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$50 million retirement village planned Continued from page 1. In previous years, Ray has been vocal in his support for a retirement village and says the announcement is longawaited but great news for the suburb, particularly the elderly residents that live there. “Wainuiomata is a close-knit community and in the past, elderly residents have had to relocate to other parts of the Hutt Valley to enjoy their retirement. These are often people who have lived their whole lives in Wainuiomata and have contributed to building the strong community that it is today,” Ray says. “A local retirement village will give the community the option to be able to enjoy their retirement in familiar surroundings, close to their wh nau and established network of friends.”
Local jobs will be created as a result of the retirement village and will provide all sorts of spin offs for local businesses, Ray adds. Ray, a local resident himself, says he is looking forward to seeing the development progress. “It’s great news for the whole
community. I would like to thank The Masonic Villages Trust for their commitment – this is a huge vote of confidence in Wainuiomata.” Ray, started campaigning for a rest home about fifteen years ago. At the time he was a councillor in the Wainiuomata ward.
The sheer delight at the successful outcome, after the very long haul, was written all over the mayor’s face as he also announced the development on Tuesday. This is, Ray says, the biggest news for Wainuiomata for many years.
The Wainui Project has begun “It’s documenting Wainuiomata past, present and future,”
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says Axl Scott, of his idea to create a video record of the
area. Wainuiomata is a large suburb in Lower Hutt and at the 2013 census, Wainuiomata had a population of 16,786. Axl, an actor by profession and local resident, had really been looking for a place in Lower Hutt and came to Wainuiomata by accident because there was a rental property here. “I just fell in love with this place when I arrived about 18 months ago. And I want to show why I like it. It’s so special, so awesome.” He’s still in the early stages of organising The Wainui Project, creating a Facebook page, doing research and distributing e mails asking for contributions, which includes interviews, photos and film and video footage. Axl heard there are remnants of the 1943 KIttyhawk crash at the end of Sunny Grove and has also been told about the royal
visit in the 1980s. “I’ve spent the last week organising people to be interviewed,” he said on Friday. There is also a future focus, getting views on how locals see the future for them. Axl will be supported by his friend Tim Simpson who will take care of the technical details. His plans are that ultimately the project will be shown on YouTube and even, he hopes at film festivals. The Wainui Project will showcase Wainuiomata’s place in New Zealand –past, present and future. Those interested in Axl’s project can go to the Wainui Project Facebook page. Alternatively they can ring Axl on 020 4010 7437. Axl plans to continue his research and organising people to talk to over the next few weeks.
Published on Jan 23, 2018