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Santa comes to town
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By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata turned on the Christmas spirit for its annual community Christmas parade held on Saturday, December 2. With endless amounts of tinsel, Christmas carols and even Santa Claus himself riding in style on a three-wheeled chopper, the day was a huge success. The parade took a different route this year, starting in Norfolk Street, and then heading down Wise St and around to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre via The Strand. Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs says this year was one of the best he had seen in a long time and that numbers had definitely improved on previous parades. Continued on page 2. Santa arrived in Wainuiomata on a three-wheeled chopper. He was definitely the star of the show. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
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Wainuiomata’s Christmas Parade a success He says it was a great day and thanks everyone who came out and supported their community’s Christmas parade. Over the years, support from the community had dwindled. However, it was a different story this year. The Strand was packed with more than 100 families from around Wainuiomata – suburban streets along the rest of the route were also lined with members of the community. Local emergency services, businesses – including Clive’s Chemist, Labour MP Ginny Anderson, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and other Wainuiomata entities were also part of the parade this year. The Hutt City Kindergartens float won best school float this year. All five of the Wainuiomata kindergartens were represented by teachers and families and children all present in the parade. Labour List MP Ginny Anderson says the Wainuiomata Christmas Parade was a blast.
Katherine and Kora, 1, Wright were out enjoying the weather and Wainuiomata’s Christmas parade. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
“You can see it in everyone’s faces that they are having a ball – big kids revving up
their cars and little kids with a fistful of lollies. It was awesome to hear so many people
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Victoria University of Wellington is building partnerships with iwi and other Maori organisations to boost opportunities for Maori students and foster research collaborations. A number of iwi representatives and representatives of other Maori organisations will gather at the University’s Te Herenga Waka marae next week to sign relationship agreements to work together. The agreements are part of the university’s commitment to improve its engagement with key Maori stakeholders and to
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work in partnership with them to support the academic success of current and future Maori students, through activities such as internships and scholarships. Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Rawinia Higgins says that Victoria was proud to be matching dollar-for-dollar the funding provided by Maori partners, to maximise the study and research opportunities for Maori students. The first relationship agreements, known as Herenga Tangata, were signed last year. “This year, we are delighted
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The event also marks the presentation of Te Tini a Rehua awards, which are given to the top Maori undergraduate student in each faculty. “It is important to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of our Maori students and showcase this to the University and our wider communities,” Rawinia says. The relationship agreements were signed at the annual Te Tini a Rehua – a celebration of Maori success event at Victoria University’s Te Herenga Waka Marae.
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Rimutaka Hill Road reopened Both lanes of the Rimutaka Hill Road, SH2 have been reopened to all traffic, including over-dimension loads, following the substantive completion of two safety improvement projects on the Featherston side of the hill. Principal project manager Glen Prince says the work included curve easing on one of the tightest corners of the hill and the installation of new safety barriers and a half-bridge to
widen the road in another area. “These were two relatively modest projects in terms of overall scale, but they will make a big difference to the safety and the integrity of this critical transport link,” Glen says. “More than 3500 cubic metres of earth needed to be removed to complete the curve easing project, increasing the width of the road to make it safer for large vehicles. “While further down the hill,
the half bridge and new safety barrier are now in place and the road width has been increased by a metre.” In all, almost 130 cubic metres of concrete, 15.7 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 40 six metre long rock anchors installed below the road surface were used to construct the new five metre high, 20 metre long half bridge. A concrete barrier has been moved back to open the road to
two lanes, but it will remain on the side of the road until the final slope protection work and new safety barrier can be installed. “Many commuters and businesses rely on this road to travel between Wellington and the Wairarapa so I want to pass on the New Zealand Transport Agency’s sincere thanks for their patience and understanding during the construction of these safety enhancement projects,” Glen says.
In the November 22 edition of the Wainuiomata News there was an error in the article about the Konini Primary School’s new logo. The name of the flower was referred to as a kowhai flower. It is however a konini flower.
Dry month for Wainui Summer has made a grand entrance with records noting only four days of rain in Wainuiomata throughout November. Rainfall records for the month of November around the region were also at a record low. At Wainuiomata the 27mm total is the lowest November rainfall since records started in 1890. The headwaters of the Wainuiomata, Orongorongo and Hutt rivers are key water supply collection areas and have been hit hard by the dry conditions. Rainfall recorded during October and November shows that period to be the driest on record (since 1980) in the Orongorongo valley and the second driest at Kaitoke since 1951.
New start for Wainui hair salon By Dan Whitfield
Susan Cowpland is thankful for the years of support she’s had in Wainuiomata and hopes it continues as Hedz moves to a new premise on Queen St. With the uncertainty of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre, the Wainuiomata business owner says it was time to look at the future of her business and grow the salon. Susan has owned the business for 23 years and until recently was located in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. The shift has allowed Susan to expand her business, allowing for additional cutting spaces and a more spacious layout. “It should be a treat to get your hair done. Wainuiomata is growing and it is time to grow the salon,” Susan says. “We’re appreciative of everyone who has supported us and can now offer more to the community because of this support.” Hedz was located next to New World before it closed up around five years ago. “If you don’t support local
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shops, you’ll lose them. Our clients are our friends and some have been coming here for more than 20 years,” she says. Susan says when they were telling people they were moving it was almost a reassur-
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shopping areas. Hedz is one of several hair salons in Wainuiomata. All staff at Hedz are from Wainuiomata and regularly go on training courses to ensure they are on top of their game.
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inbrief news Pop-up carols A pop-up Christmas carols event is coming to Wainuiomata next month. Pop-Up Carols will be in Wainuiomata, located on the Queen Street Reserve on December 7, from 6pm onwards. Members of the community are invited to come along and join in with the Christmas festivities.
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Reinventing a name By Dan Whitfield
Chloe Young is looking to reinvent people’s stereotypical view of people from Wainuiomata – especially those called Chloe. The 23-year-old has only been in Wainuiomata for part of this year but has already heard the story of Chloe from Wainui. The name Chloe from Wainui was made famous by Chloe Reeves, who featured on Gary McCormick’s Heartland television programme in 1994. Her blonde hair, tiger slippers, pink motor scooter and bogan background was all that was needed to turn the Wainuiomata local into an overnight superstar. But you’ll find none of those attributes with the new and improved Chloe Young of Wainuiomata. Chloe is a real estate for Ray White Kemeys Brothers and has and continues to be involved with community projects across the valley.
From helping make kapa haka outfits for pupils at Wainuiomata Primary School and organising the Wainuiomata Art Exhibition, to volunteering during Wainuiomata’s own clean up and raising funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and the SPCA – Chloe loves helping her community. “I can’t get over the community,” she says. “And I never knew it existed until I moved here. “I just really enjoy being involved and actively participating.” Chloe is also one of two Wainuiomata residents petitioning to Hutt City Council for a designated dog park in the community. A highlight for Chloe is all the loyal friends she’s made since being in Wainuiomata. Chloe says it is a great place and the people are amazing; and that she doesn’t know why people look down on the community that’s here.
Chloe Young – the new and improved Chloe from Wainuiomata. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
“I hate the stigma people have of the community. To come here and think it’s home is amazing.” When people talk about Chloe of Wainui, Chloe says she just laughs it off. “I think it’s quite hilarious and don’t really know how it started but I remember someone writing
on Nui Natter that I was the ‘truly improved Chloe from Wainui’ which was nice.” Chloe says she is proud to be a local and support everything locals do. Wainuiomata has so many amazing people who do amazing things, she says.
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Consumer NZ has announced this year’s recipients of the Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the awards were launched to highlight food companies marketing their products as healthier choices than they really are. Sue says many of the products nominated for this year’s awards were full of sugar, yet carried claims designed to make them appeal to health-conscious consumers, such as “no artificial sweeteners”, “natural” or “fatfree”. “But it’s not just sugar that’s the issue. Food marketers have a variety of tricks up their sleeves to make us think their products are better choices. Our aim is to highlight these claims,” Sue says The recipients of this year’s
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Bad Taste Food Awards are: Pump flavoured waters: The Pump range of flavoured waters boast they’re “low in sugar” but each bottle contains more than four teaspoons of sugar. Pams Toasted Muesli and Countdown’s Toasted Muesli: The sugar content of these toasted mueslis has increased a whopping 44 and 20 percent respectively since Consumer NZ’s 2012 investigation. Anchor Protein+: Anchor Protein+ dairy products claim their higher levels of protein give “Kiwis the strength to tackle whatever life throws their way”. But the truth is most of us are consuming more than enough protein. Nice & Natural Fruit Snacks and Mother Earth Vege Fruit
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to have “no artificial colours or flavours” but what they do contain is high levels of sugar, in various guises. Oki-Doki Marshy-Mallows and Betta Mallow Bakes: Both these brands label their marshmallows as “fat-free”. It’s a move straight from the food marketer’s handbook of dodgy tactics: both products are more than 50 percent sugar. Lipton’s Ice Tea: The label on the bottle of Lipton’s Peach Flavour Ice Tea states: “No preservatives, no artificial colours, no artificial sweeteners” but this liquid gold contains 26g of sugar. That’s more than six teaspoons in each 500ml serve. Sanitarium’s Up&Go breakfast drinks: Up&Go drinks
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claim to offer “slow release energy” and “10 essential vitamins and minerals”. However, if you drank an entire 500ml bottle, you’ll have consumed between 9 and 10 teaspoons of sugar. Gourmet salts: Some manufacturers are keen to advertise their salt as containing iron, calcium or magnesium. But these claims should be taken with a grain of salt as these minerals are only present in trace amounts. Sue says although laws are designed to prevent companies misleading consumers about the goods they sell, food manufacturers continue to push the boundaries. A full report on the Bad Taste Food Awards is online at consumer.org.nz.
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Feedback needed to get Welly moving
Commuters stuck on the highway along Aotea. PHOTO: Let’s Get Welly Moving By Julia Czerwonatis
Driving through town is increasingly becoming a hassle with about 82,000 commuters from the suburbs, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast and further clogging up the central business district each day. Looking at population growth predictions, experts believe that in less than 10 years travel times will be 25 per cent longer if infrastructure doesn’t change. To ensure the capital’s transport system doesn’t become an Auckland-esque disaster, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and New Zealand Transport Agency have joined forces for a new infrastructure strategy. The Let’s Get Wellington Moving committee is now seeking public feedback for four different designs that aim to improve connections between Ngauranga Gorge and the Wellington Airport. The plan is to embrace all ways of travel – driving, cycling, walking and public transport. However, Barry Mein, project director, says “the key focus for us is to reduce the number of cars driving in the CBD and improve the public transport system”. “Building more roads is not an option, there’s just not enough space, and it would only be a short-term solution. “We need to find a way to move more people without more vehicles,” Barry explains. Stage one would make bus travel quicker and more attractive for commuters with additional bus lanes in Te Aro. Plans also propose to reduce the speed limit and to build safer facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. Stage two builds upon the previous designs and would see a second Mount Victoria tun-
nel separating east-west traffic which would relieve traffic around the Basin Reserve. Construction time could be up to seven years for both stages combined. For the Basin Reserve, the committee proposes different layout options which could include tunnels and/or bridges to separate conflicting traffic flow. Plans for mass transit is also on the table which could see light rail, a modern generation of electric busses or other newer technology moving passengers quickly and efficiently through town. Stage three offers plans for a tunnel underneath Vivian Street separating inner-city traffic from congestion on the Urban Highway. Te Aro’s walking and cycling facilities would be further improved. Stage four introduces a fourth lane southbound on SH1 going from Ngauranga to Aotea. Plans also pick up on suggestions made by Wellingtonians to reduce traffic along the quays and make the waterfront more accessible to pedestrians. Lastly, a second Terrace tunnel is proposed. All four stages combined would cost up to $2.3billion and take more than 10 years to construct. “We’d love to get feedback from a large cross-section of people from our region,” says Ian McKinnon, Greater Wellington councillor. “People can give us their views on all of the scenarios or cherry-pick certain elements they like or dislike,” he adds. Find more detailed information and give your feedback on getwellymoving.co.nz. What do you think of the plans around improving transport and infrastructure in Wellington? Do you think the proposed plans will work? Email email@example.com.
Deputy principal says farewell Wainuiomata High School principal Martin Isberg was celebrated on Friday last week - marking his departure from the school. Martin has been teaching for 42 years, with 26 of those specifically in Wainuiomata. He has been principal of the high school for eight and a half years. His highlights include seeing the way the school operates change and the culture transform over the years. Wainuiomata High School’s Douglas Robb will join the retirement club alongside principal Martin Isberg. An announcement was made in the
high school’s weekly newsletter highlighting Doug’s next step. Doug travelled to New Zealand from Scotland, to take up the position as Head of Faculty ICT in January 2004. His teaching, attention to detail and unruffled “always positive” manner led to him being promoted to the high school’s senior leadership team in 2013. Martin says many people will have met Doug, either through his teaching, or assistant principal role, and will have been impressed by his unfailingly respectful and patient manner, and his genuine passion and concern for the well-being of students.
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on the Wainuiomata Christmas Parade in the weekend. What a great day. Don’t forget the Wainuiomata Christmas Carols Pop-Up event It’s great to see the vision of a safer walking will be from 6pm-7.30pm, this Thursday 7th and cycling pathway over the Wainuiomata Hill December, in Queen Street. The Christmas a step closer. Funding from Council, NZTA and Carol Pop-ups are very popular, so head down Fairfax Media makes every effort to create advertisements to meet your specific needs. Please note in some instan the Urban Cycleways fund, along with over 10 to enjoy a family friendly Christmas sing-along. to supply additional proofs due to complexity of the request or deadline constraints. years of hard work and planning, has gone into Then, join us for Christmas in Dowse Square on © This advertisement has been created as a service of Fairfax Media. It cannot12pm-7pm. be reproduced without p 16 December It promises bringing about this much needed infrastructure Saturday If you wish project. to use this material elsewhere, please contact your advertising consultant. Charges My sincere thanks to Deputy Mayor, to be a great family day out, with Dowse will Funeral Fairfax Media makes every effort to create advertisements to meet your specific needs. Please note in some instan David Bassett, for officiating for me at the Square set to be transformed into a campsite package to supply additional proofs due to complexity the request orselfie deadline constraints. andofroad-trip themed trail. Head down to ground-breaking ceremony. Wainuiomata available for © This advertisement has been Campbell created as a service of Fairfax It cannot be reproduced without p enjoyMedia. live music and entertainment, delicious Ward Councillors Barry and Josh $3990+gst If you wish Briggs, to use local this material elsewhere, please consultant. Charges will food your trucksadvertising and fun activities. MPs Chris Bishop and Trevorcontact Mallard and other community representatives Most of all, please enjoy the summer, be safe all joined together for this special occasion. and take care of one another. Providing funeral services for ALL Cultures ALL Religions Once completed, walkers and cyclists will and to meet ALL specific individual requirements. have a dedicated safe route in and out of the Warm regards, With summer well and truly here, I hope you’re all enjoying the sunny days and pleasant, warm nights.
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valley. I can’t wait for its completion; it’s going to be fantastic for our community. The other news that you’ve hopefully heard by now, is that a ban on all unattended watering systems took effect last week. Careful watering by hand is still allowed, but please be careful with your water use. Our community has a good reputation for water conservation so if we want to enjoy our water all summer long, we need to look after it now. A big thanks to everyone who worked so hard
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Question: What do you think of Wellington’s summer so far?
Charles Watkins, Wainuiomata “I don’t think it’s hotter, just dryer.”
Amy Fryer, Wainuiomata “The heat is nice.”
Nethu Warnakula, Wainuiomata “Quite muggy, but better than rain I guess.”
Margaret Angelo, Wainuiomata “It’s really hot.”
Keisha Taiaroa, Wainuiomata “It’s always hot but its good.”
Harry Brosnahan, Wainuiomata “It’s nice and means we can go outside more.”
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Something council could look at Dear Editor, Wouldn’t it be great if Wainuiomata had its own Christmas in the Park like the one in Auckland! I love Wainuiomata and I love Christmas – but there’s nothing that combines the both. Yes, council is organising a familyfocused pop-up Christmas event in
Lower Hutt but what if we had our own; something people actually looked forward to and wanted to come to every year. We’d also be able to market it towards New Zealand bands or singers as well as our own local superstars. Mr Ray Wallace, Christmas is a great time of the year and you have to admit
that this would be a good idea. I know it’s too late to organise something for this year, but what about Christmas of 2018? Would this be something council could look at in the New Year? Yours sincerely, Santa’s little helper Wainuiomata
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Officials warn to stay out of Hutt River Greater Wellington Regional Council and Regional Public Health is warning swimmers to stay out of the Hutt River below Kaitoke due to the increased risk of swallowing potentially fatal toxic algae. “Hot weather, warm water and a lack of rain in the last two weeks have made conditions ideal for the native algae to bloom,” says Greater Wellington environmental scientist Dr Mark Heath. “This means pieces of algae are breaking off rocks and floating downriver in much larger quantities than usual, and this has become a risk to swimmers as well as dogs.” Mark says even very small amounts of toxic algae, if swallowed, can cause serious illness and - although unlikely - can potentially be fatal. “Usually algal mats are in limited quantities and easily avoided by swimmers, so there is a low risk of actually swallowing one. This week we have seen a sudden increase in the number of mats floating down the river and, without rain, this is likely to get worse. So the chance of accidentally swallowing an algal mat is much higher than usual, and we think this justifies a warning to stay out of the river.” Council is also encouraging dog owners
to keep their dogs on a lead and away from the river’s edge. “The algae gives off an earthy/musty smell that attracts dogs. It usually gets caught up in rocks on the river bank so, with the volume of algae we are seeing, we encourage owners to keep their dogs safe on a lead and well away from the water. “At this stage the warning is only for the Hutt River below Kaitoke. We are continuing to monitor other rivers in the region and any warnings will be put on the www. gw.govt.nz website. “A burst of significant rainfall should flush out the river and lower the risk,” says Mark. “The most likely symptoms of algal poisoning are nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, shaking, weakness, breathing difficulties and, although unlikely, potentially convulsions and loss of consciousness. These symptoms would usually occur soon after exposure,” says Dr Jill McKenzie of Regional Public Health. If you are concerned about potential health risks, consult your doctor or ring the health line - 0800 611 116. Your doctor should report potential illness from toxic algal exposure to Regional Public Health.
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Wednesday December 6, 2017
Record number of stars line Wellington waterfront A record number of stars will line Wellington’s waterfront for City Mission’s Christmas Appeal. The Wellington City Mission is excited to display a record number of stars on their Christmas Walk of Fame from Friday, December 1. Close to 170 pre-ordered stars will line Wellington’s beautiful waterfront as part of the Christmas Star Appeal and officials are confident this number will continue to grow as more people add their name or logo to the Walk of Fame over the coming weeks. This year is the third year the Walk of Fame has run and each year it continues to get even bigger and better. Generous local businesses, individuals, families and groups have purchased the naming rights to the Hollywood Walk of Fame-style stars, and each one represents families being supported this Christmas and beyond. The stars will be displayed on the waterfront near Te Papa from December 1 – 26. Wellington City Mission chief executive officer Michelle Branney says! “It has been amazing to see how the Walk of Fame has grown each year and become an established display in Wellington.” “This year we’ve been blown away by the generosity of people and businesses with a record number of stars. We are so thankful for everyone who
The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Walk of Fame. PHOTO: Supplied
gets behind this campaign – they really are making a huge difference,” Michelle says. “We hope people will enjoy visiting their stars, knowing that each one represents families being supported both at Christmas and into the New Year. Of course we’re not done yet, let’s see how far we can make the Walk of Fame stretch this year.” The Mission’s Walk of Fame and Street Day are key parts of their
annual Christmas Star Appeal. The generous donations received during this appeal will help the mission to make a life-changing difference in the region both now and into the New Year. They will provide families with food parcels and gifts so they can celebrate Christmas together, while continuing to offer year-round services such as financial mentoring and in-home social work too.
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Subsidised broadband bridges digital divide Spark Foundation and 20/20 Trust have announced that subsidised broadband is available to more families in Hutt city through ACTS Institute, enabling more students to keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. As classroom learning goes digital, students without broadband at home are at risk of being left behind. Spark Jump enables more children to go online outside of classroom hours and get on the right side of the digital divide. Families with children up to the age of 18 and no current broadband connection are eligible for the programme. They will receive a modem and a wireless broadband connection and pay $10 for 30GB with no fixed term contract. As a pre-pay service, the modem can be topped up at any time in the same way as pre-pay mobile phones. Spark Foundation partners with community-based organisations like 20/20 Trust to deliver wireless broadband to families without internet. The trust is active in communities around the country and works with local partners to select families for the programme based on the eligibility criteria set by the Spark Foundation and the intent
to support education. In Hutt city, ACTS Institute is the third provider to help families set up and manage their Spark Jump internet connections. Jordan Shearer, managing trustee at ACTS Institute, says this will help close the skills gap between families who can afford home broadband and those who can’t. “Access to the internet is really important to get our children better placed to do amazing things in school and later in life. We know that for some families home broadband is not affordable and Spark Jump will help more children in Hutt city participate in the digital world,” says Jordan. General manager of Spark Foundation Lynne Le Gros is pleased the partnership with 20/20 Trust is expanding the reach of Spark Jump to reach more families at risk of being digitally excluded. “We’re pleased to serve communities around the country with a truly useful product like subsidised broadband. We’re excited to see Spark Jump turn more homes in Hutt city into digital learning environments and enable more students to thrive in the digital world,” Lynne says.
Graffiti artists encouraged to showcase what they’ve got
Taylor Mansfield in action. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield By Dan Whitfield
Taylor Mansfield wants to convince Wainuiomata residents that not every person with a spray can is up to no good. The Wainuiomata artist received funding to erect several walls allowing other artists to pick up a spray can and showcase what they’ve got in a controlled and legal environment. The boards were installed next to the skate part on The Strand over the weekend – with many of the artists attracting the attention from the crowd waiting for the Christmas parade to start. Taylor says he has been painting since the age of nine and that the idea was to show people that there is an art to it. Though the graffiti walls were only temporary, Taylor hopes one day there
will be permanent areas for artists to paint. Taylor admits there is risk of people tagging in the area but believes a permanent place would help eliminate this. More than 15 people picked up a spray can as part of the community initiative. Funding came from Creative Communities and was distributed by Hutt City Council. Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs says Taylor did a fantastic job of bringing graffiti art to the community over the weekend. “Thanks to the local artists for sharing their talents with us. It was great seeing people watching the art being created, asking questions of the artists and people of all ages picking up spray cans for the first time to try out graffiti art,” Josh says. “It was a very positive community event.”
Wednesday December 6, 2017
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Christmas time in Wainui
Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade led proceedings
Santa was welcomed to Wainuiomata on Saturday as the annual community Christmas parade kicked off Christmas in the valley. The day was a huge success with The Strand packed with more than 100 families from around Wainuiomata â€“ streets along the rest of the route were also lined with members of the community venturing out to watch the festivities. What did you think of this yearâ€™s parade? Was it better than previous years? Let us know. Email Wainui@wsn.co.nz.
Tim Simpson, Jade Sheehan, and Sue and Hannah Scrimshaw out and about.
Hutt South MP Chris Bishop dressed as an elf as part of the Christmas Parade. PHOTO: Supplied
A kiwi from Rimutaka Forest Park Trust even came out to say hi.
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Labour List MP Ginny Anderson was out and enjoying the day in Wainuiomata.
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Chess players do well at junior competition
Future cricket stars shine at school event
Children from schools around Wainuiomata took part in the cricket event. PHOTO: Supplied
There were a few superstars among the hundreds of young cricketers. PHOTO: Supplied
Angus Thompson and Kahukura Te Rauna from Pukeatua School. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield By Dan Whitfield
Angus Thompson and Kahukura Te Rauna are proud to have finished inside the top 100 at the recent Chess Power Champions Trophy competition in Hamilton. The two Pukeatua School students took their skills on the road after doing well at the Wellington Regionals Chess Power Tournament earlier this year - they were outstanding in their age groups taking out top spots. Although Angus and Kahukura did not win this time round, they were acknowledged for their efforts and are happy with how they both performed – especially against several, slightly older opponents throughout the competition. The Champions Trophy competition is an
annual event aimed to find the best individual junior chess player in New Zealand. As part of the competition, Angus and Kahukura got the chance to play seniors as well as players their own age. Angus has been playing chess for around five years and was introduced to the activity at his old school, while Kahukura has been playing for three years. Following the recent competition, Kahukura says he was able to up his rank and was pleased with the result. “It gave us a chance to meet other kids and improve how we play chess,” Kahukura says. “We were playing against high school kids so I’m kind of proud of it [the result],” he says. They both say it was cool to travel and play the game they love.
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Arakura School’s cricket team. PHOTO: Supplied By Dan Whitfield
Bryan Heath Park was packed with hundreds of Wainuiomata children playing and enjoying cricket recently. The primary school-aged players were there as part of Wainuiomata-wide school Super Star Cricket festival that saw a number of future cricket stars shine. The day was organised by Wellington Cricket and held on November 28.
There were games for children aged from year four to six. The young cricketers played a modified version of the game to ensure every student was included and had fun hitting and scoring as many runs as possible. Around 200 children participated, including pupils from Arakura School, Fernlea School, Konini Primary School, Pukeatua School and St Claudine Thevenet School.
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Dear Tom - welcome aboard One opportunity, two careers potentially changed. Wellington wicket keeper Tom Blundell made the most of his test debut with an absorbing unbeaten 107 and a tidy performance behind the stumps that should have regular Black Caps test keeper BJ Watling concerned. While the West Indies are at the weaker end of the test nation spectrum, Blundell ensured that dropping him won’t be an easy decision when Watling returns from a hip injury that has consigned him to just a batsman role in domestic cricket. At 27, Blundell is not a young man but on his home track at Wellington’s Basin Reserve, he proved that if you’re given an inch but you take a mile, it can prove to be a life changing moment. Watling, who reinvented himself from top order batsman to test keeper mid career, has been a tremendous option in
the role, proving capable with the gloves and averaging 38 with the bat. However, once past 30, succession plans always come into play. Blundell’s composure at the crease, workman-like effort behind the stumps and willingness to walk home post-match while still in his playing whites will have endeared himself to many fans and undoubtedly the selectors. The Wellingtonian has the ability to hit the long ball and increase the strike rate and was seen as a coloured clothing option before a test player up until this week. It would be a tough call to drop Watling but the Australians would do it given the same opportunity and they’ve been mighty successful for many years. A headache for coach Mike Hesson but one that won’t have him reaching for the paracetamol any time soon.
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Pupils welcomed as guests at Parliament Wainuiomata Intermediate pupils were welcomed as special guests of Labour MP Louisa Wall at Parliament last week. The students – Rebbeca Sau, Amahre Edmonson and Faatatau Tagaloa – were chosen because of their ambition, achievement and interest in service to their communities. They attended Parliament on Wednesday, November 29. Louisa Wall, who represents the Manurewa electorate, is a great role model having represented New Zealand in netball, rugby, sevens and the MP who introduced the equal marriage bill to Parliament. The girls were met, after a security check, in Bowen House, Lambton Quay and taken up to Louisa’s office where they spoke about goals and opportunities while admiring her memorabilia – especially Joseph Parker’s glove, her journey and the view across the Wellington harbour. Principal Pearl Murti says after their trip to Louisa’s office, the girls were taken through the underground walkway that led from underneath Bowen House to the Beehive. She says they felt like stars,
Wainuiomata Intermediate’s Rebbeca Sau, Amahre Edmonson and Faatatau Tagaloa. PHOTO: Supplied
walking past familiar MPs and news crews waiting for their story of the day. Next up was question time. Louisa had warned the girls that it was like sport, meaning you
backed your own side and tried to unsettle the opposition. Pearl says the girls were still not prepared for the level of rebuttal and heckling that they observed. The day was a great eye-opener
Return the love this Christmas Animates’ annual Christmas campaign to help raise much needed funds for the SPCA and the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust, is now underway. Running until Christmas Eve, the Tree of Hope campaign encourages Kiwis to ‘Return the Love’ by making a donation and giving something back to animals and humans in need. Customers can support the appeal by purchasing a Joy, Love or Hope decoration to hang on the Tree of Hope in Animates stores and Animates Vetcare clinics nationwide. Alternatively, donations can be made online. Last year, customers helped raise $118,000. Animates spokesperson, Jacqui Baigent says staff are really getting in the Christmas spirit, with the goal of raising as much money as possible. “As Christmas approaches, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the flurry of buying presents, parties and what to cook on Christmas day, but it’s important not to forget that giving and sharing extends to animals as well,” Jacqui says. “Were committed to making the world a happier place through the love of pets. We started our annual appeal in response to the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust and the SPCA’s ongoing need for financial support and our desire to support charities that are close to the hearts of our staff and our customers.” Mobility Dogs are trained to provide assistance with everyday tasks for New Zealanders living with disabilities. Not only do the dogs provide functional assistance they also provide companionship,
and planted a seed about what is possible for students if they decide to follow their dreams, Pearl says. “I loved that she came from an area like us, and it doesn’t matter
where you come from it’s where you finish up,” says Faatatau. “I really liked that she had excelled at so many different things and she didn’t have to just choose one,” says Amahre.
Petone Wharf to reopen over summer There’s good news for those who love to fish or stroll along Petone Wharf. Following temporary repairs to the wharf, to ensure it is safe for public use, it is now open to the public over summer. Hutt City Council’s divisional manager parks and gardens Bruce Hodgins says repairs to the wharf to bring it up to a safe standard for public use are complete, following damage during the November 2016
earthquake. “Lower Hutt residents have made it clear how much they value the wharf so it’s great locals and visitors again get to use it,” Bruce says. Planning and consent work for the full refurbishment of the wharf is underway and work is expected to start in around eight months. The work is expected to be completed in about two years’ time.
New shops open at Queensgate Several new shops have opened at Queensgate Shopping Centre in time for Christmas. Popular Australian beauty retailer Mecca Maxima opened in December, marking its fourth New Zealand store. Mecca Maxima’s launch at Queensgate follows the openings of H&M’s first Wellington Kimberly Williams with mobility dog, Cooper. PHOTO: Supplied
a sense of security and act as an ‘ice-breaker’ in social environments. Jody Wilson, general manager of Mobility Dogs says mobility dogs provide invaluable support for New Zealanders living with disabilities. “Mobility dogs is delighted to be included for another year in the Animates’ Christmas ap-
peal. Their theme of ‘Joy, Love, Hope’ particularly resonates with us, as it also reflects the impact that Mobility Dogs have in the community. “To the team at Animates and in particular their customers around New Zealand, you have made a real difference to many lives and we sincerely thank you and celebrate with you all.”
store in late October, as well as Australian fashion brand Seed Heritage last week. Stride Investment Management Limited, managers of Queensgate Shopping Centre, have announced that several more stores are expected to open ahead of Christmas, including Macpac, Amazon, Merchant and Skechers.
New chancellor for VUW Wellington business executive Neil Paviour-Smith has been elected chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington for 2018. Neil succeeds Sir Neville Jordan KNZM CNZM, who recently announced his retirement from the Victoria University Council.
He is the managing director of sharebroking and investment firm Forsyth Barr, a director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and a former director of NZX. He was also born in Lower Hutt and is a Victoria alumnus.
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