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Wednesday November 23, 2016

inbrief news Food for Fines Libraries across Lower Hutt will be running Food for Fines again this December. Bring non-perishable to any Hutt City Library, including Wainuiomata Library, between Thursday, December 1 and Saturday, December 31 and wipe $5 from your library account. Every item will be given to a local food bank. In Wainuiomata this would be Whanau in Arms. For more information head to www. huttcitylibraries.govt.nz .

White Ribbon Day White Ribbon Day takes place this Friday, November 25 with events taking place across Wellington throughout the week. The White Ribbon campaign aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to start conversations with other men and to lead by example. For more information on White Ribbon Day and this year’s events head to www. whiteribbon.org.nz.

Nau Mai Haere mai to the AGM of Whai Oranga O Te Iwi Health Centre Wednesday 30th November 2016, 5.30pm, 7 The Strand, Wainuiomata. Everyone is welcome. Please note that our evening clinic from 5pm-7pm on this day WILL NOT be running. 7 The Strand, Wainuiomata Phone 564 6966

Wainuiomata Marae opens doors to earthquake evacuees A local marae helped out those who needed it most following the earthquake last Monday. The Wainuiomata Marae opened its doors to evacuees from Lower Hutt and the Wainuiomata coast following the tsunami sirens which sounded in the early hours of Monday morning. Forty people sought shelter and were welcomed with food as they waited out the tsunami warning. Although the tsunami warnings passed the work for the marae has not and they have continued to care for families uprooted by flood and earthquake damage. Wainuiomata Ma rae’s Linda Olsen said she was t ha n k f ul to t he Maor i Wardens and local civil defence team for the tireless work and the local charity organisation Kaibosh, who turned up on Monday mor n ing wit h supplies. “We opened up to the community at around 2am

on Monday morning, and we’ve had about 90 people come in since then. We can’t thank Kaibosh enough – it’s because of their help that we’ve been able to feed everyone here a nd provide food pa rcels for whanau in need,” Linda said. Hutt South Labour candidate Ginny Andersen visited t he ma rae last Thursday to thank Linda and others at the marae for their hard work. “Linda and whanau at Wainuiomata Marae have gone above and beyond in caring for our community. Being amongst the fi rst to respond to the tsunami wa r ning last weekend, their work hasn’t stopped yet,” Ms Andersen said. “It’s places like this that are the defi nition of community spirit. Opening their doors up, no questions asked.” A community meeting is scheduled to review and plan for the next emergency.

Linda Olsen with Labour’s Ginny Andersen. PHOTO: Supplied

Mayor expresses gratitude to community following week’s events The community has been pra ised for its resil ience following last week’s earthquake and severe weather conditions. L ower Hut t Mayor R ay Wallace said despite the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and f looding happening a day apart the Wainuiomata community spirit shone through

“like a beacon”. “Within half an hour of the earthquake that rocked the township bringing power outages to most parts of Wainuiomata the Wainuiomata Resilience Network office was open and was liaising with the Volunteer Fire Brigade, Bush fire, Police and Community Patrol.

Mr Wallace said he was also grateful to members of the community who checked in on their neighbours. “I know it was appreciated and showed the strength of local neighbourhoods,” he said. “Like always, our volunteer Fire Brigades, Bush Fire Force Resilience Network,

Community Patrol, Marae and council contractors were all there out in the thick of it to render assistance and keep people safe. “My sincere thanks to all those that helped us during the emergencies. It was very much appreciated. It shows in time of need people really do rise to the occasion.”

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