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Natasha Hargraves might be only 13-years-old but that’s not stopping her from dreaming big. The young BMX rider recently returned from her outing for New Zealand at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She made it through to the top 60 for her age group but was knocked out in the eighths. Continued on page 2. Natasha Hargraves loved representing New Zealand at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield.

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World championships experience for young rider Continued on page 2. “The racing was next level; it was definitely the best pa r t. I a lso made some really good friends,” she said. “Getting to see the elites race was also pretty cool.” The teenager, also part of t he Wa i nu iom at a BMX Club, was one of approximately 80 riders from New Zealand who attended world championships. There were about 3000 competitors in total. Moving on from the world championships, Natasha is focusing on the New Zealand BMX season and is currently work ing towa rds the North Island Titles in December. Her next big race is the New Zealand Nationals. Natasha mentioned how she looked up to Olympic

silver medallist and three time World Champion in BMX, Sarah Walker – then continued to explain her dream to one day ride under the number one plate also. She is currently fifth in New Zealand and is focused on moving up. “Hopefully I can get New Zealand number one.” Natasha followed her brot her’s into BM X, starting riding in 2011 and has not looked back. Jamie Hargraves, Natasha’s dad, said that she was very motivated and that people had commented on how good her riding was. Natasha has nicknamed her bike Diana Prince, in light of her favourite movie Wonder Woman. She races with the Thrill BMX NZ team.

Natasha Hargraves loved representing New Zealand at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

House builds hit new highs, city economy firm Lower Hutt’s economy is showing signs of improvement with residential building figures in the year to June hitting their highest levels since the late 1970s. During the year, 325 dwellings were built with a value of more than $65 million, excluding land costs. The number of dwellings built has been steadily rising in the last few years, coinciding with Hutt City Council introducing incentives in 2013 for some new housing developments. In the 2017 financial year, unemployment fell from 7.6 per cent to 5.6 per cent, according to Statistics New Zealand, and

electronic card retail spending in the June 2017 quarter rose 6.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. The total retail spend for the 2017 financial year was $1.14 million, according to MarketView data. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace said while council couldn’t claim all the credit for the recent growth in the city’s economic performance, its unwavering focus on partnership-building with business, community groups and education institutions over the years, targeted incentives for housing and business development and other ground work to grow the

city is clearly getting traction. “Rejuvenating Lower Hutt is much more than a catch cry. “Beneath the vision is a great deal of hard graft and thoughtful planning to ensure growth is managed and sustainable and enhances the Lower Hutt lifestyle,” Wallace said. Historically, Lower Hutt’s economy had a run of high growth until the economic reforms of the 1990s, when many large industrial employers closed down. The global financial crisis in 2008 also put the brakes on economic performance, resulting in a long period of low growth.

However, the most recent economic data available shows the number of businesses operating in Lower Hutt has steadily risen from 9627 in 2013, when council introduced economic development incentives, to 9990 in 2016. Between the 2015 and 2016 financial years, Lower Hutt’s average household income jumped 15.2 per cent from $88,775 to $102,257, according to Statistics New Zealand. In 2016, population reached 103,400, up 1.4 per cent from 2015 – not a massive increase but significant given the highest annual increase since 2001 was 0.7 percent.


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A pause for gambling harm awareness Mayor Ray Wallace is supporting seven pubs and clubs that have agreed to ‘pause the pokie’ machines for Gambling Harm Awareness Week. Seven pubs and clubs in Lower Hutt have agreed to ‘pause the pokie’ machines for one hour in recognition of Gambling Harm Awareness Week. Fitzroy Tavern and Wainuiomata Bowling Club are two of the seven taking part. Te Aroha Pavilion, Naenae Bowling Club, Stokes Valley Cosmopolitan Club, and Strike and Murphy’s Sports Bar at the Angus Inn are also taking part. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray

Wallace supports the initiative. “Sadly for many people pokies gambling is a real addiction that is ruining families’ lives. The initiative highlights the misery that some families face as a result of gambling addiction,” Wallace said. The move is part of a campaign that is organised by the Problem Gambling Foundation, Mapu Maia, Asian Family Services and the Salvation Army Oasis to raise awareness about the harm caused by gambling. Problem Gambling Foundation’s Therese Grevatt said every venue in Lower Hutt with pokie machines was invited to take

part and that she was really pleased that seven venues had taken the opportunity. “Venues have an important role in providing effective host responsibility for their patrons, looking for any signs of harmful gambling and intervening if necessary,” Grevatt said. “We’ve had such a positive response to this idea from people who live and work in Lower Hutt so we encourage the community to let the venues know that they appreciate their efforts.” Gambling Harm Awareness Week runs from September 4 to 10.

Salvation Army Oasis spokesperson Vicki Hirini said the campaign targets Lower Hutt as it is more concentrated with pokies than any other city in wider Wellington. “Lower Hutt lost over $26 million on pokie machines last year, and there is one machine for every 165 adults,” Hirini said. “Pokies are addictive machines and are the most harmful form of gambling. We hope this will help to raise awareness about the harm that gambling can cause and also provide an opportunity for patrons to ‘pause’ and think about their gambling.”

BNZ teams up with Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge Thariq Rifiki, Robin Walker, and Heather Kennett were BNZ representatives at Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge. BNZ staff put their closed signs up to turn their attention to a number of community projects recently. Teams helped out at Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge as part of the yearly Closed for Good initiative. Closed for Good saw all BNZ stores close their doors and staff helping out in their local communities. Those that spent the day at Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge assisted with general tidy up of the children’s playground area and also painted areas of the building, making it bright and inviting. BNZ chief executive officer Anthony Healy was thrilled to see such a diverse range of projects submitted this year. “Community groups do some amazing work throughout New Zealand and we take real pleasure in being able to give

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The new Regional Bowls Centre at Walter Mildenhall Park is open for players. It was officially opened by Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace and the Chairperson of the Community Facilities Trust Kirsten Patterson on September 1. The Bowls Centre is the new home of the Naenae Bowling Club, which has moved from its old site in Witako Street, next to Lower Hutt Hospital. The Club has merged with the Naenae RSA and Park Avenue Bowling Club.


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Mathswell achievement for year nine students

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Six Wainuiomata High School Year 9 students have competed well at the Mathswell competition finishing third. They were up against 20 other Wellington secondary schools, and the purpose of Mathswell is to promote the study of Mathematics at schools through the use of problem solving. The competition is run by the Wellington Mathematics Association annually, and school-aged students compete in team-based inter-school competition at spe-

TerraCycle is looking New Zealand schools, preschools, not-for-profit clubs and community groups to send their used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. The Colgate Better World Recycling Project has launched and will run until October 29. By collecting oral care waste and sending it to us to be recycled, eligible participants will go in the draw to win one of five recycled garden beds (along with a $200 Mitre 10 voucher), or one of ten NZ$1000 cash prizes. Each shipment of oral care waste TerraCycle receive throughout the contest period will count as an entry into the draw.

cific year levels. Jerry Zhu, Ocean Steer, Kieran Kydd, Andrew Beggs, Adam Odeyemi and Shamus McCormick were the Wainuiomata High School students involved. The students had to solve a range of complex multiple choice and problem solving questions over two rounds. The Wainuiomata students placed third in the Plate section. Wainuiomata High School hosted the Year 11 Mathswell competition last week.

Back from left: Jerry Zhu, Ocean Steer, and Kieran Kydd. Front from left: Andrew Beggs, Adam Odeyemi, and Shamus McCormick. PHOTO: Supplied

Council notifies zone change to part of former Copeland Street Reserve

Retirement home on the cards A retirement home for Wainuiomata could soon be a reality. The Lower Hutt suburb’s relatively small population and Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace has campaigned for a rest home for more than 30 years. In March 2016, the council rezoned part of Hugh Sinclair Park so it could house a $30 million facility.

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The former Copeland Street Reserve in Epuni is set to be rezoned from general recreation to general residential – medium density. The area is council-owned and would be the same zoning classification as neighbouring properties. The Department of Conservation, agreed to revoke the land’s reserve status last year. Hutt City Council’s divisional manager parks and gardens Bruce Hodgins said consultation on the land went back as far as 2012. He said considerable thought had gone into evaluating the effects of rezoning, particularly the impacts on existing local residents and whether there is sufficient recreational land for local residents. Plans for the area include residential development. Council also proposes developing the nearby open land into a park. The changes would include rezoning two properties on Hall Crescent, which would allow the buildings to be removed and

the land to become part of the new park. Under the proposed park development, this area would also accommodate a new children’s playground, enclosed by pool fencing to provide a safe and secure area for young children.

If the rezoning proposals are approved by council following consultation, work could start within two years. A large part of the land was used by Lower Hutt Ladies Bowls Club, which relocated in 2012.

Under the proposed changes, the 5300 square metres of recreational land available to the public would be comparable to the area available for public use when the bowling club had exclusive use of part of the land.

Hutt City Council’s park concept plan. PHOTO: Supplied


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Pukeatua Childcare Centre and Konini Primary School team up to celebrate culture

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Mayor Ray Wallace Council remains committed to the rejuvenation of Lower Hutt, despite other issues overshadowing our efforts in recent weeks. Our city is on a roll and there’s a lot happening around the city. There’s certainly no shortage of good news to share with you all. For example, on any given day you can look up and see development happening across the city. Construction of the Events Centre is steaming ahead. The progress being made week to week is evident – it’s exciting to see it in real-life instead of merely a drawing on a piece of paper. You can keep up to date with the progress of the build on Council’s Facebook page. The recent expansion of Huia Pool + Fitness will improve the lives of many in our community. The hydrotherapy pool will have life-changing significance to those with limited mobility, health conditions, or those needing rehabilitating from an injury. The new Learners’ Pool will allow over 1000 extra children and adults to become competent swimmers. In a country with such horrendous drowning statistics, it’s a significant asset to our community. We’ve also been recognised both nationally and internationally for our work in the Taita community.

Brothers Rakapa and Anaru Parata embracing their culture with a Ta moko PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Pukeatua Childcare Centre celebrated the diverse language, culture and identity of those that attend from week to week. Amy Bannister, head teacher at the centre, said they believed that nurturing the children’s identity, language and culture empowers the them to be confident, respectful and resilient individuals. “We extended an invitation to Konini Primary School’s Kapa haka group, with an aim to develop tuakana teina relationships that benefit both age groups. “We were blown away by how amazing the morning was, a number of people commented on the strong feel of aroha that was present within the centre,” she said. The Konini Primary School pupils performed their waiata, and then the Pukeatua Childcare Centre children responded with a haka and a few waiata

of their own. Following the performance, pupils from took Konini Primary School took the lead and supported the younger centre’s children in a couple of activities. “A huge array of kai including dishes from the Samoan, Indian, Maori, and Dutch culture was then shared together, before the Konini students set off back to school.” Amy said Konini’s Matt Pegg and her had already locked in a date for a group of Pukeatua tamariki to visit Konini Primary School at the end of the month to take part in Konini’s Perceptual Motor Program. “We are really excited about working in partnership to embrace the positive influences that each age group can have on one another.”


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Question: What is the best thing about your Dad?

Katie Muaiava, Wainuiomata “That he cares for the whole family and loves us all”

Tai-Rhys Gale, Wainuiomata “He’s tough in love and helps me with my sport. He supports our family.”

Sueanna William Ah-Ken, Wainuiomata “He helps me when I am blue and cheers me up when I am sad. ”

Noah Seupule Mose, Wainuiomata “He is nice, he helps me with my homework and watches me play rugby.”

Lily Kamo, Wainuiomata “He knows karate and teaches me how to speak Maori.”

Mark Lagutin, Wainuiomata “He buys sweets at the shop and lets me watch soccer games on TV.”

New Community Panels up and running

Members are: Western Hills Ward - Tracey Coleman (chair), Gregguil Besa, Ellen Jackman, Paul Caygill, Pam Hindmarsh; Eastern Ward - Michael Ellis (chair), Lorraine Dick, Christine Wakefield, Luke Qin, Ted Heslin; Northern Ward - Haley Small (chair), Dina Awarau, Jay Waters, Matesha Kells; Central Ward - Jo Clendon (chair), Alex Bengree, Christopher Hay, Prabha Ravi, and Matt Renata. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Members of Hutt City Council’s four newly established Community Panels have been inducted into their roles. The panels replace the community committees under the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Hills wards that were dissolved before

the Local Government Elections in 2016. Each panel consists of around five community members, who sit on the panels in a voluntary capacity, and two ward councillors. Panel members represent their wards, providing local views and

feedback on issues affecting their communities and the wider city. Each panel will also manage a three-year community projects fund of $114,250 to be used for community assets like playgrounds, community gardens or safety improvements that are not

funded by council’s annual budget. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace said the panels would provide an important connection between ratepayers and residents and council. “Council has a number of ways to seek residents’ views on its

strategies and plans, and our panel members will provide that allimportant grass roots perspective on issues that are important to their communities,” he said. Panel members and chairs will receive training on council processes and their new responsibilities.

Wainuiomata Historical Society launches video archive Wainuiomata Historical Society has chosen to launch its new video archive in light of the September being National Heritage Month. The video archive was assembled by members over the past year with inspiration coming from the

very successful display of Brugger Industries in 2016. The earliest archive is from 1958 broadcasting the centennial of the school, originally captured on 8mm film, with the most recent being from the 2015 erection of

the Pukeatua Bridge at the top of Wainuiomata Hill. The range of archives also covers Wainuiomata’s sporting highlights including a video of Tana Umaga as an 18 year old, before dreadlocks, when his ambition was to

play league for New Zealand. Other archives include Princess Diana’s visit to Wainuiomata. A catalogue has been produced and the archives can be viewed on a television at the Wainuiomata Museum during Sunday’s 2-4pm

open hours. Wainuiomata Historical Society was established in 1977. The Museum was opened on September 30, 1989 by Harry Martin, the first and only Mayor of Wainuiomata.

Wednesday September 6, 2017

Big Buddy CEO steps down Richard Aston is stepping down as chief executive officer of Big Buddy “It’s been a wild ride,” Richard said. “The upside is that we are privileged to hear inspirational stories from mothers, boys and mentors every day. “That’s the life blood that makes all the challenges worthwhile. “Mums tell us about the difference having a good man in their boy’s life makes. “Boys tell us their mentor is their best mate. “Mentors tell us their lives are richer for having a Little Buddy in it. “Fantastic! Knowing so many boys’ lives have changed means a lot to me. “I leave contented and confident the team will hold the vision.” Big Buddy is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that offers mentoring services for fatherless boys. Richard jumped from management and corporate IT in 2002 into Big Buddy – back then, Big Buddy was a paper-based social agency with five matches on its books. But Richard ‘got the vision’ and devoted the next 15 years into growing it in the Auckland, Wellington and Waikato regions. Over 720 matches later, Big Buddy is now poised for further growth, with significant corporate support. “When I took over Big Buddy, I knew if I wanted to sleep at night I had to know the boys were safe,” he said.

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“I looked around at what screening was available and I was appalled. “It was a once over lightly and, unfortunately, still is. “Many organisations and agencies still put children very much at risk of abuse.” “I’m proud to say Big Buddy does more than any other organisation to ensure our boys are safe and I

hope other organisations follow our example.” Confident his baby is in good hands, Richard stepped down as chief executive officer on August 31. At 65, he said it was time to look at what else he wanted to do and how he could contribute to New Zealand children’s lives in other ways.

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Meet the candidates Q&A SERIES 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

Virginia Horrocks Greens Candidate for Hutt South List number: 19

The Green Party would fully fund state school so high quality education is not dependent on fees, private donations, fundraising, nor private investment. We would change the staffing formula to enable incremental reductions in class sizes, and improved teacher-child ratios in early childhood services. This, along with more classrooms, would gradually reduce the numbers in each classroom. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?

The Greens would establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the

1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

Ginny Anderson Labour Candidate for Hutt South List number: 28

More teachers and increased funding for schools. Labour will invest an extra $4billion over four years to deliver a modern education system, including more teachers. Labour will rebuild out-dated and worn out school buildings so that every school has modern classrooms by 2030. Schools like Wainuiomata High School need serious money spent on their refurbishment – not a last minute facelift. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate com-

1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

Chris Bishop National Party Candidate for Hutt South List number: 49

We’ve recently announced a $12 million investment to upgrade Wainuiomata High School. That’s great news for the Wainuiomata community and will see modern, upgraded classrooms. Around the Hutt there are some schools with growing rolls – I will work hard to make sure schools get the investment they need. We recently announced an additional classroom for Maungaraki and I am working with Korokoro and other schools in the Western Hills on their own capacity pressures. 2. What would you propose to

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interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. We think it’s important to create well-paid, clean-tech jobs for the future, right here in New Zealand. Right here is the Hutt. It’s also a huge export opportunity – the world is looking for green products and we can make them. High-value manufacturers create well-paid jobs and enable us, as a country, to earn our way in the world. We want a tax system where everyone pays less income tax. Clean businesses are rewarded and polluters pay more. We would also support local business by committing to government procurement of local goods and services where they can. 3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues?

mercially and support local businesses?

Getting traffic flowing through the Hutt is critical to our local businesses and has huge benefit for productivity, jobs and business growth. Labour will prioritise funding the Cross Valley Link. It’s long overdue to get heavy traffic off Petone Esplanade. This will mean traffic flows from Wainuiomata and Eastbourne are sped up and we can start to take full advantage of developing the foreshore. All the factories that employed so many people have closed down over the years. We need more jobs here that pay higher wages. Labour will invest in business

enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?

In Wainuiomata, keep fighting hard for an upgraded mall and town centre we can all be proud of, and a retirement village. Both are desperately needed. In the wider electorate, I led the charge on one hour’s free parking in the Hutt CBD and helped establish the Thursday Night Street Feast where food trucks come in on the third Thursday of each month. I’m also working hard on “Technology Valley” – let’s make the Hutt the home of science and innovation! We need to work to attract new companies here and develop our own students’ skill base. There’s lots happening and more

The Greens would help people into homes through a governmentbuild programme, establishing a rent-to-buy programme and creating new opportunities for community housing providers to play a bigger part in solving the housing crisis. We would allow only residents to buy property in New Zealand. Free buses and trains for under 19s, tertiary students, apprentices and people living with a disability will reduce rush hour congestion, benefit families, make life easier for those with disabilities and give us cleaner air. We also propose $50million a year for four years to build modern, convenient walking and cycling infrastructure around schools: Our Wellington light rail plan which would come from Petone up High Street and round through Epuni to Waterloo would transform life for many Hutt commuters.

4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?

through a Research and Development tax credit. Labour will invest in people by making post-secondary training and education free. We will pay the unemployment benefit to the employer for one year to take on a new apprentice.

These will be sold by the government for around $300,000, making home ownership more realistic for more families. I want to see healthier rentals too. Labour will introduce a warrant of fitness for rentals so our children have warm, dry homes and don’t get sick in winter.

3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues?

Labour will build 400 affordable houses on land that has lain vacant in the Hutt for years. The houses will be a combination of more state houses and affordable homes for first home buyers.

to do. 3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues? The government is building 300 new homes on the empty HNZ land in Epuni/Naenae. This will help the whole housing market. The council must play its part too by facilitating new housing developments – we simply must keep building houses to keep up to date with population growth. Two important projects I am a strong advocate for are the Petone to Grenada Link Road and the Cross Valley Link. Both will improve economic growth and improve connectivity to the rest of the region.

I would support the cross valley link. Generally the Green Party supports public transport over roads and finds the National Party’s obsession with highways short sighted and destructive but the cross valley link makes sense as long as the design includes clean efficient public transport and the transformation of the Petone esplanade so that it also has a cycle and walkway with protection against rising sea level. This should be part of a comprehensive adaptation plan for Hutt City. Government reports already identify areas such as Seaview and Waiwhetu, which currently include access routes to Wainuiomata, as places that will be severely impacted by climate change.

4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?

I want to know that every child in Wainuiomata goes to sleep in a warm, dry home at night. When we have families in homes, earning enough from good jobs and receiving health services we build resilience in this community. I want our kids to know they have a good future right here.

The CVL will take pressure off the Esplanade. Both must be developed at the same time. I’m fighting hard for a discount for tertiary students on public transport in Wellington – it looks like the Regional Council will introduce a 25 per cent discount. That’s great news for Wainui students. 4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?

After the election I want to explore how we can roll out the “Housing First” initiative in the Hutt and Wainuiomata. This initiative is making great strides tackling homelessness elsewhere in New Zealand. Let’s do it in the Hutt too!

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Top sportsmen celebrated

Player of the Year Ben Tupoloa and Labour candidate Ginny Anderson. PHOTO: Dan Taylor

Frae Wilson was the Senior Coach of the Year. PHOTO: Dan Taylor

Loane Simi, under 21 best back. PHOTO: Stuart Upton, most dedicated player for Dan Taylor under 21 team. PHOTO: Dan Taylor By Dan Whitfield

Ben Tupoloa was one of the many players from Wainuiomata Rugby Club who were celebrated at Saturday night’s prize giving ceremony. The Wainuiomata No. 8 picked up the significant status of Premier Player of the Year after contributing

to the team’s success this year. He scored nine tries this season. For the under 21 team, Stuart Upton was this year’s most dedicated player, Jerry Paku was the team’s best forward player, and Loane Simi was the best back. Rich Grace was given the under 21 team Player of the Year award.

Neil Hewitt and Pete White were recognised as life members. PHOTO: Dan Taylor

Sieni Mose also was recognised for her involvement in the women’s rugby team. The 2017 Most Valuable Player was Daniel Cherry and Caleb Nicholas was the Most Outstanding Player from the club. In terms of club representatives, Frae Wilson was named Senior

Wainui rider hopeful for next race

Wainuiomata’s Shane Richardson is back on the hunt for a top spot in the MotoAmerica Stock600 Championship. Despite a disappointing weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway recently, which saw Shane drop back

in standings, he remains hopeful for his next race. Shane is currently sitting in fifth position after two events. He races a Kawasaki for the Palmetto Motorsports Team New Zealand in the 600cc supersport class.

Left, Jerry Paku, under 21 best forward, right, Rich Grace, under 21 Player of the Year. PHOTO: Dan Taylor

In his first race of the championship at Sonoma Raceway, he managed to finish in seventh position. The next race for the Wainuiomata rider is next weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Most Valuable Player Daniel Cherry. PHOTO: Dan Taylor

Coach of the Year. Neil Hewitt and Pete White were recognised as life members. The Wainuiomata Rugby Football Club was established in 1946 and has had a proud tradition of providing rugby union to the Wainuiomata community. The Club caters for all ages, with

junior rugby options from under 6 to 13, and senior rugby.  Notable players from the club include Piri Weepu, Jonah Lomu, Tana Umaga and Neemia Tialata. Ken Laban, Greater Wellington Regional councillor, also played for Wainuiomata Rugby Club.

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Auckland have no rugby muscles to flex Auckland’s thumping loss to North Harbour on Sunday has to be the last straw. Once a proud union they suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in their history 57-10. The pride in the blue and white hooped jersey is quickly evaporating and with the Blues struggling for parity in Super Rugby, questions need to be asked. Gone are the pride filled days of the 1980s when Auckland held the Ranfurly Shield on numerous occasions and a victory was celebrated jubilantly on the final whistle. Sunday was great to watch for a neutral supporter but the age old saying of “When Auckland rugby is strong, All Black rugby is strong” no longer holds any water. The Auckland schoolboy rugby scene is still strong but player

retention and pathways appear to be an issue which no-one can solve. Auckland may produce talented youngsters but the humbling experience of watching the senior team getting pumped on a regular basis says something is wrong with the province and its focus. Meanwhile, the Canterbury juggernaut continues. That is the powerhouse of rugby and the rest of the country knows it. Everyone loves backing the underdog and so it’s Canterbury who cops the disdain from outside fans once only reserved for Auckland. Hopefully pride can be restored in the jersey sooner rather than later otherwise things look bleak for the once proud hotbed of New Zealand rugby.


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