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1. Growing Te Ahumairangi forest

  • Published: 2016-10-14T01:48:14Z
  • By AbeLeach
Growing Te Ahumairangi forest

Wilton and Wadestown residents have been busy trying to speed up growth in local bush areas. The Grow Te Ahumairangi forest group has been landscaping, planting and mulching for the past year as they work their way through a five year regeneration plan. Organiser Errol Greaves says they’re supported by Wellington City Council and Royal Forest and Bird who have supplied trees for the project. He says she wants to see native wildlife thriving in the bush once again.

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2. Victoria University Marae celebrates 30 years

  • Published: 2016-12-02T04:08:42Z
  • By AbeLeach
Victoria University Marae celebrates 30 years

Victoria University will be celebrating a special event next week. The wharenui at the university’s Te Herenga Waka Marae is turning 30 with birthday celebrations taking place on Tuesday. The marae was built in 1982 and two years later it was moved to its current site on university grounds. Associate professor at the school of Maori studies, Peter Adds says the wharenui is an important place for learning at Victoria University.

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5. Alpine champion Piera Hudson

  • Published: 2016-10-19T02:45:38Z
  • By AbeLeach
Alpine champion Piera Hudson

New Zealand’s top female alpine ski racer has set up an online fundraising campaign aimed at getting her to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Piera Hudson has been training internationally for most of her life and in that time has won 17 national championships. Alpine ski racing is not a funded sport in New Zealand so she has started a Give a Little page with a goal of $10,000. She says not being funded is difficult but motivates her to reach her goals.

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6. Beginning jiu jitsu

  • Published: 2016-10-27T05:52:59Z
  • By AbeLeach
Beginning jiu jitsu

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7. NRL Nines Singles Zone

  • Published: 2017-02-02T03:17:03Z
  • By AbeLeach
NRL Nines Singles Zone

NRL Nines players might not be the only ones looking to score at this weekend’s tournament. A singles zone aimed at fans wanting to mix with like minded singles has been set up for the first time at the Nines. Event spokesperson Craig Stanaway says the new singles zone has captured the attention of fans and rival event promoters.

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8. Baseball players chasing the American dream

  • Published: 2016-10-14T00:24:41Z
  • By AbeLeach
Baseball players chasing the American dream

A group of young Kiwi baseball players attending a scout’s camp in Arizona are hoping it might lead to bigger things. Baseball New Zealand has been sending players to the highly regarded American camp for the past three years. In that time nine players have been picked up by U.S colleges. Baseball New Zealand boss Ryan Flynn says they’re always looking at positive ways to promote the players.

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9. Troy Mihaka looking at gaining the votes of students

  • Published: 2016-09-12T03:39:24Z
  • By AbeLeach
Troy Mihaka looking at gaining the votes of students

Local body election hopeful Troy Mihaka hopes younger people will give him their vote in the upcoming poll. Lambton Ward candidate Troy Mihaka told a meet the candidates meeting in Brooklyn last night, that he has concerns around the lack of student involvement in the voting process. Mr Mihaka says he uses different techniques on social media to connect with younger people and promote his views.

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10. Dan Corrin moves to Super Saloons

  • Published: 2016-10-19T02:58:03Z
  • By AbeLeach
Dan Corrin moves to Super Saloons

A new challenge for New Zealand’s speedway competitor of the year. Dan Corrin is moving on to super saloons after winning the national championship title in the saloon grade. Dan Corrin says with the new changes he is working towards his ultimate goal.

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11. Cuba St shocked at resignation

  • Published: 2016-12-05T03:05:58Z
  • By AbeLeach
Cuba St shocked at resignation

Wellingtonians appear shocked but with mixed emotions after the news that Prime Minister John Key will be stepping down. After eight years of leading the country, the Prime Minister surprised reporters at a specially called press conference earlier this afternoon by announcing that he’s handing over to his deputy on Monday. The news spread quickly, and people spoken to on Cuba Street two hours later had mixed reactions.

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12. Americans apologise for Trump

  • Published: 2016-11-07T21:39:37Z
  • By AbeLeach
Americans apologise for Trump

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump aren’t the only ones feeling the pressure as the race to the White House comes to an end. Americans living overseas are feeling the effects of a long and personal campaign also. Reporter Abe Leach has been talking to expats here in New Zealand who have told him they’re frustrated at having to apologise for being American and having to explain the candidates’ actions.

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13. New book looks at practice change for NCEA

  • Published: 2016-09-14T22:14:47Z
  • By AbeLeach
New book looks at practice change for NCEA

NCEA, the grading system used in secondary schools has been put under the spotlight in a newly released book. NCEA in Context written by Michael Johnston, Mark Sheehan and Rosemary Hipkins, covers the history of NCEA and their vision for the future. The book aims to give teachers new ideas on how NCEA can give the best advantage to students. One of the authors, Michael Johnston wants to see the new ideas used in the classroom but says the education sector can sometimes be slow to change.

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14. AFC CEO Adam Milankovic

  • Published: 2017-01-26T00:15:36Z
  • By AbeLeach
AFC CEO Adam Milankovic

One of Australia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotions is expanding to China. Australian Fighting Championship announced they will be holding their first international fight card in Shanghai on March 12. Kiwi fighter James Bishop will be headlining the card, takingon Aussie Rob Hill for the AFC lightweight title. AFC CEO Adam Milankovic says it’s his fighters that will benefit most from the brand extension.

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15. Crowdfunding for a cuddle cot

  • Published: 2016-10-14T02:08:50Z
  • By AbeLeach
Crowdfunding for a cuddle cot

Two Wellington couples are turning to online fundraiser Give a Little in a bid to get a second cuddle cot for Wellington Hospital. The cuddle cot comes with a special cooling unit and is a designed to give parents extra time with their stillborn babies and costs around 5000 dollars. Fundraiser Fleur Jamieson says crowdfunding gives friends and family the chance to help in a difficult time.

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16. Construction work to begin at Kelburn Normal

  • Published: 2016-09-11T22:53:12Z
  • By AbeLeach
Construction work to begin at Kelburn Normal

A revamped Kelburn Normal School is on track to be completed in 2018. The demolition and rebuild began with earthquake strengthening work and is currently in the planning stages. Deputy Principal Charles Bisley says the new school will have three unique blocks.

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18. US election viewing party

  • Published: 2016-11-09T06:57:14Z
  • By AbeLeach
US election viewing party

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19. Wellington play spaces

  • Published: 2017-02-10T00:42:47Z
  • By AbeLeach
Wellington play spaces

Wellington City Councillors were told this week that some of their newly installed play spaces are not up to scratch. Through public consultation the committee heard ideas for maintenance and installation of future play spaces around the city. Playground user Lynn Cadenhead highlighted one play space that needs urgent attention.

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20. New ideas for play spaces

  • Published: 2017-02-10T00:51:59Z
  • By AbeLeach
New ideas for play spaces

An Island Bay resident has come up with a different way for Wellington City Council to look at outdoor play spaces. Film maker Joe Bleakley presented a submission to Wellington City Council’s strategy committee hearing on Draft Play Spaces earlier this week, is suggesting parents and adults should be the priority when creating new play areas for children. He says he would like parents catered for in these areas so they are motivated to take kids to the park.

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