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Alyssia Cody, Leon McLeod-Venu, Jasmine Inthavong, and Faleona Leala are excited for the year ahead. The four were named as the new head students at Wainuiomata High School for 2018. They say they are all focused on lifting the spirit and culture at school — as well as building on what others have achieved in the past in regards to creating a better name for Wainuiomata. Continued on page 2. L-R: Alyssia Cody, Leon McLeod-Venu, Jasmine Inthavong, and Faleona Leala. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield



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Wainuiomata High School head students named Continued from page 1. Leon, who was named as head boy, says one of his goals is to make it so people feel they are part of a family. Wainuiomata High School deserves a better name, he says. “I want to make our school a family and bring culture into what we do.” Faleona, the deputy head boy, says it’s about lifting the spirit of those who are coming through the school now. “We need to send them out into the community and let others see that we’re a good school,” Faleona says. “We have to carry on the legacy that others have made but also leave our own legacy. We have to leave our mark on the school,” Jasmine, who was

named as head girl, says. Alyssia says to ma ke a change it’s not about doing things for us, but other students instead. “We need to bring everyone together, not just year groups but the whole school,” Alyssia says. The four head students take over from Shiloh Babbington, Ruby Gardner, Alexander Faifailoa, and Joseph Tunupopo who held the positions last year. Leon, Jasmine, and Alyssia say they never thought they’d be head students – however, as they grew, they understood the impact they could have on their school. Faleona says when he was a year nine he had a head

Janette Melrose also started this year as the new principal at Wainuiomata High School. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

student in his class and looked up to him. “It was my goal since,” Faleona says.

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When asked what they were looking forward to, Leon, Jasmine, Faleona, and Alyssia were all focused on their school – from spirit week to the school ball, prizegivings and kapa haka. The four all also have goals for themselves this year. “I want to become more confident and integral,” Leon says. “My goal is to step up in leading but also find a balance with my academics,” Jasmine says. “For me it’s developing as a better leader. I have a lot of good qualities and others that I need to work on,” Faleona says. “I want to be an encouragement to others,” Alyssia says.

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A group from Village Accommodation have had the chance to release a kiwi into the Remutaka Forest Park. Hiwi the kiwi was released in a special location in the Remutaka Forest Park on February 11 following a blessing ceremony at the Wainuiomata Marae. The kiwi was transpor ted to Wainuiomata from his home at Wairakei crèche in Taupo on the day of the release. The event was run by the Remutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust, a community group committed to protecting and restoring the unique flora and fauna of the Remutaka Forest Park. Village Accommoda-

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Hutt City Council has made significant changes to its Community Funding Strategy. These changes will be implemented on July 1. A new focus of council’s community funding will better align it with the vision for Hutt City to be ‘a great place to live, work and play’. This should be true for all of our residents, says council’s community services committee chair Glenda Barratt. She says council will achieve this vision by partnering with others to improve equity across our city where it is needed most. There will be a specific focus on tamariki (children), rangatahi (youth) and kaumatua (elderly). “By investing in this way

alongside groups with a proven track record, especially those working with tamariki, we have a real opportunity to invest in a brighter future for our city,” Glenda says. Council’s community funding advisor will be available to meet with community groups to answer any questions about the new strategy. Spaces for each session are limited, so please book in advance to secure your spot by emailing funding@huttcity. Half-hour sessions will be held at Wainuiomata Community Hub on February 26, from 10am to 12pm.  More information can be found online at huttcity.govt. nz/Services/Funding/.

Adding to Wainuiomata’s beauty Labour MP Ginny Anderson, Arakura School principal Mark Kibblewhite, and Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Arakura School has helped Wainuiomata look even more beautiful. Labour MP Ginny Andersen and Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry visited the school on Friday with three boxes of plants for its front garden.

“We both noticed that some of the plants at the front of the school had been damaged, so we decided to help out by donating some more,” Ginny says. Arakura School principal Mark Kibblewhite was very grateful for the plants. “The whole school com-

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dents to learn how to take care of flowers, and grow vegetables from seed right through to preparing them for lunch”. He says the school plans to plant the flowers early next week, and hope that the wider community will enjoy them when they walk or drive past.

New head teacher at Sun Valley Sun Valley Kindergarten has begun the year with a new face at the helm. Shellyn McAuley has joined the team as head teacher, a Wainuiomata local and familiar face for many. She has been teaching in this community for the past five years, with positions at Pukeatua and Parkway Kindergartens. Shellyn brings a passion for teaching children and seeing them grow and develop. “It is an honour to be part of a child’s learning and see them reach milestones and have fun,” Shellyn says.

WaiPESI Play Day The WaiPESI Play Day is back for another year. The event is set to be held on Thursday, March 1 from 9am to 12pm at the Wainuiomata Memorial Hall on Queen St. Families are welcome to come along and meet early childhood staff and community support while their children play and learn alongside other young children. For more information, contact Louana Fruean on 021 242 2762.

More delays on Hutt Valley line Due to significant delays caused by signal faults, buses replaced train services between Petone and Upper Hutt on Tuesday morning. MetLink was working to find the source of the fault and hoped to have the problem resolved as soon as they could however, delays were inevitable. Significant delays continued for much of Tuesday. The first train service from Wellington to Upper Hutt was scheduled to depart Wellington at 1.05pm. The first train service from Upper Hutt to Wellington apparently departed at 1.30pm.



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inbrief news Numbers up for this year’s bay run The number of participants in Sunday’s Cigna Round the Bays event on the Wellington waterfront was 14,455 – higher than the amount that ran last year. Sport Wellington chief executive officer Phil Gibbons says he and the wider team are proud of consistently producing one of New Zealand’s largest events of its kind. “We were focused on delivering an event that was in keeping with our vision that ‘everyone in the greater Wellington regions has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation. It was great to see everyone come into the city and enjoy the really fantastic experience,” he says. The event’s official charity, Achilles New Zealand, was also presented with a cheque for $20,000 during the prize-giving.

Ulalei trials begin Ulalei Netball Club is holding trials for the 2018 season on Tuesday, February 27. The trials will be from 6.30pm to 8pm for a premier one and two, as well as a social team if there is enough interest. Contact Alannah Laban via or 021 161 4422. The trials will be held at the Wainuiomata High School gym.

TriAbility Triathlon almost here The TriAbility Triathlon will be held on Saturday, March 17. The inclusive multisport event that supports people of all abilities in a competitive environment will be organised by Sport Wainuiomata and is the fifth year it has been held in the community. The event is not just for people with disabilities; it is an event for all abilities, from elite to first-timers and everything in between. Registrations are open and can be completed at the Wainuiomata Library on Queen Street.

Council takes a closer look at homelessness Hutt City Council is about to launch a survey to better understand homelessness in the city. The survey is part of an investigation into the nature of homelessness and the work being done to relieve homelessness in Lower Hutt. The research will form a basis for discussions on council’s role in supporting work currently being done to assist homeless people and families. Hutt City Council divisional manager for strategy and planning Wendy Moore says accurately measuring homelessness and its effects on people and families is notoriously difficult. “But it is crucial to develop as detailed picture as possible, not just to gain a fuller understanding of the plight and pressures on families and individuals who are homeless, but also to help us understand how pressures in the housing market are impacting on people in our communities,” Wendy says. “What is clear is that our low-income communities are the ones most likely to experience housing pressures and the chilling prospect of homelessness,” she says. A recent Government-commissioned report, A Stocktake

of New Z ealand’s Housing, noted that rent increases in New Zealand’s main centres rose faster than incomes. A snapshot included in the report shows average rents for a three-bedroom house in Naenae South rose 12.4 per cent between the fourth quarters of 2016 and 2017. The national average increase for this period was 5.5 per cent. Emerge Aotearoa supports homeless people and families in the Wellington region and those facing other housing pressures. Its national housing manager Hope Simonsen welcomes council’s initiative. Hope says the causes of homelessness are many, complex and inter-related. They include insufficient income, family breakdown, poor physical and mental health and especially the lack of suitable and affordable housing. “There can be terrible costs to families in emotional suffering, social isolation, deteriorating health and lost opportunities and future prospects, especially for the children,” Hope says. “But homelessness also caries great financial costs to all of us nationally and locally, including the direct costs of providing temporary housing

Wainuiomata News reporter Dan Whitfield and Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs taking art in the 14 Hours Homeless event last year. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News File.

to homeless families through to the significant long-term costs of greater spending on health, welfare and education.” Homelessness is defined as living situations where people have no other options to access safe and secure housing. They include circumstances where people are sleeping rough or in vehicles, living in

night shelters, refuges, or other temporary accommodation, and where people are sharing a house with another household or living in houses that are uninhabitable. Council’s research includes discussions with social service agencies and people who are homeless and gathering data on housing and need.

Blessing for retirement village By Dan Whitfield

A blessing ceremony was held for the recently announced $50 million retirement village development last week. The retirement village development in Wainuiomata will be a Masonic Village Trust

project and will see the facility built off Hinau Grove and opposite Hugh Sinclair Park. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has been vocal in his support for a retirement village in Wainuiomata for many years and says the announcement is great news for the suburb, particularly its elderly residents.

“A local retirement village will give the community the option to be able to enjoy their retirement in familiar surroundings, close to their wh nau and established network of friends,” Ray says. The community blessing was organised by kaumatua of Wainuiomata.

Work has begun on foundational work, with the site being cleared over the last couple of weeks. Ray is pleased that work is progressing quickly however says that there will be around 12 months of land preparation before any building work starts happening.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you think Wainuiomata’s housing growth is positive or negative for the community?

Chloe Young, Wainuiomata “It is most definitely a positive, look at all the attention Wainuiomata is getting because of it, they’re really putting a lot into our great community here, it’s really going to blossom!”

Meto Keil, Wainuiomata “Prices have gone up but it’s not a negative. We’re getting people moving here and there’s development of Wainuiomata.”

Victoria SeupuleMose, Wainuiomata “It’s awesome. It shows the possibility of future development and people are now realising the potential here.”

Sarah Chard, Wainuiomata “It’s good for the community. Anything that promotes growth has to be good.”

Ave-Elise Corinne Adams, Wainuiomata “I haven’t been living in Wainuiomata for that longhowever personally I think Wainuiomata’s housing growth will make a positive impact on the community. It will help build and strengthen this community.”

Shalini Singh, Wainuiomata “It’s great for local business.”

LETTERS to the editor 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.

Another business set to close Dear Editor, I was saddened to learn today that yet another Wainui business, Wainui Landscape and Lumber, is closing down. I went down to get sup-

plies and was greeted with the news that they’re closing up shop and will be gone in March. Jackie and the crew have been fantastic, great efficient service with a smile. Unfortunately it seems there’s not enough business coming in. It’s a real shame that locals don’t appreciate their local businesses until they’re forced to close their doors and leave. The Warehouse was one of the best

Warehouse stores in Wellington yet due to poor patronage they closed up and now another fantastic business is leaving as well and more local jobs are going. Our mall is now virtually a white elephant. If locals don’t shop locally even more businesses will be forced to leave Regards, Lorraine Wainuiomata

Embrace what we have now instead of yearning for the past Dear Editor, Reading Mark Lamey’s letter about my assessment of Wainuiomata, its clear Mark is the one who doesn’t have a true appreciation of reality. While he yearns for a return to the 1970s and 1980 where Friday late night shopping was all the rage and our mall was packed with people doing their shopping, I have to tell him “Retail” has totally changed since that era and it will never return. With the introduction of sevendaya-week shopping, “on-line” shopping, Trademe and where families are more mobile than ever before with a car or access to a great bus service people don’t shop in local suburban malls anymore. They head for the Mega Stores and Centres for their “Shoppertainment” or go online. If one of New Zealand’s leading retailers The Warehouse left Wainuiomata citing lack of local support smaller clothing retailers have no chance of survival. Working outside the valley is also a factor in people’s shopping habits. It is hoped that Progressive Enterprises, the owners of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre will announce plans about their redevelopment of the site in the coming months. It will be very unlikely I would guess, that those plans will include retaining the 1970s vintage mall.

What is essential like other communities is to have a first-class supermarket carrying a full range of products to service basic needs of Wainuiomata along with a handful of other related stores including a nice restaurant or bistro. I must say Mark shocked me by saying “why would people come here, there isn’t anything here”. The reason people come to live here is Wainuiomata’s lifestyle. The parks, sports fields and bush walks, the best outdoor pool and golf course in the region. We have some of the greatest sports clubs, youth groups and service clubs in the country. We have our very own community marae and great schools, the BMX and skateboard park along with the mountain bike park that attracts people from throughout the region. Also not forgetting, the Remutaka Forest Park. All of this is a huge attraction for people to come and live in ‘Wonderful Wainuiomata’ and that is why I reinforce the need for more new homes to meet that demand. As a local resident I certainly embrace what we have and am thankful for our fantastic community. Yours sincerely, Mayor Ray Wallace Hutt City Council

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Leading edge residential development nears completion Hutt City Council-owned property company Urban Plus Limited is about to celebrate the completion of its most ambitious residential development project to date.

Fairfield Waters, a mediumdensity development of 20 two-storey townhouses, singlestorey homes and two-storey terraced housing, will be officially opened on February 27.

The event will include a ceremony for the opening of Glen Evans Crescent, recognising the work of former Mayor Glen Evans who passed away in 2016.

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Glen Evans Crescent passes through the Fairfield Waters development. As the final stages of the project near completion, only three homes remain available for purchase. About a third of the homes are defined as affordable and aimed at first home buyers. Urban Plus chief executive Craig Walton says the development tests the market’s appetite for relatively new types of housing. “It’s an example of how highquality, architecturally designed housing can be applied to a relatively modest area of land and still offers a very high quality of life for residents,” Craig says. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace applauds the development and says it shows how thoughtful and carefully planned housing can respond effectively to the limited availability of greenfield land in Lower Hutt.

“The project is a fine example of quality medium-density housing that is as much an asset to the surrounding community, as it is to those who live at Fairfield Waters. It supports Council’s vision of rejuvenating Lower Hutt and it provides a benchmark for other developers to work towards,” Ray says. Profits from the project will fund Urban Plus’ expansion of its rental portfolio, which currently provides 151 quality, affordable housing units to low-income people over 65. A central aim of this service is to foster community among residents – a group who can sometimes experience loneliness and a lack of social interaction in their later years. Urban Plus has two significant residential development projects in the planning stages, as well as two rental projects in the pipeline.

‘No excuses’ Murals continue to brighten for Wellington up Wainuiomata boaties Wellington’s ‘No Excuses’ team is on the harbour checking boaties’ speed and lifejackets as part of the nationwide campaign. This summer, Maritime NZ and nine councils have run the campaign, which can result in infringement notices of up to $300, depending on each council’s bylaws. Each council conducts ‘No Excuses’ over five random days until 31 March. The combined Greater Wellington Regional Council and Maritime NZ team spoke to a number of boaties during a short stint on the water this morning. Maritime NZ officer Matt Wood says that he was impressed the boaties knew the rules and were putting them into action. “We’re driving home the basics – keep a safe speed and wear your lifejacket. Our research shows lifejackets save lives. Like a seatbelt, it’s no use unless you’re wearing it,” Matt says. “And if you’ve got kids on the boat, make sure they’re wearing a child-sized lifejacket that fits!” The team has headed back on the water and boaties can expect to see them flying the ‘No Excuses’ flag in the coming days.

The old mural in Wainuiomata’s Homedale Village. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield By Dan Whitfield

The old mural of Tana Umaga and Piri Weepu will not be forgotten. A new design by Wainuiomata artist Aidan Walbaekken will brighten up Homedale Village and replace the damaged mural of the local sporting

icons. Love Wainuiomata recently announced two mural designs that Wainuiomata residents could vote for, with the winning design to be installed. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the mural is new and vibrant, and there has been talk about a sports mural

somewhere else. The original mural of Tana and Piri was completed by Ephram Russell, who used to live in Wainuiomata. Ephram was commissioned by Ray when he was a Wainuiomata councillor. “He did a fantastic job as it was never touched. Tana and

Piri were big then and it was a perfect fit,” Ray says. Ray says the mural is damaged and won’t just be painted over. There are talks of another mural for Wainuiomata’s sporting greats somewhere else. Both Tana and Piri both played rugby for Wainuiomata. They are also former All Blacks.

Athletes with intellectual disabilities take on new leadership challenge A group of athletes with intellectual disabilities are preparing to take on a new challenge. Of the six athletes, is Wade Ledingham from the Hutt Valley. Wade and the others will take part in a series of four workshops this year, to equip athletes with the skills to take up the role of ambassador for the organisation

within their communities around the country. The programme is to train them to become athlete ambassadors for Special Olympics New Zealand, known as Global Messengers. Following the training they will join a group of more than 70 Global Messengers who

promote Special Olympics in New Zealand and support and inspire other athletes. “Being selected is a huge achievement and an amazing opportunity for these athletes,” said Julia Sanson, regional team leader for Special Olympics New Zealand. “Not only will they learn new

and valuable leadership skills that will help them in their lives and careers, but they will also become the face of Special Olympics in their communities,” she says. For the past five years the Global Messenger training workshops have been delivered by leadership and development firm

The Training Practice. Special Olympics New Zealand also partners with Attitude Pictures for the delivery of the media training session of the course – a highlight for the athletes. The Class of 2018 will started their leadership training on February 14 in Wellington.

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Wednesday February 21, 2018


Celebrating 70 years of tennis

More than 100 people turned up to celebrate Wainuiomata Tennis Club’s 70th Jubilee. PHOTO: Daryl New. By Dan Whitfield hundreds of players, from chil- shared by those in attendance. photos, talked about the tennis

Wainuiomata Tennis Club celebrated its 70 anniversary on Sunday and proved that it’s still going strong. President Wendy Paulik says it was a really good day filled with lots of reminiscing. Over the years, there have been

dren to adults, enjoy the sport – and currently there around about 200 members across both junior and senior divisions. More than 100 people attended the anniversary on February 18. An afternoon lunch was planned as well as a tennis tournament. There were also lots of stories

“Everyone was pleased to see how it was continuing. We had old and new members attend and we also remembered those who had passed away, which was special,” Wendy says. Although Wendy was busy running the event on the day, she says people bought lots of

Wainuiomata take out Maungaraki in premier two division Wainuiomata was able to capitalise over Maungaraki in the premier two men’s division of the Wellington regional tennis competition. The premier two team won

6-nil and are now fourth on the table after three rounds. Wainuiomata’s premier three women’s team won 4-2 over Vogelmorn. The team is now fifth on the ta-

ble with one game to catch up on due to a prior match being rained off. The premier four men’s side lost 5-1 to Khandallah, now eighth on the table.

New Great Walks initial submissions The Department of Conservation (DOC) has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks, with 30 tracks from across the country proposed. DOC’s director of tourism, recreation and heritage Gavin Walker says: “We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to put together a submission.” An extensive geographical spread of ideas was received, with 20 walks located in the North Island and 10 in the South Island. “Our existing Great Walks are some of New Zealand’s most popular and well-known visitor experiences. They are a fantastic way to connect with our remarkable natural environments,” Gavin says. “With the increase in New Zealand’s population and rise

in international visitor numbers, combined with more people seeking out stunning experiences in nature, some walks are reaching capacity at peak times. “Through this public process we are exploring opportunities to expand the network in places where there is local support and showcase other beautiful but lesser-visited parts of the country. We also want to give New Zealanders Great Walks options closer to home and at quieter times of the year,” he says. A panel comprising representatives from our partners Federated Mountain Clubs, New Zealand Recreation Association, New Zealand Maori Tourism, Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, as well as DOC, assessed all proposals in December. These organisations brought a range of knowledge and perspectives to the discussion which

was informed by objective analysis of the proposals against the selection. The panel has identified a number of walks that require further investigation and analysis. DOC is currently working with the new Minister of Conservation to confirm the approach to the next phase, and the timing of further decisions. Once this has been done DOC will be able to provide the next steps and which walks will be considered further. DOC is also working to keep those who submitted initial proposals updated on progress. “The intention now is to undertake more analysis into the feasibility of those walks still under consideration. These need to rate highly against our selection criteria and offer New Zealand the greatest benefits from being including in the Great Walk network,” Gavin says.

and camaraderie over the years. “Everyone really enjoyed it.” It might be back to tennis business as usual, but Wendy says one thing that people left with was a taste that they’re part of a historic club and that the current members are the future. “It’s given people more pride

in the club. They got a taste of the history of the club; that they’re part of something that’s been in the valley for 70 years.” Wendy wants to thank all those that came along and for those that helped with the organising of the event.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

The emotive cricket column They say never write a column angry because it’s like being married and going to bed with the same mindset - no good can come of it. Well, I’ll break the rule for hopefully therapeutic benefits. When it comes to cricket, I’m a curmudgeon trapped in a 28-year-old body. I like test cricket and don’t care for the crash and bash cash-cow that is twenty20 cricket. Rarely do I watch the short form but when I do I try not to become emotionally invested in the outcome. I broke that rule on Friday night, persuaded by a sterling batting effort from the Black Caps which resulted in what I’ll call an embarrassing bowling and fielding performance. Defending 243 against a powerful Australian batting line-up on the postage stamp Eden Park, short boundaries and all. The bowlers looked bereft of ideas, and for Blenheim’s Ben Wheeler, it was a performance best forgotton. Wheeler went for 64 runs off 3.1 overs before he was ejected from the bowling crease for two full toss deliveries over the waist of batsmen. I played cricket with Wheeler during my time in Blenheim. I

was hopeless, he was a star but that effort may have long lasting scars. Watching 488 runs in 39 overs leaves me cold, I want a competition between bat and ball and T20 won’t offer me that. The Black Caps need a mindshift, our bowlers look below par when under real pressure and our fielding has always been decent but dropped catches have haunted our 2018 so far. I’ve tried to keep this column relatively constructive as opposed to negative but sometimes a spade needs to be called a spade. I never have thought the 2017/18 Black Caps were the best in history - there are too many weaknesses to match with the good. I spent $6000 getting to the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on short notice three years ago. That Black Caps side got my money and they deserved it, this team does not. There is a difference between being a fan and a cheerleader nights like last Friday distinguish them very well. Yes, the Aussies batted superbly but deep down, we should know that not being able to defend 243 in 20 overs simply is unacceptable.


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