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Bob and Stella Pearce, are celebrating 50 years of marriage on Saturday. They will be having a party at their home with friends, family and their dog Alf this weekend, where they have a “significant selection” of rock n roll. Continued on page 2. Bob and Stella Pearce are enjoying married life after 50 years together.
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Bob and Stella Pearce are still going strong after 50 years together Continued from page 1. “No doubt there will be some jiving,” Stella said. The Pearce’s were married in England but have lived in Wainuiomata, near their daughter, for more than 45 years, apart from a brief spell in Upper Hutt where their son lives. Bob was 21, and Stella was 20 when they tied the knot. They bought a house for £3,150 in the days when you had to be of a certain age to get a mortgage. “He had to be 21 so he could buy a house and I had to get my parent’s permission as I was not 21,” Stella said. In 1971 they moved from England for work. Bob’s New Zealand employer, Feltex, pre-arranged accommodation. “It was on Coast Road and we thought, ‘Oh, we`ll get a sea view’,” Stella said. They moved in the year before the mall opened. All the shops were full – and the Wainuiomata Hill road was akin to a ‘two lane goat track’, Stella recalled. Between 1990 and 2003 Bob was self-employed. Stella was secretary for the National Rifle Association until 2010,
and has been made costumes for Wainuiomata theatre productions. “It’s nice to be involved and be aware of what’s going on in the community,” she said. They noted that there are only a handful of their friends their age that are still together, and say patience is a virtue in staying together. “I just tell people to try harder,” Bob said. Among family, they set the standard. Stella’s sister never married, her brother didn’t reach his 30th wedding anniversary and her parents divorced. One of Bob’s parents was widowed, and his brother married twice. Yet they are clear on the pros and cons of being married – and know how to disagree with each other. “The grass is not necessarily greener - it’s survival, believe me,” Stella said. “I wouldn’t put it like that,” Bob responded. “I enjoy it – I`d endorse it too. I have a permanent mate.” But this ‘permanent mate’ knows what to do when she gets annoyed. “I’d tell him to pull his head in if he was annoying me,”
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ebrating their golden wedding by going back to England for six weeks in September. It will be their first trip back home together.
A better and brighter welcome to the CBD Commuters and visitors to the central city travelling across Ewen Bridge and north along Queens Drive will soon see a multi-coloured geometric design replacing the Raine and Horne advertising sign on Laings Road. “Catchment” is the vibrant artwork’s work’s title, and details about it will be shown on a plaque that will be mounted on the side of the building. It will be created by Wellington
artist David Brown. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said it was time for the old sign to go, after 30 years. “We are proud of the work we have planned to liven up and develop the CBD and this is one part of it.” Resene is assisting with advice and free paint. Scaffolding will be constructed from within a neighbouring building and a mesh screen will surround the artist
as he takes an expected two to three weeks to complete his work on an 18m long and 8m high canvas. David is interested in how natural and human-made structures like fences, compartments, rooms, or rivers control the movement of humans and animals, and reflect or create power imbalances. He uses shapes and colours drawn from the environment around the artwork to explore
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House prices up, land availability down, more houses needed By Dave Crampton
Is your house valued at $500,000? It is not unusual for a Wainuiomata home to be advertised for more than $500,000. This week several are on the market for more than that. Wainuiomata has often been seen as having less expensive housing than many other parts of the Hutt Valley, but there is a big demand for property in the Hutt region due to a land shortage – which has led to increased prices in Wainuiomata.
Hutt South Labour candidate Virginia Andersen said affordable housing in the Hutt used to attract families to settle here and raise kids, but that is now changing. Last month she cohosted a well- attended meeting in Petone on housing. She said there were sections of vacant land across the Hutt Valley that previously had houses on it, and that is driving prices up - including in Wainuiomata. “What worries me the most is that people have lost the hope that they can get ahead. For many families, no matter how
hard someone works, owning a home is just not possible.” Wainuiomata ward councillor Campbell Barry said sometimes living in a home is not possible. He cites people who are living in cars or with family after they are unable to pay rent and are forced to leave their accommodation. “I would certainly say that (is the case) in Wanuiomata - just like the rest of the Hutt. We are bordering on becoming unaffordable as well. Some of the rental costs are going through the roof – for some people it really is a crisis.”
It was standing room only at a recent housing meeting co-hosted by Labour’s Virginia Andersen.
One issue is that some are too rich for social housing from the Ministry of Social Development, but too poor to afford rents. “It’s a massive problem - people are living out of cars, and hot-bedding,” Mrs Andersen said. Residential property values have been increasing more rapidly than business property values and this is reflected in rates increases. While the average ratepayer increase for the 2017-2018 year is forecast to be 2.3 percent, residential rates increase are expected to average 5.1 per cent. The average increase is less than the 2.6 percent increase in the 20162017 Annual Plan approved last year, and is expected to be one of the lowest average rates increases in the Wellington region. Last week Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said Wellington’s average rates will increase 3.3 percent, down from a forecast of 5.1 percent, and that the Wellington council will provide social housing. Mrs Andersen wants the Hutt Council to follow suit. “I’d like them to do what Wellington has done in terms of providing social housing – there’s a clear demand for it.”
Free parking trial ends The one hour free parking trial in central Lower Hutt came to an end on Sunday and parking is now $1.50 per hour. The trial had been in place in the central city since January last year. For the first half of April parking wardens will provide a reminder to people that may
be unaware of the change. Hutt City Council consulted on the one hour-free parking as part of the Annual Plan consultation last year. It was decided the cost of making the trial permanent was too high, as lost revenue through parking charges was estimated at more than $900,000
per annum. If this cost was passed to ratepayers it would have added about $17 to the average residential ratepayer bill each year. Data collected for the first ten months of the trial also did not demonstrate that one hour-free parking was an effective strategy to stimulate
retail spend in the central city. Council confirmed in December 2016 the trial would end in early April 2017. Hutt City Council is currently undertaking a citywide parking review. The findings of this review will be presented to Council later in 2017.
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Grave Concern This week is Cemeteries Week. On Thursday April 6 there will be a public talk, ‘Dead End Job’, from 10 – 11am at the Petone Library and all are welcome with any questions they have about the end of life planning, cemeteries and plot maintenance. A trend nowadays is people wanting to organise their own or their loved ones funeral. They want more of a say in the service, choice of coffin and other details and these should be raised with the provider they choose for the funeral. Many people also do not know councils are only responsible for general maintenance at cemeteries, while the maintenance of covered plots and headstones is the responsibility of living descendants.
Lucky ticket Did you buy a lotto ticket in Alicetown last week? If so you could be in the money. A ticket worth $2,024,394 was sold at Masala’s Superette and Lotto store in Alicetown last week, one of four that split the weekend’s $8million Powerball jackpot. The jackpot rolled down to division two as there was no first division Powerball winners. However, it has yet to be claimed. Masala’s Superette has had a good run with lotto wins, with ticket sales collecting more than $10 in prizes after co-owner Bhavish Patel became a Lotto operator five years ago. The other three tickets we sold in Methven, Clive and Waiheke Island.
Wednesday April 5, 2017 Victoria Nelson and Kieran Kydd are in the latest Wainuiomata Little Theatre production.
Musical thriller with a close shave What does a Victorian barber shop and pie shop have in common? Well you are about to find out with the latest show from the Wainuiomata Little Theatre. The group’s next production is the musical thriller Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Set in 19th century England, it is the tale of barber Sweeney Todd who returns to London after 15 years of exile. He resumes work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop after being wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment by the corrupt Judge Turpin. After swearing vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, Todd and Lovett plot a unique plan that helps them both and leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences. People may be familiar with the 2007 film version which starred Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd. The musical, with music
by Stephen Sondheim, will give local audiences the chance to see a show that is not performed that often by amateur groups. “It’s been an exciting and challenging experience doing a show which is a little different from what we usually do”, said director Barry Paterson. “The challenges have come on a number of levels from the music through to the set.” “The cast and crew have been hard at work since February and I have hugely impressed with the efforts they’ve put in so far. We are lucky to such a talented bunch and it’s great to see some new faces. All of our shows take a huge effort from a team of people, not just those on stage, and this has been no exception.” The show runs from May 24 to June 3 at the Old Wainuiomata College Hall, Moohan Street, Wainuiomata. Tickets will be on sale from early May.
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Mayor Ray Wallace Hello, We have begun consultation on the proposed Annual Plan 2017/18. As we enter into these discussions, it’s important to understand the financial aspects of our plans. For many years Council’s focus was solely on keeping rates and debt as low as possible. While this was a sensible approach at the time given the city was not in strong financial shape, it meant some facilities were neglected and Lower Hutt’s growth was stunted. Now, we are in an excellent financial position and we can invest in growth and rejuvenation. It’s important we balance investment in the city with careful financial management and responsible levels of debt. This year we’re planning on making changes to our financial strategy so we can continue to invest. These changes mean borrowing more as a percentage of our income, which our continued strong financial position allows us to do. The borrowing will be capped at 150 per cent of our income with a contingency in case of natural disaster. However the proposed Annual Plan sees debt peaking at 121 per cent in 2020-21 – well below the proposed policy limit. This also means we won’t need to fund new projects in this year’s plan by increasing rates. Investment now pays off in the future, for example the riverside promenade as part of the RiverLink project shows fantastic economic, as well as social, gains such as growth in development, activity and population in the
city centre. There will be average rates increases to account for inflation and existing investment, but we remain committed to keeping these as low as possible. Our forecast average rates increase of 2.3 per cent will affect residential and business rate payers differently. This year some residential rate payers will see higher increases, on average 5.1 per cent, because property values in some suburbs have increased by as much as 35 per cent, growing in value at much faster levels than commercial property values. In contrast, some business rates will decrease. We are looking at an option to reduce this impact on residential ratepayers by looking at the way we determine the difference between residential and business rates. If you missed a copy of the proposed Annual Plan consultation document in the Hutt News make sure you pick one up from a Council facility or visit huttcity.govt.nz/annualplan to have your say online before 28 April. Until next time, take care
Wainuiomata High rider Tayla Hutchinson on her way to three top 20 placings.
Riders from Wainuiomata High School have done their school proud at their first ever inter-school equestrian competition, with one participant almost getting a prestigious ribbon. Held on March 28 in Waikanae, three girls competed as individuals, instead of a team of four, as one competitor, Jamie Nash had a horse that went lame. Competition among the 24 schools was fierce with one class having over 80 riders. Placings were awarded to the top 10, with the top six getting ribbons. Tayla Hutchinson,16, riding her horse Keyara, was top 20 in the 60cm height, in the 70cm speed round she was 14th out of 81 riders, and in the 80cm she was pleased to place 7th out of 48 riders – just one place off a ribbon. “I`m really happy. It was a really good competition,” she said. “The school did really well, as it was the first competition as individuals.” Toni Williams riding Willow Creek
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Cascade was placed 11th in the 50cm height out of 42 riders, and in the 70cm speed round, was 24 out of 81 riders. Also riding was Abby James, on Fortem Blue. She was placed top 20 in the 60cm optimum time round and was the closest to time of the three riders. In the 70cm speed round she was 2 out of 81 and in the 80cm round which they had to jump a course and then if clear do a fast jump- off of several more jumps she came 13th out of 48 riders. Tayla’s mother, and the schools team manager, Katana Hutchinson, said while the girls expected to have a good day, their results were impressive in such tough competition. “All the girls rode fantastically and we ended up with each girl doing three rounds at three different heights. Not one of them dropped a rail.” “It was so great to see them out there calling out there support for each other.” Wainuiomata Highschool is now a team to look out for in future equestrian events.
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More than 100 homes could be built in Wainui – is that enough? By Dave Crampton
The Hutt City Council has invested $1m to open up housing at the end of Wise Street that could see up to 50 homes being built. A further 58 homes are under construction in Parkway Rise, but for some, these houses are unaffordable. Wainuiomata ward councillor Campbell Barry said more land needed to be opened up to build affordable houses. “That’s the biggest opportunity. We need to do more. “That’s why we need bold action.” Wainuiomata Professionals real estate agent Wayne Barton agreed. He said people were coming to Wainuiomata as its still one of the cheapest places to buy. “I`d like to see them free up more land. Wainui is taking off – people are coming where they can afford,” he said.
Parkway Rise homes are getting snapped up.
The Hutt City Council’s Urban Growth Strategy has some ambitious targets for the next 16 years. It provides for residential development on approximately 24 hectares in the Upper Fitzherbert area above Wise Street, instead of pursuing the Greenfield development for the entire Upper Fitzherbert area, which would have the potential for 1500 new homes over 60 hectares of land. This latter proposal initially had the support of Mayor Ray Wallace, but not the rural land-owning community. The proposal also included a roading link to Naenae and was costed at more than $40 million. Urban Plus Limited, a CouncilControlled Trading Organisation that provides low cost rental housing, has also come under fire for providing just under 200 homes in the Hutt, most of which are currently occupied. “They have dropped the ball,” Mr
A fantastic fortnight for football in Wellington It’s been a massive few weeks for football in the capital with the game on a roll from grassroots to international level. Over 10,000 people were at Westpac Stadium to see the All Whites defeat Fiji 2-0. This cements a place in the final of OFC Stage 3 qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The All Whites will now play the winner of Group B in a home-and-away play-off between August 28 and September 5 for a place in the intercontinental play-off against
the fifth-placed South American team. Last Saturday also saw the local club season commence, with thousands of junior players taking the field in early morning starts. The growth of junior football in Wellington continues and has been a shining light in the game in New Zealand. On Sunday, Team Wellington took on perennial favourites Auckland City in the final of the Stirling Sports Premiership in Auckland in a repeat of last years Grand Final.
A committed and cohesive capital side emerged worthy 2-1 winners to follow up last year’s victory, capping off a fine year for new coach Jose Figueira. The last two weeks has also seen a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of the Wellington Phoenix. After demolishing Newcastle Jets 5-0 at Westpac Stadium, with seven players away on All Whites duty, the team then travelled to second-placed Melbourne Victory where few gave Wellington much of a chance. What followed was
a tremendous 3-0 away win, inspired by a lovely Roly Bonevacia double strike and a late Shane Smeltz goal. This Saturday the Phoenix host the recently-announced Hyundai A-League Premiers Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium at 7.35 pm. A win keeps the Phoenix in the hunt for playoff spots – so there is plenty at stake. Kids go free this Saturday so tell your neighbours and your friends to make a real day of it and come roar on the Phoenix! PBA
Barry said. But urban housing chief executive Craig Walton said the biggest owner of vacant land in the Hutt is Housing New Zealand and a co-ordinated approach is needed to free up land in Wainuiomata. Hutt South Labour candidate Virginia Andersen said the quicklymoving housing market is leaving people behind, which affects other aspects of people’s lives. “You have kids out of school - that’s a big worry.” By 2023 – just six years away - the average household size is expected to be 2.5 people, down from 2.7 in 2008. This alone requires homes to be built even if the population does not increase. But, as Mrs Andersen said, we have a more immediate problem. “Right now, we have 20-30 families who have got nowhere to live. What are we going to do about that?”
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Former dux gets prestigious scholarship Last year’s dux of Wainuiomata High School, Harrison Leach, has received a prestigious Maori Academic Excellence Scholarship to attend the University of Auckland. Of Ngati Porou descent, Harrison received $20,000 towards tuition fees towards his four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree, which he started this month, and a guaranteed place in the sought after University Hall student residence. He said he was grateful to the university for this opportunity. “The scholarship has alleviated a lot of financial pressure so instead of looking for part time work to cope with university expenses I can focus on studying and building my CV.” “I hope to make the most of it by becoming a top-tier engineer in my field.” Only 25 of the scholarships are awarded nationwide each year to New Zealand Maori students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and active participation
in community, cultural and other activities. Harrison also received a scholarship from the Fletchers Employee Education Fund. He has joined the Auckland University Engineering Society and the Engineering Sports Club to pursue his interests in futsal and football. Shanelle Smallman, last year’s head girl at St Joseph’s Maori Girls College in Taradale, also received a scholarship. Shanelle (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa me Ngati Tuwharetoa) is following her passion to be a broadcast journalist and is studying toward a Bachelor of Arts with a Communications Major. “Having the scholarship gives me that extra bit of determination to continue pursuing my dream,” she said. Harrison also received a scholarship from the Fletchers Employee Education Fund. He has joined the Auckland University Engineering Society and the Engineering Sports Club to pursue his interests in futsal and football.
Wainuiomata High 2016 dux Harrison Leach and Shanelle Smallman have won prestigious scholarships.
School Holidays April School Holidays at Capital E Capital E’s April School Holidays features a variety of frivolity and full-on experiences for Wellington’s families and children. From Tuesday 18 - Saturday 29 April Capital E will showcase their latest theatre shows, digital experiences and creative play space all of which keep the holidays filled with creative goodness. The Wellington region embraces Capital
E’s theatre shows as Songs of the Sea kicks off at Southward Car Museum in Kāpiti for families with littles ones on Thursday 20 & Friday 21 April, before heading to Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt on Saturday 29 April. Ideal for 2+ years. For bookings and a full school holiday programme, have a look online at capitale.org.nz You haven’t experienced Wellington till you’ve sailed on the Harbour Ferry!
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Ale-gargling golden oldies start their 30th season By Dave Crampton
The Wainuiomata WAGS are gearing up for another fun-filled rugby season – but if they are caught training, they`ll be in trouble. So said Willie Gemmell, a 52-year-old prop. “We don’t practice. If you get caught training or practicing, you get fired,” he said. WAGS – or Wainuiomata Ale Garglers Society - is an over 35’s rugby team who play Golden Oldies rugby in the greater Wellington region, based at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club. While playing in the Wainuiomata colours, different age groups wear different coloured shorts. The team, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, compete in a 14-team competition in the greater Wellington and Wairarapa areas, but don’t take themselves too seriously. “There’s a bit of tongue and cheek
going on,” Willie said. The oldest player, hooker Brian Hefford, is 82, and as a player older than 70, plays in purple shorts. Those up to 50 wear red shorts, and the rest play in gold shorts. The Golden Oldies ethos is based on ‘fun, friendship and fraternity, for those who have retired from serious competitive play, but wish to participate in their favourite sport for sheer enjoyment. “We are like-minded people who enjoy being able to run around on a paddock,” Willie said The team was formed in 1987 after a group of more mature rugby players had been watching a sports programme on how Golden Oldies Rugby was becoming increasingly popular. In 1987 after a major fundraising drive, they travelled to Toronto for the World Festival, some of these original members, including Brian, still play today. Golden Oldies rules are slightly different than competitive rugby rules. For a start, each half is 30
WAGS are looking forward to another season of playing, eating and drinking
minutes long, except for tournament play, when each game is two 10 minute halves. No tries are converted, and all games end in a draw.
Cycling up Mt Everest - Wainui style
Everybody wins – and then enjoys the post-match events. “We always go out for a beer and a meal, Willie said. But do they gargle ale?
“Oh yes, in copious quantities,” Willie said. The WAGS season kicked off last Sunday at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club.
Harriers season starts Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club held its start of season Chocolate Run last Saturday afternoon. There was a great turnout of adults and kids participating in the 2km, 4km and 6km run/walk. Before the run/walk started every participant had to guess a time they would complete the course in. The closest participant to their guessed time won some yummy chocolate treats. There was also a spot prize draw so no one
missed out. A massive thank you goes out to Rhi from Whittakers for helping to sponsor this event. The next event is the Wayne Tucker Memorial club race on Saturday April 8 at 2pm held at Rimutuka Forest Park. If you would like to know about the coming harrier season and would like to get involved then feel free to give Nikki a call on 021 023 48292.
By Dave Crampton
At 5.30am on Saturday Tim Caughley started cycling up the Wainuiomata hill. By 9.30pm he had gone over the hill 47 times without stopping; a total of 182 km. His total cumulative climb was 8910m. That climb is longer than the height of Mt Everest. The Lower Hutt 45-year-old was doing an Everest cycle challenge, where you ascend a hill multiple times until you have cumulatively climbed 8848m, the height of Mt. Everest. Tom was also raising funds for Te amanga Hospice, and training for a 24-hour world endurance mountain biking event in Italy in June. “I was doing this challenge as part of my training, and taking the opportunity to give something back by gaining support for Te Omanga Hospice,” Tim said “Te Omanga provide support for family and friends across our community, so it was a privilege to combine the challenge and a fundraiser for them.” “The hill I chose, the Wainui hill, has an elevation of 189 meters with an average 10.3 per cent gradient.” Tim has been a keen mountain biker for many years and for the past 18 months has been doing endurance mountain biking in preparation for Italy. It took him an average of 19 minutes to cycle up the western side of the hill each time. His partner, Steph Weller, herself a keen hockey player, was parked at the lookout all day with a collection box as well as refreshments, such as coke, ginger beer and bananas, as Tim passed the summit. While Tim was cycling for 14 hours, he is used to 24 hour endurances events, but not as much hill work, so the hill was good practice.
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The records Taylor made for the Kane Train Tim Caughley at the halfway point of his epic ride.
“It’s three times the ascent of a normal 24-hour race,” Steph said. “It’s the experience of a 24-hour race, but its only over 15 hours.” However, the task got tougher after darkness, and he was exhausted afterwards. “I could hardly move (afterwards),” he said. “The last seven laps were painfully slow.” Her managed to raise $1300 for Te Omanga Hospice. “We had a friend who went through Mary Potter Hospice – so we have got a commitment with the hospice,” Steph said. They have set up a Givealittle page, https:// givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/everest4hospice, which is open until April 8.
In a perfect world it would be nice for Ross Taylor to beat his late mentor Martin Crowe’s New Zealand record of 17 test centuries but it’s likely the Kane Train will steamroll that before the chance is there. Williamson, now the undisputed leader of the Black Caps, equalled Martin’s mark with a stellar century against South Africa to close the home summer. At 26, Kane is the youngest Kiwi ever to 5000 test runs and with potentially another decade to go, it appears all sorts of batting records will be his before it is said and done. He also won back-to-back Sir Richard Hadlee Medals for the best New Zealand cricketer. Taylor, who’s been out with leg issues, is on 16 test centuries. While his body is starting to slow, his form over the past two seasons has been stunning. The Taylor/Williamson duo in the
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