Wednesday October 18, 2017
Tom & Luke and the company’s love for Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield
Sit down with Tom & Luke managing director Richard Plimmer to talk business and you’ll soon find the conversation swinging towards Wainuiomata and what an amazing community it is. “The real story is Wainuiomata,” Richard says. “It’s a great place – I wouldn’t want to move from this place.” Tom & Luke is a Lower Hutt-based company that makes healthier and tastier alternative snack bars and balls for people on the go. It has been operating out of its factory located on Waiu St in Wainuiomata for approximately three years. In the beginning, Richard says finding a suitable location for the business seemed impossible. He says it was astonishing that there
was nothing in Wellington that could accommodate something like Tom & Luke. “Now, we’re proud to be here,” Richard says. Tom & Luke currently employ around 20 people from Wainuiomata – which represents about 80 per cent of its staff. Richard says they had one person from Wainuiomata at the start and then another – from there, whenever a person was needed they just asked those who were already employed. “This is actually the best team; they’re absolutely terrific.” He says it was sort of by accident and word of mouth that the company came to have so many people from Wainuiomata on staff. “And the way we’re going it looks set to double,” Richard says explaining how Tom & Luke was growing.
Dog park idea gets support A local dog walker is petitioning for a dog park to be built in Wainuiomata. Chloe Young started a petition on Change.org and has already received more than 280 signatures. This petition is to request Hutt City Council to establish a fenced off, exercise dog park in Wainuiomata. Chloe has teamed up with Lisa Scott, on the issue, with both concerned about the large number of roaming dogs in the Lower Hutt suburb. On her Change.org petition page, the duo say having a dog park would
help with the situation. The say that all they want is for dog owners to feel safe and while a dog park wouldn’t completely resolve the roaming dog issue, at least it would be one step closer to making the Wainuiomata community a safer place. Chloe and Lisa currently need 212 signatures to reach the goal of 500. To show your support or to sign the petition, go to change.org/p/hutt-citycouncil-build-a-fencedoff-exercise-dog-park-forwainuiomata.
Luke Cooper and Richard Plimmer with local staff Suzie Hedo, Davis Navayan, and Frank Buick. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata News 18-10-17