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Wainuiomata will have its own community art exhibition next year. The Wainuiomata Art Exhibition will enable the art work of local artists to be shown to the wider community and will be held in March 2018. It was dreamed up by Wainuiomata Community Board member Margaret Willard and her team of Annie Reilly, Alisa Hogan, Chloe Young, Karen Collier, Jinny Bell, Tania Snoep, and Louis Mikaere. “We know there are a lot of artists in Wainuiomata,� Margaret says. Continued on page 2. The team behind Wainuiomata Art Exhibition - Annie Reilly, Chloe Young, Louis Mikaere and Margaret Willard. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Wainuiomata gets its own exhibition in 2018 Continued from page 1. “It is open to any artist who lives, works, or creates in Wainuiomata.” The theme of the exhibition will be the ‘essence of Wainuiomata’ — and will allow people to express how they see their home. The team believe there will be around 15-20 present in the exhibition, all showcasing two artworks each. “We have had a huge amount of support already including from Creative Communities.” Margaret hopes that people will take the next few months to create their artworks. The exhibition is set to be held at the Wainuiomata Community Hub inside the Hutt City Council meeting room. It will run from March 10-18. The hope is for this to become a yearly event that promotes and inspires local artists, Margaret says. Another dream the team has is to attract visitors to Wainuiomata and show off local talent. The long term goal would be to see a permanent space created in Wainuiomata for

The team behind Wainuiomata Art Exhibition. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

people to exhibit their works of art. Annie Reilly, who works at the Wainuiomata Community Hub, says there’s lots of sup-

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Students welcome boost to financial support The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that they will deliver on their promise to introduce a $50 a week boost to student allowances and loan living cost entitlements. NZUSA national president Jonathan Gee says the announcement was big news for students. “The boost will be the first substantial increase to student support in over a decade,” he says.

NZUSA’s 2017 Income and Expenditure Report found that median student spending is currently $300.28 per week. Most of this spending went towards rising rent prices, followed by food and other living expenses. “All we’ve been asking for is enough to live on. A $50 increase will mean that current students can focus more on their academic success rather than economic survival. It will also provide an added incentive for prospective students who have

been deterred from tertiary study due to high costs.” Jonathan warns however that the boost should not be a signal to landlords to raise rent prices. “The boost does not mean that students will have more disposable income. The $50 increase means that students will have a bit more left for food after paying their rent.” NZUSA looks forward to working with Minister of Education Chris Hipkins to take further steps to make tertiary

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Being prepared – a region wide focus By Dan Whitfield

Hutt City Council and Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) have highlighted the need for residents to be prepared following an emergency response exercise that simulated a large earthquake. In the exercise, many communications channels were down and Lower Hutt was effectively cut off from the rest of the region. Participants in the exercise had to be resourceful about how to find out what was going on around the city and how to let the public know what to do. The exercise took place at 12.02pm on November 14 to commemorate the anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wal-

lace took part in the exercise along with students from Wilford School in Petone. He says one year since the Kaikoura earthquake, thoughts remain with everyone affected and that it is important to take these opportunities to remind ourselves to get prepared. “Everyone who lives, works or plays in a tsunami evacuation zone needs to know the right actions to take if they feel a long or strong earthquake,” Ray says. “Getting practice like this is invaluable and although we hope we are never in that situation, it’s good to know that we’re prepared,” Ray says. “Speaking of preparation, I hope [people] have been sorting their emergency supplies. In the practice scenario, many of our

communities were isolated and had to rely solely on their own supplies for at least several days - make sure your family has what it needs to get through this time.” People living outside of the zones should be the safe place friends and family evacuate to, Ray says. He says think about what the November 14 earthquake would have been like if it had happened during the day and make plans around that. Earlier this year, Hutt City Council, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), and GNS Science identified the evacuation zones that affect Lower Hutt residents should a large earthquake, such as the 2016 Kaikoura 7.8 earthquake, happen again.

Around the Hutt Valley, blue lines mark the maximum reach of a large tsunami. They also show where you need to get past in such an event.  If an earthquake is long or strong, get past the blue lines immediately. Don’t wait for an official warning. If an earthquake is long or strong – get gone. Know where and how to get to safety. Plan the route with your household and work colleagues and remember getting out by foot may be the fastest and easiest way to leave the evacuation zones, as roads and traffic could also be affected by an earthquakes. For more tips on preparing for an emergency, visit

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Near miss incident in court A near miss incident involving earth movers and electrical wires is a reminder to businesses to confirm that lines are not electrically live before beginning work, and to never make the assumption that they are not live. The message comes after Dimac Contractors Limited was sentenced today following an appearance in the Hutt Valley District Court recently. Dimac faced one charge after a near miss incident in April last year. Workers were clearing top soil from a development site in Upper Hutt when a digger struck a 240kv power line. The impact caused a power pole to snap and fall to the ground. The power line became entangled on the digger and was later cut off by a different worker. Dimac had been told by the property developer that they thought the lines were dead, but they were not sure, so to treat them as live. The power lines, assumed by the contractor to be off, were in fact live and risked the lives of two workers involved in the incident.

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Pop-up carols bring sing-a-long fun, and the Kiwi Christmas is celebrated in Dowse Square this year as part of Christmas in the Hutt. The family-favourite pop-up carols spring up across the city again in December, bringing an hour of festive joy to many of our suburbs. Nick Tansley and his Christmas caravan are sure to delight and entertain. Also returning is Christmas in Dowse Square, a celebration of the classic Kiwi Christmas. It features a sandy beach and ball-pit shore where hidden treasure may be found, a food truck picnic, and plenty of live entertainment and roaming performers. There may even be a forecast of snow…  For details on these and more festive events taking place in Lower Hutt this Christmas, check out and facebook. com/inthehutt.

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New Zealand’s biggest event for athletes with intellectual disabilities has kicked off at an opening ceremony at Te Rauparaha Area in Porirua. The event marked the start of the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games 2017. More than 1250 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 42 Special Olympics Clubs and three schools are taking part in the Games this week (27 November to 1 December 2017) at venues in Wellington and surrounding areas. At the Opening Ceremony the Special Olympics Flame of Hope was passed around a group of athletes representing Special Olympics New Zealand’s regions, before the tournament flame was lit by Michael Holdsworth from Special Olympics Wellington and Police Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers.



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inbrief news Women in art show at Katherine Mansfield House This summer, Katherine Mansfield House & Garden in Wellington will be home to a range of artworks from the BNZ Art Collection in an exhibition entitled Reflections: New Zealand women in art. The exhibition is an attempt to draw out the many layers and issues of representation that surround women within the arts, both as creators and subjects. All artwork will depict women and will have been created by women artists. “This exhibition highlights the importance of equal gender representation. Historically, women have been underrepresented in the arts due to social structures. “This has allowed for a one-sided projection of women’s roles and place in broader society. “It is a delight to see both the finance and art sectors come together to support this very important conversation around gender diversity”, says Jessica Ward, BNZ Heritage Curator.

More singers, more players Handel’s oratorio Messiah is so popular with Wellington audiences, this December the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform it for the sixth year in a row on a dazzling scale. In what promises to be an exciting production of the festive favourite, the performance will feature 140 singers from The Orpheus Choir of Wellington, more than three times the number of singers who performed it last year. The number of NZSO musicians has also been increased from 29 to 40. This year’s production will be led by lauded Australian conductor, singer and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Music Director Brett Weymark. Weymark’s acclaimed performances of Handel’s oratorio include his annual concerts at the Sydney Opera House featuring 400 singers. His Sydney Philharmonia Choirs this year will join other choristers and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a Messiah boasting 650 singers.

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Shared path underway By Dan Whitfield

A new shared path that will connect Wainuiomata to the wider Hutt Valley is underway. The completion of the path is a key Hutt City Council project and will provide a safe route for commuting and recreational purposes as part of the Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014 – 2019 strategy. The aim of the path is to provide a consistent, connected and safe shared path between the wider Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata for pedestrians and cyclists. In its present state, the steep and winding 80kmh Wainuiomata Road has no safe facility for cyclists and pedestrians. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the concept of a pathway over the Wainuiomata Hill to protect cyclists and walkers from the busy road has been supported by the Wainuiomata community for many years. He says it is a “watershed moment after all the hard work from community and council, with the support of the Government and the New Zealand Transport Agency, to see the pathway become a physical reality”. “Projects such as this don’t

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, deputy mayor David Bassett, and Hutt City councillors Campbell Barry and Josh Briggs. PHOTO: Supplied.

happen without partnership and when the Wainuiomata Shared Pathway opens for use it will be a proud moment for all those involved,” Ray says. The completion of the Pukeatua Bridge in 2015 was phase one of the project with the shared path being the second phase. Funding for the project is split between Hutt City Council $4.6 million, the Government’s Urban Cycleway Fund $1.8million and NZTA $4.7 million. Key features of the shared path will be a four-metre wide sealed path for pedestrians and cyclists, new roadside barriers to provide safe separation between the shared path and the traffic

Eighteen of the Royal NZ Police College’s newest graduates are set to begin their careers in the Wellington district. Wing 309 will see a total of 40 new police graduates take up positions around New Zealand. Serving as a police officer has been a lifelong dream for Simon Leigh, who is posted to the Wellington District. He first became inspired by police at age nine, when Constable Roly Hermans came to

his school in the D.A.R.E car. “The impression he gave off was when I first realised the police weren’t as scary as initially thought, and I thought it would be a cool career. During my teenage years, old school friends fell victim to drugs – I thought it was tragic, and I wanted to make a difference, so took the police career more seriously,” Simon says. Also wanting to make a difference, and now from the front line, is Carena Oosterbaan.

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She is posted to the Wellington District, after being based at the Central Communications Centre for the last five years. After working as a police dispatcher, Carena wants to make a positive difference in dealing with and helping resolve the incoming jobs from the other side of the computer screen. “Through my job and playing sport within the organisation I have been lucky enough to meet and work with some pretty awesome members of

police, which has been another motivating factor for me to want to join, and then model myself on how I have personally seen them approach the job and the responsibility that comes with it,” Carena says. Wing 309 also has a Commonwealth Games medallist in its ranks, who is posted to Counties Manukau District. Lisa Pardon was in the silver medal-winning Tall Ferns basketball team at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

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to become what it is today and stretches across New Zealand and Australia stores. The Kmart Wishing Appeal is New Zealand’s largest and longest running Christmas gift appeal. Thanks to the generosity of the New Zealand community over the years, more than 480,000 gifts have been donated and distributed to those in need.

In 2016, the appeal successfully need at Christmas by placing a gift plus a 1.5 Litre Coke collected more than 42,000 gifts. under the Wishing Tree at Kmart. Recently, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray There are other ways people can Wallace attended the launch of the help out when shopping at Kmart: Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal. - Add a little extra to your transThe appeal supports not only action by clicking the Wishing children but adults,23 seniors and Tree logo on the self-serve checkNorfolk Street, Wainuiomata families who are unable to afford outs; gifts at Christmas. - Drop your spare change in a PH (04) 564 5566 Ray says people could make a coin collection box at any register; difference to the lives of those in - Take a bauble tag off the Wish-


Water use soars, says Wellington Water Wellington Water is calling on the residents of Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley to cut back on their water use and make sure they observe garden watering restrictions. A prolonged dry spell, with more to come, according to forecasters, has seen water use soar. Recently, consumption in the four cities reached 171 million litres for the day – around 30 million litres more than a typical day and the highest November total in five years. “Last time we had such a warm, dry spring, we ended up with a hosing ban in summer,” says Jeremy McKibbin, Wellington Water’s manager of treatment plant operations. Jeremy says there are a number of water supply challenges he is dealing with, including having reduced supply from the Waiwhetu Aquifer until new ultraviolet treatment plant comes online in January, that makes it important water demand does not exceed 160 MLD too often.

“We’re also putting in new filters at the treatment plant in Te Marua, where our summer storage lakes are, to reduce the risk from toxic algae.” The new filtration system is expected to be fully operational in December. As river supplies dry up, the aquifer and storage lakes are what keep the Wellington metropolitan water supply going. “There will be enough water to go round if everyone does their bit,” Jeremy says. “This includes following garden watering restrictions, and water saving tips like using buckets to wash the car, or a broom to sweep the path, rather than the hose.” Water patrols will be starting this week, to ensure people are following the restrictions. Restrictions are based on the odds and evens system, which allows residents to use one unattended watering system from 6-8am and 7-9pm, according to their street

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Why do you think creativity is important?

Margaret Willard, Wainuiomata “We actually work best by making connections with people.”

Chloe Young, Wainuiomata “It’s important to express ourselves and to inspire others.”

Annie Reilly, Wainuiomata “Life would be pretty boring without creative people.”

Louis Mikaere, Wainuiomata “Creativity helps us with problem solving.”

Mike Grigg, Wainuiomata “It lets you be you.”

Amanda Dickson, Wainuiomata “It’s an outlet for your talents.”

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.

Christmas is meant to be enjoyed – not endured! It’s easy to overdo Christmas. From experience, I know when I’m exhausted and stressed, I don’t always appreciate what Christmas is all about. So, what are the things we can do to give our Christmas the meaning it deserves? 1. It’s about faith, generosity and family. If you can’t be content until your house is ‘House and Garden’ -perfect and your menu is Annabel Langbein, you may need some perspective. Christmas is not about buying and serving the finest of everything. It’s about faith, generosity and family. Making your house and table sparkle is fine, if we give our full attention to what matters most. Everything else is just decoration. 2. Just show him that you took the time to remember him. Hey kids. As a dad and a son, I know choosing the perfect gift for your dad is impossible. Every year, you play the what-do-you-want game for weeks, until you finally give up and grab the first pair of socks you see. You both know you’re wasting your money, but you have to buy something! Just show him that you took the time to remember him. That’s the best gift you can give. 3. Block off a day or even an hour for you. There’s a lot to do before Christmas. But somehow by December 25th everything that needs to be done gets done. In the lead up how about blocking off a day or even an hour for you. Don’t buy anything for anyone or make a mental grocery list. Just stop. For me this means taking time to go for a run or a swim, or taking my wife out for a coffee. Perhaps cosying up on the couch to read or watch movies is your ideal. Think of it as a mini Christmas present to yourself.

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Before things can change man must change Dear Editor, Children go to school to learn not to do the silly things their parents were taught to do. For example, it’s not a good practice to get weed spray out of the shed to spray weeds that can be pulled out by hand. If any spray is to be used it should be the Eco friendly type. Besides you can’t use weeds as compost after you spray them. Do you know man has poisoned the land sea and air through his disregard for life on earth? They say 1080 is harmless and is biodegradable and only kills possums. It is killing. Why is it that pig hunters are warned not to kill wild pigs in the drop zones of 1080. Hasn’t man learnt from the Agent Orange, how many of our NZ and Australian forces came back and suffered cancers and their children born with deformities, no arms or

legs due to the poison ingredients in agent orange including one ingredient NZ was making for that war. All these creatures make up the chain of life. I let them go on their way or help them out in a jar outside and let them go. If we don’t start wiping out poisons those same poisons can kill mankind. Lots of scientists say man will be lucky if he reaches 2050 the way the world is going now. All man thinks about now is making money by killing endangered species of animals. BE F O R E T H I N G S C A N CHANGE MAN MUST CHANGE. Leave his ignorant past behind him and learn how to save what we have left so our children can see the creatures their forefathers killed for pleasure. This is a letter of wisdom which most children will have very soon they are seeing what will happen

without creatures. Let the young ones teach you about saving the planet. Have a great Christmas and New Year to all. And think of the poor and needy as well this Christmas. The Lions and Rotary and Salvation Army do a great service at Christmas and if I have missed any out sorry. For the ones exploiting the food banks for the poor who drive their park their jag up a side street and put on old clothes that proves you are scum bags. Food banks are for the ones who really are in need. There is a second death where the books will be opened and judgement will follow to those who are guilty of greed and corruption made sure no one has their names written in that book of judgement. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Wainuiomata

Caution around parts of Wainuiomata River Residents are being advised not to swim in Wainuiomata River at Richard Prouse Park this summer following reports of toxic algae. Freshwater toxic algae, known scientifically as cyanobacteria, is photosynthetic bacteria that is commonly found in rivers and lakes in New Zealand. It occurs in waterways with good water quality and most of the time doesn’t cause any problems. However, during summer, with higher temperatures and lower water levels, the algae can form extensive blooms which can be toxic, particularly to dogs. Wainuiomata River can be publicly accessed from Hine Road and is a popular spot for swimmers due to its deep pools. The site is monitored as a part of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Recreational Water Qual-

ity Programme, which is specifically designed to inform the public about the suitability of various sites across the region for swimming and other recreational activities. Currently, the section of Wainuiomata River carries a caution rating which means people are exposed to a high risk of infection, greater than five per cent from contact with the water. In humans, contact with toxic algae may cause skin irritations and other allergy-type symptoms. “The good news is that the risk from getting sick from the water is incredibly low. Basically, you have to eat it for it to be a problem,” says senior science coordinator Penny Fairbrother. Greater Wellington senior environmental scientist Dr Mark Heath says the downside of recent great weather is that it creates ideal conditions for

toxic algal growth in rivers. “Limited rainfall and the warm dry conditions have combined to create rapid toxic algal growth earlier than expected. It’s likely that toxic algae could be present to some extent along the entire Hutt River at the moment, so we encourage river users to find out what toxic algae looks like and avoid it,” he says. Upper Hutt City Council and Hutt City Council will be posting information signs at key access points along rivers. Monitoring of popular river and beach spots in the region is carried out by the regional council and local authorities on a weekly basis over the summer months from December 1 to the end of March.  Results of the monitoring and latest warnings are posted on www.

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Turning the tide with student-led cafe Pomare School is Turning the Tide with its Kai Ora Café. Students at Pomare School learnt the importance of healthy kai and how to prepare a meal through their student-led café last Friday. Principal Katrina Day is seeing the difference the café is making for their students.

“They are learning about healthy food, working with others, budgeting and being hands on preparing the meals in the kitchen. As a result we’re seeing the children growing in confidence; they’re trying different foods they might never have tried before and building new skills like being waiters. We’re seeing them grow in their

sense of self,” Katrina says. “The café is just one way we’re making sure our school provides a healthy environment for our students. When the focus is on wellbeing it spreads to everything we do, it supports mental and physical health and helps prepare our students for whatever the future may bring them.”

She says they’re Turning the Tide for our school community’s health. The event was a celebration of those who have played a part in getting Turning the Tide to launch. It was attended by local MPs and councillors from Hutt City Council as well as community groups,

schools and stakeholders that are already taking action to Turn the Tide on our communities health. Turning the Tide is a community initiative led by Healthy Families Lower Hutt.  Find out more about what local schools are doing to Turn the Tide at

Quick Kai - delicious and nutritious fundraising venture Quick Kai is an idea born out of the frustration of not having a healthy fundraising option to choose from at school. Led by Jocelyn Reddy, head of technology at Wainuiomata High School, the initiative has become the faculty and students’ real life product development project, from recipe development to logo design and budgeting. With an aim to create a healthy kai product available for any organisation to use for fundraising, Quick Kai will also give back to the community through a supply arrangement with the local food bank. The NCEA level three food technology students have developed two recipes so far, a curry and muesli option made of dry foods, that when combined with a few simple fresh ingredients make delicious and nutritious meals. “It seems silly being a food teacher and then giving students unhealthy options to sell,” Jocelyn says. “It is very important to me that students learn to eat healthily.” The initiative is working well and raising funds for Wainuiomata High School’s girls football

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team to attend an upcoming national tournament. Quick Kai started with Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council and social enterprise incubator Enspiral collaborating to create the Hutt Real Food

Challenge. The Hutt Real Food Challenge was a weekend event in February this year designed to find and develop local, innovative and creative solutions to address some of Hutt Valley’s food issues.

With the intention behind the Hutt Real Food Challenge to build local capability and capacity for healthy food ventures, seed funding support has seen three teams now set up and running and one in the last planning

phase. Eight months on, the proof is in the positive change to the local food environment being delivered by three initiatives to their communities – Quick Kai is one of these.

Children’s Charity to benefit A children’s charity which provides free raincoats, food, shoes and socks along with health items to 44 schools in Wellington will benefit from a new Christmas event. The Courtenay Central Courtyard Christmas Playground will give locals the opportunity to fully embrace the season with a winter wonderland-themed space, complete with Christmas markets, live music, pop-up sweet treats, little elves workshops at a custom-made gingerbread house and free throwback Christmas movies every Friday. Chief executive officer and cofounder of KidsCan Julie Chapman says the charity is grateful to be involved and currently assists 44 schools in Wellington. “We’re really thankful to be the recipient charity of this fantastically festive Christmas playground pop-up. Since 2005, KidsCan has been helping create

brighter futures for Kiwi kids living in hardship by giving them food in school, clothing, health and hygiene items, so they can get into the classroom in a position to learn,” Julie says. “We have a strong connection with Wellington as we proudly support 44 KidsCan schools in the capital. Each gold coin given this December will go towards changing the lives of Kiwi kids who need a hand-up, what an incredible Christmas gift! A sincere thank you from the KidsCan team, our schools and the children we support.” K idsCa n cu r rent ly sup ports Arakura School, Fernlea School, Konini Primary School, St Claudine Thevenet School, Wainuiomata Intermediate School, and Wainuiomata Primary School. Courtenay Central’s Amy Boston says the centre is proud to be bringing this initiative to Wel-

lington especially as it will benefit more local children in low decile schools. “It was really important to us that we were able to find a way to give back to the members of the local community who find it tough to get by throughout the year,” Amy says. “As well as bringing families together, this event will see local children benefit through a charity network which helps feed and clothe them at a time when many of us are at our most generous,” she says. Families will also be treated to some free movies with Christmas classics showing every Friday evening, Polar Express, Elf and Love Actually will screen on consecutive Friday evenings at 6pm from December 8.  The Courtyard Christmas Playground will run from December 2 until December 24.

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Quinten and Dylan, 3, having a great day.

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Gideon and Albert pose for a photo in between the action on Port Road.

PHOTOS: Dan Taylor

Another big year at the Port Road Drags Hundreds turned up to enjoy the highoctane entertainment of the Port Road Drags for another year. The event is one of the longest running street drags in Australasia, and celebrated its 51st year this year. Last Sunday around 84 competitors took part – with the addition of several speciality cars also on show.

Darren Riches giving the racing a go.

Dan Cowden from Wainuiomata.

There were many cars on show at the Port Road Drags on Sunday.

The Port Road Drags was a good family day out for Jane, Vanessa, 12, Ron and Cliff, 9. Rufus and Lily out and about.

Four-yearold Maddy enjoying the Port Road Drags.

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Stonehenge Aotearoa Star of Bethlehem, 7pm Thursday December 21st What was the Star? Who were the 'Three Kings' and, who were those 'Shepherds watching their flocks by night'? This presentation explores these ancient mysteries and the origins of other Christmas traditions - Who was 'Father Christmas' and, why did Rudolf

Nga Manu

Discover the serenely beautiful Ngā Manu Nature Reserve in Waikanae on the Kāpiti Coast. Pack a picnic or barbeque and enjoy this accessible, compact and yet diverse sanctuary. Wander through a precious coastal forest remnant, view iconic Kiwi, ancient Tuatara, and other endangered species in the walk-through aviaries,

Christmas Tidings!

Pack your goggles and flippers and float into Capital E’s under-the-sea Christmas experience. Hang out with the mer-elves in Santa Claw’s sparkly underwater grotto or swim under glowing jellyfish, there’s lots of creative and imaginative free fun to be had during Christmas Tidings at

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Enjoy the ambience of dining amongst the the vines in courtyard the vines in the at courtyard at Coney Coney Wines’ vineyard restaurant where you Wines’ vineyard can experience cuisine restaurant where you featuring middlecan experience cuisine eastern and southern with Mediterranean American and Asian flavours influences matched matched with with awardawardwinning Coney Wines. Wines. winning Coney

Cellar door (11am-4pm) and Restaurant (12pm-3pm) open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. The perfect venue for private /corporate/ Christmas/New Year functions and family celebrations.

Wellington Museum is indeed a treasure trove of curiosity for adults and children alike. You’ll discover the many intriguing stories that makes Wellington the world’s coolest little capital. Housed in the Bond Store which is a significant heritage building on the waterfront, Wellington Museum offers a wonderful insight into the rich social

have a red nose? Stardate, January 19th to 21st This three day astronomical event includes a range of talks and observing the wonders of the universe through a variety of large telescopes. Stardate also includes geology, a field trip and live music. For further information phone 06 377 1600.

and feed sleek long-finned eels at the daily 2pm talk. For a close encounter with our unique wildlife, you can join a ‘Feed Out Tour’ or go behind-the-scenes on a ‘Ranger for the Day Experience’. Or discover the tranquillity of an overnight stay in Theo’s Cottage, located in the Reserve. See

Capital E. On Monday 18 December we’ve bought back our popular ‘Homemade’ workshop. Join us for a day of festivity, making creative and personal homemade presents sure to spread joy and smiles this holiday season. $45 per person, bookings required.

and cultural history of Wellington. From the Māori migration and Maritime stories, through to the weird and wonderful Attic that comes complete with its very own Time Machine, you’ll get to know Wellington’s colourful past, and events that have shaped the city into the creative and vibrant capital that it is today.

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Lenin Holiday Park Levin Kiwi Holiday Park is a friendly, beautiful and quiet park situated in central Levin, 1.5kms off State Highway 1. There is a range of accommodation to suit a range of budgets, including tent sites, generous powered sites, cabins and motels. We have a large

Foveaux Hotel

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dining hall that is perfect for groups and people really love our showers. We have spectacular views of the Tararua’s and it’s a short 15 minute drive to one of the best beaches in New Zealand, Waitarere Beach. For more information visit www.

• A wonderful land, sand and seascape walking adventure. • Beginning and ending at Riversdale Beach here in the Wairarapa. • Rustic accommodation and gourmet meals prepared for you. • 2 or 3 day options. Mid-week special for groups of 6 or more.

March with a variety of music on the piano, harp and organ. Visit our website to see the exact dates of the concerts and events. The concerts will be by reservations only as the venue is small and intimate.

Great way to get away with friends and experience some coastal hospitality.

Southward Car Museum At a loss for something to do over the summer break? Southwards in Paraparaumu is a great option. With a huge collection of world class extraordinary vehicles to view as well as an onsite coffee and souvenir shop. These are in large picturesque

Orui Walk

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grounds, great if you wish to bring your own picnic. A large lawn area for the kids to get rid of some of that pent-up energy as well as small a bush walk. Open 9.00am to 4.30pm every day apart from Christmas day. Plan that unusual get away day now.


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Intermediate students motivated by cancer survivor Although James Aspey beat cancer, he came out of the experience beaten and lacking belief in himself. The 29-year-old from Sydney came and spoke to pupils at Wainuiomata Intermediate about his journey. He spoke to pupils about his journey in order to motivate them to make better choices in their own lives and help make the world a better place. James explained that he was 17 when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. At the time he was told that he had just six weeks to live. He underwent intensive chemotherapy and six weeks became three years. While battling leukaemia, James became depressed and started abusing drugs. He was nursed back into health and fitness, and with a lot of support, managed to lose 25 kilograms. Realising the effect that other people’s help and support had on his recovery, he decided to help other people overcome their health issues by becoming a personal trainer. He excelled in his new profession and gained great satisfaction by helping others into fitness. While working on a cruise ship, some years later, James developed an eating disorder. He was still battling his per-

From left, Alexis Harris, Devon Barnes, Grace Thompson, Jazmine Petuha, Jaimee Beyer, Hailey Birch, Casey Davies, Tyla Williams, Charlotte Walker; front, Nataahia Pasene and Pounamu Moses with James Aspey. PHOTO: Supplied.

sonal demons, when on one of those cruises, James ran into a wise, elderly Indian man who told him that “eating animals was bad karma.” James was intrigued and his curi-

osity led him to read and research what the Indian man might have meant. Indeed, he quickly realised that cutting animal products from one’s diet, carries some health

benefits, while reducing at once one’s chances of developing many illnesses, including some forms of cancer. James decided that the only way for him to live in alignment with

Anglers revelling as freshwater fishing season begins Anglers from the Hutt Valley and around the lower North Island are revelling in what many are saying is the best start to the freshwater fishing season in years. The season kicked off October 1 and while the previous four springs have been blighted by abysmal weather, this year conditions couldn’t be any better. Wellington Fish & Game has noticed a surge in licence sales and manager Phil Teal says this is likely to be a direct result of the great weather the region has been experiencing. Phil says the angling grapevine has also been working in overdrive as news of superb catches gets out, and this is also increasing the level of interest in the angling community. “The rivers are in superb shape, the condition of the fish is spectacular, and there are plenty of really fat trout about right from the headwaters through to the lowlands,” he says. “We’ve got some very happy anglers out there and to be fair they deserve it after some really slow starts to previous few seasons.” In fact, the conundrum for many lower North Island trout anglers this season is having too many topquality opportunities and deciding where to go. Phil says sea run brown trout are

Youngster Finn Harding hooked up to a sea run brown trout in the Hutt River’s lower reaches. PHOTO: Supplied

still prevalent in the lower reaches of the larger rivers as they chase what has been a very good whitebait run, and the backcountry is fishing exceptionally well too. “In between we have the favoured mid-reaches of the Ruamahanga firing for the first time in quite a few seasons, and the larger rivers further north – the Manawatu and Rangitikei – have dropped their high spring flows and now offer literally hundreds of kilometres of easily accessible worldclass angling.” Anglers and families are also taking advantage of the recent trout release at Hokowhitu Lagoon in Palmerston North. Phil says once word got out that

there were about 300 good-sized fish released into the lagoon after the recent kids’ fishing day, young anglers and families have flocked to the site. “It’s great to see mums and dads and kids enjoying the angling, but this is just one of many family-friendly fishing venues in our region. “With Christmas holidays coming up, taking the kids out trout fishing is a great way to keep them entertained and it doesn’t cost the earth.”  Members of the public interested in learning where and how to fish are welcome to contact the Wellington Fish & Game Council office. Anglers fishing must have a current fishing licence.

his values of respecting others was to become vegan. In 2014, James also took a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence.

Public invited to have their say on the CBD’s future Hutt City Council is seeking residents’ views on how they want their central business district to look in the decades ahead. Council is about to start work on a central business district spatial plan that will refresh, update and add detail to council’s vision document for the central business district, Making Places. A central part of the project will be collecting the community’s views and aspirations for the area on how it might look in the future. It is now almost 10 years since work on Making Places started, says council urban design manager Paki Maaka. “A lot has been achieved, but there is still much to do if we, as a city, are to realise our aspirations for the CBD,” Paki says. Council now wants to review its central business district strategies, and the priorities and ambitions for the area that residents expressed during consultations almost ten years ago, to see if it is still on track. “It’s important that we

explore every opportunity to ensure the CBD offers an exceptional quality of life that is sustainable, and where appropriate, that these opportunities are developed,” he says. “The way we use our city centre’s open spaces, how we move about the CBD and the activities and an opportunity it offers will evolve over the coming years and it’s important that we have a planned approach to this. “So people’s ambitions for the city centre and how they want it to look and feel in the future will be crucial to developing the spatial plan.” T h e s u r vey w i l l b e completed by Hutt City Views, an online panel of residents representing a cross section of Lower Hutt residents. It is also open to the wider public via survey. p ubl icvoic e.c o.n z / s3 / making-places-hcc-fb. The survey closes on Friday, December 8. A draft of the central business district spatial plan is expected to be completed by August next year.

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Wainuiomata local picks the election Wainuiomata local Paul Rimene was confident when he picked Labour would win the General Election in September – seeing Jacinda Arden become Prime Minister. So much so that he wrote it on his favourite Ukelele before election night. Paul says he knew when Jacinda was made leader, ‘that’s it they’re in!’ He then wrote PM Ardern on

his Ukelele. Labour List MP Ginny Andersen was also impressed and took the Ukelele to the Labour caucus and got all the Labour Members of Parliament to sign the musical instrument. “Paul’s a reflection of the positive feel for the new Government out there - people are really excited,” Ginny says.

Wedding season kicks off at Pioneer Church Wa i n u io m a t a P io n e e r Church has hosted its first wedding of the 2017/2018 season. The wedding was between Kirsten Hansen and Jeremy McMahon and was a beautiful celebration. Kirsten is the daughter of Jan Hansen, formerly Jan Isberg, who grew up in Wainuioma-

ta and attended the Pioneer Church Sunday School. Dennis Hansen is a wellknown former Wainuiomata rugby player and coach. Jeremy is the son of Lyn and the late Ian McMahon, also well-known local identities. Wainuiomata Pioneer Church is located on Coast Road and is not only the third oldest Church

in the Wellington Region, but the oldest of the original Methodist Churches in the region. It has a Category II listing with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust - one of only two listed buildings in Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata News team want to wish the new Mr and Mrs McMahon all the best.

Orchard planted at St Claudines

Labour List MP Ginny Andersen and Paul Rimene. PHOTO: Supplied

Students at St Claudine Thevenet School will get to reap the benefits of the latest venture – an orchard. Last week, students planted several fruit trees donated to the Wainuiomata school by KidsCanNZ. The day could not have happened without parent volunteers including Sarah Ricketts, Tony Harrington and Joe Troon. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop also helped out alongside his Labour List MP counterpart Ginny Anderson. The school’s fruit orchard was another student council-led project. While many of the students who helped achieve the project will not enjoy the fruits of their

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and St Claudine Thevenet School principal Sue Jury. PHOTO: Supplied

labour before they head off to high school, teachers at the

school say they will always be welcome back.

Wednesday November 29, 2017



Pukeatua joins Fiji at league world cup

Ki O Rahi turns on the heat in Wainui

By Dan Whitfield

Twenty-one Pukeatua Primary School pupils had the opportunity to take the field at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup recently. Wellington hosted quarter-final between Kiwis and Fiji with pupils walking out on to the field with the Fiji rugby league team. Though the game was a shock result for New Zealand, principal

Jenni Adam says it was an awesome experience for the children. Pukeatua School joined Avalon Primary School – who walked out with the Kiwis. The pupils were well behaved and had their smiles broadcast around the world. Jenni says they were really excited when they found out about the opportunity. Fiji won the match against the Kiwis, 4-2.

Jessie Esbach throws the ball to get a point.

Ivy Beck and Boy An try to stop Mana College getting passed. By Dan Whitfield

A Ki O Rahi regional tournament was hosted by Wainuiomata High School last week and saw eight schools take part. The tournament, held on November 23, involved junior high school students from Kapiti, Taita, Naenae, Raphael House, Wellington High, Mana, Tawa,

and Wainuiomata. Players competed in three grades: a boys and girls grade, and a mixed. Wainuiomata High School had a team in the girls and mixed categories. The mixed team was beaten in the semi-final while the girls progressed to the finals losing to Tawa.

Youngsters own the park

The mixed grade winner was Mana College who faced off against Tawa College in the final to win 14-8. The boys grade winner was Tawa College, overcoming Taita 26-12. The winner of the girls grade was also Tawa College. They beat Wainuiomata High School 11-3. The tournament was rum through College Sport Wellington

Safierah, Chelsie, Saphire, Alisha, and Malia in their event uniforms. PHOTO: Supplied

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Kiwis fail to take flight and blame everyone but themselves

Regan Jellicoe from the Wainuiomata Adidas under 13. PHOTO: Supplied

Wainuiomata under 13 girls softball team faced off against their counterparts, the Saints, at Wise Park on Saturday, November 18. Being an all-girls team, nerves were high playing in a mixed grade however, they did really well and got the win, 11-6. Although the full squad of 12 contributed to achieving the win, player of the day was awarded to Shyon Komene for outstanding field work. Coaches Vinnie Fruean and Michelle Macgregor are looking

forward to empowering and growing the girls’ confidence over the season. The other Wainuiomata softball teams that had great wins over the weekend were under 13 boys that played Hutt Valley Dodgers winning 22-1, with Joshua Leafa-Paki hitting a home run with loaded bases. Wainuiomata under 11 Cubs also dominated over Te Aroha Girls with a win 29-6 and Wainuiomata under 11 Bears took out a win over Te Aroha Boys, 14-7.

The Kiwis Rugby League World Cup campaign has been a PR nightmare from start to finish. The best spin doctor in the world could not have saved this shambles which was punctuated by a 4-2 football score quarter final exit to lowly Fiji. What happened post match was blood-letting of the highest order. Captain Adam Blair, who is headed to the Warriors next year on a multi-year million dollar deal gave a bizarre interview where he said the result on home soil was a good sign for international rugby League and that his team had given it everything. Halfback Shaun Johnson took aim at the Kiwi supporters, saying they had to shoulder some of the blame for being negative towards the team throughout the campaign. Then there was coach David Kidwell, who gave a rambling radio interview where he defended

his players and joined the firing squad aiming insults at the fans. Last time I checked, the fans didn’t drop the ball, concede the penalties or miss the tackles that saw them exit the tournament after a loss to Tonga the previous week. Johnson has since apologised for his comments and Kidwell has still yet to decide whether to reapply for the role. It’s an easy decision - he shouldn’t. The team played with no passion or heart. They gave up a 14 point lead to lose to Tonga and they weren’t relatable or approachable. Fans need a reason to buy in to a team and this Kiwis’ team was not able to produce anything but frustration. Rugby league is in mediocre heart in New Zealand. A lot of key former players want board level, widespread change.

An independent review is now underway. Fan support is a privilege not a right and New Zealand Rugby League took it for granted and Tonga stole their thunder. Fans want to see the top players performing at their peak. They also want to see a winning culture or at least a team that is striving to be winners. The fact is, this 2017 Kiwis team didn’t even come close to it. Confusing public statements, poor selections and poor performances on the paddock led to the demise of any positive outcomes and the NZRL has missed its opportunity to capture the imaginations of the next generation of rugby league players in this country. To sum up - much like the Warriors, the Kiwis promised so much and delivered so little and that’s a shame that cannot be swept under the carpet.


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