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Safer path ahead By Dan Whitfield

Hutt City councillors Campbell Barry and Josh Briggs are committed to providing a safer route over Wainuiomata Hill. The proposed three metre-wide shared path will connect the wider Hutt Valley with Wainuiomata — and provide a safer option for pedestrians and cyclists to use. It will also form part of a wider network of paths linking it to the Beltway Cycleway, Eastern Bay Shared Path and those planned for the central business district. Though there is no definite timeframe, Campbell says the major roadblocks have been worked through and construction is not too far away. Continued on page 2. Hutt City councillors Josh Briggs and Campbell Barry are focused on seeing a safer route over Wainuiomata Hill happen. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Councillors focused on safer route over Wainuiomata Hill Continued from page 1 “It would be great to see it happen sooner rather than later – to see work start early next year and not take longer than 12 months would be great,” Campbell says. Funding for the new path is set to come from the Government’s Urban Cycleways Fund (UCF). The path is part of the same project that saw the Pukeatua Bridge completed in 2015. The most recent update is that a design has been finalised and a contractor appointed. It is intended that the path will be constructed at the same time, rather than in two stages as initially planned. “Having both sides of the hill happen concurrently will save a significant amount on construction time and total cost,” Campbell says. Josh says there have been a lot of questions about the path and

A safer route for cyclists and pedestrians over Wainuiomata Hill is on the cards. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

people’s safety recently. “As soon as it happens, it will be a lot safer for everyone,” Josh says. The completion of the Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path will

be a key project the council’s current strategy, Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014 – 2019. Josh says by having the path, it will mean Wainuiomata is connected to the rest of the valley.

Key features of the shared path also include new roadside barriers to provide safe separation between the shared path and traffic, as well as street lighting.

HighLight carnival shines brightly in Lower Hutt HighLight Carnival of Lights is set to transform Lower Hutt’s Riddiford Garden with interactive light installations. For four nights visitors to the inaugural light carnival will immerse themselves in displays, live entertainment for the whole family and hands-on features as they explore the gardens. Festival director Carla Steed says the event has been created by the Hutt City Council to offer an exciting and fun interactive experience over Labour Weekend. “We’re excited to introduce visitors to this new iconic annual event. With an array of installations and immersive experiences as well as an awe-

some lineup of performances, HighLight is going to be something quite special for the Hutt,” Carla says. The new event has the underlying theme ‘Being Human’, which will be interpreted through the displays in a number of ways including physiologically, emotionally, culturally or through our use of technology. Central to this is internationally-acclaimed light installation, Affinity. Designed in Australia by amigo & amigo in collaboration with S1T2, Affinity reinforces the human element of HighLight by acting as a conversation-starter about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Vayda Pou is excited for the HighLight Carnival of Lights. PHOTO: Supplied

HighLight has partnered with charity Alzheimer’s Wellington to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

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Riverbank clean-up a success

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Keep Lower Hutt Beautiful might have a vision to reduce litter and pollution in Hutt Valley. However, Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace believes everyone needs to play a part. Since the group started in 1991, it has worked closely with Hutt City Council on a number of initiatives and projects for the benefit of the city. The most recent was a Hutt Riverbank clean-up as part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-up Week in September. The rubbish collected at the riverbank clean-up included a broken golf buggy, a large inner tube, a fire extinguisher, a long piece of electrical cable, drainage pipe, five full bags of recycling (plastic bottles, glass

Volunteers with the rubbish that was collected from the Hutt Riverbank.

bottles, cans and cardboard), and more than 20 black rubbish bags of general litter. Ray says the city is very lucky to have genuine community minded people who give of their time freely to keep the community clean and beautiful. “I just wish every person would be the same,” he says. “I’ve seen the photos and the

level of littering is a disgrace and those people who litter should actually be ashamed of themselves. Sadly they won’t be and that’s the problem.” Keep Lower Hutt Beautiful aims to bring attention to the amount of litter appearing around communities and discourage people from littering. The rubbish from the Septem-

ber clean up was found over a large area on both sides of the riverbank and was a similar amount to collections in previous years. Rubbish was mainly found in the planted areas of the riverbank. Volunteers were out for about two hours as part of the Hutt Riverbank clean-up last month.

Combating homelessness With levels of homelessness showing no signs of slowing in Wellington, ordinary people are being challenged to give up their beds to help combat the crisis. The Compassion Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, Wellington City M i s s i o n , We l l i n g t o n Night Shelter and Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, supported by Wellington City Council and Wellington Women’s House, have joined together to raise money for projects helping tackle homelessness in Wellington. Hutt City councillor and Wainuiomata resident Josh Briggs is participating in 14 Hours Homeless this year – and has already raised more than $120. Josh says everyone deserves a safe and secure place to live - especially young people. “I am taking part in the

14 Hours Homeless event because I am concerned about the growing number of families and young people in our communities who are being affected by the housing crisis,” Josh says. “I am passionate about people having a place they can call home and where they can be safe, secure and live healthy lives.” This is Josh’s first year taking part in the fundraiser. Compassion Soup Kitchen manager Karen Holland says housing deprivation remains a big problem in Wellington. “There’s a lot of work being done, but the numbers aren’t changing,” Karen says. In the face of this, 14 Hou r s Homele ss is a chance for people to learn about the challenges faced


Wainuiomata will host the Wellington Folk Festival this October WellyFest is set to be held over Labour Weekend, October 20-23, and will be a festival including real music and really good times. Artists include Guilhem Desq, Vikki Clayton and Gilly Darby, Richie and Rosie, John Leo Carter, Helen Dorothy and Co., Fuego Latino, Ruth Mundy, Reverie, Broken Lexicon, Hot Diggity, and T-Bone Trio. It will be held at Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre, Wainuiomata. For more information, go to wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz.

Lunchtime Toastmasters Toastmasters has been helping people increase their self-confidence and develop their communication skills for more than 90 years. There are now lunchtime classes running at the Lower Hutt Baptist Meeting Room on High St, Lower Hutt from 12noon to 1pm. Classes are part of the Hutt Lunchtime Toastmasters. If you would like more information, contact Diane Isherwood on 04 970 5364 or 027 677 4529.

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Wellingtonians Marcia Gawith, Kelly Henderson and Abby Wong are among hundreds of people who want to combat homelessness. PHOTO: Supplied

by people without a warm and dry home. Those who take part are able to make a real difference to people’s lives by raising funds that will help the work of agencies who

reach out to Wellingtonians who find themselves homeless. For more information or to sign up, go to www.14hourshomeless.org.nz/event/Wellington.

Youth Inspire is a valuable service in available in Wainuiomata. The groups focus is helping young people between 18 and 24 get into education, job training and employment. Youth Inspire is located at Wainuiomata and Naenae libraries, and are open from Monday to Friday. The group also can help with bank accounts, IRD numbers, CV writing and interview skills. Find them on Facebook: www. facebook.com/youthinspire.


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inbrief news Council supports events Changes have been made to Hutt City Council’s Events Support Fund to ensure that funding is available all year round – with the aim to encourage more events in the quieter winter months. The Events Support Fund allocates $45,000 per year to local events that support and benefit the Lower Hutt community. City events manager Carla Steed says: “We were proud to support some great events last year that brought plenty of smiles to the city.” “With quarterly funding allocations we can now reliably support worthwhile events all year round.” Information at huttcity.govt.nz/ eventfunding.

Hutt Urban Adventure Race Up for a challenge, the Hutt Urban Adventure Race will be held on December 3 and entries are now open. The event is has been referred to as the Amazing Race meets orienteering, and requires strategy, skills, and stamina for teams of two to four athletes. To enter, go to HuttUrbanAdventure. co.nz. Online entries close November 26.

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Councillors to take a fresh look at housing Hutt City Council will soon consider proposals to enable medium density housing and a wider range of housing types to be built in the city – with a particular focus on 10 carefully selected urban centres. Insufficient land for residential development on the valley floor, growing demand for housing and a narrow selection of housing types and sizes have long been identified as major obstacles to sustainable economic growth and fully realising council’s vision of rejuvenating the city. Council has been working for several years on a range of housing proposals that Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace says will address housing affordability, provide space for new families and offer more suitable housing options for older residents. “Our concern is that we don’t have sufficient housing or the right type of housing to satisfy our current population, let alone the growth we are now starting to see,” Ray says. “The cold reality is that if we fail to solve this problem in a thoughtful and planned way, council’s rejuvenation strategies won’t be fully realised and our economy and our collective quality of life will

One possibility of what medium density residential development could look like. PHOTO: Supplied

suffer. A business as usual approach would be irrational.” Ray says one of the groups often forgotten in these debates is the young families who struggle to get a foot on the first rung of the property ladder. “This initiative will improve their chances to set up a home and a stable future.” A full council meeting on October 10 will discuss proposed changes to the District Plan.

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Wainuiomata well represented By Dan Whitfield

Ginny Andersen and Labour Chris Bishop Hutt South :PHOTO: Dan Whitfield.

Wainuiomata has to be one of New Zealand’s most represented communities with four MPs speaking on behalf of its residents. The community now has National’s Chris Bishop representing it and the rest of Hutt South in Parliament, alongside Labours list MP’s Ginny Andersen and Trevor Mallard, the former Hutt South MP. Meka Whaitiri was also voted in as the representative for Ikaroa-Rawhiti that includes Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata is one of the Hutt Valley’s largest suburbs with a population of 16,786 according to the 2013 census.

Chris says the situation should only be viewed as a positive. “Hopefully we can work together on some of the challenges facing Wainuiomata and the wider Hutt Valley. “The representation spans both parties and also includes the Maori electorate too, so a good diversity of viewpoints and perspectives,” Chris says. Ginny says having four MPs who are here to represent the people of Wainuiomata is great. “It means that no matter who forms the next Government there will always be an MP here in the Hutt to hold them accountable for

the promises that have been made,” Ginny says. “There are so many projects that need to be completed – the high school, retirement village, redevelopment of the mall and new housing projects are just the start.” By using both sides of Parliament, Ginny believes that the needs of the people will be met. Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace says having four MPs, five including Labour’s Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, was fantastic. “I look forward to working with all of the, for the betterment of the Hutt Sponsored by Valley and Wainuiomata. It’s a great result,” he says.

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Hutt City Councillor Josh Briggs says it is important that people slow down around school zones to keep themselves and everyone else safe, especially during drop off and pick up times. “Slowing down may take an extra minute but could save a life,” Josh says. “Keeping road safe is everyone’s responsibility and we need to do all we can to keep our community safe.”  The school holidays started on September 28 and finish on October 13. Children will return to school on October 14.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do family and community mean to you?

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Richard Plimmer, Wainuiomata “Community is everything. I love it here [Wainuiomata]; it’s a great place.”

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Luke Cooper Cooper, Wainuiomata “Being able to trust your neighbours and have that support there when you need it.”

Health and Ability Expo a hit The Health and Ability Expo held last week at the Petone Working Men’s Club was a “tremendous success” says Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace. People with a disability or who care for someone who does were invited to come along to take advantage of the many exhibi-

tors that were offering knowledge, information and expertise to make life easier and to enable people to maximize their wellbeing. The mayor took to Facebook to express his appreciation of the event, giving a “huge thank you” to all the services and groups that attended. Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace with Wellington Free Ambulance volunteers. PHOTO: Supplied.

35,603 voters in Hutt South Hutt South voters turned out in force for this year’s General Election held on September 23. But how did Wainuiomata vote? The 35,603 individuals who voted in the electorate added to the overall percentage of enrolled electors of 79.8 per cent – the highest turnout since 2005, 80.9 per cent. National’s Chris Bishop received 17,392 votes this year, with Labour’s Ginny Anderson picking up 15,387 votes to keep the race close. However in Wainuiomata, advanced votes favoured Labour with Ginny receiving 1590 votes and Chris only receiving 874.

Wainuiomata had seven voting stations on Election Day – and Ginny took top spot in six of them. Overall, the National Party received 42.9 per cent of votes – the Labour Party received 39.1 per cent. Other candidates for Hutt South included: Wilf Bearman-Riedel (NZ Outdoors Party), receiving 90 votes; Dorothy Frances Fox (Independent), receiving 51 votes; Alok Gupta (New Zealand First), receiving 751 votes; Virginia Horrocks (Greens), receiving 972 votes; Andy Parkins (ACT), receiving 71 votes; and Richard Warwick (The Opportunities Party), receiving 601 votes.



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Arakura Kindergarten welcomed children from across a cluster of Hutt City Kindergartens for some school holiday fun last week. Children from Arakura were joined by their peers from Parkway, Sun Valley, Pencarrow, and Glendale kindergartens. Hutt City Kindergartens provide opportunities for children to explore and discover, take risks in a safe environment, and develop independence – all while having fun with other local children. There are 19 kindergartens throughout the Hutt Valley under the Hutt City Kindergartens banner. PHOTOS: Dan Whitfield

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Petrol heads will unite for a good cause this weekend and support two Wainuiomata families. The car and bike show will be held at the Fitzroy Tavern car park, off The Strand, on Saturday and is set to raise money for Wellington Hospital Cancer Ward and Gary Alexander Johns and Judy Stevens – who have been diagnosed with blood cancer. Hayden Wilby, owner of Fitzroy Tavern says it’s great to be able to support something like this – and

hopes to see people turn up on the day. The event will start at 3pm on Saturday with a sausage sizzle, raffle as well as family entertainment and on-site auctions. An evening fundraising event will also be held on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets for the evening event cost $20 and can be bought through Li-Hita on 027 234 3870 or Mike Stevens on 021 308 943. Hayden along with several other Wainuiomata car enthusiasts will have their cars on show this weekend.

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There are a number of dedicated individuals who work hard to maintain and ensure Bilderbeck Hall is managed from day-to-day. However, the Louise Bilderbeck Hall Trust is looking for new help with options open for Wainuiomata people to get involved. New members would assist with management/operations of the hall, as well as help

organise and co-ordinate events and repairs. Currently a lot of the work resides with the Lions Club of Wainuiomata, but president Neil Watkins says it’s about getting new people involved. Neil says the hall has a lot of history and its significance in the community needs to continue. There is room on the Louise Bilderbeck Hall Trust for between five to eight new committee members. Neil says ideally a new mem-

ber would have an unbiased opinion and be aware of how trusts or committees work and operate. Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs is supporting the recruitment process.  If you are interested and want to apply, send your CV and a cover letter to Josh.Briggs@huttcity.govt.nz and outline what you would bring to the position. Applications close on October 31.

Hayden Wilby, owner of Fitzroy Tavern, will have his car on show this weekend. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

He Tohu exhibition scoops national recognition The new permanent exhibition of the country’s three most important historical documents has scooped up several design awards. He Tohu, located at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington, was recognised in the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards recently, taking out top spot in seven award categories. The exhibition features the 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi, and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine, in a new state of the art exhibition space. He Tohu won the ‘Best of the Best’ Purple Pin Award for architecture, plus two gold awards, one silver and three

bronze in other design excellence categories for its design, branding, interactives and cross-cultural collaboration. Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs Peter Murray says this award is testament to the skill, expertise and care that went into creating this ground-breaking new exhibition. “He Tohu is a cultural project of national importance, a Crown-iwi partnership celebrating and protecting these precious founding documents for generations to come. The exhibition has been a public and critical success, and great design is integral to that.’’he says. He Tohu offers greater public access and interaction with the constitutional documents and ensures they benefit from the latest conservation and display technology to ensure their preservation for generations.

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Wednesday October 11, 2017

Croquet players celebrate season opener and club’s anniversary

NZ champ returning ready to race

By Dan Whitfield

By Dan Whitfield

Despite the weather, Wainuiomata Croquet Club opened the 2017/18 season in style – celebrating its 24th anniversary at the same time. Wainuiomata Croquet Club opened on October 3, 1993 and has been a popular summer activity for many ever since. Club president Lesley McSharry says it’s a typical “Wainui story” of how the club came to be. Originally players played in Petone. The grounds off Heath Street were then secured. However, Wainuiomata players still had to cross the river and use the neighbouring cricket club’s facilities. Members then raised the funds needed to build their own club rooms and set up the club, she says. When asked what was best about the sport, Lesley says it is a game you can play all your life. “It’s [the club] a fantastic resource and the game is also great to play — it’s addictive,” Lesley says. The weekend’s season opening and celebration of 24 years attracted a number of current and previous Wainuiomata members as well as Hutt City councillors Campbell Barry and Josh Briggs, and Labour list MP Ginny Andersen. Members from other clubs around wellington were also in attendance. With the season now open, games do depend on the weather — but, Lesley says everyone is welcome. Currently there are around 15-20 members involved with Wainuiomata Croquet Club. The club is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Wainuiomata’s own Jake Whitaker gearing up for yet another big season of racing. Though a previous knee injury kept the eight time New Zealand moto-trials champion from placing last year, Jake says he’s ready. “Almost two years ago is when I injured myself. It has been a bit of a setback however, I feel like I’m back to full fitness now,” Jake says. “I’m planning to be battling with the front runners this season and [am] training to win.”


T he f i rst round of the KT M Extreme Enduro Series is set to be held in Tokoroa over Labour Weekend. “I’m feeling great on the bike and thanks to KTM and TSS Red Barron, I’m lucky enough to be on a really competitive bike.” This year, Jake will be riding a KTM EXC 300. In 2016, Jake placed 13th in the pro class of the Red Bull Romaniacs; he was also named champion of the Waimihard Extreme Enduro, and placed fourth in the Nut Buster Extreme Enduro competition.

Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs taking the first shot of the season.  If you would like to know more or would like to join, call Lesley McSharry on 04 564 5570. Membership is $120 for an adult player and $50 for both non-players and juniors.

Jake Whitaker is a two-times Guiness world record holder. He holds the world record for the fastest over 21 oil drums on a trials bike.

Sports talk

New hydrotherapy pool being put to good use Sport Wellington, in partnership with Hutt City Council, has delivered an eightweek Healthy Lifestyle Programme for Lower Hutt residents enrolled in the Green Prescription initiative. More than 40 participants joined in on weekly classes at the new hydrotherapy pool located at Lower Hutt’s Huia Pool complex from July 29 to September 16. As part of the classes, participants also learnt about nutrition. Delivered by Toshy Rapana, Sport Wellington’s healthy lifestyles co-ordinator, the

collaboration between Sport Wellington and Hutt City Council was very successful as people felt supported to carry on with their healthy lifestyle changes, and work towards their long term health and wellness goals. Toshy says the popularity of the programme reflects the demand and need for a hydrotherapy pool. “Thanks must be given to Hutt City Council and their staff for providing us with an affordable facility that caters for older adults and those with challenging health conditions,” he says.

October yoga classes for all Ever wanted to try yoga? Beginner, friendly community yoga classes are running in Wainuiomata this month. Hutt City Council’s Yoga Flavours is teaming up with Spiritual Graffiti Yoga to lead classes through the different moves for only $5. The classes are held at Wainuiomata Memorial Hall on Queen Street. The next class is on Tuesday, October 17 from 6.45pm. Classes run throughout October and

November. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Spaces for the Wainuiomata classes are limited so organisers advise people interested get in quickly.  Classes are suitable for all ages and levels of experience. For more information, call 04 560 0305. The first class is free.

with Jacob Page

International league eligibility shambles What a rough week it has been for international rugby league. Credibility and loyalty have been thrown out the window as players switch allegiances at the 11th hour throwing the legitimacy of the Rugby League World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosts in a matter of weeks, into disrepair. Kiwi prop Jason Taumalolo has switched to Tonga just days before he was to be named in the Kiwis roster. Former Kiwi players have come out against the timing and the poor communication of the hulking forward’s decision after it became clear he has not returned the call of Kiwis coach David Kidwell. Aussie prop Andrew Fifita was actually named in the Kangaroos squad before pulling out to join Tonga. Warriors hooker Isaac Luke tried to play for Ireland at the last minute after being rightfully left out by Kidwell and Kangaroos prop Sam Thaiday being axed from the international game by Australia without any warning. A myriad of shambolic examples

suggest that these people could not organise a piss up at a brewery. The cliche is that any publicity is good publicity and while there is an element of truth to that, the past week has been damaging to a level of the game which is struggling to legitimise itself amongst its hardcore fans, yet alone draw in casual eyeball. True blue leaguies, myself included, feel that State of Origin between Queensland and New South Wales is the highest echelon of the game and incidents like this validate that point. Until the international eligibility laws in rugby league are tightened to the point where if you play for one country that makes you ineligible forever to play for any other country then people will struggle to get on board with the 13-man international game. Those high up in the game will be begging for the games to begin so the public can focus on the field. A black eye for the game is the best way to describe what has gone on and it will take a mesmerising tournament to make people forget about it.


Wednesday October 11, 2017

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