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By Dan Whitfield

Mike Grigg has been farewelled by the community he loved so much. The passionate friend of Wainuiomata passed away at the age of 61 on Tuesday, February 27. A funeral was held on Monday, March 5 at the Wainuiomata Marae, with more than 100 saying goodbye. Mike was born on October 27, 1956 and was the second son of David and Veronica Grigg. As a child he lived in Hamilton and Nelson with his two sisters and two brothers. He eventually moved to Wellington, worked as a gardener for Wellington City Council and called Wainuiomata his home. Continued on page 2. Michael (Mike) Francis Grigg passed away on February 27. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News File


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Mike Grigg farewelled by his community at marae Continued from page 1. Though Mike was independent in his thinking and always made his views known, he was a much-loved character and always had time for people who felt disadvantaged. Mike contributed to many causes throughout his life but especially matters that related to people with disabilities, human rights, and his beloved Wainuiomata. With autism, epilepsy and

diabetes, not to mention being a single father to his two sons David and Alex, Mike was not without his own set of challenges. But he embraced every day, pushed on and was thankful for what he had. Stories at Mike’s funeral told of his boisterous personality that often got the better of him – being banned from Trevor Mallard’s office on three occasions. However, a common theme was that Mike’s heart

was for the people. Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace says Mike was extremely outspoken but passionate, and that he had achieved a lot for the community in his life. Trevor says Mike was a man of integrity who was part of the furniture in Wainuiomata. “Thank you for your contribution to our community. You made a difference,” Trevor says. He was also labelled a com-

munity rebel and an incredible New Zealander. Mike will be remembered by his two sons as well as a number of family members. He will also be remembered for all he did in and around Wainuiomata by those who call the community home, including the now Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace – as well as many others.

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Wainuiomata’s own community art exhibition opens this weekend, showcasing local talent. The Wainuiomata Art Exhibition features more than 60 pieces of art belonging to local artists and coincides with the Wainuiomata Rural Fest – also

on this weekend. The theme of the exhibition is the ‘Essence of Wainuiomata’ — and has seen 40 people express how they see their home. Margaret Willard, one of the many organisers of the event, says there are photographs, paintings, collages and more set to be displayed. “It’s been very positive. We

used to have an exhibition but this one’s different, it’s for the community. Although we haven’t seen any of the art, we understand there will be artwork of the scenes and valley,” Margaret says. The exhibition will be held at the Wainuiomata Community Hub inside the Hutt City Council meeting room

from March 10-18. “We’ve had wonderful support from the community – in fact support from everyone. We have a great team, the exhibition has been well organised.” Margaret hopes Wainuiomata will come and show their support towards creativity in the valley.

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Airport Flyer Hutt link being questioned By Dan Whitfield

NZ Bus has proposing cutting its Hutt Valley connection of the Airport Flyer bus route. However, Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry is petitioning to save the service. The company, which operates the Airport Flyer service, announced it was proposing not to operate the service from Lower Hutt and change it to a route between Wellington’s airport and railway station. The Airport Flyer currently runs daily between the airport and Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt. So far 3255 have signed the petition and Campbell hopes the community will get on board and reach 5000.

He says the change would make the service Wellington City specific and would stop the only direct bus link between the Hutt Valley and Wellington Airport. “There had been rumours but this does comes as a bit of a surprise,” Campbell says. “I think it will have more of an impact to those on the valley floor – but it will affect Wainuiomata. It’s the only direct link to from the Hutt to Wellington City; if we lose this service it will definitely be a step backwards.” Members of the Hutt Valley community have jumped on board in support keeping the Hutt Valley connection of the Airport Flyer bus route. Mary Ann Cavanagh, from

Wainuiomata, signed the petition and expressed her views on the situation. “Why take away a service that seems to work fine for people going to and from the airport,?” Mary asks. “Seriously, it’s the perfect way to travel if you don’t have a car or [want to] park at the airport. One would assume it’s more environmentally friendly than all the bus passengers driving there,” she says. Louise Harrington, from Lower Hutt, also signed and says: “My family uses this service when they fly to visit us from out of town.” “It provides a convenient direct link between Wellington airport and the Hutt Valley without the need to transfer to

another bus or train,” she says. Campbell says he wants to make sure this very important service is kept by having NZ Bus and the Greater Wellington Regional Council work together to come up with a solution. The Airport Flyer runs from Lower Hutt to the airport between 5.30am and 8.20pm on weekdays. It runs from 5.50am and 7.45pm on the weekends. The premium service travels along the state highway to Wellington Railway Station, then to the airport via the central city, Hataitai and Kilbirnie.  To sign the petition and show your support for saving the Hutt Valley Airport Flyer, go to change.org/p/nz-bussave-the-hutt-valley-airportflyer-bus.

Rural Fest Wainuiomata “Get set to make a day of it” Locals and visitors are set to enjoy a taste of the country as Rural Fest Wainuiomata comes to town. The event, set to be held on March 10, has fast bec om e a n ic on ic a n nu a l event for Wa i nu iom at a . It showcases the nostalgic activities associated with country life and will include pony rides, farm animals to pet, sheep shearing, gumboot tossing and a country craft market, as well as an old fashioned bake off. The event is organised by a collaboration of groups including the Wainuiomata Rural Association, Love Wainuiomata and the Wainuiomat a Com mun it y Hub. Food will be available for the event including a sausage sizzle and hangi, and no event is quite the same without the favourite donut and coffee carts.

inbrief news Women’s Day Breakfast Helen Clark is to speak at the International Women’s Day Breakfast in Parliament on Thursday March 8. More than 135 groups around New Zealand and the Pacific and beyond will participate by live stream in a sold-out breakfast in Parliament to mark the occasion.  As well, 400 women will the attend the breakfast to hear the Governor-General, the Right Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, the Minister for Women, Hon Julie Anne Genter, and Rt Hon Helen Clark, who will have a 40-minute conversation with Dr Gill Greer. The event is jointly organised by the UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Zonta Club of Wellington.

Heart Foundation grateful for street collectors The Heart Foundation has been overwhelmed by the generous response of thousands of big-hearted volunteers throughout New Zealand who gave their time in local communities during its recent Big Heart Appeal street collection. This year saw the biggest collection in the organisation’s 50-year history, with nationwide collector numbers up by 25 per cent on last year. If you have not been able to make a donation yet, it’s not too late. Go to heartfoundation.org.nz/donate for more information.

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Gwen and the llama from Rural Fest Wainuiomata 2016. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Several local food outlets will also be open along Queens Street adjacent to the event. While visiting Rural Fest, locals and those living in the greater Wellington Region are encouraged to “make a day of

it” and view the Wainuiomata Art Exhibition being held in the local library and to add in a short walk to the Historic Wainuiomata Dam or a drive to see the rugged beauty of the Wainuiomata coast.

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Rural Fest will be taking place at the Queen Street R e s e r ve f r o m 11a m t o 3pm on Saturday, March 10.  For more information on the event, visit www.ruralfestwainuomata.com.

Two rafters who went missing on the Hutt River have been found fit and well. Police were contacted on Saturday at 8.41pm when a party of nine people on inflatable rafts got into difficulty while on a private trip. The missing pair had got out of the water and had followed a track overnight to a car park, where they were met by a police unit on Sunday morning. Police would like to thank the rescue helicopter crew, Wellington LandSAR and community rescue and response groups for their invaluable support.

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inbrief news Chamber’s restructure completed President Neville Hyde has announced the complete restructure of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce. “This restructure as announced was sparked by the resignation of our Chief Executive Mark Futter. The board and Mark have been working together on a transition plan for the Chamber following Mark’s decision to move on some months ago,” Neville says. This year the Chamber celebrates 75 years of operation. The restructure has included a reorganisation of the roles within the Chamber and the services and events that the Chamber will provide.

Man charged in relation to death of Zena Campbell Wellington Police have arrested and charged a 30-year-old Lower Hutt man with murder in relation to the death of Zenith Campbell. Zena’s body was found in a vehicle in Aro Valley, Wellington at around 1pm on Sunday, February 11. Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says enquiries have led to this becoming a homicide investigation. “We have established that another person was responsible for the death of Zena,” Warwick says. “We still need the public’s help as the investigation is still ongoing. We have spoken to a large number of people in relation to the investigation, and police are particularly interested to hear from anyone who saw the red 2004 Holden Barina, or anyone inside the vehicle, between 2am and 1pm on Sunday, February 11. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Wellington Police on 04 381 2000, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Family Colour Walk returns Te Whiti Park will be awash in colour when the Hutt City Kindergarten’s Family Colour Walk and Fun Day returns on Sunday, March 11. This is a fun event suitable for families with children of all ages. Last year’s inaugural event attracted a large crowd to Waiwhetu for the Colour Walk. Families from throughout the Hutt Valley joined in to walk along the 800m track where they splash each other in colour along the way. 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.

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Delays for Wainuiomata commuters due to roadworks Wainuiomata drivers faced an agonising drive home on Friday night, spending almost an hour stuck in traffic on the Wainuiomata Hill Road. The delays were due to roadworks that were scheduled for 9am to 3.30pm – however ended up continuing through to past 5pm. Wellington District Police took to Facebook to say that it would be slow going on the Wainuiomata Hill as commuters head home.

“Roadworks on the Wainuiomata side means there are significant traffic delays, since it’s now peak hour traffic. Motorists are asked to delay their travel if possible until the road clears. Police thank commuters for their patience,” they wrote. With most drivers at a standstill, many took to social media to vent their frustrations. One person wrote that there should have been signs of delay way before the hill so that people could divert away

facing of the Wainuiomata and Parkway roads roundabout took longer than anticipated and we had to work past the required 3.30pm cut off for this location, which led to a back-up of traffic travelling over the hill to Wainuiomata. “We realise how frustrating this situation must have been for you. Again our sincere apologies. You can be assured that we are taking action to ensure this situation does not happen again.”

Welcoming 159 new citizens Lower Hutt welcomed 159 new New Zealand citizens recently. Hutt City Council holds several ceremonies throughout the year for Lower Hutt residents who have recently been granted New Zealand citizenship. Each person takes part in the swearing-in process and is presented with their citizenship certificate by the Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace. Ready to make the oath at the recent ceremony were people from 28 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Denmark, Fiji, Great Britain, India, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the USA. The ceremony was held at Hutt City Church in Marsden Street. Ray, who officiates with mayoress Linda Goss-Wallace, always tells new citizens he knows what it’s like to come from a different country and to make New Zealand a home. His family are originally from Scotland.

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace welcomes one of the many new New Zealand citizens. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Ray urged them to become part of the community, but to retain their own traditions and never forget where they

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from the traffic and wait till it had cleared. Another explained that it was frustrating when they get to the bottom and saw one out 10 guys working and the rest lying on the grass under the shade. Traffic was reported to be moving freely after 6pm. Higgins Contractors Wellington, the company doing the work apologised for the delays. The company issued the following statement: “The resur-

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A focus on fabrication for local business owner Stephen Bush with one of his newly designed and completed gates. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Stories in the sun with library staff Hutt City Council is inviting families to come celebrate Parks Week, March 10 to 18, and join Wainuiomata library staff for stories in the sun. Suitable for ages over two, the day is set to be fun for everyone. All children should be accompanied by an adult and remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap before coming along.

Organisers and library staff will meet families at the library before heading outside. If the weather looks doubtful the session will move into the library. Sessions are free and are being held across the Hutt Valley. Wainuiomata’s session is on Tuesday, March 13 from 10.30am to 11am.

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Two years ago, Stephen Bush set up shop in Wainuiomata. But it’s what he’s making that makes his business venture interesting. Stephen is a designer and fabricator for both a commercial and residential cliental, producing everything from gates, trailers, stairs, fences and beyond. “Anything can be designed and made – every day is different and it’s still a passion,” Stephen says. The Wainuiomata business

owner has been fabricating for more than 30 years, and has worked on small to large scale projects, in New Zealand and abroad. One of his projects was the safety ba r r iers at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in the Waikato. “I always wanted to work for myself and my trade has got me to here – and being able to offer this service to my customers.” Stephen grew up in Wainuiomata, went to Parkway College back

in the day and says his parents have lived in Wainuiomata for 52 years. He says it is great being able to work in the community. Stephen only offers quality products. If he has to order a product in such as a motor for an automated gate, he gets the best. One of his most memorable projects was a set of gates in the early 90s for a customer in Warkworth. He had to custom design and paint the whole thing, and it was one of his most creative projects.

Chance to help Kiwi kids with cancer this March Child Cancer Foundation is calling for volunteers nationwide to lend a hand for its annual street collection, taking place on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, during Child Cancer Foundation Appeal Month. Dedicated volunteers are urgently needed to donate their time and help raise vital funds, so Child Cancer Foundation can continue to support more

than 1700 families nationwide in hospital, at home and in the community. “There are collection sites nationwide and just a couple of hours out of people’s days will make a huge difference,” Robyn Kiddle, Child Cancer Foundation chief executive explains. “We are grateful to anyone who can spare a couple of hours to raise funds to help Kiwi kids with

cancer and their families.” Schools or businesses can also “adopt” a collection site in their local area for one or both days and involve staff, students and parents in this event.  People interested in volunteering as collectors can register at childcancer.org.nz or call 0800 424 453 to be connected with their local organiser.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Is the Census important to you and have you done it?

Melissa Zgomba, Lower Hutt “I did mine online. I think it’s important to do it as the information will be used for future decision making”

Liz Pereira, Lower Hutt “It’s important to complete and I have done mine.”

Shellyn McAuley, Lower Hutt “Very and I will have it done by deadline”

Tony DeLorenzo, Lower Hutt “Very important. Information gained as a significant impact on governments future planning. Being a kindergarten, census information has a big impact on our future”

Meleanie Walker, Lower Hutt “Yes I think the census is important, but no I haven’t filled mine out yet.“

Simone Leaupepe, Lower Hutt “Census is important for every New Zealander. I’m still waiting for my census pack.”

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

CORD’s birthday celebration Dear editor, Wainuiomata CORD/COPD group’s been helping support people with breathing problems in Wainuiomata for 24 years. For our 24th birthday celebration we invited Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry to update us on the prospects for

change in the area. We enjoyed a shared lunch along with long-time supporter, Christine de Raat. We thanked Jennifer Roulston who have been a stalwart supporter and member of the group for 20 year and Patsy Manu, our hard working Secretary/Treasurer.

Marion Wilkinson organised a delicious cake for us to share. We meet the first Friday of the month 11.30am to 1pm in the Community Centre on Queens Street. Yours sincerely, Wainuiomata COPD/COPD Groups. (Abridged)

Traffic nightmare on a Friday Dear editor, Who in their right mind thought resurfacing the roundabouts that’s the bottom of Wainuiomata during peak hour traffic after the 3pm? Traffic was bumper to bumper with a 45min crawl from the Lower Hutt side of the hill. A large number of residents motor

vehicles had stalled with burnt out clutch issues on the Lower Hutt side of the hill. As a resident and rate payer of 35 years of Wainuiomata I have never experienced such a botch up with contractors servicing our community Wayne Rutherford Wainuiomata (Abridged)

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WaiPESI Play Day It was all go in Wainuiomata for the 2018 WaiPESI Play Day. Held on Thursday, March 1 from 9am, it was a day to share community and learn alongside the children of the town. Many people turned up on the day to enjoy the festival and information about

different networks around Wainuiomata on offer. There were also performances by some of the children enrolled with WaiPESI and speeches by other locals. It was held at the Wainuiomata Memorial Hall on Queen Street and our photographer Daryl New popped along.

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Thursday, May 17

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CBus Super Stadium

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1300SMILES Stadium

7.30pm

Knights v Broncos

McDonald Jones Stadium

9.30pm

Storm v Sea Eagles

AAMI Park

9.30pm

Titans v Sea Eagles

Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone

4.00pm

Dragons v Raiders

Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee

4.00pm

Eels v Panthers

ANZ Stadium

6.10pm

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Southern Cross Grp Stadium

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Friday, May 25

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WIN Stadium

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Mt Smart Stadium

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1300SMILES Stadium

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ROUND 20

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Saturday, June 2

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Friday, July 27

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Titans v Rabbitohs

CBus Super Stadium

9.50pm

Sea Eagles v Warriors

AMI Stadium Christchurch

5.00pm

Knights v Roosters

McDonald Jones Stadium

7.30pm

ROUND 21

Eels v Cowboys

TIO Stadium, Darwin

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Thursday, August 2

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ANZ Stadium

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Sharks v Tigers

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

4.00pm

Friday, August 3

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McDonald Jones Stadium

8.00pm

Storm v Broncos

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Rabbitohs v Storm

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Bulldogs v Dragons

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Dragons v Warriors

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Eels v Titans

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7.30pm

Roosters v Cowboys

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9.30pm

Sharks v Sea Eagles

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

4.00pm

Panthers v Raiders

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8.00pm Sunday, July 29

Saturday, August 4

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ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Friday, June 15

Cowboys v Warriors

1300SMILES Stadium

8.00pm

Roosters v Panthers

Allianz Stadium

9.50pm

Bulldogs v Titans

Belmore Sports Ground

5.00pm

ROUND 22

Dragons v Sea Eagles

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7.30pm

Thursday, August 8

Cowboys v Broncos

1300SMILES Stadium

9.50pm

Sharks v Broncos

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

9.30pm

Friday, August 10

Warriors v Knights

Mt Smart Stadium

8.00pm

Knights v Storm

McDonald Jones Stadium

4.00pm

Rabbitohs v Roosters

ANZ Stadium

9.50pm

Wests Tigers v Raiders

Campbelltown Stadium

6.10pm

Titans v Panthers

CBus Super Stadium

5.00pm

Sea Eagles v Bulldogs

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7.30pm

Thursday, June 28

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9.50pm

Eels v Dragons

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Friday, June 29

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Raiders v Wests Tigers

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Roosters v Storm

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9.50pm

Storm v Sharks

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Panthers v Sea Eagles

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Knights v Bulldogs

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Thursday, August 16

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Broncos v Raiders

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Friday, August 17

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Wests Tigers v Titans

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4.00pm

Storm v Eels

AAMI Park

9.50pm

Rabbitohs v Cowboys

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6.10pm

Panthers v Knights

Panthers Stadium

5.00pm

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Thursday, July 5

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Friday, July 6

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Bulldogs v Warriors

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Saturday, July 7

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Raiders v Roosters

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6.10pm

Sunday, July 8

Titans v Broncos

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Thursday, August 23

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Friday, August 24

Warriors v Panthers

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Cowboys v Eels

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Raiders v Rabbitohs

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Saturday, June 16

Sunday, June 17

Sunday, August 5

Saturday, August 11

ROUND 16

Saturday, June 30

Sunday, July 1

Sunday, August 12 ROUND 23

Saturday, August 18

ROUND 17

ROUND 18 Friday, July 13 Saturday, July 14

Sunday, July 15

Sunday, August 19 ROUND 24

Panthers v Sharks

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Bulldogs v Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium

5.00pm

Sea Eagles v Storm

Lottoland

7.30pm

Titans v Storm

CBus Super Stadium

7.30pm

Raiders v Cowboys

GIO Stadium

9.30pm

Roosters v Broncos

Allianz Stadium

9.30pm

Broncos v Warriors

Suncorp Stadium

4.00pm

Sharks v Knights

Southern Cross Grp Stadium

4.00pm

Dragons v Wests Tigers

UOW Jubilee Stadium

6.10pm

Dragons v Bulldogs

UOW Jubilee Stadium

6.10pm

Titans v Roosters

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Thursday, August 30

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Friday, August 31

Warriors v Raiders

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Knights v Dragons

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ROUND 19

Saturday, August 25

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Thursday, July 19

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Friday, July 20

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Broncos v Panthers

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Point Howard Wharf to remain off limits to the public Point Howard Wharf will remain closed to the public indefinitely after an inspection of its damaged piles found the work required to bring it up to a safe standard is more complex and expensive than first expected. An inspection of the wharf by engineers in January found concerns with two piles and it was closed to the public until repair work could bring it up to a safe standard. A subsequent underwater examination found adjacent piles are also in poor condition, taking the cost of remedial work to about $30,000. Point Howard Wharf is earmarked for removal in the next 12 to 18 months. Hutt City Council’s divisional manager for parks and gardens Bruce Hodgins says council is acutely aware of the value local people place in having access to the wharf, but public safety is the first concern. “We also have to balance public enjoyment of the wharf against the cost to the ratepayer and in this case the cost is not insubstantial,” he says. “There are a range of hazards on and around the wharf so we’re asking people to stay at least 10 metres away from the wharf and certainly not to swim or paddle

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kayaks under it.” Lowry Bay Yacht Club officials will have limited and controlled access to the wharf to allow the club to continue using it to start competition races. Plans to dismantle the wharf were put on hold late last year after engineering consultants raised the possibility that some of its piles may have penetrated the aquifer. Further analysis is being done on the piles and, if required, engineering work will be undertaken to ensure the aquifer is unaffected by the wharf’s removal.

Dawn service and public exhibition to mark anniversary of the Wahine disaster Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace will host a public memorial service on the coast at Eastbourne on April 10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster. April 10, 1968, is a day with very specific meaning for those in the Wellington region and beyond, but has a special significance to those in Lower Hutt. Of the 51 people who died on the day of the Wahine disaster, 49 lost their lives on the Pencarrow Coast near Eastbourne. The local Eastbourne community responded to the emergency in large measure, and many people will have strong memories of the appalling conditions that day. The dawn service will be held at the Wahine Mast Memorial on April 10, 2018 at 6.30am, in memory of those who died. Muritai School in Eastbourne is hosting a Wahine display of students’ work, memorabilia and photographs from New Zealand’s national collections in its library. It will be open to the public from 8.30am. Ray says the dawn service and public exhibition will be a moving experience.

“The local community was heavily involved in the rescue and recovery effort – people from all over came together to rescue survivors and provide them with warm blankets and shelter. The tragedy had an extensive impact on the families of those who died and on the survivors; it affected the Eastbourne community deeply too,” Ray says. Ray says that the commemoration will also serve to raise awareness of the tragedy and the lessons we can all learn from it. “It’s important that we remember the tragedy and reflect on what it means for us today. By building stronger communities we increase our resilience to natural disasters and have the ability to react when necessary.” The dawn service is part of the ‘Wahine 50’ programme of events to mark the anniversary. In 2015, a group of survivors and rescuers from the Wahine disaster formed the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust to deliver a programme of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster.  More information is available at wahine50.org.nz/.

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Big Hearts at Arakura Kindergarten Arakura Kindergarten showed that they have big hearts with a fun filled day in support of the Heart Foundation “Big Heart” Appeal. Red was the colour of the day with everyone dressing in the colour theme, complete with red face paint. The day’s activities focused on promoting healthy food choices and active movement. The tamariki enjoyed making sushi, yogurt and

sandwiches for their lunch, and outdoor activities. A fun day with a positive message about food and active play for fuelling young bodies and minds. Arakura Kindergarten holds the Gold Heathy Heart Award which reflects their dedication to promoting lifelong healthy habits with tamariki, whanau and the community.

Van Paul-Delves proud of the sushi he made to share with his friends.

Beauden and Braxton Earnshaw wear red for the Heart Foundation “Big Heart” day at kindy.

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Free curtains for people in need People already anticipating the chill at home ahead of winter are being urged to beat the rush for free curtains from Wellington Curtain Bank. Anyone with a Community Services Card, who doesn’t already have curtains, can get them made for free by the Curtain Bank from now until November 30. “We support more than 570 families to warm up their homes every year – but unfortunately a lot of people wait until the middle of winter to access the service,” says Healthy Homes manager Miranda Struthers. “We have two part-time paid staff and about a dozen dedicated volunteers, but we received orders for nearly 2300 sets of upcycled curtains last year – there is usually a backlog of orders by the time winter rolls around.” During the colder months, curtains can help to keep heat in the home, which keeps power bills down and people healthier. But with the hot summer we’re experiencing it’s worth noting that quality, lined curtains can help to keep your home cool too. The Curtain Bank takes donations of clean, good quality curtains from the public and then upcycles, lines and sews to size for people who need

curtains. Mum-of- one Raukawa Tuahuru got curtains from Wellington Curtain Bank after her now 15-month- old daughter Harmony ended up in hospital with bronchiolitis last winter. “It was cold on the ground. We had to get carpet offcuts to at least be able to put our feet down,” says Raukawa. “The curtains took the crisp cold out of the air and it started getting warmer. The curtains help keep the house cool in summer too.” Raukawa was able to get curtains for the living room and for their bedrooms and says she can feel the difference, especially with the thickness of the curtains. Tania Ngatuere is extremely grateful for the mobile curtain bank service that has provided her with new curtains. The Wainuiomata resident said it was really good to have them involved with the community and helping provide families with curtains for their homes.  People who would like to order curtains can call the Curtain Bank freephone on 0508 78 78 24 extn 705, or get more information and download an order form from www. sustaintrust.org.nz/free-curtains.

Celebrating New Zealand children Family Works General Manager Julia Hennessy says the dedicated day is an opportunity to think about how we support our children/tamariki and contribute to their positive development. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

It was New Zealand Children’s Day on Sunday and the Presbyterian Support Central Family Works team is encouraging families to celebrate the children in their lives. Family Works general manager Julia Hennessy says the dedicated day is an opportunity to think about how we support our children/tamariki and contribute to their positive development. New Zealand Children’s Day has been operating since 1999, having been set up by the first Children’s Commissioner, Ian Hassall. Julia says the national day was a chance to reflect that not all children live in safe and positive environments. “This day puts the spotlight on children and gives us the opportunity to think about building communities where everyone can thrive and reach

Wainuiomata’s Tania Ngatuere got new curtains last year. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Ginny and Meka reopen their doors Wainuiomata-based Labour MPs Ginny Anderson and Meka Whaitiri are officially re-opening their offices in the community. Both the MPs were voted in on the back of Labour winning the New Zealand General Election last year. Meka was voted in as representative of the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate while Ginny was made a Labour list MP. Meka has a strong Maori governance background and sound knowledge of how government and Parliament works. She is now the Minister of Customs, associate Minister of Agriculture, Local Government and Crown/M ori Relations. Ginny brings to the role of MP significant experience in the justice sector.

She has worked in Parliament as a private secretary and senior political adviser, in the Office of Treaty Settlements in negotiations and policy, and for nine years she worked for the New Zealand Police. Ginny is excited by the opportunity to combine her professional experience and her personal passions into her position as a member on the Justice Select Committee and as deputy-chairperson of the Governance and Administration Select Committee. The duo’s office is based near the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre entrance off Queen Street.  The official opening will be held on March 8 at 5.30pm.

their full potential,” Julia says. “At Family Works we provide a range of services that are designed to help build strong families and communities. This is where families and children are free from violence, share healthy relationships and have the resources they need to flourish.” The Sunday was special for New Zealand children with people taking time to talk, listen, love and show affection, Julia says. Family Works Central supports people of all ages – kids, teens and adults – through challenging times. Services include social work, counselling and therapy, parenting advice and family dispute resolution, as well as restorative justice and community reintegration.  For more information, visit www. familyworks.org.nz.

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Fun at inter-school athletics The Wainuiomata primary schools’ inter-school athletics competition was held on Tuesday last week. All six primary schools com-

peted with students taking part in the long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, vortex, 100m and ending with age group relays.

The event was hosted by Wainuiomata High School, with students gaining credits for assisting with the various events.

Getting ready for the 2018 season By Dan Whitfield

The year is heating up for Wainuiomata Rugby Club, with pre-season games and training already under way. Last year, Wainuiomata finished seventh on the points table of the Jubilee Cup competition, and 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. Though the season officially

kicks off on March 17, with specifics about games to be confirmed, the premiere team has already had its first pre-season run around. The women’s premiere team also had a pre-season game scheduled for March 10. Wainuiomata’s junior players start their pre-season campaign on March 14 through to March 28. The Wainuiomata News wants to encourage the community to come down and support Wainuiomata Rugby Club at all home games this year.

Intermediate students get sporty Konini Primary School’s Abbey, Paige, Betty, Aliannah, Luana, Charvarna, Shaelyn having fun at the Wainuiomata primary schools inter-school athletics competition. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Richardson makes podium at MotoFest The inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest motorcycle festival kicked off recently, with one of Wainuiomata’s very own racing on the day. The event, held at Hampton Downs, provided two days of spectacular action. In the Supersport 600cc class, championship leader James Hoogenboezem saw his 10-point advantage disappear after he could manage only fourth place in the sole 600cc race. While his main rival and team-mate, fellow Christchurch man Jake

Lewis won the race, his girlfriend Avalon Biddle finished runner-up and Wainuiomata’s Shane Richardson, making his first appearance in the series this season, claimed the third podium spot. Hampton Downs Motorsport Park’s commercial manager Mike Marsden said he was thrilled with how had panned out. “We were thrilled with the crowd turn-out,” he said. “It was so great to see crowds back at the park. It is testimony that this diversity of activities has such a wide appeal.”

A deafening cacophony of chants was unleashed to start Wainuiomata Intermediate’s athletics day recently. Principal Craig Sharp says school athletics day is always one of the most looked forward to events for students. “A logistical nightmare for staff but students dress in house colours and compete, not only to be top athlete, but to be top house. Points are accumulated for results from first to last and every point counts towards the

sports house cup. The overcast start to the day meant the house chant competition was held in the gym while we waited for the drizzle to stop,” Craig says. The wet ground meant there were no records broken in the morning but it was still a great day, Craig says. “The school culture was on display with great support for each other and competitiveness, excellence and resilience all shown by the students and staff.”

Shane Richardson placed on the podium recently. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Tennis teams on form Wainuiomata Tennis Club’s top teams performed highly over the weekend’s round. The premier two men won 5-1 over Maungaraki B at the Renouf Centre. Still fourth on the table with two rounds remaining, the team is looking strong however needs to keep winning in hope of making the top two and qualify for premier one next season. The premier three women won on a countback of games over Lower Hutt. Like the premier two men, the women are sitting

in fourth place on their table and within striking distance of the top two. But they need to keep winning over the remaining two rounds and hope other results go their way. Wainuiomata’s premier four men unfortunately lost 6-nil to Wellington A. The side is now eighth on their table. In the Hutt Valley Division, the men’s number one team lost 4-2 to Lower Hutt. They are also eighth on their table. The men’s number two team lost

on a countback of sets to Stokes Valley. They are sitting fourth on the table with two results still pending. This gives the team a very good chance that they will be inside the top three when those games are caught up. The Hutt Valley competition’s women’s doubles team went down 5-1 to Upper Hutt 2. This is the team’s first loss after Christmas but despite that, they’re still sitting top of the table with two rounds remaining.

Lucy Small aims her vortex. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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Celebrating 70 years Wainuiomata Tennis Club celebrated its 70th anniversary last month and proved that it’s still going strong. More than 100 people attended the anniversary on February 18 and there were also lots of stories shared by those in attendance. “Everyone was pleased to see how it was continuing. 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,” club president Wendy Paulik says.

Ian Gooch, who has been part of Wainuiomata Tennis Club since 1963, cutting the cake. Club president Wendy Paulik gives her speech.

Leanne, Adam, and Ellesha Smith. Toni Kane, former president of the club.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Humans or robots take your pick

ABOVE: Ladies of the club enjoying themselves. LEFT: Annette Thomas and Annette Thomas. PHOTOs: Daryl New

Technology is in and linesmen are out in a new tennis trial aimed at eliminating human error. The men’s ATP tour announced the Next Gen ATP Finals, a season-ending event for top 21-and-under players, will feature electronic line-calling for all shots. It’s the first time this is being tried at an ATP tournament. The Hawke Eye Live system is a step up on the Hawke Eye system which has been involved in the top level of tennis for many years now. The initiative effectively does away with human linesmen and women. The question is, and it’s a long-held debate, how much technology is too much? I for one would like to welcome our new sporting robot overlords but without human error I think tennis and sport in general, loses something special. If John McEnroe was playing in 2018, perhaps he would have been a meek and mild-mannered player. Without anyone to yell “You cannot be serious, the ball was out!” at various points of a match, I doubt

McEnroe’s legacy would be as lofty as it is. Human error in officiating makes for great stories that people discuss for years. Like betting on the horses, it creates hard luck stories that are part of the fabric of sport. We all have a story of that shonky LBW decision, the blatant missed forward pass (Wayne Barnes, it’s been 11 years and I still don’t forgive you). The desire to get calls right is just the way of the world these days but in an attempt to eliminate human error, the human will have to be eliminated as a result. Some sports like tennis, baseball and cricket could lend themselves to a technology takeover, others like rugby and rugby league and basketball will always need human input. It’s like everything in life - balance, balance, balance. Technology will continue to have a heavier presence in sport but it’s hard to imagine a day when the potential for human error is completely eliminated in favour of robots.


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