Wednesday May 3, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What do you think about recent vandalism damage on the Queen Street wooden seats that have since been removed?
Star Olsen, Wainuiomata “What do we want to turn ourselves into? That’s what we should be asking ourselves.”
Patoa Kerehona, Wainuiomata “I don’t like the kids doing that – it belongs to the community.”
Gabriel Tupou, Wainuiomata “I think it’s both disappointing but inevitable”
Paul Chapman, Wainuiomata “I believe we need more security cameras and I believe parents should be charged.”
More than a sixth of Hutt children have asthma - expert Urgent action is needed to reduce the impact of asthma on Hutt children, says one of the country’s leading experts on the disease prior to World Asthma Day yesterday. The incidence of asthma in the Hutt DHB area is among the highest in the country with the disease killing around 20 and hospitalising more than 280 locals each year. Recent data from the Impact of Respiratory Disease in New Zealand report says asthma prevalence of Hutt’s children is over 17 per cent - almost 3 per cent higher than the national average. It found significant socioeconomic differences in asthma hospitalisation with rates 3.7 times higher among those living in poverty. Associate professor Jim Reid from Otago University welcomed the report’s findings and says Kiwis are far too relaxed when it comes to dealing with asthma and its symptoms. “Because asthma is so common, people have become a bit cavalier about it, it seems like every kid on the block
has it, so it tends to get minimised, but last year 70 people died from asthma,” he says. Professor Reid said the key to getting the nation’s asthma burden under control is a simple Asthma Control Test carried out at a doctor’s surgery or pharmacy. “We have still got one of the highest incidences of asthma in the world. If children are appropriately treated then their chances of recovering from the disease are higher.”
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Potene Watere, Wainuiomata “Oh, you know, they should take care of the stuff.”
Donna George. Wainuiomata “It’s shocking. I don’t know if they have security cameras.”
Parking in Wainuiomata has started to get rather creative. Brent Sylvester sent the Wainuiomata News this photo of a Subaru WRX taken in Upper Fitzherbert Road. “If you`re missing your WRX, it’s outside my place. No one is in it,” he said.
The car ended up in the ditch on the morning of April 28, and looks like it may have been pushed in – either that or there’s some creative parallel car parking in the area. The police have been notified as it appeared the car was stolen, possibly from elsewhere in the Hutt Valley.
Every week our reporter Dave Crampton breaks news stories and meets locals throughout Wainuiomata. Each week he also shares a few tales from his travels. Wainuiomata is to get another spruceup, which ironically is timed shortly after the vandalism to seats in Queen Street, which have since been removed. Love Wainuiomata’s Esther Venning is a superb advocate for the region and her team of volunteers has worked hard to brighten up the region and Make Wainuiomata Great again – or at least, even better Also in this week’s paper, we include an edited transcript of Clive Cannon’s key speech at the Anzac Day commemorations. As most would know, Clive owns Clive’s Chemist in Wainuiomata, where he is known as The Clive Cannons Happy Chemist. Wearing his new suit, he delivered a fine speech with a local
flavour that those who were not there would have missed out on. Each month, business leaders get together for a monthly breakfast at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall. Held on the last Friday of every month, these get- togethers area great opportunity for business owners to network and hear from an interesting speaker – and share breakfast together. If you are a business owner, you may want to get along to the next one. If you have made a New Zealand sports team, are holding a community event or have a significant anniversary – or simply just want to write a letter - do get in touch at dcrampton@wsn. co.nz. The Wainuomata News is your paper.
Wainuiomata News 03-05-17