of Lyall Bay, which has included the construction of a new car park at Surfers’ Corner, planting on the dunes for aesthetic reasons and to protect the

area from coastal erosion, and extending the block wall for more protection against storms. The area will be fenced off, and demolition (which is expected to take up to a week, weather dependent) is planned to start within a fortnight.

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New cycle lane poorly planned, says local By Jamie Adams

A transformation towards cycle-friendly streets in suburban Wellington is happening – but not everyone is happy about it. Newtown’s Todd Spencer has spoken out over what he believes is lack of consultation and poor planning regarding a new cycleway that runs up beside where he lives on a busy arterial road. Upper Constable St between Coromandel St and Alexandra Rd has been altered as part of the Wellington City Council’s Kilbirnie Connections cycleway project. The uphill lane has had parking removed and replaced with a kerbside cycle lane while the downhill lane will have sharrows marked, indicating cyclists are permitted to share the lane with motorists. Todd says Constable St was already narrow enough but with the introduction of raised buffers to separate bikes and vehicles the situation is now worse. The project has meant the loss of five car parks, which on that street are very sought after. “Where do we park? They’re essentially just moving the problem to a different suburb.” Todd now has to regularly park on side streets where free spaces are also in high demand. He says he had been involved in a minor accident in the area, with another car also being clipped soon after, due to extreme congestion caused by the restriction of roadworks. But his biggest gripe is what he says is a lack of consultation. “They didn’t really consult people. They just left notes on the car and in our letterboxes. The neighbours don’t know a lot about it either.” Todd isn’t anti-cycleway and believes a compromise could

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Wellington is now a prime place to see threatened native bird species and hear a dawn chorus according to a survey which shows numbers are booming. One trend indicates that kakariki have increased about 700 percent since 2011, and new species have been picked up in the capital’s annual bird count. Trends also indicate that tui are twice as likely to be seen in a council reserve than in 2011. “This is a fantastic result and shows there will be visible results as we progress towards becoming a predator-free capital,” says Mayor Justin Lester.

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A garage sale is being held this Saturday at Breaker Bay Hall to raise funds for the hall’s upkeep. The historic hall at 150 Breaker Bay Road is exposed to sea weather and needs regular maintenance. Responsibility for the hall lies with the local residents’ group, Breaker Bay and Moa Point Progressive Association (BBMPPA). Annual events such as the Breaker Bay midwinter swim after-party are held at the hall, while other groups hire it for dance, music and other events. The garage sale will take place from 9am–3pm on November 17. On sale will be clothes, toys, books, knick-knacks, sports equipment, furniture, retro items and more.

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of consultation on Kilbirnie Connections with two drop-in sessions at the ASB Centre last November. The council had approved the project in March and there had been publicity leading up to its commencement. She accepts some people will

resent the loss of car parks but notes the raised buffers are an alternative to painting the lane, as they could be moved if feedback necessitates that. “We will be keeping an eye on it. We always review projects.”

Fraud expert Bronwyn Groot will hold a free workshop called Get Savvy on Scams at the Wellington Central Library from 11am to noon on Monday, November 19. With scams on the rise, Bronwyn travels the country showing people the tactics fraudsters use to steal money, how people can protect themselves and what to do if they’ve been scammed. The workshop, which takes place after International Fraud Awareness Week from November 11-17, is hosted by Wesley Community Action and Wellington City Council. To register, please contact or phone 04 385 3727.

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inbrief news Post-war pandemic remembered The 1918 influenza pandemic killed 50 million people internationally, around 9000 nationwide, and 757 in Wellington. The main breakout occurred between October and December, with New Zealand losing half as many people to the flu in two months as it did during the whole of World War I. To acknowledge the centenary of this tragedy, Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson will launch a commemoration this Sunday, Novemeber 18 at Karori Cemetery, where most local victims were buried. Professor Geoffrey Rice, author of two major publications about the epidemic in New Zealand, will also speak.

Hemp seed now sold as food Regional economies are the biggest winners of rule changes that allow hemp seed to be treated as just another edible seed. “This is great news for the local hemp industry, which has argued for decades that the production of hemp seed foods will stimulate regional economies, create jobs and generate $10-20 million of export revenue within three to five years,” Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 and the Food Regulations 2015 will be amended to allow the sale of hemp seed as food. Hemp flowers and leaves will not be permitted.”


Feedback sought on proposed Newtown bike connections Wellington City Council is asking people who live or regularly travel in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook to provide feedback on three options for possible bike routes and street changes in these suburbs. The council is planning to build “safe and convenient bike connections” in Wellington’s south with a cycleway project called Newtown Connections. The proposed cycleways cover the area from Dee Street in the south to the Basin Reserve, and would possibly include off-road links. There would also be different bike path and lane options for the busiest routes, and possible

changes on some streets to encourage slower speeds and provide quieter on-road connections. This feedback phase is the second of three opportunities for the public to have their say. Final plans will also be influenced by the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project, which is looking at broader transport changes for the city. Councillor Sarah Free, portfolio leader for Cycling, thanks the more than 770 people who provided their thoughts during the first round of community discussion on the project. “Eighty-five percent said it was important or very important to make it easier and safer

for more people to ride bikes in and around the wider Newtown area,” she says. “It’s now time to work together to develop the best possible plan for how we are going to do that. She says the three packages out for discussion align well with the community desires that came through in feedback earlier in the year, fit with Government and Council funding and planning objectives, and provide good connections. On-street parking will almost certainly need to be partly reduced in streets including Adelaide Road, Rintoul Street, Waripori Street, Russell Terrace, Constable Street and Wilson Street.

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Christmas trees to light up airport in charity drive This year’s Cystic Fibrosis Wellington Christmas Tree Festival will feature over 40 beautifully decorated Christmas Trees lighting up Wellington International Airport in December. This is the fourth year the festival has been hosted by Wellington International Airport. Chief Executive Steve Sanderson said the airport is proud to host the event. “People really delight in seeing the creativity that goes into the trees, and passengers as well as the airport community look forward to each year’s new creations,” says Steve. “The event creates a real buzz at the airport during the Christmas period and we’re proud to support the fantastic work of Cystic Fibrosis Wellington.” Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a seri-

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Christmas trees light up Wellington International Airport at last year’s Christmas Tree Festival. PHOTO: Supplied

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No faulting importance of science, says primary teacher By Jamie Adams

An Island Bay School teacher hopes her experiences in a series of geological inquiries will inspire many of her students into taking up science. Dianne Lee, the school’s science curriculum leader, recently took part in a six-month lithology field trip involving studies in Marlbor-

ough, Wairarapa and along the South Island’s Alpine Fault. Called What Makes the Earth Shake?, the programme saw Dianne work alongside postgraduate students from the school of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University, under the supervision of Head of School Professor John Townend, with the support of the

Royal Society - Te Aparangi. “My first adventure was to visit Lake Grassmere looking for evidence of paleotsunamis in this region,” Dianne says. “It was real science in action, from gathering data and interpreting data, through to finding evidence and critiquing it for accuracy. “I learnt how important this type of work is to inform the public

ABOVE: Island Bay School teacher Dianne Lee is back after a six-month-long series of geological adventures with earth scientists. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

of the need to move to higher ground in quakes lasting over a minute, as there is definitely evidence in this region of three inland tsunami surges here.” Then it was to the Pinnacles, Wairarapa where they studied the lithology of rocks along the Purangirua and Hurupi streams, the purpose of which was ultimately to look for evidence of submergence and faulting. Her third trip was to the Alpine Fault which she says was “fascinating”. “I went there to observe and assist a team of three doctorate students whose job was to collect data cards with the latest seismic readings, and to replace batteries, solar panels and other parts. “I did get to view the drilling sites where Professor John Townend was involved with the drilling of two major bores

down into the fault itself at Whataroa, on the West Coast. She now knows how “deadly powerful” the Alpine Fault is, with the potential to break over 360km to unleash an earthquake many times greater than the Christchurch quakes. Dianne got involved with the Royal Society programme after a change of government policy allowed schools to focus on inquiry – posing questions rather than simply learning facts. “I said to our principal we are missing things that we could be bringing back into the classroom.” Dianne has a passion for science, having taught it as several schools over four decades. She believes it is important to get children interested in the subject from a young age, especially as schools focus more on sustainability and the perils of climate change.


LEFT: Dianne undertakes auger work at Lake Grassmere. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington teachers to strike tomorrow Primary teachers began a week of one-day rolling nationwide strikes on Monday, with the Wellington region’s teachers set to have their turn tomorrow. Facilitation under the Employment Relations Authority has concluded and the strike meetings will consider new offers from the Ministry and recommendations from the facilitator. Striking primary principals and teachers rallied in Auckland on Monday, the rest of the North Island except Wellington on Tuesday, and greater Christchurch today. They were due to strike in the rest of the South Island on Thursday and in Wellington on

Friday. The Ministry has made a new offer to teachers, which leaves percentage increases of three percent a year over three years unchanged from the previous offer. However, it now includes a new top step and the partial removal of a cap on qualifications for some teachers from 2020. For most teachers, the Ministry’s latest offer, taking into consideration all of the changes to the salary steps, would mean a total salary increase of approximately $9500 - $11,000 over three years. NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart says the offers do not address class sizes or release


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time. “The question is will this address the crisis in education and the teacher shortage? What we asked for had children at the heart - for example more time to teach and smaller class sizes,” she says. “This is something that our members now need to decide.” Lynda says members would carefully consider both the offer and any recommendations made by the facilitator at mass meetings being held during the strikes. “Teachers and principals do not take strike action lightly. This second strike is unprecedented for primary schools in recent years.”



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Iconic Evans Bay jetty to be demolished By Jamie Adams

A historic landmark notable for its role in the formation of the Labour Party is to be no more. After a decade of being closed to the public due to its extremely poor condition, the Patent Slip jetty in Evans Bay is set for demolition after Wellington City Councillors unanimously voted against funding its restoration at a City Strategy Committee last Thursday. A report by council officers in the state of wharves and jetties in the eastern suburbs found several needed investment to maintain their structural integrity, while for one it was uneconomic to replace, let alone repair. Officers had recommended the Patent Slip jetty, located next to the Wellington Sea Cadet Corps, be demolished as far back as 2011. However it was deferred following an outcry, and again after an e-petition in 2016/17 called “Save the Evans Bay Wharf” attracted 62 signatures. A report from Conservator and Architect Ian Bowman notes the

jetty is historically very significant in New Zealand’s industrial relations history. “The emerging militancy of the industrial workers at the [Patent Slip] site led to the carpenters’ strike at the Slip and ultimately to the great waterfront strike of 1913,” he wrote. “The industrial unrest spread and contributed to the creation of the New Zealand Labour Party.” For that reason it is listed in the Heritage NZ register and officers acknowledged that an “interpretation” of the jetty should remain in some form. Councillors agreed with the report recommendations, which stated priority should be given to neighbouring Cog Park Wharf, as well as Seatoun Wharf. “Sadly it is not possible to make a coherent argument to retain and replace the Patent Slip jetty for the small number of fisherpersons [sic] who enjoy it,” Chris CalviFreeman said. “The $2m in recommended additional capital funding would balloon to $4m. The $2m is mainly about the strengthening

The condemned Patent Slip jetty on Evans Bay. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

of Seatoun Wharf, which is of course an operational wharf.” Fellow Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free called for an “exhaustive analysis” of the options before deciding, while other councillors supported funding a land-based interpretation of the jetty.

Southern Ward Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds the Recreation portfolio, said it is important to consider further necessary work on the Greta Point Wharf and the Evans Bay Boat Ramp which are budgeted for spending in 2021/2022. Alex Randall, a 13-year-old

student at Hataitai School who organised the e-petition, says while he is disappointed with the decision he accepts the reasons for it. “I am sure that sufficient funds will be put towards other structures in the Wellington area,” he says.

‘Merry Vinnies Christmas’ More bus services on key routes come into play about hand-up, not hand-out New services and timetables on 12 key routes came into effect on Sunday. The routes are 1, 7, 17, 17e, 19, 19e, 23, 23e, 24, 29, 29e, 32x. Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) chief executive Greg Campbell says this means there will be more services on weekdays, particularly during peak times, as well as on Saturday evenings. “These timetable changes are the result of improvements to the network and will help achieve better on-time performance,” Greg says. “One of the extra services will be the 17e 8.25am which will loop around the Brooklyn hub before heading in to the city. This service will provide better service to Brooklyn school during term time. “ The number of buses being cancelled has returned to pre-strike levels of about 1 percent, while patronage remains steady at about 90,000 daily during the working week, he adds.

Meanwhile, an independent review of the implementation of the new bus network is underway. GWRC and the NZ Transport Agency have jointly commissioned Australian company LEK Consulting to undertake the review. The first stage will focus on the implementation of the new network, consultation, and communication. The aim is for this stage of the review to be completed and reported back to Council and the public by midDecember. At the same time GWRC has launched a publicity campaign to inform customers about what its public transport agency Metlink is doing so there is enough capacity for passengers on Wellington’s buses. The campaign advises customers that Metlink is running extra buses in Wellington city on some routes during peak times to address capacity problems, and two buses arriving one after the other is intentional.

In the past, St Vincent de Paul Wellington have distributed wrapped children’s presents to welfare clients and their families for Christmas. This year, the charity will be doing things a little differently, to keep in line with its motto of a hand-up, not a hand-out. “A Merry Vinnies Christmas” offers a shopping-style experience to parents and families looking for assistance over the December period. This means giving people the dignity, ownership and choice over what they receive by giving them the option to choose the presents they get from welfare providers at Christmas. This also deals with the issue of people receiving presents that are not wanted or that are inappropriate for their child. The Vinnies Newtown Welfare Office will be transformed into a mini toy shop from the beginning of December, with donated unwrapped gifts on display for people to choose a present

for their children. “There will also be a wrapping station, so people can choose the paper and wrap the presents themselves – reinforcing the ownership and dignity aspect that we are trying to foster,” spokeswoman Millie Lambess says. Throughout November, Vinnies is calling on Wellingtonians to donate unwrapped presents to be included in the ‘A Merry Vinnies Christmas’ toy shop. It asks that all presents are collected and dropped off (or it can be picked up) by Monday November 26, giving it time to set up the shop for December. Presents should be for appropriate for 0-16 year-olds and in new or near new condition.  Bookings are essential for anyone interested in accessing the toy shop over December. Please contact Vinnies Wellington on 04 389 7122 or email for more information.

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Son to launch book of late mother’s poems The wonder of living in Island Bay – in all its many moods - is the theme of At Home in the Bay, a collection of heartfelt poems by Mary Logan, to be launched next Saturday. Mary, who lived in Island Bay from 1950 until her death in 2015, was a prolific author of short stories and poems, winning awards here and overseas as well as being published in the Listener and having stories broadcast on RNZ. Late in life she had a major biography of politician Arnold Nordmeyer published. It was launched by Prime Minister Helen Clark in Kurow in 2008. These poems about Island

Bay date mostly from the later years of her life. They were often inspired by the projects she set for the poetry group she mentored in Island Bay and are linked together by her love of the coastline. Her son Ian Logan has selected the poems about Island Bay from a larger collection of Mary’s poetry and complemented them with his own art and paintings by his father, gifted artist and doctor, John Logan, who died in 2004. The book launch at Island Bay Library on November 22 will start at 5.30pm. Ian says the choice of location is appropriate as Mary was an avid reader there.

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What the new bike rack in Grey Street looks like. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington’s first covered public bike rack is now available for use. The new Grey Street bike rack, which opened on Monday, is also the first Dutch two-tiered rack Wellington City Council has installed for public use. It is similar to one Victoria University of Wellington has adjacent to its School of Architecture and Design. The new rack, which will park up to 59 bikes, is open to the footpath but protected from the weather by a new three-sided, bus stop-style shelter. It has been installed adjacent to

the public shower and toilets to provide a convenient option for people who would like to freshen up or get changed after biking into town but don’t have facilities where they work. The rack is easy to use, but staff will be on hand from 7am–9am for the first few mornings to help show people how the top deck works. People will also be able to check out the new rack, and electric vehicle (EV) charger recently installed just across the road, at lunchtime today, 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Staff will be on hand, and there will be two electric vehicles on display, including one with a 400km range. Councillor Sarah Free, portfolio leader for walking and cycling, says the Council is keen to test the style of rack and, depending on demand, will consider putting in one or two more in central city locations. “To help manage congestion as the city’s population grows, we need to encourage as many people as possible to be walking, biking and taking public transport.”

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Hospice festival provides the taste of summer How many strawberries can 8000 people eat? After 13 years of running the Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival we know the answer - 3,500 punnets of strawberries, served with 700 litres of icecream, 20 litres of gelato and 40 bottles of strawberry sauce. Thanks to generous supporters, everything is donated, and it is served by more than 150 amazing volunteers. One of those volunteers is Wellington’s deputy mayor Jill Day, who had a sneak pre-taste in preparation for the event on Wednesday 21 November at Midland

Park, Lambton Quay. “The Strawberry Festival is an amazing event that celebrates everything good about summer – sunshine, music, community, and of course, strawberries,” she said. “I’m so pleased to be able to help out the Hospice on the day. They are such a great organisation and most Wellingtonians have had a connection with them. I know from experience that Mary Potter Hospice offers the most incredible, compassionate service to people at a very stressful time and I’m so pleased I can do my bit to help them out.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Should we have Lime scooters in Wellington? If so, should they be allowed on footpaths?

Jason Aramoana, Happy Valley “I think we should. We could have them all around, just not in busy places – not the footpath in the CBD. Otherwise maybe limit them to 20km/h there.”

Isabell Tom, Island Bay “It depends. If they are dangerous they could be on the cycleways instead. And they should wear helmets. “

Hamish Johns, Kilbirnie “Bring them here, it would be fun, though they might not go too well up hills. They could probably go on cycleways but not on roads, otherwise on footpaths.”

Finn Gaupset, Newtown “Yes. They’re good fun and get people out of the house. Yes, I don’t think anyone would want to ride them in the CBD when it’s busy.”

Quinn McHardy, Lyall Bay “Yes. I ride a normal scooter so I’m all for it. Probably have them on the cycle lanes. If you have them on the footpath then 20km/h should be the limit.”

Annie Hay, Te Aro “I’m on the fence. I think they look extremely dangerous. I support shared transport but then they’re not safe on the road or the footpath.”

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 let ter s or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

RIP Newtown/ Kilbirnie car parks Dear Editor I have recently been sourcing black wardrobe items to wear as I am mourning the loss of car parking space along Crawford Road and Constable Street to make way for cycle lanes. Maureen Flanagan Miramar

Better to have public fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day Dear Editor Your “Word on the Street” (CSN Nov 8) once more got me thinking about the current paranoia with regard to safety, plus the politically correct dropping of the Council’s harbour display, on Guy Fawkes Night, substituted by one to mark the apocryphal Matariki - of which alleged ancient Winter festival hardly anyone had ever heard till the late 1980s.

Surely November 5 is far more likely to have fine, mild weather than late June or early July is; and the former display on the harbour was a popular one. Too bad that the firefighters don’t like all the scrub-fires from Guy Fawkes fireworks: that’s all part of the job. As well, there is a PC wish that the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, and its fortunate frustration, be forgotten. Perhaps some

Dear Editor In response to Tim Dalman’s letter (CSN Nov. 8), he’s not the first to call me a dinosaur. By now, this is a hackneyed term of abuse for anyone who expresses conservative or traditional views on anything at all - he/she is claimed to be a prehistoric survival. We are now to believe that right and wrong change over the years, and are simply relative, not absolute.

I also wish Mr Dalman would take the trouble to read what has been written by Richard Noble and me: we didn’t deny that some wars have been started by religious differences. We did deny that all wars are so started; and both of us instanced wars that had not been started by religion. And I very much doubt that it was the presence of a mosque in Newtown that motivated any letters



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lawless types wish that the plot had been successful, and that King James, his wife, and all his children had been killed as planned, at the opening of Parliament. I believe we need that annual reminder that you can never trust a Papist, and that Guy Fawkes himself got the works for high treason. He was rightly punished for his intentions, whether or not the gunpowder

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faith; but he then tells us that only Islam is. I think most readers will at least think that this is the pot calling the kettle black, no matter what their own

religion or irreligion might be. I could say a lot more, but won’t bother to do so. H Westfold, Miramar

Newtown pupils give new block seal of approval Newtown School pupils have been buzzing over their new state-of-the-art building that was officially opened last month. They have submitted their thoughts on the building to the Cook Strait News. Here are a few of them: There have been issues like [kids] being locked in the bathroom [but] it has been a success for the school anyway. The kids feel happy about the new school. Raz Crawford, 7 When I was waiting for the new building I was sick of it because of the noise and half the school was taken away. I like the safety glass because it is very hard to break and the breakouts (small rooms) are sound proof. Ares Torrie, 7 When I was six I had a teacher called Sarah and she said there will be a new building and we would have a new school with new whiteboard tables and new stools and they are awesome. There are colourful colours [in our new classroom]

- white, grey and green. Suliman Abboud, 9 When I was six Karen, my teacher at the time, told me about the new school [building] I was really excited. All the class [and] all the teachers were excited too. Mr Brown (our principal) was excited too. All the kids in Newtown school were excited too. Everyone was excited!!! Suzanne Al Bazazi, 8 We have been in our new building for two weeks now. What I like about this school [building] is the new chairs and new tables and breakout spaces and the new whiteboard tables. Jahvis Tihanyi, 8 When I first heard about the new classroom I knew that it would change my life forever. When they were making the new school [building] you could hear the digging wherever you went. It sounded like WW2 all over again. It was madness. It’s really colourful in the new space. Isaac Marshall, 8

Thursday November 15, 2018

Signs are Seatoun church has bright future By Jamie Adams

A century-old church in Seatoun has its history cemented in word thanks to the generosity of a local real estate agency. The Miramar Peninsula Community Trust hosted a gathering at St Christopher’s Church last Thursday to unveil a sign board commemorating the history of the church and its neighbour, Seatoun Village Hall. Chairman Richard Stubbs says the investment in the sign by Lowe and Co is testament to the value still placed in the Presbyterian church, which had faced an uncertain future only three years ago. Declining patronage and earthquake vulnerability had led to its closure, with congregations being moved to the nearby St George’s Anglican Church in 2015. Locals Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh then purchased the building with the view to preserving it and developing it for community activities, with the MPC trust being set up to manage it. Since then, with financial

support from Wellington City Council, the church and the hall have combined to become Seatoun’s community centre that caters for commercial operators, charity groups and family groups. “This is not one of their facilities but right from the beginning they supported the trust board in making these facilities available to the community and our relationship with them has strengthened,” Richard says. Use of the church has been “gearing up” recently, he says. “The choir pews have gone, we’ve got a more useful area and we look forward to using this for more concerts.” He also assures people that while the building does require earthquake-strengthening, the council has deemed it safe to use and the work isn’t required until 2027. Richard says the trust wanted to record a brief history of the two buildings and have done so through the sign board. He praised agents Annie Newell and Craig Oliver of

Surrounding St Christopher Church’s new historic sign are Richard Stubbs, chairman of the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust, with real estate agents Annie Newell and Craig Oliver of sponsors Lowe & Co. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Lowe and Co, who attended the presentation. “If we have people who are prepared to be generous then we can

get a lot more done.” Craig says his company’s sponsorship of the sign reflects the company’s long association with the

church and the Seatoun community. “We felt it was something we could do. It means they can spend their money on better things.”

Market day to celebrate fresh new Koru Hub Koru Hub will have free 10-minute massages for adults and fun activities for children this Saturday as it celebrates 16 years in Island Bay with a creative new make-over. The gift shop and a wellbeing centre is a well-loved local identity and new owners Emma Francis and Alan Simpson say they are delighted to run it as it continues to grow and change. “What first made me want to buy Koru Hub was being a counsellor at the wellbeing centre and loving the space and the community,” says Emma. “It is a calm and peaceful place to work, where the staff and practitioners are so

warm and friendly.” Emma says the community market day will give people a chance to “taste” Koru Hub. “We are a unique hub in the centre of Island Bay where we want people to feel nurtured and inspired.” There will be free wellbeing treatments including massage, yoga and reiki, crafts, kid’s activities, helium balloons, food, music, a sale table, and gift vouchers to win. Emma and Alan are painting the outside of Koru “a vibrant scheme of paua colours to reflect the changes taking place inside and the next phase of its life”.

Koru Hub co-owner Alan Simpson works on repainting Koru Hub in preparation for the Market day. PHOTO: Supplied

“We are so lucky to have such an amazing group of natural health practitioners that really care about everyone who walks through our doors,” Emma says. “When we took over Koru Hub we decided that apart from the wellbeing products, everything else in the shop would be made or designed in New Zealand. “We are committed to supporting local artists and crafts people.

As well as the repainting, Koru Hub will now have a community porch where people can chat, have a cup of tea and read the “inspirational” community noticeboard. Emma notes many people are also using Koru Hub’s book-sharing shelf, where people can bring a book to swap or just come and take one to read at home. The Koru Hub Market Day will be held at 10am-2pm on Saturday November 17.



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Performance art festival promises interaction Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA) was launched yesterday with an evening of performances at Playstation Gallery. The Wellington-based performance art festival runs until November 18 and brings together a wide variety of artists from New Zealand and around the world. The 17 attention-grabbing, confronting performances will explore the topics of consumerism, coloni-

sation, music, and communication and will be held daily at Play Station gallery and Thistle Hall in Te Aro. PAWA founder and curator Sara Cowdell says there is a really exciting line-up this year. “I am super happy to have two public performance works taking place this year. We have the seasoned performer Mark Harvey and the playful Binge Culture Collective featuring Newtown’s Joel

Baxendale,” Sara says. “Both of their works involve audience participation, so viewers will get a chance to have a unique experience and be a part of an artwork.” Thistle Hall will also host an exhibition curated by Istanbul Performance Art running from November 15-18. The exhibition will include videos, photographs and interesting information related

to performance art. Sara says a festival such as this is important, as the art form isn’t as acknowledged or celebrated in New Zealand compared to other art forms, despite its massive scope and potential. “At PAWA we aim to share with people an art form that is incredibly powerful with a fascinating history rooted in politics, protest and the human condition. It opens

you up to a whole other realm of understanding.” The festival will also aim to inform and educate the public on this incredible medium through a variety of discussions, workshops and community breakfasts that will be open to all.  To view the full programme and purchase tickets go to program.

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Thursday November 15, 2018


Boccia champions prove win wasn’t stroke of luck By Jamie Adams

It’s not often you hear about a team that wins a championship in its first outing – even rarer for that team to win again the following year. But that’s exactly what the ladies of the Wellington Southern Suburbs Stroke Club achieved after attending the Stroke Central regional boccia championship in Palmerston North last month. Even more remarkably, the mixed competition saw the ladies take on the men’s team from the same club in the final after eliminating eight other teams in the tournament. “We both got into semi-finals then played off against each other,” Bill Roche says. “Some clubs had mixed teams, we happened to take two single-sex teams.”

The competition involved clubs from the lower North Island as far as Hawke’s Bay, following the attendance of Stroke Central’s AGM. “Last year was the first we entered and we won it,” Rosalind Moore says. “Last year was a fluke but this year we proved we’re just fantastic. “I’m sure it’ll be a different story next year. We’ll enter a mixed team.” Part of their success was attributed to player Jean Boughen, who they agree was a standout performer. Boccia is a variant of bocce, a sport similar to lawn bowls, which caters to people with disabilities. Many stroke clubs participate in the sport as a means of exercise therapy as well as engagement with other survivors.

Already an All White and he’s still at school

It’s usual for a college to have bragging rights when one of its alumni goes on to represent New Zealand in a major sport at the top level. But it’s extremely rare for one of its students to be playing among the best when he’s still attending school. St Patrick’s College’s Liberato Cacace managed to do just that this year, the result of which was being named College Sport Wellington Sportsman of the Year at an awards ceremony earlier this month. Liberato received his award after not only becoming the youngest debutante of the Wellington Phoenix at just 17, but also one of the youngest ever All Whites at the same age. Following his professional debut for the Wellington Phoenix in February, the Year 13 student played two games for New Zealand in the Intercontinental Cup in India in May. His selection made him the fi rst All White to be born in the 21st century. Liberato’s rise was the outcome of hard work at the Phoenix academy which he joined in 2016 and appearances in the under-17 World Cup in October last year. He says achieving the award was one of his goals for the year.

LOCAL CRICKET RESULTS: PREMIER ONE-DAY MEN Eastern Suburbs 138/5 (33.2 overs) beat Petone-Eastbourne 137/9 (35.0 overs) Victoria Univesrity 187 (44.3 overs) beat Wellington Collegians 142 (40.1 overs) PREMIER RESERVE ONE-DAY MEN Petone-Eastbourne 195 (43.1 overs) beat Eastern Suburbs 100 (39.1 overs) INTERCITY ONE-DAY MEN Eastern Suburbs 250/3 (30.0 overs) beat Petone-Riverside 166 (21.5 overs) Indian Sports 191/9 (40.0 overs) beat Stokes Valley 106 (34.3 overs) FIRST GRADE ONE-DAY MEN Petone-Riverside 160/5 (39.4 overs) beat Eastern Suburbs 159 (35.2 overs)

SECOND GRADE ONE-DAY MEN Wellington Collegians 117/5 (31.0 overs) beat Eastern Suburbs 116 (38.1 overs) THIRD GRADE ONE-DAY MEN Collegians Chinamen 290/5 (45.0 overs) beat Wainuiomata 116 (31.0 overs) Collegians Falconhawk(e) 120 (29.5 overs) beat Taita 31 (14.3 overs) FOURTH GRADE ONE-DAY MEN Eastern Suburbs 217/8 (40.0 overs) beat Indian Sports 174 (38.0 overs) PREMIER T20 WOMEN Wellington Collegians 120/3 (13.5 overs) beat Hutt District 114/8 (13.5 overs)

Sports talk

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The beauty of the All Blacks winning ugly

St Patrick’s College student Liberato Cacace with his College Sportsman of the Year trophy. PHOTO: Supplied By Jamie Adams

Wellington Southern Suburbs Stroke Club members from left Bill Roche, Jean Boughen, John Howard, Rosalind Moore, Margaret MacPherson and Bryan Butcher (absent Avril Whittam). PHOTO: Jamie Adams

“I was one of the nominees last year but didn’t win it so I thought if I continue to work hard this year I would.” He believes the award is as much a reward for the school’s support as it is for his achievement. “I had to be away from school for a couple of weeks when I went to Mumbai,” Liberato, who is studying NCEA Level 3 subjects, says. “But they were very positive about it.” Liberato’s natural position is in defense. He typically plays at left back, and has also played at centre back. The Phoenix website states him as a midfielder. His coach at the Phoenix academy, Paul Temple, is not surprised with Liberato’s very quick rise. “He’s got a fantastic family and support network around him; they keep him very humble and grounded. That’s a huge factor.” Paul also believes Liberato’s personality is what has got him to where he is. “He’s incredibly motivated. He has a desire to be the best and will do whatever it takes.” Despite the A-League season being in full flight, Liberato has much of his time occupied with exams, having toggled training with studying throughout the year. He would like to do business management at university with the hope of one day taking over his family’s restaurant.

It would have been a perfect Sunday morning for English rugby fans. Sure, their team lost 16-15 to the All Blacks at Twickenham but they played well and have something to moan about all week. A late TMO decision ruling out a late try from a charge down thanks to a tight offside decision. The call was right but that won’t stop the English from bemoaning it for days to come. The reality is, the hosts had every advantage. A stirring 82,000 strong crowd, watched the English roar to a 15-0 lead inside the first 25 minutes. However they were unable to score again for the final 55 minutes and to beat the two-time defending world champions, that simply isn’t good enough. The All Blacks got the rub of the green with a late call and English fans would do well to remember the British Lions got the benefit of a contentious call last year when their clear offside was wrongly adjudicated which allowed them to hold on to a 1-1 draw in New

Zealand. The ugly win provided many talking points for the men in black. It was pleasing to see Steve Hansen’s men win ugly. Often known for blowing teams off the park, they faced adversity and overcame it. Beauden Barrett can kick drop goals - handy to know with a World Cup 12 months away. Sonny Bill Williams will be lucky to keep his spot in the midfield. The polarising centre was injured early and Ryan Crotty came on and made a big impression. Williams has been under the spotlight for most of the season and hasn’t responded. Eddie Jones should get some respite from the ferocious English media. The under-siege coach has earned a one point win over the Springboks and had a narrow loss to the All Blacks over the past fortnight - any English fan would have taken that before the games. The All Blacks won ugly and that’s the most pleasing thing. They won a true test match.


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