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Kevin and Beverly Simmonds are a testament that ‘love never fails’. The Wainuiomata husband and wife team celebrated 50 years of marriage on Friday, April 6 and say that it’s wonderful to still have each other. They were married in Lower Hutt in 1968. However, having known each other since primary school, their relationship extends beyond their anniversary. Continued on page 2. Kevin and Beverly celebrated 50 years of marriage last Friday. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
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Continued from page 2. “As we grew up, a friend of mine was getting married. I thought I’d see if ‘Little Bev’ – which is what people called Beverly back then – would like to go with me; and the rest, as they say, is history,” Kevin says. “We got engaged when we were 17-years-old. When we got married, I was 19 and Kevin was 20,” Beverly says. To mark the occasion, Kevin and Beverly went out for dinner together last Friday. They also recently
returned from a trip to Hanmer Springs. Looking back over the years, Kevin and Beverly say some of best things they’ve been able to do together was with their two sons. “We used to go for lots of trips in the Remutaka Forest Park as a family. We’d go down on the Friday and stay for the weekend. It was great,” Kevin says. They’ve lived in Wainuiomata for 47 years. Before that, they lived in Naenae. “We like it here. It’s a lovely place,” Beverly says.
Today, they keep themselves busy by looking after each other, their home, and their dog Cesar; as well as attending the gym, frequenting the Petone Workingmen’s Club and also being involved in Grey Power Wainuiomata. Despite Kevin’s health concerns, the duo remains strong and enjoy spending time together. Beverly says they’ve had ups and downs, but everyone does. “It’s lovely to be in love,” she says.
Our city, our community, our future – community views wanted Ray Wallace is asking for the Wainuiomata community not to forsake their voice when it comes to consultation on Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan. ‘Our city, our community, our future’ is the consultation document for the Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 and the community are encouraged to speak up about what council plans to do in and around the city over the next 10 years. The Lower Hutt mayor says 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,” Ray says. “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,” he says. In regards to the long term plan, council is focused on continuing its rejuvenation strategy with several Wainuiomata specific projects in the pipeline. Of these are the set up of a Sportsville facility and a revamped community hub that Ray says are important for Wainuiomata. “Sportsville is about bringing many clubs under one roof. A lot of work has been done with local clubs to date. Sportsville is about future-proofing our local sports clubs well into the future,” Ray says. “A future revamped community hub will be an important asset to Wainuiomata. We’ve seen great success with other hubs and it will be very exciting to kick things off in Wainuio-
Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace wants the public to speak up in regards to the Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
mata. We will be discussing with the people of Wainuiomata exactly what they need from a community hub so that we can ensure it meets the community’s needs.” Feedback is needed by May 3. “Our communities’ opinions
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Taking on Othello at Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival By Dan Whitfield
For the first time in several years, Wainuiomata High School has a team of passionate performers competing in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Two groups of students will perform their 15 minute scenes from the works of William Shakespeare, with Wainuiomata focusing on Othello. Emily Goldie, acting head of faculty for literacy at the high school and director, says thestudents and staff involved have been working hard to put together a competitive performance piece. The Wainuiomata students will be taking the stage on Wednesday, April 11 and will be up against students from 10 to 15 other high schools. “It’s exciting. We’ve been working hard since the beginning of the year and the cast is dedicated,” Emily says. Kaia Williams, who is one of the performers in the group, says it was great growing with the other students and as their characters. “We’d known each other for ages but it was great to hang out with everyone,” Kaia says. The students met several times throughout the week, including Saturdays – sessions they called the breakfast club. “I’m proud of what I’m doing because other than this, the only performance I’ve done is kapa haka.” Othello is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. Emily says the group will
Half-term fun for kids of all ages The best scale modellers flock to Wellington as New Zealand’s largest scale model show comes to Upper Hutt over April 21 and 22. Event organiser Grant Matchett says there will be lots for children of all ages to see and do at the expo. The expo is being held at the Upper Hutt Arts and Entertainment Centre.
Grease is the word The music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will set the scene for greasers from the T-birds and the sassy, popular clique of girls that make up the Pink Ladies at Wainuiomata High School this August. The school is gearing up for its first production in several years, kicking things off with the cult classic musical, Grease. Kirsten Coetzee, who looks after performing arts at the high school, took the initiative to start things again, and will produce the up-coming production.
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Wainuiomata High School students Michell Engel, Kaia Williams, Larissa Smith, Jay Bell, Hannah Scrimshaw, and Sagar Sami acting out a scene.
show snippets of Othello, and convey the emotions behind it. Other students involved are Michell Engel, Larissa Smith, Jay Bell, Hannah Scrimshaw, and Sagar Sami.
T h e ot h e r g r oup f r om Wainuiomata High School will be performing a student-directed, five minute piece also focused on Othello. The Sheilah Winn Shake-
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Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 consultation document, Our city, our community, our future, is now available for community feedback. Those wishing to have their say can do so from today, Tuesday, April 3 until Thursday, May 3. Our city, our community, our future tells the story of council’s 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. There are several ways for people to get involved and have their say. The easiest way is to read the consultation document online at huttcity.govt.nz/ longtermplan.
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inbrief news Pathway on Wainuiomata Hill on track Work on the much-anticipated $11.1million Wainuiomata Shared Pathway, some 10 years in the making, is tracking along well. With an estimated 15-18 month build-time, the new 4m wide off-road sealed and separated pathway will provide pedestrians and cyclists safe access up and over the steep and winding Wainuiomata Hill Road once complete. It will also boost access to existing mountain bike trails and walkways and improve connectivity between the wider Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata. Already big changes have started to be made along Wainuiomata and Gracefield roads.
Sister city relationships continue Hutt City Council’s sister city relationships continue to grow as it prepares to host the Sister Cities New Zealand Conference in May. The council works with the Hutt Sister City Foundation, the Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust and our international partners to develop education, cultural exchange, business development, sport and tourism opportunities with Minoh City, Japan; Taizhou City, China; Tempe City, Arizona, USA; and Xi’an City, China. The Sister Cities New Zealand Conference will be hosted by Lower Hutt between the May 24-26. The Conference will take place at the ARISE Centre, 3 Pito-One Road, Korokoro, Lower Hutt.
New head teacher joins the team By Dan Whitfield
Hannah Cartmell has had a few months to settle into her new position and says she loves being part of Pukeatua Kindergarten. The Wainuiomata woman has been passionate about childhood education since her teens, and has been working in the sector since 2006. She started as the head teacher at the Wainuiomata-based kindergarten in February after working in other areas of early childhood education. “I became really interested after having my second child. It was always something I was passionate about,” Hannah says. Hannah says she loves being part of the community and that her team is passionate about what they do. “Having my own team is nice. It’s great to have
the children and family connections again because it was something I’d been missing,” she says. She explains that it’s positive being part of the Hutt City Kindergartens because Pukeatua is one of six kindergartens, making it a saturated area. For Hannah, she’s had a number of highlights this year already. The first was a successful Easter celebration at her kindergarten, another was getting this year’s programme up and running. Outside of work, Hannah is heavily involved with family, with four children two being step children - of her own. “I do lots of family stuff,” she says. Back to the new position, Hannah says it has been “really nice to get to know the community” and looks forward to the year ahead.
Hannah Cartmell, head teacher at Pukeatua Kindergarten. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Following in Mike’s footsteps By Dan Whitfield
David Grigg is following in his dad’s footsteps by being present
at the Autism New Zealand breakfast at Parliament. The young man is the son of the late Mike Grigg, who
unfortunately passed away in February. Mike was a vibrant Wainuiomata resident who contributed
Remembering the Wahine Local historian Shelley Dunford will present the oral history projects she undertook to record the stories of 17 people involved in the 1968 Wahine disaster. The visual presentation with audio clips will reveal perspectives previously unconsidered, and work to give a wider social context around the way in which authority (or chain of command) was not challenged at that time. The event is on Saturday, April 14 and will be at the Petone Settlers Museum from 11am; free admission.
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to many causes throughout his life especially to those relating to people with disabilities. David joined Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace at the event on Wednesday last week. The Autism New Zealand breakfast was hosted by Carmel Sepuloni, the Labour MP and Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues. The event was part of Austism Awareness Week that ran from April 2 to 8. Ray says the event was “wonderful” and that it was nice to hear a special mention of Mike and all his work he did with Autism New Zealand.
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Sister school scholarship up for grabs Wainuiomata High School is giving one of its students an opportunity to go to Japan on a three-month exchange with its sister-school in Japan. The opportunity is open to one year 12 student who will be granted a scholarship to attend the Iizuka High School from July this year. Wainuiomata High School and Iizuka High School have been sister schools since October 2016. As part of the exchange, the school will cover the costs of flights, accommodation, and transport. The family of the student selected will also host an exchange student from Japan. The ideal student will need to be of a good character and have good NCEA results from level one, and be on track to pass level two. In the last few years a number of students have visited Iizuka High School including Connor Grindlay and Shannon Crome.
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Affordable fresh fruit and vegetables just got a whole lot more accessible in Wainuiomata. The Fruit and Vege Co-op, has been providing low cost fruit and vegetables for families in Wainuiomata since 2015. Recently, it also added three schools to its initiative: Arakura School, Fernlea School and Wainuiomata Primary School. Co-ordinator pastor Andrew Sa’u says their central hub was still at Valley Church on Fitzherbert Road, but including schools as pick up points made it easier for families. “We are really passionate about getting
kids healthy. Working with schools is a good way to achieve that,” Andrew says. Labour List MP Ginny Andersen is a big supporter of the initiative. She says the co-op is doing some outstanding work in making fresh fruit and vegetables more accessible for kids in Wainuiomata. “There is strong evidence that shows children who eat healthy have better life outcomes as they grow up. With the work the Co-op is doing, they are making a real difference,” Ginny says. The Fruit and Vege Co-op helps bring healthy food to the Wainuiomata neighbourhood just for $12 a week.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: With daylight saving comes winter, what do you most like about the colder months?
Jimmy Waitere, Wainuiomata “Winter sports.”
Shaqhan Roberts, Wainuiomata “Playing in the snow if there is snow.”
Carlee Reid-O’connell, Wainuiomata “Blankets in bed instead of being too hot.”
Ginny Andersen, Lower Hutt “Warm casseroles and flannelette sheets.”
Mea’ole Keil, Wainuiomata “Playing in the snow.”
Hannah Cartmell, Wainuiomata “Being spread out on the couch in front of the fire with the kids.”
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Things happening, why not mall? Dear editor, It’s pleasing to see lots happening in Wainuiomata. I’m meaning the retirement village and also the shared path over the hill all going ahead as planned. But when are we going to hear about the future of the mall. Isn’t it time we heard something
about what is going to happen? I heard rumours there was an announcement set to be made earlier this year. Has the Wainuiomata News investigated this? I’d love to see the facility get a full make over and see it like it was back in the day, and I’m sure others would also back me in that.
Wainuiomata is a great place and has great people, so we deserve a great mall. So what’s happening with the mall, I ask? Yours sincerely, Mall advocate (Name withheld) Wainuiomata.
Gardeners united for Harvest Festival
A community evening for Curriculum 19 has been organised at Wainuiomata High School and parents are invited. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News File
Curriculum changes planned for students Wainuiomata Gardeners Club’s recent event.
Wainuiomata gardeners had a lot to share this month. The Wainuiomata Gardeners Club’s annual general meeting, followed by the annual Harvest Festival. Members brought plants, produce, preserves and other items which were auctioned off to raise money for the club. As part of the meeting, Lynn Dowman was voted in as president again, and many of the former committee were re-elected. This month’s Wainuiomata Gardeners Club competition winners were: single bloom - first, Wendy Paulik, Rose;
second, Christine Fawcett, rose; third, Doreen Hore, dahlia. Shrub – first, Raewyn Davies, rose; second, Joy Jones, lemon balm; third, Joyce Lockyer, hydrangea. Spike cluster – first, Jill Summers, delphinium; second, Doreen Hore, nerine; third, Jackie Dobbs, nerine. Fruit – first, Jill Summers, Fig; second, Jackie Dobbs, grapes; third, Jan Hansen, apple. Vegetable – first, Raewyn Davies, aubergine; second, Barbara Boardman, parsnip; third, Doreen Hore, cucumber. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 1 from 7.30pm at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall.
Do you want to hear more about what Curriculum 19 will mean for students at Wainuiomata High School? A community evening has been organised and parents are invited. In 2019, Wainuiomata High School is set to change its junior curriculum, meaning year nine and 10 students will have the opportunity to learn a different way. Curriculum 19 involves two major changes to the current system. Currently the school has a system where students choose optional subjects such as music, art, hard materials, foods, languages and ICT alongside the traditional subjects of English, maths, science, social studies and physical education. Deputy principal Phillip Kauika says he believes the current approach does not allow links to be made across the different learning areas and it makes engagement for students
more difficult. “We don’t want students forced to select options that they don’t want to do,” he says. Phillip says next year, the school will adopt a new approach that is “student-centred and allows students passions, skillsets and values to be placed first.” “It also allows for links across curriculums to be made and to strengthen the learning students receive.” The new model consists of a mix of courses, a day that has been dubbed as a ‘My Personal Learning Day’ and semester based learning. “The perspectives of our community are extremely important and we would welcome any feedback offered,” he says. Information has been emailed to parents and more will be discussed at the Curriculum 19 community evening from 6pm on Wednesday, April 11. It will be held at the high school.
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Throwback to Wainuiomata’s Triability Triathlon
The 2018 TriAbility Triathlon might be over but the Wainuiomata News wanted to celebrate organisers and competitors. More than 150 athletes of all abilities got out their sports gear to take part on March 17. This was the fifth year that Sport
Wainuiomata has partnered with the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust to run the event. Every year, it attracts more and more locals, from those participating to those on the sideline showing their support. If you took part, results are now on the Sport Wainuiomata website. Patrick Berrio, centre, with support from his family.
ABOVE: Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace with the Sport Wainuiomata team, Peter and Terina Cowan LEFT: Kerry Mc Farlane has her competitors number attached by Jaymie Rangiuia
Team Peanuts cross the finish line, Maddis, 12,Tira Cairns, Zion Mita, 1, Kiara Henderson, 11.
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Future of bus services to be discussed By Dan Whitfield
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Salvation Army calls for extra help The Salvation Army is asking people with spare time to help it help end poverty in New Zealand. The not-for-profit organisation is expanding its search for collectors as part of its annual Red Shield Appeal week set to be held from April 30 to May 6. The appeal raises funds to support its frontline services tackling poverty in New Zealand. In the past, the organisation has used volunteers from among its staff and church members and people it has helped who want to give back. However, after a positive response from the public last year, it is sending out the call again, offering the public the chance to join for an hour or more. Salvation Army community engagement manager Rhondda Middleton says she is extremely grateful for people who gave their time to collect in the past, and the strong backing the appeal receives from the public each year. “Your generous donation of time will give people more chances to give and help The Salvation Army to support more New Zealanders living in poverty,” Rhondda says. People who want to sign up as a collector can go to The Salvation Army’s website. Volunteering as a collector was not just of benefit to the Salvation Army and its clients, there were upsides for the collector as well, Rhondda says. “You really get to feel like you’re part of something big and making a difference. And the number of compliments you get for The Salvation Army’s work during your time collecting is just amazing.” Each year in New Zealand, The Salvation Army helps more than 60,000 families who are struggling to make ends meet. This support is wide-ranging and includes food and practical aid parcels, budgeting advice, social work, counselling, accommodation assistance and more.
With NZ Bus proposing to cut its Hutt Valley connection of the Airport Flyer bus route as well as the number 80 Wainuiomata commuter bus service, Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry and Labour List MP Ginny Andersen are taking action. The duo will be hosting a meeting on public transport tomorrow, Thursday April 12 to discuss the future of the services around Lower Hutt. NZ Bus 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. The Airport Flyer currently runs daily between the airport and Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt and the Wainuiomata bus is the only service running from the suburb directly to Wellington City. 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. Campbell says Thursday’s meeting was an opportunity for people to learn more about the future of our bus services and wider changes. It would also be a chance for people to show their support for retaining the services. “We will be discussing the future of the Wainuiomata commuter bus (80) and the Airport Flyer,” Campbell says. He also explains there will also be more information on some of the positive changes rolling out on June 17. Ginny says there was a lot of concern about the future of the commuter and airport services. “We want to do everything we can to retain these services for Wainuiomata and the wider Hutt Valley,” she says. The meeting will have presentations from key stakeholders and is an opportunity for people to ask questions. It will be held from 7pm at Petone Rugby Club, Udy Street, Petone.
Vulnerable communities targeted by pokies New Zealanders who use pokies are being harmed through the targeting of vulnerable communities and machines deliberately designed to entice harmful gambling behaviour, The Salvation Army’s head of Addiction Services Lieutenant Colonel Lynette Hutson says. The latest figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show $870 million was spent on pokies last year—increasing for the third year in a row despite there being fewer machines. Wainuiomata has a number of locations that have pokies including the town’s local pubs. This continues a trend of increasing spend on pokies since 2014, driven in part by the destructive design features of the pokie machines, Lynette says. “The design of these machines is highly sophisticated and uses machine and game characteristics to encourage risky gambling behaviour. Research shows the number of people gambling is reducing, but the number gambling harmfully remains stable and it is suggested this may be due to changes in the design of pokie machines,” Lynette says. Independent research needs to be carried out focused on the impact of design features to help develop effective consumer protection strategies, she says. A disproportionate amount of that harm is being felt by our poorest communities, as the machines continue to be targeted to our most vulnerable people, Lynette says.
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“These people are already vulnerable and their communities are saturated with machines. It becomes a vicious cycle preying on their vulnerability. They’re more likely to gamble, because there are more machines available in those communities and they are more likely to fall prey to them.” The department’s figures show only a third of money spent on pokies was returned to the community through gaming machine trusts last year, meaning the vast majority of what New Zealanders gamble is lost
to taxes and operating costs. A report for the Ministry of Health last year showed gambling causes almost three times as much harm to New Zealanders as drug disorders, as well as the individual lives that are ruined, Lynette says. “The stigma and the shame destroy people and prevent them from getting the help they need.” Those who believe they need help should contact the Gambling Helpline on 0800 654 655 or gamblinghelpline.co.nz.
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Wednesday April 11, 2018
Starling and Komet shoot to victory By Ellen O’Dwyer-Cunliffe MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Wainuiomata’s Jayde Starling and her pony Komet. PHOTO: YK STEWART PHOTOGRAPHY
Naliyah and Taylah-Rose setting an example Naliyah Te Maari and Taylah-Rose Brown prepared for months so that they could participate in the 2018 Tri-Ability Triathlon for the first time. With the support and encouragement of their whanau, school and the wider Wainuiomata community, they managed to complete the event. The Tri-Ability Triathlon was held on 17 March in Wainuiomata
Meet Wainuiomata’s dream team. Jayde Starling and her pony Komet’s Victory have won Champion Pleasure Pony at Horse of the Year 2018. Jayde, 17, won out over 11 top competitors in the discipline at the event held in Hastings over March 13-18. Pleasure is a category in equestrian where the pony or horse is said to be a pleasure to ride. Among the marking criteria are the horse’s manners, how it moves, and the quality of match between horse and rider. For Jayde, winning was a huge surprise. “I never thought I’d win…I knew my pony could do it but I just didn’t believe I could do it. It was our first time being there, and his first time ever, so it was amazing.” Jayde began riding Komet 18 months ago, and felt an instant connection with him. “Every time I ride Komet or I’m around him I feel so safe and happy.” She says competing with Komet
has been incredible. “He’s given me so much confidence and taken me so far.” Jayde’s mum Mandy Starling attributes the win to Jayde’s sheer hard work. “She has worked her absolute butt off. She would be up at five in the morning to go to horse shows, she’s working with the horses every night…she’s worked really hard,” Mandy says. Jayde fits her daily riding practice in around a part-time job and her year 13 studies at Sacred Heart College. Mandy highlights the bond between Jayde and Komet. “The two of them just excelled together and were just a fantastic team.” She says watching her daughter win was a proud moment. “It was honestly the best thing ever.” As Jayde has turned 17, she can no longer ride a pony at national competitions, and will sadly have to sell Komet. She remains determined to keep practising throughout the winter, and hopes to compete at Horse of the Year 2019 with her new horses, Manawa and Sonic.
Fantastic start for Ulalei
and the girls competed in a slightly modified version of the event. Although both girls were a little nervous and the transitions between the sporting codes were tricky, they were proud of their efforts. Next year, the two Wainuiomata High School teenagers hope to encourage more of their whanau and friends to be involved.
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Friendly Games need some fire Being fully immersed and on the ground at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, I must tip my hat to the Aussies on being quality hosts - something New Zealand could learn from. Dubbed ’The Friendly Games’, the 11-day event is certainly living up to that billing. A night at the swimming and track cycling has been enjoyable with volunteers friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. Public transport is a breeze to use. The cost is built into your ticket price so you simply hop on and hop off. The track cycling at the Anna Meares Velodrome (or as Kiwis named it, The Sarah Ulmer Velodrome) was more than two hours away from our Broadbeach base. Despite needing a tram, train and bus to get there, it was easily achievable.
I must admit, there’s a lack of intensity in some of the events, the celebrations aren’t filled with as much visible raw emotion of an Olympics or even World Championships. That’s not to say the athletes aren’t trying but it’s certainly not a career-defining event for most. The New Zealand flag continues to look a lot like the Australian one which is frustrating as a spectator - but we’ve voted on that issue, haven’t we? The stadium experience trumps everything in New Zealand. The ease of getting to the venue, finding your seat, getting food and then leaving again eclipses New Zealand on our best night. It’s fun to watch more obscure sports have their moment in the sun but there is a feeling Commonwealth glory doesn’t mean as much as it once did.
Ulalei 3. Back row from left, Ruth Sopoaga, Holly Houpapa, Alicia Tomokino-Geale, Ake McCarthy, Angela Milovale, and Doris Tagaloa. Front row from left, Lace Tangianau, Esther Sopoaga, Cerie Milovale, Bree Itula, and Jamie-Rose Kydd. PHOTO: T Sagaga
The Netball Hutt Valley competition has started with Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club doing well in their first game of the season. Ulalei 3 had a fantastic start winning four of its five grading games and drawing its last game. The young side consists of mainly secondary school players from Wainuiomata High School, St Mary’s College and Chilton St James. All players displayed excellent defence with numerous intercepts from Cerie Milovale and Doris Tagaloa frustrating the opposition shooters. The turnover ball was brought down easily by attackers Alicia Tomokino-Geale, Lace Tangianau and Angela Milovale for the shooters to convert.
Captain Jamie-Rose Kydd was pleased with the team’s first hit out. “It’s great to see the team return and continue our improving performance from last year. We all enjoyed today and are looking forward to next weekend,” Jamie-Rose says. Ulalei 3 is coached by Tunis Cook, who says it was good solid start for the young team. Ulalei 3 has one more grading day on Saturday, April 14 to finalise their grade for the season. The season for all teams starts on Saturday, April 21. Results from all games last weekend were: Ulalei 3 v Wellington All Sports Club 1, 17–10; v Stokes Valley Rugby, 22–9; v Stokes Valley Rugby 2, 25–7; v St Orans 2, 19–8; v Upper Hutt Maidstone United 6, 17-all.
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