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By Dan Whitfield The men and women that walk the beat as part of Community Patrol Wainuiomata are asking the public to get behind its Good in the Hood campaign. Last year, the community organisation received about $1350 which covered general expenses. However this year, it hopes the community’s support will continue to help secure funding for a new patrol vehicle. Good in the Hood is an initiative to help local neighbourhoods, supporting the things that matter locally and making a positive contribution around the country. Continued page 2 PATROLLERS: Bill Oliver, left, Paul Knox and Mike Rosser. Photo: Dan Whitfield

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Support needed for patrol Continued from page 1 Each year, Z stations give neighbourhood groups a share of $4000 to do ‘good in the hood.’ From thousands of applications, four are selected with members of the community deciding where the money goes by voting in their local service station. Community Patrol Wainuiomata coordinator Mike Rosser is pleased the community is behind it and sees it as something to support. More than 20 people volunteer their time to help protect the community and its residents, with about 12 out patrolling at one time. Local patrols have been surveying the whole community for 16 years, running day and night surveillance routines as


well as foot patrols through the shopping centre. “We’re the eyes and ears of the community,” says patrol treasurer Bill Oliver. “We rely on donations to keep the service going, so to be nominated for another good in the

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A broken front window is the latest act of vandalism in the six year persecution of a Wainuiomata family. Hemant Raj and his wife Sujatha live in a house that is regularly egged and stoned. Mr Raj says the harassment started around Christmas 2008 with frequent egg-throwing and their fence being kicked in but, became more serious in 2010 as vandals started throwing rocks. “When they started throwing boulders we got scared,” Mr Raj says. Since then, their roof has been partially destroyed by the ‘missiles’, leading to extensive leaking in the front rooms of their home. Victim Support and the police helped the family install two surveillance cameras VANDALISM VICTIMS: Hemant Raj, left, and his and a sensor light to deter offenders but, wife Sujatha with a rock retrieved from their footage has not yet led to an arrest. “It was well planned, this one,” he says. roof. Photo: Jessy Edwards

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The Raj family home is the only address in the neighbourhood to be targeted and both Wainuiomata residents cannot guess the vandals’ motivations. “None of the other properties have the same problem…We don’t know why it’s happening,” he says. Mr Raj, who moved to New Zealand from India in 1994, is determined not to let the bullying affect their lives. “This is our home. They should not control our lives,” he says. Wainuiomata ward councillor Campbell Barry says: “The best way to combat vandalism is to have community eyes and ears out there.” Police were not available to comment as Wainuiomata News went to print.  Stop the bullies: If you have information about the vandalism, please contact the police on 04 439 0500. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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hood is great,” administrator Paul Knox says. The community patrol applied to be part of the initiative in October and was announced contenders last month. To be eligible, it had to prove that the patrol was active in the local area around a specific Z service station – in this case Z Seaview. It also had to demonstrate it was providing support or help to people who need it. While the majority of the funding from its 2014 Good in the Hood campaign will go towards purchasing a new vehicle, a portion of the costs will once again go towards general expenses. The three other community organisations in the running for this year’s funding are the Royal New Zealand Founda-

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Suprise wedding after long wait Two Wainuiomata residents have finally tied the knot after 27 years of being engaged. Although they had always intended to wed, Glen Ryan and Kathy Hart (Ryan) never actually set a date. A surprise wedding on Saturday March 8 was planned and organised by husband Glen Ryan, with bride Kathy Hart unaware of the proceedings until the day. Proposing once again and eventually giving Kathy an invite to inform her about the day ahead, Mr Ryan planned the whole thing – along with some help from close family. Mr and Mrs Ryan had been lovers, partners and best friends for years and, according to family and friends, every time the couple set plans to get married, something always came up. When Mr Ryan contacted the Pioneer Church to make a booking for the wedding and told of his plan to arrange the entire wedding, church officials were delighted to help and be part of the secret. Mr Ryan, along with close family, arranged everything including the church booking, caterers, celebrant, inviting some 60 guests - all sworn to secrecy, arranging special wedding cars and a girls day out for hair, nails, and makeup for the to-be wife. With the weather clearing up by 3pm, Mr and Mrs Ryan’s wedding day was a fantastic event with friends and family attending. “It turned out to be a truly lovely wedding and the very happy couple surrounded by all their friends had a wonderful day they will


inbriefnews Thousands received through fraud A Wainuiomata woman has been sentenced to eleven months home detention for defrauding the ACC of over $209,000. Matekino Kine Chambers, 63, was convicted of eight charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage, after she repeatedly misled ACC about her relationship status, to claim weekly compensation intended for the single surviving spouse of a person who died as a result of injury. An investigation revealed that Chambers’ payments were stopped on 1 November 2012, by which time Chambers had received thousands of dollars she was not entitled to.

Restock of spare clothes needed Staff from Fernlea School on Lees Grove are on the hunt for spare clothing. The aim is to re-stock its supply of spare clothing which is used for children who fall into puddles or items they are wearing rip. It is looking for children’s trousers, shorts, skirts, socks or tops that have been outgrown. Clothes can be dropped off at the school during school hours.

NEWLY MARRIED: Glen Ryan and Kathy Hart (Ryan). Photo: Daniel Whitfield

remember for always,” says Joyce Lockyer, from Pioneer Church. Pioneer Church is located on Coast Rd. Following the wedding, the newly married couple took a tour around Wainuiomata to

show off their wedding cars – which just so happened to be Chevrolet Camaros – then headed back to their local home to enjoy the rest of the day with each other and loved ones.

Intermediate leaders step up for 2014 Wainuiomata Intermediate is encouraging students to stand up and be leaders in their community throughout the coming months. A spokesperson from the school says as part of day-to-day school life, students actively develop leadership skills, with teachers helping to create more opportunities for them to show responsibility. Leadership roles at the school include positions such as student councillors, librarians, sports councillors, as well as information technology, physical educa-

tion, lunch and traffic monitors. Wainuiomata Intermediate teachers say good leaders are not bossy and loud but, are good at listening, proactive, honest and in control of themselves. Each classroom has its own leaders, with two representing the six areas. This year’s student council representatives include: Eva Bryant and Thomas Lawrence – room three; Indya Moses-MacDonald and Sapphire Wikaire – room four; Katelyn Olsen and Romyi Whatuira – room five;

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Garden to represent community and culture By Dan Whitfield

The closing date to nominate someone for Wainuiomata’s Good Neighbour Award is fast approaching. Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support coordinator Dawn McKinley tells the Wainuiomata News the cut off date for nominations is this Friday, March 14. The award is on display in the mall along with voting forms and collection boxes. Votes can also be placed at the local library and community centre. Judging is set to take place on March 17, followed by an award ceremony on April 3. The award is to be presented by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace.

Whanau day out to help with support Wainuiomata High School’s kapa haka group, Te Tira Whakaau, need the support of the community if they are to attend a cultural exchange in America next year. A fundraiser – Whanau Day in the Nui – has been organised in conjunction with the school’s gala and is set to run on Saturday, March 15. The community is encouraged to bring family and friends to the gala which boasts a number of stalls as well as a bouncy castle, car wash and hangi; as well as entering a team into the touch and netball tournament. For more information or if you would like a stall, contact Matauranga TeRauna on 021 035 6274. Registrations for the tournament close on March 12.

More information Wainuiomata Community Centre is allegedly under police investigation for fraud and thefts of up to $40,000. Police could not be contacted for comment as the Wainuiomata News had already gone to print. If anyone has information regarding this matter, could they please phone the Wainuiomata News on 04 587 1660.

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A community cultural garden designed at supplying the local residents with fresh vegetables and a peaceful place to visit is being created at Pukeatua Primary School in Wainuiomata. Families and students gathered at the school on Saturday for a busy morning working bee to get the garden rolling. It is set to be made up of multiple planter beds and gardening areas, as well as cultural and visually artistic features. Pukeatua School teacher Topsy Remuera says the garden grew from parents’ ideas and children really getting behind the project throughout term one. “We’re wrapped with the amount of whanau support. It really gives the sense of coming together. Ideally the garden will help students and children from around the community learn about sustainability…It’s a work in progress but once it is finished it will be great,” Mrs Remuera says. Native plants will be planted in a number of gardens as well

as tiered pallet garden features behind rooms 14 and 15. The project is also to sport three compost bins, fruit trees and herbal gardens. “Representing the cultures through nature is the main focus…But it’s a social project designed to get the community involved,” Mrs Remuera says. “The children have done heaps of work and are adding to it constantly. They love the idea and can’t wait until it is complete,” she says. Callum Henare, from the school’s board of trustees, says it has only been about three or four weeks and so far it has been amazing. “It started off as what the school could do for its students… Everyone is excited and are behind it one hundred percent,” he says. Mr Henare says the garden is something, not only for current students, but for future students of the school as well. A garden party, set to be organised, will mark the official opening of the area.

More members a must for Community Patrol Community Patrol Wainuiomata is after new members to help increase its presence in the local area. Currently the patrol has about 20 people active in the community, with 12-15 volunteers running patrols both day and night. Patrol coordinator Mike Rosser says if there is an incident that police are unable to attend, Community Patrol Wainuiomata is often called. The group has been more active around the community over the last few years, with more of a presence

at a number of events including the Wellington 7s and local Anzac Day proceedings, he says. “But we need people that can support us…We survive solely on donations and our volunteers; without them we wouldn’t exist,” Mr Rosser says. For more information, contact Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support coordinator Dawn McKinley on 439 0515. A direct phone line to the Community Patrol Wainuiomata incase of an emergency is 027 22 111 36.

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Japan calls for Wainui student By Dan Whitfield An exciting opportunity and challenge awaits Conall Ryan over the next few months as he prepares for his fully funded scholarship to Japan. Conall applied for the scholarship in the hope of working in a kindergarten in the country but was granted a general exchange instead. He is one of the first students from Wainuiomata High School to receive such a momentous scholarship. “I’m excited and nervous at the same time. It is still going to be a really good experience,” Conall says. The Wainuiomata student is set to attend Kyoto Tachibana High School, leaving New Zealand on March 22. “It will be my first time in Japan. I’ve always wanted to go as the language and culture has always interested me,” he says. The length of Conall’s exchange is four months. During this time he will take part in day-to-day school activities and study, as well as hopefully

playing football and basketball. “There are so many things I am looking forward to. One thing I am excited about is having a brother [his host family’s son],” Conall says. While the local 17-year-old took Japanese in year nine, language barriers will be something he will have to overcome to complete his exchange. To help the transition between cultures, Conall will stay with a host family in Kanagawa that is able to speak English. Born and bred in Wainuiomata, Conall hopes the exchange will help him to become less shy around new people, with an ultimate goal to speak Japanese fluently once again. “Hopefully they will help me out if I get stuck,” he says. During his adventure, Conall will re-connect with past students that have attended Wainuiomata High School on exchanges from Japan. Although the Wainuiomata local will be going to school in Japan, when he returns he may have to catch up on

one or two things however, the school is helping iron out kinks to prevent this happening. “It’s all going to be worth it. It’s going to create so many opportunities for me,” he says. Conall’s mum, Brenda Ryan, says she is “absolutely thrilled” with her son’s achievement. He has not yet received a list of subjects he will be studying in Japan but hopes it will be similar to the ones he studies in New Zealand. Currently Conall is working through his NCEA level three qualification, studying design and graphics, calculus, English and physics. “He is one of the top students at the high school,” Brenda says. Conall endorsed NCEA levels one and two with merit. The scholarship has been provided through the world youth service. Following his schooling career and potential university studies, Conall says he would love to return to Japan.


Twenty years on and still going strong By Dan Whitfield

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: Ken Wells and Genevieve Young cutting the anniversary cake. Photo: Dan Whitfield

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A Wainuiomata community group has celebrated its 20th birthday and recognised one of its oldest members with a life membership award. The C.O.R.D group provides help to residents going through Alzheimer’s and live life to the fullest. It is also a great way to for locals to meet friends and keep in contact with family. An event to commemorate the milestone was held last Friday at the Wainuiomata Community Centre with more than 20 members attending – with one coming from as far as Levin. Co-ordinator Genevieve Young says it was a wonderful day and it was great to see everyone out celebrating. “Everyone here is special and has

a special link to the group in some way...A big thank you goes out to everyone that has helped throughout the years,” Mrs Young says. On Friday, Mrs Young recollected events over the last 10 years including mentioning visits from the New Zealand Police, fire brigade, school choirs and the undertaker – which got the crowd laughing. “We’ve got a versatile group with a number of skills...It’s a huge success,” she says. C.O.R.D has been supported for many years by the community, and members present on Friday hope it will continue for years to come. “Here’s hoping for another 10 years,” Mrs Young says. Along with the anniversary celebrations, Ken Wells received the club’s life membership award, after standing down as secretary and

treasurer for the group. “He has done a wonderful job... Drummed up a lot of support over the years and he definitely deserves the award,” she says. Mrs Young says it was an excellent way for the club to recognise the contribution and service he has provided to the club with over the years. Despite ups and downs over the years, Mrs Young says the group seems to get by and problems seem to resolve themselves. “We’re still going strong,” she says. Last Friday’s celebrations were full of laughs and gave members a chance to chit-chat about events and memories they had shared.  For more information on the C.O.R.D group, contact Genevieve Young on 479 5036.

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Our readers have their say. Find out the word on the street in Wainuiomata Question: What did you think of last week’s random weather patterns?

Barry Andrews Wainuiomata “Weird…It was like we had all four seasons in one day.”

Vickie McDonald Wainuiomata

Freda Weeks Wainuiomata

Renee Amopiu Wainuiomata

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“Crazy weather. It was different each day.”

“It’s been variable. The thing is though; you can always take clothes off. Rather than not wear much and be shivering, wear layers. I’d rather be warm than cold.”

“It was a bit rough. Tuesday would have been my worst day: we had car issues.”

“Really cold one day and then hot the next. It’s like we jumped straight into winter.”

Letters to the editor Business breakfast under radar 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

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 emails.

Dear Ed, I was not informed about last month’s Business Breakfast and, am disappointed with the organisation and promotion of the Wainuiomata event. I would have loved to listen to Karen Boyes speak but unfortunately missed out because I had not heard about it. When is the next business breakfast? Will the organisers tell the commu-

nity about it this time…who knows. Cheers, Desmond Martin-Boyles Dear Desmond, The next Business Breakfast is set to be held on March 28. If you would like more information on this event, contact the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre management team. Thanks, Wainuiomata News

Supporting RSA Dear Ed, I am pleased to see the community getting behind the proposal to reinstate an RSA in Wainui. I could not be at the meeting where discussions were had about this issue but I’m fully behind it. I support Bart in his quest to get the club back in the community and I hope it succeeds. Yours sincerely, Mark Hammer

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MINUTES WITH: Judy Robinson Real Estate Spokesperson What is your favourite food?

Your favoured holiday destination?

Who would you invite to dinner?

Roast dinner with lots of vegetables.


Billy Connolly

What makes you smile?

What’s your favourite music?

What’s next on your wish list?

My Grandchildren


A world trip

What’s your pet hate?

What is one thing Wainuiomata News readers would be surprised to know about you?

A saying you like to live by?

Uncontrolled dogs roaming the streets of Wainuiomata.

I got married on Friday 13th.

Treat others as you want to be treated.

Second American exchange for kapa haka By Dan Whitfield

HAPA KAKA: Reriti Moeahu, Caesar Wihongi, Robyn Felise, Rehutai Harrison, and Keesha Moeahu Photo: Supplied

Volunteers set to be recognised Volunteers set to be recognised. Nominations for the Hutt City Civic Awards are now open and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is encouraging people to acknowledge those dedicated to volunteering. Based on their service to the community, volunteers can be nominated for either a Hutt City Civic Award or Youth Service Award. “We have a wealth of people in our city who give their time selflessly to help others and our Civic Awards are about recognising the outstanding work they do,” Mr Wallace says. “The awards, in their 38th year, are a fantastic opportunity to

say thank you to our long-term community volunteers,” he says. There are six Hutt City Civic Award categories: community services, cultural affairs, educational services, recreation, social services and youth activities. Nomination forms are available online at www.huttcity. or from council and Hutt City Libraries. Nominations close Friday June 6 at 5pm. Roy and Sue Cox won the 2013 Civic Awards in the Community category, with Susan Hare in the Community and Recreation category. For last year’s Youth Services Award the recipients were Metaio Malama and Kirsten Garcia.

Although members of Wainuiomata High School’s kapa haka group are not attending a cultural exchange this year, members will have a full year practicing ahead of a return trip to the United States in 2015. In 2009, Te Tira Whakaau toured America, visiting places such as Hawaii, Los Angeles and Disneyland, promoting kapa haka and Maori culture. Kapa haka coordinator Matauranga Te Rauna says this is the first year in at least nine years the group has not attended any regional or national events. “Because we aren’t going to exchanges this year, we’ve got to keep the buzz alive for students involved so we are not starting fresh in 2015,” Mr Te Rauna.

He says the plan this year is to get students and members of the group out in the community, teaching other students the art of kapa haka. The group has about 11 members at the moment and Mr Te Rauna will look at opening it up to younger students later in the year. “It should be good. We’ve been before. It’s all about promoting Maori culture and kapa haka. It’s a great experience for the students,” he says. Members of Te Tira Whakaau will work between 500-1000 hours to reach their 2015 exchange. This year will also be used to perfect items to perform in America. “We will be up skilling the performers in a number of areas including poi, Maori weaponry

and singing, as well as the basics,” he says. A fundraiser – Whanau Day in the Nui – has been organised in conjunction with the school’s gala and is set to run on Saturday, March 15, supporting the students towards their 2015 exchange. The community is encouraged to bring family and friends to the gala which boasts a number of stalls as well as a bouncy castle, car wash and hangi; as well as entering a team into the touch and netball tournament. Te Tira Whakaau needs the support of the community if they are to attend a cultural exchange in America next year, Mr Te Rauna says. About $4000 is needed by each student in order to get to the exchange.

Wainuiomata High School encourages lending a hand By Dan Whitfield Young people are often sought after as volunteers, which is why Wainuiomata High School is encouraging its students to lend a hand in the community. Working for free in exchange for work experience, students volunteer in all areas of the workforce – from offices and organisations, and even events. Careers advisor Virginia Wilson believes volunteer work is a powerful statement about an individual and is interested in working with students that want to help out their community. Students have an opportunity to volunteer at this weekend’s Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust (HVDRT) TriAbility triathlon,

set to run on March 15, and are encouraged to get in touch with Ms Wilson if they want some immediate work experience. About 12 students or young volunteers will be required on the day to provide cheering at the finish line, setting up prizes for competitors and assisting with clean up at the end of the day. The triathlon is set to be held this Saturday, March 15, at William Jones Park and will run from 12pm-4pm. For more information, contact Ms Wilson on 04 938 3224. Another opportunity for young people to gain work experience is available at Vibe Youth Health and Support Services. The service provides doctors, counsellors, nurses, youth work-

ers and social workers to the young people who walk through its doors. It also gives coaching to help get them into further education or employment. Vibe support services team member Jessie Lamb is looking for 12 young people to connect with their local community and have a say on decisions that have an impact on youth. Ideal volunteers will be 15 years or older and who should live in the Hutt Valley area. Registrations for Vibe’s volunteer vacancies close on March 25; with meetings held once a month, starting on April 1.  Visit for more information and contact details relating to this opportunity.


Wednesday March 12, 2014

Local Torque with Dan Whitfield

American icon now a Wainui icon The Chevrolet Corvette has always been one of the world’s greatest sports cars – mixing design and engineering with technology and, a race-proven bloodline to create the ultimate machine. It has also been a car Paul Kelly has loved for a long time, which could be why he imported one into New Zealand about six months ago. The Wainuiomata resident’s corvette is a left-hand drive, 1991 old American white beauty, powered by a 350 LT1 V8 engine under the bonnet. “It’s an out and out sports car, that’s why I like it...I saw it and just had to buy it, with the wife’s permission of course,” he says.

Since importing the car into the country the only thing he has done to the car is changed the wheels. When Paul got his corvette, a friend took it for a drive, fell in love with the power and ended up buying one too. The Wainuiomata-based corvette owner says it is one of dream cars but “it’s going to be a work in progress getting it right.” If Paul did not have his corvette he would have his other dream car which he is currently restoring – a 1934 Dodge which he bought in 1985. “It’s a fill in car. I didn’t have anything so decided to get a car I had wanted for a while,” he says. Although his car is only a

Paul Kelly and his 1991 Chevrolet Corvette.

weekend drive, when he does drive the corvette it definitely turns heads. Over the years, he has become more of a car enthusiast. Paul tells the Wainuiomata News his very first car was a hot rod, but more specifically a 1946 Humber super-snipe. His second was a 1947 Hilman which he turned into a hotrod as

well. He has also had a Holden Monaro – a car that is dubbed a true petrol head’s car. Paul has also built a T bucket – which is a hot rod based on a Ford Model T. T buckets most commonly highly modified or built with replica components to resemble the model T.

“If I didn’t have the Dodge or Chevrolet, I’d still have an American V8. I just think they’re great,” he says. Originally from Titahi Bay, Paul moved to Wainuiomata about eight years ago and liked it so much he decided to stay. He is a member of the New Zealand Hot Rod Association and Western bay Street Rodders.

Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support By Dawn McKinley Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support wants to welcome the new groups on Donnelly Drive, Holland Street, Pencarrow Crescent and Woodland Grove. I look forward to working with you and supporting you on any safety and crime prevention issues as they arise. It was also great to be out in the community and meet up with some of the members of our two groups on Petrie Street. It was great to hear about the plans these groups have for National Neighbours Day. These initiatives help to foster a sense of community spirit where everyone is respected and valued. It also encourages the sharing of information that helps to reduce crime. A regular question asked by members and local residents is about crime reporting and the following information should clarify. When do you call 111 - You should call 111 when you need immediate help with a life threatening or time critical emergency.

Dawn McKinley

When: People are seriously injured or in danger; there is a serious risk to life or property; a crime is being or has just been committed and the offenders are nearby; there is a major public inconvenience (e.g. a road is blocked by fallen trees) Remember there are only so many emergency services resources to go round. By not overburdening the 111 system, you can help the Police provide services as quickly as possible where

they are most needed. But, if you are ever genuinely in doubt about whether to call 111, police would prefer you did. Calling *555 - It should be used to report traffic incidents via mobile phone. It is not an emergency number. In the event of a serious, time critical traffic emergency, dial 111. When not to call 111 - Don’t call 111 for non-urgent situations. It is not an emergency when the situation is not dangerous and an immediate response is not needed, such as when there is no risk to life or property or an offender has left and is unlikely to return. To report such incidents or crimes, you can personally visit or phone your nearest Police station. Handy numbers to remember: Lower Hutt Police Station 5602600, ask for the Crime Reporting Line; Wainuiomata Police Station 439-0500; Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, to give information anonymously; Noise Control, Dog Control, Graffiti and Vandalism 570-6666 and; Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support 439-0515/ 027 777 3321.

Umu feeds kindy and community The Wainuiomata community was invited to what is becoming an annual event at Pencarrow Kindergarten, their umu. Held last Friday, it was wonderful way for families to feel involved in their children’s learning, says Annette Burton, from Pencarrow Kindergarten. An umu is a method for cooking using heated rocks. It is similar to a hangi however, food is cooked above the group rather than in pits. With the help of spouses, parents and grandparents the

fire was lit before children arrived for the day. Once the flames had died down, children were able to watch as their food was covered by banana leaves and wet newspaper for two and a half hours. When it was ready more helpers arrived to serve the children and their extended families. “The turnout was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the food,” she says. The staff and children at Pencarrow Kindergarten would like to thank those that donated.

Wednesday March 12, 2014


Discussions focus on growth of city By Dan Whitfield Thirty city-wide proposals to rejuvenate the community have been discussed by Hutt City Council. Council’s Community Plan Committee met last month to consider the draft annual plan which reflects a significant shift from previous years, focusing more on investment in infrastructure and building with an aim to propel growth. City promotions divisional manager Brad Monaghan says this is happening around the city so it is not specific to any one community. The proposal is to progress key projects as part of the annual plan through introducing new initiatives that the community can provide feedback on – including the Wainuiomata Development Plan, which is currently being reviewed.

FUN TIMES: Dave Waddling visited Wainuiomata Trial Project. Photo: Dan Whitfield

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Lower Hutt resident Dave Waddling visited Wainuiomata Trail Project last Friday. Spotted by the Wainuiomata News, Mr Waddling says he loves coming to Wainuio-

mata for just this reason. “It’s like my back yard,” he says. Mr Waddling was out enjoying the sunshine following the poor weather earlier in the week.

COUNCIL: Cheif executive officer Tony Stallinger.

“Initiatives from this will focus on the urban growth strategy objective, increasing the awareness and perception of Wainuiomata as a place of attractive and affordable housing opportunities,” Mr Monaghan says. Propsals identified in the community’s development plan may also include an upgrade of public assets aligned with future private development. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says while many of the proposals seem relatively small, all are in line with the city’s recently completed urban growth strategy and integrated facilities plan. He says all proposals must also fit within council’s vision around making Hutt City a great place to live, work and play. “There is considerable consultation ahead of us for all of these projects and we look forward to hearing what people think of the proposals. I would urge people to recognise the importance of moving our city forward in a very tangible way. If we invest in our city, we will unquestionably thrive,” Mr Wallace says. Chief executive officer Tony Stallinger says council is in an excellent financial position to consider additional development in the city. “We have low debt and have had the lowest rates increases in the region over the past decade. The proposals on the table in yesterday’s Community Plan Committee require only an additional 0.2% average increase in rates for the 2014/2015 year over the 2.4% average increase previously forecast,” he says. Recent council discussions will need to be reviewed and go up for public consultation before they can be implemented. A range of investments in other smaller may also be included.

Possible changes ahead for residents Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking your views about project and funding decisions that could affect Wainuiomata, as outlined on its Draft Annual Plan for 2014/15. The draft plan outlines the work regional council intends to carry out during the financial year, including in the regional leadership, public transport, water supply, environment, flood protection and parks sectors. A spokesperson from the council tells the Wainuiomata News there is likely to be many things that will relate to Wainuiomata in some way. Things like changes to regional parks, public transport and biodiversity, they say. The draft plan also sets out the rates for the upcoming year, with council intending to raise rates by an average of $22 per year per household (about 43 cents per week) – or 6.1 per cent - which is a significant drop from the 11.3 per cent earmarked in the Long Term Plan. Chairwoman Fran Wilde says that while it is business-as-usual, there are some particular areas of note. “Public transport continues to be a major focus,” says Ms Wilde. “While we are continuing to fund rail, bus and harbour ferry services, we’re also investing in more trains and we’re starting to implement the new public transport operating model which

provides opportunities for new contracts with operators. “In the next year we will also be working on implementation of the preferred option for the public transport spine through Wellington city, starting with detailed design,” she says. Regional council is also seeking submissions for a proposal to combine water services across Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley. Options being considered involve integrating the council’s bulk water supply function with capacity; introducing a new company name to reflect its wider mandate, establishing a water committee to ensure that policy decisions remain the responsibility of elected representatives. The regional council would retain ownership of its bulk water infrastructure assets. “A feasibility study on installing a cross-harbour water pipeline is planned for this year and we will be lifting the resilience of the region to flooding by continuing to develop and implement floodplain management plans across the region.”  Submissions open March 24 and close April28. For more information, visit

LOVING IT: From left: Hannah Smith, 12, Tara Watkins, 11, and Josh Humphries, 11, enjoy the Wainuiomata Pool. Photo: Jessy Edwards

Visitors take advantage of sun By Jessy Edwards Massey Journalism Student The slide at Wainuiomata Summer Pool got a good workout on Friday, as the 19 degree heat saw an influx of thrill seekers at the popular attraction. Even a broken arm did not stop Tara Watkins, 11, sliding

down the pool’s famed 80m open air run. “I just wrap it up!” she says. Tara was one of 25 students from Plimmerton School who took advantage of the last of the summer sun. A year seven and eight class stopped in for a well-earned swim on their way home from an overnight stay in the Orongorongo Huts.

Teacher Angela Rongonui says the Wainuiomata pool was the perfect place for the kids to end their two-day trip. “I’m loving the Wainuiomata Pool…It’s very, very cool actually,” she says. The Hutt City Council run pools are only open for a few more weeks, with it set to close for winter on Sunday, March 23.


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A free Tai Chi programme aimed at supporting Wainuiomata and Hutt Valley residents in the fight against Osteoporosis has been launched around the community this week. Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that affects 50 per cent of women and a third of men over the age of 60 in New Zealand. Representatives from Enliven – a provider of high quality residential and home based services with a focus on supporting older people – are supporting the free classes




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and encouraging members of the community to get involved. Health support manager Kristine Ford says the tai Chi classes have supported its positive ageing services for seven years. “Now we’re able to offer a specially designed programme to help people The Sun with osteoporosis to manage the risk factors associated with the condition, such as injury from falls, pain and arthritis,” Ms Ford says. Tai Chi assists with strengthening bones, improving balance as well as relaxation. It is easy-to-learn, safe and effective,” Ms Ford says. “Of course Tai Chi is great for people of all ages and abilities and can help prevent the onset of Osteoporosis,” she says. The free classes will run for about a week around Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley and are available for everyone in the community from March 10-14. A class is to be held at Wainuiomata Hall, on Queen St this Friday from 9.30am-10.30am. Others include one at the Petone Working Men’s Club, Avalon’s Holy Trinity Church, Upper Hutt City Library and Stokes Valley Hall.


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Wednesday March 12, 2014


Memorial tournament commemorates past Wainuiomata players

Foreign culture comes to the Valley A project to allow Wellington residents to gain an insight of Sri Lankan village life through folk dancing, drumming and authentic food has been organised by the Sri Lankan Dance Academy. The event is set to run on Sunday, March 16, from 5.30pm until 9.30pm. Dancing will commence from about 6.30pm. Children from Wainuiomata are also set to feature in a number of the cultural performances on the night. For more information, contact Chamila Sudusinghe on 04 232 2877. The evening of entertainment will be held at Lower Hutt’s Little Theatre, located on Queens Dr.

By Jessy Edwards Massey Journalism Student

WAINUIOMATA’S: Walter Taingahui passing the ball during Saturday’s memorial game. Photo: Daniel Whitfield

An annual rugby league tournament commemorating two local sporting heroes was held with great success recently. The Va’a memorial nines tournament is held annually to remember Leonardo Va’a, who died in 1998 playing for Wainuiomata – it now also includes a sprint honouring another sportsman that passed away a couple of weeks ago. This year saw a 100m sprint added to the event in memory of Wainuiomata winger Michael “Juggler” Sharp, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Wainuiomata Rugby League Club spokesman Simon Itula says the event is important for those touched by the deaths. “It’s a sad day for our club, but also a special day for our community to honour both players,” Mr Itula says.

Long time Wainuiomata Lions Club trainer Bill Sharp says Juggler was more than just a great player. “He was a legend really. There are always those people who rise to the top and he was one of them,” Mr Sharp says. At this year’s event, held at Wise Park on Saturday, speedy representatives of the six tournament teams ran the Michael Sharp Sprint. It was won by TJ Va’a. Wellington Rugby League general manager Jason Hemson says the nines tournament is a celebration of Leonardo Va’a’s life. “It is always a very emotional day for the Wainuiomata Club in particular,” he says. The Va’a family had a double victory, beating Wainui 25-11 in the final game of the weekend’s nines tournament. The event was held at the Wainuiomata Rugby League Club on Fitzherbert Rd.

Scorcher for athletics day Wainuiomata Intermediate superstars come out to play

SCHOOL SPIRIT: Representatives from school houses gather for a group shot.

SPRINTER: Ethan Venu

GREEN MEANS GO: Herearoha Beazley

The sun was shining and students were raring to go at last Friday’s Wainuiomata Intermediate Athletics Day. Hundreds of school athletes were out competing in events from shot put

HE’S GOT THE ARM: Koriki Love-Fitzgerald

to sprints. The athletics day was postponed to Friday after weather conditions earlier in the week. Photos: Dan Whitfield

TEAM RED: Katie Easthope

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Whitaker on form for Wellington By Dan Whitfield A home advantage provided Wainuiomata rider Jake Whitaker with a winning attitude during round two of the KTM New Zealand Enduro Championship. “After making lots of mistakes earlier on in the day, I managed to get my riding together to get my first class win, placing fifth overall,” Whitaker says. “It’s my best national enduro fi nish yet so I’m pretty happy with that,” he says. Held at Moonshine Motocross Track on Bulls Run Road, near the Hutt Valley, the young rider showed he was a force to be reckoned with riding his Husaberg

FE250 to its full extent. Race marshals tell the Wainuiomata News Whitaker was giving it his all and pushing the bike to the limit. They say he has some real talent on the bike which is good to see in a young rider. Whitaker was racing alongside New Zealand’s elite riders once again and was fighting for a spot on the podium from the moment he set off. This is only Whitaker’s second season racing enduro bikes and with every race he improves in some way or another. In the first round of the championship Whitaker only managed to place seventh. “[There’s] still a lot to work

and improve on but I’m happy with how things are progressing,” Whitaker says. He is excited for another chance to race and is hoping he can place further up the field in round three. The series now heads to the Riverhead Forest in Auckland for round three on March 23. Round four will be held in Christchurch on April 5, round five is in Oparau on April 19 and round six will be held in the King Country on May 10. The local rider is a seven-time former and the current national moto-trials champion. Auckland rider Chris Birch won this round.

HE’S GOT WHAT IT TAKES: Jake Whitaker pushing his bike to the limit on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Whitfield

New season excites rugby players Wa i nu iom at a Rugby Club’s 2014 season looks to being a season to remember, with members of the club already training hard A spokesperson from the club says trainings are looking very good and attendances are very good for this time of the year. The hallowed William Jones Park has also undergone a revamp recently, installing a drainage system HARRIERS: Jen Stoupe, Trish Coley, Nikki Braniff-Jones and Amy Williams at the Sanders and Gough races last year.

Winter training made easy with local club The warmer months are slipping away and keeping an exercise routine going can get a bit challenging, which is why the Wainuiomata Harrier Club is urging athletes of all ages and levels to attend its open day. Set to be held this Saturday, March 15, the open day is set to provide newcomers with information and tips on staying fit over winter – which is looming ever closer. Women’s club captain and committee member Nikki Braniff-Jones says one of the best ways to combat this slump is to exercise with other people. “Some of our members compete at interclub events while others are happy walking or running in our club meetings each week. The choice is yours,” Ms Braniff-Jones says. In the weekend following the open day, the club’s famed chocolate race will run and hopefully also get resident involved in the club ahead of the season ahead. “Come and enjoy some of the wonder-

ful tracks and scenery that Wainui has to offer while treating your body to fresh air and the vitamin D our bodies crave during the winter months,” Ms BraniffJones says. The chocolate race involves runners and walkers estimating a time in which they will complete a short course walk/ run. Ms Braniff-Jones says athletes leave their watches behind and start the course. “The closest to their estimated time wins. [There is] loads of fun to be had and of course there is chocolate!” she says. Both Wainuiomata-based events will start from about 2pm at the clubrooms at Richard Prouse Park. For those wanting to get a bit more out of their running, the club also has a training group that leaves the rugby league clubrooms on Tuesdays. For more details or information, contact on 970 7651. It is just a matter of coming along and giving it a go, Ms Braniff-Jones says.

under the surface and making it one of the best pitches around the region. Local players from all grades have been raring to go and looking forward to playing on their home ground in 2014. Teams are calling for local players who are interested in joining teams to attend the weekly trainings. This year the club has a goal to have all of teams

back up and going ahead of the season start which is likely to be early April. Training nights are Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm. For more information, contact chairman Jim Millar on 021 848 731 or visit the Wainuiomata Rugby Club’s website, w w w.

Wainuiomata High School athletes qualify for regionals Wa i n u i o m a t a H i g h School students Joel Carman and Brooke Tauanei qualified for the Regional Athletics this Thursday. This is where the best

p er for mer s f rom t he Wellington Secondary Schools compete a nd qualify for North island Champs. Joel placed first at Hutt

Valley for the 1500m and second in 3000m for Intermediate boys. Brooke placed first in the intermediate Girls shot put.

Sports results wanted If you are part of a sports club, know of any awesome sports achievements or just have a sport you want us to cover then send me an email at We want to hear about rugby, soccer, running, lawn bowls, BMX, netball, hockey, tennis, dancing, darts, or any

other sport you can think of. Whether you have game results, photos, details, or even just played some backyard cricket, we want to know. Remember to include a caption if you send high resolution picutres, as well as details of where and when it was taken.


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