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Wednesday February 15, 2017

Mall lights up for Valentine’s Day By Emma McAuliffe

A local bakery has lit up for love this week in celebration of Valentines Day. T he Wa inuiomata Ca ke Kitchen has been decorated to celebrate the international day of love. Owner Andrew Surridge said this year was the first year they had decorated for Valentine’s Day. “We’ve got Belgium biscuits and gateau sponges which people have been pre-ordering for the day. “We thought we’d just try it out this year to brighten up the mall a bit,” he said. Staff member Jody Bell cre-

Andrew Surridge at the Wainuiomata Cake Kitchen

ated the window display last week. Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on February 14. The day fi rst originated as a feast day celebrating one or more saints named Valentinus. It has been known as a day of giving gifts to express romantic love since the 18th century.  Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day or do you think love should be celebrated daily? Let us know what you think at  For more information on the Wainuiomata Cake Kitchen head to their Facebook page.

Mural to celebrate Hutt community One of the longest murals to be constructed in Lower Hutt in the last decade was unveiled last week. The 180 metre long mural entitled Pikitia Pakitara, was unveiled last Thursday in Naenae. The mural, which has themes of Aroha, Family and Community, was intended to give the area a signature artwork which speaks of the region and to reduce graffiti in the area. The work was created by the Off the Wall Mural Crew, led by artist Joe McMenamin with four Naenae college students, as part of Hutt City Council’s Murals in Schools and Public Places programme 2016-2017. The project was sponsored by Resene, Mitre 10 Mega and local shop owner Jane Time. In the middle of the mural is a Pataka modelled on the

whare housed at the Dowse, which has historic links to the Naenae region. The Pataka is guarded by two kotuku (herons) and other birds local to the region are also depicted. The images in the work sweep from the hills of Naenae, down to the flat, out via the river and into the sea. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace who launched the mural last Thursday said he found the mural “impressive”. “This is a really impressive mural that reflects the vibrant community of Naenae. A huge thanks to Joe and the students for sharing their talent and also for their hard work – they’ve each put around 150 hours into this over the summer holidays. Thanks also to the sponsors for supporting this positive community project,” he said.

The team who created the mural with Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace

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Locals are being called upon to give their time to helping New Zealand children with cancer next month. The Child Cancer Foundation is calling for volunteers nationwide to lend a hand for its annual street collection, taking place on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 March, during Child Cancer Foundation Appeal Month. Dedicated volunteers are urgently needed to donate their time and help raise vital funds to support more than 500 families’ nationwide in hospital, at home and in the community. Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive at Child Cancer Foundation said more than three children in New Zealand were diagnosed with cancer every week. “Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from the government, and we rely heavily on the generosity of New

Zealanders to continue to support these children and their families in need. “We are grateful to anyone who can spare a couple of hours to raise funds to help brave Kiwi kids and their families, facing their cancer battle. “There are collection sites nationwide and just a couple of hours out of people’s days will make a huge difference,” she said. Schools or businesses could also adopt a collection site in their local area for one or both days and involve staff, students and parents in the event.  People interested in volunteering as collectors can register at or call 0800 424 453 to be connected with their local organiser. Spaces for volunteers are still open at Countdown Wainuiomata and various locations in Lower Hutt.

Wainuiomata News 15-02-17  

Wainuiomata News 15-02-17

Wainuiomata News 15-02-17  

Wainuiomata News 15-02-17