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WINNERS: Preslee Hoare, Charis Nuku-McGregor and Ashleigh Rawiri from the Premier 3 team. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

A high school team made history last week following their final game of the season. The Wainuiomata High School premier netball team won their final for the first time in the school’s history last Monday night. The Premier 3 team won the division 3 final against Upper Hutt College, 29-26. Team captain Preslee Hoare said the team felt “great” about their win. “We sort of just came back. We lost a few games then we won,” she said. Continued on page 2

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CHAMPIONS: The Premier 3 team who won their grand final. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Game of the season Continued from page 1 Player Sarah McLeod-Venu agreed. “They weren’t expecting us to win,” she said. Charis Nuku-McGregor said at first the team did not know they had won. “The score board was lagging so we didn’t know we won until the people on the bench jumped

on us. Then we all ran up to each other and had our own celebration,” she said. Preslee said the group was grateful to their coach Moana Kuma and the outside support they had received. “On behalf of our team thank you to all our supporters, coaches and personal trainer and some

of the refs,” she said. Wainuiomata High School sport coordinator Peter Cowan said the win was good for the school, especially as five of the team’s players- Preslee, Sarah, Charis, Cerie Milovale and Jordan-Anahera Brown- were playing in Hutt Valley rep teams. “We’ve got a good bunch of

girls [playing for the team] who made the Hutt Valley reps which is extraordinary and this translated into the premier team’s win. “We’ve won minor leagues over the years but never the premier games. We just need a good coach who can take them to that next level,” Peter said.

Clean up week coming up soon The finds include a statue of the Hindu deity Ganesh, twelve rusting supermarket trollies underneath the Petone Wharf, motor vehicle lubricant, a collection of vinyl records and a stolen suitcase full of documents. Hutt City Council’s environmental sustainability advisor Sandy Beath-Croft said while “the message has got through to most people that they shouldn’t dump rubbish, there’s a minority that are still making a mess and potentially harming our environment”.

Keep Hutt City Beautiful has released its top five oddest finds around Lower Hutt ahead of the annual Clean Up Week. Clean Up Week is run by Keep New Zealand Beautiful and takes place from September 12 until September 18 as an opportunity to address issues of environment and sustainability. This year it also coincides with Keep Hutt City Beautiful’s 25th anniversary and for this reason the group decided to release its five oddest finds dumped around Hutt City.

“This is one reason the annual Clean Up Week is so important,” she said. Sandy said registrations were now open for Lower Hutt residents keen to be part of Clean Up Week. Keep Hutt City Beautiful would be joining more than 100 areas across New Zealand for the week. Last year around the country 43,000 volunteers were involved in more than 610 clean-up events in many places, including town centres, highways, waterways, parks and beaches.

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Daffodil collectors share hope By Emma McAuliffe

Locals were out helping others in their community last week with the annual appeal for Daffodil Day. Daffodil Day was held last Friday as the Cancer Society's annual flagship event for fundraising for cancer research and raising awareness of the effect cancer has in New Zealand. The daffodil is used as a symbol because it is one of the first flowers of spring and represents the hope there is for those affected by cancer. Locals fundraised for the appeal outside ANZ on Queen Street, inside the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and inside Countdown throughout the day. Coordinator for the collections, Don Butcher, said he had been involved with the collections since 1991 and said the day had gone “pretty well”.


“People gave with a cheerful heart.”

“We usually collect around $3000 for Daffodil Day,” he said. Friday was Gabriel Tupou’s first experience in collecting for the society and said he was collecting in remembrance of his father, who died of cancer in 2004. Another collector, Phil Morgan said he had collected for a few years and also drove for the hospice taking Wainuiomata cancer patients to and from hospital appointments. Gabriel and Phil said they had been pleased with how generous the public was during their stint. “People gave with a cheerful heart,” Gabriel said. “Our experience is Wainui is generous. We’ve got a good community spirit with people recognising what’s being done for them,” Phil said.  For more information on Daffodil Day head to www.

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Drop in sessions on 1080 held By Emma McAuliffe

An information session took place recently about the upcoming possum control work to be done in the Wainuiomata area. The work, which will happen later this year in the East Harbour Regional Park and the Rimutaka Forest Park, was announced at a Wainuiomata Community Board meeting in late June. The drop-in sessions, held by OSPRI/TB Free at Catchpool

in the Rimutaka Forest Park and Eastbourne on August 13 and 16, had several people in attendance. Spokesperson for OSPRI/ T B Free Ph illip Dawson said around 20 people attended the information drop in session at Catchpool in Wainuiomata. “There was generally more support for what we were doing than against. There were a few in attendance against the use of 1080,” he said. He said some community


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A local store has been has been nominated as being one of the best in the country. Hayden Wilby, owner of Bottle-O said he had found out last week his store was a finalist in Bottle-O’s search for the Store of the Year award. There were five finalists picked out of the 85 stores across the country. He said he was happy the store had won. “We weren’t expecting to get it at all,” he said.

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Hayden said the award was especially exciting as it came during Bottle-O’s first year of business in Wainuiomata. He said to get the award the store had to be held to certain standards, which included serving mystery shoppers and having a clean and well-kept store. “It’s good to get recognised by your peers. It was a good achievement for us.” Every Bottle-O is locally owned and operated priding themselves on getting involved in their communities.

ONE OF THE BEST: Hayden Wilby, owner of Bottle-O Wainuiomata with the store’s award. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe Through its ‘Power Up’ campaign the Cancer Society hopes to raise $70,000 to cover the costs of 115 solar panels, which will produce a 30kW capacity for The Cancer Society’s Margaret Stewart House accommodation facility. The facility provides daily accommodation for up to 40 out-of-town patients having cancer treatment at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre.

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Outstanding from Wainuiomata The Wainuiomata Historical Museum Society will be doing something special for National Heritage Month this year. The society will be launching a new book, ‘Outstanding in Wainuiomata’, in September which would list 84 Wainuiomata residents who had made a mark nationally or internationally. As part of their listing in the book each person would have a brief biography featured detailing their connection to

Wainuiomata and why they were selected. Wainuiomata Historical Museum Society president and author of ‘Outstanding in Wainuiomata’, Gavin Wallace said while people may have assumed the list would largely contain sports names, there were a number who had excelled in business, government, arts and culture. He said he chose to write the book because many people

considered Wainuiomata to be a bit of a “poor place” however, he believed there were many talented people from the valley. “It’ll be good to get a bit of pride,” he said. He said he was likely to have missed some deserving candidates off the list. “I’ll no doubt be corrected,” he said. Gavin said what he had found most fascinating writing the book was how it gave insight

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over 65s to go to the doctor when they are ill,” she said. She said they would also aim for senior citizens to have one free eye exam a year. “Glaucoma and cataracts are not getting diagnosed or picked up early enough,” she said. Following her speech both she and Mr Peters took the time to answer questions posed by various grey power members. Included in this was whether NZ First was considering a New Zealand First MP for Hutt South in the 2017 elections. “I’m going to go ahead and say yes. [But] we only stand high quality candidates; we don’t have people on our list for the sake of it,” Ms Martin said.



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Wainuiomata Community Board Every week the Wainuiomata News will be asking candidates for the local government elections for their opinion around recent happenings in Wainuiomata. (In the form of yes or no open style questions.) This week the Wainuiomata Community Board candidates. Which take place from September 16 until Octover 8. answered a series of questions. Six people can be voted for the Board in the upcoming elections.

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1. Do you think Wainuiomata needs a second vehicle entrance? Yes.

1. Do you think Wainuiomata needs a second vehicle entrance? Yes.

2. Do you think a having a Retirement Village is a high priority for Wainuiomata? Yes. 3. Do you agree with the Hutt City Council’s Smokefree public places policy? Yes. 4. Do you support the Shared Pathway work happening on the Wainuiomata Hill? Yes. 5. Do you support a sinking-lid policy when it comes to liquor outlets in Wainuiomata? Yes. 6. Do you believe Hutt City Council and Wainuiomata Community Board meetings should be live streamed? Yes.

development and I support partnership with Wainuiomata Development and the Queen Street transformation. 8. What do you consider to be the most impor tant role of the Wainuiomata Community Board? I would like to see a community board that consults more with Wainuiomata.

2. Do you think a having a Retirement Village is a high priority for Wainuiomata? Yes. 3. Do you agree with the Hutt City Council’s Smokefree public places policy? Yes.

9. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wainuiomata?

4. Do you support the Shared Pathway work happening on the Wainuiomata Hill? Yes.

The most important is storm water prevention the basic service the council provides which would affect everyone and become a safe community.

5. Do you support a sinking-lid policy when it comes to liquor outlets in Wainuiomata? Yes. 6. Do you believe Hutt City Council and Wainuiomata Community Board meetings should be live streamed? Yes.

Tenants need to be relocated, the Mall downsized. The bulk of retail shops could be on Queen St with smaller numbers salvaged from the Mall. 8. What do you consider to be the most important role of the Wainuiomata Community Board? The Community Board must advocate for residents to wider Council. Issues like Safety, Resilience, bylaw making have to be championed based on residents feedback. 9. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wainuiomata? Somewhere for youth, huge numbers of youths roam the CBD and streets. We need a place where they are engaged, where people help if wanted.

7. What would you like to see happen to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre?

7. What would you like to see happen to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre/? I should be consulting with community. I advocate local planning with economic

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I believe if I was on Wainuiomata Community Board its performance would improve making us a more inclusive and diverse community if elected

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1. Do you think Wainuiomata needs a second vehicle entrance? Yes.

Redeveloped into a smaller centre, reflective of our needs, that can be vibrant heart of the community.

1. Do you think Wainuiomata needs a second vehicle entrance? Yes, especially one with public access.

8. What do you consider to be the most impor tant role of the Wainuiomata Community Board? To advocate for our community, and engage with them to ensure Council is hearing what people are thinking.

2. Do you think a having a Retirement Village is a high priority for Wainuiomata? Yes, I hear many sad stories of family having to trudge over the hill to see loved ones.

2. Do you think a having a Retirement Village is a high priority for Wainuiomata? Yes. 3. Do you agree with the Hutt City Council’s Smokefree public places policy? Yes, it is a good start. 4. Do you support the Shared Pathway work happening on the Wainuiomata Hill? Yes. 5. Do you support a sinking-lid policy when it comes to liquor outlets in Wainuiomata? Yes, if that’s what the public want.

9. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wainuiomata? Second access to give investors and home buyers confi dence, as well as make it easier to get here from across the valley for visitors.

6. Do you believe Hutt City Council and Wainuiomata Community Board meetings should be live streamed? Yes, to encourage engagement.

3. Do you agree with the Hutt City Council’s Smokefree public places policy? Yes, we did it in pubs with adults, would be great to do the same for kids especially. in playgrounds. 4. Do you support the Shared Pathway work happening on the Wainuiomata Hill? Yes, it wouldn’t make any difference if I did or didn’t support it, it’s on the way. 5. Do you support a sinking-lid policy when it comes to liquor outlets in Wainuiomata? Yes, but I would also support to review/an exception clause in the event another super market wants to come into Wainuiomata.

7. What would you like to see happen to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre?

6. Do you believe Hutt City Council and Wainuiomata Community Board meetings should be live streamed? Yes, would be ultra-boring to most people, but at least the option is there if people want to tune in!

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I hope to be able to serve a second term on the Board to see projects completed and to encourage community engagement with Council.

7. What would you like to see happen to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre? It would be good, if the mall could be council/community owned. Having outlet stores here as well as Tawa would be great for us too! 8. What do you consider to be the most important role of the Wainuiomata Community Board? Liaising between the community and council table, engaging with the Community in language that we can understand so we are informed on all things concerning Wainuiomata. 9. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wainuiomata? To ensure we do not lose any more of our valued resources! Sportsville proposal sounds great, as long as this maintains and enhances our current resources.

If I am fortunate enough to be elected it will mean that the Wainuiomata Community inherits not just myself, but all those who stand with me.

Wednesday August 31, 2016

Wainuiomata Community Board Every week the Wainuiomata News will be asking candidates for the local government elections for their opinion around recent happenings in Wainuiomata. (In the form of yes or no open style questions.) This week the Wainuiomata Community Board candidates. Which take place from September 16 until Octover 8. answered a series of questions. Six people can be voted for the Board in the upcoming elections.

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Gabriel Tupou 1. Do you think Wainuiomata needs a second vehicle entrance? Yes. It’s vital for traffic flow and our resilience. I have advocated for this with Civil Defence volunteers. The Community Board must consult and advocate. 2. Do you think having a Retirement Village is a high priority for Wainuiomata? Yes. One lady said she struggles to make the journey to visit her husband in a Lower Hutt rest home. It will also benefit the economy. 3. Do you agree with the Hutt City Council’s Smokefree public places policy? Yes. Smoke free zones, particularly around children’s playgrounds, encourages people to be aware of places where smoking may affect others. 4. Do you support the Shared Pathway work happening on the Wainuiomata Hill? Yes. I biked over the hill a couple of times in days gone by. A safer pathway would encourage me to take up the challenge again. 5. Do you support a sinking-lid policy when it comes to liquor outlets in Wainuiomata? Yes. I supported the advocacy against a liquor application for the Strand back in May. We have enough liquor stores let’s focus on attracting other robust investment.

6. Do you believe Hutt City Council and Wainuiomata Community Board meetings should be live streamed? Yes, provided that it will be used. Though it won’t be as lively as Parliament. I encourage people to attend the monthly meetings. 7. What would you like to see happen to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre? The owners need to re-model the mall. Perhaps sell off some land to be developed. Keep the essentials and lower rent for retailers. 8. What do you consider to be the most important role of the Wainuiomata Community Board? The legal mandate to advocate on behalf of residents. The Board needs to take a leadership role on major local issues. 9. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wainuiomata? A part from a second road for traffic flow and resilience. We need a more integrated, multipurpose community hub for families, youth and the elderly.

3. Do you agree with the Hutt City Council’s Smokefree public places policy? Yes. 4. Do you support the Shared Pathway work happening on the Wainuiomata Hill? Yes. 5. Do you support a sinking-lid policy when it comes to liquor outlets in Wainuiomata? Yes, but at present the law apparently doesn’t make a distinction between stand-alone bottle stores and supermarkets, and we might not want to exclude another supermarket. 6. Do you believe Hutt City Council and Wainuiomata Community Board meetings should be live streamed? Yes, then residents would see what happens at Council meetings and hear all sides of

7. What would you like to see happen to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre? Something that is uniquely 21st Century Wainuiomata’s, whether incorporating housing, retail, other businesses, entertainment or services for both local people and to attract visitors. 8. What do you consider to be the most important role of the Wainuiomata Community Board? To engage with residents, as a team and individually through presence at community events and contact with the community online, via the media and in person. 9. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wainuiomata? Both a retirement village and a redeveloped mall. They should go hand in hand towards a more vibrant community and economy.

Thanks to Wainuiomata’s development plan, the community is beginning to realise its enormous potential. A retirement village and revamped mall should follow to accelerate progress.

I stand on a vision for the future, integrity to lead and service to the people. I support safer communities. Attracting investment. And representing you.

Lower Hutt locals have been getting their togs on more often with over a million visits being recorded to the local pools. The six swimming pools in Hutt City have set a new record in popularity over the year, with 1,007,332 visits from July 2015 to June 2016. The one million plus breakthrough follows a previous record set last year of just under one million visits to the city’s six pools. The biggest increases were at the Huia and Naenae pools, with a jump of 12.5 per cent at Huia Pool alone. Divisional Manager Marcus Sherwood said the pool staff were excited to have reached the mile stone. “We saw big visitor increases across all areas, but particularly in our programmes. This shows just how important the addition of the new pools at Huia will be to meet demand from the community.” Work on the expansion of Huia Pool began in May and is due to be completed by July 2017. The facility will contain two new pools, one for Learn to Swim and another for programmes, including hydrotherapy. Recently 630,000 litres of concrete were poured to form the foundation layer, and the building’s framework is already taking shape.

2. Do you think a having a Retirement Village is a high priority for Wainuiomata? Yes.

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1. Do you think Wainuiomata needs a second vehicle entrance? Yes, particularly when we have more residents to spread the ratepayer cost.

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Poets get together on national day By Laura Shipley, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Local poets gathered at Wainuiomata Library to celebrate National Poetry Day last Friday. Wainuiomata Library held a poetry reading as part of Tipi Haere: Words on the Move, an event organised by Hutt City Libraries. “Poetry gives communities a voice because it reflects the people in the community and important social issues,” Hutt City Libraries program development specialist Lillian Pak said. Tipi Haere: Words on the Move was organised to bring poetry to all Hutt City Libraries by inviting local young poets to recite their poems. The three young local poets who recited their poems were Devon Heath and Thomas Peacock from Wainuiomata High School and

Unique Edmonds from Wainuiomata Intermediate School. “Next year we hope to have younger students involved. Poetry is important for young people because it’s a creative outlet they can use to channel their energy,” Lillian said. Students from Wainuiomata Intermediate school went to support their fellow student and listen to the poetry. Award winning poet Apirana Taylor also recited some of his poetry. Apirana grew up in Wainuiomata and now travels the world reciting his poems. This was the first big, all day event Hutt City Libraries has done for National Poetry Day. “It’s about creativity and celebrating the written word and the spoken word,” Lillian said.

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Aliannah Thompson, Konini Primary School

Leandra Thurston, Konini Primary School

“I love my granddad because “He takes me and my dog he has been there all my life. for a walk with mummy We like doing chores and and he reads me stories.” doing the dishes together.”

Tasi Junior, Konini Primary School

Callum Sparey, Konini Primary School

Arav Shama, Konini Primary School

“I play with him at the park.”

“He has a kind heart and he gives me lots of games. We like playing them together.”

“He takes me to the river and we watch movies.”

Painter of local vistas opens show this weekend A Lower Hutt artist will be launching an exhibition of his paintings based on scenes around the Hutt valley this weekend. Alan Collins has produced 30 works for the exhibition to be held at Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery in Petone, including scenes taken from the Wainuiomata Hill. The outdoor artist said scenes “hit him like a hammer and suddenly there is the

composition, colour, drama and exciting light just waiting for him to draw and paint” and he could often be found painting panoramas based on what he sees off the Wainuiomata Hill road.  ‘Alan Collins Watercolours’ will open on Saturday, September 3 and will run until Sunday, September 25 at Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery, 223 The Esplanade Petone.

Nikhil Sharma, Konini Primary School

“We go with my mum and my brother to different countries like the USA. We like watching horror movies together.”

D AY I N T H E Tasi Fiso, Youth Co-Ordinator at YOUth Inspire and Jackie Chan fan 1. What do you in a regular day? “Day to day it can be quite diverse. They’re very colourful and can change rapidly. My job is to touch the lives of the community and try to change them for the better.” 2. What do you like to do outside of work? “I go to Church and do different Church related stuff. I do a lot of reading. I go to the gym. I have 11 brothers and sisters so I do a lot of running around after them.”

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3. What would a dream day be like for you? “I would love to meet multiple historical people. Religious people like Jesus, Pope Francis, Mahatma Gandhi. A few of my idols like Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. I’d love to get them all at one table if I could.” 4. What do you love most about working in Wainuiomata? “I’m slowly falling in love with the community.”

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We asked children in Wainuiomata why they think their Dad is so great...

GOING TO CONFERENCE: David and Mike Grigg in their Autism NZ shirts. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Locals attend national conference By Emma McAuliffe

Two local men had the opportunity to represent their local community at a national conference recently. Mike Grigg and his son, David, attended the Autism New Zealand conference held in Wellington on August 19 and 20 on behalf of Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace. The conference, which was opened by Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown, featured key note speakers from around the world on different aspects of autism. Mike said he was pleased to have attended the conference and said he managed to talk to an audience on cognitive behaviour during a conference by Dr Josephine Barbaro. “A special moment for me was when I raised issues about cognitive behaviour. I spoke unofficially about monotropism,” Mike said. Monotropism is a feature of autism in which the person has a restricted range of interests and can only pay attention to one thing at a time. As part of the conference a new song about Autism- ‘We Are One’ was launched, which David said he enjoyed.  For more information on Autism New Zealand head to

“Happy Father's Day to our Dad, Brent. Our Dad is great, he is very special to us. Thank you for being so helpful and kind towards us, Dad. You are lovely, handsome and funny! Thanks for spending time playing Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Dominoes and Checkers with us. We love you.” From Shylah (10), Aria (8), Beau (3), and Avah (1) Baikie

“I love my dad because sometimes we watch movies together.” Poppy, (6) Konini Primary School

“I love my dad because he’s funny and he plays with me.” Latoya Ngaia, (10) Konini Primary School

Meet Kristen Whiu, local dad of Jasmine and Jackson What do you like to do with your kids? “Have family BBQs. We go on outings to the beach or the park. We usually go more in summer though. We go for bike rides.” What do you love most about being a dad? “I like the responsibilities and the guidelines. It keeps you in check with reality. The kids help you understand the important things in life, like love, caring and being a good role model, being flexible. I’m part of a group called Kiwi Daddies- Wainui Core group. We meet once a week and talk about being better dads and better role models. ” What are you hoping to do on Father’s Day? “Go out for lunch somewhere or go to the park. I’d be happy with anything.” What were your favourite memories with your dad? “Going fishing off the wharf in Timaru. I haven’t taken my kids fishing yet. But we will go.”

”I love my dad because he puts on movies and I get to watch them with him. I like watching movies with my dad.” Ottilie (6), Konini Primary School

Kristen with his son Jackson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

“I love my dad because he takes me to the skate park and McDonalds.” Chavana Williams (8) Konini Primary School

“He takes me to cool places like Te Papa.” Jacob (8), Konini Primary School

Local artist brings art and creativity workshops to town “The opportunity to gain such amazing support from Creative Communities is outstanding.”

Sophie Gardiner in her art studio. PHOTO: Supplied

A local artist has received funding to start a series of art and creativity workshops for adults in the local community. Sophie Gardiner received the funds from the Lower Hutt City Council Creative Communities Scheme to start classes which would help local adults engage in art and creativity in an area where it is not so easily accessible. Sophie said she believed the classes would bring a positive message about creativity in the community and planned for the students to hold a mini-exhibition in a public space. “Wainuiomata has such a large creative voice. There are a few exciting creative projects coming up over the next few months as we head into summer. I know they will be a great success, and very positive for Wainuiomata,” she said. She said students who attended her previous workshops had been creative but unsure where to take it beyond the workshops. “Most students who attended last time had dabbled in art and creativity, but felt a little uninspired or not sure where to take it. “They also lacked confidence.

As an artist I explained to them that these feelings are completely common, that I, and every artist I know, feel the same almost daily.” Sophie said she was grateful for the funds which had helped her start the workshops as well as help from family and friends to get it off the ground. “My Mum, Wendy, donated many hours helping me prepare all the practical materials that we need to take along to class each week. It’s been a real team effort to deliver the very best with what we have available. “The opportunity to gain such amazing support from Creative Communities is outstanding for Wainuiomata, I don’t know of any other opportunity like this that’s available, so I feel we are extremely lucky,” she said.  To register interest to attend Sophie’s art and creativity classes in the future, please contact Sophie through her Facebook page “Sophie Gardiner Art” or email sophiegardiner@y7mail. com. Workshops commenced on Saturday, August 27 at the Wainuiomata Community Centre.

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Enliven residents have a ball

DANCING QUEEN: Wainuiomata woman, Julie Manihera dances with Stewart Clark. PHOTO: Supplied.

Residents at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt had a ball earlier this month at their annual dance. Family, friends, volunteers and staff, along with the residents, took part in the rest home’s annual winter ball on Friday August 12, which had a black and white theme. Woburn Home manager Stewart Clark said the ball was an annual event at the home and always made for a night to remember. “We had about 35 family members turn up which was great to see because it was a special night for the residents and it’s important for them to continue creating memories with their loved ones,” Stewart said. “Staff volunteered their time to

help with the preparations and also to be part of the festivities. They supported the elders who don’t have any family living nearby and encouraged them to dance. “It was a fantastic night with a great turnout. It certainly made for a special occasion for the elders we support.” During the lead up to Woburn Home’s black and white ball the home’s residents had a say in the decorations, the food and what music they wanted. “They requested music from the 60s, 70s and 80s for their ball and they said that no matter what was played, YMCA was compulsory - so that was the opening song for the dance floor and it got everyone up and dancing straight away.”

Literacy at breakfast By Emma McAuliffe

Local business owners had the opportunity to find out what their local library could do for them at last week’s Development Wainuiomata business breakfast.

Over 30 people gathered at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall last Friday for the monthly breakfast which saw businesses connect and network over food. Denise Clarkson, form Hutt City Libraries, spoke at the

meeting about the changing perception of what libraries did and what they could do for locals. “When you think of your public library I don’t think people think of a million people walking through the door

every year,” she said. Denise said the libraries’ main aim was to foster literacy, whether it was digital literacy, financial literacy or learning to read. “We always want to foster the joy of literacy,” she said.

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Citywide tree planting aims to be fruitful on Father’s Day

BRIGHT DELIGHTS: Entries to 2015’s Flower Show. PHOTOS: Supplied.

Flower show coming up By Emma McAuliffe

Locals are being encouraged to get out their gardening gloves and grab a spade in preparation for the Wainuiomata Spring Flower Show. The show is held annually by the Wainuiomata Gardeners’ Club and will take place next Sunday at the Wainuiomata School hall. Gardeners’ Club member Wendy Paulik said the show was descended from the Country Woman’s Institute flower shows and remained traditional.

There were three sections residents could enter their flowers in as well as a handcraft section, a floral art display section and a children’s section. The themes for the Floral Art display would be topical events including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. Wendy said she would encourage anyone to go down on Sunday and enter. “Even just come and take a look if you want. Have a smell,” she said. The children’s section would

include cooking, decorative floral art displays and in handcraft, catering for different age groups. “Kids love it. And they all get certificates,” Wendy said.  The Wainuiomata Spring Flower Show will take place on Sunday, September 11 at the Wainuiomata School hall. Entries cost 30 cents each and are to be received between 9am and 11.30am. A free public viewing of the entries will take place from 2pm until 3.30pm. For more information call Wendy on 5641497.

The Lower Hutt community will get the gift of fruit trees this Father’s Day. Lower Hutt charity Common Unity Project and the Hutt City council are on the hunt for volunteers to help plant the trees at more than a dozen sites in Lower Hutt on Sunday, September 4. Common Unity Project has been given 250 fruit trees from a private donor to be placed around the city for the benefit of local communities and future generations. The charity, which works with communities to provide food solutions, skills development and employment opportunities, has formed the “Ngahere Kai” initiative with Council to get the trees planted. Council sustainability officer Natalie Hormann said it was a “rare gift for Lower Hutt and a fantastic opportunity to have fruit

trees in public places throughout the city. But to make it happen we need volunteers to help plant the trees”. So far 13 sites across Lower Hutt have been identified as suitable for the trees. Between 10 and 20 trees would be planted at each site. Each site would be hosted by a tree expert who would direct and guide the planting. More sites suggested by volunteers may also be considered. Natalie said the planting would run from 2pm until 4pm on Father’s Day and volunteers could also make it a fun day by taking a “flash mob” approach to planting the trees at each site. Once the trees are planted, they will be cared for via the existing Fruit Tree Guardian Programme, where volunteers provide care and maintenance of the fruit trees around the city.


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Local Intermediate gets gold Local students had the chance to compete against other schools in the region earlier this month. Twenty eight Wainuiomata Intermediate School students competed at the Wellington Regional SportsFest held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Wednesday, August 17. SportsFest was run by Sport Wellington in partnership with Wellington City Council, and took place over two days at various venues around Wellington. Wainuiomata Intermediate School deputy principal, Mereana Ratahi, said the event was great for the students. “It was a great opportunity for our students to play in such an amazing complex and against some of the schools we

rarely meet,” she said. The school entered a Boys Turbo-Touch Team and a Girls Turbo-Touch Team, coached by teacher Isaac Hayes and a Mixed Basketball Team coached by teacher Margaret Ta'ala. All three teams were in the competitive grades with between 8-16 teams in each competition. Both the Boys and Girls Turbo Touch Teams won their competitions and received trophies from Touch NZ. The Basketball Team came 4th place overall. WINNING: The winning turbo touch teams from Wainuiomata Intermediate School. PHOTO: Supplied.

Basketball tournament Sport Wainuiomata will be hosting a basketball tournament in September. The family friendly mixed tournament will take place during September for teams to play for the ultimate trophythe Grand Winners of the SWI Annual Basketball Tournament. Tournament is

GIVING IT A GO: Karl Hobman and Chris Bishop before a game of wheelchair basketball. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Football promotional game Football fans take note- Wainuiomata will be taking on Naenae in their promotion/relegation game this weekend. Kickoff is at 2.30pm and will be played

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The joy of silver and bronze MP gives wheelchair basketball a go By Emma McAuliffe

A local man has been fundraising to get his team to a national tournament. Karl Hobman completed his hangi fundraiser a fortnight ago to help his wheelchair basketball team in their quest to get to Nationals. Wheelchair basketball is played by those in wheelchairs. It retains the same sized hoop and ball as basketball and introduces a point system from 1 to 4.5 to measure players by. A paraplegic player is worth one point and an amputee is worth four. There cannot be more than 14 points on the court at any one time. Karl’s team the ‘Midwest Sixers’ had been together since the beginning of the

year and since then they have won a few competitions including the North Island Championship earlier in July. They are now fundraising for the Nationals, to be held in Wellington in October. National list MP Chris Bishop visited Karl during his training at the Wainuiomata High School gym a fortnight ago. As part of the visit Karl taught Mr Bishop to play wheelchair basketball. Mr Bishop said he found the game “pretty awesome”. “It’s lots of fun. I’ve always wanted to try it. I’ve followed the Paralympics in the past,” he said. Following the pair’s game Mr Bishop offered to “kick in a couple of hundred dollars” towards the Midwest Sixers’ efforts.

I am usually a gold medal or bust kind of guy, but some of New Zealand's most impressive medals at the Rio Olympics were of the silver and bronze variety. As a country, we targeted 14 medals - we got 18. For me, I would have liked a couple more golden moments than the four we had but impressive feats came in the form of podium placings anyway. Nick Willis' bronze in the 1500m was gritty considering he's now the oldest man to medal in the event at 33. Willis' analytical approach paid dividends, his intensity unrivalled. Luuka Jones' silver in the canoe slalom was extraordinary. Ranked 28th in the world, she probably shocked herself. Tom Walsh's bronze in the men's shot put was special too. The Timaru boy who was just as talented with a rugby ball or cricket bat, chose to pursue Olympic glory instead of the more

financially lucrative options and just got his first dividend. However, the most captivating moment was Eliza McCartney's bronze in the women's pole vault. The 19-year-old has burst on the scene in less than 12 months and got a medal in an event New Zealanders have no real history in. The most appealing aspect of her journey though was how easy it was to see she was having fun. She smiled throughout the competition and seemed to embrace the pressure rather than let it affect her. Everything she did and said seemed genuine. McCartney came across humble, thanking her coaches, family and fellow New Zealanders, not because that was the politically correct thing to do but because she meant it. Who knows, in Tokyo in four years’ time, some of those podium medals may have a more golden tinge to them.


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