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Wainuiomata residents are happy with the growth of Wainuiomata – especially when it comes to housing. Currently, there are several developments on the go in Wainuiomata with several others to begin in the coming year. The newest is the second stage of Parkway Rise, with the site already being prepared for work to begin. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is excited about the future of Wainuiomata, especially when it comes to the growth of the suburb. Continued on page 2. Linda Olsen and Ginny Andersen say housing is important for Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley. PHOTO: Supplied


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Increase in housing a positive for Wainuiomata Continued from page 1. “Wainuiomata is on a roll and it’s also on council’s radar,” he says. Hutt City Council is also looking at medium density housing options this year, with a proposed District Plan change to permit a wider range of housing. It would also help address issues such as housing affordability, particularly for those looking to buy their first property. “This plan change will put Lower Hutt ahead of the game in enabling housing supply to meet demand and avoid the housing shortage and skyrocketing house price situation that we’ve seen in other New Zealand cities,” Ray says.

“We need good quality, affordable housing if businesses are to recruit and retain staff. More compact communities mean less reliance on cars, less emissions and more costeffective use of our infrastructure. It encourages walking and cycling and greater use of public transport,” he says. The old Wainuiomata College site is also destined to be a housing development. Chloe Young, a local real estate agent for Ray White Kemeys Brothers, says 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 and it’s really going to blossom,” she says. Chloe says the housing market is moving, with 17 houses listed in Wainuiomata in the last seven days. Others also believe developments around the community are positive. Meto Keil says although prices have gone up, it’s not a negative. “We’re getting people moving here and there’s development of Wainuiomata,” Meto says. Victoria Seupule-Mose says it is awesome and shows the possibility of future developments around the community. “People are now realising the potential here,” Victoria says. Ave-Elise Corinne Adams, a

younger Wainuiomata resident, says although she hasn’t been living in Wainuiomata for that long, she personally thinks housing growth will make a positive impact on the community. “It will help build and strengthen this community,” Ave says. Labour’s KiwiBuild programme aims to build 100,000 homes over 10 years. Labour MP for Hutt South Ginny Andersen says the aim is to build quality, affordable homes for first home buyers. “We need more stock. We know families who need homes so making sure we have more housing is important,” she says.

International opportunity for local talent By Dan Whitfield

A group of students from Wainuiomata High School will have the opportunity to play international rugby next year. Twenty-five players including Keaton Harrison, Tim Heremaia-Waru, Che’d NoanoaTaylor, and Jared Paku have signed up and will play four games across Japan over 14 days in October 2019. The team will come up against sides of the same level. Coach Phillip Kauika says they’re not all first-XV players which opened it up to more players. For them to be from Wainuiomata and have an opportunity to get out of the country to do something they’re passionate about is great, Phillip says. Though still in the very early stages, players are excited and have begun fundraising towards the $4000 needed for the trip. “The boys are excited and

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are really committed which is good. For rugby [at Wainuiomata High School], this is massive,” Phillip says. This is the first international trip for a sports team from the school in a number of years. Later this year, a kapa haka group will also head to Japan. Phillip says this is a great opportunity for the players to ex-

perience a semi-professional environment. It will also give them a chance to make connections with the rugby community in another country. As part of the trip, Phillip hopes that the team will also get to watch an All Blacks game at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

 If you would like to support the team heading to Japan next year, contact Phillip Kauika via the school office on 04 939 3224. Alternatively, there will be a number of fundraising events held throughout this year for people to show their support.

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No disabled car parks at pools By Dan Whitfield

Chloe Young is passionate about all things community. Next on her to do list is seeing disabled car parks installed at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool. She says there are no disability parks; most places have them but not the pools. “It actually came about while talking with one of

the staff members there. I started chatting about what else needs improving for our community and this is when they brought up the issue of having no disability parks,” Chloe says. “I thought it was absolutely crazy that there wasn’t any.” As soon as Chloe could, she met with Sylvio Leal, traffic engineer at Hutt City Council, to discuss what would happen

next. Chloe says it was about working out a suitable area the car parks could go. At this stage, the aim would be to install the car parks in front of the building on the left hand side of the drive way. However, Chloe says there are still a few hurdles to jump over and hoops to jump through to get it done. “I’ll get it done. It is some-

thing that the community is in support of after receiving so many comments and questions on a post I made on our local community Facebook group.” Most of the comments indicated that people hadn’t noticed the lack of disabled car parks — but it was something that was needed. “My goal is to have this done by next season.”

Sun Valley welcomes new head teacher By Dan Whitfield

Shellyn McAuley has joined the team at Sun Valley Kindergarten with a passion for teaching children and seeing them grow and develop. The Wainuiomata local was selected as head teacher before the start of term – and although it is a new position for Shellyn, she’s a familiar face to many. “It’s great working with children. It is an honour to be part of a child’s learning and see them reach milestones and have fun” she says. Shellyn has been teaching in this community for the five years, with positions at Pukeatua and Parkway Kindergartens. This is the first time she has been in the position of head teacher but explains the children and families had been very welcoming of her. “I am happy to be here. I look forward to being part of the great teaching team. Complementing

and adding to what they currently do. “I am motivated to see the kindergarten grow and continuing to build on the positive learning environment. Community and inclusiveness will be a focus for me,” Shellyn says. Sun Valley Kindergarten on Meremere Street cu r rently has spaces available and welcomes new enrolments. Shellyn says one of the things she’s looking forward to the most is continuing her work in the community. “I grew up here and am now teaching the children of friends or people I have met people.” Sun Va lley K indergarten is part of Hutt Cit y K i nd e rga r t e n s , encompassing several other kindergartens in Wainuiomata Shellyn says being part of the organisation creates an environment to network and that you come under the umbrella like the other kindergartens.

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Though it wasn’t the best weekend for Wainuiomata tennis, the local club is still going strong. The premier two men’s team lost on a count back of sets to Salamanca who is second on the table. With matches tied at 3-all, it came down to who won the most sets and sadly Wainuiomata was a couple behind. The team is still in fourth position on the table after four rounds. The premier three women lost 5-1 to top of the table Pinehaven. The premier four men lost 4-2 to a Salamanca team as well. They are eighth on their table. Hutt Valley division one men lost 5-1 to Avalon who are second on the table and eighth on their table a well.

Movin’March to begin School children and their parents are getting into gear for this year’s Movin’March, a region-wide campaign to encourage active travel to and from school, which runs from March 5-29. Greater Wellington Regional Council developed the campaign, which is supported  by other local councils. Now in its eighth year, Movin’March aims to promote active travel to school – whether it be walking, cycling, skating or scootering.


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Ebony-Shavaugn and Jyordanna Davey have had an outing for the New Zealand Maori Basketball team. The duo, both in year 10 at Wainuiomata High School, played in the New Zealand Maori National Basketball Tournament in January. Jyordanna was also selected to trial for the New Zealand under 16 team last year, qualifying for the next trial in April 2018.



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Panels celebrate importance of Pukeatua Hill

Camp and community service Wainuiomata High School students are helping out around the community this week. As part of the year nine camp, from February 26 to March 2, the students will split off into girls and boys and complete acts of community service. While the girls are on camp, the boys will participate in community service; and likewise, when the boys are on camp, the girls will do the same. Community Service consists of supervised groups of the school’s year nine students participating in volunteer activities in the community. If you have any jobs you need doing, such as painting, cleaning, gardening, that you would like help with, contact Hazel Reddington on 04 938 3224 or by emailing hazelr@wainuiomatahigh.

Members of the community join with Esther King, Gabriel Tupou, Labour MP Ginny Andersen, Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace, Campbell Barry, Linda Olsen, and Josh Briggs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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pleased with the wide community support this project’s received. Wainuiomata Marae, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, and the Wainuiomata Community Board have all been very supportive of the project. Hutt businesses helped make the panels a reality with Metco Engineering donating the panels and their expertise. The designs were created by Tony Stoddard from Human Nature in consultation with Love Wainuiomata and Wainuiomata Marae.


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Local artist shows off her stuff Tony Watling with an article about his poetry in the Wainuiomata News from 2010. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Another year of poetry By Dan Whitfield

Tony Watling is embarking on yet another year of poetry for his local newspaper. The now 92-year-old has been writing odes about news around the community for years, with his records going back to around 2010. “I’ve been doing it for ages,” Tony says. “It’s actually my mother’s fault that I do this. She used to write bits for the paper when I was young.” Tony’s latest piece for the Wainuiomata News was about an article on the release of a kiwi in the Remutaka Forest Park last week. From Wairakei came Hiwi the Kiwi, He now roams Forest Park. And if you wish to see him, He likes it when it’s dark. Charitable Trust is taking care, To see how well he’s doing there. The reason if he stays up late? He’s hoping soon to find a mate. When asked how he comes up with a new poem every week, Tony explained that it was easy because he already had the subject.

“You [the Wainuiomata News] give me a subject and I just do it,” he says jokingly. However, it’s not just rhymes that keeps the Wainuiomata local busy. Though Tony is getting on, he’s still heavily involved around the community. Tony is an honorary member of the Wainuiomata Rugby Club, a committed committee member in Grey Power, and until last year, was also on the board at the local medical centre. He also teaches school children how to play chess and throughout his years, has published two books on his poetry skills. Tony moved to the valley in 1950 from England where he was a trades apprentice – eventually ending up in the British Army; but that’s a story he needs to share. “I was a tool maker most of my life but have done a lot.” The Wainuiomata man has two sons, Ray, who is a chemist and Peter, who works for Apple. Back to his odes, Tony says he loves what he does. “You’ve got to do something you love while you can.”

Mudslide – a Wainuiomata tradition Wainuiomata Scouts hosted their annual mudslide over the weekend. The mudslide took place at the old Wainuiomata College site on Moohan Street and saw a number of locals take part – including Hutt South MP Chris

Bishop. The slide is a scouting and Wainuiomata tradition. It was a gold coin donation to participate. In previous years the event was used as a fundraiser for the Scout Jamboree.

Sophie Gardiner is looking forward to exhibiting her work locally. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Margaret Willard

Sophie Gardiner is a Wainuiomata artist who is welcoming the opportunity to exhibit her work locally. She came to New Zealand from England with her family 10 years ago, and felt her creativity liberated by the lively arts scene, environment and the creative opportunities. “New Zealand’s really in touch with nature, and it’s great to see a lot of that blend of Maori and non-Maori art, like using paua and natural resources,” Sophie says. She studied at Taita’s The Learning Connexion for several years and found it a life-changing experience. “It gave me opportunities like holding exhibitions and a lot of confidence to move forward.” she says. Her portfolio shows the turns Sophie’s work has taken over the years. She’s been inspired by mythology and religious imagery, social commentary, and responses

to environmental and animal rights issues. Materials used include make-up, household cleaners and engine oil textiles, ceramics and “all sorts of weird and wonderful types of art,” she says. Now she uses paints and large canvasses for colourful abstracts that are often inspired by music. “I’ve recognised that when I listen to a certain song, I can almost see colours and textures. It makes you feel a certain way that I try to express visually.” Sophie has run art and creativity workshops in Wainuiomata, where she sees creativity flourishing. “I think the exhibition is a great initiative to allow the many artists based here to showcase their talents. It would be great to grow it and make it an annual opportunity.” Sophie will be exhibiting her work in the Wainuiomata Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs at Wainuiomata Community Hub from March 10 to 18.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What’s your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?

Gabriella Leach, Wainuiomata “I love to go outside and splash in puddles.”

Slade Smith, Wainuiomata “I like to walk outside with my gumboots on, my jacket on and an umbrella.”

Savanah KahuiRiddler, Wainuiomata “I like to play with my shopkins.”

Andreana Baldozano, Wainuiomata “I like to play birthday parties at home.”

Gerarrd Solia-Gibb, Wainuiomata “I like to lay down and watch TV.”

Bethany Cowan, Wainuiomata “I like to stay inside and play with my toys.”

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.

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Dear Editor, I wish to say a very big “thank you” to the kind person who found my shopping bag at the Arakura bus shelter on Wellington Road and returned it to my address. Your kindness and honesty is very much appreciated. Yours sincerely, Wainui Resident

Dear editor, To those clowns who want to be seen on the news when there’s storms and accidents you are really an obstruction holding up space for the Emergency Services. Rubber neckers, unless you are helping, please keep away from the emergency locations, don’t get in the way!

In storms, stay home unless you have to go somewhere urgently. We should be trying to help the Emergency Services, not going out in storms to take photos. You are just adding to the problems the Emergency Services are dealing with. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells, Wainuiomata

Stay safe at Rona Bay Rona Bay is a great place to hang out and escape the summer heat but one or two visitors may have been pushing their luck. Contractors working on the refurbishment of the wharf have noticed the odd swimmer and kayaker under the wharf or far too close to it. On at least one occasion someone has climbed around the fenced off entrance to the wharf to go fishing. Rona Bay Wharf is closed to the public until the end of the year while the 110-yearold structure is being refurbished. Hutt City Council divisional manager Bruce Hodgins says he understands that

locals miss access to the wharf over the summer months and he can see the appeal of swimming under the wharf. But there are some worrying hazards to consider, he says. “The wharf is a construction site with many of its piles and beams needing replacement, so there is the potential for accidents,” Bruce says. “We can’t build a fence around the entire wharf so we’re asking people to stay at least 10 metres from the wharf, and definitely don’t go under it or try to climb on to it.”



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Hutt cafes have the chance to show off their best summer drink. This year’s Cool As Summer Refresher Drink Challenge is held between cafes, restaurants and pubs and sees them create a signature drink that is the most refreshing. Fifteen businesses in Lower Hutt’s CBD are jumping in on the action to make the most popular cold drink in the challenge. The challenge runs from now until early March.

Labour MP Ginny Andersen and Hutt South MP Chris Bishop faced off and their own entries. Ginny made a cocktail-inspired drink while Chris stuck with a fruit smoothie styled-drink. Passion For The Hutt, made by the Labour MP, won the MP competition with 352 votes to 48. Last year, the Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge saw a number of delicious and creative hot chocolates by cafes around the Hutt Valley.

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& Numeracy 11am-12pm Community Law 12pm-1pm Free Family Lawyer 1-3pm Stepping Up Computer Classes 3.30 – 5pm Tihei Rangatahi (Outdoors/Sports/Film Fest) 3.30–5 pm TiHei Rangatahi Teina 4pm-5pm - Active Hour 6–8pm Te Whakamahinga Tahi 6.45pm-8.45pm Toastmasters 10am-5.30pm Art Exhibition

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Wainuiomata Community Library 1 Queen Street, Wainuiomata The exhibition features artists who live, work or create in Wainuiomata. Their work is inspired by Wainuomata. Much of the exhibited work will be available for sale and very affordable. Visitors can also vote for their favourite work.

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• 3.30pm-5pm - Library Lab • 10am-5.30pm Art Exhibition

• 10am-5pm Art Exhibition



• 9am-12pm Whanau In Arms • 10am-4pm Drug & alcohol counseling • 10.30am-11am - PreSchool Storytime • 10am-1pm Budgeting • 3.30 – 5pm Tihei Rangatahi (Art/ Film Fest/Band) • 3.30–5 pm TiHei Rangatahi Teina • 6pm-7pm Weight Watchers

• 9am-3pm Intensive Literacy & Numeracy • 10.30am-12.30pm - Pasifika Playgroup • 11am-12pm Community Law • 12pm-1pm Free Family Lawyer • 3.30 – 5pm Tihei Rangatahi (Outdoors/Sports/Film Fest) • 3.30–5 pm TiHei Rangatahi Teina • 4pm-5pm - Active Hour • 6–8pm Te Whakamahinga Tahi • 6.45pm-8.45pm Toastmasters

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• 9am-12pm Citizens Advice Bureau • 1-3pm Chat N Chill • 4pm-5pm - Active Hour • 6–8pm Te Whakamahinga Tahi

• 9am-12pm Whanau In Arms • 10am-4pm Drug & alcohol counseling • 10.30am-11am - PreSchool Storytime • 3.30 – 5pm Tihei Rangatahi (Art/ Film Fest/Band) • 3.30–5 pm TiHei Rangatahi Teina • 6pm-7pm Weight Watchers

• 9am-3pm Intensive Literacy & Numeracy • 10.30am-12.30pm - Pasifika Playgroup • 3.30 – 5pm Tihei Rangatahi • 3.30–5 pm TiHei Rangatahi Teina • 4pm-5pm - Active Hour • 6–8pm Te Whakamahinga Tahi • 6.45pm-8.45pm Toastmasters

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• 3.30pm-5pm - Library Lab • 4pm-5pm - Zine Club • Cord Group

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• 3.30pm-5pm - Library Lab


• 9am-3pm Literacy & Numeracy 10.30am-11am - Baby Bounce 10.30am-noon Anxiety Coffee Group 1pm-5pm Budgeting 2pm-4pm Craft Group • 2-3pm JP 3.30 – 5pm Tihei Rangatahi (Chess, Boxing, Dancefit, Film) 3.30–5 pm TiHei Rangatahi Teina 4pm-5pm - Lego Legends 6–8pm TiHei Rangatahi Tuakana 7pm-8.30pm Guitar Group 6pm – 8pm Rangatahi Leadership Generic counselling by appt


• 11am-1pm CORD Group • 3.30pm-5pm - Library Lab • 10.30am-11.30am Drop in Coffee Group


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• 9am-12pm Citizens Advice Bureau • 1-3pm Chat N Chill • 4pm-5pm - Active Hour • 6–8pm Te Whakamahinga Tahi



10–18 March 2018

during library open hours


Community Library


Tune in to Nui FM 87.9 to listen to your favourite Reggae, R n B and Hip Hop sounds!

Kia ora whanau, we’re back with some new & exciting initiatives


Wainuiomata CommunityHub

Saturday 10 March to Sunday 18 March, as well as the Rural Fest on Saturday 10 March! Don’t forget about our What’s On guide! It contains details on all the programmes and events for March, and it’s available for free at any of the buildings in the Hub, and in some of the shops on Queen St! We also have a Facebook page, so make sure when you’re next online, that you find us and like our page for more exciting updates!

• 3.30pm-5pm - Library Lab


Wednesday February 28, 2018



Wednesday February 28, 2018


Wainuiomata still considered

Wednesday November 18, 2015

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51. AnJ.K. artist’s impression of what the medium density residential development could Rowling 7.00pm look like. PHOTO: SUPPLIED chose the Monday 30th November Wainuiomata will still be considered It also proposes the introduction of a unusual At the Clubrooms under Hutt City Council’s District new design guide and several consename Plan Change 43 around residential and quential changes related of the District ‘Hermione’ suburban Plan. Corner of Main Road so young mixed use. and Wainuiomata The extended four-month submission The Moohan purpose Streets, of the proposed plan girls period for the plan change is in its last change is to provide for greater housing wouldn’t stages with submissions closing on capacity and a wider range of options be teased March 9 – so there’s still time for the for housing styles and sizesnews at medium Bringing local for being public to have their say. densities within the existing urban area. nerdy! to apartments the community At this stage, the plan change proposes Low-rise and terraced the introduction of two new activity houses in areas that have good access areas, providing for medium density to public transport, shopping, parks and Situation Vacant residential development and suburban schools is an option that’s been floated mixed use in targeted areas. for Wainuiomata.

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Wednesday February 28, 2018



Nervous but excited – Sef completes his race By Dan Whitfield

Although Sef Lelei Mekuala has completed his goal of running the Cigna Round the Bays half marathon, he’s still encouraging others to get active. The Wainuiomata runner says he was nervous but excited about the race – held on Sunday, February 18. Sef says he was up early to prep himself mentally and have plenty of water and a good breakfast. “Excited and rearing to go [I] headed into the CBD and arrived at the start line; it was time to participate in this event that I would never have thought of doing,” he says.  Cigna Round the Bays welcomed an impressive 14,455 people from around the country to Wellington this year. Last year’s number of partici-

“I started off at a very slow steady pace. I was given a lot of advice from co-workers such as stopping at all drink stations and this definitely helped get me across the finish line.” Once Sef made it to the 15/16km mark, he knew he had completed more than half the course and felt confident in his stride. “I was running past a few runners and [tried] to encourage them with words like, ‘You’re nearly there. Good effort’. “It was also great to see so many different cultures participating. I remember running past a father and daughter having a great conversation and enjoying the race.” pants of 14,300 was surpassed with 14,455 taking part this year. In 2016 numbers were just shy of 14,000. Breaking the total race numbers

As Sef approached the final leg of the race, he planned to finish strong and believes he ran past around 100 people. “This was something I planned from past performances. When I took part in last year’s 10k, I really struggled to finish strong.” He finished the 21km event in 02:23:27. “My purpose is what drives me. My kids, my family, our community, our future. “I ran my race happy I completed this and now I have next year to look forward to bettering myself. Fitness is not only for the elite – it’s for everyone.” down 2000 took part in the half marathon, 3600 in the 10km and a further 8855 in the 6.5km fun run and buggy walk.

School spirit and sports day fun It was a day of school spirit and sports as Wainuiomata High School held its athletics day. The annual event was held last Wednesday

and photographer Daryl New captured some of the action. It sees students compete against each other in their school houses.

Sef Lelei Mekuala after the Cigna Round the Bays half marathon. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

First run of the season By Dan Whitfield

It’s going to be a big year for Wainuiomata Rugby Club, with work already beginning on the 2018 season. Last year, Wainuiomata finished seventh on the points table of the Jubilee Cup competition, and in fifth on the points table in the Swindale Shield competition.

They played seven games in the Jubilee Cup, winning two; and played 13 games in the Swindale Shield, winning nine. Over the weekend, Wainuiomata’s premier and premier reserve teams combined for a pre-season game against Poneke. Though no scores were taken, it proved to be a good run for both teams.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Cometh the hour, cometh the inner-snowboarder The catering corps, from left to right, Kendall Booth, Thomas Barrett, Jessica Barrett, Vicky-May Davies.

ABOVE: Shamal Reddy, Ally Lousia, Cecelia Wilson, Tetesia Topou, Munesha Gounder. LEFT: The start of junior girls relay.

Titan House winning the chant competition.

I’ve struggled to grasp the Winter Olympics but last week I was all-in for one hour. I’d come out of a reasonably high-level meeting to find most of my 50 colleagues gathered around the projector watching the Women’s Big Air final from Pyeongchang, South Korea. I pride myself on being a lover of all sports but I must admit I had to be told we had one of our own Zoi Sadowski-Synott in the final. Standing with my colleagues watching the first of three runs I saw plenty of aerial trickery that I marvel at but cannot relate to when it comes to the Winter Olympics. Unlike many of the Summer Olympic events, I’ve never been one for the snow or ice, in fact winter for me is about survival, not skiing or snowboarding. However as we watched each competitor many of my colleagues slowly went back to work until Zoi had another run, it started to be compelling television. A sport I knew nothing about 15 minutes earlier all of a sudden became

intriguing and I started pointing out technical flaws like I’d been watching it for years! I’d explain why some tricks didn’t seem as spectacular, I used lingo like “sticking the landing” and “goofyfoot” like I was a regular on the snow. I’d become completely caught up in the hysteria. Partly because Zoi, at just 16-yearsold, was in third place ahead of the third and final run. It wasn’t a particularly tremendous final round, most of the challengers for the medals couldn’t perform their aerial acrobatics and “stick their landing” but that did not matter, we all cheered as a bronze medal grew closer with every snowboarder tumble. It had been 26 years since New Zealand had won its only medal at the Winter Olympics. The odds of a teenager gaining a bronze to go with that silver in 1992 seemed remote yet that is what happened. Fortunately, I witnessed it live. It goes to show you sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.


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