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Kamo High School’s
new senior managers
have met on the other
side of the world to
discuss the school’s
Power users who look
forward to their yearly
rebate from Northpower
can breathe a sigh of
relief as they turn up
their heaters. P5
Did you see it? Cloudy
skies and rain all but
dashed the hopes of
star gazers to see the
transit of Venus last
master chefs and top
hospitality workers have
been found with the
2012 Northland Salon
Culinaire. More photos
in our e-edition.
Go to our website
to read the latest from
Joe Citizen and our
other blog writers.
Signed jersey: Make a bid online.
Bid to save young dialysis patients
The Mad Butcher and
Suburban Newspapers Community Trust
Go to page 3 for more on Project Kidney
and how you can donate
It was the team that captured the
hearts of a nation.
The Vodafone Warriors, coached
by Ivan Cleary and captained by
Simon Mannering, put rugby league
right in the public eye when they
made it through to the NRL grand
final in 2011.
No other Warriors side had done it
since 2002 and the hype in the lead-
up to the much-anticipated match in
Sydney was huge on both sides of
the Tasman. Not bad in a year
otherwise dominated by Rugby World
Sadly the Vodafone Warriors lost to
a fired up Manly side that finished
the game 24-10 before a crowd of
nearly 82,000. But they still returned
home to a heroes welcome and the
drive to do it all again.
The Mad Butcher and Suburban
Newspapers Community Trust is
fortunate enough to have a signed
jersey as a keepsake of that historic
And we’ve had it framed, along
with some stunning photographic
reminders of the match.
We’re putting the whole thing
under the hammer on Trade Me as
part of Project Kidney, a trust
initiative supported by the Whangarei
Leader to raise $132,000 for the
purchase of four new haemodialysis
machines to be installed in the first
ever dedicated paediatric
haemodialysis unit at Starship
❚ Go online to trademe.co.nz and
search for Project Kidney to bid.
Next generation rolls
Smash ready: Derby Bratz players Ashley Smashley Waugh, left, Kasie KC/DC Millington, Daniel Demolition Dan Watts, Tyana
S(k)atan Hansen, Chloe Clothesline Waugh and Matthew Mashy Watts say they love roller derby.
Photo: DENISE PIPER
By DENISE PIPER
NO-ONE in the country can smash,
bash and barge on roller skates like
Whangarei has the country’s only
Derby Bratz, a roller derby team of
under 18 year olds.
Roller derby is a full-contact sport
where two teams race around a track
and score points by getting a player
past their opponent’s defence.
It combines athleticism with stage
performance, with costumes and fun
names being all part of the game.
The fast-growing sport has been
played in Whangarei since 2010,
when Northland league Northern
Nightmares set up its first team,
The core of Derby Bratz are chil-
dren of Nightmares players.
The adult league is women-only
but Roller Bratz is open to boys and
The Derby Bratz has split into two
teams, Satan’s Minions and Children
of the Corn, which play each other as
the curtainraiser to Northern
The next match will be on June 23
at Kensington Stadium, from 5pm.
The group has no other team to
play in New Zealand and is desper-
ate to go to Australia and face real
opposition, manager Becs Watts
Fundraising for a Gold Coast trip
next year is now a major focus, she
The next fundraiser is a bake sale
at the Cameron St Mall on June 16,
which everyone is encouraged to
Ten-year-old Daniel Watts, also
known as Demolition Dan, says
roller derby is heaps of fun and an
awesome way to exercise.
Players learn how to fall without
hurting themselves, he says.
Dan is not put off by the female-
only rules in adult roller derby – he
plans to referee when he turns 18.
Chloe Clothesline Waugh, 11, says
roller derby is often misunderstood
by her friends. ‘‘They think it’s
dangerous and they think I’m crazy.’’
The Roller Bratz train twice a
week at Portland hall.
Anyone interested is encouraged to
come along to the Thursday public
skate nights which are held from
A high level of skating skills is
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