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Wainuiomata is remembering the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli through a major revamp project. Along with the driveway off Queen St being renamed to Anzac Way, the War Memorial Community Hall is getting a facelift. Mayor Ray Wallace says that the upgrades are moving along nicely and looking really good. “We are on schedule, and it should be all ready for the celebrations,” he says. Included in the renovations is new carpet, new non-slip vinyl, a new sign and new etching on all the windows. Continued on page 2 REVAMP: Mayor Ray Wallace and Wainuiomata Valley RSA’s Bart Bartlett are excited about the revamp of the War Memorial Community Hall.

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Cost blowout made known By Aaron Meredith

A cost blowout of the estimation that the Local Government Commission predicted for amalgamation has the council seething. The correction shows the cost has risen by over $30 million dollars from what was previously estimated. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says that this shows a lack of precision in the proposal. “It’s further proof that this is a high-risk, high-cost, ‘thinkbig’ gamble,” he says. The Commission’s estimated cost of amalgamation of the nine councils of the Wel-

lington and Wairarapa regions down to one has increased from $184million to $210 million, over four to five years. The Commission said in its statement that the revised

are significant challenges to accurately estimating council IT costs,” the commission statement says. “To have them admit how difficult it is to estimate costs have them admit how difficult it is to estimate costs is alarming. Mayor Wallace.

cost is due to the estimates for integrating all council IT systems and infrastructure. “The Commission has previously been advised there

is alarming,” says Mayor Wallace. “We’ve seen Auckland’s IT budget blow out, originally budgeted for $70m and com-

pleted June 2016 and the latest estimate is $140-$170m cost and 12 months late.” Hands off the Hutt CoLeader says that the LGC was advised of the potential of a budget blowout. “The reality is they’ve added an extra $16 million to the bill for something no one wants, It also means the payback period would increase by another year to nine years,” he says. “The $210 million is still a best-case figure and doesn't include interest costs or contingency. We’d bank on a figure of $300 million being much closer to the mark.”

Area gets upgrade for Anzac memorial Continued from page 1 “We moved the project forward three years as we saw it as a significant occasion,” Mayor Wallace says. There will also be hot water throughout the building – this was a problem beforehand as the toilets did not have hot water. “The upgrade was planned but was some way out,” Mayor Wallace says. Workers on the site are from the Hutt Valley, including a couple from Wainuiomata. “It is great that everyone is Hutt Valley based and the project is supporting local businesses,” Mayor Wallace says. Bart Bartlett from the Wainuiomata Valley RSA says the upgrade is brilliant.

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“It will be good to see it when it is finished,” he says. Job foreman John Brien reiterated the others saying that the job is running well. “It is going really well, there is not too much more to go,” he says. The project has continued on from the work that has been done adding names to the cenotaph that were missing. This is also the site where Wainuiomata holds its annual Anzac parade, where there is usually a large contingent of locals that watch the parade and ceremony. With this year being the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, organisers are hoping that there is a even larger crowd than normal.

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inbriefnews Big splash winners announced The Big Summer Splash promotion announced seven winners from around the Hutt City last week, with one lucky winner from Wainuiomata. As part of the competition, people of all ages could swim five times at any of Hutt City’s local pools, receive their sixth swim free, and then go in the draw to win prizes. Ten-year-old Renee Forman won a prize pack of goggles, towel, swim cap, swim bag and family swim passes for swimming at Wainuiomata Pool.

Students challenged at camp By Emily Elliott

Team building, leadership skills, and learning to cook on a campfire are just a few things that year nine students from

Wainuiomata High School will be learning next week. Just under 140 students will be attending the fourth annual ASPIRE camp – one week spent in the Rimutaka Forest

Park and the Brookfield Scout Camp to create friendships, develop leadership, and challenge yourself. Head of faculty for physical education and health, Kath

Theatre auditions FOOTLOOSE auditions will be held on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1.  To book an audition time or for further details contact Trevor on 0212385731 or email Performance dates will be between June 17 and 27.

Gallery celebrates first birthday Alfred Memelink Gallery are celebrating their first birthday with an exhibition this week, featuring works from local artists who have supported the gallery throughout the first year. Included is Jacky Pearson, Alan Collins, Heinz Speyer, Dianne Taylor, Sue Lund, Vincent Duncan, Stacey O-Neill, Ronda Thompson, and more. A special memorial exhibition of Adriana Memlink’s oil paintings and dolls will also be displayed. The exhibition runs until February 22.

Childrens Day date confirmed Wainuiomata will be having its own Childrens Day celebration on Sunday March 22. Games and activities will be organised at the Wainuiomata Community Hub, including both indoor and outdoor games. The activities will run between 2pm and 4pm in the afternoon, and people are encouraged to bring their own balls or board games on the day.

ASPIRE CAMP: Last year’s year nine girls trek through the Rimutaka Forest Park.

 The camp is set to run from February 23 -27.

Mentor programme about to begin By Aaron Meredith

The Wainuiomata Pacific Education Success Initiative is starting its learning and numeracy mentoring programme for the year again. There is a second consultation night next Tuesday night at the Wainuiomata Library which is aimed to help people with their

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McGuinness, says the boys and girls are separated for the week and alternate their locations, with 30 senior peer mentors attending the camp as leaders. “The girls start at the Rimutaka Forest Park, and the boys start at the Scout camp. The girls will spend one night tenting, then will tramp into the bush and cook dinner on open fires,” Kath says. “The students learn how to work with the people who will be in their classes for the next five years.” Kath says that this is also some students’ first time away from home, and that it is a good way for youth to learn what resources are in Wainuiomata. “Last year I had students coming to me during the holidays asking where they could borrow a tent – they wanted to go camping.” Kath says the camp also works to benefit the peer mentors and build their leadership skills. The camp is part of the ASPIRE programme that runs every Wednesday in the school, run by the peer mentors. Fourteen staff members also attend the camp, in an effort to build rapport with the students they will be working with.

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maths, reading and writing. Bruce Roberts, a WaiPESI member, mentor and educator says the program is there to help the pacific community succeed in education. “You don’t have to be a Pacific Islander though, we just do things in a pacific way,” he says. He says it is great that the group gets to use the library.

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“There are all these resources at the library, it is a great place to be,” he says. The consultation nights are designed to help WaiPESI to help shape the 2015 program, to make sure it is successful. The night begins at 6pm and everyone is welcome to attend. Throughout the year WaiPESI hosts a pacific festival and

Bruce says that the group is always doing stuff. “There is something going on all the time, it is a full slate of things throughout the year,” he says.  For more information about what WaiPESI do please contact Bruce on 0215642126 or Vai 0277562324.

Funding available through Creative Communities Scheme Local artistic talent could be financially helped out this year, whether it be music, theatre, festivals, mural painting, sculptures, kapa haka, singing, or more. Hutt City Council’s Creative Communities Funding Scheme has money available for groups and individuals running arts projects in the Hutt Valley. The funding team is also running two workshops to help people present strong applications. Pippa Sanderson, Community Arts Advisor says: “We’re looking for art projects with broad community involvement, projects involving young people, or projects that support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communi-

ties. “Projects we’ve funded before include; exhibitions, concerts, workshops, festivals, plays and mural projects, which have all been based in the Hutt Valley.” Workshops to help with the application process will be at Lower Hutt’s War Memorial Library on Tuesday, March 3 at 10.30am and 5.30pm, and are just under two hours long. Anyone who is planning an arts project can submit an application. Visit the Council website’s funding page for information, and apply online at www.huttcity.govt. nz/en/Services/Funding The deadline for applications in this funding round is Monday 30 March.

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Park busier than normal By Dion Ngatoro

UPGRADE: Wainuiomata Anglican Church members get ready to help out.

Church building to be upgraded By Aaron Meredith

Wainuiomata Anglicans will have an upgraded church building to look forward to in the next few months. The ground was blessed and the first hole is set to be dug on Sunday, getting ready for the upgrade that is about to take place. The 60 year old building situated on Wainuiomata Road has been holding church services since it opened as well as other

services throughout the week. Additions will include a new entrance foyer, disabled toilets and a new kitchen. Also other activities within the building will be relocated. Church member Ian Smyth says the improved facilities will make it easier for their congregation. “It also helps our friendship club that meets here on Fridays fortnightly,” he says. “Our goal is to increase our churches involvement in our

community.” The planning and consent process has taken four years to complete, and plans include some earthquake strengthening work to comply with council regulations. “It is intended it will take around three months to build with some help from parishioners,” says Ian.  For further information people can contact the parish on 565 0651 to contact Rev Ros Sims.

The park has been abuzz following the fine weather we have had over the last couple of months. More people are coming through than usual; they’ve been out cycling, walking, running and swimming. It’s been great seeing people enjoying the park. But with the increasing number of people has come a rising number of unwelcome incidents. Rubbish has been left around swimming holes with much of it ending up in the river; broken glass and nappies lying around the river banks has made them dangerous. Please remember if you bring it in you take it out, and let’s keep our swimming holes clean and safe to use. Cars have been entering the Rec Area past the main gate, which is not allowed and a hazard to other park users. If you drive past the main gate you run the risk of having your car locked in or towed. Motor bikes are strictly not allowed, and this includes the smaller Pitt bikes. I have had to talk with a few people about this, and further action will be taken if you offend. We have also had signs vandalised and barriers removed and drunken behaviour in the car park area. If you witness anybody committing an activity which you

tackling the dense stands of Horned Poppy at Baring Head. Over the past two summers, we’ve cleared much of the beach along Fitzroy Bay and made significant inroads along the southern beach between the river and the boulders. Because the seed is now setting, we’ve spent the past few weeks removing several cubic metres of seedheads to prevent further infestations. We can then remove the plants themselves at our leisure over the rest of the year. Because the seed itself doesn’t remain viable for long, we are confident we can get on top of this particular pernicious weed. The work itself is quite light and enjoyable.

think is not right please call the Park Ranger Dion Ngatoro on 021 2496473 or the local Police. On a more positive note, our summer events programme is going really well and numbers for the guided walks are up on last year. Feedback from attendees has been good with people enjoying learning about the history of the water supply and being able to walk through one of the Lower North Island’s most pristine native forests.  We still have a couple of events left for this summer so be in quick and sign up at parks@gw.govt. nz or 04 5264133 and the events are free.

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Pernicious Weed at Baring Head Besides being the name of a very good beer made by the Garage Project brewery in Wellington, a pernicious weed is one that causes harm to other plants. The very attractive Yellow Horned Poppy (Glaucium flavum) certainly meets this criterion at Baring Head, and indeed at many other coastal sites throughout New Zealand. This garden escapee is a prolific self-seeder and can quickly overwhelm our native rare coastal ecosystems, such as coastal turfs and cushion fields. While other important weed species, such as boxthorn and tree lupin, can be relatively easily dealt with by spraying, albeit at some expense, horned poppy is best controlled by hand, either by pulling or grabbing them out. This is why, while most of you have been enjoying the balmy summer weather, bands of volunteers, organised by the Friends of Baring Head, have been out,

PARK RANGER: Dion Ngatoro

Do you know someone in Wainui who has done something great for our community, a school, club or just someone that needed a helping hand??? We’re searching for “Wainuiomata’s Unsung Heroes” & we want to show how much we really appreciate them! Shhhh......There’ll be celebrity judging and fantastic prizes for our local Heroes too! We’re asking for nominations, from YOU (the public) for these fabulous people from Monday 16th February 2015 (until the 29th March 2015) so, like our Facebook page – “Wainuiomata’s Unsung Heroes” and tell us about your Hero today (or written nominations can be delivered to: Lisa Black at our Harcourts office located at 32 Queen Street.

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Location Location Location!!! Offering 3 double bedrooms, with the opportunity for you to move in and put your stamp on it! Big Garage with combined workshop/office and electric door. Ranch slider off the lounge onto a concrete patio. Lots of outside space here for cars or you could create your own entertainment area. This home is situated very close to the hill and public transport and a short drive to Lower Hutt. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this home.

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Close to Wainuiomata High School, public transport and the Wainuiomata hill providing a short drive to Lower Hutt. This 3 double bedroom home could be a great first home! The property needs some TLC and for someone to come in and put their stamp on it! Wood burner to keep you cosy on those cold winter nights. You should consider this home before you make any decisions. Call anytime to view.

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A Home That’s Got That Nice Feeling You could raise a family here! Nice condition too. Open Plan, 3 bedrooms, gas, modern kitchen & bathroom, plus good outdoor flow to deck & great yard for kids & pets. Garage/Rumpus. Central & Sunny. For Sale $225,000 E View Open By Appointment Leith Gunn P 04 564 0002 M 027 4458 940

A Rare Opportunity! Low-maintenance home, 3 bedrooms, open plan, modern kitchen. Bathroom is semi-ensuite + a second separate toilet. Heatpump keeps it cosy, internal access to double garage. Stroll to mall, retailers & health centre. For Sale $369,000 E View Open By Appointment Leith Gunn P 04 564 0002 M 027 4458 940

House Plus Flat! 3 bedroom family home with ensuite, garage workshop PLUS a free-standing 1 bedroom flat at the back! Good parking, bus & school nearby. Call now to view! For Sale $295,000 View Open Sun 12.45 - 1.15pm Leith Gunn P 04 564 0002 M 027 4458 940 E

A Landmark Character Villa Admired By Many 1800’s/early 1900’s Villa. High stud ceilings, Open Plan, 4-5 bedrooms (ensuite), office & rumpus. 4 car garaging/workshop. Tender Closes 2pm, Thurs 19th February 2015 View Open Sun 1.30 - 2.00pm Annette Smith & Lisa Black P 04 564 0005 M 027 5051027 M 027 668 6477

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Arakura, 82 Wellington Road

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4 Bedrooms, Master with Private Deck 2 Bathrooms Double Garage For Sale $289,000 E View Open Sun 12.30 - 1.00pm Team Cooper - Nicky Cooper & Ann Watkins P 04 564 0004 M 027 307 2999 M 01 615062

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3 Double Bedrooms Modern kitchen Garage/Workshop + External Rumpus Tender Closes 2pm, Thursday 19th February 2015 View Open Sun 2.00 - 2.30pm Team Cooper - Nicky Cooper & Ann Watkins P 04 564 0004 M 027 307 2999 M 021 615062

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5 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms 2 Living Areas Double Garage & Workshop For Sale $339,000 E View Open Sun 11.45-12.15pm Team Cooper - Nicky Cooper & Ann Watkins P 04 564 0004 M 027 307 2999 M 021 615062

2 Double Bedrooms Sunroom/Conservatory Garage/Workshop, High Stud, Large Double Tender Closes 2pm, Thurs 19th February 2015 View Open Sun 2.45 - 3.15pm Team Cooper - Nicky & Ann Watkins P 04 564 0004 M 027 307 2999 M 021 615062

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Driveway already in place Access to Artesian water spring. 15 Hectares of land. For Sale $195,000 E View Open By Appointment Team Cooper - Nicky Cooper & Ann Watkins P 04 564 0004 M 027 307 2999 M 021 615062

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3 Double bedrooms Large Garage with Workshop Private, Sunny section For Sale $219,000 E View Open Sun 1.15 - 1.45pm Team Cooper - Nicky Cooper & Ann Watkins P 04 564 00004 M 027 307 2999 M 021 615062

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Modern Kitchen & Bathroom 3 Bedrooms plus External Rumpus Handy to Schools & Shops For Sale $247,000 E View Open By Appointment Team Cooper - Nicky Cooper & Anne Watkins P 04 564 0004 M 027 307 2999 M 01 615062

3 Bedrooms 2 Living Areas & External Rumpus Single Garage For Sale $320,000 E View Open By Appointment Team Cooper - Nicky Cooper & Ann Watkins P 04 564 0004 M 027 307 2999 M 021 615062

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Wonderful Home & Garden Package 3 double bedrooms, popular location. Openplan dining & kitchen, deck off dining room. Garden with well-established plants & outdoor living spaces. Double garage. E For Sale By Negotiation View Open By Appointment David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944

Modern, Spacious And Only 7 Years Old! 3 double bedrooms + office & 2 Bathrooms! Paved outdoor area perfect for entertaining, great indoor outdoor flow. Internal access garaging. Easy maintenance, modern kitchen & open plan living. For Sale $369,500 E View Open Sun 2.00 - 2.30pm David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944

Town & Country Living! 3 bedroom home + mezzanine study off master bedroom. Conservatory, dining room & formal lounge. 20 mins drive to Lower Hutt. 4.29hectares of land with established walking tracks. For Sale $575,000 View Open Sun 1.15 - 1.45pm David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 445 8944

Location Location Location!!! 3 double bedrooms. Big Garage with combined workshop/office & electric door. Ranch slider off lounge to concrete patio. Lots of outside space here for cars or you could create your own entertainment area. Tender Closes 1pm, Thur 26th Feb 2015 View Open Sun 11.45-12.15pm David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944

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Glendale, 10 Dunn Street

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Loads Of Potential! 3 bedrooms. Fantastic opportunity to get onto the property ladder as a first home or investment. Needs a COMPLETE makeover & is definitely a do-er upper. Tender Closes 1pm, Thursday 19th February 2015 View Open By Appointment David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944 E

Calling All Investors! 2 bedroom flat in a popular area has a yield of 8.2%. Short walk to public transport or even walking to the mall. Split cycle AC & Ranch slider & deck off the lounge. For Sale $135,000 E View Open By Appointment David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944

Investment Opportunity Looking to add to your investment portfolio? Property has a fixed tenant to September 2015 & showing a 7.5% return. 4 dble bedrooms, separate lounge, open plan dining & modern kitchen. 2 toilets, separate laundry. For Sale $258,000 E View Open By Appointment David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944

Great Starter Home! This 3 double bedroom home could be a great first home! Needs some TLC , stamp your name on it! Wood burner to keep cosy on cold winter nights. For Sale $179,000 View Open Sun 12.30 - 1.00pm David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944 E

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Arakura, 291a Wellington Road Rough As Guts! This flat has 3 bedrooms! It’s a real do-er upper & needs a complete makeover. Make this home yours by putting your own style into it. Gas mains with gas hobbs. Tender Closes 1pm, Thursday 19th February 2015 View Open By Appointment David Selig P 04 564 0000 M 027 4458 944 E Channel Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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Question: What is your proudest moment in life?

Malachai Tu, Wainuiomata

Devon Pasene Wainuiomata

Mary-Ellen Kohika Wainuiomata

Gina Rawiri Wainuiomata

Piper Russell Wainuiomata

Playing league, because I love it and it is what I want to do with my life.

Sports, because I have won lots of trophies.

My sports, because I am active and like doing most things.

My sports because I like bunting people over the sideline.

Coming in first at sprints when I was in intermediate.

Sarah McLeod-Venu Wainuiomata Being a Student Councillor at school, because it is like being a school leader.

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 right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

River toxicity not safe Dear Ed, Growing up in Wainuiomata, each summer we would swim in the many beautiful pristine clear rivers and waterholes without consequence. Occasionally some brightgreen algae would be floating around but this type is harmless yet slippery. Less than 10 years later,

every spring, questionable dark algae floats in the river, before it is confirmed toxic algae (blue-green algae or thick dark-brown /black algal mats) and the signs finally go up. This algae can kill dogs very quickly if consumed, and can make humans very ill.

We are aware that too much nitrogen and phosphorous causes algal blooms and damage to delicate ecosystems. But what is being done about the toxic algae? How is this acceptable? What has gone so wrong? And what can we do!? If we have pride for our

beautiful Wainuiomata Valley, we can all be Kaitiaki of our water. If you find what seems to be toxic algae and there are no signs, you can also call the GW council on (04) 384-5708 to inform them. Signed, GrowWOAh

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Petone’s new art gallery, Artspace Gallery, will be hosting a memorial exhibition of one of New Zealand’s most respected bush and mountain artists, John Rundle. Over 50 of John’s masterpieces will be on show and for sale, and although most were inspired by his beloved bush and mountains, there will also be paintings of Wellington cityscapes, other landscapes, birds, cats and one of his dog. John’s wife, Annette, says John started painting in the 1950s and continued right through to his last works which he started in 2013. Annette says John’s love of tramping and mountaineering gave him the inspiration to initially photograph and then paint the magnificent scenery he encountered on his many adventures. Initially, John borrowed his brother’s camera to take on his trips, which then led to a career as professional photographer. He soon developed the urge to paint the beauty that he encountered. In 1977 John took the plunge and decided to become a full time artist and painted steadily from his studio underneath his home at the top of Korokoro. John also gave back to the community – as well as a respected volunteer in local art groups, he became a life member of

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the Hutt Valley Tramping club for his services. He was also a member of the New Zealand Alpine Club and had been a Mountain Safety Council instructor for over 40 years.  The Artspace Gallery will celebrate his life and work from Saturday, February 28 until Sunday, March 29.

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Programme sets up youth for future A recent programme which aims to get Wainuiomata youth ready for employment or further study and training is up and running. The monthly peer support sessions are free to any youth signed up for the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, a programme which helps young people into meaningful jobs, training, or employment. Programme manager Marcia Skinnon says the programmes have been a great way for Wainuiomata’s young people to get to know and support one other. “As well as socialising we often have guest speakers from various industries to interact and talk on a range of topics related to community and career pathways.” She says more than 100 Wai-

nuiomata youth are registered with The Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, having self-nominated themselves for help with jobs, training or study. There have been 71 placements in total. Ten people have gone into further education, seven are now training or on work experience and 54 are in part-time and full-time employment across Lower Hutt. Other courses being run by The Taskforce include gaining a Learners Licence, Toastmaster’s courses helping young people learn about speaking styles and interpersonal communication, as well as personal grooming – a fun and interactive course getting people work-ready through appropriate dress and style lessons.

Bike the Trail draws crowd More than 400 people have signed up this year’s familyfriendly Bike the Trail event along the Hutt River Trail. Set for March 1, the entire course is flat and away from roads, making it an easy ride and a great way for families to bike together. Bike the Trail is not timed, and groups of 50 people set off at a time to make sure there is enough room for cyclists. There are two riding options, a full ride from Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt to Hikoikoi Reserve in Petone which is

25km, and a shorter 15km ride which starts at County Lane in Silverstream and ends in the same place. A gold coin donation barbeque will feed hungry riders afterwards and support local community groups. Bike and people transport is provided free back to the start line. Although it’s free to attend the event, people must register at to ensure medical information and contact details for family members are on file. You can also register on the day.

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NCEA evening at High School Wainuiomata High School is holding an NCEA information evening this Thursday. The evening is aimed to help students and parents get prepared for what is involved in passing NCEA, with advice given to both the student and parents. There will also be a speaker attending the nights explaining what NCEA is about, giving his expertise on the subject. For more information please contact Phil Kauika at phillipk@wainuiomatahigh. or Charmaine Russell at The night begins at 7pm and everyone with a student completing NCEA for the first time is encouraged to attend the information evening.

NCEA INFO: Charmaine Russell shows students Gaylene Rawiri-Petelo and Charis Nuku about Microscopes


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Students take to the field Local Basketball players attend Maori Basketball tournament

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John Milovale, Misiky Neru, and Manase Seia.

Locals attend Maori basketball tournament By Aaron Meredith

Becca Whittaker, Atarehia Beazley, Tynia Parslow and Zara Blake.

Kacie Jones, Preslee Hoare, Chevy Ngarotata, Grace Marsh and Ashleigh Rawiri.

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Wainuiomata High School senior students.

Wainuiomata High School students flocked to the field on Friday for its annual Athletics Day. Sporting their house colours, house points were awarded for participation, as well as the best dressed. Head of faculty for physical education and health, Kath McGuinness,

says the houses were revamped this year and given new names, and that each house has been named after a famous New Zealander. As well as events such as 1500m sprints, javelin, shot put, high jump, and long jump, the school also encouraged students to get involved with fun competitions such as the

bench press and volleyball. A waterslide provided a chance to cool off, as did a chess playing area in the shade for those who were feeling strategic. “We’re trying to make it fun, while still providing opportunity for athletes to compete for Hutt Valley athletics next month,” Kath says.

Sevens team on top By Aaron Meredith

Wainuiomata has another team of national champions with the local rugby club winning the Middlesex Sevens over the weekend. They defeated Hutt Old Boys Marist 24-7 in the final, reversing losses to their rivals in both the Wellington Sevens Championship and the Jubilee Cup finals. The win also means that next year the club will be hosting the tournament, which acts as the national club sevens championships. The tournament was played at the

Rangataua Sports and Cultural Club in Tauranga and involved teams from all around the North Island. The day started off for Wainuiomata by automatically gaining entry into the quarter finals after Kia Toa from Manawatu pulled out of the tournament. This meant that both Wainuiomata and Rangataua progressed from pool A, even though Wainuiomata lost to the tournament hosts in the first game. In the quarter finals, Wainuiomata defeated Waikato Champions Hamilton Marist 14-7.


The Hamilton club only scored after Wainuiomata let in a late try. In the semi finals Wainuiomata then destroyed the Auckland Champions Manukau Rovers 27-0 to book their place in the final. In the final Wainuiomata raced out to an early 19-0 lead, which they held to half time. Both teams ended up scoring one try each in the second half to send the trophy to Wainuiomata. The club is also only the second Wellington club to win the trophy after Petone had previously won the tournament back in 1973.


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SPORTS INBRIEF Ulalei looking for netball trialists

The Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club is holding trials next month at the Wainuiomata High School gym. These trials take place on Tuesday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 10, and all former, current and future players are invited. The team is also looking for a premier two coach for this year. For more information please contact Karen on 0277380742.

Rugby this Saturday

There is a mini rugby tournament being held down Mary Crowther Park this Saturday beginning at 1pm. Wainuiomata will play host to both Avalon and Old Boys University, in the first preseason game that will be vital in the buildup to the upcoming season. The Swindale Shield begins proper on March 21, so there is only a month to go before club rugby returns to Wellington. For more information please contact the rugby club.

Hitting a home run for victory

Wainuiomata’s two women softball teams continue their long season this week with a couple of tough games. The action begins at JMM 2 with Wainuiomata playing The Steelers, first pitch happens at 1.15pm. The Wainuiomata Rare Breeds are straight up after them on the same diamond. They are playing Naenae with the first pitch scheduled for 3.15pm


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