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With the school year for 2016 now over the future Wainuiomata High School head students are looking towards 2017. Ruby Gardner, Joseph Tunopopo, Alex Faifailoa and Shiloh Babbington were announced as the head students for 2017 at the school’s senior prize giving last month. They had their first outing as leaders at the school’s junior prize giving last Thursday. Continued on page 2. Joseph Tunopopo, Shiloh Babbington, Ruby Gardner and Alex Faifailoa are the head students for 2017.

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Head students ready to take on 2017 Continued from page 1. The four said they had started to come to terms with their new responsibilities over their summer break. “I feel really privileged going forward,” deputy head boy Joseph said. The group said they were looking forward to what next year would bring as leaders of the school. “I’m most excited about getting to do it together,” head girl Shiloh said. “It’ll be really cool seeing everything that happens behind the scenes,” deputy head girl Ruby said. Head boy Alex said it felt strange to be among the eldest students in the school. “It feels weird being the oldest students. I used to think year 13s were so

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grown up and had their lives together,” Joseph added. “I used to think that year 13s were really tall,” Ruby said. T h ey s a id t h ey h a d some a dv ic e for new students who would be starting college in the new year. “Just enjoy it. As much as you need to study and achieve make sure you hang out with your friends too,” Joseph said. “Make the most of it. Make sure you do what you love and enjoy it,” Ruby added. “A lso t i me m a nage ment,” Alex said. “Live it up, it goes really fast,” Shiloh said. Wa i n u i o m a t a H i g h School students will be returning to school on Friday, February 3, 2017.

Free parking trial in Lower Hutt CBD to end early next year The one hour free parking trial in the Lower Hutt CBD is set to finish in April next year. From Monday, January 16, 2017 all long-term parking charges increased as a result of the trial will revert back to pre-trial rates. The first-hour free parking in the HC2 time-restricted shopper parking areas will continue until Monday, April 3 2017 because of current parking pressures across the city due to part of the car park at Queensgate

Mall being closed following the November earthquake. Hutt City Council chief executive Tony Stallinger said the trial, which aimed at attracting visitors and retail spend in the central city, was thoroughly researched but the results did not stack up. “We have given this trial longer than any other we have undertaken, but ten months of economic data shows free parking is not an effective strategy to attract additional retail spend,”

he said. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said he remained committed to working with CBD retailers to encourage business and was pleased by the significant private investment and development in the central city in the past year. “While free parking has not given us the results we hoped, the private investment and development we’ve seen in the CBD over the past 12 months bodes well for the year ahead.

WHAI ORANGA HEALTH CENTRE and COMMUNITY DENTAL CENTRE During the Christmas period Whai Oranga O Te Iwi Health Centre will be closed for Public Holidays Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 January 2017. Clinic will be open from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 December then open again from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 January 2017. The Dental Service will not be available from Friday 23 December but will be resuming service from Monday 30 January 2017. There will be no Wednesday Evening Clinic from Wednesday 21 December but clinic will still be open till 5pm. Wednesday Evening Clinics to 7pm will resume again Wednesday 18 January 2017.

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“The trial though has shown that we need to have a better understanding of our future parking need across the city. “Council has asked officers to investigate a full city-wide review on the future parking demands our city will face and we expect the results to be presented back to Council next year for consideration.”  For further information on parking changes set to happen check the Hutt City Council website.



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Girls learn how special they are By Emma McAuliffe

Local girls had the chance to learn they were special the way they were this month as part of a Girl Guide Badge. Members of the Kai Arahi Brownie Unit in Wainuiomata completed the “Free Being Me” badge last Monday. The badge, which was started in New Zealand earlier this year, seeks to teach girls aged seven to 14-years-old about body confidence and self-esteem by valuing their bodies, standing up to social pressures and supporting others in body confidence. Brow n ie le a der Ker r ie Wylie said the group chose to take on this badge because they believed it contained important messages. “We wanted to spread the word in the community about body confidence and not worrying about what you look like. There is not only one way to look or be beautiful. Everyone is unique and special,” she said. Kerrie said as part of the mission to get the badge the girls took part in several activities which taught them about self-confidence. “They had to look at and draw a picture of a cartoon princess and draw the dif-

Locals had their first chance to hear about a possible retirement village in Wainuiomata last week. The Masonic Villages Trust hosted a public meeting last Thursday afternoon to inform possible future residents and find out what locals would want from the Wainuiomata Masonic Village. Over 70 people attended

It may all change in a few days but so far Christmas Day looks like a sunny one. According to MetService, Wainuiomata is set to have a fine day with light winds expected. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 16C and a low of 13C.

Family walk A Kev the Kiwi Buggy Walk will be taking place at the Gums Loop Track in early January. The free walk, hosted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council with Kev the Kiwi, will be taking place between 10.30am and 12pm on Thursday, January 5. The family walk will finish with games for the children organised by Leisure Active. For more information head to kev-the-kiwi.

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ferent features including long hair and makeup. They described it and had a discussion about how it was not possible to be the perfect princess. “They wrote secret messages to other girls in their group and they had to write something nice in the note,”

the meeting, including local members of parliament and the Hutt City Council, as well as interested members of the community. Masonic Villages Trust CEO, Warwick Dunn and project architect Peter Eising spoke at the meeting and answered questions at the end. Warwick said it was likely homes at the proposed village would be one to three bedroom villas and apartments.



she said. Their final activity saw the girls designing t-shirts with messages about body confidence, which they then wore to school last Tuesday. “The girls wrote different messages on their t-shirts including “you’re a star just as you are”, “you are amazing”,

Aged care and respite care would be consulted upon later in the process, he said. “What we would like to know is what you want. We would not be here today if we did not have the commitment to make this happen. “A long conversation has taken place to get us to this stage and has required a lot of dedication. We need a level of commitment from you as a community,” he said.

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“real girls are not perfect”. We had a list of them and they chose their favourites to put on their t-shirts,” Kerrie said.  For more information on the Kai Arahi Brownie Unit or to join next year contact Kerrie on 0273205164 or Liz on 0272132845.

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Questions asked at the meeting included whether small pets would be allowed at the village and whether there would be hospital level care. One member of the public asked how long it would take until the village would be finished. Warwick estimated that should the trust decide to proceed with the Wainuiomata Masonic Village the first houses should be built towards the end of 2018.

Te Ra o te Raukura festival The Te Ra o te Raukura festival returns at the end of next month. The free festival will be celebrating its 23rd year on Sunday, January 29 from 10am to 4pm at Te Whiti Park on Whites Line East in Lower Hutt. The festival will have musical acts including Fat Freddy’s Drop and a youth zone. Head to the “Te Ra o te Raukura” Facebook page for more information.


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inbrief news Shows at McEwan Park Got nothing planned between Christmas and New Year? Two big shows are set to hit the stage at McEwan Park in Petone. Shapeshifter, Ladi6, Sunshine Sound System and The Upbeats will be taking the stage on Tuesday, December 27. Katchafire, Kora, Sons of Zion and Aaradhna will be playing on Friday, December 30. Both shows are R18. For more information and for tickets head to

Students celebrated for being community minded By Emma McAuliffe

Local students were celebrated for their hard work in their

school community last week. Children who took part in Junior Neighbourhood Support at Arakura School throughout

the year were rewarded for their efforts in keeping other students safe at the school’s final prize giving on Wednesday.

Be mindful on the roads before Christmas Locals are being urged to be careful on the roads during the holiday period. Police will maintain a highly visible presence on the roads over summer and will be using a range of tactics including focusing on those who choose to drive above the speed limit, those not buckled up, and those driving while impaired. Speed cameras positioned in high risk crash areas are set to enforce a reduced speed threshold of 4km/h until January 31 2017.

Geocaching Geocaching is an outdoor activity played worldwide like a treasure hunt using clues and GPS coordinates to find different things. Locals interested in learning more about geocaching this summer can head to a workshop at the War Memorial Library in Lower Hutt. The free, all ages workshop will be taking place on Thursday, June 12 from 5pm until 6pm.

Investigators committed to resolving Upper Hutt homicide Police’s investigation into the homicide of Lois Tolley is ongoing. Police are still seeking the knife and firearm believed to have been used in the attack on Lois, and continue to seek information on the four men seen heading for her Ward Street address shortly before midnight on Friday, December 9. They are described as in their 20s, wearing dark, hooded clothing. In addition, Police have identified other persons of interest who will be spoken to in due course. Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The winning students with neighbourhood support coordinator Claire Taylor.

Year four student Ryan Edger and year two student Devon Woodford were both given certificates for their work in helping other students around the school. Year five student Erin Little and year six student Hailee O’Connor were given the chance to go to the Junior Neighbourhood Support Big Day Out next year which could see them going on a trip with other students from around Lower Hutt. Hailee said Junior Neighbourhood Support was about looking out for other students. “It’s about looking out for other kids in your school and showing them how to be good. “We all took part and got a special prize. They go to people who have done things for their classmates,” she said. Junior Neighbourhood Support currently runs at both Arakura School and Fernlea School in Wainuiomata. The aim is to establish a sense of pride, safety and community spirit in children within their schools and wider community.

River recognised for improvement A local river picked up an accolade at the recent River Awards. The Wainuiomata River was judged the most improved river in the Wellington Region at the ceremony. The River Awards, run by the New Zealand Rivers Trust and the Morgan Foundation, recognise long-term improvement in waterways around the country. Each year the awards look at a different variable which

had been measured in rivers across New Zealand for a period of 10 years. Wellington Water and Hutt City Council have been working on improving the wastewater network in the urban Wainuiomata catchment since 2008. Wellington Water believes one of the leading causes of poor water quality in rivers and streams is wastewater entering the waterway. “We’ve worked hard on

improving the water quality of the Wainuiomata River, and it’s wonderful that the hard work of our staff and contractors has been recognised,” Wellington Water’s chief executive Colin Crampton said. Wellington Water inspects approximately eight kilometres of wastewater pipes in Wainuiomata annually to see which ones need repairing or replacing. Renewing wastewater pipes helps to improve river water

quality by eliminating leaking joints that could be leading to pollution of the environment. Over the last nine years, approximately 8,145 metres of wastewater mains have been renewed in Wainuiomata as a result of these inspections.  For more information on the Wainuiomata River head to For information on the awards head to www.

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Pop Up Christmas makes its way to Wainuiomata By Emma McAuliffe

Locals had the chance to get in the holiday spirit this week at a special event at the Queen Street Reserve. The Hutt City Council Pop Up Christmas made its way to Wainuiomata on Monday evening. The two hour event featured a pantomime by Lower Hutt playwright Geraldine Brophy and a band of carollers. Several families attended the Pop Up which saw children entertained by

the pantomime, edited to feature references to schools around town. “I smell a Wainuiomata Primary and I smell an Arakura School,” a character in the play said to giggles from the younger members of the audience. Pop Up Christmas took place in eight suburbs around Lower Hutt this year including Wainuiomata. The final performance took place in Eastbourne on Tuesday. T he events were organised by the Hutt City

Council following the success of the 2015 Pop Up Carols. “We had such an awesome response to last year’s carols across the city we did it again this year. “People loved the concept of bringing Christmas to the suburbs and having a series of events meant there was more than one option for busy families to choose from,” Hutt City Council city promotions manager Brad Monaghan said, earlier this year.

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A magical end to the year

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An Arakura Kindergarten student with Zappo the Magician. PHOTO: Supplied.

A local kindergarten had a magical end to the school year last week. Arakura Kindergarten celebrated the end of the year with a magic show performed by Zappo the Magician. Head teacher Debbie Henderson said Zappo was a regular at Arakura’s end of the year celebrations

and his forty minute show “captivated his audience” including the kindergarten students, their siblings and parents. “They were amazed, they laughed and the appearance of Jelly the rabbit had them all gathered round hoping that they would get to have a pat.

“Some of the tamariki even had the opportunity to become Zappo’s assistant and help him to perform his amazing magic,” she said.  Children and teachers at Arakura Kindergarten would be starting back at kindergarten on Wednesday, January 25 2017.

The last of the high school prizegivings took place last Thursday and celebrated the junior members of Wainuiomata High School. This year the school introduced a new point system for the students which could then be rewarded in the form of a bronze, silver or gold certificate. High school principal Martin Isberg said the school introduced the gold certificate system as a way for students to begin to prepare for NCEA. “It’s an aspirational goal. We can all do better in what we do. It’s a combination of academic achievement, working with others and managing yourself,” he said. The Hutt South candidates for both National and Labour gave speeches at the prize giving, encouraging students to work hard whilst quoting other famous names. “Nobody is going to give you anything you haven’t earned,” Chris Bishop told the audience quoting US President Barrack Obama. “Education gives you the tools and skills to go forward,” said Ginny Andersen quoting Sir Apirana Ngata. The award for top year 9 student went to Sarah McLeod-Venu and the top year 10 student was Tessa Smoothy.


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: We asked year 6 students at Wainuiomata Primary School what Christmas meant to them and what they would like to get for Christmas.

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“Christmas means everything to me. I would like to get the Maze Runner Books.”

“Christmas means spending time with family. I would like to get a bike.”

“Christmas means presents. I would love a tiny puppy I can dress in clothes.”

“Christmas means celebrating “Christmas means the birth of Jesus. I would like a everything. I would like a tiny kitten.” drift trike.”

Joshua Le’afa-Peki, Wainuiomata “Christmas means spending time with my family. I would also like a drift trike.”

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dyspraxia, and dyslexia . If data was available then the case could be made for education to be better funded. After the Education forum, walking the halls at parliament, a conversation started between Catherine and myself about how many men could be ending up in the criminal justice system because they had been violent due to impairments they had. If they were violent offenders

they should be examined to see if they had impairments because of the miscommunication that leads to violence when they enter prison. Remember it is always those that get caught lashing out who get punished not those that trigger the violence. Catherine’s response was it would be a good idea for a private members bill. Mike Grigg, Wainuiomata

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The water supply network in Wainuiomata is now more resilient with the recent completion of seismic strengthening of the main Wainuiomata reservoir. Strengthening work has been taking place at the Konini Reservoir in Parkway for several months following a review. The review found it needed to be strengthened so that it could still operate after a strong earthquake. The strengthening work started in June and the reservoir was back in service this month. It cost $1.5 million and the reservoir is now expected to last another 50 years. A new beam was fitted to tie the walls

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Christmas lights Christmas lights have been popping up in almost every suburb of Wainuiomata. Reporter Emma McAuliffe took a drive this week to capture some of the best on display.

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Local organisation Community teams up to get every single student to TRY helps young people onto bikes Local community organisations have banded together to ensure all students in Lower Hutt can participate in next year’s Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. YouthWise Trust’s Biketec, Hutt City Council, Sanitarium and local cycle businesses Avanti Plus Lower Hutt and Cycle Science have teamed up for the ‘Donate Your Bike for Good’ campaign, and are asking the community to help. The ‘Donate your Bike for Good’ campaign asks people to drop off their old bike and helmet to Avanti Plus Lower Hutt or Cycle Science before Christmas and receive a $50 store credit towards the purchase of a new bike. The bike’s condition would not matter as they would be restored and made ready for use by Biketec. These bikes would enable more Lower Hutt students to participate in the TRYathlon in March 2017 and in other

future events, teaching them a valuable skill for life and removing access to a bike as a barrier to participation. In 2016, 1,077 students completed the Kids TRYathlon. More than 200 of them did so using some part of the access package put together by Biketec and the council. The package included subsidised entries, access to pools and to bikes and cycle skills training. The Lower Hutt community generously donated bikes and helmets which enabled sixty students without bikes of their own to train for and race in the TRYathlon. Those 60 donated bikes have remained in schools for students to gain skills and keep active. Two hundred and fifty subsidised entries for the TRYathlon have already been taken up by the lower decile schools.

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A local organisation has been helping out behind the scenes getting children on bikes. Biketec is a programme part of Youth Wise Trust, which seeks to join youth development with health, education and community involvement based in Wainuiomata. It has been running for three years. As part of this the programme gives local young people the opportunity to learn to ride and maintain a bicycle. Locally this has included maintaining bikes at to Fernlea School and helping with bikes for the Weetbix TRYathlon next year, Biketec manager Simon Gilbert said. “We’ve been fixing up a whole lot of bikes for Fernlea School that had been previously donated. This works in with the bike track at the school. “We’re the only organisation building

bikes for kids to use at the TRYathlon. It should help over 50 kids to do it. [We’ve built and fixed so many bikes] 55 young people who couldn’t do it beforehand can do it now,” he said. Simon said as well as building and maintaining bikes for schools around Lower Hutt, Biketec also helped children learn how to maintain their own bikes. “We also teach bike maintenance in schools. At primary school we teach basic things like pumping a tyre and in high school they learn to fault find,” he said. They had also trained other young people to become bike mechanics as well as taking young people up the Wainuiomata Trail Project, he said.  For more information on Biketec head to their Facebook page or to www.biketec.

Things got a little ugly after Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker’s world title win in Auckland on Saturday. Both the general public and many within boxing circles both nationally and internationally are split over whether he won the fight against Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jr. The head of New Zealand Boxing Lance Revill labelled the result as “bulls***” and believes Ruiz was “ripped off” after losing on points. Revill is a former boxer and respected referee. Others have said David Tua, a man who fought for the unified world title against Lennox Lewis in 2000, would dispose of Parker easily. I had Parker winning by one round, after he finished the stronger of the fighters in the last six rounds of the 12-round bout. I’m by no means a boxing expert but I felt Ruiz didn’t land many telling blows despite pressing forward at every opportunity. While Parker didn’t look destructive either, he scored with his jab at will

Junior cricket players Junior cricket players continued their success on the pitch at the weekend. The year six team played the Hutt Valley Aces and won 160-110. Udaraka Wanigaasighe scored 18 runs and Milan Patel scored 11. Wainuiomata’s year 6s have so far played three games and have won two of them. Weekend sport will restart in the new year.

Milan Patel. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography

Udaraka Wanigaasighe. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography

late in the fight. The jab isn’t going to knock a boxer out but it does cause damage and is often used as a set-up punch for more devastating strikes. Parker’s defence, an often overlooked trait, is also excellent. For the public, the 24-year-old is a tough fighter to watch. Unlike Tua, he’s not a knockout artist. Tua’s fights had an easy story to be told and to read. Tua came in, big punch, opponent is knocked out, Tua wins - simple. Parker seems happy to work long into a fight and use his height, reach and superior hand speed, none of which Tua had, to win fights. Parker’s style is not as explosive or visually appealing. He is also fighting in a weaker heavyweight division than Tua fought in. It’s my opinion Tua could have won a world title in this era of multiple champions. However, Parker deserves some credit - by hook or by crook he created history and has the belt to prove it.


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