Wednesday September 27, 2017
New café off to flying start By Dan Whitfield
Local customers are showing their appreciation for a new café that has opened at Wainuiomata Golf Club. Owner Roslyn King said her business Knives, Forks & Fingers, which opened on August 1, was going really well, despite there being a few hiccups at the start. Roslyn has 30 years of hospitality experience and has been running a café inside GNS Science in Avalon for the past six years. Knives, Forks & Fingers is only open on the weekends, but Roslyn said she hopes that she will be able to open to the public on weeknights as summer approaches.
“I love it – and really like the people. Here [the café at GNS Science] you get to know everyone and what they want, but in Wainuiomata it’s always a surprise,” Roslyn said. “People just pop in.” Roslyn said there were a couple of golfers who play at Wainuiomata Golf Club and work at GNS Science who have said how much they are enjoying having a familiar option in Wainuiomata. All staff at Knives, Forks & Fingers are also from Wainuiomata. “I wanted to keep it local and give local kids an opportunity.” Roslyn also said that in a kitchen environment there’s a lot to think about which is
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Roslyn King and Selena Jeffs. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
why she encourages a fun and supportive work environment. Knives, Forks & Fingers is open from 9am to 4pm on
Saturdays and Sundays. The menu is made up of homemade baking and family recipes as well as good coffee.
Lower Hutt civic precinct continues to take shape The next stage of the Lower Hutt Civic Precinct development is about to begin with phase three of the Riddiford Garden refurbishment. Hutt City Council’s city infrastructure general manager Bruce Sherlock says work already completed on Riddiford Garden is getting great use by the public, especially the active plaza at the corner of Queens Street and Laings Road. “Young people are playing basketball and using the skateable surfaces every day and a tai chi group is often seen in the plaza. The new Riddiford Pavilion, which has a BBQ area, is also expected to be a hit with warmer weather hopefully on its way,” Bruce said. The next phase of the redevelopment will complete the transformation of the garden with new landscaping, seating, improved pathways and a new water feature to replace the old
Hutt Valley residents helped do the right thing by taking part in New Zealand’s largest clean up event recently. Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week ran from September 11-17 and saw hundreds join several community clean up projects. In the Hutt Valley, there were rail corridor clean ups as well as a Hutt Valley Line graffiti clean-up. Hutt City Council also ran a Communities Beautiful Week alongside the clean up week, from September 16-24. In 2016, more than 40,000 volunteers took part in more than 625 individual events nationwide – with clean ups happening at beaches, alongside highways, in parks, and everywhere in between. Heather Saunderson, chief executive officer of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, said: “Our mission is to educate the next generation of Kiwis and work together toward creating a better New Zealand.”
Old time hymns at Pioneer Church James Davis has again hosted his very popular Old Time Hymn night at Wainuiomata’s Pioneer Church. An almost full house enjoyed singing old hymns and as the exterior doors were open the sounds of the congregation in full voice singing Rock of Ages and Old Rugged Cross floated down Coast Road. Joyce Lockyer, President of the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society, said it was such an unusual experience to be in a 150-year-old church singing hymns that early pioneers of Wainuiomata would have sung so many years ago.
A concept drawing showing phase three of the Riddiford Garden refurbishment and the connecting pathways that will be a feature. Drawing supplied by Isthmus Group Ltd. PHOTO: Supplied
civic fountain. As part of the upgrade two bridges that lead from the children’s playground will be replaced and made fully accessible with picnic spots dotted throughout the garden. Work on the next phase has
begun with council’s contractor Naylor Love setting up on site. The public will notice site fencing going up and site clearing. During construction the rear end of the garden, at the back of council’s building on Laings Road will be closed to the
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public. Signage will be put up directing the public to alternate routes. The garden is set to be complete next year to coincide with the opening of the new Lower Hutt Events Centre and refurbished Town Hall.
Jacinda visits Wainuiomata Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern visited the Wainuiomata Rugby Club on Thursday last week. The event saw many of the Wainuiomata community attend, to either show their support or hear what she had to say in her last push to gather the public’s vote.
Wainuiomata News 27-09-17