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Going above and beyond By Dan Whitfield
Peter Thompson is passionate about what they do. A mark of his commitment to the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade and going above and beyond the call of duty was showcased at a surprise awards ceremony recently. On Thursday last week, the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade made presented the Peter with a hand-crafted award in recognition for all the work he does behind the scenes in addition to his duties as a senior station officer and brigade training officer. Continued on page 2. Peter Thompson, senior station officer at Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Fire fighter celebrated by his brigade Continued from page 1. “I was blown away because normally I know what’s going on; I had no idea about this. It was overwhelming but a great honour,” Peter says. The Wainuiomata man has been part of the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade for 31 years and counting. He is a gold star recipient and a life member. Peter says he doesn’t do what he does for the recognition but that it is special to be awarded in this way. “Wainuiomata is a close community and it’s great to be part of it and being able to help people in their time of need.” Peter continues to show his passion, dedication and commitment to the Wainuiomata brigade each and every day. One comment that was made at the presentation last week was that the community was very fortunate to
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have him working with and for Wainuiomata. Volunteers are an integral part of the Wainuiomatabased service, providing fire prevention and emergency services in the area. More than 9000 volunteer fire fighters provide fire prevention and emergency response services to 80 per cent of New Zealand. In addition to dealing with fire related incidents, they attend 55 per cent of all motor vehicle accidents where fire service assistance is required. T h ey a l s o p r ov id e civil defence emergency help, assistance to police, ha za rdous substance conta in ment and clean-up and fire safety awa reness education.
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Police disrupt cocaine supply chain Police from the National Organised Crime Group last week concluded an operation targeting the supply of cocaine in the Wellington region. The operation resulted in the arrests of three foreign nationals in Lower Hutt, who are believed to have imported cocaine from overseas for distribution in the Wellington area. Two Columbian nationals
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aged in their 20s and 30s and a Malaysian man in his 50s were found to be in possession of approximately one kilogram of cocaine when they were arrested in Lower Hutt Wednesday morning. They are facing a range of charges including supplying cocaine and possession of cocaine for supply and were set to appear in Wellington District
Court on Thursday. Search warrants were also executed Wednesday at a number of addresses in the Hutt Valley. As a result, police seized a further 350g of cocaine. Detective Inspector Stu Graham, who headed the operation, says Wednesday’s seizures and arrests are a great result. “This is an example of police’s commitment to disrupt these
transnational organised crime groups who are attempting to profit from a drug that would cause significant harm in our communities,” Stu says. “Police will continue to work with our international partners and Customs to actively target those people who choose to bring harmful drugs into New Zealand, so we can seize it before it gets into our community.”
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Everyone welcome at Pop-Up Christmas By Dan Whitfield
Christmas is coming to the heart of Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata PopUp Christmas is set to be held at and around the Queen Street Reserve on Sunday, December 17. Chloe Young, who is helping organise the local event, says everyone is welcome and are encouraged to come down to Queen St, bring a picnic or grab a takeaway, and join
the rest of the community for some Christmas cheer. “I love Christmas and get very excited around this time,” Chloe says. “The Wainuiomata Pop-Up Christmas is a community bash where everyone is welcome, all before Christmas.” Chloe explains that there is lots planned for the day including carols, kids crafts and fun activities, games for the whole family, a sausage sizzle, face-painting – and
even a visit from Santa Claus. The dream result for Chloe would be seeing lots of families from Wainuiomata there on the day, enjoying the event. “Like I said, I love Christmas and was more than happy to help out with this event. What’s even better is everything will be free so it would be great to see everyone come along,” she says. The event will start at 5pm and run until 7pm. Esther Venning from Love
Wainuiomata says though this year’s event is a trial, her hope is to see it happen every year. “December is pretty busy, that’s why we’re looking at putting on something for everyone and building towards next year,” Esther says. “We want people to feel at home on Queen Street.” Esther says the event will get people into the area and bring the Christmas spirit to the community.
International friendships made through partnership By Dan Whitfield
International friendships have and will continue to be made thanks to a partnership between Wainuiomata Primary School and Sanui Elementary School in South Korea. Principals Allison Burdan and Sung Chul Yoon came together on Monday to announce a sister-city relationship between their schools. This was the first time the group from Sanui Elementary School had visited New Zealand. The group included 15 10 to 12-year-olds. Pupils were also integrated into the school curriculum for the rest of the week. Virginia Wilson, international dean at Wainuiomata High School, was one of a team who helped organise the partnership between the two schools. She says that it is about giving students the ability to learn and experience another culture and also build friendships internationally.
inbrief news Carol night at Pioneer Church A sing-a-long carol night has been planned at Pioneer Church this evening. The community is invited to attend the event at the church located on Coast Road. Singing is starting at 7pm and a supper will be provided.
Summer pools open for longer With summer well and truly here, Hutt City Council has announced it will be extending the opening hours of its summer pools. Wainuiomata Summer Pool will be open until 8pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from December 11-22, then Monday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 20. McKenzie Baths Summer Pool and Eastbourne Summer Pool will also be open longer.
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Students and principals from both Wainuiomata Primary School and Sanui Elementary School in South Korea gather together. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
“It’s a step towards global peace. Everyone gets to understand each other, where they are from and what’s affecting them,” Virginia says. She says the new relation-
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Cassandra Fellows, along with other young women from around New Zealand, was recently presented with a Queen’s Award Certificate from Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington. A dinner function was held for the recipients and their families, with awards presented by Charlotte Saunders, National Commissioner Girls’ Brigade New Zealand. The Girls’ Brigade Queen’s Award is a two-year programme of demanding work which, for Cassandra, included six months voluntary community service (Wainuiomata Community Hub), two initiative tasks (an Area Event – Teddy Bears Picnic and Host and Event – Movie Night), an assignment (Fabric – Graduation Dress) and attending a national assessment weekend.
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Good result Port Rd for Carmichael By Dan Whitfield
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For years, the Port Road Drags were the Achilles heel for Peter Carmichael – but not anymore. The Wainuiomata man competed at the recent automotive competition in his slightly unusual 383 small block Chevrolet V8 powered Jaguar XJ6 and was the winner in class four. His fastest time was 8.5 seconds. Talking to Peter after the event, held on November 26, he says there were a few mechanical issues on the day, and even managed to lock his keys in the car at one stage, but it was still a good event. Peter has been drag racing for eight years and is a member of the New
Zealand Drag Racing Association. Port Road is one of the longest running street drags in Australasia, celebrating its 51st year this year. Around 84 competitors took part. “I was very surprised. I’ve been going to Port Road for years – but never won; so it’s nice to have success there.” Peter’s next race is set to be at the Masterton Motorplex in January. He will be racing in his Holden VK Commodore. “I want to thank my wife, Jeanne, who has been very supportive over the years. I’d also like to thank Dave Fishwick, Bridgestone Wainuiomata and Road and Track in Lower Hutt.”
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Want to know where the best Christmas lights are this year? So does the Wainuiomata News. Already a number of homes in the community have put up their decorations and lights, showing off their household’s Christmas spirit. Addresses including 26 Main Road, 8 Hinau Grove, 7 Karaka Street, 40 Totara St, and 204 Wellington Rd are just a few that have been added to a list compiled on Wellington Live, but we believe there are many more. If you have decorated your house in Christmas lights this year, please email email@example.com. We’d love to share it with the community so that everyone can enjoy the festive season. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it would be great to showcase the community spirit in Wainuiomata and do Christmas together.
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Pukeatua School pupils have learnt what Christmas is all about. Pupils were encouraged to pay it forward in their community this year, partnering with The Breeze to Pack the Bus. The Pack the Bus initiative sees a number of schools around Wellington help pack a bus full of food and toys for those who need it most at Christmas. It is an annual event that The
Breeze organises and helps children understand the importance of giving. T he bus visite d P u keat ua School on Thursday, November 30 and saw all 189 pupils take part in some way or another. Principal Jenni Adam says twenty big boxes and baskets were given, full of goodies from canned food to toys and toiletries. “We are always giving back to the community because the community gives to us. It reflects
our school values of Manaakitanga. All staff and students were enthusiastic about helping this cause and loved it when the bus arrived to collect their items,” Jenni says. “We’re thrilled with the efforts; there will be a lot of happy whanau receiving our gifts this Christmas.” Students and teachers were treated to a day of Christmas carols and even a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What would your ideal holiday be?
Emma Sullivan, Wainuiomata “In the country or at the beach, with not traffic or neighbours; and somewhere that the kids can run around.”
Michael Ngarotata, Wainuiomata “A trip to Kentucky, because that’s where Mohammed Ali was buried.”
Roger Finlay, Wainuiomata “It would have to be going up to the Orongorongo River and enjoying it. I’d also like to walk the five mile track.”
Gabriel Tupou, Wainuiomata “Ideal summer vacation is making the most with whanau at our camping location, I nickname ‘Camp David’.”
Chloe Young, Wainuiomata “Staying at the Hilton in Fiji or a 10 day extreme horse trek/camping trip – both would need to be child free.”
Peter Thompson, Wainuiomata “Relaxing with a special person on a Pacific island.”
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Education and primary industries discussed at mayoral talks Enhancing trade in education and the primary industries will feature as key discussion points at this month’s New Zealand China Mayoral Forum. New Zealand mayors made the most of the opportunity to meet with their Chinese counterparts at the second forum, held in Wellington on December 3 and 4. At the forum, 12 Chinese mayors and vice-mayors from
mid and large-sized cities were be joined in Wellington by 38 New Zealand mayors to further strengthen relationships between regions of both countries. The talks included mayors and officials from New Zealand towns, cities and districts: Hutt City, Upper Hutt, and Wellington. Trade and investment opportunities in tourism, education and primary industries were
central to discussions at this year’s forum. China is New Zealand’s largest source of foreign students, with 34,000 in 2016, and in 2016 took $9.4 billion of export goods with primary products top of the list. Occasions like the forum provide valuable opportunities to do that, Mr McDouall says. LGNZ President Dave Cull says trade with China has tripled since 2007, to $23 billion in
the June 2016 year, making the need for continued relationship building increasingly important. “The forum is an excellent opportunity for both the country as a whole and the regions to enhance our relationships with New Zealand’s largest trading partner,” Dave says. “There is much to be gained for our communities in developing a greater understanding and appreciation of how China
operates. The Forum provides a new sub-national engagement to further enhance and develop political and trade relations for the future.” Justin Lester, Mayor of host city Wellington, says Xiamen and Wellington celebrated 30 years of a Sister City relationship at the forum. “We were delighted to mark this milestone during the course of the Forum,” Justin says.
Wellington Free Ambulance dispatchers the best in Australasia A Wellington Free Ambulance emergency medical dispatcher has won a prestigious international award. Sam Kellick has recently received the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) Dispatcher of the Year Award. Sam was nominated for the award along with fellow Wellington Free Ambulance emergency dispatcher Natasha Willis. This is the third year in a row Natasha has been nominated. The award recognises individuals who consistently go above and beyond to provide exemplary customer service while following the strict protocols and guidelines needed
to keep people safe. Wellington Free 111 communications centre manager Kate Jennings says Sam couldn’t be more deserving. “He epitomises what it takes to be a great call taker and dispatcher. He is warm, caring, passionate and professional, and still manages to keep his sense of humour,” Kate says. “Sam has the ability to stay calm no matter what the situation, even when it’s something he’s never come across before. He makes that human connection that gives every caller the sense that they are the only person in the world right now that matters,” she says. Sam has worked for Wel-
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Kate says being a call taker is no easy job and the whole team should be very proud. “Every call arrives as just a beep in your ear. You hear that beep
and know you could be faced with any one of a million scenarios. It could be something mundane, or the worst call of your life,” Kate says.
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Smooth ride along Hutt Road to be extended The new improved walking and biking paths being built along Hutt Road will be extended next year, creating another important link in the planned route from the north and Hutt Valley. Wellington City Council’s city strategy committee has approved a plan to widen and resurface another section of the pathway beside Hutt Rd, going as far as the Tinakori Rd intersection. Portfolio leader for public transport, cycling and walking, councillor Sarah Free, says Hutt Road is one of the city’s busiest biking routes, so it’s great that this extension can be
completed in tandem with the work already under way. “Even with the work partly complete, people are seeing and experiencing the benefits of better surfaces, separate paths for people riding and on foot, fewer lamp-posts and obstacles, and more obvious markings at driveways,” she says. “There will be some work still to do to finish off the section north of Westminster Street when our contractors return after the Christmas break – but they will then move closer to the city and begin upgrading the section south of the Aotea Quay over-
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Pukeatua School celebrates a full year of sport Pukeatua School pupils tread a new path this year making the most out of the opportunities that have arisen through sports. The Wainuiomata primary school is part of the Wainuiomata primary school’s sports cluster and recently celebrated a sport-filled year. One of the most recent opportunities pupils had was walking out with Fiji at the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals in Wellington. Pukeatua School has also been represented at netball and hockey Saturday leagues, with students in year one and two, and year four to six taking part. Teams made up of year three to six pupils also represented the school at Thursday afternoon miniball competitions this year; as well as year seven and eight pupils playing in Friday afternoon touch tournaments.
Black Cap Trent Boult with Luke Dale, an aspiring young cricketer. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
In October, Pukeatua School also had two senior boys, Angus Thompson and Kahukura Te Rauna, compete in the 2017 National Chess Tournament in Hamilton. Events organised by Leigh Rangiwhetu at the LHPSSA, have also provided the school with opportunities to get the students into competitions around the wider Hutt Valley. Pukeatua School also joined with Kohanga o te Ra, the rumaki unit from Naenae Primary School, for a day of sports recently. Pukeatua’s Te Whanau unit invited Kohanga o te Ra to come together to share and celebrate our language Te Reo Maori. About 70 students arrived to play many different sports including touch and ripper rugby for the senior students, and cricket and tee-ball for junior students.
ANZ helps kids with cricket ANZ is giving keen cricketers from Wainuiomata a helping hand to get on top of their game this summer. The programme will give New Zealand cricket fans the chance to get the help they need to improve their game. Whether it’s getting new team uniforms or replacing tired old gear, giving a pitch and clubrooms a makeover or the chance to get a one-on-one coaching session with a Blackcaps or White Ferns player, ANZ is supporting cricket at every level this summer. Since 2009, ANZ has been supporting aspiring cricketers, their teams, clubs, schools and casual fans as they set out to make the most of New Zealand’s favourite summer game. Head of sponsorship Sue McGregor, says that
ANZ is proud to support cricket at all levels - whether it’s the Blackcaps or White Ferns representing our country on the international stage, or the next generation of players battling it out at the local grounds every Saturday. “We want to give players and fans the support they need. Whether that’s with a new set of cricket gear, something for the club that will make a difference, or making it possible to meet one of their heroes for some inspiration or motivation,” Sue says. “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve, so we are committed to helping as many cricket fans as we can.” Applications are now open at anzcricketworld.co.nz.
Players encouraged to represent their club Wainuiomata Croquet Club members are being encouraged to get out and play the sport they love over summer with an inter-club competition scheduled for January. Although there is no one from Wainuiomata registered yet, the club has taken part in previous years – that said, club president Lesley McSharry says they could have players in the 2018 competition. The competition is a memorial event recognising the late Arthur Ross and sees clubs from all over Wellington compete. The 2017/18 season opened in Wainuiomata during October, with the club also celebrating its 24th anniversary at the same time. There are around 15-20 members involved with the Wainuiomata club, which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The competition has been run for a good number of years and Lesley says if there are players from the club wanting to take part they can.
Pukeatua’s Gwendoline Lambert-Moses playing hockey. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Up to England to ignite lame duck Ashes series The Ashes series had better find a spark soon or it could be a long summer for cricket fans. The reality is the 2017 versions of Australia and England aren’t that good and the dizzying heights of the quality series between the two nations more than a decade back seem a lifetime ago. Each team has its weaknesses Australia their fragile top and middle order, England their top and middle order and the fact they have a spinner who can’t buy a wicket. Aussie captain Steve Smith has so far outplayed his counterpart Joe Root and the pace bowling has been edged by the Australians in their home conditions.
Besides the battle of the captains, the other area Australia are earning the upper hand is through off spinner Nathan Lyon. Lyon has taken 11 wickets compared to just two for England’s chief spinner Moeen Ali in the first two tests and the Australian cult hero dubbed “Gary” by teammates is a key reason along with hundreds by Smith and Shaun Marsh as to why the team is up 2-0 in the five year series. England are yet to have a batsman score a century in the series and Root aside, it’s hard to see where one could come from. Veteran Ashes hero Alastair Cook looks like Father Time has passed
him by and the new crop of English batsmen seem to go weak in the knees at the pivotal moments. Flashy 50s are never as memorable as gritty tons. Not even a recall for bad boy Ben Stokes would be enough at this point. Stokes hasn’t set the world on fire in New Zealand’s domestic competition with bat or ball in three appearances so far but it is undeniable that on his best day he can give the English team the balance it is currently sorely lacking. Expect a mediocre Aussie whitewash and a forgettable one at that, unless England can play with the passion currently only being displayed by the Barmy Army in the stands.
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