Page 2

2

Wednesday February 1, 2017

How to reach us

Phone (04) 587 1660 Address: 23 Broderick Rd, Johnsonville P.O. Box 38-776, WMC 5045 Fax: (04) 587 1661 REPORTER:

Emma McAuliffe E: emma@wsn.co.nz P: 587 1660 SALES:

Anne Nicholas E: anne@wsn.co.nz P: 587 1660 NATIONAL SALES:

Sam Barnes E: sam@wsn.co.nz P: 587 1660 Production: ads@wsn.co.nz Published by Wellington Suburban Newspapers Ltd Les & Katrina Whiteside

Local man dealing with water issues for two decades Continued from page 1. The blockage, which includes sewage, is then washed down his backyard and into the drainage ditch behind his property. This water would eventually end up in the Wainuiomata River. “It’s been going on for 25 years. Any time there is excessive rain I can’t use my toilet. This has happened twice in the past two months. “I don’t know what else can be done,” David said. Efforts to fix the problem had included having two mayors over to his house in the 25 years and replacing the main a few years ago. “It got better for a while but it’s never gone away. All the efforts to fix the problem have not worked,” he said. David said the problem could be “very stressful” as he and his wife were prevented from using the toilet for up to two hours after the rain had stopped. “It’s not a good situation,” he said. Spokesman for Wellington

YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER

somewhere else. It could be that we would need a pump station nearby,” he said. “There could be a lot of things happening on other private properties that we don’t necessarily know about,” he said. He said Wellington Water were continuing to investigate

the issues in David’s area and would be in touch with him on their findings. “He is doing the right thing by getting involved and making noise about it. We’re more than happy to sit down and talk to him about the problem and we’ll do the best that we can,” he said.

Minimum wage set to increase in April By Emma McAuliffe

ABC Audit 2012: 6,456 copies weekly Wainuiomata News The largest circulating newspaper in Wainuiomata

Water, Alexander van Paassen, said while David’s problem was not right, it was not in the budget of the ratepayers to fix the issue, which could involve re-piping the whole area. “We’ve got to look at the whole picture. You can’t rush into something because you could create a worse problem

The minimum wage is set to rise by 50 cents in April. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced last Tuesday minimum wage would rise to $15.75 on April 1. The starting-out and training hourly minimum wage rates would increase from $12.20 to $12.60 per hour, remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.

Wainuiomata Judo Club Classes for all ages from 4 years to masters, beginners to black belts. More information on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WOAJudo or our website: www.sporty.co.nz/wainuijudo

Contacts: Barbara 027 4193 300 Mike 021 2703 151

“The Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting our lowest paid workers and ensuring jobs are not lost,” Mr Woodhouse said. “An increase to $15.75 will benefit approximately 119,500 workers and will increase wages throughout the economy by $65 million per year. “At a time when annual inflation is 0.4 per cent, a 3.3 per cent increase to the minimum wage will give our lowest paid

workers more money in their on minimum wage jobs goes pockets, without hindering job on rent so they can’t afford a growth or imposing undue pres- deposit,” she said. sure on businesses,” he said. Labour candidate for Hutt  For more information on the South, Ginny Andersen, said minimum wage head to www. the increase in minimum wage employment.govt.nz/hourswas “simply not enough” to and-wages/pay/minimumkeep up with the cost of living. wage/ “The Living Wage would be  What do you think? Are you a good start. happy minimum wage has “People can’t afford Judo to buy– insert goneafter up? Facebook Do you think it is houses on the current minimum www.facebook.com/WOAJudo enough? Let us know at news@ wage. People are struggling to and change website to www. wsn.co.nz pay rent. All of their money sporty.co.nz/wainuijudo.

Wainuiomata YMCA Gymnastics Registration When: Where:

Monday 30th Jan 6.00pm - 7.30pm Old Wainui Intermediate Hall, Moohan St

Various classes for all ages 2yrs - Adults Registrations/Enquiries: TXT Brent 029 257 8426

Wainuiomata YMCA Trampoline Classes

When: Classes start Wed 15 Feb Juniors 6:30-7:30pm Senior Girls 7:30-8:30pm Where: Old Wainui Intermediate Hall, Moohan St Cost: $3 per session

All enquiries TXT Melanie 021 075 1596

Wainuiomata News 01-02-17  

Wainuiomata News 01-02-17

Wainuiomata News 01-02-17  

Wainuiomata News 01-02-17