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Wednesday August 30, 2017

Mother of four wins automotive scholarship Wainuiomata mother Kelly Ayres has been awarded a Motor Trade Association centenary scholarship. The scholarships mark 100 years of good service and fit well with the Got a Trade Got it Made campaign – encouraging people to take up apprenticeships. Kelly walked into Phil Wyburn’s Wainuiomata workshop over a year ago and asked to do some work experience while she was studying a pre-trade automotive course at Weltec. Phil put her to the test. “On her first day she put in 11 hours and we pulled out a gear box. “When we were putting it back together she handed me all the parts back in reverse order. “That showed she worked hard, was paying attention and had the ability to learn,” Phil said. Kelly, a mother of four, did the rest of her work experience at Phil’s Wainuiomata workshop, Gavin Shute Auto, and he’s now taken her on as an apprentice. Until now, most of Kelly’s jobs have been part time, to fit with her family, but she’s always loved tinkering with her cars. When the bar she was working in went belly up last year,

Gardeners host Spring Show The Wainuiomata Gardener’s Club is gearing up to host its Spring Flower Show on Sunday, September 10. The event is being held at the Wainuiomata School Hall and there are several sections people can enter. Entries cost only 30 cents and can be received from 9am to 11.30am on the day. The doors will be open for public viewing at 2pm following judging. Trophies will be presented at 3.30pm. Wendy Paulik, from Wainuiomata Gardener’s Club, said there was nothing quite like a room full of Spring Flowers all grown in our beautiful valley and wants to encourage the community to come along and have a look. A full schedule is available from the Wainuiomata Library. For all other enquires, contact Wendy Paulik on 04 564 1497.

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Kelly Ayres and Phil Wyburn at Gavin Shute Auto. PHOTO: Supplied

she began thinking about training to become a mechanic. “I went to Weltec, got accepted into the pre-trade automotive engineering course and it’s all been awesome.

“I’ve found my calling and Phil is a really great teacher,” Kelly said. The 32 scholarships have been awarded to a mix of apprentice motorbike and general

mechanics, collision repairers and auto electricians. The scholarships cover the study fees and a subsidy to employers to recognise their costs in training an apprentice.

Share a story with your local community Sport Wainuiomata and Hutt City libraries are celebrating Wainuiomata and National Poetry Day with the Write Wainuiomata Poetry and Short Fiction competition. The competition officially opened for submissions on National Poetry Day which was

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last Friday, August 25, and closes on Friday, September 29. Winners will be announced on October 14. Entries can be written in either English or Maori and a reader/ writer support person can assist those with dyslexia, sight impairments or have difficulties with

literacy. All entries must include the word ‘Wainuiomata’. The competition is free to enter and is open to all ages. People can submit their writing by emailing or in hard copy to the Wainuiomata Library.

Winning entries will be published on the Sport Wainuiomata website and also feature in the Wainuiomata News on Wednesday October 18.  For more information and submission guidelines, go to

Hutt Valley businessman Alok Gupta will carry the New Zealand First flag in Hutt South. Alok arrived in New Zealand in 2006 to work with the Department of Corrections and has previously been an Assistant Professor of English at DAVV University in India. After seven years with Corrections, he established and became editor of the Indian X-press newspaper based in Lower Hutt.

Konini helps protect whitebait Konini Primary School has helped the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Whitebait Connection preserve the spawning grounds of whitebait in the Wainuiomata River. The students spent a few hours planting trees alongside the river banks at the bottom of Coast Road to help protect and enhance the area. This is the second year Konini Primary School students have been involved with this initiative.


Wainuiomata News 30-08-17  

Wainuiomata News 30-08-17

Wainuiomata News 30-08-17  

Wainuiomata News 30-08-17