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Nearly 3500 signatures on petition for access Continued from page 1. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis (collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBD) in the world. These diseases are incurable, often strike in childhood and can cause excruciating abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding. The petition, which has nearly 3,500 signatures aims to change the law, and would guarantee the 15,000 to 20,000 New Zealanders living with the illness have access to workplace toilets throughout New Zealand. Nicole said she was pleased with the traction the petition had gained. “Our goal was 3000. I would have been happy with anything. I’m really grateful for that. I made everyone I know sign,” she said. She said the idea for the petition had come about after a trip to the Beehive as part of Camp Purple Live. The camp has been running since 2015 and allows youth between the age of 10 and 18 to come together and share their experiences with IBD. Nicole said the camp had a question about Ally’s Law, a law in some parts of the United
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States started by a teenager with Crohn’s, Ally Bain, in Chicago after she had an accident in a mall following being denied use of an employee toilet. Ally’s Law requires sufferers of IBD to be able to use toilet facilities should a flare up happen and is enforced in at least 14 states. New Zealand currently has an “I can’t wait card” for those with IBD, which state the holder has a medical condition. However it is not enforceable by law and card holders are often rejected from businesses. Nicole and her mother Suz said she had been fortunate as this had not happened to Nicole personally but could happen in the future. Nicole said delivering the petition was an amazing experience. “There’s no words to describe it. It was a really blustery day. We went on a real old elevator and we went to [Mr Mallard’s] office and he asked me a few questions and we had a quick chat then we went down stairs and there were like 10 huge cameras,” she said. Mr Mallard, who became involved as the local MP said the petition and report by the health committee, was now with the Health Minister.
The Wainuiomata Community Board had its first meeting of the year last week. As part of the meeting last Thursday, locals had the opportunity to hear presentations by the Greater Wellington Regional Council East Harbour park ranger, the Parking Warden Services manager from the Hutt City Council and the Wainuiomata Community Rural Association.
The board also adopted new standing orders which could see locals speak on any matter that concerned them under the jurisdiction of the Wainuiomata Community Board, not just things on the agenda which had previously been the case. Board chairman Richard Sinnott said he was pleased with the attendance of the first community board meeting. “The meeting was well attended. We had a good public gallery.
A lot of useful information was shared. The presentations were awesome,” he said. Richard said a particular stand out in the presentations was the Wainuiomata Community Rural Association presentation who spoke on mobile phone coverage on Coast Road. “I think the work the rural residents association has been doing, and the progress they have made to date has been really awesome. It’ll affect visitors to
Wainuiomata as well as locals,” he said. Richard said he was pleased the new standing orders would allow for members of the public to speak on matters in the community not on the agenda. “They allow for greater public involvement. I think it’s a great way to engage,” he said. For more information on the Wainuiomata Community Board head to www.huttcity. govt.nz
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Locals celebrate their diamond day By Emma McAuliffe
Love is in the air for one local couple – they celebrated their diamond anniversary last week. Tess and Alan Corderoy were married 60 years last Thursday. Tess said the pair celebrated with a special family dinner on the night and then renewed their vows on Saturday. “We had nearly 50 people coming including our best man and one of my bridesmaids,” she said. Tess said the pair met at a dance at Epuni Community Hall hosted by the harriers on St Patrick’s night. “I was lucky enough to find Tess at the dance and it was all go from there,” Alan said. The pair were married on February 9, 1957 at St Joseph’s Church in Upper Hutt and have lived in Wainuiomata for most of their married life. They have five children, eight grandchildren and are expecting their first great grandchild in coming weeks. The pair credited their marriage success to love. “Love and mutual respect. We love doing things together. We love each other, we love our children and we love our grandchildren,” Alan said. “The best celebration for us is when we wake up in the morning and we’re both still alive.” “Respect and common interests. The family involves us in a lot which is lovely,” Tess said. They said they continued to enjoy spending time together and keeping active in the community, including the local St Patrick’s parish. “The worst thing about it is we won’t have another 60 years,” Alan said.
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Locals to take part in waterways competition By Emma McAuliffe
Locals will be able to see fire brigades from across the region compete at a special event this weekend. The Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade will be hosting a waterways competition this Saturday, February 18. The competition sees teams from across the region compete
in different events designed to test firefighters in hose running and pump operation. Local firefighters have been doing well in these competitions throughout summer. Volunteer firefighter Ahron Eastall, who is part of the brigade’s pairs team, said he was looking forward to hosting a competition. “It’ll be good. Up until two
years ago it had been six years since we had last held one,” he said. Ahron, who with his pairs partner Mati Soi came second in his competition in Carterton at the end of last month, said the pair had been practicing for competitions since October. “We’ve been doing it for about four years and we do a couple
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Training exercises in Lower Hutt Police will be conducting training exercises at the Oxford Terrace Apartments, 115 Oxford Terrace in Lower Hutt this week from February 14 to 16. The trainings will take place between 9am and 3pm. Public may observe police carrying training firearms at the address and there may be some loud noises coming from the venue. If you have any queries or concerns please contact the Wellington Police Communications Centre on (04) 381 2000.
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of events at each competition. We get to go away a bunch,” he said. The Wainuiomata waterways competition will be taking place on Saturday, February 18 from 10am to 3pm at the grounds next to the Wainuiomata fire station. For more information on the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade head to their Facebook page.
Operatunity’s Daytime Concert Series will be bringing “That’s Amore” to Lower Hutt on Monday, March 13. The concert will take place at Hutt City Church at 11am. The show will be performed by the group’s three tenors- Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Derek Hill and Kalauni Pouvalu. Tickets to the performance cost $34 and include lunch with discounts available for groups. Booking in advance is recommended. To book call 0508 266 237 or www.operatunity.co.nz.
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inbrief news Dowse Square Summer in Dowse Square continues this weekend with a performance by Petone musician Jhan Lindsay and her band. The band plays everything from country bluegrass to soulful jazz ballads. The free, family friendly, midday concert will take place on Saturday, February 18 at Dowse Square in Lower Hutt. For more information head to the “In The Hutt” Facebook page.
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The local community hub is getting behind a public art festival. The Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival is taking place in Lower Hutt from February 25 to March 4. The festival aims to explore the relationship between residents of the Hutt Valley and their water. A component will be taking place in Wainuiomata and will involve a puppet show, a trip to the water works and a pool day. All events and activities are free. The Wainuiomata Community Library will also act as a drop off point for ground water samples to make up part of the exhibition, “Citizen Water Map Lab,” by artist Julian Priest between February 25 and Thursday, March 2. Common Ground will kick off in Wainuiomata on Wednesday, February 22 with a special puppet show by Stringbeam Puppets at 3.45pm. The puppet show would be fol-
The Blues Brothers Hutt City Council’s Rhythm and Reels events continue this weekend with a showing of “The Blues Brothers” at William’s Park, Days Bay, Eastbourne. The Red Dog Saloon will play at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 18 before the film starts half an hour after sunset. Film is rated R16 and has a running time of 132 minutes. No dogs allowed. Locals are welcome to bring their own food and there will be food and drink for sale.
Switching days The Wainuiomata Community Library’s preschool story time now takes place on Tuesday mornings instead of Friday mornings. Sessions continue to take place at 10.30am. For more information on what’s on for young people at the Wainuiomata Community Library head to www.library.huttcity.govt.nz
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A local teacher swapped her summer holidays for school books overseas and is encouraging others to do the same. New entrant’s teacher at Fernlea School, Prue McIvor, spent three weeks after Christmas in Tempe, Arizona as part of the Hutt Sister City Educator exchange. The exchange saw Prue host a teacher from Tempe for three weeks in the middle of last year. She was then hosted by the same teacher in Tempe. “We went away for a week first and then spent two weeks visiting schools and learning centres which was very interesting seeing things that were different and things that were the same,” Prue said. She said the underlying similarity between local schools and schools in Tempe were that teachers wanted students to achieve. “Some of the differences are the school day is longer than ours and their recesses are much shorter. Schools are much bigger. The average size of a primary school there was around 500 students,” she said. Prue said she would encourage other teachers to give the exchange a go. “There are no teachers going over in 2017 because no one in Lower Hutt applied. It would be great to see other teachers going in 2018. “It’s something I never thought I’d do. It was very enlightening. It’s a wonderful experience, you get to see things on a local level and you get to see things from a different perspective,” she said. For more information on the Hutt Sister City Foundation head to www.huttsistercities.org.nz
Locals with fresh ideas about healthy food are being sought after for this year’s healthy food challenge. The Hutt Real Food Challenge was designed to find and develop local, innovative and creative solutions to address some of Lower Hutt’s food issues, including making healthy food more accessible and making healthy choices easier for everyone. Challenge organisers are looking for local foodies, entrepreneurs, change makers and team players to come together for a one day food mission. The all day event provides a platform to explore and pitch ideas to make a real difference in the food system. Successful teams will be invited to a follow up support series to help turn their ideas into reality. The event is supported by Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council and social enterprise incubator Enspiral. Julia Milne, who will be catering the event with Common Unity Project, said she was happy to be supporting the event. “At Common Unity we are growing a number of community enterprises – from a bee collective to community gardens. We have so many ideas still to share. This will be the perfect place to come along to make some of them a reality,” she said. The Hutt Real Food Challenge will be taking place on Saturday, February 25 at the Pelorus Trust Sports House in Petone. Event is free however, registrations are essential. To register or for more information head to www.huttrealfood.nz.
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Q: Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
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New year, new logo for school By Emma McAuliffe
A local school has a new logo to bring in the new school year. Fernlea School held a special event for students and teachers last Thursday evening to unveil the school’s new logo and values. The previous school logo had been in place since the school opened in the early 1960s. As part of the evening Waaka Poutu blessed and unveiled the new logos and children performed. The new school logo, which stemmed from a homework competition held by the school, was designed by Tane Tu, a parent at the school. The designers of the value logos were Dwight Agius, Kate and Kody Stevens and Michael and Bronya Parlakchief. Principal at Fernlea School, Tony Field, said the new values for the school were Heart/ Manaaki, Thinking/Whakaaro,
Connecting/Tuhonohono and Can Do Attitudes/Tae. “It was a really cool experience. We wanted to freshen up the logo a bit and keep up the tradition of Fernlea School,” Tony said. “The new values symbolise what we think is really important at our school.” Tane said it was a “privilege and an honour” to be involved in designing the new logo, which now featured a koru heart and a modernised crest. “It’s a chance to update something past its use by date and a chance to update the four values,” he said. Tane described everything as being in unison and symmetrical because each of the four values were equal. He said it was important the famous Fernlea crest was kept. “I didn’t want to lose it because that is Fernlea,” Tane said. Tony said the new logo would be rolled out in coming weeks.
Principal at Fernlea School, Tony Field with the new logo and values.
Fringe starts up in Wellington Locals interested in arts and culture can venture to Wellington this fortnight to see the New Zealand Fringe Festival. The festival, which runs between February 10 and Saturday, March 4 is currently in its 27th year and boasts over 140 events in the Wellington region from cat safaris to exploring the deep space of Naenae. Director of New Zealand
Fringe, Hannah Clarke, said she was pleased with the line-up of shows this year, which includes over 30 international events from Ireland, England, Finland, China, Australia, Canada, USA and the Shetlands. “I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some of the biggest Fringe Festivals in the world, including Edinburgh and Adelaide, and experience some amazing shows.
“I’m super proud that some of the best are coming here to you. From the Fringes to beyond your imagination,” she said. Events include musical performances, theatre shows and everything in between and are placed into categories including family friendly shows, outside events, and events for adults only. Thirty five per cent of the shows are free or koha. Locals are also
encouraged to consider purchasing a $15 “Fringe Addict” card which sees people save 30 per cent on most Fringe shows. As part of the line-up Vietnam, who formed at Wainuiomata College in the 1980s, will be taking the stage at Meow on Edward Street this Saturday, February 18 supported by Die Glocke and Dead Simple. The show starts at 6pm and
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Children learn to help each other
ABOVE: Younger students have a go at playing frisbee. RIGHT: Children play with the parachute.
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Local children had a go at working together at a special festival at Wainuiomata Primary School last week. The school held an activity morning for its junior students on Friday morning to help younger students get to know each other and show leadership. As part of this students helped each other take part in different activities including frisbee, sack races and playing with a parachute. Mutukaroa teacher Frances McCarthy said it gave the children the chance to meet others in the junior school. “It’s about getting to know each other and
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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
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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.
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Wednesday February 15, 2017
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Local wins in final against Hutt Valley
Jason playing for the Wolves. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography
A local lad swapped his r ugby boots for American football over the summer. Jason Love, who regularly plays on the wing
for the Wainuiomata Premier side has been playing with the Wellington Wolves , an American Football club based in Wellington.
The team won the final of their competition at the weekend in a game against the Hutt Valley Spartans in Tawa, 22-14.
with Jacob Page
The Clifford family. By Emma McAuliffe
A local family is taking part in the Triability Triathlon for the first time together this year. Jono, Joanna and Janis Clifford will all be taking part in the triathlon and the youngest member of the clan, Amelie, will be taking part in the Super Sonic Distance race. This year is the first time the Super Sonic Distance race has been offered. It contains a 50m swim, 2km cycle and a 400m run, walk or wheel.
Janis and Joanna said they had not taken part in a triathlon event before. “Jono told me to and I thought it would be a good idea,” Joanna said. Jono, who is also a volunteer with Sport Wainuiomata Inc, said he had been finding the training sessions helpful for his first triathlon. “We’ve been doing bike rides to prepare for the event on the Coast Road. Since the park closes at 8pm it can be quite safe for Amelie to ride,” Janis said.
She said taking part in the training events had helped prepare her for the triathlon and may encourage her to give other events a go in the future. “The more events you do the more confident you feel doing them,” Janis said. The Triability Triathlon will be taking place on Saturday, March 18 at the Wainuiomata Community Pool. For more information or to register head to www. sportwainuiomata.com/.
First annual tournament held in Wainuiomata
Local players take part in a game. PHOTO: Wainuiomata High School Rugby Facebook
A new tournament was held in Wainuiomata for the first time at the weekend. The Wainuiomata Rugby Football Club hosted the first BLK U85kg 7s tournament on Saturday. Ten teams from across the Wellington region took part
in the event which was held at William Jones Park. This included the Wainuiomata Colts and an invitational team. The Johnsonville Tomahawks were the overall winners of the inaugural tournament with Wellington
placing runner up. Avalon won the Plate and the Upper Hutt Rams won the Bowl. What do you think? Would you like to see more tournaments held in Wainuiomata? Let us know at news@ wsn.co.nz
Steve Sumner one for the ages All Whites legend Steve Sumner deserves every plaudit he has received since his tragic death last week. The 61-year-old, who captained the All Whites to the World Cup in 1982 and their arduous qualification journey in the 12 months prior to that, died after a highly public battle with prostate cancer. Steve wrote himself into the history of New Zealand football and the hearts and minds of those who saw him play or met him later in life. The boy from Preston came to Christchurch in 1973 only intending to stay for two years. Some 44 years later he’s held up as one of New Zealand’s greatest ever players who’s steely determination and unwavering will to compete served him well on and off the field. I was fortunate to know Steve on a personal basis thanks to spending eight years of my schooling with his son between the ages of five and 13. Granted, I was young, but as a sports mad kid, I realised I was in the presence of someone great when Steve was around. He never spoke out of turn about his footballing exploits but I knew he was a big name. Ironically, I played football with his son in an under-8 school team. He never overplayed his hand, maybe
he should have, we were a terrible team which lost every game and only scored two goals all season. Two memories for me stand out the most with Steve. One was when I somehow won a running race at a school athletics day. In celebration I did a two handed gun salute. Somehow Steve had made his way down from the stands to shake my hand and say “I saw your wee celebration with the two gun salute”. The other was when we had not spoken for a couple of years, and I was studying to become a journalist and I needed someone to profile. I flicked him an email and he replied within a couple of hours and said he’d love to be that person. It typified the man, you had a friend for life with Steve Sumner. When Steve was quizzed on footballing matters his opinions were not given to sensationalise but rather rationalise a contentious issue. You don’t earn FIFA’s highest honour without earning a ton of respect along the way. I’ve learnt just how great Steve was this week. The goals he scored, the team’s he led, the Chatham Cups he lifted. Rest easy, thanks for the memories.
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