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Tourists everywhere, from overseas to Wellington Road will soon be able to check out the communityâ€™s best tourist attractions on a localised map. A visual map of the tourist attractions around Wainuiomata is currently on display at the Wainuiomata Community Library and shows activities from the Parkway Park playground to quad bikes on the Coast Road. Continued on page 2. Wainuiomata Community Hub manager Annie Reilly with Esther Venning and the map outside the library.
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New map shows off tourist points around Wainuiomata Continued from page 1. It comes as part of a partnership between Hutt City Council, the Wainuiomata Community Hub and Love Wainuiomata. Ma k ing stuff happen champion for Love Wainuiomata, Esther Venning, said she hoped the map would eventually form part of an “information hot spot” at the Wainuiomata Community Library which would see an area of the library dedicated to showing off what Wainuiomata had to offer. “We want to have an info panel for any visitors to Wainuiomata, and that could be people from overseas or locals. “The whole idea is that they would be coming to Queen Street, stopping here and maybe wondering where they
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could go next,” she said. Esther said the map had been designed by a local artist, Little Gem, and focused on pictures of all of the activities certain destinations featured. “[We picked] the cartoon imagery to really show people what’s on offer. We want people to look at the map and quickly see the activities at each place,” she said. “It tells a whole story with an image.” Esther said the map would be slightly bigger than A4 and would be available at the library and local businesses in the future. What do you think? Do you think the map is a good way to show off the community’s assets? Let us know at news@ wsn.co.nz.
Artists wanted for local mural By Emma McAuliffe
Local artists have two days to get their applications in to create a mural on one of Wainuiomata’s Chorus boxes. The Hutt City Council and Chorus are currently looking for mural artists for five of Lower Hutt’s large Chorus cabinets. One of these boxes sits on the corner of Meremere Street and Parkway. Graffiti manager for the Hutt City Council, Ray Gorin, said the project came as part of a wider programme by Chorus looking to dress up cabinets around the country. “There’s been a number done [in Lower Hutt] already and now we’ve picked five more that we thought would be quite good to dress up. One of these is in Wai-
nui, on the corner of Parkway and Meremere Street- there’s a big one there,” he said. Ray said the council and Chorus were looking for expressions of interest from established mural artists who were looking to create something around the community the cabinet was located in. “We’ve left it up to the artist but we’d like them to keep the community they’re in in mind when they submit. For example if there are particular birds in that community they could feature on the mural,” he said. For more information on how to make an expression of interest head to the Hutt City Council website, www.huttcity.govt.nz/. Expressions of Interest close on Friday, January 20.
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Local receives The Queen’s Service Medal By Emma McAuliffe
A local resident received a top award over the new year’s break. John May, of Wainuiomata, was awarded The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the New Zealand Fire Service and the community in the 2017 New Year Honours list. John was a member of the Petone Volunteer Fire Brigade from 1969 to 1998, during which time he also held roles as volunteer station officer and volunteer training officer. He has been a member of the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1998 and is currently serving as senior station officer and welfare representative. He has been a director and trustee of the New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union since 2003. John was also president of the
Wainuiomata Rotary Club from 2006 to 2007 and is currently past chairman of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association. John said it was “quite humbling and unexpected” to have been nominated for the award. “The family were all very proud,” he said. He said his award was a credit to the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade. “I think the brigade should be really proud of the achievement and their high standing in the community,” he said. The Queen’s Service Medal was instituted by New Zealand in 1975, at the same time as The Queen’s Service Order. The purpose of both The Queen’s Service Order and The Queen’s Service Medal is to recognise voluntary service to the community and also elected or appointed public office.
A local community group has lost their tools following an incident last week. Community volunteer group Wainuiomata Trail Project had around $2000 worth of gear stolen from a tool box, kept on the Freewheel track at Waiu Park last Tuesday. The trail project builds and maintains the mountain bike tracks accessible from Waiu Park. Trail project treasurer Dave
Robson said he believed the theft had taken place the previous weekend. “Stolen was a portable generator, a rock breaker, and various hand tools [including] mattocks, spades and pick axes. “We estimate the value was around $2000. It was not insured due to unaffordable insurance premiums,” he said. Dave said the reinforced metal box had been kept on the track for three years so volunteer diggers had easy access to tools rather than having to carry them
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up the hill. He said so far the group was not sure how much it would cost to repair the toolbox. “The theft of tools will limit our ability to undertake maintenance work on the tracks to keep them usable, and as we are volunteers and raise our own money, our budget to replace them is limited. “The mountain biking community has been very supportive following the theft, within a few days had donated $1000 via Givealittle to replace the
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Dog lovers will be able to take the four legged friends to Sladden Park next week for PAWS in the Park. PAWS in the Park will take place from 10am to 12pm on Sunday, January 29 at Sladden Park, on Bracken Street in Petone. Bring good walking shoes, a picnic lunch and plastic bags for your dog’s poo.
Freddie Flash and the Firebirds will be playing at the Petone Working Men’s Club this weekend. The free, R18 concert will take place on Sunday, January 22 from 7pm to 11pm. The band will be playing 1950s and ‘60s classics from such artists as Bill Hayley and the Comets, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee and Lesley Gore.
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missing tools. “These donations are from local riders and others throughout the Wellington region and the country, as the park and its tracks are well known nationally,” he said. To help out the Wainuiomata Trail Project with their efforts head to www.givealittle.co.nz/ cause/wtp. For more information on the Wainuiomata Trail Project head to their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ wainuiomatatrailproject/.
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of New Zealand at Scott Base. To celebrate the Lower Hutt War Memorial library will be having a viewing of the TEDxScott Base talk, a firstof-its-kind event on ice, broadcast around the world. Speakers include a former NASA astronaut, an NZ singer-songwriter and a geophysicist studying polar ice sheets. The free, all ages event will take place on Sunday, January 22 from 1pm to 5.30pm.
Goals talk Youth are invited to attend a motivational goal setting evening to be held at the Pelorus Trust Sports House, on Hutt Park Road in Lower Hutt. The event, catered for youth aged 10 plus and their parents will feature speakers including Billy Graham, Nathan Martin and Jess O’Sullivan. The event takes place on Sunday, February 12 from 5pm to 8pm. Gold coin entry with all proceeds to go to the Key to Life Charitable trust. To register head to Eventfinda.
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Rhythm and reels Hutt City Council will be hosting a series of pairings of music and movies across Lower Hutt this summer. The first of the sessions will be held on Queen Street Reserve on Saturday, February 4 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The free, all ages event will feature a performance by Wellington singer, song writer Kirsten Te Rito and a screening of the New Zealand documentary feature “Poi-E”. Movie will commence approximately half an hour after sunset. No dogs allowed. Movie is rated G and runtime is 93 minutes.
Data collected has found 2016 was New Zealand’s hottest year in more than 100 years. Last week, The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, released the data from its annual climate summary, which found 2016 to be the country’s warmest year on record. This is based on recorded
data which began in 1909. Last year the annual temperature was 13.4C - 0.83C above average. Data found the first seven months of last year from January to July to be “remarkably warm”, with the nation-wide average temperature higher than average for each month. The three warmest months in 2016 were February (2.2C
above average), May (2.1C above average) and June (1.6C above average). Meanwhile August was the only month where below average temperatures were recorded. Of the country’s six main centres Wellington was the wettest. Meanwhile Dunedin was the coldest, Christchurch was the driest and Auckland
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was the warmest. Heavy storms which lashed the capital last November helped contribute to Wellington’s wettest main centre title. On November 15 last year, heavy rain caused f looding around Wellington, resulting in the closure of SH1 and SH2 for a time during the afternoon. As a result of this, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt observed the equivalent of their normal November rainfall (whole month) in less than 24 hours with each location receiving more than 90 mm rain. In terms of sunshine, data found that annual sunshine was predominantly near normal throughout New Zealand, However, small sections of the country observed above average sunshine. Richmond, near Nelson, experienced New Zealand’s highest annual sunshine total on record last year and observed 2840 hours of sunshine.
Waltz of my Heart to head to Lower Hutt Locals will soon be able to enjoy the opera over this hill with touring troupe Operatunity heading to Lower Hutt next month. Operatunity will bring its celebration of the waltz to Hutt City Church on Monday, February 13. This concert is in the style of Andre Rieu with favourite
melodies by composers such as Strauss, Lehar, Romberg and Novello. Songs featured in “Waltz of My Heart” concert include “Blue Danube Waltz”, “The Skaters Waltz”, “Vilia”, “You are my hearts delight”, “I’m in love with Vienna”, “Stranger in Paradise”, “Vienna”, “City of my Dreams” and “My Hero”.
Modern waltzes featured include “The Last Waltz with you”, “Tennessee Waltz”, “Rock and Roll Waltz” and “Are you Lonesome Tonight” as well as men in tutus, Elvis impersonations and the Masochism Tango. Recently engaged couple, violinist Jessica Hindin and tenor Bonaventure Allan- Moetaua will bring romance to the
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stage, while Karl Perigo brings more than a little madness, all accompanied by pianist Paul Carnegie-Jones. “Bonnie and Jess perform together in Operatunity’s tour of 24 centres across New Zealand. With Bonnie’s dulcet tenor voice and Jess’ ability to make the violin sing, they will make beautiful music together,” Operatunity
director Susan Boland said. Operatunity’s Daytime Concert Series “Waltz of My Heart” will take place on Monday, February 13 at Hutt City Church at 11am. Tickets cost $34 and include lunch. Discounts for groups are available. To book call 0508 266 237 toll free or visit www.operatunity.co.nz
Bike Fest Shiny Side Up Bike Fest returns to Southward Car Museum on the Kapiti Coast on Sunday, January 29, promising a great day out for riders. The free event, which is expected to attract more than 2,000 riders from around the lower North Island, is a celebration of all things motorcycling with a focus on improving rider safety. Event goers can expect demonstrations,
maintenance workshops, and local and international guest speakers with expertise in protective wear, bike set-up and the latest in motorcycle technology. Riders who have unique bikes are encouraged to enter the Show & Shine to get a VIP parking spot and be in to win Bike of the Day. Event takes place from 10am to 4pm.
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One more call out than last year for fire brigade By Emma McAuliffe
The Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade had an average year in 2016 when it came to how many call outs they received. Fire brigade senior station officer Peter Thompson said the total amount of call outs was 295, the same amount as in 2014 and one higher than in 2015. Out of these call outs 36 were in relation to rubbish fires, 32 because of motor vehicle crashes and 37 due to natural disasters. This included the November 14 7.8 magnitude earthquake and the flooding the following day. Other call outs included medical reasons, vegetation fires and operational support to
Lower Hutt. Peter said despite having a similar amount of callouts the previous two years he had noticed a significant increase in the amount of rubbish fires. “There were a lot more rubbish fires [than in previous years]. People may have forgotten about the changed bylaws surrounding incinerator fires or may not know about them,” he said. The Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrated their 70th anniversary in 2014. For more information on the brigade head to the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade Facebook page www.facebook. com/WainuiFire/
“2016 had a number of highlights here in Wainuiomata, one of my personal favourites was seeing hundreds of locals come out and participate in the ‘7 Day Queen Street Makeover’. It was also good to see a number of successful campaigns, like the one led by Trevor Mallard and Sisi TualaLe’afa stopping a new bottle store from being opened on The Strand. 2017 is going to be an exciting year. I truly believe Wainuiomata is on the cusp of taking things to the next level if we can get some positive outcomes with the Wainuiomata Mall, Masonic Retirement Village, Sportsville Wainuiomata and a few other projects. Working alongside Mayor Wallace, Councillor Briggs and the Community Board, I’ll be doing all I can to work on these and continue to advocate for Wainuiomata at the Council table.” Campbell Barry, Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward.
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Q: How have you been enjoying the summer weather?
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“It’s been pretty good. I’ve been at the pools most days.”
“It’s been very appealing, definitely.”
“I’ve been in Gisborne, where it was 33C. I got so sunburned.”
“I’ve been away but I think this is only the second nice day since I’ve been back, so hopefully it gets sunnier.”
“Today’s beautiful. It’s been great getting outside.”
Bladester Red, Wainuiomata “It’s so good. We’ve been out getting a tan.”
at the Wainuiomata Pools By Emma McAuliffe
Locals flocked to the pools this week as the summer sun fi nally arrived.
Reporter Emma McAuliffe headed down to the Wainuiomata Summer Pools on Monday to capture some of the fun.
ABOVE: Locals enjoy the sun. RIGHT: Xavius Tuita enjoys the job. Renee Hurley soaks up the summer sun.
Library heads outdoors By Emma McAuliffe
The books are hitting the outdoors this month at the Wainuiomata Community Library. The library has been running Summer Stories outside every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January. Librarian Renee Hurley, who has been taking the story times, said it was a great opportunity to get outdoors. “It’s been really enjoyable so far.
It’s nice to get outside and do some reading,” she said. Renee said the stories would be best suited for younger children aged up to five year’s old however all ages were welcomed. Summer Stories takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm onwards. Meet on the grass outside the car park entrance of the library. The regular preschool story times will resume indoors on Friday, January 20 at 10.30am.
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Summer series set to shine Locals wishing to spend some time in the evening sun in January can head to Wellington’s Botanic Gardens. The Meridian Gardens Magic showcases New Zealand talent over three weeks on the Botanic Garden’s Soundshell Stage. The annual free concert series presented by Wellington City Council, and supported by Meridian Energy, includes performances by The Warratahs, The Maori SideSteps, August Fields, and Jesse Sheehan. Adding to the atmosphere will be a series of light installations from Massey’s School of Design
students – one of which is an installation tribute to Kaikoura. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said the event had become an iconic part of Wellington over the years. “Summer City is celebrating 38 years of supporting the arts and artists, and developing the reputation as the creative capital of New Zealand – and much of that has occurred on the Botanic Garden Soundshell stage,” he said. “Whatever the act, whatever the weather, Wellingtonians turn up in their thousands to this festival and there’s always something for everyone.”
“For us, Meridian Gardens Magic is all about bringing together the Wellington community to enjoy home-grown music and art in the beautiful surrounds of the Botanic Garden. We’re delighted to be supporting it for a third year running,” Meridian general manager for retail, Neal Barclay said. Meridian Gardens Magic continues until Sunday, January 29. Concerts take place from 8pm until 9.30pm. Light display takes place from 9pm until 10.30pm. Full programme can be found on the Wellington City Council website www.wellington.govt.nz.
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Locals are being encouraged to get outside and play thanks to a new initiative at the library. The Wainuiomata Community Library is running Active Hour every Wednesday in January. The hour focuses on getting children active by using the action replay gear at the library, which includes different sports gear. The new venture was organised by children and teen’s librarian Alexia Herrera and library assistant Carlo Patea.
Carlo said although the weather had prevented the library from having a full Active Hour session yet the pair was hoping nicer weather would appear for the final sessions. “It’s just to get children out and about and outside instead of hanging around inside. It’s good to get people healthy and outside,” he said. Active Hour runs outside the Wainuiomata Community Library every Wednesday in January from 4pm until 5pm, weather permitting. Meet at the car park entrance of the library.
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Movie star visit for academy By Emma McAuliffe
A local karate academy had a special visitor recently. Soke Kubota, karate grandmaster and movie star, visited the Wellington Region Karate Academy at their Wainuiomata location at the weekend. Head instructor at the academy Sensei Scott MacKenzie said the classes had been fundraising for three to four years for his visit, following his last visit in 2011. He said Soke ran a few classes for the academy and a public self defence class. “[Soke] ran four seminar classes while he was here and they were very well attended, and we had up to 80 people in a class,” Scott said. Scott said the visit was “brilliant”. “It was a brilliant weekend which we finished off with our academy awards which are an end of year celebration but we deferred it so we could hold it in his honour. It had about 160 people in attendance and had a bit of a lunch,” he said. “The students were happy they had managed to get someone over. The youngest of the students was about 5 years old and the oldest is about 69. Soke himself is 82.” Scott said Soke’s feedback about the visit had been “very positive”. “Sometimes people who have done karate for a long time might become a bit high and mighty but he wasn’t like that at all. He was very easy going. Loved to crack a joke,” he said. The Wellington Region Karate Academy will be having an open day on Saturday, January 28 at their Wainuiomata location at the Way of Life gym on Queen Street. The open day will run from 10am to 12.30pm. For more information head to www.wrka.nz/
ABOVE: Working with local karate student Shakayah Taiapa-Crews in the Public Self Defense Seminar held Saturday afternoon. RIGHT: Soke and Sensei Scott MacKenzie. PHOTOS: Supplied
Local motorcyclist takes second round of championships
TriAbility Triathlon Registrations for the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust and Sport Wainuiomata Inc TriAbility Triathlon open soon. The triathlon will take place on Saturday, March 18 at William Jones Park and the Wainuiomata Summer Pool from 9.30am. In the meantime Sport Wainuiomata Inc are holding “Tri the course” ses-
sions at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool from 7.30am on Saturday, January 21 and January 28. Participants can go and meet the team behind the triathlon and find out all they need to. Bring your own running and swimming gear and bike. For more information head to Sport Wainuiomata’s Facebook page.
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NZ to cash in on FIFA’s piggy bank? Shane Richardson following his win at the weekend. PHOTO: Richardson Racing Facebook By Emma McAuliffe
A local motorcyclist has had a successful weekend on the track at the 2017 New Zealand Superbike Championships. Round two of the series began in Invercargill on Saturday with local Shane Richardson winning the races in his class. Shane said he had placed second after the first round in the competition in Christchurch the previous weekend however managed to pick up the points after Damon Rees in first place crashed his bike. “Last weekend we were in Invercargill. I won the first race, after the guy who was winning in the rounds, Damon Rees, fell off his bike. “It was a shame to learn that Damo (Rees)
had gone down, but that’s racing. I didn’t realise he’d crashed until afterwards. I had no pit-board signals and I was just keeping my head down.” Shane said the second day in Invercargill came with mixed weather conditions. “The weather was a bit mixed so the second race got split into two. I won the first one but in our restart I came second. Then I won the last one,” he said. He is now the leader of the 600 Supersport class after Sunday, with a 26.5 point lead. Shane said the third round of the championship would take place at the end of February in Taupo. To follow Shane Richardson’s journey head to Richardson Racing on Facebook.
It appears FIFA’s greed will work in New Zealand’s favour when trying to qualify for football’s World Cup. FIFA announced the World Cup would go from 32 to 48 teams trumpeting the line that football was no longer just a game played in Europe and South America. That statement is idealistic as football has long been seen as a global game. Reports suggested the extra teams will bring in an extra $1 billion. Rightfully, New Zealand Football was delighted with the news based on the fact their confederation, Oceania (which they dominate), might now get one automatic qualification spot. There’s no doubt that if that is the case, making one of sport’s greatest events won’t be as much of an achieve-
ment. New Zealand was captivated in 1982 and 2010 because the All Whites qualification was a remote possibility. Simply getting it handed to us and other “sub-par” footballing nations will make it, at least initially, a diminished event. Of course, it has the ability to improve the quality of international football over time as countries get games against heavyweight opposition they otherwise would never play but there may be some heavily one-sided games before that happens. FIFA’s smash and grab approach may be a benefit to New Zealand all the same. It’s proof that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
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