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This Saturday Wainuiomata Primary School is hosting a School Gala. The school is fundraising so that all the senior students get the opportunity to go the school camp this year. This will be taking place down the school between 2 and 6pm on Saturday.  For more information about this please contact the school.

Buses and Parking major problem Arakura says thanks for child care centres

Last week the Wainuiomata News reported that Lynette Stewart was in a phot with Bonnie MacBeth when it was Cherrie Tinetti. Cherie did a lot of hard work in the process of planning for the jubilee and the school would like to thank her for this.

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Mallard for help. It is only since he got involved By Aaron Meredith Speeding buses and a lack of the bus company has responded. parking are two of the problems The kindergarten has two signs Wainuiomata’s own Wellington Regional Karate Academy facing teachers, parents and warning drivers of the centre, (WRKA) has expanded, opening a new dojo in Lower Hutt. children in early childhood but these were only put up after The expansion came after an opportunity to lease a site on Pretoria centres in Wainuiomata. a child was hit by a car a few St, head instructor owner Scott Mackenzie says it will make the There is little to noand road signs club more versatile for members. years back. outside of many centres in the “It is only a matter of time Scott owns the gym with his wife Lynda. valley warning drivers to slow before hit again.” Currently the club runs classes five dayssomeone a week ingets Wainuiomata, down. says St. head teacher Chris Moses. above the Way of Life Gym on Queen Jack and Jill Kindergarten has on “I page understand the drivers are Continued 2 been fighting with New Zealand on a schedule, but they are going Sempai and Sensei Stewart Buses forJames manyHogan, years,Sensei finallyScottsoMacKenzie fast.” VartanHutt fromSouth Wellington Regional KarateContinued Academy at opening asking MP Trevor onthe page 2

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Karate club expands business over the hill Continued from page 1 “The place is pretty full, it is good to see,” says Scott. Currently the dojo runs classes five days a week in Wainuiomata, above the Way of Life Gym on Queen St. The plan is to have classes two nights a week in Lower Hutt, which is more accessible for members of the Dojo who travel over the hill to Wainuiomata for classes. “We have plenty of members and instructors who come to live in Lower Hutt, this makes it easier for them. “Our Hutt based instructors will run this gym, our members will be able to attend

classes at both dojo.” In an attempt to attract more members, W RK A waived the joining fee and also gave away free uniforms and badges. The club will be hosting an open day at the Wainuiomata dojo on January 30 and are welcoming as many people as possible to come and have a look. Councillor Margaret Willard attended the open day and says it is great to see a Wainuiomata business growing over the hill. “Scott and Lynda do some great work, it is great to see them expanding.”

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Fire investigators are still unsure what caused a fire which destroyed a Hair Street flat last week. Last Wednesday night, neighbours reported flames leaping from the back

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The number of call-outs for the Wainuiomata Fire Brigade were nearly the exact same as they were the year before. The 294 call-outs in 2015 were one down on 2014 (295), this followed a massive drop after 2013 when the brigade was called 367 times. Included in the 294 call-outs for the year were 35 residential fires, 18 motor vehicle crashes, 10 vegetation fires and 9 car fires among other causes. Some of the major incidents the brigade

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Coast Road Church turns 150 The Pioneer Church on Coast Road is celebrating its 150th Jubilee over Waitangi Weekend. The main celebration will take place on Waitangi Day, members of Parliament and Mayor Ray Wallace will be speaking during the day.

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The hot summer weather has had everyone heading to the Wainuiomata Pools, not just locals. The pool has been hosting many holiday programmes, some coming from as far away as Tawa. It is also attracting many Lower Hutt Residents, with most heading over to experience the hydro slide. “It is the only Olympic size outdoor pool in the Wellington region, and the hydro slide is amazing through the bush,” says visitor Grant Freidman, who came from Maungaraki with his family. “The children always enjoy coming over here, they are safe, and me and my wife can relax, we have been coming here for many years.”

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The pool has been extremely popular ever since it opened early November. Close to 800 people attended the pools on Open Day and the number has been reached on many occasions since then. “I think the heat has been a major factor in so many people heading to pools and beaches for that matter, it has been one of the hottest summers I can remember, even when it is not sunny, it still seems hot. Millie White came all the way from Porirua with her family, saying they had heard about the pools from friends. “My friends son came out here last year, and he has convinced my children to come out and give it a try. “I never knew this place existed, it is definitely worth the trip, Wainuiomata kept this as a well-kept secret for many years, I can see why.”

Wednesday January 20, 2016

Holiday Pop Ups By Aaron Meredith

Children who are not attending a holiday programme are still getting to have some fun in the holidays. The team from Tihei Rangitahi are holding pop up days around the valley, inviting children to come and have some fun. Renee Davies is running this programme and says she thought it would be a chance to keep some of the children busy over the break. “It is for anyone over 12 years

who is a bit bored over the holidays and needs something to do. “We meet up two times a week and do different activities.” So far the children have spent a day at the basketball courts and were planning a day trip over to Days Bay, and a day swimming in the local swimming holes. “It’s all free, we just wanted to provide the children with something to do, some of them have been getting bored,” says Renee. Tihei Rangitahi is based at the Wainuiomata Community Centre,

and most of the activities involve meeting there before moving on to whatever they are doing for the day. Children who regularly attend Tihei Rangitahi programmes are performing at Te Ra o te Raukura in Waiwhetu at the end of the month. The group has been practicing their music when not taking part in the pop up days.  For more information contact Renee at the community Centre.

Holiday Fun: Children have been having fun at the Wainuiomata Library all school holidays.

Holiday fun at Library By Aaron Meredith

Holiday boredom was cured thanks to the Wainuiomata Library last Wednesday.

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Q: Do we need more services for people in Wainuiomata? Why?

Julie Paterson, Wainuiomata

Colleen Fowler, Wainuiomata

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Kaushalya Ratnayake, Tawa

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LETTERS to the editor Remove the garden Dear Ed, I agree 100 percent with Lance Stewart's recent letter to the Editor regarding the pointless garden at the top of the Wainuiomata Hill. I have lived in Wainuiomata my entire life and like many Wainuiomata residents, was absolutely delighted when I heard that there was going to be a bridge built at the top of the Wainuiomata Hill, at last the majestic views from the top of the Wainuiomata Hill could be enjoyed safely by residents and visitors to the valley.

However, how very disappointing to see the entirely pointless landscaping which has eliminated any chance of parking at the top of the Hill when driving into the valley. For me, one of the advantages of living in Wainuiomata has always been the majestic view of the ocean at the top of the hill when driving over and I often stop at the top of the Wainuiomata Hill on my way home from work to admire the vista and the beauty of the changing seasons reflecting on

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the landscape, I often take photos of this magnificent view, which is always beautiful regardless of which time of year. So part of my delight with the construction of the bridge was that I would now be able to stop at the top of the hill and walk over the bridge to the other side and enjoy the vista which was much safer than dodging traffic to get to the other side. And then I saw that there was to be no parking there anymore. Apart from not being able to stop and enjoy the view anymore, de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or with-

cars that are experiencing engine problems always had the option of stopping at the top to make a call for help. I am very convinced that most Wainuiomata residents would choose the parking option over the garden option at the top of the hill and I agreed with Lance Stewart's opinion that Council should rethink this decision and remove the garden and give us back our parking spaces. Thank you Irene Galuszka hold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email

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and Mr Bishop says there are many opportunities for this funding in the Hutt Valley. “Successful applications will help to achieve the vision of transforming the Hutt into “Technology Valley”. There is a real opportunity for the Hutt Valley to be a leader in the science and high-tech industries, so I am encouraging applications to the second round of funding announced today,” says Mr Bishop, the National list MP based in Hutt South. “At Koraunui Primary students made their own fossils and learnt about dinosaurs,

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Celebrating Hutt’s Heritage

Highlights for 2015 - Councillor Campbell Barry

On Wellington Anniversary Petone Foreshore will be jam packed with all sorts of activities. Between 11am and 4pm, there will be a chance to find out about the history of the Hutt Valley and how the people who first settled in the area arrived. There will be plenty of activities throughout the day including live bands, beach cricket and weaving demonstrations. The Petone Settlers museum will also be open.

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Chef dobs in Café Tiki Lounge in Lower Hutt has closed down after its Head Chef became so concerned about the state of his kitchen he called in the health inspectors. The call was made on December 30 after the chef became frustrated at what he called a reluctant attitude from management when it comes to cleaning. He started bringing his own chopping board to work after he saw other staff using chopping boards to chop both cooked and raw meat, he also claims the dishes were rinsed instead of washed as the dishwasher used too much power.

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The sea fog which was causing chaos at Wellington Airport was even seen in Wainuiomata. Late on Sunday afternoon, the Wainuiomata Hill was engulfed with sea fog, which slowly moved its way up Wellington harbour to the Hutt Valley. By 5pm Pukeatua Bridge was nearly invisible from the look


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Real progress was made during 2015 on important plans and projects. The completion of Pukeatua Bridge has become a reality and is just the start of more big improvements on the hill road. It was good to see so many inspired residents feeding into Wainuiomata’s own rejuvenation plan. We now have a community arts network, more happening for our young people, and ideas for improving the town centre.

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a retirement village at Hugh Sinclair Park. I will also be working with our Council engineers and Community Board to get the Wainuiomata Hill shared path underway and viewing platform completed. Ensuring progress with Sportsville, promoting Wainuiomata as the gateway to the outdoors, and securing Council and private investment in our town centre are also at the top of my list. Campbell Barry City Councillor Wainuiomata

Wainuiomata Marae has begun plans for sustainable housing, backed by a European professional group and NZ universities, and schoolchildren are learning to better care for our waterways. Kaumatua have gifted their stories, and this year there will be further opportunities to share stories of Wainuiomata. I’ve been impressed seeing students at Rangitahi Learning Centre completing a beautiful mural and setting up Elbe’s

milkbar in Lower Hutt, serving alongside Elbe’s original workers. It was rewarding to work with residents on the Anzac wall hanging now on display in our Memorial Hall. Our first water festival was a huge success. Hutt City Council has successfully completed the process to enable a retirement village to be built behind the health centre, and I am hopeful prospective operators will make a favourable decision for our community.

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the Wainuiomata Lions who put together a great season, Luke Tahurangi who won NZ’s top apprentice in vehicle refinishing, seeing our community rally together in times of distress like when jogger Susan O’Brien went missing in Rimutaka Forest Park are just a few examples which reminded me of how good it feels to be from Wainuiomata. I have no doubt that this will continue in 2016. From a Council perspective, this year I will be focusing on working alongside Mayor Ray Wallace to secure a build date for

Highlights for 2015 - Councillor Margaret Willard

Monday night was a stormy night all around the Wellington Region, and Wainuiomata bore the brunt of the storm which lasted throughout the night. Wainuiomata was the wettest in the region, recording 48mm when most other areas recorded between 20 and 30mm. There were 28 lightning strikes throughout the region, although the storm did help move the fog which was surrounding the harbour.


2015 was an exciting year with many projects and initiatives getting underway. The completion of Pukeatua Bridge at the Hill summit was a highlight, along with seeing initiatives like Youth Inspire take off and make a real difference for young people in our community. It’s been great to work along the community in creating a development plan for Wainuiomata, and I really look forward to helping make sure this is implemented with a bang in 2016. It was also fantastic to see so many of our locals do good things in 2015;

out at the top of the hill, the Hutt Valley couldn’t even be seen. The fog caused chaos at Wellington airport, delaying and then cancelling flights in and out of the capital. One local said it looked like a scene from a horror movie as the fog slowly crept over the hill. The fog was caused when warm humid air crossed over the cold Cook Strait.

Summer safety barbecue to be hosted in Wainuiomata By Aaron Meredith

The fire service, police, Hutt City Council and Housing New Zealand have come together to host a series of barbeques across the Hutt Valley including Wainuiomata. The barbeques, also held in Trentham, Epuni and Petone, are taking place throughout January and February with the aim of providing tips about keeping safe over summer. These barbeques follow on from the success Housing New Zealand had when hosting the summer safe house late last year in Naenae where HNZ 550 tenants visited the house. Housing New Zealand Area Manager Naomi Davies says it is

all about bringing the community together in a fun way to help educate people about how they can stay safe in summer. “We want our tenants and the wider community to keep safe over summer so as well as enjoying a barbeque, we will be highlighting some key areas which can be a cause of injury at this time of year. “Some of the summer safety tips and information on the day will include keeping fire safe, paddling pool safety, driveway safety, being sun smart and home security tips by New Zealand Police.” There will also be other activities including sports and colouring competition for children. The fire service will also be holding a kitchen fire display.

The latest Housing New Zealand newsletter was also themed summer safety. “We want to continue the momentum with the BBQ events. It’s going to be a fun afternoon for the whole family and we look forward to seeing people there,” says Naomi.  Wainuiomata’s barbeque will be held on Thursday January 28, between 3pm and 6pm at the fire station.

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Local rider Shane Richardson is disappointed with how the Suzuki Series ended, although he did still finish in third place overall. PHOTO CREDIT: Dallas Alexander FotoCD

Disappointing end to Suzuki Series for local rider By Aaron Meredith

Local motorbike rider Shane Richardson is ruing a terrible final round which cost him the Suzuki Series title. Over December Shane competed in the Suzuki Series, which takes place over three rounds throughout the month. Round One was at Hampton Downs in the northern Waikato, and Shane hit the series well, finishing third in both races of the round. “Being the first real race of the season I had to dust off the cob-webs and get back into the swing of it all. “I was happy with two 3rds for the first round as it put some good points on the board and the whole meeting went with no issues,” says Shane. Round two was at Manfield in Fielding, and Shane dominated this round of racing, winning both races, leaving him with a nine points clear on top of the series table.

When the series hit Whanganui for the final round of the series on the famous Cemetery Circuit, things turned sour for Shane, who came into the round believing he could wrap up the championship. “It shouldn’t have been hard to wrap up given how I normally go at Cemetery Circuit. “The day started out good, I was fastest in practice and fastest in qualifying which had me starting off pole.” Pole position is on the right hand side of the track, leading into a sharp right turn, a turn which ended up costing Shane the Suzuki series. “I got a good launch and lead into turn one, but was caught out not realising how tight the turn was from the inside and how much I had to slow down. Once I had hit what is usually the apex I knew I was screwed. “I was still going straight and hadn’t scrubbed off the speed. There was only two options, ride straight into

the fence and crash, or tuck the front trying to make it round while still braking, there was no getting out of it. I tried my luck at making the turn but I ended up washing out the front end and throwing away the Suzuki Series Championship right there and then.” Luckily the bike was not too badly damaged, and Shane was ready for the second race, in which he finished second. This meant Shane finished third in the standings, a result he was not too unhappy about after a ‘did not finish’ result. “I was only half a point off finishing second overall which really gutted me, but in my eyes I was more than capable of winning the series so second wouldn’t have been much better than third.” Shane is now competing in the New Zealand superbike series, which started in Christchurch this past weekend.

With the Australian cricket tour to New Zealand just around the corner, a lot of air time on the likes of Radio Sport is being devoted towards this tour. Yesterday I heard some interesting points made by, I think it was, Mark Watson. Mark said Australians were hypocritical and arrogant, he then made various points to back this up, I tended to agree with these as well. He talked about how the Australian cricket team demanded English cricketer Stuart Broad should have walked during the Ashes series of 2013, when the Australians felt he was clearly out then he compared it with the fact that just last week George Bailey was in a similar position and refused to walk against India. The Australian fans and players were very quick to complain and say Broad was not complying with the ethics of cricket, but they are rather silent when it is on the other foot. Another rather interesting point is when West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle flirted on air with a female journalist, the Australian media and public were very quick to call Gayle a bad guy, I do not agree with what he did, but Australians need to look at their own kind first, Shane Warne for example, his reputation is well known, but he gets away with it in Australia. The Australian cricket team seems to believe they are above everyone else, which of course is not true. In my eyes the Australian cricket team is like the All Blacks in terms of scale when it comes to their sport, they have a long history of being the best and generally are always at the top of cricket rankings. The big difference I see, other than the actual sport of course, is the attitude of the team. The All Blacks are genuinely a friendly team, on and off the field, they are loved around the world and know they must keep to a high standard when they are in public, they treat all their opposition with respect and these days would never resort to dirty tactics to win a game. When is the last time you heard of an All Black bullying the opposition or physically harming a player, I cannot think of one in recent years. The Australian cricket team is nearly the complete opposite, they will do anything to win, they have a history of doing anything to win, they will say anything to anyone, and every so often even resort to physical bullying, remember Mitchell Starc throwing a ball at one of our players last November?  What is your opinion on the Australian cricket team? Are they as bad as the media says they are or do they get a bad wrap? Send your opinions to

Colts season in review By Sven Johnson, Wainuiomata Rugby Colts Coach

Bowling side fights for promotion By Aaron Meredith

Bowlers from the Wainuiomata Bowling Club will be playing off for promotion to the Premier Division on January 30. The team will play at Naenae Bowling

Club, a win will secure their position in the top division along with the chance to play in this year’s National tournament. Wainuiomata has been playing in Premier Reserve for many years so the team is looking forward to the challenge this upcoming match will provide.

The Wainuiomata Under 21 Colts side had a mixed season in 2015. The year started well going through all their preseason games unbeaten. This included defeating Poneke in a grading game, handing the side promotion to Division One. Following that we knew first division would be a hard task, this was not helped as we got struck hard by injuries and we lost a few games. At one stage we played Wellington with only 16 players and lost by 3 points after leading

most of the game. It was announced the rugby union restructured the divisions making one big division playing for four Cups. Wainuiomata won enough games to make a semi-final for one of these cups unfortunately we lost this to Ories at home. Our players had a huge task for the season and responded well barring injury. As coaches we couldn’t be happier with the way the team managed throughout the season. With preseason training started at William Jones we are expecting a few new faces for the season, hopefully we can continue to win throughout the 2016 season.


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