Wednesday June 14, 2017
inbrief news Sportsville pleased with funding Wainuiomata Sportsville is pleased that the Hutt City Council is to provide $4.8m over three years for its sports hub. “The council has prioritised this investment for Wainuiomata because the officers and the councillors believed in our needs, they agreed with the concept and they have responded to how the community feels about its deteriorating sports facilities,” spokesperson Penny Hargraves said. The Sportsville board says the process of making the sports hub a reality requires member clubs and the wider community to come together and shape the details. “The council’s decision will shape the sporting lives of our kids and grandkids and thus the community for the next few decades.”
Enough beds for Wesleyhaven residents The Lower Hutt District Health board says residents will be accommodated should the Wesleyhaven home close. Chief executive Ashley Bloomfield said he was confident that enough beds will be found for the 50 residents expected to be affected, with unions E tu and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation also aiming to provide support for affected employees, including any assistance with nursing and other positions.
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Garage Sale Saturday 1st July 2017 8.00am–12pm Konini Primary School 25 Konini Street, Wainuiomata We are fundraising for a new playground. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have items to donate, please drop off to school.
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Dog grooming service set to open By Dave Crampton
A new dog grooming business is opening next month, headed by a woman who has a dog called Wayne. The business – called The Dog’s Body - will be run from a salon in the garage of Abi Russell’s home, which she shares with her daughter and partner, as well as Wayne and their other dog, Blue. Abi is currently taking bookings and is excited to branch out. “It’s perfect. I’ve wanted to go out on my own for so long,” she said. “We have been building the salon in our garage for the last four weeks.” Abi is an experienced groomer and has been grooming up to 20 dogs a week in Wellington. It generally takes up to two hours to groom your average dog with no knots. Abi said working with dogs all day is her dream job. “I just click with them, I guess.
I love spending my days with them,” she said. So, from July 4 – Independence Day – Abi will provide a pick up and drop off service, initially on Tuesdays and Fridays, and will also provide a teeth cleaning service for dogs, with chicken-flavoured toothpaste – as well as a bath and blow-dry service “I can’t wait to help people here and groom their dogs as there is nothing like this in Wainui,” Abi said. “I`m going to concentrate on Wainui mainly – I`d like to do it locally, there are a lot of dogs over here.” She is currently getting qualifications to back up her experience, where she will sit practical and theory exams once a year for four years towards her master groomer qualification, which will further her career. She is also a member of the New Zealand Dog
Groomers Association and as well as managing The Dogs Body, she will continue working part-time in Wellington. Those who are interested in getting their dog groomed can contact Abi on 0210267538 0 o r through her website at www.dogsbodygroomingsalon. co.nz
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Marae possible site for election polling booth By Dave Crampton
Wainuiomata Marae may be considered as a polling booth in a push to get more Maori to vote in September’s General Election. “It’s my hope that we will have a polling booth at the Marae,” Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri said. If so, it will be the first time the Marae will be used as a polling booth, where speakers of Te Reo will be on hand to assist those wanting to vote on September 23. Discussion on the use of
the Marae as a polling booth have been going less than two weeks after members of rival gangs enrolled to vote at the Marae, where Dr. Lance O’Sullivan promoted his health programme to members of four rival gangs and their families last month. More than 40 gang members from four rival gangs enrolled to vote at the May 27 gathering, Marae Manager Linda Olsen said. “That will scare the government.” Bo t h L i n d a a n d Me k a Whaitiri, who has an office in
Wainuiomata, are supportive of the polling booth. “We’ll be excited to have the polling booth at the Marae,” Linda said. Many Maori in Wainuiomata are on the general electoral roll, but both electoral rolls will be at any Marae polling booth. Ms Whaitiri is encouraging people in Wainuiomata to ensure they are registered to vote – and then to exercise their right to vote. “Just because you have people on the roll it doesn’t mean they will turn up and vote,” she said.
She said she hoped people would vote and that voting will be a positive experience. “Wainuiomata people deserve more than they are getting from this government.” But if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to gripe about our politicians, Linda said. “If you are going to moan about this and that, you have no say in the matter if you don’t vote. Just get out and vote – that’s the key message.” About 20 percent of those listed on the General Electoral Roll in the Hutt Valley are Maori.
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Wainuiomata News 14-06-17