Wednesday April 4, 2018
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
Kaikoura earthquakes, which increased the risk of a major earthquake occurring in Wellington and highlighted the capital city’s vulnerability to seismic activity. The statement outlined the Gover n ment’s expect ation
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-
cision has been to set a resilience quality standard that incentivises Wellington Electricity to complete this urgent work. The investment is expected to result in a typical consumer’s monthly bill of $185 increasing by about $1.70.
Revisiting childhood memories
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Philip Marshall has revisited his memories of school. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Margaret Willard
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.
Wainuiomata News 04-04-18