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Wednesday January 10, 2018

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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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