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Going on exchange By Emma McAuliffe

Two young people have been forming relationships at Wainuiomata High School’s sister school in Japan. Connor Grindlay and Shannon Crome are two of the first people to attend Iizuka High School in Iizuka, Kyushu, Japan as part of the Sister City arrangement. Continued on page 2. Shannon Crome and Connor Grindlay are forming relationships with Wainuiomata High School’s sister school. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Shannon and Connor with head of languages Daiji Kataoka. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Continued from page 1. Wainuiomata High School and Iizuka High School have been sister schools since October last year. Connor, who finished school two years ago, was in Iizuka when the agreement was signed, teaching English at Atago Kindergarten. “I had been to Japan previously with Mr Kataoka when we got back he suggested doing a High School exchange. This one caught my eye,” he said. Connor arrived back in New Zealand on January 29 and said his favourite thing about Japan was the people. “Meeting the parents and grandparents at the school and building a relationship with the community. The culture took a bit to get used to but now New Zealand culture is taking a bit to get used to. “I thought it was a good way to figure out my pathway. It helps prepare you for teaching. Basically you’re prepared for anything you could face in the

Rural association seeks cell phone coverage on Coast Road By Emma McAuliffe

The Wainuiomata Rural Community Association have been busy trying to get more mobile coverage in Wainuiomata’s rural areas. The association has worked with Hutt City Council to make a submission to get more coverage on Coast Road as part of the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Initiative. Under the initiative telecommunication providers can bid for government funding to provide coverage in some mobile black spots. Black spots funded would be either on a State Highway or in

areas that receive high tourist numbers. The association has been lobbying for rural coverage for around 4 years. Association member Michelle Caldwell said as both the Rimutaka Forest Park and East Harbour Regional Park on Coast Road received high tourist numbers annually, the association approached Hutt City Council in 2015 to make a submission to be considered for the funding. She said the association was delighted to learn that the Rimutaka Forest Park/Catchpool Valley area has made it to the final list for consideration.

Michelle said a lot of people were not aware rural residents did not have access to cellphones. “There’s a safety aspect to it with so many people going to the Rimutaka Forest Park and not having cellphone reception,” she said. Michelle said there was also an issue for residents should an emergency or natural disaster strike leaving them without power. “If there’s situation where we lose power for more than a couple of hours our landlines no longer work, leaving us with no outside communication. Should the road also be closed, our abil-

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ity to get assistance is extremely limited. Cellphone coverage would be very handy,” she said. While the association is working towards coverage for all rural Wainuiomata, Coast Road was currently the priority as it met the criteria to apply for this particular funding round. Michelle said the association was grateful to those who had supported the submission including Hutt City Council, Department of Conservation, Wellington Region Emergency Management Office and other emergency services. The association will find out later in the year if it has been successful in its efforts.

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future,” he said. Shannon said she would be leaving New Zealand on March 24 to teach English at Atago and study Japanese at Iizuka High School. “I’m excited to experience a different culture. I took tourism at school so I haven’t been to Japan before,” she said. Wainuiomata High School head of languages Daiji Kataoka and international student dean Virginia Wilson both said they were excited about the relationship with Iizuka High School and the opportunities it presented. “I’m looking to send more students and teachers on exchange to the sister school later in the year,” Daiji said. Virginia said the school were looking to create sister school relationships in China and Thailand as well. “We are really pushing our sister schools this year. We want our students to go there and we want them to come here,” she said.

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Playground set to open this weekend By Emma McAuliffe

Preschoolers will finally have the chance to play at the newly revamped Parkway Junior Playground this weekend. The playground was originally set to open at the end of last year but was delayed by poor weather conditions and the November 14 earthquake. The new playground is a 755sqm fully fenced dog free, ‘fun-ground’ for toddlers and

pre-schoolers and has had nearly $150,000 spent on modernisation, improvements and new innovations. Some of the new features include a new climbing structure called the ‘Diabolo’, two new swings (one with a baby bucket), a new seesaw and shaded seating, a splash pad and a small miniature water feature with a 1.8m high Sun Flower. The much loved tractor and

turnstile have remained from the old playground but have been relocated, upgraded and repainted. Upcycled Point Howard timber, recovered from the last upgrade of the wharf, has been used as a feature in a new natural play area. Planting in the playground will provide more shade in future. A special public opening will be held for the playground on Saturday, March 4. Lower Hutt

The playground is almost ready for action. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Mayor Ray Wallace will be officially opening the area at 11am. Mr Wallace said he was looking forward to the opening. “This playground will be a delight to the many young children and a place parents can enjoy and relax in now and well into the future.” Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward, Campbell Barry, who campaigned for new equipment alongside fellow Councillor Josh Briggs, said he was excited to see the new playground open. “I’m really looking forward to taking my nephew down this weekend. It’s looking great and it will be good to see it open.” He said his next priority would be to see other playgrounds around the valley fixed up. “We need to make sure other playgrounds are being upgraded as well,” Mr Barry said.  The public Mayoral opening of the new Parkway Junior Playground will take place at 11am Saturday, March 4 at the playground. There will be a BBQ, balloons and other entertainment such as facepainting to celebrate the public amenity.

Scholarships available for Hutt teachers Teachers will be able to benefit from new scholarships thanks to The Mind Lab and Hutt City Council. The scholarships to complete the post graduate certificate in applied practice (digital and collaborative learning) will be available to all schools in Lower Hutt effective immediately. Hutt City Council will provide teachers within the Lower Hutt City area with $650+GST towards tuition fees for The Mind Lab’s ground-breaking postgraduate programme, which helps teachers to develop their

skills in digital tools, leadership and innovative classroom practice. General manager at The Mind Lab by Unitec, Fee McLeod said the partnership with Hutt City Council presented an opportunity for Lower Hutt teachers to take their teaching practice to the next level and embrace the power of digital and collaborative learning in the classroom. “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Hutt City Council to bring scholarships to 54 schools in the Lower Hutt area.

“More than 30 teachers in the region have already completed or are currently completing the programme and we are excited to see this number grow as we continue to build partnerships throughout the community,” she said. Director of Hutt Science Dr Anne Ryan said they were excited by the impact that better understanding and application of digital and collaborative learning offered. “We are committed to improving educational outcomes in the Hutt Valley and see this partner-





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inbrief news Lower Hutt artist to perform at Homegrown Lower Hutt emerging artist Benny’s Videos will be performing at Jim Beam Homegrown this weekend. Ben will be performing at the Local Stage at 1pm at the Wellington waterfront event on Saturday, March 4. This stage is free for the public to attend. For more information on the Local Stage at Jim Beam Homegrown head to www.

Eel puppet making workshop Following on from last week’s performance of Terrific Tuna! by the Stringbeam Puppets at the Wainuiomata Community Library an eel puppet making workshop will be taking place on Thursday. The puppets will be created for a special eel puppet parade taking place in Lower Hutt on Saturday. The puppet making workshop will take place on Thursday, March 2 from 3.30pm to 5pm. The workshop is free.

Multifest The Hutt Multicultural Council will be hosting a Multifest this weekend. The Multifest will be a celebration of the ethnic diversity in Lower Hutt and will feature performances, stalls, food activiites and a releasing of the doves event. The festival will be held on Saturday, March 4 between 11am and 3pm at Epuni Community Hall 37 Mitchell Street, Epuni, Lower Hutt.

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Big visit for school By Emma McAuliffe

St Claudine Thévenet School had a special visitor last week – the Prime Minister himself. Prime Minister Bill English visited St Claudine Thévenet School last week as part of a visit to Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata. School principal Sue Jury said it was an exciting event for the school and was the first time a prime minister had made a visit. “It was a great day. We had a welcome for him. He went to classrooms, chatted with students and parents and the student council about their Buddy Bench. He asked if it worked and the kids told him about it,” she said. The Buddy Bench, an initiative by the student council put in place at the end of last year, is a place where children could sit down at play times if they wanted somebody to play with. Sue said she believed it was a great opportunity for students to see a leader in action. “It was really important for our kids to see someone who leads the country. “He talked to them about going to Catholic schools and how it was important for him and for his job and for his life. It was most important for him being a dad,” she said.  For more information on St Claudine Thevent School head to their Facebook page.

National list MP Chris Bishop, Kenny Watkins, Jonathon Kirkland and Prime Minister Bill English. PHOTO: Supplied.

Council’s chief executive reappointed Hutt City Council’s chief executive Tony Stallinger has been reappointed for a further two years. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace welcomed the reappointment last week saying Tony had invaluable knowledge and experience. “He has worked very hard and effectively

to achieve the vision that I and my fellow Councillors have for a vibrant and inclusive city.” Tony has held the role of chief executive since 2007, following nine years at Council with responsibilities including finance, human resources and information services.

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Annual Plan consultation document, and I look forward to discussions with our community from 28 March to 28 April to get this Annual Plan finalised. I am keen to see the growth and rejuvenation of Lower Hutt continue. I strongly believe we need to invest in sustainable growth for long-term prosperity, so all our residents benefit.

I’m pleased to invite you all along to the re-opening of the Parkway Junior Playground. This playground is for children under five, it’s been modernised with some new features like a splash pad, natural play area and climbing structure, and we’ve kept the popular tractor and turnstile. We will be celebrating with a BBQ from 11am on Till next time, take care of one Saturday 4 March, and I look another. forward to seeing you there. The summer’s beginning to Warm regards, appear, so I am pleased this playground is ready to be enjoyed. Mayor - Lower Hutt

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Homeowners to see rates increase By Emma McAuliffe

Homeowners could be seeing a rates increase following Hutt City Council discussion last week. The council met on February 21 to discuss proposed projects, strategies and budgets to be included the 2017/18 Draft Annual Plan. As part of this they would be proposing changes to the Financial Strategy, including debt levels, to continue to invest in the city’s growth. The overall average increase for ratepayers forecast for the 2017/18 year is 2.3 per cent. However, the average increase in residential rates will be higher at about 5.1 per cent. In contrast, average business rates will decrease. This change is due to residential property values increasing more rapidly than business property values. The strongest levels of residential value growth have been in the suburbs including Wainuiomata. Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward, Campbell Barry, said it was unfair to see increases in rates for locals when there was less investment in the suburbs than in central Hutt. “Council has committed $70 million plus in the Hutt CBD over the past four years, and are looking to add another $50 million

to that this financial year. “The biggest beneficiaries of this spend will be the building owners in our CBD, so we should put a stop to the business to residential rate readjustment and review whether that should be continued. “We need to do everything we can to lessen the rates burden caused by revaluations for people in Wainuiomata and our city who are facing significant increases. “While there are some really good projects being budgeted for in Wainuiomata, we are still not seeing enough investment. There has been too much focus on monument projects in the CBD, and our suburban areas are being left out,” he said. Council’s chief executive Tony Stallinger said new projects proposed in this year’s Annual Plan would be funded by changes to Council’s Financial Strategy and not by an increase to rates. “Council is proposing an increase to its debt cap to allow more room for long-term investment in Lower Hutt. “Council’s maximum debt level would be capped at no more than 150 per cent of Council’s annual income, with a further contingency in the result of significant natural disaster.”  Consultation on Hutt City Council’s Annual Plan will begin at the end of March and will run until the end of April.


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High school welcomes students from around the world By Emma McAuliffe

Wainuiomata High School welcome d st udent s f rom around the globe this week. The high school welcomed 25 students from countries including France, Germany, Japan, Thailand Iceland and Chile on Monday. International student dean Virginia Wilson said she was excited to be hosting students from Iceland and Chile for the first time. “It’s very exciting. They’re awesome kids. “We had the best year we’ve ever had last year in terms of student numbers. We had to adjust out procedures. We’re always reviewing our practices to service the students, families and school,” she said. Virginia said she was ex-

Some of the new students who started at Wainuiomata High School on Monday. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Parks Week will begin for locals with the opening of the Parkway Junior Playground on Saturday, March 4. The Wainuiomata Community Libra r y will be hosting Stories in the Sun to celebrate the week. The stories will run at 3pm on Sunday, March 5 and Monday, March 6 and at

11am on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 on the green outside the library. Stories are suitable for ages two and up and children are required to be accompanied by an adult. The sessions will move inside if it rains. The final Parks Week event in Wainuiomata will take place on Sunday, March 12

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Parks Week next week to celebrate the outdoors Parks Week is an annual celebration celebrated in New Zealand and Australia to promote the benefits provided by parks and outdoor spaces and to get people outdoors. This year the week runs between Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 12 and there will be a few events in Wainuiomata to celebrate it.

cited about a new network of schools in Wainuiomata that offered places for international students. “Wainuiomata High School is now part of Wainuiomata International Network which is us, Wainuiomata Intermediate School and Wainuiomata Primary School. “Wainuiomata is in a unique position to offer students internationally from year 1 to 13 in a state school. I don’t know of any other schools in Wellington that offer that,” she said.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: We asked six of Wainuiomata High School’s new international students what their favourite thing about New Zealand was so far.

Laura Keuhn, Germany

Jessica Marten, Germany

Walfloy Pelofget, France

Alaina Bodi, USA

Nella Miettinen, Iceland

“I like the accent. It sounds cool.”

“I like the landscapes.”

“The landscapes are very nice.”

“The ice cream is way better here than in the States.”

“The nature and the bush.”

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Clive’s Comics Dear Ed, Reminiscing about Clive’s, the pharmacy brought back memories of shop talk banter with assistant Ray Watling – the son of local poet ‘rhyme every time’ Tony Watling. We would comment on in particular the side effects of fish oil medication, dis-

creetly warning of the skin becoming shiny and even scaly. One woman advised that since taking fish oil her swimming had improved – to Ray and I another side effect. Nothing serious – just fun. Faithfully, Ron Stewart Wainuiomata

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Hutt Science recognised with funding The success and great potential of Hutt Science’s hands-on science in schools has been recognised with nearly $60,000 in funding from the government’s Unlocking Curious Minds fund. The achievement is thanks to the work of Anne Ryan who organises and promotes Hutt City Council’s Hutt Science programme. With Lower Hutt becoming a science and technology hub, Anne said her mission was “to make our kids part of that future.” This includes distributing science kits to schools to help in daily learning. “The focus is on making sense of science: how you question, how you think about things,” she said. For more information head to

Looking to discover the past By Emma McAuliffe

Women participate in a previous Women of Worth program. PHOTO: Supplied By Emma McAuliffe

A Lower Hutt charity organisation will be starting a course soon to help women discover their strengths. Women of Worth will be running a “Move Up – Small Steps for Significant Change” workshop in coming weeks. The free programme, funded by the Wellington Community Trust, will feature workshops on learning to connect and have good relationships with others, understanding and developing talents, learning to manage finances, creating a home to enjoy living in and making healthy

choices. The workshop, which will be run at Myrtle Street in Lower Hutt, will be for women who have a child aged up to five years old at home. Director of Women of Worth, Sue Kefali-Pattinson, said she started Women of Worth a few years ago in support of women realising their worth and potential. “It’s for women of all ages. They come together to discover their strengths and come up with strategies to learn how to make positive changes in small acheivable steps. “Some of our group are women who are looking to go back to work

and women who want to get work ready,” she said. She said the Move Up course would be run with a team of facilitators and would include sessions by guest speakers. “We take 15 per course and we journey together over 14 weeks, excluding school holidays. “It’s exciting, it’s practical, and it’s challenging,” she said.  “Move Up- Small Steps for Significant Change” will run on Tuesdays between 9.30am and 2.15pm from March 14. For more information or to register contact theteam@wow. or head to

A daycare is on the lookout to find out more about its past. Jack and Jill Early Learning Centre on Hine Road believe there may have been a daycare centre at the site for several decades and are putting a call out to locals to see if they can find out more. Owner Yanli Kapoor said the idea came up after talking to a staff member who believed it may have been a daycare for decades. “We think 60 to 70 years ago it could have been a dancing school. I thought it would be interesting to find out,” she said. Yanli said she knew the daycare had existed in at least two different forms before she took over. She said she had tried the Hutt City Council to find out more but their records did not go back far enough.  Do you know anything about the history of the early learning centre on Hine Road? Let us know at news@

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Sun shines for fifth annual umu

Children enjoy their umu outside. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

Families had the chance to celebrate their different cultures at Pencarrow Kindergarten last week. The kindergarten hosted their fifth annual umu on Friday as a chance to celebrate the diversity at Pencarrow kindergarten and the families. An umu is a way of cooking food in an earth oven, particularly used in Polynesian cultures. Teacher Amy Kamo said this year the kindergarten also invited locals from the surrounding houses. “It was the first time we’ve invited the neighbours. It’s really important to have a community and we’ve got such a great

community here,” she said. As part of the event new head teacher Simone Leaupepe took the opportunity to thank the families involved at the kindergarten and previous acting head teacher Dawn Summers for her hard work. “Thank you for holding the fort until I got here,” she said during the presentation. Simone said she was “so proud” of what the kindergarten had accomplished since the beginning of the year and she was grateful for the support of the umu. “We have to thank Tony Amos the butcher who gave us a good price for the pig, Countdown Wainuiomata and Wainuiomata Landscape and Lumber who donated the wood,” she said.


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New Programmes for the Wainuiomata Hub We’re introducing lots of new regular programmes for the Wainuiomata Hub this month and most of them are on the weekend! The book group for adults has now got an extra session on the second Saturday of every month at 2pm, in addition to the normal session which runs on the second Thursday of every month at 10.30am. This month the book group will be on Thursday 9 March and Saturday 11 March, and they will be discussing novels that focus on the theme of Crime and Monday to Thursday Tihei Rangatahi from 4pm–5pm.

Punishment. Everyone is welcome to come along, even if you haven’t read a book recently! There’s friendly conversation, tea and coffee and we bring along a huge selection of books which you can borrow. It’s a great way to break out of your reading rut! We have also introduced a new session of Baby Bounce and Rhyme on Saturdays! The normal session which runs on Thursdays at 10.30am will still be running, but we will have another session that will run every Saturday at 2pm too! All babies (0-2)

and their caregivers are welcome to come along and have some fun with songs, rhymes and fingerplays! The last new addition on Saturdays is the Adult Colouring In group with runs on every Saturday at 1pm2pm. Bring some colouring sheets (we also provide some colouring sheets if you don’t have any), join the group and make your weekend a colourful one! And lastly, we are starting up a monthly Lego Legends session in the Library Building! This session

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OUT& Konini Primary School about Senior Athletics Day By Emma McAuliffe

Students got out on the field last week for their annual sports day. Konini Primary School held their annual Senior Athletics Day last week. Teacher Matt Pegg said the students

participated in vortex, replica discus, long jump and running. At the end of the day year 6 students were awarded for their efforts with a medal ceremony. “All of the students were just trying to beat their personal best,” he said.

Betty Sau from year 5. PHOTO: Supplied.

ABOVE: Charvana Williams from year 5. PHOTO: Supplied RIGHT: Broden Purvis from year 6. PHOTO: Supplied Robert Wylie-Vine from year 4. PHOTO: Supplied

First business breakfast of the year held By Emma McAuliffe

Alyssa Toon from year 6 with her medal. PHOTO: Trinity Tauaneai from year 6 with her medal. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe Emma McAuliffe

Business owners came together for the first time of the year last week. The Development Wainuiomata business breakfast took place last Friday for the first time this year. As part of the event locals were treated to a presentation by lawyer Theodore Doucas on protecting intellectual property and how know your rights when it came to patents, copyright, design and trademarks. Development Wainuiomata was first started in 2002 to promote businesses in Wainuiomata to locals and beyond. Business breakfasts are held monthly as a way for locals to come together, share knowledge and hear guest speakers.  For more information on Development Wainuiomata head to www.developmentwainuiomata.



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Wednesday March 1, 2017


Kids benefit from football engagement By Emma McAuliffe

Intermediate students will have the chance to have a shot at greatness thanks to a partnership between Wainuiomata Intermediate School and the Wainuiomata Association Football Club. Graham Watson, coach of the Wainuiomata Firsts, will be running a Football Academy at the intermediate ahead of an interschool tournament at the end of this term. Intermediate teacher Isaac Hayes said there were 35 year 7s and 8s taking part in the programme and it was the first time it had been run at the school. “We’ve got 20 boys and 15

girls taking part. “They’ll be going to an intermediate school tournament in April at Wakefield Park which is pretty cool,” he said. Graham said as well as the coaching sessions with the intermediate they had been helping out primary schools with funding from trusts First Sovereign and Four Winds. “We’ve now got balls and goals for every primary school in Wainuiomata,” he said. Graham said it was important to the club to get more young people engaged in sport. “It’s just purely to try boost kids playing sport and pushing our sport as much as we can,” he said.

Intermediate students take part in their first football academy last Wednesday. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Tennis club celebrates families on the court By Emma McAuliffe

Young tennis players hit the courts at the weekend for the Wainuiomata Tennis Club’s annual family event. The clubs juniors who play on Tuesday and Wednesday nights competed for the Dulux Cup and the Hall Cup on Sunday with their families. Wainuiomata Tennis Club junior tennis convener Julie Day said the Dulux Cup was for the junior Aces who trained on Wednesday nights and were aged between four and nine years old. The Hall Cup was for the Bronze, Silver and Gold groups who trained on Tuesday nights and were under 14 years old, she said. The winners of the Dulux Cup were Dean

Ezra Moore and his dad Dean Moore. The runners up were Finn Inia and his mum Hayley Larsen. The winners of the Hall Cup were Katie Easthope and her dad Joe Easthope. The runners up were Logan Stapp and his mum Nicole Hay. Julie said the event was always a good day for families in the club. “We had 13 Dulux kids play with their parents and for the Hall Cup we had 20 kids with their parents. “They absolutely love it. It was a great family day. It’s great to have such good family support. A few of the kids played with their grandparents but most played with their parents,” she said. Junior tennis will continue until Easter.

ABOVE: Wainuiomata High School following a competition. LEFT: Head Girl Shiloh Babbington dressed up. PHOTOS: Wainuiomata High School Facebook.

High school students dress up for sports day By Emma McAuliffe ABOVE: The winners and runners up of the Hall Cup. RIGHT: The winners and runners up of the Dulux Cup. PHOTOS: Wainuiomata Tennis Club Facebook

Students got their best costumes together last week for the annual Wainuiomata High School Sports Day. The event took place last Wednesday and gave students an opportunity to come together in their school houses and take part in activities. High school sports coordinator, Peter Cowan, said the event used to focus on athletics but now featured many different activities. “We’ve made it into more of a fun day. We had chant competitions, prizes for best dressed. “We had a cross fit station and normal athletics as well,” he said.

Peter said the students who did not want to take part in sport had the chance to compete. “We had chess in the shade. Not all kids want to do sport but they had to take part in board games. It’s highly competitive. I was amazed that kids still know how to play chess,” he said. Peter said the highlight of the day were the house competitions which built up camaraderie for the students. He said the school was grateful to Jimmy Samu and Bennett Pomana from Kokiri Marae who DJ-ed on the day. Final results were Ngata in first place, Tuwhare in second place, Rutherford in third and Apiata in fourth place.

Wednesday March 1, 2017


Harriers club encourages locals to give running a go


Sports talk

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That footy never stops

Runners take part in a previous club run. PHOTO: Supplied.

Locals are being encouraged to give running a go and join the Wainuiomata Harrier Club. The club will be hosting an open day next weekend on Saturday, March 18. It welcomes all levels and ages of runners and walkers with some members taking part in interclub competitions. On March 21 the club will be hosting a chocolate run/walk. The event involves all runners and walkers taking a guess at what time they will walk/run the course in. The closest to their estimated time wins.

The first of the group’s interclub races will begin in April. The season begins with short cross-country relays around the Wellington region. The Wainuiomata Harrier Club open day will take place at 2pm, Saturday, March 18 at the Harrier clubrooms at Richard Prouse Park. The chocolate run/walk will take place at 2pm on Saturday, March 21 at the clubrooms. Please bring a gold coin donation to the chocolate run/walk event.  For more details or information on the club contact Nikki on 021 02348292.

Members of the Wainui A Team. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Here are some observations and questions from the first round of Super Rugby over the weekend. Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith’s struggles from late 2016 appear to have followed him into 2017. Did his teammates think they were still playing in the Brisbane 10s? Their handling was awful. How long will it be before a team racks up 100 points on the Sunwolves? How grateful should we have been to have the Super Rugby to watch when the Black Caps were 92 for 9 on Saturday night? I still don’t think the Crusaders have an attacking threat in the backline. Is Israel Dagg’s form more impressive than his receding hairline? Who was happier to see All Blacks fullback Ben Smith go down with a concussion? The Crusaders who don’t have to face him this week now or Damian McKenzie who now has a chance to shine in the number 15

Children get out on the pitch Children got out on the pitch at the weekend to enjoy some cricket. Year 4 teams Larsen’s Panel and Paint and Hutt District played against each

Looking forward to “fellowship event” By Emma McAuliffe

The “Wainui A Team” will be making their mark at the TriAbility Triathlon in two weeks’ time. The A Team is made up of staff and residents at the IDEA Services Residential Supported Living home in Wainuiomata. Resident Mark will be swimming, staff member Ed will be walking with Lisa and David and manager Tracey Blake will be cycling. Team leader at the home Linda Brink said this would be the third year the “A Team”, named by Mark, had entered the triathlon. “They really enjoy it. Mark is very proud that he gets to start off the day,” she said. Mark said he was excited to take part in the swimming and his favourite style was freestyle.

He said he was excited to see his mum and the Mayor of Lower Hutt on the day. Linda said she thought the triathlon provided good opportunities for Mark to keep up his swimming as well as catch up with old friends. He had been practicing twice a week for the triathlon, she said. “Mark is our swimmer. “He has lots of friends who participate from the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust. Every time he goes to practice they put the lanes down for him. It is for athleticism and it’s a catch up for old friends. It’s more than just a race it’s a fellowship event,” she said.  The Triability Triathlon will take place on Saturday, March 18 at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool and surrounding area. For more information or to register head to

jersey for the Chiefs without comparisons being made. If Richie Mo’unga is out six weeks, who takes over the prestigious Crusaders number 10 jersey? Does anyone stay up to watch two Australian teams battle each other? Is seeing Ian Smith commentate rugby and cricket too much of a good thing? Do the Chiefs have the X-factor of old or will they grind out wins? Is there a more mind numbingly silly team song than the Hurricanes one? Are the Blues contenders or are the Melbourne Rebels that awful? Has New Zealand rugby found its Honey Badger equivalent in new Chiefs loose forward, Mitch Karpik? How many All Black spots are already guaranteed for the British Lions Tour after week one of the season? The NRL starts this week - is this the Warriors’ year? It’s always good to end on a joke, right?

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Jeraize Garrett. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography

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