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Wednesday June 14, 2017


Flyer to increase awareness of great local happenings By Dave Crampton

Love Wainuiomata’s Esther Venning with fliers about to be distributed.

Wainuiomata residents and schools will be getting a flyer in their mailboxes today and tomorrow with topical information on the great attractions and events in the neighbourhood. Love Wainuiomata wants to increase awareness of Wainuiomata as an attractive and affordable lifestyle choice, and let people know of some of the local attractions in the ‘stunning little valley near the coolest little capital’. It is distributing 6000 fliers to residents, and 3000 to schools, libraries, cafes and other public places,

and an updated website is to follow. Love Wainuiomata’s ‘making stuff happen’ champion Esther Venning said the A3 folded down flier celebrates Wainuiomata and explains what Love Wainuiomata is doing to help grow and promote the region. On the other side, the flyer has “an awesome map of Wainuiomata attractions” and an update about the great projects coming up. “The handy Wainuiomata map is something locals can pop up on the fridge or noticeboard and use for ideas about what to do on the weekends.”

T h e f lye r o u t l i n e s projects that have been worked on, such as the new Queen Street signs, and the macrocarpa seating that is to be installed along the Street at the end of this month. It also has activities for children, those who want to be more active, and where to have ‘good times’ like weddings and birthdays. Love Wainuiomata wants people to love Wainuiomata. It wants to make the town centre more vibrant, exciting and fun with more people visiting and staying longer. One thing that Esther wants the 100,000 visitors who drive to the

Rimutaka Forest Park each year is to stop in the village on the way, and hopes the new improvements will encourage just that. Esther also intends to discuss Love Wainuiomata’s vision with Progressive Enterprises, the new owners of the Shopping Centre from July 1, to show them that Wainuiomata is an active community “Wainuiomata has so many great attractions and activities in our own beautiful backyard and we wanted to celebrate that with locals,” Love Wainuiomata is based at the Community Hub.

Exchange students filmed for TV show in Finland LEFT: Left to right – Joel Salmela, William Paimem and Nella Mietenen after finishing the filming RIGHT: Seated from left to right – Jose Williams, John Martin, Jaymie Brown Standing from left to right: Nella Mietenen (Finland), Olivia Joseph, Joel Salmela (Finland)

TV and YouTube clips. Some of the Kiwi food is taking a bit of getting used to, Nella said. “I don’t like some of the food – like fish and chips.” Finland doesn’t have fish and chips, but schools provide a free dinner each day to students – and homework is optional, the pair said. In Finland, students leave school at 15, where some train for trades and others attend Lukio – a senior college-level school which prepares students for university. Unlike here in New Zealand, everybody does well in their school exams in Finland. “I’ve never heard of a person who doesn’t pass,” Joel said. The pair will return to Finland at the end of the year.


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Students from Wainuiomata High school are to appear on a popular television show in Finland that was filmed at the school. Two of them - Nella Mietenen and Joel Salmela – are exchange students from Finland and came to New Zealand as it’s a country “as far away from Finland as possible”, Nella said. The filming for the youth show, called Yle Summeri, was done at the school on June 1, and a 15-minute clip outlining the students experiences as exchange students will screen in coming weeks. A 15-year-old student from Finland, William Paimem, filmed the students after being asked by Finnish TV channel Yle 2 to make

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