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By Emma McAuliffe
A local playcentre will be celebrating its 60th anniversary later this year. The Wainuiomata Playcentre opened in 1956 at St Patrickâ€™s Church Hall. The centre then moved to different locations around the community until it settled at Fernlea School in 1978. The playcentre is one of three in Wainuiomata, the other two being Arakura and Woodhatton. Continued on page 2 Wainuiomata Playcentre president Jake Topp at the playcentre. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
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One of Wainuiomata’s banks will be shutting its doors at the end of the year. Westpac announced the closure of 19 of its branches across the country, including Wainuiomata’s, last Wednesday evening. The bank confirmed it would be having discussions with key community leaders to establish how changes might work in their area. Evidence to support the bank’s decision to leave the areas includ-
ed seeing 85 per cent of service transactions take place outside of a branch, and online transactions increase by 61 per cent. A spokesperson for Westpac said it was anticipated branches impacted would close in early November, however supporting customers through the change was a priority. “Alongside banking solutions, including digital devices for community use and upgraded ATM and deposit facilities, Westpac is introducing Digital Educators. They will provide
personal digital assistance to customers in their own communities,” they said. In Wainuiomata this would include retaining the existing cash dispensing ATM as well as leaving a deposit solution. The bank would also look to work with the community to leave a computer at a public facility alongside a digital educator. There would be in-branch seminars to support customers’ transitions to new technology available. Locals took to social media to
address their shock at the news, calling it “very sad for [the suburb’s] elders”. Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward, Margaret Willard said she was disappointed in the decision to close. “I think they will lose customers,” she said. This is the latest blow to Wainuiomata after it was announced The Warehouse would be leaving the suburb earlier this year. What do you think? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wainuiomata Playcentre president Jake Topp said at playcentre, parents were the children’s teachers. “It’s about teaching kids and parents about play,” he said. He said this could include the parents going through trainings, which most of the parents at the centre had. Jake said there were currently 15 students and nine or 10 parents involved with the Wainuiomata Playcentre. “We’re trying to raise the profile of playcentre a bit,” he said. Jake said the birthday of the Wainuiomata Playcentre would be celebrated on Saturday, November 19. “On the day we’re going to have some cake, have some kids art work displayed and have some things set up for the kids to play with,” he said. Playcentre supervisor Helen Graham said this could include activities children had enjoyed taking part in, in the past. “I think people can remember all the different things they used to do at playcentre,” she said. The pair said they were currently on the lookout for past members of the playcentre
Parents and childrem gather at the playcentre. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
who would be interested in coming along to the anniversary celebration. “One of the founding members has said she would come, and we’ve been talking to some more people but we would like to find some more people to contact,” Helen said. She said she had one rule for those interested in coming to the anniversary
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Awards held to shine a light By Emma McAuliffe
T he Hut t Cit y Yout h Awards took place last week as a chance to celebrate the success of young people around the Hutt Valley. The awards, which focused on eight categories of achievement, were started by National List MP Chris Bishop to “shine a light” on
the young people of Lower Hutt. “Young people can get a bad rap. These awards are recognising the talent of the young people of the Hutt Valley. Young people around the Hutt Valley and New Zealand are doing wonderful things,” Mr Bishop said. The awards were hosted at the campus of the award’s
major sponsor, Weltec, last Wednesday night. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, chair of the judging panel, said it was a privilege to be at the ceremony as the young people nominated “drive young people forward”. “These awards show young people for what they actually are,” Mr Wallace said.
One of the nominees from Wainuiomata, ‘Prestige Men’s Products’, after the awards. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Three of the 24 nominees hailed from Wainuiomata, however did not come away with the top prizes. Aaron Jonassen and Prestige Men’s Products were both nominated for the Hodge Group Hutt City Youth Award for Entrepreneurship and Eddie Trask was nominated for the Hutt News Hutt City Youth Award for Contribution to Sport. Aaron was nominated for using his knowledge of production to start a sound and lighting company and volunteering his services and equipment to Wainuiomata Little Theatre. Prestige Men’s Products were nominated for their innovative beeswax hair product for Young Enterprise and achieved overall success out of ninety teams by winning $1200 at Dragon’s Den. Eddie was nominated for his dedication in running Wainuiomata High School’s Futsal and football programmes and acting as the facilitator, mentor and coach for several teams. The overall winner in the Hodge Group Hutt City Youth Award for Entrepreneurship was Joel Alheit and the winner in the Hutt News Hutt City Youth Award for Contribution to Sport was Rory Woollett.
Get creative Younger residents are invited to get creative these school holidays at the Wainuiomata Library. Next Saturday youth aged seven-years-old to 18-years-old are invited to bring a blank t-shirt or pillowcase to the library to create a literary masterpiece. Youth can learn how to some basic embroidery stitches as well as decorate their pillows with famous quotes and pictures. Workshop takes place from 2pm to 3pm, Saturday, October 1.
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No official name for suburb By Emma McAuliffe
A local man has sparked debate on the spelling of Wainuiomata. Mike Grigg believes the name of the town should be spelt with hyphens, Wainui-o-mata, instead of Wainuiomata. He said he began to consider this issue after attending the Autism New Zealand conference last month. “I introduced myself and I said I came from Wainui, and
someone said to me, which part of Wainui Beach do you come from,” Mike said. Mike said he then brought up the issue at the Hutt City Council’s review of the chief officer earlier this month. “New Zealand has three legal languages- English, Maori and sign language,” he said. Wendy Shaw, secretary of the New Zealand Geographic Board, said according to their records Wainuiomata did not have an official name.
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“It’s listed in the Gazetteer as a recorded name, which means it has been used on authoritative maps, documents and databases. “While ‘Wainui-o-mata’ was once commonly used, it became Wainuiomata in the mid-1950s when convention changed to replace compound Maori place names with one word,” she said. Wendy said an official name was something confirmed through the New Zealand Geographic Board’s formal
process and Wainuiomata was not unique in not having one. “Many New Zealand place names are not official. There are more than 3300 names for towns, villages, suburbs and localities that are classified as ‘recorded.’ This is compared to just over 500 that are official,” she said. What do you think? How do you think Wainuiomata should be spelt? Let us know at news@ wsn.co.nz.
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Community workshops discuss central riverside Two public workshops will be taking place next week to discuss the Hutt River and its relationship with Lower Hutt. The Greater Wellington Regional and Hutt City councils are inviting people to drop in at two informal and informative workshops to discuss how residents can enjoy and enhance the Hutt riverside and better connect the river with the central city. Workshops will take place at the Dowse Museum on Thursday, September 29 from 2pm to 7pm and Saturday, October 1 from 11am to 4pm.
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Local poet celebrates 91 years By Emma McAuliffe
The Wainuiomata News’ resident poet celebrated a big birthday last week. Local man Tony Watling tur ned 91 on Sunday. He has been writing the Odes of the Week in the Wainuiomata News for six years. A life member of the Greater Wellington model boat club, com m ittee member of Grey Power Wainuiomata and the local chess master at Tihei Rangatahi, Tony has been living in Wainuiomata for decades. Tony said he never really started writing poetry until he retired and has since written two books of poems. “My first foray into the Wainuiomata paper was actually in gardening. I grew a 5ft long cabbage,” Tony said. Born in the Philippine Islands and raised in England, Tony moved to New Zealand after the second world war. “In England things were bad I thought ‘blow this
for a pantomime’ and thought about going. I had three choices- South America, Australia and New Zealand,” he said. Tony said he chose New Zealand due to the harsher weather in Australia. Tony moved to Wainuiomata from Wellington with his wife, Joan and his children after being offered a job at Brugger’s Factory by Frank Brugger. “There was an advert in the paper for Brugger’s. He wanted to hire the best toolmaker in the world and I applied. “O ne d ay we had a knock at the door. It was Frank Brugger. ‘Right’, he said. “I want you.’ Get your wife. Get her to pick any house she likes, I want you to move to Wainuiomata and work in my factory.” Tony said he worked for Frank Brugger at his factory until his retirement at age 60. “We got on really well, Frank and I. He put on good Christmas parties,” he said.
Tony Watling poet and gardener. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
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draws. A main stage will have a variety of entertainment, including a piano and song performance, and keynote speeches. Topics for speeches include “What you can do if you are concerned about memory or thinking for yourself or somebody else?” by Emma Frommings, an educator from Alzheimers Wellington at 11am and “The importance of appointing enduring power of attorney, and how these can be
set up” by Hutt Valley lawyer Ashika Bali at midday. One of the Expo organisers and service manager for the Hutt Valley Service Coordination Centre Susan Bowden said the expo was “a fantastic one-stop shop for all the support and services available for older people, and those who support them”. “It’s a great opportunity to swap information, get a really good overview of all that’s available and have an entertain-
ing day out,” Susan said. There will be complimentary tea and coffee from PAK’nSAVE Petone and a seniors special half-price lunch available. The Older Persons Expo is at the Petone Club, Udy Street, Petone on Tuesday, October 4 from 10am to 3pm. There will be a free bus from Wainuiomata to the venue. This can be booked at the Wainuiomata Library.
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Local radio station fundraising By Sylvie Dickson MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
A local man is trying to raise money for a new transmitter in order to broadcast more local radio in Wainuiomata. Greg Selman founded radio station Ifinity FM in 2011 and said his aim is to provide a voice for local musicians and the community. The station plays all genres with a focus on New Zealand music and local artists.
No stranger for doing what he can for his passion Greg sold his car to pay for the station start-up and said to get into radio school he turned up in a dog suit with a shopping trolley to prove he had an edge. Ifinity, who teamed up with record label The Peoples Coalition, have built a backyard studio in Wainuiomata made from mostly recycled material. The station had been broadcasting from Wainuiomata but after replacing the transmitter found
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the replacement had blown up. A new transmitter will cost $700 which Greg is confident they can achieve through their Pledge Me page and fundraising, with anything above the target to go towards more transmitters. The transmitter works on low power FM broadcasting, which covers an area of a few kilometres and means the station does not have to pay big fees. Greg said the local focus makes community the point. “It is a personal thing, you walk into another station and ask them to play your song and 99 per cent of the time it will be a no, but we provide that platform where people can get their stuff out. “Come talk about issues, do a show, anyone who walks into the studio will have the chance to be played on air,” he said. On a limited budget, Ifinity’s goal is to expand radio in small towns instead of the main centres and promote rather than advertise. “Wainui is a cool community, and we’re doing it that way. We keep artists independent; we record for free, and broadcast for free. The more we can get people behind it the better we’ll do,” Greg said. To help fundraise to get Ifinity FM a new transmitter head to www. pledgeme.co.nz/projects/4798-thenigel-initiative.
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“I’m making a coin trail out of coins. Children and adults could rub different coins to create a trail.”
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“I’m helping a group revamp the rubbish bins. We’re going to repaint the bins on Queen Street to have monsters on them to make them appealing to kids.”
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“We’re trying to find things for all ages. A ship wreck for people to climb over and enjoy by the library.”
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to loud music.” If you could do anything in one day what would it be? “I’d have Paua on the rocks over a fire, down Turakirae Head on the Coast or swimming down Waiongana river in Taranaki.” What do you love about working in Wainuiomata? “Working with the kids and adding to the beautiful flow (wairua) of Wainuiomata.”
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Seven Day Underway
Lisa, Jodie and Claire at the 7 Day Makeover workshop. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe
The ‘7 Day Makeover’ is now underway with locals now planning and creating what they would like to see in the town centre. Locals gathered in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre on Sunday and Monday to plan what sort of things they wanted to see on Queen Street. Suggestions included more seating, picnic tables, updating rubbish bins and even a pirate ship. Locals Mate Tuhaka and Michael Ngarotata said they wanted to see a
sign welcoming people into Queen Street. “We imagined a bookcase sign with an open book so people can see. If it’s an open book we’re open,” Mate said. “We want to welcome people and make them stay here longer,” Michael said. Others wished to see current fixtures in Wainuiomata looking more interesting. “It would be cool to see some art work made out of the current seats,” Kelly Anso said. “We could put in tables where
some seats are to help bring them together,” Kathy Neilson said. Making stuff happen champion Esther Venning said she was pleased to see people turn up and share their ideas. “We’ve had so many people come and share. It’s been great to see,” she said. The 7 Day Makeover is taking place on Queen Street until Saturday, October 1. Locals are encouraged to give any time they can to help beautify the street between 7am and 8pm Wednesday to Friday and 7am and 4pm on Saturday.
Locals like living in the Hutt A national survey has found Lower Hutt residents feel safe in their homes and city during the day, and parks, open spaces and gardens have the greatest influence on their sense of pride in the way their local areas look and feel. Hutt City Council took part in the 2016 Quality of Life Survey this year. The primary objective of the survey is to measure residents’ perceptions across a range of areas that impact on New Zealanders’ quality of life. Overall results indicated 78 per cent of residents interviewed think Hutt City is a great place to live and 53 per cent feel a sense of pride in the way their local area looks and feels. Residents’ perceived safety was higher than the national average, at 93 per cent in homes and in the city during the day, and 50 per cent after dark in the city. The national average was 89 per cent, 88 and 40 per cent respectively. Hutt City Council was above the average for the seven participating cities regarding respondents feeling that they had an influence on council decisions. Strategy and planning divisional manager Wendy Moore led the project and said it was important for councils to undertake a range of regular research. “This is one of a range of research projects we undertake. Each research project has a different methodology and objectives, with this one it’s interesting to learn more about perceptions. As we’ve participated in this over time we can compare with past results from the same project. “While it offers the chance to compare to other participating councils we also need to be mindful of our immutable differences, for example most of the other participating councils are New Zealand’s main cities.” To view the full project results, www.qualityoflifeproject.govt.nz/survey.htm. Do you agree with these results? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“We often meet Margaret at events where she shows her commitment to encouraging young people to develop their potential. She constructively supports Mayor Ray Wallace’s vision of investing in a more vibrant economy.”
Mayor Ray Wallace “Margaret is a valued and hardworking councillor who takes responsibility for community arts, environmental issues and advocating for young and older people. She works contructively with colleagues and staff towards good decision making.”
Rev Nola Garrod “Margaret is a positive person of integrity, who is innovative and passionate about what she does. I have full confidence in her representing our community as Councillor.”
Simon Itula, Acting Chair, Wainuiomata Lions Rugby League Club Inc “Margaret has a sound understanding of our community and the challanges ahead. Her leadership and networking skills, along with her strong links in the community, add value and make a difference.”
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Graduates celebrated by Youth Inspire
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Youth Inspire held their second graduation ceremony of the year for their clients last week. The organisation held a special celebration for their Limited Service Volunteer graduates and other employed youth at the Wainuiomata Library on Friday. The Limited Service Volunteer programme is a six-week motivational and training programme for young people run by the New Zealand Defence Force on behalf of Work and Income. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace officiated the ceremony and said he was proud to be there to celebrate the youth and their families. “LSV is no easy programme. The purpose of the programme is to increase young people in employment and education. As part of their preparation the youth had to commit
to gaining their learners licence,” he said. Wainuiomata Work and Income service centre manager Sonya Taukamo-Pohio said the centre was proud to support the youth who go to the camp. “Lots of young people tell us what a good opportunity it is,” she said. The three Limited Service Volunteer graduates each spoke to the audience on what they thought had been the best opportunity for them following the camp. “I am a lot more confident now after doing LSV,” Nikita Ruddock told the crowd. Businesses celebrated for their involvement with Youth Inspire included Taylor Preston’s, Lollipop’s Educare, Access Home Health Care, Hutt City Libraries and The Warehouse. Although he could not be there to accept his award, Braiden Kirk was also acknowledged for his completion of a fishing scholarship in Westport.
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Cyber Safety Month deals with the dangers of digital Locals will be able to learn more about cyber safety at Hutt City Libraries next month. Hutt City Libraries annual Tech Series returns in October with talks and workshops all about internet safety and security. Hutt City Libraries Manager Sandra Mann said most people relied on the internet in almost all aspects of their lives- communication, news and research, banking, business, the storage of vital information and much more.
“But a lot of us don’t give enough thought to protecting all that vital information, and it can be difficult to know where to start and what to do. That’s why this year’s Tech Series is so important. “We’ve organised talks and workshops for everyone - families, seniors and businesses, to help us all better understand Cyber Safety in 2016. “We’ve been lucky enough to pull in a wide array of experts, with representatives from
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Local wrestler aims for the top By Emma McAuliffe Paul Sayers is ready to take on RJ Brewers. PHOTO: Supplied.
Touch competition Wainuiomata Sportsville will be hosting a touch competition and family tournament from Wednesday, October 5 until Wednesday, December 7. Teams include an Under 12 Boys, Under 12 mixed and Social Open Mixed. Games will be held at Frederick Wise Park. To register visit www.sporty.co.nz/wainuiomatatouch and for more information contact Penny Hargraves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A local man is calling for the community to get behind him and help him achieve his dreams. Born and bred in Wainuiomata, Paul Sayers has been wrestling on and off for ten years, having been a fan of the sport since he was 13-years-old. Since then he has spent the past year preparing himself mentally and physically to get serious about the sport. Paul said his opportunity to shine has come up at an
event in Auckland and he needs the support of the community to help him get there. “About four weeks ago, American professional wrestler RJ Brewer released an open challenge video, calling out any New Zealand wrestler for a match at the On the Mat event. I saw this as a chance to make my dream come true and move one step closer to becoming a full-time wrestler. “This is the biggest chance for a homegrown talent to get their name to the world and make a real positive step to get New Zealand wrestling to return to the glory days of the 70s 80s,” he said. Paul said he could be the one to wrestle with RJ Brewer if he is voted in by his peers.
This would include liking a Facebook status by on the promoter page, Sakura Events, and liking a video made by Paul, on his own Facebook page, “That Young Warrior”. Paul said the winner would be announced this Saturday. “It’s pretty nerve wracking now my video has over 7000 views,” he said. Paul said he wanted the community to get behind him as it would show the youth he worked with by day they could achieve their dreams. “100 per cent don’t let anyone put you down. For years I’ve wanted to follow my dreams. I’ve been talking to kids about focusing on their dreams but not focusing on mine,” he said. To vote for Paul head to his Facebook page www.facebook.com/ ThatYoungWarrior/
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Taking the ‘Super’ out of rugby It is official, when it comes to Super Rugby I am showing my age, at 27. I had no interest in the competition in 2016, yes my Crusaders were mediocre by lofty standards, but I couldn’t get my head around the conferences or the convoluted playoff system. Unfortunately for me, the Crusaders will still be average next year (goodbye, Jordie Barrett) but also the ridiculous competition structure will also be back. Four Kiwi teams made the six team playoffs this year yet three of them hit the road for opening week of the playoff. There are also too many teams, is it 17 or 18 now? I find myself longing for the days of the Super 12. The amount of teams was in the name. Most of the teams had their day in the sun at some point and most importantly everyone played each other throughout the round-robin. Plus the finals system was easy to understand. One played four and two played three. I would suggest most people are like me, they prefer the old days of the competition structure. The competition goes on forever and its highlighted by a three week international window and the fact there are some teams, probably five or six, who simply aren’t up to the standard of Super Rugby. All of it leads to super over-saturation of Super Rugby. It would be nice if the powers that be listened to the fan base and not just the sound of money. Less can be more, make people excited with anticipation. Don’t give them terrible match ups, make them salivate as they wait patiently for a contest and competition that is worth watching because Super Rugby has not been like that for a few years now.
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Locals will have the opportunity to don their favourite capes next weekend with Sport Wainuiomata Inc.’s first Superhero Fun Run/Walk. The Sport Wainuiomata Inc. Superhero Fun Run/Walk was created with families in mind and will be a friendly and fun community event to enjoy during the school holidays. Participants are encouraged to make their own costume and be their own superhero. Sport Wainuiomata Inc. chairperson, Terina Cowan said the group aimed to celebrate the people in Wainuiomata. “We need to start celebrating how great we are as individuals,
as whanau, and as a community in Wainuiomata. What better way to do so than alongside our kids ... and a cape,” she said. “There are three distances available to suit beginners and experienced runners. Not only will people be able to explore the streets of Wainuiomata, but Sport Wainuiomata Inc. are hoping that people will see what great parks and community spaces Wainuiomata has to offer.” Local businesses have also got involved with the event. Wainuiomata Pharmacy and McDonald’s Wainuiomata are supporting the event by offering spot prizes along with tickets to the Hurricanes
game the following night for four lucky participants. Costs range from $5 to $15 with proceeds going towards future Sport Wainuiomata Inc. events and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. The Malaghan Institute is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for cancer, asthma and allergies, and gut health. The Sport Wainuiomata Inc Superhero Fun Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, October 8 rain or shine. Each participant will receive a race bib and a finisher’s medal. For more information or to enter online, visit www.sportwainuiomata.com.
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Wins for high school league teams By Emma McAuliffe
Rugby League season has started for Wainuiomata High School. The senior team has had a winning streak so far having won all three of their games. Their most recent win against Taita College happened last Thursday at the high school grounds. Wainuiomata High School won
38-0 against Taita with the score at half time being 22-0. After a break for the school holidays the senior team will return to the field to play St Patrick’s College Silverstream on Thursday, October 13 at 4.30pm. The junior team has won one of their two games played so far. Their most recent game was also against Taita College and took place
on Saturday, September 17. The Wainuiomata High School team won the game 38-14. The Wainuiomata High School junior team will return to the field this Saturday to play St Patrick’s College Silverstream for a catch up game. The game will take place at Wainuiomata High School with kick off taking place at 1pm.
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Published on Sep 27, 2016