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Mall sold Countdown group buys Shopping Centre By Emma McAuliffe

The town centre has been hit with a “game changer� this week as it was announced Progressive Enterprises Ltd had bought the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. The company, who owns Countdown supermarket, announced the purchase on Monday. Continued on page 2.

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but the wider Wainuiomata and Hutt Valley communities and we look forward to hearing more about the plans Progressive Enterprises Ltd have for the site.” Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard said he was “over the moon” with the sale, which he believed should have happened “at least a decade ago”. “They are a much more nationwide company and… they’ve taken the time to get to know the community with their eyes wide open. I’m looking forward to seeing their plans,” he said. The previous private owner of the shopping centre was Auckland based. Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward Campbell Barry said it was a “game changer”. “Not only for our town centre but Wainuiomata wide. The flow on effect will have positive effects across the community. The key thing now is we as a council work with Progressive so the whole space between Queen Street and The Strand is utilised,” he said.

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Continued from page 1. Countdown general manager of corporate affairs James Walker said Countdown was proud to be part of the Wainuiomata community. “We wanted to secure the site to ensure a long term future for a Countdown store, our team and our customers.” He said the purchase was still

in its early days and the group would be considering how to redevelop the site in “due course”. The Wainuiomata Shopping Centre has been near empty for years, with major store The Warehouse leaving the site following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in November last year. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wal-

lace said he welcomed the announcement of the purchase. “We have worked for some time with the mall owner to facilitate a positive outcome for this site and the Wainuiomata community and I believe this purchase by Progressive Enterprises Ltd is a great result. “This is an exciting time for not only Wainuiomata Countdown


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Call out for submissions on Easter trading The Hutt City Council is after opinions from members of the community around Easter trading. Council is running a preconsultation on trading on Easter Sunday in Lower Hutt in March, where people who have a particular interest in the issues, such as retailers and church groups, will be contacted and asked to share their views in a survey. A policy could allow shops to trade in the whole of its district or parts of its district on Easter Sunday. It would not be allowed to

permit shops to open for only some purposes, or only permit some types of shops to open. It also could not specify opening times of shops or any other opening conditions. While council is concentrating on contacting key interest groups for feedback, other people who would like to provide their input are also welcome to answer the pre-consultation survey. This pre-consultation discussion with the community follows the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016, allowing territorial local authorities

to adopt a local Easter Sunday Trading Policy. Feedback received will be considered by council in May. They will then decide whether or not to develop a draft policy allowing for trading on Easter Sunday. Should the consultation proceed the draft policy would go out for full public consultation, providing an opportunity for all interested parties and individuals to have their say. Depending on the number of submissions received from this public consultation, and the number of people who elect to

speak before council on their submission, council could decide whether or not to approve an Easter Sunday Trading Policy in October 2017. The pre-consultation survey opened on Wednesday, March 1 and closes on Monday, April 3. The survey is available online at www.submissions.huttcity. or from the Hutt City Council building on Laing’s Road.  Do you think Easter Sunday Trading should be allowed? Let us know at news@wsn.

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Hurricanes visit junior rugby players By Emma McAuliffe

Hurricanes players Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, TJ Va’a and Peter Umaga-Jensen visited the Wainuiomata Rugby Football Club last Thursday to assist with junior registrations for the upcoming season and have a kick around with junior players. As part of the event children had the chance to play rugby and take photos with their rugby heroes. The event came as part of the Canes in Clubs initiative which saw Hurricanes players visit clubs around Wellington to assist with junior registrations ahead of the start of their Super Rugby Season. Wainuiomata Rugby Football Club junior committee member Penney Foley said children and parents had a great time meeting their rugby heroes. “It is always great to have any Hurricane visit our club and we are especially lucky to have four amazing Hurricanes visit us. “This was Jordie’s first time at our club, he was a great sport and it looked like he enjoyed the experience. Beauden is an old hand at the club and possibly one of the kids favourite Hurricanes’ player,” she said. Penney said it was especially good to see Peter and TJ as both played junior rugby in

Wainuiomata. “It is always great to have them back at the club as they inspire and encourage our kids to reach those heights. All in all a great night with good numbers turning up, not only to have a run around with the Hurricanes but to register to play junior rugby as well,” she said. Penney said as of Monday the club had over 100 registrations for junior rugby and usually saw 200 to 300 children register for rugby between nursery grade and Under 13s. Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said the Hurricanes placed high value on the clubs throughout the Hurricanes region and junior rugby. “We embrace any opportunity for our players to go back to the grass roots and encourage participation, especially among our junior ranks. “The Canes in Clubs initiative is just one way for our players to help give something back to the game. Ultimately all of our players started out at a rugby club before they entered the professional ranks and that means a lot to them,” Avan said.  To register your child for junior rugby head to http://w w wainuiomatarugbyjnr/2017Junior-Registration and head

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Reports of Lawlessness Police are investigating reports of lawlessness after a car crashed into a fence. Some Kowhai St residents said a man was beaten up and thrown onto a car. They also alleged a related group was to blame for incidents in recent weeks that included the killing of a cat, and abuse of people who told others to stop speeding.

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A community group focused on supporting people with breathing problems celebrated a big birthday recently. The Wainuiomata CORD group turned 23 last week. The group meets once a month in the Wainuiomata Community Centre and listens to guest speakers from various groups around the region. This month their guest speaker was from Wellington Civil Defence. Following the celebrations the group held an afternoon tea and cut a cake to celebrate their big day. Group coordinator Genevieve Young said it was “very exciting” the group had made it to their 23rd birthday. The Wainuiomata CORD Group started in 1994 at the Parkway Community House. They have been based at the Wainuiomata Community Centre for several years.

Sixty years of biscuits By Emma McAuliffe

GirlGuides are celebrating 60 years of selling Guide Biscuits this year. The Wainuiomata Kai Arahi Brownie group began selling their guide biscuits last week for this season and have already made good progress. Biscuits were available in chocolate, plain and mini size. Brownie leader Liz Wylie said the girls had been selling their biscuits outside the Guide Hall on Fitzherbert Road and went door knocking in groups with parents on Monday evening. “We’ve got 1300 cartons in the whole of Lower Hutt and Petone to sell. “The girls help decide where to sell. We decided to go door knocking and we’ve also been selling outside the Guide Hall on Saturday as well as supermarkets in Lower Hutt. We’ll be selling outside the guide hall again on Sunday,” she said. She said funds raised would

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go towards leadership training and future opportunities for the girls. “All our leaders are volunteers. We want to get more leaders. They will be fully trained and supported,” she said. Liz said she was pleased with how the girls’ confidence grew while taking part in activities in Brownies, including the biscuit selling. “It’s lovely seeing the girls’

confidence grow. They go from being quite shy to more confident. It’s a good confidence builder for them,” she said. Guide Biscuits have been sold in New Zealand since 1957. Chief executive Susan Coleman said the recipe for the original Guide biscuit is still basically the same since it was developed and sold in large square tins 60 years ago. “We have met the demands of

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A group of students with their product ideas. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

Teenagers had the chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills at a special course at Wainuiomata High School last week. Year 11 students took part in the Young Enterprise Trust BP Challenge last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The BP Challenge is a three day learning programme designed to develop skills, connect students to community and build their understanding of how businesses work. Technology teacher at the high school, Simon Croft, said he was pleased with how the students worked together to create products. “It’s actually pretty good. There are some pretty good groups here,” he said. Ideas created by the students included different type of shoes and an iFood app

which would see people able to scan food at the supermarket to see if they already had it in the pantry at home. Young Enterprise Trust roaming teacher, Jane Watson, said the programme was run at 45 to 50 schools across New Zealand a year. “This is the first time we have done the challenge in Wainui. We really enjoy coming here,” she said. Jane said the course was a great opportunity to expose young people to starting up a business and to take part in future Young Enterprise Trust programmes, including the The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme. “[It’s good to see] how significant their spirit is and their belief in their product. They grow so much in the three day course,” she said.

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“It’s not too good. I`m not too happy about it. But you can’t do nothing until you catch them.”

“That’s terrible. It’s for the kids to enjoy. Get some security cameras out there.”

“That is disrespectful. They should find out who done it and charge them.”

“I think it’s disgusting. I hope they catch them – maybe get some night lights?”

Shontelle Max, Wainuiomata “I think it’s appalling. Hope “I don’t like that at all. I think we get to find out who does we should try to stop it. Something definitely needs it, but if it’s kids – what to be done, A lot of money happens? goes into that stuff.”

Living wage voted down in council Wainuiomata ward councillors want the Hutt City Council to support the living wage, but they are having a hard job convincing their fellow councillors to do so. The living wage for directly employed council employees would cost $570,000 per annum

- 0.33% of the council’s total expenditure. On March 2, a motion tabled by Josh Briggs and Campbell Barry urged councillors to ‘support the living wage in principle’, this however was voted down by Mayor Ray Wallace and other

councillors. There was also discussion of options around people employed via contract. However, councillors have directed chief executive, Tony Stallinger, to look at introducing the Living Wage for employees currently below it.

Mr Barry said some of these councillors are breaking living wage campaign promises. “As a Council, and leaders in our City, we need to be courageous with our actions. We must not shy away because we are scared of being challenged,”

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Puppet workshops explore relationship with river By Emma McAuliffe

Younger members of the community had the opportunity to get involved with Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival last week. Following a showing of Terrific Tuna! by String Bean Puppets on Wednesday, February 22 two workshops were held at the Wainuiomata Community Library last week to get young people making their own eel puppets for a special puppet parade on March 4. The show told the story of two puppets’ relationships to the river and the eels that made their home there and the parade was held to reflect the show’s messages.

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Children and teens librarian, Alexia Herrera, said the two workshops held last Tuesday and Thursday attracted over 20 young people. She said the material for the puppets was made from recycled kite type material and was donated by Anna Bailey from String Bean Puppets. “We’re pretty lucky because we were the only library to get to have the puppet show and then make puppets for the parade. “Renee Davies [from TiHei Rangatahi] organised it all for us,” she said. The Common Ground: Hutt Public Festival is held every two years to explore Lower Hutt’s relationship with water.

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A refurbished playground that was opened during the weekend by Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace has already been vandalised, and locals are unhappy. Around 50 attended the opening of the Parkway Junior park, a $150,000 755 square metre fully fenced dog free, ‘fun-ground’ for toddlers. The opening marked the start of National Parks week, and featured a BBQ, balloons and other entertainment. But now a rubbish bin has been

ripped off its hinge and blue paint has been sprayed over some areas. “It’s extremely disappointing,” Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata ward Campbell Barry said of the damage. “(The opening) was great, we had a really good turnout. It’s just good to have somewhere for the little kids to play,” Tamara Kohika took her two children to the new park on Monday after finding out about it through social media. While she was impressed with the park – especially its closed-in fence, she was not

impressed with the vandalism. “It’s rude. It stuffs it up and wrecks everything,” she said. However, her two children were oblivious to the damage, happily playing on the see-saw. Wainuiomata High students Terris Toko, 14, and Heremaia Orupe, 12, visited the park on the way to school on Monday. “We`ve got a late start - actually we start now,” Toko said, after looking at the time. Both were disappointed at the damage. “I think it’s sad. Maybe they think it’s art,” Terris said.

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Wednesday March 8, 2017



Sports talk

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Dark Claudio after Leicester sacking

ABOVE: Katie Fifield wins the 800 metre girls. LEFT: Waaka Poutu wins the 800 metre boys. PHOTOS: Emma McAuliffe

Intermediate holds Athletics Day By Emma McAuliffe

It was all go at Wainuiomata Intermediate School last week for their annual school Athletics Day. The school held the event on Wednesday last week. Activities included relays, discus, shot

The sacking of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester City is proof that professional sport is all about what you’ve done today. In May of last year, Ranieri was being serenaded by tenor Andrea Bocelli after leading Leicester from relegation favourites to English Premier League winners in one of the most stunning sporting triumphs ever. Now, with the gloss clearly gone and Leicester back in a relegation dog fight where many think they belong, Ranieri has been shown the door. Staying in the top flight of English football is worth millions to every club each year and for those in charge of the champions, it was too much of a risk to let sentiment get in the way of top tier survival. It’s a head versus heart decision. The head says change is needed, the heart says he deserves more loyalty

based on past success. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffered the same fate in being sacked a season after he won the crown with Chelsea. Mourinho said his three EPL were not worth as much as Ranieri’s one, such was the magnitude of his triumph last year. The enigmatic football manager even wore ‘CR’ on his clothes as a sign of support. Granted since Ranieri’s departure Leicester have won two games which suggests to me the players may have played a role in his departure. There’s no doubt Ranieri will be a man in demand not only in England but for clubs worldwide keen to tap into his skills. However, loyalty has taken another hit in this brutal example of win or go home in modern day sports.

put and sprints. The first event of the day was the girls and boys 800 metre sprints. Year 8 student Katie Fifield took out the girl’s 800 metre race with a time of 2.57 minutes and year 8 Waaka Poutu won the boy’s 800 metre race with a time of 2.33 minutes.

Making a splash National MP Chris Bishop and Olympic Hopes Boxing chairman Guy Randall work up a sweat at a recent Box Fit class. PHOTO: Dan Taylor.

Box fit By Dave Crampton

Students learn water safety. PHOTO: Supplied.

Senior students at Pukeatua Primary School had the opportunity to dive in to swimming lessons last month. Year 4 to 8 students at the school participated in swimming lessons at the Wainuiomata Pools in weeks two and three of term one. Deputy principal at Pukeatua Primary School, Topsy Remuera, said the children loved the opportunity. “The children really loved this opportunity to develop their swimming skills further and the small groups and expert teachers enabled all children to be successful,” she said. Topsy said one particular highlight for the children was learning about water safety. “On the last day the pool staff focused on water safety where all the children got the opportunity to learn about how to wear a life

jacket, how to check for safety before diving into a river, how to use an up turned boat to support you when you are in the water to assist your survival and how to save someone in trouble in the water using a ball, towel, swimming noodle, flutter board,” she said. She said the Wainuiomata Summer Pool staff were organised, friendly and had the expertise knowledge and skills to support all our students to be successful. “We would like to thank all the staff of the Wainuiomata pools for [their] outstanding efforts. “We would also like to thank Jitterbugs for allowing us to use 2 vans to shuttle down the children to and from the pools at no cost and also allowing us to have a staff member from Jitterbugs to drive one of the vans,” she said.

A fitness programme at Wainuiomata Primary School is helping locals of all ages keep fit – with many growing in confidence and self-esteem. Box Fit is a fitness and conditioning class incorporating high-intensity boxing combos with body-weight exercises. It’s fast-paced, and is sure to raise a sweat. Classes are held twice a week - each Monday and Thursday - with an allwomen’s class followed by a mixed class. National Hutt list MP Chris Bishop, has donated some body protection practice equipment and attended a class last Thursday. “It was good fun,” he said. He made the donation after an approach from local woman Kirsty O’Kane at Box Fit Wainuiomata, and says he’s even thinking of taking his partner along because “she loves boxing”.

Box Fit is a fitness and conditioning class incorporating high-intensity boxing combos with body-weight exercises. It’s a fast-paced class that is sure to raise a sweat. Kirsty started the women’s-only classes in March last year – called Fit Chicks Box Fit - to help women get fit. Many mothers and daughters attend and mixed classes were added in December. “I wanted to create something for the Wainui community. Boxing gave me confidence and I want to give that to other people.” There’s quite a few families involved – there’s a woman in her early 50s and her kids were there,” Olympic Hopes Boxing Club chairman Guy Randall added. Children as young as 10 attend the classes with their parents.  Box Fit: Wainuiomata Primary School hall, Monday and Thursday: 6:30pm women’s-only class, 7.30pm mixed class. $3.00 per class.


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