Wednesday March 15, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Q: What do you think about Progressive Enterprises buying the Wainuiomata Mall?
Paul Stewart, Wainuiomata
Sinead Tekira, Wainuiomata
Thomas Meihana, Wainuimata
Taylor Delves, Wainuiomata
Jan Williams, Wainuiomata
“They should demolish it. It’s empty.”
“I recon they should put more shops in it.”
“Yeah, good. They should put more shops in it.”
“I think it’s good, they should up-fit it.”
“I think it’s great – it’s going to be a shopping centre.”
Tina Haenga, Waiuiomata “I think it would be good – It would keep the mall alive.”
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Brassed off at brainless behaviour Dear Ed, The vandalism of Parkway Junior Playground is really disappointing news. This is a place for our very young people and it should feel safe and cared for – just like them. Let’s remember that this is the behaviour of a very small number of people, and doesn’t reflect our wider community. We are all guardians of our public spaces, so please do
keep an eye out and report any behaviour of this kind. If the behaviour is vandalism in progress, or seems threatening or dangerous call the Police. If you notice graffiti and vandalism after the fact, please let Council know. Together, we can make this a better community every day. Ray Wallace, Wainuiomata resident & Mayor of Lower Hutt
Good news Dear Ed, Good news about the takeover from Progressive Enterprise for our Wainuiomata Mall. Lets hope we also get some useful shops. I shop at Countdown so I’m
very pleased they are going to help Wainuiomata become a little town again. Yours sincerely J.Harrington.
Every day our roving reporter Dave Crampton breaks news and meets locals throughout Wainuiomata. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.
How about having a get to-gether with your neighbours to celebrate. HAVE FUN! We can help you set up a Neighbourhood Support group in your street. Once done, you will all get regular newsletters, safety tips and info. from Police & Civil Defence. We’ll even put up street & letter box signs to let people know you are all looking out for each other. Telephone Margy on 5602622 or phone or text 027 223 3373. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SAFER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
“From The Reporter’s Desk” will be a regular weekly column in the Wainuiomata News. Last time I wrote for this paper, Wainuiomata had a Work and Income Office and two supermarkets – and a speed camera on its main road. Ray Wallace was one of the friendly faces. He was a local community board member. Now Wainuiomata doesn’t even have a Warehouse, WINZ is in a community hub, and the mall is practically empty. There is a café here though and the coffee is fine. Ray Wallace is still a friendly face but is now the Mayor - and while that speed camera fixture is still there, there’s no camera on it – but I`ve been told there’s more damned speed cameras up the hill. If I get pinged, I`m not
coming back. However, the day I started, things looked like they would be changing in Wainuiomata. It was announced that Progressive Enterprises has purchased the mall – which means Countdown will have a long-term future here, and the mall will be redeveloped. This is great news. I was also pleased to hear that a redeveloped playground was opened in Parkway and was keen to see how well it was utilised. So, after my first cup of coffee in the newsroom, I went straight down and had a look early last week. Yes, there were a few kids playing there and enjoying themselves, but seeing the rubbish bin ripped off its hinges already and other assorted vandalism was disappoint-
ing. So, it wasn’t quite the good news story I was anticipating. I even got a text from one of the local MPs – “let’s meet for coffee”. MPs are busy, but Chris Bishop also loves coffee and knows I do too. Another addition to this paper will be “Five minutes with…” where we will speak with a local or a notable within the region for five minutes or so and ask them a few questions about themselves. This week we speak with Mike Grigg, He’s a bit of a local identity and knows one or two people in the region . This paper is one that attempts to reflect the community. We want your stories, your views, and your gripes and compliments about Wainuiomata. This is your paper.
Wainuiomata News 15-03-17