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Get your goggles ready and find your togs, because Wainuiomata Summer Pool is the place to be. Each year the pool becomes a hotspot for many locals who choose to stay in the valley over summer. From November 2017 to date, more than 33,000 have been through the gate of Wainuiomata Summer Pool. Continued on page 2. Lifeguards Damian Campbell and Alice Denmark, Wainuiomata locals themselves, have loved working at Wainuiomata Summer Pool this season. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD


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More than 33,000 visit Wainuiomata Summer Pool Continued from page 1. Keri Waitaiki, senior lifeguard at Wainuiomata Summer Pool, says every day it has been very busy. “It’s brilliant for Wainuiomata and because of the weather we’ve had more people than usual – from tourists, people over the hill, and our regulars,” Keri says. She says it has been a very

good summer and for our community, the pool has been the place to be. The pool is located on Moohan St and reopened on November 4, 2017. As a heatwave descends on much of the country this week, Lower Hutt residents will be able to stay cool for longer as the hours of region’s summer pools extend to 8pm.

The time extension will be for most weekdays and until further notice. “It’s been at least 30 degrees in the Hutt for the last few days, and with that looking to continue on for a while yet, we thought it was worth giving people a bit longer to cool off in our fantastic summer pools,” says Lauren Hudson, aquatic facilities manager.


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Hutt City Council operates three outdoor summer pools; Eastbourne, Wainuiomata and Petone. The largest, Wainuiomata Summer Pool, is known to many as a ‘hidden gem’, boasting an 80m open air waterslide, a 50m pool, as well as a learner pool with slide, paddling pool with sun shade and an outdoor spa pool.  For opening times, go to summer-pools/wainuiomata

Residents have been urged to remain positive about a proposed redevelopment of Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. Wainuiomata Shopping Centre has been labelled as “dying” by locals for a number of years. Even with supermarket operator Progressive Enterprises purchasing the run down mall in 2017, its future remains uncertain. In recent years, stores including

The Warehouse, one of the shopping centre’s largest tenants, chose to move out due to dwindling sales and customer numbers. The Wainuiomata News contacted Progressive Enterprises last week but again, nothing was confirmed. Adrian Walker, Countdown’s general manager of property, says the company was still considering the overall plan for the redevelopment of Wainuiomata Mall and that as soon as this has been


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finalised it would share it with the community. Locals had their hopes for their town lifted following Masonic Village Trust’s announcement of a $50 million retirement village and rest home last week. Lower Hutt Mayor and Wainuiomata resident Ray Wallace says it was the biggest news for Wainuiomata for many years. Ray says that Progressive Enterprises brought new vigour to the redevelopment process and

expects to hear something by the end of March. The mall project would involve Hutt City Council and see changes to roading and other services around the area. “Council is totally committed to see this happen in 2018,” Ray says. The Wainuiomata News will endeavour to update residents with announcements about the redevelopment of the mall throughout the year. Bella Welcomes



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New retirement village fantastic news, says MP A long-awaited announcement of a retirement village and rest home facility in Wainuiomata last week was welcomed by many – including Hutt South MP Chris Bishop. Masonic Village Trust announced on Tuesday, January 23, the development of a $50 million facility planned to fill a vacant reserve behind Hugh Sinclair Park, backing on to Hinau Grove. Chris says the new retirement village in Wainuiomata is fantastic news for the community. He says the need for a retirement village in Wainuiomata has been one of the top issues

raised by Wainuiomata residents since he became an MP in 2014. “Many Wainuiomata seniors have been forced to move into retirement villages over the hill, when they would prefer to remain near to friends, family and loved ones. This news means that will now be a reality in the not too distant future,” Chris says. “The new village is also great news for the regeneration of the Wainuiomata town centre. Two-hundred new residents will be living near the centre of Wainuiomata and this should give Progressive Enterprises

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop says a new retirement village and rest home facility is great news for Wainuiomata. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

great confidence as they work up plans for the redevelopment of the mall.”

Chris says he’d like to pay tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to make last week’s announcement happen – particularly Greypower Wainuiomata. In previous years, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace had been vocal in his support for a retirement village. Chris says the new village would not be happening without the massive investment by the Masonic Villages Trust. “Community leaders have regularly lobbied them to invest in Wainuiomata. They have listened, and we say a hearty thanks,” Chris says.

Seventy years and still going strong By Dan Whitfield

Joyce Lockyer and Wendy Paulik are excited that Wainuiomata Tennis Club is still going strong after 70 years. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield Part of Experience Wellington. Principal Funder Wellington City Council.


Wainuiomata Tennis Club has been going strong for 70 years and president Wendy Paulik believes it will be around for many more. Tennis has continued to be the sport of choice for many Wainuiomata locals, with people having made the club what it is today Wendy says for a community like Wainuiomata, it’s a great asset. Over the years, there have been hundreds of players, from children to adults, enjoy the sport – and currently there around about 200 members across both junior and seniors divisions. To see the club ticking away nicely after 70 years is great, she says. Wainuiomata Tennis Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary on February 18. An afternoon lunch has been planned as well as a fun tennis tournament – with a guarantee that history and stories will be shared by those in attendance. Wendy says there have been quite a few new members join recently so while it’s good to

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have old members coming to the jubilee she also wants to see those who are new. “Anyone that comes here just loves it. It’s a great sport, you make life-long friends and we’re lucky to have this club,” she says. “We want to see new members at the jubilee because they’re the future of the club.” Some of the clubs top players over the years include Lance Keall, Alistair McIntyre, Julie Scott and Wendy’s son, Marc Paulik. Wendy, along with local resident and club member Joyce Lockyer also have their names featured a handful of times on honour boards around the club rooms. Looking back at some of the club’s history, Joyce mentioned that a tennis club ball used to be the in thing and was a huge social occasion for the community. “Back in the day we had around 120 women involved. You couldn’t just turn up and play because there were so many people,” Joyce says. “Everyone was just made welcome and the club has been well used.”

inbrief news Rhythm and Reels Wainuiomata Rhythm and Reels Wainuiomata is on this week. Full of live music and outdoor cinema, Queen St Reserve will be alive with locals this Saturday, February 3 at 7.30pm. It is free entry and the movie showing is Boy.

Summer movie at Wainuiomata pool Pack a picnic and head along with friends and family for an evening of fun at Wainuiomata Summer Pool for a late night swim and movie. Hutt City Council is organising the event and has encouraged people to vote for their film of choice on the Hutt Facebook page. The winning movie will be shown on the night. Regular pool prices apply and can be purchased on the night at the pool. This event is on February 13. 

Changes to Riverbank Market Due to the success of the Lower Hutt Riverbank Market, Hutt City Council will be trialling a new layout in February. In May 2017, a review of traffic and parking activity, associated with the Saturday Riverbank Market, was completed. The findings showed that the northern entrance of the Riverbank Car Park, near Harvey Norman, was significantly busier than the southern entrance off Daly Street. A proposed trial of a new layout of the Riverbank Car Park/Market will allow for more regulated traffic. From February 3, people will be able to enter the market from the south end of the Riverbank car park at Daly Street. The north end at Rutherford Street will be exit only.



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Generous donation helps vulnerable patients

Back from left: Dental assistant Sue Roughton, Senior Medical Officer dental Geoff Hunt, Belinda Juno; Seated: Rachel Juno with the new monitor.

A $10,000 donation from a Lower Hutt family will help the Hutt Hospital dental unit to provide the safest experience for vulnerable patients, many of whom have disability issues. The Juno family recently donated a new Welch Allyn Vital signs monitor, which monitors patients while they are undergoing treatment under sedation. Rachel Juno, 27, has firsthand experience of dental procedures during which the

monitor may be used, having been a patient at the Hutt Valley DHB dental unit for 15 years. “We are really grateful to the hospital to have this facility to come to,” says mum, Belinda. “We wanted to give something back to the dental unit as the service has been really good.” Senior medical officer at Hutt Hospital’s dental unit Geoff Hunt, says the monitoring unit allows dental clinicians to treat more patients who are unable to cope with treatment in a more conventional manner. “Already, there has been a reduction in the number of patients we have referred to theatre for dental procedures under general anaesthetic,” Geoff says. “This equipment also ensures that we can

continue to comply with regulations that are designed with the health and safety of patients in mind.” Recent changes to procedural sedation regulations from the Dental Council of New Zealand require patients’ vital signs to be continuously monitored, from the time of drug administration until the patient is discharged in a fit condition. “Thanks to the Juno family’s generosity, we can take pride in knowing that we are meeting this requirement and offer a valuable service to those most in need,” says Geoff. T he Juno fa m ily have owned and operated Juno Civil Ltd in the Hutt Valley for 40 years, notably constructing the Ewen Bridge back in 1993.

Prayer to urge change Christians gathered at Parliament when the House sat for the first time in 2018, all praying for Jesus to remain in the Parliamentary prayer. On Tuesday, January 30, a lunchtime rally was organised to urge the Speaker of the House to reinstate the name of Jesus in the opening prayer. Jesus for New Z ealand spokesperson Pastor Ross Smith of Celebration Church Wellington said the gathering is not a protest

but a movement to bring [as many] Christians together to make a stand. Mentions of Jesus and the Queen have been removed from Parliament’s Te Reo karakia or prayer. Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard, instituted a consultation period for the new karakia but had already adopted the removal of ‘Jesus’ last year. The rally was held on Parliament grounds, between 12pm and 1.30pm. Parliament sat at 2pm.

Care urged for swimmers and dog walkers as toxic algae returns Greater Wellington Regional Council is urging swimmers and dog walkers to avoid the Hutt River between Moonshine Park and Pomare Bridge following the reoccurrence of toxic algae in the area. “High levels of toxic algae were recorded at Silverstream and we advise against swimming or taking dogs to this stretch of the river,” says Greater Wellington environmental scientist Dr Mark Heath. “Birchville, Maoribank Corner, and Poets Park also have new growth, though at lower levels and also with intact mats, so the likelihood of ingesting

the algae there is low,” Mark says. “While it’s safe to use these parts of the river Greater Wellington advises people to be cautious, to keep an eye out and avoid any areas where it’s found. We’re not currently concerned about toxic algae elsewhere in the region,” he says. Mark says that doesn’t apply to dogs, however, which are still at risk from eating algae along the riverside and should be kept on a lead. Educational signs are up along the riverbank, warning people to look for toxic algae.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Are you happy with the news that Wainuiomata is getting its own retirement village and rest home?

Joyce Lockyer, Wainuiomata “It’s exciting for Wainui. I know people who have had to go over the hill and all wanted to stay here.”

Wendy Paulik, Wainuiomata “I think it’s fantastic. It rounds off the community and is very much needed. My parents are in a rest home in the Hutt and it would have been great to have them here.”

Esther King, Wainuiomata “It’s amazing. It means people will get to stay near friends and family. It will also create jobs which is great.”

Coral Whitson, Wainuiomata “I’m over the moon. It would have been such a blessing if it had been here for my husband.”

Carlo Patea, Wainuiomata “It’s a good idea. There are a lot of older people here and a lot of demand for it.”

Louisa Burns, Wainuiomata “It’s really good because it will mean people will find care work locally instead of going over the hill for it.”

Baring Head – a place to explore Baring Head is one of Wainuiomata’s most beautiful and iconic spaces. From the Wainuiomata Coast Road entrance, the main route follows the base of the river escarpment towards the coast. At the southern end of the river flats lies the historic pump shed that once took water from the Wainuiomata River to the Baring

Head lighthouse cottages. From a junction near the coast a marked route leads to the popular climbing boulders, while the main track heads up the escarpment to the marine terraces that provide access to the lighthouse area, the Para trig and the World War II bunkers. Baring Head is rugged, yet spectacular, and the marked route

provides people with a walk offering access to views of the coastline towards Parangarahu Lakes and Wellington. There are several walks that people can access. The Old Pump Shed is the shortest, taking 20 minute from the car park. The climbing boulders are a one hour walk from the car park, while the Baring Head Lighthouse is one

hour and 15 minutes by foot. The Para Trig and WWII Bunkers are a little further at one hour and 30 minutes. The return walk takes three hours to complete. Baring Head is looked after by Friends of Baring Head Trust alongside the Greater Wellington Regional Council. It is a stunning location on an

iconic headland and is the only lighthouse compound in original condition in New Zealand. The group have in recent years been able to restore the pump house beside the Wainuiomata River and continue to work on preserving and protecting the area.  If you would like to get involved, join Friends of Baring Head on Facebook.


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OUT& about The place to be this summer Wainuiomata Summer Pool was packed on Saturday and locals sure knew it was the place to be. From November 2017 to date, more than 33,000 have been through the gate of Wainuiomata Summer Pool. The pool is located on Moohan St and reopened on November 4, 2017.

Wainuiomata Summer Pool was the place to be on Saturday. Wainuiomata families and members of the Hutt Valley and Wellington communities flocked to the pool. PHOTOS: Dan Whitfield

Poko Tangimetu was definitely one of the fastest patrons who Elijah Usoalii-Phillips enjoying the waterslide at Wainui- Lambrini Phillips was also enjoying her time at the came down the slide. omata Summer Pool. pools on Saturday.

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Local artist recognised in lead up to exhibition Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. 2015

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Constance Farrow regretted not painting more of the Wainuiomata landscape before factories and houses began toOur summer pools were built by us. cover the hills to replace the trees andBlends in well did cause no fuss. With hydro slide will cause a splash. wildlife. ‘It is called progress, and once gone,And to it many people dash. the bush and trees together with theThrough native bush we twist and wiggle. wildlife can never be recaptured, unlessFrom the children brings a giggle. we capture it with our pen or brush orSevern days a week the place is open. use our camera, and this is the lessonHot summer days we all are hopen! learned,’ Constance wrote. A small group of artists had felt it was important to include some culture in A portrait of Kate Mair (nee Sperrey). Public Notice the practical world of house building PHOTO: SUPPLIED and raising families, so started a group of prominent people and Wainuiomata THE Dwhen AYthe scenes. that continued untilOF the 2000s Wainuiomata Squash Club restoration of their workspace, the Coast She died in 1893 at 31, when her daughRd Church, began. ter Kitty was onlyAGM two. Kitty went on to was recording the history paint around the world during World War 51.Constance J.K. of the first 13 years of the Wainuiomata I and beyond, and Kate’s husband Captain Rowling 7.00pm Art Society Gilbert Mair eventually donated Kate’s chose the from 1964 to 1977. Monday 30th November Wainuiomata’s Historical Museum paintings of Wainuiomata to local bodies unusual At the Clubrooms holds some of the work produced by in Auckland and Whangarei. name members of the art society, including Sheila Clegg was a member of the ‘Hermione’ paintings of the old school and public Wainuiomata Artof Society, and recently Corner Main Road so young hall, Coast Road Church, and Baring found one of Kate’s paintings at the local and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata girls Head lighthouse. Salvation Army shop. wouldn’t The library has other works on display Local artists can portray Wainuiomata be andteased a large painting of a local scene by in their own style by taking part in the Bringing local news for thebeing late councillor Grant Moffatt hangs Wainuiomata Art Exhibition from March in the foyer. 10 to 18. to the community nerdy! During the 19th century, a more Application forms can be picked up solitary artist, Kate Mair (nee Sperrey) from Wainuiomata Library. For more Situation Vacant had been acclaimed in Australasia for information, phone 022 075 2586 or her paintings that included both portraits email


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Wednesday January 31, 2018


All-in training for local triathlon By Dan Whitfield

Locals who have not signed up to Wainuiomata’s TriAbility Triathlon are being encouraged to give it a go by taking part in free training sessions on Sundays. The event is being held on Saturday, March 17 and is an inclusive multisport event that supports people of all abilities in a competitive environment. It is being organised by Sport Wainuiomata for the fifth year in a row. In the past, the event has attracted healthy competition with athletes given the choice of three distances: Super Sprint (300m swim, 9km cycle, 3km run); and Super Sonic (20m swim, 40 0m cycle, 120m run). Terina Cowan, who is part of Sport Wainuiomata, says training sessions are held every Sunday morning until the event, with everyone welcome to attend.

The TriAbility Triathlon welcomes all levels of competitors, from first-timers to seasoned veterans of the multi-sport, she says. Terina says the training and have a go sessions give people the chance to try all three, two or just one of the different disciplines. Sessions start at 8.30am for running, 9am for cycling, and 9.45am for swimming. Those interested in taking part need to bring their own gear, bike, running and or swimming gear, and meet the Sport Wainuiomata team outside the Wainuiomata Summer Pool prior to the training times. Registrations for the TriAbility Triathlon are open and can be completed at the Wainuiomata Library on Queen Street. A Facebook page has also been set up for the event and can be found by searching ‘2018 TriAbility Triathlon’.

A group of locals at one of the recent training sessions. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Cleaning up the bays for event day

The Sport Wellington Round the Bays team and Sport Wellington staff after the clean-up. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Sport Wellington Round the Bays team and Sport Wellington staff have cleaned up the shoreline along Shelley Bay Road and Massey Road in preparation for the 2018 Cigna Round the Bays fun run/walk on Sunday, February 18. The event starts at Frank Kitts Park and ends at Kilbirnie Park and will see thousands of participants take part. Cleaning up the beach side

course was a high priority for the eco-conscious event team. Event director Anna Carrington had been for a drive around the course and says “some of the little beaches around Shelly Bay were just litter havens.” “It was very sad, so we are doing something about it,” she says. The clean-up crew worked in groups to pick up rubbish

along the coast where the half marathon course takes place. Broken glass and plastic were the main items found but there were a number of spots where people had dumped bag loads of rubbish.  Re gis trations f or the event can be made online at www.cignaroundthebays. with the early bird rate being available until January 31.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Women return serve at Aussie Open The women’s tennis at the Australian Open has been of high quality and may signal a resurgence for the women of the sport. After 15 years of men’s tennis dominating the landscape thanks to such surnames as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, it seems like that era may be coming to an end. The women’s final between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki was absorbing tennis across three sets between the two highest ranked players in the world. Wozniacki prevailed against a tiring top seed Halep who had survived match points and epic three setters earlier in the tournament. Halep’s tenacity had seen her win many admirers over the fortnight and I’m not ashamed to admit she was the reason I tuned into the women’s side of the draw. Wozniacki in her own right finally delivered on years of

being the bridesmaid and never the bride. The duo look set to lead the women’s game into the next chapter while an ageing Serena Williams lurks in the background as she makes her return after becoming a mother late last year. It was refreshing to see compelling tennis that didn’t involve the big four. I’ve long zoned out of women’s matches at grand slams because of the vast number of champions at the top level over the past decade and the seemingly one-sided shorelines that have become the norm. The men’s is set to have a golden era end very soon and the time is right for the women to take the momentum and go with it. On a side note - Federer at 36-years-old is phenomenal. Goes to show you that Father Time can be slowed if you are smart and manage your playing workload and don’t punish your joints too much on court.

All Black remembered Former All Black Graham Williams has passed away. The loose forward played 18 games for the All Blacks between 1967 and 1968, including five test matches. He also played a record 174

matches for Wellington and nearly 200 club games for the Wellington Football Club. For many years, Williams was one of the principal partners of Williams and Adams, which was Wellington’s longest estab-

lished and largest motor vehicle dealership. “Graham was a huge figure in rugby, and for many years was the pride of Wellington,” said Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester. “He was revered at

the Wellington Football Club, and understandably so.” “The Williams and Adams car dealership was a big employer in Wellington and Graham was always a popular boss, someone many people speak fondly of,”

he says. Justin says he understood Graham had not been in good health for some time, but “his death is very sad news for everyone who followed his career and came into contact with him in business.”


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