Wednesday March 22, 2017
Community BBQ a real success By Dave Crampton
Teenagers and community leaders - including Labour candidate Virginia Andersen (middle) and Gabriel Tupou (left) relax at the community BBQ.
Wainuiomata turned on a beautiful day for its community BBQ held at the Queen Street Reserve on March 10. Children and parents mixed and mingled with local politicians and community leaders - and the children even got to play with Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard’s popular dog, Elsa. Gabriel Tupou, Wainuiomata Community Board deputy chair, said there was good turnout of about 50 people. Wainuiomata Community Hub’s Tania Snoep said the Hub was approached to run the event as part of National Parks Week, and more than 200 sausages were consumed. The highlight, she said, was the community engagement and discussion. “There were some families there that have grown up in Wainuiomata and they were reminiscing on how Wainuiomata used to be,” she said. Hutt South Labour candidate Virginia Andersen managed to eat a couple of sausages – and enjoyed meeting locals in what was a “pretty hot” afternoon. “People came together to catch up -a lot of young people came along.” Many of these were local youth from Ti Hei Rangatahi got themselves an afternoon bite to eat while meeting others in the community. Local Jasmine Acker appreciated the community spirit, with people pitching in to pull everything together. “It was really, really good. People were jumping on the BBQ at different times, getting the sausages ready, getting the onions ready,” she said. It had a good community feel – it was a good time for people to mix and mingle.”
It will be the first meeting of its kind in Wainuiomata and while about 100 are expected, more are welcome. Wainuiomata Sportsville executive officer Penny Hargraves knows that community members can successfully work together - they’ve done it before, when the outdoor swimming pool was built. “The community has proven that it can pull together – it pulled together and got itself a pool.” It’s the only outdoor 50m swimming pool in the Wellington region. The groups’ spokespeople also cited community involvement
during the seven day makeover in September outside the library, with new seating and greenery to help Queen Street become more vibrant. The makeover was backed by a $5,000 grant from the Hutt City Council. “We had hundreds of people involved that whole week.“ Love Wainuiomata spokesperson Esther Venning said. Esther said she is looking forward to meeting local residents and community groups to outline the ‘great stuff’ that has been done and what is going to happen in the next 12-18 months. “The primary focus is for the
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What’s next Wainuiomata? Do you love Wainuiomata? Do you care about what’s happening, and want to know what’s planned next? Four Wainuiomata groups – Wainuiomata Community Board, Wainuiomata Sportsville, the Community Hub and Love Wainuiomata – will be presenting upcoming projects at a meeting on Monday. Members from each group will give an update, present their upcoming projects and share opportunities to get involved. Wainuiomata Community Board president Richard Sinnott summed up the purpose of the meeting “We want to get stuff done.”
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Wainuiomata News 22-03-17