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Wainuiomata commuters are disgusted and frustrated at the potential loss to their number 80 bus – the only daily direct service to central Wellington. NZ Bus has confirmed it is undertaking a review of the Airport Flyer and other Wellington routes, following bus company Tranzit taking over the majority of contracts for the region. Greater Wellington Regional Council contracts out a certain number of bus services. NZ Bus runs the Wainuiomata, Stokes Valley and Upper Hutt commuter routes without funding from the council. Continued on page 2. Alan Woods says he is “frustrated” at the potential loss of the number 80 bus. PHOTO: Ellen O’Dwyer-Cunliffe

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Loss of commuter service would ‘suck’ Continued from page 1. Chair of both the regional transport and sustainable transport committees Barbara Donaldson says: “When we know NZ Bus’s intentions we will work with the community on whether or how any gaps can be addressed.” Other operators may be interested in picking up some of the routes, she says. However, this would depend if the routes were commercially viable to the operators. Wainuiomata commuters are disheartened about the possible cancellation. Marissa Taramai takes the bus every day to her work on

Courtenay Place. “It would suck. It’s really handy having a direct way to get home. It’s so convenient.” She described the service as a “godsend” which drops her off around the corner from her house every evening. Marissa understand there was a financial side to NZ Bus continuing the service but says generally the bus was quite full. Margaret Joe who commutes from Wainuiomata, was “disgusted” there had been no communication on the bus to commuters over such a major change. Margaret had found out

from other passengers the bus might stop running. Catching two buses would increase her travel by 30 minutes to one hour each way. “If this was being cancelled, if it was being replaced by something absolutely savvy and better, I can accept that,” Margaret says. Many morning commuters used this particular bus to get off in Petone and Seaview where they work. No other buses from Wainuiomata stop in Petone. Alan Woods says he is also “frustrated” by the situation. “I will probably stop taking the bus and drive,” he says.

Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry said the cuts would be a huge blow to the community. “What it will do for a lot of people is put them back in their cars. We’ll see more congestion on the roads which is really disappointing and a step backwards when it comes to getting people moving around the region,” Campbell says. When asked whether Tranzit could step in to provide the service, managing director Paul Snelgrove said the company was happy to help out wherever and would do what the council wanted it to do.

Buses need to stay, says MP By Dan Whitfield

Chris Bishop is conscious about how much residents rely on the bus routes in Wainuiomata. He believes they need to stay. The Hutt South MP has been working with Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace, councillor Campbell Barry, and Labour list MP Ginny Anderson to ensure bus services continue around Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata and Upper Hutt. Chris says the number 80, Wainuiomata to Wellington direct commuter bus, is at risk as a result of the public transport shake-up happening mid-year. As a community we need to ensure this stays, he says. Other bus services under the chopping block is the Hutt link of the Airport Flyer. “If these buses stop, it will inconvenience hundreds of people. It just means people jump in their cars; the very opposite of what a public trans-

port system should be doing,” he says. The group have met with the Greater Wellington Regional Council already as well as the new bus operator, Transit. Earlier this week, the group of Hutt representatives met with NZ Bus, the company that currently operates the service. “It’s really important we retain these services for Wainuiomata,” he says. Chris says the current operators of the buses confirmed that the services were under review as they work through what the loss of the Hutt bus contracts mean for the business. A petition has had hundreds already sign. The Wainuiomata buses are an important asset for the community, picking up passengers around Wainuiomata and taking them directly into Wellington City. “[They are] very convenient for people who work in town. They are ‘commercial’ services

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in the sense that they are not subsidised like other Valley Flyer services are around the Hutt.”

NZ Bus lost the Hutt-located bus contracts with changes set to happen along the routes in June this year.

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Next generation say yes to sugar tax - why don’t others By Dan Whitfield

Young Wainuiomata children want the nation’s representatives to listen to what they want. For months, there has been an ongoing debate about whether or not a sugar tax should be instated in New Zealand. Already, there is evidence that sugar tax could be effective at improving health issues, with other countries taking action. The Wainuiomata News asked both children and adults around the Hutt Valley recently about whether they thought a sugar tax should be adopted by the Government. As the next generation of New Zealand, students from St Claudine Thevenet School were open and positive about the possibility of a tax on products that are high in sugar. Shivan Deo, Katie Muaiava, Nadineharo Malaki, Joaquin Edwards-Curtis and Ava Ricketts say that it would encourage people to eat healthier and improve the diabetes rate in New Zealanders. “The tax will help people lose weight and it will be cheaper to eat healthier food,” Joaquin says. “It will make sugary food cost more so people can choose better food,” Ava says. “[It will encourage people to] drink more water and be healthier, Nadineharo adds. St Claudine Thevenet School already has an impressive vegetable garden and recently students planted even more healthy options in the form of a herb garden. Last year, students at the school also planted an orchard and in 2016, the school became a water only school. Principal Sue Jury says she was really pleased with how quickly students and their

inbrief news Next community board meeting, April 5 The next Wainuiomata Community Board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5.  The meeting will start at 7pm and the agenda will be published on the Hutt City Council website on Thursday, March 29.

Police looking for Sean McKay Police are looking for 26-year-old Sean McKay who has warrants out for his arrest. It is known that he frequents the Levin and Hutt Valley areas. If anyone knows of Sean’s whereabouts they should contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Shivan Deo, Nadineharo Malaki, Katie Muaiava, Joaquin Edwards-Curtis, and Ava Ricketts hold up glasses of water in support of a sugar tax. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

parents got on board. A display was set up in the school office showcasing the amount of sugar in drinks “The amount of sugar was a surprise to many parents and this helped them get on board with the water only concept,” Sue says. “As a school, we have noticed that students are calmer; there are less students tiring after the breaks. We know if students are calm and able to fully engage in their learning activities their results will improve.” There was mixed opinions from members of the Lower Hutt community. Allan Sainsbury says in his view, a sugar tax in its own right won’t be a cure for the next generation. “What will be a cure are better dietary habits. Better knowledge, better dietary habits, choosing the right foods


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stops sugar,” Allan says. “What we are trying to target is a specific range of products with high sugar content and I think you will just create a black market. “If you just go ahead and put a tax on that isn’t stopping the need or desire of people to consume it and that what’s your real target has got to be - to stop people consuming sugar, and therefore having something else that will either replace or they won’t use it,” he says. Julia Fairbrother says she thinks it is “very, very important” that New Zealand imposes a tax. However, she believes it should be targeted at the manufacturers of the product rather than just at the consumer. “It is imperative that it [a sugar tax] comes about because it’s starting to make people look

at things and make conscious decisions about what they are putting in their bodies,” Julia says. “With it starting now it can only be a positive impact on future generations.” Labour List MP Ginny Andersen says she is not against a sugar tax but thinks this measure alone will not address the problem New Zealand faces. “Obesity has a direct link to poverty. Empowering people with decent wages so people have the power to make healthy choices for themselves and their whanau is the right way to go,” Ginny says. “Affordable housing, good education and turning off that screen and getting outside helps a whole lot too. Every kid deserves good nutrition and time to have active play, it’s up to us as parents to do the best we can to make that happen.”

A new survey from the Cycling Action Network reveals the biggest concern among more than a thousand cyclists is safety. Sixty-eight per cent of cyclists that were questioned say drivers are not prepared to ‘share the road’ with people on bikes. While 67 per cent are concerned about the lack of safe cycling networks. A record 18 people on bikes were killed in 2017 and more than 700 injured.

Lower Hutt photographer recognised A Lower Hutt photographer is one of four New Zealanders recognized in the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s most diverse photography awards. Peter Kurdulija’s photo was selected in the still life category. This year’s submissions across the open competition were drawn from a range of inspirations. The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition.

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“We’ve had another tragic weekend on our roads,” says Assistant Commissioner for road policing Sandra Venables. There were six deaths from four crashes this Easter, along with a number of people seriously injured in other crashes. That said, Sandra says crashes are preventable. “I ask all road users to take care of themselves and their passengers. Decisions you make in your car, your truck, or on your bike impact on everyone. Even good drivers can make mistakes, so stay focused on getting to your destination safely,” she says.

Thirteen awards celebrate local cycling initiatives Te Whiti Riser track, linking Lower Hutt to Wainuiomata has been celebrated as a cycling initiative. Associate Minister for Transport and Health Julie Anne Genter joined keen Wellingtonians for a ride around the waterfront recently to present cycling awards to celebrate the growing range of cycling initiatives around the region. Thirteen awards were presented, including to businesses who encourage staff to cycle to work, as well as committed individuals and organisations who help build bike tracks, teach people to ride, refurbish old bikes and run events to encourage beginners.

Phillip Kauika with some of his rugby boys. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield By Dan Whitfield

Phillip Kauika is looking forward to what being deputy principal at Wainuiomata High School will bring this year. “I know the school really well and believe this is a good opportunity. I have a lot to learn but I’m going to enjoy the new experience,” Phillip says. Phillip has been at Wainuiomata High School for seven

years. When he originally started at the school, he was only down for a term-worth of work but says the job slowly evolved and was made a permanent staff member shortly after. Before becoming deputy principal, Phillip was assistant principal. He has also been a dean at the school. Along with the new position, Phillip also mentors students

in his Manaaki class, teaches physical education and coaches the first XV rugby team. He has been acting deputy principal since the beginning of term one. “It’s a good opportunity,” he says. One of the areas Phillip is excited about is having an oversight of the curriculum for 2019. He says the school is on a

journey and we want to change the curriculum but it’s important to get the community and families involved to help shape it. In a personal testimony, Phillip believes he’s seen the best results from his teaching on the rugby field. He says the goal is to make great men out of the sport and explains that is something that’s continuing to happen.

Community views wanted on long term plan ‘Our city, our community, our future’ is what will drive the Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028. The community are encouraged to speak up about what council plans to do in and around the city over the next 10 years. Feedback is needed by May 3. The consultation document tells the story of work to promote growth, development and rejuvenation of Lower Hutt through investment, and outlines some of the projects that are planned for in the future. Mayor Ray Wallace says that council’s rejuvenation vision has

been widely supported in the past and this latest plan is a continuation of that vision. “In the past, the community has been supportive of our plans to invest in the growth and rejuvenation of the city. There are many of these projects underway or completed across the city. Facilities like the Walter Nash Centre have been very successful, and the soon to be completed Lower Hutt Events Centre and Fraser Park Sportsville projects will be significant assets for our community,” Ray says. He also says that while rejuvenation and revitalisation of the

city is a priority, so is keeping rates low for the community. “We’re conscious of the need to keep rates at a reasonable level, while still delivering a rejuvenation programme across the city. We are sticking to our financial strategy that ensures that rates increases do not exceed local government inflation, after allowing for growth in our city. “We’re proud to regularly have the lowest average rates rises in the Wellington region. Our robust financial management allows us to invest in our city for the benefit of both today’s ratepayers and future ratepayers, while keeping

debt within responsible limits,” he says. The overall increase in the income council receives from rates for 2018-19 is proposed to be 2.5 per cent. This is made up of an average rates increase of 1.5 per cent for existing ratepayers and the remaining 1 per cent from growth. Ray encourages everyone to have their say. “Our communities’ opinions certainly influence the decisions we make. We want to know if the community agrees with our proposals or would like us to do something else. I encourage

everyone to get informed on this draft plan and give us feedback.” Continuing council’s rejuvenation strategy is one of the proposals up for discussion in the long term plan. This would include sportsvilles in Petone and Wainuiomata and community hubs in Naenae and Wainuiomata.  There are several ways for people to get involved and have their say. The easiest way is to read the consultation document online at longtermplan and to provide feedback through the online feedback form.

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Lower Hutt’s economy solid

Lower Hutt is retail sector has shrugged off the after-effects of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and the wider economy is firing on all cylinders, according to recent data. The most recent available figures, based on card transactions, show retail spending in Lower Hutt during the December 2017 quarter jumped 14.4 per cent compared to the same 2016 quarter. This compares with 4.9 per cent growth in Wellington City and 3.6 per cent in Porirua for the same period. Lower Hutt central business district retailers experienced 13.9 per cent revenue growth for the period pulling in $529 million for the calendar year. Petone retailers’ income was boosted 17.4 per cent with a total annual revenue of $375 million. The total retail spend in Lower Hutt for the year was $1.21 billion.

Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace says retail is just one of several sets of indicators that show the city’s economy has firmed in recent years. “So it’s encouraging to see a resilient and hard-working city in action and council’s vision of the rejuvenation of our city being realised, but there’s still much to be done,” he says. Last financial year, an additional 126 businesses opened their doors in Lower Hutt bringing the total to 10,158. This number has steadily risen from 9627 in 2013, when council first introduced economic development incentives. Lower Hutt’s gross domestic product rose 1.4 per cent to $4.77 billion last financial year. This follows a decade of average annual growth of only 0.1 per cent in the wake of the global financial crisis. After several decades of relatively

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flat population growth, Lower Hutt’s population in recent years has started to rise – an estimated 1.4 and 1.3 per cent for each of the last two financial years. This brings the number of residents to an estimated 104,700, compared to 101,000 in 2013. This may not seem like a dramatic movement but between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the city’s population rose by only 0.55 per cent. To house this growing population, the number of completed residential builds climbed from 232 in the 2016 financial year to 325 in 2017. The value of building work for the 2017 calendar year was $264 million, up 21 per cent on the previous year. Last year also saw a 10 per cent increase in building consents, and 2018 is looking to be a busy year with a number of significant projects in the pipeline.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you think Easter is an important holiday, why/why not?

Chloe Young, Wainuiomata “Like many holidays, I see Easter as a time for cherishing my family and using the time to relax and spend it with family.”

Ruby Gardner, Wainuiomata “Easter is one of my favourite holidays. It’s a great reminder about love and sacrifice, and even if you don’t believe the religious reasons, you get chocolate and that’s always a bonus.”

Campbell Barry, Wainuiomata “Yes. The tighter restrictions mean it is a good opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.”

Chris Bishop, Lower Hutt “Yes, it has traditionally been an important public holiday for many people of the Christian faith in New Zealand.”

Andrew Afamasaga, Lower Hutt It’s very important. Jesus shows us how much love he has for us by taking on our sin to the cross and setting us free! Then shows us that he is the true living God in rising from the grave three days later.”

Daryl New, Wainuiomata “Yes, great to have a break before winter.”

Wellington Electricity gets approval for earthquake readiness The Commerce Commission has approved Wellington Electricity’s application to invest an additional $31 million to improve its network’s resilience to a major earthquake. In December last year, the Petone-located company made

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an urgent application to increase its prices to fund earthquake strengthening its substations, and purchasing emergency equipment and critical spares. The application followed a Government Policy Statement issued in light of the 2016

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that the Commission consider options to allow Wellington Electricity to recover resiliencerelated expenditure that was not anticipated when its price limits were set in 2014. Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale says a key feature of the de-

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Philip Marshall has vivid memories of his school days at Wainuiomata School from 1955. The author of Wainui Days was recently back at his old classroom, now the local museum, speaking to members of Wainuiomata Historical Society. Starting school in 1955, Philip enjoyed the emphasis on art, music and poetry and explained that those who liked rugby were “well catered for at the local club.” Philip liked all the teachers except

Mr Davies. “He seemed to enjoy using his strap, which he called the Brown Bomber. Most of the kids were afraid of him.” Out of school, he and his friends played on the river bank or in the bush and bike riding round the valley. “It was a safe place to be, but in our teens, we went over the hill for the bright lights and sophistication of Lower Hutt or Wellington.” Many more of Philip’s memories about growing up in Wainuiomata were also spoken about.

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Buses replaced trains over the weekend.

Buses replace trains for essential maintenance work and will impact less customers. Wellington’s rail network needs constant maintenance and upgrade work to improve reliability and reduce the number of delays to services. Much of the Easter Weekend maintenance focused on the complex entrance to Wellington Station. Due to the aging nature of the network and growing patronage demand, major investment is needed to bring it up to capacity and a modern reliable standard. Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail have submitted business cases to the government requesting additional funding to address these underlying issues. “For Wellington to have a modern, reliable, and sustainable rail network we will need major investment in our infrastructure.” Angus says.

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Buses replaced trains across the Wellington rail network over Easter Weekend while a major work and maintenance programme was carried out. Train services only operated between Masterton and Upper Hutt, with all other services being replaced by bus services. Work carried out included construction work relating to the NZTA Transmission Gully project, the start of the Traction Upgrade project on the Hutt Valley Line and maintenance of the Wellington Station Greater Wellington rail operations manager Angus Gabara says closing the lines was the only way workers could get access to the area to carry out essential maintenance to keep the trains moving. “The reason we do these works over Easter Weekend is because it is traditionally a time of lower passenger numbers


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Hutt Gas and Plumbing win nationwide award Hutt Gas and Plumbing have taken out the prestigious 2018 Master Plumber of the Year Award. The Hutt firm was presented with the accolade with directors Colleen Upton, Darren Smith and Scott Adin accepting the business award at the annual New Zealand Plumbing Awards on March 23. In her emotional acceptance speech, Colleen mentioned how “absolutely amazing” it was and that she was “really proud” of the team. Colleen is well known as a strong advocate for women in the plumbing industry. This Lower Hutt-based firm currently employs two of only 22 nationwide female plumbing

apprentices and has employed other female tradespeople over the years. “Our female plumbers and apprentices are well respected by their peers and positive feedback from our customers proves what valuable team members they are,” says Colleen. The company’s commitment to workplace diversity was just one factor behind their win. The firm has trained no fewer than 45 apprentices in the last 25 years, with many going on to start their own businesses. At least 14 plumbing businesses in Wellington are owned by or employ former Hutt Gas and Plumbing employees. Given the current shortage of skilled labour, this is a major contribution

to the local workforce. “Taking on apprentices is how we’ve grown our business bringing them from the bottom up. I’d challenge everyone to do that,” Colleen says. She thanked Master Plumbers for their support for the business and mentioned the outstanding people she’s met through participating in industry associations, branches and panels. Colleen’s speech ended her speech with: “You should never be scared to employ someone smarter than you.” Hutt Gas and Plumbing is also known for its technical expertise, and often works on specialised jobs, such as the Rangipapa Forensic Unit, Rimutaka Prison Scott Adin, Colleen Upton, Darren Smith from Hutt Gas and Plumbing. PHOTO: SUPPLIED and Bowen Hospital.

Easter fun at Pukeatua Kindergarten

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Hannah Cartmell and Landen Whaanga

The children at Pukeatua Kindergarten were treated to an Easter celebration complete with hot cross buns and an egg hunt last Thursday. A morning tea of delicious hot cross buns were kindly donated by the Taste of Europe bakery in Fairfield. This was followed by the much-anticipated draw for the Easter basket raffle draw. The baskets were full of treats donated by the families at the kindergarten and the raffle ticket sales raised $1000. Funds that will be put towards further enriching the learning environment and new resources for the children. The highlight of the morning was the Easter egg hunt. Children had great fun looking for eggs hidden in the playground and gardens. There were lots of happy smiling faces as the children filled the baskets held by the teachers for sharing later in the day. Pukeatua Kindergarten is located on Frederick Street in Wainuiomata and is part of Hutt City Kindergartens, a not-for-profit dedicated to making quality early childhood education accessible to all.

Time to check your smoke alarms Firefighters are urging families to check and test their smoke alarms, due to Fire and Emergency New Zealand attending an average of nine house fires a day. Last year, crews responded to a total of 3143 fires at residential homes throughout the country, but only half of those homes were recorded as having smoke alarms. Fire and Emergency’s principal advisor for risk management Mike Shaw says working smoke alarms save lives, giving people

an early alert to a fi re in their home and the best chance of escaping alive. Following Daylight Saving, Mike says it’s a good reminder for people to check they have smoke alarms installed and to test their batteries are working and check the alarm’s expiry date.” “A lot of people don’t realise most smoke alarms expire after ten years, so they need to replace them,” he says. Mi ke says work ing smoke

alarms are people’s only hope if there’s a house fire, especially if they’re sleeping. “When you’re asleep you generally won’t wake up if there’s a fire because once you start breathing in the toxic smoke, you go into a deeper sleep.”  For more information about smoke alarms and how to check and test them please visit www. smoke-alarms.

Don’t let the flu get you We say it every year and we make no apologies for nagging – please get your flu jab. No one is immune to the flu. It can strike at any time and can make you seriously ill and confine you to bed for at least a week. Each year, flu infects 10-20% of New Zealanders, with thousands needing the attention of their doctor, being hospitalised, and some even dying. The flu has a sudden onset and is accompanied by some (or all) of the following symptoms: • fever and chills • cough • body aches and pains • fatigue • headache. Influenza can cause pneumonia and can trigger existing medical conditions, making them worse.

Clive’s top tips to prevent the flu 1. A flu vaccination can offer proven, effective immunity against the virus. It’s free for those at high risk from complications. Talk to your doctor or the Happy Chemist team to see if you qualify. You can get your flu jab here in the familiar and private environment of our clinic in Clive’s Chemist, Monday to Saturday. “It’s quick, convenient, and you don’t need an appointment, so come on in and see us. We’d much rather you come in now for the flu jab than need to come in later for flu medication!” – Clive 2. Stay active. Exercising regularly will improve your immunity and your mood. 3. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water. 4. A healthy immune system is the best defence against cough, cold and flu. We have a range of supplements to help maintain a healthy immune system and general well-being. We’ll help you find the right options. 6. Is your house well insulated? There may be a subsidy available to help you with this, available until the end of June 2018. 7. Pay attention to hygiene. When coughing, cover your mouth, use disposable tissues, and wash your hands. And if you are unwell, please stay at home (apart from your visit to us of course!) Otherwise, you’ll spread the virus, making other people sick too. Let’s keep Wainuiomata happy and healthy!

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Wednesday April 4, 2018

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Wednesday April 4, 2018



Leadership stays the focus for sport and recreation sector

Mark Berge from Swimming Wellington, Catriona McBean from Parafed Wellington, Kit Taylor from Capital Hockey, Cam Mitchell form Cricket Wellington, Michael Woodside from Sport Wellington, Steve Rogers from Wellington Rugby, Tim Shannahan from Tennis Central, Richard Reid from Capital Football. PHOTO: Sport Wellington

Last week, the first leadership framework orientation was piloted at NZ Rugby House in Wellington with a group of chief executive officers, general managers and board members from the sport and recreation sector. A total of 22 attendees from a wide range of regional and national sporting organisations participated in the forum which involved an introduction to the new framework and the chance to give initial feedback on the various tools and resources available. Having recognised ‘leadership’ development as one of the most significant opportunities, Sport Wellington has co-led the development of the framework in partnership with Sport NZ for the past

two years. “This is an exciting initiative that has the potential to shape the future of sport and active recreation leaders and their member organisations all over New Zealand,” says Phil Gibbons, Sport Wellington chief executive officer. “This will ultimately lead to an environment that ensures people have a positive experience when they participate in sport and active recreation. “It is through improved leadership that we will eventually get the right culture inside our organisations and sector,” Phil says. The purpose of the framework is to establish a comprehensive, best-practice leadership system that reflects a shared vision within sport and recreation.

It will focus on embedding the best leadership possible at multiple levels across the broad range of settings that exist in the sector, whether for paid employees or volunteers. Learning and development will be largely self-guided and available to everyone via Sport NZ’s online learning tool, Sport Tutor. These learning opportunities will give staff and volunteers the necessary leadership skills and resources that can be applied to sport and recreation as well as other aspects of their lives. Sport Wellington will play a key role in the roll-out of the leadership framework, initially as the lead regional partner but also as a national influencer.

Wainuiomata perform well, despite defeat

Wainuiomata High School and Taita College. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata High School’s first XV have already demonstrated their performance capacity as a team, despite coming up short against Taita College in a pre-season match last week. The final score was 38-21 but coach Phillip Kauika says it didn’t really matter as the main goal was to test the younger players in an actual game environment. “We have a bunch of young players that are coming through and we wanted to test them against opposition and the whole team did really well,” Phillip says. This year, a handful of Wainuiomata’s first XV players are year 11s and Phillip says they are putting some real pressure on. “They are likely to make the squad if they continue learning as fast as they have,” he says.

From here, the high school side will continue running a number of trials to ensure they have the best combinations. This will help form final selection, Phillip says. “Parts of our patterns were completed by the team but there’s still a long way to go and a lot of hard work on our skill sets before we reach potential.” “Given the limited training and actual patterns work, [last week’s game] was a really pleasing performance and there is a tonne of potential in the players we have.” Last year, Wainuiomata came second in division three after narrowly losing to Upper Hutt College in the semi-final, 14-12. In previous years, Wainuiomata has played in a number of divisions — in 2016 they were in the final for the reputable Wellington Co-ed Cup.

Extreme Easter for water-sports Wellington Harbour held New Zealand’s premier extreme water-sports event over Easter weekend. “Waterbourne” was a three-day competition of national-level races in kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand-up Paddle boarding. Based in Eastbourne, the event included the New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals, the Kite Big Air Nationals, SUP racing, the

Waterbourne Ocean Clash, and the charity Paddle for Hope. Organiser and professional windsurfer Laurence Carey says Wellington is the perfect place to hold the extreme water-sports event. “Wellington’s harbour winds provide the perfect opportunity for wind surfers and kite surfers to race, as well as creating an awesome sight for spectators.”

Sports talk

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Change, not demise for Joseph Parker In defeat comes the chance for Joseph Parker to reinvent. While many painted a bleak outlook for his career prospects following his predictable defeat to Great Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on Sunday, realistically there’s a chance for the young Kiwi boxer to get back to the top in the future. The time has come to part ways with veteran trainer Kevin Barry and give Parker to a trainer with fresh eyes, new techniques and a more worldly perspective. Barry has taken both Parker and David Tua to world title fights offshore and both men have been out-boxed. Barry is clearly an astute boxing trainer but Parker has reached the ceiling Barry can take him. The 26-year-old had few answers to

Joshua who effectively used his height and reach advantage to jab Parker out of the contest much like Lennox Lewis did to David Tua 18 years ago. Parker did not disgrace himself but never looked like pulling off the victory. Perhaps a change of trainer and a change in environment would refreshen the Kiwi-Samoan as he goes back to the drawing board. Plan B of hoping Joshua got tired in the later rounds simply didn’t work. Time is on Parker’s side, he’s still young, but changes must be made and Barry seems a logical one. Parker proved he deserved the stage he was on in front of 80,000 people in the Welsh capital but his winning chances fizzled away quicker than David Warner’s international cricket career.


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