Wairarapa News : July 17th 2013
36 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JULY 17, 2013 SPORT 700+ of you visited us every day. 5498066AA Were celebrating our operating year of being SMART at Masterton Library Read on to share our highlights and successes from the last year. If youre not using the new and exciting services the library now offers, come and join us. *Non Masterton rate payers can join SMART for an annual fee of $115.00. Each borrower who opts to have a SMART card has access to almost 600,000 items across 22 library branches. SMART users pay no charges to join*, reserve or bring items to Masterton. By the completion of the 2013-14 programme, 10,000 of your children will have participated in the Eastern and Central reading programmes at Masterton Library over the past 20 years. The frontline staff who serve you hold or are studying towards relevant library qualifcations. In the past year staff located and made available 22,642 reserved items for you, and added 9,542 new items to the collection for you to enjoy. You have received 84,512 loan reminders to assist you in returning your items on time. 10,920 Smart items have been provided to Masterton users, and Smart users have accessed 9564 Masterton items. You have made extensive use of our free internet, Wi-Fi and online services. From the Brewery to the Beaches every week What's your favourite weekly newspaper Think About It ? Ph:063705690 ! 5401237AA Relentless defence beats Wairarapa Wairarapa let an early four-goal advantage slip through their fingers during their recent Super League Netball clash against Kapi Mana in Welling- ton. Despite a strong first half which saw Wairarapa ahead 29-25 at the break at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua, they were unable to hold off a strong attack from their oppo- sition -- eventually losing the game 58-45. Wairarapa coach Dayle Clark- son said her team went into the game knowing Kapi Mana's physical style of play would test them mentally. Despite holding their ground for the majority of the game, Kapi Mana's circle defence was relentless. We struggled to find good shooting position minimising our successful attempts at goal and allowing Kapi Mana to take the lead 41-38 (at the end of third quarter). In the final quar- ter we didn't fare much better as their defence stepped up another notch providing their shooters with more ball which they made no mistake in conver- ting,'' said Clarkson. Despite the loss Clarkson was feeling upbeat about her team's first half performance which saw players accurate with the ball, maintain possession and create lots of turnovers. She is also feeling happy with where Wairarapa is tracking mid-way through the season. Over the course of the competition, we've developed as a team. The deficiencies that once existed in our game have been combated by the execution of our game plans and we're getting closer to the near perfect game that will hopefully provide us with a win,'' she said. All that's left now is to close out, which in netball terms is when you have the lead; all that is needed is to score off your own possession. Sounds easy but in fact it is the hardest lesson to perform.'' Super League takes a break this week due to the U19 National Championships being held in Wellington which eight members of the Super League team are involved in. Cracking through the brown glass ceiling Pacific chiefs: Ryan Holland has studied the roles Pacific and Maori people play in New Zealand sports. Photo: JIM CHIPP By JIM CHIPP Maori and Pacific are well accepted in sports teams and as coaches but few make it to the board level of sports, a Massey doctoral student has found. Ryan Holland said they make up almost half of New Zealand's elite teams such as the Silver Ferns and All Blacks but less than 5 per cent of all sports boards of directors. Mr Holland, who is of Niuean descent, received his doctorate last month. If you look at sports domin- ated by Pacific and Maori such as rugby league, you would hope they are represented on the board but in many sports that doesn't seem to be the case,'' he said. Mr Holland acknowledged that there were many Pacific and Maori netball and rugby coaches at the highest level, including Gail Parata, Jamie Joseph and Pat Lam. Pacific and Maori are obvi- ously making gains in those coa- ching roles but at the board level its quite low, which is not a great look when you look at how many Pacific and Maori are involved,'' he said. Mr Holland interviewed chief executives and national body chairmen and women, and also Maori and Pacific people who had served on boards. Cultural customs were often a block, he said. In their culture they are brought up to respect the people they see in the most authority. They may not have a go at speaking.'', he said. The situation had compoun- ded itself because there were few role models. They don't have that many to look up to,'' Mr Holland said. There are plenty of captains -- Rodney So'oialo, Tana Umaga, Jerry Collins, Winston Reid, Ross Taylor -- but you don't seem to see that promotion.'' Mr Holland approached 90 different sports for feedback on ethnic representation on their boards and got 84 responses. Some sports said it doesn't apply to us because we don't have any Pacific or Maori in our sport', but in saying that, they have identified a problem in their sport.'' Diversity of ethnicity and cul- tural background was important for sports to progress, he said. If you can have a diverse range of people on the board it's got to be good for the sport mov- ing forward.'' Pacific and Maori players needed to take the initiative themselves. That had to start at a com- munity level where they could feel comfortable, surrounded by whanau, he said. Mr Holland's advice to any would be directors was to seek out those who have been on boards. It wouldn't hurt to be in touch with them and to ask about the path they took,'' he said. But also you need to look within your own community, talk to the cultural leaders and so on.'' If you want to be on a board, you have got to realise that the chances are there is not going to be six other Maori or Pacific on there -- you are likely to be on your own. You will have to overcome barriers and do a lot of work yourself.''
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