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Wednesday November 22, 2017
Final term for principal By Dan Whitfield
Her time as principal of Wainuiomata Intermediate might be coming to an end however, Pearl Murti says she would never forget the students and staff she’s been able to work with over the years. “It’s all coming to an end and I’m not sure if I’m ready to give it up,” Pearl says, explaining how the years had been full on but full of memories. Pearl has taught in Wainuiomata for almost 30 years, originally starting off at the old intermediate school on Moohan St in 1988. She accidentally became an intermediate teacher after she took up a temporary position and never left. Continued on page 2. Pearl Murti says the thing she will miss the most will be the amazing students and staff she’s been able to work with over the years. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
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Wainuiomata Intermediate principal says farewell Continued from page 1. In 1995, she became deputy principal and then continued through the merger of Wainuiomata schools in 2002 – later becoming principal at the end of 2004. “Children need to be at the centre of all we do – and we need to give them as many opportunities to succeed as we can.” Pearl says it hadn’t always been easy but it had been enjoyable nonetheless. When asked what she will miss, Pearl says it had to be the students and staff and all the memories that have come from teaching at Wainuiomata Intermediate. “I’ve loved it.” Pearl’s last official day as principal will be December 15 and a farewell assembly has
been planned for December 11 at 11am. Pearl says her plans for the future will still involve education in some way – but is looking forward to not waking up at 4am and being required to attend meetings. She says her goal was to live at a leisurely pace and focus on some of the other things that she is passionate about. One plan is for Pearl and her husband to travel, potentially going on a cruise around the Mediterranean. Over the years Pearl has been heavily involved in the Wainuiomata Principals Association as well as the Wellington Intermediate Principals’ Association. “Still to this day, I arrive early to set up for the day – nothing has changed over the years.”
Pearl Murti with students Cameron Taylor, Emmanuel Solomona, Mikey Tutaki, Jean Tamihere, and Katie Fifield. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
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Thirteen young people from Wainuiomata were celebrated at a Youth Inspire graduation event last Thursday. Joshua Cameron, Mitchell Gibbs, Celine Nickel, Lewis Quirke, Geoffery Wiki, Gemma Wylie, Leah Rewita, Bob Alema, Tuiela Manuele, John Vaelei, Iesha S’Oialo-Hulbert and Dom Holmes completed Youth Inspire’s Licence to Work programme that helps young people build good work ethics and acquire skills to help them get into and hold onto employment. Matt Nichols, Jotzlan Pereze, and Joseph Johnson also secured apprenticeships with Hawkins Construction. Members of the business community, friends and family
Youth Inspire graduates and dignitaries. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
gathered to acknowledge the hard work the individuals had put in over the last few months. More than 30 people attended the graduation including Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace. Ray says that it was a “real celebration” and that as mayor he was “very proud.” “Our young people are awesome if they are given the opportunity – and Youth Inspire
are giving these opportunities,” Ray says. “These young people are the future leaders of our community. We know they are going to have a positive impact on people and the community they live in.” Youth Inspire has been operating in Wainuiomata since 2014 and is working to help young people aged 18-24 connect to employment, education and training opportunities through
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Wednesday November 22, 2017
Reduce, reuse, recycle Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield
Greg Selman wants to tidy up Wainuiomata. The genius behind E-Waste Services on Waiu St, Wainuiomata, says the aim is to reuse, reduce, refurbish, or recycle whatever we can and hopefully stop unnecessary waste ending up in landfills. “In the long run, we want to become Wainuiomata’s recycling centre – that’s the goal,” Greg says.
“My motivation is that I’m going to have another kid soon; and I want to leave this place in a good state for their future.” E-Waste Services has only been going for around three months and what the team has been able to achieve is encouraging. Greg says they’ve been able to reduce or recycle around five tons from going to the landfill. Instead of people taking everything to the landfill, Greg
says he would be happy to look through trailers and vans for anything that he could salvage. “People just need to swing by and we’ll pull out what shouldn’t be going to landfill.” One of the adventures Greg and the E-Waste Services team are embarking on has seen them rebuild or restore bikes and computers for the community. “We are rebuilding bikes that come in with the aim being to give them back to kids in
need for Christmas. We have a couple of young guys that are rebuilding them and volunteering their time to build them up so they can be returned back to the community,” Greg says. Computers and electronic equipment are restored as part of the other side of the business – recycling anything that has a plug. E-Waste Services is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm and on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.
Carmichael revving to go at Port Road Drags By Dan Whitfield
Peter Carmichael is a car guy through and through, having been into cars since he could walk. The Wainuiomata man explains that he used to help his dad out with cars when he was younger and that it was now not so much a passion but rather an addiction. Port Road Drags are set to be held this Sunday and will see Peter compete in his slightly unusual 383 small block Chevrolet V8 powered Jaguar XJ6. Talking to Peter, it’s clear that he is ready and raring to go for the event this weekend. “Port Road has a huge amount of history with competitors coming from up and down the country to take part,” Peter says. Peter has been drag racing for eight years and is a member of the New Zealand Drag Racing Association. “I’d been to Port Road before and was warned it would become an addiction. It’s an iconic event so it’s great to support what they do.” Port Road is one of the longest
Peter Carmichael and his slightly unusual 383 small block Chevrolet V8 powered Jaguar XJ6. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
running street drags in Australasia, celebrating its 51st year this year. This Sunday, around 84 competitors will take part. In the past, Port Road has been Peter’s “Achilles heel.” “I’ve won the street drags in Wanganui and come first at the New Zealand Nationals, but never at Port Road.” Peter says there’s the adrenaline rush racing gives and
then there’s the precision side of the sport – the idea is to get everything working right and make sure you’re the fastest. “Drag racing is dangerous but the Port Road Drags is made as safe as it can. They run a good competition and there’s always a good turn out.” All cars taking part, excluding demonstration cars, need to have a current warrant of fitness and registration.
Peter says at a good estimate there will likely be around 20 people from Wainuiomata competing. Port Road Drags will be held on Sunday, November 26 from 9am to 4.30pm. Entry is $20 for adults, $5 for six to 15-year-olds, $40 for a family of four, and children under five are free.
inbrief news Wainuiomata News 2017/18 The Wainuiomata News only has a few more issues left of 2017, and the team would love to know what Wainuiomata residents have loved and disliked this year. The final newspaper of the year will go out on December 20 and will be a Christmas issue. January 10 will be the first issue of the Wainuiomata News in 2018 – and will focus on rounding out the year that was with the yearly highlights. What do you think should feature in the recap of 2017? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
Shields treasures final run with Lions Wellington captain Brad Shields says he will forever treasure his time in the Lions jersey. Brad announced today he will be leaving New Zealand Rugby at the conclusion of the Hurricanes 2018 Investec Super Rugby campaign after signing up to play for Wasps in England. That means the Lions thrilling overtime Mitre 10 Cup Championship final win over Bay of Plenty last month was likely to have been Shields last match for Wellington after seven years representing his province. The 26-year-old Petone loose forward has played 60 matches for the Lions since his debut in 2010 and captained the team to the Mitre 10 Cup Championship title in 2017 to gain promotion to the Premiership.
Scholastic awards The Hutt City Council Scholastic Awards recognise outstanding academic achievement in Lower Hutt and will be held on December 14. The awards evening is organised by council and features a guest speaker and the Mayor presenting the awards. The names of two students from schools in the Lower Hutt area are put forward to receive the awards by school officials.
Wednesday November 22, 2017
inbrief news Goodbye Mr Isberg A farewell event has been organised for Wainuiomata High School principal Martin Isberg. Martin will be stepping down as principal of Wainuiomata High School at the end of this year, likening his departure to that of former Prime Minister John Key and former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw – both leaving on top of their game. The Wainuiomata man has been teaching for 42 years, with 26 of those specifically in Wainuiomata. He has been principal of the high school for eight and a half years. The farewell event will be held on Friday, December 1 from 7pm to 9pm, in the Wainuiomata High School auditorium.
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Bishop looks to make his mark with new portfolios By Dan Whitfield
Chris Bishop is busier than ever before with his new position of Hutt South MP. The local MP was recently made spokesperson for police and youth, and says while they are different they also have some crossover. Chris has been vocal about his support towards youth in previous years and is pleased with the opportunity to continue his work in the area. He is equally excited about having police as a shadow portfolio. Chris says the goal was to keep the Government “accountable”
Chris Bishop was announced as Hutt South MP earlier this year. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
and hold them to what it has committed to. “I’m pleased with the opportunity. Police and youth are separate but there is some crossover,” he says. Chris says he wanted to drive youth crime down by working with young people and help them stay away from crime. Chris became the new Member of Parliament for the Hutt South electorate earlier this year. The 2017 New Zealand General Election was held in September and saw the Hutt South public vote the National Party list MP in as their local representative.
New school logo something to be proud of By Dan Whitfield
Konini Primary School students have helped lead the way for a new school logo. The logo features the slogan ‘Loving learning together’ and a kowhai flower in bloom. The reveal happened on Thursday last week and saw staff present on how the new logo had been a student led project. Konini Primary School principal Andrea Scanlan says at the end of 2016 it was considered important to review and update the school logo in keeping with the renewed mission statement: ‘Loving Learning Together - Aroha Tahi, Ako Tahi’. “The students contributed to deciding what the new logo should contain and reflect about our school,” Andrea explains. Andrea says the students entered a logo design in a com-
petition held at the beginning of 2017 and then voted on the design they thought reflected our school the most. The competition was won by Jessica Zhu, Trinity Tauaneai and Blaze Foster. Jessica, Trinity and Blaze worked with the school’s board of trustees and chairperson Ma’ao Vaireka to collaborate and combine their ideas into a final logo for the school. The elements of the logo include it being a circle (a universal symbol representing the infinite nature of energy and the inclusivity of the universe), containing a Kowhai flower, a fern (reflecting the hills and bush that surround us) and including the colours of purple (symbolising among other things, ambition) and pink (representing caring, compassion and love). “A logo reveal was held at school on Thursday November
Jessica Zhu, Trinity Tauaneai, and Blaze Foster holding the new school logo. PHOTO: Supplied
9 and families were invited to attend. Jessica, Trinity and Blaze told the story behind the logo development and
then revealed the logo to the parents, students, staff and board members gathered,” Andrea says.
Wednesday November 22, 2017
Salvation Army preparing for busy Christmas The Salvation Army is preparing for increased need as statistics climb leading into Christmas. The number of people needing welfare support from The Salvation Army is on the rise, prompting a plea to the New Zealand public to help break poverty this Christmas. From July to September this year, more than 10,000 people needed help with food parcels alone – an eight per cent increase on the same time last year, and Christmas is expected to be even busier. For thousands of families living in desperate need, poverty doesn’t take a break at Christmas, says Salvation Army head of social services Major Pam Waugh. “This level of poverty, and the stress and heartache it brings can’t be justified,” Pam say. “How can we sit down to a nice Christmas Day meal, surrounded by loved ones, knowing there are thousands of families without anything to eat, let alone gifts under the tree?” The Salvation Army State of the Nation Report 2017 shows there are around 300,000 children deemed to be living in poverty in this country and concurrently we are hearing that half our country’s wealth is sitting in the top 10 per cent of individuals. “It’s not right and it’s time for us to front up and act as a community.” This Christmas season, more than 17,000 families in crisis are expected to seek help from The Salvation Army for food support, budgeting, counselling, education and accommodation assistance. In response to critical need, The Salvation Army is asking the New Zealand public
Grow a beard this December When November is over, Kiwi men are encouraged to continue growing their facial hair in support of Decembeard. The global fundraising initiative started in 2012 in the United Kingdom and is back again encouraging all Kiwi men to grow a beard this December, get sponsored and raise awareness and funds to help beat bowel cancer. Bowel Cancer New Zealand general manager Rebekah Heal says bowel cancer killed more than 1200 New Zealander’s every year and a change in bowel movements is one of the most common symptoms.
“If men simply ditched the razor for a month and used those daily five minutes to shift that awareness, hundreds of lives could be saved,” says Rebekah. Beards aren’t just for hipsters, granddads, men that ride motorbikes or people that are too lazy to shave - anyone can help make real change happen. “Bowel cancer is curable in more than 75 per cent of cases if caught early. We hope men will show their support and grow a beard, helping to raise awareness and much needed funds to help us continue our work.”
Kia ora to the Community of Wainuiomata & Hutt Valley Salvation Army head of social services Major Pam Waugh. PHOTO: Supplied
to give hope to those who need it most by donating to its Christmas Appeal, which launched on Monday 20 November. “Funds raised through the Christmas Appeal give people not only Christmas day to enjoy, but also the tools and support needed to make positive changes for the future. The relationships that The Salvation Army forms when helping families at Christmas means we can keep working with them – so one Christmas gift can become an investment in life-long transformation,” Pam says. “We need to remember that there is no break for families living in poverty. The heart of Christmas is giving and that can start with us.” The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal launched on November 20 around New Zealand. Members of the public can donate online at salvationarmy.org.nz or by phoning 0800 53 00 00.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you like the most about summer?
Kiara Malo, Hutt Valley “Going to the beach.”
Connor Andersen, Hutt Valley “I like going to the beach.”
George Ma’i, Hutt Valley “Beach!”
Cassie Baildon, Hutt Valley “To jump and play and run around.”
Nieko Gough, Hutt Valley “I like to play with water balloons and shoot my brother with the hose!”
Izabella Fawcett, Hutt Valley “I like to play and go somewhere.”
One year on – and the message is the same Wellingtonians need to have up to 140 litres each of stored water to help them get through the first seven days following a major earthquake, advises the council-owned water network company Wellington Water. Chief executive Colin Crampton says home water storage wass an urgent issue that people can take action on today. “It can be difficult for people to imagine the possibility of having
no water in the tap or the ability to flush the toilet. Last week’s anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake is a reminder that we cannot be complacent when it comes to looking after ourselves and our whanau. “It is a fact of living in our region, where active fault-lines cross our highly populated areas, that around 1400 kilometres of our water supply pipes are at risk in a significant event.”
Some Wellington suburbs could be without water for more than 100 days after an earthquake of 7.5 or stronger, and the Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt, and Upper Hutt City councils are joining forces with central government to develop an above-ground emergency water supply network that will meet community needs from day eight onwards. “That’s why you should store
140 litres for each person, or 20 litres a day each for seven days,” Colin says. “It will take time to get the emergency network operating. You’ll also need a plan for making sure your stored water is safe to drink, and for what to do with your toilet waste.” The above-ground emergency water network will be ready to deploy by the end of June 2018. It will consist of at least 22 water stations which are strategically
placed around the region. These stations will fill mobile bladders, which will then be transported to over 300 distribution points in the community where people can collect the water. Distribution points will be established within 500 to 1000 metres of every home. For more information, go to wellingtonwater.co.nz/yourwater/emergency-water.
Retiree finds independence, privacy and a pretty outlook at Enliven’s Woburn Apartments Centrally-located yet quiet and peaceful, Enliven’s Woburn Apartments in Wai-iti Crescent, Lower Hutt is the perfect haven for retiree Lois Warner. “I love hearing the bird life here and now that the weather is warming up, I’m starting to see birds nesting in the trees nearby,” says Lois. “There’s an apple tree on my front lawn which the tuis and silvereyes love for its blossoms!” The 81-year-old says she was attracted to Enliven’s retirement apartments by the promise of independent, low-maintenance living. “I had a place in Paraparaumu with lots of garden space, which I really loved. Once you get to a certain age though, your body starts to pack up on you and I started finding it hard to kneel down to do the gardening and all that. Eventually it just got too much. “That’s when I started looking for something low-maintenance but still peaceful and private, and this place really suits me.” Since moving to Enliven’s Woburn Apartments two and a half years ago, the natureloving retiree has enjoyed the advantages of living in central Lower Hutt, right next door to Enliven’s Woburn Home. “I’m very family-orientated and here in Lower Hutt I’ve got my daughter close by. She was here last night for a roast dinner actually.” Well set out with an open-plan dining and lounge area, bathroom and laundry, and private outdoor space, each Woburn retirement apartment also boasts a modern,
Lois Warner says she was attracted to Enliven’s Woburn Retirement Apartments in Wai-iti Crescent, Lower Hutt by the promise of independent, lowmaintenance living. And it’s delivered.
fully-equipped kitchen. For those who aren’t keen on cooking though, meals are easy to order from the nearby home. “I often order a hot meal there, which gets delivered to my door. It’s all very fresh with lots of veggies and great for when I can’t be bothered standing around at the stove,” says Lois. Apartment residents are also welcome to join any activities on offer at the home. “Although I’m generally a private person, it’s nice to know I can do that and the residents and staff I’ve met at the home have all been lovely,” Lois notes. To find out more about independent living at Enliven’s Woburn Apartments, call 04 439 4949 or visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz. PBA
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Santa Claus is coming to town By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata High School is nearing the end of the 2017 school year. However, with only a few weeks left, there is still a number of events. Wainuiomata High School will host a Ki O Rahi regional tournament on Thursday, November 23, welcoming in schools from across Wellington. Thursday, November 30 will see students compete at a multitournament at Taita College. A farewell for principal Martin Isberg has been organised for Friday, December 1. Monday, December 4 is the high school’s swimming sports event and will be held at Wainuiomata Swimming Pool. This will be followed by a cultural day on Tuesday, December 5, and a sports day on Thursday, December 7. The final day of the 2017 school year will be no later than Thursday, December 14.
There’s only a few more sleeps until Christmas and Santa Claus is gearing up to visit Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2, from 10am. The parade will start from Norfolk Street, then head down Wise Street and travel down to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre car park via The Strand. Organisers say the day is set to be fantastic and encourage everyone to enjoy the festivities. Local emergency services, businesses, clubs and of course, Santa are included in
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the parade this year. Every year Wainuiomata residents turn out in force to support the local Christmas parade. The Wainuiomata event is a great example of community spirit during the special time of the year. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the Christmas parades in Wainuiomata had always been a success. “They have been a success as it’s been run by the community with organisers such as Parkway Community House and Rotary and they have been supported by local businesses,” he says. “It’s the longest running parade in the entire city.”
The Wainuiomata Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2, from 10am. Queensgate Shopping Centre is also welcoming children and their families along this Saturday, November 25, to help welcome Santa.
There will be free festive fun for the whole family including face painting, balloon twisting, balloons, lollies and giveaways. Festive fun runs from 10am to 4pm, with the official arrival of Santa at 1pm.
The Wainuiomata Christmas Parade in 2016. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News file
Wednesday November 22, 2017
Arakura Kindergarten celebrates recognition from Enviroschools A ra kura K inderga r ten in Wainuiomata is the first kindergarten in Lower Hutt to become a silver Enviroschools school. Referred to as a reflection rather than an award, the silver reflection recognises the kindergarten’s long-term commitment to a more sustainable future. “Arakura Kindergarten began their Enviroschools journey in 2014, when the Hutt City Council provided support for early childhood centres to join Enviroschools,” Michelle Ducat, Enviroschools facilitator, says. The journey started with a few small steps to encourage new behaviours to look for ways to improve everyday practices within the kindergarten. “They firstly explored waste with their tamariki, including lunchbox packaging. The kindergarten then set up new systems to reduce waste to landfill, involving the children in this process.” Over the last three years, the teachers have developed the kindergarten to make better use of the natural environments, creating areas such as Mara kai - their vegetable garden, butterfly gardens, bug hotels, and composting. “The next step in the journey for Arakura Kindergarten is to maintain and deepen their thinking about sustainability; increasing the learning and action across the
Children enjoying the celebration sausage sizzle in the Arakura Kindergarten community garden. PHOTO: Supplied
Van Paul-Delves receives the Silver Enviroschools certificate on behalf of the kindergarten. PHOTO: Supplied
whole centre.” Plans for new features to further grow the learning spaces for the children are underway. “The team have already talked about exploring the relationship tamariki have with water and looking at opportunities to develop relationships with other natural spaces, as well as ways of extending how the community garden in used.” Arakura Kindergarten celebrated their accomplishment with
a sausage sizzle and certificate presentation by Sandy BeathCroft, environmental sustainability advisor city development at Hutt City Council. The community garden, at the entrance of the kindergarten, was the venue due to its significance in the journey. Its development in an otherwise vacant space with the help of families and local businesses signalled the beginning of their Enviroschools journey.
Teachers at Arakura Kindergarten – from left, Debbie Henderson, Kirsten Gawn and Robyn Collins. PHOTO: Supplied
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Jade, 8, and Kayla, 10, enjoying the day. PHOTOS: Dan Taylor
Fernlea School’s car show a hit Wainuiomata car enthusiasts stopped in at Fernlea School on Sunday to support a seven-year-old’s car show fundraiser. Georgia Lacey, a pupil at Fernlea School, helped organised the event. There was a huge amount of support towards the event, with members of the community and car enthusiasts coming from around Wellington. More than $2500 was raised with money going towards sports equipment. Entry into the event was a gold coin for adults and 50c for under 12s.
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Richardson in for 2017 Suzuki Series Sparks will fly during the opening round of the 2017 Suzuki Series at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on December 10. Spread over three rounds during December at Taupo, Manfeild and Whanganui, New Zealand’s richest motorcycle series has attracted a huge overseas contingent with top riders from the UK, Germany, Australia and Ireland. Isle of Man TT frontrunners Conor Cummins (Isle of Man), Lee Johnston (Ireland) and fivetime world sidecar champion Tim Reeves (UK) headline the 2017 international contingent – while local rider Shane Richardson will also be part of the action. Three Rees will also be lining up on the F1 Superbike grid for the first time to make each round a fast family day out. While dad Tony Rees won last year’s premier class, youngest son Damon also won the 2016 F2
600 category on his Honda Rider Insurance CBR600RR. Mitchell and Damon have competing in the Australian Supersport championship, with some success. All three Rees will be Honda Rider Insurance CBR1000RR mounted. Although Shane will compete in the smaller class, the Wainuiomata rider ended the 2016 F2 600 series just four points adrift of Damon. If the 23-year-old remains consistent and on the bike, Shane has to be favourite this time around. He performed very well at Daytona earlier this year and is returning again next March. Shane races the Wainui Joinery Kawasaki ZX-6R. The 2017 Suzuki Series schedule will see round one raced at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo on Sunday, December 10; and round two raced at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding on Sunday, December 17.
Shane Richardson. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News file
Youth programme wraps up a year of success and development
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@gmail.com 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.
Ken Laben, Clive Cannons and Chris Bishop, left, with the boys at Wainuiomata Futures. PHOTO: Supplied
A youth development programme that teaches young people valuable life skills while keeping them active has had its final gathering of the year. Wainuiomata Futures had its final event on Thursday, November 9 with participants leaving with the skills they’ll need when they leave school. The programme is run by legendary rugby league trainer and teacher Bill Sharp, who twice a week gets a group of boys together at 5.30am for fitness, life skills and training followed by breakfast. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and local chemist Clive Cannons are both supporters of the programme which is run by Bill and
a dedicated team of volunteers. Chris says it was an amazing community initiative and one he has been proud to sponsor. “Bill Sharp is approaching 80 and still has a passion for getting the best out of young people,” Chris says. “The whole aim of the Futures Programme is to give young men the skills they’ll need when they leave school. Twice a week a van does the rounds in Wainuiomata picking the boys up first thing in the morning, dropping them at the school gym. Then there’s about an hour’s worth of exercise. “This year I joined the boys for a session - I could barely walk afterwards, making my day at
Parliament pretty tough.” Chris says Bill really puts the boys through their paces and is also a great mentor for the boys, passing on life advice and making sure they study hard and think about their life direction. “A lot of the wisdom comes while eating the breakfasts that Sharpie [Bill] prepares while the boys train - eggs, bacon, baked beans and toast. Hearty and filling to set them up for the day.” The programme could not run without sponsorship and the support from the community. “It’s such a wonderful part of the community and has helped many Wainuiomata boys over the years.”
Athletes get ready to race. PHOTO: Supplied
Cross-country running club starts at high school The first Wainuiomata High School junior cross-country running club has started in good pace. The crew, who are part of the local running club, is made up of junior students and staff of all levels of fitness – from the plodder to chiselled athlete. The first meeting took place on Monday last week.
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Free sports programme for young people
The running club meets at the school at 3.30pm on Mondays, with new students welcome to come along to improve their fitness, wellbeing and to make friends. Any junior students wanting to join need to see Wainuiomata High School teacher Tryfan Ephraim.
Bike-a-Polooza at WTP Wainuiomata Trail Project presents the forth Bike-a-Polooza set to be held on November 26. The event is open to competitors of all ages and stages of life, and with four courses to choose from there is something for everyone. Entries cost $15 for an individual or $40 for a family (three children) a nd regist rations a re
now open at word.org. nz/courses/bike-a-polooza-2017/. Wa i nu io m a t a Tr a i l Project aims to provide trails suitable for mountain biking, walking and other recreational uses for the local community and the Greater Wellington Region. The event will run from 8am to 11.30am.
Cricket is a New Zealand tradition and a popular sport in Wainuiomata during the summer – especially the backyard version of the sport. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News file.
Wainuiomata Sportsville in conjunction with Wainuiomata Community Hub is offering a free to attend after-school sports programme called Active Hour. The fun and social sessions will run every Monday afternoon from 3.45pm to 5pm,
Hutt Valley to co-host Special Olympics Summer Games Special Olympics New Zealand will host the ninth National Summer Games – with events across Wellington, including in the Hutt Valley. The summer games are to be held from November 26 to December 1 and are New Zealand’s largest sports event for people with intellectual disabilities. More than 1250 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 42 Special Olympics Clubs and three schools are set to take part in the 2017 games. Special Olympics New Zealand started in Lower Hutt in 1983 and athletes will compete in 11 sports. Sports being played in the Hutt Valley are tenpin bowling, at Petone Strike Bowling; golf, at Boulcott Farm Golf Course; bocce, at Hutt Indoor Sports Arena; and powerlifting, at MAD Gym Petone. Special Olympics New Zealand chief executive Kathy Gibson says they have had a 32 per cent increase in athlete and coach registrations compared to 2013 when NZ last held this event in Dunedin. “Our youngest athlete taking part at these games is aged nine and our oldest athlete is 74. We have no quotas for this event in any of our 11 sports so this means that any athlete that has qualified and wishes to take part in this event can do so, irrespective of their ability level,” Kathy says.
Melissa Donoghue from Special Olympics Waikato. PHOTO: Supplied
“We are not about elite sport but you can be sure that every competing athlete will be doing their utmost to achieve a personal best.” As well at the athletes, an army of coaches, management and volunteers are also gearing up for the games. Over 500 coaches and management staff are attending to support their athletes, and around 600 local volunteers have been recruited. “All up, around 3000 people will be involved in the event, cheered on by many more family, friends and supporters – it’s a real community event,” Kathy says. “It is really special for us to be hosting the event in Wellington for the first time. The region has special meaning to Special Olympics New Zealand, as it is the region where our founders Grant
and Wendy Quinn founded the movement in New Zealand more than 30 years ago.” The Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games will be held at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua on Monday November 27. Events are being held throughout the Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua areas throughout the week. Volunteers: Special Olympics New Zealand could not do what it does without volunteers and are recruiting volunteers for this year’s summer games now. More than 600 volunteers are needed. If you’re interested, contact Kristie McGregor via email, kristiem@specialolympics. org.nz or mobile, 027 443 3828.
until the end of the school term. Sessions will offer those who attend different sports each week. Organisers are advertising the programme as a chance to come and enjoy the sun and have fun playing various
sports. The first session was held on Monday, November 20 at the Wainuiomata Memorial Hall Reserve and saw participants enjoy a game of cricket. If you would like to know more contact the Wainuiomata Community Hub.
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All Whites outdone by every trick in the book Peru’s almost certain qualification for the FIFA World Cup at the expense of the All Whites has brought out the worst in the so-called “beautiful game”. Peru, ranked 10 in the world at football beat New Zealand, ranked 122 globally, 2-0 in Lima last week to advance to the tournament in Russia. While the moves on the field may make football beautiful, the Peruvian supporters seemed determined to disrupt the Kiwi team with pathetic, underhand tactics from the moment the team left New Zealand. The team flight was delayed, their bus to the hotel crawled at less than 35kph once they did land, fireworks lit up the sky over the All Whites’ hotel at 3am the morning of the match and there are photographs that show laser pointers were being shone at players during the game in an effort to distract them. That’s just to name a few unsettling anecdotes that have emerged. From what we are told, Peruvians are generally pleasant, accomodating people. Mess with their first chance to
qualify for one of sports biggest tournaments in 35 years and the mood seems to change. It’s a far cry from the politically correct sporting climate that faces fans on these shores. No longer is booing an opposition team acceptable in rugby, and the value of winning in junior sports is rapidly subsiding to the need to promote participation and having fun. I’ve always had more fun participating in sport when winning and that’s what the people of Peru were trying to help their football team with. It’s a complete culture clash, football is a dirty game in many facets and in some parts of the world it’s bigger than life. More than 750,000 home fans registered for tickets to the match in Lima on Thursday - a number which even the most die-hard All Black fan has to find eye watering in terms of interest. Making a FIFA World Cup means big bucks. Peru used every available asset to make that dream a reality. The age old saying rang true for the All Whites - sometimes nice guys finish last.
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