40 days ago

Monday Sport Blast From The Past

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Gordon Llewellyn is a name you have probably never heard off but he played a pivotal role in the birth of the Special Olympics movement in New Zealand.
In 1983, he and three other Hutt athletes – Colin Bailey, Peter Spijkerman and Brent Busby – made history when they attended the Summer Special Olympics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The trip was organised by Grant Quinn, who later said Gordon Llewellyn proved the perfect poster boy for the Special Olympics movement in New Zealand.
Llewellyn was a larger than life character with a bold personality and a fascination with the TV character Magnum PI.
Years later Quinn recalled the flight over and an announcement that came over the intercom.
"This is your captain speaking … I have a very special passenger with me in the cockpit. His name is Gordon Llewellyn from New Zealand."
Llewellyn quickly took over the microphone and proceeded to entertain the whole plane.
"Next minute Gordon was asking, or should I say demanding, that everybody on board give the team a rousing three cheers to wish the team a successful time in Baton Rouge," recalled Quinn.
The team performed well at the Olympics and athletes returned home heroes, proudly wearing their medals for weeks to make sure nobody missed their success.
Llewellyn died in August 2014 and Quinn gave the eulogy. He told mourners that Llewellyn and the other three Hutt swimmers had changed the public's perception of the intellectually disabled.
They had helped win mainstream acceptance and played a key role in promoting an organisation that now had more than 7000 active members.

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14 minutes ago

Pet of the Day: Meet Benny and Bobby

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Meet Benny (puppy) and Bobby (kitten) who live with proud owner Alvante Harris.
When he took this photo, he says they were making it clear they did not want him to go to work.


The Pet of the Day is no longer be appearing in the Dominion Post and instead you will find it on Neighbourly every Saturday. If you want your pet featured, email us on yourpet@dompost.co.nz with a recent photo.

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1 day ago

Friday Feathered Friend

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

This weeks picture is from Simon Woolf taken earlier this year.
"When photographing around Wellington, you just never know who, or what, is observing you! This Kaka came to check me out, when I was photographing the city from Te Ahumairangi Hill, last night."

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18 hours ago

Kārearea/New Zealand falcon soaring in Wellington

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Hi Neighbourly folk, have you spotted a kārearea lately? It is one of New Zealand's rarest birds but it is doing well in Wellington City.
If you have seen one, we would like to know where it was.