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Arakura starts the year with MANA Arakura School is delighted to start the year with a new set of values created by students, staff and community. Their new values are MANA: Making Positive Choices, Act with Respect, Never Give up Attitude, Always Show Empathy. “We’re excited to see our new
values come to fruition after a process that everyone positively joined in on,” says Katrina Barclay, chairwoman of Arakura School’s board of trustees. Arakura used the Positive Behaviour for Learning School wide framework (PB4L) to create the values. PB4L builds a culture where positive be-
haviour and learning is a way of life. It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices in place to support students to make positive choices. A celebration was held with invited guests at their first assembly on Friday, February 9
and attended by several guests who also spoke. Labour’s Ginny Andersen spoke about her role in Parliament as MP. “It’s great to see the pupils so positive about their new MANA values, their pride in their school is clear to see,” Ginny says.
Organisations call on local councils after tragic year on the roads Following 379 deaths on the road in 2017, a group of organisations have come together to renew calls for local authorities to aim for zero road deaths and injuries. Brake, the road safety charity, Cycling Action Network, Living Streets and NZ School Speeds have come together to promote road safety and Vision Zero. Vision Zero is an approach used in a number of countries and cities around the world and at its core is the principle that life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within society. It aims to change how governments, organisations, and people approach road safety – and uses a core message that crashes have causes that are preventable. Last year Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter announced that road safety will receive additional funding and be made a priority. Caroline Perry, Brake’s New Zealand director, says: “Working with bereaved families, we see the devastating consequences of crashes, and all of these deaths are preventable.” “We are pleased the Government has said they will make road safety a priority, and we
Vision Zero is an approach used in a number of countries and cities around the world and at its core is the principle that life and health can never be exchanged for other bene ts within society.
need action now to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries,” she says. “We need local councils to also make road safety a priority. The Vision Zero approach is reducing road deaths abroad and it’s vital we have it in New Zealand and show that the only acceptable number of deaths on the road is zero.” To reduce the number of deaths on the road, and ultimately achieve Vision Zero, local authorities are being urged to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport, lowering speed limits in urban
areas and outside schools to 30km/h, and reducing speed limits on some rural roads to better match the road environment. Living Streets Aotearoa president Andy Smith says the new government has a real opportunity to commit to Vision Zero, especially for vulnerable people including children and the elderly. “Walking to work, to school, the rugby field, the shop or the car park should never be a death sentence,” Andy says. Hutt City Council has a dedicated team of officers that look
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Fire fighters helping on Chatham Island Fire fighters from around the region were part of a team that was deployed to Chatham Island to help with the recent fires. Two of Wainuiomata Bushfire Force volunteers joined the team to help with the fires. They were Angela Pahl and Oscar Barnett. The pair left on Saturday, February 3 with seven other fire fighters from Upper Hutt, Wellington and Te Horo bush fire forces.
Registrations open for football club Wainuiomata Football Club is holding several registration evenings for children who want to play this year. The local club offers a worthwhile programme, with games played on Saturday mornings for four to six-yearolds right through to 14th grade. Registration days will be held at Richard Prouse Park where the clubrooms are. They have been scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 - 6.30pm to 7.30pm; Sunday, February 18 - 4pm to 5pm; Friday, February 23 - 7.30pm to 8.30pm; The final day to register is a club day on Sunday, March 4 from 3pm to 5pm.
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at how traffic management and cycling can be improved to ensure safe roads. “Hutt City supports the principles of Vision Zero as one life lost is one to many” says Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace Sadly though, Ray explains there is a long way to go with driver education as most deaths are caused by human error through reckless or bad driving, and many accidents involve alcohol. As a community, the Hutt Valley has to say ‘enough is enough’ and work together to get the road toll down, he says.
New principal welcomed in A full school powhiri to welcome Wainuiomata High School’s new principal, Janette Melrose was held on Tuesday. The Wainuiomata local secured the new role following Martin Isberg stepping down last year. Martin had been teaching for 42 years, with 26 of those specifically in Wainuiomata before he retired. He had been principal of the high school for eight and a half years. Janette has been involved with Wainuiomata High School since 2002 – prior to that she was a physical education and science teacher at the former Wainuiomata College. She became deputy principal at the high school in 2003.
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inbrief news Water restrictions continue in part Due to the fantastic response from the community, and in spite of a record hot January, the region’s storage lakes are now in good shape to last for the remainder of summer. From Friday, February 9, the ban on using garden sprinklers in Wellington, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Porirua has been lifted. That said, garden watering restrictions will still be in effect. Restrictions allow the use of a single sprinkler or irrigation system, between the hours of 6-8 am and 7-9pm on alternate days according to your house number (odd numbers on odd days, even numbers on even days). The restrictions will remain in place until further notice, or the end of Daylight Savings – April 1.
Road closures this week There will be multiple stop/go areas and road closures on the State Highways around the region this week, so plan ahead for travel. On State Highway Two, a stop/go will be in place at Opaki from MondayFriday between 7am-5.30pm; on the Rimutaka Hill on Sunday from 7pm-5.30am; north of Topaz Street on Sunday from 7pm-5.30am. A lane closure will be in place in Mangaroa on Wednesday from 7pm – 5.30am.
Grey Power event Wainuiomata Grey Power will be hosting Woburn Masonic Trust at its meeting on February 28 at Life City Church. The event will be held from 1.30pm.
Colourful family event returns Te Whiti Park will be awash in colour when the Hutt City Kindergartens’ Family Colour Walk and Fun Day returns on Sunday 11 March. Last year’s inaugural event attracted a large crowd to Waiwhetu, with families from throughout the Hutt Valley joining in to walk along the 800m track where they splash each other in colour along the way. In 2018, Hutt City Kindergartens hope families will once again join in. The community support for this event which fundraises for the Waiwhetu and Waterloo kindergartens was overwhelmingly positive – convincing the organisers to make it into an annual event. “Children and adults alike had a great time throwing the powdered paint at each other and getting covered in colour. It’s an opportunity to get the community together and do something really fun,” says Andrew McGoff, president of the Waiwhetu kindergarten committee. The powdered paint is made
from a non-toxic corn starch based powder with natural food dye colouring. “We encourage everyone to wear white so that the colours stand-out. It makes for great photos!” Although the event is the main attraction, there will also be other activities on offer. This year’s event is set to be bigger thanks to the support of Mitre 10 MEGA Petone, Andrew says. “This is an affordable day for families with bouncy castles, slides, mini jeeps, food trucks as well as free activities. We invite families to make the most of an afternoon at the park and to feel free to bring a picnic” Andrew says. Tickets to participate in the event can be purchased on the Eventfinder website or on the day. A family pass is $20 and includes colour packets. Individual passes for adults and children can also be purchased, as well as extra colour packets. It will be a fun event suitable for families with children of all ages.
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Government steps in to save school arts events Education Minister Chris Hipkins has pledged to provide new opportunities for children and young people to engage in events that promote music, drama and dance. For years, Stage Challenge and J Rock events have showcased the talents of budding musicians, actors and dancers from schools across New Zealand for the last 25 years, with Wainuiomata High School taking part and doing well in the past. Financial support previously came from the Ministry of Education but as costs have increased and corporate sponsors and local grants have decreased over the years, organisers says
it can no longer deliver the events in their current form. “Like many people I thought regional and national activities of this sort were too important to lose,” Chris says. “Music, drama and dance are an important part of the curriculum and for many young people are a way of expressing their creativity and building confidence. “As a result, while the Stage Challenge brand itself is licenced and cannot be replicated, I am today inviting potential providers to put forward expressions of interest to run national and regional opportunities for students to
showcase their skills. The Stage Challenge Foundation is invited to put forward a proposal,” he says. The ministry has already allocated $267,000 for this purpose for each of the next two years. “Because time is short, I have asked officials to free up more funding for the activity this year to increase the chance of it continuing, while it works with potential providers on a more sustainable, long-term replacement. “The amount will depend on negotiations with the future provider.” The ministry will now seek
potential providers with the capability and experience to deliver services in the production of performing arts activities. It’s expected the process will be completed by the end of term one for activities to be held from the second term of this year. Chris says performances that are designed and led by the students themselves provide a valuable opportunity to build leadership skills while promoting teamwork and commitment. They also allow students to work alongside industry professionals in staging, lighting and video production, he says.
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New café to brighten up the village By Dan Whitfield
XL Café has only been open for a few weeks but already owner Xeina Willams is hopeful it will bring life back into Homedale village. “It’s definitely been trial and error; the business side is new to me. But it’s been pretty cool and people have been very supportive,” Xeina says. The café is located in Homedale village where Bizzy Lizzy Café used to be. Xeina had been a full-time mum to her five children before setting out on this venture with friend Treena Taikato, who now runs the kitchen side of the business. “We wanted to do something different,” Xeina says.
She says she’s glad she took the step. “I don’t want people to go over to the Hutt. I want to do something that brings people back to the village. Wainuiomata is a small community and I want this to work. Xeina encourages positivity around the café and enjoys the good vibes the staff bring. Everyone that works for XL Café is local to Wainuiomata. “[They’ve] got a lot of experience.” Xeina is thankful for the support she’s had so far – especially that of her parents. “Dad suggested naming the café Xeina, after myself – I thought it was a bit cheesy,” she says. “At least with XL there’s a little bit of me in it.”
Treena Taikato, Xeina Willams, Nuirangi McGregor, and Eternal-Joyce Walker – the crew at XL Café. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
REGISTER NOW WA IN U IO M ATA Football Club (soccer) We are holding Registrations for children aged between 4 and 14 years: We offer a fun programme on Saturday mornings for 4 to 6 year olds also grades right through to 14th grade. Wainuiomata Gardeners Club members wandering the rose garden at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Gardeners make the most of summer Wainuiomata gardeners are making the most of the mild summer evenings and showing off their hard work. The Wainuiomata Gardeners Club met on Tuesday last week as part of their monthly meetings. This month members visited two gardens belonging to other members of the club. W it h a m i l d s u m m e r evening, members found it inspiring to see new gardens and learn about different plants. Members also had a look around the rose garden at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool. Winners of this month’s garden competition were: Single Bloom – first, Jackie Dobbs, dahlia; second, Doreen Hore, begonia; third, Jill Summers,
rose. Shrub – first, Barbara Bennett, fuschia; second, Jackie Dobbs, fuschia; third, Joy Jones, rose. Spike cluster – first, Jackie Dobbs, orchid; second, Barbara Bennett, geranium; third, Doreen Hore, alstromeria. The Wainuiomata Gardeners Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall from 7.30pm. However, the next meeting will be held at Moores Valley Nursery on Tuesday 6th March from 6.15pm. There is a $5 charge for dinner that is provided by committee. For all enquiries, contact Wendy Paulik on 04 564 1497.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: If the redevelopment of the Wainuiomata Mall happens, what would you like to see included?
Virginia Faitele, Wainuiomata “Upgraded supermarket, more shops so that people don’t have to go over the hill. Shops Wainui people would use.”
Daryl New, Wainuiomata “I would like to see another mall like it was back in the day.”
Sarah Shannon, Wainuiomata “I would love to see a good coffee shop with lots of food choices and some retail units.”
Karamjadh Singh, Wainuiomata “I would like to see a food court.”
Kevin Shaw, Wainuiomata “I would like to see the Warehouse return.”
Andy Aldridge, Wainuiomata “My answer is that I would love to see a cafe in the redevelopment and an indoor kids play area.”
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Census not catering for cognitively impaired The 2018 census is on its way however, it does not recognise cognitive impairments which autistic people have. The census is supposed to help the government allocate funds to its different budgets to distribute to help service people with different needs. Autistic people have been locked up in the past and been given a whole range of labels which has led to dis-
crimination. In the mainstream, one of the reasons autistic cannot cope is it is not seen as a cognitive impairment. Their needs of being sensitive are not understood and if they lash out or have tantrum they are seen as violent rather than identifying the behaviour as a meltdown. Autistics are passionate people who impulsive.
If their needs are not understood there is quite the chance that money will come out of police budget to deal with their issues. We need funds allocated on impairment basis to deal with disability issue not holistically. Yours sincerely, Mike Grigg Wainuiomata
Wainui’s priority should be more shops Dear editor, I have lived in Wainuiomata for 40 plus years. I have never complained about Wainui and to be frank, I have supported whatever good things happened. But it has got to the point I can no longer keep quiet. I strongly believe that Ray Wallace is living in a dream world. He keeps on banging on about how great Wainui will be with all this new housing will be (which in some respect it will be) but what he hasn’t said is when we are going to get some sort of shopping centre so at least I can buy a shirt at least.
As far as I’m concerned, Wainui is about parks walking tracks and general greenery. Since the developers have moved in just about every empty space has been turned into housing. So tell me Mr Wallace, how many people want to come to Wainui when there isn’t anything here? Secondly, he says everything is happening in Wainui, How come all things that have happened over the hill on the Lower Hutt side? Nothing has happened over our side. Come Ray, wake up and stop dreaming. Start remembering what it was like to
walk through the mall on a Friday night with crowds of people in it. Remember how people walked down the street deciding whether to play in a park or go for a bush walk, that’s the true Wainuiomata I remember. Not builders moving in on an empty ground to build a house. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to see new builds, but don’t kid ourselves; priorities need to be on getting shops here, not houses, or else people won’t stay. Yours truly, Mark Lamey Wainuiomata
Cancelled board meeting unacceptable Dear Editor, On Wednesday, February 7 the Wainuiomata News reported that the Wainuiomata Community Board had a busy year ahead. Their first meeting for 2018 was scheduled for February 7. This meeting was cancelled due to lack of items on the agenda. This I find hard to believe as currently there so many new initiatives happening in Wainuiomata such as the shared pathway, retirement village and re-development of the mall to name but a few. Community board members are not
volunteers but are paid by the rate payer to engage with their community and represent those who have put their trust in them by voting for them. They meet six times each year to facilitate this community engagement and discuss what is important to the community. This is not acceptable and I have lodged my disappointment with the community board chair, our local ward councillors and Hutt City Council. Yours sincerely, Local resident (name provided)
Wainuiomata has more houses being built, but not much else.
Tree removal unnecessary Dear Editor, Regards the new retirement home/ village and subsequent offshoot of its economic benefits, I was very enthused, I like many others love living in the valley, and maybe (in the hopefully distant future) may even have use of these new facilities. I was also amazed and pleased with how quickly the first stage of this development is proceeding, “Rapid Earthworks” certainly living up to their name. What perturbs me and had me quite shell shocked was the total removal of all
the trees in the development. Did all the trees really have to be removed? What used to be a nice park area, a nice place to stroll and a home for many birds looks, destined to be a concrete jungle, surely some trees on the perimeter could have been retained? I’m su re some pla nt i ngs a nd beautification will take place upon construction, but for now, really, total deforestation? Yours sincerely, Stephen Owens Wainuiomata
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Community views wanted on the phenomenally popular Hutt River With more than one million visits each year, the Hutt Valley Trail is the region’s most visited space offering opportunities for rest and recreation of all kinds for residents and visitors. Given its rising popularity and the need to plan for more intensive use of the riverside in the future, Greater Wellington Regional Council has worked with community representatives to produce the Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River Action Plan 2017. “It’s an exciting plan that will guide
the long-term enhancement of the whole riverside and make it an even more popular asset for the community,” says Greater Wellington councillor Prue Lamason. “But we have to be careful to ensure we balance all the many interests involved so we can deliver benefits for all visitors. “In particular we must respond to the community’s clear desire to improve the river’s environment and water quality, both of which have been included in the action plan based on earlier community
feedback.” “We also need to factor in some really big developments, such as the RiverLink flood protection and city centre development scheme, which will transform Lower Hutt. The plan will accommodate the benefits that will come from RiverLink and provide the guidelines required to ensure a better experience for visitors along the full length of the river, a beautiful planted environment which supports wildlife and great opportunities for all sorts of recreational activity,” she says. Prue believes it is the time for the Hutt community, in particular, to have its say
on one of the region’s most iconic spaces. The Action Plan, which was developed following extensive consultation with the Hutt Valley local authorities, stakeholders and the broader community, brings the previous 2001 strategy right up-to-date. People can comment on the plan by emailing comments on a submission form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 9. “We are writing the next chapter in the river’s history. We want you to add your voice, too”, says Prue.
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The two mural designs up for public consultation. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Vibrancy the focus of new mural A new design is set to brighten up Homedale Village. Wainuiomata residents are being invited to vote for one of two mural designs they would want brought to life. The design with the most votes will be installed. Esther King, from Love Wainuiomata, says these murals celebrate our stunning scenery and wildlife, including Remutaka Forest Park where we have wild kiwi. “Homedale Village is perfect for this mural as it’s an important gateway for getting into nature. It so eye-catching it
will also get locals and visitors stopping for photos which will benefit local businesses.” says Esther says. The winning mural is set to replace the damaged mural of local icons Piri Weepu and Tana Umaga. Hutt City Council’s Mel Gardner says: “We’ll definitely be doing a mural in future to celebrate our amazing Wainuiomata sporting heroes, including Piri and Tana. We’ll be looking for a really accessible, sport focused location.” This project has grown out of the work of passionate local
volunteers such as Christine and Barrie Green, who’ve been doing makeover projects at Homedale Village for two years. Christine and Barrie, who love the character of Homedale Village and its importance as a gateway, have been building planters, staining seats, and doing lots of spruce ups on the buildings. The duo approached Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace with a proposal to tidy up the damaged mural and create a nature-themed artwork. Ray has given full support to
this and in December last year Love Wainuiomata asked the community, via Facebook, to share what they wanted to see in this mural. Wainuiomata artist Aidan Walbaekken has taken all that feedback and brought as much of it as possible into these two designs. To vote for your favourite design, visit Love Wainuiomata’s Facebook page, or vote in person at the Village Store in Homedale or the Wainuiomata Community Hub. Voting closes Friday, February 23.
Whether you live in a suburb, on a city block, in an apartment or on a rural property, you have neighbours – and knowing your neighbours matters. Over the weekend of the March 24 and 25, communities of all shapes and sizes across the country will be taking time out to get to know their neighbours. The annual Neighbours Day Aotearoa, now in its ninth year, is a time for neighbours to celebrate their communities and get to know new neighbours. This year the team at Neighbours Day have come up with some simple ways to connect, along with ways to get your neighbours involved and what you might need. Whether it’s a barbecue on the berm or fiesta between the floors, there is toolkit of ideas that are simple, cost effective and won’t take up all your time at www. neighboursdayaotearoa.co.nz Neighbours Day Aotearoa spokesperson Cissy Rock says: “We’d like to see people reach out to others in their neighbourhood, and make connections that we hope will enhance the wellbeing of individuals, family/whanau and the wider community.” Cissy says it is important to encourage people to think about who in their community isn’t connected, and how to make space for them to feel welcome. Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a collaborative campaign organised and supported by Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, The Mental Health Foundation, Christchurch Methodist Mission and New Zealand Red Cross.
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Charlie’s up and ready for business
Scott McKenzie from Way of Life gym, Labour MP Ginny Anderson, and Jong Son, owner of Charlie’s Sushi. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
There are some exciting changes happening around Queens St and the entrance to the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre – namely the move of Wainuiomata’s local sushi expert. Jong Son, owner of Charlie’s Sushi, chose to move his business with it reopening to the public on Saturday, February 10. Jong says: “Its been a great move, Saturday was so busy we ran out of food. We have great customers and Wainuiomata community is so friendly” The business is now located next to the Labour MP Ginny Anderson’s Wainuiomata office. Jong had been running his sushi shop in the almost deserted mall, for some six years.
Over the weekend, Ginny’s office also reopened with the passing of the baton from former MP and now Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard. “I wanted an office that is light and bright and where people feel comfortable to pop in for a cuppa,” Ginny says. “Wainuiomata is a strong, vibrant community and I want to build on that. The Queen Street entrance to the mall is bustling with activity,” she says. Ginny will have an official launch in the next few weeks. As part of the series of events, Scott McKenzie from Way Of Life Gym , also had an open day for his karate academy.
Prisoners give back and help Victim Support Hutt Valley Sock monkeys, seedlings, snazzy shoulder bags, kete baskets, planter boxes, and prisoner art are some of the many items made by prisoners and community offenders that will be available at this year’s Upper Hutt Summer Carnival. For the first time, Corrections and Victim Support have partnered for a stall at the annual carnival. The “Changing Lives” stall will feature goods made by prisoners in Arohata and Rimutaka prisons and community-based offenders managed by Community Corrections across the greater Wellington area. All proceeds from the event will help Victim Support Hutt Valley to continue its important work in the local community. Assistant prison director for the two prisons Kym Grierson says the stall is about changing lives for positive outcomes. “We’re working with Victim Support to change lives for the better of everyone, including the wider community,” Kym says. “For prisoners and community offenders, it’s about giving back to the community in a meaningful way. They’re developing their existing skills as well as learning some new ones that could change their lives. For Victim Support, it provides funding for their valuable work in the Hutt Valley.” Stall items include vegie seedlings, planter boxes made by com mun ity offenders, baby clothes, cot quilts, bucket hats, dream catchers, and a lot more. “There are some incredible pieces of artwork and carvings including patu on stands which highlight the artists’ skills,” says
Still going strong together By Dan Whitfield
It’s been 60 years but the love is still the same for Basil and Catherine Galdwell. The Wainuiomata couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on February 1 - having got married in 1958. Catherine says having family around to celebrate their anniversary with was better than anything she could have hoped for. “It’s nice to have each other still and was nice to have a family dinner with everyone,” she says. Basil and Catherine have lived in Wainuiomata for a good number of years however, Catherine is originally from Fiji and Basil was born in the United Kingdom. Basil was in the British Air Force before moving to New Zealand. He then joined the New Zealand Air Force where he was placed in Fiji — this was where he met Catherine. That aside, it was love and family that’s seen them continue all these years. “We love Wainuiomata, that’s the
reason we stayed here. That and we stayed because we wanted to be close to our children,” Catherine says. “The first time we came over the hill was to see a friend of mine who lived here,” Basil says. “We didn’t even make it because the Ford Prefect we had at the time conked our.” “But when we did get over, we liked what we saw,” he says. New Zealand has been home for much of their married years, minus a brief time spent in Fiji. They moved to Wainuiomata in 1966 and have enjoyed the great community spirit and area since. Both have been involved in areas of the community, with Catherine working locally and Basil being involved with the scout group. Basil and Catherine have seen the community change over the years - including the road over to the Hutt Valley going from single lanes to double, and businesses come and go. They have two sons and one daughter who grew up and still call Wainuiomata home. They now have several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Basil and Catherine Gladwell. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
Kym says. Items are reasonably priced and include screen printed “Changing Lives” canvas shopping bags for $2 that will be available at the carnival entrance and on the stall. The stall will be managed by Victim Support staff and volunteers, and supported by Corrections staff. Victim Support is a charity which provides practical advice and emotional support to people affected by crime, trauma, and suicide. Hutt Valley staff and volunteers help around 1600 victims a year to understand and participate in the justice process, access services and financial support available to them after an incident, and to find hope and strength through times of tragedy. Victim Support’s Wellington area manager Paula Connolly says Victim Support is extremely grateful for the support it’s received from Rimutaka and Arohata Prisons and Wellington District Community Corrections to put together the fundraising event. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support. As a charity, we rely on donations to keep our service freely available to the public, but this partnership runs deeper than that,” Paula says. “It’s about giving those who have created harm the chance to take responsibility and give something back in a really positive, constructive way. The Upper Hutt Summer Carnival will be held at Trentham Memorial Park, Barton Road, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt on Saturday, February 24.
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to Restructure Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. 2015
Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce In recent years, the Hutt Valley ChamPresident Neville Hyde, has today an- ber has also built up its suite of regional nounced the Lower Hutt based Cham- showcase events including the Business ber of Commerce will be undertaking Excellence Awards, the Business Expo a restructure. and the pools Business Our summer wereHall builtofbyFame. us. Neville Hyde says, “This restructure The restructure includes a reorganisaBlends in well did cause no fuss. has been sparked by the resignation of tion of the roles within the Chamber slide will cause our Chief Executive Mark Futter. With hydro and the services anda splash. events that the And to it many people dash. “The Board, Mark and the team have Chamber will provide. Through nativesays, bush we and been working together on a transition Neville “Intwist order towiggle. keep inFromnovating the children a giggle. plan for the Chamber following Mark’s andbrings growing we are working Severn a week the place is open. decision to move on. ondays a new recipe. “Mark has led the Chamber for almost “As with we find ourHot summer daysall webusinesses all are hopen! five years now, delivering strong mem- selves in an ever-changing environment. bership growth and engagement, as well “With our huge calendar, our showas many new initiatives. case events Public and ourNotice extensive partner “This year we celebrate 75 years of programme we are adapting our offeroperation, so we are and looking at new opportunities. OF taking THE D this AY op- ing portunity to rethink our work in the Wainuiomata “One of the strengths of our Club ChamSquash community and set ourselves up for ber is that we are first and foremost the future.” focussed on ourAGM members and partners. “Throughout this process we will 51.The J.K.Hutt Valley Chamber is considered by many to be one of New Zea- ensure our members Rowling 7.00pmand supporters land’s leading Chambers of Commerce. continue to enjoy the level of support chose the Monday 30th November In 2017 the Hutt Valley Chamber and engagement that they have come unusual Clubrooms served over 700 members and partners, to expect At andthe value. name delivered 44 events, hosted more than “We will keep members and part‘Hermione’ Corner 4400 people, and delivered more than ners updated asofweMain workRoad through the so 40young business training courses. changes over the coming months.” and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata girls wouldn’t be teased When teens are taught Bringing local news that for being people have the potential to nerdy! to the community change their socially relevant traits over time, they tend to Situation Vacant cope better with social stress, and end up earning better grades in school.
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Wednesday February 14, 2018
Hutt and city teams named Up and down for Dempster Shield
results for Wainuiomata
The Hutt Valley team.
A showcase of some of the region’s developing talent was seen as the Hutt Valley and Wellington City cricket teams squared off for the Dempster Shield. The teams were named earlier this
month with each side featuring two members of the New Zealand U19 side from the recent World Cup. The match was at Kelburn Park from February 4-6. Hutt Valley representatives were Troy
Johnson – captain, Nick Greenwood, Brett Johnson, Deepak Joon, Callum McLachlan- wicketkeeper, Travis Muller, Chander Ravi, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears, Tyler Simpson, Ben Skilton, and Nik Swain.
Locals get on their bikes for breakfast Local cyclists had the chance this morning to grab a free breakfast on their way to work. The annual Go by Bike Day event was held in at The Dowse and gave cyclists in the community an opportunity to meet up and celebrate the benefits biking brings to health and wellbeing. A free bike check and fixup with Biketec was also available for cyclists. The event was part of the Wellington region
The Wellington Go by Bike day.
cycling event calendar. Hutt City Council was a big supporter of this year’s Go By Bike Day, using it to encourage more locals to ride their bike as a viable mode of transport. The much-anticipated $11.1million Wainuiomata Shared Pathway underway will also provide pedestrians and cyclists safe access up and over the steep and winding Wainuiomata Hill Road.
The premier two men’s tennis team from Wainuiomata have had an up and down couple of weeks – winning the first game of the season, but losing the second. The first game was on February 3 and saw Wainuiomata host Tawa-Lyndhurst. Games included four singles matches and two doubles, with both teams winning three each. Because it was a tie, scoring went back to who won the most sets; however again, the two teams were tied. It went down to who won the most games and that’s where Wainuiomata overcame Tawa-Lyndhurst by winning 60 games to the other team’s 55. After eventually being named as the winners, the premier two team finished that week in fourth place out of eight teams on the table. That same week, the premier three women’s team lost on a countback of sets to Ngatitoa; the premier four men’s team lost 6-nil to Lower Hutt; the division one men’s team lost 6-nil to Pinehaven 1; and the women’s doubles team won by default over Avalon 2. Results from Saturday February 10 saw the premier two men lose 4-2 to Maungaraki A. The premier three women got rained off at 1-1, a doubles win each. The rest of the tie will be played at a later date. The premier four men lost 5-1 to Whitby; division one men lost 6-nil to Stokes Valley; and the division two men won 4-2 over Muritai. The women’s doubles did not have a game this weekend.
with Jacob Page
Let’s talk about life after Hesson With the summer of cricket meandering along, the future of Black Caps coach Mike Hesson must be pondered. It’s not a question of whether his job stability is in question, more his own personal reasons for staying. The 43-year-old has helped pilot cricket in this country through one of its most successful eras ever. He’ll likely stick around for a 2019 World Cup campaign to see if the team can go one step further than that glorious run to the final (final was in Aust) in 2015. It’s hard to see the current side achieving victory in the tournament next year, the team has a few weak links, less experience and will be playing in foreign conditions. It means Hesson, a man who started his coaching journey in Otago at the youthful age of 22, will not reach the dizzying heights of Brendon McCullum’s men three years ago. The team is still highly competitive, but my feeling is that we are missing a couple of world-class players to be truly capable of beating the powerhouse teams, especially away from home. The lack of world-class players is nothing new for us Kiwis, but I
can’t see a motivating reason why Hesson would stay beyond his current contract. Legacy cemented but with no real way of pushing the national side to its highest peak. Both Hesson and McCullum were two men eager to take the side to new frontiers, without those new frontiers being attainable, why would he stay? Hesson could now look at ways to set up himself and his family financially, coaching overseas, potentially in India’s lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition. Where does cricket go from here in New Zealand? Its core is strong. Kane Williamson will be our best ever batsmen, Trent Boult is one of our finest bowlers ever but there is a missing element; an X factor missing that is stopping the team from being world beaters. Hesson appears to have done all he can, pulled the wagon as far as he could and he has earned the right to have job security in a profession where job security is never truly assured. Succession planning must begin now so that Hesson’s work can be built on in the years to come.
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Genesis Seupule-Mose, Nahson Tuita, and Tyrone Tupo from Geraghty House.
Iatira Chadwick, Canon Hakaraia, Una Muavai, Jahna Lelei, Ashley Smith.
St Claudine Thevenet School pupils showing their support for their school houses.
OUT& about PHOTOs: DAN WHITFIELD
Athletics day at St Claudine Thevenet School
St Claudine Thevenet School held its athletics day on Thursday last week. Students covered the field with colour
as they supported their school houses. The Wainuiomata News was there to see some of the action. Oâ€™Halloran House.
Geraghty House. McGowan House.
Kelly House. McGuire House.
Wednesday February 14, 2018
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