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AWARD RECIPIENTS: Paul Knox and Tracey Mansfield from the Wainuiomata Community Patrol. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Two locals were celebrated for their hard work in the community at the inaugural Community Spirit Awards held last Wednesday night. Wainuiomata Community Patrollers Tracey Mansfield and Karyn Williams were awarded the Community Spirit award at the Wainuiomata Community Board meeting. They were nominated for the award by Wainuiomata Community Patrol coordinator Paul Knox for their teamwork in “working together to make Wainuiomata a safer place to live and work”. “They regularly work on either a Friday or Saturday night spending up to 9 hours each driving our streets searching for criminal activity and
Youth help out with curtain drop off Continued from page 1 Wellington Curtain Bank Coordinator, Lynley Wilson, said the bank first and foremost provided curtains for living rooms as it was where the “greatest part of the day” was generally spent. “It’s important that living conditions are as warm and dry as possible. The living area is the primary focus as generally in bedrooms when someone is in bed it is a bit warmer,” she said. Twenty five local families received curtains for their homes following the Curtain Bank drop off at the Community Hub last Thursday afternoon, after signing up to receive curtains in June. Lynley and Curtain Bank worker Matthew Squire delivered 49 sets of curtains to the community centre with the help of five Rangatahi Learning Centre students. Lynley said it was a “pleasant surprise” to receive the help from the boys. This was the Curtain Bank’s third drop off of the year and the next area to benefit would be Taita in Lower Hutt. “We aim to do five drop offs in the Wellington region annually,” Lynley said. For more information on the Curtain Bank head to www.sustaintrust.org.nz/inyourcommunity/curtainbank/
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working with Police to stop it happening and get criminals arrested and off of our streets. “They are regularly abused, have rocks and cans thrown at them, yet this doesn’t deter them,” he wrote. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace presented the award to Tracey and Paul, who accepted on Karyn’s behalf. Mr Wallace congratulated the two on the win, and said he believed they were “deserving recipients”. “Having read the nomination [I believe] the two recipients are inspirational with their giving and spirit,” he said. The Wainuiomata Community Board said they intended for the Community Spirit Award to become an annual celebration.
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Dance crew takes second By Emma McAuliffe
Local high school students danced their way to silver at last week’s Projektion Showcase. Twenty-four Wainuiomata High School students ranging from years nine to 13 formed a dance crew earlier this year to tackle the showcase, which was held on Saturday, August 13 at Whitireia Performance Centre. This was the first year Projektion had held the dance showcase which featured crews from Wellington, Auckland and Palmerston North and was audience judged. Wainuiomata High School’s dance crew placed Second Overall in the fi rst showcase and won Best Amateur in the second showcase. They were the only school team in the competition and competed against 10 other teams, eight of which were professional. Year 13 student, Tamara Seia, said the event was an “awesome experience”. “We made connections with other dancers. Saw new faces and talked to new people. It was good for our last year,” she said. Sapina Vailima, also in Year 13, said the theme of their dance was
inbrief news Say thanks this Father’s Day Next month local families will recognise and celebrate the role their fathers play in their lives. This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, September 4 and Wainuiomata News readers are invited to send in messages and letters, which will be published on a special page in the paper, celebrating the dads in our community. So drop us a line and tell us why you think your dad is great. Make sure to include your name and keep letters to 150 words. Selected responses will be published in the Wednesday, August 31 edition of the Wainuiomata News. Send your stories and letters to news@ wsn.co.nz.
Man stabbed ALL TOGETHER: The Wainuiomata High School dance crew at the Showcase. PHOTO: Supplied.
“money is the root of all evil”. “Our prop was a jacket which represented money taking over his life. At the end of the dance he took off his jacket which showed he
would rather have people than money,” she said. The students said their dance and music was student picked and choreographed. One of the teachers who as-
sisted with the group, Sonya Betham, said the group had had a fundraiser the previous evening which was well attended by friends and family members. “We had spirit,” she said.
A man was stabbed in Wainuiomata last week. Just before midnight on Wednesday evening a member of the public called Police to report a man with a stab wound was in their yard. The victim was taken to hospital and into surgery. He remains in critical condition. The offender has been arrested and charged with assault. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection to this incident.
Locals fundraise for community patrol car By Emma McAuliffe
FUNDRAISING: The team at Expressions Hair and Beauty and some of the Community Patrollers last Sunday. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
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Locals had the opportunity to get their locks chopped for a cause last weekend. The Wainuiomata Community Patrol teamed up with Expressions Hair and Beauty on Wainuiomata Road last Sunday to offer $5 haircuts to fundraise for the patrol’s new car. The haircuts, along with a sausage sizzle and raffle raised $700 for the patrol. This was the second year the Community Patrol and Expressions Hair and Beauty had run the event. Community patroller Tracey
Mansfield said the patrol was grateful for the support they received from the salon. Hairdresser and co-owner at Expressions Hair and Beauty, Kirsty Fitzgerald, said the team had given 87 haircuts over the five hour period on Sunday. She said taking part in the day was a good opportunity to “help out the local community”. “We all live and work here. We just thought, what we can do to help out a local organisation,” she said. For more information on the Wainuiomata Community Patrol head to their Facebook page or www.cpnz.org.nz.
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Incumbent mayor seeks third term
Glass falls from truck Residents were in for a shock last week when one side of the Wainuiomata Hill Road was closed for an hour on Friday morning. The road from Wainuiomata to Seaview was closed after glass from a rubbish truck fell on to the road. No diversions were in place while the road was cleared.
By Emma McAuliffe ON THE WAY: Ray Wallace is certain the Hutt Valley is on the move. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
The incumbent Mayor of Lower Hutt is seeking a third term in the job. Wainuiomata resident, Ray Wallace, has been Mayor of Lower Hutt since 2010, having served previous terms on the Hutt City Council. He had been running unopposed for the role up until the last week of nominations. Mr Wallace said he was glad people had chosen to run against him as he was a firm believer in democracy. “I’m very pleased there are a good number of candidates across the board. I was worried when I was running unopposed. I believe elections are the most important right we have. We all have a role to play,” he said. Mr Wallace said he was interested in running for the role again as he believed the people of Lower Hutt thought the council was doing a good job and he wanted to increase the potential of suburbs around the city. “As Mayor I’m feeling confident
National Poetry Day This Friday is National Poetry Day, a day started to celebrate poetry across New Zealand. Wainuiomata Library will be getting involved on the day by co-hosting “Tipi Haere - Words on the Move” with other Hutt City Libraries. New Zealand poet Apirana Taylor and young Hutt Valley poets will read their work at libraries throughout the day, concluding with a special performance at Taita Library. Poets will be at Wainuiomata Library at 11.30am on Friday, August 26.
Keep warm and save The Wainuiomata Library will be hosting Hutt City Council’s Eco Designer Martin Barry next month. Martin will be at the library on Thursday, September 1 to explain heat loss around the home, solutions to reducing your power bill and how to make your indoor living environment more comfortable. The session is free and will take place between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
that Lower Hutt is on the move. I was elected at a time where it was moving backwards. Clearly rejuvenation is on the way,” he said. Mr Wallace said issues to be considered when running this time included global warming and flood protection as well as continuing to support the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs and Sportsville. He counted several of the council’s feats in Wainuiomata as being highlights of his second term. “With Wainuiomata we’ve had the Community Hall upgrade, the Pukeatua Bridge come in, working on the Hill pathway. We’ve maintained the lowest rates increase in the Wellington region in the time I’ve been mayor.” “I want to see the shared pathway completed, work with the mall owners. I’ve been having regular meetings with retirement village owners. We’ve done everything we can so they build. It would be great to keep people in Wainuiomata.” He said a second road into Wainuiomata needed to be “reconsidered” by Council with community consultation.
Community board ends for triennium By Emma McAuliffe
The Wainuiomata Community Board held their final meeting for the triennium last Wednesday night. Topics discussed were the Community Spirit Awards and Hutt City Council’s current call for submissions on liquor ban areas around Lower Hutt. The Wainuiomata Community
Board is a legal representative body made up of six elected members and two Hutt City Councillors appointed by the council. The board is voted for as part of the local government elections happening in a few weeks’ time. According to the Hutt City Council the functions and delegations of the Wainuiomata Community Board include nam-
ing parks and streets, make recommendations to council and to advocate on the community’s behalf. Current chair of the Community Board, Richard Sinnott, said the main role for the board was “advocacy for residents”. “Putting the views of the community forward [to council] is really important,” he said. “That’s what we’re there for.
Because there are eight of us, there’s a good range of people to talk to. Our main focus should be talking to the community.” For more information on the role of community boards in the community head to www. lgnz.co.nz/home/nzs-localgovernment/communityboards/. Voting for Community Board members opens from Friday, September 16.
Wednesday 7 September beginning at 7:00pm in The Wainuiomata Community Library, Queen St, Wainuiomata. We’re sharing our vision for the next stage of the
WAINUIOMATA SHARED PATHWAY at information drop-in sessions on Wednesday 31 August, 6pm AND Friday 2 September, 2pm Wainuiomata Chambers, Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata The next stage of the pathway will be a safe and easily accessible path from Pukeatua Bridge to Wainuiomata. Members on the project team will be there to chat and answer questions. This follows an information session about the first stage of the pathway, Gracefield to Pukeatua Bridge, earlier this year.
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Wednesday August 24, 2016
Ex-councillor to join the hunt for top spot By Emma McAuliffe
A former councillor has stepped up to the plate and decided to run for Lower Hutt Mayor. Glenda Barratt, has put her hand up for both Lower Hutt Mayor and Hutt City Councillor for the Eastern Suburbs. Glenda said she decided to run for mayor because she was a “a great believer in democracy”. “I think even Ray would agree he should not go unchallenged. I was on the Hutt City Council for 9 years about 10 years ago. Local body politics has always been exciting to me,” she said. Glenda said she was standing in support of “rejuvenation of the city” and for public consultation. “I’m all for the rejuvenation of the city. I’m well of the belief that Lower Hutt is on the track with the event centre planned. I know the council is working towards getting the river bank under way. “I know that we need to prioritise public consultation. I have a
great belief in public consultation. Anything from here on out should go out to the public,” she said. Glenda said she was also running for council in the Eastern Ward because she had lived there her whole life and wanted to see action taken in Naenae. “I believe there needs to be a new Naenae hub even if it is closely linked to the Walter Nash Centre. I’d like to see something like the Walter Nash in Naenae,” she said. Glenda said she would be in support of a new road into Wainuiomata through Naenae. “I’m concerned about Wainuiomata. You’re about to lose Westpac, you’ve effectively lost the Warehouse. I’m concerned Wainuiomata is going to start looking very much like Naenae,” she said. “Wainuiomata has many things going for it, the shopping centre is not one of them. There needs to be public consultation, finding out what Wainuiomata residents
Dinosaurs in the Hutt This September Hutt City Libraries will be the host of a national touring exhibition about the first dinosaur footprints found in New Zealand. The exhibition “Dinosaur Footprints – A Story of Discovery” will be presented by GNS Science geologist Greg Browne, who discovered the first dinosaur footprints in the country. Visitors will be able to touch replicas of the footprints. There will be 3D printing and stop-motion animation workshops and talks by paleontologists for kids and adults on offer at libraries across the Hutt Valley.
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want. “All anyone can see is the one way over. I’ve voted for the road into Naenae in the past and I’d vote for it now,” she said.
Every now and again you meet a couple like Graham and Noelene Hood. Salt-of-the-earth, hard-working types, people who exude positivity and leave you with a better, clearer view of the world. Graham and Noelene travelled to the Margaret Stewart House - the Cancer Society’s onsite accommodation for out-of-towners needing cancer treatment - from Renwick, Blenheim.
“I’m over this time for my myeloma,” Graham said. He said he and his wife were fighters, as Noelene has secondary breast cancer which has now spread to her bone. The couple said they felt comfortable at the Margaret Stewart House because of its family atmosphere. “When we were here in February and March, we both had a birthday around the same time as another fellow,” Graham said
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“So we cooked up a big feast and everyone sat round for the birthday party. It was really nice. You never feel alone here.” Noelene agreed, and said you learnt a lot from other patients using the facilities. “One woman – her husband is going through what Graham is we were able to share our story,” she said. “We just can’t fault this place, we are so lucky to have it. When you fly in from far away, like us, you can just unpack and crash out. The Cancer Society is currently running a special campaign with the goal of putting solar panels on the roof the Margaret Stewart House. The solar panels will help the Cancer Society save more than $300,000 in power over the next 25 years. For more information on how to donate, visit the Cancer Society’s Everyday Hero page at http:// tinyurl.com/zu3y4vs
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: If you could go to the Olympics what sport would you play?
Bernard Kenny, Wainuiomata
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Shannon Bayley, Wainuiomata
“I would like to see the weightlifting and the hammer throw.”
“Athletics because it’s a personalised sport.”
“I like the sprints. I like watching them they are fun to watch.”
“I don’t know, probably hockey because I played it at school.”
“Rowing because I’ve always wanted to be a rower but obviously never got the chance.”
Gavin Walker, Wainuiomata “Lawn bowls because I’m a lawn bowler and I would like to see more of it promoted.”
LETTERS to the editor Composed by Tony Watling 16th August 2016
Horrified at bank closure Dear Ed, I am horrified to read my Wainuiomata Westpac Branch is on ‘the list’ to be closed, as I’ve depended on this branch since the 1970’s. Being an elderly pensioner, not being able to have Westpac service here in Wainuiomata, will force me to change to banks located over the hill. So I am pleading with
Westpac to review their decision and keep my local bank open. Do you think they’ll listen to me if I give their 0800 number a ring? I can only hope so. Regards, Mrs Marion Bolli-Guerin, Wainuiomata
New School Hall now, we have got. Fulfills our dreams, and helps a lot. Boards Trustees. We fill with praise. Refurbished Hall will standards raise. This is the place that students all. Will perform some big some small. Shows sport, and maybe dance. With hard work may dreams enhance.
Appreciation Dear Ed, Thank you for publishing the Wainuiomata News- in my mind an effective combination of the activities of the various groups in the Valley: the young with their scholarships and sporting abilities, the older with their concerns and friendliness. I see in the paper, more than factual reporting. Because of its positive,
impartial conveying of information it shows a pleasant colourful vibrancy- hard to describe but makes us more aware of the privilege of living in the Valley with its many peoples and many talents. Yours faithfully, Ron Stewart, Wainuiomata
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Silver and bronze for Joel By Emma McAuliffe
A local athlete took silver in a regional competition recently. Wainuiomata High School student, Joel Carman, came second in the College Sport Wellington Road Champs which took place on Wednesday, August 10. The year 12 student made it to the finish line of the 6km race in 19.48 minutes, 0.8 seconds behind the first place recipient Scots College student Callum Stewart. Joel said he felt pretty good about coming second in the race. “I’ve been doing pretty well [this season],” he said. He said he had been running 10 kilometres to 12 kilometres, six days a week in preparation for the races. Joel competed at the Wellington Road Champs at the weekend as part of the Wainuiomata Harrier Club. The event took place on Waterworks Road in Wainuiomata, just off Moores Valley Road. Joel came third in the Men’s Under 18 race, which saw him run 5km in 16.14 minutes. He came third in his race, finishing 15 seconds behind Wellington Harrier Athletic Club’s Max Karamanolis, who came first.
GOING FOR SILVER: Joel taking part in the Wellington Road Champs. PHOTO: Supplied.
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YOU’RE ALL INVITED to hear WINSTON PETERS speak Grey Power Wainuiomata invite you to their monthly meeting on Wednesday 24 August, 1.30pm at Life City Church. Come and enjoy two speakers plus Winston Peters, light refreshments after. Please confirm your attendance by phoning Jane Chamberlain 971 9189.
Creating young athletes By Laura Shipley Massey Journalism Student
A local primary school created young athletes last week at their Olympic-a-thon. Konini Primary School held a mock Olympics last Friday for students to have a go at sports featured in the Rio Olympic Games. Junior and senior students spent an hour doing versions of sports which included football, relay races, basketball and rugby. They even learnt about Paralym-
pics with one of the sports, volleyball, being played sitting down. Students spent five minutes at each sport and then changed. Organising teacher, Matt Pegg, said he wanted to do something different to country studies. “We wanted to do less country studies and more getting out there and doing sport,” he said. Parents were invited to come and watch their kids with money raised going towards Education Outside the Classroom trips and camps at the end of the year.
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PROUD TEAM: The Wainuiomata High School girls rugby team after their win on Wednesday night. PHOTO: Wainuiomata High School Rugby Facebook. By Emma McAuliffe
Locals have something to celebrate after two teams became champions in their grades last week. The Wainuiomata High School Girls’ rugby team and the Wainuiomata Rugby Club’s Premier Reserves
walked away from their final matches as champions. The girls took part in the WelTec Premier 2, Division 1 final at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua last Wednesday evening. They came away with a 4722 win against Wellington’s St. Catherine’s College.
The Wainuiomata Reserves took on Oriental-Rongotai in a home game final of the HD Morgan Memorial on Saturday afternoon. Wainuiomata won 23-15. The games concluded the club’s rugby season. Their prize-giving will be held on Saturday, September 3.
The difference between agony and joy at the Olympics comes down to centimetres and split seconds. Mahe Drysdale’s second gold medal in the single sculls rowing event by two centimetres - that’s the length of your fingernail. Julian Matthews missed the semi-finals of the 1500m by 0.39 of a second - snap your fingers and that’s how much time that is. Valerie Adams lost her bid for a third shot put gold by 21cm or two thirds of the length of your average school ruler. Four years of effort are coming down to the smallest of margins. So enjoy every medal, even if it is expected like Hamish Bond and Eric Murray in the rowing or Lisa Carrington in the kayaking. Just because those two gold medals were made to look easy does not mean they were. Take the New Zealand women’s
hockey team for example. They seemed like a team destined for a medal in Rio after their dominant performance in the last eight against Australia, but it has not always been this way. In the past two Olympic campaigns the team has floundered under pressure, unable to handle penalty stroke situations and finishing fourth both times. Watching the win over Australia, there was an undeniable feeling that the girls should have gained a medal in women’s hockey for the first time, however they came fourth once again. I’ve bemoaned our amount of silver medals, it seems like second is always a little deflating. Silvers from trap shooter Natalie Rooney and Luuka Jones in the kayak are the exceptions since they weren’t fancied to medal but coming up one short can often hurt just as much as finishing fourth.
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