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Wednesday July 12, 2017

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 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

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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They were pretty committed,” Scanlan said. “We know that playgrounds cost a lot of money. We have to work towards getting that first of all.” Scanlan said they had left their target fundraising goal open because the cost would depend on the ideas pupils came up with. “The next stage is students designing what the playground might look like then getting the help of professionals to turn that into a working document that we can use for fundraising and applying for

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grants.” Pupil Pare Lee said she was interested in the possibilities of including a tunnel or a mud kitchen on the new playground. Fundraiser organiser Helena Spence, who had two children at the school, said the pupils had been “so creative” with their designs. “Instead of just having it how everybody else has their own playground, they’ve decided to do it a bit different.” Contractors would work over the school holidays to dismantle the existing structure.

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

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