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Keeping NZ 100% By Dan Whitfield

Leo O’Sullivan is looking at what can be done to keep New Zealand looking 100 per cent. The owner/operator of PAK’nSAVE in Petone says that he wants to make sure something is left for today’s generation. Two electric vehicle charging stations, also known as ‘juice points’, were installed in the car park of the Petone supermarket a few years ago. Since then, they have been widely used by customers. “One of the main reasons we had them installed was because people with electric vehicles who were shopping with us couldn’t take advantage of our fuel discounts,” Leo says. Continued on page 2. PAK’nSAVE owner/operator Leo O’Sullivan plugging in his supermarket’s new electric van, the Nissan E-NV200. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Changing the world little by little Continued from page 1. Though the charging stations could be seen as a small step, Leo believes that it’s about making people aware of the situation and making a change, little by little. “All you have to do is look at the dump. Something needs to be done,” Leo says. “We’re 100 per cent New Zealand owned; we need to lead the change. I just hope a change happens in my lifetime.” Leo says it is encouraging to see people trying do things better. Along with the customers who use the charging stations, the supermarket also has a new electric van. T he Pa k n’Save Nissa n E-NV200 is capable of doing 5000km for $100 of charge. He says by having the van it’s helping make people aware that electric vehicles are affordable and showcasing that electric vehicles are looking like the way to go. As well as the two electric charging stations, Pakn’Save in Petone offers reusable bags and provides recycling options for customers.

PAK’nSAVE owner/operator Leo O’Sullivan hopes to see things change in his lifetime. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Pakn’Save in Petone is also involved with the clean-up events along Petone Beach. The electric charging stations were provided by Wellington Electric. In May 2016, the Government announced its Electric Vehicles Programme, a wide

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The countdown to opening night is on at Wainuiomata Little Theatre. The theatre will showcase Hairspray as its next production set to open in November. Set in 1960s Baltimore, danceloving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on “The Corny Collins Show” and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion — and perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny’s

reining dance queen and bring racial integration to the show. Tracy will be played by Amanda Richards, a newbie to the Wainuiomata Little Theatre, but not necessarily to the lead role. The show opens to the public on November 8. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available from Clive’s Chemist, Queen St, Wainuiomata.  For more information and updates, follow Wainuiomata Little Theatre on Facebook.

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Amanda Richards surrounded by the cast of Hairspray. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Write Wainuiomata a success It was a very proud moment for Joel Funganitao recently as he was announced as the winner of Write Wainuiomata. Write Wainuiomata was a poetry and short story competition run by Sport Wainuiomata. One of the only criteria for the competition was that the word ‘Wainuiomata’ had to be included. The 12-year-old from St Claudine Thevenet School, was the overall winner with his poem, Wainuiomata. Joel’s granddad was main focus of the poem – however, the young writer had kept that a secret. Joel went and visited his granddad following the competition to read the poem to him. “We have been learning about poetry and different ways to write them in class and [we were] told about this competition, so I just wrote it,” Joel says. Joel’s teacher, Wendy Wilson, was also selected as a finalist in the open category of the

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Joel Funganitao and Wendy Wilson, from St Claudine Thevenet School. PHOTO: Supplied

competition. She was awarded a highly commended placing. Her influence and obvious love of the written word can be seen through the 20 other entries made by students from her class. The competition attracted more than 30 entries and was judged by members of the Wainuiomata Library Thursday Book Group. Other winners included Tuari

Dawson, Lee Welsh, as well as Savannah Mozer, Diamond Maas, Korina Grace and Zeelan Wikaire. Charlie Holland from Sport Wainuiomata came up with the idea of holding an inclusive creative writing competition to acknowledge some of the local wordsmiths and storytellers.

Here in Wainuiomata Is my special place It’s my Pa’s house A place of love and grace There I talk to him All the things on my mind He never shuts me down He listens and he’s kind Smells of Tongan topai The meal I love the most Drifts around the house Like an inviting fragrant ghost We hang out on the couch Having a laugh and fun It really is the place My taonga in the sun

Missy Awatere, loved member of the community Many are mourning the loss of Missy Awatere, a hard-working and much loved member of the Wainuiomata community. Lorraine “Missy” Awatere received a Civic Honours Award in 2016 after being recognised for her volunteering spirit over the years. Missy was awarded a Civic Honours Award for Community Service, Cultural Affairs and Youth Activities. She was nominated for her work as a Wainuiomata Maori Warden, which she has done for twenty years. It was said she was always willing to help others in her community, including neighbours and friends and worked late at night in the rain and cold on the Hutt

Valley Flyer bus service making sure that everybody is safe. A nominator said, “She has a heart of gold, not young in her years, but carries a wealth of knowledge, and handles all situations head on.” Missy was always grateful to the community for their support. She passed away in her sleep on Friday. A tangi service was set to be held at Wainuiomata Marae on October 25. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace says it is a very sad day for Wainuiomata. “Missy was totally committed to this community. I have known her for 20 years and she was always doing things for others,” Ray says.

Emergency water tanks Looking for an emergency water tank? Petone Library now have 200L tanks are now available for $105. Features of the tank include easy installation, easy transportation (will fit into most cars), food grade/UV resistant plastic, all fittings, including a diverter kit (not shown in photo), strapping, bung and brass tap included and a 10 year warranty for the tank and one year warranty for the diverter kit. To find out more about the importance of storing water in case of an emergency, how much to store and how to store it, visit nz/how-to/store-water.

Knights Rd work 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, says 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. 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.

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CIVIC AWARDS: Missy Awatere, left, was awarded the Hutt City Civic Honours Awards Ceremony in 2016. PHOTO: Supplied

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. Online entries close November 26.



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inbrief news Woburn masquerade ball Residents at Woburn Home by Enliven will party the night away this Thursday. This is the third year a ball has been run at the Lower Hutt home, with this year’s theme a masquerade ball. Residents have helped staff plan the event, including deciding what music will play. The strong involvement of residents in all aspects of the event reflects the Enliven’s philosophy, which emphasises the importance of elders’ independence and choice as well as creativity and spontaneity.

Penguin detector dog’s school visit Mena, the penguin detector dog, was out at San Antonio School  in Eastbourne recently with her owner Alastair Judkins. The pair work together and take stock of Little Blue Penguin numbers in the Eastern Bays as part of development plans for the Eastern Bays Shared Pathway. The children had an opportunity to pat Mena and learn more about her work helping detect penguins and helping organisations like council minimise disruption to known penguin nests. To find out more about the Eastern Bays Shared Pathway visit www.

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Variety concert to feature local talent By Dan Whitfield

A variety concert made up of local Wainuiomata talent will wow the community later this month. Organiser Bernadette Patelesio is one of the many performers from Wainuiomata, performing alongside her three sisters, and is encouraging the community to come along. The variety concert will be held on Saturday, October 28 and will also include several musical and cultural performances. As the concert is a fundraiser, proceeds will go towards new music gear for the Wainuiomata St Patrick’s Church – of which Bernadette is also part of. “We want people to come,” Bernadette says. Bernadette says they held a similar concert a few years ago that was really successful – raising $3000. This year the goal is to raise $5000 and Bernadette believes this is possible with the support

Sisters, from left to right, Bernadette Patelesio, Catherine Quirke, Wendy Hill and Bridget O’Shanassy, with mum, Nancy Hill, centre. PHOTO: Supplied

of the Wainuiomata community. The real success will be seeing the hall full on the night, she says. Already tickets in hot demand, with more than 200 sold already.

Labour has taken its spot as New Zealand’s new gover nment following negotiations with New Zealand First that played a critical step to forming a Labour-led progressive Government. Pr ime Minister-elect and Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern says that she was very heartened by the level of support she had received and looks forward to ushering in a new era for New Zealand. Labour’s Cabinet Ministers are to include David Clark, Clare Curran, Kelvin Davis, Chris Hipkins, Iain Lees-Galloway, An-

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Zealand First and Green Party Ministers, will be announced in the coming week. Labour’s Ginny Anderson, Labour list MP based in Hutt South, took to Twitter last week to say: “NZ voted for change and we now have it. Proud and excited for what our future now holds. There’s so much to do - bring it on.” Ginny was named list MP alongside Trevor Mallard, the former Hutt South MP. Despite the change in Government, National’s Chris Bishop will represent Wainuiomata and the rest of Hutt South as MP.

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Young people celebrate with day of team building

YOUth Inspire participants enjoy a day trip to Makara. PHOTO: Supplied

YOUth Inspire is continuing its work of building brighter futures for young people in Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley by celebrating the success of several individuals next month. A graduation ceremony has been planned for November 16 to celebrate and acknowledge those who have completed the ‘Licence to Work’ programme. Last month, many of the programme’s participants went snorkelling at Makara

Beach giving them an opportunity to use their team building, communication and resilience training in a real world scenario that many of them haven’t experienced. YOUth Inspire is championed by Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace. It is part of the nationwide network of New Zealand’s mayors, working together towards the vision of all young people under 25 being engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other positive

activity in their communities. Since 2014, YOUth Inspire has achieved getting 381 people into employment with the number growing each year. The graduation will celebrate the positive and successful efforts that young people have made to transition into employment. The mayor and a range of supporters of the programme will be in attendance at the graduation.

Five fatal crashes over Labour Weekend Despite police urging motorists to drive safely over the weekend, there were four fatal crashes, resulting in five deaths over Labour Weekend 2017. The official holiday period for began at 4pm on Friday, October 20, and ended at 6am on Tuesday, October 24. The five deaths were three passengers, one motor cycle rider, and one cyclist.

National policing manager superintendent Steve Greally says there has been a high number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads this year. “So far in 2017, 301 people have been killed in 271 crashes. At the same time in 2016, 255 people had died in 219 crashes. This leaves a devastating impact on affected families and communities,” Steve says.

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External support for refresher of community Wainuiomata Shopping Centre has been labelled as “dying” by locals for years. Even with supermarket operator Progressive Enterprises purchasing the run down mall this year, its future is uncertain. A number of stores including The Warehouse, one of the shopping centre’s largest tenants, chose to relocate in recent years due to dwindling sales and customer numbers. However, Ian Wright is keen to see Wainuiomata’s brand improve. The Auckland-based director of Praesto Property says in relation to the town centre, he can’t remember for example how many times it has been stated by various parties that ‘high rents have been the problem with the mall’, when the reality has been that nothing is further from the truth. “I was expecting it to be run down but it’s not at all like that. It’s just had its brand affected. It’s not the rent affecting the mall, it’s just old,” Ian says. “Wainuiomata has a bright future, probably the brightest it has had for a few years. I believe Wainuiomata suffers to a reasonable degree from negative external perceptions about it.” Ian expressed his interest in Wainuiomata being the gateway to the outdoors and that it can only become stronger. “The stance we should be taking is a refresher of the community.” “Catchpool Valley has a ring to it that I believe provides an opportunity for it to be promoted in a more assertive way. Ian says an association with this great outdoors area to the brand of Wainuiomata can only help lift the image of Wainuiomata overall. In a statement from Countdown upon the purchase of the shopping centre, general manager of corporate affairs James Walker explained how they would be considering how they could redevelop the site in due course.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: If you could change one thing about your community, without having to worry about time or money, what would you change?

Vanessa Shardlow, Wainuiomata “Probably bring in more activities and improve how the schools run, not just the high school but all the schools in Wainui.”

Emelia Beyer, Wainuiomata “I would want to change the attitude of the people and the kids. Especially towards the mall and property in Wainui.”

Eiva Bryant, Wainuiomata “The cleanliness of our community, no more graffiti, no more rubbish. Just a clean community. A nicer society so people’s views about it are better.”

Liam Edginton, Wainuiomata “People’s attitudes, especially around our community and how we think about ourselves.”

Callum Lawrence, Wainuiomata “More fulfilling businesses in the mall.”

Shiloh Babbington, Wainuiomata “Probably either the way we look or become closer as a community. Have more community get togethers, and create an even friendlier environment.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Support for new path Dear editor, With reference to the way our two councillors keep their profile on new undertakings (Wainuiomata Hill footpath), which will benefit able-bodied people and help keep them safe while walking on the hill. This a good cause and should be done. When are they going to start looking at the existing footpaths and surrounding areas for safety especially for the aged and less able who have to use wheelchairs and

walkers when using these footpaths? In my opinion, this makes our community selfish only wanting new things against keeping the present in good repair and safe. Yours sincerely, Joe Wyse, Wainuiomata Dear Joe, We also think that this is a great idea and believe that there are other areas in Wainuiomata that should have attention

from the council. However, until there is a safe and suitable way for people to cross the hill, we don’t think other work will happen. That said, we definitely believe existing footpaths should be addressed, especially looking at it from a safety perspective. Thank you for your letter. Yours sincerely, The editor

Diwali celebrations at Pencarrow Kindergarten Pencarrow Kindergarten was awash with colour and fun as they celebrated Diwali on Friday. It was a day to remember with activities that enabled the children to experience the Indian culture. The outdoor area became a rainbow of colours and beautiful patterns from Rangoli stencils and coloured powder; little hands were decorated with henna and traditional ornaments and fabrics were on display for the children to explore; a shared feast of Indian food for the children, parents and teachers gave the opportunity for new foods to be tried and enjoyed. Ranita Ram and family were thrilled to be invited to share their culture with children at her daughter’s kindergarten. “Enabling children to experience other cultures enriches their understanding and appreciation of others traditions and beliefs,” says head teacher Simone Leaupepe. “Celebrating who we are and where we are from installs a sense of belonging and place. We want our children to feel proud of who they are and want to share this with others.” “We are so grateful to Ranita and family for sharing Diwali with us.”

Brylie Rees showing the finished design. PHOTO: Supplied

Back from left, Haven Pangan, Izzy Fawcett, Henry Swinton-Robertson, Paula Helu, Kiara Malo, and Maia Morgan. Front from left, Louis Seupule-Thompson, and Kaydin-James Fa’aaliga-Mene. PHOTO: Supplied Ranita Ram designs henna on Izzy Fawcett. PHOTO: Supplied

The teachers at Pencarrow Kindergarten are passionate about celebrating cultural identity and the diversity of their community. This is reflected in the fun learning activities on offer each day. Aligned with the Lunar Calendar, Diwali marks the beginning

of the Hindu New Year. The word, originated from the Sanskrit Deepavali, means “row of lights” and is a celebrated over four to five days. Each day of Diwali has its own myth to tell, all celebrating the victory of goodness over evil, and

light over darkness. The festival is an ancient Indian tradition. It spread with the migration of Indians (extensively under the British rule in the 18th century) and found a set place in many cultures and countries around the globe.

Diwali is a time of regeneration for people – they leave behind all their anger, stress and rivalry and enjoy other people’s company, exchange gift and goodies, clean up their houses, decorate their neighbourhood, and light fireworks.

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HighLight carnival lights up Lower Hutt HighLight Carnival of Lights transformed Lower Hutt’s Riddiford Garden with interactive light installations over the weekend. The inaugural light carnival ran for four nights and saw residents immerse themselves in displays, live entertainment for the whole family and hands-on features as they explored the gardens. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace took to Facebook to express how much he enjoyed the festival, saying it was amazing and that the lights and fireworks were fantastic.

“An amazing event – really a first of its kind for the region,” Ray says. “Over 60,000 people turned up to see the lighting spectacular and it was great to see so many children so happy and excited by the event too. The organisers have done us proud.” Ray thanked festival director Carla Steed and her team for their dedication in making the event so memorable. HighLight partnered with charity Alzheimer’s Wellington to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

The Superhero Fun Run, Walk and Wheel event has attracted hundreds of entrants in previous years. PHOTO: Supplied

We all have our favourite superhero – and now’s your chance to wear your cape, mask and ‘undies on the outside’ costume. Sport Wainuiomata and the Hutt City Council are running the iconic superhero fun run event for yet another year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 4 and also incorporates a walking and wheels category so everyone can take part. Children or the young-at-

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Peter Richardson’s Falcon engine room.Peter is uncle to Shane who has had a remarkable motorcycle season in Moto America series in the States.

Car event supporting Wainuiomata families Petrol heads were out in support of two Wainuiomata families recently. A car and bike show was held at the Fitzroy Tavern car park 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 was great to support something like this – and pleased to see so many people turn up on the day. Around 150 people attended throughout the day – with a steady flow of locals turning out to show their support.

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Wednesday October 25, 2017

Back for another year Scott Court is Hutt Valley’s of trick or treating first smokefree

Michelle and Glenn Smith are gearing up for another spooky Halloween – decorating their Totara Street home for the community to enjoy. In previous years, efforts to deco-

rate their home had seen hundreds of people knock on their door for trick or treating. The Halloween display is run and funded by the couple for the

community’s enjoyment. There will also be actors helping make the experience extra spooky. Michelle and Glenn Smith live at 40 Totara Street, Wainuiomata.

Scott Court in Stokes Valley has become the Hutt Valley’s first smokefree suburban shopping centre. Hutt City Council officially designated the space smokefree at a meeting on October 10. As well as being the first in the Hutt Valley, Scott Court will become one of the first smokefree shopping areas across the country thanks to Council’s Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy. Mayor Ray Wallace says this is another step Council is taking towards the Government’s goal of becoming smokefree by 2025. “Council is taking a leadership role in the community’s health and wellbeing by having a policy that supports smokers to quit while raising a smokefree generation,” Ray says. “Children ‘do as they see’ so we want to make smoking less normal and visible, smokefree places help us achieve this.” Smokefree places also support smokers who are trying to quit as the sight and smell of others smoking can make it hard to stay smokefree. When the policy was ex-

One of the decorations for this year’s Halloween display. PHOTO: Supplied

City Mission asks whose star will you be this Christmas? Last Christmas, the Wellington City Mission was encouraged to see thousands of people across the city come together to be stars to families and individuals in need. Because of this generous support, the organisation was able to feed around 3000 people through their Christmas food parcels and provide children with over 9300 gifts to enjoy on Christmas Day! Now it’s time to do it again. This year, the Wellington City Mission are once again asking Wellingtonians to “be someone’s star” by getting involved in their Christmas Star Appeal. The appeal launches on Monday, October 30 and there are many ways that businesses, families and individuals can get involved. The Mission is excited to have their iconic Christmas Walk of Fame happening for the third year – and this year it will be bigger and better than ever!

Businesses, individuals, families and groups can get their name or logo on a Hollywood Walk of Fame-style star which will be displayed on Wellington’s waterfront from December 1 to 26. The Mission’s annual Street Day is also taking place on Friday, December 1. The generous donations received throughout the appeal will make a life-changing difference right across the region. More than just meeting people’s physical needs, being a star is about bringing hope, joy, courage and confidence to those who are struggling. By showing them someone cares, people can make a difference that lasts long after the Christmas decorations have come down.  For more information about the appeal visit, ChristmasStar.

suburban centre tended in 2016, exploring smokefree shopping centres were identified as the next step towards creating a smokefree Lower Hutt. Stokes Valley was one of the areas chosen as it supports the rejuvenation work Council is doing to coincide with the opening of the Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub in October 2017. Council staff engaged with retailers and businesses about creating a smokefree Scott Court. Several businesses commented that good signage and promotion would be needed to show the area is smokefree. Over the next nine months, council staff will focus on shopping centres in Petone, Taita, Naenae, Moera and Wainuiomata, as well as the CBD. These centres have been prioritised as they either have high foot traffic or high rates of smoking. In 2018/19, council will explore designating areas in the remaining suburban shopping centres within Lower Hutt as smokefree areas.

Volunteer collectors needed for SPCA annual appeal By Dan Whitfield

SPCA Wellington is looking for support across the Hutt Valley ahead of next month’s Annual Street Appeal. The SPCA’s Annual Street Appeal is happening on Friday,

November 10, and Saturday, November 11 however, organisers are in need of more collectors. People who can spare a couple of hours are being encouraged register ahead of time to help with organisation. Collectors are also encouraged to have fun

while they raise valuable funds for the SPCA. All donations will go towards fighting the neglect and abuse of animals in the Wellington region, and giving the animals the love and care that they all deserve.

The SPCA’s Annual Street Appeal is happening on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11. PHOTO: Supplied

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TriAbility Triathlon returns in 2018 The TriAbility Triathlon will make a return in 2018. The inclusive multisport event that supports people of all abilities in a competitive environment will be held on Saturday, March 17. Sport Wainuiomata is proud to partner with the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust to run the event in Wainuiomata for the fifth year. In the past, the event has attracted healthy competition with athletes given the choice of three distances: Sprint (700m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run); Super Sprint (300m swim, 9km cycle, 2.5km run); and Super Sonic (50m swim, 2km cycle, 400m run). This is not just an event for people with disabilities; it is an event for all abilities, from elite to first-timers and everything in between.

Registrations open on November 4. Sport Wainuiomata is looking for volunteers to help with community events, such as the TriAbility Triathlon. The vision of Sport Wainuiomata is about uniting the community through sport and recreation by engaging whanau and families in sport and recreation.  Do you have a few hours to volunteer in some great community events? Contact Sport Wainuiomata via Sportwainuiomatainc@ or call operations manager Peter Cowan on 027 264 5553.  Sport Wainuiomata need volunteers for course marshalling, photography, event set up and pack down, registration tables, first-aid, and hospitality.

Athletes cross the finish line in the previous event. PHOTO: Supplied

Rimutaka Forest Park, Wainuiomata’s hidden gem

Second place for Whitaker By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata’s own Jake Whitaker placed well at the first round of the KTM Extreme Enduro Series held in Tokoroa over Labour Weekend. The eight-time New Zealand moto-trials champion worked hard to pull in a good result however, had to settle for second place overall. The event was a “last-manstanding” situation and saw riders race through forestry land between Putaruru and Taupo, over two-and-a-half days - starting Friday, October 20, and finishing on Sunday, October 22. Each day’s track was different and was up to 150km in length. Riders followed a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) course that uploaded their results to a handlebar-mounted GPS device. Jake says that he had a pretty

good time on his bike but did have a few issues with his GPS turning off for a lot of the race which resulted in lost time. “I was going well and had pulled a small gap on the boys but unfortunately had some navigation issues. I lost time on a hill and fell to the back of the pack. I came into the service pit more than 10 minutes behind the leaders. I worked hard and reeled the boys back in over the afternoon and managed to take the day win. Unfortunately it just wasn’t enough for the overall and I had to settle for second,” Jake says. Jake was 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.

One of the many walks in Rimutaka Forest Park. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Rimutaka Forest Park is a hidden gem that many people forget about. However, more and more people are getting hiking boots on to explore it. At 22,000 hectares, the Rimutaka Forest Park encompasses much of the Rimutaka Range. It is characterised by steep, bush-clad hills and narrow fernfilled valleys cut by abundant freshwater streams and the beautiful Orongorongo River. Throughout the park, there are many walking tracks appealing to bushwalkers and nature lovers of every age and stage

of life. Three of the many walking tracks include the Big Bend Track that follows the Orongorongo River and connects the Orongorongo Track with the Whakanui Track; the Catchpool Loop Walk, a 1.6 km loop walk through a nikau groves and native forests; and the Butcher Track, a two-hour one way walk that provides magnificent views of the Wellington region. The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust has a committed group of individuals focused on preserving and restoring the

natural and historic resources of the Rimutaka Forest Park. It was formed in 1988 to stimulate public interest in conservation areas, encourage interactive research and environmental programmes and to cooperate with the Department of Conservation in the fullest development of the park.  For more information, about Rimutaka Forest Park and what it offers go to parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/ places/rimutaka-forest-park/.

Jake Whitaker on his KTM EXC 300. PHOTO: Supplied

Wednesday October 25, 2017



Wainuiomata Primary lift up Piri Weepu Cup By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata Primary School’s two rippa rugby teams. PHOTO: Supplied

Wainuiomata Primary School has come out on top to win a rippa rugby tournament recently and lift up the Piri Weepu Cup with honour. The school submitted two teams into the tournament that was held at Wainuiomata High School. The school finished first and second out of the twelve teams that competed. Wainui 1 was made up of Fanua Rimoni, Canon Hakaraia-McKinley, Victoria Bleakley, Emily Hargraves, Ella Hakaraia, Ricquie-Lee Jensen, Shaqhan Rota, Elias Tanirau-Peke, Tamati Rongokea, Van Hunter Warr, Taite Barnes, and Jahrome Orupe. The team played five games, winning three, losing one game, and finishing equal with Fernlea School in the semi-final. Wainui 2 was made up of Hay-

ley Halkett, Maia Davids, Ruby M a c G r e g o r, K a n z a s Q u i n n , Jody-Lee Quirke, Jaylyn Rawiri, Shayden Mudgway, Justin Broome, Elijah Solomona, Jackson Mather, Daniel-James Purvis, Jordan Potbury-Love, Kody Findon, and Detroit Tangiiau. The team also played five games, winning four and finishing equal in its other game. In the final, Wainui 1 lost to Wainui 2 however, all of the players had strong moments running with the ball and scoring numerous tries. The game was evenly contested and tense in the early stages. Both teams demonstrated the school’s C.A.R.E. values and represented the school with pride.  The tournament was held on September 19.

Summer sport heating up for Wainuiomata High School By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata High School is in store for a hot summer with its two volleyball teams looking to take top spot in the Hutt Valley. At this stage there are two senior teams taking part in the Hutt Valley volleyball competition. Last year Wainuiomata placed fourth however sports

co-ordinator at Wainuiomata High School Peter Cowan says the team would be looking to improve. The Wainuiomata High School girls’ side will play in division one of the Hutt Valley competition. This is the first time in a few years that Wainuiomata High School has had a senior boys’ team. The side won its first game of the season

overcoming Hutt Valley High School 3-2 recently. Wa i n u i o m a t a H i g h School’s annual spor ts awards are also happening in the coming weeks.  The evening ceremony is scheduled to happen on November 2 at 7pm.Wainuiomata is also gearing up to host a Ki o Rahi regional tournament in November.

The senior boys’s volleyball teams: front, from left: Andrew Sa’u, James Faitele, Alex Mauvae, Afato Morunga, Aviata Sa’u. Back, from left: Daniel Leteu, Tui Asini, Solomoana Mapesone, Cameron Sheard, Lagafenua Malaitia, Logoaoina Lauama, Alofa Partch, and coach Tryfan Ephraim.PHOTO:Supplied

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GIRLS VOLLEY: Front, from left: Chase Foster, Sarah McLeod-Venu, Pastialia Time, Bree Itula, Kathrine Taituvae. Back, from left: Vanza Peni, Vineta Saolele, Doris Tagaloa, Hope Sa’u, Akara Malaetasi, and Keana Faitele. PHOTO:Supplied.

Beauden Barrett visits Konini Primary School Konini Primary School students will be visited All Blacks and Hurricanes player Beauden Barrett today. The school won one of the major prizes in their ‘Pass the Ball’ competition from July this year.

Students teamed up with their peers at Larmenier and Sacred Heart Primary School to pass a rugby ball from London to Wellington –– and back as part of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

A loss at the right time can always be a positive and that will be the case for the All Blacks after Saturday’s 23-18 defeat to the stubborn Wallabies in Brisbane. The loss will inject the Aussies with a bit of self belief which is good for the hurting global game but the men in black shouldn’t be too disheartened. The All Blacks were missing a number of frontline players and with more than 50 players set to wear the silver fern in 2017, the reality is that there have been plenty of injuries and personal reasons to keep the coaching staff and selectors busy. The All Blacks lost a dead-rubber game while blooding new players. So, what did we learn? Beauden Barrett is the best No 10 in the country while Ben Smith is easily the best fullback. The forwards miss the physicality and work rate of Brodie Retallick in the tight stuff. The end of year Northern Hemisphere tour will be fascinating.

The prospect of seeing dynamic 20-year-old hooker Asafo Aumua in action while Jack Goodhue has a great chance at nailing down a long-term midfield spot. There is still a need to find a third halfback and a third No 10 but blooding more than 50 players this year proves the All Blacks have depth which is the envy of the world considering their strong winning record this year. The other interesting factor will be to see how the defence goes with coaching guru Wayne Smith having stepped away after the loss on Saturday. Rest assured though, this is the All Blacks - success is a key aspect of the brand and it’s woven into the fabric of the iconic jersey. Winning is a habit and for this team it is the expectation each time they play. The facts are they can’t win all the games and some games are more important than others. Let’s learn from it and build to win the games that matter over the next two years.


Wednesday October 25, 2017

Wainuiomata News 25-10-17  

Wainuiomata News 25-10-17

Wainuiomata News 25-10-17  

Wainuiomata News 25-10-17