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Wednesday March 22, 2017

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Phone (04) 587 1660 Address: 23 Broderick Rd, Johnsonville P.O. Box 38-776, WMC 5045 Fax: (04) 587 1661 REPORTER:

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Wainuiomata hoping to have its first national referee Continued on page 2. When he does, he will be the Wainuiomata Boxing Club’s first member to do so in its 50-year history. To date Rico has refereed 50 bouts in the past two years, and national honours is clearly realistic. “I’m just going to do as many tournaments as I can do,” Rico said. Rico who quit the sport in 1986

after boxing for nearly four years in four different weight divisions, then played rugby league for Randwick’s reserve grade. He returned to boxing two years ago as a referee when his teenage son Raymond was making a name for himself as one of the country’s top junior boxers. If it wasn’t for Raymond he may not have been a referee – or a New Zealand Boxing Association official judge.

“Raymond came up to me one day and said he wanted to take up the sport. I told him, ‘this is a tough sport and it’s not for everyone but if you commit to it then I’ll do the same’,” Rico said. “I trained Raymond for some months before we signed up with the Wainuiomata Boxing Club.” He enjoys the sport as a referee as much as he did when a boxer.

“Oh yeah, its good fun. I`ve never been hit - but it’s been close,” he said. Wainuiomata Boxing Club head coach Craig Bennett said Rico has an advantage over many other referees. “There are guys who have never had boxing experience Rico has,” he said. Rico has refereed many regional bouts and his next one is in Lower Hutt next month.

inbrief Teen sells possessions but wants work


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Sam Barnes E: P: 587 1660 Production: Published by

Wellington Suburban Newspapers Ltd Les & Katrina Whiteside

Dylan Tamaha-Hall would rather work than sell his possessions. ABC Audit 2012: 6,456 copies weekly Wainuiomata News The largest circulating newspaper in Wainuiomata


While beggars are common place in Wellington’s main streets during office hours, a young man who is unable to go on a benefit after leaving school can be seen sitting on Queen Street for few hours each day. Rather than begging, he is selling assorted possessions laid out in front of him on the street.

Items include 3-D glasses, a DVD, and headphones. Dylan Tamaha-Hall, 17, is living with his beneficiary mother in Wainuiomata, and is unable to receive a benefit in his own right, so he cycles to Queen Street and sits outside the Laudromat. “Mum wants me to stay at

home until I turn 25-years- old,” he said. “I can’t get a benefit.” The Youth benefit is only available to those who do not live at home, or are not financially supported by anyone else. Likewise, the unsupported child benefit is available to those who live away from home and is paid to the caregiver. The main

benefit is for those who are 18-years-old and over. Dylan has already sold his skateboard, and said he is looking for suitable work. “Anything. Lawn-mowing, vacuum cleaning,” he said.  Do you have any work for Dylan? Contact us at news@

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