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Natasha off to world champs By Dave Crampton

Natasha Hargraves may only be 13, but she is showing real promise in pedal-power and is off to South Carolina in the US for the BMX World Championships in July. The BMX World Championships are held annually, with Natasha competing amongst the best in the world in her age group. Continued on page 2. Natasha Hargraves with her trophies from the BMX Nationals. PHOTO: Dave Crampton

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Continued from page 1. Natasha, Wellington’s top rider in her age group, has been competing seriously since 2011 and has risen up the rankings to place top three at Nationals earlier this year. Just two other riders of all ages south of Levin are ranked higher in their respective age groups. Natasha has the attitude, the clothing, a couple of bikes worth well over $3000, and her own starting gate at home which she uses for practicing. In the summer months, she is off competing all over the country every two weeks. “It’s not a sport, it’s a lifestyle,” her father Jamie Hargraves, also a BMXer, said. However, it was fortunate Natasha didn’t come fourth at nationals. While the top eight in each age group qualify for world champs, Jamie said his daughter would not be going unless she got top three. “It’s about having a goal - it’s about getting a podium,” Jamie said. “I`d be pretty gutted if I came fourth,” Natasha added. The highest anyone in her age group in New Zealand has

Hutt business leaders challenged to Inspire YOUth Lower Hutt business leaders were challenged to collaborate on a youth employment strategy at a breakfast hosted by Mayor Ray Wallace recently. The challenge came as youth unemployment among Lower Hutt’s 18–24 year olds reached 20 per cent compared with the national average of 14.9 per cent across the same age group. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace told business leaders, “We

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Local police presence of concern By Dave Crampton

Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard is concerned that police have to travel from Lower Hutt and Wellington to solve crime in the region due to police cuts and reduced opening hours at the Wainuiomata police station. “Wainuiomata used to have twelve uniformed police, two detectives, a youth team and several unsworn staff,” Mr Mallard said. That changed around three years ago to the current level, with reduced hours at the

Wainuiomata Police Station. “Cuts to policing mean that it is now open 16 hours a week – and it is not always open during these 16 hours, Mr Mallard said. “Serious crime requires police from Wellington. It is just not good enough.” Homedale resident Joy Tedder doesn’t think it’s good enough either. “We just need more police over here,” she said. Mr Mallard said he wants to see police on the street, and out of their cars. He is concerned that the public does

not expect police to solve local crime. “I think they expect nothing – and get nothing,” he said. “When police have a visible presence, the community notices. “They get to know the community and the community gets to know them. Kiwis expect a personal relationship with police officers in their community.” He said an increase in police numbers is one part of the solution – Labour wants to see 1100 more police on the beat, not in back offices, as is often happening.

“They are spending three to four hours of every 10-hour shift on paperwork.” Mr Mallard said people want a local presence in the Wainuiomata community unless there is an emergency in the Hutt, and want to be able to be taken seriously when reporting crime, “For minor things, people don’t bother to report them.” Joy said she wouldn’t contact the Wainuiomata police to report any crime. “I`d ring the police in Lower Hutt - It’s no use ringing anyone else,” she said.

Mike King quits suicide panel before visit By Dave Crampton

Mental health advocate Mike King has quit a government panel shaping strategy for suicide prevention in New Zealand, just two weeks before his visit to Wainuiomata to talk about depression and anxiety. He said that the strategy is deeply flawed with parts of it a ‘master-class in buttcovering’. “It would be funny if people weren’t dying.” His resignation letter was sent to Dr John Crawshaw, the director of mental health at the Ministry of Health, last week. “Unfortunately, all I see when I look at the new Draft Proposal is more of the same; pandering to minority groups, continuing to fund failed experiments and further isolation for vulnerable

New Zealanders,” he wrote. Mr King is in Wainuiomata on May 29 to talk about depression and anxiety and what his new mission in life is. His visit is promoted by Peace Within Learning, a local group whose mission is to utilise experiences and passion in life to be able to assist others in having inner peace. M r K ing is concer ned that the strategy aims to recognise and appropriately support people in distress, but the reality is quite different. “When they turn up to access the ‘appropriate support’, they are being repeatedly told they don’t meet the threshold for help,” he said. “What is the point in ‘recognising distress’ if the help isn’t there?” A tot a l of 579 K iw is took their own lives in the

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“You want a real shock? Five hundred and seventynine is not the real figure,” Mr King said on The AM Show on Tuesday. “Autocides aren’t counted, drownings aren’t counted, cliff falls aren’t counted, and anyone who has a trace of drugs or alcohol in their system is not counted as a suicide - even if they leave a note.” Many who a re tur ned down for support are depressed and anxious, and it is these and associated issues that Mr King will be discussing at his meeting, with the aim of assisting people to provide a better place, a better whanau, and a better whare for those in the community.  The May 29 meeting starts 4.30pm at the community centre.


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Extra health money insufficient An extra $1.1b is required to maintain current health services, the Council of Trade Unions claimed over the weekend – but people will still miss out on services. The figure takes into account population growth, inflation, wages and new initiatives. Funding required to maintain current levels for each District Health Board have been calculated for the first time, with $16m required simply to maintain existing services in the Hutt District Health Board. More than $390m of new total operational expenses is required in the region. The announcement comes ahead of the Government’s Budget release this Thursday. The unions calculated the number from data released by Government departments including Treasury and say anything less than $1.1b in Thursday’s budget will be a cut in real terms and will see more people missing out.



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Talented musician joins TiHei Rangitahi staff

Stolen vehicles Over the past month there have been a number of vehicles stolen in the area. Of particular note, Subaru Legacys and Imprezas have been targeted. These have been stolen from various locations in the Wainuiomata area. Wainuiomata Police have asked people to take measures to prevent vehicles becoming targets such as making sure your vehicle is locked, parking your vehicle off the street if possible (if possible in a garage, in the driveway, around the rear of your address). In addition they advise removing valuable items from your vehicles, and installing car alarms if your vehicle is not alarmed.

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Youth organisation TiHei Rangitahi has new staffer, and he’s a pretty talented musician who is aiming to share his knowledge and experience with local youth. Caleb Haapu, who has been playing music since he was three, and the guitar since he was 11, is best known for being in many bands, most notably Sonz of Zion, which is in the

process of recording its third album and has reached near the top of the music charts, with three number one singles in Hawaii. Caleb’s brother Seth is a wellregarded singer-songwriter whose debut album was nominated for a NZ Music award. Both are from Wanganui and work with Maori youth and emerging Maori artists. Caleb plays drums, bass, gui-

tars and keyboards, and has settled in well in his new job, surrounded by young musicians and musical instruments in his favourite windowless room. He calls himself a youth worker. “I love it - I`m making music every single day,” he said. “Music is my life.” He’s also teaching young people how to make music, and providing free music lessons for more than 20 young people

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Fergus Glen has only one criminal conviction. In 2003 Fergus murdered his brother Craig with an axe in his Wainuiomata bed because he didn’t thank him for cooking his dinner, He fetched an axe and swung it eight times at the face and neck of his sleeping brother. But at a recent hearing, the Parole Board

declined to release Glen, 49, who has been in a self-care unit since February. More work was needed before Glen could be paroled because he remained an undue risk to the safety of the community. He should progress carefully in the reintegration phase of his sentence and release was still some way off, the board said. Glen’s parole will reconsidered in a year.

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who wish to learn how to play a musical instrument better. One goal is to get his young musicians up to scratch before June 2, where several TiHei musicians will be holding a talent show in the Wainuiomata Library as part of Youth Week. Reriti Moreahu was a bit star-struck when Caleb joined TiHei Rangitahi, given his love for bands such as Katchafire and Sonz of Zion. “At first it was pretty nervewracking, but I`ve got used to him,” he said. Reriti also writes his own songs, and has recorded one of them, which has been played on Nui FM, based in Wainuiomata. Caleb has played before thousands in several counties, and has recently returned from Rarotonga. Yet he says he likes playing live and working with local youth equally. A few of the youth have even seen Caleb play live – and more look likely to. “Some of them - those that are allowed to be out,” he said. Caleb has even bought his own instruments to work, so the youth can play on them. But he takes his prized guitar home each night. “That’s my baby,” he said.


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New season at Dowse features top Hipkins exhibit The Dowse Art Museum is presenting a major exhibition - Gavin Hipkins: The Domain, which is a survey of 25 years’ work by this leading New Zealand artist, as part of a programme of exhibitions. In addition, a new photographic series made especially for galleries will be part of the programme. From next month Fiona Clark’s important photographic series Te iwi o te wahi kore, a new work by respected sculptor Maureen Lander; and a touring survey of Australian artist Nicholas Mangan’s work will be shown at the Dowse. Nicholas Mangan’s work was also shown in Melbourne and Berlin. “This season, we are presenting exhibitions that meaningfully contribute to all sorts of conversa-

Gavin Hipkins, The Colony, installed Sao Paulo Biennale, 2002.

tions happening outside our walls,” Dowse director Courtney Johnston said. “We are charged with serving our community – this includes residents of and visitors to Lower Hutt. Our exhibitions show how art grows out of and feeds back into our conversations as communities, large and small.” Known as a ‘tourist of photography’ in his 25-year career, Gavin Hipkins has not only explored the vast formal opportunities photography offers as a medium, but also how social and political ideologies visually shape the world. The Dowse has one of New Zealand’s largest and significant public art collection of more than 2000 items.

School can’t afford to upgrade swimming pool By Dave Crampton

Wainuiomata Primary School’s 66,000 litre swimming pool is lying idle over the winter as the school doesn’t have the money to heat or upgrade it. The school is prevented from using it’s operations grant from the government for upgrades or repairs. “The Ministry doesn’t allow us to fix the pool. We are not free to use the payments, we have got to find the funds to fix it from other means,” the school’s deputy principal, Tute Porter-Samuels said. Last term the pool’s filter system blew up, but is not used in the winter terms as the school can’t afford to heat it. The changing sheds have cracks due to what is thought to be earthquake damage. Tute said the operations grant can’t be used to pay for the filters, estimated to cost many thousands, as swimming lessons are not seen as part of a “modern learning environment” but the school still wants to keep the

pool going. It needs other grants and donations to do so. The school’s groundsman, Michael McEwen, said the pool was only used for six weeks of the year and more funding was needed to keep the pool maintained and operational. “We either need a huge injection of funds or it gets demolished,” he said. Jonty Mills, Chief Executive of Water Safety New Zealand, acknowledges the challenge to maintain school pools saying 135 school pools across the country are at risk of closure. “It’s certainly a challenge. Only a quarter of schools are delivering an aquatic education. Our concern is the long-term impact of kids coming through the education system and what that means with regards to our high drowning statistics,” he said. While senior students use the outdoor Wainuiomata 50m pool, Tute says it’s more of a logistical exercise to walk junior students to that pool, and believes they

Michael McEwen hopes the pool will continue to be used and upgraded.

shouldn’t have to when there’s a pool at their school. Joining a swimming club to

learn to swim is out of the question so the school programme is important, Tute said.

“They can’t afford swimming lessons – it’s the only swimming programme they`ll ever get.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Q: When is the General Election and will you vote?

Ray Su’a, Wainuiomata

Steve Wheoki, Wainuiomata

Tania Ngatuere, Wainuiomata

Chris Bishop, Lower Hutt

John Milovale, Wainuiomata

“It’s in November – Yeah -always Labour.”

“Dunno really – but I`d vote Labour.”

“Oh, October, I guess. Yes, Labour.”

“September 23, voting National.”

“Don’t know - is it in 2024? Will vote Labour.”

Tusi Toato, Wainuiomata “ I don’t know, next year I think. I`ll vote Labour.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Lockyer prank suggestion Dear Ed, Here’s how Joyce Lockyer can play a skydiving prank on her brother: Joyce Lockyer can tell her brother: “We are going to a surprise destination” then drive to a Taupo motel the day before a skydiving session after buying a skydiving ticket for her brother from Taupo

skydiving centre. On the morning of the skydiving jump, before the limousine arrives at the motel, Joyce Lockyer can put a blindfold on her brother’s face then when the limousine arrives to take Joyce Lockyer’s brother to the skydiving centre Joyce will help her blindfolded brother

Pollution will get us Dear Ed, Students at schools have assignments about pollution. Children are trying to make a vocal protest, but big companies responsible don’t want to listen to children. So, these children wait a few years until they get old enough and join Greenpeace. Well, look at our fight we had with whale hunters in the Southern oceans with Japan. Now there’s the other threat - oil companies with sonic blasts affecting marine life. Now comes rubbish that human pigs cause by throwing plastic stuff into the

into the limousine then when he arrives at the skydiving centre the blindfold will remain in place till he reaches 15, 000ft. The door will then open for the skydiver to jump out of the plane. The instructor can them finally take the blindfold off Joyce’s brother’s face just before jumping out of

the plane! Joyce can film her brother skydiving with his skydiving instructor and that should be a funny prank that Joyce Lockyer has given her brother for a meteorite prank in her backyard! Yours sincerely Sonali Bhattacharjee

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sea. We had pollution in the Waiwhetu stream when Excide and Feltex were fined for putting their waste into that stream. It used to stink something real bad in the early days. Have you noticed that the Willows near Silvestream tip are a nasty yellow colour and the others green long before Autumn? I noticed that four years ago the Willows near the output pipe from the tip were yellow and all the others were green. No wonder the stream is polluted. Man causes pollution with their lack of knowledge and greed along

with stupidity included. The children of today are trying to get into the heads of these bone-headed companies responsible for dumping waste to stop. Over in the states some contractors were dumping waste into streams to save money taking it to the proper places. I heard someone say ‘why didn’t their parents drown them at birth?” Well, that wasn’t a very nice thing to say. Folks if it’s not nuclear war that ends us it will be pollution - water pollution, land pollution - air pollution. Peter Wells (abridged) Lower Hutt

Dear Ed, I am at odds with the way Hutt City Council has consulted over its disability strategy as it is not taking a human rights approach. Council order papers only show two articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The way that Hutt City Council should have started consulting is by explaining what the convention is

about and also about the New Zealand Disability Strategy (NZDS). Council started with the action plan for its accessibility and inclusion Strategy and did not clearly explain strategic outcomes of the NZDS. I showed Mayor Wallace a document that proves Council officers and members of the project team knew about the NZDS draft and didn’t include it in their strategy. Mike Grigg (abridged)


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Building projects win awards Hutt City Council building projects won five prestigious awards in five days for commercial and architecture projects. Naylor Love received a gold award at the New Zealand Commercial Projects Award ceremony for the Council’s revamped and earthquake-strengthened administration building. Hawkins Group received a silver award for its work on the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, Lower Hutt. Five days later the Wellington Archi-

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By Dave Crampton

Wainuiomata Marae is to open a ‘self-help’ store in July, where people can help themselves to unwanted goods after the Koha Shed moved from the Marae into bigger premises in Moohan Street earlier this month. Wainuiomata Marae Trust manager, Linda Olsen, said the marae’s health and social services have assisted and supported families in need, providing donated food, clothing and household goods, and she wants that to continue. It sponsored the Koha Shed for the past year, providing rent-free premises.

LINDA OLSEN Manager, Wainuiomata Marae Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – I love her voice and she inspires lots of kids and young people. Who is your best friend, and why? I`ve got quite a few friends – I think it would be unfair to name them. They are there when I need them. If you could be somebody for day, who would it be? Sir Edmund Hillary. What is the best thing in your life right now? Our great-grandson – after 15 girls – three daughters, nine granddaughters and three great granddaughters, he’s the first boy. What would you change about the world?

I`d just stop war. What would your superpower be and why? My superpower would be to help the homeless and put a roof over their heads. What would Wainuiomata News readers be shocked to know about you?

This may be a little bit shocking, I also work for the Te Omanga Hospice. What meal do you never get sick of eating? A good boil-up with pork bones – I never get sick of it – and rice pudding with cream and peaches.

Linda says there is an i ncrea si ng dema nd for spaces where people can help themselves, such as foodbanks, Koha sheds and the self-help store “So many families have been evicted from their homes, ou r elderly a re downsizing, some going onto retirement homes – and leaving half of their household items behind.”  The self-help store will be open on Wednesdays, including for drop of f of goods for four hours from 10am. A sign will be outside the main Marae entrance om Wednesdays, Linda said.


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Large artwork opened and blessed A colourful geometric artwork in Laings Road was blessed and formally opened on May 18. Titled Catchment, the 18m by 8m David Brown artwork is on the south side of the building at 4-12 Laings Road, replacing an out of date Raine and Horne sign that was there for nearly 30 years. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the artwork is exciting and dynamic and is the first artwork in a new series of art projects planned. “Making our central business district a place of cultural, social and economic vitality is one of the goals of the [Making Places] strategy.” The artwork represents 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. Catchment also incorporates historical elements such as the brick and roof tile colours and architectural details from the Methodist Church formerly on the corner of Laings Road and Queens Drive. David Brown is from Wellington and has been working professionally as an artist since 2006 and has a studio at Toi Poneke Arts Centre. One of the main challenges in developing the artwork, aside from its height and size, was finding an artwork that would work with the wall’s six prominent windows. Brown has made these windows a feature in his design.

A Wainuiomata property owner has lost his Fraser Street nest egg to methamphetamine. He bought the P contaminated house in the 1990s and sold it at auction for $230,000, which was $65,000 under its rateable value and equivalent to the value of the land only. The vendor called the tenants ‘scumbags’ who don’t deserve a roof over their heads. Despite being a buyer’s market, he was devastated at the damage done to his property. More than 20 registered bidders turned up to the auction, among them first-home buyers, property developers

and investors. New owner Leon Ure said he owned several properties in Wainuiomata already, and it was among the highest prices he has paid for a Wainuiomata property. He plans to gut the home completely and start again, before renting it out. He said it would cost him about $25,000 to bring the place up to scratch. Professionals Real Estate Lower Hutt managing director John Ross, who auctioned the property, said the property was worse than what it looked from the street, adding he was surprised by how much interest there was in the auction. He said it showed that people are keen to get onto

the property ladder. The house is one of several Wainuiomata homes that have been contaminated. In October, contents of a methcontaminated Housing New Zealand house in Ngaturi Grove was dumped on the front lawn after an alleged assault on a Housing New Zealand worker. The cost of testing and repairing state houses exposed to meth has leapt by more than $18 million over the past year. HNZ policy states that tenants responsible for P contamination would have their tenancy terminated, and would be prohibited from living in its properties for a year.

Tough guy and gal challenge is on this weekend

From the

Reporter’s desk 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.

Locals Megan Hand, Renee Walkinshaw and Odele Mulhave are all smiles after a recent challenge. PHOTO: Dan Taylor.

For one town, Wainuiomata has a lot of talented sportspeople going to either world champs or national events. This year we have had people off to national events who are as young as four. Today we feature someone who is off to a world championship event in July and is only 13. We also have talented musicians and artists. This month, May, is New Zealand Music Month. The theme for this year’s New Zealand Music Month is finding something new. I found out something fairly new; Caleb Haapu is working at TiHei Rangitahi helping the local Wainui youth with music, sounds and video work. He’s a talented musician and performer in bands such as Sonz of Zion. He started playing musical instruments when he was three and wrote his first song when he was eight.

If you want to get down and dirty and have a whole lot of fun, there’s a unique off-road recreation event happening over three days this week. The annual Wellington Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is on Saturday at Camp Wainui on Coast Road. It is open to those 13 and older, with events on Friday for secondary school students, and on Thursday for primary and intermediate aged students. More than 2800 competitors are expected throughout the three days. The Thursday event is already sold out, with 1000 students competing the 1.5km lap, with the teenagers competing two laps. The Saturday event can be selected as a 6km or 12km event, depending on how tough you are. The course will include swamp crossings, a spider’s web net climb, a crawl under barb wire, beautiful native bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, and a climbing frame.

Those who follow local music will have also heard of his brother Seth, a well-known solo musician. I also found out that not too many people know that there is a General Election this year – specifically on September 23. The Word on The Street is a fairly reliable indicator of where people sit, and you can read what some have said this week in the election. A significant political event happening this week is the Budget on Thursday. These are two events that will shape the future of this country this and next year. Let’s see what announcements are made on housing, which is a significant issue in Wainuiomata.  As always, if you have any news, views or significant achievements, do drop us a line at dcrampton@

By Dave Crampton

There will also be mud – lots of it. Participants may well end up having a muddy good time. Event Promotions spokesperson Aimee Gregory is heading to Wainuiomata from Rotorua today to help set up the course, which is one of six throughout the country over coming months. She said Wainuiomata has been chosen over the past three years because of the hills and bush. One hill is even nicknamed ‘Mt Everest’. All students are entering through their schools. “About 1000 kids are coming from secondary schools – the students can even get NCEA credits for it,” Aimee said. The event will also have spot prizes, merit prizes, amazing goodie bags, souvenir coffee mugs, and challenging obstacles. There will free parking, and also hot showers. Numbers are limited to 1000 competitors for each of the three events and late entries can be made on the day if it is not sold out.

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Wednesday May 24, 2017



Locals stack basketball rep team for nationals By Dave Crampton

Eight talented players from Wainuiomata look set to head off to the U15 indoor basketball nationals in Dunedin in July, provided, as expected, they get past the regional qualification competition in three weeks. They are in the Hutt representative team, which will be among the youngest teams in the competition – some are only 12. Both coaches are also from Wainuiomata. The team has high aspirations with coach Joe Hemi maintaining they will not be there to make up the numbers. “They know what they are there to achieve – they are not there to muck around. If you are in reps, it’s not about participation – it’s about competing,” he said. “I expect them to get top eight – I`d be thrilled if they get top four.” Joe is no stranger to the sport; as well as coach, he’s a former player, has officiated basketball

at an international level, and is on the board of the Hutt Valley Basketball Association. While it’s the first basketball nationals for most of these girls, Hemi says many have reached national level in other sports. Most have come from the U13 representative basketball team, who don’t have a national competition, but are stepping up this year. “They’ve adjusted really well – they are focused,” he said All of the Hutt girls expect their team to get past the preliminary rounds into the finals and know their coach expects nothing less than their best effort. Recent performances have been promising; they have just played a tournament in Palmerston North, which they won. Tia -Calasis Remuera,13, whose father James is also coaching, is looking forward to the Dunedin trip and hopes they will place among the top five teams. She is a regular watcher of the National Basketball Association games in

The U15 Hutt basketball team looks set to do well at nationals in July. From left standing: Chelani GreyClark, Tayla-Kei Laulau, Selai To’ia, D’Stani Foley, Ebony Vole, Jyordanna Davey, Renee Barbarich, Lamai Mataiti, Christina Wen, Kneeling L-R Janina Buot, Tia-Calasis Remuera. Most are from Wainuiomata.

the United States. Jyordanna Davey, 13, is also optimistic heading into her first national tournament. “Hopefully we`ll win – or at least get top five,” she said. Both are from Wainuiomata.

Jyordanna’s mother, Hutt Valley Basketball Association board member Ngahuia Davey, says having a focused and tough coach is good for the team. No team members will dare to miss practice. “He’s good – and has the full

backing of the parents.” The national competition is from July 19-22 and will be contested by 20 teams. Three teams will be sent from the greater Wellington region, which includes the Kapiti Coast.

Pool vouchers presented to league juniors at Wise Park By Dave Crampton

Lower Hutts mayor, Ray Wallace, presented 13 certificates for free entry to council-owned swimming pools in Lower Hutt, Wellington, Upper Hutt and Porirua to players of the day at Wellington Rugby League’s junior festival. The festival was held at Wise Park on May 13. The pool vouchers have replaced the more traditional vouchers for fast food.

“Any initiative encouraging young people to be active and to eat well has to be good for everyone”, Mayor Wallace said. “Not only does this benefit individuals. It also benefits the wider community. Healthy communities are strong communities,” he said. The initiative is the result of work between Wellington Rugby League, Healthy Futures Trust and Healthy Families Lower Hutt. It is an example of four local councils

working together to support children being active. It’s a great idea. We’ve got our kids into sport to be healthy going to the pool is way better than fatty burgers,” one supporter, Lara, said. Others at the event welcomed the initiative, saying that going to the pool is much better than getting takeaways and fatty burgers – it’s better for our children. Wainuiomata Rugby league

junior convenor Liz Tanoai said more than 40 teams from as far away as Otaki were at the tournament, and Wainuomata teams throughout the grades did pretty well The new player of the day rewards support Wellington Rugby League’s wider programme to ensure their fixtures and clubrooms are family-friendly and healthy places. Water is promoted as the drink of choice and side-lines

are free of alcohol and cigarette smoke. “The pool vouchers will be a fabulous step towards a healthy and active future for our youngsters,” Mayor Wallace said. Healthy Families Lower Hutt is one of 10 Ministry of Health-funded sites that take a community-led approach to ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice in the places where we spend the most time.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The ever evolving All Black machine

ABOVE: Ray Wallace and James Clark with the Player of the Day award with Phil Roache, Development Manager for Wellington Rugby League. RIGHT: James Clark, 9, from the Wainuiomata U11 team.

Wayne Smith’s departure from the All Blacks set up after the rugby championship is a big loss. Expect head coach Steve Hansen to stay in his role through the next Rugby World Cup in Japan but a gap opens that will be hard to plug with the specialist defence coach Smith retiring after more than 20 years in the All Black coaching environment. There’s also curiosity over who will replace Hansen in 2019. All signs point to former Chiefs coach Ian Foster who has been an All Black assistant for a number of years. Foster didn’t have much success with the Chiefs but does have the respect of the men in black.

The concerning number of injuries to key All Blacks prior to this Lions tour has many scratching their heads. Captain Kieran Read and hooker Dane Coles being the two key players up in the air. If Read, who has a hand injury, can’t play against the Lions, Ardie Savea should play No 8 and Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock should be All Black captain. Whitelock has been the best forward in Super Rugby and a key reason the Red and Blacks have won all 12 of their games. Either way, when former Wellington stalwart Jimmy Gopperth is named the best player in the European Championship, how scared can we be of these tame Lions?


Wednesday May 10, 2017


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