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Drop everything and read By Dave Crampton

Superman, Darth Vader, Pippi Longstocking, Fox in Socks, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Buzz Lightyear all visited Fernlea School on Friday, as children went to school

dressed as their favourite book character. It was a blaze of colour. Some had whitened out faces, others had fancy hats, such as Cat in the Hat headgear, and there was even a human skeleton. Continued on page 2.

Cole Sammons, Markmichael Te Tau, Arnkia Lahood, and Katherine Mackenzie are all smiles during Fernlea School’s book week. PHOTO: Dave Crampton





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Continued from page 1. Teachers were Wallys for the day. They were donned in homemade red and white striped shirts – aka Where’s Wally? - and it was pretty easy to spot where the Wally’s were, as they were the taller ones. Principal Tony Field, perhaps the Chief Wally, even had the glasses, the headgear and the cane to match. The day was the culmination of Book Week for the school – or as Tony said, a week where children and teachers dared to give each

other a DEAR. Meaning ‘Drop Everything And Read’. On Monday, the school had a book fair, with money raised going towards the purchase of books for the school’s library. Two ‘reading together’ workshops were held after school on Wednesday, with the sole purpose of encouraging parents and caregivers to read with their children. But while there was not a book in sight on the playground, as children were more focused on their incredible costumes. Once

back in class, however, it was all books, with parents and teachers reading to groups of children in classes, as teachers had been doing all week. Some parents brought books they had read during their own childhood. Bella Kerry, who looked about five but emphasised she was “fiveand-a-half”, was dressed up as Sleeping Beauty, after her mother Katy had spent time working to make the costume before the big day. Katy was also on hand to read to her daughter’s classmates. “I wanted to have it,” Bella said

of her costume. “I want to keep on wearing it.” On Friday evening the Fernlea fundraiser group organised a school disco. Tony said that the school’s inaugural Book Week was a huge success, with full support from all teachers, and may be repeated next year. “It’s all about the love of reading and the love of learning. The teachers work really, really hard for these kids - and it’s all about the kids.” More photos on page 10.

Four-star hotel start date drags on Work is soon to start on a planned $12 million four-star hotel in High St. At least, that’s what the Hutt City Council has been saying. Hutt City paid $3.5m for the land to help facilitate a hotel to service the events centre. When the plan was unveiled nearly 20 months ago, the four-star hotel was expected to be opened in November 2016.

The new conference event space is expected to boost the vibrancy of the central Hutt area and drive the local economy. The overall development is expected to create 90 associated jobs with approximately 20 of these in the hotel when it opens. The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce said in 2015 that it expects the completed develop-

ment to bring between $55 to $75 million into the local economy over the next 20 years It’s now mid-2017, but work hasn’t started. The delays sparked rumours on social media that the project was in trouble. However, developer Raman Sarin did make some design changes which subsequently caused a delay, but the delay

wasn’t expected to be so long. Sarin will also run the council’s $23m events centre which will be built near the side of the proposed hotel. Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace had earlier said he expected the first sod to be turned last month. The council continues to say it is definitely going ahead, and work should start soon.

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Mayor says free meals vote a “political stunt” By Dave Crampton

Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has dismissed Wainuiomata Ward councillor Campbell Barry’s unsuccessful motion to remove ratepayer funding for council meals as a “political stunt”, adding that he never made a casting vote when the motion was voted down 7-6 last week. He said he was disappointed that Mr. Barry went to social media and media such as Wainuiomata News before discussing the motion with councillors, including on the night of the vote. He said that there are other options that councillors can consider when discussing

funding council meals other than though ratepayer funding “It was nothing more than a political stunt,” he said. Mr Wallace said that he opposed the motion on the same basis as any other opposing councillor, and that no casting vote was used. He said that he initiated a social club for councillors when he became Mayor. Councillors put in $10 a month and Mr Wallace said this account could have contributed towards catering if there was an issue of it being paid by ratepayers. “That would have been my suggestion,” Mr Wallace said. “I initiated that when I became Mayor.”

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Catering for council business costs around $14,000 a year –

or less than 40c per ratepayer. Mr Barry said he introduced the motion after what he called a “sham policy”, where the council decided to pay a living wage to its lowest employers, provided it is the cost-effective way to provide a particular service. He said that it was inconsistent with a policy of rate-payer funded meals during council meetings and implied that if it business is not done in the most cost- effective by low paid council workers, the living wage won’t be paid to them. Mr Wallace disagreed. “To say that we are not paying it is simply not correct.”

Wainuiomata ward councillors to arrange own meals at council meetings By Dave Crampton

Three Hutt City councillors – including Wainuiomata ward councillors Campbell Barry and Josh Briggs - are arranging their own meals at council meetings.

Last week Mr Barry failed to persuade fellow councillors that ratepayer money should not be used for catering council meetings. The motion was defeated 7-6 with a deciding vote from Mayor Ray Wallace. While Mayor Wallace was

Wainuiomata Ward Councillor Campbell Barry.

supportive of both the living wage and removing catering “in principle”, Mr Barry was disappointed that these principles did not extend to his voting. Now three councillors are not partaking in provided catering. The third councillor who is arranging his own meals is Simon Edwards. Mr Barry, who doesn’t have a lunch box, says the issue is not just about ratepayers paying for meals, but the principle of cost effectiveness and fairness. The Council has agreed, also in a 7-6 vote to pay the living wage - $20.40 per hour - in situations where it can be shown it is the most cost-effective way to provide a particular service – and Mr Barry wanted that principle extended to catering for meals at council meetings. While he denies that it is about lunches – it’s actually dinner, as council meeting are in the evenings, Mr Barry is taking up an offer from Eat My Lunch, who will provide and deliver

meals at $12-15 each, and for every meal provided, someone else will get a free lunch. “I think it’s a good option,” he said. “They provide lunches for the kids at Wainuiomata Primary School.” He`d like to encourage his fellow councillors to do the same, but is not putting another motion before councillors any time soon. “I may have to lay off the motions for a little while,” he said. At last week’s meeting that heard Mr Barry’s motion, there was no roast or charred chicken. “It was the only meeting that had only six biscuits on the table,” he said. He says the council has been caught off guard with what he calls ‘double standards’ – paying the living wage if it is cost effective but not cutting catering when it is cost effective. “They should be embarrassed by it - I just wish they would be embarrassed enough to start making changes,” he said.

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SPCA working together The SPCA is moving to a national organisation, bringing all regional SPCSs together, after working independently. Wellington SPCA Chief Executive Steve Glassey said this decision will lead to the creation of one SPCA in New Zealand, with centres across the country working together to help prevent cruelty to animals. “The decision to move to a unified SPCA was made after two years of discussions and consultation. Ultimately the SPCA centres knew that the previous national structure was not sustainable or fit for purpose. As one SPCA we can achieve even more for our country’s most vulnerable animals than we could with each centre working independently,” Glassey said. The Hutt Valley has SPCA Op Shops in Petone and in Pretoria Street in Lower Hutt.

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Mayors present united front to business leaders By Dave Crampton

Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace is presenting a united front with his fellow mayors throughout

the region, saying they are the most united they have ever been. Mr Wallace spoke at the Wellington Region Leaders Panel,

Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace addresses business leaders.

Enrol to vote The Electoral Commission is visiting Hutt libraries in June to encourage people to register to vote for this year’s General Election in September. It will be visiting Wainuiomata Library on June 30 between 2pm and 4pm. You can check out how voting works, and see if you are on the electoral roll – and which roll if you are Maori. If you are not registered on the electoral roll you will not be able to vote. You will be able to enrol on June 30, but if you are unable to make it and wish to, the Commission will also be at Naenae Library at 2pm tomorrow, Petone Library on Friday, and the War Memorial Library on Thursday June 29.

Regional mayors; from left Mike Tana, Justin Lester, Ray Wallace and Wayne Guppy.

which also included Porirua Mayor Mike Tana, Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, and Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw. The event, in front of a business audience from across the region, was held at Wellington’s CQ Hotel on June 16, was hosted by the Wellington Region Chambers of Commerce. The panellists discussed topics including infrastruct u re a nd road ing, being business friendly, the airport runway, and presenting a united front while working together for the region. “I think this is the most united team that you have ever seen,” Mr Wallace said. “We have an excellent relationship with the Minister of Local Government… and the best ever relationship with the New Zealand Transport Agency.” He also discussed gains for Hutt businesses, citing the remission scheme on resource management processes as well as the council’s rates remission scheme. He said these policies have assisted businesses intending to establish themselves in the Hutt, bringing $425m into the Hutt economy. However, Housing New Zealand (HNZ) got a barb. Mr

Wallace accused it of “dragging the chain” after the council offered to buy vacant HNZ land in the Hutt to address housing issues, but was turned down. Mr Lester acknowledged the Hutt had more available land than Wellington, and while Wellington has a social housing rejuvenation project, he said his council will be working with all regional mayors to encourage land to be freed up for building throughout the Hutt and Porirua basin. This would include land in Wainuiomata. Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford was pleased that councils are working closely together for the benefit of the region. “I’m pleased this is happening. To hear they are meeting formally every two weeks and communicate regularly on issues in between is reassuring, and necessary if the region is to build resilience and to move ahead economically,” he said. The leaders also discussed amalgamation; all disagreeing that Wellington needs a super council. Mr Guppy said the discussion on amalgamation set the region back four years. “The debate about amalgamation cost this region dearly,” The chambers’ intend to follow up with a repeat panel.

Council Committee established to honour community’s local heroes WAINUIOMATA COMMUNITY BOARD The Board will be meeting on

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Four community members have joined six councillors on a Hutt City Council committee set up to honour Lower Hutt’s local heroes. The community members appointed to the Council’s Civic Honours Committee are Gregguil Besa, John Bhula, Prabodh Mishra and Bunnie Willing. The Committee is chaired by Mayor Wallace, with Deputy Mayor David Bassett the deputy chair. The other five members are councillors Campbell Barry, Margaret Cousins, Lisa Bridson, Leigh Sutton and Tui Lewis.

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Journalist visits Pukeatua students as part of newspaper engagement Room 3 at Pukeatua School had a surprise visit from Wainuiomata News journalist Dave Crampton, as part of the school’s engagement with newspapers. Room 3 teacher Mark Williams said he contacted the Wainuiomata News to see if a reporter would address the classroom on June 16. He was delighted that his students could ask questions and have copies of the paper the reporter had written stories for. He said students have been interested in learning about news, both in New Zealand and worldwide. “The students have loved looking at all of the different things that make up a newspaper and have been fully engaged as we looked at news from around the world,” Mark said. During the visit, students asked questions about how news is gathered, and how one starts becoming a journalist, and what inspires a person to become a reporter. They also discussed tools of the journalism trade, such as a contact book of telephone numbers, the shorthand pad, phone and diary. However, strong coffee wasn’t mentioned. Dave was also asked what famous people he had interviewed – has he interviewed the Prime Minister? He has. Several times. He has even interviewed Prime Ministers from two different countries. Just then, Dave’s phone rang. It was Hutt South National list MP Chris Bishop. Dave

then proceeded to interview Mr Bishop in front of wideeyed students, who then witnessed his shorthand notes. Most knew who Mr Bishop was, and most even knew September was the month of this year’s General Election. They must have read it in the newspaper. “The students were excited to see a journalist in action after spending two weeks discovering newspapers by completing a number of tasks throughout the week such as treasure hunts and matching headlines to their correct articles,” Mark said. One thing Dave impressed on students was accurate spelling. When he asked if anyone in the class could spell ‘phlegm’ – which even journalists and nearly all teachers find difficult to spell, he got a range of answers, most beginning with the letter F. He was pretty impressed with one student, Suede Sage, 10, who managed to spell the word correctly on her second attempt. Students practice their spelling every week and are excited when reaching new levels. Students have also been discussing the first key paragraph of stories – which include the the four Ws and the H – who, what, where, when, why, and how’. Next week at Pukeatua School whanau are invited to come and watch a math lesson being taught to students so family can experience what it is like to be involved in a normal lesson.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you think Hutt City councillors should get a rate-payer funded meal with each council meeting?

Finn Summers, Wainuiomata I don’t think city council [meals] should be paid when other people doing similar work don’t have it.

Jacob Rattray, Waiuiomata No, they should bring their own.

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Leslie Keremete, Wainuiomata No I don’t think so everyone else gets to work and gets their their own lunch.

Reriti Moeahu, Wainuiomata I think they should take their own lunch, to save the hassle for ratepayers

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Dear Sir, As a grandfather, I attended the Fernlea School Fancy Dress Parade, held on Friday 16th June. Also in attendance was your journalist/photographer Dave Crampton. Myself and several mothers were disgusted by the treatment of children who did not wear




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Joan Taylor, Wainuiomata Everyone else has to take their own lunch – I think they should take their own lunch.

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Fancy Dress. After the parade, they were told to remain seated on the playground while the other children were led away to have their photographs taken. I made my concerns known to your reporter at the time, but could not get an answer as to whether it was a school or a Wainuiomata News decision.

Sincerely, John Crossland NOTE: Given the nature of the event, those in costumes were a primary focus of Fernlea’s book week. However, images of students not in fancy dress were taken and are included. ED

Volunteer at Woburn Home Wainuiomata locals are being encouraged to ‘live, laugh and share’ with the elders living at Enliven’s Woburn Home. This week is National Volunteer Week, which is a week dedicated to recognising and celebrating the vital contribution volunteers make in New Zealand. This year’s theme is ‘live, laugh, share – volunteer’. Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, operates Woburn Home in Lower Hutt, which provides rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as respite, healthy recovery, and a popular day activity programme for elders living in the community. Volunteers are making a real difference to the lives of Woburn Home’s elders, and more volunteers are always welcome at the home, explains Woburn Home recreation team leader Samantha Murdoch. “We have a small number of regular volunteers and the elders absolutely love it when they visit,” says Samantha. “They help with craft, baking, taking the elders on outings and all sorts of things. We really appreciate what our volunteers do.” Enliven’s Woburn Home is looking for new volunteers to join the team by spending an hour at the home every week or two. Possible volunteer roles include, but aren’t limited to, driving the home’s van on outings, gardening, library helper, book club helper, beauty therapists to paint nails, assisting with morning tea, baking or doing craft with residents, newspaper readers, quizmasters, musicians, parents to visit with young children, people to visit with friendly pets, people who can chat with, play board games or read to residents, and so much more.

Woburn Home recreation team leader Samantha Murdoch is encouraging locals to volunteer at Enliven’s Woburn Home.

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LETTERS to the editor

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Problems with mental health Dear Ed, The TV programme Sunday brought another issue of mental health into our homes. There must be a strong question that needs to be asked. Why are the problems ending up down at the police station?. It’s not the peoples fault who have these impairments, chemical imbalances, meltdowns, problems should not be ending up at the police station.

The issues around proper housing is important for people that cannot cope in society and mainstreaming is not the answer in some cases the worry of the problems ending up in the criminal justice system. What we are seeing is more and more suicides. We have two elected officials in Hutt South, 1 candidate who have the ability to call for a select committee enquiry to raise the issues of an underfunded, under

resourced system that has advisory panels that are not transparent and accountable to the community they serve. The National Party and the Labour Party are separate organisations and parliament is another organisation again. I believe if false economy and discrimination its not providing proper services. Mike Grigg

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the


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Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? My dad, because he’s passed away – he was my rock. Who is your best friend, and why? I don’t have best friends, I know lots of people, and I`ve got good mates – like the ones I played netball with 30 years ago. If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be? Probably my 13-year-old self – because I would have taken debating. What is the best thing in your life right now? My two sons -they just work hard and are good decent boys. What would you change about the world? I`d have equal distribution, wealth distribution and equality

– I`d just tip it upside down. What would your superpower be and why? I`d like a super power that changes nasty people into kind people. What would Wainuiomata News readers be shocked to know about you? What I find shocking may not be what they find shocking – I`m very factual and not very emotional and I’ve got a very low tolerance of fools. What meal do you never get sick of eating? A boil-up. I`d go crazy if I didn’t have one at least once a week – with pork bones.

Meeting people is one of the highlights of this job as a reporter. Talking with newsmakers, kids, sportspeople, and politicians is what journalists do every week. This week was also different as I was invited to talk about my role as a reporter to some students at Pukeatua School. It was a lot of fun with a great bunch of kids, who asked some really good questions. It not the first time I have addressed students in my role as a journalist, but it was the first time a student - of any age, let alone 10 - could correctly spell ‘phlegm” -a notoriously difficult word to spell correctly. Very impressive. Also in the news was Wainuiomata ward Councillor Campbell Barry. He, along with two other councillors are taking their own meals to council meetings, which should cut the catering costs a bit. He tried to pass a motion for councillors to take their own meals, so ratepayers would not have to pay for this - after a living wage was passed providing payment was made in a cost-effective manner. Cr. Barry called the policy a ‘sham’. Mayor

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60 years of wedded bliss By Dave Crampton

Dorothy and Ron Terry have celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss. They were married in Carterton on June 22, 1957 and have yet to have a decent argument. “It was the shortest day, and the longest night,” Dorothy recalls. Dorothy and Ron both met while working at the Post Office in the Wairarapa – Dorothy was a postie and Ron ended up working at Post Office Headquarters in Wellington before he retired. They have spent most of their married life in Wainuiomata, first purchasing a house on Gibbs Street, with a mortgage of £3,500. “We thought we`d never pay it off,” Dorothy said. Ron was a volunteer fire-fighter for the Wainuiomata Fire brigade, and is both a life member of the association and has received a civic award for his work as a firefighter.

They then moved to Paraparaumu after Ron retired from the Post Office, but moved back to Wainuiomata 17 years ago, buying their current property outright. They travel frequently to see friends in Palmerston North One such friend is ‘Aunty Kath’ who has known Dorothy all her life. She’s turning 100 in November. “She`ll make it, too, Ron said. Dorothy was pretty clear about the good aspects of married life. “The best thing is having each other,” he said. “And the confidence that we can trust each other,” added Ron. They say they have never had an argument. Not one. However, it’s a bit hard to have one and win if you are Ron. “I`m always right,” Dorothy said. “We don’t always agree,” Ron added. They are planning a quiet cel-

ebration; they are not giving each other anniversary gifts, similiar to what they did when celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. However, they did consider taking a trip to Hawaii. Instead they are having an open day this weekend for family and friends -and their daughter’s family will be arriving from Australia They will see a big sign near one room; “Dorothy’s Kitchen”. Ron says he is not allowed in there much. “But I`m allowed to help with the dishes,” he said. The couple do have traditions -they go to the Gold Coast twice a year to see their daughter’s family in the Gold Coast. Another daughter lives in Wainuiomata which was a factor in returning to the area in 2000. They say they are loving married life, after 60 years. “He’s lovely,” Dorothy said, giving him a big kiss.

Dorothy and Ron Terry with a framed photo of Dorothy as a young bride

Action wanted on unsafe roadside

Julie Sylvester points to what she called an unsafe piece of road along Upper Fitzherbert Road.

By Dave Crampton

Local resident Julie Sylvester is concerned that an unsafe piece of road in a narrow Wainuiomata street is an accident waiting to happen and wants the Hutt City Council to do something about it before that accident occurs. In February, Julie was walking her pony along Upper Fitzherbert Road, near where she lives, when she discovered a patch of the roadside berm had subsided near Arakura Park. “I was walking my little pony - my 32” high pony - down the road and spotted it,” she said She alerted the council by e-mail shortly after as she was concerned that the area is unsafe for road users and pedestrians. While getting an acknowledgement of her e-mail, that’s the last she has heard from the council. I’ve done my bit,” she said. “They should brace it all up.” A Wellington Water contractor who inspected the section of Upper Fitzherbert Road within two days of the February call decided that the damage was a roading problem, but did not confer with the council or Julie. The road has no footpath, and the land

has eroded right up to the white roadside line, and walkers have to walk on the road to bypass the area. Julie is annoyed that the council had not addressed her concerns. Waving her rates bill, she questioned what value she is getting from these rates if the land is left in its current state. She wants the council to get over to Wainuiomata and make the area safer. “I`m pissed off. They spend so much on safety in the city – I don’t know where their heads are,” she said of councillors. She asked what would happen if a large truck rattled past a car coming the opposite direction on the 50m narrow roadway and the car had to swerve to avoid it. “Where can you go – into the creek?” It is now arranging repairs after the Wainuiomata News raised the matter. “We have discussed the incident with the contractor so that this doesn’t happen again. We appreciate the customer bringing the problem to our attention and regret that our communication was not good enough in this instance,” Hutt City Traffic Assets Manager Damon Simmons said. Julie is pleased. “There’s a lot of traffic down here - cars drive up and down here all the time.” “Doing nothing is not an option.”

Karen Green with Hutt MP Chris Bishop and Kmart Country Manager Jason Picard

New K-Mart provides locals with work By Dave Crampton

K-Mart Apparel Manager Karen Green is loving her new job at the new K-Mart store in Petone. The Wainuiomata resident says it’s her dream job. The store, the biggest in the Wellington region, is popular, both with shoppers and staff - but not so much with drivers. It has created 120 jobs, most of them new jobs. It has also created a lot of traffic with queues down the Hutt Road and gridlocked traffic when it first opened. Several who work at the new K-Mart, and many who shop there live in Wainuiomata. “I am thoroughly enjoying it – the staff, the management and the atmosphere. Liam Dawson is an amazing boss,” she said. “There is so much variety of things to do - it’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had – and it’s just a 10 - minute drive to work.” Hutt South National list MP Chris Bishop and a number of local politicians also visited the store for its opening.

More than 1000 were waiting outside at 8am on opening day on June 1, and then the big rush came. “I got rammed in the side by a woman with a shopping trolley,” Mr Bishop said Mr Bishop is pleased for Karen. “She is really excited – they are buzzing down there.” Karen used to work at Postie Plus and has had 16 years of management experience. She travels to work each day with a work colleague she met when training for the job for four weeks in Porirua. The colleague, a manager in the homeware section, lives near her Wainuiomata home, but they had never formally met until they trained together. “She lives just behind me. We’ve become very good friends – she knows my life history and I know hers,” she said. While Karen acknowledges that big stores do have opportunists who like to walk out with items under their jackets, she warns against people trying that out at K-Mart. “We have been staking the place out,” she said.


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Teru Time clocks 100 games Teru Time celebrated his 100th rugby game for Wainuiomata against Tawa two weeks ago, the same side he debuted against in April 2011. While Teru’s team lost the milestone game, they also played Tawa the following week and avenged the loss. But it almost never happened. Three months before his debut game – a game where he was supposed to be a ‘temporary replacement’ when he turned up for Wainuiomata practice - Teru was working at a Christchurch bank. During his lunch breaks he often worked out at Les Mills gym beside the CTV building. On February 22, 2011, his routine fortunately changed. “I had some family down so we decided to go for a feed. At 12:51pm the earthquake struck and I saw the cathedral collapse. I hate to think what would have happened if I was at the gym,” he said. I n 2012 , Wa i nu iom at a thrashed Petone 50-20 in a Jubilee Cup match. In the Wainuiomata team that day were four

boys including Teru Time, that refer to themselves as the “quad crew making a big impression.” “Tau and Genesis Mamea, Feterika Sage and myself all grew up together in Wainui. We used to joke we would all play for Wainui,” Teru said. “When it happened and we beat Petone by such a big score it was really special. I scored a try. It remains my favourite game for the club.” Teru believes Wainuiomata can win the Jubilee Cup this year. “I think we have the team to go all the way. We have shown we can beat the big guns and the losses we’ve had have been narrow ones.” Teru now has his blazer - a blazer that has been a goal since Sape Misa received his blazer in 2012. “I wanted to emulate Sape and do something really meaningful,” Teru said. “I am so grateful to reach 100 games. It’s been a goal of mine for a long time. When I got injured last year some of the boys were teasing me by saying I wouldn’t get there. I guess they owe me a beer now.”

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HOBM heads off Wainui Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Wainuiomata 36-14 at home at the Hutt Rec, courtesy of a dominant scrum and a hat-trick to hooker James O’Reilly. HOBM won two penalties and two tightheads from the scrum in the opening quarter, O’Reilly rumbled over for two tries to give them an early 14-0 lead. At the half hour mark, Wainuiomata fullback Tau Mamea got injured, resulting in a long delay and a change in fields to the No. 2 ground. Wainuiomata lock Bevan Clark scored a try from a maul to close the gap to 14-7. HOBM halfback Sheridan Rangihuna kicked a penalty to make it 17-7 at halftime. In the second half, Wainuiomata had possession and territory for a good 10 minutes but failed to make use of it. This proved telling, as happy hooker O’Reilly rumbled over from a maul to score his hat-trick to make it 24-7. The green and blacks replied through hulking No. 8 Ben Tupuola who scored their second try from a free kick to close the gap to 24-14. The rest of the match was a scrappy affair, HOBM closing out a bonus point victory with two further tries.

Wainuiomata High Senior Boys 2 basketballers have had a good start to the season

Young school basketball team taste success By Dave Crampton

A team of young basketballers from Wainuiomata High School is at the top of the points table after winning their first two games of the season. Yet most haven’t previously played basketball. Some have never previously played organised sport of any type. The Senior Boys 2 team is one of six that Wainuiomata High has competing each week, after students have shown a huge interest in playing basketball this year. Daniel Oti has not only never played basketball before, he is one who is enjoying his first foray into organised competitive sport. As captain, he currently selects the starting line-up for games, and although it is early days yet,

the team is doing well. This year Callum and Barbie Henare from Jitterbugz After School Care have sponsored the playing uniform, which the boys are thrilled with. Callum is also managing the team. The team is one of the youngest in the league, with most in Year 11, with three in Years 12 and 13. The early results have given the team confidence, but Callum said providing a focus after each game during Monday night training sharpens that focus. “If you give them too many things to concentrate on, they do nothing well.” While the wins are welcome, some of the players new to the sport wondered what they were up against when they saw their opposing teams, some whose members had beards and tattoos.

A couple of the boys were intimidated because of the sheer size of the bigger boys,” Callum said. “They looked like they were my age.” The boys’ parents and grandparents are also supportive, attending the games to encourage and to cheer the boys on. “They are so proud of their sons and grandsons,” Callum said. While Callum didn’t know what to expect with such a young team new to the sport, he is impressed by the boys’ attitude and self-belief after a couple of wins. “I’ve seen their attitude change. You see them win - they can do it. I`m quite excited for them.” The team is aiming to get to the top four in the points table at the end of the season and be eligible for the playoffs.

Injured player to make full recovery Fa’atau Mamea, who had played more than 100 games for Wainuiomata, is expected to make a ful recovery after an appparent regulation tackle left him on the ground without feeling after a neck injury. The game against Hutt Old Boy’s Marist last weekend at the Hutt Recreation Ground was halted for some time and Mamea was taken to hospital in an ambulance. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Wainuiomata, after former Samoan prop Justin Va’a dislocated a shoulder the week before against Tawa. The team has played some tough teams also, against Hutt Old Boys Marist and Tawa, who are ahead in the table at this point The big Jubilee Cup game this weekend is between Wainuiomata and Petone at the Petone Rec. Petone is at the bottom of the table with Wainuiomata in the top five after four games.

Going for gold at the World Series

Wednesday June 21, 2017



Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Lions all business in the front, no party in the backs The British and Irish Lions forward pack laid a terrific platform to beat the New Zealand Maori but it does confirm a few theories. There’s clearly a huge difference in class between the Lion’ midweek team and their weekend side. Highlanders and Blues fans can enjoy their victories in midweek games but perhaps the Crusaders deserve more respect for keeping a Saturday Lions team tryless. As dominant as the visitors were in Rotorua, for all the territory and possession they had, which included 81 percent of the ball in the second half, they could only muster two tries, both from close range. The All Blacks smashed Samoa 78-0 in a glorified training run and showed more enterprise on attack in one game than the Lions have all tour.

If Steve Hansen’s men can avoid giving away penalties within goal kicking range and can avoid defensive scrums 5m from their line then I don’t see how Warren Gatland’s men expect to score enough points to beat the All Blacks. The home team will have to be wary of the Lions’ rush defence. It’s been on display all tour and I’m sure the world champions will have a plan in place. I expect New Zealand to at least have parity with the English forwards and be far too slick in the back. While every tour match is important, the success of it will be defined by the three test matches. Even one win may be enough to give this Lions team some credibility but if they got it in game one on Saturday, then it will a fantastic series.

Schoolmates pummel each other in the ring

Black Sox representative Joel Evans is both a good infielder and a top batter. PHOTO CREDIT: Dave Crampton By Dave Crampton

Joel Evans is off to the men’s Softball World Champs with the Black Sox. He left for Whitehorse, in Canada in the weekend. The World Series competition is held every two years, and this year it is at Whitehorse, in the north of Canada from July 7 - 16. The Mark Sorenson coached team is seeded first and has been in every World Series final since 1984, Joel said. Sorenson, formerly from the Hutt Valley, first represented New Zealand when he was 14. Joel has played softball since he was four, and for the Hutt Valley Dodgers since 2009, where his father Trevor is the assistant coach. Born and bred in Wainuiomata, Joel also plays football for Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata News caught up with Joel the weekend before he flew out, and there was only one thing on his mind – a good tournament and a win. He hasn’t forgotten 2015. “This week at work is going to be a bit of a blur as I`ll be thinking about other stuff,” he said Joel competed in the World Series in 2015, where the team was runner-up to Canada. It was his first World Series competition and early in the final, New Zealand had what looked like a commanding lead. But as Joel knows, thing can change quickly at a world championship final. “It’s definitely tough. In 2015 we were up 5-0, but we lost 10-5,” he said. With up to 10,000 spectators, the noise is intense, and the nerves can set in – but so does the focus, particularly at the playoff

stage. “I like it loud – it pumps me up,” he said. “You probably have to be more on your game. Nervous is good – you are excited when you are nervous,” Joel, an infielder but primarily a batter, is hoping New Zealand can beat Canada on its home turf should both teams meet in the final. But the teams will face tough competition from the likes of Japan and Venezuela, who were runners up to New Zealand in 2013. Joel is not only a batter, he prefers it to fielding. “I like batting better – you get to smash the ball.” He is hoping that there is a fair bit of ball-smashing from the end of his bat in Canada. “We are going for gold this time,” he said. Three days after the final, assuming New Zealand gets through, Joel will be back in Wellington and playing football a few days later for Wainuiomata First XI – and no doubt having a few drinks. “That’s all we do round here – play sport and go to the pub,” he said.

Jared Paku , right, lands a punch on friend and opponent Keanu Enoka. PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Taylor By Dave Crampton

One young boxer is back, after boxing in a tournament in Naenae over the weekend, winning his first fight. Jared Paku, 14, had taken a year off boxing and returned to the Wainuiomata Boxing Club in February to train and return to fitness. In his first bout, at a national tournament at the Naenae Boxing Academy, he won a unanimous points decision against his Wainuiomata High schoolmate Keanu Enoka, from the Bellevue Boxing club. Keanu, 15 is also more experienced and heavier. His father is also a current boxer. “It is his first competition in 18 mi-

onths – he did well with a unanimous decision,” Wainuiomata Boxing Club Head Coach Craig Bennett said of his young charge. Jared’s mother, Michelle, said the competition had top boxers from throughout the country, including as far away as Canterbury and was pleased with his performance after time away.. “He took a break from the sport to play other sports,” she said. Craig said Jared did well in his first major competition, after returning to the sport after playing rugby and other sports. He said his fitness is improving, he is showing promise, and his performance during the weekend was a good return to the ring.. “He fought well – he was dominant.”


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