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By Emma McAuliffe

A local movement to give youth a positive space started last week at the basketball courts on Fitzherbert Road. The Safe City Youth Movement hosted a special working bee at the courts last Friday to prepare them for a special event on Waitangi Weekend. Continued on page 2. Jimmy Samu and Bennett Pomana from Safe City Youth Movement.

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Continued from page 1. Safe City Youth Movement’s Jimmy Samu and Bennett Pomana from Kokiri Marae worked with The Hutt City Council, Safer City Hutt Valley, Creative Meats, Quality Bakery, Way of Life Gym and Fitness centre, Domino’s Pizza Wainuiomata, Resene Paints and The Wellington Saints Basketball to make the event happen. Organiser Jimmy Samu said this event would feature three on three basketball, a “Juju on that Beat” dance competition and a freestyle rap event. “We’re trying to capture the youth who said they didn’t have anything to do. So we’re going to help them by providing them with many positive events,” he said. “This year is going to be their year. Not only are we about helping the youth but also their families, and the community installing pride, bringing them together and building them stronger.” Dozens of locals took to the basketball courts last Friday afternoon to help prepare

The helpers from the working bee.

them for the event. The working bee saw the lawns mowed, courts swept and seats repainted in time for the event. Two new heavy duty basketball hoops will be installed and backboard replaced before the day.

Local woman, Mel Manu who helped at the woking bee, said the event would be good for the community. “It’s good for the youth to take pride in their community and for us to provide them with a safe and clean environ-

ment,” she said.  The Safe City Youth Movement event will take place on Saturday, February 4. For more information or to find out how to register head to the Safe City Youth Movement Facebook page.

Fresh ideas for healthy food in the Hutt Valley More fresh and affordable food grown in the Hutt Valley is one of the ambitious goals of a special all-day event in February. The Hutt Real Food Challenge will run on February 25, with a launch night on February 24. Run by Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council and social enterprise incubator Enspiral, the challenge was designed to find and develop innovative and creative business and social solutions. The all-day event provides a

platform to explore and pitch ideas to ‘fix the system’, find team members, test the viability of ideas and for participants to be supported to take action. It aims to be a catalyst for business and community ideas which enhance the local food system in the Hutt Valley. The event will be followed by a project and business development series for professional development. The winning teams will be invited to participate in a followup support series to turn their

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ideas into reality. Organiser Erin Adams of Healthy Families Lower Hutt said the idea for the event came as many residents in some Lower Hutt neighbourhoods had limited access to fresh and healthy food. “Instead, their easiest choice is fast food or convenience food which is often high in sugar, salt and fat and lacking in nutrients. “We want to increase the amount of fresh food produced in the Hutt Valley to make healthy choices easier for eve-

ryone and help us become less reliant on outside sources. “This challenge is a fun way to do this and we hope community-minded locals with a passion for good food will get behind it,” she said.  The Hutt Real Food Challenge will take place on Saturday, February 25. To sign up to attend the challenge head to www.huttrealfood. nz. Location of the event to be determined based on amount of interest.

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Students receive NCEA results By Emma McAuliffe

means I did just as I expected,” she said. Ashlee said as she took two subjects which were examined on portfolios, she only had three examinations and would be attending Massey University to study Design this year. She said she had one piece of advice for students entering year 11 this year who would be taking NCEA examinations for the first time. “My advice is to pass as many internals during the year that you can, it definitely takes away stress during exam time,” she said.


inbrief news Anniversary day Most locals had the opportunity for a sleep-in on Monday with the celebration of Wellington Anniversary Day. The day commemorates the anniversary of the arrival in Wellington of the vessel Aurora, on January 22, 1840. The Aurora brought 150 New Zealand Company settlers, who had made the four-month voyage from Gravesend, near London. The next public holiday will take place on Monday, February 6 to acknowledge Waitangi Day.

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Ashlee Metcalfe had a successful year at school.

Students across New Zealand found out their NCEA results last week. Results for NCEA Levels one, two and three were available online from Tuesday, January 17. One ex- Wainuiomata High School student, Ashlee Metcalfe, said she believed she did just as she expected in her final external examinations for NCEA Level Three. “My exams went well, I passed all of my papers. While I did still study hard for my exams, I was not too worried about my results as I had already passed and got an endorsement internally. This

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Consultation on dog exercise areas to close soon By Emma McAuliffe

Locals have only two weeks to go to make a submission on some of the dog exercise areas around Lower Hutt. The Hutt City Council would be finishing their consultation on the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw on February 8. This consultation has been in regards to the four trialed Dog Exercise Areas, one of which is in Wainuiomata on the corner of Wainuiomata Road and Maire Street. A Dog Exercise Area has been identified by the council as an area where a dog can be exercised without a leash

under constant supervision. Regulatory services manager for the Hutt City Council, Geoff Stuart, said the corner of Wainuiomata Road and Maire Street had previously been a prohibition area for dogs. “Basically outside the shops and area you weren’t allowed to have dogs even on a lead. So we’ve lifted that prohibition and had no concern reported,” he said. Geoff said locals could submit their opinion as part of the consultation on any of the four locations which included Days Bay Beach, Jackson Street in Petone and Rimu Street

in Eastbourne as well as the Wainuiomata location. “You can submit on anywhere you don’t have to have any specific attachment to the area. For example a lot of people from Wainuiomata go to Days Bay to walk their dogs so they can submit on that,” he said.

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The Chinese New Year will be taking place this year on January 28. This year will mark the year of the Rooster. Next month Wellington will be hosting the Chinese New Year Festival. The event will take between February 11 and 14. For more information head to www.

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The Te Ra o te Raukura festival returns this weekend. 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. Local young people from TiHei Rangatahi will also be there. Head to the “Te Ra o te Raukura” Facebook page for more information.

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Stories in the Sun This weekend marks the last chance to enjoy some stories in the sun at the Wainuiomata Library. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout January the Wainuiomata Community Library has hosted stories in the sun. The story time sessions take place at 2pm each day and are suited for ages up to five-years-old however, others are welcome too. Meet on the grass outside the car park entrance to the library.

Everybody is a treasure An Upper Hutt photographer is seeking to create a movement to help improve the self-esteem of young women. She is currently looking for women of any age, size and ethnicity to be photographed to take part in an exhibition to celebrate women’s bodies. Photo shoot will take place on Sunday, February 5 at Expressions Art Gallery in Upper Hutt. For more information head to everybodyisatreasure/

Kids Magic in the Dell Looking for something to keep the children entertained this weekend? The Wellington City Council will be hosting a “Kids Magic in the Dell” event this Saturday, January 28 from 11.30am to 1.30pm at the Wellington Botanic Garden. The free event will feature a family-friendly hour-long concert from 11:30am, featuring Orchestra Wellington and Deirdre Tarrant Dance Theatre. Children can also enjoy a magical arts trail, learn to build a bivouac and get their face painted.

Commonground Festival Commonground Hutt Public Art Festival will be back next month and will run from February 25 until March 4. The event, which last took place in 2015, explores Lower Hutt’s relationship with water – the Hutt River, its streams, springs and the aquifer beneath – and its importance to the sense of place, health and wellbeing. For more information on what will be taking place as part of the festival head to

The Nikara, Brown, Rihari and Edwards Families at last year’s outdoor movie night. PHOTO: Dan Taylor By Emma McAuliffe

Locals will be able to attend the movies in the great outdoors at a special showing of “Poi-E : The Story of our Song” next weekend. The Hutt City Council will be ending their summer events calendar with five ‘Rhythm and Reels’ entertainment nights, the first of which will take place in Wainuiomata on February 4.

Each session will have a different performer playing and movie showing. City events coordinator for the Hutt City Council, Ryan Gardiner, said the idea for Rhythm and Reels came from wanting to build upon previous outdoor movie nights run by the council. “We’ve done the outdoor cinema event before - probably for the past three years. So

we thought we would add the performance beforehand and maybe try get a few more people along,” he said. Ryan said each movie was chosen to fit in with the musical performances. Wainuiomata’s event would begin with a set by Wellington singer-songwriter Kirsten Te Rito. Ryan said there would be popcorn and drinks available at the event and people would be able

to bring their own picnics and seating, provided it would not obscure other people’s movie experience.  Rhythm and Reels will be taking place at Queen Street Reserve on Saturday, Feb 4 from 7.30pm. Music will start at 7.30pm and the film will start half an hour after sunset. “Poi- E: The Story of Our Song” is rated G, no dogs allowed.

Local schools benefit from KidsCan A local school is currently on the waitlist to benefit from programmes offered by KidsCan. St Claudine Thevenet School is waiting to be part of the programmes which include receiving food, raincoats, shoes and basic health and hygiene items for children in need. KidsCan is a charity which works with low decile schools to enable disadvantaged Kiwi kids to get to and through the school gates in a better position

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to learn. The charity is seeing a constant increase in the need for the support it provides to children living with hardship. Four years ago the average number of children needing food support from KidsCan in lower decile schools was around 15 per cent but has since risen to almost 25 per cent. When KidsCan surveyed its partner schools in 2016, 75 per cent reported the most common

food issue they have is children that so many of our children are arriving at school without hav- going hungry and without the ing had breakfast and without basics through no fault of their any lunch for the day. own,” she said. KidsCan CEO and Founder Arakura School, Fernlea Julie Chapman said everyone School, Konini Primary School, had a responsibility to “en- Pukeatua School, Wainuiomata sure our communities and the Primary School and Wainuiochildren in them can thrive mata Intermediate School are and have the chance to grow all currently part of KidsCan into contributing members programmes. Judoof– insert after Facebook  To find out more about society”. “I think most New Zealanders’ KidsCan or to support a child and change website to www. would agree that it’s not okay head to

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Residents urged to check if it’s safe to swim this summer By Emma McAuliffe

Locals are encouraged to keep an eye on their rivers when swimming this summer. The Greater Wellington Regional Council recommends people take care when heading to popular swimming spots this year and check whether it is safe to swim. During summer, Wellington’s regional, city and district councils monitor the quality of water at popular beaches and rivers each week. Toxic algae, which can be dangerous for dogs, is also monitored at river sites. Toxic algae, cyanobacteria, thrives in summer due to low rainfall and warm temperatures. It forms leathery looking mats on rocks in the riverbed, and ranges from black or brown to dark green in colour. Scientists also monitor levels of contaminants in the water, which could be washed off the land and into the river. Fresh water scientist at the regional council, Mark Heath, said so far this year

the monitored spot in Wainuiomata at Richard Prouse Park had come up clear in terms of toxic algae, however caution should still be taken. “We haven’t had any issues in the Wainuiomata River at Richard Prouse this year. The toxic algae levels have been well well below regular levels. The weather can help flush it away, so if it’s been raining that’s can help,” he said. Mark said the council would still recommend people not use the river until after 48 hours has passed since the last rain. “At rain fall [contaminants] can get to an elevated level because things can wash in off the land. Generally people don’t swim when rivers have high currents any way because of the depth and speed of the water flow,” he said. “What we do recommend is that people check our website and see if it is safe to swim before heading out into the water.”

Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s health when they go back to school and keep an eye out for asthmatic symptoms. “Asthma attacks are particularly common for children when going back to school, especially following the long summer holiday,” Teresa Demetriou from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand said. She said studies had shown viral infections were likely to be the main cause in the spike of asthma hospitalisations. Other causes included less strict asthma management over the holidays, a change in environment with greater exposure to allergens, and a change in emotions such as stress and anxiety. She said she urged parents to take

preventative measures. “The best thing to do is be as prepared as possible,” Teresa said. “Asthma Action Plans need to be provided to schools along with updated emergency contact details. Children need to be taking their preventer medication as prescribed if they have one, and bring their reliever inhaler to school.” “Make sure your child knows what their triggers are so they can do their best to avoid them. It’s important to reduce exposure to germs, which includes washing hands with soap as needed. We also highly recommend all families with asthma to get their flu vaccination in March,” she said.  For more information on Asthma in New Zealand head to nz/ or


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Q: What do you want to see happen in Wainuiomata in 2017?

Terina Cowan, Wainuiomata

Lynne Pohe-Cowan, Wainuiomata

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“For there to continue to be inclusive events for everyone.”

“For all the street lights to work all the time.”

“To continue to be an inclusive community.”

“To give the youth spaces and recognition.”

“More to do for young people.”

Zahria Awatere, Wainuiomata “Another swimming hole, we only have one good one.”

Free support service started to help have a Smokefree 2017 By Emma McAuliffe

A free smoking cessation service has been set up in Wainuiomata and around the Wellington region. Takiri Mai te Ata, a collective of seven health, education, justice and social service providers, in the Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley regions, has been awarded the contract by the Ministry of Health to deliver a Smokefree service for the regions.

The free service would be available through Whai Oranga o te Iwi Health Centre and the Wainuiomata Marae. Manager Catherine Manning said the service provided a more intensive, personalised and effective smoke free support and was available to anyone wanting to quit smoking, offering face-to-face and 24-hour phone support. The quit coaches would support people through a 6-week program and provide free nico-

tine patches, lozenges and/or gum. “New Zealand has a goal to be smoke free by 2025 and we’ve been set up to help ensure our communities will get there together. “Together we will get there not just to achieve the government’s goal but more importantly it’s the best thing you can give your children is “a smoke-free you,” she said. Takiri Mai Te Ata Stop Smoking service is free and tailored to

what works best for individuals and their family. “We know trying to give up smoking is hard but with the right support you are much more likely to be successful,” Catherine said. Catherine said the organisation had a few Wainuiomata locals working as part of the quitting services who could provide even more local support. “It’s good being supported by a local because they know what it’s like to live in the community

and they know how to access local resources and how to access resources,” she said. She said everyone who signed up to start their Smokefree journey before the end of February would go into the draw to win one of two $250 Pak N Save vouchers, the value of which was chosen as an equivalent to 10 packets of cigarettes.  To start the Smokefree journey with Takiri Mai Te Ata go to   or phone 0800 926 257.



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Course to help people change their lives By Emma McAuliffe

A past student of the course who now work as a team leader.

A Lower Hutt course is currently taking enrollments from people who wish to become security guards. Enrollments are open for the Security Level Three Course which starts on February 20 at the Lower Hutt campus on Queens Drive. The course would include criminal law, emergency and critical situations response, control and restraint training, first aid and paid word experience.

Ron Janes, who takes the course, said it went into a lot more depth than others because this course offered 120 credits when only 12 credits were necessary in becoming a security guard. “We train at 120 credits so we go into a lot more depth than other courses. We’re building a lot more team leaders,” he said. He said the course was looking for people who wanted to change their lives. “We’re looking for people who want to change their

lives, who want to step into a team leadership position. A lot of people think of being a security guard as standing outside a door but that’s actually a very small part of it. We look at the big picture,” he said. Ron said his favourite part of the course was graduation. “It’s so good seeing people change from the start of the course,” he said.  For more information or to enroll head to the Horowhenua Learning Centre website

Family begins to prepare for triathlon By Emma McAuliffe

Local families have been preparing for the upcoming TriAbility Triathlon all over Wainuiomata. The triathlon, run by Sport Wainuiomata Inc and the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust, will take place at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool and surrounding area in March. Sport Wainuiomata have been preparing for the event by hosting training sessions at the pool on Saturday mornings. The Cowans are one of the many families who would be involved with the event, both in taking part and volunteering. Most of the family have competed in the event before but it would be the first time the younger members of the clan had taken part. “I had never competed in a Triathlon event before. We trained together as a family, we get quite competitive with each other, which is fun ,” Eric Avatea said. “I think it is good that all family members can be involved,” Lynne Pohe Cowan added. Terina and Peter said they

believed Wainuiomata was becoming more inclusive as a community which had made them want to take part, and get Sport Wainuiomata more involved. “I think that we are just waking up to the opportunities of being more inclusive. TriAbility has shown us how we can achieve this and it gives us a positive platform to ask questions and have these discussions,” Terina said. “I was inspired by all the [past] participants’ stories; I met some great people who had overcome different barriers but compete without excuses. It is quite humbling to see people cross the finish line and reach their goals.” “Wainuiomata has a number of existing sports clubs that have been built by clusters of families working together. The clubs are family focused. I think the idea of being an inclusive community is a natural extension of this, no one gets left out,” Peter added.  The TriAbility Triathlon will be taking place on Saturday, March 18. For more information head to or

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Heart Foundation after volunteers Locals are sought after to fight what is known as New Zealand’s biggest killer. The Wellington branch of the Heart Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with its Annual Appeal next month. Heart Foundation heart health advocate Cath Lyders said the time commitment to the Annual Appeal was small and would be rewarded with the opportunity to

help fight New Zealand’s biggest killer, heart disease. Heart Foundation medical director Gerry Devlin said more than 6,000 people die from heart disease every year in New Zealand. “That figure is almost 20 times the current 2016 road toll,” he said. “Clearly, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done in terms of bringing down such a

high number of deaths each year. “While the Heart Foundation is committed to doing this, we need the support and help of New Zealanders all around the country who can generously donate their time as volunteers. “Funds raised during the Heart Foundation’s annual appeal are used to support heart-related research and specialist training for cardiologists.”

The Heart Foundation is New Zealand’s leading independent funder of heart research. Since 1970, it has invested more than $57 million in research and specialist training. “We also offer a wide range of activities devoted to helping support people with heart disease, plus educational programmes and campaigns that promote hearthealthy living,” Gerry said.

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HOSKING, Patricia Anne (nee Huntley), (Pat). – On Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. 2015 January 21, 2017 peacefully at Hutt Hospital, Lower Hutt; aged 86 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Trevor. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Graeme & Helen, Michael & Nicky, Thelma & David, Erin & Phil. Little Nana of Anthony, Michelle, Matthew, Tracey, Rachel, Our summer pools were built by us. and Great Grandma of Dylan, Skyla, Olive and Minnie. Blends in well did cause no fuss. Sister of Forster and Pam. Dearest friend of Jim. In lieu With hydro slide will cause a splash. of flowers donations to Wellington Free Ambulance And to it many people dash. would be appreciated and may be left at the service or Through native bush we twist and wiggle. posted to PO Box 601, Wellington 6140. Special thanks From the children brings a giggle. to Wellington Free Ambulance and the medical staff Severn days a week the place is open. of Hutt Hospital. A service to celebrate Pat’s life will Hot summer days we all are hopen! be held at Holy Trinity Church, 40 Wainuiomata Road, Wainuiomata on Thursday January 26, 2017 at 1:00pm followed by private cremation. Messages may be sent to Public Notice “the Hosking family”, c/- PO Box 30 127, Lower Hutt 5040. OF THE D AY Gee & Hickton FDANZ Wainuiomata Squash Club AGM Tel 04 566 3103 51. J.K. Firewood Rowling 7.00pm chose the Monday 30th November At the Clubrooms Funusual IREWOOD FOR SALE name SEASONED: Gum 4m³ $540, 2m³ $320: ‘Hermione’ Corner of Main Road Douglas-Fir so young4m³ $530, 2m³ $310: Split Pine 4m³ and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata $420, girls2m³ $250: Manuka 2m³ $450: COMBO’S: wouldn’tGum & D/Fir $560: Gum & S/Pine $500: D/Fir & S/Pine $490: be teased Bringing Contact local 04 587 news 1660 Bagged Kindling $15ea. for being Bagged nerdy!Manuka $25ea. to the community




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Wednesday January 25, 2017



Local club to host Wellington Sevens regional champs to take place this weekend

Tickets are still available for the Wellington Sevens happening this weekend. The annual event, which takes place at the Westpac Stadium, has added musical entertainment to the lineup this year in hopes to keep the tournament interesting. The lineup, which was announced last year, features acts such as Nesian Mystik, The Koi Boys, Kings and MAALA. General Manager Wellington Sevens Steve Dunbar said the injection of top New Zealand music acts was about making the event a complete entertainment package for fans. “Wellington Sevens is a couple of days of fun in the sun – watching world-class rugby, dressing up, having a good time with mates, and music is a big part of that. “We’re thrilled with the line-up of

New Zealand music we’re bringing together and fans are going to love it,” he said. Tickets for the two-day event are on sale with four distinct zones; including a prime viewing Premium Zone on halfway, a Mix Zone where fans will enjoy live music in the stands, the Family Zone with interactive fun for all ages and the Silver Zone with great viewing of the action and off the pitch. Adult ticket price of $137 for two days is for seats in the Silver, Family or Mix Zones. Kids eat and play for free, with tickets $7 per day. Premium seats on half way are $177 for two days. One day tickets are also available for $87 per day. All ticket prices excluding fees.  Will you be attending the Sevens this year or do you think it’s not what it used to be? Let us know at news@

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Cohen Moore takes part in a previous race. PHOTO: Aleisha Waistell. By Emma McAuliffe

A local club will be hosting one of the biggest events of the BMX calendar next weekend. The Wainuiomata BMX club will be hosting the Wellington Region BMX Championships on Sunday, February 5. Wainuiomata hosts the event once every five years. Club president, Rod Badcock, said the event would be done in groups of ages who would race and then take part in quarter finals, semifinals and finals. “It cycles through throughout the day,” he said. “It’s for clubs in Wellington, Kapiti, Levin but it’s also preparation for nationals which will be held in April in Te Awamutu.” Rod said it would be very exciting for the club to host the championships. “It’s very exciting and it’s a lot of work.

We’ve got some excellent local talent from both Wainuiomata and Wellington,” he said. He said the event would start at 9am and racing would start at 11am. Spectators would be very welcome. “Spectators are welcome for no charge. Anybody is welcome. It will be a very interesting day. Riders come from every corner of New Zealand for the event,” he said. He said Max Motors and Hutt City Council had helped to sponsor the event. Max Motors would be helping out with a sausage sizzle and Hutt City Council had provided extra fencing and toilets for the event.  The Wellington Region BMX Championships will take place on Sunday, February 5 from 11am to 3pm. For more information head to the Wainuiomata BMX Facebook page.

Get on your bike this February Anyone who wants to feel fitter, healthier or happier this New Year is encouraged to take part in an upcoming cycling challenge. This February, the New Zealand Transport Agency will introduce the global Love to Ride programme here in New Zealand, as the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. The aim of the month-long workplace challenge, which begins on February 1, is for Kiwis to give cycling a go. The challenge gave locals a great opportunity to try cycling, said New Zealand

Transport Agency national cycling manager Dougal List. “The challenge gives riders who may be less confident the extra motivation and support of knowing that thousands of New Zealanders will be doing it with them,” Dougal said. He said for a bit of added incentive, there were also a load of prizes up for grabs for those who took up the challenge. Makea Pokere, personal training manager at Les Mills Lambton Quay in Wel-

lington, said the Aotearoa Bike Challenger was a great way to kick-start a New Year exercise programme. “What’s great about the Aotearoa Bike Challenge is that there’s heaps of support both in communities and online,” he said  To find out more visit or head to the Aotearoa Bike Challenge Facebook page. Have you got on your bike this summer around Wainuiomata? Let us know at

Keeping up with the McCaw’s The Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn wedding is newsworthy and it’s because of people like you clicking, reading and watching in droves. I’ve had numerous discussions, some of them heated, with people who disagree with the idea that the ex All Black captain, our most successful rugby player ever, getting married to hockey player Gemma Flynn is actually news. Trust me, it is and the statistics back it up. People who say “who cares” and “they deserve privacy” are living in their own fairyland when it comes to 21st century news. Both bride and groom are household names, McCaw especially is arguably the greatest All Black ever. That’s our national game and most identifiable global brand all wrapped into one. Make no mistake, the ridiculous amounts of security and the use of umbrellas and suit jackets to block news cameras was not done for privacy, it was done to protect the big money exclusive rights for photos and

interviews paid to the married couple by a woman’s magazine. For the record, all those cameras which were being blocked were on public land, meaning they were entitled to film just like anyone else. Those who sat behind their computer screens and wrote “this is not news” or berated media for their effort to cover it, need to realise news comes in all forms. News is more than just politics, economics, death and blood. It’s also about celebrity and a wedding of this magnitude must be covered as best as possible. You don’t have to like it because plenty of others do. The wedding was the top ranked story across all major news websites in New Zealand. So, you may not be reading about it or watching its coverage but I assure you, you’re in the minority.  Were you interested in reading about the McCaw wedding? Send an email with your suburb to news@

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