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