Wednesday January 10, 2018
inbrief news Faifailoa receives scholarship to continue study
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.
Wainuiomata News 10-01-18