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Keira Smith loves to run and one day hopes to represent New Zealand at the Olympics. But for now, the young runner is putting in the hard yards on the cross-country scene. Her most recent achievement was placing 10th out of 70 at the Wellington Primary and Intermediate Schools Regional Cross-Country Championship. Continued on page 2. Keira Smith hopes to one day represent New Zealand at the Olympics. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Perseverance, caring and sharing, identity, and respect were the values celebrated at Pukeatua Primary School last Thursday. Principal Jenni Adam said it was a way to encourage children and the decisions that they had made. “Value you, value me. Our values reflect who we are,” Adam said. She also mentioned the support they receive from the families of children at the school. More than 100 students were given a certificate for showcasing the positive values. Students were also rewarded with a sausage sizzle, ice block and free time that resulted in Nerf war. The celebration marked the final week of school before the term two school holidays that started on Friday.
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Six appointed to arts and culture subcommittee Six prominent members of Lower Hutt’s arts and culture community have been appointed to the Hutt City Council’s Arts and Culture Subcommittee. The six are Pam Hindmarsh, from Nextstage Theatre; Anita Mansell, from the
Hutt Multicultural Council; Johannes Mueller-Welschof, from the Hutt Arts Society; heritage expert and local historian, Desiree Mulligan, event organiser and musician, Noel Woods and Te Atiawa iwi representative, Christine Fagan.
They join Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace, deputy mayor David Bassett, as well as councillors Michael Lulich and Tui Lewis. Wa l la ce m a de t he a nnouncement in June. “A vibrant arts and culture scene is critical to the social
and economic health of our city,” Wallace said. “The subcommittee’s community members represent a wide range of arts and cultural activities in Lower Hutt. We will all benefit from their passion and expertise.”
Primary school raises funds for playground
inbrief news School holidays have started Wainuiomata students have started their school holidays and will be out from July 8 until July 23. Holiday programmes and activities are running around the Hutt Valley – including Wainuiomata’s own Kids on f.o.o.t. for five to 13-year-olds. More holiday programmes can be found at www.huttkids.co.nz/ school-holiday-programmes-hutt.
Festival highlights Wainui The Hutt Winter Festival will put Wainuiomata on the map this month. Holy Trinity Church and Wainuiomata Library will host two events during the 10-day festival: Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen and Beats and Rhythms for Families. Both events will be held on Saturday, July 15. For times, go to huttwinterfestival.co.nz.
Pig goes wandering Pupils hold up ideas for potential playground designs, including a tunnel and a mud kitchen. PHOTO: ANDRE CHUMKO From left, pupils Jiquan Martinelli, 10, Lucy-Anne Small, 10, Dylan Woods, 10, Jacob Lockyer, 8, Jaeda McNabb, 9, Leah Chouhan, 9, Aliannah Thompson, 9, Tiare Karaitiana, 10, Pare Lee, 10 and Jesse Wicksteed, 11, stand with fundraiser organiser Helena Spence in front of the school’s playground. PHOTO: ANDRE CHUMKO By Andre Chumko MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Excitement is growing around a new playground at Konini Primary School following a recent fundraising garage sale. The garage sale raised $1800 for a new playground and although it might not happen immediately, principal Andrea Scanlan said the children are delighted to know that rt they’re going to have a new any playground. The school’s current playground was assessed by board
of trustee members earlier in the year for safety. A decision was made to replace it rather than continue to maintain it, she said. The fundraiser, held on July 1, saw hundreds of items of clothing, toys and household objects sold to locals. Parent volunteers Helena Spence, Sam Higgs, Marion Saunders and Vicki Harding worked for two months to make the day happen. “It was a great outcome and a lot of time and work had gone into it prior by the parents.
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A pet kunekune went on an adventure around Wainuiomata recently. The pig’s moves were documented on a community Facebook page and kept both staff at Wainuiomata News and the Wainuiomata community bemused for the morning of Monday, July 3.
Charity children’s ball for Greenstone Doors A charity children’s ball is being held at Dowse Art Museum on July 21. Get your glad rags on and join the Hutt community for a fun night out with your kids. The event will raise funds for local charity, Greenstone Doors, who provide care and counselling for women going through post-natal depression, difficult pregnancies, abuse and grief or loss of children. Information and ticketing available at www.greenstonedoors.co.nz.
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Animates and school holidays School holidays here and once again, Animates Lower Hutt are hosting some exciting activities to keep children entertained. Join the Animates team on July 13 and July 20 from 11am when children can learn everything they need to know about fantastic fish and rocking reptiles. The sessions are a great way to introduce children to the skills they need to be a nurturing pet parent. No bookings are required, but make sure you get in early.
Housing throughout the Hutt Valley has received a boost. Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced last Tuesday a project to build and refurbish 713 homes in the Hutt Valley, The development includes building 30 new social houses on four sites in Lower Hutt, with work commencing immediately, at a cost of $9.5 million and refurbishing 383 existing homes to make them warm and dry, and bring them up to standard, at a cost of $67.3 million Adams said the Hutt Valley is a dynamic community which has seen enormous growth in the last few years as it becomes a hot spot for young families. “While Housing New Zealand has 3800 social houses in the Hutt Valley, many are the wrong size and some are in need of Social Housing Minister Amy Adams and Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace. refurbishment, so our plan is PHOTO: HUTT CITY COUNCIL to build more houses and bring hundreds of others up to modern this scale is about more than regeneration development at tial developments. “We’re experiencing signifistandards…We want to support just building houses – it’s about Pomare completed in 2016. – so it’sSPECIALISTS Hutt City Ray cant population changes and we our growing communities,” creating a community VEIN LTDCouncil mayorPUBLISHING 06/05/17 CUSTOMER THE important that Housing New Wallace was delighted with the need to WEEKEND address the Adams said. DPTincreasing SALES REP SCHRISTENSEN PUBLICATION YOUR robust planning announcement and said it is demand for different types of Adams said work was setADVERTISING to be- Zealand follows DESIGNER OUTSOURCER SECTION RUN OF PRESS and community engagement another gin right away at the four initial PROOF PROOFED 4/05/2017 10:31:37 a.m. step in the right direc- SIZEhousing,” 7.2X14 Wallace said. begins.” tion for the city. The council’s Urban Growth sites, with the first new homes to before development AD ID WE-7625516AB (100%) FAX The project is in addition to Nevertheless, the council is Strategy aims to facilitate the be completed by mid-2018. the work completed keeping its NOTE foot onTHAT the pedal construction of 6000 new homes “This is a significant PLEASEdevelAPPROVE THISalready AD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ANY ALTERATIONS the Hutt Valley, with the when it comes to plans to en- in Lower Hutt by 2032 – apopment for the Hutt Valley inMUST BE FINALISED BY OUR MATERIAL DEADLINE. community. A development of transformative 109-house urban courage new homes and residen- proximately 300 homes per year. CUSTOMER THE VEIN SPECIALISTS LTD
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Breast cancer survivor sends team support from afar Grand Opening
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Despite not flying overseas to compete alongside her dragon boating sisterhood, breast cancer survivor Carole Rudman was sending her teammates support from afar. Ca role, a Wa inuiomata resident, is a member of Wellington’s CanSurvive competitive dragon boating team, an all-female contingent of women who have battled breast cancer. In May, the team travelled to Indonesia to compete in the Bali International Dragon Boat Festival however, Carole did not attend as she had prebooked a holiday to Queenstown with her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Her team came away with silver medals for both the women’s open and the mixedcrew open races. “I was keeping in touch with them, following what they were doing, being jealous. Because I was in the cold and they were in the sun, and I’ve been sick ever since.” CanSurvive member Bette Cosgrove said the team took about 500 bras over for Bali Pink Ribbon, as well as a $500 donation.
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In Bali that’s not always the case, they don’t have the same public health system we have.” Carole said she joined CanSurvive in 2010. “I’d read about them, and then my husband was doing [Marlene Solomon]’s house, he’s a painter, and she was in the team and she was actually my breast cancer nurse in 1998. So it was quite the story. “I just didn’t think that I could do it because I had breast cancer on both sides. So I thought you know I hav-
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you think there should be a ban on sugary drinks?
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HighLight to shine a light on Alzheimers Hutt City Council is proud to announce Alzheimers Wellington as the charity partner for HighLight: Carnival of Lights. This partnership will be on display with the incredible Affinity light sculpture.
The sculpture is a web of vividly coloured orbs representing neurons in a human brain. When viewers touch the orbs, it sets off a sound and light display representing rapidfire transmission of messages between neurons. It has pre-
viously been on display in Auckland and Rotorua, and HighLight will be its first visit to the lower North Island. Anne Schumacher, chief executive Alzheimers Wellington said: “We are pleased and proud to be the charity
partner for HighLight.” “Our aim is to shine light on one of the country’s most common - but frequently overlooked - health conditions, and to let more people know about the free services and support we offer to people diagnosed
with dementia, and their family and friends. Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace said having a charity like Alzheimers Wellington as a partner makes the event even more significant and meaningful to our community.
Reporter’s desk Every week our reporter Daniel Whitfield breaks news stories and meets locals throughout Wainuiomata. Each week he also shares a few tales from his travels. It was great to meet Keira Smith, the young Wainuiomata runner on the front page, this week. We only spoke for about half an hour but what an inspiration. Not only does she do well at the sports she participates in, she’s driven and has a goal of attending the Olympics. I remember having those dreams of representing New Zealand – but I don’t think I’ll have the chance now. I mean I’m still active and healthy, but gone are the days of me ever going to the Olympics. I really believe that Keira can fulfill her dreams. She’s only 11-years-old and has a great future ahead if she stays focused and takes the right steps. Another highlight of the week was hearing about the boost in housing throughout
the Hutt Valley More than 700 extra homes; wow! I agree with what Mayor Ray Wallace had to say: “Residential growth coupled with smart investment in recreation and community facilities is making a real difference to our city. We’re on a roll – it’s an exciting time to live in Lower Hutt.” I mean New Zealand needs to sort out its housing problem if our population continues to grow and I think this is a great way for the Hutt Valley to do its part in tackling the issue. If you have anything interesting you would like to see in the Wainuiomata News – be it sport, arts, or a significant anniversary, get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
Tracks with great views Want to do something with the family these school holidays, why not check out the variety of tracks on Pencarrow Coast. The easy ride was originally an important route for the first settlers of the region to gain access
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Blue lines mark safety zones By Dan Whitfield
Blue lines are popping up across Lower Hutt. Hutt City Council, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), and GNS Science identified the evacuation zones that affect Lower Hutt residents should a large earthquake, such as the 2016 Kaikoura 7.8 earthquake, happen again.
Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace said given recent events and those of overseas we need to be prepared. Blue Lines are road markings that show the maximum reach of a large tsunami. They also show where you need to get past in such an event. “The blue lines strategy gives residents a clear indication of where a safe zone will be in the event of
a major tsunami threat,” Wallace said. “People living in Petone, Alicetown and Eastbourne need to be prepared.” Wallace said people in Wainuiomata are under no threat of tsunami. However, those who live down Coast Road, near to the coast line, will need to evacuate and head towards Wainuiomata in the event of a tsunami.
Plan and test your evacuation path If an earthquake is long or strong, get past the blue lines immediately. Don’t wait for an official warning. If an earthquake is long or strong – get gone. Know where and how to get to safety. Plan the route with your household and work colleagues and remember getting out by foot may be the fastest and easiest way to leave the evacuation zones, as roads and traffic could also be affected by an earthquake. For more tips on preparing for an emergency, visit getprepared.org.nz.
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Junior rugby players from Wainuiomata have been recognised by their premier grade counterparts. Wainuiomata premier players Daniel Cherry, Dion Lealofi, Ben Tupuola, John Monu, and Frae Wilson formally presented Wainuiomata Rugby Club ties to Jack Su’a, Joshua Leafa-Paki, Emma-Jade
Gray, Simati Leala and Quontay Rapata over the weekend. The junior players were selected for the Hutt Valley teams set to play in the Intra Provincial Tournament being held this weekend (July 14-16). Jack was selected for the under 13 side, while Joshua, Emma-Jade, Simati and
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Sportsmanship recognised at youngsters rugby tournament Wainuiomata may have hosted several future All Blacks as part of an under-eight rugby competition held over the weekend. The tournament was held in respect of Murray Sullivan, former president of the Hutt Valley Junior Rugby. More than 16 teams from across Hutt Valley took part.
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Wainuiomata and All Blacks share result
A winner is chosen on sportsmanship rather than points and is tournament to transition from rippa rugby to tackle. This year’s winning team was Avalon. This tournament is held annually and this year was held at Mary Crowther Park.
Future All Blacks in the making.
Nash Fiso-Vaelei makes a break against Marist St Pats. PHOTO: DAN TAYLOR By Dan Whitfield
Young players breaking defensive lines.
Wainuiomata and the All Blacks held something in common on Saturday – both played 80 minutes of rugby but finished with a draw. The men in green came up against Marist St Pats at William Jones Park, with a 24-24 result on the scoreboard. Wainuiomata’s points came from two tries by Nash Fiso-Vaelei and one by Tutasi Masoe. Frae Wilson had his kicking boots on kicking three conversions. Matt Jacobs also landed his penalty kick. Although being up at half time (21-7), Marist St Pats clawed back. Marist St Pats points came from one try to Willie Schutz, Fa’atonu Fili and
James Zino. Andrew Wells kicked three conversions and one penalty also. The teams are playing in the Bill Brien Challenge Cup. Wainuiomata will play Old Boys-University at William Jones Park on Saturday, July 15. Kickoff will be at 2.45pm. This week’s sixth round of the Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup will see all premier teams and referees wear purple socks in support of Ruck Cancer – an initiative promoting the awareness of cancer and men’s health within the Wellington rugby community. The presidents grade will also be partaking in the #RUCKCANCER awareness round.
Sports talk Murray Sullivan poses for a photo with some of the stars of the Hutt Valley tournament.
with Jacob Page
Video killed this Lions tour
Rumble in Wainui Ladies and gentlemen ... Wainuiomata will come alive this weekend as He Toa Sports hosts a wrestling contest you don’t want to miss. Jade Priest, Wainuiomata’s own superstar, will be one of 15 wrestlers getting into the ring at Wainuiomata Memorial Hall on Saturday night.
Orgainser Martin Stirling said it is going to be a good night and expects to see about 100 people come and watch the show. Stirling is a Hutt Valley resident of more than 50 years and is excited about k ick-sta r ting things in Wainuiomata.
He said not only will the show be good to watch; it will also be used to recruit new wrestlers. The wrestling event starts at 7pm. For more information, contact Martin Stirling on 938 8693.
I’ve been told draws in sport are as awkward and unfulfilling as kissing your sister. I have three brothers. No one will be able to convince me that the last penalty was only an accidental offside. It’s probably the first time I’ve genuinely believed, days after the fact and with the emotion of the strange last few moments of the 15-all Lions tour decider, that the All Blacks should have had the final say through a penalty kick. Kieran Read was very diplomatic after the game, saying that it had been a penalty for years but his men put themselves in a position to make the referee a factor. While I was furiously updating my Facebook status with an equally furious statement about the largely brain dead officiating, the All Black captain hit the nail on the head. There were too many handling errors from the home team; too many points
were left out on the field. Credit to the Lions, they played far better in the final test draw than they did in their second test win. The fact remains that officials are relying too much on the use of television replays and that evidence is muddying the decision making waters and that needs to change. The old saying used to be a referee never changes his decision, but now in 2017, it seems that saying can be thrown on the scrap-heap. Warren Gatland has earned the respect he no doubt craved pre-tour and may have etched his name a little more forward in the minds of those picking the next All Blacks coach. This is a good wake-up call for the All Blacks and it’s time the International Rugby Board sorted out the shambolic interference that video replays are causing in the decision making process at key moments of international rugby games.
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