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Wednesday December 21, 2016

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.

Merry Christmas Wainuiomata and all the best for 2017

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