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New on the block

By Dan Whitfield

Hazel Fenemor, Matt Wood, Katie Glover and Marika Holloway are the new teachers on the block at Wainuiomata High School. The four teachers came on staff this year and all are looking forward to the year ahead. Between them they have been teaching for more than 30 years – with Hazel teaching for three years, Matt for more than 20 years, Katie for six years and Marika for four years. Continued on page 2. Hazel Fenemor, Matt Wood, Katie Glover and Marika Holloway – the new teachers on the block. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD


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Four new teachers join Wainuiomata High School Continued from page 1. Hazel is involved with music and science, Matt is part of the physical education department and is also a dean for Apiata house. Katie teaches classics and social studies, and Marika is involved with physical education and health. When asked what they would like to achieve in 2018, Hazel, Matt, Katie and Marika say they want to focus on growing the subjects they’re part of and seeing students succeed. “Classics is really strong here but I want to keep the strength up,” Katie says. “I want to build the profile of music at school and grow the community connection,” Hazel says. Matt wants to support and help everyone succeed, while Marika wants to see the volleyball programme become stronger. What attracted the four to Wainuiomata High School heavily related to the community and the potential students have. Matt has previously been

Hazel Fenemor, Matt Wood, Katie Glover and Marika Holloway have joined Wainuiomata High School this year. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

involved with special education in Wainuiomata but was drawn in by the school’s atmosphere. “I like that it’s a small community driven school,” Katie says. Hazel believes that there is a lot of opportunity for students

in Wainuiomata to develop musically. She also likes the community. “It’s not too big and not too small to give lots of opportunity for the students,” Marika says. Prior to moving to Wai-

nuiomata High School, Hazel worked at Tawa Intermediate, Matt worked at Wellington East, Katie worked as a primary school teacher in the United Kingdom and Marika was a teacher at Kaikoura High School.

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Road safety charity urges drivers to check speed around schools “The death of a child on the road is devastating, so we’re reminding drivers to do what they can to protect children and young people around schools and in communities,” says Brake director Caroline Perry. Brake, a New Zealand road safety charity, is reminding drivers to slow down and look out for children as schools and kindergartens return. As the new term starts, roads

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Wainuiomata is on a roll By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata has long been criticised and judged as a place where not a lot is happening. However, Mayor Ray Wallace believes it is one of the region’s best kept secrets. An announcement of a retirement village and rest home facility for Wainuiomata was welcomed by many recently. It saw Masonic Village Trust pledge to build a $50 million facility on a vacant reserve behind Hugh Sinclair Park. Hundreds of new houses are also set to be built over the next few years, helping boost the population of the Lower Hutt suburb. The current population of Wainuiomata is just under 17,000. An $11.1m cycleway and pathway linking Wainuiomata to the rest of Lower Hutt was also announced in 2017 – as well as a fully-fenced dog park. Progressive Enterprises also purchased the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre in 2017 and although nothing has been confirmed, locals are confident there is a future for their mall. Ray says it has been a team effort to get to this stage and is good for people who have been here all their lives to see Wainuiomata on the up. When asked what the next five years held, Ray was confident there would be a lot of community engagement and action. “We’re starting off the year with a bang,” Ray says. “Wainuiomata is on a roll and it’s also on council’s radar. Things are going to start happening.” Ray is excited about the future of Wainuiomata, especially with the development of a number of sub-divisions. The second stage of Parkway Rise is already underway and development of Henrietta Maxwell Grove – the old St Matthew’s School site – is on track. Hutt City Council is also look-

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ABOVE: Wainuiomata is on the up. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD RIGHT: Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says it has been a team effort to get Wainuiomata to where it’s at. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

ing at medium density housing options this year, with a proposed District Plan change to permit a wider range of housing and help address issues such as housing affordability, particularly for those looking to buy their first property. Clive Cannons, long-time supporter of Wainuiomata and face of Clive’s Chemist, says Wainuiomata is moving forward and there is no doubt that our community is on the up. “I have worked in Wainuiomata for 32 years, and owned a business here for 21 years. The best thing that has kept me here is that the community as a whole is so supportive,” Clive says. “My hope is that this is the beginning of a whole new phase for Wainuiomata. “There have been tough years, and there may be some in the future, but as a resilient community who has shown how to pull together, I’m sure we will take the opportunities that are in front of us and make Wainuiomata the best town in NZ,” he says. Clive believes the village will allow people that have lived here all their lives to stay close to family, friends, and support

“Wainuiomata is on a roll and it’s also on council’s radar. Things are going to start happening.” - Ray Wallace networks they have built up over many years. It will also provide jobs and hopefully will support local businesses. “The redevelopment of Queen St is also exciting. Having a vibrant and full town centre will encourage locals to shop here, and businesses to expand,” Clive says. Local Dawn McKinley says all developments will make a huge difference. “I think this is great news and is really rewarding to see Wainuiomata in a positive light,” Dawn says. “This is all going to have a positive impact on the community.” Dawn believes the developments will likely help build the profile of the community and see


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other long-awaited projects come to fruition. She says the shared path over Wainuiomata Hill will help open up more tourism opportunities and the retirement village might also speed up the redevelopment of the mall. Ray is proud to call Wainuiomata home and is often asked why he still lives there even though he is mayor of Lower Hutt. “I’ve lived in Wainuiomata for 30 plus years; my wife is from Wainuiomata, and we have family living here,” Ray says. He explains people need a good reason to stay in a community and hopes that what is happening around the community will help more people call Wainuiomata home.

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 on February 13. 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.

Sprinkler ban continues A ban on the use of residential sprinklers and irrigation systems continues for Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua. The ban took effect on November 29, 2017 and will continue until further notice.

Hottest ever month Wellington broke the record for its hottest ever month in January with a blistering 20.4C average temperature. However, the heat wave early in the week was dramatically ended when ex-tropical cyclone Fehi moved over the country on Thursday. Strong winds and heavy rain battered the region and caused MetService to issue 12 severe weather warnings.


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at the high school in 2003. A local at heart, Janette loves Janette Melrose has started Wainuiomata and believes it is a the year as the new principal great place to stay active. In her at Wainuiomata High School. spare time, she enjoys cycling She says whanau is very im- and running – and competes in Janette portant to her; and that a lot of the IronMaori every year. Melrose has what she wants to achieve this Janette is also studying stepped into year will be a team effort and towards her second masters the position about being student focused. degree. of principal at The Wainuiomata local seOver the last few years, Janette Wainuiomata cured the new role following has been involved with leading High School. Martin Isberg stepping down the renewal of the school curPHOTO: DAN last year. riculum and stepping up within WHITFIELD Martin had been teaching the leadership team. for 42 years, with 26 of those Although the new position says. of up to $20 million for a full specifically in Wainuiomata means she will no longer be Making and continuing con- rebuild of Wainuiomata High before he retired. He had been teaching, Janette is still excited nections with the community School. principal of the high school for to see students excel. is one of Janette’s commitments Janette is looking forward eight and a half years. One of Janette’s first goals is to for 2018. to seeing where Wainuiomata Janette has been involved congratulate students and staff The goal is to have people get High School goes in the next with Wainuiomata High School on last year and the year ahead. involved with the future of the few years. since 2002 – prior to that she “NCEA results are the best high school and how things can “We’re heading towards a was a physical education and they’ve ever been. There has be improved. more modern way of learnscience teacher at the former been a change in culture; staff Last year, Labour announced ing that’s student focused. It’s Wainuiomata College. and students worked hard to its visionitfor educationthe in job: thedesign start ofconsultants, something architects, really If you’re doing building of any kind, whether bebettercomplete She became deputy principal achieve what they did,” Janette Hutt South with the allocation exciting.” your dream home or an extension to your existing engineers, builders, plumbers, electricians, home, a new office building or a purpose-built painters, local councils... the list goes on. workshop, you should employ the services of a Maintaining a constant level of communication quantity surveyor. between all parties involved is imperative to your

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tion to his community, Bill has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. “It was quite a shock, I never really expected this.” The Archdeacon of the Anglican churches in Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata says that his work over the years was aimed to build bridges between people. As the inaugural Group

runanga with 25 tribes in Wellington,” Bill says. “We aimed to create a body of knowledge and connect urban Maori to their tribal roots.” He has since been a cultural advisor to numerous organisations, and notably involved with Waitangi Tribunal hearings as a kaumatua for the lawyers of the Crown Law Office, and as kaumatua for

segments – Pakeha, Maori and Pacifica – back in 1992, Maori were able to worship God in their way. Bill says the church was important for the community – especially today. “In today’s times, we are in danger of losing our spirituality which would cause so much trouble, because spirituality is what makes us who we are.”

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Elderly encouraged to talk about taking fewer medicines The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) is encouraging older people to talk to their doctors about taking fewer medicines. The CMC coordinates the Choosing Wisely campaign, which encourages patients to ask their health professional: Do I really need this test or procedure or what happens if I don’t do anything? In the Hutt Valley DHB region, 39 per cent of people aged over 65 are taking five or more long-term medications. The all-of-New Zealand rate is 35 per cent. Chairman Dr Derek Sherwood says it is important older people get their medicines reviewed regularly. “This helps make sure you are receiving the best treatment,” Derek says. “When a doctor or pharmacist reviews your medicines they will check things such as what medicines you are taking and why, how many different medicines you are taking and any side affects you may be experiencing.” Derek says some medicines are more likely to cause side effects in older people – benzodiazepines like diazepam and antip-

sychotic medicines like clozapine or risperidone are two examples of this. “It is important that the benefits of taking such medicines outweigh the risks – that’s why it’s so important to review your medicines regularly with your doctor,” he says. Stopping a medicine can seem daunting, especially if you’ve been taking it for a long time, Derek mentions. “But for many older people, stopping a particular medicine may actually benefit their health. The more medicines you take, the more likely you are to experience side effects and interactions.” T he Choosi ng Wisely campaign was launched in New Zealand more than a year ago and is led by the Council of Medical Colleges, with partners the Health Quality and Safety Commission and Consumer NZ, and wide sector support. More isn’t always better when it comes to medical tests, treatments and procedures. Unnecessary interventions are stressful, and potentially expose patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives.


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Graham Edwards has earned his Gold Star medal having service as a rural firefighter for 25 years. He began his fire fighting career as a volunteer in the Wainuiomata Bush Fire Force in 1992, after a lot of prompting by his neighbour and fire fighting-stalwart Gavin Wallace. “I started a bit late; I was in my early 40s…I’ll be 70 in a few weeks,” Graham says.

When Graham started, the Wainuiomata Bush Fire Force didn’t have much gear but they did a lot – with most callouts to fight gorse fires around the Hutt Valley. His biggest fire fighting effort was in 2000, when he came to Marlborough to fight the Boxing Day fires. He worked in a small town called Ward and was part of a team that fought an 800 hectare fire. Two years later, he moved to Blenheim, and took up a position with the local volunteer fire brigade.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are your usual plans for Waitangi Day?

Hazel Fenemor, Wainuiomata “Unpacking as I just moved house.”

Matt Wood, Wainuiomata “Spending some time with the family.”

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Katie Glover, Wainuiomata “Hanging out with friends and family.”

Marika Holloway, Wainuiomata “I’ll be spending time with family.”

Ruby Gardner, Wainuiomata “I never plan anything as I’ve always been working. But this year my friends and I are going camping.”

Josh Briggs, Wainuiomata “I will be spending time at The Dowse this year.”

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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.

Slip, slop, and slap Sensible people cover up like that advert says ‘Slip, Slop, and Slap’. But people seem to think it’s a big joke until they find nasty spots on the skin called the ‘Big C’ - skin cancer. How many people put on UV sunscreen? With young folk, they think it’s a macho thing showing off their tans and muscles and not realising what that foolishness has cost them months of getting

cancer cut out of their bodies. No ACC claims can be accepted for people who ignore health warnings. It’s just folly to think you can get away with sun exposure. I have seen what skin cancer can do. I have had friends die through skin cancer; it’s not a pretty sight. Skin cancer can even bring down the toughest of macho men.

If you think I am using scare methods why don’t you visit the plastic surgery units at the hospitals that might put some common sense into those who think ‘it cannot happen to me’. And to those who haven’t yet been there, think about ‘Slip, Slop, and Slap’. Think hard but not too long cancer doesn’t sleep. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells, Wainuiomata

New pilot receives grant to support community members with early stage dementia Enliven’s Woburn Home and Hutt City Council are piloting a new programme for people with early stage dementia, aimed at slowing the progression of the condition and keep them engaged in community life. The two organisations are partnering to set up a volunteer buddy programme called Enliven Connect that will link trained volunteers with community members that have early stage dementia. The aim is to support them to stay engaged in their community by continuing everyday activities and hobbies. Hutt City Council has made a $10,000 grant to the Enliven Woburn Home to trial the volunteer buddy system as part of its community support for those living with early dementia. Volunteers will be matched with community members with similar interests, hobbies and cultures and the grant funding will equip the buddies with the appropriate training to support those they’ve been linked to. Woburn Home Manager Ginni Scott said it’s widely acknowledged that staying engaged with community can help delay the progression of dementia. “We’re particularly excited about this support from the Hutt City Council because it will allow us to extend our day club community programme for people living with dementia. “We know there’s a gap in the current services in this particular area and that there’s real value in this sort of engagement because it can limit the chance of becoming

Woburn Home manager Ginni Scott is excited to start the Enliven Connect buddy programme.

socially isolated.” Hutt City Council Community Facilitator Lucy Knowles said that the council was committed to supporting programmes that enriched the lives of its community. “Hutt City Council is delighted to be working with Enliven’s Woburn Home to develop this programme. The hope is that it could be picked up by others through the country to benefit their own communities.” Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the Enliven Connect programme is invited to attend an information session at the Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt on 15 February between 1.30 and 2.30 pm. More information can be accessed by emailing or calling 027 6104670 to talk to Jo Rea. PBA

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Hutt Valley projects head toward completion Hutt City Council has several massive projects underway around the region. Work has started on the Hutt Valley side of the $11.1million Wainuiomata Shared Pathway that aims to boost access to existing mountain bike trails and walkways and improve connectivity between the wider Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata. This project is set to take around 18 months to complete. Work has also started on the third and final stage of Avalon Park’s transformation. The project involves redeveloping the spaces around the pond with upgraded paths and new plantings and creating an inviting entrance off Fairway Drive. The work is expected to be completed in July this year. The budget for the final stage of the six-hectare

Work has begun on the Wainuiomata shared pathway. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

park redevelopment is $2 million. While contractors’ priority is public safety, council is asking people

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using the Gracefield Rd and Avalon Park to take care while in the vicinity of the areas being developed.

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the way wherever possible, and especially to those who advocated for it over many years, including Grey Power members and church representatives. Some have passed on, some are in care elsewhere, and perhaps very few of them will get benefit from it themselves. They were the people who knew what it’s like to have to move away in their vulnerable years from the community they love and of the difficulties for their loved ones in visiting them. That’s why they lobbied Hutt District

system. Some people who have impairments and their disability issues are not understood and this leads to stigma. Quite often disabled are discriminated against and they lash out, it is always the person that lashes out that gets caught. Andrew Little’s idea to keep people out of jail is a good one too. How many people have hidden

For members of the Wainuiomata Community Board, 2018 has got off to a good start with the news about of the suburb’s own retirement village. However, the board wants locals to know what else is going on around Wainuiomata. First on the list is the residential intensification consultation. This involves looking at options of housing in Queen St in the form of apartments above the shop-

ping area. For more information and how to have your say, go to Forms and information can also be found at Wainuiomata Community Hub. Submissions close on Friday, March 9. The next Wainuiomata Community Board will be on Thursday, April 5. Residents are welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to speak on an agenda item at the start of the meeting.

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Sunburn increases the risk of developing skin cancer and eye damage at any age. Skin cancer, including melanoma, is the most common cancer in New Zealand. Melanoma, if left untreated, can spread rapidly around the body, and prove fatal.

Health Board, various providers and Council, and put in many hours to help make it happen. Their work has paid dividends for present and future retirees, but in most cases not themselves. We owe them a profound debt of gratitude for their perseverance and years of hard work. I trust we will remember them. Regards, Margaret Willard Wainuiomata

So, it makes good sense to protect yourself and your family – especially babies and children – from the effects of UV rays.

How to stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays Between September and April each year: • Apply sunscreen with a rating of SPF 30 or higher to exposed parts of your skin, especially head, face and neck, 20 minutes before going outside. Apply more sunscreen every few hours, especially if you’ve been swimming or sweating. • Wear a long-sleeved shirt with a close weave and darker colour when outdoors as this will give you better protection. • Protect your eyes by putting on a pair of close-fitting, wrap-around type sunglasses with a good UV protection rating (check the label for this information when you buy them). Children need to wear sunglasses too. • Avoid being out the sun in the hottest part of the day, between 10am and 4pm. Instead, seek the shade of an umbrella or tree, and plan your outdoor activities for earlier and later in the day when the UV radiation is not so intense. • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head, neck, face, and ears – the areas that get sunburned most. Kids can wear caps with flaps that cover their ears.

Enquiry been a long time coming Dear Editor, It’s been a long time coming, the enquiry the government is making into mental health, but it’s about time because there are some serious problems that have been overlooked. Another thing I am pleased with is what Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Government is doing to keep the people out of the criminal justice

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You can still get sunburnt on cool or cloudy days as most of the harmful UV light can penetrate cloud cover, and cooler air doesn’t lessen the intensity of the rays. Being in the water also offers minimal protection.

Years of hardwork pay off Dear Editor, What a great way to start the New Year, hearing of the start of our long-needed retirement village. It will bring many benefits to the community, including employment, a boost for local business, more housing options and a hub for generations to mix and learn together. Thanks are due to Masonic Villages for their tenacity over many months in ensuring the facility will work for our community, to Mayor Ray Wallace and Hutt City Council staff who have smoothed


impairments which could possibly see them end up in the criminal justice system because they were not understood? I will be making a submission on mental health and keeping the prison population down. I encourage others to do so too. Yours sincerely, Mike Grigg, Wainuiomata

• The team at Clive’s Chemist can provide you with “sun smart” information. Call in and ask, especially about the best sunscreen for you and your children.

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Wednesday February 7, 2018

Report on response to natural disasters and emergencies released

Wainuiomata Countdown post earthquake in 2016. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News File

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Welcoming new students By Dan Whitfield

New students were welcomed on to Wainuiomata Intermediate School on Wednesday. A powhiri was performed by year eight students to welcome in all new year seven students for the first day of school for 2018. Principal Craig Sharp was happy to see so many students starting the next stage of schooling. He says it is an honour and a privilege to have them at Wainuiomata Intermediate School. Janeyah Ratana and Quayeshia Rahiri we’re passionate and professional when leading the welcome as part of the powhiri.

Janeyah Ratana and Quayeshia Rahiri welcome the new year sevens.

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Cadence Culver, middle, was one of many year eight students who performed on Wednesday.

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$334,000 for Remutaka Cycle Trail

TriAbility coming along swimmingly “The TriAbility Triathlon is more than just a multi-sport event, it’s a vehicle for social change,” says founder of the annual event, Charlie Holland. Charlie has worked in the health and disability sector for a number of years but wanted more people to experience the exciting sensation of completing the three-disciplined race. “Ultimately you will only get out of the race what you put into it, so training and preparation is key. However, any additional preparation to support your disability just so you can compete at all shouldn’t be an obstacle or determining factor of giving it a go,” Charlie says. Being an inclusive and supported event was one of the features that attracted local first-time participant, Karen McNatty. Karen has been attending the weekly group training sessions with Sport Wainuiomata and has discussed with Charlie what would help her on the day. For Karen, keeping well and active means more to her than just crossing the finishing line, it’s about helping to manage her multiple sclerosis – a disease most commonly known as MS. MS is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects one in every 1000 New Zealanders. For more than six years Karen has entered the Wellington Round

Local first-time participant, Karen McNatty. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Hutt South MP Chris Bishop and Labour MP Kris Faafoi go by bike. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop has welcomed the announcement for funding of $334,125 for the Remutaka Cycle Trail. The funding comes from the government’s maintaining the quality of great rides fund and will help upgrade and improve the cycle trail. Chris says the funding will build a bridge at Siberia Stream, upgrade some sections of the trail that are currently un-rideable, and install toilet facilities on the exposed wild coast section of the trail. “The New Zealand Cycle Trail, established by the previous National-led government, has been an outstanding success, including for the Hutt Valley. “In January 2015, the Remutaka Cycle

Trail was named as one of the ‘hottest’ destinations in the world by Lonely Planet, a wonderful endorsement of this excellent regional asset,” he says. The Great Rides showcase the very best of our great country and attract domestic and international tourists. “It’s great to see the new government continuing to fund Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. I look forward to further development of the Remutaka Trail in due course.” Remutaka Cycle Trail runs from Wellington to the Wairarapa, through hills, across farmland and around the rugged coastline – with riders able to ride sections or the whole trail.

Basketball brings everyone together Youth Inspire is looking to start the year off with a basketball game against the police. The basketball game is an event that has been organised by youth worker Dave Lepou and will see participants of Youth Inspire’s Licence to Work programme play against Hutt Valley police officers. Youth Inspire has been operating in Wainuiomata since 2014 and is working to help young people aged 18-24 connect

to employment, education and training opportunities through work readiness programmes. It is a non-profit organisation which helps school leavers go on to a better future, whether that is working or if it’s in further education. The organisation came from the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, a nationwide drive to create a better future for all young people. The game will be played on March 26.

the Bays Fun Run. It is an event that challenges her and keeps her goal-focused, but now she feels ready to take it to the next level by entering a triathlon. “I know I can bike, swim and walk, but doing all three one after the other will be the real challenge,” says Karen. The weekly TriAbility training sessions have helped Karen immensely, and it also helps Charlie and the team of Sport Wainuiomata to learn and think about what different supports can be put in place for different abilities. Due to her condition, one of Karen’s biggest concerns is with the swim section because her MS has weakened her upper body and she often gets ‘pins and needles’ or a numbness in her hands. As a way of supporting the participants, TriAbility has “drifters” in the pool, volunteers that are apt swimmers and are available to assist others getting in and out of the water, encourage people who are struggling or be immediately on-hand if needed. Charlie and the TriAbility team are adamant that having extra support does not make this inclusive event specialized for disabled people rather it demonstrates how people of all abilities, disabled and non-disabled, can confidently compete alongside each other, an example of how we co-exist in the wider community.

Wednesday February 7, 2018



Lower Hutt youngsters named in national swim squad

The newest members of the Jetstar Super Swim Squad, from left, Talitha McEwan, Art Woodley-Hanan, Noah Ireland-Spicer, Marina Nadilo, Judy Yang and Charlie Dickison. PHOTO: Mark Tantrum

Long-time member’s tennis memories Ian Gooch joined the club in 1963 and he is still a playing club member.

Two Lower Hutt youngsters have just secured sought-after places in a national junior swim squad. Judy Yang, 8, and Marina Nadilo, 9, won their age group at Saturday’s Capital Classic swim held in Wellington – the second of six qualifying events in the seven swim Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. Their wins in the 200 metre OceanKids event have secured them a place in the Jetstar Super Swim Squad. This means they will travel to Auckland for a weekend camp in April, where they will be taught by an elite coaching team made up of top New Zealand swimmers in both a pool and ocean environment. Throughout the season, each qualifying event will allow children the opportunity to earn a place in the 36-member squad. For Judy, this was her second time competing in a series event and she was thrilled to have won a place in the squad. She prepared for her swim by training

in the pool and was cheered on by her friends and coaches as she passed the finish line. Wenping Yang, Judy’s father, says “Judy had heard about the squad from a friend and was very excited to win a place. I hope she can make some new friends, learn new things and improve her swimming skills.” Marina Nadilo won a place in the squad for a first time. Anton Nadilo, Marina’s father, says “Marina didn’t know she had won a place in the squad until prize giving. She is really excited to meet and be coached by the elite swimmers. We hope that she improves her swimming techniques and has a great experience.” The Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series runs from November 2017 to April 2018. The next opportunity for young swimmers to win a place in the squad will be at the upcoming Donelley Sawmillers Legend of the Lake swim in Rotorua on February 17.

Best of the best at Tag Nationals Hutt Valley residents will have the chance to watch New Zealand’s best as the Tag Nationals take place from February 23-25 at Fraser Park. Fifty teams from around the country will take on the best from the Hutt Valley, Wellington and Porirua areas for the crown of national champion. Tag Football is a non-contact game

derived from the sport of rugby league. The game sees eight players take the field on each team, with the defenders aim being to remove one or both tags to stop attacker’s progress. Six tags mark a changeover of possession and a try is awarded to the attacking team when they ground the ball on or over the try line.

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Lazarus set to smash harness racing records By Dan Whitfield

Ian Gooch has been part of Wainuiomata Tennis Club since 1963 and has many and varied memories. However, playing in the night league and the friendships he made are two of the top. The club celebrates its 70th anniversary on February 18. Over the years, there have been hundreds of players, from children to adults, enjoy the sport – including Ian. When Ian joined the club, he was a teenager and had just moved to Wainuiomata. He wanted to meet new people. He began playing on Saturdays and Sundays, the only days available in those days. But as the club grew so did the opportunities to play. He eventually started playing in the mid-week tournaments and night league, and even played in interclub competitions. He says the night league was good for him because of family and the fact that he had to work all day. “This is my 55th year playing at the club

and in the past I was very involved. I was on the committee and was an unofficial member before that,” Ian says. Ian was also the go to guy for any maintenance around the club and was part of the team that renewed the lights and built the lounge extension on the clubrooms. “Tennis is a great social sport you can do for years.” He says the club has always been very community focused and that when you are part of a team like you in Wainuiomata, you build good relationships. 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. For more information about the Wainuiomata Tennis Club or the 70th anniversary, contact Wendy Paulik on 021 429 932 or Joyce Lockyer on 04 564 8135

Lazarus is fast becoming arguably New Zealand harness racing’s most dominant horse ever. His feats on the race track are starting to live up to his larger than life biblical name and he’s proven, beyond doubt, he is the best pacer in Australasia at present. Lazarus has 15 group one wins to his name, $3.5million in the bank and the amazing record of never being out of the first three in 43 starts. His co-trainer, New Zealand’s most successful ever, Mark Purdon says he is the best horse he’s been involved with and that’s lofty praise. The champion horse cruised to a Hunter Cup victory in Australia in record time last weekend, smashing Australasia’s best in the process. He has just over $1 million left to become the highest earning Australasian pacer of all time behind Blacks A Fake. Lazarus appears to be a complete horse, one that can lead and win,

one that can sit parked and still have enough petrol to breeze past competitors in the home straight. His ability to back up after tough runs and win at the next start is unparalleled and his reign of dominance doesn’t look like ending any time soon. There is a real prospect Lazarus will go down as the most dominant New Zealand Cup winner ever and a darling of his home track of Addington Raceway. In more than 20 years of following harness racing, I can’t remember a more dominant horse, to the point where opposition trainers and drivers are often hinting at defeat before the race. Only bad luck or injury could prevent this champion from re-writing all sorts of records once his career is through. Sometimes it’s best to acknowledge greatness so it can be enjoyed while it lasts. That is what Lazarus is to harness racing.


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