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Wellington College students show their community spirit Continued from page 1. The boys were out in force at various locations including painting the Millward Lane fence next to McDonald’s, decorating Christmas trees for Ronald McDonald House, making rat traps that would be donated for use by Predator Free Mt Vic and collecting food for the St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army foodbanks. Careers transition coordinator Anna Sims says the purpose of Volunteer Day is for students to develop knowledge about the world of

work and have an opportunity to network, as well as learn work-ready skills and experience while giving back to the community. Volunteer Wellington Programmes manager Aileen Davidson is proud of the students’ efforts, as they contribute to an uptake of volunteering at this time of year. “This is an opportunity for the organisations to re-stock for the coming Christmas season, for workplaces to give donations to the foodbanks and for the boys to help make a difference.”

Kevin Weerasundara and Toby Prouse begin decorating a Christmas Tree at Ronald McDonald House. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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Richard Engel and Sam Williams work on rat trap boxes as part of Wellington College’s Year 10 Volunteer Day. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Thursday November 22, 2018

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inbrief news Bus petition passes 100 A petition calling for the extension of the present bus service from Strathmore Park into Wellington CBD via Newtown has reached triple figures. Organiser Kara Lipski says she expects that number to breach 200 by the end of November, after which she plans to submit it to Greater Wellington Regional Council’s sustainable transport committee. The petition has been placed in both community centres in Strathmore Park as well as the kindergarten and local pharmacy. Miramar’s pharmacy, St Vincent Op Shop and veterinary centre are also hosting the petition.

House prices pass $600K Wellington region’s average asking price cracked the $600,000 mark for the first time after climbing 9.9 per cent on last year to reach $602,950, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Head of Trade Me Property Nigel Jeffries says many districts in the region are breaking records. “The latest rateable value update by Wellington City Council has seen the average RV climb about 45 percent which is incredible growth in just three years. “In the last six months, the average asking price in Wellington has jumped up a solid $31,550 and while this rate of growth can’t continue forever, it looks set to stay for the foreseeable future.”

Kahurangi School pupils in their team shirts following after-school sports at the ASB Centre. With them are Port Nicholson Rotary Club president Bev Wells, right, and youth director Joy Durrant. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

Kahurangi School students have more reason to get involved in sport thanks to the generosity of a local Rotary club. The school was faced with either having parents fund the remainder of its 2018 after-school sports programme — much of which is held at the ASB centre in Kilbirnie — or suspending it, after it had exhausted its $4000 budget.

Port Nicholson Rotary Club came to the rescue by pledging to donate $3000 to cover those costs. Half of the amount will come from the club and the rest from the wider Rotary District 9940, which covers the lower North Island. Some of the students who participate in afterschool sports play floorball, miniball, basketball and netball at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie, the courts of which can be costly for the school to hire, principal Kyran Smith says.

“What usually happens is children have to pay to join a team, whereas our school had been funding the fees. It means we have a high proportion of our children playing.” She says Kahurangi has had a huge uptake in afterschool sports. “It’s just great to see so many children active. Our school has about 200 children and we have got 90 children playing sport.” Port Nicholson Rotary Club president Bev Wells says

Rotary has been a financial supporter of Kahurangi School since its creation in 2012, but this is the first time it has helped out with its sports programme. “What we know from studies is that children who are playing sports do better academically and socially too.” The club’s youth director Joy Durrant says the donation fits with the club’s focus of engagement with schools around the eastern suburbs of Wellignton city.


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inbrief news Push to cut CEO salaries With reports of a slow-down in CEO pay rises last year, it’s time for Kiwi corporates to double down on cutting excessive salaries to ensure this is a trend not an accident, said Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap. “The tiny slow-down in CEO pay rises — they increased 2.2 percent last year compared with a 3.3 percent rise in 2017 — is welcome news, but we’re not seeing any real commitment to tackling over-blown CEO salaries as a matter of fairness and equity,” Peter says. He notes 38 of the 50 executives surveyed still earn 55 times the median annual income of around $32,000.

Exhibition recognises Sisters’ efforts during flu pandemic By Jamie Adams

It seems staggering that in the final months of 1918 New Zealand lost about half as many people to influenza as it had in the whole of the First World War. According to historian Geoffrey Rice, over 8500 people died in a matter of weeks when the pandemic reached New Zealand shores, just as the war was ending. Wellington was hit particularly hard, with 750 deaths. No event has killed so many New Zealanders in such a short time. Worldwide it was much more devastating. While 20 million people are estimated to have died on the battlefields, about 50 million people are believed to have died of influenza or pneumonia related to it. The Sisters of Compassion were heavily involved in treating the Wellington victims of 1918 Influenza Pandemic. To mark its 100th anniversary the Home of Compassion in Island Bay has opened a new temporary exhibition. It features panels of informa-

Sister Josephine Gorman, of the Sisters Home of Compassion, at the exhibition of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

tion about the efforts of 19 Sisters who responded to the call for volunteers by taking on the role of nurses in what became a makeshift hospital at St Patrick’s College, which was then located in Buckle St. There are also some exhibits such as a bed patients slept in and items used to treat them.

Co-ordinator Sister Josephine Gorman says one surprising fact is that previously healthy men aged 30-34 was the group that suffered the most deaths. Despite being known as the “Spanish Flu”, the pandemic is believed to have originated in the US in 1917 when a sol-

dier passed it on to 500 others who then spread it throughout Europe while serving there.  The exhibition runs until March 31 at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street (off Murray Street), Island Bay, Tue-Sat 10am-3pm; Sun noon3pm.

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Wellington City Council has approved an additional $16.7m to strengthen and refurbish the historic St James Theatre on Courtenay Place. Councillors unanimously approved the spending at last Thursday’s City Strategy Committee meeting. The original budget for the work was $14.9m but intrusive investigations revealed the ex-

tent of further work — about $8.1m of complex strengthening work, more steel and additional foundation work — needed to bring the building up to 67 percent of the National Building Standard. Councillors also backed spending $8.6m to upgrade staging, lighting, sound and rigging systems, as well as the fire protection, mechani-

cal and electrical systems. The auditorium will also be repainted and the seats replaced. As part of the renovation, the St James could also be transformed into a hub and be a more permanent home for Wellington art organisations, Mayor Justin Lester says. The money would come out of capital expenditure so

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Cyclists cautiously welcome New biosecurity fines Newtown cycleways proposal

Arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand to risk from harmful diseases and pests. The new offences will introduce fines of $400 for individuals and $800 for other entities, such as companies, for low-level offending that is not significant enough to warrant prosecution, says Steve Gilbert, Border Clearance Services Director, Biosecurity New Zealand. “The infringements will send a strong message about the importance of biosecurity and will deter people and organisations from breaking the rules.”

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There is mixed reaction to a Wellington City Council proposal for new cycleways in Newtown and Berhampore, including by cycling advocates. Patrick Morgan of Cycle Action Network congratulates the Council on “following a good process”, by asking the community what they want. “All the options have good features, although some are better than others,” he says. When assessing the options, there’s a fundamental question: how do the options meet the agreed community objectives? While Patrick supports protected bike lanes on main routes he believes the Town Belt path should be an addition, not an alternative. He is against unprotected lanes in Berhampore and two-way bike lanes on hills. “The risk of collisions is unacceptable, and these don’t connect well across the street.” He also disagrees with steep bike routes such as up Adelaide Rd from Berhampore as they are not “all ages and abilities” designs. Patrick suggests having a “2 x 1” way on Rintoul St as it is the least steep route and serves South Wellington Intermediate School directly. “Less parking impact as it runs beside Village at the Park, and Wakefield Hospital. Best connection

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to Newtown shops.” With a new cycleway on Constable St upsetting at least one resident, Patrick says it is important the Council works closely with those affected by loss of parking. “The hospital needs to own its parking problem, rather than dump it on Newtown. What is it doing to manage its parking problem?” Fellow member James Burgess says they are all good but believes the best outcome is a combination of Options A and C. “I like the Rintoul route more than Adelaide (flatter), but prefer a pair of single-direction protected bike lanes over a two-way one for connectivity and where slopes make higher speeds likely. “

He also believes avoiding Adelaide Rd north of Luxford St would reduce the impact on residential parking impact. Newtown Residents Association president Rhona Carson says it’s too soon to tell which option they support. “We have members from all sides of the question. We might not have any one position.” She would like more time offered to consider and discuss what these proposals would mean in the long term. Merio Marsters, co-ordinator of the Berhampore Community Centre, says she is open to any option as long as it leads to being a “winwin” for the whole community.

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Thursday November 22, 2018

Parents, grandparents give striking teachers their blessing By Jamie Adams

The week-long rolling teachers’ strike reached its climactic end on Friday when hundreds of Wellington primary school teachers and principals marched through the CBD to vent their frustration to the Government. NZEI Te Riu Roa members attended a meeting at the Wellington Opera House before marching to Civic Square for a rally that featured sympathetic speeches from Mayor Justin Lester and Councillor Brian Dawson. The day might have been an inconvenience for parents but several turned up to pledge their support, some even carrying their own banners. One supporter who was outside the Opera House well before the rally kicked off was Ken Findlay of Island Bay, who is married to a former teacher. “I’ve got four grandchildren in the education system and I want to see them get a good education. I think teachers have been given a raw deal,” the 80-year-old says. He is confident the Government will increase its offer to prevent another strike from happening.

“There’s still huge support for teachers in Island Bay,” he says. Among the marchers were couple Elisabeth de Maria and Raoul Asare, also from Island Bay, who have primary-school-aged children. Elisabeth says teachers are overworked and undervalued. “I would pay more in taxes in order to give them more money,” she says. “We see how they struggle with working all hours.” “This has been going on for years,” Raoul says. “When is the Government going to realise teachers are professionals. They need to have resources to do their job effectively.” At Civic Square local musician Ainslie Allen performed a topical version of Mariah Carey’s hit song All I Want For Christmas Is You, called All We Want Chris Hipkins Is Due. Unfortunately the plug playing the backing track was pulled, presumably by accident, halfway through the performance. Parent Sarah Martin, whose children attend Te Aro School, told the crowd “100 percent” of relatives of schoolchildren she had spoken to backed them.

“We will put up with that inconvenienc e u nt i l you get what you deserve and our children get what they deserve “You are not asking for outlandish salaries, you are asking fors fair pay that reflects the full value of what you do.” The rally ended with the unveiling of a banner listing the names of more than 4000 of the approximately 20,000 people who signed the Back the Teachers campaign. Representatives of the secondary and tertiary teachers’ unions also attended. There has since been talk of a combined primary and secondary “mega-strike” next year should negotiations stall.

Ken Findlay of Island Bay holds a placard outside the Opera House before the march to Civic Square. PHOTOS: Jamie Adams

Striking teachers and supporters make their way down the steps to Civic Ainslie Allen and Rob Henderson perform an ill-fated Square. rendition of All We Want Chris Hipkins Is Due.

Correction Last week’s article based on an interview and information provided by Island Bay teacher Dianne Lee contained a number of errors and omissions the Royal Society Te Apārangi would like to correct and clarify. The programme Dianne took part in was its Science Teaching Leadership Programme which provides opportunities for primary schools, secondary science departments and their participant teachers to enhance the teaching of science within schools. The programme is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand as part of the Government’s national strategic plan for science in society. Schools nominate participant teachers who spend two school terms working alongside scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of science in New Zealand, and undertake leadership training. Dianne’s field trips were carried out over a few days across the six months and she will complete phase one of the programme at the end of the year.

Emergency drills to get region prepared for disaster Councils across the Wellington region have been holding a series of 13 training exercises using a simulated earthquake scenario to practise their emergency response procedures. The first of this series coincided with the second anniversary of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and took place at Hutt City Council on November 14. Three such events are being held in the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) in Thorndon over this fortnight. The first exercise was

on Tuesday with the second scheduled for Wednesday, November 28. Both are focused on a response for Wellington City, while a third exercise focused on coordinating an emergency response to a scenario for the entire Wellington region will also be held on Wednesday. The series of exercises are part of a comprehensive training programme run by the WREMO, in partnership with councils, to increase their level of preparedness. In a major event, such as

an earthquake, emergency operations centres will be activated by local councils around the region to manage the local response. “The anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake is a reminder that we need to be ready. Our local operations centres and regional coordination centre play a vital role in an emergency,” WREMO regional manager Jeremy Holmes says. “We need to practise our response to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible when they are needed.”

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Thursday November 22, 2018

Rongotai board aims to take young people seriously

The Rongotai Youth Board formed by MP Paul Eagle (centre). With him are Theo Gordon St Pat’s College, Jamal Fiso Rongotai College, Pierson Palmer Scots College, Sophie Irving Wellington East Girls’, Lorna Hallett Wellington East Girls’, Jackson Rakena Scots College, Hannah Clark Wellington East Girls’, Elspeth Hallett Wellington East Girls’, Luca Vertongen Scots College, George Sladden Scots College. PHOTO: Supplied

Rongotai MP Paul Eagle has introduced and formed a Rongotai Youth Board. The concept derived from the need identified during the campaign that young people be empowered to find the solutions to problems they face. With Youth Parliament sitting next year, several young people put themselves forward to represent the electorate and the process flushed out an unprecedented level of interest. Paul says who to select was one of his most difficult decisions. “The talent and desire for young people to front up was overwhelming,” he says. “Not only do we have a Youth MP, but we now have a whole group of young people interested in participating in the political environment

– and a real desire to make the lives of young people a whole lot better.” Twelve young people from the seven secondary schools based in the electorate attended a meeting with Paul at his electorate office on November 12. Issues included mental health, suicide, a broken education system, empowering young people and awareness of the political process. There was also a desire to participate in events, create campaigns and better understand Parliament and the machinery of Government. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is also working on the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. The Government says its vision is “for New Zealand to be the best place in the world for children and

young people”. “It’s important that young people contribute to ensuring that this part of Wellington is a great place for our children and young people to live,” Paul says. “This is a great opportunity for them to get involved in the decision-making that affects their lives at all levels.” The Youth Board will meet again before Christmas when they will decide on a name and firm up their activities for the next couple of years.  Paul is open to more young people joining the board. Those keen should make contact with Paul Eagle’s office by calling 04 389 0989, e-mailing: paul.eagle@ or sending a message via Facebook Messenger.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Should drivers have to get retested when they renew their licence every 10 years?

Janet Dixon, Brooklyn “It’s probably a sensible thing to do. People can get a licence and then forget about new rules. If there are stats that show certain age groups need retesting, then yes.”

Erin Rush, Te Aro “No. Demerit points are a sufficient way of reminding people. I don’t think the tenure of a licence has anything to do with crashes.”

Richard Humphries, Wadestown “Yes. It’s more logical to have it retested every 10 years. Some people don’t know the rules and I get really annoyed. There needs to be more education.”

Nate Exton, Newtown “We should definitely have an eye test. Maybe have an online test with a questionnaire because technical tests are expensive.”

Ylona Super, Melrose “Yeah. People get into their own habits. If you are already a good driver you have nothing to fear.”

Jemma O’Brien, Khandallah “It depends. If it was free it would be a good idea. I know some people who are shockingly bad drivers.”

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Who should we believe over transport solution?

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.

Dear Editor, Despite Newtown Residents’ Association optimism for light rail to go through their streets, the question now is — where to from here for Newtown? The underlying pressure being applied by big business to incumbent ‘donothing’ Mayor Lester and the GWRC towards transforming Newtown from a high-density poor beneficiary area into

a thriving first-home owner suburb with the poor beneficiaries being moved to outer suburbs like Porirua where they can get the care for their problems. [The] Kilbirnie light rail, hub and business centre will see Newtown rapidly transform under the Labour Government’s hidden agenda for the suburb. Most Newtown shops will close and move to Kilbirnie along with the

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Re Newtown cycleway article, Nov 15 edition: How disappointing that WCC have not learnt from previous experience. I refer to the still shambolic Island Bay cycleway, where not only did they not consult with residents beforehand, but they haven’t listened about how to put things right. Option E (popular with Island residents), doesn’t appear to have been factored in as a possible solution to put things right so everyone (pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike), can feel safe again. Jane Pannu, Island Bay

Dear Editor, I read, with dismay, Mr H. Westfold’s letter published 15/11/18 regarding Guy Fawkes. While I understand his unhappiness that there is no longer a Council-funded firework display on Guy Fawkes night, I must protest his assertion that ‘you can never trust a Papist’. Surely there should be no place for this kind of bigoted comment

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Flawed Kilbirnie Hub will cause accidents Dear Editor, A forced concubination [sic] of designers and carry-outers of the Kilbirnie Bus Hub could have resolved the abortion of a result. When, after a belated start, the Wellington Regional Council showed Eastern Suburbs residents the design of the proposed Kilbirnie Hub it showed a covered walkway reminiscent of the cruiser walkway at Aotea Quay reassuring the locals of a leisurely stroll to the shops, be it over the multiple car entrances to the service station. Now we face reality. Apart from trying to bypass the shopping area, we have an exposed outpost to offload the elderly, families and handicapped as well as the few not able to use cars, on the entrance of a fuel service station. A direct route from the bus stop to the shops through the open spaces of the gas station will almost certainly involve some future accidents and likely funerals to be attended by Councillors as it is a foreseeable alternative to the long route along the weather-exposed Rongotai and Bay footpaths. I pity the service station and car-park area owners to fight off or accommodate the short-cut takers trying to find some cover along this exposed route. [abridged] Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Thursday November 22, 2018

Teens give new dragon novels seal of approval By Jamie Adams

The Vogelmorn Bowling Club was transformed into a hive of cosplay activity when Brooklyn author Eileen Mueller launched two new books on Saturday. Fans of the teen fantasy and speculative fiction genres turned up in capes and robes and fired arrows to

celebrate the launch of her two new books, Ezaara and Dragon Hero, which serve as the introduction to a new series called Riders of Fire. Eileen, who also describes herself as a “dragon tamer” and “adventurer” on her website, is a specialist in teen fantasy, focused on dragons. Prior to the launch Eileen employed the services of a number of

Author Eileen Mueller and teen fantasy enthusiast Denika Mead hold copies of Eileen’s new books Ezaara and Dragon Hero at Vogelmorn Bowling Club. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

young readers within her target demographic to read her manuscripts to provide feedback as to how they could be improved. One of those is Denika Mead, 14. While she is yet to read book one, she says Dragon Hero is “amazing”. “It’s about a boy called Tomaaz. He has a sister called Ezaara who gets captured by a dragon and he has to try to get her back,” she says. “It had a fantastic plot and all the characters are so believable for the genre.” Eileen has previously published four fantasy novels aimed at teens and young adults: Dragon Tales, Dragons’ Realm (which won a Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Youth Novel), Magic Portal and Attack on Dragons Realm. The Riders of Fire books exist in the universe of Dragons Realm. She has also written dragon and Christmas books aimed at younger children. Eileen says the Riders of Fire books have been several years in the making. “It was the first book I ever wrote and I rewrote it 13 times.” All those drafts paid off with the first three chapters of the manuscript for one of the books receiving a literary award in 2013. The Riders of Fire books are available to purchase on Amazon, or locally at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie and Arty Bee Books in the CBD.

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Kilbirnie school fair promises nothing left to waste By Jamie Adams

The recurring theme of sustainability will be at the forefront of activities when Kilbirnie School holds its annual fair this Friday evening. The fair is run by the school’s Parent Link committee, with parents helping their children with preparations when the Cook Strait News paid a visit on Tuesday. A solid The key to making it a success is keeping waste to a minimum, Parent Link member Kylie Murrle says. “There will be a station for compost and recycling bins. We’ve asked people to bring their own bags and they can purchase reusable bags if they forget.” There will be recyclable cutlery for food and any food left over will be donated to the City Mission. The fair will have a real community feel, with the SPCA promising to bring some animals, including rabbits, while local organisations such as the Wellington

Regional Emergency Management Office and Predator Free Wellington will hold stalls. There will also be plenty of entertainment in the form of Nerf arcade games, “duck fishing”, a bouncy castle, obstacle course, sumo wrestling and jousting. Prizes are up for grabs at Smash Palace and the tombola as well. As well as the usual food and craft stalls, there will also be sales of school-made kawakawa balm and donated toys, books and clothing. Music will come in the form of local bands and buskers, the school’s senior and junior choirs and a kapa haka performance. Deputy principal Peter Dobson says the school is very appreciative of the fair being organised by parents. “For us it is amazing because it’s always well attended and well run and these days it takes a lot of pressure off us. “All the kids have been involved in it in some way.”

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Recognition given to those Newtown School embraces diversity for driven to making city safer next year’s TRYathlon Newtown School is encouraging all of its students to take part in the next local Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event to reflect the school’s cultural diversity. The decile 5 school has a mixed student base from several ethnic and socio-economic groups, and the aim is for all eligible students to be able to join in the TRYathlon, which takes place at Kilbirnie Park on March 17. “Newtown has a very mixed role as a school. There is a large non-European component, and we are trying to ensure that mix of cultures is represented in the team we take,” says Anthony Hawkins, whose nine-year-old daughter Lucy will participate in the TRYathlon for the third time. “We’d love to see the number of kids doing the TRYathlon increase, especially from students who haven’t been involved in the past.” Anthony and the school have worked hard to minimise the barriers many families face, and a gener-

ous donation from the Sanitarium Foundation means students will receive 50 percent off the entry fee. “This kind of support is a huge help — many families simply wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise,” says Anthony. Access to bikes and the ability to ride a bike has also been taken into consideration, with local groups Pedal Ready and Rebicycle lending bikes to kids who need one for the day. Sanitarium spokesperson Nigel Chenery is delighted by the school’s initiative. “It’s fantastic to see thousands of children every year training for and completing this event, no matter where they live, what their fitness level or sporting ability,” says Nigel. The TRYathlon series is open to children aged 7-15, and consists of a swim, followed by a cycle and a run. Participants wanting to enter the Wellington TRYathlon on March 17 can visit

Wellington’s commitment to ending sexual violence was reflected in the Safety in the City awards ceremony at the Wharewaka on the waterfront on Tuesday night. Several individuals, groups and programmes were honoured by Mayor Justin Lester for making exceptional contributions to the safety of the city. It was noticeable that several winners, including Fiona McNamara, Clint Shoultz and Matt McLaughlin, had focused on ending sexual violence. “The Council committed in our Long-Term Plan to ending sexual violence in Wellington,” says Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds the City Safety portfolio. “It is fitting that we recognise members of the community doing important work to achieve this aim. It will take effort from us all to end sexual violence in Wellington.” Fiona has been hugely successful as general manager of Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Matt, President of the Wellington branch of Hospitality New

Island Bay’s Fiona McNamara of the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network was one of the recipients of the Safety in the City awards. With her are Mayor Justin Lester and City Safety portfolio Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons. PHOTO: Supplied

Zealand, has played an active role in sexual assault prevention and on-premise security communication. Clint headed Take Ten, a community-led safety initiative focused on reducing alcoholrelated harm and alleviating demands on emergency services. “The winners of these awards came from all walks of life and have contributed through acts of bravery, emergency responses, crime prevention and community safety campaigns,” the Mayor says. One particularly heart-warm-

ing story that emerged involved six staff members from Platypus Shoes in Manners St and one from the nearby The Body Shop store, who combined to save the life of a man. He had stumbled while walking past Platypus Shoes and when helped inside slumped forward, became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Quick thinking by the staff, including administering CPR and calling emergency services, led to the man regaining consciousness before emergency services transferred him to hospital.

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Wellington College will represent the capital in the National Secondary Schools’ First XI Cricket Cup competition at Lincoln University in December. The tournament began in 1990 and is among the longest-running competitions in secondary school sport. Many first-class and international cricketers have made their name in this tournament. Among the representatives are Devan Vishvaka, Dylan Sharma, Tim Robinson and Hugh Morrison who have represented Wellington at the U17 national tournament, with Devan and Dylan members of the champion Wellington U19 team last season. This is the first time Wellington College has represented the Wellington region at Gillette Cup for ten years. Hutt International Boys’ School was

the Wellington participant last year defeating Wellington College in the regional final. HIBS won the title in 2015 so Wellington will be looking to repeat that feat. Wellington College is the College Sport Wellington Premier Youth Grade champions, having only lost one match. Their batting lineup is capable of posting a good score with five of the top six batsmen being in the Wellington U19 winter squad, but it may well be the ability to contain and take wickets on the Lincoln pitches that determines results, particularly if the wickets flatten up. The team fields well and this will be important against good opposition. The team has nine returning players from last year and is an experienced squad, all bar three members being in their final year at school in 2018.

In year 7 Gabriella Healey from Wadestown School and Lucy Skogstad from St Francis De Sale should shine, as will Hataitai’s Phoebe Gray, competing for Marsden. Year 6 boy Jaguun Gunjarev-Willers (Hataitai) will continue his intense rivalry with Joe Martin (Karori). Joe and Jaguun have had a succession of 1-2 finishes in cross country and track at all levels for the past two years, so some exciting races are expected. Hataitai School also have a promising pair in year 5 students George Gray and Liam Galt. The relays should also be exciting where Seatoun, Brooklyn, Hataitai and Scots College schools will stand out. Many of these young athletes train with Wellington Harrier Athletic Club at Newtown Park on Saturday mornings.

LOCAL CRICKET RESULTS: PREMIER Johnsonville 273/6 (50.0 overs) beat Wellington Collegians 194 (40.0 overs) Eastern Suburbs 109/4 (29.2 overs) Upper Hutt 108 (32.5 overs) PREMIER RESERVE Wellington Collegians 173/4 (33.4 overs) beat Johnsonville 171 (43.5 overs)


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No luck of the Irish, just a timely lesson for All Blacks It just felt like an All Blacks loss was coming. The 16-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin last Sunday (NZ time) was a tired effort, lacking imagination and flair against a typically spirited Irish team cheered on by home fans. Losses like this aren’t a huge concern and in fact, a clearly jaded All Blacks team would be best served to learn and move on. Brodie Retallick dropped two easy passes he wouldn’t normally. It summed up a tired lack-lustre effort. Kieran Read’s men got suckered in to playing the northern hemisphere style of keeping it tight and kicking for field position. The All Blacks simply weren’t good enough at playing that style and with a penalty count of 8-2 against them, there were red lights flashing in

Children from schools within Wellington City have now completed their inter-school zone athletics competitions and the top performers will go forward to the Primary Sport Wellington I nter Zone At h letics event at Newtown Park this Tuesday, November 27. There have been some strong performances from schools in the eastern and southern suburbs following the first children’s interclub event which was hosted by Wellington Harrier Athletic Club recently. Wellington per for ma nces at a n interprovincial cross country event in Nelson at the end of September also gave an indication of what to expect in distance events. Names to look for include two sets of twins in year 8: Eliza and Phoebe Squire from Hataitai School and Ilaria and Lachlan Stefanidis from Seatoun.

concern early on. It will probably be the best wake up call the team could have just 12 months out from going for three straight titles. If they can get the hunger back and move the complacency, it will be seen as a bonus. The Irish played much better and deserved the win, their first on home soil. The result will no doubt re-focus the men in black ahead of their three-peat tilt in Japan while Ireland, and all of Northern Hemisphere rugby will take great heart knowing there are cracks in the decade of dominance. The wake-up call many Kiwi fans wanted has come. Their timing is perfect because the only result that will be remembered in 12 months is who lifts the William Webb Ellis Trophy.

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