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High school redevelopment
A $12 million redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School is on the cards. Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe made the announcement on Thursday last week. The redevelopment is expected to start in 2019 and would see the modernisation of existing teaching spaces and weathertightening work completed as well as building new flexible learning spaces. Kaye said the investment recognised that Wainuiomata High Schoolâ€™s buildings are ageing with many of them in poor condition. Continued on page 2. FROM LEFT: Ruby Gardner [deputy head girl], Alexander Faifailoa [head boy], MP Tim Macindoe, Joseph Tunupopo [deputy head boy, Shiloh Babbington [head girl]. Photo: DAN TAYLOR.
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$12 million redevelopment for high school Continued from page 1. “It is a further example of our commitment to the school and its students, by providing learning spaces and a physical environment that supports improved learning outcomes.” Wainuiomata High School principal Martin Isberg said he was excited about the redevelopment as it would only enhance the teaching
and learning the high school provides. “Wainuiomata High School is proud to serve its community,” he said. T he Wa inuiomata High School redevelopment is part of a list of major projects happening around schools in Wellington, including Aotea College, Wellington East Girls’ College, and Wairarapa College.
The redevelopment is set to take approximately 18 months to complete. With the funding and the broad scope of the project approved, the Ministry of Education will now work with the school on the specific details of the redevelopment and ensure that the new teaching spaces are designed to support the school’s vision for learning.
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An appropriate name for the new public road along Wise Street is still to be finalised. Wainuiomata Community Board members met on July 25 to discuss proposed names. Richard Sinnott, chair of the community board, said there was an approval process and that the board was working as fast as they could to get a name finalised. The community board has the responsibility to name the road. It is important that new streets are named early in the development stage as a variety of utility connections and other administrative bodies require addresses for connections to be provided. The new subdivision has 28 housing lots and is located on the old St Matthew’s School site.
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Macindoe said around $139 million had been committed in the greater Wellington region since November 2015 as part of the Government’s drive to optimise the school network, provide safe and healthy places to learn, improve asset performance, and ensure that teaching spaces support learning. “The Government is committed to ensuring that students all over New Zealand can learn in an environment that inspires and supports them to achieve to the best of their potential,” Macindoe said. Anything less than a total rebuild will not be enough, was the statement made by Hutt South Labour candidate Ginny Andersen, prior to the announcement. Andersen said students having to learn in “sub-standard conditions [was] unacceptable.” The quality of buildings and overcrowded classrooms at Wainuiomata High School has been an issue in recent years. “Like the Government’s recent announcement on housing, this is a deeply cynical move to grab votes in the Hutt. It’s a lolly scramble,” she said.
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Deep Waters opens in Lower Hutt Interpretations of our beautiful oceans by local and national artists are on show at Huia Gallery in Lower Hutt. The diverse work includes sculpture, print, paintings, fashion design
amongst other surprises. Artists are also as diverse as the works. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, August 15, and runs from 6pm- 8pm, and runs until Sunday, August 27.
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has been a range of practice from cowboys to very professional people doing this work. “Now the community can have some assurance that the people carrying out this work know what they are doing,” Briggs said. Briggs said having a consistent standard would mean homes are safe for the families moving into them. He said people would have reassurance that if their home has been tested that it is safe to
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Hutt City Council’s project to transform the lives of young people in the high-deprivation suburb of Taita was recognised at the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards recently. Transformation Taita was named as winner for community engagement. The project that aims to create a brighter future for children who need it most, through access to facilities, resources and activities that matter. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace said the project had really made a difference in peoples’ lives.
Maungaraki School will be getting a new classroom following an announcement made by Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe Hutt South MP Chris Bishop joined Macindoe last week as he made the announcement. “Maungaraki is a really great school,” Bishop said. “I’m really pleased to see the school get an extra classroom. It’s been growing quickly as its reputation as an outstanding school spreads through the area, so seeing it get room to take even more [children] is fantastic,” he said. The new classroom will cost around $500,000 and is expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2019 school year.
ABOVE: A former meth contaminated house on Fraser St. Photo: SUPPLIED RIGHT: Josh Briggs said he knew of a number of Housing New Zealand and privately owned homes that had been affected by meth contamination, and agreed that the new standard was a positive step. Photo: WAINUIOMATA NEWS FILE.
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New contamination and testing standards are set to help home owners and tenants deal with the risks of methamphetamine contamination. Though the announcement will help New Zealanders better manage the risks of methamphetamine in residential properties, Wainuiomata resident and Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs was pleased with the news. Wainuiomata has made headlines in previous years due to problem tenants and methamphetamine contamination of local homes. The most recent was when a Wainuiomata property owner lost his Fraser Street nest egg - selling the home he bought in the 1990s at auction for $230,000, $65,000 under its rateable value and equivalent to the value of the land only. Briggs said he knew of a number of Housing New Zealand and privately owned homes in Wainuiomata that had been affected by meth contamination in the last couple of years. “I think the move to have a standard for people doing the contamination testing and clean-up of contaminated homes is a positive step, there
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2017 Volunteer Awards The valuable contribution of individuals and organisations around the Hutt Valley will be recognised next month. The 2017 Volunteer Awards Ceremony will be held on August 24 and will celebrate the many who ensure Lower Hutt is a great place to live, work, and play. A presentation will be held at Silverstream Retreat.
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two weeks, saying goodbye until the next holidays.” About 120 children aged 5-13 participated in the disco-themed event, of which Pukeatua Primary School pupils contributed the most. In addition to holiday programmes, Callum also manages before and after school care through Jittabugz during term time. During holidays children are taken to swimming pools, Te Papa, laser force and the movies, as well as participating in the dance-off. He said the business had a family focus. “A lot of the children, whether they should or shouldn’t, call us uncle and aunty. So I know it is a business but I don’t wake up each day and say ‘damn, I’ve got to go to work’. “I like to think that I treat the other 120 just like my own five children.”
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Wainuiomata BMX Club will invite the community to an open day on September 2. Club representatives will open up the track to allow anyone to have a go at BMX and understand what the sport is all about. The open day aims to grow
the number of members at the club. Wainuiomata BMX Club also has a couple of young riders representing NZ at Rock Hill, USA. If you would like to know m ore, cont ac t Al e e sha Waistell on 021 0220 9161.
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Mayor Ray Wallace I recently visited the pop-up ‘Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen’ at Holy Trinity Church in Wainuiomata as part of the Hutt Winter Festival. It was an awesome experience. The students from Te Rangatahi Learning Centre got right into the cooking and the 1930s vibe. The soup was tasty and healthy! Speaking of healthy, there’s an exciting family wellness event coming to Wainuiomata on 12 August. ‘Wellness in Wainui’ is a mini expo designed to provide information on health, wellness and services to keep families warm and thriving throughout the year. A similar programme, ‘Healthy in the Hutt’, has been really successful so we’ve brought the concept to Wainui this year as well. Grab your family, friends and neighbours and come down to Queen St for a day of free family fun. There’ll be demonstrations, giveaways and stalls to visit throughout the day. Come along for a free lunch. A delicious hot soup with bread will be served throughout the day. I hope to see you there! On a different note, you may have noticed Blue Lines appearing on roads in Lower Hutt over recent weeks. 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. While Wainuiomata is out of the tsunami zone, some other parts of Lower Hutt aren’t.
Areas at risk could be where you work, go shopping or where the kids play sport. Make sure you know where to go in these cases, and how you will get there.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you most like about school?
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“Maths because you get to learn skills that you will need when you’re older.”
“Sports. We do lots of PE and learn lots of skills we can use in different games.”
“Writing. You get to learn big fancy words to use in different types of writing.”
“Maths because I’m good at it.”
“Writing because you get to write fairy tales and other types of writing.”
“Passion Projects because you get to learn about your passion and new stuff.”
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Tuesday yoga classes Ever wanted to try yoga? Pop along to Wainuiomata Memorial Hall for a beginner-friendly community yoga class. Hutt City Council’s Yoga Flavours has teamed up with Spiritual Graffiti Yoga to lead Wainuiomata residents through 60 minutes of yoga that’s suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Classes cost $5 per class, but the first class is free. Each session runs for an hour and starts at 6.45pm.
The next class is on Tuesday, August 8 and run weekly. Organisers have said spaces are often limited so those interested should make sure they are there on time to secure a spot. The classes are held at Wainuiomata Memorial Hall in the Supper Room on Queen Street. For more information, call 04 560 0305. Wellington Curtain Bank machinist Gollet Daneil (left) and coordinator Lynley Wilson will be sorting out curtains for Wainuiomata households. Photo: SUPPLIED
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The Wellington Curtain Bank is returning to Wainuiomata to make it easier for the community to have curtains in their homes this winter. Run by Sustainability Trust, the curtain bank provides free curtains for people with community services cards who need help warming up their homes. Wainuiomata families can pick up a curtain order form at the Wainuiomata Community Centre between July 31 and August 11 and drop it back with their window measurements. People can then come back to the community centre to pick up their curtains once the orders are completed. Last year, Sustainability Trust and Wainuiomata Community Hub worked together to give around 30 families lined curtains for their living rooms, and some bedroom curtains. Families from Wainuiomata who received curtains last year now report their homes are much warmer with the curtains. Sustainability Trust’s healthy homes manager Miranda Struthers said curtains were one of the most effective ways to keep heat inside the home, keeping people
healthier and power bills down. “It’s a small but important change to make if people are working to make their homes warmer and drier. People who are renting in particular often have little control over the warmth of their home, so curtains can really help,” Struthers said. The curtains are upcycled from curtains and fabric donated by the public, made to measure and lined before they go out to families. Catherine Wilmer, spokesperson for Wainuiomata Community Hub said they were really happy to be helping to bring curtains to Wainuiomata. “It gives whanau a chance to make their whare warmer for them to live in. It is also great for the community to be able to access this without having to pay to travel over the hill,” Wilmer said. Any Community Services Card holder can get free curtains from the curtain bank between March and November; however it can be difficult for some people to access the service. The curtain bank brings the service to different communities through the year to extend its reach.
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Global recognition for project that helps children in need Hutt City Council is receiving international acclaim for its impact on the lives of children from high-deprivation communities. Council was selected as a finalist in the Beyond Sport Global Awards for its North East Kids initiative This is the first ever New Zealand initiative to become a finalist. The awards recognise and promote the use of sport to solve social problems and strengthen communities, particularly those facing disadvantage. It has been running for nine years Winners were set to be announced
on July 26. Hutt City Council has deliberately focussed its efforts in its north-eastern communities, which have some of New Zealand’s highest levels of deprivation. Through learning, literacy, arts, sport, leisure and physical activity initiatives, council has been working with the community to empower children with a brighter future. Council general manager community services Matt Reid said he was thrilled the initiative is receiving such a high level of recognition. “What really moves me is that
we can see children’s engagement and ambitions on the rise – kids are seeing their true potential and dreaming towards brighter futures,” Reid said. “When these kids go on to further education and or training or employment, families benefit, their communities benefit and the city benefits. This is why council is involved in these projects.” Reid said that through working with their many partners and the community, council could make a really positive difference in one of New Zealand’s greatest challenges.
The good things North East Kids has done: • Walter Nash Community Centre: The centre has seen a massive increase in participation and local pride, and in just over 17 months, it has had over one million visits – mostly local children. • 800 local children hold ‘Magic Cards’ which, along with other benefits, gives them free swimming and access to indoor
sports. • The Action Replay project has recycled sports gear to remove cost as a barrier to being active for around 1700 children and their families. • School holiday programmes for local vulnerable youth use sport to promote team building and promoting healthy activity.
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Are you at risk from diabetes? Diabetes is a disease where your body can’t control your blood sugar properly. Over time, this can lead to complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and damage to your feet. Diabetes is on the increase. According to Diabetes New Zealand, the number of us living with the disease doubled from 125,000 to 250,000 between 2005 and 2015. Poor diet, sedentary lifestyles and increasing rates of obesity are major contributing factors. Conversely, more than half of the most common form of diabetes is preventable or at least can be delayed by pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Symptoms The symptoms of diabetes can include feeling tired, feeling thirsty, going to the toilet often, getting infections frequently, infections that take a long time to heal, blurred vision, tingling and numbness in the feet, mood changes, weight loss, and feeling hungry often. These symptoms sometimes go unnoticed as the disease can develop very gradually. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor, who can organise blood tests to check for diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is the least common form of the disease, and most often affects children. While it cannot be prevented, it can be managed by taking insulin to correct blood sugar levels, along with healthy food choices and exercise.
OUT& Hutt Winter Festival about arrives in Wainui Photos: DIONNE WARD
The Hutt Winter Festival has been and gone but has left the people of Wainuiomata feeling warm and upbeat. Holy Trinity Church and Wainuiomata Library hosted two events during the 10-day
festival: Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen and Beats and Rhythms for Families. The pop-up soup kitchen presented locals with an interesting step back in time. Beats and Rhythms for Families on the
other hand will be a practical workshop in percussion, musical counting, listening and nonverbal communication based on rhythms from around the world. Both events were held on July 15.
Thomas LaHood and his two boys Geronimo and Casper.
Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease. A higher risk of developing it is found among Maori, Pacific and Asian peoples, and those with diabetes in their family. If you’re also overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, then a general medical check-up is recommended. Diabetes cannot be cured, but earlier detection can lead to better control and management of the condition and an improved outcome. “Along with medicines from your doctor, a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical exercise and losing weight is important,” Clive says.
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Andreas Lepper: leading the class at Beats and Rhythms for Families. Tarn Carew enjoying Beats and Rhythms for Families.
Riko Taingahue from Te Rangatahi Learning Centre hosts guests at the Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen.
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Wednesday August 2, 2017
McGuinness says goodbye to Wainui High By Andre Chumko, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
After nearly 10 years of service, Wainuiomata High School teacher Kath McGuinness has said goodbye to her students. The former head of physical education and health teacher left the school at the end of last term, moving to a new role as head of physical education at Taita College. While at the school, McGuinness created the senior health programme, which was not previously offered, so students could gain NCEA credits for the subject. She hoped it would be offered at level three, or year 13, next year, as it was currently only available at levels one and two. “Health really deals with real issues that senior students will be dealing with, like how to cope with anxiety and stress, how to manage change, all the sexuality stuff, so I think it’s really important,” she said. This year McGuinness had a class of 31 students taking level two health, and she was glad the subject was growing. “When you look at New Zealand, we still have the highest rate of teenage suicide in the developed world, one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy. “If there was understanding and it was talked about a bit more or they learned
resilience to deal with those problems, then they’d be less likely to do those types of things.” She also worked to secure $11,000 to take 20 students each year to Tongariro National Park through the Hillary Outdoors programme for a reduced fee, and for six years organised for students to go camping at Rimutaka Forest Park. Another achievement was partnering with Sport New Zealand to run a year nine sport class, which puts learning from other subjects into sporting contexts, such as measuring sports fields for mathematics. She also helped create partnerships with local primary schools, and encouraged junior students to do community challenges, where students undertook activities aiming to give back to Wainuiomata, including graffiti removal and taking baked goods to shopkeepers. McGuinness has played sport her whole life, including swimming, cricket and football, as well as previously representing the country for water polo. She said her final class did an “emotional” spontaneous kapa haka performance for her when she asked them to put their books away. “I remember one person saying ‘all good teachers teach at private schools’, but that’s not where the good teachers are. The good teachers are at the schools
Wainuiomata High School teacher Kath McGuinness has left the school after nearly 10 years. Photo: ANDRE CHUMKO
like Wainui. “We’ve got about five per cent of our students that may not be the most desirable kids that you’d meet, but the other 95 per
cent are really awesome, but everyone seems to hear about the five per cent. “Once you’ve got their respect, then they will do anything for you. They’re great.”
Ulalei 2 wing attack Angela Milovale jumping high on defence.
Sports talk Ulalei 2 goal keep JaimeLee Kydd leaping high to defend the shot.
Ulalei still hopeful of playoffs It was another unfortunate weekend for Ulalei with both teams coming up short. Ulalei 1 lost to Naenae Collegians United White 1, 65-39. Captain Emma Mamea-Wyma said the team’s defence combination of Rachel Savelio, Luaipou Oloamanu and youngster Te Araroa Sopoaga was brilliant providing numerous turnovers. “Unfortunately we just weren’t able to convert them into points down the other end. We will dig deep as we must win strong next week,” she said. Ulalei 1 is still in the running for the playoffs however must win their last game
of the round. In the premier two division, Ulalei 2 lost to Upper Hutt Maidstone United 3, 67-13. Ulalei 2 is in a must win situation for the last game to avoid automatic relegation. Captain Jaime-Lee Kydd said: “This season was about rebuilding, learning to play together as a unit. I think we will come back strong next season.” Next week Ulalei 1 comes up against Upper Hutt Maidstone United 2 at 9am; Ulalei 2 will play Petone Steelers at 10.30am. Both games will be played indoors at Walter Nash Centre on Saturday, August 5.
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That cog named Crotty If you want to pin-point a reason why the All Blacks could not beat the Lions in the third test (besides the officiating) Ryan Crotty is that answer. Having just de-iced myself from my seat at AMI Stadium at the Super Rugby semi-final where the Crusaders beat the Chiefs 27-13, it’s become apparent Crotty is now a must for the All Black backline. In near freezing temperatures, the No 12 who was injured for the key matches of the Lions tour, proved what a crucial cog he is in the midfield of a rugby team. He organised the red and black defensive line, and there was alot of it to do, and he made the right decision on attack. Such was the defensive effort, the Crusaders had just two minutes in the Chiefs 22 all match but still managed four tries.
Crotty was named man of the match at the ground, with a surely frozen crowd clapping in approval at the decision. It was just one degree at the time of the announcement, so clapping was one heck of an effort. Crotty may not be the flashiest player, he may not have the explosive power of a Ma’a Nonu or Sonny Bill Williams but, like Walter Little 20 years ago, he’s solid, reliable and dependable. Just like most quality players, his work may be understated but his quality and impact cannot be. The Crusaders are a better team with Crotty in the midfield than they are without him. One man does not make a team and certainly a quality team like the Crusaders is built on a team ethos, but what Crotty does is sublime in its innocuous nature and simplicity in execution.
Wednesday August 2, 2017
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