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Local smokers now have to reconsider where they light up. Hutt City Council unanimously voted to make certain areas of the HuttMallard Valley, including By Aaron Meredith for help. Wainuiomata, smokefree at publichecouncil meetIt is onlyasince got involved Tuesday. Speeding buses and a lack ofing last the bus company has responded. meeting council parking are two of the problems At last TheTuesday’s kindergarten has two signs agreed to extend their Smokefree facing teachers, parents and warning drivers of the centre, Policy include children in early childhoodOutdoors but these were to only put upmore after areas such as parks and sports centres in Wainuiomata. a child was hit by a car a few train stations, bus shelters, There is little to no road signsgrounds, years outdoor back. dining on pavebeaches, outside of many centres in the “It is only a matter time ments, outdoor areas in townofcentres valley warning drivers to slowand before someone gets hit again.” outdoor public areas around down. saysbuildings head teacher Chris Moses. council and facilities. Jack and Jill Kindergarten has This“Ifollows understand the drivers are a council policy which been fighting with New Zealandwasonpassed a schedule, but they are going in 2009, preventing Buses for many years, finallysmokers so fast.” from lighting up at local asking Hutt South MP Trevorplaygrounds Continued on pagepools. 2 and swimming Continued on page 2
Smokers stubbed out PLAYING SAFELY: Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace and Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward Margaret Willard at a smokefree playground in Wainuiomata.
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cost can be tens of thousands of dollars to decontaminate,” Wayne said. He suggested having policies in place around drug testing in every work place and to be open with workers about what this means. He said this was especially important due to the new laws around health and safety in work environments. “It’s up to the employers to provide a safe environment for the employees,” he said. Development Wainuiomata’s next breakfast will take place on Friday, June 24. The guest speaker will be Camilla Welch of Label and Litho. The group’s AGM will follow the meeting.
Development Wainuiomata had a guest of the four-legged variety last week at their monthly breakfast meeting. Just over twenty people braved the cold to listen to Wayne Severn give a talk on drug testing in the work place. Wayne brought along Nyx, a drug testing dog, trained to smell for marijuana and methamphetamine on people and property. Wayne said dogs were the “most efficient” way to find drugs. As well as drug testing in the work place, Wayne’s business ScentTECH Ltd also tests for methamphetamine in the home. He said it was important to get properties checked out for methamphetamine. “Meth can destroy a property. The
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Smokers stubbed out Continued from page 1 Following last week’s announcement, smokers have taken to Facebook to voice their disappointment. One called the move a “form of dictatorship”, while another said they were “having their rights diminished”. Others applauded the decision, calling it a “step in the right direction”. Despite the ban, the policy does not give council the ability to fine or penalise smokers who choose to smoke in these smokefree areas. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said instead it was about encouraging smokers to be courteous of others and he hoped smokers would abide to the new rules. Mr Wallace said he believed the move was about leadership - not about persecution of smokers. “Council is taking a leadership role in the community’s health and wellbeing. This policy is not
about persecuting people who smoke. This is a positive approach to continue to influence the culture towards smoking in public places,” he said. Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward Campbell Barry said while he supported the new policies put in place he believed “something so important should have gone out for public consultation”. “My view is public consultation is a good way to strengthen a policy. We could have been proactive rather than reactive,” he said. Mr Barry had previously moved for public consultation, however, his motion was outvoted 5-3. As part of the Policy council has agreed to spend $14,000 per year for the next three years on bilingual signage promoting the Smokefree initiative. According to the 2013 census 21.8 per cent of those aged over 15-yearsold in Wainuiomata smoke daily.
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Sunshine power for school By Emma McAuliffe
Mr Wallace, Mrs Willard and the sponsors- WelTec, Parley Media, Ostro Energy and PAK’nSave Petone and Lower Hutt were welcomed with a special ceremony before presenting the students with a plaque to recognise their solar school status. Mr Wallace said the initiative had “so many positive outcomes.” “It’s supporting environmental and economic sustainability and giving young people a greater awareness of how energy is generated and used. “It’s also great to provide the school with long-term monetary savings to invest into students’ wellbeing,” Mr Wallace said. Project coordinator Martin Barry, Council’s eco design advisor said he hoped the model of support is replicated throughout the country. “Schools are an ideal candidate for solar PV, as they consume most of their electricity during the day, as it is generated. Any unused energy is sold back to the grid.” “Solar PV has an expected life span of 25 years, so it is intended this project will provide these enduring benefits into the longer term,” he said.
A local school has become one of the first public schools in the Wellington region to become solar powered. Pukeatua Primary School had a visit from the Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace, Hutt City Councillor Margaret Willard and the four sponsors of the project last Thursday morning to officially acknowledge the donation. The Hutt City Council and the four private sponsors provided the school with a 10kW solar PV poser system after the school won a tender sent out to the six decile one and two schools in the Hutt region without solar. As part of the tender the school must put at least 80 per cent of the money saved on power back in to the school and the wellbeing of the students. Pukeatua Primary School Principal Jenni Adam said the school planned to use the money to purchase ICT equipment. It would also contribute to the school’s Garden to Table project with a potting shed, glasshouse and fruit trees, she said.
inbrief news New funding for water quality Last week’s Budget announced a new $100 million contestable fund to help clean up water ways. Chris Laidlaw, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council, said this fund would help to work with communities to improve water quality. “The fund is a useful recognition of the vital work of regional and local councils working alongside their communities in innovative and new ways to protect fresh water resources which is fundamental to our future,” said Mr Laidlaw.
Samoan Language week Samoan Language Week runs from Sunday, May 29 until Saturday, June 4. The week is used as an opportunity to celebrate Samoan culture, Samoan Language and Gagana Samoa. As part of Samoan Language Week the Wainuiomata Library will be having a special Baby, Bounce and Rhyme and Preschool Storytime. Baby, Bounce and Rhyme will take place Thursday, June 2 at 10.30am. Storytime will take place at 10.30am, Friday, June 3.
SUNNY SKIES: Students at Pukeatua school pose with the plaque and Mayor Ray Wallace, Martin Barry and Margaret Willard
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Local Alcohol Policy finalised Lower Hutt’s Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) was finalised at last week’s Hutt City Council meeting. The LAP will set opening hours for on and off license premises across Lower Hutt. After concerns from people from Taita and Eastbourne were raised during public comment Council proposed an amendment to the LAP which would consider the tools available under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 to restrict licenses across the city. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace
said since the Local Alcohol Policy was drafted in 2013, attitudes in the community may have changed. “We are taking on board concerns voiced by the community and setting out an amendment for review - this is the swiftest way to consider these aspects of the policy. Rejecting the Local Alcohol Policy would have meant going right back to the beginning of the process. This amendment approach gets the surety of hours across Lower Hutt and provides
for a much more focussed review. “We need to ensure that this Local Alcohol Policy is the best tool for achieving the outcomes we want for our communities. We also need to be sure we are acting within the law, particularly with regards to restrictions on certain types of licenses and options such as a restriction on the number of licenses in an area.” Council officers have been directed to consult the community and report back those findings and other evidence with appropriate
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Doctor pays a visit By Emma McAuliffe
TAKING A BOW: The cast of ‘Annie’ finish the show. PHOTO: Nigel McAuliffe
Theatre show opens to applause By Emma McAuliffe
Wainuiomata Little Theatre’s production of ‘Annie’ opened last week to thunderous applause. ‘Annie’ tells the story of an orphan by the same name, who escapes an orphanage and gets a chance to live the high life on ‘Easy Street’. Wednesday’s opening night performance was sold out as has the rest of the season. The audience responded well to the show and many actors, including the young Brooke Raitt who played the title role, received a standing ovation for their efforts. Audience favourites included “Hard Knock Life” and the well-known, “Tomorrow”. Wainuiomata Little Theatre had been in rehearsals for the production since February.
The cast was nearly 50 strong including 19 children and two dogs. Thirteen-year-old Brooke stole the show as Annie and Warrick Allan played the role Oliver Warbucks. Other notable cast members included long-time members of the theatre, Mikayla Paterson and Emma Burns, who played the roles of Grace Farrell and Miss Hannigan, respectively. Emma also took on the role of voice coaching this season, the first time she had done it alone. The production was directed by Barry Paterson and Barbara Wray, who told the Wainuiomata News earlier in the year they looked forward to delivering a fun family show which gave the younger members of their company the chance to shine. The Wainuiomata Little Theatre will return to the stage in November with a performance of “Little Shop of Horrors”.
The community had a visit from a celebrity doctor last week. Dr Tom Mulholland has been travelling the country for the past two years as part of the Healthy Families Initiative to provide free health checks to low socio-economic communities. He said his aim was to be the “ambulance at the top of the cliff” and to reach people who would otherwise not get their health checks done. As part of his tour he visited multiple places in Lower Hutt to give random health checks to members of the community and free community talks. He was in Wainuiomata last Thursday for some surprise health checks and a free community talk on keeping healthy and preventing preventable
diseases. He said around 25 people dropped in to the community centre for a health check and almost all of them had something they could improve on with their health. Dr Tom, who grew up in Stokes Valley, said his favourite thing about travelling the country had been “meeting some really cool people”. “You pick up warning signs. Some people have real high blood pressure,” he said. Dr Tom said it was important to choose to live a healthy lifestyle in order to live a longer life. “You can either change your parents or change your lifestyle. And you can’t change one of them,” he said. For more information on Dr Tom head to www.drtomonamission.com
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Five YOUth Inspire clients flew to Christchurch this week for the chance to grow their opportunities. John Tehana Wharepapa Rawiri, Coby Rawiri Apanui, Dakota Quinton Apanui, Anthony Meihana, and Ashlea- Jason Kohi went to Christchurch last Monday to take part in the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) Programme. Braden Kirk has been given a scholarship to attend Westport Fishing School. The LSV programme is a six week training course run through Work and Income at the Military Camp in Burnham.
It aims to give new skills, increase confidence and improve chances of getting a job. YOUth Inspire helped the six prepare for their time away. Youth pathways coordinator Awhina Vailima said she had helped them get ready by taking the group shopping and organising legal documents. “We’ve had an amazing volunteer from the community do a shaving lesson with the boys,” she said. She said the people at the Wainuiomata Work and Income Office had been “amazing”. “They are so excited for this to be happening,” she said. She said the youth had inspired
YOUth Inspire, their families, their community and their librarians in their dedication in preparing for the programme. As part of their training they each earned their learner's licence last week after a three day intensive course run at the Wainuiomata Library. The programme will end on Friday, July 8 with a special graduation ceremony. Awhina said YOUth Inspire’s task would not finish with the course as each of the six had set out their own “individual pathway”. “We’ve got to ensure they come back to something,” Awhina said.
Lights out 6,700 houses in Wainuiomata lost power last Wednesday, May 25 following a storm the previous evening. A spokesman for Wellington Electricity said most homes in Wainuiomata lost power between 7.40 am and power was on again at around 8am. The cause for the outage was most probably related to the lightning storm the previous night.
Last week the Wainuiomata News published an article on Wainuiomata High School students fundraising for their 2017 trip to Japan. The group has since started a ‘Givealittle’ page to fundraise for their trip. Residents wishing to donate can head to www. givealittle.co.nz/cause/japan-trip-wainuiomatastudents. The group will be holding other fundraisers throughout June and July.
Youth lead the way to a smokefree Hutt Valley World Smokefree day took place on Tuesday as an opportunity to raise awareness of the harm smoking has on people. World Smokefree Day is celebrated every year on May 31 as a chance to celebrate and work towards a smoke free New Zealand. This year’s theme was “It’s about whanau” and keeping children, whanau and future generations free of second-hand smoke. The Goverment has committed to ‘Avah, Kore Aotearoa New Zealand 2025’ goal for fewer than five percent of all New Zealanders to be smokers by 2025. Young people in the Hutt Valley have been leading the way in this initiative.
An ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) Snapshot Survey showed only 2.3 per cent of Hutt Valley students in year 10 were daily smokers. This is compared with 2.8 per cent nationwide. Around 80 per cent of year 10s in the Hutt Valley had never smoked. Wainuiomata intermediate School took part in a smokefree week as part of their wider Hauora week in April. This was done in association with Regional Public Health and Health Promotion Agency. The school’s commitment to being smoke free was rewarded by Regional Public Health with a koha which went to providing
each student with a healthy lunch. A report done by Regional Public Health in response to the Wainuiomata Intermediate Smokefree Car and Home Project found the school was “interested to continue the smokefree car and home project for coming years”. “Survey findings show students exposure to second-hand smoke in car and home has been apparently reduced among the student participants,” the report said. The school expressed interest in doing the project again in future years. For more information on smoking, World Smokefree Day and quitting head to www.smokefree.org.nz
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Exercise is awesome – even in winter! The annual ‘King of the Hill’ event is coming up on July 3rd. This is a chance to complete the challenge of walking or running from Queen St to the top of the hill and back. The Happy Chemist will definitely be putting a team in. If nothing else this is an opportunity to make exercise part of our daily lives. Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? In his book ‘A Short Guide to a Long Life’ David Agus outlines 10 reasons to take a walk. • You’ll prevent weight gain and perhaps walk off weight. • You’ll reduce your risk of cancer. • You’ll reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. • You’ll reduce your risk of diabetes. • You’ll boost brain power and inspire creativity. • You’ll improve your mood. • You’ll relieve stress. • You’ll stimulate a connection with nature and encourage selfreflection. • You’ll gain an alertness on par with that you’d get from a cup of coffee. • You’ll live longer. All of those reasons sound like a good motivation to exercise even in winter, and to sign up for King of the Hill!
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Q: Do you think it is important to continue to celebrate Youth Week?
Rina Williams, Wainuiomata
Margaret Willard, Wainuiomata
Alexia Herrera, Wainuiomata
Reriti Moreahu, Wainuiomata
Karoha Pomana, Wainuiomata
Te Awanui MacGregor, Wainuiomata
“Yes it is really important.”
“Yes, it’s really important for young people to feel a part of the community.”
“Yes, youth are our future.”
“Yes, supporting youth week makes them feel comfortable.”
“Yeah it’s very important to celebrate.”
“Yes it’s important for youth to come together .”
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 emma@wsn. co.nz.
Mayor’s response Dear Ed, I am pleased to advise Rosalie Bennett, Council is focusing on a positive future for Wainuiomata. Last year we fully revamped the War Memorial Community Hall. The Civic Chambers/ Library recently saw an upgrade… Council is funding the Wainuiomata Development plan. The plans came from a number of well attended community forums where as a community we decided on what improvements we wanted. A large
A word from
Mayor Ray Wallace Our Council recently finalised the Local Alcohol Policy for Lower Hutt. This generated a great deal of interest, and Wainuiomata residents were outstanding in speaking up for their community. Thank you to all who took the time to share their views. I am satisfied that we have a sound policy in place, and that we will also address communities concerns.
last year, with 1200 people letting us know their views.
This policy was first drafted in 2013. It sets the opening hours of on and off licenses in the community. The consensus at the time was to not restrict the number of licenses. This was mainly due to concerns that this would restrict trade, such as new supermarkets or growing entertainment areas.
This is fantastic response and I am thrilled to see this level of support in investment in our community- that will benefit us now, and into the future. This is a vision I am very committed to delivering for Lower Hutt. We are already seeing some great results, and I am confident of many more benefits to all of our communities.
When this Policy had come through the appeal process for Council to decide whether to finalise we heard a number of concerns from the community that caused us to revisit this question of restrictions on licenses.
Finally congratulations to the Wainuiomata Little Theatre for a terrific production of Annie. Well done to all involved.
The Local Alcohol Policy is finalised, and we have agreed to an amendment to look at restrictions on numbers across Lower Hutt. We need to realise that there are legal requirements for a policy like this, and it is important we have a sound policy that cannot be challenged through the courts. We also need to ensure we look at the evidence, and listen to everyone’s interests and concerns. In other news, we received almost double the submissions on our proposed annual plan from
One of the first questions we asked in the consultation document is whether residents agree with Council continuing to invest in rejuvenation and infrastructure projects, as outlined in the Long Term Plan. Over 84 per cent of our community do support this.
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number of passionate locals including myself attended. I was excited and proud of the input from residents young and old. I agree our Mall needs upgrading. Council is working with the private owners to help that. However, let's be clear it is the owners that determine that, not Council. We have committed to upgrading Queen Street and surrounding roading networks… Council has recently gone through the Plan Change process to allow
for a much needed retirement village development which again we are working with private operators to encourage them to develop such a facility. Wainuiomata is on a roll, sure we have our challenges, but I am confident Council alongside "Wainuiomata Community Spirit" we will see these positive plans for our community come to fruition. Mayor Ray Wallace (abridged)
Funds raised for cancer patients Nearly $20,000 was raised last week by Professionals, Redcoats Limited for the Child Cancer Foundation. The company held a Breakfast Auction on Wednesday, May 25 at Silverstream Retreat and raised over $18,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation ‘Specially Important Brothers and Sisters’ (SIBS) camps. The Wellington SIBS camps enable families and siblings of children with cancer to connect with others going through a similar journey, share stories and gain strength through unity. Over 200 guests attended the breakfast auction and 30 local businesses generously donated items to the auction line-up. Pieces of art work by Emily and Zariah, two talented children from the Child Cancer Foundation, raised $1000 each. Emily and Zariah both attended the event with their families by their sides. Emily’s father Craig spoke to the audience about their journey through the cancer. Child Cancer Foundation business development manager, Central Region,
Michelle Berriman, said both children and their families were excited to be part of the auction and how grateful the Foundation is for the support provided by Professionals. “As a stand-alone charity, Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from government and is reliant on the generosity of big-hearted New Zealanders,” said Michelle. “Thank you to everyone who gave so generously through the auction.” Nationwide, the Professionals group have raised over $4 million dollars towards Child Cancer Foundation in their 20 year sponsorship. The money raised from this breakfast auction will continue to help this amount grow. “To be associated with Child Cancer Foundation’s camps is a privilege,” said John Ross, managing director at Professionals. More than three children are diagnosed with cancer in New Zealand each week. Child Cancer Foundation offers their support services 365 days of the year, ensuring children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for at every stage of their journey, and beyond.
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Nomination from Ann Watkins Coral & Norman have fostered scores of babies over the last 30+ years. They are devoted foster parents, often up for several hours a night, comforting a drug or alcohol affected baby, trying to feed a baby with feeding difficulties, running to appointments for these children, clothing them and providing a safe & caring home I would like to nominate Elizabeth Zwart. My good friend & neighbour is very worthy of a nomination for Wainuiomata’s “Unsung Hero!” Elizabeth would help anyone with anything, she is totally selfless. She works full-time as a teacher and is involved with evening and weekend commitments but she still manages to find time to lead the music group at our local church (Parish of the Holy Spirit) & be on the Liturgy committee. She has amazing craft talents and has designed & made beautiful backdrops for the church for different occasions. Elizabeth knits &
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I would like to nominate Lorraine Awatere for the Harcourt’s Wainuiomata “Unsung Hereos” Award. Miss Awatere, also known as “Missy” volunteers most of her time as a Wainuiomata Maori Warden. I serve as an Executive Member on the Wainuiomata Maori Committee. I am also the Coordinator of the Wainuiomata Civil Defence Volunteers and I am a member of the Arts and cultural Advisory group to the Hutt City Council. Missy has served the community of Wainuiomata as a Marori Warden for more than twenty years and I believe that this award would be a great opportunity for her to be publicly acknowledge for her service. Maori Wardens volunteer their time every week to keeping our community a
sews for her grandchildren & friends all for love. She mends clothing for anyone who needs help. She sews curtains & nets for others. She always offers to transport people when they need transporting. She feeds neighbours cats when they are on a holiday. She listens without judgement and offers support. She also looks after her grandchildren & other children during the school holidays purely for love. She is the best. She is the nicest person I have ever had pleasure of knowing. I do hope Elizabeth is considered for the “Unsung Hero” Award. Nomination from Riini Sabrina - I would like to nominate Hayden and Ruth Wilby for their ever continued support they give to the Wainuiomata Community whether it be supporting the Wainuomata Rugby League. Supporting the Community Patrol or Supporting a Local Fundraiser and lil things like wanting to borrow a table or 2 or 3 from the pub. And many other events. Setting up and going beyond to cater for a function... styles they set up for are always different, the time they out into it is very rewarding. They support a lot and get involved with a lot. I say Hayden and Ruth are Wainuiomata Unsung Heroes... They are the most generous, loving, wonderful people I know of. They run family friendly Restaurant Thursday and Friday nights at the Local Point in the
PLUGGED IN: Council staff with the new charging station. until they can be placed with family or permanent caregivers. Well into retirement age, this couple battle on for these babies, giving them the best possible start to life. They are truly committed, dedicated and selfless. The work they do goes largely unrecognised so this is a way of saying “Thankyou Coral & Norman.”
Nomination from Irene Galuszka lounge bar of “The Fitzroy Tavern”... with the help of friendly wonderful staff that help run the pub. And also Bottle O store where your always get a friendly smile. Please choose this wonderful Wainuimata couple as they deserve the very best for all that they do in our little Community of Wainuiomata. Nomination from Skye Fazakerley - I would like to nominate Hayden Wilby because Hayden & his wife Ruth have turned the Publican Community around in Wainui. They work tirelessly for the Rugby Clubs and make such an effort to keep their customers safe. Always warm and deliver the heavy drinkers home. Opened their arms wide to welcome RSA members. Please consider Hayden & Ruth Wilby. Owners of the Fitzroy Tavern & BottleO.
New electric car charging station for Hutt Valley The Hutt Valley now has a public electric car charging station located in Stevens Grove. The region’s first electric vehicle charging station on public land has been set up by Hutt City Council. The free three hour car park is for vehicles plugged in to the electric vehicle charging station installed on the kerb, next to The Dowse Art Museum. An electric or plugin hybrid vehicle can park at no cost for up to three hours in the designated car park, while they are connected to the charger. Users are asked to move to another car park once their vehicle is fully charged. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said Council was committed to environmental sustainability. “Lower Hutt is a leader in technology and innovation so it makes sense to have this charging infrastructure in place. I
would like to see these stations widely available throughout the country,” he said. Hutt City Council’s Eco Design Advisor, Martin Barry welcomed Council’s investment in this charging station. “We are responding to an existing demand and helping to encourage more electric vehicles on our roads. Councils are in a good position to support the market for electric vehicles and I hope to see other councils around the country doing their bit. “There are a couple of other spots in Lower Hutt that have charging facilities - Z Petone and PAK’nSAVE Petone, which is great to see and I am proud to be part of this work to support cleaner transport,” he said. There are currently over 150 electric vehicles registered in the greater Wellington region.
safer place to live. Missy is a diligent and dedicated worker starting at around 9:00am from Monday through Saturday. She puts her personal safety at risk to be a visible deterrent to crime in our town centre through patrolling the mall and Countdown. The Wardens also work on the Hutt Valley Flyer buses from 8:00pm to around 12:00am throughout the week. And wardens also work as security and parking warden’s at large functions, such as the Te Ra o Te Raukura event held at Te Whiti Park. Although Missy is humble and does not seek recognition, she is passionate about serving the community as a Maori Warden and I highly recommend Missy to be a recipient of your most esteemed award.
Nomination from Gabriel Tupou
Nomination from Sara MacDonald I would like to nominate my nana, Nola Garrod. She has worked tirelessly in the Wainuiomata community for many years. She has been unwell recently, but that has not stopped her from still helping others.
She is a significant part to the Anglican Church and assists with the running of it even though retired. She very much deserves to be recognised for her work within the community.
TO VOTE: Go to the “Wainuiomata’s Unsung Heroes” Facebook page & “Like” the picture of the nomination for the Hero you want to vote for OR you can use the voting form below and drop it in to the Harcourts Wainuiomata office. Voting closes Sunday 26th June 2016. I WOULD LIKE TO VOTE FOR:
Lorraine Awatere Coral & Norman Whitson Hayden & Ruth Wilby N.B. You can like/vote for as many of the Heroes as you like but, be careful, or your favourite could miss out!
Nola Garrod Elizabeth Zwart Contributor to realestate.co.nz
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Pink breakfast By Emma McAuliffe
Two local women did something excellent for the community at the weekend. Jackie Austin and Janette Mackaness hosted a breakfast at the Wainuiomata Tennis Club on Sunday to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer. May is celebrated annually as Pink Ribbon Breakfast Month , raising funds for breast cancer. The women said they had been looking to host a breakfast like this for a while but things had always got in the way. Two months ago Jackie lost a good friend to cancer and so Janette suggested this be the year they give the breakfast a go. Fifty six women attended the breakfast on Sunday. There were raffles and games to play and nearly everyone turned up in pink. “We got such a good response,” said Jackie. “Everyone who supported gave generously,” said Janette. They said they had received wonderful support from local businesses who sponsored food for the breakfast, pink bubbly and items for the raffle on the day. “We got such an amazing response from sponsors. I don’t think anyone turned us down,”
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RAISING FUNDS: Jackie Austin and Janette Mackaness celebrate their pink breakfast
said Jackie. The women said they originally aimed to raise $1000 for the cause but ended up raising $2300 from their breakfast for breast cancer research.
Local to star in art exhibition By Emma McAuliffe
A Wainuiomata local is playing a special role in an art exhibit for Matariki. Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades, rising in late May or early June. It signals the beginning of the New Year for many Maori. The Matariki Wellington Festival starts on Thursday, June 2 and will run until Sunday, June 26. As part of this festival a gallery in Upper Hutt will be showing Norm Heke’s “OMGs: Maori Gods of the 21st Century”.
DEMI GOD: Maui and his brothers, Norm Heke, 2011
Organ Donations and an AGM for Grey Power
Seven people involved with the exhibit, including photographer Norm Heke, have lived or currently live in Wainuiomata. Local man, Shane James, has posed as Maui, the demigod from Maori legend, for the exhibition. Norm said he chose Shane because he worked with him and believed he had Maui-like attributes- he is entrepreneurial, cheeky, and challenges the way things are done. Shane said the modeling was a “one off” done in 2011 for the original exhibition. “Norm contacted me and said ‘do you want to do the image of Maui’. I’d always known he was a demigod and about the legends,” Shane said. Shane said the exhibition was about relating to the Gods of the past and whether they influence our lives now and features 3D photographs and holograms. “OMGs: Maori Gods of the 21st Century” is showing at Expressions Whirinaki in Upper Hutt from Saturday May, 21 until Sunday, July 24. There will be a talk from the artist, Norm Heke, on Sunday, June 19.
To donate to Jackie and Janette’s cause head to Pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz/page/ nettiequespinkribbonbreakfast
Grey Power had their annual general meeting last Wednesday following a talk from Tony Stephens about the importance of kidney donations. Tony, a renal nurse at Wellington Hospital, told the group to consider donating their organs, especially kidneys. He said 0.09 per cent of the population was on kidney dialysis but it used one to two per cent of the health budget. Members of Grey Power had a lot of questions for Tony; most prominent was whether they could still donate after a certain age. “Above 80 [years-old] is probably not that efficient but up ‘til then you’ll probably be okay,” Tony said. Following the talk Grey Power voted on their new committee. Jane Chamberlain returned
as President, Ken Salmon was Vice , Ellen Rodgers remained Treasurer and Jeanette Osborne as Membership Secretary. Committee members are Der rick Halford, Hilar y Cooper, Marion Wilkinson, Tony Watling, Diana Riley and Kevin and Jan Hartley. Wainuiomata Grey Power meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Life City Church. For more information call Jane on 9719189.
New appointment for local By Emma McAuliffe
A local man has been appointed to Lower Hutt’s Multicultural Council. Gabriel Tupou was appointed to the Hutt Multicultural Council last Thursday at the council’s annual general meeting. He said he had been first asked to join the multicultural council in 2014. The Hutt Multicultural Council is part of a wider federation of Multicultural Councils which started in New Zealand in 1989. Their mission is to “represent and support Multicultural Councils and ethnic, migrant and refugee communities through leadership, partnership, capacity building and service delivery”. The councils do this through organising events and multifests. Gabriel said his current role on the council related to his ethnic background which is Tongan and Maori. “The task I have right now is to increase Maori and Pasifika representation on the multicultural council. To engage with various Pasifika communities and the Maori community because there are concerns about the diversity of the council,” he said. He said he is one of two people from Wainuiomata on the council.
MULTICULTURAL MAN: Gabriel Tupou has been appointed to the Hutt Multicultural Council
“Thinking about Wainuiomata with incoming refugees- we’re going to have more diversity… Each bring with them some gifts and talents and make the local culture
For more information on the Multicultural Council in Wainuiomata contact Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday June 1, 2016
Wednesday June 1, 2016
ABOUT Youth Week finishes with a bang
Almost a hundred people turned out to celebrate Wainuiomataâ€™s youth last week. Youth Week ended at the weekend following a Youth Expo at the Wainuiomata Library on Friday evening. The Wainuiomata Library and TiHei Rangatahi worked together to create the expo. Other members of the community hub
set up stalls inside and around the library. TiHei Rangatahi launched their album and music video for Reriti Moeahu. NUI FM was relaunched as part of the expo. Those who attended the launch told the Wainuiomata News it was great to see so much youth talent on display.
(1) YOUTH WEEK: TiHei Rangatahi youth about to give a tour to community members (2) FOR SALE: Rina Williams sells Mana Ake (3) COLOURING: Librarian Alexia Herrera colours in the Libraryâ€™s giant sheet (4) TALENTED: Awhina Lambert sings her song off Mana Ake to the audience (5) SHOWING OFF: Nui FM was relaunched on Friday (6) PRIZED: NUI FM give out prizes
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Good weekend for the Presidents It was a good weekend for the Wainuiomata OG Lions as they continued their winning streak. The OG’s won their game against the Randwick Kingfishers Reserves 38-18. The team has won every game of the season so far. They are currently sitting at second place on the reserves table. The team will be taking break for Queen’s Birthday weekend and will return to play the Porirua City Phoenix on
Saturday, June 11. The Premier team lost their game at the weekend to the Randwick Kingfisher Premiers. They are sitting at fourth on the Premier table. They will return to play the St George Dragons Premiers at Wise Park on Saturday, June 11. The Reserves have had a break over the past two weeks. They will return to play the Trentham Titans Reserves on Saturday, June 11 at Wise Park.
Rugby wins for community DOUBLE TROUBLE: Zamian Blake and Jordan Martin
Talented boys head over the hill Two local lads are playing hockey for Naenae to continue their passion for the sport. Zamian Blake and Jordan Martin are both hockey players from Wainuiomata High School however, as the school does not have enough boys to make up a team both boys play for Naenae College. Their team is in the secondary premier 3 grade. They have won all of their games so far except one. The Wainuiomata Hockey Club is pleased the boys could continue with their passion for hockey outside of the club.
Wainuiomata High School girls had another win on Tuesday night. The team beat Wellington High School 7-0. The girls will face Taita next week in the final week of their grading round. The Women’s premier team had their first game in the premier 2 division on Sunday. They lost 2-0 to Victoria University who are the current leaders of the grade. Captain Jo Martin said the team still had a lot to work on but were definitely going to be competitive in this grade. There is a break for hockey over Queen’s birthday weekend.
Wainuiomata Rugby had a good week. The Wainuiomata Premier men’s team had a win in round 12 of the Swindale Shield on Saturday. The team beat Northern United, 27-24. They are currently 5th on the points table. The Premiers will return to play Wellington at William Jones Park this Saturday for round 13. The Reserves lost their game against the Northern United Reserves at the weekend. The final score was 37-25. The team is sitting 9th on the points table. This Saturday the team will be playing Wellington at Mary Crowther Park at
12.45pm. Wainuiomata High School’s 1XV had a win last week, beating HIBS in the last minutes of the game. The final score was 19-15. The team will be playing Porirua at William Jones this Saturday before the Premiers. The High School’s Girls’ team took out Sacred Heart College last Wednesday. Their final score was 45-5.
High School Basketball The Wainuiomata High School Basketball teams had a mixed week last week, with two wins and a loss. The Boys Novice team played Stream Spur last Thursday
and won 30-28. The Senior Boys and Senior Girls both played last Friday. The Boys lost to Porirua 64-69. The Girls team crushed Mana, winning 67-27.
Dancing their way to fitness By Emma McAuliffe
Locals have been getting their dancing shoes on three times a week for Dancefit. Whanau Ora has been running the free whanau boot camp for 18 months to increase fitness in Wainuiomata. The group dances together at the Life City Church, the biggest venue possible for the popular activity. Courtney White has been coach since November and has since been joined by five other coaches as the numbers of residents
taking part has increased. There is now an average of 60 people of all ages, fitness levels, abilities, and genders turning up to dance and have fun each night. This can increase to 90 people on some nights, Courtney said. She said it was great to see how many people were getting together to get fit. Dancefit runs at the Life City Church Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm. Class is free and finishes around 7pm.
WE WILL ROCK YOU: Dancefit takes place on a Monday night
Wednesday June 1, 2016
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READY FOR THE NEXT ROUND: Aisea Lealea and Raymond Seumanu won their rounds in Palmerston North
Boxing success By Emma McAuliffe
Two Wainuiomata boxers continued their winning streak last weekend. Raymond Seumanu and Aisea Lealea won their rounds at the annual Palmerston North Boxing Club tournament on May 21. The two boxed against the
same opponents they won against in Hastings earlier in the month. Coach Craig Bennett said he was pleased with the result. “Raymond even boxed a different way and still beat him. Both boys have a 100 per cent winning record so far,” he said. The boys will be competing
at the Wellington Hutt Valley Boxing Championships this Saturday. The event will take place at Porirua College Gymnasium from 2pm and will be open for supporters to come out and watch. The Manawatu champs will follow the Wellington Champs later in the month.
Sky Television’s price increases will be another hammer blow to already frustrated customers. Reports have emerged Sky will increase it’s prices again this year more than $2 a month for sports subscribers. This is despite falling customer numbers which are expected to be around 830,000 by the end of June. Those numbers are falling and it’s expected to continue. It’s about $1300 a month for all the bells and whistles Sky offers but for me, that’s no longer value for money. Sky’s constant repeats during the week, loud, continuous advertisements and inability to secure the English Premier League, all PGA golf events and majors as well as overseas New Zealand cricket tours have jaded the public to their service. When I purchased my first house, Sky was installed before the Internet - that’s how much it
meant. Now, I’ll just get an unlimited internet connection and use it to source what I want to watch for a fraction of the price. Sky’s customer service has been terrible for a number of years, their software and system “upgrade” last year has been labelled horrible by many and it was hard to read. People are angry, if you want to see for yourself, check out Sky TV’s Facebook page and read the comments section. I’m sure it’s tough to acquire sports rights these days, but Sky has to be more flexible in its television model than they currently are. Not everyone wants the basic package full of channels that don’t interest them. Sadly, you have to have those channels to then get the sports and movie packages. Challenging times for Sky to win their customers trust and money back.
Second place for women’s rugby Rain could not deter Wainuiomata women’s from wiping out Johnsonville-Tawa on Friday evening. Wainuiomata sealed their return to the premiership with a 117-0 win over the latter team. Despite the pour Wainuiomata had an audience come out and show their support at Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville. The game was a sure win throughout the first half as Wainuiomata scored four tries in the first twenty minutes. The game was a strong end to the opening round by the women's side who finished
second just two points shy of joint leaders Northern United and Or iental Rongotai. Strength across the field and a depth on the bench has proven the difference as the side racked up large scores against Hutt Old Boys Marist, Avalon, Marist St Pats, Poneke and Upper Hutt, holding the latter four scoreless in their encounters. The premiership round starts this Friday with a match against OBU. Wainuiomata will look to overturn the first round result in their bid for a semi-final spot.
ROUND ONE HIGHLIGHT: Jackie Patea stretches out to score against MSP with Gene Solia-Gibb in support. PHOTO CREDIT: darylnewphotography.
Blue Card introduced to college rugby Wellington Rugby introduced the blue card at the weekend to protect its players from the on-going effects of concussion. Referees in Wellington’s College Sport Premier 1 Division are now able to issue a Blue Card to any player they suspect to have suffered a concussion. From June 11 the same rules will apply to the men’s senior
Premier and Premier Reserve grades during the second round of those competitions. Players who receive a Blue Card must leave the field immediately and will then be formally subject to the existing minimum mandatory day stand down periods before they can return to play. Stand down periods are set at 21 days for senior players and 23 for those who are
under 19. WRFU head of community rugby, Will Caccia-Birch said the Blue Card was designed to prevent players from retuning to training or playing before they had gained an appropriate medical clearance. “A player’s decision around when they are fit to train or play after a suspected head knock has often been left to their own judgement, or that
of their own team’s coaching or management staff. The Blue Card takes that responsibility out of their hands. “Once the Blue Card is issued Wellington Rugby can formally track a player’s movements during their recovery. The player must gain a medical certificate from a health professional, and then provide it to the WRFU before they are eligible to
return to the field,” he said. Wellington Rugby is the second in the country to introduce the Blue Card to its competitions. It follows the lead of the Northland Rugby Union who trialled the Blue Card in 2014. The Blue Card Concussion Initiative has now been formally approved by New Zealand Rugby.
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