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By Emma McAuliffe

Hundreds of people showed their community spirit last week by getting involved in the ‘7 Day Makeover’ on Queen Street. The ‘7 Day Makeover’ was an event started by David Engwicht in Australia which sees people create places in their town centres in seven days. After months of organising, the event took place on Queen Street from Sunday, September 26 until Saturday, October 1. Continued on page 2 Harcourts team members, David Selig, Kayla Gough, Jessie Gough, Lisa Black and Ann Watkins celebrate the completion of the makeover. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe


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Locals get involved with painting the pallet seating in the town centre. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

The event was run by Love Wainuiomata Inc and saw residents come together to plan and create what they wanted to see in their town centre. This eventuated in more seating in Queen Street, tables and benches to dine outside and play equipment for adults and children alike. Harcour ts Wainuiomata became involved with the makeover by creating a fairy

garden at the front of their office on the corner of Queen Street and Fitzherbert Road. The project, led by manager, Lisa Black, saw members of the team and local children create a play area within the garden, as well as colourful seating. Making stuff happen champion for Love Wainuiomata, Esther Venning, said she was impressed by the commitment

shown by residents who would sometimes help out with the makeover from early morning until well into the evening. “People loved doing it. They loved getting involved and working on their projects,” Esther said. Esther said she was also grateful for the support the community had from local and national businesses. “The four unique deck seats

in the centre of the street were created for everyone to enjoy. They were only possible because Pestproof Pest Control sponsored 95 huge sleepers, Mainfreight delivered them fast for free, and builders like Rodney Hargraves donated huge hours creating them,” she said. For more photos head to page 10.

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two men. The victim remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Wellington Hospital in a critical condition with a fractured skull and other injuries. Police said they now wanted to speak to 36-year-old David Haddon from Wainuiomata. Police asked David to contact the Hutt Valley Criminal

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More than just books By Emma McAuliffe

Locals now have the opportunity to rent out more than just books from the library. A new initiative, which started at the Wainuiomata Library on Saturday, encourages an active lifestyle by offering sports equipment to the community at no cost. The Action Replay campaign offers big and small sports gear items as a free loan. Hutt City Council community sport advisor Mark Curr said the initiative was a chance for families in Wainuiomata to sample a range of sports at no cost in time for summer. The program me ta rgets families, schools, churches and sporting groups who may not be in a position to prioritise paying for the equipment needed to play. If the programme proves to be a success, more equipment will be added, creating more opportunities. “While most of this gear has been distributed for use through schools and community centres, we have made a big pile of it available for this pilot,” Mark said. Similar to taking a book out on

CORRECTION A story published in the Wainuiomata News last week on the Wainuiomata Playcentre mentioned there were three playcentres in Wainuiomata. There are only two- Woodhatton and Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata News apologises for any inconvenience caused by this mistake.

loan community members can borrow sports equipment, such as balls, tennis rackets, croquet gear and parachutes for a period of up to three weeks and then return them when finished. Library and Community Hub Manager Annie Reilly said she was happy to be supporting the pilot at the library. “We might be the first library in New Zealand to loan out sports gear. Wainuiomata is really lucky,” she said. Library assistant Carlo Patea said he was looking forward to hearing back from the community about how the initiative goes. “I think it’s a good idea and a good initiative. It keeps people active,” he said. Youth Coordinator at Youth Inspire, Tasi Fiso, said he had been using the active gear as part of his regular physical training sessions with clients. “I use the sports gear as a way to connect to young people and through sports and games change the lives of young people in our community,” he said.  For more information on the types of equipment available head to the Wainuiomata Library.


Civil Defence siren test There will be a Civil Defence siren test in Lower Hutt next Thursday, October 13. All sirens across Lower Hutt, including in Wainuiomata, will be tested for two minutes at 10am. The Hutt City Council would like to know if people can hear the siren test when it is performed next week. Residents can do this by completing a short online survey at For more information on emergency preparedness head to the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office website at

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Carlo Patea and Tasi Fiso are part of a new initiative which sees community members are able to loan out sports equipment. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Voting in this year’s local body elections closes this Saturday, October 8 at 12 noon. Residents are encouraged to have their forms posted by Wednesday, October 5 in order for their votes to be counted. Voting can also take place at the Wainuiomata Library. According to as of the evening of Monday, October 3 20.57% of eligible voters in Wainuiomata had voted.

Housing issues in the community By Emma McAuliffe

A local MP is shocked at the state of some rental housing in Wainuiomata. Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri visited Wainuiomata on Friday, September 16 as part of a regular trip to the Hutt Valley. As part of this trip she had the opportunity to learn about the national housing crisis specific to Lower Hutt

and Wainuiomata. “There’s a lot of housing issues per tinent to Wainuiomata, especially around the rentals and the quality which I understand includes dampness and mould. There are not enough rentals available and the costs are constantly rising,” Ms Whaitiri said. She said the housing issues also included people living in overcrowded homes,

who would not normally be considered to be homeless. Ms Whaitiri said she had spoken to local principals and doctors in Wainuiomata further about the issue. There had been feeback highlighting the links between inadequate housing and ill-health, worsned by affordability. “Families are not presenting at a local medical centre as they can’t afford the $17

to visit,” Ms Whaitiri said. M s W h a it i r i s a id sh e wished to support any families who wished to spotlight the housing issue and would look to encourage land owners to insulate their homes. “We need to bring homeowners and the community together for an open hui. We need to bring all the players together and address this as a community of Wainuiomata,” she said.

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New colouring group to start this weekend By Emma McAuliffe

A local woman has started a new group to bring colour to the community. Elle Abel has organised for a new free colouring in group to start at the Wainuiomata Library this Saturday, October 8. She said she had got the idea from attending the regular group held at the War Memorial Library in Lower Hutt and thought a similar group could work in Wainuiomata. “I’ve been part of the Lower

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Elle Abel with some of her own colouring in equipment. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Elle said the group would start by having two sessions a month and if it gained popularity the group could become a weekly event.  Wainuiomata Library Colouring Group will run from 1pm until 3pm on Saturday, October 8 and Saturday, October 22. Colouring sheets are provided, however, participants will have to bring their own colouring in equipment. Registrations not required, tea and coffee provided.

Locals disappointed with treatment from Housing New Zealand By Emma McAuliffe

Locals are upset after children were found rummaging through furniture from a house contaminated with methamphetamine on Ngaturi Grove last week. However, a Housing New Zealand spokeswoman said the delay on removing the unwanted items came after an alleged “unprovoked attack” on one of its contractors. The house was left with items of furniture outside for three days last week following the beginning of decontamination of the property by Housing New Zealand contractors on Wednesday. Council candidate in this year’s elections Josh Briggs lives adjacent to the property. He said he saw contractors begin work, however, large quantities of household goods were left outside which children then began to “pick through”.

Josh said he became concerned when he was informed the house was being decontaminated. “I then called Housing New Zealand. They confirmed for me over the phone they did have P Contamination. I asked them to come over, they said it was 3pm in the afternoon and they could not promise anything,” he said. A Housing New Zealand spokeswoman said the delay between the emptying of the house and the clean-up was caused by an “unprovoked attack”. “Our contractors made the right decision to stop work and leave the site immediately,” she said. “The items left behind did not pose a health and safety risk, however it is disappointing to hear that people in the area have themselves then entered the property, with their children, and have rummaged through the waste.” Josh said he was very disappointed in the lack of commu-

nication between Housing New Zealand and the residents in Ngaturi Grove. “There was no communication to any of the neighbours there was any contamination,” he said. “I acknowledge the allegations however, the contractors should have informed Housing New Zealand and not just left the waste there for an indefinite amount of time.” The spokeswoman said work at Ngaturi Grove had since been completed and assured locals Housing New Zealand always carried out a robust process when it came to the decontamination of its houses. “We safely carry out this work regularly every day, right across the country without incident. “In this instance however, due to the circumstances around the attack, it took us longer than normal to secure the site and remove the waste,” she said.

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Council retains credit rating The Hutt City Council has managed to maintain excellent credit rating, allowing for big expenditures last year. The council’s excellent financial management has again resulted in AA long-term and A-1+ short term credit ratings from Standard

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and Poor’s. Hutt City Council chief financial officer Brent Kibblewhite said Standard and Poor’s was “one of the world’s leading providers of credit ratings so an affirmation of Hutt City Council’s very strong financial management and strong

budgetary flexibility is a big vote of confidence”. “In recent years this Council has committed more than $100 million on a range of projects to rejuvenate our city. Our history of robust financial management means we’ve been able to balance

continued fiscal responsibility with investments in these new projects.” Some of these projects have included the Pukeatua Bridge on Wainuiomata Hill last year as well as the completion of the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, the rede-

velopment of Avalon Park with a new playground and the soon to be completed Walter Mildenhall Park development in Naenae. “It is an exciting time to be in Lower Hutt and rewarding to be part of a Council making things happen,” Brent said.

Do you have any issues or concerns? Come to my Wainuiomata clinic on Monday 10 October at 11am, Wainuiomata Electorate Office, Queen Street Mall For anything you want to discuss. Phone 568 2949 to make an appointment.

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Tufaina, Epi, Shane, Conner and Camilo creating lego houses. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

By Emma McAuliffe

The town centre has been a buzz in the first week of the school holidays with activities planned for both the kids and kids at heart. The Wainuiomata Library has hosted lego and embroidery workshops so far. Last Wednesday children had the opportunity to create their dream

houses out of lego. The workshop came as part of a wider Hutt City Libraries holiday programme “Tinker” which sees children able to learn to create a variety of things out of different materials. On the other side of the road the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre has hosted Nigel Kennedy the magician and the Hutt Valley Model Railway Club.

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The Hutt Valley Model Railway Club has their touring Rocky River Railroad on display in an empty shop in the shopping centre. Member, Barry Renshaw, said the display would be open for families to come and look from Tuesday to Saturday. “We’ve got a competition running too so children can win prizes,” he said. Authorised by Trevor Mallard, 26 Faulke Avenue, Wainuiomata

As your Councillor I will work towards: • Improved community engagement and consultation • Providing enhanced services for young people • Infrastructure that supports our aging community • Increased financial investment in Wainuiomata • Protecting and promoting our natural environment

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What was your favourite thing about contributing to the 7 Day Makeover?

Micky Rowse, Wainuiomata

Lainey Lewis, Wainuiomata

Alyson Lesniak, Wainuiomata

Brooke Lesniak, Wainuiomata

Cherie Babbington, Wainuiomata

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know new people.”

“I’m glad I finally got the stage and garden area sorted.”

“My favourite thing is having something to do during the school holidays and helping out the community.”

“I’ve enjoyed the painting and getting involved.”

“Painting different things. It’s nice seeing all the other colours around the street.”

Elle Abel, Wainuiomata “Gaining more skills by leading a team.”

LETTERS to the editor

Thanks for the support Dear Ed, Thanking all medical teams who attended our dad on December 19, 2015. You did a great job. Fire medics, free ambulance crews, Westpac rescue medical team and holy trinity. From the Wells family, Wainuiomata

Leave the name Wainuiomata Dear Ed,

Leave it as it is, please. Allan Stratford. Wainuiomata.

Don’t worry about the name, worry about the mall Dear Ed, I see Mike Grigg is at it again with another bee in his bonnet. Is he trying to outdo John Key and the flag Fiasco, with a Wainui one? That was a complete waste of time and money, our money, does he want to spend more of our money on another useless idea? Considering he introduced himself as coming from Wainui, what could he expect in reply. He should be concentrating his efforts on ensuring that Wainui

keeps its efforts on maintaining and increasing our mall. It used to be a great place to shop and it could be again. Not everyone can nor wants to have to go over the hill to shop. I cannot see any use in increasing the housing volume when there is nowhere decent to shop, what sense is there in that. Come on Mike get off your soap box about the name and find the right one to stand on. Rosalie, Wainuiomata

Candidates have their say at business breakfast By Emma McAuliffe

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The social life Residents of Woburn Home enjoy the busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme, which make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere. Day activity programme Woburn Home hosts a day activity programme for older people living in the community. Activities vary depending on what the attendees are interested in, but popular ones include baking, woodwork, bowls, and board games. Woburn Home’s day programme runs every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am-3pm.

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Candidates were able to have their say at last week’s development breakfast. Over thirty people turned up to the event which saw candidates for the Wainuiomata Community Board, Wainuiomata Ward on the Hutt City Council and Wainuiomata Mayoral speak on issues they believed to be important to Wainuiomata. Five candidates for Hutt City Council, three candidates for the community board and two Mayoral candidates attended the breakfast. Business owners were able to ask questions of the candidates they saw

as being important to the making of Wainuiomata. Issues included the progress of the proposed retirement village, the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and a second access route into the valley. The event was emceed by Richard Mills who joked he would also like to see a “winery” on Coast Road and even more speed cameras on the Wainuiomata Hill with funds made from tickets going back to the community. Earlier in the week candidates had the opportunity to have their say at the Wainuiomata Grey Power meeting. The events follow a debate earlier in September hosted by Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard.


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High School students have been getting out of the classroom and onto the construction site. Eight Wainuiomata High School Gateway/Industry Studies students had the opportunity to learn new skills as part of a work placement with local business, Ninox Construction. High school gateway broker Liz Goldsworthy said the students on placement had got involved through their chosen subject of interest. “As part of this students get to choose a subject of interest to

study. Carpentry is one of these areas. There’s been a group of boys taking carpentry this year and as part of it they have to do some work experience,” Liz said. Liz said she was grateful for Craig Foster and Melissa Warman from Ninox in agreeing to take the boys on. “It’s been a fabulous opportunity for [the students] to get a feel for it. I just thought it has been great. Craig and Melissa have got a real heart; it was a really positive experience,” she said. Craig said the firm had taken on the boys for several weeks. “Three of them took part at the

new housing development down at Fraser Colman Grove in Wainuiomata for seven to eight weeks and we had the other five working on the new $100 million School of Biological Science at Victoria University in Kelburn,” he said. He said the work the students were involved with included learning skills such as timber framing and steel framing as well as general health and safety. Craig said he was impressed by the students the firm had taken on. “We think what Liz has got going is great and we’d be keen to take any more that are keen next year,” he said.


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Are you hearing ‘bless you’ just a little too often? We all know the annoyance of sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat and eyes during an attack of hayfever. The strange thing is that the body thinks it’s helping us out!


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When dust or pollen infiltrates our body, our immune system thinks that the substance is harmful and releases a chemical called histamine into the bloodstream. Histamine acts on our eyes, nose and throat, resulting in the symptoms of hay fever. That’s why you’ll find that most hay fever treatments are known as ‘antihistamines’. There’s no reason to suffer – come and see us as soon as you start feeling the early onset of hay fever. We can offer you a variety of treatments from tablets to nasal sprays. We can also advise you on the most appropriate brand to best suit your symptoms, as there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Shiloh and Cherie Babbington enjoy some sunshine. Jasmine Acker and Keri Brown with the remembrance tree.

It is always trick to know if you have a cold or if you have hay fever, so we have a handy guide to help match up your symptoms so we know what we are treating. As the weather gets warmer, we should be getting out and about and enjoying ourselves! Don’t let hay fever rule our life – talk to us and we will get you sorted.

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Local couple celebrates 60 years of marriage Dawn and George Parlakchief have been married for 60 years. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

By Emma McAuliffe

Another local couple has celebrated their diamond anniversary this month. Dawn and George Parlakchief celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Wednesday with a family dinner at Alfred Coles in Lower Hutt. Dawn said the pair met on Christmas Eve in 1953. “We were both working at Griffins though neither of us knew it at the time. In 1954 we started

going steady. The rest is history,” she said. The pair married in Lower Hutt and lived in Stokes Valley until their house in Wainuiomata was built. They have lived in the same house since 1957 and George has been an active member of the Jaycees. Dawn and George have two sons, four grandsons and five great grandchildren together. Dawn said she did not think there was a secret to having a long and

successful marriage. “I don’t know if there is a secret. You have your ups and downs. You’ve got to be good communicators,” Dawn said. “And Dawn was a good communicator,” George added. “I think your family keeps you together. In the hard times you’ve got to have a lot of heart. You work at it. We’re so proud of our family. Our hobbies have always been following our sons’ sport and our grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sport,” Dawn said.

regional or national projects. National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, Chris Bishop said he encouraged Hutt Valley research institutes, iwi, community groups, educational organisations, and businesses to apply for funding. “The Curious Minds fund supports innovative projects aimed at exciting and engaging young people, in particular those who have limited opportunities to get involved with science and technology. “This fits perfectly with our vision of the Hutt as “Technology Valley”, where our young people are interested in and excited by STEM subjects like science, maths, and

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engineering,” he said. Previous Lower Hutt groups to benefit from the funding include the Hutt City Council’s ‘Hands On Hutt Science’, GNS Science’s ‘Action Planet’ and ‘Sensors in Schools’. “If you are a Hutt educator, researcher, community group or business with a passion for helping kids into science and innovation, I strongly encourage you to apply for funding”, Mr Bishop said.  For more information on Unlocking Curious Minds head to article/4/30/unlocking-curiousminds/


What is an average day like for you? “An average day for me is full of matters that challenge the mind. Whether it be work related or doing my Sudoku puzzles at lunch time. I have to keep my mind active.”

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What do you like to do outside of work? “Outside of work I like to chill out. Catch up with my kids for a coffee or meal or Skyping my daughter. I never plan weekends. I just like to go with whatever happens.”

If you could do anything in one day what would you do? “I went for a sky dive with my son earlier this year and would love to go again to Taupo. It was simply a blast.” Why do you love working in Wainuiomata? “There are two reasons and the one I love more than anything else, the people. Everyone is so different yet so community proud. The other reason is not having to sit in traffic for hours per week getting to and from work.”

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Local boxer comes out top By Emma McAuliffe

Craig Bennett with Manawa Lambert after his win. PHOTO: Supplied.

A local boxer has been awarded a top prize at a regional competition. The Wainuiomata Boxing Club’s Manawa Lambert was awarded the Most Scientific Boxer of the tournament held at River City Boxing Club in Whanganui on Saturday. This was the second competition the 14-year-old has been involved in. Head coach at the Wainuiomata Boxing Club, Craig Ben-

nett, said Manawa had boxed “really well” during his bout at the tournament. “He got a TKO (technical knockout) in the second round of his bout,” Craig said. “It wasn’t until the end of the tournament that it was mentioned Manawa was awarded the Most Scientific Boxer Award.” Craig said to be considered for the award the boxer would have to have good stand up boxing skill and good fitness, among other things.

“It’s all in the details,” Craig said. Craig said it was amazing Manawa was able to earn the award against other more experienced athletes, despite his age and experience level. “For a cadet, that’s excellent,” Craig said.  The Wainuiomata Boxing Club will next be involved with the North Island Golden Gloves, to be held in Taupo on Saturday, October 22.

First ‘Battle of the Valleys’ held By Emma McAuliffe

Sport Wainuiomata Inc took to the field against Stokes Valley Community Sports Hub at the weekend. Sport Wainuiomata Inc is a volunteer led organisation committed to running community events in Wainuiomata. The group hosted the first Battle of the Valleys at the weekend which saw Wainuiomata and Stokes Valley come together and play against each other across four different sporting codes. Sports played included softball, basketball, netball and rugby league. The Wainuiomata OG Lions played the Stokes Valley Knights as part of the latter. The event was organised for the two groups to build a collaborative relationship and create opportunities for families to engage in and participate in sport and recreation. Wainuiomata won on the day having taken out Men’s Softball 7-0, Basketball 111-66 and

rugby league, with results still to be confirmed. Stokes Valley won the netball 30-29 and the two womens’ softball teams drew 5 all. Sport Wainuiomata took to Facebook following the end of the tournament to celebrate the work done by both communities on the day. “A big thank you to the Sport Wainuiomata and Stokes Valley Community Sports Hub working group for all the time and effort put into organising this day. “It was all about celebrating our communities and we definitely achieved this. To the umpires and volunteers thank you so much.” Stokes Valley is set to host the next Battle of the Valleys next year. Sport Wainuiomata will return this weekend with the Superhero Fun Run/Walk.  For more information head to www.sportwainuiomata. com/.

The two basketball teams following their game. PHOTO: Sport Wainuiomata Inc Facebook

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National tournament to kick off Labour Weekend By Emma McAuliffe

Croquet club opens season

The biggest Maori Rugby League tournament in history is set to make its way to Wainuiomata at the end of this month. T h e P u ke a t u a M a o r i Rugby League club will be hosting the national Maori Rugby League tournament at Frederick Wise Park during Labour Weekend. This will include having 33 teams from across the country in Wainuiomata over the three day period. Pukeatua Maori Rugby League Club chairman, Taz Buchanan, said he was looking forward to hosting the tournament and the events

which would come with it. “We’re looking at the biggest tournament for Maori Rugby League to be held here,” Taz said. The event would include a market day running both days of the tournament with stalls and special performances, including the Wainuiomata High School Kapa Haka group. “Even if you don’t have any interest in rugby league at all we’d still like to encourage families to come down and enjoy the atmosphere,” Taz said. Taz said the Maori Rugby League Tournament itself would run on Saturday and Sunday and the club was

looking to run an Under 12s tournament on the Monday. Taz said the club was still looking for potential stall holders who may have something different to offer than the planned stalls. This could include arts and crafts, health providers, schools and charitable trusts, he said.  For more information on the upcoming Maori Rugby League Tournament head to For more information on the market and stalls contact Taz on 027 5300 480.

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Hutt City Councillor Margaret Willard runs the first hoop. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

The Wainuiomata Croquet Club opened their season at the weekend. The club’s opening day on Saturday coincided with their 23rd birthday, annually celebrated on October 1. Despite the poor weather the gathering was attended by old and new members, with some prepared to get out on the lawn. President of the Wainuiomata Croquet Club Nancy McDonald opened the celebrations and thanked the special guests, Hutt City Councillor Margaret Willard, Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard and National List MP Chris Bishop for attending. “Members, and particularly new

members and friends, it is heartening to see so many of you with us to celebrate this special day. “I want to say a special thank you to all of you who supported our numerous fundraising functions over the winter months,” she said. Following the opening speeches Ms Willard officially opened the club by running the first hoop- the club’s traditional way of opening the season. This was followed by afternoon tea and birthday cake.  For more information on the Wainuiomata Croquet Club head to wainuiomata-croquet-club

The Shield needs to go back to go forward The Ranfurly Shield could do with a makeover. I watched Wednesday night’s rugby game where Canterbury beat Waikato to lift the Shield but it didn’t look like many in Hamilton seemed to notice the game was even on. I’m sure it was much the same in Christchurch, unless you’re a diehard Mooloo or Canterbury fan, it probably doesn’t mean much. Gone are epic games of the past, defences of the Shield played in blazing sunshine in front of a packed stadium. Now, it’s at night, on a Wednesday.

The crowd in Hamilton was sparse and the atmosphere largely lacking. Yes, it was the middle of the working week but it was two powerhouse provinces, with excellent Ranfurly Shield legacies. The best move for the Shield would be for a Heartland Championship union to win it. Imagine what it would do to a place like Wanganui, Mid Canterbury or Buller. It would draw massive crowds and plenty of historical anecdotes from the amateur era. It might be a pipe dream

but it’s hard not to argue that the Ranfurly Shield meant the most to people and players, prior to the professional era in 1995. The national provincial competition serves its purpose well of generating New Zealand’s next crop of talented players ready for Super Rugby level. Why not have the Log o’ Wood be the symbol of grassroots provincial pride once again? It would be best for the Shield, best for the game and best for those supporters in the smaller sub-unions.

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