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More than 150 athletes of all abilities got out their sports gear to take part in this year’s TriAbility Triathlon over the weekend. This was the fifth year that Sport Wainuiomata has partnered with the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust to run the event. Continued on page 2. Susan Evans shows how inclusive the Triability Triathlon is for people of all abilities completing the event with an artificial limb. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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TriAbility Triathlon returns to Wainuiomata for another successful year Continued from page 1. Every year, the event attracts more and more locals, from those participating to those on the sideline showing their support. This year there were participants from as far afield as Gisborne, Rotorua, Rangiora, Blenheim and Manawatu. Sport Wainuiomata’s Charlie Holland says the best part of the day was seeing all the “hard work that first-time triathletes put in over the past four months finally payoff as they cross the finish line with the biggest sense of achievement and smile on their faces.” “Although everyone who competes is of different abilities, they all cross the same finish line and experience that indescribable feeling that only a triathlete knows,” she says. The TriAbility Triathlon is one of Wainuiomata’s best inclusive events and leads by example of how an inclusive community can work together towards shifting attitudes and changing behaviours towards disabled people. Though race times do not get released until this week, at the prize giving everyone had a chance of winning a spot prize. The significant prizes were the two TriAbility Community Awards.
ABOVE: The Sport Wainuiomata team, Terina Cowan, Keri Coleman, Peter Cowan, Charlie Holland, Dawn McKinley, Jayde Kawana, Aileen Campbell, organisers of the Triability Triathlon. PHOTO: SUPPLIED RIGHT: Taylah-Rose Brown from Wainuiomata High School. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Recipients had to be participants, supporters or volunteers in the event. This year the awards went to community volunteer, Dawn McKinley and TriAbility participants, the Marsh Family. It was held on Saturday, March 17.
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A convoy of electric vehicles, also known as EVs, are buzzing into Lower Hutt this month as part of the #LeadingTheCharge nationwide road trip. The exhibition will arrive at Dowse Square on Thursday, March 22 after having travelled roughly half of their journey from Bluff to Cape
Reinga. Aimed at promoting electric vehicles, the silent convoy of BMW i3, Hyundai IONIQ, Nissan Leaf and Tesla will allow Hutt City residents and CBD businesses to see a range of EVs, chat to drivers and even take the wheel for that important ‘test drive’.
As an owner of an electric vehicle, Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace is looking forward to the event. “As the effects of climate change become more obvious, our city’s future lies in the protection and enhancement of the environment, where risk – such as vehicle emissions, is
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Free concert The Wainuiomata Pioneer Church is hosting another concert performed by the Wainuiomata Country & Western Society. It is happening on Sunday, March 25 at 6pm and all are welcome. Gold coin donation entry.
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Wainuiomata artist Aidan Walbaekken is ready to start on his new mural that’s set to brighten up Homedale Village. Residents voted for the mural design they wanted to see
become a reality. The mural celebrates Wainuiomata’s stunning scenery and wildlife. The mural is set to replace the damaged mural of local icons Piri Weepu and Tana Umaga.
The project has grown out of the work of passionate local volunteers such as Christine and Barrie Green, who’ve been doing makeover projects at Homedale Village for two years.
Esther K ing from Love Wainuiomata says the winning design was selected by a huge majority and that Aidan will start painting soon. A total of 371 voted for the design that had bigger birds.
Special congratulations for successful student By Dan Whitfield
Maarire Puketapu has received congratulatory mention after achieving highly in NCEA last year. As a year 11 student at Wainuiomata High School in 2017, Maarire achieved an Excellence endorsement in both NCEA level one and level two in 2017. Wainuiomata High School principal Janette Melrose says this is an outstanding achievement. “We are super proud of Maarire,” Janette says. Maarire has been involved in Te Ara Ako, a personalised and customised learning programme since year nine. She has co-constructed her pathway
with her manaaki teacher and has produced some outstanding results. “She has a great attitude and her conscientious work habits are a real credit to her and her whanau. She is a stunning role model,” Janette says. Maarire is one of eight students who are currently enrolled in a Victoria University of Wellington 2018 Pilot Programme. The students are studying two level one Maori Language papers this year, alongside their selected high school subjects. As well as achieving academically, Maarire has made the under 19 junior White Sox softball team that is heading off to the World Series in 2019. She is in the under 17 emerging White
Maarire Puketapu is one of eight students who are currently enrolled in a Victoria University of Wellington 2018 Pilot Programme. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Sox softball team heading off to Canada in July this year. “We are very proud of the efforts she has put into her study. We wish her all the best for 2018.”
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“She is a stunning all-round student. She always shows and lives our school values of manaakitanga – perseverance, honesty, respect and achievement.”
The next Wainuiomata Business Breakfast is this Friday. The focus this month is on wellness in the workplace. The busiest times are when it is most essential to exercise, eat right, get sufficient rest, and take other measures to handle anxiety. The team at Work Fit will be the guest speakers at the breakfast, helping inspire those in attendance to look after themselves as well as their colleagues and staff. Tiriana Turara from Peace With In Learning, will give us the 10 minute ‘get to know my business better’ speech. The event is on Friday, March 23 at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall. Doors open at 7am, breakfast will be served at 7.30am. Full breakfast, $25. Tea/ coffee option, $10. RSVP at www.wainuiomata.kiwi.
Six emergency water sources found Wellington Water is close to completing its search for local water sources at parks, hospitals, and schools in metropolitan Wellington. Drilling at 15 sites since last May has so far confirmed six locations for new emergency wells, part of an emergency network that will supply water from day eight after a major earthquake. Investigations at the final three sites will be completed by the end of the month. The emergency water network will supply more than 20 community water stations and 300 water collection points from wells, streams and rivers in Wellington, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt. It is the result of a partnership between all the four city councils and central government, and is aimed for completion in mid-2018.
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inbrief news Wainuiomata represented at Horse of the Year Andrew and Lisa Preston have returned from this year’s Horse of the Year show, with Wainuiomata being represented fairly well. The duo’s pony – Lily, won the national title of Welsh Pony of the Year and their six-year-old son – Will, picked up third in the Welsh Lead Rein Pony of the Year.
Upper Hutt and World Water Day The Upper Hutt City Council is hosting a forum on UN World Water Day – March 22 – to explore environmental issues and solutions around water, globally and locally. Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre will be the venue for the World Water Day Forum, a platform for community input focusing on the protection of Te Awakairangi/Hutt River. The event will include presentations and input from guest speakers, schools, community groups, and local and regional councils. “The Hutt River/Te Awakairangi is one of the most loved and iconic waterways of the Wellington region, but some people aren’t aware that the Hutt Valley catchment is the source of most of the region’s drinking water,” says Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy. “We want to encourage as many people as possible to take part in conversations about the present and future state of our treasured river and Upper Hutt is proud to be hosting this event for World Water Day.”
Regional council welcomes Let’s Get Wellington Moving report Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw has welcomed the Let’s Get Wellington Moving report. He says he’s heartened by much of the public feedback received around future transport scenarios. Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a report that’s been developed and includes four possible transport scenarios to help meet the public’s aspirations for how the city looks, feels, and functions, and support Wellington’s growth, while making it safer and easier for people to get around. It is a joint initiative between the Wellington City Council, the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency.
“We have had excellent response from the public on ways to solve Wellington’s future transport problems and improve the livability of the city. The scenarios provide a good base to get the right combination of measures,” Chris says. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a stepchange in the transport network to support the aspirations for the development of the city and we support the need to be bold and ambitious in our approach.” The themes identified in the report reflect the priorities outlined in the Regional Long Term Plan and are critically important to reducing congestion at the key pinch points around the city. Chris says for Greater Wel-
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Nearly 70 survivors of New Zealand’s worst shipwreck in modern times, as well as family members of the 53 who died, have registered to attend the
50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster on Tuesday, April 10. “They, along with rescuers and those involved in the disaster relief, are coming from across
April 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
the country, from Australia, Thailand and the United Kingdom,” says Rhys Jones, chair of the charitable trust organising the commemorations. “As well as being a very significant day for those with a tangible connection to the Wahine disaster, this 50th anniversary is an important day for the wider community,” Rhys says. On 10 April 1968, the Wahine hit Barrett Reef in Wellington harbour and started to list. By the time its passengers and crew were ordered to disembark, the community had sprung into action. Boat owners and other volunteers took to the harbour, risking their lives to rescue people in the face of the most appalling conditions. “On land too, the communities
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mata to the regional council building in central Wellington [recently]. The problem is from Aotea Quay into the city. [It’s] bumper to bumper and not good enough,” Ray says. “On a regional level, the Petone to Grenada, Cross Valley Link and Melling Interchange are still Hutt Valley’s top priorities.” Chris says from the feedback given, Let’s Get Wellington Moving will now develop a programme of investment and plan to report back to us in June. When the information is publicly released people will have another opportunity to have their say. “We have one chance to get this right so the more input we receive from the public the better,” Chris says.
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Police not justified The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that police were not justified in stopping vehicles at a vehicle checkpoint to identify individuals who had attended an “Exit International” meeting in Lower Hutt on October 2, 2016. Police had been monitoring the meeting as part of an investigation into the death of an elderly woman who had ingested pentobarbitone, a controlled drug used to euthanise animals. While monitoring the meeting police overheard a discussion about how to import the drug and ways to commit suicide. Police considered that the meeting attendees might be at risk of harm and set up a checkpoint immediately after the meeting had concluded, to identify them. Police intended to provide welfare support to those identified, and visited a number of people for that purpose several days after the checkpoint happened. The Police power to stop a vehicle is provided by section 114 of the Land Transport Act 1998. This enables Police to stop motorists for the purpose of enforcing land transport legislation. The checkpoint was not for that purpose and was therefore unlawful.
lington the identification of clear and uncluttered mass transit corridors is fundamental to the whole exercise. “We also need the capacity to introduce demand management tools to help shift the balance between public and private transport. I’m delighted that all this is now really possible under these scenarios.” In relation to the Hutt Valley, Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace says the primary focus will be to get better flows into and around Wellington City and the airport. He says this will benefit all Hutt residents who drive to Wellington for work or to get to the airport. “It took me an hour and 15 minutes to get from Wainuio-
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Investigation continues around death of Wainuiomata man Police investigating a homicide in Wainuiomata remain in the neighbourhood as inquiries continue into the death of 40-year-old Paul Te Hiko. Police continue to search the area surrounding the scene where the man’s body was found late on March 7, assisted by specialists and search experts. The area remains
cordoned off. “We continue to door-knock residents in the area, and we are still urging locals and any witnesses to contact police if they saw or heard anything late on Wednesday, March 7,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Sears. “We are particularly interested in sightings of any persons
or vehicles in the area. If you are aware of or have any CCTV, please also let us know. “We are not yet able to confirm if Mr Te Hiko’s death is gang related. It’s important that if you have any information at all, please contact us.” Emergency services were called to the Jack Vaughan Grove address around 11pm on
Umu with the community Pencarrow Kindergarten held their sixth annual umu last Friday. With approximately 80 people in attendance, it was a chance for the kindergarten’s children to work alongside their parents, grandparents and the community. An umu is a traditional Samoan method of cooking, and a big part of the day involves children and their families learning about it. Parents, staff and volunteers started cooking the food at 6.30am and it was lifted out five hours later. Hutt City Councillor Campbell Barry said it was a privilege to be part of the day. “Seeing all the effort put in from families, staff and volunteers was really impressive,” Campbell says.
March 7. Results from the post mortem indicate that he died from a gunshot wound. 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.
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Lenise Ranstead (right) with daughter Gillian and staff member Subashni Reddy at a lunch for residents with dementia and their families organised by Enliven’s Woburn Home.
For families whose loved ones have advanced dementia, the simple act of visiting a restaurant or café together can seem daunting. Woburn Home’s family lunch dates are helping ease their anxiety, offering families of residents a chance to head out with their relatives for a meal, while trained staff stay on-hand for support. “Everyone loves going out for meals and having a change from their normal routine once in while. Those things shouldn’t have to change because you have dementia,” says Clinical Nurse Manager Anneke Barkwith. “We launched the lunches in Petone last year to help families stay connected and also to break down some of the barriers which prevent people with dementia venturing out into public spaces.” The regular outings are held at Petone Working Men’s Club, and transport is provided for Woburn staff and residents. “They’ve been a big hit with family members, who tell us that with staff there to help deal with challenging behaviours,
they feel more relaxed and able to focus on enjoying a meal with their loved ones. “The residents also really enjoy the change of pace and environment, and are always so animated when they come back from the restaurant!” laughs Anneke. Woburn’s family lunches earned the Enliven home a place in the finals of Presbyterian Support Central’s Quality and Innovation Awards for the category of ‘demonstrable improvement to the lives of residents’ in 2017. Initially aimed at residents from the specialist dementia unit Woburn Court, the lunches have now grown to include residents with dementia living in Woburn Home and are a regular fixture of the Enliven home’s social calendar. Enliven’s Woburn Home, located at 57 Wai-iti Crescent in Lower Hutt, offers rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as respite, health recovery and a day activity programme. For more information call 04 569 6400 or visit www. enlivencentral.org.nz. PBA
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: As the future generations of New Zealand, would you like to see a sugar tax adopted by the Government?
Shivan Deo, Wainuiomata “Yes, it will cut down the rates of diabetes.”
Nadineharo Malaki, Wainuiomata “Yes, because then maybe people will drink more water and be healthier.”
Katie Muaiava, Wainuiomata “Yes. It will help people eat healthier foods.”
Joaquin EdwardsCurtis, Wainuiomata “Yes, the tax will help people lose weight and it would be cheaper to eat healthier food.”
Amomua BurgessChase, Wainuiomata “Yes, we will be healthier because sugar will cost too much.”
Ava Ricketts, Wainuiomata “Yes, because it will make sugary food cost more so people can choose better food.”
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Great article in the news Dear editor, I want to thank you for the great article in the Wainuiomata News about the Tri Ability Triathlon. I loved the way you gave all the information but made it really user friendly to read and all about the girls.
It was very well written; and names spelt correctly which is sometimes a challenge. Have had offers of donations already. Yours Sincerely, Lynley Reynolds Wainuiomata
Wainuiomata achievers Dear editor, How fortunate we locals are to have so many Wainuiomata High School pupils gain academic success. On seeing the many faces in the two page burst in the Wainuiomata News, my impression was of joyous confidence.
Acknowledgments to ground staff and cleaners and particularly to the teachers and principal - yes a joint task, producing very good results. Yours sincerely, Ron Stewart Wainuiomata
Colourful weekend of fun Te Whiti Park was bustling with activity when families from all over the Hutt Valley gathered for a colourful Hutt City Kindergartens’ family event. The Colour Walk and Fun Day was held on Sunday, March 11. It was a beautiful sunny day and was perfect for families to enjoying the many activities on offer. The main attraction was the colour
walks which saw families laughing and squealing as they covered each over in bursts of colour along the route. The white shirts worn by most participants became a colourful expression of the fun that was being had. Last year, the inaugural event attracted a large crowd to Waiwhetu, with families from throughout the Hutt Valley joining in.
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New service to provide support for regional clinical IT systems
The regional IT support service is an additional layer of assistance for central region DHBs. PHOTO: Supplied
A new regional IT support service is helping ensure district health board staff across the central region can receive consistent support for central region clinical computer systems. Central region DHBs – Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, Whanganui, MidCentral, and Hawkes Bay – have co-developed a suite of shared computer systems. These systems will centralise the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of patient information across the health boards. “Patients sometimes go to hospitals in other regions. Health professionals need to be able
to access a patient’s medical records regardless of which DHB they belong to,” said chief infor mation officer Shayne Hunter. “By having the most up to date information about the patient – including any illnesses, or medications they may be on – health care professionals can provide care that is consistent with what they’ve been receiving from their own DHB.” Each health board maintains its local part of the shared computer systems, with the team based at Capital & Coast DHB providing the regional support service for problems
they can’t fix locally. “We’re well-placed to provide the service because we, as a three DHB service – across Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa – already have experience working across multiple organisations. The shared systems being used today represent part of a $65 million investment across the DHBs toward ensuring the health boards can all remain linked up, and give all patients the best quality joined-up care across the central region.
15-year-old charged with violent robbery A 15-year-old male has been arrested and charged with the aggravated robbery of a dairy on the corner of High and Tennyson Streets in Lower Hutt on March 13. Police received a report that a man had entered the dairy around 11.15am armed with a metal rod. He threatened the
two shop attendants, took cash and tobacco products, and left in a car. Police arrived a few minutes after being called and began making enquiries. Units carrying out area enquiries in Taita located the car which had been used in the robbery.
The 15-year-old was set to appear Hutt Valley Youth Court on March 15. Police are continuing to make enquiries into the robbery and are still speaking with a number of people and would still like to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time of the robbery.
If you were in the vicinity of Tennyson Avenue and High Street around 11am March 13th, contact Lower Hutt Police on 04 560 2600. Alternatively, you can give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Rare 15th Century books donated to National Library of New Zealand A collection of rare books printed more than 500 years ago and valued at nearly $200,000 have been donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The 20 books, printed between 1472 and 1512, were bequeathed from the estate of Mr John Barton (1931–2016), a book collector from New Plymouth, who named his collection the Dalberton Library. The books include works on theology, Latin classical texts, the lives of saints and astrology. One volume, a history of the world to the end of the 14th Century by Archbishop Antoninus of Florence (1389–1459) and printed in Lyon, France, is one of only eight known in the world. ‘’We were delighted to receive this very generous offer and the library is privileged to accept these volumes into the national collection,’’ says Anthony Tedeschi, the library’s curator rare books and fine
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printing. ‘’These books are rare, particularly in Australasia. Four of the books were printed within 25 years of the Gutenberg Bible – the very first book printed in Europe using moveable type. Most of the books are the only copies of these specific editions in New Zealand. They will be of particular interest to scholars and researchers of late medieval and early modern history. Some include handwritten notes by their early owners, offering us a window into the thinking of centuries-old readers,’’ Tedeschi says. The Alexander Turnbull Library has a long history of collecting rare books, starting with the library’s founder and namesake, Alexander Turnbull, almost 100 years ago. The books, to be known as the John Barton Collection, will be available for request from mid-July.
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Diverting yoghurt waste from landfill Capital City Preschool is diverting yoghurt waste from landfill on behalf of the Wellington community as part of a national recycling programme operated by TerraCycle. The preschool has sent over a thousand yoghurt pouches to TerraCycle, who shreds, cleans and melts them down into raw materials to create playgrounds, garden beds and park benches. In doing so, the preschool also earns donations to allocate to itself or a nominated non-profit organisation.
Kristina Cataluna from the preschool says the preschool was actively increasing their students’ sustainability and eco-awareness. “The more they get involved the more they become inspired to do more good deeds for the environment,” Kristina says. “They now know at a very young age that they have a social responsibility and those sea creatures could end up eating our rubbish.” Locals are encouraged to take their used Fonterra or
The Collective Suckies yoghurt pouches to be recycled. As of 2018, the Fonterra Pouch and The Collective Suck ies Re cycl i ng P ro grammes have redirected over 250,000 units of yoghurt waste from landfill. “We’re really driven by the commitment of New Zealand businesses to recycling with our programmes, and by their hard work in raising awareness about waste and sustainability,” says Jean Bailliard, general manager of TerraCycle.
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Last week, students from the Rangatahi Learning Centre got a special visit from Meka Whaitiri, Member of Parliament for IkaroaRawhiti. Meka had a session with students explaining how government works and her new role as Minister of Customs. Students asked questions ranging from what work will look like in the future and the importance of te reo in New Zealand. “The interest in learning te reo has been sky rocketing in recent years. It shows that learning te
reo at School will offer a lot of opportunity in the future,” Meka says. Meka also explained her role as an electorate MP in a Maori seat which spans from Gisborne right down to Wainuiomata. Rangatahi Learning Centre head teacher Trish Morgan thanked Meka for coming along and spending time with the students. “We have all learned a lot about how government works and the important role of MPs. We can’t wait to have you back so we can learn more,” she says.
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Wednesday March 21, 2018
Dedication and contribution acknowledged By Dan Whitfield
Dawn McKinley has received congratulations and thanks for her contribution to the community and the 2018 TriAbility Triathlon. She was the recipient of the TriAbility Community Award. T he awa rd recognised Dawn’s value of inclusive communities and positivity around encourag-
ing Wainuiomata residents to actively engage with each other. Dawn says she was “surprised” when she received the award as there were lots of other deserving candidates. “I love the all-inclusive aspect of this event,” Dawn says. For the months, Dawn has braved the cold and early mornings to guard bags,
set up signs, look after administration and cheer on various participants – all with a smile on her face. The award is supported by Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace and Hutt City Council and was presented by the chief executive officer of Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust, Susan Gray. Dawn is looking forward to helping again next year.
Dawn McKinley with her TriAbility Community Award. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Politicians square off on the croquet pitch The Wainuiomata Croquet Club hosted its first ‘politicians match’ – Team Ginny verse Team Ray. The match was held last Sunday, and saw Ginny Andersen, Labour list MP based in Hutt South, and Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry team up against Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace and Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs. It was a close battle but at 5-4, Team Ray came out on top. The Croquet Club hope to make the match an annual fixture on its calendar. “[It was an] exciting close game. Ginny vows to win next year,” Ray says. “Thanks to Wainuiomata Croquet Club for organising and hosting the event.” Ginny also thanked the Wainuiomata club for organising the match.
“While we didn’t take away the win, I learnt a lot about croquet, and the loss was softened by a hot cuppa and the best jam scones in Wainuiomata,” she says. The club is currently looking for new members and Ray says he would recommend the game to anyone. He says that it’s actually quite a competitive but very social game. Campbell says it was a great opportunity to learn more about what was happening at the club. “From playing on the club’s green, we could all see there have been some issues in its preparation for this season. It’s something I’m confident we can support them with moving forward,” Campbell says.
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Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace, Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry, Labour list MP Ginny Andersen, and Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wainuiomata still looking for promotion Wainuiomata Tennis Club’s premier two men are still looking for promotion into the top division, despite losing over the weekend. The team lost 5-1 to Wellington in the penultimate round, with the result seeing them slip from third to fourth, or potentially fifth as there are still results pending in other games. Heading into the end of the season outside the top two, the side missed out on the automatic qualification into the premier one division but are looking to continue on form. The premier three women’s team had a similar story on the weekend. The team lost 6-nil to Churton Park on Saturday, meaning they slip from third to fourth equal. Also outside the top two, the team misses
out on promotion to the premier two division. Wainuiomata’s premier four men’s side lost 6-nil to top of table Avalon. The result cements them in eighth place and sees them relegated to Hutt Valley division one competition. In the Hutt Valley division one, Wainuiomata also went down 6-nil to Pinehaven 2. In the Hutt Valley division two competition, the Wainuiomata men is the club’s shining light. The side won 5-1 over Lower Hutt and are now within striking distance of second place. Currently in fourth, the side still has two games to catch up on. Hutt Valley women’s doubles lost 5-1 to Avalon. This result sees them slip from first to third at the end of the season.
Keep the All Blacks in-house The prospect of the New Zealand Rugby Union opening up All Black selection to any New Zealander playing overseas would bring the end of the Black jerseys iron grip on the game. Currently only players plying their trade in New Zealand are eligible to make Steve Hansen’s team. However with players chasing lucrative European money at an early age, speculation is the NZRU is pondering the rule change. The All Blacks have been the world’s No 1 ranked team for more than a decade and that’s because of the All Black nursery. Our First XV schoolboy rugby is the best in the world and our national provincial competition may not draw big crowds in 2018 but it’s the envy of the rest of the world for its ability to create a factory line of world-class players. Our players’ secret is they play against each other. Like a quality horse trainer, good horses train together, they get better
together and are more competitive on race day. Flying players in from all around the globe would make the acclimatisation period in All Black training camps challenging. The selectors will have to be more worldly aware and grasping who is in form and who is out becomes far more challenging. The NZRU cannot compete financially with European club contracts - the one carrot they have is the black jersey with the silver fern on it. Limiting restrictions would be a disaster for the Super Rugby competition, the Ranfurly Shield and National Provincial Championship. The All Blacks aura would be damaged, Northern Hemisphere players would get to play frontline All Blacks more often and certainly New Zealand’s dominance at the top of world rugby would be under threat. Hopefully the NZRU can stubbornly stick to their guns and keep the rules in place, for the sake of our national sport and top global brand.
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