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Locals will soon be able to appreciate the views of the Hutt Valley from a new platform on the Wainuiomata Hill. Work began on the viewing platform this week and consultation is expected to take four to six weeks. The viewing platform comes as part of wider work on the Hill which includes the Pukeatua Bridge and the shared pathway, however it a separate project. Hutt City Councillor Campbell Barry said the project was part of a wider set of hill projects which would enhance the Wainuiomata Hill and turn it into a destination in itself. “People will be able to enjoy unobstructed views
Rep teams for local girls Continued on page 2 She said this was her first year playing basketball however, she and Tahlia have been playing netball since they were little. They both play for their school’s intermediate team as well as the representative teams. Both have played in representative teams for softball in the past; however this was the first time either of them had made netball representative teams. Tahlia said it felt “awesome” to make the rep teams.
“It’s really cool,” Joy-Maria said. The two will be taking part in four tournaments around the North Island with their representative teams. The first took place in Palmerston North earlier this month. Both the Golds and the Greens won their respective games. Their next tournament will take place in Levin next week. The tournaments following will be in Dannevirke and Wellington.
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Tempe local exchange By Emma McAuliffe
Three students from Tempe, Arizona have landed in the Hutt Valley for a month. Carmela Guaglianone, David Ewen and Mariah Porritt have been in New Zealand for two and a half weeks. Carmela and Mariah are staying in Wainuiomata. The three are part of the Hutt Sister City Foundation exchange which sees three students from Tempe come to Lower Hutt for five weeks. Following the trip they will return to Tempe with three Lower Hutt students. This year the students from the Hutt Valley are Wainuiomata High School students Ariana Randall and Krishna McQueen, as well as Hutt Valley student Taylor Snow. Their stay in Tempe will correspond with students from other Sister Cities around the world visiting the Arizona city. Carmela, Mariah and David have all just finished their junior year at High School.
So far the students from Tempe have been having a “great time”. They said they had studied a bit about New Zealand before coming over, including learning the population, government and exports and imports. “New Zealand is everything I thought it would be and more,” David said. The three also expressed surprise at the “tropical” weather New Zealand has had, despite it being winter. The three said they had been doing lots of different activities since they arrived including Adrenaline Forest, Staglands and horse riding. This week they have headed to Rotorua and Taupo. Carmela said they were now looking forward to taking the Lower Hutt locals back to Tempe with them. “In Arizona we’re going to go to the Grand Canyon… as well as making a trip over to Disneyland and Universal Studios with all of the exchange students,” she said.
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HAVING A GREAT TIME: David, Carmela and Mariah have been staying in Wainuiomata. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
The Hutt STEMM Festival returned this year, bigger and better than before. A celebration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing, the Festival cemented Lower Hutt as a national centre for medium-high tech industries. Organised by Hutt City Council and supported by over 70 local businesses and organisations, the Festival’s many events were well attended and received much positive feedback. Over the nine days of the Festival 42 separate events took place with over 5000 people taking part in an event or activity.
Miss Universe in our midst By Emma McAuliffe
A Hutt Valley local is set to hit the national stage after being chosen as one of the finalists in the Miss Universe New Zealand competition. Tijana Selak, who works at Westpac in Wainuiomata, said this was the second time she had entered the competition, however it was the first time she had made it into the top twenty. She said she found out she had made the cut last Thursday and was “so excited” about the opportunity.
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“I still can’t believe it,” she said. Tijana said the reason she liked the Miss Universe competition is because it challenged what people believe a pageant to be. “Miss Universe NZ is a platform for women to have a voice. It’s for all the right reasons. The judges pick someone who is smart, who is beautiful and who has a good heart,” she said. To enter, Tijana had to write a long essay about herself and send it in. Following her acceptance
into the top 40 she had to travel to Auckland to take part in a Stiletto Camp where she met the other contestants and listened to a variety of guest speakers. As part of her quest to make the finals Tijana must raise money for the children’s charity, Variety, and host events. Tijana, who is also a dance teacher, said she was considering hosting a children’s disco in Wainuiomata for her event. “I love kids. It’s so satisfying to see them grow,” she
said. She said she would also have buckets at local businesses for people to donate to Variety and the money raised would also contribute to votes for Tijana to make the final. Residents will also be able to vote for Tijana online. To follow Tijana’s journey visit her public Facebook page, www.facebook. com/misstijanaselak or head to www.iticket.co.nz/ events/2016/sep/tijana-selak to vote. Votes cost $5 for a bundle of five. All proceeds go to Variety.
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Concert for the Community The Lower Hutt Annual Community Concert will be taking place this Sunday at the Notre Dame Performing Arts Centre at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted for Te Omanga Hospice. The event runs from 2pm until 4.30pm. Performers include Hutt Valley Community Choir, dancers from Hutt Valley High School and Wainuiomata’s own Gabriel Tupou. For more information head to the “In the Hutt” Facebook page.
Dance fit Dance fit is a fitness class which gets locals moving while having fun. It takes place at the Life City Church every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm. Class is free and is open to all fitness levels and ages. All locals are welcome to sign up and have a go.
1XV Finals The Wainuiomata High School 1XV will be facing Hutt Valley High School in the finals of the Co-Ed cup on Wednesday, June 29. Kickoff is at 6pm. The game will be played at Hutt Recreation Grounds, Field 1. Locals are encouraged to head along and support their top High School Rugby team. Wainuiomata High School 1XV had a narrow win in the Premier 2 Murray Jensen Cup competition against Aotea College at the weekend. The team won 12-11.
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Local community patrollers were rewarded for their hard efforts with a cheque from Z last week. The Wainuiomata Community Patrol was one of the four ‘Good in the Hood’ nominees at Z Seaview in May. The other three groups to receive funds were Cystic Fibrosis Wellington, Victim Support Lower Hutt and Wellington Family and Foster Care Association. The patrol had the most token votes and received $1400 from Z. Coordinator Paul Knox, Tracey Mansfield and Pauline Butcher went to Z Seaview last Thursday to collect their prizes. They said they were thrilled to be receiving the money. “It’s going towards a new
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Beyond fear to a better future By Emma McAuliffe
Beyond Futures is giving young men a chance to make a difference in their lives after finishing High School. The group was started by Mani Malaeulu earlier this year following his work with the Futures Programme at Wainuiomata High School. He said he approached Bill Sharp, Futures facilitator, in order to start the follow up group as he believed some members of the group “didn’t have an avenue after finishing high school”. He said he had in mind “a vision to reach out to the community” which would include building confidence in young men through motivation. Mani said the tagline for the new group was “beyond fear, better futures”. He said it meant youth had to move beyond their fear of what lies ahead in order to have a better future. Mani said there were currently two members of the Beyond Futures - Conan Burt and Frank Patea. Unlike in the Futures programme, Conan and Frank have a one on one session with Mani rather than in a group. Mani said the young men took part in motivational life skills sessions in a “classroom type setting” with him in the evenings.
Five locals will be taking to the Wellington stage in a new performance of Jean Betts’ ‘Ophelia Thinks Harder’ later this month. Alissa Gee, Ashleigh Low, Shauwn Keil, Presley Wayman and Chris Gordon from Wainuiomata, will be taking part in the performance as part of their second year studying Stage and Screen Arts at Whitireia in Wellington. ‘Ophelia Thinks Harder’ is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ giving the female characters a louder voice in the play. The Whitireia version includes a musical score written by Hayley Sproull and monologues by the cast about their own experiences with gender inequality. Shauwn, who is playing the anti-hero role of Hamlet, said he was “excited” to take on the role of such a well-known character. “For me it comes with its own challenges… I’m doing my best to get my head around it. He’s
the kind of guy people need to see,” Shauwn said. “I’ve always grown up around very strong women, but I’ve known a lot of Hamlets. What I really like about [this] Hamlet is he is the perfect example of a moron,” Chris said. The group said they had enjoyed working on the “challenging” play which drew comparisons with Ophelia’s world and the modern world. “I’m really enjoying the various challenges. It’s a very empowering play,” Presley said. Presley said one their favourite moments in ‘Ophelia Thinks Harder’ was the play within a play, a returning theme from ‘Hamlet’. “The players have a really great play with major gender stereotyping and it happens in a way that really makes fun of it. Really brings [the audience] to the issue. I’m really enjoying seeing people’s uncomfortable positions,” they said. “If [the audience] doesn’t feel uncomfortable we’re not doing our job,” Chris added.
TO THE FUTURE: Frank Patea, Conan Burt and Mani Malaeulu show off their new t-shirts. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Since the group started in January, Clive’s Chemist, Key Skills Recruitment and Ninox Construction have come on board as sponsors. Wainuiomata Rugby League has
also given their support for the programme, Mani said. Both Conan and Frank play league for the club, Frank plays for the Premier team and Conan for the Reserves.
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The Wainuiomata Library is hosting weekly workshops in association with the Learning Centre and Whanau Family Support Services Trust. Free budget advice workshops are held between 10am and 1pm on Tuesdays. Reading and writing workshops are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Workshops are free. Residents are encouraged to turn up and register on the day.
‘Ophelia Thinks Harder’ will be performed from Tuesday, June 28 until Saturday, June 2 at 7.30pm at the Whitireia Performance Centre on Vivian Street, Wellington. There will be an 11am show on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. To book tickets or for more information head to www.thetheatre.co.nz.
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Q: What would you like to see in Wainuiomata’s town centre?
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Volunteers reap rewards too National Volunteer Awareness Week is well and truly underway and Wainui residents are being encouraged to consider volunteering with the community’s elders. Annette Wilkinson, a volunteer at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt says spending time with residents at the home is something she looks forward to each week. “You feel appreciated here and people remember you. You get a lot out of volunteering. You get to know people and it’s about doing things to help the community,” Annette explains. “If you’re looking for a way to give back, Woburn Home is a good place to volunteer.” Annette says her volunteering role at Woburn Home has changed over the past two
years that she has been there, but it always involves interacting with the residents and helping with the activity programme. “I first began in the hospital reading to residents, singing songs with them, taking bingo, ball games, quoits, and lots of other things,” says Annette. “Now I go shopping with them to Westfield for a fortnightly trip and the other week I take residents on outings. We go for a drive, park up and enjoy the view. It’s a great feeling to give back and I enjoy it.” Woburn Home recreation team leader Samantha Murdoch says Woburn Home welcomes new volunteers of all ages. “It’s hard to put into words exactly how much we appreciate the help of our volun-
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Library pops up at mall By Emma McAuliffe
A new little library has popped up in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. The Pop Up Library was put together by Making stuff happen champion, Esther Venning, Hutt City Councillor Margaret Willard and Collette and Tama who work at the Mall last Monday. It is on the left side of the mall when entering from Queen Street and invites locals to read books at the mall, take them home and bring other books back for residents to enjoy.
The library currently has one book shelf- another is in the mall office in case of extra book donations. Collette said she got the idea for a pop up library after attending the Placemaking session with David Engwicht at the Wainuiomata Library in May. “[A pop up library] was on one of the pictures, and I thought ‘I can do that’,” she said. Collette said so far the venture had been “really positive”. “It’s been really good. I’ve seen a lot of people stopping… a lot of families sitting and reading,” she said.
Collette said at this stage there were no plans for the library to disappear- it would all depend on how well the Pop Up Library would continue to be used. What would you like to see in the Wainuiomata town centre? Let us know at email@example.com
PLACEMAKING: Collette, Margaret and Tama stand in the new pop up library at the mall. PHOTO: Supplied.
Students get business savvy with MaiBiz By Emma McAuliffe
MAIBIZ: Joseph Puha-Smith, Lizzy Clarke, Dragon Phumsawai, Duchaun Clarke and Jacob Rattray made up the winning team. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
High school students had the chance to start their own business as part of a workshop run by MaiBiz last week. Thirty two students from Wainuiomata High School took part in MaiBiz Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week to develop key business skills and develop a product. On Friday each of the five groups presented their business idea to a panel of judges. The panel then decided who the winner of the three day
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experience was. MaiBiz director, Mark Douglas, ran the event at the school and at schools around the country. He said he came up with the idea in 2007 with a team of colleagues who approached Maori Women’s Development Inc to get students learning about business in low decile and predominantly Maori and Pasifika areas. Mark said he was inspired every year by what the students created. “I hope I inspire the kids too. You see them grow an inch on
the third day when they present to the judges,” he said. Maori Woman’s Development Inc chairwoman, Kitty Bennett, said the trust had come on board with MaiBiz because they believed in the opportunity it would give to young Maori students. “We thought it would open their eyes to what it’s like to have the opportunity to be self-employed, what it’s like to go into business,” she said. Mark said this year the year 12 students were guinea pigs for a future project with younger students so had a theme for
their business ventures- food. The high school teams created everything from vegie chips to sushi pie to burgers with potatoes instead of bread. GOAT Inc created the vegie chips, made from kumara, pumpkin and the well-known potato. They said they decided to make chippies because of how familiar they were and thought making them out of vegetables would “bring them up a bit”. Ngati Dragon was the winning team. They created hot donuts which could be dipped in a variety of sauces.
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Wednesday June 22, 2016
Tough weekend on the field for Hockey It was a tough weekend for Wainuiomata hockey with both of the women’s teams coming away with a draw. The premier team took on last year’s grade winners, Eastern Hutt and drew 1 all. Kirsten O’Donnell scored Wainuiomata’s only goal in the first half of the game. The second half was a real test for the defence who were unlucky to let in a goal from a penalty corner. The premier team is currently sitting at third on the table. The Reserve 3 team also had a draw for their game on Sunday against Kapiti. The goal scorer was Chase Foster. The Wainuiomata High School team had a 3 nil win against Newlands. The Wainuiomata junior year 5/6 team's had a draw with Eastern Hutt 4 all. Their player of the day was Blaze Foster. The year 7/8 team played a tough Karori team and lost 6-2. Their player of the day was Kahukura Te Rauna.
FAMILY TIES: Four generations of hockey players gather, including Tara Kumar who plays for the Wainuiomata Reserve3 team and her daughter Ella who plays for the juniors. PHOTO: Supplied.
Local athlete makes top team By Emma McAuliffe
ON THE FIELD: Gene playing for Manu Sina. PHOTO: Supplied.
A local athlete will be taking on the world stage later this month in hopes of making it to the Olympics. Gene Solia-Gibb has been living in Wainuiomata for eight years with her husband and children who all play rugby. Gene recently made the Samoan Manu Sina woman’s Sevens team, which will be travelling to Ireland next week to play for the final spot at the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
The top three teams will travel the world playing Sevens. Before transferring her skills to rugby she played netball for premier Wellington team, PIC, for years. Gene said she had never played rugby or sevens before trialing for the Manu Sina team earlier this year. “I just thought I’d give it a go. I’d been playing in an elite netball team (PIC) but we won the NPC title and I thought I’d finish on a high. There was nothing left for me to play for,” she said.
Great weekend for League By Emma McAuliffe
The Lions had a great weekend with two wins at home. The Premiers played the Victoria Hunters Premier team and won 36-10. They are now sitting at fourth on the Premier table. Their next game will be on Saturday against Upper Hutt Tigers Premiers at Whakatiki Street in Upper Hutt.
The OGs continued their winning streak also playing at Wise Park. They played the Victoria Hunters Reserve team and won 64-12. They remain seated at the top of their table. The Reserves had a default against Randwick Kingfishers, they remain third on their table. Keep an eye out for their next games on the Wellington Rugby League Facebook page.
GAME ON: The OGs take on the Hunters at their game on Saturday. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Gene said she owed her newfound talent at Sevens to being “fit and fast”. She joined the Wainuiomata women’s premier rugby team this season and said she enjoys playing with an “experienced bunch of girls”. “I think the reason Wainuiomata does so well is because we play with a lot of heart. If we’re up or down we play with 100 per cent,” she said. Wainuiomata womens’ are currently sitting at the top of their table, having beaten Avalon 83-5 at the weekend.
Family Volleyball Tournament a hit Local athletes hit the courts on Queen’s Birthday to compete in the first annual Sport Wainuiomata Inc family Volleyball Tournament. Eighty people in eight teams took part on the day, showcasing the talent and skill Wainuiomata has in the net sport. The tournament was the first of a series of events to be hosted over the year specifically targeted at increasing the engagement of Wainuiomata families in sport. Sport Wainuiomata Chairperson Terina Cowan said she had seen a huge demand for local and social events for families to engage in sport. “Our vision is about uniting our community through sport and recreation, events like these that create fun experiences people value and enjoy are the focus of what we do,” she said. Event lead Tauvale Whittman said it was great to see “parents and children, aunties and uncles competing together on the court”. “It was a festive atmosphere with lots of on court dancing, laughing and fun,” he said. The tournament was won by the Wainuiomata Catholic Church Youth who edged out team Tip Top to take top honours. Tip Top team captain, Ressa Lealofi best expressed sentiments of the day. “It was great to be part of a well organised event that engaged so many families, I love our community,” she said.
AT THE NET: John Luga (blue) and Greg Lealofi in the grand finalsWainuiomata Catholic Youth Group vs. Tip Top. PHOTO: Supplied
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Welsh dragon fails to fire The Chiefs 40-7 win over Wales reflects more poorly on the Welsh than it heaps praise on the Chiefs. Even for a midweek team, Warren Gatland's tourists were hardly a second string side. There were numerous test players and several backing up from the first test defeat to New Zealand just 72 hours earlier. The Chiefs were also under strength, missing eight frontline players, yet the game looked like men against boys. It surely wasn't the homecoming, Waikato man Gatland expected. New Zealand has an abundance of rugby riches, so the Chiefs winning was fine but it's the way the Welsh lost that was most concerning for them. They showed little flair on attack despite a 15 minute period on attack and their defence could not handle the X factor of the Chiefs. Heck, they couldn't handle an ageing Stephen Donald who is so past his use by date, he makes old
milk seem like it's still drinkable. A national team should not lose a midweek game by 30 points, it's inexcusable. They made Donald look like a champion he is not. Heck, the Welsh made most of the Chiefs backline look like All Blacks in waiting. Credit to the Chiefs defence though, it was phenomenal in the face of some unimaginative Welsh attack. The result killed a lot of interest in the second test and almost killed off the third as a spectacle all together. Who would pay to see this Welsh team now they have been humbled by a Super Rugby franchise? A win in the last test match is the only way Wales can salvage some pride from this tour. Since they have not beaten the All Blacks since 1953, that doesn't seem likely against an All Blacks team that will undoubtedly get better for its third game together of 2016.
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