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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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