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Boy racers on our streets Continued from front page Under the New Zealand Land Transport Act a person must not operate a vehicle on a road in a manner that causes the vehicle to undergo sustained loss of traction unless the operation of the vehicle in that manner is authorised by law. Penalties can include prison terms of up to three months or a fine of up to $4,500, as well as automatic disqualification from driving for at least six months and the police impounding the offender’s vehicle for 28 days. Boy-racing activities can also lead to charges of dangerous, reckless, careless or inconsiderate driving. “Police rely on community members promptly reporting offences by phoning 111 with accurate descriptions of offending vehicles, drivers/occupants and direction of travel,” Mr Shearer says. “The problem police face with boy racer offences is that they generally take place at random times of the day and night, and are often over before anyone is able to get a registration,” Mr Shearer says. Neighbourhood Support spokeswom-
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an Dawn McKinley says Wainuiomata has a great community but like all areas it does have its problems. “I don’t think Wainuiomata has a problem with boy racers and burnouts any more than anywhere else in Lower Hutt,” Ms
McKinley says. The neighbourhood support coordinates with police, local council and residents to remedy any issues that arise. Members of the community who make formal statements about what they have witnessed or give evidence in court against the drivers are a huge help to police, Mr Shearer says. In December, police received a total of 23 calls in relation to traffic offences that occurred on both sides of Wainuiomata Hill. Mr Shearer said these calls related to all manner of driving and were not limited to boy racer type activities. Wainuiomata Police Station has three community constables, a sergeant and a youth aid officer. Mr Shearer says it has been great to see the increase in Neighbourhood Support groups being established around Wainuiomata. “These groups are a very simple yet effective method of deterring crime in your street and take minimal effort to set up. This year we are looking forward to seeing many more local streets getting onboard with this,” he says.
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Low numbers at pool By Daniel Whitfield Numbers flocking to Wainuiomata’s swimming pool were below average this summer due to less than ideal weather conditions. Senior life guard Corrine Melrose says on sunnier days there were more people but the majority of the time numbers were “a lot lower.” Wainuiomata Summer Pool boasts an 80m open air waterslide and a 50m pool. It also includes a learner pool with slide, paddling pool with sun shade and an outdoor spa pool. While the decrease in numbers using the pool was not ideal, Corrine says things should start to get better. Pool manager Phyllis Taylor says summer periods would normally see on average about 100-200 people a day using the pool. “Some days we had about 10 people, others we’d have more. People just didn’t want to come when the weather was bad,” Phyllis says. Phyllis told the Wainuiomata News that in previous years during the summer pool staff have seen up to 900 people per week use the pool. “It’s just a bit disappointing the weather had this effect,” Phyllis says.
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Senior life guard Corrine Melrose is happy things are picking up at Wainuiomata Summer Pools. Photo: Daniel Whitfield
School holiday programmes kicked into gear last week and saw patron numbers improve. Last Friday, with help from a number of holiday programmes operating inside the premises, there were about 100 people using the swimming pool. The Wainuiomata pool also had a new
inflatable obstacle course up for pool goers to use. “The speed racer inflatable seems to be popular... Hopefully once the word gets around that it is here more people will come,” Corrine says. Wainuiomata Summer Pool is open until March 23 and is located on Moohan Street.
Residents need to prepare, says Mayor By Daniel Whitfield Earthquakes that shook the capital last year are timely reminders for residents living in earthquake-prone properties, and Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace is concerned many families are not prepared. Two earthquakes of significant magnitude hit Wellington in mid-2013 and caused turmoil among people living around the region. Mr Wallace says people are using the old kiwi saying “she’ll be right mate” and not getting properly prepared. “I raise my concerns not to frighten people but to get them motivated into taking some action. It’s a great time as the New Year is here for people to get prepared, particularly those with children or caring for elderly parents,” Mr Wallace says. The Hutt City mayor wants at least 75 percent of the community to use 2014 as the year to get prepared. “Christchurch taught us that people may be relying on their own resources for up to
a week without official assistance.” Council representatives will be working closely with service clubs and community organisations over coming months to help get people understanding the real need to be prepared in case a severe earthquake was to hit. “I speak to many service clubs and I continue to be amazed that many people still haven’t got family emergency planning in place,” he says. The 2013 earthquakes affected more than 30 buildings within the Wellington central business district as well as damage recorded in areas of the greater Wellington region. Funded by the Government, the civil defence website Get Thru provides information that is needed to get prepared for a natural disaster and how to get through. Mr Wallace urges people to make sure they have enough fresh water and food to sustain their family as well as a full medical kit, torches, batteries, radio and portable gas cooker.
Police are looking for three men who assaulted security guards and escaped with cash in Lower Hutt last week. The armed robbery took place on Bloomfield Tce at about 4:15pm, as the security guards left the Westfield Queensgate Shopping Centre after picking up cash from shops inside the mall. Offenders were wearing black New York t-shirts with the letters ‘’NY’’ on them and balaclavas. Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident or the trio. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Hutt Valley Police on 04 560 2600 or anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Hutt hosting Indoor Cricket World Cup Hutt Indoor Sports Centre at Hutt Park has been picked to host 350 players from eight countries for the next Indoor Cricket World Cup. The tournament, which is held every three years, will run from Saturday 18 – Saturday 25 October 2014. This purpose built stadium was completed in 2012 and features six courts and facilities that will rival any indoor sports stadium around the world and will combine to provide an outstanding experience for all. Petone won the right to host the cup over Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
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inbriefnews Hutt to run business boot camp A boot camp designed for start-up businesses will be run over four weeks at the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, beginning Tuesday 11 February. The programme is developed and supported by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Hutt City Council and the ANZ Bank. The boot camp aims to provide support to budding entrepeneurs and helps to develop their ideas and explore whether they have the potential to succeed. There is a one off cost for the four week course to be run on Tuesday evenings at the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce in Daly Street is $50.
Bush walk with Wandering Kiwi Kev the Wandering Kiwi is back for 2014 and looking to join families in exploring our regional parks. There are four, free guided walks with Kev that run throughout January, which are suitable for people of all ages and fitness. This year the councils have expanded the walks to include fun activities, which will range from tug-o-war and sack races, to a scavenger hunt and BBQ. All walks starts at 10:30am every Thursday in January and take about one and a half hours to complete. Each child will receive a certificate for participating in the walk and there will be spot prizes and giveaways at each event. Visist www.gw.govt.nz/events for more details.
Treasure hunters invited for hunt The Greater Wellington Regional Council is inviting geocaching fans and treasure hunters to find over 160 geocaches in Wellington’s regional parks. The oldest cache in New Zealand is in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area. For more details see http://www. gw.govt.nz/geocaching.
Households urged to save water By Daniel Whitfield As summer roles on, Greater Wellington Regional Council urges Wainuiomata residents to be wary of their water use. Water supply general manager Chris Laidlow says he’d like people to think a bit more about water conservation over coming months. “January and February are typically the hottest, most settled months
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of the year - it’s also the time when water use usually peaks, and this can put pressure on the supply,” Mr Laidlow says. Although regional council has seen a reduction in water use over the past few years, the importance to conserve water still remains. Increased numbers of people returning from holidays and watering gardens remain a main contributor to the rise in demand for water over the summer months. Mr Laidlow says mulching garden beds to slow evaporation and fitting a trigger nozzle to your hose will help save water as well as fixing leaks quickly or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth. “If the community can
maintain a lower level of water use, then a new water storage facility won’t be needed as soon,” he says. Regional council kicked off a summer water conservation campaign earlier this month giving residents the chance to share their best water saving tips. While it is too early to know how the campaign is going, water supply team leader Andrew Samuel says there was a great effort from the community to conserve water last summer during the drought. Mr Samuel says saving water should not just be something people do in times of drought. “If we can maintain the lower level of water use seen over the last couple of years, it should delay new bulk water storage by
Water supply General Manager Chris Laidlow
years, avoiding roughly two million dollars a year in interest costs for ratepayers,” he says. The competition is designed to encourage households to conserve water and will end on February 9. To enter a water saving tip, visit www.gw.govt.nz/ water-competition.
New agreement to solve transport issues within region By Daniel Whitfield Transport woes from 2013 should ease this year following an agreement between Wellington City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). A bond between the two organisations is set to strengthen over coming months creating better transport opportunities for residents living around the Wellington region. Hutt City Council is working with the NZTA to secure funding for a Wainuiomata Hill Bridge. The aim is for NZTA to pay 58 per cent of the build with council paying the remainder. “We are hopeful we will get this money within the next 18 months or soon,” Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace says. Wellington City Council and NZTA will work cooperatively to support much needed improvements to transport networks around the city.
Hutt City Council is working with NZTA for a Wainuiomata Hill Bridge.
Wellington City Council Mayor Celia WadeBrown said how people get around in the region and improving the quality of the urban environment is core business for council. She said the agreement enables the council to remain inside the tent for important transport programmes and projects, taking a “no-surprises” approach.
The council and NZTA agreed to early notification and opportunities for discussion of each other’s major programme, plans, project or policy discussions, which may have implications on each other. “Both parties have identified the need to work constructively on projects that affect the capital, and have open and positive dialogue. This agreement is a sign Wellington is open for business,” Ms Wade-Brown said. NZTA regional director Jenny Chetwynd believes the agreement will reflect a close working relationship that will be integral to achieving the shared transport objectives of not only Wellington City but also the wider region. “We’re partners and co-investors in Wellington’s transport network, and we share a lot of common ground,” Ms Chetwynd said. “Together, we want to foster economic growth, bolster public transport, improve safety, and make our city a better place to walk and cycle around,” she said.
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Community board embrace video blogs By Aaron Meredith Whitireia Journalism Student Online video blogs are now connecting the Wainuiomata Community Board with its community. New board member Josh Briggs started the scheme to spread awareness of what the board does. “It creates more awareness of what the board is talking about and the issues it is tackling at the time,” he says. Members of the board are getting behind the idea, with both Wainuiomata ward councillors saying it is a good way for the board to move forward. Councillor Margaret Willard thinks the idea is wonderful.
“Meetings will see to be transparent, and the blogs will keep the community members up to date with the issues,” she says. “It’s good that the other board members can add to it, especially if there are contentious issues and possibly different points of view. “It has the potential to be a great tool to add to the effective functioning of the board.” Councillor Campbell Barry agrees with Mrs Willard, saying it is a good way for people to see what is happening. “Using technology to engage in the wider community is becoming more important,” he says. “Not just young people are online,
studies show that over a quarter of people over 40 are now on Facebook.” He believes that regular low voter turnouts in the local body elections across the country is proof that there is a need to engage beyond traditional means. “I have a particular focus on building an online presence for the community board and council over the next three year term.” The video blogs, called vlogs, can be found on Youtube on Josh Briggs’ Channel: www.youtube.com/user/ JoshBriggsWainui LEFT: A screenshot of Josh Briggs’ video blog from last year.
iPads help police capture crime By Tony Shearer, Wainuiomata Community Constable When I look back over 2013, we as a Community Police Station have faced a number of changes; some of these changes have been good and some might take a little bit of getting used to. The nationwide role out of iPhones and iPads have had a significant impact in the way we operate. The use of these devices to share real time information is an incredible asset to us in a number of ways including the speedy identification and capture of criminals. One example of how effective this technology can be is demonstrated when an offender is caught on CCTV shoplifting then flees prior to police arriving. Within minutes this footage can be in the hands of dozens of police officers for identification and early apprehension. Last year saw a reduction in the hours Wainuiomata station is open to the public. This change came about in conjunction with a much better and more convenient system for reporting non urgent crime through our 24/7 Crime Reporting Line (CRL). After being in operation now for a number of months, this system has proven efficient by providing a more timely response to reported crime and ultimately provides a better service for the public. Last year also saw the appointment of Sergeant Bradley Allen in the role of Officer in Charge of our station. His experience and style of policing will no doubt prove an asset to the community.
Community Constable Tony Shearer
I’d like to mention something that would assist us regarding the matter of graffiti. We often get calls from members of the public telling us there is someone tagging in a particular location; problem is, even when we are able to attend immediately, often the offender has vanished. What would assist us greatly is if people were able to make the free 111 call from their cellphone, stay on the line and maintain observation from a safe distance until police arrive; that way an arrest is almost guaranteed. Remember our station is closed to the public on Mondays however open Tuesdays through to Friday, 9am -1pm. If you witness a crime or suspicious behaviour please continue to phone 111 or phone our Crime Reporting Line on 4390500 for non urgent matters.
Children enjoy remainder of school holidays PLAY TIME: Wainuiomata siblings Casey, 9, Demi, 4, and Abbey Davis, 11, were out and about last Wednesday making the most of what was left of their school holidays.
The three young residents spent the early part of the afternoon playing at Parkway Park and say they have enjoyed their holidays so far but are looking forward to going back to school. Schools around Wainuiomata are set to return between the dates of January 27, at the earliest, and February 7, at the latest. Demi attends a local kindergarten while siblings Casey and Abbey go to Wainuiomata primary and intermediate schools.
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Our readers have their say. Find out the word on the street in Wainuiomata Question: What did you do over Christmas?
Hannah Kennedy Wainuiomata “I had to work most of the holidays but we got two days off and went to a bit of a family reunion.”
Natalie Aloma Wainuiomata
Kay Guy Wainuiomata
Shari Bewley Wainuiomata
Jan Everest Wainuiomata
“I broke my ankle paddle boarding. Other than that it was a relaxing holiday and Christmas Day dinner was good. It was good to spend Christmas with family.”
“I worked over the break but spent Christmas Day at my son’s.”
“Spent some time with the family and hung out at home. It was nice to have a break.”
“I spent Christmas with my son and daughter. I also worked a few days after Christmas Day.”
Letters to the editor Letters 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
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Change needed in regional council
New Year, new you
Dear Ed, The Greater Wellington Regional Council elects a chairperson once a year and Fran Wilde was elected again in October. Fran has been anti-Wainuiomata and under the proposed reorganisation scheme wants to get rid of community representation. Local area boards hold the same legal status as community boards. They will only have budget management powers when making a rate.
Dear Ed, I have never been one for New Year’s Resolutions. But this year, I decided to give it a go. Of course, I could have put the typical ‘save money’, ‘get healthy’, or ‘be a better person’, but these kind of things don’t just happen. So I decided to write down some small, achievable things that could
The Amendments to local Government never gave the regional council chairperson the same power as mayor because they would not have Fran behaving like a mayor. It’s time for change. Is there someone on the regional council who is prepared to stand up and say a single rating entity will not work? Fran must go. Sincerely, Mike Griggs
make that happen. Things like, ‘only buy lunch twice a week’, and ‘hug my sister more’. Give it a go this year, Wainui. Be a better person through the little things. They make a difference. Sincerely, R. Cunningham
Neighbourhood support crucial for residents
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By Dawn Mckinley, Neighbourhood Support Coordinator Happy New Year from your local Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support coordinator and welcome to the two new groups on Petrie Street and Ruthven Road. If anyone would like to know more on how to start a group I hope the following information will be of use. Here are some of the benefits of forming a Neighbourhood Support Group: Minimises burglaries, vandalism and graffiti, doubles as your emergency management contact list, fosters a sense of community, and assists our more vulnerable members of the community. How to start your own Neighbourhood Support group. Step 1 Make contact - contact your local police station, council, or Neighbourhood Support Coordinator. Step 2 Find members – the local Neighbourhood Support coordinator will help determine a practical size for your group, choose neighbours you are comfortable sharing your contact details with, coordinate invites to join the group, and identify the volunteer contact person and a deputy for the group. Step 3 Start Up meeting – the local Neighbourhood Support coordinator will attend the first meeting and explain how a neighbourhood support groups work, distribute information packs and street signs. Step 4 Follow up – The group contact person will distribute the contact list to their group members and keep it up to
Dawn Mckinley, Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support Coordinator
date, distribute information such as newsletters and crime alerts, arrange future meetings. The contact person is referred to as a Street Contact. This role is crucial in keeping information up to date and in feeding information back to the community. Signs, stickers, leaflets and folders are provided by Neighbourhood Support New Zealand as part of your start-up and ongoing maintenance of your group. I look forward to working with our existing and new groups in Wainuiomata.
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Facelift for Petone Pak’nSave By Robert Johnson Shoppers at Pak’nSave Petone now have extra protection from the elements this summer now that renovations on the store are complete. The supermarket recently underwent a makeover, extending the shop front by five metres and adding a covered carpark to protect shoppers from the wind and rain. Pak’nSave Petone owner/operator Leo O’Sullivan says the idea for the covered carpark, which offers shelter for 190 cars, came about from a customer survey four years ago. “We asked many of our shoppers what they wanted and most of them said clean toilets and good undercover parking.” Work on the carpark began in May and was completed on December
2, with the store-front extension finished two days later. “The store-front work was a way to connect the supermarket with the undercover parking. The added bonus is we now have a lot of natural light coming in.” The new entrance also releases the bottleneck of customers that used to occur during peak times. Leo says a big mention must go to construction company Naylor-Love and local architects, ArcHaus, who came up with the idea of using laminated wood instead of steel for the carpark beams. “The work has exceeded my expectations and people seem to really like it too. I think we are the first ones to use the laminated wood look. The covered park will really come into its own in winter.”
Pak’n’Save Petone owner and operator Leo O’Sullivan under the shelter that can cover 190 cars.
Birthday boy spends day at pool
Railway enthusiasts: From left to right, George Wright, Ian Smyth and Philip Anderson. Photo: Dan Taylor.
All aboard at train showcase It was full steam ahead over the weekend as Wainuiomata members of the Hutt Valley Model Railway Club (HVMRC) showcased their trains to the public. The club’s display, located in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre, features a number of trains of different scales and railway interests. HVMRC is open to anyone interested in model railways and consists of members from around the Wellington region.
WATER FUN: Local lad Ethan Bewley turned nine last Friday and spent the day at Wainuiomata Summer Pool with friends and family. The birthday boy was snapped having a blast on the water slide surrounded by native bush. The Hutt City Council run pool also has four heated outdoor pools and last Friday inflated its new water obstacle course. Mum, Shari Bewley, said it was a good place to come for Ethan’s brithday, and that everyone who came seemed to have a lot of fun.
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Phone Rob Cameron 027 200 2706 Wainuiomata Boxing Club Old Wainuiomata College 106 Moohan Street, Wainuiomata
Pencarrow Lions Club is a group of Wainuiomata women who get together twice a month for fun meetings and fellowship. You may have seen us selling raffle tickets, collecting for hospice, the blind foundation, or been to one of our garage sales, Money we raise goes back into our community. You are invited to visit us there is no obligation to join, We are at the Bilderbeck Hall 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6.30pm
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Do you love to sing? Can you hold a part? No auditions! Come and sing with us and see if you want to join our community choir. We meet on Friday nights in St Stephens Hall, 108 Main Rd. Our next practice is on February 7th from 7.30 – 9.30, Enquiries: Linda 5644469; Miriam 5897748
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Wainuiomata YMCA Gymnastics Registration When: Monday 17th Feb 6:00 - 7:30pm Where: Old Wainui Intermediate Hall, Moohan St Various classes for all ages 2yrs - Adults All enquiries SMS Brent on 029 257 8426
Develop your communication skills, improve your english and learn presentation skills. Enjoy a supportive learning environment while having fun. We are a communication and leadership organisation open to anyone over the age of 18. We promote:
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MATHESON, Gaye Elizabeth - On December 28, 2013 peacefully at Te Omanga Hospice, Lower Hutt, aged 56 years. Dearly loved daughter of Doug & Marion Matheson, and Colleen & Andrew Anderson. Loved sister of Robert (Wal). Beloved god-mother of Kerrie and Reece. Beloved aunt of Matthew. In lieu of flowers donations to Te Omanga
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Councillors gear up for triathlon
Elias Rice, a member of Hutt City Council’s triathlon team. Photo: Supplied
Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace is encouraging his staff to take part in the upcoming Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust (HVDRT) TriAbility Triathlon in March. Held at Williams Jones Park in Wainuiomata, the national triathlon is used to promote awareness about healthy lifestyles and disabilities in local communities. Mr Wallace says it is a great vehicle for community participation. “It’s a way people of all abilities can show they can accomplish anything with hardwork and determination,” Mr Wallace says. “Participants, like me, will be able gain that feeling of ownership of their achievements, while being supported within a great community,” he says. TriAbility is the first triathlon of its kind in New Zealand and encourages competitors to train, enter, compete, complete and cross the finish line alongside their supporters.
HVDRT chief executive officers Susan Gray wants people to know that the event is “not exclusive” and competitors do not have to have a disability, be a top athlete or be local to enter. “We want people to enjoy their triathlon experience and be able to complete their chosen distance,” Ms Gray says. “We have complete beginners who are still learning to swim, right through to medalwinning national para-triathletes entering, so the range of participants is extensive and encouraging,” she says. Athletes will choose between two courses – a coast distance made up of a 700m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, or a valley distance of a 300m swim, 11km cycle and 2.5km run. The TriAbility triathlon will run on March 15. Wainuiomata residents wanting to take part can register at www.hvdrt.org.nz.
Youngster competes for the third time By Daniel Whitfield Wainuiomata’s Samantha Beckett has stepped up her training ahead of her third Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon set for later this year. The 12-year-old tells the Wainuiomata News that she is excited and almost ready for this year’s event, and her goal is to finish in less than one hour – last year she finished in one hour and 15 minutes. The 2014 Wellington event is will run on March 23 in Kilbirnie and will see Samantha race against competitors from around the region in her specific age group. Each year more than 200,000 children from around New Zealand participate in the annual triathlon, and since her first attempt in 2012 the young Wainuiomata resident has been hooked. Samantha says the bike portion of the
swim-bike-run event is her favourite and strongest area. She says each year it is a “really good opportunity to give it a go and have fun.” The triathlon is in its 22nd year and since its inception has become a rite of passage for many New Zealand children. Kiwi children can enter the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon as individuals, or in a team of two however, Samantha prefers entering on her own. Last year the Wainuiomata Intermediate student had the misfortune of injuring her ankle while running and could not complete that stage how she wanted. “This year I want to run the whole course and just complete the triathlon without any injuries,” she says. “It will be a little different this year
as the location has changed. A different pool and course could be a bit of a struggle but I aim to give my all.” Over the next few weeks Samantha will continue to train through runs, walks, swims and bike rides around Wainuiomata. She will also continue dancing in her spare time. “Anything that will help with fitness and training I will be doing,” she says. Samantha’s mum, Janette, says she is very proud of her giving it a go for yet another year. “Each year we support her and each year she does extremely well,” Janette says.
WEET-BIX TRYATHLETE: Samantha Beckett. Photo: Daniel Whitfield
Local Wainuiomata BMX riders ride for the first time this year. Photo: Dan Taylor
BMX riders back on the track Wainuiomata BMX riders took to the track on Saturday for the first club action for 2014. More than 50 riders were present and ready to race, with a local four year old as the youngest rider on the course. Club president Jamie Hargraves says club days run every Saturday from September through to May with racing starting at 3pm.
The track is open to casual riders outside club days and riders wishing to join the 2014 season are welcome, he says. Sprocket Training will be held every second Saturday before our normal club day racing. The next training will be held on January 18. Wainuiomata’s BMX track is located at Hugh Sinclair Park, The Strand.
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Rookie of the year: “I do what I love” By Daniel Whitfield Although she has only been riding professionally for a little over two years, Amy Vaculik-Hamilton continues to grow as a rider.
The Wainuiomata-based motorcyclist was named Rookie of the Year within her club – Victoria Motorcycle Club – recently after completing the Bridgestone Winter Series, finishing in fourth place with 268 points.
Amy’s interest in racing motorbikes revved from a young age after countless years of watching her dad – George VaculikHamilton – roaring around tracks in New Zealand, and since her first time on a bike the need for speed never stopped. “I do what I love and racing is just heaps of fun,” Amy says. Managing a number podium places last year, the Wainuiomata rider received her rookie honor due to improvements and dedication to the sport over the winter series. She says judges were really impressed with her consistency in races as well. “There’s such an adrenaline rush involved in the sport. I get into a really good zone when racing,” she says. The 15-year-old rides in the development class and is aiming to move up to formula three in the next 12 months. Her current class is the entry level series and sees her race against adults as well as riders similar to her age. During rounds and racing, Amy must also maintain her bike to make sure it is up to race standard. George says it is a good way for her to
learn how the bike operates and allows her to trust her bike more. “It’s more of a hobby for me but winning is always a good feeling. I know it’s only the beginning for me and I’m always improving…As long as I don’t get hurt I can race,” Amy says. The father-daughter duo has a competitive streak between them and when on the same track, both try to cross the finish line first. “I really want to beat my dad. I’m getting close,” Amy says. “She has lots of potential and is a really good rider,” George says. The young rider has started racing in a summer series which sees her embark on her third year riding professionally. Her next race is this weekend. Amy is currently fourth in the summer series and has 10 more rounds left. She was also nominated for most improved rider in the winter competition. LEFT: Amy Vaculik-Hamilton riding her Suzuki RG150 at recent event. Photo: Supplied by JDAS Photos
King of the Hill postponed By Daniel Whitfield Residents taking part in Hutt City Council’s summer event – King of the Hill – will have a few more months to train after it was postponed until June. The event was originally set to run on January 19 but was changed to Queen’s Birthday Monday on June 2. Organised by the council’s leisure active unit, the climb will still see locals run or walk the 5km over Wainuiomata Hill - ascending 2km up the steep incline from outside the former Griffins factory and trekking downhill 3km to Queen St reserve in Wainuiomata. Council spokesperson Emma McCleary said it was only postponed due to a lack of numbers for the January date. “[It’s] just a victim of being a new event
so soon after Christmas and New Year,” Ms McCleary says. “The majority of people who’ve signed up have opted to stick around for the June event, which is great and now we have more time to promote that time slot,” she says. The council has a long term goal to turn the hill climb into an iconic event similar to Wellington’s Round the Bays. Ms McCleary says it is not ideal to postpone but it will be good momentum for keeping active over winter. Lanes on eastern hills side of the Hill Rd will be closed to traffic and system will be managed for vehicles on western lanes. Wainuiomata residents interested in taking part can register at www.kingofthehill. co.nz. NEW PITCH: Work at Bryan Heath Park commences. Photo: Daryl New
Family focused on the ball Local mum Courtney Glover, 19, dusted off her bat last weekend in preparation for an inter-family tee ball competition. With the family competition set to be held sometime over the next few weeks, the Glover family take on another family from Wainuiomata to see who rules the pitch. Tee ball is a sport based on baseball and is most commonly played by children as an introduction for developing baseball skills.
BIG SWING: Courtney Glover gears up for a big hit while playing against her family. Photo: Dan Taylor
New cricket surface in the process Wainuiomata Cricket Club’s number one pitch is in the process of being upgraded ahead of next year’s season. The number one ground at Bryan Heath Park was dug up recently and will be replaced in coming weeks with a new cricket surface. Hutt City Council’s Wainuiomata representative Campbell Barry says over the past four months we have seen some good wins for some of our local sporting
grounds. “The park’s cricket block is being re-laid, the car park and road behind the park has all been resealed, and Council has made a commitment to work with the cricket club and part fund the building of outdoor cricket nets,” he says. While the club’s number two field is still in use, top grade games that would have been played on the number one pitch are being played at Petone Recreation Park.
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