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Speed End of limits an era Buses and Parking major problem for child care centres By Emma McAuliffe
The Warehouse Wainuiomata store will close its doors for good early next year. In a statement, Warehouse chief executive Simon Turner confirmed the decision had been made to close the store when its lease in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre comes up for renewal in February next year. Simon said the news was shared with staff members on Monday, and all team members would be offered roles in other Warehouse stores across Wellington. ”This has been a difficult decision for us and in making it, we’ve taken into a number of factors, including the volume of people making use of the store, its size and products we can offer there and the popularity of other stores nearby,” Simon said. “Ultimately, there has been a decline over time of those visiting The Warehouse Wainuiomata store which has meant the store is not commercially sustainable
long-term.” This is the latest blow for the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre, which has been labelled as “dying” by locals, after a number of stores chose to relocate over recent months due to dwindling sales and customer numbers. Earlier this year, a spokesperson for the mall, which is managed by Oyster Group, said there were plans in the pipeline for a multi-million dollar redevelopment which could begin as early as 2017. This announcement was made after rumours surfaced that The Warehouse Wainuiomata store was considering relocating. Simon said the store had made the decision to close its doors despite a proposed redevelopment. “While we have been in discussions with the Wainuiomata mall owners, we do not anticipate that a redevelopment will significantly change the number of customers in the area who shop with us,” Simon said. Continued on page 2
By Aaron Meredith
Speeding buses and a lack of parking are two of the problems facing teachers, parents and children in early childhood centres in Wainuiomata. There is little to no road signs outside of many centres in the valley warning drivers to slow down. Jack and Jill Kindergarten has been fighting with New Zealand Buses for many years, finally asking Hutt South MP Trevor
CLOSING DOWN: Local woman Linda Harrison believes it is “sad news” the Warehouse will be shutting its doors.
Mallard for help. It is only since he got involved the bus company has responded. The kindergarten has two signs warning drivers of the centre, but these were only put up after a child was hit by a car a few years back. “It is only a matter of time before someone gets hit again.” says head teacher Chris Moses. “I understand the drivers are on a schedule, but they are going so fast.” Continued on page 2
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A local theatre group is seeking people to enter the shop of horrors. Wainuiomata Little Theatre will be putting on the production of Little Shop of Horrors later this year. The club is currently in the middle of workshops, which would lead up to show auditions this weekend. Little Shop of Horrors is an American horror comedy musical set in the 1950s about a florist shop worker who raises a plant which feeds on human blood and flesh. Wainuiomata Little Theatre member, Trevor Williams, would be directing the show when it premiers in November. He said it was the first time he had taken on a directing role solo, however had assisted in directing the club’s 2015 show ‘Footloose’ and 2014’s ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’. Trevor ran a pre-audition workshop last Thursday and would be running another one this Thursday. He said the workshops gave opportunity
for potential cast members to get to know each other and the show before committing to taking part. Trevor said he was looking forward to directing the show as it would be a “bit of a challenge”. “Part of the show involves a rather large puppet which we’ve hired from Auckland. It’s something different,” he said. Trevor said he would encourage anyone over the age of 15-years-old from Wainuiomata to give the show a go, as this show had more adult themes than previous show ‘Annie’. “We’re the only local group who do this in the valley. We’re inclusive regardless of talent and we’re a quality entertainment option,” he said. The second Little Shop of Horrors workshop will be held on Thursday, July 21 at the old Wainuiomata College from 7pm until 9pm. Auditions will be held on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday July, 24. To book an audition contact Janet Low on wurzil@ paradise.net.nz or 0272165166. Attending the workshop is not necessary to audition.
The Warehouse to close its doors Continued from page 1 Simon said an increasing number of people in the area were now choosing to shop at The Warehouse Petone and Lower Hutt stores. He said a number of measures would be put in place to support the transition including subsidising bus fares for customers who travel to Petone or Lower Hutt stores and free home delivery for online purchases six months after the closure. “The Warehouse enjoys a close relationship with the Wainuiomata community and will continue to support initiatives in the community,” Simon said. Local business owner Linda Harrison said it was sad news for the community and believed the mall’s managers were to blame. She said no-one would be enticed to shop locally, if stores continued to close down. “When I first came to Wainuiomata there was a Deka here and a New World, it was quite a buzzing little place. It’s a real blow.”
Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward, Campbell Barry, said he was “devastated” to hear the news of the closure, for both the staff and the community. “Moving forward, I think enough is enough with the mall owners. They need to put their money where their mouth is and go ahead with plans for redevelopment or sell the mall to someone who cares about what this community has to offer,” he said. Hutt South MP, Trevor Mallard called the decision “a blow to the community”. “The fact that the mall owners have not progressed with renovations or refurbishment means I think it was inevitable. For 20 years the mall has been in a downward spiral,” he said. Mr Mallard however, praised the Warehouse for their decision to continue to support the community through subsidised delivery and transportation. The Oyster Group did not respond when approached for comment. What do you think about the Warehouse closing down? Let us know your thoughts at email@example.com
STAFF: Wainuiomata Warehouse staff earlier this year.
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Rugby cup comes home By Emma McAuliffe
Rugby fans rejoice - the Wainuiomata Women’s team has won its division for the first time in four years. Wainuiomata took out the Victoria Tavern trophy at the weekend, after defeating Oriental-Rongotai 24-12. The Wainuiomata Women’s team was established in 1990, however, were not a regular fixture in Wellington Club Rugby’s Women’s division until 2010. This is the second time the team has won the division, the first was in 2012. Over three hundred people took to William Jones Park last Saturday to watch the home game which remained close until the final whistle. The trophy, which was brand new this year, was given at the end of the game. Wainuiomata Women’s team captain, Maryann Collins, took the time to thank both teams in her receiving speech. “Thank you to the Ories [and] to our girls there’s no words to express my feelings right now,” she said.
inbrief news Budgeting for locals Locals will have the opportunity to learn to budget next month as a new workshop hits town. The Whanau Budget Services Trust, in association with Whanau Family Support will be bringing a budget advisory course to the community hub in August to provide locals with basic knowledge in budgeting and accounting. For more information or to register interest call TeAo on 04 570 6020.
First time Head Coach, Fred Fereti, said he was pleased with the win. “This season was a culmination of hard work put in from every single player, coach, manager and family involved in this team. Everyone pitched in and played their role in the success of this season. “Standards were set early and the senior players pushed to achieve them. Family was the culture we set, and family is having each other’s back regardless..,” he said. He said he hoped this win would draw more attention to women’s rugby in general. “There is a lot of talent in Wainuiomata which made our job easier as coaches. I have followed the women’s for a few years now and have watched the talent that has come through. Hopefully our success has attracted the local talent to play for their community. “Collectively everyone involved in this team has contributed to our success and all deserve the achievements,” he said.
The challenge is on The ‘Tough Guys and Gals Challenge’ will be returning to Wainuiomata on Saturday, August 6. The challenge involves swamp crossings, a spiders web net climb, crawl under barb wire and native bush trails. The challenge will take place at Camp Wainui on the Coast Road and is limited to 1000 competitors. Open to those over the age of 13. Tickets are available from www.eventdesq.imgstg.com/index. cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqI D=16152&OrgID=20511
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Locals survive house fire By Emma McAuliffe
WHAT REMAINS: The house a Wainuiomata family escaped from last Tuesday. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
The Wainuiomata Fire Brigade has stressed the importance of fire safety following a fire which gutted a local home last week. Emergency services were called to the blaze at the Coast Road residence around 4am last Tuesday morning. The couple and baby inside the home during the fire survived by exiting out a window in the master bedroom. Senior station officer, Peter Thompson, said the cause of the fire had since been determined to be electrical. He said the family had been “saved” by working smoke alarms in their home and he said he recommended families in Wainuiomata ensured they made sure theirs worked. Peter also said he recommended families have an escape plan and were
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Museum welcomes town’s first switchboard By Emma McAuliffe
Locals can now have a taste of what it was like to make a phone call almost a century ago. A working telephone switchboard from the early 20th century is the newest piece on display at Wainuiomata Museum. A magneto switchboard was used by an operator to connect calls between two people. The operator would insert plugs into the correct sockets in order to speak to callers and subscribers. The piece housed in the museum’s collection is believed to have been used between 1922 and 1953, enabling residents to place calls to each other through a switchboard operator. It was originally housed at the Wainuiomata Post Office, until the first Wainuio-
mata Telephone Exchange was opened in the early 1950s. Wainuiomata Historical Society president, Gavin Wallace said he was fairly certain the switchboard was the one used to help locals stay in touch with each other. Gavin said the switchboard had been in storage for a few years after the Wainuiomata Little Theatre used it as a prop for a show. He said he then decided to see if he could get it working. “I thought I’d have a play with it and it worked,” he said. Gavin estimated the switchboard was one of the few still in existence and working in New Zealand. He said four phones in the museum were now connected to the switchboard and locals could have a first-hand experience in what it was once like to make a phone call. The museum, housed on the
WHO’S CALLING: Wainuiomata Museum’s switchboard phone.
grounds of Wainuiomata’s first school, was opened by Wainuiomata’s only Mayor, Harry Martin, in 1989. It is run by the Wainuiomata Historical Society and is home to many historical artifacts be-
longing to original settlers of Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata Museum is located at Wainuiomata Primary School on Homedale Road. It is open every Sunday from 2pm until 4pm, or by appointment.
Arts and crafters rejoice By Emma McAuliffe
CRAFTERS AT WORK: Trisha Manhire and Margaret Willard stand around what could be in Wainuiomata. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
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Locals will soon be able to sell their arts and crafts at the mall. Owner of Gift Hutt in Lower Hutt, Trisha Manhire, said she would be bringing a similar store to Wainuiomata Shopping Centre in October. This follows discussions with Hutt City Councillor and Community Arts Network member, Margaret Willard, about the need for a unique store in Wainuiomata. “How it came about was I was looking for a place to sell
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my beads. I saw this shop and I thought it was a great idea. I told her I’d ideally like to sell in Wainui,” Ms Willard said. Ms Willard said she hoped the store would encourage more people to shop locally and make the most of the talent available in Wainuiomata. Trisha said she had considered expanding to Wainuiomata in the past and said this was the opportune time for her to do so. She said she was now looking for support from community members who would be interested in selling their arts and crafts.
“We really need to get the community on board with us. Our aim is to support local artists and crafters. “I see a lot of opportunity in Wainui,” she said. The shop will be open from October until Christmas with potential to become permanent should it prove popular. “It’ll be perfect for Christmas shopping,” Trisha said. For more information on the shop contact Trisha at info@ gifthutt.co.nz. There will be an information evening on the shop in the next few weeks.
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Celebrating the local community A new award has been started to celebrate locals in the Wainuiomata community. The Wainuiomata Community Board has started the first Community Spirit Award. Community board chairman, Richard Sinnott, said the award gave the opportunity for locals to celebrate each other. Richard said there was no “hard
and fast rule” about who could be nominated and why. “It’s about people who contribute to the spirit of the community,” he said. Richard said anyone who showed community spirit could be nominated, and there were no categories for recognition. “We don’t want to pigeonhole people,” he said. Richard said the award came about after a discussion at a previ-
ous Community Board meeting, when the group decided as a council entity they ought to celebrate the spirit of the Wainuiomata community. He said the award had had a few nominations since it had opened and he was looking forward to seeing how many would come through. He said the award would be given out at the next Community Board meeting by Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace.
Local groups recognised at awards Wainuiomata came out with silver following an award ceremony celebrating volunteers last week. Sport Wainuiomata and TiHei Rangatahi placed ‘Runner Up’ in their respective categories at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for Hutt City held last Thursday evening. The annual awards recognise the valuable contribution of volunteer community groups across the Wellington region in five categories – Art and Culture, Education and Child Youth Development, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage and Environment and Sport and Leisure. TiHei Rangatahi placed runner up in the Education and Child Youth Development Category. The after-school youth programme promotes leadership and well-being for youth in Intermediate and High School around the valley. The organisation came second to Lower Hutt’s Boys to Great Men. Sport Wainuiomata came second to Naenae Fruit and Vege Co-Op in the Rising Star category of the awards. Sport Wainuiomata was recognised for their delivery of sport and recreational events in Wainuiomata. Sport Wainuiomata Chairperson Terina Cowan said Wainuiomata had a strong legacy in volunteering and Sport Wainuiomata was proud
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For Wainuiomata woman Joy Payne, the thought of moving from her family home into residential care was daunting, but she says she couldn’t be happier since moving to Enliven’s Woburn Home. Joy was living in her Wainuiomata home when illness struck and she needed to go to hospital. While she was there she was told she wouldn’t be able to return to her beloved home. That’s when she moved to Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt, where she says she instantly felt at home. “Moving in here actually went really well. I accepted that I needed to be here. The staff are marvellous - they are really good to me.” Joy says she quickly adjusted to life at Enliven’s Woburn Home and has adopted a few jobs. “I like to do my knitting and help the staff – I’ve got a few little jobs around the home,” Joy explains. “I walk to the letterbox to post the home’s mail each day as long as the weather is fine. I enjoy it. I’m always busy and I like to help people here.” Woburn Home manager Stewart Clark says a focus for Enliven is supporting people to do the things they enjoy in a way
that’s right for them. “We believe it’s important that people maintain their independence and have choice and control in their lives, no matter where they live. It’s important for people to be able to make a contribution and feel a sense of purpose.” More than three years have passed since Joy moved to Woburn Home and she says she couldn’t be happier. “I love it here. I like everything about it,” says Joy. “I think others would be happy here too. They are a happy crowd here and they laugh a lot. There’s nothing to be sad about. When you can’t look after yourself at home anymore this is the best place for you.” Woburn Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides a full spectrum of aged care including rest home, hospital and dementia care as well as respite and a day activity programme for elders living in the community. For more information about Woburn Home, located at 57 Wai-iti Crescent in Lower Hutt, free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.
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D AY I N T H E Yanli Kapoor, Owner of Jack and Jill Early Learning centre and part time Scuba Diver What is an average day like for you? “Emails and news in the morning at 9am. I spend a lot of time talking and laughing at work. There are quite a lot of meetings during the day too- inside and outside the centre. Usually my 'real' working hours are from 8.30pm to 1.30am, the only kids’ free time for me for the day. This probably doesn't look much different to other business owners apart from most of them are early birds.” What would your dream day be like? “I would like to wake up in a president suite in the Burj Al Arab. After the breakfast (Egg Benedict, a well-made one that can't be too sour), I will be on a private cruise with family and friends. I'd do two dives in the morning. One would be a manatee’s dive in Crystal River in Florida and the second would be for manta rays and hammerhead shark in Galapagos, Ecuador. After that, we would be served with a meal by a Michelin chef on that cruise, seafood preferred. We would then be taken to Africa to meet those amazing animals. And all those exotic fruits for afternoon tea. For dinner, I would love to have Asian cuisine by the infamous chef, my mum. Dreams are free you know... ”
the water can I feel, empowered, tranquil, and just perfect. And of course anything with my family. I can't wait to share the underwater world with my three children.” What is your favourite thing about working in Wainuiomata? “The people. I am really attracted to this loving, down to earth and tight-knit community. Especially my awesome staff and of course the children, they are basically the reason why I am there. They are pushing my wheelchair in 30 years’ time, we'd better treat them right I say.”
‘Depressed Bullet’ hits town Locals had the chance to come face to face with depression when a touring show hit town at the weekend. Rob Mokaraka brought his touring show “Shot Bro - Confessions of a depressed Bullet” to the old Wainuiomata College for three shows over Saturday and Sunday. The show was the story of Rob’s battle with depression and a traumatic experience. It is described as a black comedy which entertains and enlightens people, and encourages people to discuss what could be a difficult subject. The show was organised by local Tiriana Turara through her organisation ‘Peace within Learning’. Tiriana said she was “thrilled” Rob brought the show to Wainuiomata. “So many people can benefit from
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FINDING PEACE: Rob Mokaraka (centre) with Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Tiriana Turara and youth workers from Vibe following the show. PHOTO: Supplied.
this sort of enlightenment,” she said. She said she believed there were many young people who did not know how to access services or ask for help and said she thought as a community people should be able to talk openly about mental illness. Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace, attended the show and said he was impressed with the interaction with the audience. “Everyone should be encouraged to talk about these sorts of issues and get professional help when needed. Council was pleased to support this local initiative and hopes everyone who attended the shows came away with a better understanding of this sensitive issue,” he said. The show was also supported by VIBE and ‘Speakout Wainuiomata’.
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petition because she believed she had what it took to become a model. “I’ve always wanted to be someone. I’ve always thought I can be someone other than just working a regular nine to five job,” Kristen said. Kristen said despite moving overseas she was doing the competition for Wainuiomata. “I want Wainui to be known for its talents. I want talented people from Wainui to know you can reach your dreams. There are lots of talented people here, I want to show off how talented we are,” she said. Kristen said the main way she could win the competition was via Facebook likes. She said so far “more of her
New Zealand friends than Australian friends” had supported her but she was still looking for more ‘votes’. Kristen said she had done one campaign previous to this one and had got into modeling through her mum’s boyfriend. In the meantime, Kristen said she was currently studying to be an early childhood teacher. She said she would like to move back to Wainuiomata one day, but it would depend on how her modeling campaign went. To vote for Kristen head to www.facebook.com/Foreignhearts/photos/a.2790610024 46077.1073741830.152939131 724932/279061025779408/?t ype=3&theater, Voting closes Monday, August 1.
Health and wellbeing hits the mall By Emma McAuliffe
The mall was bursting at the seams last week with healthy ideas for families. The ‘Wainui Wellbeing Expo and Family Fun Week’ ran in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre from Monday to Friday as an opportunity for families to get ideas on running a healthy home. The expo was organised by the Warehouse Wainuiomata and Healthy Families Lower Hutt earlier this year. Other local organisations involved with the week included Boxfit, the Wainuiomata Fruit and Vege Co-op, Bee Healthy and Just Water offering boxing lessons, free dental checks and healthy food and water. Crissiemarie Lightfoot, service team leader at the Warehouse Wainuiomata said the expo went “really well”. “It’s really good to see so many families down here getting involved,” she said. Healthy Families Lower Hutt manager, Hayley Goodin, called the event a “success”. “A big part of what Healthy Families Lower Hutt does is connecting communities and services to help create more environments that support people to be healthy and well. The Wellbeing Expo is a great example of this in action. This was an event by the community, for the community,” she said. Tamatua Tua and Louise Waikari were
down at the expo to help provide smoking cessation through Kokiri Marae. They said they were at the mall for the most of the week giving advice to those who want to quit. “We’re promoting the service. We’re living examples of the practice,” Tamatua said. “It’s more than just giving up. It’s changing the way you think,” Louisa added. For more photos from the event head to page 10.
STAY HEALTHY: Organisations involved with the expo. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
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Wednesday July 20, 2016
Basketballers off to Vegas By Emma McAuliffe
PLAYING BALL: Jenna-Rose Mafua, Tia Remuera, Chelani Gray-Clarke and Zeke Stallworth are among the group travelling to Las Vegas. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Wins for Lions By Emma McAuliffe
The Lions had a full weekend at home with all three senior teams taking to the field at Wise Park. The Premiers played the Petone Panthers and came away with the win. The final score for the match was 46-16, keeping the Lions at 4th on the Premier table. The Lion’s next game will be against Whiti Te Ra Premiers in Otaki this weekend for their last game of the round.
The OG Lions and the Reserves played each other on Saturday. The OGs took the win, 20-14, and is sitting at second place on the Reserves table. The Reserves are tied third with the Randwick Kingfishers Reserves. The OGs next game will be against the Porirua City Phoenix in Cannons Creek and the Reserves will be taking to the field against the Randwick Kingfishers at Wise Park.
Six local young people are headed to Las Vegas to play basketball. Zeke Stallworth, Tia Remuera, Jenna-Rose Mafua, Chelani Gray-Clarke, Leah Mafua and Whatukura Taye Ratana will be headed to Las Vegas this Sunday to compete against American teams as part of the New Zealand Basketball Academy’s Las Vegas Tour. The New Zealand Basketball Academy has held the annual tour since 2012 for 12 to 18-year-olds to expose New Zealand players to the intensity of the American style
of play by competing against some of the best AAU club teams in the nation. The six young people from Wainuiomata taking part in the tour range from 12-yearsold to 15-years-old. Most of them have not been on the 10 day tour before. The tour would see them playing against American teams and spending time at an American College in California. Jenna- Rose, 13, said she was happy to have made the team. “It’s really exciting,” she said. Tia, 12, said outside of playing basketball she was most excited to go shopping in the USA.
“I’m looking forward to seeing some NBA players,” Zeke said. Coach Terry Stallworth said the tour provided a good opportunity to test the skills of the players. “It’ll be a good experience for them. They’ll get to see older teams play. We’re trying to see the USA team train and prepare for the Olympics,” he said. Terry said the academy was most looking forward to having ex tour goer and current NBA player, Steven Adams, on board in Las Vegas. “Steven Adams will be with us, cheering the kids on. It’ll be great,” he said.
Football results The Wainuiomata senior 1st XI’s played Waikanae at the weekend at Richard Prouse, winning their game 1-0. Their
next game will be against Karori Waterside Cougars this Saturday. The Women’s 1st XI took on Powerex Petone
and won 1-0. Their next game will be against Wellington United Emeralds on Sunday at Newtown Park.
TIME FOR BOWLS: People take part in the Masters Games. PHOTO: Supplied.
Registrations now open for Masters Games
IN TO WIN: Johnny Skinnon goes in for the try. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography
Locals are being encouraged to dust off their running shoes and head to the country’s largest multi-sport event. Registrations are now open for the 28th NZ Masters Games, to be held in Whanganui from February 3 to 12, 2017. The NZ Masters Games has been running since 1989 and is hosted by Whanganui and Dunedin in alternate years. Most competitors are aged between 35 and 85, with each sport specifying a minimum participation age. The Whanganui Events Trust, the Games’ owner, expects around 5,000 competi-
tors to descend on Whanganui in February to compete across 50 sports. As the World Masters Games are scheduled for April 2017 in Auckland, the Whanganui games are expected to provide a training ground for competitors to perfect their performances. Whanganui Events Trust CEO Kathy Cunningham said the group had moved venues and would hold special seminars and entertainment as well as the games. “In true Masters Games style, the social side of competition is also celebrated and encouraged. While we are
promoting participating in sport throughout all stages of life, competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated,” she said. “We have chosen 50 sports including marathon, touch rugby, table tennis golf, basketball, archery, athletics, blokart racing and Waka Ama. It is important that people realise you don’t need to be an elite athlete to compete, nor do you need to qualify. Just register online, get your sports gear on and come to Whanganui.” To register and view what sports are available, visit the NZ Masters Games website, www.nzmg.com
Wednesday July 20, 2016
Trophies and awards for Harriers The Harriers have been successful in a few races across the North Island this winter. Eleven athletes from the club took to Taupo earlier this month to compete in the North Island Cross-Country Championships. Taupo has hosted the race since 1977. Runners used to be selected through the Wellington Centre to compete however; it has since opened up to anyone wanting to run for their own Club. Athletes travelled from all over the North Island to compete in the races. The most notable performance from the Wainuiomata Harriers came from Don McGowan, who finished 2nd in the masters men 6km race. The race held before the North Island Champs was the Sanders, Gough and Burns race in late June.
The race is held between the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa clubs annually, each club taking their turn to host. This year the Hutt Harriers hosted the race at Sladden Park in Petone. Wainuiomata took out both the Gough and Burns Cups. This year was the third consecutive win of the Burns cup for the women’s team of Georgina Cox, Nikki Braniff-Jones and Shelley Tietjens. Luke Carman and Natasha Goldsworthy won the Gough Cup. The Harriers will be taking part in their next race this weekend with the Wellington Cross Country Champs held in Granada North.
OVER THE HURDLE: Don McGowan jumps over a hurdle in the North Island Cross-Country Championships. PHOTO: Supplied.
For any inquiries about the club, please call Paul Richardson on 021 0220 7651
Jubilee Cup still in reach By Emma McAuliffe
WE WON: The Womens team following their win on Saturday. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
The Premiers still have a chance to make the Jubilee Cup semi-final following a game against Marist St Pats at the weekend. Wainuiomata remains tied third on the Jubilee Cup table following the loss to Marist St Pats, 30-18. Marist St Pats is the only team to
Double win for Hockey Wainuiomata Hockey had a great weekend with a win each for the senior teams. The Reserve 3 team took to the field against Upper Hutt and won 1 nil. The team worked extra hard for this win as they only had nine out of the usual 11 players on the field. The Premier 2 team had a 4-2 win over Northern. Captain, Jo Martin, said this game was a “must win” for the team as it secured them third place on the Premier 2 table.
She said this was a significant achievement as the team was new to the premier 2 division this season and the “exciting” part of the season would begin as the grade moves forward into elimination rounds. Wainuiomata will be playing Victoria University in the first round of these qualifying games. The club’s two junior teams and the Wainuiomata High School team are on a break at the moment due to the school holidays.
HEARTY NINE: The Reserve 3 team. PHOTO: Supplied.
secure their place in a semi-final so far. Wainuiomata’s final game for the round will be at William Jones Park this Saturday at 2.15pm. They will be playing Poneke, who are currently tied for second. The Premier Reserves took on Petone at the weekend, losing 35-21 to Petone. Despite the loss the Reserves remain top of the table for the HD Morgan
Memorial Cup. The Reserves will be taking on the Poneke Reserves as curtain raiser for the Premiers this weekend. Kick off for the game will be at 12.30pm. The women have finished their club rugby round now, having beaten Oriental-Rongotai 24-12 to win the Victoria Tavern Trophy.
Sports talk with Jacob Page...
Stale, old Super Rugby Four New Zealand teams in the eight-team Super Rugby playoffs shows how dull the competition has become. The Kiwi franchises are so far ahead of their Australian and South African rivals, that with the exception of the New Zealand derbies, the competition is boring and stale. Their were four Trans-Tasman matches last week, all won by Kiwi teams with a points differential of more than 200-60. I long for the days of strong competition, when a trip to face the Brumbies in Canberra was a formidable prospect, when getting a win in South Africa was treasured. It feels like now you can miss all those games and not miss much. There is too much rugby, too many teams who simply can't foot it. Like most things, more teams
equals more money but a watereddown product. The answer - Australia and South Africa need to lift their game and work harder at grass-roots level to keep players. Argentina and Japan need time. The Jaguares have potential to be contenders in a few years, Japan I doubt will ever amount to much. It's important to understand that New Zealand is dominating this competition while playing each other regularly and taking competition points off each other as a result and it comes during a transition in All Blacks rugby. Great players have retired, yet there's been no stopping the New Zealand wave of dominance. Competition creates cash, the same-old, same old creates disinterest.
Wednesday July 20, 2016
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