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Home ownership achieved By Dave Crampton
A young woman who thought she’d never be able to own her own home has been able to buy her first house not far from her parent’s place, thanks to the government’s HomeStart scheme. The scheme, launched by Hutt South list MP Chris
Bishop and former Prime Minister John Key in the Hutt Valley two years ago, offers a grant of between $3000 and 10,000 for first home buyers to help with deposits on a home. This is on top of access to their KiwiSaver funds, provided they have been in the scheme for three years. Continued on page 2.
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Continued from page 1. Erin O’Brien moved out of her parents place and into her own 1970’s twobedroom place off Wellington Road in April, after cleaning out her KiwiSaver account, and attending more than 30 open homes. “I looked everywhere, but Wainui turned out to be the best place for me,” she said. “I’ve lived here my whole life, I know the area, my family lives here.” Judy Robinson, a real estate agent with The Professionals, said Erin was on her books last year, and was the first person she showed through the home. Despite interest from others, Erin’s offer was accepted. “It was a bit of luck on her part – she got what she wanted,” Judy said. Erin said her home has a sunny deck and needs a bit of painting. “I`m just going to put some of my own touches to it.” She is pleased that she
now doesn’t have to pay rent or board. “It’s for me – I`m not paying it to someone else.” She said if it wasn’t for the fact that she lived at home and could access her KiwiSaver account, she would still be paying rent or board. “I never thought I`d be able to own a home.” National list MP Chris Bishop said Erin’s home was one of more than 1500 homes purchased throughout the Hutt Valley through the Home Start scheme, with grants totalling more than $7 million. “The scheme is pretty effective – it’s a lovely little house.” Judy said Erin was one of at least three people she has sold houses to in Wainuiomata using the HomeStart scheme in recent months. The scheme has helped more than 1,522 people buy their first homes in the Hutt Valley, with grants totalling $7,031,000.
Council awarded for positive community impact A Hutt City Council initiative has received a Community Impact Award from Sport New Zealand. Lower Hutt’s Northeast Pathways Project (NEPP) gained the award which celebrates, promotes and encourages collaborative projects that will have a positive impact on the community and community sport. NEPP ties together seven Hutt Valley Schools in a project designed to use sport as an engagement tool to encourage
greater student participation in education and improved educational results. It grew from a desire to improve outcomes for students in areas where harsh socio-economic conditions prevail and students can face a range of distractions to their learning. It was the country’s first formal example of sport being used as a context and a tool across an entire community. One example of the project’s success is more than 3,500 local people have been involved
across a range of different activities and events since early 2015 including in-class work using sport to support other subject areas, family fitness programmes on school grounds and community sport expos. NEPP is a part of Empowering Tamariki for the Future, a wider Council-driven project aimed at making sure all Lower Hutt children have access to literacy, recreation, arts programmes and facilities of benefit to them.
Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace said, “I am delighted NEPP has been recognised with a Community Impact Award. Our tamariki are our future. We have a duty to make sure all children have every opportunity to access support, programmes and facilities that will help them participate in and contribute to our community in the future. “I hope local schools not already part of the project will take note of what they are doing and be inspired.”
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Bring your own meals motion defeated Wainuiomata Councillor Campbell Barry’s motion asking that elected members bring their own meal to full Hutt City Council and committee meetings or pay for the catering out of their own pocket was unsuccessful on Monday night. The vote was
7 – 6 with Mayor Ray Wallace having a casting vote. Mr Barry hoped fellow councillors who voted in support of a living wage policy, on the basis of it being administered in a ‘cost effective approach’, would likewise take the same approach on council meals.
“It will be interesting to see if Councillors who voted for a Living Wage “only when it is the most cost effective way to do business” will be consistent when looking at themselves,” he wrote on Facebook prior to the motion. He also said before the
meeting that he has noticed that there was a bit less to eat during breaks in council business. “There has been a noticeable change in what’s being provided prior to meetings since I put the motion. I suspect tonight’s catering might be quite light!”
Safety concerns raised Lower Hutt residents are calling for increased safety measures after a boy broke his leg when he was hit by a car. The four-year-old boy was hit by a SUV in Connolly Street about 10 days ago. The vehicle slowed down but didn’t stop. The street has three childcare centres. On an online Lower Hutt Community Notice Board Jaci Gilbertson said she wanted judder bars, a pedestrian crossing and speed cameras on the street.
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ABOVE: MPs Carmel Sepuloni and Kris Fa’afoi along with Labour candidate Ginny Andersen listen to concerns raised by local Pacific Islanders. LEFT: Pacific Island leaders with MPs after their meeting.
Pacific leaders and ministers engage with political leaders By Dave Crampton
Pacific Island leaders got to meet with two Labour members of parliament instead of the planned one member last week to discuss leadership and social concerns such as housing, education and health. Mana MP Kris Fa’afoi and Kelston MP Carmel Sepuloni - also Labour’s whips and Pacific Islanders – met with the leaders at short notice in the Wainuiomata Library meeting room last week. Jenny Salesa – who holds associate portfolios of housing, education and health, was initially set to meet, but suffered a bereavement. After a welcome from Gabriel
Tupou - a member of both the Wainiomata Community Board and the Hutt City Council’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Group - MPs and Pacific leaders informally shared and discussed concerns while the two parliamentarians addressed locally raised concerns on the three key issues. Gabriel accurately and succinctly summed up the key issues as they relate to the Wainuiomata community. “Health is a ‘big’ issue, housing is ‘huge’, and education is a ‘biggie’,” he said. After Hutt South Labour candidate Ginny Andersen (who is fluent in Maori) – introduced the MPs, Carmel Sepuloni primarily outlined political concerns
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Local voters throughout the Hutt Valley have determined what needs will be addressed in their community with Z Energy’s Good in the Hood funding-and healthcare came out on top. During May customers voted for how $24,000 of funding should be split between the 24 local groups supported at the six Z stations in the Hutt Valley. The group that received the most votes across Lower Hutt was the Blind Foundation. They received 35% of the votes at Z Petone . Other high polling groups included Foster Hope, Hutt City Emergency Response Unit and Sweet Louise. The cheque presentations will take place tomorrow.
One in five Hutt youth are unemployed Youth unemployment among Lower Hutt’s 18–24 year olds has reached 20 per cent, a lot higher than the national average of 14.9 per cent. YOUth Inspire manager Alison Black said the cost of getting a drivers licence - a barrier to youth employment - means for many young people growing up in deprived areas like Wainuiomata, that is simply not an option. Roughly 70 per cent of entry level jobs require a licence. At a recent YOUth Inspire breakfast, Hutt City Council General Manager Matt Reid called for a youth employment strategy involving businesses, educators and training providers. YOUth Inspire was set up in Wainuiomata three years ago as part of the Mayors Taskforce.
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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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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
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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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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How likely do you think that you will get to own your own home?
Nitish Tailor, Wainuiomata “I`d say in about 5 years - If I get a job... and work for four to five years I`ll get a deposit.”
Mike Grigg, Wainuiomata “I own my own house – but I’ve got no money to do the maintenance.”
Rochelle Retikauku, Wainuiomata “Probably never. I’m with Housing NZ - It’s easier to get through Housing NZ.”
Barry Morris, Wainuiomata “100 percent likely. I have - and have for 35 years.”
Quinella Kawana, Wainuiomata “Oh man.. It’s a possibility - they say it’s a possibility if I put my KiwiSaver into it and I get a good job. “
Tihuia Sukroo, Wainuiomata “Pfffftt!!! That’s my answer. Highly unlikely prices are going up.”
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Political grandstanding Dear Ed, Wainuiomata News reported on “political grandstanding” when none occurred. I triggered Mike King and he triggered me but the outcome was positive - we ended up having empathy for each other. It was special moment between two men who are passionate about their life experiences. Mike King admitted “I could have handled Mike [Grigg] better”.
Mike King used empathy. Empathy is not used much in families where there are problems like low self-esteem and impairments such as social and communication issues. The issue is far wider than youth suicide. We live in a culture where we are taught not to feel sorry for people. We need to add the word empathy into our vocabulary to make a safer society and not just reduce suicide but understand other discriminatory practices. Mike Grigg
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Dear Ed, Since the Wainuiomata branch of Wespac closed in November the ATM at the former branch was left operational. About a month ago this was removed with no indication of were or when a replacement would be erected. My question to Wespac is why this was done before an alternative site was arranged? Regards, Donald Clement
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.
Council will adopt the Annual Plan later this month.
Hutt City Council’s average rates increase for the 2017/18 year has been confirmed at 2.3 per cent at a recent Annual Plan meeting, although due to increasing property values, residential rates increase will be higher. Business rates, on average will be lower. To partially offset this, the council has adopted a plan to put a one-year hold on the current rates differential transition between business and residential rates. This change sees residential rates increase city-wide by a lower than forecast average of 4.3 per cent. In addition, Council will continue to invest in rejuvenation and infrastructure projects, with support from 71 per cent of survey respondents agreed. “To ensure we continue this momentum Council has also adopted a new financial
strategy that strikes a balance between economic growth and affordability,” Mayor Ray Wallace said. The council’s new financial strategy means it can now borrow up to 150 per cent of its annual income. Construction for the proposed $7m community hub in Wainuiomata could be brought forward and the council has committed to remission policies to include rates remissions for redevelopments in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre after Progressive Enterprises takes ownership next month. Almost $4.5 million had been budgeted for Wainuiomata Sportsville for work from 2018-2020. Council will meet on June 29 to formally adopt the Annual Plan and set the rates for the 2017/18 year.
It’s hard to believe I`ve been writing the Wainuiomata News for three months now. It’s been a blast so far, meeting so many interesting people and hearing their stories. I`ve met a woman with a dog called Wayne, a girl who is off to the BMX world champs at 13, a woman who thought she had a meteorite in her garden, and a top apprentice in her first full time job in ages. I’ve also met some very nice and polite gang members – and lots of school students. Wainuiomata is the only suburb that has its own paper. There’s good reason for this – there is so much going on in this tight-knit community. Today we feature a young woman who has been able to buy her own home, which is a real achievement. I`m writing this from a reporter’s desk in a newsroom. Why it is called a newsroom I have no idea, as no news comes out of this place. All the news comes from the people, the places I visit and the things you all
get up to in Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata – and by association, Hutt South, seems to have two of the most visible election candidates of any area in Wellington. In case you may not have noticed, this year is election year. Both National’s Chris Bishop and Labour’s Ginny Andersen want your vote. They have conducted public meetings, have erected billboards, and no doubt have consumed lots of tea and coffee, with the odd pink bun or three, but I’ve yet to see any babies kissed or silly publicity stunts. By now most of you will have a flier in your letterbox from Love Wainuiomata. It tells you what’s on, what will be on and other interesting things about the area. Put it on your fridge rather than in your bin. If you have any news, want to write a letter, have taken a lovely photo, or know of a significant achievement worth noting, do get in touch with us at dcrampton@ wsn.co.nz
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Mike King and Mike Grigg are about to continue their discussion over the the airwaves.
Comedian and mental health crusader Mike King has invited Mike Grigg onto his radio show after the pair clashed at a public meeting in Wainuiomata two weeks ago. On May 29 Mike King addressed a packed community centre with his message of suicide prevention, when Mr Grigg stood up and addressed him, before being accused of grandstanding. He was then told to sit down but left the room. He returned half an hour later and the pair left on good terms. The following day Mr King said he would consider putting Mr Grigg onto his Sunday evening talk show, The Nutters
Club, which airs on the ZB network, after the pair sorted out their differences. “I would like to invite Mike onto my radio show,” Mr King said. Mr Grigg was pleased to be invited and has accepted the invitation. “I thought it was quite awesome actually – but I don’t know what he really wants to talk to me about.” “I actually think the issue is far wider than youth suicide but also about family violence.” Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace was pleased that the pair are on good terms after their disagreement at last month’s meeting “I am glad they have sorted it out given it was an excellent forum - Mike King was outstand-
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ing in his engagement with the community. We were lucky to have someone of Mike King’s mana come to Wainuiomata to run this forum,” he said. Mr Grigg is a passionate advocate for disability rights and is only too pleased to voice his opinion over the airwaves. “We will have a good conversation about empathy, different impairment and human rights,” he said. Mr Grigg said he was pleased Mr King was ‘getting the ball rolling’ in discussing youth suicide. “He’s done a lot of good work - what he is trying to do is actually very good. What he is actually creating is community engagement – which is a good thing.”
Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? Genghis Khan – he was, like, so bad but he’d be so interesting to talk to. Who is your best friend, and why? The girls at school - I`ve got five best friends, at least - and they always have my back If you could be somebody for day, who would it be? Probably someone in government, just to see what it is like. Someone high up. What is the best thing in your life right now? Church – it’s so much fun. What would you change about the world? Probably I`d like to bring more
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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.
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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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Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is back next year
Team “Fairy” crossing the finish line together as a team. By Dave Crampton
The successful Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is set to be back in Wainuiomata next year again after a successful three days – two which were sold out. The Challenge was held at the Boys Brigade Camp over three days, with primary school students on the first day, followed by secondary school students, and adults on the final day. It was the biggest ever event in Wainuiomata, said Events Promotions’ Registration Manager Jenna Keane - meaning more people got Hell Pizza vouchers as each of the 2800 who registered got vouchers. The venue and course is ideal with a hill, hurdles, a water crossing, plenty of parking – and plenty of mud. “It’s really, really, cool. [The cam] allows us to have obstacles all the time – all year around. John, who runs the Boy’s Brigade Camp, is awesome,” Jenna said. “We had people from as far away as Wanganui – and Freyberg in Palmerston North.” For the first time, each primary student who participated got a finishers medal and they
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will do so next year too, Jenna said. For some, it was their first ever medal. “They’re there for participation – and they can hang them on their wall,” Jenna said. While the Auckland Tough Guy and Gal Challenge has grown from two weekends to six days over the years, there are no plans to lengthen the Wainuiomata event, at this stage. Should that change, a decision is unlikely to be made until next year. More schools are likely to enter next year as word gets out, and The Hits’ radio announcer Paul Hickey will again be on hand to entertain the crowds and be the Master of Ceremonies. The event’s increasing popularity nationwide means that those who want to enter next year’s events will have to do so early when registrations open next year, Jenna said. “The demand is really, really high, so you`ll have to get in quick to get in.” The Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is the countries original mud run series with events across the whole North Island including Hamilton last weekend and in Palmerston North, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay and Rotorua over the next three months.
Wainuiomata’s Finn Brew (centre) flanked by Xavier Jones from Wellington Harriers and Olympic’s Jack McNair Roberts after their event.
Higher placings for Dorne Cup athletes By Dave Crampton
Fifteen runners from Wainuiomata Athletic and Harriers Club competed in the annual Dorne Cup cross country event at Trentham Memorial Park in the weekend. There were great conditions on the day for racing, with a new course this year. Most Wainuiomata athletes were faster than last year, and got better results, club president Nikki Branniff-Jones said. The U13 team again did well, coming second overall this year, with Hanna Hoffman placed 8th and MacKenzie Winter 9th.
Both Joel Carman and Finn Brew were placed third in the U20 4km event and the U9 1km event respectively, with Cameron Forsyth 6th in the U13 2km event. Both Joel and Cameron are competing at the National Secondary Schools Cross Country champs in Christchurch this weekend. The top four finishers for each club were the counting scores for the Dorne Cup, with Wellington Harriers taking out the women’s event, with four of the top six finishers. Wellington Scottish took out the men’s event and the top three placings - all within four seconds of each other.
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Michael Venus we hardly know ye Michael Venus’ triumph in the French Open men’s doubles is one that should be recognised. In a busy period of sport with the America’s Cup, British and Irish Lions tour, NBA playoffs, Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs and the Champions Trophy cricket competition (how terrible were the Black Caps in that?!) it’s easy to pass over Venus’ unbelievable achievement on the red clay. Sure, it’s the men’s doubles - hardly the glamorous singles draw but for a Kiwi to be in a tennis grand slam final, yet alone win it, is truly staggering. I’m not sure what this will do for Halberg Award chances, I’m not even sure if he is an individual nomination or a team one since his doubles partner is American Ryan Harrison but the result is still more worthy. The 29-year-old Aucklander has a strong serve for doubles but only has a career high singles ranking of 274 almost six years ago.
The crowd watching the final was sparse to say the least but a French Open crown in any format is not to be sneezed at. After all, far better players have been more highly touted in Paris and come away with nothing. Generally, my interest in New Zealand tennis is non-existent. I would love for a Kiwi to be relevant on the global circuit but they aren’t. Venus has done something and he should receive plenty of praise for it from the New Zealand sporting public. It’d be nice to see his public profile lifted and for New Zealand tennis officials to realise they have PR lightening in a bottle. Let Venus show off the trophy at schools and major events and see if we can’t inspire the next generation of Kiwi kids to take up the sport so it’s not such a long wait for the next grand slam trophy.
Wednesday June 14, 2017
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