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Local students will have a place to perform following the opening of a new school hall last week. The new Wainuiomata Intermediate School hall was officially opened last Friday morning at a special ceremony and blessing with students, parents and special guests in attendance. The hall will be used for Kapa Haka and Pasifika groups as well as for school productions. Wainuiomata Intermediate School principal Pearl Murti said the new hall had been “a long time coming”. Continued on page 2



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said. “Everyone was in shock, upset, angry and unsure,” she said. “The branches are very important to their communities. [If the Wainuiomata branch shuts down] the closest branch will be in Petone or Lower Hutt which is inconvenient for some and impossible for others.” A spokesperson for Westpac said the proposal followed a review of how banks were used in the current day. “Customers, as they are around the world, are changing the way they bank and we are continually reviewing how to best meet their evolving needs. “Currently, more than 85 per cent of service transactions

with us take place outside of a branch. Over the last five years, online transactions increased by 61 per cent and in the last year online logins via a mobile device have increased by 33 per cent,” they said. The spokesperson said the review was currently with staff from around the branches for their “consideration and feedback”. “Once that feedback has been received and evaluated a decision will be made. Staff and customers will be the first to know that decision.”  What do you think? Do you still visit your local bank branch? Let us know at news@

New hall for Intermediate “...My message for you today is to dream big and to work hard to achieve it.” Continued on page 2 She told the group of students and parents gathered in the hall it had been planned since 2002, following the merger of Wa i nu iomat a Intermediate and Parkway Intermediate. The previous school hall had made productions a “hassle” with its lack of equipment for the students, she said. In 2011 after approaching the Ministry of Education the school went to the Board of Trustees to raise the money for the new school hall, she said. “We wanted our hall to be a place students could be proud of. [The Board of Trustees] had helped in refurbishing other school facilities. They

could see what we wanted and how to plan it,” she said. Construction took place earlier this year, with finishing touches still to be added. Ken Irwin, who has helped at the school with teacher aide work, blessed the building for its future use. He said he was “proud” to be the one to “lift the tapu” of the hall. Pearl said she had a message for the students who would be the first to use the space. “This is your place. You have been curious and you have been delighted. You are the ones responsible for it,” she said. “My message for you today is to dream big and to work hard to achieve it.”

KAPA HAKA: The school’s Kapa Haka group performs at its opening ceremony. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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New Zealand’s top teacher? By Emma McAuliffe

A local teacher is thought to be one of the most inspiring in New Zealand, according to some of his students. Wainuiomata Intermediate School teacher, Isaac Hayes, has been nominated for the New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teachers award. The award seeks to find the most inspiring teacher in New Zealand. The teacher must display enthusiasm, creativity, dedication and drive. Isaac is the only teacher to be nominated for the national competition from a Wainuiomata school. He was nominated by two of his students for being “the best teacher ever”. “He helps us out a lot in and out of school- he gets here at 6am or earlier in the morning just to figure out our work for the day. He runs all of the sports teams and he always pushes us to strive for excellence,” one student wrote.

Isaac, who also coaches the Wainuiomata Rugby League U11s team, said it was “awesome” to have been nominated. “It’s pretty cool. It enforces what you do as a teacher. You’re a role model,” he said. “Intermediate is the best age. You get to play sports and try new things.” Isaac said the nomination reinforced his place in the community, despite not living in Wainuiomata. “I never thought I’d end up here but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he said.  To vote for Isaac or to nominate a teacher head to www. Nominations close Sunday, August 21 and voting closes Sunday, August 28. MOST INSPIRING: Isaac Hayes has been nominated for New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

OG Lions in finals The Wainuiomata OGs will be playing in the Wellington Rugby Leauge Reserve finals this weekend at the Hutt Recreation Grounds. The team will be taking on the Titahi Bay Marlins this Saturday at 1pm. The OGs last game was against the Randwick Kingfishers, which they won 16-14. Locals are encouraged to head down and support the only Wainuiomata team to be in the League finals.

Headline: New Zealand’s top teacher? Caption: MOST INSPIRING: Isaac Hayes has been nominated for New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe A local teacher is thought to be one of the most inspiring in New Zealand, according to some of his students. Wainuiomata Intermediate School teacher, Isaac Hayes, has been nominated for the New Zealand’s Most

The first event was held in 2012 and was inspired by Hutt Intermediate School students who wanted to connect with students from other schools who were also keen to protect the environment. Enviroschools facilitator Micheline Evans said the summit was a “fantastic opportunity for young people to learn more about the issues that are important to them and feel empowered to do something about them.” The young sustainability leaders will participate in a range of science and arts

Avalon Park to reopen Lower Hutt will have one of the most contemporary playgrounds in the country when Avalon Park Playground reopens next month. The playground in Lower Hutt will unveil its new features with a public launch in September. Hutt City Council reserves planner Kelly Crandle said the playground was being completely transformed. “Modern playgrounds not only provide plenty of opportunities for physical play, but they’re designed for sensory and imaginative play,” she said. The launch will take place on Sunday, September 11 from 10am to 3pm.

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Local school in environmental summit A local primary school will be taking part in an environmental summit this week. Wainuiomata Primary School will be taking part in Kids Connect 2016 on Thursday which would see students from 20 schools around the Hutt Valley discuss sustainability. Kids Connect event is a mix of discussion and activities about sustainability and protecting the environment. It is hosted by the Hutt City Council and the Enviroschools organisation.


activities, under the theme of this year’s event “The Hidden World”. Students will focus on parts of the environment which usually go unseen such as electricity and microscopic organisms which live underground. Artists will also work with students to develop waiata, a short film and a mural which would explore sustainability themes. Other supporters include The Dowse Art Museum, GNS Science, Hutt Science, Wellington Water and Zealandia.

Next month local families will recognise and celebrate the role their fathers play in their lives. This year Father’s Day falls on September 4 and Wainuiomata News eaders are invited to send in messages and letters, which will be published on a special page in the paper, celebrating dads in our community. So drop us a line, and tell us why you think your dad is great. Make sure to include your name and keep letters to 150 words. Selected responses will be published in the August 31 issue of the Wainuiomata News. Send your stories and letters to



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company, said he had lived in Lower Hutt his whole life and this was what had inspired him to stand for Mayor in the upcoming local body elections. “I didn't actually want to stand. It was an absolute last minute decision. I would've preferred to have a good candidate that I could back. But they all seem to be the same old same old,” he said. James said he did not stand for Hutt City Councillor as part of the elections and would not as he did not want to be a “career councillor”. “I want to get in, get the work done that I want to achieve and then go back to the transport industry,” he said. James said he was inspired to stand because he had watched the “poor performance of Lower Hutt” and believed it was time for a change. “We have a shortage of good

quality commercial properties in Lower Hutt whilst we have a huge amount of commercial land going to waste all over the Hutt Valley. “One example is a section in Seaview - it’s over 60,000 square metres of land that’s not been utilised. I want to work with land owners, businesses and developers to fix this problem so more business can prosper in Lower Hutt,” he said. Other areas of interest for James included speeding up roading and infrastructure projects in Lower Hutt, including the Melling Interchange and a new road into Wainuiomata. He said he was also interested in sorting out the state housing issues in Lower Hutt. “There are copious amounts of empty land where houses have been knocked down several years ago and the land still sits empty today,” he said.

Cancer Society welcomes spring with Daffodil Day on August 26 Spring is coming and with it is the Cancer Society’s national event, Daffodil Day. The Cancer Society’s annual flagship event Daffodil Day – one of the most important fundraising and cancer awareness events – falls this year on Friday, 26 August New Zealand wide. Daffodil Day is a national day held to raise awareness of cancer and remains one of the Cancer Society’s biggest fundraising events. The daffodil is used as a symbol because it is one of the first flowers of the spring season and with its bright yellow bloom represents hope for the one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer each year. The event is now in its 26th year and will be held on Friday, August 26. Donations received contribute

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A local man is vying for the top job in Lower Hutt. Wainuiomata resident David Smith has put his name forward for Hutt City Mayor ahead of the local body elections in October. David, who is married with three children, has had previous leadership roles within the Toastmasters, Scouts and through his local church. He has not previously run for the Hutt City Council or Wainuiomata Community Board and will not be in these elections, stating if he was going to run for positions on council he “would have done it years ago”. “I had wanted to run for years. I’ve always had an interest in politics and I thought since Ray was running unopposed it was now or never,” he said. David said he had two main policies moving forward with his campaign- to make the Hutt City a greener city and to stop addiction. “I want to be the catalyst for change. The community has got to take responsibility [for itself] and I want to be the catalyst. “I’m keen for a big centre for addiction and I want us to be the recycling capital of New Zealand. “A big area the council has failed in is waste. We’ve got to be bold and green. I’m keen on more water tanks and people being selfsufficient.” David said it was important to him to see a greater “quality of

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Q: Have you been following the 2016 Rio Olympics?

Blaire Kuchenbecker Wainuiomata “I have been watching the gymnastics.”

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“Occasionally, but I am a bit disappointed with how we’re doing.”

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Bernard Shau Wainuiomata “Yes I especially like to watch the rugby.”

Brent Jenkins Wainuiomata “Occasionally yes, just when I have some spare time.”

Marla Percival Wainuomata “Not at all. I don’t watch television.”

LETTERS to the editor Composed by Tony Watling 10th Aug 2016

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.

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D AY I N T H E Kaelin van-Driel and Raashna Chand, Student Leaders at St Claudine Thevent School What do you do as student leaders? Kaelin: “We usually sign letters. This week we signed one to Clive’s Chemist and Countdown for the sausage sizzle and water bottles in schools. We also work with Ms Jury for events.” Raashna: “We have a few projects like Buddy Bench and the sandpit and bike track.” What do you like to do outside of school? Raashna: “I like to play keyboard, study and watch the news. And I help my mum with dinner.” Kaelin: “I like to read. I have an obsession with games. Help around the house. And I play soccer.”

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Workshop series attracts international presenters A Wellington social service agency has tasked itself with providing innovative professional development opportunities for those working with children and families. Family Works Central is hosting a series of professional development workshops with the first, titled Positive Supervision, attracting a worldrenowned presenter, psychologist, trainer and author. Family Works Central General Manager Julia Hennessy explains that the idea for the workshop series came about after seeing a need for more affordable and innovative training for those in the social services sector. “These workshops will be a great way for the industry to ensure we’re doing all we can for vulnerable people in our communities, schools and prisons,” says Julia. She says Family Works found themselves in the perfect position to be able to offer some unique professional development opportunities by teaming up with international and local experts. “Through my role at Family Works and on the board of Restorative Practices International, I am fortunate to meet those on the cutting-edge whose work is setting great examples that we can learn from,” says Julia. The first workshop, titled Positive Supervision, is being presented by Dr Fredrike P. Bannink. The Master of Dispute Resolution and Conflict Coach will travel from Holland to offer just two Positive Supervision workshops. The workshop is expected to be of

interest to supervisors from government departments, NGOs, social service providers and schools. “Positive Supervision is a strengthbased approach. Unlike traditional problem-solving supervision, positive supervision focuses on creating solutions,” says Julia. “It’s an innovative and successful approach that can be used in any environment, including clinical, corporate, educational, health, governmental and community.” The workshop will be help on 20 September in Wellington. The cost is just $250.00+GST per person, however spaces are limited. Two other workshops are also set to be held in November this year. They are Restorative Schools with the UK’s Chris Straker and Restorative Parenting with Ireland’s Jim McGrath.  For more information, or to secure a spot, visit www.familyworkscentral. or call Family Works on 04 439 4976. Family Works Central has centres in Wellington, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata and provides a range of specialist services including social work and advocacy, counselling, parenting education, group support programmes, mediation and restorative justice. PBA




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Judo takes home results Local martial artists had the opportunity to compete against others in the Wellington region at the weekend. The Wainuiomata Judo Club had 13 members competing at the Wellington Area Judo Champs held at Wellington East Girls College on Sunday. The club came away with some good results. In the Junior Boys section Te Mana Sio won the under 24 kg gold medal, Anton Nicho took the under 24 kg silver medal

and Te Painga Hotere won the under 36 kg gold medal, and open weight bronze. From the Junior Girls Millie Sole took the under 28 kg bronze medal and Isla ThomasDesmond gained the under 36 kg silver medal. In the Senior Boys section Timothy Heremaia-Waru won the open weight gold medal. In the Senior Girls section Juliette Brown won the under 45 kg gold medal and open weight silver medal and Re-

becca Pratchett under 45 kg bronze medal. Matthew Sole won the +100 kg gold medal and open weight gold medal in the Senior Men category. The team will now be preparing for the North Island Judo Champs to be held in Lower Hutt in September. Matthew Sole competing at the Champs. PHOTO: Supplied.

Harriers take to the bays KEEP ON RUNNING: Grace Forsyth takes on the Bays Relay. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

The Wainuiomata Harriers took on the bays at the weekend despite some tough weather conditions. The club battled wind and rain as part of the Bays Relay in Wellington on Saturday. The relay involved five runners competing in distances ranging from 3.9km to 4.8km. All grades start at Island Bay and finish at Evans Bay Parade taking on Lyall Bay, Pass of Branda, Scorching Bay and Shelly Bay. The Wainuiomata Harriers sent two teams this year. The Senior Women’s team had a great start with Shelley Tietjens running the first leg. The team finished in 5th place. The Senior Men’s team started off with Joel Carman running a

Finals for Hockey Wainuiomata’s senior hockey teams had their finals at the weekend. The reserve team had a 2-1 loss to Toa and the Premiers lost 2 nil to Victoria University. Premier captain Jo Martin said the club was “incredibly proud” of the two teams. “We didn't quite get the results we wanted but both teams fought really hard in their games and came away with the satisfaction of the Wellington hockey community seeing how successful we are as a club and the pride we show in

wearing the green and black. “We would like to thank all our supporters who braved the terrible weather conditions to come out and support our teams,” she said. The finals concluded the winter season of hockey and the club now moves into a new 9s competition in September. ALL TOGETHER: The Wainuiomata Reserves with Toa following their game. PHOTO: Supplied.

blistering first leg, bringing them in at 2nd position. His time for the 4.8km leg was 15.12 minutes, 12 seconds behind the 1st placed runner who was a New Zealand representative runner. For the last few years there has been friendly competition between the Men’s and Women’s teams, this year the Men won in overall time. This Saturday the Wainuiomata Harriers are hosting the Wellington Road Running Championships. This is the 7th year the club has hosted the event on Waterworks Road. Spectators are welcome with dogs required to be on a leash.  Full results are on the Harriers’ website wainuiomataaahc.

Wellington Lions team named Three local men have been named as part of this year’s Wellington Lions squad for the upcoming Mitre 10 cup. TJ Va’a, Peter UmagaJensen and Mike Lealava’a have been named as part of the team. Peter and TJ have previously played for the New Zealand Under 20s squad. Wellington’s first game in the Mitre 10 Cup will take place on Thursday, August 25 against Otago.

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Robbie’s redemption in 2020? There hasn’t been a tougher day for New Zealand Olympians than overnight last Tuesday (NZ time). The New Zealand men’s sevens team get beaten by Japan, the equestrian team went from second to fourth to miss the medals and two rowing crews that were medal chances failed to make the final in choppy conditions in Rio. Combine that with a poor performance in the final for the women’s sevens and Sonny Bill Williams’ serious injury that will keep him out six to eight months and it was a rather depressing way to wake up! Blenheim rower Robbie Manson was one of the casualties. He and partner Chris Harris finished fourth in their semifinal. That feeling must be horrific. Four years of work only to end with a B final. I’m fortunate to consider Robbie a friend from our days at Marlborough Boys’ College.

We aren’t close but he’s been very willing with his time and made the effort to come over to my table at the last Marlborough Sports Awards. While this may be a low point for Robbie, redemption, if he wants it is possible. Sport is littered with great comeback stories. If he still has the drive to dedicate himself to another four year Olympic campaign then there’s no reason why he can’t earn the Olympic medal he undoubtedly craves. Sometimes nice guys are not able to get the job done. On social media, Robbie has handled the disappointment with absolute class, the same can be said for both sevens teams and the equestrian team. Disappointment can be a great motivator and I for one am happy to put my confidence in Robbie to learn from the experience and push for Olympic medals in 2020.


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