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Many of the trees in Khandallah Park were planted in the early 1900’s and have survived their fair share of storms, but after Thursday night the landscape has completely changed, Mr Stoddard says. He was also “gutted” that a number of bird information signs he had built from scratch were destroyed in the storm. “They were smashed up when the trees came down, its six month’s work gone just like that.” Wellington City Council had been alerted on Friday morning and had added the property to the list of homes waiting for repairs. They can still walk to the supermarket for the essentials, but plan to “hunker down and wait” until the property had been cleaned up. “At least we will have firewood for the next ten years,” he joked.

By Robert Johnson Continued form page 1 Mr Stoddard, who works as a freelance designer but also volunteers in Khandallah Park, did not hear the branch come down because the wind was howling. He says the storm was unlike anything he had seen before in his life and highlighted the extraordinary force that nature has. Mr Stoddard says although it was an inconvenience, the situation could have been a lot worse. “The branch must have come down just before 7pm. My wife came home just after 6:45pm so would have just missed it.” His wife wasn’t the only lucky one to escape harm as the family’s pet goats were narrowly missed by a falling tree, confining them to their hut but providing a delicious treat to get them through the wild weekend.

A big macrocarpa tree was uprooted on Simla Crescent in Khandallah where it lay propped against a unit after the storm.

Widespread damage By Robert Johnson Simla Crescent resident Susan Blyther was woken abruptly on Friday morning when a large Macrocarpa tree was uprooted and left itself precariously perched against the side of her unit. Mrs Blyther alerted the fire brigade at around 1am on Friday morning when she heard her toilet windows smash when the tree came down. “I heard glass smashing followed by a knocking sound, like an open gate or door. I couldn’t believe it when I saw what had happened,” she says. She was concerned she would have to spend another night in her unit before the tree was removed but later heard from the council that it would be cleared by the end of the day. The tree had tangled itself in the electrical lines outside the property but power to the street

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would not accept an electronic spreadsheet showing their members considering most people do things electronically now. They need to keep up with the times. It's petty and pedantic, he says. The Electoral Commission's decision has had some positive effects on membership numbers according to Mr Dunne, with people flocking to sign up to the party in support. Although he has resigned as Minister, Mr Dunne explains he still holds the power to make things happen for his supporters. The confidence and supply agreement will continue and I still have the critical vote in some situations, he says. Mr Dunne has made no call on whether or not he will run

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for the electorate next year only that he normally reviews the decision a year out from the election. Once the party is re-registered Mr Dunne will gather new and existing members together and build a focus for the coming months. "We will work with the new people coming in and demonstrate that their action is worthwhile," Mr Dunne says.

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Power to parts of Khandallah, Newlands, Karori and Tawa, as well as other parts of Wellington, is still out as a result of damage from Thursday's storm. Wellington Electricity have released a statement saying there are still approximately 540 homes without power as the damage to parts of the network was far worse than initially thought. Repair crews from as far as Whangarei and Tauranga have come to the capital, doubling the number of repair crews in an attempt to restore power as quickly as possible. Affected residents will be contacted by Wellington Electricity to advise them when to


expect repair crews in their suburb. Complete restoration of power could take up to a week from Tuesday. Tawa Community Centre advocate Mandy Russell says parts of Takapu Road were still without power and waiting for repair crews to begin work. Wellington City Council spokesperson Richard MacLean says the council have welfare staff available to call in and see if they can help individuals where they can. Some members of the public are getting quite frantic as they still have no power but council staff have managed to arrange alternative accommodation for

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National MP Katrina Shanks gets down to business during her volunteering week with Johnsonville Police Station Sergeant Lance Murdoch on Thursday.

By Robert Johnson Local National List MP Katrina Shanks has spent the last week offering her services around the region as part of National Volunteer Awareness Week. National Volunteer Week marks New Zealand's biggest celebration of civic participation and has the theme, 'he tangata, he tangata, he tangata', meaning 'It is the people, it is the people, it is the people'. Mrs Shanks has been helping out in Vinnie's Op Shop in Khandallah, Wellington Hospital, and Johnsonville Police Station to see the value of volunteers first-hand. She spent Thursday with the Johnsonville Police department learning how new technology is helping them on the front-line and taking a ride with local Sergeant Lance Murdoch to see the technology in action. Community patrols and a

front office contact are just two volunteer roles that help police out in a big way. "They give us another set of eyes in the community and their local knowledge makes them invaluable," Sgt Murdoch says. Volunteering is becoming a big part of New Zealand culture and has been bolstered through recognition of the work they do, Mrs Shanks believes. "The hospital has a team of 200 volunteers dedicated to knitting and quilting so every baby goes home with something, its amazing. "They act professional, look professional and are an important part of the business. It's giving value to the work volunteers do," she says. She believes the next challenge is finding a way to get more youth involved in volunteering.

Wellington lights up by Robert Johnson Wellingtonians have been enjoying the bright lights on Wellington's waterfront as part of the LUX festival which began last Friday. One of the most popular exhibits in the festival is the digital wattle, a group of lights that are controlled by a computer programme and can also respond to sound. It is the first time the artwork has been shown in New Zealand and managed to attract a lot of people despite the stormy weather. Wellington Waterfront Ltd Property Manager Allan Brown says the festival brought in large crowds on Monday and Tuesday after a shaky start on Friday.

"One of the pieces of artwork was damaged in the storm and had to be taken down and repaired on Friday before being back on show by Saturday," Mr Brown says. "It has been absolutely fabulous, the view of the lit artwork really is something special." Wellington LUX festival producer Mary Laine says it has been great to see so many families out enjoying the artworks after such a wild weekend. “The storm meant we had a shorter festival, so we’re very grateful to Wellington Waterfront Ltd for generously extending the season for Digital Wattle.” The digital wattle will be on display until Friday.

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Proposed alcohol sales curfew including major supermarket chain Progressive Enterprises, who have Countdowns in Karori, Johnsonville and Tawa. Progressive's senior lawyer Phillipa Clifford said the company opposed the shortened hours, on the grounds their purchasing statistics showed 82 per cent of transactions did not contain wine or beer. “We have found ourselves under sustained attack for being responsible for alcohol related harm in Wellington. “We strongly refute these attacks.” She said the council's point-of sale research was “fundamentally flawed” and they presumed customers were only purchasing alcohol after 9pm with the intention of “pre-loading” before heading to city bars. However she said at that time of the evening, the majority of their customers were heading home with their purchases. Northern ward councillor Justin Lester,

By Lydia Anderson Alcohol buyers in the northern suburbs will have to keep an eye on the time if off-licence sale hours are shortened in line with a Wellington City Council proposal. In a Strategy and Policy Committee meeting last week the council were asked to consider a range of options on opening hours for on-licences and off-licences throughout the city. Three options for off-licences such as supermarkets, bottle stores and dairies included: the new national default hours of 7am to 11pm, city-wide hours of 7am to 9pm, or 9pm closing for the central city and southern suburbs. Councillors voted 8-7 in favour to consult the public on the city-wide 7am to 9pm option. A number of interest groups and business associations participated at the meeting,

Morrison wants enterprising economy By Robert Johnson Sort out the economy and the rest will follow, that is the way forward according to Wellington city councillor and mayoral candidate John Morrison. Morrison has been on the City Council since 1998 and has been frustrated with the lack of progress within the city. “There has been a total inertia, nearly three years of nothing. We need to be proactive with good projects and stop them failing at square one,” he says. Cr Morrison believes the council needs to be proactive and focus on rebuilding the economy first by working closely with central government and getting important projects over the mark. “It’s simple, we have been sluggish with regards to the economy. We have been stoppers instead of doers. “If the economy is healthy then we unlock the door to get more done,” Cr Morrison believes.

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The recent successes in his Onslow/ Western Ward such as Khandallah’s new hall and community centre as well as the progress on Alex Moore Park’s artificial turfs are evidence of a positive shift for the capital, he says. Cr Morrison is happy with where he is placed so far in his campaign after earlier reports of plagiarism in one of his speeches came about. It was a genuine mistake and was only used to read over a couple of key points that Wellington City Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery had made earlier, he says. His sporting background makes him a wellknown name in many Wellington households and will give the public a choice around which direction they want to see Wellington go, Cr Morrison says. “I wouldn’t be running onto the field if I didn’t think I could win. I’m really motivated to get Wellington going again.”



By Robert Johnson Wel l i ng ton Cit y Cou nci lor Jo Coughlan has not made a decision on whether she will run for mayor this year but is still “seriously considering it”. The Onslow/ Western ward councilor will consider her family commitments first before making a formal decision before the end of July when nominations open. Were she to run, Cr Coughlan believes she would bring a lot of energy and expertise when it comes to implementing economic strategy in the capital. “We need to market Wellington properly. Create another 10,000 jobs and make Wellington a business investment destination.” A convention centre and concert arena similar to Vector Arena in Auckland could cement Wellington as an innova-

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who voted against shortening the hours, says people will simply buy alcohol earlier in the evening. “I don’t believe this will change the total amount of alcohol consumed and it is also unlikely to change the behaviour of those people whose drinking causes the most harm. “In sum, I think shortened hours is a knee jerk response and should be better thought through with a series of policy initiatives at both a national and local level.” Fellow Northern ward councillor Helene Ritchie voted in favour of the proposal, saying she based her decision on the council's obligation to carry out the new legislation. “I need to be clear that reducing the availability of the sale of alcohol by bringing back the sale by two hours is not going to solve our binge drinking culture in Wellington but it is a small step and every small step is an

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Community Centre coordinator Beckie Duffy, left, at the centre’s opening speeches. Churton Park Community Centre Opening Ceremony and events. Sgt Churton Park Community Centre Opening Ceremony Lance Murdoch from Johnsonville Police serves the community … and events. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Cr Justin Lester lamingtons and fudge. and his daughter Madeleine Local group the Capital Harmony Chorus sing their hearts out.

Pictured right: Churton Park Community Centre Opening Ceremony and events. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown serves the first piece of cake to Millie Williams.

Churton Park celebrates About 600 people turned out for the official opening of Churton Park Community Centre last Saturday despite the chilly weather. Centre coordinator Beckie Duffy says the centre was packed with people all day long.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: Do you think your local Wellington City Councillors should live in the area they represent?

Tim Caughley Johnsonville Resident

Ann Harvard Johnsonville Resident

Sono Barnes Johnsonville Resident

Graeme Francis Johnsonville Resident

Craig Ell Johnsonville Resident

“Yes, then they have more of a community understanding.”

“Yes. They should have their finger on the pulse of that area.”

“That should be the way but in practice they have political strategies to win.”

“Most definitely, they don’t know what’s going on otherwise.”

“It’s a good idea, seems reasonable to understand the challenges and issues in the area.”


Tina Joslin Johnsonville Resident “They should do. Then they know what’s going on in the community.”

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L et ters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Gone but not forgotten Dear Editor, So sad to hear about the departure of your reporter Dani McDonald. I encountered her several times and she always had an upbeat go-getter attitude. I wish her well on her journeys overseas.

I’m sure she’s left her beat in capable hands with your new addition Robert Johnson and I do hope I get the opportunity to meet him! Kind regards, C. Arbuckle

Image appreciator Dear Editor, I’d like to commend you on the photograph of the little girl that featured on your front cover (Wednesday 19 June Issue). Such a beautiful image of innocence.

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Royal reception for Maureen By Robert Johnson A printed t-shirt, themed mug and a royal reception awaited Johnsonville Citizens Advice Bureau member Maureen Toms at a surprise party on Wednesday, celebrating 30 years of service with the organization. Mrs Toms, who started with the CAB in 1983, thought she was attending a CAB training session at the Johnsonville Community Centre but was instead greeted by colleagues wearing masks of the royal family. “I was told there would be a meeting between one and three today so I had prepared for that,” she says. “It took my breath away.” Mrs Toms has served the community as President of the Johnsonville Probus Club, a member of the North Wel-

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Probus club celebrate mid-winter christmas By Robert Johnson Members of the Johnsonville North Probus Club were in celebration mode on Wednesday as they gathered for their annual mid-winter Christmas party at The Roundabout bar in Tawa. About 40 club members were treated to entertainment from Aotea College’s barbershop quartet at the gathering. Club President Helen Murray says the

mid-winter party is one of many gatherings the club holds during the year and is fantastic as they have the venue booked out. “We’re on to a good thing here so we’re staying put,” she says. The Johnsonville Probus Club has 62 members and provides opportunities for retired and semi-retired individuals to share their interests.


RSA almost halfway there By Robert Johnson The doors still remain closed for the time being but Johnsonville's RSA have almost raised half of the estimated $50,000 needed to wipe their debts. The troubled club held a garage sale last Saturday, selling a variety of furniture, electrical goods, clothes and sporting equipment in an effort to re-open the clubs doors. RSA committee member Tony Carter says the club raised around $3000 from the garage sale and combined with their recent gala event had achieved approximately $10,000.

The weather did put a damper on the event as many stayed indoors instead of brave the elements but Mr Carter was happy with the overall result. "Essentially anything that would fit in the lift was on sale. We managed to move most of the goods," he says. Many of the club's creditors who were owed money have written off their debts but another $30,000 is needed to allow the RSA to begin trading again. Mr Carter says the club is planning to hold a raffle in the near future to keep raising funds and remains upbeat about the doors re-opening.


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By Rachel Binning Khandallah Plunket braved the wind and rain on Saturday, raising $770 for the organisation at their second-hand sale fundraiser. Stall holders at the sale commented on how quiet it was

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City Menzshed an international winner Wellington's City Menzshed are celebrating after receiving international recognition from far afield. The MenzShed has won a one thousand pound reward from Britain’s National Health Service and Lancashire’s Salford City Council, who advertised internationally for ideas on how to keep its elderly citizens independent. Out of the many proposals from all over the world, the Council selected Wellington City MenzShed's proposal as a winner. City MenzShed Secretary John Shrapnell recommended the City Menzshed structure as a way of helping the older men in society to improve their independence, selfesteem and their health. Members come from across Wellington, from Newlands to Island Bay, to use the centre and socialise with other men in the 65-plus age

bracket. Their proposal described the ways in which the City MenzShed works, and sent videos of the shed in operation in its new home, Frederick Street. “I don’t think they initially realized that the proposal came from the other side of the world,” says Mr Shrapnell. He says Britain is facing the same problems of a rapidly aging population that exists in New Zealand. “It’s ironic that Britain’s National Health Service and a major UK City Council have given award to the City Menzshed in Wellington yet there has been little or no interest from comparable bodies here.” “The most important thing for us is the recognition of what we do.” He says there are an estimated 20 000 men over 65 in Wellington. “Some of them are fine but a lot of

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them are not fine – the difficulty is getting to them. “We've seen men in a sorry state and finding the Menzshed life starts to take meaning for them.”

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Early Maori artwork on show Collection days could take new shape Although Wadestown residents will lose their yearly council rubbish collection day, the Residents' Association are keen to preserve it in some form. Every year Wellington City Council provides a few large trucks to different suburbs, to take away large unwanted items. However with recent council service restructuring those services have been coming to an end. Residents' Association committee member John Shrapnell says the collection has been going since 1970. “It's a chance to get rid of stuff that most of us can't get rid of easily.” He says it's also a chance for “communitybuilding”. Mr Shrapnell is concerned people will take to dumping items behind Wilton substation, instead of taking them to the

landfill. Onslow-Western ward councillor Andy Foster says the yearly collection days have been an “anomaly” in Wellington's userpays culture. He says he is not concerned about the prospect of people illegally dumping items. “It's only a small minority that will do it.” Both Mr Shrapnell and Cr Foster are keen to see a yearly recyling service take the place of the collection days. “I think thats something that will be a good thing for us to support,” says Cr Foster. Although details are yet to be confirmed, Cr Foster says if the Residents' Association confirms they want to pursue this option the council will endeavour to organise the service.

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A West Side Story

Joe Witkowski and Mishalee Wickremesekera from Karori's Samuel Marsden College get ready to play Tony and Maria in the school production, West Side Story.

By Robert Johnson Karori’s Samuel Marsden Collegiate School is pulling out all the stops this year to make their production of West Side Story a hit when it opens on Monday July 1. The school have hired a director, dance choreographer, musical director, and a fight choreographer to teach the students how to do realistic but safe fight scenes. This year’s show includes 54 students between year 10 and 13 – 44 girls from Samuel Marsden College and 10 boys from Wellington College, St Patrick’s College and Heretaunga College. The students have been rehearsing since the end of March and are taking the reins with regards to lighting, front of house, hair and make-up for the show. Mishalee Wickremesekera, who plays the female lead role of Maria, has been singing for 5 years and is excited to be performing centre stage. “I’ve been in all of the school productions but normally in a dancing or

singing role. This is the first time being in a lead role where I do everything,” she says. Being the lead isn’t all fun and games however, with hours of practise both in and outside of school necessary to be on the ball come opening night. “We rehearse at school three times a week but I try and practice my songs and lines every night for at least an hour,” Mishalee says. Joe Witkowski plays Tony in the production and says the hard work is balanced out by the social aspect of being in a show such as this. “Everyone here has an appreciation for the arts and performing. “It’s great being able to share it in such a positive environment,” he says. West Side Story opens on Monday July 1 at 6:30pm in the Marsden College Auditorium with two more shows held on Tuesday July 2 and Thursday July 4 at 7:30pm. For tickets call Samuel Marsden Collegiate on 04 4768707 Adults/Seniors $20, Students $15

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Settling in at Tawa Community Centre Tawa Community Centre's new advocate is keen for locals to pop in for a coffee and a chat as she gets settled into her job. Mandy Russell started as centre advocate, formerly known as coordinator, just over two weeks ago. A long-time Tawa resident, Mandy has lent a hand to community initiatives such as a parent fundraising group for Redwood School, Brian Webb Kindergarten committee and the Plunket car seat rentals scheme. She says one reason she took on this latest role was to work more closely with the community. “I've been in Tawa for a long time and I enjoy being round people.” She says she had had a few people come and say hello, and has even had people recognise her when shopping. “I would love them to come in and say hello – come and see what we've got.” Recent Wellington City Council restructuring

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Inviting artists and art collectors from the Wellington Community. Saturday June 29 11:30 to 3PM. A one day event. Pablos Art studios via Roar! Gallery. Corner of Vivian and Victoria Streets, Wellington.

Winter Blues Exhibition

Beat those winter blues by viewing some cool, calm works of art. Every day from 10am to 5pm until June 30. The Artrium Gallery in Thorndon 310 Tinakori Road, Wellington

Offering beginners and old hands advice using ipads, computers and other technology. 10am Thursday July 4 Level One, Anvil House 138-140 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Needing to stretch and improve your flexibility and fitness? Enliven are running modified Tai Chi classes for all ages and abilities in Khandallah Town Hall on Mondays 1-2pm, and at Newlands Community Centre 11.30-12.30pm. Classes are $5 each, and there are concession cards available. Call 439 4967 for more details.



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This bus service is sponsored by the Lychgate Funeral Home. It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.











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Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries



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Opposite 38 Onepu Road, Kilbirnie Miramar Library Newtown Library (opposite) Island Bay Library Courtenay Place Bus Stop (Outside 11 Courtenay Place) Lambton Bus Interchange - (Platform C) Rutherford House KARORI CEMETERY (Gate only) (Outside 93 Karori Road) Karori Library MAKARA CEMETERY

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Return trip leaves Makara Cemetery at 3.00pm, Karori Cemetery visitors pick up is at the bus stop opposite 93 Karori Rd at approx. 3.15pm.

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Tawa girls have eyes set on seven's glory By Robert Johnson The girls rugby sevens team from Tawa Intermediate have their eye firmly on the prize after winning two tournaments this year on their way to the AIMS games in Tauranga in September. The team, comprised of girls aged 11-12, won the Inter-Intermediate rugby sevens competition last month for the first time, beating out a number of school from as far away as Levin and Masterton. The sevens shield they won will sit alongside the trophy they took home from the Ki-O-Rahi rugby tournament earlier in the year. Team coach Meyer Goosen, who is also a teacher at Tawa Intermediate, says the team was expected to do well and have a really good chance to compete with the best at the AIMS

games. “These girls are very unique. They’re all terrific athletes and have a great attitude toward training.” The calibre of the girls’ talents made the decision to compete in the AIMS games an easy one, Goosen says. "We decided to take advantage of the great group we have here. It's not often you get a group of girls this talented all at once." Most of the girls play in a number of the school’s top cricket, basketball and volleyball teams. At the AIMS tournament in Tauranga, the girls will face off against other schools from New Zealand, Australia and Japan. They will represent Tawa Intermediate at the tournament for the first time and although they have waltzed through recent competitions, Goosen

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Members of the Tawa Intermediate Girl’s Rugby 7’s team show off their spoils after winning the Ki-O-Rahi and regional Rugby 7’s tournaments.

says it will be a learning curve. “We are going there to win but we are heading into unknown territory. We’ll scout it out and see what it’s like,” he says. The team is fundraising for the event to cover accommodation and travel costs for the girls. At the moment, the trip is going to cost approximately four thousand dollars if the girls

are billeted out. The school has been doing its bit with mufti days and sausage sizzles but is asking for local businesses to contact the school and get involved. The AIMS games begin on September 14 and include 189 intermediate and middle schools competing in 16 different sports.

Local heroes keep community focus By Robert Johnson Tawa Rugby premier men’s team created history earlier in the month when they won the Swindale Shield but say the profile it has given the community is just as satisfying. They played out a tense 29-all draw against Marist St Pat’s on June 1 and clinched the shield for the first time in their 66-year history. After 11 rounds, Tawa had nine wins, one draw, and just one loss to finish three points ahead of nearest rival, Oriental Rongotai. Tawa forwards coach Dion Waller says the community focus they have cultivated since the start of the season is paying off. “We wanted to make community and club the main focus this year and approach the season with a good culture and attitude. There is a lot of history in the club so we want to do the public proud,” Waller says.

The Tawa region has had a good few weeks building local pride after the opening of the new-look railway station and the Community Board winning a nationwide prize for 'enhancing communities'. The win offers the perfect avenue to lift the profile of sport in the area and offer opportunities for those players who work hard, Waller believes. “There is so much talent in this area and places like Porirua. We hope that our sucess will attract talented kids and show them there is a place to launch their professional careers.” The guys were stoked with the result and can now be part of Tawa rugby history forever, he says. The team harbours a number of young players who trialled for the Wellington Lions and with another year of top-level rugby under

Tawa Rugby Club’s premier men’s team celebrate with the public after winning the Swindale Shield at Lynhurst Park in Tawa. PHOTO CREDIT: Jun Tanlayco

their belt, will be ones to look out for in the future. The club’s focus now shifts to the rest of the regular season, where they have


two wins and one loss after three games. Waller says they would be stupid not to rate their chances of going all the way.


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