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Car show at Fernlea By Dan Whitfield

Georgia Lacey is enlisting Wainuiomata car enthusiasts to help her raise money for her school. The seven-year-old is the brains behind a car show fundraising event set to be held at Fernlea School on November 19 – with money raised going towards sports equipment. Fernlea School principal Tony Field says there had been some focus on student initiatives – and Georgia’s idea was to hold a fundraiser for the school. He says the idea is to help the students get passionate about something and allow them to take ownership of a project that will benefit other students. Continued on page 2. Fernlea School Tony Field and seven-year-old Georgia Lacey are encouraging the public to attend a car show fundraiser to be held at the school this weekend. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Continued from page 1. The car show is set to feature an array of eye-catching classic and muscle cars parked around the playground at Fernlea School, Lees Gr, Wainuiomata. There will also be a number of competition cars on show.

Tony and Georgia are confident there will be lots of cars for people to look at and the hope is to raise more than $500. Already more than 300 people are set to attend. Entry into the event will be a

gold coin for adults and 50c for under 12s. A sausage sizzle and raffle will be run on the day as well. All money will go towards new sports equipment. The event will run from 10am to 1pm on November 19.

 For more information or to enter a car in the show, contact Fernlea School on 564 6066. Alternatively, people can Search ‘Georgia’s Car show Fernlea fundraiser’ on Facebook.

Senior students recognised for 2017 efforts Senior students from Wainuiomata High School have been recognised for their successes throughout 2017. The prizegiving was held on November 7 and provided an opportunity for staff to publically acknowledge and celebrate top academic achievers and recognise the special contribution of a number of students at Wainuiomata High School. Major year 13 prize winners were Wainuiomata High School Dux Annalise Richardson and proxime accessit to Dux Joel Carman. Annalise picked up the Wainuiomata High School Board of Trustees Cup and Medal for Dux; Lions Club of Wainuiomata Award to the Dux; Victoria University Pathway Scholarship; Ernst & Young Cup for year 13 Social Sciences; Sandy Clough Memorial Trophy for year 13

Classical Studies; Wainuiomata High School Cup for year 13 Statistics; and Wainuiomata High School Cup for year 13 Home Economics. Joel picked up the Wainuiomata High School Board of Trustees Cup and Medal for Proxime Accessit to Dux; University of Otago Performance Entrance Scholarship; Industrial Research, Alan MacDiarmid Prize for year 13 Chemistry; New Zealand Institute of Physics Prize for Senior Physics; Victoria University Mathematics Department Cup for year 13 Mathematics; and WelTec Cup for year 13 Science. Other awards were:

Ruby Gardner, Wainuiomata High School Board of Trustees Medal to Deputy Head Girl, Alex Reedijk Award for Senior Contribution to Arts Technical; Shannon Collier, ASPIRE Cup;

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Fifty cent day on its way By Dan Whitfield

St Claudine Thévenet School students are getting excited for the school’s famous 50 cent day. Students are asking the community to break open their piggy-banks to support the school-based event. Principal Sue Jury says the

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inbrief news Correction An article in last week’s Wainuiomata News about the Koha Shed had incorrect open hours. The opening hours of the Koha Shed are Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm.

100km car chase New Zealand Police are talking to two people after an almost 100km car chase. The two youths reportedly stole the car from Wainuiomata, and were caught driving on the wrong side of the motorway. The car chase started around 7.45pm after the car was reported stolen around 6pm.

Students trade places Three students from Wainuiomata High School will have the opportunity to venture overseas to attend their sister school, Iizuka High School in Fukoka, Japan. Over the past few years, several students have been sponsored to be a year 14 student and teach English to kindergarten-aged children. Current year 13 students Amy Gratton, Shiloh Babbington and Jaymie Brown will next year take up the position at Iizuka High School.

Housing proposal out for consultation Hutt City Council is now calling for submissions on its proposal to enable medium density housing to be built in the city, with a particular focus on nine suburban centres – Wainuiomata included. The proposed District Plan change would permit a wider range of housing, including low-rise apartments and terraced houses, centred on nine areas with good access to public transport, shopping, parks and schools. It will also help address issues such as housing affordability, particularly for those looking to buy their first property, and offer practical options to older residents looking to downsize their homes while remaining in their home suburbs. Mayor Ray Wallace says the proposed plan change is aimed at positioning the city for the future and will underpin council’s current work to rejuvenate the city. “Lower Hutt has very limited land for residential development and a shortage of housing capacity, especially one and two

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bedroom homes. At the same time we are seeing population growth after several decades of minimal movement,” Ray says. Due to the scope and importance of the proposals, the public notification of District Plan Change 43 is to be followed by an extended four-month consultation period ending on March 9, 2018. “This will put Lower Hutt ahead of the game in enabling

housing supply to meet demand and avoid the housing shortage and skyrocketing house price situation that we’ve seen in other New Zealand cities. That scenario is a significant drag on city economies and deprives young people the opportunity of owning their own home – owning a house shouldn’t be a privilege for a few,” Ray says. “And there are many other reasons behind this proposal.

We need good quality, affordable housing if Lower Hutt businesses are to recruit and retain staff. More compact communities mean less reliance on cars, less emissions and more costeffective use of our infrastructure. It encourages walking and cycling and greater use of public transport.” Ray understands that such changes evoke strong emotions from some residents. “I believe we’ve struck a sensible balance between working for the greater long-term good of the city and the concerns of those residents who would prefer things remain the same.” A design guide, for more intensive developments requiring resource consent, would address issues such as the effects on privacy and shade, the quality of building designs and onsite storm water management.  Details on the plan change and information on how to make a submission can be found at: www.huttcity.govt. nz/pc43.

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Hutt Valley Police are investigating a death that is possibly related to synthetic drugs. The deceased is a 36-year-old man who lived in the Hutt Valley. Police have referred the death to the Coroner. Hutt Valley Area Commander, Inspector Sean Hansen says it is important to stress that the Coroner’s investigation will take some time and is at a very early stage. “There is a possibility that this death may not have been caused by a synthetic drug and this is ultimately for the Coroner to

decide,” he says. Police are focused on holding to account those who are manufacturing or supplying this drug. Police have already seized a significant amount of synthetic drugs from addresses within the Hutt Valley and wider Wellington District and a number of arrests have been made. Police are working closely with other government agencies such as District Health Boards, the Ministry of Health, Customs and Coronial Services, to ensure that the public is well

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informed about the dangers of taking this drug. Like with any drug, police cannot solve this problem alone and need the communities’ help. The public can provide information to New Zealand Police directly or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Other incidents have caught the attention of police in Porirua, with several incidents which are believed to be linked to the effects of synthetic drugs. “We also ask members of our community who may think

someone has taken synthetic drugs to call 111 immediately and seek medical assistance for them,” Kapiti-Mana Area Commander, Inspector Tracey Thompson, says.  Staying safe: If anyone is using synthetic drugs, or they know someone who is, policeurge them to stop immediately and seek help if needed by contacting their local GP or by ringing the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or text 8681, seven days a week to speak to a trained counsellor.


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Ken and Richelle Okada have opened their cat café Neko Ngeru. The café is the first of its kind in Wellington and is based in Lower Hutt, giving people the chance to come in and share a cup of coffee with a feline friend. Ken and Richelle say the dream to open a cat café came from experiences working with rescue

groups in Shanghai, China and rescuing abandoned cats around the world. The name of the café signifies both where we come from and where we are – with Neko being the Japanese word for cat and Ngeru the te reo Maori word for cat. The cats that are homed at Neko Ngeru were from shelters such as Outpawed Rescue Trust, Upper Hutt Animal Rescue Society and

Hataitai’s FeralNation and Cat Rehabilitation – and will eventually be up for adoption. Ginny Andersen, Labour list MP for Hutt South, and Trevor Mallard, the new Speaker of the House, were spotted by the Wainuiomata News at the café over the weekend. Ginny says the café was very cool and a great way to get to know a cat before adopting one.

Hutt City Council is leading the way to make Lower Hutt healthier by helping reduce the number of people who smoke. The project has seen council take the leadership role to ensure that Lower Hutt is a healthy community; has a healthy natural environment with clean air, water and land; and has a built environment that is attractive, safe, and healthy. Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death in New Zealand, killing around 5000 Kiwis every year. Since 2016, council has extended its smokefree footprint to improve the health of its city and people – bringing Scott Court in Stokes Valley as its newest designated smokefree area. Scott Court is one of the first suburban 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 New Zealand 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,” Ray says. 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. Other smokefree spaces in the Hutt Valley include playgrounds, outdoor commercial pools, parks and bus shelters. Ea rl ier t h is yea r, t he Wainuiomata Community Board was asked to endorse making Queen St a Smokefree area, much like Scott Court. However, after discussions it was decided that the smokefree area in Wainuiomata should wait, with the focus switching to the smokefree areas that are currently allowed for in council bylaws. In 2018/19, council will explore designating areas in the remaining suburban shopping centres within Lower Hutt as smokefree areas.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you have a plan in case of a big earthquake? What would you and your family do?

Alliah Nanai, Wainuiomata “In an emergency everyone has to get out if we can and go somewhere safe.”

Samantha Weir, Wainuiomata “For earthquakes, our hallway is the safest part of the house so we meet there.”

Kyla Cutter, Wainuiomata “Get down, and get somewhere safe. We’d then discuss what to do next as a family.”

Charles Watkins, Wainuiomata “Drop, cover, hold.”

Jack Brosnahan, Wainuiomata “If there is an earthquake, we’d get under the table. If there is a tsunami, we would get into the car and go to a hill to be safe.”

Shyreece Umaga, Wainuiomata “I’d grab my younger brother and go under a table and wait for my parents to give the all clear. We have a survival kit so if it was bad we’d have that too.”

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Respects to Len Houldsworth Dear Editor, To the late Len Houldsworth who died recently in Australia. He was captain of the Boys Brigade Company associated with the local Baptist Church.

He taught in an effective way by incorporating into the curriculum fun activities which really related to boys. They enjoyed and remember those interesting times.

A thank you also to ‘rhyme every time’ Tony Watling for introducing a soft humour into his terse verse. Yours sincerely, Ron Stewart Wainuiomata

Water tanks needed Dear Editor, I took a good look at article on the water tanks in Wainuiomata News on November 8th and I have to question suitability of tanks. Is 200 litres right for me and is the guarantee offered adequate? Given the materials that could be used to make it last a lifetime no ten years is not adequate and as for one year on Diverter

Kit - disgraceful and suggests a case of buyer beware. I have emailed one of our local councillors to learn if council endorses these tanks. I suggest people hold off until more info available. Yours sincerely, David Smith Wainuiomata

Disgruntled resident annoyed over fireworks Dear Editor, There are people out there who are on the bread line due to National of course. But here’s you lot letting off fireworks, worth $100 to $200, the selfishness of mankind. People who are needy look upon your stupidity as burning away money. You are celebrating something that has no importance to New Zealand, the same as Halloween. It’s not our thing; we should have our own without copying other countries cultures. I saw some idiot two years ago holding a roman candle in his hand and lighting the fuse. I wonder if he was one of the idiots Wellington Free Ambulance have to take to the burns unit every year. Have you noticed that the ones getting the most kicks out of Guy Fawkes are the

adults? I reckon there’s lots of young people who think of the adults as children, the ones who are meant to be setting examples, and lots of young people would agree with what I said: Each fire work that goes off puts stress on pets, more so birds and kiwis. Lots of adults act like children themselves. Anyone who saves some over for New Year that’s dam well stupid - anyone caught should be fined $500 going over the date line of letting them off. That’s the council’s job. I hate fireworks. Look at the harm they have done people losing their homes because of hot parts of the fireworks going through people’s windows. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Wainuiomata


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New play shows off First House Hutt talent Build for Rimutaka Prison L ou ise P roud fo ot’s D esp er at e HuttWives aims to show off the Hutt Valley at its best. Hutt Old Boys Marist Rugby clubrooms will be transformed into a temporary theatre later this month, with local actors, Tess Jamieson Karaha Hannah McKie Doornebosch, Jerome Chandrahasen and Tom Trevella taking the stage from November 29 to December 9 The Hutt Valley stars will be joined by Wellington’s Liz Kirkman, Sabrina Martin and Alex Greig. The play will be set in Upper Hutt where the HuttWives hold BBQs on their decks and hang their dirty laundry out to dry in an unsuspecting cul-de-sac. Gleefully, they destroy their relationships with each other and demand the impossible of their confused spouses. Director Geraldine Brophy sees an important part of their mission as the

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In a first for Rimutaka Prison, a group of prisoners have built a three-bedroom house as part of their construction programme. Eight men who participated in the build graduated from the Level three New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Allied Trades and Carpentry) programme in a ceremony in the prison recently. The 34-week programme is delivered in the prison by WelTec. “Building a house has been a terrific opportunity for the men to further develop their core skills from the Level two programme,” Rimutaka Prison director Viv Whelan says. The house has a footprint of approximately 113square-metres, is double glazed and insulated and is a timber bevel-back weatherboard construction. Electrical and plumbing work including pressure-testing, have also been completed by WelTec. “The training the men have received fits with what the construction industry needs – people with practical skills, hands-on experience of using tools and machinery, experience of health and safety procedures, and team work,” Viv says. “The men have built more than a house; they’ve built a future for themselves. We’ve had a partnership with WelTec to deliver trade training programmes on site for nearly 10 years. Participating in quality education and gaining trade skills can reduce the likelihood of re-offending.” WelTec and Whitireia chief executive Chris Gosling says: “We are pleased to recognise the achievement of these

students. With this new nationally recognised qualification in construction these students will have the ability to enter the booming construction industry.” “Educational attainment at this level provides students with a sound base for further training and advancement in industry. The students should feel proud of their achievements and the house that they have constructed has been built to a very high standard,” Chris says. The house is owned by WelTec who will have it moved off-site in the New Year. Wet areas, flooring and kitchen will be added afterwards. Across Corrections in the 2016/17 financial year 3894 qualifications were achieved by prisoners, with 1992 prisoners participating in trade training. WelTec training delivered at Rimutaka Prison also includes painting and decorating, plumbing, plastering, brick and block laying and other trades are planned for next year. WelTec tutors teach technical skills in the prison workshops supported by Corrections’ custodial officers. The courses that prisoners complete and the qualifications gained in prison are the same as the external programmes delivered by WelTec in the community at Petone. Reducing re-offending is Corrections’ top priority and by helping prisoners to earn skills and qualifications, it could help them gain employment on release. Research shows that getting a sustainable job can reduce the likelihood of re-offending and help create safer communities.

presentation of shows written and performed by Hutt Valley theatre practitioners. She says the Hutt has a long history of producing successful and notable names in our entertainment industry. If you would like to know more or book tickets, go to nextstage.co.nz/home/ desperate-huttwives/. Desperate HuttWives shows at Hutt Old Boys Marist Rugby Club, Myrtle St, Lower Hutt from November 29 to December 9 at 7.30pm, and a special 4pm matinee on the December 9. There will be showings at Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington from December 13 to December 16 at 7.30pm, and a special 4pm matinee on the December 16. Desperate HuttWives is written by Louise Proudfoot and directed by Geraldine Brophy.

City Mission’s Star Car on the move Members of the public have a chance to enter the City Mission’s Star Car Christmas raffle as it sets off around Wellington over the next two months. This November and December keep an eye out for the Wellington City Mission’s iconic Star Car at a mall or supermarket in communities around Wellington. The eye-catching car will be cruising around Greater Wellington as part of Christmas Star Appeal and selling tickets to their exciting the Christmas raffle. The Christmas Star Appeal helps make a life-changing difference for families and individuals in need.

Wellington City Mission marketing and fundraising manager Robbie Ross says “we’re always seeking to make the experience of donating fun, while at the same time giving people the opportunity to support those who most need help.” Last year at Christmas, the Mission was able to feed approximately 3000 people through Christmas food parcels and provide kids with over 9300 gifts to enjoy on Christmas Day.  For more information about the Christmas Star Appeal, please visit www.ChristmasStar.co.nz.

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Getting a chance to ‘have-a-go’ locally

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Big hitters turn up for schools softball tournament

Arakura School’s winning team. PHOTO: Supplied

Local students get to run around at Wellington Stadium. PHOTO: Sport Wellington

A total of 549 year five and six students from 20 different schools around Wellington took part in the 2017 Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival. However, after 14 years, the annual event has to evolve so from the fixed Wellington location of the Westpac Stadium to cater for the growing number of students wanting to take part. Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival is aimed at providing primary aged children with quality ‘have-a-go’ experiences in sports. Patrick Simpson, community sport manager at Sport Wellington, says he believes that they can increase the reach of the festivals ‘have-ago’ experience by encouraging and assisting the development of locally-led events, and therefore reach a greater number of students. Although the 2017 event was the last centralised event to be organised by Sport Wellington, it isn’t the end of the festivals. Lower Hutt, through Hutt City Council, already hold a similar event and Regional Public Health has held discussions with Sport Wellington about holding a 2018 event in Porirua. Sport Wellington is encouraging other areas within the region to do the same. “If festival events are held locally, this will

allow local sports organisations to form relationships with schools in areas they are capable of reaching and engaging in, meaning there is more likelihood of children being able to continue their participation. Local events will also use local sporting facilities - and we know that getting involved locally with a sport increases the chance of the child continuing their participation,” Patrick says. The Sports Festival gives sporting organisations an opportunity to showcase a range of sports to primary school children while creating a relationship with the participating schools to facilitate on-going participation opportunities. Children often get the chance to try sports that they may not have experienced previously, but which they might want to play regularly either through school, KiwiSport programmes, or local sports clubs and other local organisations. Since the Festival was introduced in 2004, more than 7000 children and 140 primary schools have been involved. “We have the model, the templates and the processes, and will assist new providers with the hand-over so that we can create the opportunity for local festivals to be held,” Patrick says.

Top runner rewarded with portrait Joel Carman has been recorded in a different way at Wainuiomata High School. Following the young runner’s recent success at College Sport Wellington awards, Joel was acknowledged by Wainuiomata High with a portrait of himself. Joel was named the Wainuiomata Athletic

and Harrier Club’s Harrier of the year. He competes in cross country and road running. The Wainuiomata runner is planning to take a break from competing under the Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club as he begins his tertiary studies at Otago University.

Joel Carman with a portrait of himself. PHOTO: Supplied

The weather was on point of the Wainuiomata schools softball tournament recently. PHOTOS: Supplied

A Wainuiomata inter-schools softball tournament was held at Fernlea School recently, with all the big hitters turning up the heat on the day Fourteen teams from six schools around the community attended the

tournament, with Arakura School taking out the top spot overall. The softball tournament was one of the many friendly inter-school events that the cluster of Wainuiomata schools holds throughout the year.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Perfect All Blacks a myth and that’s OK It’s starting to feel like the expectations on the All Blacks are entering the realm of the ridiculous. Steve Hansen’s men beat France in Paris 38-18 but received little praise for outscoring their opposition 2:1. Much attention was focused on another Sonny Bill Williams brain explosion yellow card and the subsequent momentum shift that happened. It appears winning is no longer enough and only a sublime, complete 80 minute demolition performance of all opposition is acceptable. Keep in mind the All Blacks won by 20 points away from home in the driving rain. Sure, the second half was sloppy but the All Blacks weren’t without excuses. The penalty try was absurd, the referee missed an obvious forward pass in the lead up to the Sonny Bill yellow card that should have halted the movement. Key forwards Dane Coles and captain Kieran Read were on the bench for the second half and the French got their tails up. We, as rugby fans, are becoming too entitled. It’s one thing to expect the men in

black to win as they are the most winning professional sports franchise in world sport, but to still find stuff to moan about after a comprehensive win is going too far. This is what happens when a generation of New Zealand rugby supporters can’t fathom “down years”. I remember when a win over the Springboks brought grown men to tears in the 90s, the 1998 season where the All Blacks couldn’t buy a win lingers in the back of my brain as does all of the World Cup failure between 1991 and 2011. As painful as those experiences are, those who can remember them have a greater appreciation of how dominant the national rugby team has been over the past decade. Granted, the All Blacks aren’t the well-oiled machine they were a few years ago but even with the loss of some of the best players to ever wear the jersey in more than a century retiring after 2015, the team is still the undisputed best in the world. Sometimes, it’s best to just be happy with a win because perfection is never truly attained and that’s the blessing and curse of the black jersey.


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