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New doctor in town By Dan Whitfield

Seema Pattni has only been in New Zealand one month but is loving every moment of her new adventure. The new doctor at Whai Oranga o Te Iwi Health Centre is from England but is here for work. Continued on page 2. Seema Pattni has started at Whai Oranga o Te Iwi Health Centre. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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‘It’s nice to feel welcome.’ Continued from page 1. “I wanted to see New Zealand and try working somewhere different — and I took the opportunity,” Seema says. “The practice and community, I like it.” Seema explains that working in Wainuiomata isn’t too dissimilar to London.

She says there were pockets around London like Wainuiomata; the only difference being that they weren’t Maori or Pacific Island cultures. For Seema, making a difference is her main priority as she is only here until July. “There’s a real need for health care here and it’s for

local people.” “My interest is in sexual health and family planning, so to deliver on that side would be good... also youth engagement,” she says. Seema says that she had never been to New Zealand and though she’s only been here one month, she’s enjoy-

ing it. “I’ve had a tour of Wainuiomata and seen bits of Wellington and it’s nice. It’s a complete adventure.” “It’s nice to feel welcome.” Seema says she has always wanted to work abroad and is happy to be working in Wainuiomata.

Inaugural art show proves popular By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata could be one of the most creative towns in New Zealand. The inaugural Wainuiomata Art Exhibition opened in the weekend and showcased local talent through more than 60 pieces of art. It coincided with the Wainuiomata Rural Fest – also on in the weekend. The theme of the exhibition is the ‘essence of Wainuiomata’ and sees photographs,

paintings, collages on display. The exhibition is on from March 10-18. Margaret Willard, one of the many organisers of the event, says it was wonderful having a good supportive crowd for the opening on Friday, with Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace officially opening the exhibition. “It was great to be able to hang work of such good quality. Being able to showcase local talent in this way is due to team effort, [Wainuiomata

Community] Hub staff and community support with generous sponsorship,” Margaret says. “And thanks to the helpers and artists who have entered and are helping with attending the exhibition while it’s on. “We’ve loved seeing many visitors, many from outside the valley, who’ve voted for their favourite piece and given us positive feedback. It’s great to see children getting involved and carefully making their own choices,” she says.

Margaret says overall it’s been a great experience with lots of learning for us for next time. “We’re looking forward to seeing more locals and visitors over the next few days before we close on Sunday.” Art is on display at the Wainuiomata Community Hub inside the Hutt City Council meeting room. Margaret hopes Wainuiomata will continue to come and show their support towards creativity in the valley.

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Council and MPs focused on retaining services By Dan Whitfield

With NZ Bus proposing to cut its Hutt Valley connection of the Airport Flyer bus route, Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace, councillor Campbell Barry, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, and Labour list MP Ginny Anderson are ready to fight. The four represented Hutt Valley residents at a discussion with Greater Wellington Regional Council last week about what’s happening with the commuter services in Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata and Upper Hutt. The company, which operates the Airport Flyer service, recently announced it was proposing to no longer operate the service from Lower Hutt and change it to a route between Wellington airport and the railway station. The Airport Flyer currently runs daily between the airport and Queensgate Mall in

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Lower Hutt. Already Campbell’s petition to save the service has gained a lot of support. So far more than 10,000 people have signed the petition and there is hope the community will continue to support. The goal is to reach 15,000 signatures. Between the fou r Hutt Valley representatives they

are focused on making sure services are retained. Ray says he is working closely with council and our local MPs, Chris Bishop and Ginny Andersen, to ensure a positive outcome on this issue. Chris has also expressed his concerns for the service to continue. “It’s not just the Airport Fly-

er at risk - but also the Hutt’s direct commuter buses into Wellington from Wainuiomata, Upper Hutt, and Stokes Valley,” Chris says. Chris has also started a petition that he hopes will send a message to the regional council, NZ Bus and Tranzit, the proposed new operator of the services. “It’s vital we retain these

On our way to a new bus network for region The coming months will see a major upgrade of Greater Wellington’s public transport network, the first major changes to our public transport services and infrastructure in 20 years. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s sustainable transport chairwoman Barbara Donaldson says: “We’re on our way to an integrated public transport network, and that means a new look and new services for Metlink that are focused on what customers have told us they want.” A key part the network will be to give people a new and better public transport system

that will help commuters, students, visitors and day-trippers to connect to what’s great in the region, Barbara says. “It will be simpler, more connected and consistent, giving our customers more choice about where and when to travel. “The use of buses, trains and ferries is predicted to increase significantly between now and 2024. To keep our customers’ lives connected we need a public transport network that can carry more of us to more places, every day of the week.” Barbara says the changes have been years in the planning and are based on

conversations with customers who live in the Wellington region, as well as looking at what international cities do. “They include new timetables and routes to ensure more frequent services that better connect with each other, new buses that are right-sized to the task, new generation electric buses, and Snapper as the most convenient and best value way to pay on all Metlink buses. “We also need to be realistic – these changes will take a while to bed down and there may be a few sticking points along the way. For some of us, some changes may take a bit of getting used to.


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inbrief news 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-year-old structure is being refurbished.

Five arrested for drug dealing Police have arrested five Wellingtonians and restrained hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets following a long-running investigation into the importation and sale of a Class C drug. The operation began in November and focussed on the importation of N-Ethylpentylone into the Wellington region. Police arrested four men and one woman, aged between 25 and 37. Two of the men have been charged with a range of drug-related offences, including importing a class C controlled drug into New Zealand. The other three are to appear — the men on drug-related offences and the woman on a money laundering charge. Police also restrained a substantial amount of property, including over $405,000 cash, about 6kg of N-Ethylpentylone and seven vehicles. Also restrained was over $200,000 of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

NZers keep on giving Kiwi pet lovers have donated nearly $130,000 through Animates’ Tree of Hope initiative for the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust and the SPCA. The funds raised will allow the trust to help more Kiwis with physical disabilities get the support they need, and the SPCA to rescue, rehome and rehabilitate animals in need in often over-stretched centres. Jacqui Baigent, Animates’ national manager of brands and partnerships, is grateful for the continued support from the community.



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Bushfire force help with Chatham Island fires Oscar Barnett and Angela Pahl, two members of Wainuiomata Bushfire Force, have returned from the Chatham Islands after assisting with several large fires. The fire reached a size of 2440 hectares and the Wainuiomata crew members joined up with members from the Upper Hutt Rural Fire Force to make a combined crew that worked together for a two week deployment starting on February 3. Dean Brown, another member of the Wainuiomata Bushfire Force, was deployed as part of a relief crew on February 16 as a member of another combined Wellington crew who helped to continue the firefighting efforts for another week. “The Wellington and Chatham Fire and Emergency New Zealand teams are responsible for fires in this area,” Angela says. “The crews were required for containment to secure the fire and stop it spreading further towards the Waitangi township, Kopinga Marae and the local diesel powered substation.” Two helicopters were also used, one from Wellington Helicopters and one from Southern

Lakes Helicopters (Te Anau). The helicopters were used for crew transportation, thermal camera imaging flights and for monsoon bucket drops, assisting ground crews with containment and extinguishing the fire perimeter. “On t he f i re g round t he specialist firefighters had the opportunity to take part in a larger scale event while gaining knowledge in peat fire fighting, something that is not often found in the Wellington area,” Angela says. “Once the fire front had been contained hot spots were then identified, the ground crews were dropped in and spent time digging over the area, the helicopters then dropped buckets of water and the crews mixed the cold wet spoil to assist with cooling the ground temperatures.” Fire and Emergency New Zealand would like to thank the families and the following employers of Acme Engineering, Kone Elevators, and Contour Brakes, for supporting their staff to volunteer their time and assist with the containment of the fire.

Homicide investigation over death of 40-year-old Hutt Valley Police have launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of a man’s body at an address in Wainuiomata late on Wednesday night last week. The man has been identified as 40-year-old, Paul Te Hiko, from Wainuiomata. Emergency services were called to the Jack Vaughan Grove address around 11pm on March 7. Results from the post mortem indicate that he died from a gunshot wound. “A team of detectives and experts are investigating the matter,” says Detective

Senior Sergeant Mike Sears. “The address in Wainuiomata remains cordoned off while a scene examination continues. “We want to hear from anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in Wainuiomata on Wednesday night.” People who may have information which can assist this investigation are encouraged to ring Lower Hutt Police on 04 560 2600, or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The family of the deceased man have asked for privacy at this time.

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Child cancer foundation still needs help A child having cancer is probably one of the toughest things a family will ever go through. Child Cancer Foundation’s goal is that every Kiwi child diagnosed with cancer, their parents, and siblings, have the emotional, practical and social support they need. Community support helps provide a dedicated family support coordinator for

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What’s the best thing about family?

Jon Smoothy, Wainuiomata “Joining together and creating bonds with each other.”

Charlie Mohi, Wainuiomata “To get together and talk about our achievements.”

Kyla Wilkinson, Wainuiomata “The love.”

Shonte Awatere, Wainuiomata “Learning things with them and supporting each other.”

Lucy Aplin, Wainuiomata “Laughing with them.”

Carlee Reid- O’Connell, Wainuiomata “The support.”

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.

Teach the young ones that rabbits are not part of Easter Dear Editor, Fancy chocolate companies selling Easter eggs, telling children that eggs come from rabbits! To be truthful - Easter goes way back to the Biblical times when a big boulder sealed off a tomb. That’s the

sort of facts young ones should learn from history. Have a good Easter and remember rabbits don’t lay eggs! Chooks do! I think companies need to wipe out ‘commercial’ spelling; it is

affecting students at school - like ‘kool’ instead of ‘cool’. Not quite right, just like rabbits laid eggs. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Wainuiomata (abridged)

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Young minds encouraged By Dan Whitfield

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop is encouraging young women who are into science, engineering, and technology to enter into Innovative Young Minds 2018. Innovative Young Minds 2018 is a partnership between Hutt Science (a Hutt City Council initiative), Rotary Hutt City and Hutt Valley High School to offer a week- long programme for young women in year 11 and 12 around the Greater Wellington Region. It is designed to enthuse and inspire them to pursue a career in technology. Chris says participants will experience a large range of technologies through handson activities, inspire them to the myriad of opportunities open to them, and witness innovation they never thought possible. Students stay at Silverstream Retreat and

travel each day to visit a variety of technology businesses, Crown Research Institutes and tertiary education providers in the Hutt. “They will hear stories of inspiration from other women who have built careers and businesses working in the technology and innovation sector, and mix with a wide range of women from a cross-section of business sectors who think outside the square, who apply their creativity to innovate and who are passionate about science and technology,” Chris says. The 2018 programme will be held on July 8 to 13, during the school holidays. Only 40 places are available in this year’s programme, with up to two places reserved per school from the Greater Wellington region. Applications close May 4 and with applicants notified after this date if their application has been accepted.

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The Wainuiomata Gardeners Club held their March meeting at Moores Valley Nursery on Tuesday night. Given the rain during the day, there was doubt that the event was going to happen. However, the weather cleared for an evening barbecue along with cakes and Easter eggs. The members were able to have a look at the range of plants at the local nursery. Purchases were made and five plants were donated by the owner of the nursery to the members who won the monthly raffle. As part of the monthly meeting, the club held its regular competition.

Results are: Single bloom – first, Jackie Dobbs, dahlia; second, Jill Summers, dahlia; third, Joy Jones, dahlia. Shrub - first, Wendy Paulik, hydrangea; second, Doreen Hore, fushia; third, Joy Jones, rose. Spike cluster – first, Jill Summers, ginger; second, Jackie Dobbs, statice; third, Doreen Hore, penstemon. Fruit – first, Jill Summers, fig; second, Barbara Boardman, grapes; third, Susan Little, apple. Vegetable – first, Jackie Dobbs, beetroot; second, Jan Hansen, apple cucumber; third, Jill Summers, runner bean. Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, April 3.

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Wainuiomata High School are delighted to acknowledge and congratulate our student academic achievers for 2017. Our interim NCEA Level One results were above the National Average. There are many success stories about all our students. We congratulate the students who did so well and look forward to monitoring and reporting on success with more students in the future.

Jamie Adaway NCEA Level 1 Merit

Jessica Agius Excellence at Year 10

Katie Attwell NCEA Level 1 Excellence

Ivy Beck Excellence at Year 10

Lucy Beggs Excellence at Year 10

Lydia Belworthy NCEA Level 1 Merit

Shannon Collier NCEA Level 3 Merit

Chantelle Collins NCEA Level 1 Excellence

Reuben Cutts NCEA Level 1 Merit

Alice Denmark NCEA Level 2 Merit

Belle Dickson NCEA Level 2 Merit

Liam Edginton NCEA Level 2 Merit

Zane Humphrey NCEA Level 1 Merit

Jasmine Inthavong NCEA Level 2 Excellence

Olivia Joseph NCEA Level 2 Merit

Nina Kaiwai NCEA Level 3 Merit

Kyralee Kaukau Excellence at Year 10

Brock Kilburn NCEA Level 1 Merit

Isaac Martin NCEA Level 1 Merit

Lily Mason NCEA Level 3 Merit

Jorja McCarthy Excellence at Year 10

Shamus McCormick Excellence at Year 9

Lydia McCormick Excellence at Year 9

Sarah McLeod-Venu Excellence at Year 10

Crystal Ngaia Excellence at Year 10

Claudia Nicholas NCEA Level 2 Excellence

Faizah Nisha NCEA Level 3 Merit

Chey’D Noanoa-Taylor NCEA Level 1 Merit

Nicole Odeyemi Excellence at Year 10

Adam Odeyemi Excellence at Year 9

Thanathorn Phumsawai NCEA Level 2 Merit

Maarire Puketapu NCEA Level 1 & 2 Excellence

Joseph Quinlan NCEA Level 2 Merit

Annalise Richardson NCEA Level 3 Excellence

Kaya Ririnui NCEA Level 2 Merit

Layla Ririnui Excellence at Year 9

Aleisha Telea Excellence at Year 9

Tamzin Toa Excellence at Year 9

Promise Tuari NCEA Level 1 Merit

Tori-Anne Tuirirangi Excellence at Year 9

Zaria Tuitama Excellence at Year 9

Joseph Tunupopo NCEA Level 3 Merit

Well done – we are proud of you.

Annalise Richardson Dux

Kyle Clapperton-Hayes Top Year 12 Student

Katie Attwell Top Year 11 Student

Sefo Soanai NCEA Level 1 Merit

Joel Carman Proxime Accessit

Michela Marris Runner Up Year 12 Student

Miriam Bowles-Maxwell Runner Up Year 11 Student

Ocean Steer Excellence at Year 9

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Anthony Bennett Excellence at Year 9

Miriam Bowles-Maxwell NCEA Level 1 Excellence

Javin Bridgeman NCEA Level 1 Merit

Eva-Jayne Bryant NCEA Level 1 Excellence

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Wednesday March 14, 2018

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Wainuiomata’s taste of the country

Wainuiomata’s Rural Fest was a hit once again. Organisers of the event put on a spectacular day for all ages in the Queen Street Reserve, with sheep shearing and dog agility demonstrations along with pony rides, old fashioned country games and a country market. The nostalgic sand saucer and bake off competitions which were judged by the Wainuiomata Country Women’s Institute proved popular for entrants of all ages with stunning creations from both young and old alike.

Chris Bishop, Kathleen Williams and Josh Smith working hard behind the barbecue.

Event Organiser Dawn McKinley was pleased at the steady flow of visitors all day to Rural Fest. “The hard work and planning put into this event by community volunteers was made worthwhile with the culmination of a successful day enjoyed by Wainuiomata and the wider community,” she says. Rural Fest Wainuiomata is organised by a steering group which includes members of the Wainuiomata Rural Community Association, The Wainuiomata Community Hub and other members of the community.

Wainuiomata’s Daniel Kawana, Trey-zell Marino, Kaytah Marino.

The Whiteley family check out the pony rides.

Trish Le-Cren, a long time Wainuiomata resident, with her dogs, Robin & Ruby. She Nathan Jansen, 2, took the honours in enjoyed watching the dog agility event. the under 5s at this year’s Rural Fest.

Hanah Corby won the 6-10-yearold section. Her grandparents David and Robyn Osborne were very proud.

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Husqvarna Hard X Cross-Country race has it all

Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, sure to be among the frontrunners at the Husqvarna Hard X event in the Kinleith Forest, near Atiamuri, on Saturday. PHOTO: Andy McGechan, By Andy McGechan

It could be New Zealand’s ultimate of extreme cross-country races, but don’t be frightened off by the event’s daunting title, because it will appeal to all levels of ability. The Husqvarna Hard X event in the Kinleith Forest, near Atiamuri, this Saturday is a fourhour cross-country race that will “feature all the great trails and hard bits of a Husqvarna Hard Adventure Enduro, but on a compact course, with hard

sections deemed suitable for the grade that the rider enters”. Organiser Sean Clarke said the event, from 11am until 3pm, would have mass appeal. “This is the first time we have held a Hard X event,” says Sean, who has previously run the difficult Husqvarna Hard Adventure Enduro Events in the same area of the country. “This Hard X event is to show riders what the three-day hard enduro is like but in a compact way,” he explains. “It will be a lot easier to enter

and ride. Riders don’t need a GPS device on their bikes, they don’t need head lights or tail lights and they don’t need to be concerned with the thought of six hours of gruelling riding, like what they might encounter at a hard enduro. The course is approximately 25 kilometres in length, that riders will traverse several times during the four hours, and it will feature a “good mixture of single trail, firebreaks and a few hard bits thrown in for good measure”.

Riders classify themselves as either gold, silver or bronze grade competitors and the course they’ll face will hopefully reflect that level of proficiency. “Entries are still open, although riders may still enter on the day if they are waiting to see what the weather is going to do, but it is looking like it will be fine, with maybe just a few showers. “Everyone is probably thinking it’s going to be a psycho-hard event, but it’s not.” Clarke said the bronze class

would be about the same level as a hard section at a trail ride, with the Silver and Gold class courses just a little bit harder than that. Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, Napier’s Mackenzie Wiig and New Plymouth’s Tony Parker are among the leading riders so far entered. Cambridge’s Dylan Yearbury, who won the Husqvarna Hard Enduro last October, is currently sidelined with injury. Saturday’s venue will be signposted on State Highway 1, 30 kilometres south of Tokoroa.

Hutt kids give TRYathlon a go Hundreds of Hutt City children will swim, cycle and run their way to the finish line as part of the upcoming Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. The popular children’s event is being held at Hutt Recreational Ground on March 15 with the TRYathlon starting at 10am. Participants will swim, cycle and run their way to the finish line to receive a medal. There has been an increase in children aged between 7-15 enrolling in the iconic sporting event. The first event, in 1992, saw 800 entrants; while numbers for the 2016/17 TRYathlon series were close to 30,000. The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon events are running throughout New Zealand from December until April. Visit for more information.

Hutt children will swim, cycle and run their way to the finish line of the Weetbix Kids Tryathlon in coming weeks.

Finishing the season on a high With only one more round to go, Wainuiomata Tennis Club is looking in good position. From the past weekend, the club’s premier two men won 4-2 over Karori United. The team has now moved into third with one round to go this weekend. The top two teams from this

competition will qualify for the premier one grade next season. Wainuiomata is only two points behind second place Salamanca. Wainuiomata’s premier three women lost on a count back to Tawa. Although the team is also sitting in third position, it is

unlikely the team will make the top two with one round remaining. The premier four men had their first win in premier tennis beating Wellington B, 4-2. Hutt Valley division one men’s team lost 6-nil to top of the table Lower Hutt 1. Hutt Valley division two

men’s team beat top of the table Avalon on a count back. Avalon’s first loss since Christmas. With two outstanding results still to be entered for the Hutt Valley team, the side is right in the mix for a top tier finish. Hutt Valley women’s doubles team had a win as well, 4-2 over Upper Hutt 1.

 Wainuiomata held its singles club championships over the weekend. Jennymae Keall won the women’s singles title for the third year running, pipping Selena Jeffs in the final 6-nil, 6-2. In the men’s it’s come down to a final between Lance Keall and Allister McIntyre, yet to be played but hopefully will be done in the next few weeks.

Wednesday March 14, 2018



Inspiring others at this year’s triathlon

Naliyah Te Maari training for the triathlon. By Dan Whitfield

Taylah-Rose Brown, following a recent training session.

Lynley Reynolds is encouraging others to join her and several of her students at this year’s TriAbility Triathlon. The TriAbility Triathlon will be held on Saturday, March 17 and is an inclusive multisport event that supports people of all abilities in a competitive environment. It is organised by Sport Wainuiomata and is its fifth year. Lynley, a teacher at Wainuiomata High School, says that she took part individually previously but wanted to do it with some of her students this year. Naliyah Te Maari and Tay-

Presidents remain on top despite loss

Neil Hewitt just misses getting his opponent out at first base. PHOTO: Daryl New By Dan Whitfield

Despite Wainuiomata coming up short against the Hutt Valley Dodgers last week, the team remains near the top of the table. Wainuiomata lost 17-5 on March 3 in the

presidents grade of the Hutt Valley softball competition. The next game for the home side is on March 17 against Giants, a team from the Wairarapa. The game will be played at 3.15pm at Fraser Park in Taita.

lay-Rose Brown are the students who will be taking part alongside Lynley. They are in Lynley’s Learning Support class – ALR. The event is not just for people with disabilities; it is an event for all abilities, from elite to fi rst-timers and everything in between. Lynley is also looking for support from the community and says sponsorship would be great. “Naliyah and Taylay-Rose are nervous but they’re excited about doing it. We’ve been training but it’s not about how well they do, it’s about taking part,” Lynley says.

The team will be doing a modified version of the supersonic course – a 20 metre swim, 500 metre scooter, and a 120 metre run. In the past a female team from the high school raised $1000 for Te Omanga Hospice. Peter Cowan, along with other staff from the high school are also taking part this year. Lynley has been involved with special education for around 10 years and is looking forward to providing this opportunity for her students. “It’s about taking part and being in the community, hanging out with people of all ages and abilities.”

Sports talk

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England show they are favourites for 2019 Cricket World Cup England must now be the biggest threat to claim the Cricket World Cup next year on home soil. Their destruction of New Zealand in the fifth and deciding ODI at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval typified how the two teams have gone in opposite directions since the previous tournament three years ago. That time, Tim Southee dismantled England with seven wickets which saw them on a plane without progressing past the group stages. New Zealand carried on to the final. How times have changed. England now have a clear identity in coloured clothing. Destructive top-order batsmen, genuine match-winning all rounders, tenacious quick bowlers and spinners who can take wickets and restrict runs in the middle overs. Such a powerful line-up, combined with home conditions should make them hard to beat next year. As for New Zealand, well, they’re a shambles in the 50-over game. Devoid of plans once Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are dismissed and with a pace attack in Southee and Trent Boult who seem to be regressing with every start. Inconsistent players like Colin Mun-

ro, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme still command regular spots such is the lack of depth in the team. England have different players across tests, ODIs and Twenty20 formats, it is time New Zealand followed suit. Realistically we’d have to build the depth to have 30 players capable of playing international cricket when we only have half that at present but it would be worth it. Boldly, Mike Hesson is bound to be looking for an exit strategy from his coaching position and when that happens we could introduce different coaches for each squad. For arguments sake, Stephen Fleming could coach the shorter forms and someone like Hesson could coach the test matches. The Black Caps may have lost the series 3-2 but had it not been for some decent knocks from Williamson, Taylor and Mitch Santner, the series could have been far more one-sided. The time for change has come. Players need defined roles and depth must be created. Adapt and survive, stay stubborn and stumble - those are the options for the stuttering Black Caps team.


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