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Lisa Scott and Chloe Young, along with many other dog owners have welcomed news of Hutt City Council purchasing land to create a dog park in Wainuiomata. Confirmation was made last week and will see a 2.2-hectare dog park established off Waiu St in 2018. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says that the project is a fantastic opportunity for dog owners â€“ and one he wanted to get right the first time. Continued on page 2. Chloe Young, Lisa Scott, Max the dog, and Ray Wallace standing where the new dog park is set to be established. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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Dog owners pleased with Hutt City Council’s confirmation of dog park Continued from page 1. “There are some great places to walk dogs around the city, but the development of an adventure dog park will be a welcomed addition for dogowners,” Ray says. “The issue of a dog park has been around for a while but no one wants it by them. I can see people travelling from all over Lower Hutt and beyond to visit. What’s more, when completed, the Wainuiomata Hill shared path will provide a safe and scenic cycling and walking connection from Lower Hutt to the new dog park,” he says. Although the project is in the early stages, work on the area will begin over the coming months with general work being done to tidy the site. Over the next six to eight months, fencing will go up to create two separate areas. Following this, council will develop the area into an adventure dog park with agility equipment for enthusiastic and energetic pups, seating and information boards. Ray explains that it was a priority for council and would
be about getting on to it and getting it done. Lisa and Chloe had been petitioning for Hutt City Council to establish a specific fenced off area for dogs for a number of months. However, they’re delighted to see a plan in motion. Lisa says both her and Chloe’s main concern was the large number of roaming dogs in the Lower Hutt suburb. Another reason for a dog park came about after Lisa was attacked by a dog while walking along Coast Road on New Year’s Eve 2016. “It’s a brilliant spot and it needed to happen. Comments on Nui Natter (a community Facebook page) have praised council’s focus on Wainuiomata,” Chloe says. To be able to have somewhere to let our dogs off in a safe environment is good, Lisa adds. Regional manager of animal services, Les Dalton says: “Dog owners have waited a long time for a fenced dog park and it’s fantastic that we can now announce this great facility for Lower Hutt.”
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace shows of plans for the dog park. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
Lower Hutt’s first parking policy approved A full Hutt City council meeting last week approved the city’s first parking policy. The policy sets out a rationale and framework for assessing and making decisions regarding council-managed parking in the city. Council Divisional Manager Strategy and Planning, Wendy Moore, says the policy comes at a time when Lower Hutt is poised for significant change. As the city’s rejuvenation plans advance, including those for the
future shape of the central business district and the development of RiverLink and the Promenade, and the city’s population starts to grow after several decades of minimal movement, the parking policy will play an important role in contributing to a safe and efficient transport system. “A strategic approach to parking can make a city a more attractive and healthier place to live, as well as playing an important part in supporting its economic performance,” she says.
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The policy focusses on managing parking resources more effectively and improving access to businesses and other destinations in the city. It supports council’s work to improve travel using all modes of transport, including public transport, walking and cycling. This approach takes into account transport planning issues like increasing fuel costs, addressing climate change, and the development of new technologies, including driverless
vehicles, which will all influence the way people live and travel in the future. Development of the policy included engagement and consultation with stakeholder groups and the wider public, and is part of a wider review of parking processes. The review includes exploring new parking technologies and has already expanded payment options with the introduction of the PayMyPark parking app earlier this year.
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Local heroes awarded for services to Wellington Wellington’s selfless, optimistic and generous citizens were honoured for their service last night at the annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. As part of the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2018, 39 Wellington locals received their local hero medals at a special ceremony at Parliament. Among those acknowledged were Merilyn Merrett, Jan Heine, Gabriel Tupou, Amanda Coulston, Missy Awatere, Joanne Ruawai-Hawira, and Ewen Heron from Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley. Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Peeni
Henare attended the ceremony to congratulate and present the medals to this year’s winners. He commended the recipients for their achievements in the community, saying that the award ceremony was a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of many in the region. “This year’s recipients are selfless, loving and dedicated people who have all impacted the Wellington region in unique ways,” he says. “The positive difference they have made to the lives of others cannot be overstated. It’s important communities take time to reflect and acknowledge the
special place these people hold in our lives.” The Local Hero Awards are New Zealand’s premier community award, celebrating and honouring those who have made a positive contribution to their region, town, suburb or community. More than 300 local hero medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland next February. Mark Stephen, acting chief executive officer of Kiwibank,
says the bank’s nationwide network of staff were humbled and proud to be supporting communities to celebrate their “local heroes” over the past nine years. “Many of these medal winners are unsung heroes, whose selflessness has had a profound effect on the lives of so many in the community,” Mark says. “Those acts of charity, optimism and commitment are what make New Zealand such a special place to live in. We think it’s important for us to give thanks to these people and that’s why we sponsor the awards.”
New sign loved by many already By Dan Whitfield
A new sign has been erected at the entrance of Queen St. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
A new sign has been installed at the entrance of Queen St. Love Wainuiomata was the organisation that pioneered getting the sign complete – however, it was a community effort all round with local Kaumatua and members of the public involved. The sign was made by Wellington Signs and measures around four metres high. While identifying facilities that Queen St offers, the sign also shows off Wainuiomata’s culture and history. The sign features a tear shaped carving near the base, symbolising a tear of Mata – linking the Maori words that make up the name Wainuiomata. Esther Venning from Love Wainuiomata says she hopes it will showcase and take Queen St in new direction. “We want people to come to Queen Street and love it. The sign is there to welcome and invite people in,” Esther says. “There is actual meaning of Wainuiomata in the sign. It’s
a project that brings together history and community. It’s something strong and natural and simple and honest,” she says. The new sign has been described as taonga of Wainuiomata. It was unveiled and blessed on December 12. Esther says people wanted something special to welcome people. “Everyone loves it and hopefully it will encourage visitors to Wainuiomata to come and spend some time in the area.” Wainuiomata ward and Hutt City Councillor Campbell Barry says with 100,000 vehicle movements heading down the coast each year; it is crucial visitors know about Queen Street. “I think this will be great for our local retailers,” Campbell says. “Special thanks to Michael Ngarotata and Linda Olsen who came up with this idea during the Queen Street Makeover last year and of course the awesome team at Love Wainuiomata for making it happen,” he says.
inbrief news Acting chief executive appointed Ashley Bloomfield has been appointed of as the acting chief executive of Capital & Coast DHB. The current Hutt Valley DHB chief executive will take on the role from January 1 while the final stages of recruitment for the permanent position are completed. Debbie Chin is leaving the position on December 31.
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.
Police arrest wanted man Lower Hutt Police arrested a wanted man following a fleeing driver incident overnight. A 30-year-old man was set to appear in the Hutt Valley District Court on Monday facing a number of charges. The charges in relation to this morning’s pursuit include; using a firearm against a law enforcement officer, aggravated failing to stop and dangerous driving. Charges relating to a warrant to arrest issued in October are aggravated failing to stop, dangerous driving, possession of ammunition, possession of an offensive weapon and theft. Area response manager Senior Sergeant, Peter Middlemiss, says since the warrant to arrest was issued Police have been actively searching for this man. “We are pleased to have arrested this man who was believed to be dangerous and wanted on a variety of serious charges. Fleeing driver incidents are incredibly dangerous for everyone involved and members of the public,” he says.
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inbrief news Charity appeals to drivers Road safety charity Brake is appealing to partygoers and organisers to ensure everyone in their group gets to and from celebrations safely. As work Christmas parties and other celebrations are in full swing, and with many people planning parties for this weekend, Brake is reminding everyone to plan their travel, and if driving to events, making sure the designated driver stays sober. Brake’s Not a Drop, Not a Drag campaign urges drivers not to drink any amount of alcohol or take any drugs before getting behind the wheel. The charity also urges family and friends to speak out and stop a loved one drink or drug driving. Figures show that in 2015, alcohol and/or drugs was a factor in 88 fatal and over 1100 injury crashes resulting in 90 deaths and over 1500 injuries. Research shows that drinking any amount of alcohol can affect your driving. Caroline Perry, Brake’s New Zealand director says: “Drink and drug driving deaths and injuries are cruel and needless, ending and ruining lives and leaving behind traumatised families to pick up the pieces. “It’s vital you take your responsibility for people’s safety seriously. It’s a proven fact that even small amounts of alcohol or drugs inflate your risk of crashing.”
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New principal proud to be back in Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield
Craig Sharp will start in 2018 as the new principal of Wainuiomata Intermediate. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
Craig Sharp is looking forward to 2018 and stepping into his new role of principal at Wainuiomata Intermediate. He will take over from Pearl Murti, who has been principal at the school since 2004. “I always joked that I’d take her job,” he says. Craig grew up in Wainuiomata however it wasn’t until recently that he returned to the community as deputy principal at the Wainuiomata Intermediate. He has been teaching for 21 years, with 15 of those spent in a principal position. “Wainuiomata Intermediate is in good condition. There’s just something about it; there’s something special about Wainuiomata. “The number one highlight for me is coming back here. It
feels like coming home. There are other highlights in and around the children – watching them discover who they are and become who you always saw they could be,” Craig says. For Craig, teaching is about relationships, communication and being part of the community. The goal is to carry on with what Pearl has started and the structure built over the years; as well as finding opportunities for children to grow, Craig says. Looking ahead at 2018, Craig has ambitions but says nothing needs changing right away. Instead it was about doing less, better. “The thing is you can get a good education in Wainuiomata.” The 2017 school year ended on Friday last week and is set to resume around the end of January.
Henrietta Maxwell Grove unveiled The late Henrietta Maxwell will always be remembered in Wainuiomata with the unveiling of Henrietta Maxwell Grove – one of the community’s newest roads. Whanau, local kaumatua and members of the Wainuiomata Community Board gathered at an intimate ceremony to bless and unveil the sign on Sunday, December 10. Henrietta’s son Haku Maxwell says: “Our family are just so thankful that so many turned up to celebrate the naming of this street.” Henrietta was a Kohanga Reo advocate whose efforts led to the opening of the first Kohanga Reo in New Zealand – it was inaugurated at Wainuiomata in 1982.
The Kohanga was a major stop during Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 Wellington tour. Henrietta passed away in May 2015 and was an inspirational pioneer of the revitalisation of Te Reo Maori. She pa r ticipated in the TVNZ series launched in 1987 featuring Kohanga Reo – and would often be seen working with children and teaching waiata, herself a formidable composer mentored by the likes of Tuini Ngawai and Ngoi Pewhairangi. She was later involved with the development of the Te Ataarangi method of teaching Te Reo Maori. Representatives of the Wainuiomata Community Board
oversaw the process to name the new Grove per the Hutt City Council’s Naming Policy. They worked with the New Zealand Transport Authority, Hutt City Council, the community and developers to reach their final decision. Board chairman Richard Sinnott says it is great to be able to recognise members of our community that have made strong con-
H e nrie t t a M a x we ll Grove in Wainuiomata. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
tributions not only locally, but nationally. “With the site of the development having strong educational ties (being the former St Matthews School) it felt like a great fit to recognise Henrietta who made significant contributions to the education sector,” Richard says.
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Mayor welcomes progress on Petone to Grenada Link Road Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is welcoming Government’s announcement to progress the Petone to Grenada Link Road, citing increased congestion across the network and the strategic importance of efficient roads for resilience and economic growth. “It’s great that the Government is showing its support for the region’s roading,” Ray says. “The Petone to Grenada Link Road will have benefits for the whole Wellington region. It will provide faster and more reliable journeys between the Hutt Valley
and Porirua, facilitate economic growth and improve resilience in the event of a natural disaster. “The benefits, especially in terms of resilience, are well-documented. I’m looking forward to working with the NZ Transport Agency and the Minister of Transport as the project progresses,” he says. The link road is part of a suite of new roading, cycling and public transport projects being progressed on behalf of the Government throughout the Wellington region to improve economic growth, road
safety, and make it easier and less time consuming for people to get around. It is estimated to cost around $250 million to complete and is supported by all councils in the Wellington region. The proposed route will provide a fourlane route between Petone and Tawa plus extra crawler lanes on the Petone side and keep the Hutt Valley better connected in an earthquake, slip or crash. Ray says that several accidents this year have highlighted how necessary the new
Bryony Williams joins Luck of the Irish at Hutt City Church Fresh from performing as Mary Poppins in New Plymouth, Bryony Williams joins the Operatunity cast to celebrate all things Irish at Hutt City Church. Bryony joins fiddler extraordinaire Jess Hindin and Operatunity’s core team of Sue Boland, John Cameron, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and Karl Perigo. Born in England, Bryony has had a highly successful music career in both England and New Zealand. Studying at the New Zealand School of Music, the stage star completed a Bachelor of Music and Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Voice. She has performed several famous roles such as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role in Handel’s Alcina, and Ino in Semele. Bryony has also performed at venues all over the world including the Sydney
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Opera House, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and the Oxford Lieder Festival. Though she is currently back in England rehearsing for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, she will return to New Zealand in the New Year to perform at 23 centres as part of the Luck of the Irish tour. With Irish dancing, famous haunting ballads, funny ditties and limericks, singalongs, Irish jokes and mad fiddling, the Luck of the Irish is sure to be a show to please anyone who has Irish in their blood or a little bit of Irish in their hearts.
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road is. “One accident on State Highway 2 near Petone caused gridlock for more than two hours. Had the Petone to Grenada Link Road been there, it would have reduced pressure on surrounding roads and enabled people to get to their destinations much more easily.” He is also calling on the Government to signal its support for the Cross Valley Link Road to provide an east-west connection across the Hutt Valley.
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Fleur Koorey, Crofton Downs “Going to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.”
Melissa Zgomba, Hutt Valley “Having family movie nights where we watch our favourite Christmas movies like ‘Arthur Christmas’.”
Tony De Lorenzo, Wellington City “A big Italian lunch with all the family.”
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Mayor’s message reflects on 2017 As a council we’re working with the community to achieve good things for the city. In Wainuiomata, we’re focussed on supporting community efforts revitalise the town centre and attract people to the valley. Positive discussions continue regarding a retirement village and development of the mall area and we’re very hopeful to get some news about progression of these facilities in the near future. Our YOUth Inspire programme which supports young people into jobs, training and study is going from strength to strength. Next year will be a great year for them. Dog owners will be pleased to know that Hutt City Council has recently purchased land in Parkway with the intention of creating a large, fenced, adventure dog park.
There’s been a lot of discussion in the community about this so it’s great that we’ve been able to do this for Wainuiomata and for all dog owners. Those of you who regularly walk, run or cycle the hill will soon be able to do so on a safer walking and cycling pathway over the Wainuiomata Hill. Construction is due to start soon.
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Labour List MP’s big year; thankful of community. Well, 2017 has probably been the biggest year of my life! I feel humbled that 18,113 people gave me their vote and very happy that we increased the Labour vote to over 40 per cent in Hutt South. Most importantly, we now have a Labour-led Government that has already passed legislation that puts kids, whanau and the elderly first. It’s great that kids born after July 1, 2018 will get $60 a week and elderly and those on benefits will get a Winter Energy Payment to help keep warm, healthy and happy. The best part of the campaign this year was having over 300 volunteers helping get people out to vote. It blows me away when people give up their time to help achieve something they believe in – and it’s great to see it pay off! Next year will be even bigger as I have a lot of work ahead of me as the Labour List MP based in Hutt South. I’m very excited to be part of delivering some new initiatives to improve mental health support in the Hutt. I’m also looking forward to seeing houses built
Ten years of hard work and planning has gone into bringing about this much needed project. It’s going to be fantastic for our community. Next year is going to be a really exciting year for Wainuiomata. Have a great holiday season. Stay safe, look after each other and enjoy the summer.
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on the vacant Housing NZ land in Epuni and other areas across the Hutt. A big thanks for all of your support; I wouldn’t be doing this job without it. I hope everyone enjoys some time with friends and family over the Christmas break -- a chance to pause and be thankful for living in a place as cool as the Hutt.
As the year winds down, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas and happy New Year. It’s been a big year and I am looking forward to taking a couple of weeks off over the Christmas and New Year period to recharge the batteries so I can hit the ground running in early 2018. A real highlight for me this year was the decision by the regional council to introduce a discount for tertiary students on public transport, beginning next year. This will be of big benefit to tertiary students from Wainuiomata I’m also really pleased that my Compensation for Live Organ Donors Act has just come into force.
This act, which started as a Member’s Bill in my name, significantly increased government support for the heroes in our community who donate organs to others. After some delay, construction of the Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path is underway. This will be a great asset for Wainuiomata and the wider Hutt Valley. My office in Wainuiomata will be closed from December 22 and reopen on January 15 and I look forward to seeing many readers in the New Year. Christmas is a time of happiness and joy, but it’s also a tough time for some families in our community. Let’s make sure we all look out for each other this Christmas, and help those who need it.
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Wainuiomata’s Pop-Up Christmas was a hit with the community – seeing hundreds having fun, singing carols, playing games and enjoying all the activities on Sunday Though this year was the first time the event had run, organisers Love Wainuiomata are sure it will continue annually. Esther Venning, from Love Wainuiomata, says the success of the event was only possible due to the huge generosity of groups, businesses and individuals who all pulled together to make it happen. “Everyone is keen to grow and build this for 2018 and we’ll be working with the community to do this,” she says. Wainuiomata’s Pop-Up Christmas
included free food and activities for everyone including a special visit from Santa Claus himself. “This event was due to the Christmas spirit of so many amazing locals, businesses, groups and organisations. It’s a bit like the Oscars - too many people to be able to name them all, but that’s why it was so great. “Love Wainuiomata was one of the coordinators and contributors and we’ll definitely be helping to get this rolling even bigger for 2018,” Esther says. “We also thank all the locals who helped on this and donating their time and putting in a huge effort to bring Christmas to Queen St and our community.”
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Wednesday December 20, 2017
Kindergartens perform at local marae Four Wainuiomata kindergartens – Parkway, Sun Valley, Arakura and Pencarrow – visited Wainuiomata Marae recently for kapa haka. The children performed the songs they have learnt this year, followed by a morning tea. It was a wonderful morning and a memorable cultural experience for all present. Parkway, Sun Valley, Arakura and Pencarrow – and Pukeatua are part of Hutt City Kindergartens. All five kindergartens have spaces available and welcome families who want to visit. More information about the kindergartens and contact details can be found at huttkindergartens.org.nz. Kindergarten is the place where a lifetime of learning begins, interests are sparked, friendships are forged, and where learning is made fun. “Our teaching philosophy is learning through play, and this is reflected in the wide variety of activities – allowing children to explore and experience at their own place alongside our qualified teachers,” Hutt City Kindergartens general manager Tony DeLorenzo says.
Parkway Kindergarten’s Levi Wrathall.
Sun Valley Kindergarten’s Zoe Jeffries, Ariki Richards, Alessandra Whitecliffe, Kasen Ritchie, Tricia Willis, Teddy Brian, Paige Smith, Tilly Beckford, Sofie Brian, Scarlett Neilson, Gabrielle Bonneau Le Phong, Emelynn MacDonald, Melina Risdon, Teuila Risdon. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
Samantha Lal from Parkway Kindergarten.
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Personal loan turns into $5000 pre-Christmas gift Layton Sio is thankful for a last minute personal loan he took out to pay for a trip home to attend his grandmother’s unveiling earlier this year. The Wainuiomata man says NZCU (New Zealand Credit Union) really helped him out a lot, with the loan enabling him to travel to Te Totara Marae to be with his whanau. However, Layton is also thankful for an NZCU promotion that saw him win $5000 just before Christmas. Layton is a night-time security guard at Queensgate Shopping Mall in Lower Hutt and says his win will “help out a lot”. “I was actually quite shocked when I heard I’d won – I wondered whether the call was a joke,” Layton says. Layton says he will spend a little of the $5000 on buying some presents for his nieces and nephews, but I won’t spend it all on Christmas. “We realised quite late we needed some extra money to travel and to pay for food when we were there, so it was a last minute rush to get a loan,” he says. “Family, including cousins we hadn’t seen for a long time, were coming over from Australia so we had to be there. The unveiling lasted about two days but we stayed for a week to be with family.” NZCU general manager of sales, marketing and channels Andrew Quayle says it’s the second year in
a row for the draw and it’s great to be able to help people out so close to Christmas. “This time of year is always more expensive for families as they prepare for Christmas and summer so it’s great to be able to provide some extra help to a valued customer,” Andrew says. “We are rapt that Layton has won – he needed some extra money so he could attend a very important whanau event, so it’s great he also now has a chance to enjoy some extra money over Christmas. “This year we had a significant number of entries into our personal loan prize draw, well up on last year. This highlights the importance of having good lending alternatives available to everyday Kiwis at this time of year.” The promotion was open to any NZCU customer who took out a personal loan over $2000 between September 1 and December 1. The winner was drawn randomly from all those who had loans approved and drawn down across the 16 strong branch network, as well as nationwide online applications. Even without winning the draw NZCU Baywide customers are already taking advantage of some of the best value secured and unsecured personal and car loans in the country, after the credit union was rated an “outstanding value” lender by Canstar earlier in December.
NZCU Wainuiomata branch manager Emma Sullivan with competition winner Layton Sio. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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Wednesday December 20, 2017
Petone Wharf open for summer
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Rimutaka Forest Park, where adventure awaits
One of the many walks in Rimutaka Forest Park. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis.
Nine sports selected in 2018 Sports Talent Development Programme Sport Wellington has announced nine sports that will be part of the 2018 Talent Development Programme. The successful organisations are: Badminton Wellington Inc., Dynomites Sport Climbing, Fencing Central, Capital Football, Wellington Hockey, Netball Wellington Centre, Central Rowing, Volleyball Wellington, and Swimming Wellington. The sports selected are aligned with the Sport NZ National Talent Strategy focusing on building systems, structures and processes that help nurture talent, and helping young athletes realise their potential in sport and in life. The Talent Development Programme supports a number of talent development projects aligned to the national and regional sporting organisations. Sixteen applications were received with nine sports successful in securing funding to support a range of initiatives. These initiatives include; research into performance measures, development of processes for individual performance planning, as well as access to specialist services such as athlete life advice, nutrition and strength and conditioning. Over the last four years the programme has transformed from being an outcome-based investment to become a process-lead investment associated with developing talent and effective Talent Development environments. The programme is focused on creating effective learning environments enabling athletes to gather information that they can then take into their context, practice it, reflect on it, and ultimately grow as athletes and people. Mark Watson, from Sport Wellington, says: “The impact of this approach is starting to come to fruition with athletes, parents and coaches now fully integrated into this process alongside staff associated with the Regional Sports Organisation’s (RSO) performance programmes.” Also associated to the 2018 programme, Sport Wellington will continue to work with Wellington Golf and Athletics Wellington in developing their talent programmes by continuing the great work that has been going on within these sports over the last two to three years.
Looking for something to do this summer, why not explore Wainuiomata’s hidden gem - Rimutaka Forest Park. Rimutaka Forest Park is rather well known, but does tend to get forgotten. However, more and more people are getting hiking boots on to explore it. At 22,000 hectares, the Rimutaka Forest Park encompasses much of the Rimutaka Range. It is characterised by steep, bush-clad hills and narrow fern-filled valleys cut by abundant freshwater streams and the beautiful Orongorongo River. Throughout the park, there are many walking tracks appealing to bushwalkers and nature lovers of every age and stage of life. Three of the many walking tracks include the Big Bend Track that follows the Orongorongo River and connects the Orongorongo Track with the
Whakanui Track; the Catchpool Loop Walk, a 1.6 km loop walk through a nikau groves and native forests; and the Butcher Track, a two-hour one way walk that provides magnificent views of the Wellington region. The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust has a committed group of individuals focused on preserving and restoring the natural and historic resources of the Rimutaka Forest Park. It was formed in 1988 to stimulate public interest in conservation areas, encourage interactive research and environmental programmes and to cooperate with the Department of Conservation in the fullest development of the park. For more information, about Rimutaka Forest Park and what it offers go to doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/ places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/places/rimutaka-forest-park/.
Mixed doubles tournament next on the calendar
Players enjoying Wainuiomata Tennis Club’s facilities. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wainuiomata Tennis Club is gearing up for a mixed doubles tournament in February. The graded competition is one of the first of the 2018 year and will be held on Sunday, February 18, with a 2pm start. It is open to club members and entry is $3 per person. Juniors are free.
The tournament will see premier players compete in the A-grade, and non-premier players in the B-grade. Players are encouraged to sign up at the Wainuiomata Tennis Club or email email@example.com. Entries close Friday, February 16. Locals are also encouraged to come down to the club, located in
Homedale, to support the players. Wainuiomata Tennis Club has been open for more 70 years and has seen hundreds of players, from children to adults, enjoy the sport. It currently has around 100 members, across both junior and seniors divisions. The club has five floodlit artificial turf courts.
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Time to start training for the TriAbility Triathlon The TriAbility Triathlon will make a return in 2018 and those interested are being encouraged to start their training over summer. The inclusive multisport event that supports people of all abilities in a competitive environment will be held on Saturday, March 17. Sport Wainuiomata will 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). The event is not just for people with disabilities; it is an event for all abilities, from elite to first-timers and everything in between. Registrations are open and can be completed at the Wainuiomata Library on Queen Street. Group training sessions will start up over summer. The vision of Sport Wainuiomata is about uniting the community through sport and recreation by engaging whanau and families in sport and recreation.
TriAbility Triathlon athletes cross the finish line. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Cricket is entertainment, give us our best
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Kawasaki rider on top of his game By Dan Whitfield
Shane Richardson blitzed his way to the top of the Leaderboard in the 600cc Formula Two class in first rounds of the 2017 Suzuki Tri-Series earlier this month. T h e Wa i n u io m a t a m a n qualified fastest in his class and managed two wins in the competition held later on Sunday, December 10 at Bruce McLaren Motorsports Park in Taupo. The 2017 Suzuki Tri-Series attracted large crowds for what turned out to be a sizzling opening round. Shane easily won both his
races on his Wainui Joinery Kawasaki ZX-6R. The 22-year-old took to track in Manfeild on Sunday, December 17, winning his fi rst race and coming second in his second race. Following round one and two, Shane is positioned first in the standings with a 19-point lead. “It’s nice to come back and win on home soil. I learnt a lot from racing recently and it was good to build up confidence on the bike,” Shane explains. Shane says it is good to be able to come back to New Zealand and continue riding in the different seasons. “It’s good to stay on the bike.”
Earlier this year, Shane spent several months racing in the United States. Though he finished sixth overall at MotoAmerica, a professional motorcycle racing series, Shane says the experience was worth it. “This year has been a dream; getting to race overseas and achieve a long list of goals.” H is next r a c e is r ou nd three and is set to be held on Tuesday, December 26 at the Whanganui Cemetery Circuit. Shane also plans to race in the United States again next year – and is currently looking for funding to help that become a reality.
New Zealand’s national cricket selectors need to realise resting players are only for the tired. Captain Kane Williamson and test match vice captain Tim Southee will both miss matches during the current one day international series against the West Indies. This, according to selector Gavin Larsen, is to manage workload ahead of a summer which sees a series against ‘Ashes bashed England’ loom in the latter stages of the summer. Firstly, neither player should need a rest just two test matches into a home summer, secondly their absence robs New Zealand fans of watching two of our best players live and thirdly there is not the depth to warrant such a move. In 2017, there is the desire to rest and rotate to create depth. This was started by the All Blacks in the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The difference between rugby and cricket in this country is depth - namely rugby has it and cricket never will. Like netball, cricket has a core of players capable of contributing to the international game but when stretched for resources, we will be found out. There is no major campaign this summer, no World Cup, so no need for these silly test tactics.
Williamson thrives on batting and being involved and in his mid 20s, he shouldn’t need a break from a home summer campaign. Southee could do with a refresh given he’s been below his best the last couple of years but the home summer is not the time. Supporters should feel rightly aggrieved by the move. The West Indies are a rabble of a side though the return of Chris Gayle for the coloured clothing matches does offer a little spice. If I had tickets to a match where Williamson or Southee were now rested, I’d be considering a refund. Sport in 2017 is now more than ever an entertainment masterpiece. The public have plenty of options in terms of where to spend their money and if New Zealand Cricket continue to undervalue that fact, then crowds will stop turning up. It’s never been easier to turn down a ticket to a sports match in favour of your comfortable couch and your drinks that you can get from the fridge as opposed to line up and overpay for. Give me the best players and you’ll get my money more often than not. Treat fans with disdain and many, like me, will stay at home and save our money.
Wednesday December 20, 2017
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