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Locals have been left shaken following a severe earthquake on Monday morning. A 7.5 magnitude quake struck at around 12.02am on Monday morning 15km north-east of Culverden in Canterbury. It was felt across New Zealand. Aftershocks continued to ripple across the country throughout Monday. Households across Wainuiomata lost power and access to Freeview with some areas suffering external damage. Continued on page 2. A footpath on Fitzherbert Road was cracked. Photo: Emma McAuliffe




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Earthquake shakes locals Continued from page 1. Countdown Wainuiomata suffered severe damage with products falling off the shelves and parts of the ceiling coming down. The Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and Countdown would be closed until further notice. This would leave locals without a supermarket in the community for an unknown amount of time. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said he would be speaking with Countdown management to see what could be done for local residents. “Countdown unfortunately looks like it will be closed for at least a week. I will be talking to management about whether they can arrange small shuttles to take customers over to other Countdowns. “I think they have a responsibility to try and assist their local shoppers. As mayor I will be contacting them. [In the meantime] please check on your neighbours. If you’re doing the shopping it’s not a big ask to take your neighbours.” Wainuiomata Resilience Network coordinator Gabriel Tupou said the central civil defence centre at the Wainuiomata library was activated half an hour after the earthquake at midnight on Monday. “We activated the central civil defence centre at the library between 12.20am and 12.30am after the 7.5 magnitude quake. We had a very quick response in setting up comms. “We had volunteers here on the

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ground directing the influx of people from Petone and tourists from the holiday park in Seaview following the tsunami warnings,” he said. Gabriel said the group was “heartened” by the amount of support the network received in the nine hour period they were active. This included the fire service, the Wainuiomata Community Patrol, the Maori Wardens, Mayor Ray Wallace and his wife, emergency services, Invercargill the rural bush fire force and an array of other volunteers, he said. Mr Wallace said the earthquake had led to the city’s tsunami warning sirens being used for the first time outside of testing. “A lot of people were concerned about [the sirens] and didn’t know what they were or what they had to do. We test [the sirens] regularly but need to get the message out to the community about what they do more. “There was a real threat to Petone and Eastbourne and we saw hundreds of people evacuate on to the Wainuiomata Hill,” he said. Mr Wallace said he was grateful to the support the community had given. “I’d like to thank the many volunteers, those people who opened their homes and the Wainuiomata Marae which opened their doors to many people who evacuated from Petone and Kaumatua from Wainuiomata. Over all I think we’ve been very lucky. We’ve fared very well,” he said.




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The top of the Wainuiomata Hill By Emma McAuliffe

Monday morning’s earthquake has seen locals question whether another road in Wainuiomata is necessary in case of disaster. The quake earlier this week saw residents from at risk areas in Lower Hutt, including Petone, Eastbourne and Seaview, head up the Wainuiomata Hill looking for safety from tsunamis. Tsunami warning sirens were let off at around 2am

on Monday morning calling for those close to beaches and coastlines to evacuate. This saw an influx of traffic on the Wainuiomata Hill of Lower Hutt residents seeking higher ground. Wainuiomata Resilience Network coordinator Gabriel Tupou said the influx saw cars on the hill which police had to monitor. He said the network stood by their statements made to council earlier in the year. “We believe a second route

into Wainuiomata is paramount,” Gabriel said. Locals posted on social media voicing their concern on the need for a new road, however agreed cost and whereabouts would be an issue. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said a second route into Wainuiomata was up for discussion however would not provide any help in a major emergency. “If there had been a big earthquake that second road

would have been cut off. The Naenae to Wainuiomata road [up for discussion] would be very windy and it would be prone to slips so it would be more than likely cut off. “Our own hill dealt with the earthquake and all the vehicles. It is a very good solid road,” he said.

Meka Whaitiri’s Housing Hui, which was set to be held on Monday, November 14 was postponed due to Monday morning’s earthquakes. The meeting will now be hosted this coming Monday, November 21 at 6.30pm, at the Wainuiomata War Memorial Hall.

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Students sit exams following earthquake By Emma McAuliffe

Despite a shaky start to the week High School students in Wainuiomata sat their NCEA exams on Monday. Wainuiomata High School was the only school in Wainuiomata not to close following the earthquake early Monday morning. Wainuiomata High School

principal Martin Isberg said the school “had no reason to close” following a visual inspection on Monday morning. This meant New Zealand Qualification Authority exams continued as normal and students sat Level 1 Science and Level 2 Classics exams. Scholarship exams were cancelled on Monday morning by NZQA.

Junior exams at Wainuiomata High School were pushed back by one day. Martin said as far as he was aware no students were prevented from attending the exams on Monday, however students could apply for a derived grade. A derived grade is to ensure no student would be disadvantaged in exceptional circumstances.

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was to make sure students felt at home at St Claudine Thevenet School. As well as starting the buddy bench at the end of term three the students made sure every new entrant student had a student council buddy and every new student got welcomed to the school at a blessing ceremony held at the end of each term. Anaya said the group had some rules for the students who wished to use the buddy bench area. “You are only allowed to sit there if you want to play with someone,” she said. “A lot of kids were just sitting on it when they were tired,” Lelecia added. The group said they noticed someone sitting on

Local children have come up with a plan to make sure everybody has someone to play with at lunch time. A group on the St Claudine Thevenet student council has put a buddy bench place near the school’s playground. A buddy bench is a place for children to sit if they have no one to play with. If children see someone sitting alone on the buddy bench they are meant to ask them to play. Luta Matagi, A naya Julian, Lelecia Sa’u, Yan Lagutin, Timothy Manusina and Theodore Robinson were part of the group on the council in charge of the buddy bench. Their goal on the council

the bench most playtimes, but were pleased to report someone always invited the lonely child to play. St Claudine Thevenet School principal Sue Jury said she “really proud” of the students who had done everything except the concreting, when it came to designing the buddy bench and putting it in place. “They had a go at putting things into a real life practice. It’s really good learning,” she said. Sue said she had told the Board of Trustees about the success of the buddy bench last week. “They were all really impressed. They’re all parents and they want their children to have someone to play with.”

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Local primary school students were in for a treat last week when a famous author and performer came to town. Children’s author, Deano Yipadee, real name Dean O’Brien, visited Wainuiomata Primary School last Friday morning to perform songs and stories for an hour. The New Zealand author’s first children’s book “Jingle

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Images of floods around Wainuiomata. PHOTOS: Facebook. By Emma McAuliffe

Locals were left battling floods after some heavy rain on Tuesday. Flooding hit the Wellington region on Monday evening and continued throughout Tuesday closing roads a nd causing issues for residents. State highway 1, 2 and 58 were closed in places on Tuesday morning. In Wainuiomata schools were close d a nd civ i l

defence was act ivated following a significant amount of rain between 4am and 12pm on Tuesday which led to certain areas being flooded. Wainuiomata Resilience Network coordinator Gabriel Tupou said the central civil defence centre at the Wainuiomata Library activated shortly before 11am on Tuesday morning. A slip on the Lower Hutt side of the Wainuiomata Hill meant traffic was

restricted to one lane coming into the valley. “ We a c t iv a t e d a t 10.45am. We got people in the field and we were advised there was only one lane of traffic open on the Wainuiomata Hill,” Gabriel said. Konini Primary School, Wainuiomata Intermediate School and St Claudine Thevent School were closed following flooding on Konini Street. P ukeatua School was

also closed. The other schools in Wainuiomata remained open however, parents had the option to keep their children home. Wainuiomata Resilience Network continued to keep people informed of activity throughout the day and rain began to ease early on Tuesday afternoon.  Were you affected by the floods on Tuesday? Let us know at news@

House values on the rise It’s official- house prices in Wainuiomata have risen in the last three years. According to the most recent Hutt City Rating Revaluation for 2016 house values in Wainuiomata have risen an average of 26.3 per cent since 2013 and now have an average value of $299,000. Rating valuations are fit for purpose valuations carried out on all properties in New Zealand, usually once every three years to help local councils set rates for the following three year period. Rating values are just one of a number of factors councils use to allocate rates. Council rates would not be updated based on the new 2016 rating valuations until July 1, 2017. QV rating value central manager, Justin Latchford said, “The total rateable value of the 40,055 properties within [Lower Hutt] city is now $22.13 billion, with the land value of those properties now $10.74 billion.” “It is important to realise that the effective rating revaluation date of September 1, 2016 has passed and we have seen very strong value growth in the market since then, which can’t be included in the new rating valuations.” “This means in many cases a sale price achieved in the market today is likely to be higher than the new rating valuation and this is to be expected as growth in the market has continued since then,” he said. The updated rating valuations are independently audited by the Office of the Valuer General, and need to meet rigorous quality standards before the new rating valuations are certified.  New rating values will be posted to Lower Hutt property owners this week. If owners disagree with their rating value they have the right to object. The objection close-off date is Friday, December 23. Objections can be lodged online at or call 0800 787 284 to request an objection form.



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Q: How were you affected by Monday’s earthquake?

Campbell Barry, Wainuiomata “It was a big shock when the quake hit, thankfully I wasn’t personally affectedso I focused on getting as much information as possible out to the local community.”

Josh Briggs, Wainuiomata “It reminded me and my family of the importance of being prepared with food and water.”

Keri Brown, Wainuiomata “I was terrified for the safety of my children, and the realisation of being better prepared.”

Jasmine Acker, Wainuiomata “I was shocked as I grew up in Christchuch and I know how devastating it can be.”

Anaru Tuhono-Ryall, Wainuiomata “It was a huge shock; I was not prepared at all.”

Kristen Whiu, Wainuiomata “It was very violent and terrifying. I don’t think you can ever be really prepared.”

School holds health expo By Emma McAuliffe

Arakura School hosted their Health Expo last week to inform the community on health services and providers available in Wainuiomata. Different organisations came along to talk to children and adults about the health service providers on offer. These included Naku Enei Tamariki, Better Breathing, Kickstart Breakfast and WaiPESI, as well as Hutt City

Health Centre and Visique Capital Eyes. Board of Trustees member Katrina Barclay said they had received many “positive comments” from the community following the expo. “We got comments saying it was a nice community gathering. People didn’t know there were so many health providers. And the comments we got from stalls were positive too,” she said.

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Local girl takes top award By Emma McAuliffe

A local girl has proved herself to be top of the class after becoming dux of her year. Sacred Heart College pupil and Wainuiomata resident Alyssa Tomkies received the top academic honour for year 13 students at her school’s prize giving on Monday, October 31.

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Sacred Heart College’s proxime accessit to dux went to fellow local girl Celina Olivera. Alyssa said she thought it was “quite exciting” to win the dux award. “I didn’t think it would be me. My family was really proud, I think they were more excited than me,” she said. Alyssa said she received diligence in Religious Studies, Honours in Maths with Statistics, English, Biology and Classics. She also received trophies for being Top of Languages for her efforts in German and Top of English. Alyssa said she was surprised by the win as she did not think she had always done well in school. “Level one was really good but I didn’t do as well in level two,” she said. Alyssa said she was yet to celebrate the win. “We haven’t celebrated yet. I went out for dinner with my family and I got sent some flowers from my mum. I also got three identical cards from three different areas.” With year 13 behind her Alyssa said she was now focused on what lay ahead, but was unsure of her future because she had been awarded scholarships for three universities. “When I do go to uni I’d like to do teaching or psychology. It would be nice to carry on German too,” she said.

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Festival to ignite community By Emma McAuliffe

WaiPESI will be celebrating the Pasifi ka community of Wainuiomata at their special festival planned for the end of the month. The organisation is set to host their third Pasifi ka Ignite Festival at the Wainuiomata Community Hall on Saturday, November 26. WaiPESI, which stands for Wainuiomata Pasifika Education Success Initiative, is a group organised to support Pasifi ka families raise educational achievements of their children and young people from preschool age to tertiary level. The group has been running for a few years and holds a number of family events over the year including early childhood play

days, G rowi ng St ronger Together sessions for school age children, Pasifi ka Passion Careers Evening and the Pasifi ka Ignite Festival. Sisi Tuala-Le’afa and Jay Farris, WaiPESI’s two parttime workers, said they were organising this year’s festival in acknowledgement of the support and participation of their WaiPESI families and networks. Jay said the festival was a celebration of Pasifika “identity, language and culture” igniting the whole Pasifi ka feel for the local community to embrace and share in its wonderful diversity. “We’re igniting the whole Pasifika feel. We’re acknowledging the community that has been here a very long time,” she said. As part of the festival chil-

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The ending of World War One was commemorated at a special service last week. Last Friday marked the 98th com memoration of Armistice Day, when World War One was ended by the signing of an Armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers. Twenty people including members of the Wainuiomata Valley RSA and the public gathered at the cenotaph at 11am to mark a minute’s silence to those who gave their lives in World War One and wars afterwards. As part of the short ceremony the poem “Flander’s Field” was read and the flag was lowered to half-mast.

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Registrations open for 40th Round the Bays fun run Locals are being encouraged to get their running shoes on and take part in next year’s Cigna Round the Bays fun run, set to take place on the Wellington Waterfront. Registrations have officially opened for next year’s round the bays fun run which will be its 40th year running. The Cigna Round the Bays fun run will take place in February and Sport Wellington has already seen more than 800 per cent growth since it took over the organisation of the event in 1999. Sport Wellington chief executive Phil Gibbons was confident the 40th event would be one of the biggest and best yet. “We are focused on working alongside our principal sponsor Cigna New Zealand to deliver an event that allows everyone in the region to come into the city and enjoy the really fantastic experience that we recognise as Cigna Round the Bays,” Phil said. “Once again, the event will be delivered in keeping with our vi-

sion that ‘everyone in the greater Wellington region has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation’.” Chief executive of Cigna New Zealand, Lance Walker, said the opportunity to encourage the wider Wellington region to get out and get active was central to its sponsorship. “Your health is the most important thing you can protect and helping our communities maximise their health and wellbeing is a huge priority for us.” Cigna Round the Bays will be held on Sunday, February 19 on Wellington’s waterfront. The event will feature four distance options: the 6.5km Fun Run, Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk, Bluebridge 10km and the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon. Achilles New Zealand will once again be the official charity of the event.  Registrations can be made online at www.cignaroundthebays.

Runners take part in the 2015 fun run. PHOTO: Supplied

Local named in Hurricanes squad

School wins sevens tournament By Emma McAuliffe

Wainuiomata High School were winners on the sports field once more following a successful sevens tournament at the weekend. The high school took part in and won the Daniel Farani Invitational Sevens on Saturday despite some wetter weather. The tournament was hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Sport at Maoribank in Upper Hutt.

High Schools from around Wellington and Lower Hutt took part in the tournament as well as the New Zealand Institute of Sport Under 19s team. Year 13 Wainuiomata High School student Michael Martin was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The team thanked their families for the support and lunch and their coach Peter Umaga-Jensen on the Wainuiomata High School Rugby Facebook page.

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The second coming of Lazarus Peter playing for Wainuiomata Premier earlier this year. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography

A local man has been named in the Hurricanes squad for next year. Peter Umaga-Jensen is one of seven newcomers to the 2017 squad, named on November 1. The team will be looking to defend their Investec Super Rugby title next year. T h is wou ld b e t he 18-year-old player’s first season of super rugby. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said each of the new comers would add an exciting new dimension to 2017’s squad. “It’s exciting to have some fresh faces in the

team environment and I feel as though we’ve ended up with a very well balanced squad and some really interesting new options. “Peter [is a] young guy who can’t wait to get stuck in at the next level, so he’ll bring a lot of energy,” he said. Chris said it was important the squad did not see themselves as defending champions in 2017. “We are very proud of what we achieved last year and winning the title for the first time, but we’ll be going out to win it next

year rather than try to defend it. “It’s an incredibly tough competition, so everybody starts from scratch regardless of what’s gone before.” The Hurricanes squad includes 31 players who took part in the 2016 campaign and will again be captained by hooker Dane Coles. The Hurricanes Investec Super Rugby season begins in Japan against the Sunwolves on February 25 and includes eight home matches against Rebels, Highlanders, Waratahs, Brumbies, Stormers, Cheetahs, Chiefs and Crusaders.

Those who watched The New Zealand Cup last week saw harness racing history. Lazarus, the $2 favourite won the race by a staggering 10 lengths in a record time of 4 minutes and 53 seconds for the 3200m. The margin and time scarcely believable as the four-year-old made New Zealand’s best pacers look like donkeys. Not many four year-olds enter the $750,000 race; even less win it and none have ever done it in such emphatic fashion. I was at Addington Raceway, as I have been for most Cup meetings since I was a child (that’s about 12 in total). I have not seen such dominance. Prior to the race, I couldn’t bring myself to back it at $2 for the win.

600m from home however and the stallion looked like the greatest thing you’ve ever seen to double your money on. The Canterbury and New Zealand racing public probably have a superstar on their hands. The type of horse that transcends the industry and engages people who are the most casual of horse racing viewers. If Lazarus continues racing in New Zealand until his retirement, he could arguably become more beloved than Terror to Love, who won three consecutive New Zealand Cups. All of that is form and fitness dependent but in terms of laying claim to such accolades, Lazarus certainly made his intentions clear and he now has the harness racing world at his hooves.


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