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Wednesday September 27, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Did you vote and were you surprised with the result from this year’s General Election?

John Martin , Wainuiomata “Nah I didn’t vote, I’m only 17... I was a little surprised, because I thought more New Zealanders would be on Labour’s side.”

Leah Harrison , Wainuiomata “No I didn’t vote, I don’t vote for personal beliefs. I wasn’t really surprised, I’m not really concerned.”

Richard Knox, Wainuiomata “Yes. and yes, everyone that I had spoken to was voting Labour. I thought it was really going to happen this time.”

Ruby Gardner, Wainuiomata “I couldn’t vote this election, I would if I could. I actually wasn’t super surprised but I was disappointed.”

Tina Jones, Wainuiomata “Yes. I was very suprised but pleased to see Labour won Wainui.”

Frances MacDonald, Wainuiomata “Yes. I’m pleased for Labour, Meka got in and Ginny’s on the list.”

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Toastmasters get awards Dear Editor, Wainuiomata Toastmasters recently held the Humorous and Tabletopics contests. Humorous speeches are so much more than a series off one-line jokes or phrases that elicit non-stop guffaws of laughter and we saw three distinctive styles of using humour in speeches. Each of the speakers had distinctive and diverse titles which caused instant smiles when they were introduced. Khorshed advised us in her Technology Challenges, Neville described his Gastronomic Dis-

asters while Kelvin told us a story about A Close Call, A Flying Humvee and A Missing Bird. Three completely different styles of humour but each garnered chuckles and laughter during their presentation. After the mandatory coffee break for convivial socializing and the judge’s deliberations, Khorshed was declared the winner with Neville as runner up. Mano then introduced the Tabletopic contest. In this contest, all contestants leave the room

and are brought in one by one to speak for two minutes on the same topic (No speaker is allowed to hear another speaker until they have given their own presentation). Impromptu speaking skills are invaluable in the workplace when unexpectedly asked for an opinion in a meeting and especially in interview situations Anne, Kelvin, Craig and Neville all answered the question “Do We Get Value from Wellington Transport?’. After the judges had deliberated, Ann’s

novel response to the question earned her first place with Neville runner up. It was interesting to note that both contests were won by experienced matriarchs of the club who were able to draw on personal experiences for their presentations. Wainuiomata Toastmasters offers opportunities to gain skills that will be beneficial in both personal and career situations. Yours sincerely, Neville Isherwood Wainuiomata Toastmasters

New pipeline for Knights Road

Celebrities in support of Breathe Better September

Wellington Water is back at work on Knights Road, Lower Hutt. A 1.5 kilometre pipeline is being installed from Waterloo to the Hutt River, to ensure a new ultraviolet treatment system will be good to go before peak summer demand for drinking water. Wellington Water’s acting group manager for network development and delivery Ian McSherry said the pipe is a critical part of the new treatment technology to ensure safe water continues to be delivered to homes and businesses in Lower Hutt. Ian acknowledged that residents and road users would be frustrated by yet more work on this major thoroughfare. “We are really sorry for the inconvenience. Fortunately in most

Respiratory conditions such as asthma affect so many New Zealanders, so it’s no wonder why Breathe Better September has been popular. Letitia O’Dwyer, chief executive of Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand, said it’s about showing that asthma and respiratory conditions don’t have to hold you back. “Over 700,000 Kiwis have a respiratory condition, it’s the third leading cause of death and costs the country $6 billion each

cases we’ll be able to keep two way traffic flow as we go, but there will inevitably be delays,” Ian said. Trenches and other construction work will affect travel times along Knights Road and Cornwall Street for most of September. The pipeline will lead to the Hutt River through Kings Crescent and Queens Drive, and is scheduled to be completed in December. “We are putting a lot of effort in to keep everyone up-to-date with the phases of work. “And we’re using two to three times the typical construction effort to complete this work as fast as we can.” The new pipeline will divert water away from the UV treatment units at Waterloo Treatment plant when necessary.

year,” Letitia said. Breathe Better September started on September 1 and follows the inaugural 2016 campaign that gained a huge amount of support and following. TV personality Erin Simpson and rugby league player Issac Lu ke have sha re d their asthma experiences as part of the campaign. “By having celebrity ambassadors speak about their experiences, [it] encourages Kiwis to start thinking about

how they can improve their respiratory health, and information will be shared throughout the month to support this.” In New Zealand over 521,000 people take medication for asthma, making it the most common respiratory condition in the country. Respiratory disease includes asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnoea.

inbrief news Curtains for Wainui Sustainability Trust will be delivering Wainuiomata Curtain Bank orders next week. Curtains were finished recently and now the team will be visiting communities across Wellington with everyone’s orders. The Wainuiomata curtain drop is happening at the Wainuiomata Community Centre around 10.30am next Wednesday.

5.1 quake felt in Wainuiomata A 5.1 earthquake jolted the Wellington region on Wednesday afternoon. The quake was around Wellington and other areas of central New Zealand at 2.42pm and was centred 25km east of Seddon at a depth of 36km. No damage has been reported as part of the earthquake.

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