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Wednesday January 10, 2018

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 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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