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Wednesday June 28, 2017

inbrief news

Swimming scholarship launched Hutt City Council, in partnership with Kiwibank, has recently launched an inaugural swimming scholarship. The scholarship, launched in Naenae, focuses on setting children up with fundamental life skills and building a positive and lasting relationship with the water.

Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said the programme, called Empowering Tamariki for the Future, started with an inaugural group of 16 children under the age of 12, and he looks forward to seeing the programme grow and develop. “The swimming scholarship programme is part of a wider

council initiative aimed at ensuring all Lower Hutt tamariki have access to literacy, recreation, and arts programmes and facilities that they benefit from.” As New Zealand is a nation surrounded by water, people are increasingly recognising the importance of practical

water survival skills; however, learning to swim is a real challenge for many of those living in our community. Mr Wallace says all children deserve access to the same opportunities—including the opportunity to learn to swim. “This new initiative will keep our kids safe in the water.”

Marae seeking to provide affordable housing By Dave Crampton

Wainuiomata Marae is to seek community input at an October hui on providing affordable housing. In 2015, the Marae had neighbouring land returned from the Hutt City Council. That land was

now considered a marae reserve, which it was hoping to develop into a papakainga. Papakainga - or nurturing place - is a form of housing development which occurs on Maori or ancestral land. Wainuiomata Marae chairperson Star Olsen hopes the Marae can facilitate the building of six to eight affordable

Wainuiomata Marae chairperson Star Olsen.

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homes on land at the rear of the Marae. It is looking at building affordable eco-friendly housing, but first hopes to secure funding by demonstrating that there is a need for affordable housing in Wainuiomata. “We recognise that there is a huge shortage in Wainuiomata – and we are looking for community support to bring our vision into reality,” Star said. “We will put forward what our vision is and we will be asking for feedback. It is something that there is a need for in Wainuiomata.” “We have got to show a need to the powers that be.” Māori architect Rau Hoskins said introducing ‘papakainga’, with whanau living in closer proximity to each other, could remedy some of the problems they face, such as damp, overcrowded and poor quality homes. “The desire to live in close proximity to each other is a uniquely Māori dimension,” he said. Star says the plan is “ver y realistic” and hopes building will start well within the next two years. He has discussed the vi-

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sion with Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace who showed initial support. “We spoke with the mayor and came away very heartened by the mood of the meeting,” he said. The Marae is seeking to facilitate and apply for funding for the building of open plan smaller housing units. All dwellings to have solar panels as part of an eco-friendly vision, but those being housed will share in the vision and support the work within the Marae. Some may be kaumatua. All will be from Wainuiomata. Marae secretary Cheryl Davies says current building projects are out of reach for many locals. “There is a lot of building happening in the valley, but I don’t think it’s affordable for many of the Wainuiomata families.” Star said that there are similar papakainga housing developments in the Hawkes Bay. He was not able to be drawn on determining what is affordable – but said it must be at a price that people can access. “At the end of the day if you can’t afford it, it is not affordable housing.”

Injuries after party knife fight Two men were taken to Hutt Hospital with knife wounds after a party got out of hand in the weekend. Police were called to the Wainuiomata party about 2am on Sunday. They said the fight was possibly gang-related. Two men had been fighting and both ended up with knife wounds. No other people were involved. One person has minor to moderate injuries and the other has moderate injuries.

Armed police search for wanted person Armed officers and dogs were out to locate a person wanted by police on Wednesday. Police were searching for the person at the bottom of Wainuiomata Rd late Wednesday afternoon. A police spokeswoman said officers had found the person in a car, with three others, and were speaking to him. Police said there were no fears for anyone’s safety, but there were significant traffic delays, with residents reporting that police were blocking roads and stopping cars. It was not stated why police were searching for the man.

Business breakfast this week Development Wainuiomata’s business breakfast is on again this Friday. While it’s always tempting to save money, not being adequately insured can mean a huge risk for you, your business and your family. Independent consultant Michael Loghmani from Alpha1 will be speaking at this month’s breakfast on various types of business insurance, and there will be a time for questions afterwards. After the breakfast at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall, Development Wainuiomata will be holding its Annual General Meeting starting 8:45am. The breakfast, costing $20 paid via internet banking through Development Wainuiomata, or paid on the day, starts at 7:15am.

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