Wednesday March 15, 2017
Goodbye from Emma
Hello everyone, and goodbye. Last week was my last issue with the Wainuiomata News as I move into another role with Wellington Suburban Newspapers as the Cook Strait News journalist. Thank you to everyone for your support over the past year- there are far too many people to name. I’ve enjoyed bringing news to the community and getting to know everyone. I won’t be gone forever - you’ll be able to catch me back on stage with the Wainuiomata Little Theatre in Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street later in the year.
Wainuiomata head students and house captains after meeting Hutt students and the Prime Minister. Ruby Gardner is second on left, Joseph Tunupopo on far right in the front row.
Wanuiomata head students meet the country’s head minister By Dave Crampton
Wainuiomata High’s head students did not expect their first official engagement to be a meeting with the Prime Minister. But last month they, along with the school’s house captains, got to meet Bill English with their counterparts from all Hutt Valley secondary schools at an afternoon tea at the Boulcott Farm Golf Club.
The annual Hutt Valley student leader’s forum was the third organised by former HIBs prefect and National list MP Chris Bishop, and involved a question and answer session with the Prime Minister. Deputy head boy Joseph Tunupopo enjoyed meeting other student leaders, but said English took him by surprise. “I heard that he was a boring person - but he cracked a few
jokes that were quite funny,” he said. “It was good hearing Bill English’s viewpoint rather than John Key’s.” He met the English briefly, but did not say much. “It was just kind of like a ‘hi’.” Deputy head girl Ruby Gardner also enjoyed the forum and got to speak with the Prime Minister. “It was a really cool thing for Chris to do. It was quite cool
to meet a lot of the other head students,” she said. T hat’s exactly why M r Bishop organised it. He never had that opportunity while at HIBs. “There was never an opportunity for all of the student leaders to come together, so they can meet and mingle,” he said. He also said it was a good opportunity for him to meet the region’s head students and hear their questions.
Council to support the Living Wage “in principle” By Dave Crampton
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Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has recommended that the Hutt City Council supports “in principle” a living wage of $20.20 per hour. The recommendation was made at last night’s full Hutt City Council meeting. Mayor Wallace has asked chief executive Tony Stallinger to investigate paying the living wage to council staff, despite legal advice saying it can not unless it can prove, under the Local Government Act, it is cost-effective. “There is a risk of a legal challenge,” Mr Wallace told the Wainuiomata News before the council meeting. “We`d rather pay the living wage. We are a fair employer.” Hutt Valley Living Wage Convenor Muriel Tuniho said she was “comfortable” with the recommendation being proposed , adding that most in the community support
workers being paid a living wage.. “But it’s going to be a long haul. These things don’t happen overnight. What would give us confidence is for them to put an implementation plan in place.” Mr Wallace further said that contractors who are willing to pay the living wage could be given a weighting during any tender process. The Council is getting further legal advice on the matter. “We will continue to work with the Living Wage Hutt Valley group. Our working relationship with this group has been very good and I am sure with goodwill on both sides a positive outcome can be found,” Wallace said. The Council will also consult on paying the living wage in this year’s proposed Annual Plan consultation. The cost of paying staff the living wage will be approximately 0.33 per cent of Council’s current spend ($570,000 per annum).
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