Wednesday January 31, 2018
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.
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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.
Published on Jan 30, 2018