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Catching up with our local MP p5 YANK TANK: Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace sits in a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500, one of the cars that will taking part in this week’s AmeriCARna festival, on display at the Petone Workingmen’s Club.

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up. The convoy will leave the club for Wainui at 2pm and on arrival will be escorted by the police and community patrol as it visits all six of Wainuiomata’s primary schools. ‘‘We’ll then take them to the RSA and will give them a mayoral afternoon tea. There will also be prizes for the best-dressed school. ‘‘No other area is getting this,’’ he adds excitedly. AmeriCARna event director John Rae, of New Plymouth, says all the kudos has to go to Mr Wallace for making this side event happen. ‘‘He told me about wanting some cars to come to Wainui, so I got hold of a few. Within two days the number was close to

It’s official — AmeriCARna will be in Wainuiomata today. Mayor Ray Wallace confirmed last week he had successfully convinced more than 40 participants of the American car festival to come over the hill for the start of the weeklong Lower Hutt-based festival. ‘‘Everyone should come out and watch it,’’ Mr Wallace says. With last year’s Christmas parade being cancelled because of bad weather, Mr Wallace believes the event will be like a de facto Christmas parade. The Petone Workingmen’s Club is the base for registrations and several classic automobiles have been on display in the lead

50,’’ Mr Rae says. ‘‘We’ve got so much to do with so few people, so it shows the calibre of the man to achieve this.’’ While Mr Rae has been to Wainuiomata before, he believes many other members haven’t, hence the intense interest in registering for an afternoon over the hill. ‘‘It’s another adventure for them.’’ He praises the Hutt City Council for its keen support in bringing the event to Hutt Valley, particularly officers Marty Grenfell, who secured the funding required, and Thomas Buchanan, who is co-ordinating the Country Fair. As of last week more than 600 cars had been registered for the festival, ranging from 1930s Hot Rods to 2011 Camaros. ■ Continued — Page 7

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Opinion is divided about the merits of the latest increase in the minimum wage. Workers unions and the Labour Party say the increase doesn’t go far enough and are pushing for a wage of at least $15 an hour. However a business advisory group says

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QUICK VISIT: Senior officers from the Hong Kong police department pose with community centre workers Matua Phillips (second left) and Raylene Tarei (fifth from left), as well as Naenae acting sergeant Russ Kalivati (fourth from left) and Petone community constable Dave Tweedale (far right) at Wainuiomata Community Centre last Wednesday. Photo: Daryl New / CCN160211DNHKpolice01 There was a heavy police presence in Wainui last Wednesday — but not as you might expect. The six senior officers were visiting members of the Hong Kong police force, who are in Wellington for two weeks on a fact-finding mission. While based at Porirua Police College, the Asian

officers have been touring the region with local constables, visiting communities to learn how police do things here, Lower Hutt Senior Sergeant Darren Russell says. ‘‘We often have overseas police departments come here, such as the Japanese Imperial Guards and officers from Timor Liste.’’

The Wainuiomata leg of their tour involved a visit to the community centre where they got an insight into the ways police and other organisations are dealing with youth. Later in they day, they took part in a touch rugby game with members of Tamaiti Whangai at Wise Park.

February 23-26, Lower Hutt. After being based in Taranaki for the past few years, AmeriCARna Hutt City will bring in excess of 400 American cars, along with drivers, passengers, supporters and enthusiasts for four full-on days of action. Highlights include the Friday night cruise down Jackson St in Petone from 6pm-11pm on February 25, and the Country Fair at the Lower Hutt Civic Centre from 10am-4pm on Saturday, February 26.

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Sunday, February 27, 9am4.30pm, central business district, Lower Hutt. This annual event celebrates the 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll era and complements the AmeriCARna Hutt City event which will be bringing hundreds of people and their American cars to Lower Hutt’s CBD.

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the patrol will still have to look at more ways of raising funds following their massive investment in digital radios. The patrol put $60,000 into the equipment, including two base and three hand-held radios, and face the ongoing cost of paying a licence to use the airwaves ($83.63 a month including GST for 36 months). Meanwhile, the Hutt Safe City Group co-ordinator denies any suggestion they are failing to support the Wainuiomata Community Patrol. Ross McKinnon says the assertion made by Mr Renshaw in the article that the umbrella group only provided them $1000


ainuiomata community patrol co-ordinator Barry Renshaw is pleased with the response he got from the Wainuiomata public following our February 2 story. Three more businesses are now financially supporting the patrol — Harcourts Real Estate, Wainuiomata Bookshop and Gracefield-based Best Engineering. There was further good news with the Wainuiomata Lions club offering a $500 grant and the local Rotary club also providing a ‘‘very substantial donation’’. Nonetheless Mr Renshaw says

in funding since becoming established in November 2009 is untrue. The group had in fact paid for several expenses, including $400 on insurance and $600 on first-aid training, he says. ‘‘When they bought all those radios in December 2009 they locked themselves into threeyear contracts.’’ The group got the Wainuiomata patrol out of the mire by buying two of their radios at a cost of $700 each, as well $2500 for the contracts. Mr McKinnon says the group was never set up to provide funding for operational costs, like petrol.

‘‘Wainuiomata were made very aware sometime before the formation of the Hutt Safe City group that funding they were used to getting would stop.’’ He says fundraising shouldn’t be an issue and believes the patrol simply needs to separate operational costs from capital costs. ‘‘We’ve worked very closely with communities. Stokes Valley has 20 businesses who each give them $100 a year. Taita hasn’t had any funding from the council or us and they get by.’’ He would be keen to sit down with Mr Renshaw and help him do a budget if need be.

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CRICKET FUN: There was a festival of cricket when Wainuiomata’s six primary schools converged on Bryan Heath Park for a non-competitive tournament last Tuesday. Organised by Cricket Wellington, the tournament saw 18 Year 5 and 6 teams each playing four games of Kiwicricket throughout the day, and while some did better then others, there was no winning team as the purpose was simply to get the children playing. Daryl New was there.

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Local MP Trevor Mallard invited Wainuiomata News reporter Jamie Adams to catch up and hear his thoughts on the big issues over a cuppa at Homedale’s Kiwi Cafe last week. Like any busy MP, Trevor Mallard gets around his electorate quite a lot in his distinctive red panel van. But like anyone, he can’t be everywhere at once and requires a smartphone to regularly clear his email inbox. ‘‘I usually get about 10 emails an hour,’’ the long-serving representative for Hutt South says while buttering a muffin. But even a snazzy Blackberry phone can be insufficient for instant communication; lying on the cafe table in front of him is the latest tool for keeping politicians in the loop — an iPad, which he uses for his regular Facebook updates. ‘‘I’ve already reached the 5000-friend limit on my page. I think about 2000 of them are from Wainui.’’ He believes social media can be a great alternative when he isn’t able to see constituents at his electoral office — provided they know when his profile is genuine. ‘‘I know there’s been two fake accounts of me online.’’ With the election year upon us, Mr Mallard has no doubt that economic issues will be the cornerstone of the campaign. ‘‘The cost of living generally is higher now. The GST [rise] has been part of it but I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about food prices. Grocery items like milk, butter, cheese — lots of people are finding it very hard to pay for these things. ‘‘It appears people have cut back on big purchases and even if people have got income, there is still a lot who are faced with having to pay off debt. ‘‘The trouble is if they are not spending at the retailers then the retailers are not making any

A DOG’S LIFE: Trevor Mallard may be busy as Hutt South MP, but he still has time to take his daughter’s 1-year-old pet Photo: Jamie Adams / CCN180211JAMallard01 / poodle Missy for a walk around Wainuiomata. money, which makes it even worse.’’ He is concerned about the number of people moving to Australia for those better wages. ‘‘Not very many come back.’’ He says the minimum wage needs to be at least $15 an hour as a way of stimulating economic growth. ‘‘It’s our view that it would put more money in the pockets of low-income New Zealanders, which would allow them to spend more. This would boost the economy and result in more jobs, not fewer.’’ He also believes it would boost productivity among unskilled workers. ‘‘Employers will want to make them more productive so it’s an incentive to training them towards better skills. It would also encourage them to buy the next level of equipment. ‘‘For savvy employers the pain would be relatively shortlived. They would get the new machines in and the productivity would boost their income.’’ He says the focus needs to be

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on creating better-skilled jobs, rather than the ones now being occupied by workers in India and China. Mr Mallard refutes the suggestion that forcing employers to pay more would lead to higher unemployment. He cites statistics that show in September 1999, just before the previous Labour government came to power, the unemployment rate was 7 per cent. By September 2008, after a period by which the minimum wage increased from $7 an hour to $12.50 an hour, the rate was 4.3 per cent. It is one of the measures Labour hopes will also address the rift between the rich and poor which he says has recently re-burgeoned. ‘‘Since the the early 1970s the gap opened up. During the 2000s the gap didn’t close.’’ The other measure is abolishing tax on the first $5000 of income and introducing a new top tax rate. National has criticised the plan as vague on details and not affordable, but Mr Mallard says it is feasible.

‘‘A big source of funding will be from loophole closing. There’s people who put millions in trusts but get Working for Families benefits and other rich people whose kids get student allowances. ‘‘Most people in Wainui say you should pay your fair share of tax. It’s important that the top rate cuts in well past $100,000.’’ As for local issues, Mr Mallard would like to see something done about the old Wainuiomata College and Intermediate site. While a new kohanga reo was established there last year, the building used two per cent of the land. One possibility was turning it into a resthome, something the valley’s elderly has been crying out for for some time. ‘‘The first thing is to have something that looks like a retirement village with 24/7 nursing support. Then it would be the resthome with hospital beds.’’ He sympathises with the elderly, saying Upper Hutt has an ‘‘enormous’’ number of resthome beds yet Wainui has none.


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Landscape opens for visitors ■


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Public enthusiasm for Baring Head on Wainuiomata’s coast was on display last Sunday, when more than 250 people turned out for the official opening ceremony of the area. The ceremony featured karanga, karakia and mihi from Taranaki Whanui kaumatua Sam and June Jackson, followed by speeches from Greater Wellington chairperson Fran Wilde, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, the Department of Conservation’s Wellington Hawke’s Bay conservator Alan McKenzie (on behalf of Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson) and the Friends of Baring Head Trust’s chairperson Joy Baird. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett were also present. Ms Wilde says the word ‘‘iconic’’ can be overused but it’s wholly appropriate in the case of Baring Head. ‘‘Every time I come to Baring Head I’m astonished at how rich in values this relatively small area is — the cultural heritage values, its amazing diversity of rare and unique plant and animal life, and of course its landscape values — which are up there with some of New Zealand’s best coastal landscapes.’’ On June 30 2010, Greater Wellington became the owner of the 284ha property on Wainuiomata’s

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HISTORIC DAY: Participants at the opening of Baring Head have lunch outside Photo: Greater Wellington / CCN130211SPLBaringHead03 the lighthouse. coast. The land was purchased by a consortium comprising Greater Wellington, Department of Conservation, Hutt City Council, Nature Heritage Fund and a private contributor. The property includes the lower reaches and the mouth of the Wainuiomata River and much of the coastal escarpment around Baring Head. It links with the Baring Head lighthouse reserve — the site of the second to last manned lighthouse to be built in New Zealand and automated in 1989. Greater Wellington will man-

age the area as part of East Harbour Regional Park. The title will be ‘‘fee simple’’, meaning it is held by the regional council, despite other parties contributing to the purchase of the land. It will be classified as a scenic reserve under the Reserves Act, so hunting, camping and lighting of fires are banned. Newly-elected regional councillor Daran Ponter welcomed the addition of the Baring Head property to the East Harbour Regional Park. ‘‘It is rugged country that provides dramatic views of the

Wellington coast and the South Island. It provides easier access to the cliffs, the World War 2 lookout posts and the Baring Head lighthouse.’’ Cr Ponter said that guided walks were organised following the opening ceremony and more than 100 people took the opportunity to walk the one and a half hours from the car park to the Baring Head lighthouse. He says patronage in the area will ‘‘definitely’’ increase, now it has public access. ‘‘The big issue here is the connection to the lighthouse. It’s iconic, it looks over the harbour and has dramatic views.’’ Access would now be easier for tourists, either by land or sea.

‘‘Prior to it coming into public hands it wasn’t a landscape you could easily get to unless you took the Coast Rd.’’ Cr Ponter says the boost in visitor numbers could lead to economic benefits. ‘‘There are a number of houses around the lighthouse that a commercial operator could get a consent to provide holiday services. Those operating tour bus services would also have another place to take their guests.’’ ■ For a brochure on Baring Head (including its walking tracks) and information about consultation on the future development of the site, visit

Wage rise bad for businesses: Kiddey

■from Page 1 time for any rise in the minimum wage, given the current economic climate. ‘‘Businesses don’t need any wage increases at the moment,’’ Mr Kiddey says. ‘‘For some business owners, having a minimum wage can increase costs. If economy suffers then people who are unskilled could be laid off.’’ While the 25c-an-hour increase was not going to lead to unemployment, Mr Kiddey warns the opposite would be true if it went up to $15 an hour. He agrees some prices have climbed due to the increase in GST, but there were some industries where wages rose by 4 per cent, thus staying above inflation. Although the chamber would have to survey its members over whether it would support a return of the youth

minimum rate, Mr Kiddey’s feeling is businesses would support it. ‘‘Employers are sympathetic to getting young people into jobs. But when they have limited money available they will be reluctant to take on more staff unless the rate was lower.’’ Mr Kiddey says there would be little incentive to employing a completely inexperienced young person if the employer had to pay him the same wage as a older, more mature person. He says it would be ‘‘reasonable’’ to make 18 the age for promotion to the adult rate. Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard says the minimum wage needs to be at least $15 an hour as a way of stimulating economic growth. ‘‘It’s our view that it would put more money in the pockets of low-income New Zealanders, which would allow

them to spend more. This would boost the economy and result in more jobs, not fewer.’’ He also believes it would boost productivity among unskilled workers. ‘‘Employers will want to make them more productive so it’s an incentive to training them towards better skills.’’ He believes New Zealand workers are ‘‘generally’’ hard-working — it’s the lack of productivity due to an absence of training that’s the issue. Mr Mallard notes that unemployment declined to barely 3.5 per cent during the previous Labour Government, which raised the minimum wage significantly over nine years. He also notes that the youth unemployment rate continued to fall when the youth minimum wage was scrapped.


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Wainuiomata News Hutt City Council The Council derive money from four sources. Your rates ($83m), User charges ($45m), Interest on investments ($150k) and Asset sales ($8m). From a Wainuiomata perspective we are a part of the Asset sales programme and Council have ear marked 3 pieces of land between Wainuiomata High School and the Wainuiomata Marae. There are two pieces either side of the entrance to the Water Tower and a large piece opposite on the other side of the road. Council is looking to transfer the land to its property company UrbanPlus which will then decide when and how the land is to be developed. Hutt Mana Charitable Trust The Trust has two grant rounds in 2011 and will allocate $300,000 in each round. I noted in the list of grants last year that less than 10 groups from Wainuiomata applied. The application forms can be down loaded from the Trust website and the closing date is the 25th of February. There are some criteria but previous history tells me there is a great deal of flexibility. When Science meets Democracy Coast Road homeowners (including the Jackson family since 1860) are embroiled in a fight with Greater Wellington Regional council to save the capital value of their most treasured asset. (The family home which is their children and grandchildren’s inheritance). The GWRC

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maintain that some of the properties are at risk of a one in 100 year flood and as a result the facts sheets on the Land Information Memorandum reflect their contentions. Led by Bill Voisey, the Coast Road home owners questioned the findings and challenged the conclusions saying they were based on outdated maps, information presented as assumption not fact and on their own admission (GWRC) limited survey information. The residents are adamant that the flood threat was based on flawed information and therefore the decision unsafe. I was at the Community Board meeting when they came en masse. I agree with them and they have my support. There has been much conjecture in our community over the years about the role and ever increasing influence of the regional council on our daily lives. The consequences of this for all home owners is horrendous. How would you feel if some idiot using flawed information wrote a report that effectively halved the value of your home? The situation is outrageous and totally unacceptable.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Misleading maps

In response to the article ‘‘Fact Sheets Draw Ire’’ February 16: Both Graham Campbell and& Sharyn Westlake of GWRC visited only as part of a fact finding group. They were not on the property long enough to complete even a basic assessment for an engineering analysis. I have never had any doubt as to the professional qualifications of both Graham and Shayrn, and any negative impression given on my part as to their qualifications was unintentional and would be deeply regretted. However I am surprised that two professional engineers still defend these maps, when they themselves have stated in an email, Thursday 18th Feb 2010, that the fact sheets were prepared with limited information, could be misleading, and will probably eventually result in a revised set of flood & erosion sheets. Representing GWRC, Prue Lamason stated that flood and erosion fact sheets had been sent out to flood prone properties throughout the region, however the Wainuiomata river fact sheets are very

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Reporter Jamie Adams asks the public if the latest rise of 25c an hour in the minimum wage is a fair call, or if they believe it should be $15 an hour as the Labour Party is proposing. He also asks if the youth rate should be reinstated. ‘‘I think they could have it a little higher — $13.50 or $14. It’s pretty low and would be hard to support [low-income earners].’’ She believes everyone should be earning the same amount according to what they do ‘‘regardless of whether you’re 15 or 28’’. Bobby, Arakura: ‘‘I support it. If you can’t afford to pay [an employee] much, how is he going to work hard?

Linda, Wainuiomata: ‘‘It depends on whether they work for it. It would be better if they are good workers. It’s very hard for a small business because if you are not busy you still have to pay them. ‘‘If you are getting the work in then you can pay them [a higher rate]. She believes wages should be paid according to productivity. Natasha Byrne, Main Rd:

AmeriCARna ready to roll ■ From Page 1 ‘‘Anything American goes,’’ Mr Rae says. Today’s parade is just the start of a festival that runs until Sunday. After day trips to Kapiti and Masterton on Thursday and Friday, a major highlight will be the Friday night cruise down Jackson St. Saturday will include the Country Fair in the Lower Hutt Civic Centre, before it wraps up by coinciding with Sunday’s

Rockin’ The Hutt festival. AmeriCARna began in New Plymouth in 2006 and has since expanded to include a South Island event in Invercargill in March. This year will be the first time the North Island event is being held outside of Taranaki and Mr Rae says it may return to Lower Hutt again next year depending on its success and if accommodation isn’t an issue.

[A $15 rate] would be more helpful.’’ He believes that rate would also be necessary given the prices of everyday items have gone up. Jackie Crown, Glendale: ‘‘The lower the wage, the less [employees] are going to want to work.’’ She says a $15-an-hour wage would be vital to keeping hardworking people in New Zealand. ‘‘If we give people what they deserve, they won’t flee the country.’’ She believes the ‘‘little people’’ have not benefited at all under the National Government. Malkiat Manak, Parkway: He says the latest wage rise is ‘‘probably okay’’, but the global market has a lot to answer for.


‘‘If you are living here it’s pretty hard. But then if you are going to compete with a place like China then [the wage] is too high. ‘‘Free trade is killing this place. There’s not enough jobs. ‘‘It doesn’t matter how much you are paying people, if things aren’t things aren’t getting manufactured, how do you pay them? The country is borrowing so much to pay them.’’ He believes the youth rate should be re-introduced. ‘‘Why would [an employer] pay somebody who doesn’t have any experience instead of someone who does? I’m sure you’d get more young people in supermarkets if you brought it back and then bring it up when they get to a certain age.’’

A word from the Mayor

Sevens celebration

AmeriCARna is here and our city is on show to the many visitors expected to come along and enjoy the fun. This is great for our city and I am sure everyone will enjoy the buzz this event is set to bring to the area. Wainuiomata is going to get its own special convoy of classic American vehicles this Wednesday from 2.15pm which is going to be an impressive sight as the cars make their way over the hill. AmeriCARna is not just for car fans, but anyone who appreciates a bit of fun and the Wainuiomata convoy will be driving past schools so the kids can come out and enjoy the spectacle. One of the issues for Wainuiomata at the moment is there has been some young people soliciting for money and being offensive to shoppers in the mall and on Queens Street. I am going to organise an urgent meeting with local police, councillors and Maori wardens to work out an action plan to try to improve this situation.

VICTORY: The Wainuiomata Rugby Club’s sevens team won the Wellington Clubs’ sevens tournament, the Ambassador’s Cup, after defeating tournament favourites Oriental-Rongotai in the final, and Porirua’s Northern United in the semi over the weekend. The cup is so-named because it is sponsored by the American ambassador. Photo: Supplied / CCN190211SPLsevens


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Earlier this month the Wainuiomata Bowling Club hosted the 38th New Zealand Maori Bowls Tournament. I had the pleasure of attending the powhiri for the event at the Wainuiomata Marae and the prize giving and I want to thank everyone involved for the work that went in to making the tournament happen. You really have done our community and city proud as the feedback I got from participants I spoke with was this year was “the best yet”. I also want to acknowledge the Wainuiomata BMX Club who organised their first regional champs on Waitangi Day. The weather wasn’t great but this did not put a dampener on the competition. Another example of the Wainuiomata community coming together and making things happen – keep it up Wainuiomata!

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Four of Wainuiomata’s schools took part in the first inter-school BMX competition last Thursday. Fernlea, Konini and Wainuiomata Primary schools, along with Wainuiomata Intermediate got their best riders down to Hugh Sinclair Park to compete against other schools from the Hutt Valley area. Usually the BMX School Challenge is held in Upper Hutt but with a track finally established organisers were able to bring it to Wainui this year. While defending champions Hutt Central School were the primary school winners, Wainuiomata Primary were the runner-ups. Wainuiomata Intermediate were also runner-up in the intermediate

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He’s Sharp by name and he’s proven to still be sharp by nature at 72. Wainuiomata’s Bill Sharp returned from the New Zealand Masters Games in Whanganui with a bountiful haul of medals — four golds and one silver, to be precise. Bill won the 100m sprint, long jump, discus and shot put in the men’s 70-75-years-old category. He also came second in the shot put. ‘‘I would have won the gold in the shot put had I not been judged a no throw on my final attempt,’’ he says, citing a technicality in his throwing action. What makes his victories all the more remarkable is the fact he had never competed in throwing events before, as he had strictly been a sprinter and long jumper. Although the field events only attracted two or three people in his age group, he describes the championship as ‘‘quite competitive’’, as it was open to other nationalities. ‘‘It’s amazing how many people travelled from around the world to pick up medals there.’’ Bill says he almost didn’t attend the games due to a mysterious inflammation of his right hand that virtually paralysed it the day before the games started. Thankfully the inflammation subsided in time for him to recover fully for his events. He was determined to win the sprint event, having missed out on the gold when he last attended two years ago. The other victories were bonuses. The Scottish-born athlete may well have had an illustrious career in track and field had he not suffered a career-curtailing accident in 1958. ‘‘I had been selected for the Cardiff [Empire] Games but pulled a calf muscle two days before I was to compete. ‘‘Then while I was on leave from the army I fell three storeys after I stepped through a window while painting.’’ Bill was paralysed and in a wheelchair for a year and a half, putting paid to any more serious competition. ‘‘The doctor said I’d never walk again, let alone run. I couldn’t accept that.’’ Barely three years after his ordeal, Bill fully

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recovered to compete in the 100m/200m double at the Edinburgh Police Highland Games. Hoping to revive his career, Bill moved to New Zealand in 1966. However this was at a time when amateurism was still strictly enforced, and because he ran in a professional meet before coming here he was initially ineligible to compete in championship events. However he did become friends with top sprinter Bevan Smith, whom he helped qualify for the 1972 Munich Olympics through competitions. Although he ran in a few events in Wellington in the 1980s, he only started going to the Masters Games in recent years through his belief that he still had a lot to offer. ‘‘I just look at the field and think ‘I’m not going to let these old men beat me’.’’

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student management systems during his time here. ‘‘We are driven to being better informed about what we are doing. My role is to provide mechanisms for staff to be better informed so we can make better decisions about what we provide for student achievement.’’ He is a supporter of extra-curricular groups, such as the Te Tira Whakaau kapa haka group, and will also closely be following the inter-school netball competition as his daughter plays the sport. In the short time that he’s been deputy principal so far, Mr Puka says he is ‘‘really surprised’’ by the level of commitment fellow staff put into their jobs. ‘‘There are staff here who stay till 8pm and come in well before the students arrive.’’

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There’s a new face at Wainuiomata High School, to fill the role vacated by current principal Martin Isberg. Ioane (John) Puka is the new deputy principal of the school, having begun the role at the start of term earlier this month. It comes five months after Mr Isberg was promoted to principal, having replaced Rob Mill in an acting capacity since 2009. Born in Tokelau, Mr Puka came to New Zealand in the early 1970s after receiving a government scholarship to study teaching here. He has been involved in education for FRESH FACE: Wainuiomata High School’s new over 20 years, with his previous role being deputy principal Ioane (John) Puka. Photo: Supplied / CCN140211SPLJohnPuka01 Head of Maths at Naenae College.

Mr Puka came to Wainuiomata High for the opportunity of furthering his career. ‘‘One of my career goals has always been to become a school principal.’’ He says the Wainuiomata community is ‘‘very similar’’ to Naenae. Although he lives in Waiwhetu, he is familiar with the area, having played sport and camped here. He also prefers taking his children to the Wainuiomata Outdoor Swimming Pool ahead of other pools in the Hutt Valley. ‘‘It’s a very nice setting.’’ When he’s not tied up in the office, his interests include fishing, diving, cricket and rugby league, though these days most of his time is devoted to following his two children around. Mr Puka looks forward to enhancing

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ATHLETE: Wainuiomata’s Bill Sharp, who returned from the NZ Masters Games in Whanganui with four gold medals and one silver medal in track and field events.


schools’ event. Earlier this month, on Waitangi Day, the club held the Wellington Championships, which was a success despite the rain. Twenty-one club members raced against people from 13 other clubs, with some competing for the first time at a big event. Wainuiomata stand-outs included Nathan Hartley, Delainey Beck, Kathleen Laurence, Kasey Thompson-Delaney and Murray Hartley. These riders all came first in their age groups. The club’s next big event will be the Wainuiomata Championships on February 27.

ON YOUR MARKS: Riders wait in anticipation at the starting gate of a primary schools race.

LEFT: Going hard — Keanu Amiatu of Konini Primary School pedals away.

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COMMUNITY CENTRE NEWS — February 2011 Nga Mihi Wainuiomata… Welcome to our first newsletter for 2011. We are back on board ready for what ever challenges lie ahead for us this year. We are off to a very good start with many new programmes starting over the next few weeks, as well as many of our existing programmes. We understand the needs of our community change and as such I trust what we’ve put in place for 2011 will help lift some of those burdens of our whanau and tamariki. Please call in and pick up a pamphlet of what services, activities and programmes we have on offer. Naku Noa, Marcia.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Good, dirty fun The Wainuiomata Scouts made the most of the heat this weekend with a mudslide at the old Wainuiomata College sports grounds. Photographer Daryl New was there.


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Wainuiomata News

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Team tenacity order of the day Wainuiomata Cricket Club’s Senior 3s managed to secure a draw in their twoday match at Bryan Heath Park after Victoria University were unable to bowl them out. At the end of the weekend Wainuiomata had held out to 282/8. Daryl New caught some moments.

STROKE PLAY: David Burnley checks where the ball’s headed.

DASH: Darryl Cole makes a run for it.



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On the Fringe ■

Kate Bleasdale

Fringe Festival 2011 has taken over Wellington yet again, with performance and art installations covering the capital. Opening last week, the festival runs to March 5 and this year offers a multitude of theatre, comedy, music, dance and visual arts treats. There are some roaming performances, others outdoors and many dotted in theatres and studios around the city. ■ The Performance Arcade may have already attracted a bit of attention. Made up of eight shipping containers along Taranaki Wharf, The Performance Arcade will host a series of miniature presentation spaces for selected artists and designers. Along with six performing art pieces, also expect to find an interactive video installation, and live music by various Wellington bands. The Performance Arcade opens tomorrow night at 7pm and will be open from 10am on February 25, 26 and 27. Also taking up residence around the waterfront is Fuse Circus, who are presenting their Campground Chaos show until February 26. With a summer holiday theme, this year’s performance will be a ‘‘mix of kiwiana and crazy circus’’, inspired by the classic Kiwi holiday, according to the Fringe website. Mixed in with familiar performers, this year some new faces will be swinging

their way onto the stage, along with some new circus equipment. ■ Campground Chaos is on each night to Saturday, from 8.15pm, along with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday. Entry by Koha (donation). For some indoor entertainment, dance piece Future Astronauts should be an intriguing experience. Producer and choreographer Kyah Dove has mixed ideas on the human race surviving in a world full of scientific, religious and social manipulation into a dance piece with poetry. Joining the dancers onstage will be bizarre objects for them to interact with using dance, acrobatics and obscure acting techniques, to create something unique and thought provoking. ■ Future Astronauts runs March 2-5 at Bats, with performances starting at 8pm. Ticket prices apply.

Feb 25, Summerset Tiki Tour; Feb 26, Vincenzo; Mar 10, Dubclash - National Dubstep DJ Competition.

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Wainuiomata News

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Feb 23, Tacos Johnson; Feb 24, D Burmester, Nick Swan & DJ Honky Tonk; Feb 25, Sherpa, Terror of the Deep & Full Moon Fiasco; Feb 26, Thought Creature; Mar 1, Guy Cater Hypnotist.

Aliens of Poverty Bay, Feb 27-Mar 2.



Motherlock, to Feb 24; There’s So Much To Live For, to Feb 26; The Hooligan and the Lady, Feb 24-27; Big Trouble in Small Newtown, Feb 25-Mar 1; The


Improv Cage Match, to Feb 26; Our Man in Havana, Feb 25-Mar 26; Flect-Re-Flect, Mar 1-5. Love You Approximately, to Mar 5.

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Distinction, The Vault: Neil Pardington, The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy, The Un-Sited, all to April 25; Mana Takatapui: Taera Tane, Mari Mahr: Two Walking, both to April 10.

Paramount In a Better World, Inside Job, The Kids Are All Right, The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, The King’s Speech, Desert Flower, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, Four Lions, Winter’s Bone.

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Starring: Rhys Darby, Sally Hawkins, Craig Hall, Faye Smythe Director: Paul Murphy Writer: Nick Ward Rated: PG adult themes Reviewed by Jamie Adams In comedy, animals are sometimes used as plot devices to elicit laughs, due to the quirky situations that can arise from human interaction. While it can work (think The Gods Must Be Crazy), other times it’s not so effective (think Marley and Me). Unfortunately, Love Birds, with the storyline revolving around an injured Paradise Shelduck, is in the realm of the latter. Set in Auckland, it sees Rhys Darby playing Doug, a road worker who develops an obsession with the said duck after discovering it on the roof of his house. He has also just been dumped by his high-maintenance girlfriend Susan (Smythe), prompting concerns about his mental well-being from his colleagues. However, Doug’s real infatuation comes in the form of Holly (Hawkins), a zookeeper from whom Doug seeks advice over nurturing the duck. Despite major reservations from Holly’s cosmicallyinspired son Taylor, they eventually date and fall in love. But things get complicated when the insecure Susan comes grovelling back to Doug, who happens to lend his old bedroom to a bankrupt mate (Hall) who recently slept with her. This plot would probably be passable if it wasn’t let down by Doug’s ridiculous antics with the duck. While Darby retains his trademark mannerisms, and the backstory of Taylor losing his dad at a young age adds a moving element to the comedy, these do little to paper over the film’s gaping cracks. Several characters lack believability, particularly Susan, whose capriciousness is far from convincing. Most of the humour is forced, with only Darby generating more than a smile, and though the duck is clearly a metaphor for Doug’s inability to let go of his past, it just seems too bizarre how an otherwise rational person would care so much for something that causes more grief than pleasure. Also, the Queen soundtrack gets tiresome. For a Kiwi movie it’s surprisingly familyfriendly and it has some impressive cinematography. But as romantic comedies go, this is a lame duck. ★★

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