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End of an era for Wainuiomata High School principal Continued from page 1. “There’s a good feeling at the school,” Martin said as he explained how student achievement rates were on the up and that the school was in line for a $12 million redevelopment. “I’ve been well entrenched in the valley and it’s been a huge honour to be the principal here.” Martin said that he loved the job as well as the staff and stu-
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dents, but believed it was time for a change. “I think it’s time for someone with fresh ideas and new energy.” Martin has been teaching for 42 years, with 26 of those specifically in Wainuiomata. He has been principal of the high school for eight and a half years. Highlights for the principal was seeing the way the school operates change and the culture transform over the years. Martin, who was also born
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In 2016 more than 40,000 volunteers took part in more than 625 individual events nationwide. Heather Saunderson, chief executive officer of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, said it offered individuals the opportunity to do something for their local community. “[It’s] our mission is to educate the next generation of tidy Kiwis and work together
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Wainui PhD student up for top chemistry prize A former-Wainuiomata High School student is in the running for a prestigious international chemistry prize. Victoria University of Wellington’s Ryan Schwamm has become the first student from a New Zealand university to be selected as a finalist for the Reaxys PhD Prize. As one of 45 finalists, the PhD student’s work has been recognised among the very best chemistry research being performed worldwide, alongside students from universities such as Harvard, Berkley, Stanford, Princeton and Cambridge. Ryan’s research explores the chemistry of the main group elements from the periodic table. He was nominated for the award for his paper published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. “I’m interested in expanding our understanding on the fundamental aspects of bonding and reactivity, with the ultimate aim of applying these findings to fit real-world applications,” Ryan said.
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inbrief news Fundraising exhibition A fundraising exhibition is being held at St James Anglican Church in Lower Hutt. Not only will there be a number of well-known artists exhibiting, but locals will also have work on display. The exhibition is running from August 22 until September 2. Open hours will be 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and 1pm to 4.30pm on Sundays. Art featured will encompass a number of styles and methods – with most of what is on display up for sale. Entry is a gold coin donation.
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.
Open day at BMX club Wainuiomata BMX Club is having an open day on September 2 and the community is invited. 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 more, contact Aleesha Waistell on 021 0220 9161.
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Ryan will attend the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium in Shanghai later this year where he will get the opportunity to present his work. Three winners will be selected. “I’m excited to go and meet
In last week’s Wainuiomata News, an article about international students from Wainuiomata High School meeting National MP Chris Bishop contained incorrect information. It reported that Chris Bishop was Hutt South MP. The correction is that Trevor Mallard is the current Hutt South MP.
like-minded chemists to bounce ideas off,” Ryan said. “Being from a smaller university sometimes our work is overlooked, but this is a great demonstration of the world-leading research we are doing in this area at Victoria”.
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Three young Wainuiomata boxers are hoping to bring home the title at the New Zealand Boxing Championships in September. Jared Paku, Manawa Lambert, and Raymond Seumanu, all from Wainuiomata College, have been training hard to get to where they are. However, the hard work has paid off with a number of wins.
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the way for improvements to the city’s bus network. The proposals are the result of a review of Metlink fares, and will go out for public comment between August 14 and September 18. It is proposed bus customers travelling at off-peak times will receive a 25 per cent discount, while the blind, disabled and full-time tertiary students will
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Wainuiomata identity to be greatly missed By Margaret Willard
The Wainuiomata community mourned the loss of Ivan Stringfellow recently, with hundreds of locals expressing their sadness as news of his passing reached them. Ivan comes from a Pahiatua farming family, so farming was a major part of his life. After jobs like shearing, shepherding and scrub cutting, he became the owner of Sunhaven in the Wairarapa from 1976 and farmed there until 1985. His daughter, Karen Lewis, said he was very proud of his stock, and also showed and sold rams. “He was part of an innovative group who made changes to farming and management of stock,” she said.
Ivan had a soft spot for animals and was also a competitor and judge at New Zealand dog trials. “I recall more than one occasion when he’d taken a dog to the vet, only to arrive home with a kitten that would otherwise have been put down,” Karen said. He part-owned a racehorse called Nga Sun, which after winning four races was injured and was to be put down. Ivan insisted on taking the horse home for retirement on his farm. He and his brother built a lake on the farm – a venue for water skiing, fishing and swimming. Many people travelled from Masterton to use “Stringy’s” lake, and community Christmas parties were held there. “Dad would pick up Santa from
the island with his boat and bring him ashore with presents for the children.” Karen said she remembered “long and loud” parties, where Ivan was a generous host, and family holidays with friends and family that included water sports and plenty of other fun times. Sadly Ivan lost his assets, but Karen said he had many positive things, people and experiences in his life. “And he felt safe and comfortable in the Wainuiomata community. “He refused help that was offered as his health deteriorated, and it was clear he didn’t want to lose his independence, or his old way of doing things. “Although this is a sad time, it’s also a blessing Dad didn’t suffer,
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A number of Wainuiomata lads drove over to Masterton to watch the first round of the New Zealand Burnout Championship on Saturday. Hayden Wilby, a car enthusiast from Wainuiomata, said it is a great way to get people off the street and that the weekend’s event had some standout cars and drivers. He said the event went well once the weather cleared, then it was all go. Wainuiomata was well represented with
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: As this is your final year at high school, what do you have planned for next year?
Ruby Gardner, Wainuiomata “I’m hopefully going into an internship with my church, most likely in production.”
Vanessa Shardlow, Wainuiomata “I’m going to have half the year off and then hopefully study to be a nurse.”
Sarah Ward, Wainuiomata “I’m planning on studying to be a vet, I don’t know where though.”
Isaiah Brooker, Wainuiomata “My plan is to study commerce at Victoria University.”
Patricia Ong, Wainuiomata “I’m going to Victoria University to study architecture, or Auckland.”
Shiloh Babbington, Wainuiomata “Studying performing arts or design.”
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Eye off Ball Dear editor, Can Lower Hutt councillors stop eating into valuable discussion time on the cost of the chicken and with long protracted discussions on the living wage. I am more interested in them giving us value for money on projects worth millions, like playground upgrades etc. Surely those pushing the living wage
should be the first to be looking at how it can be accommodated and working more constructively with Chamber of Commerce to look at ways of raising the standard of living for all those in Hutt and making submissions to central government. Hope council is not looking at layoffs as are other councils as people who get laid off might not find a job paying a
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Representatives from the Hutt Valley community have taken mental health issues into their own hands by creating an action plan of their own. Members of the public shared their stories about struggling with mental health at a public meeting held at the Petone Rugby Club last month. Ginny Andersen, Labour candidate for Hutt South, organised the meeting to address the “woeful” condition of mental health support in the Hutt Valley.
A release from Anderson stated people with mental health concerns in the Hutt are not well supported and that funding for primary services was cut by 20 per cent last year. In Wainuiomata there are currently no publicly available mental health services available. Attendees at the meeting were asked what their aspirations were for people with mental health issues, their supporters and families. These shared stories and issues have driven the creation of a community-
led action plan for the Hutt. “I’m determined to make mental health support more accessible in our community and provide help for struggling families, children and carers,” Andersen said. The community action plan identifies four key areas with distinct issues and actions. These key areas are children and young people; adults; the elderly; and supporters and carers. “This is about respecting, valuing and prioritising people in our community,” she said.
Buzz Café wins ‘Sweet As’ Hutt’s Hot Chocolate Challenge After 18 days of fierce competition during some of winter’s worst weather conditions, the winner of the ‘Sweet As’ Hutt’s Hot Chocolate Challenge has been found. Buzz Café of Lower Hutt took out the title for the best hot chocolate with their ‘Hot and All that Jazz’ entry – featuring a slow simmered hot chocolate and a lolly bar to create your own personalised drink. Over the period of the promotion, Buzz served around 900 hot
chocolates. The ‘Sweet As’ Hutt’s Hot Chocolate Challenge, now in its third year, saw thousands of hot chocolates consumed. Thirteen businesses participated in the challenge, from cafes to restaurants and bakeries. Hutt City Council’s central business district development manager Cyndi Christensen said the challenge is an opportunity to raise the profile of hospitality in Lower Hutt
by attracting people to the CBD, one hot chocolate at a time. “The challenge has been a fantastic success and a great way to warm up the CBD during winter. We collected more than 2100 official challenge entries and numbers reported by the cafés suggested we had three times that number take part,” Cyndi said. It’s estimated that around 7000 hot chocolates were sold during the challenge.
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Burlesque scene hits Wainuiomata Twenty of New Zealand’s best burlesque performers, including two from Wainuiomata are hitting the local stage. Lily Von Tryx and Crystal Mischief will be taking to the stage of Lower Hutt Little Theatre for MaraThong NZ 1.0, a burlesque show happening this Friday and Saturday night. Wainuiomata producer, performer and master of ceremonies Crystal Mischief said the performers would be “New Zealand’s best – the crème de la crème” The idea for the show came after Crystal saw a gap in the market to give New Zealand performers a quality portfolio from their routine to help them apply to festivals and shows worldwide. “We have amazing crew here and we want to get them out there,” Crystal said. The Wainuiomata performer has been part of the burlesque world for about seven years. “Burlesque has changed my life significantly. To give others this experience is amazing.” Crystal and Lily will be joined by performers from Dunedin, Auckland, Taihape, and Palmerston North. There is also a performer from Paris, France. The concept for the show, Crystal explained, came from Seattle USA when she was a master of ceremonies for an event last year. “The Seattle show is in a theatre with an amazing back stage, it has a big stage and is easy to get to, so that’s what I based MaraThong NZ 1.0 on.” “I’m so frickin’ excited…it’s just like
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PHOTO: Lily von Tryx is one of Wainuiomata’s own performers. PHOTO: Ataahua Pin Ups
‘wow’.” In New Zealand burlesque shows usually run in bars that may or may not have a stage or even a backstage area. “I’ve performed in venues where I have changed in the toilet and back stage was a curtain that sectioned off an area from the audience” Crystal said. She said to have it in the Hutt Valley and at a venue that’s made for shows was great. MaraThong NZ 1.0 will be happening on August 18 and 19 at the Lower Hutt Little Theatre.
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Stacking up a storm
Caleb Smith stacking at a previous competiton. Photo: Wainuiomata News file
Nathan Carter and Caleb Smith have finished in the top ten at the 2017 Auckland Regional Sport Stacking Tournament on the weekend. The two Wainuiomata boys were among dozens of stackers from around the country who took part with Nathan coming fourth overall and Caleb finishing in eighth place. Sport stacking is an individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in a predetermined sequence. Though Auckland is home to some of New Zealand’s fastest stackers, Nathan and Caleb’s cups were flying as they took part in individual, doubles, and team
relay events. In the individual events, Nathan came fifth in the 3-3-3, sixth in the 3-6-3, and fourth in the cycle. Caleb on the otherhand came seventh his first event; 15th in the second, and fifth in the cycle. The doubles set saw Nathan come fourth and Caleb place seventh. In the teams relay, the duo played together to come second. Sport stacking has proved popular among the younger generations in previous years. Nathan, a 16-year-old from Wellington College, and Caleb, a 20-year-old from Wainuiomata, continue to do well whenever they compete.
Caleb Smith stacking at a previous competiton. Photo: Wainuiomata News file
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Water treatment to continue in Lower Hutt Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has approved the permanent chlorination of Lower Hutt’s drinking water. The council voted in favour of a recommendation from Wellington Water, after it completed an investigation into the contamination of water supplied from the Waiwhetu Aquifer. Wellington Water has completed multiple reviews and sought advice from local health authorities about the change in water quality detected since September 2016. The most significant change is three detections of E.coli between December 2016 and April 2017. GWRC chairman Chris Laidlaw said technical experts had provided a solid picture of the environmental and physical factors that could be influencing the aquifer, but there was no clear evidence of a single cause. “This is a complex area of study in an aquifer that is yet to be fully explored, and it’s shown us there are no quick fixes to the issue of contamination. We can’t take chances when it comes to protecting public health, and that means continuing to chlorinate drinking water from the Waterloo Treatment Plant.” Wellington Water’s review of the source of the changes at Waiwhetu Aquifer consid-
ered a broad range of scenarios, including the ‘shaking effects’ of the Kaikoura earthquake, pathways into the aquifer via well-casings, and leaking stormwater and wastewater pipes. “We will continue to investigate the aquifer through a longer term study. This will improve our understanding, and ensure we have the right planning controls in place to protect the aquifer,” Laidlaw said. Wellington Water took action to continue to provide safe and healthy drinking water to Hutt City customers in April 2017. Wellington Water made these decisions in collaboration with GWRC and Hutt City Council, as well as Hutt Valley District Health Board’s Regional Public Health. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says no chances should ever be taken when it comes to drinking water quality. “No one wants a repeat of the Havelock North experience. Public safety has always been our number one priority. While it is sad that this has happened and investigations have not found a single root cause, it is something we must accept and I am confident that the best possible solution has been found for our city.” The Waiwhetu Aquifer can supply up to 70 per cent of the Wellington region’s drinking water.
Haywards Interchange opens The $43 million State Highway 2/58 Haywards Interchange project is complete and was officially opened in August. Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the interchange is improving economic productivity by streamlining journeys and making it easier and more efficient for commuters to get around. Traffic has been on the new gradeseparated interchange since April 2017, but work has continued on the project to complete the access ramps and park and ride carpark. While some minor work remains, August 3 marked the operational completion. Bridges said the elevated interchange was already delivering benefits to motorists by smoothing traffic flow and reducing the risks of accidents. “It’s exciting to declare this interchange project open not just to traffic, but to
cyclists and rail commuters as well,” Mr Bridges said. The upgrade also provides new park and ride facilities and footbridge to Manor Park railway station, as well as a dedicated bus stop and unique separated cycleways along State Highway 2. Improving safety was also a key benefit of the project. “Between 2009 and 2013, this intersection was the site of 119 crashes. The new grade-separated roundabout allows a smoother alignment for motorists joining State Highway 2 from State Highway 58 and will significantly improve the safety of this intersection,” Bridges said. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop expressed his delight in seeing the important project completed. “This new interchange will provide an enhanced transport experience for all Hutt Valley residents.”
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From left, Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace, Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Hutt South list MP Chris Bishop, and Carolyn O’Fallon cut the ribbon with Jackson – youngest member of the construction crew. Photo: SUPPLIED
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Nothing but success in high school basketball With a great start to the season, the Wainuiomata High School’s boys’ junior basketball team is looking to continue its form. Sports coordinator Peter Cowan said the team has had eight games with eight wins. The team is at the top of the table for College Sport Wellington Division One Junior Boys Competition. It is the first time in years that the junior boys’ team has achieved at this calibre. Peter said the boys had been lucky enough to have been coached by Renee Olsen, who also coaches the junior B team – also at the top of its division. He said her dedication and tenacity had been the drive for these young men and their success so far. “These boys have worked hard and shown their dedication to succeed and it is
because of this we have the opportunity for the Wainuiomata High School team to participate in this year’s Zone Three Secondary School Premiership Basketball Tournament,” he said. “This team deserves this opportunity to play against the best schools from the lower North Island.” The tournament is set to be held at the TSB Arena in New Plymouth from September 2-5. Peter said the boys, parents and coaches have been fundraising so that they can attend the tournament. “It would be great if the Wainuiomata community could get behind these boys and help them to reach their fundraising goal for the trip. If anyone is able to contribute towards the costs of the trip, contact Peter Cowan at Wainuiomata High School.
Wainuiomata High School junior boys basketball team. Back: Coach Renee Olsen, Zachery Smit, Nathan Iafeta. Middle: Malta Blake, Dimitrious Lenihan, Max Aekins , Aleki Leala, Ocean Steer. Front: Chad Kahukiwa – Smith, Jason Taituvae, Jesse Esbach. Photo: SUPPLIED
Sina Tamaalii takes pass from Travistine Cook. Photo: SUPPLIED
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In Justin Marshall I trust The Crusaders’ Super Rugby victory gave me a chance to rub a few friends’ noses in it and the best way to do it was Justin Marshall commentary quotes. Whether it’s his “boomfa”, “yes boy” or “oh me, oh my” one liners, it appears the former All Black halfback has plenty of detractors for his over-excited and, at times, fan boy stance. Personally, he has never bothered me. Is he the best analyst of a rugby game? No, but he’s not ear-bleedingly bad either. The reality is that New Zealand doesn’t produce quality rugby commentators. My childhood had the soundtrack of Keith Quinn, while very knowledgeable, he is best remembered for his “Lomu - oh, oh!” mistake which was meant to be “Lomu - all muscle and pump!” Grant Nisbett has been Sky’s voice of rugby and he does a dependable job but I doubt he’ll be remembered in hallowed halls or for commentary greatness. The best analytical voice in my
view was former All Black prop John Drake, who provided expert comments for Sky’s rugby broadcasts until his untimely death in 2008 at age 49. Drake was level-headed, precise and had sound judgement. He also spoke in plain, knowledgeable terms about one area of the game all rugby fans struggle with - the scrums. Former ace goal kicker and current All Blacks assistant coach Grant Fox was another who called a game of rugby with a wise eye. He praised and criticised players when needed and gave sound reasoning as to why. It’s a thankless task being in any high level rugby position in New Zealand. The social media environment we live in means anyone can hide behind a computer or mobile phone and type their hatred to their hearts content. The other alternative is muting the commentary or not watching all together, but I get the feeling disliking Marshall is a fun hobby for a lot of people and they don’t want their fun spoiled.
Ulalei 2 pleased with their improved performance. Photo: SUPPLIED
Ulalei into the finals Ulalei has fought hard against High School Old Girls to secure its spot in the semi-finals of the Hutt Valley Netball competition. Wainuiomata’s team played well all game however the scoreboard was set at 48-all come full time. Finals rules required the game to continue until a team had won by two goals. The game continued for a further five heart-stopping minutes of extra time. A magnificent intercept by Ulalei’s goal defence Rachel Savelio allowed the team to take possession, and with a successful shot a goal by captain Sina Tamaalii the game was over. “I’m so proud of the team, especially the young ones. “They stepped up and the team just gave it their all. “The cheering from our awesome supporters really spurred us on and to come out with a win, was epic,” Tamaalii said.
With Ulalei’s main shooter away on sabbatical, youngster Bree Itula was brought in from Ulalei 2 to take on shooting duties alongside Tamaalii. Ulalei march on to the semi-finals against Naenae Collegians United White set to be played 9am Saturday, August 19. In other games, Ulalei 2 finished the season just short of Petone Steelers, going down 55-50 over the weekend. The young team fought hard every quarter with some great defence from Jaime-Rose Kydd, Doris Tagaloa and Esther Sopoaga. Attackers Maryanne Tomokino-Geale and Cindy-Ray Bracken also had great form. Shooters Bree Itula and Tiana Weepu combined well with some brilliant shooting under pressure to come within a short margin in parts of the game. Ulalei 2 now awaits the outcome of Premier 3 playoffs to see whether they remain in Premier 2 next season.
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