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A muddy good time

By Dave Crampton

Up to 3000 runners got muddy, wet and tired as they participated in the Tough Guy and Gal challenge at Camp Wainui between May 25-27. Primary school students from throughout Wellington

competed on the Thursday, college students on Friday, with the main event for adults on the Saturday. There was a limit of 1000 competitors each day, but there were also many parents and teachers – and cameras - in support. Continued on page 2.

Fernlea School students Regan Jellicoe, Brodie Sue, Noah Anderson, Caleb Tu, Callum Pollard, and Cade Te Kahika are all smiles after completing the Tough Guy and Gal challenge. PHOTO: Dave Crampton


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Thousands get down and dirty Continued from page 1. Some of the college students were able to get NCEA credits for their participation and each student got a participators medal. On the Saturday there was a Corporate Challenge Trophy, with the top five placing’s from any corporate entry used to determine placings. That was won by Schneider Electrical, with a popular gym challenge won by Body Shop Fitness. Wanganui High School won both the male and female college trophies. As well as the track, there was a swamp crossing, with some young students wading through the chest high waters, while others swam across it. Those who were a bit hesitant were able to use a rope to assist them. There was also a spider’s web net climb, a crawl under barb wire, beautiful native bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, a climbing frame. Each participant got a drink at the finish line from master of ceremonies Paul Hickey, who is a radio announcer at The Hits – but was dressed like a clown

without the makeup. Fernlea students were out in force, with Brodie Sue finishing with his face covered in mud and a huge smile after he faceplanted on a muddy patch during the event. He certainly needed a hot shower. “I just put my face in the mud,” he said. “The event was better than last year.” Fernlea’s assistant principal, Donna Goss, said 36 of her students participated. “I’ve never seen them so exited - one kid was up to her neck in water, and some of the kids have never received a medal in their lives.” After the event there were hot communal showers, from Far Our Showers, to clean up – and stalls including a popular sausage sizzle, with queues of up to 100 people. Prior to the event, students were fundraising for Cure Kids, a leading funder in child health research, with one chid from Adventure School raising $1765 on his own. After the events there were

spot prizes. Wainuiomata’s Robert Jack won a watch at the Saturday event, and at the children’s event the top prize was a kayak. Hundreds of children crowded in front of a big stage singing to the hits played over the loud speaker, including Fernlea students Nyah Brouwer and Chelsea McMahon, who knew all the words to all the songs. Event Promotions spokesperson Aimee Gregory said the event

was a huge success, although participants nearly got caught by Saturday’s downpour. “Everyone got in their cars and it absolutely bucketed down,” Aimee said “We’ll definitely be back at the same time next year.” The Challenge was the first of six throughout North Island main centres. More photos of the event are on page 8.

Pink buns a hit for seniors at Bishop’s morning tea By Dave Crampton

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About 50 seniors snacked on buns with thick pink icing from the bakery in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre as part of Pink Ribbon Month last Friday. They gathered with Hutt South National List MP Chris Bishop, who hosted one of his morning teas in his Wainuiomata office, one of several he organises in Hutt suburbs. Sandy Blakemore, who lives in Woodland Mews, was there with her husband Alan, a Wainuiomata resident for 57 years. She found the buns too good to resist after being passed the buns plate and declining first time. She wasn’t supposed to have one – she’s staying off flour due to her osteoarthritis.

“But I had one and I`m alright,” she said. “It was fabulous – absolutely fabulous.” “I thought it was very nice that he incorporated pink in to his morning tea.” As well as sipping tea and eating buns, the seniors discussed local issues such as immigration, the state of the shopping centre, retirement homes and housing. Many residents want to downsize, but have nowhere to go. “Some of us are rattling around in four-bedroom houses,” Sandy said. Mr Bishop has been hosting morning teas for several years, and last week’s one was his third this year. “It’s a good opportunity to hear what people are thinking about in the community,” he said.

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Wesleyhaven faces uncertain times after losing $25,000 a month By Dave Crampton

Residents and staff at Wesleyhaven Village in Naenae, including Wainuiomata staff members and former residents, face uncertainty after the board of Wesley Community Action has recommended that the retirement home and hospital be closed by August 18. Wesley Community Action is part of the Methodist Church. Its director, David Hanna, said the facility was losing $25,000 a

month and a consultation process was under way, with a final decision expected on June 20. Any decision to close will not affect the 32 villas, which will continue to function as rental units for independent living. About 80 jobs are expected to be affected, including workers from Wainuiomata. “We are aware of how unsettling this situation is and are keen to provide clarity as soon as possible,” Hanna and board chair Peter Glensor said in a joint statement.

The E tu Union and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation are aware of the proposal and are expected to provide feedback by June 14. While upgrading the hospital was considered, this would cost up to $19m. Mr Hanna said this would not be financially viable, and a smaller scale development would not make enough of a difference to attract new residents. Hutt South Labour candidate Ginny Andersen, whose mother-in law lives at Woodland Mews,

said the closure was a ‘real worry’. “The big question is where are they going to put those people – where are they going to go if they can’t afford places like Bob Scott (in Petone).” National list MP Chris Bishop, who has had two grandparents at Wesleyhaven, was disappointed and said he will provide any assistance he can. “I think it’s sad. I`m reasonably worried about it. It’s been around since 1952 – part of the Hutt for a long time.”

Mike King intersperses serious message with humour By Dave Crampton

There were laughs, shouting, anger and swearing and a hard-hitting message when Mike King spoke in Wainuiomata last Monday night at a packed community centre. More than 250 people turned up during business hours to hear Mr King speak on two serious interlinked issues – suicide and depression, and the role of anger in both. He asked the audience how many have never had a suicidal thought. Few hands went up. “Ten per cent have never had a suicidal thought – but you are shocked that 40 per cent of our kids do?” he asked. “The number one sign of depression in men today is anger - hands up if you know anyone who is angry,” he added. A lot more hands went up. “If you put your hand up, it’s probably you,” he said. Mr King told his story about

Mike King addresses the audience with a serious message, and hope wristbands are displayed by Bennett Pomana and his partner Pepa Faulkner

his issues with self-esteem and how he first made people laugh, at age 13. “For the first time in my life I had an affirmation – and I wanted more of it. I called it the pursuit of temporary happiness.” After a brief moment of ten-

sion when local resident Mike Grigg addressed Mr King – see separate story page 7 - Mr King noted that a suicidal tendency, no matter how strong, is not a mental illness. “It’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, and you just have to

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fix it,” he said. After the meeting Mr King gave out many ‘I am hope’ wristbands - saying that our kids need hope, and they need to be loved and valued. He said he had more than 50 messages of support from Wainuiomata residents in the 18 hours after his meeting. “I’d come back to Wainui tomorrow – I was really thankful for the opportunity.” Co-organiser Bennett Pomana said the night was a huge success, and the attendance exceeded his expectations. “I didn’t expect this many people. It just goes to show he’s just an admirable man. It was a very fitting way to help start Youth Week.” Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace was also impressed. “I thought Mike was fantastic. He brought a bit of humour to what is a very serious community issue – the suicide rate is far too high.” “There were not too many dry eyes in the place.”

inbrief news Claims that Living Wage is unjustified Hutt City Councillor Chris Milne has posted a 2300 word essay entitled “Living Wage Scuppered”. He notes his opposition to the council’s vote on the living wage, in particular, paying a living wage where it is the most cost-effective way to deliver a council service. “It’s a bit like resolving that the CEO can pay a salary of $80,000, where that’s the most cost-effective way to deliver a service,” he wrote. He said it was clear “beyond any doubt” that a blanket living wage cannot be justified under the ‘most cost effective’ test in the Local Government Act because there are really no tangible benefits accruing to council or ratepayers.

Civic Honours Awards Nominations are now closed for the annual Civic Honour Awards. The Youth Services award recognises a young person aged 15 to 25 who has carried out outstanding voluntary community service. The voluntary community service awards recognise people who have contributed in the categories of community services, cultural affairs, educational services, recreation, social services or youth activities. All nominations are considered by the Hutt Council’s Civic Honours Committee. If the nomination is successful, and nominees are willing to accept the award, they will receive a certificate and silver medal presented to them by Mayor Ray Wallace at a Civic Honour Awards function.

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Poetry slam champ gives workshop to local youth By Dave Crampton

A former New Zealand poetry slam champion was in Wainuiomata during Youth Week, freestyling and giving a workshop to local youth. Freestyling is where you say a poem or rap and make up the words as you go along. Te Kahu Rolleston, 26 won the national poetry championship in 2014, and in his final performance gave a moving speech about the Rena wreck and the effects of its oil spill. He has also written poems specifiand cally for Waitangi Day, in 2015 was the Inter-Pacific poetry slam champion. But last Wednesday, at a workshop with youth f r o m T i H e i Rangitahi, the topic was

Wainuiomata. Te Kahu also works in Wainuiomata intermittently with the community law centre, but loves engaging with youth through rap, rhyme and the spoken word. He regularly speaks at schools, colleges and even among corporates. I’m lucky as. I do it for a job now,” he said. Te Kahu looks like a creative freestyler. He has dreadlocks down to his waist and a beard – and a big smile. He likes to laugh too. He taught the youth the difference between alliterations, similies and metaphor, and the young people wrote and performed their own creative work based on five things about Wainuiomata. One girl was determined to get Jesus Christ into her poem, others just wanted to rhyme a lot. Te Kahu said that as he travels the country doing similar workshops, young people tend to express themselves better through poetry or rhyme rather than talking ‘normally’ about controversial subjects- such as suicide and human rights. He enjoys it, too. At the end of the workshop Te Kahu did his own freestyle rhyme about Wainuiomata, in part, based on one of the poems, written by a young person who was a bit shy to perform her work. “I do the freestyling to captivate them. I also do this sort of thing with adults, and it’s not nearly as fun,” he said. Te Kahu Rolleston in action with his freestyle poetry

A word from

Mayor Ray Wallace More than 1200 Hutt residents made time to put in a submission on the Council’s 2017-2018 proposed Annual Plan. A wide range of views were represented in the submissions, but some clear themes emerged. As you might expect, there was strong support for the Council’s “bread and butter” projects – landfill, water supply and storm water. Spending on sport and recreational facilities, like the Wainuiomata Hub, also received strong support

to be clear, however, that Councils have the responsibility to make the decisions and be held accountable for those decisions every three years at local government elections. In April, E-coli was identified in Lower Hutt’s water supply. While the safety of the drinking water was not compromised, this, along with recent water quality testing showing an increasing amount of bacterial activity, led to the decision to continue to continue chlorinating the Lower Hutt water supply. Wellington Water is investigating why this is happening, but it is an investigation that will take a number of months.


This proposed plan is an important milestone in our journey of rejuvenation we started four years ago. I’m delighted at the level of interest in the proposed plan because, in my view, it represents a huge step forward towards a bright future for all residents, their children and their grandchildren. Thanks to all the Wainuiomata residents who made a contribution to the consultation process.

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As part of the consultation process, the Council held two days of hearings in mid-May where submitters could come and speak to their submissions. The Council will be making decisions on the proposed Annual Plan at a meeting in early June. It will be finalised after that meeting. Consultation is a critical part of the planning process. The Local Government Act requires all Councils to consult with their communities and take note of the communities’ views when they make their final decisions. It is important

the proposed Annual Plan and swift action to protect public health – are good examples of your Council at work - on the one hand carefully planning for the Hutt’s long term future and, on the other, taking immediate action in the interests of public safety. Until next time, take care.

Intermediate’s new flexible learning space opened and blessed

ABOVE: Teachers and students including principal Pearl Murti (centre) and Ratana Minister Devon Eru in the renovated space LEFT: Minister Devon Eru blessed the new flexible learning space By Dave Crampton

Wainuiomata Intermediate has a new modern flexible learning space. It was opened on May 31 and blessed by Ratana minister Devon Eru, an old boy of the school. His children are also former students of the school. Many of Wainuiomata’s school principals attended the opening with parents of the school and shared morning tea with a huge cake to celebrate afterwards. Flexible colourful learning spaces are the current trend throughout the country, as students learn in new and different ways, principal Pearl Murti said at the opening. “This flexibility, we hope, will help teachers to better engage learners and equip them with skills and knowledge they need to succeed.” The renovated area is almost finished, bar a canopy for the front porch.

Devon said he welcomed the opportunity to bless new learning space. “It was an honour. I`ll do anything for our rangitahi,” he said. “I was born and bred in the rohe (area) - I went to the old Wainuiomata Intermediate in Moohan Street.” The renovations have been a long time coming. The project began in 2014 when they tried to refurbish the school’s hall. The Ministry of Education said no, but they could use available money to modernise teaching spaces. The renovated block is the result. Pearl said she was pleased to be able to hold the opening in May after hoping to move in at the start of the school year. “We often joked that it would have been cheaper and easier to demolish the whole place and start again. But it’s going to be really, really, exciting going to a big collaborative working space.”

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think of this year’s budget?

Verghuse Cherian, Petone “I`m not aware about the budget.”

Emma Frew, Wainuiomata “It sucks, it makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

Jayden Dickson, Wainuiomata “The budget with the tax stuff? People who earn less money are better off.”

Gary Findlay, Wainuiomata “I didn’t think much of it really. I just think that they are buying votes.”

Celine Nickel, Wainuiomata “I don’t pay attention to the news.”

Ben Pfeifer, Wainuiomata “The budget is too low – they should uprise the budget and make people get paid more.”

Deputy principal says education budget insufficient By Dave Crampton

Schools have managed to get an increase in their base operational funding, four months before the election - but one local school leader, backed up by the unions, says it is not enough. Last week’s budget increases operational grants - which pay for most school costs except teacher salaries. The 1.3 per cent increase won’t take effect until next year, but is less than the rate of inflation. It is also less that the rising costs

Treasury is forecasting. It is effectively meeting the cost of increased enrolments, and rises in teacher’s pay. It’s kind of playing catch-up really,” Wainuiomata Primary School deputy principal, Tute Porter-Samuels, said of the percentage increase. “We`ve got to get that translated into real dollars.” Schools with high numbers of at-risk students will receive an additional 2.67 per cent increase in targeted funding, taking their total

increase to almost 4 per cent. Last year’s budget froze the main operational grant to schools. The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) president Lynda Stuart said news of $60.5m over four years paled in comparison to the estimated $50m annual increase schools needed. “When schools aren’t funded to provide the education kids need, it’s the parents and school communities who end up having to pay for things that the school should pay for.”




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“It’s less than the cost of the Prime Minister’s Budget Day pie.” Most schools’ operational grants will be worse off in real terms, with the increase in their operations grants less than the rising costs Treasury forecasts.” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said. Ms Porter Samuels says she is disappointed that education for her students was not prioritised in the budget. “This budget is not making a difference for them at all - I really fear for the future.”




Ms Porter-Samuels said her school is “just getting by” in science, thanks to assistance from the Hutt City Council, who is providing science equipment. But other things, such as books and adequate resourcing of support staff workers, is being put by the wayside. “We have to put that on hold, as there’s no money,” she said. Lynda Stuart said a $2-a-year increase per child for targeted funding for “at risk” children is embarrassing.

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who has autism, addressed Mike King, but was told to sit Mike King may have travelled down, and he was accused by to Wainuiomata to address the Mr King of grandstanding, before eventually walking out, leaving some in tears, and Mr King somewhat impatient. He wasn’t the only one to leave – one woman, outraged at Mr King’s treatment of Mr Grigg swore loudly at him, before also leaving. Mr King was taken aback but said he could have handled it better. “I thought he was a professional protester – it pissed me off. It ruined the night,” Mr King said afterwards. “It’s the first time that’s happened anywhere.” “But I`m more upset with myself than I was with Mike. Mike King and Mike Grigg are all smiles at the end of King’s meeting I’ve replayed that situation for

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the last 16 hours – how I could have done it better.” While Mr King continued with his message, and publicly apologised, it was clear the mood had changed, but the message - addressing suicide and depression - had not. “I thought he robbed the community of some valuable input,” Mr King said. “I had so much more I needed to say.” However, after half an hour, Mr Grigg returned and walked down the aisle and was embraced by Mr King. “He had empathy for me and I responded to his empathy,” Mr Grigg said. Both men left on good terms with each other and will keep in touch - more on that next week.

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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.

Comedian and suicide awareness campaigner Mike King certainly made an impact when he spoke in Wainuiomata last week, but while he drew a goodsized crowd, it didn’t match the 2800 or so who competed in the Tough Guy and Gal challenge.


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Cross country week at local schools It was school cross-country week last week as most schools prepare for the Wainuiomata inter-school cross-country event on June 13 at Richard Prouse Park. St Claudine Thevenet School was lucky to have its event at a farm owned by a family from the school, after using a field in previous years. “It’s a real cross country course – it’s a totally different event,” Associate Principal Neil MacDonald said. The 2.5km course had obstacles, a creek crossing and a water jump and an uphill climb to the finish. It is the second time the school has used the venue. Konini School also got their speedy shoes on and had individual race numbers at its event. Students from Wainuiomata Intermediate volunteered to marshall the course, and also recorded results. Konini’s event was held at the school. Both senior and junior students cheered each other on, teacher Matt Pegg said. “There was a corridor of cheering. We were creating an element of a big event, and it gives children the chance to shine,” he said. While the older students in Years 7 and 8 head over the Wainuiomata Hill to compete regionally, the 10 top placed students of each year group in Years 4-6 – five boys and five girls - head off to the inter-school event next week to see who are the fastest cross country runners in Wainuiomata’s schools. Wainuiomata Intermediate’s cross country event is at Trentham Memorial park today.

Jack Brosnahan from St Claudine Thevenet School navigates the mud.

Konini School’s Shaye Puohotaua, Tamara Williams, Jevaeh Josep.

Brothers stack up against the competition

Brothers Ricky (left) and Caleb Smith are all concentration as they compete at Nationals.

By Dave Crampton

Two local sports stackers are among the best in the country after competing at the New Zealand Sport Stacking Championships in Northland over the weekend. Caleb Smith,19, and his brother Ricky, 11 topped their respective age groups, with Caleb being one of the top stackers of all competitors. Nea rly 4 0 comp et itors, i nclud i ng members of the national team – called the New Zealand Black Stacks - fresh from their medal winning performance in Taiwan, had their fingers flying as they strove to impress the selectors. The tournament doubled as trials for the 2018 NZ Black Stacks team that will travel to the USA next year, representing New Zealand at the World Sport Stacking Championships. Caleb is sure to be selected after his performances. Speed stacking — also known as cup stacking or sport stacking — involves stacking cups in specific sequences as quickly as possible. Participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in pre-determined sequences. There are three routines - and even relays. One routine called “the cycle”, is a complex sequence that involves more than 40 moves and the world record for this is under five seconds. National records for some routines are

as quick as 1.4 seconds. All competitors need hand-eye coordination, concentration, dexterity and fitness. Competitors ranged in age from seven to 54, all of whom had to follow the 15-page rule book. Ricky, who first went to a national tournament when aged six, practices most weeks. “It is something you can do when you`re bored,” he said. Caleb, however had other things on his mind. He has been cup stacking for years and has been going around schools promoting the sport. He owns a timer, a mat and several stacking cup sets. “It’s so much fun when you first start – you get personal bests all the time,” he said. Caleb has competed at previous world championships and at his level, personal bests are hard to come by. He hopes to be selected for the national team. He has had three personal bests this year, the first three since 2014, when preparing for a world champs tournament. But the sport is not just about stacking and unstacking cups – there is a social aspect, and Caleb said he loves catching up with his stacking mates and is looking forward to a tournament later this year in Auckland which he will use to prepare for the world champs.. Tournament director Jo Carter, whose son Nathan is a top stacker, is looking forward to worlds next year. “We do better than the Aussies.”

Sports talk

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Jimmy Spithill’s words of war Oracle’s Jimmy Spithill is what sport contests need. The chirpy Aussie is not wasting any opportunities to stick it to Team New Zealand either on the water or at the press conferences at the America’s Cup in Bermuda. Jimmy has won both races against Team New Zealand and has lambasted them publicly for their tactical errors and even made claims he has an inside source in the Kiwi camp. It’s entertaining and it gives the America’s Cup some colour to go with the spectacular visuals of the racing between these machines competing at more than 75kph. Spithill’s gum flapping is reminiscent of a heavyweight boxer talking trash for that intangible mental advantage. Having said that, he who laughs last laughs best and with Oracle and

Team New Zealand clearly the best two teams, it’s likely they will face each other many times yet over the next month. Spithill’s cocky chat is typically Australian and it gets a kiwi back up promptly. It’s smart tactics from cup holders. Also though, the banter proves that Team New Zealand are a threat on the water. Peter Burling is learning on the job and, unlike former helmsman Dean Barker, is a proven winner and will get better over time. However, Spithill’s talk give us the protagonist versus antagonist match up that goes so well together in sport. In these modern times of respect and political correctness, it’s a refreshing approach and a throwback to decades ago.


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