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Gangs enrol to vote

By Dave Crampton

Members of the Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs sat side by side and enrolled to vote at the Wainuiomata Marae over the weekend. They registered to vote and

checked their details to set an example to their whanau and to mobilise the gang vote. The Electoral Commission was on hand to assist in enrolments and to enrol anyone who was not on the Electoral Roll. Continued on page 2.

Mongrel Mob Member “Puff” Tregoweth and Naenae Black Power member Kenjay Makatea discuss their electoral enrolment with the Electoral Commission’s Toni Weir. PHOTO: CREDIT


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Setting an example for Whanau Continued from page 1. Gang patches may be banned in public places, but Wainuiomata’s Harry Tam, a life

member of the Mongrel Mob and a former public servant, organised an event drawing together members of the Black

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Mongrel Member Robert Abraham enrols to vote at the Wainuiomata Marae.

Power, the Nomads and Tribesman gangs with a focus on lifting the health and well-being of vulnerable children and patches were out in force. “It is the first time we have seen gang members participate in the electoral process [like this],” he said. Mongrel Mob member ‘Puff’ Tregoweth and Black Power Member Kenjay Makatea, from Naenae, quietly walked over to a room, together, to find out whether they were on the Electoral Roll. The pair sat side by side to enrol, assisted by the Electoral Commission’s registrar of electors, Toni Weir. Kenjay wasn’t aware he was already enrolled, but updated his details; whereas Puff was there to send a message, as he was not enrolled. “I’m here to set a good example for our whanau and our children,” he said. Other gang members also enrolled – one noting his occupation as “Dogsta”. Toni said the visit to the Wainuiomata Marae was one of several face-to-face meetings that the Electoral Commission

has held to encourage people to enrol and to vote. “We have a kaupapa of encouraging everyone to enrol to vote.” The event also promoted iMOKO, (see separate story on page 3) which uses technology to deliver health services focusing on communities with high needs. It is headed by 2014 New Zealander of the Year, Dr Lance O`Sullivan. Both Dr. O`Sullivan and Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft addressed the gang members and their children. Both have a keen interest in the political process. Dr O`Sullivan said people need to be voted into power that have initiatives to assist vulnerable communities. “I have a huge interest in that. We want to inspire people to vote.” Mr Becroft said he has advocated lowering the voting age to 16, as several countries have already done. “I`m pushing the discussion… to get our community to be more participatory.”

Council further decides on living wage By Dave Crampton

The Hutt City Council is to pay the living wage from January 1 next year in situations where it can be shown it is the most cost-effective way to provide a particular service. Its new Remuneration and Employment Policy was adopted at a full council meeting last week, but not without disagreement. Council chief executive Tony Stallinger said the move was in line with the council’s commitment to being a good employer as well as addressing its legal

obligations after seeking legal advice on the matter. “Considering the living wage on a case-by-case basis allows us to meet our commitment to our staff as well as our legal obligation to residents and businesses.” But Wainuiomata ward councillor, Campbell Barry, said the proposal was a ‘watereddown lip-service version’ of the living wage. “I really don’t know who is running the show at Council anymore,” he said. “If paying a living wage to directly employed staff is

potentially unlawful because it’s not the ‘most cost-effective way’ for Council to do business, then how can the Mayor justify giving out hundreds of thousands in grants to CBD property owners to help subsidise their business tenants’ weekly rent?” Council will now establish an assessment for cost-effectiveness so, where possible, the living wage can be paid next year. “It’s important to note that our legal advice was that the most cost-effective option does not necessarily equate

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Slam poet to perform tomorrow

By Dave Crampton

Te Kahu Rolleston hopes his poems will strike a chord with youth when he performs in Wainuiomata tomorrow to do some slam poetry as part of Youth Week on Thursday. He will perform for the youth from TiHei Rangitahi at the Hub on Queens Street. The hui hopping, Kaupapa bouncing, rangatahi wananga and rap battler is from Matakana Island in the Bay of Plenty but studied at Waikato University, graduating last year with a double degree in Maori Media and Communication and Maori and Pacific Development. Part of his work at Enviroschools is to create and deliver poetry resources and workshops for youth, In 2014 Te Kahu was named winner of the National Poetry Slam Competition and has performed at various events all over the country, including TEDx spreading messages that are dear to him.

A new funding strategy approved by the Hutt City Council aims to target funding to those who most need it and some Wainuiomata groups could be in with a better chance of successful funding applications. “It is a step forward into a visionary new future where funding is targeted to keep pace with evolving community needs.”

Community Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Glenda Barratt said. Two funding streams will be implemented over three years. A “Kakano” or seed fund will provide funding for new ideas and ‘give-it-a-go’ projects. A “Mahia Atu” fund (Make it Happen) is for community initiatives already up and running that meet a city vision of making a meaningful difference to address inequality

The Mahia Atu fund is capable of funding successful initiatives for one or two years and can also provide funding for a small number of agencies for up to five years, if outstanding results are demonstrated. Groups like YOUth Inspire seem to fit that bill. The new funding proposal influences $715,000 of annual community funding. The council’s general manager

of community services, Matt Reid, said a focus on reducing inequality, a simpler application and approval process and funding for those who can demonstrate that they can make a difference are features of the new model. “We would like to see more targeted funding approved to ensure that money is going where it is needed most - [to] organisations that are there for the long term; not fly-by-nighters.”

Gangs learn about health programme for vulnerable children By Dave Crampton

Members of four rival gangs and their children met at the

Wainuiomata Marae on Saturday to learn about a new health programme which assists disadvantaged communities.

Dr Lance O`Sullivan, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft, and Harry Tam proceed to the Marae

Police and gang members share a cup of tea with Dr. O’Sullivan and Andrew Becroft

Gang members mingled with each other, marae staff, police and children over a cuppa and some kai after a powhiri, before hearing about Dr. Lance O`Sullivans health programme, which he heads with his wife Tracy. Dr. O`Sullivan was the 2014 New Zealander of the Year for bringing health programmes to disadvantaged people in rural areas. In 2015 he was named Communicator of the Year. iMOKO harnesses digital technology to deliver high quality basic health services with a focus on communities with high needs - particularly vulnerable children. Organised by Wainuiomata’s Harry Tam, the meeting had speeches from Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox and Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft, with Harry speaking about the programme and the need for people to enrol on the electoral roll. Harry is a life member of the Mongrel Mob, and was a senior public servant for 20 years. He arranged for Dr. O`Sullivan to speak. He also arranged for members of the Black Power, Mongrel Mob, Nomads and the Tribesmen

to hear about Dr. O’Sullivans progamme, and also to be encouraged to enrol on the electoral roll for the General Election on September 23. “It’s about improving the health our people within the hard to reach communities,” Harry said. “They have really high needs.” The iMOKO programme not only focuses on children in vulnerable communities, it is also locally run by these communities. “Wainuiomata is going to have an individual health programme real soon. They are going to get their own people to do it.” The centrepiece of iMOKO is smart software that has been developed specifically for community based virtual health services managed by the communities themselves. Mr Becroft was only to pleased to be invited. “If anyone is keen to do better for their kids, then I`ll be there.” Dr. O`Sullivan said the event exceeded his expectations. “It was awesome. I’m here in Wainuiomata as I care for our kids. There was so much interest – it was packed.” “These people care about their children.”

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inbrief news Police score slam dunk with youth While members of four gangs congregated at the Marae on Saturday, some of Lower Hutt Police’s constables patrolling Wainuiomata took on a new challenge… Constables saw youths playing basketball on the court next to the Wainuiomata League clubrooms and decided to stop and see how their day was going. Pretty soon the challenge went up for a game and this was a perfect opportunity to engage with some of the community’s local youth. Many members of the public tooted in support or stopped to cheer on the two groups, a post on the Wellington District Police facebook page said..Sergeant Billy Slight said that some might see it as a game of basketball but you just can’t measure the huge amount of community engagement it might have generated. As to who won, Constable Gibbons said the police were the grand champions, with a spectacular three-point shot by Constable Scott Mudgeway.

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Students consider career and education options By Dave Crampton

Last Wednesday was Careers Expo day at Wainuiomata High School. More than 1000 students, including those from Wainuiomata Intermediate, got a chance to think about what they may want to do when they leave school. But some were quite clear what they wanted to do. “I like Weltec, I want to be a vet, I just like animals,” Ocean Steer, 13, said. “I want to go to university and be a lawyer,” said Jah Cameron, 13. But other weren’t so clear, and grabbed free pens, lollies, bags and brochures to assist in evaluating options. The expo was held in the school’s auditorium and in the wharenui, where there was a photo booth, which was popular. Thirty providers, including the New Zealand Fire Service, the Navy, YMCA, WaiPESI, the New Zealand School of Tourism as well as universities and training institutes were represented - even staff from Taylor Preston were there to promote their services. Taylor Preston is one of the largest employers of Wainuiomata residents, with upwards

ABOVE: Barry Walsh discusses what Taylor Preston can offer students LEFT: Students were engaged by employers and tertiary providers at the expo

of 150 employed in the peak season, with a bus transporting them to and from Wainuiomata to work. Barry Walsh and Tyler Jones, who both live in Wainuiomata, were pleased with the response to their stall, adding that they did give away a lot of lollies. “We’re getting the word out. People know about is – we have

jobs for people,” Barry said. “We`re about sowing seeds.” Represent at ives of one group, the International Pacific University (IPU), came from Palmerston North for a return visit to the Careers Expo. “We just wanted to let the students know their options on tertiary study,” IPU’s Vynie

Tran said. Wainuiomata High’s careers administrator, Lisa Fraser, said the careers expo, held every two years, is a good event for students to know what is available to them after they leave school. “It’s really important [for students] to know what their options are,” she said.

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the residents working together and using their creativity,” says Linda. Residents will be the models for their costumes and we’re going to make the fashion show a big event at the home, which is something they’re all looking forward to.” Woburn Home is asking the community for donations of items they can use to create their masterpieces. Until the end of August the home will be collecting magazines, plastic bottle tops, bread bags, bubble wrap, incomplete decks of cards, used envelopes, used courier bags and old sewing patterns.  To find out more about Woburn Home, which provides rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as respite and a popular day activity programme for elders living in the community, call the home on 04 569 6400 or visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz. PBA


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ABOVE: Access Radio manager Kristen Paterson and producer Vicky Krech prepare to start the Confirmed radio programme

Cr Campbell Barry’s notice of motion to Council By Dave Crampton

RIGHT: Joseph Tunupopo live on air

Students broadcast music in stereo By Dave Crampton

Wellington’s community access broadcaster, Access Radio, has switched radio frequencies to 106.1FM after being on the AM band for decades. Programmes are made by volunteer broadcasters from 10 years old through to octogenarians, including a group of students from Wainuiomata High School, who do a show called Confirmed every two weeks. “We usually end the show with a little ‘true or false’, so we confirm that,” last week’s producer, Vicky Krech, said of the show’s name. Their music, broadcast Tuesdays for an hour from 4pm, is now played through the airwaves in stereo. It was started after the school’s deputy head boy, Joseph Tunupopo and Vicky were approached at school as part of a Youth Zone programming series. Several secondary school groups broadcast at the station. “The kids put a lot of work into their shows – most are live,” station manager Kristen Paterson said. “Also, it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to launch an FM frequency.” Students can even get NCEA credits for doing the shows. “We are three Year 13 students from

Wainuiomata High School just navigating our last year of school whilst managing the incoming adult responsibilities. Join us for an hour of skewed advice, heated debates and teenage drama. Just kidding, we’re great,” the promotional material says. The students produce the show themselves, with recent programmes including music from Bruno Mars and One Direction, and discussion on homework breaks, and how you get hit in the face when playing sport. Vicky, who was also behind the wheel taking her fellow students to the studios, said she likes doing the programme live as opposed to pre-recording it. “It seems more natural.” However, she did recall a time when the microphone was left on while music was playing and they were talking live on air when they weren’t intending to. If you miss programmes, you can download podcasts of each show from the Access Radio website. Wellington Access Radio broadcasts a mix of diversity and community content, serving ethnicity, language, disability, gender, sexuality, religious and spiritual beliefs, alongside local arts and culture and NZ music. The station serves Wellington, the Hutt Valley, and Porirua.

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Wainuiomata ward councillor Campbell Barry wants his council colleagues to take their own meals to council meetings or be invoiced for the cost of catering. On May 26 he posted a notice of motion on social media after the Council posted what he called was a “Sham Living Wage policy” – (see story on page 2). “I felt sick to my stomach when I walked into the Councillors room and saw a buffet meal, footed by the ratepayer, for us all to eat,” he wrote. “Seven of 13 councillors argued that a Living Wage must only be paid when it is ‘the most cost effective’ way for Council to undertake that service. Meaning few

will get it. But they were still happy to sit down and eat their roast chicken. “So today I put this motion into Council. Some might see it as petty, I don’t.” Mr Barry estimated that stopping free meals for elected members before Council meetings will save the ratepayer approximately $15-20k a year. “Why should we get a free meal anyway? Most workers here in the Hutt have to pay for their own meal,” he said. He has received huge support for his stance, with his personal facebook post shared 68 times, commented by 84 - and “liked” by nearly 750 people.  What do you think? Should councillors pay for their own meals or should they be provided by the ratepayers?

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It was supposed to be Pink Shirt Day at Konini School on Friday – but students and teachers really got colourful and creative, sporting pink clothes, pink tights, pink glasses and pink wigs as well. Some even biked to school on decorated pink bikes - all done as part of Bullying-free Week, with their gold-coin donation in hand. It was a sea of pink at the school’s assembly with almost all of the 185 students sporting pink outfits for the third successive year. It was an important day for promoting an anti-bullying message, principal Andrea Scanlan said. While the focus was creating awareness, all students have a role in either stopping the bullying of others or stepping in when they

see it. “We talked about ‘what is bullying’,” she said, looking through her pink glasses. “They recognise they might have a part to play”. Konini School has a school policy around bullying. “We are starting to recognise that we need to respond to it. Bullying causes pain long term, and we have to address it so that people are safe,” Andrea said. Some students had anti-bullying slogans written on their pink t-shirts, some were wearing pink onesies, and several were covered in pink clothing from head to foot. No doubt teachers were using pink highlighters during the day. Pink Shirt Day was the final day of the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group’s Bullying-Free NZ Week.

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Drop of 1080 could impact livestock, says Coast Road couple By Dave Crampton

A Coast Road couple who farm several alpacas are concerned that an impending 1080 drop may be too close to their property. Vicki Cordier and her husband Graeme say their alpacas are particularly susceptible to 1080 and want reassurance via a decent buffer zone that the animals are safe from any aerial drops. Vicky has been told by OSPRI, the advocate for primary industry producers, that she has a 150m buffer zone around her property – she is entitled to one – for the upcoming aerial drop. However, she wants one of at least 200m so she can be sure her animals will be safe. The couple have been told that the 1080 drop to combat bovine tuberculosis (TB) is intended to be at least 180m from the edge of their boundary, but are concerned that some 1080 may be dropped near – or onto - their section inside the 150m stipulated buffer zone if the drops are not as accurate as intended.

Vicky said she will be warned two days prior to any drop near their property. If 1080 affects her animals, she said she`ll take action against OSPRI. “I`ll take them to court under the Animal Welfare Act,” she said. “They`ve got it wrong before.” New Zealand First has waded into the issue with its outdoor recreation spokesperson, Richard Prosser, maintaining the Cordiers have been disrespected and unreasonably stopped in their tracks by OSPRI. “The least OSPRI and health officials can do is allow a decent buffer zone, Mr Prosser said. “Any New Zealander should be able to say they don’t want aerial 1080 dropped on or near their property.” Mr Prosser claims Vicky was told that as far as OSPRI was concerned we have mitigated your concern of the likelihood of bait and its residues getting onto your property’. The Cordiers say that’s unacceptable, as they maintain the buffer zone is insufficient. The proposed aerial 1080 drop has

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Local SuperGold card holder enjoy their tea and muffins before their meal By Dave Crampton

Having a SuperGold Card does come in handy in Wainuiomata – It can get you a discounted lunch at the Fitzroy Tavern every Wednesday. For the last two months, the Fitzroy has offered a meal, coffee and muffins for $5 for card holders. Recent meals have consisted of chicken tenders and chips, chicken soup, or roast pork, with a muffin or two and coffee. The SuperGold card is available to all aged 65 and over, thanks to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, when he was the senior citizens minister in 2008. “It’s the best thing he’s ever done for us,” George Wright said. “We love him – but we`d never vote for him,” Dot Forde added. It was Doug Beattie’s first time at the Fitzroy for 30 years last Wednesday. He found out about the meals through the Lions Club. He’ll be back next week too, he said. The Fitzroy was his old stomping ground, but the SuperGold card brought him back.

“The place was the centre of the community 40-50 years ago,” he said. “I had to wait until I got older to come back.” To the dulcet background tones of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water, the crowd of pensioners tucked into their meals, but the highlight was simply catching up with each other – and it was warm. Bill and Pauline Olliver have been living in Wainuiomata for 57 years and go to the lunches every week. Bill assisted in initiating them. He’s part of the over 60’s club that meets nearby every two weeks on the first and third Wednesday of each month. However, not everybody in that group are permitted to go to the lunches -some aren’t old enough to have SuperGold cards. But nobody is checking – they are all there to have a jolly good catch-up. “I enjoy it – I look forward to it every week,” Pauline said. If you want to, you can take more than one muffin and have as much instant coffee as you want. “We can take some home for tea,” Bill joked.

It’s not very often that the Wainuiomata News makes the NZ Herald or is broadcast all over social media. But it was last week. All it took was for someone to say they knew what date the election was and they were voting National – and for a local to scan last week’s Word On The Street on social media. The person who knew the election date so happened to be Chris Bishop, who was sitting on Queen Street collecting for charity last Friday as I walked past. Good on him. Chris Bishop is Hutt South’s National List MP and the NZ Herald implied he was ‘under the radar’ because his job wasn’t identified – but neither was anyone else’s. I was hoping Bishop would know the election date. Fortunately, he did. Round here, most people know Bishop is an MP. He is very visible in the electorate in Wainuiomata – if he wasn’t, I obviously wouldn’t have bumped into him just around the corner from the Labour electorate office. Bishop also has an electorate office here. It would be more newsworthy if he said he was voting Labour or didn’t know what the election date was. Under the radar? He is nothing of the sort any more than Labour’s Ginny Andersen is. Both are hard-working candidates; both deserve to win. Andersen is also running a good campaign and getting amongst it. They are both so far over

the radar that we don’t talk about a radar around here. Unfortunately, only one will win. Strangely, Bishop was the only person in last week’s Word On The Street who know what month the election is. Most didn’t even know it is this year. September 23, 2017, to be precise. I wonder if they knew the Budget was delivered last Thursday?  As always, if you have any news, views or think something should be in this paper that isn’t, do drop us a line at dcrampton@wsn.co.nz


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Middle distance runner Tina Faulkner may be back running after a foot injury, but is keen to do some personal best times one she is race fit, and medal at Nationals. Tina Faulkner – nee Harris - suffered tendonitis in her foot, putting her out for much of the summer. She hasn’t been able to race for several months due to the injury. However, she got married six weeks ago and currently lives with her husband Matt, a former top swimmer, in Wainuiomata. However, they didn’t meet through sport, they knew each other while at Hutt Intermediate. Tina is primarily a 1500m runner, but also does some road events in the winter season, and may even compete at the New Zealand Road champs if she is race fit. As well as running the trails in the Wainuiomata hills, Tina travels to Newtown Park twice a week to train with teens half her age, coached by

Alastair Leslie. She finds that useful as she builds up her fitness with an eye on competing at Nationals again next year. “They are running at my level now – we are pushing each other,” she said. “I’m just builldng up my fitness.” Tina has run for Scottish Harriers for the past 12 years, and is already looking forward to what she may do on the track once race fit. “If continue to improve without injury and stay healthy, I should be on track to get a personal best,” she says. That means running faster than 4 minutes and 20 seconds in the 1500m – a time that would have got her a silver medal at this year’s New Zealand Track and Field championships. She was placed 4th last year but recons she can do better. “I’ve got the determination to do well, so I’ve got to make the most of my years while I’ve got them,” she said. “My motto is ‘go hard or go home’.” So, she`ll go hard while she can.

Promising young boxer Raymond Seumanu is about to contest his first international bout as the sole member of a New Zealand team. Raymond, 15, was the Australiasian Golden Gloves champion in 2015, and is a four-time national champion. The Wainuiomata High School student was hoping to go to the World Juniors, but six weeks ago found out it was not being held this year. Instead, his Wainuiomata Boxing Club coach Craig Bennett told him he was going to Lithuania to compete at the VIIIth International Richardas Tamulis Junior Tournament, starting June 6. It’s Raymond’s first crack at top international competition. The tournament is named after a three -time European titleholder and Olympic silver medallist, from Lithuania. “I’m just excited,” the softly

-spoken mentally tough boxer said. Raymond had never heard of Lithuania, but now knows it’s somewhere in Europe. He currently trains 20 hours a week - in the gym, on the bike, and with the gloves on. “I’m jumping on the bike to try and keep up with him,” Craig said. The pair leave on Thursday for the five day competition. Raymond will contest the 66kg class. The top three get medals and a diploma. After a 20,000km trip, the pair get three days to recover from any jetlag, before competing. The competition is expected to include many of those Raymond’s age who would have attended World Juniors had it been held. Raymond is fit, focused, and up for it. He knows as soon as he sees a competitor whether he is left or right handed, but until after the first round of

three has no idea of the quality of the competition. Neither does Craig, who is yet to see the draw or the names of the competitors. All Raymond knows is he is going to box. “We won’t know the draw until we get there. Raymond will concentrate on the boxer in front of him at the time,” Craig said. It will be a good learning curve for both boxer and coach. Craig will get to be in Raymond’s corner during bouts. “Normally I`m not allowed in the field of play,” he said. Craig said each bout in the competition will have three rounds of two minutes each, with a minute break between rounds. “He’s got six minutes to go hammer and tongs to show Europe what he is about.” If he succeeds, he`ll have the New Zealand flag draped round him in victory.

Several top 10 placings in Vosseler Shield Wa i n u i o m a t a H a r r i e r s competed in the 94th annual Vosseler Shield cross-country event held on Mt Victoria last Saturday. This cold and muddy race brought out the toughest nuts of the Wellington running world to battle it out in one of the hardest races of the season. Sevent e en Wa i nu iomat a Harriers’ athletes braved the grueling course this year, with five top 10 finishes and a few injuries. “All of our runners ran extremely well, and contributed to Wainuiomata Harriers, as a club, placing seventh overall,” club president Nikki Bran-

nif-Jones said. Starting on the Hataitai side of Mt Victoria, runners headed straight up the hill within 100 meters of the start line and into the bush tracks that wind around the mountain.The finish line came at the top of a short sharp hill following a 100m downhill sprint. Joel Carman moved up a grade to the U20s, finishing fifth. Cameron Forsyth was placed fourth in the U15s. The club’s oldest competitor, Warwick Pettigrew, finished fourth in the master’s men over 60s and one of the club’s newest runners Lucy Houlihan finished 10th in the girls U11 event.

The Under 11 and Under 13 girls: Eden Joyce, Lucy Houlihan, Hanna Hoffman, Arabella Joyce, and Mackenzie Winter relax after running in the Vosseler Shield.


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College netball team showing promise By Dave Crampton

Wainuiomata High School’s Premier One netball team is having a good season so far, winning three out it is first four games. The team also has a new uniform thanks to Wellington Pipelines, who sponsors the team. Coach Kyra Pukeroa says she is proud of the team’s performance over its first four games, but says the team still has lots to learn. The team is currently competing against other Hutt Valley schools and could well progress to the next round to play against teams throughout the greater Wellington region. They team were also in the top half of the table in a recent regional tournament against 27 other Wellington college teams. Six of the girls also made the Hutt Valley representative team, but two had to withdraw, one to other commitments and one was a junior. Representative teams the girls are in include the U19 team, U17 and U16 teams. “That’s the most we`ve ever had in the reps,” Kyra said. Kyra said the girls are enjoying their netball. “They are committed, passionate, they’re ‘in the zone’,” she said. Wainuiomata High has its best start to a netball season to date, and the team is showing promise with the majority of the season remaining.

Top team: Pictured back (L-R) Jamie-Rose Kydd, Preslee Hoare, Sarah McLeod-Venu , Ashleigh Rawiri , Bree Itula, Cerie Milovale, front (L-R) Jaymie Brown, Maddison Rua, Katelyn Olsen, Jordan Brown. PHOTO: Supplied

Women’s rugby team to defend Challenge Cup

Voting open for sports personality award Voting is now open for the Personality of the Year category at the 2017 Wellington Hospitality Group Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Category finalists are Ardie Savea – Hurricanes, Damien Ekenasio - Wellington Saints, Katrina Grant - Central Pulse, Hamish Marshall - Wellington Firebirds, and Andrew Durante - Wellington Phoenix FC. The categoury is open to an individual that has brought colour,

passion or flair and contributed positively to the culture of sport, either on or off the field. Voting closes June 7 at midday and you can vote online http://wellingtonsportsawards.co.nz/personality/ The winner will be announced at the awards evening at the TSB Arena on June 14. Master of ceremonies for the awards night will be double Olympic rowing gold medalist Eric Murray.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Living the sports lover’s dream Utility forward Iva Seleni, with the ball in hand against Ories. PHOTO CREDIT: Daryl New By Dave Crampton

The Wainuiomata women’s rugby team has got off to a cracking start this season, winning the Challenge Cup, which the team will be defending at its next home game in two week’s time. It is the first time the cup has been in a Hutt Valley clubroom. The Challenge Cup was initiated in 2015 by Old Boy’s University (OBU) – yes, it is a women’s team – and the holder defends it at each home game. Wainuiomata is the sole Hutt team in the women’s grade, after Hutt Old Boys – another women’s team – were relegated, Wainuiomata hooker and senior player Alice Soper said. Wainuiomata took the Challenge Cup from OBU at Ian Galloway Park a few weeks ago

after OBU held the cup for the entire 2016 season. The teams were also drawn to play each other the following week, but Wainuiomata was fortunate that it wasn’t a home game, as OBU came out the winners at Nairnville Park. Wainuiomata had a bye last weekend, and also has this weekend off. The women’s team is relatively young, with several Wainuiomata High School students in the team. Still, it is among the top four teams in the league, with Oriental-Rongotai set to be the biggest challenge. “We`ve played them this year and lost both times,” Alice said. Wainuiomata is set to play Ories at home near the end of the season. Should it hold the Challenge Cup and win that game, it is likely it will remain on the Wainuiomata clubroom shelf over the summer.

This week must have been heaven for sports fans. Monday started early for me, watching Team New Zealand compete in the America’s Cup off Bermuda and Kiwi Scott Dixon start on pole at the Indianapolis 500. Say what you want about fat cats and their yachts, this America’s Cup racing is exhilarating to watch. The high speeds, intense tactics and short-timed racing make it perfect 21st century sports viewing for the easily distracted fan. Dixon’s crash, while a shame, was a testament to the safety equipment in the car. He walked away after being airborne at 350kph. Wednesday night is Origin night and if you’re a Queensland fan, you’re probably more excited about it than if you support the baby blue. The NBA finals start with the third consecutive finals series between

the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. It’s the best basketball on the planet. Watch LeBron James go into beast mode for the Cavs and Kevin Durant look for that elusive title he came to Golden State to win. The best movies are trilogies and this sporting clash will be no different. Add into that a Crusaders v Highlanders Super Rugby clash on Saturday night which pits the two best teams against each other, the start of the British and Irish Lions tour this weekend and cricket’s Champions Trophy beginning in England and the sports lover is spoilt for choice. How many matches can the Lions win on their month long tour? They’ll be lucky to win 40 per cent in my view. What a smorgasbord of sport to get excited about.


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