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Two indoor netballers in their first season are about to wing their way to South Africa to represent New Zealand in the sport, after their representative outdoor netball coach asked them to â€˜give it a goâ€™. Lilli Pohe-Cartnell, 14, and Alofa AberdeinTapuai,17, both play in the U17 Hutt Valley representative team in outdoor netball but are the only two from the Hutt region selected for their respective national indoor teams. Lilli will play for the U15 national team and Alofa is in the U17 team. Continued on page 2. Lilli Pohe-Cartnell, 14, and Alofa AberdeinTapuai,17 are looking forward to representing New Zealand.
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Continued from page 1. The pair leave for Johannesberg on July 5 for the seven-day Junior World Series tournament starting July 9, to play against Australia, South Africa, and England. New Zealand is taking several teams, both male, female and mixed. The youngest is an U14 team. While the pair play other sports, they are both excited and surprised to be selected ahead of those who have been playing the faster indoor version of the sport for
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Another pop-up market in the Wainuiomata Mall on Friday evening was a success, and a further one is planned for next month. The market – held in the Western end of the mall, attracted 18 stall holders, selling candles, chocolates, cakes, and clothing. It was the second one in consecutive weeks with the first one attracting 200 people, with more last week. Another is planned for June 16, before the mall changes ownership on July 1. “I thought it would be good to get it in now,” market coordinator Sally Godfree said. Rik Van Damme, who is originally from Belgium, was selling Belgian chocolates. He does it for a living, and all his sales are through word of mouth. “ I’ve got no facebook, no website. I`m old-fashioned and I`ve never learned to type,” he said. “I wanted to be an Oompa
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said. Both girls are unsure yet if they want to play at senior level. Alofa, who is also on scholarship at Chilton Saint James School, where she is the deputy head girl and a house captain, has a givealittle page to assist her with finances. https://givealittle. co.nz/cause/alofaaberdeintapuai “I am not working, and spend most of my time studying or playing sports,” she said.
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longer. “There are people who have been playing for years,”Alofa said. Both prefer outdoor netball, but had their coach not suggested they play indoor netball they wouldn’t be representing their country. They are currently in the middle of national training camps in New Plymouth and Palmerston North. “I thought I`d give it a go,” Lilli said. “My team has just gelled,” “I thought [the camp] was
Loompa and now I`m a Rikki Wonka.” Many locals turned up to the market looking for Mother’s Day presents. Peter Ford walked down to the mall while getting some tea, and got his mum a present. “We were just waiting for our fish and chips that are cooking down Queen Street,” he said. Popular stalls included “jam man” Graeme Cunningham (see separate story on page 3), with his business Jam.it, Luminous Candles, and Rik’s stall. Sally, who has run her own business, Sal Sweeties, for the past few years, also ran her own popular stall, selling new generation liquorice. She is keen to arrange more pop-up markets and hopes she can do so after the mall changes ownership. She is also looking for more local artists after a local blues guitarist took to the stage at the recent market. She said the past two weeks were a success.
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Deadline extended for alcohol submissions A strong campaign led by the community last year, which saw a proposed bottle store on The Strand ditched, has resulted in the Hutt City Council reviewing its Local Alcohol Policy. Just five residents submitted to the council’s request for input on proposed changes, so the deadline for submissions has been extended until May 17. Another reason for the extension was that alcohol and its negative consequences have previously attracted a great deal of public interest and concern. “The community has been
loud and clear that they don’t want to see any more bottle stores opened here in Wainuiomata. This is our chance to make that happen,” Hutt South Labour candidate Ginny Andersen said. Changes could see the number of off licenses restricted in Wainuiomata. Currently there are no restrictions. Wainuiomata is viewed as one of the areas that are especially vulnerable to alcohol-related harm, such as violence and other crime, injuries and illness. Off-licences are defined as
outlets where alcohol can be purchased and taken away. They include supermarkets, grocery stores, liquor shops, and specialist outlets such as wine shops. The feedback contrasts sharply when more than 270 submissions were made on establishing a Local Alcohol Policy for Lower Hutt in 2013, requiring two days of hearings for submitters to be heard by Council. “The more detail submitters provide the better, however your evidence can just include what you’ve seen or experienced in the past, it doesn’t have to be
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Marmalade man still jamming it By Dave Crampton
Graeme Cunningham has won five more international awards for his jam and marmalade -making skills, heading off nearly 2000 entries from 30 countries. At the World Original Marmalade Awards held last month in Cumbria, England he got four silvers and a certificate of merit, from five entries. He was a bit disappointed, despite an overall better result than the previous year when he got a gold medal as a first-time entrant. He also got a silver, two bronzes and a certificate of merit from his five entries that year. Judging was extremely close this year, Graeme said. “In one of them, I lost a point because the jar wasn’t full enough – and in another the fruit was spread nicely, but a ‘little firm’,” he sighed. “Still, from 10 entries I got 10 prizes.” Graeme, who has lived in Wainuiomata for the past six years, is a full -time jam maker.
He imports his jars and one day ‘trawled the Internet’ and found the World Original Marmalade Awards. He couriered the five jars over to England to enter the competition both years, at 10 pounds per entry. He has such a big jam range he could write a jam cookbook. He makes 40 flavours of marmalade and 60 flavours of jam, including orange, chutney and relish, fresh hop, chilli and coconut, and lemon, lime and bitter. He says the key to good jam making is attention to detail and unusual flavours. While he has cut the amount of sugar right back, he still goes through four 20kg sacks each month, which he keeps in a spare room. “I call it my warehouse, but it’s the second bedroom,” he said. He has his own limited liability company, called JAM.it. “It used to be one of my sayings – a bit like ‘shove it’,” he explained. So, one day after a bad day at
work as an architectural salesman, he told his boss to shove it, and went home and jammed it. “I went home and made some marmalade,“ he said. Now he spends at least 25 hours a week making marmalade and jam - and labelling jars. He says he has sold thousands of jars. He sold dozens at the Wainuiomata Pop-up Market this month, and regularly sells at markets, as well as to locals. “I’ve got regular customers – there’s one lady who comes in every six weeks and buys eight
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inbrief news Are you prepared? A talk and discussion on how to be more self-sufficient so you can feel safer and more confident in a crisis is to be held at the Wainuiomata Library on Saturday. The talk will be presented by Natalie Hormann, who is the Hutt City Council’s sustainability officer. Also under discussion will be food security, shelter, water availability, available types of composting toilets and how to build community resilience. To register, visit the library for the one hour seminar commencing at midday May 13.
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Beautifying the Rimutaka Forest Park By Dave Crampton
A group of volunteers got rid of some gorse and weeds, and planted some native trees in the Rimutaka Forest Park on Anzac Day. The group was organised as part of ‘Serve for NZ’ which is a new initiative started by Sam Johnson, from the Student Volunteer Army, that encourages people to give a bit of time on Anzac Day. Hutt South’s National List MP Chris Bishop got the group together and headed off to clear some gorse and do some planting, including flax, cabbage trees, and red matipo, after Wainuiomata’s Anzac Day commemoration. “I thought it was a cool idea so we had 15-20 people - some I’d never met before
- working away,” Mr Bishop said. “We pulled down a lot of gorse,” he added, lifting his trousers to reveal the scratches on his legs. The group was assisting the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust. “Together, we can help restore the Catchpool Valley to its former glory,” Mr Bishop said. “We paid respects in the morning and paid respects in the afternoon in a way that made a difference.” Since 2009, the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust has been working to restore native forest in the Catchpool Valley, in order to quickly restore the original biodiversity of the area and to provide plenty of food and a healthy habitat for indigenous species of birds, lizards, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
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Former minister turned Minister visits ministers By Dave Crampton
Local Pasifika church leaders got a Mayday visit from one of their own, when the Minister for Pacific Peoples and the Community and Voluntary Sector Alfred Ngaro paid a visit. Minister Ngaro met the Pasifika clergy and community members at the Valley Church on May 1. He also witnessed a
presentation on the Fruit and Vegetable Co-Op run out of the church, and through the Pacific Health Service, and to hear about ‘faith in action’. Minster Ngaro was also a cleric -as were both his grandfathers in the Cook Islands - but knows what it is to need food in hard times. His father was a labourer, his mother was a cleaner. “They had two to three jobs to make things meet,” he said.
The Minister appreciated meeting with people who have a ‘genuine interest in helping people’ in the community. “It’s the community doing things for the community – serving people and helping people,” he. said “I`m a big believer in that. We know it helps to feed families.” Aneteresa Sa’u, Pastor of the Samoan Revival Church of the Nazarene also promoted the Fruit and Vegetable Co-op. “We have free carrots and free pumpkin, and whoever wants to can come and get it. It cost $12 for a pack of fruit and vegetables.” That price is about half the cost of getting the same items at the supermarket, and is delivered each week to the Valley Church on Tuesdays.
In addition to meeting church leaders, Minister Ngaro also met with Maori Wardens at the Wainuiomata Community Hub, and was briefed on the WaiPESI Wainuiomata Pasifika Education Success Initiative. Hutt South National list MP Chris Bishop, who organised the visit, said the Minister was involved in a similiar education programme, Manaia Kalani, in Auckland prior to entering Parliament, and so has a prior involvement and interest in Pasifika education. “He thought it was a great initiative.” Mr Bishop said the Minister is likely to visit Wainuiomata again before the General Election in September.
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Q: Do you think Wainuiomata should be smoke-free?
Lani Silbery, Taita “Yes, because it’s a cancer stick.”
Terese Toman-Wright, Wainuiomata “Yeah, as smoking is bad for everyone.”
Ross Page, Wainuiomata “No – because I smoke. But basically, yes.”
Ray Te Puni, Wainuiomata “I`d say yes, but you can’t force people. I would like to see a smoke-free Wainui.”
Dennis Chand, Wainuiomata “I`m a non-smoker there needs to be a designated area where smokers can smoke”
Tim Wilton, Wainuiomata “I`m a smoker, everyone has their preference, I don’t think that would change people.”
Little support to open shops at Easter The Hutt City Council is not going to develop a policy on whether shops can open on Easter Sunday as people don’t want them open. Most of the 113 survey respondents, which included those from retailers, the Lower Hutt Chamber of Commerce, churches and members of the
public, were against Easter Sunday trading, with 35 percent supporting it. Even businesses don’t want to open. Almost 61 per cent of business owners said they would not open their doors on Easter Sunday and around a quarter said they would open on Easter Sunday, if given the option.
Many noted it is not financially viable to open on Easter Sunday. Other respondents said the day should be reserved as a time for family, or that it is the most important day on the Christian calendar. Last year, the Government amended the Shop Trading Hours Act to give councils the
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Rock drop on Lockyers’ lawn baffles By Dave Crampton
Joyce Lockyer returned from a two-week holiday with her husband Graeme to find out she had a visit from outer space. So people are saying. While hanging out the clothes in the weekend she noticed a strange 2.4kg grey rock embedded in her back lawn in Moores Valley Road, and suspects it is a meteorite. “I couldn’t believe it – it’s very weird,” Joyce said. “I thought my husband had dropped some ash from the fireplace so I didn’t mention it for a day or so.” The rock landed with such force it caused a small crater. The Lockyer’s arrived home before the bright lights were seen across
the country on Friday, the peak of the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Graeme only found out about it after Joyce later told him. “I didn’t know what to think. It’s never happened before.” he said. “It looks like space dust.” But Joyce took the rock inside and got out the cooking scales. “I picked it up with my bare hands and weighed it. We still don’t know what it is. I certainly won’t be doing any cooking with the scales in the meantime.” She is now going to get the rock seen by some experts. We need to get it tested, I`ll have to ring them this afternoon,” she said.
The couple said it is the third such alien drop they know of, after ones in Christchurch and Auckland, one which is now at Te Papa. Joyce said she wants confirmation as to what the rock is before they decide
what to do with it. For now, she is not touching it without gloves. “I just want to find out what it is, and if it has scientific value, then get rid of it.”
Beautifying Homedale Village CURRENT STATE
Joyce and Graeme Lockyer with their mysterious rock.
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.
A community noticeboard at at the Wonderland shop could become a reality later this month.
A Homedale Village resident has taken it upon himself to beautify a part of the village and to emphasise the village as the ‘gateway to the outdoors’. Philip Claassen, from Century21 Real Estate, said he is offering to subsidise advertisers and include free community notices “ for example, at the pop-up market at the Mall”. “That will happen in the next couple of weeks,” Philip said Part of the Wonderland record shop at the roundabout in the village is being painted white and, black chalkboards will be
added for the community to use. Affordable advertising space will be available for local businesses, with Philip offering to cover the design, layout, printing and installation cost of the first four local advertisers He has also committed to the ongoing upkeep of this space, removing tags, and repainting the blackboards when needed and is interested in extending the beautifying project to other parts of the village. Any local business interested is welcome to contact Philip at Philip.claassen@ century21.co.nz.
There are many ways people access local news these days here in the Wainui neighbourhood. One, of course, is by reading the Wainuiomata News, either in print or online. Another is by getting snippets from social media, such as the Nui Natter facebook group. A further way is by word of mouth. There is also this other community paper, put out by Fairfax Media, in the Hutt Valley. If you miss your delivery of the Wainuiomata News, it is always available in places such as the library. But the way people access news is changing. Fewer watch the 6pm television News, in fact more get the news online, from their phones via facebook and Twitter. Some may even see some Wainuiomata News stories online through their facebook feed before even reading the actual paper as stories are scanned and shared. This leads to an even wider audience than the local ‘hood. But back to Fairfax. Last week the Com-
merce Commission decided that a merger between Fairfax, publisher of the Dominion Post, and NZME., publishers of the NZ Herald – should not go ahead, citing a probable rise in advertising and subscription costs. The entire announcement was broadcast live on facebook – ironically, the very medium that is threatening online journalism advertising revenue. The Wainuiomata News is owned by Wellington Suburban Newspapers, so is not directly affected. While national news is accessed primarily online, community news is accessed differently. People here in Wainuiomata like to read paper copies of its community newspaper and that’s the way it is going to stay. However, like all papers, we are always looking for news to write and people to advertise so we can write news and you can read it and support our advertisers. As always, if you want to contribute to the news-making process, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? I think it would have to be Sean Connery – he’s gorgeous! He’s even more handsome when he wears a kilt. Who is your best friend, and why? I don’t know if I have a best friend – I’ve got a lot
of acquaintances, but I don’t think I have one best friend. If you could be somebody for day, who would it be? Maybe the Dalai Lama so I can promote peace in the world. What is the best thing in your life right now? The best thing in my life right now is retirement – and
President, Wainuiomata Grey Power
I’ve got time to do community stuff. What would you change about the world? If I could wave a magic wand I would certainly be waving it for world peace What would your superpower be and why? I`d get rid of the homelessI`d provide for the homeless
and needy. What would Wainuiomata News readers be shocked to know about you? I was quite religious for a while. What meal do you never get sick of eating? Anything but fish – I like roast vegetables.
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Six hour trail Kids to lace up for cross country series event to attract off-road cyclists Rebecca Houston hitting the trails. PHOTO CREDIT: Lisa Ng
By Dave Crampton ABOVE: Children race off from the starting line at one of the 2016 cross-country events. RIGHT: Three young girls, including Lucia Pescini, front, are all smiles and concentration in the cross country event last year. PHOTO CREDIT: www.nesport. co.nz
By Dave Crampton
Hundreds of children all over the Wellington region - from Wainuiomata to Wadestown - are about to lace up for a series of cross country events as the season starts. The Brendan Foot Supersite Kids Cross Country Series, run in partnership with local clubs and Athletics Wellington, has events for those four and under, to those students in Year 8. There are five races in the Sunday series, starting on May 14 at Trentham Memorial Park. Entrants can enter one event or all five. Those who compete in all five events receive a competitors medal and a Shoe Clinic and New Balance thermo water bottle at the last event. If they enter at least a week before each event they’ll get their own personalised race bib on the day. “It’s a great way to keep fit over the winter months and have fun with your friends and family in a relaxed festival atmosphere” Athletics Wellington Sport Development Manager Jo Murray said. Races are in age groups with the youngest group running 500 metres starting at
10:20am, with the oldest group starting at midday and running up to 2.5 kilometres. Jo said there will be medals for the top three individuals in each race for each year group, and certificates for the top three teams in each race for the first four events. “Get your friends together and enter as a team. Kids love being part of a team and they can do this as part of our Kids Cross Country Series.” The series, in its fifth year, has been growing every year as more take part.
Kids Cross Country Series • Event 1: May 14 - Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt • Event 2: May 28 - Karori Park, Karori • Event 3: June 25 - Wellington Harrier Athletic Club Clubrooms, Mt Victoria, Wellington • Event 4: July 9 - Grenada North Park, Tawa • Event 5: August 13 - Petone Memorial/Sladden Park, Petone
Sports awards season It’s sports awards time, and both the Wellington and Hutt Sports awards are coming up shortly with some Hutt athletes in both. Junior White Sox captain Pallas Potter is a finalist in the Wellington emerging sportswoman category, as is para-swimmer Mary Fisher in the sportswoman of the year category, which she won in 2015. Swimmer Chelsey Edwards, who looks likely to be announced in the team for
the Commonwealth Youth Games, is also a finalist in both. But it is 1500m Olympic medallist Nick Willis who could be the winner – he’s up for Sportsman of the Year in both and also took out the Sportsman of the Year in the recent Athletics Wellington awards. The Hutt Valley Sports Awards dinner is on May 18 at the Walter Nash Centre. The Wellington one is at the TSB Arena on June 14.
Off-road cyclists are to descend in town on Sunday, for a six-hour trail event. The Wainuiomata Six Hour has been running for the past six years. Access to the mountain bike park is either via the saddle end of Wainiuiomata Hill or the end of Waiu Street. Racing starts at 10am and the clock is stopped at 4pm. The event is a relay over approximately seven kilometres of track, including a bridge and a water crossing. The event will include both elite riders and those new to off-road riding. Solo riders as well as duos, or a team of three or four riders can enter, Wainuiomata Trail Project president Martin Gribble said. “We try to limit the number of riders on the track at any one time to 100 so it’s not too crowded and allows easier overtaking. The people not riding spend their time yarning in a tent village set up
on the flat area at the end of Waiu Street.” Riders will complete laps of the track and socialise with other riders in their downtime “While people take it seriously, the event has a relaxed vibe that brings riders back each year. The range of riders is vast, with top level riders competing alongside first time racers,” Martin said. The tracks aren’t too difficult, and they are in good condition for Sunday but the event is not for those who have not done off-road riding previously. Some riders have come up from Christchurch for the event - but the event has a lot of local riders from Wainuiomata as well. Entries are currently open and people can bring their tents to shield themselves from the rain or the sun in between participating. “The social aspect in the tent village is quite neat,” Martin said. To enter, visit eventplus.co.nz or enter on the day.
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Let’s get the Aussies in our NPC Australian rugby is in the pits so maybe we should let them play in our sandpit. Australian Super Rugby franchises don’t look like they will win one trans-Tasman clash in 2017, such is the gaping chasm in class in the oval ball code in the two countries. Talk has begun to surface of allowing an Australian team into our national provincial rugby competition. The idea has merit. As a Cantabrian, I grew up with a flurry of success and trophies but the All Blacks’ dominance of global rugby is a little dull. The anticipation of a New Zealand v Australia match has not been there for many years and the men in black have had a mortgage on the Bledisloe Cup for more than a decade. The days of Aussie greats like John Eales, Stephen Larkham, Matt Burke and George Gregan seem a lifetime
ago. It’s time we help our bigger cousin out. They’ve done it for us. They’ve helped our rugby league with the Warriors, our basketball with the Breakers and football with the Phoenix. They even tried to help our netball until the competition fizzled because we couldn’t keep up. An Aussie NPC team would add some interest and give players across the ditch a chance to be exposed to quality rugby. To see the benefits will take five years minimum but hey, it’s time to extend the olive branch. Australia appears unable to help themselves, cash strapped and lacking depth on the field. For the sake of the game in our part of the world, an Australian team in our breeding ground for the next generation of players seems like a no-brainer.
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