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Wednesday April 4, 2018

inbrief news Easter weekend ‘tragic’

New position, new opportunities

“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 www.huttcity.govt.nz/ longtermplan and to provide feedback through the online feedback form.

Hon. Meka Whaitiri MP for Ikaroa Rāwhiti

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