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Wednesday February 8, 2017.

Chemist celebrates 20 years

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By Emma McAuliffe

A local chemist celebrated two decades serving the community last week. Clive’s Chemist celebrated its 20th anniversary in Wainuiomata last Wednesday. The chemist first opened on February 1 1997 in the Norfolk Street shops. The store moved to Queen Street in 2000 and its current location in 2002. Owner Clive Cannons said the staff celebrated their birthday with a special dinner on Saturday night. Jo Gilbert, who has worked at the store for the two decades it has been open, was rewarded for her efforts with a surprise trip to Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband. “Not many people stay with businesses for 20 years so I thought I’d treat her to something special,” Clive said. Clive said the secret to the secret to the store’s staying power had a lot to do with the community. “Being genuine, giving great service and supporting the community. Plus I love it here. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, “ he said.  Do you have any favourite memories of Clive’s Chemist over the years? Let us know at news@

Go by bike day Local cyclists can enjoy a special breakfast next Wednesday. The Go By Bike Day breakfast will be taking place from 7am to 9am at Dowse Square. There will be breakfast, free bike checks, coffee, spot prizes and entertainment from the Hutt Valley Ukelele Orchestra. For more information head to www.facebook. com/events/1274820435944916/.

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Clive Cannons with long time staff member Jo Gilbert.

Museum after old film By Emma McAuliffe

The Wainuiomata Historical Museum Society is putting a call out to residents who may have old film of community events. The society is after old footage which recorded significant events in Wainuiomata’s history. Society president Gavin Wallace said there was “real value” in getting the footage while


they still had the technology. “If we don’t grab old 8mm film or video cassettes now, they may be lost forever. I want to borrow them, and convert them to DVD’s to ensure their preservation for future generations,” he said. He said a significant event in history could be any time the public gathered as a community. “We’re not looking for family photos or picnics on the beach,”

he said. Once converted, it is intended that they will be made available for public viewing in the museum, a service to be launched later this year, he said. Gavin said the recovery and showing of videos about Brugger Industries last year was the initiator, and further ones have already been added. “There is real value in grabbing this stuff while we can,” he said.

The first Wainuiomata Community Board meeting of the year will take place this Thursday at the Wainuiomata Community Library. The meeting starts at 7pm and public are welcome to attend. Generally 30 minutes at the start of the meeting is set aside for public comment on items appearing on the agenda. For more information on the Wainuiomata Community Board head to

The earliest footage the museum society already had was of the Wainuiomata Primary School Centennial in 1958, and the Parade of Homes in the same year. The archive includes the visit of Prince Charles and Diana in 1983.


 If you think you have film or video coverage of notable public events from Wainuiomata’s past, please contact Gavin on 5648180.

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