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Wainuiomata had a big year in 2017 but nonetheless the focus was on community. Hutt City Council, the Wainuiomata Community Hub and Love Wainuiomata had a good partnership last year and managed to create a vibrant town centre for locals to enjoy. A couple of big items that were also ticked off the Wainuiomata list in 2017 included the announcement of a proper pathway over Wainuiomata Hill and a purpose-built dog park. Continued on page 2.
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Continued from page 1. HighLight: Carnival of Lights was a hit throughout the Hutt Valley. It was also pleasing to see the amount of community spirit coming out of Wainuiomata High School – especially with the head students Ruby Gardner, Alex Faifailoa, Joseph Tunipopo, Shiloah Babbington leading the charge. The election also caused quite a stir with the Hutt South electorate being snapped up by National’s Chris Bishop, Trevor Mallard was given the momentous opportunity of being Speaker of the House, and Wainuiomata also became one of the most represented communities with four MPs standing up for residents in Parliament. What will 2018 bring? JANUARY
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A local band reformed to celebrate the release of their debut EP 30 years after the first vinyl edition was issued. Wainuiomata post-punk band Vietnam was formed by friends Shane Bradbrook, Peter Dransfield, Leon Reedijk and Adrian Workman. Every Friday, Saturday and
Sunday the Wainuiomata Community Library hosted stories in the sun. The story time sessions were suited for children. A map to show off tourist points around Wainuiomata was on display at the Wainuiomata Community Hub. FEBRUARY
Wainuiomata BMX Club hosted the Wellington Regional Championships. The Hutt Real Food Challenge ran on February 25, with more fresh and affordable food grown in the Hutt Valley being the ambitious goal. Local families all over Wainuiomata were preparing for the TriAbility Triathlon. Tess and Alan Corderoy celebrated 60 years of marriage. MARCH
Wainuiomata High School welcomed 25 students from countries including France, Germany, Japan, Thailand Iceland and Chile. Younger locals had the chance to play at the newly revamped Parkway playground after it was refurbished. Progressive Enterprise announced that it had bought the
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Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. Wainuiomata turned on a beautiful day for its community barbecue held at the Queen Street Reserve on March 10. APRIL
Bob and Stella Pearce celebrate 50 years of marriage. Hutt City Council invested $1m to open up housing at the end of Wise Street that would see up to 50 homes being built. Tim Caughley cycled the Wainuiomata hill 47 times without stopping; a total of 182 km. His total cumulative climb was 8910m. The 45-year-old was doing an Everest cycle challenge, where you ascend a hill multiple times until you have cumulatively climbed 8848m, the height of Mt. Everest. Floodlights and security cameras were installed at Parkway Rise after a spate of vandalism in the isolated subdivision near Wainuiomata High School. MAY
The Maori Battallion was remembered at the Wainuiomata Marae, 24 hours after the Anzac Day service in the community. North Island brown kiwi chicks returned to the Remu-
taka Forest Park, as part of the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust’s commitment to building a selfsustaining wild kiwi population in the area. Stargazers from throughout the country were treated to a light display as the Aurora Australis lit up the sky – including in Wainuiomata. The Koha Shed opens at its new home in Moohan Street. Members of the Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs sat side by side and enrolled to vote at the Wainuiomata Marae – with the Electoral Commission on hand to assist in enrolments and to enrol anyone who was not on the electoral roll. JUNE
Mike Grigg almost upstages Mike King when he travelled to Wainuiomata to address the community on some serious issues around suicide. Wainuiomata resident Karen Green starts at K-Mart Petone, saying it’s her dream job. A well-known top dog trainer, Barry Monaghan, initially from Wainuiomata, passed away on June 13. Barry lived in York Bay until his death. He was 82.
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Konini Primary School students have teamed up with their peers at Larmenier and Sacred Heart Primary School to pass a rugby ball from London to Wellington – and back. Hot chocolate lovers in the Wellington region will be salivating as New Zealand’s only hot chocolate challenge kicks off in Lower Hutt this month. The SWEET AS Hutt’s Hot Chocolate Challenge saw 13 cafes in Lower Hutt create their own signature hot chocolate drinks for people to enjoy. Nick Gray completed a gruelling 42 kilometre trail marathon in memory of his best mate. St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wainuiomata gets a $700,000 redevelopment to give its building a 100 per cent approval rating under national building standards. AUGUST
A $12 million redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School was announced by the former National Government. Jim and Jean Dixon celebrated 60 years of marriage. Rob and Gavin Cameron won a supreme award for their bacon at the 10th annual New Zealand
Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards. It’s their 18th medal in six years. Volunteers from across Lower Hutt were celebrated for their generosity and service to the community – and Wainuiomata came home triumphant. Hutt City Council’s Volunteer Awards celebration saw five winners from Wainuiomata recognised. They were Hepetema and Mate Taitua, Brent Ludlam, Gabriel Tupou, the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust, and Sport Wainuiomata Inc. SEPTEMBER
Seven pubs and clubs in Lower Hutt agreed to ‘pause the pokie’ machines for one hour in recognition of Gambling Harm Awareness Week. Despite local gardens taking a battering from the weather in the lead up to the annual Wainuiomata Spring Flower Show, a top quality display was seen in 2017. New Zealand voted in the General Election – and Hutt South electorate was picked up by National list MP Chris Bishop. A new path was installed at Pioneer Church – marking one of
the Wainuiomata church’s first repairs in its 150-year history. OCTOBER
A select few residents with Community Services Cards were presented with new curtains thanks to Sustainability Trust and its mobile curtain bank service. Dan Whitfield, Wainuiomata News reporter, and Josh Brigg, Hutt City Councillor swapped their cosy beds and duvets for a sleeping bag and some cardboard to become “homeless” for 14 hours and raise funds for local agencies that help people living in unsafe or unsuitable locations. Labour took its spot as New Zealand’s new government following negotiations with New Zealand First that played a critical step to forming a Labour-led progressive Government. NOVEMBER
Superheroes turned up for the annual Sport Wainuiomata Superhero Fun Run/Walk. Sport Wainuiomata received recognition for its involvement in and around the community, winning the sport and leisure category of the 2017 Wellington Airport Regional Community
Awards. Trevor Mallard became the new Speaker of the House. Port Road Drags were held and saw a number of Wainuiomata car enthusiasts compete – including Peter Carmichael in his slightly unusual 383 small block Chevrolet V8 powered Jaguar XJ6. DECEMBER
Lisa Scott and Chloe Young welcomed news of Hutt City Council purchasing land to create a 2.2-hectare dog park in Wainuiomata this year. Peter Thompson, from the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade, was recognised for all the work he does behind the scenes in addition to his duties as a Senior Station Officer and Brigade Training Officer. Wainuiomata turned on the Christmas spirit for its annual community Christmas parade on December 2. With endless amounts of tinsel, Christmas carols and even Santa Claus himself riding in style on a three-wheeled chopper, the day was a huge success. A new sign was installed at the entrance of Queen St and identifies facilities that the area offers.
Former Wainuiomata High School head boy Alex Faifailoa has received a scholarship to study at Victoria University of Wellington. Alex is one of seven recipients of the recently established Ngā Hoe a Kupe Pathfinder Scholarships and will receive $7000 a year for the next three years towards his undergraduate studies at Victoria beginning 2018. Funded by the divestment of the Victoria University Karori campus, the scholarships support students experiencing disadvantage from seven secondary schools in the Wellington region. Alex is excited to begin his studies at Victoria University and plans to study Psychology and Criminology. “Everything I do at Victoria I want to make count towards working for the New Zealand Police,” he says. Alex says the scholarship has helped relieve the financial stress on his family.
Hutt River toxic algae gone On Monday, Greater Wellington Regional Council informed that Hutt River is safe for swimming and walking your dog again after last week’s rain flushed the toxic algae away. A no-swim warning remains in place at Richard Prouse Park in Wainuiomata, where Hutt City Council are investigating high levels of E-coli.
Rimutaka to Remutaka The official name of Wainuiomata’s local forest park has changed from Rimutaka to Remutaka under Section 58 of the Rangitāne Tu Mai Rā Claims Settlement Act 2017. The changed happened in August last year. The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust is not affected by the name change.
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Luck of the Irish Luck of the Irish is a performance from Operatunity’s Daytime Concert Series core team of Sue Boland, John Cameron, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua & Karl Perigo - joined by fiddler Jess Hindin and soprano Bryony Williams at Hutt City Church, 22 Marsden Street, Lower Hutt on Monday, February 12. With Irish dancing, famous haunting ballads, funny ditties and limericks, singalongs, Irish jokes and mad fiddling, the show is sure to please anyone who has Irish in their blood or a little bit of Irish in their hearts. The show starts as 11am. For bookings, call 0508 266 237 or go to www. operatunity.co.nz.
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recognising each other in a supermarket queue. “He was grumbling about someone in front of us and I turned round and asked what his problem was,” says Sylvia. “We got talking and it went from there.” Sylvia, 83, and Ivan, 85, were married at Sylvia’s Avalon home on December 21, 2017. Both had spent many years doing voluntary work in the Wainuiomata community, but say “our paths never crossed.” Ivan and his late wife were involved in youth work, and started dances at Holy Trinity Church, but after a while they outgrew the premises so the Wainuiomata Memorial Hall hosted the crowd of 300. “We were also part of the team which started Te Omanga Hospice,” says Ivan. Sylvia also ran the Top Hat
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Seven people from Lower Hutt have been recognised as part of the New Year Honours 2018. The New Year Honours appointments saw the good works of many New Zealanders acknowledged as part of the New Year celebrations at the start of January. KNZM To be Knight Companions of the said Order: - Herbert John Te Kauru Clarke, CNZM, for services to Māori and heritage preservation. CNZM To be Companions of the said Order: - Graeme Paul Wheeler, for services to the State.
Dairy. “Sometimes young men who were a bit lost would hang around, and I’d have a few straight words with them and they’d find some direction,” she says. She was also involved in establishing the skating rink on Parkway, and later volunteered time at Wainuiomata High School to support students’ learning. She learned to swim at 50 and got her driver’s licence at 61, proving her belief that it’s never too late for a new start. “A sense of humour makes a big difference when you’re getting older,” she says, “and it’s just as important in a relationship and when there are things to deal with.” T h e t wo Wa i nu iom a t a straight talkers are a clear example of their beliefs in action.
QSO The Queen’s Service Order, to be Companions of the said Order: Michael Joseph Brown, for services to governance. QSM The Queen’s Service Medal - Filipo Lui, for services to the Tokelauan community - Teresea Olsen, for services to Māori and health - Mii Hinarere I Te Poerava Tupangaia, for services to the Cook Islands community - Richard Francis Williams, for services to the State The New Year Honours were officially announced on December 30, 2017.
Lower Hutt Police are seeking information from the public following the robbery of the Epuni Mini Market on Sunday, December 31 2017. Three alleged offenders entered the store on Oxford Terrace, Lower Hutt at 6pm and threatened the store attendant, demanding the till be opened. After taking the money the alleged offenders have fled on foot from the store. Witnesses have described seeing four men running from the store. Police believe the fourth male took the role of a “look out” and waited outside the store while the robbery took place. The four men were seen to run under the rail subway onto Cambridge Terrace and get into an awaiting white four door saloon vehicle, and were last seen travelling north on Cambridge Terrace. Police believe a fifth person maybe involved and took the role as driver of the fleeing vehicle. Anyone with information in relation to this violent offence can contact the Hutt Valley Police on 04 560 2600 or anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
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TOP Photos of 2017 One could say that a story is worth a thousand words. That’s one reason we wanted to highlight some of the best photos published in the Wainuiomata News throughout 2017.
Arush Prasad and Michael Kea from Arakura Kindergarten modelling their onesies for Onesie Day 2017. Photo: DAN WHITFIELD
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you have any New Year resolutions or goals?
Margaret Willard, Wainuiomata “To see a successful community art exhibition happen and on a personal level to develop and sell my own art work.”
Tyler Ayres, Wainuiomata “To have more fun.”
Dawn McKinley, Wainuiomata “To concentrate on doing fewer things well.”
Aimee Briggs, Wainuiomata “To enjoy the next five months off work with the new addition to our whānau.”
Shane Richardson, Wainuiomata “To become fitter, stronger and healthier in order to help grow my racing career.”
Polly Conlon, Wainuiomata “Enjoy life.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Thanks Wainui Vets Dear editor, I would like to thank Wainui Vets for the amazing service that they provide to our community. While at softball on Saturday we noticed people hovering over a box in the open field. After everybody had left my three kids and I had discovered a stressed
and severely dehydrated elderly cat. We scooped it up and drove down to Wainui Vets. With a short explanation and without hesitation they caringly took on responsibility in the needs of this poor cat. Even at this time of year they never turned this defenceless fur baby away.
My family and I would like to wish all the staff at Wainui Vets a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for the extra mile that you all take. Keep up the great work. Yours sincerely, Sarah Yee Wainuiomata
Focused on Wainuiomata and getting things done Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family have enjoyed the holiday season and are recharged and ready to go for 2018. I’m really looking forward to what 2018 will bring for Wainuiomata and our city. Unquestionably, the two most important projects for the first part of this year are the Wainuiomata mall redevelopment and the proposed retirement village on The Strand. While ultimately, any decisions lay with private operators, it is crucial that we continue to work
closely with Progressives and the Masonic Villages Trust to get a green light for these projects. I’m also looking forward to council’s Long Term Plan process which will start in February. Last year a commitment was given by the mayor and councillors to seriously consider bringing funding forward from 2032 to start work on a redevelopment of the Wainuiomata Community Hub
and Queen Street. Community consultation and feedback on this will be important, so keep your eyes open for progress on this. During our Long Term Plan process, personally I will be pushing for work to be done on looking at expanding the Wainuiomata Outdoor Pool to include hot pools. I think this has so much potential in putting Wainuiomata on the map and cementing us as a visitor destination.
Councillor excited to bring Wainui voices to council It is an exciting year ahead for our community, with the shared pathway starting and the new fenced dog park which will be underway soon. Council’s long term plan will be consulted on this year, which locally will include projects such as the redevelopment of the Wainuiomata Community Hub and the Wainuiomata swimming pool. Also, I hope that soon we will be hearing decisions from Progressive about the future of the mall space, as well as from The Masonic Villages Trust regarding their proposed retirement village.
I am excited about continuing to bring your voices to the council table and continuing to speak on behalf of Wainuiomata residents for the betterment of our community and the wider city. I am always happy to hear what you have to say, so please continue to get in touch. From my family and I, we wish you all a happy New Year. Josh Briggs, Wainuiomata Ward Councillor for Hutt City Council.
With a new Government elected last year, undoubtedly there will be major policy changes in 2018. As a council, I think we have a big opportunity to work in partnership with central government; particularly on initiatives around housing, employment and child poverty. Campbell Barry, Wainuiomata Ward Councillor for Hutt City Council
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Coupons help mums in 2018 Angela MacDonald and Abbie McKoy want to give Wellington mums a helping hand this year. The Coolest Little Coupon Book is one of the newest social enterprise start ups hitting the scene in the Wellington region. The coupon book is Wellington’s one and only boutique coupon book featuring deals for mums with little ones aged from newborn to four-year-old. Coupons are included on all the essentials needed for entertainment, coffees, services, baby products, and ways for mums to treat themselves. Later this month, the company will be asking Wellington mums to nominate fellow mums to receive one of the gifted copies.
This will be through sharing their experience of why they look up to the person they’ve nominated. “We love that our brand can be used to honour other mums. It’s been so humbling to feel the support of mums in Wellington and to get this special support from an outside gifter too,” says Abbie. The mums chosen will be selected and announced on January 31 via the @formumsnz Facebook page. The book has over $3000 worth of value and costs just $38. $5 of every book also supports Mothers Network Wellington, a non-profit supporting mums through the changes and challenges of motherhood by offering non-judgemental support and connection.
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Wellington City Mission has thanked Wellingtonians for being stars to people in need at Christmas. The response to the Christmas Star Appeal last year saw a record number of people get involved in their Christmas Walk of Fame, with close to 270 stars displayed on the waterfront near Te Papa. People and businesses throughout the community also got behind the appeal by filling 420 ‘Christmas Star Boxes’ with food and gifts. Others took part in the 25th anniversary of the iconic ‘Pack the Bus’, buying tickets to the
Christmas raffle, and volunteering their time to sort and repack Christmas goods. Wellington City Mission chief executive officer Michelle Branney says she was “absolutely amazed by the support” for the Christmas Star Appeal. “We’re so thankful to everyone who has got involved – whether you gave food or gift donations, donated financially, bought a star on the Walk of Fame, or helped in one of the many other ways. This generous support is certainly making an incredible difference for many during the Christmas season and will continue to do so well into the New
Year,” Michelle says. In 2017, Wellington City Mission gave out close to 1200 Christmas food parcels – this included food for more than 3000 people. This is on top of the 350 regular food parcels which they also distributed during November and December. Approximately 1700 children from throughout Greater Wellington have also received new gifts this Christmas. In the lead-up to Christmas Wellington City Mission also held three sittings for a Hakari (feast) in their Newtown drop-in centre.
Remembrance, gratitude, and preparedness – 50th anniversary A dawn service, choral tribute on Wellington’s waterfront, sail-by of a flotilla of boats, and a display focused on future preparedness are some of the public events scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of Wahine Day on April 10. Chair of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust Rhys Jones says the commemoration programme aims to balance three key elements – remembrance, gratitude, and preparedness. “It will be a day to remember those who lost their lives, a time for survivors to thank those who helped in their rescue and in the disaster relief, and a powerful opportunity to emphasise the need to be prepared should disaster strike again,” Rhys says. The programme is a mix of public events – from the dawn service in Eastbourne to a gathering at Seatoun School mid-afternoon – and events specifically for the survivors, family members of passengers and crew, and rescuers. A flotilla of 50 to 60 boats, including several that took part in the 1968 rescue, will be offered a formal salute as they sail pass the Wahine mast in tribute to all who took to the sea to help rescue those in trouble. “We’ve already heard from many wanting to be involved in the upcoming anniversary,” says Rhys. “Some are keen to re-connect or find fellow passengers and/or rescuers at the upcoming anniversary.
For many it will be an opportunity to share again their profound common experience.” The Wahine disaster is well documented. On 10 April 1968, the passenger ferry Wahine, buffeted by ferocious gale-force winds, ran aground on Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, listed, and then sank. Fifty-one of the 734 passengers and crew on the Wahine died that day, most of them on the rocks at Pencarrow on the Eastbourne coast. Another two died later from their injuries. Most survivors and those who died ended up on the shores of Eastbourne and Seatoun. The tragedy led to improved safety procedures on ships and prompted the creation of two significant rescue services: Coastguard Wellington and the Life Flight Trust. The nationwide storm – Cyclone Giselle – that led to the Wahine’s demise, also triggered the instigation of mandatory civil defence plans by local authorities. The Wahine 50 Charitable Trust, set up by a survivors and rescuers in late 2015 to plan for the 50th anniversary, has worked closely with the Hutt City Council, Wellington City Council, NZ Search and Rescue, Muritai and Seatoun schools, the National Archives and National Library, and various sponsors to finalise the 50th anniversary programme.
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Sporting highlights of 2017 Our picks for Wainuiomata sport success stories By Dan Whitfield Natasha Hargraves pushed herself in 2017 when she represented New Zealand at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The young BMX sensation made it through to the top 60 for her age group but was knocked out in the eighths. She was one of approximately 80 riders from New Zealand who attended world championships. When the Wainuiomata News spoke to Natasha last, she was focusing on the New Zealand BMX season and her next big race, the New Zealand Nationals. Jared Paku, Raymond Seumanu, and Manawa Lambert were named New Zealand champions in 2017. All three took out national titles at the New Zealand Boxing Championships in September. It was the first time Jared and Manawa, both 14, have won a national title – for Raymond, 16, it is his fifth. The trio currently compete for Wainuiomata Boxing Club and are three athletes to watch in 2018. Wendy Paulik wants to see Wainuiomata Tennis Club return to its former glory. She turned her attention to the growth of the club last year explaining that people have made the club what it is today and for a community like Wainuiomata, it’s a great
asset to have still around. Wainuiomata Tennis Club has been open for 70 years this year and has seen hundreds of players, from children to adults, enjoy the sport. It currently has around 180 members. For more information about joining the club, contact Julie Day on 021 342 555. Ben Tupoloa was one of the many players from Wainuiomata Rugby Club who were celebrated at the end of the 2017 season. The Wainuiomata No.8 picked up the significant status of Premier Player of the Year after contributing to the team’s success last year. He scored nine tries throughout the 2017 season. Notable players from the club include Piri Weepu, Jonah Lomu, Tana Umaga and Neemia Tialata – and there’s no doubt soon Wainuiomata will add Ben to this list. Shane Richardson blitzed his way through most races on 2017 – both in New Zealand and overseas. His Wainui Joinery Kawasaki ZX-6R helped him out in December while racing the 2017 Suzuki Tri-Series, and spent several months racing in the United States early last year. Shane says the experience of last year was worth it and helped him dream big for the year ahead. The Wainuiomata rider is at the top of our list of sportspeople to look out for in 2018.
ABOVE: Shane Richardson. PHOTO: Supplied RIGHT: Natasha Hargraves. PHOTO: Dan Taylor
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Catch a million dealt politically correct blow
Jared Paku, Raymond Seumanu and Manawa Lambert. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
ABOVE: Ben Tupola with Ginny Anderson. PHOTO: Dan Taylor LEFT: Wendy Paulik. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
The changes to the ‘Catch A Million’ six catching competition during New Zealand’s summer of cricket shows how political correctness is overriding common sense and fun. The competition sees $50,000 put up at each Black Caps short form fixture this year for anyone wearing a designated orange shirt who can take an unassisted one-handed catch. With Colin Munro blasting the hapless West Indies over the rope 10 times, it’s fair to say there were plenty of thrills and spills as people did what they could to take a catch. That included falling over unsuspecting people, including children. The promotion which was done several years ago has naturally proven wildly successful. However after what I will call ‘The Fun Police’ questioned the safety of people trying to take such crowd catches, the decision has been made to have designated catch zones and to ban any diving like we are all at a motel pool. I don’t want to see anyone hurt, yet alone children but realistically if we try to remove all risk from the world, a lot of the fun goes with it. The best way to keep kids 100 percent safe is to not take them to any cricket matches. It’s simply PC madness. The competition adds colour and excitement to a six. I’ve clattered into kids in an attempt
to snare a lollipop at a lolly scramble, imagine what I and many others will do for $50,000. Yes there will be the odd person that cops a stray knee but the reality of serious injury is quite low. Despite the barrage of sixes over the summer already, there hasn’t been one injury. A hugely popular promotion which encourages people to get down to the ground and watch live sport has now had its brakes pumped because of those who live with a worse case scenario mindset. Life is about risk and managing it. The new rules make it much harder to get a winner for the prize and means people are being told where to sit if they want an outside chance at winning the cash. That’s what it is, make no mistake, it’s an outside chance at $50,000. To catch a cricket ball that has been hit with enough power it flies into the crowd is tough enough without having to do it with one hand. Herding all potential winners into a couple of spots on the ground means it’ll be like feeding time at a pig farm with everyone getting in each other’s way and preventing a catch being taken. This is another win for the political correct pandas and another low point for those who want to have fun in the sun in this mixed up, muddled up world we live in.
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Published on Jan 10, 2018