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Wednesday March 8, 2017

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

mann has a rare chromosomal disorder, 1q44 deletion along with a 5q34q35 duplication. The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders advertised on social media for a poster child and Adam was selected from many applicants within the rare disorder community. Adam’s mum Michelle said Adam was a teacher of many things for her. “I love that about him. I love




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his perspective on the world, the small things he engages in that most of us would normally walk by,” she said. The poster child search for Rare Disease Day will be an annual event, advertising around October every year. New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders chief executive Letitia O’Dwyer, said it was an opportunity to bring attention to those who struggle to be heard

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Superannuation eligibility will be raised from 65 to 67 in 2040, the Government has announced. The changes will be phased in from July 1, 2037, and will not affect anyone born on or before June 30 1972. Everyone born on or after January 1, 1974 will be eligible for NZ Super from age 67. The residency requirement for eligibility for NZ Super will also be changed, from 10 years to 20 years. The change will apply to people arriving in New Zealand after the legislation is passed.

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Local boy poster child for Rare Diseases Day People around New Zealand celebrated Rare Diseases Day last week. The last day of February is annually celebrated by New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders to celebrate and fundraise for those with rare diseases in the community. This year the poster child for Rare Disease Day hailed from Wainuiomata. Ten-year-old Adam Tiede-


individually. “It is a day to look at how we can improve the lives of those affected by a rare disorder, facilitate networks, support and connect health professionals and educate the general New Zealand public about rare disorders as a whole,” she said.

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