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Wednesday December 21, 2016

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.

Devon Barnes, Wainuiomata

Naomi Serena, Wainuiomata

Asharna Owens, Wainuiomata

Kitana Hokaia, Wainuiomata

Harlem Taumata, Wainuiomata

“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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Violent offenders due to impairments Dear Ed, I went to a forum on education at parliament put on by Green MP Catherine Delahunty. Also present was Labour Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins and Green MP Mojo Mathers. One of the points of discussion was there was no data on some disability issues and impairments. There are no demographics on some of the issues like autism,

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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

and floor together and a new floor and roof installed. “The November earthquake was a timely reminder of why this work is so important. The Konini Reservoir came through the earthquake and aftershocks with no damage. We’re confident that it will do the same in future earthquakes,” Wellington Water project manager Tristan Reynard said. The Konini Reservoir is one of two reservoirs in Wainuiomata. It was built in 1959 and supplies water to around 17,000 Wainuiomata residents. It holds 5.1 million litres of water.

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