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A new community space is set to add to the vibrant town centre vision of Love Wainuiomata and Hutt City Council. Recently, work started on the first part of the project to develop Queen Street. The Lions Club of Wainuiomata jumped on board in support, helping fund the first of many community spaces - with this one featuring a barbecue. Continued on page 2. Lions Club of Wainuiomata’s Geoff Auty, Ian Barnett, Neil Watkins, Allan O’Brien, and Tanya Symington are happy to support the town centre vision. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Community space adds to vibrant town centre vision Continued from page 1. Though work on the space only started recently, it is set to be completed by early May and a free sausage sizzle will be held to celebrate. Esther Venning, from Love Wainuiomata, says it’s about putting our community’s vision into action. “Locals have asked for a vibrant town centre and we’re delivering it. This is the first project within a wider Queen St plan that we’ve been developing with assistance from Hutt City Council,” Esther says.
“The full plan reflects our community vision for a vibrant heart where people can feel at home and enjoy a range of activities as well as to relax and socialise,” she says. The Queen St plan can be viewed at the Wainuiomata Community Hub and the community barbecue is the first stage that has had strong public support. It provides staged development identifying areas as ‘units’ which can be developed independently of each other but still together as part of the vision.
Esther says this will bring people into the beautiful reserve area as well as offering a freeto-use double electric barbecue for local residents. The space will also include a drinking fountain, seating and shade sails set to be installed over summer. “You can just see it over summer with the adults doing a cook up under the shade sails and kids kicking a ball around,” says Esther. Love Wainuiomata’s current funding ends in June 2018 and they’ll be asking Hutt City
Council to fund them again to deliver this work ahead of time and would love community feedback to support their submission. If funding is received, the next area to be developed will be the first unit, followed by the fifth. Possibilities for developments include another barbecue, exercise equipment, play equipment or seating. In addition to the plan, Love Wainuiomata is also working closely with Wainuiomata RSA to develop the areas next to the Cenotaph.
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The forces of nature were on full display in Lower Hutt recently but so also were the forces of engineering. Maintenance Engineering Society visited the Callaghan Institute in Lower Hutt for their Kaeser Compressors Network Evening earlier this month.
A hardy bunch of souls braving inclement weather were rewarded with a look at the cutting edge of engineering materials at the sprawling Lower Hutt facility. Ian Brown presented the facility to the group before handing over to his multina-
tional team of boffins to explain their areas of expertise. The government-funded advanced material group conduct foundation studies on materials in a bid to match material solutions to industry demands. The group were presented
with the intimate workings of these speciality and leading edge disciplines by Ian’s team. More impressive than the technology on show was the passion of the individuals, leaving a lasting impression on those who braved the Wellington weather.
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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.
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.
Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry, and Labour List MP Ginny Andersen. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Dan Whitfield
NZ Bus has decided to continue operating the Airport Flyer to and from Lower Hutt, as well as the direct commuter buses from Wainuiomata to Wellington. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, Hutt City Council’s Mayor Ray Wallace and councillor Campbell Barry, and Labour List MP Ginny Anderson have been working together for months to ensure the bus services continued. An announcement was made at a public meeting in Lower Hutt last week and comes after six weeks of uncertainty. More than 100 people were in
attendance. Chris says it is “outstanding news for Hutt residents”. “I’m just delighted that NZ Bus has decided to continue these services, even though they will have a reduced presence in the Hutt from mid-year as a result of the regional public transport shake-up.” This is a big win for the thousands of Hutt residents who asked that these important services be retained, he says. Ray was one of the first to share the news on social media last week. “It’s great news for the local community and bus passengers. It’s been awesome working with Ginny Anderson,
Chris Bishop and Campbell Barry as a team effort to get this result and we are very thankful to NZ Bus for listening to the concerns of our community,” Ray says. “This is a great example of people power working,” Chris adds. “While we’ve got to see the fine print from NZ Bus, this is a big victory for the Hutt and I’m stoked residents will be able to continue to use these very popular and useful services” he says. Ginny says that this result showed the importance of people making their voices heard. “Full credit to NZ Bus but the real winners of the day are
people in the Hutt. If we want fewer cars on our roads then people need to have faith in our public transport system,” she says. Despite petitions attracting over 17,000 signatures calling to save the services, the uncertainty around the future of the service has been because NZ Bus is set to lose most of its Hutt Valley contracts on June 17. “This means that it’s really important that we get right behind these services so they are kept long term,” Campbell says. NZ Bus is set to take another look at the services later this year.
Gardeners’ meeting The Wainuiomata Gardeners Club’s next meeting is Tuesday, May 1 from 7.30pm at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall.
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.
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inbrief news Fresh fruit for families 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.
Curriculum changes for students 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.
Lower Hutt’s economy solid The Lower Hutt retail sector has shrugged off the after-effects of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and the city’s 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 sameperiod.
Road safety charity welcomes Government announcement Brake, a road safety charity, has welcomed the recent announcement by Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter. Government announced that it would look at introducing Vision Zero and work towards zero deaths and serious injuries on roads. The charity’s New Zealand director Caroline Perry says she is really pleased to hear this announcement, “particularly the inclusion of Vision Zero and the recognition that no death on our roads is acceptable.” Caroline says the announcement, and the Draft Policy
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barriers to prevent head-on crashes and better minimum safety standards for vehicles,” Caroline says. The charity is urging local government representatives who attended the summit to also take action locally to prevent more road deaths and injuries. Caroline also spoke at the summit about the impact road crashes have on families. “We want to see action from this summit, for local leaders to talk to their communities, investigate what can work for their towns and region, and implement measures locally to save lives,” she says.
Volunteers to be rewarded for hard work Do you know any volunteers who make the Hutt Valley great? Nominations for the Hutt City Council Civic Awards 2018 close soon, so there’s not much time left to put forward these community heroes. The awards acknowledge locals who have volunteered their time to services that benefit residents or organisations in Lower Hutt. There are two categories that people can be nominated for. The first is the voluntary community service, recognising outstanding, long-term voluntary community service. The second is the youth service, recognising outstanding voluntary community service by those aged 15 to 25 years-old. Last year’s award recipients were: Jan Heine, and Merilyn Merrett, both awarded for community services; Brent Ludlam, awarded for youth
Last year’s Civic Award winners Wainuiomata Marae kaumatua Hepetema and Mate Taitua with former Wainuiomata High School student and now Wainuiomata Community Board member Gabriel Tupou. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield.
activities; Hepetema and Mate Taitua, awarded for cultural affairs; and Gabriel Tupou, awarded for youth services.
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the country’s roads. Earlier this year, a 71-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash in Wainuiomata. The man was backing out of his driveway in Wise Street when his vehicle was hit by a car travelling along Wise Street. The impact of the collision flipped the man’s vehicle on to its side and the man sustained head injuries and his arm was trapped under his vehicle. “There are proven measures that reduce deaths and serious injuries that New Zealand has been slow to implement, including safer speeds, infrastructure such as median
Recipients receive a certificate and silver medal presented to them by Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace at the Volunteer Awards celebration
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To learn more or to download the nomination form, go to huttcity.govt.nz/civicawards.
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Young performers are being given the chance to act thanks to a new community programme for children. Acting Out NZ has only been going for around two weeks however, the community is in full support. The programme has been organised by Victoria Nelson, Emily Weston, and Coral and Jeremy Yuile, who are also members of Wainuiomata Little Theatre. Their goal is to share their acting
knowledge and skills with the younger generations who want to be involved with performing arts. The emphasis is to target Wainuiomata children, but is also open to those from the wider Hutt Valley, between the ages of eight and 16 who want to act but are often too young for regular theatre productions. The Acting Out friends felt there was a need to have a youth-centred option specifically for Wainuiomata. “We’re not after Oscar-winning performers, although who
knows? It’s about giving them experience,” the team say. “It’s about confidence building – and not just for those interested in musical theatre. We want to get children off their devices and engaging in something different.” As part of the sessions, children learn about diction, stage presence, singing and stage craft so that when they’re old enough they will have the knowledge and skills needed to get more involved in musical theatre. “We’ve already seen engagement from children who have taken part
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in the taster sessions. Children loved it and it was nice to see parents stay to watch,” she says. “We wanted to pass on our passion for musical theatre to the younger generation. It’s in Wainuiomata for the Wainuiomata community.” Once the 10-week term starts on April 29, sessions will run every Sunday 3pm to 5pm at Louise Bilderbeck Hall in Wainuiomata. The ‘Acting Out’ kids will work towards a production or review at the end of this year – over 10 children have already enrolled.
Grease is the word, especially at Wainuiomata High School. The music of Frankie Valli and 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 fi rst 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. The Wainuiomata News went to a practice /audition day where students were learning the dance moves for the production. Interest was high with around 30 students turning up. The production is set to be held on August 2 and 3. Several of the students taking part were also involved in the recent Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Two groups of students performed their 15 minute scenes from the works of William Shakespeare, with Wainuiomata focusing on Othello.
it’s that time again Every three years we turn to you to ask for your feedback on what we plan to do over the next 10 years. You may be wondering what you can do to influence the future of the city or if the Long Term Plan really affects you? The Long Term Plan focuses on the many services delivered by Hutt City Council. It’s relevant to everyone whether you are young or old, a resident or a visitor, a rate payer or not. It even affects your beloved pet. There are lots of different ways to get involved: • Go online • Talk to our friendly staff • Attend one of our public meetings • Complete a submission form Consultation is open 3 April to 3 May. To have your say or find out more see our website at huttcity.govt.nz/longtermplan
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How important is healthy living for you and your family?
Louana Fruean, Wainuiomata “It’s extranormously important. I don’t know if that’s a word, but it’s my word for this. I run every day and eat well; being healthy is important.”
Ake Pereira, Wainuiomata “Very important, primarily because it prevents diseases.”
Victoria SeupuleMose, Wainuiomata “It’s definitely important for myself and for the next generation and showing them what’s good to eat.”
Meto Keil, Wainuiomata “It’s hard but I consider it very important.”
Tau Sau, Wainuiomata “It’s good. If you give your body nutrients it helps you stay healthy and you feel energised.”
Andrew Sa’u, Wainuiomata “It is your life. If you healthy it helps you live longer.”
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Thankful for ladies who helped after attack Dear editor, Today whilst walking our family dog “Holly” (a miniature poodle), down the main road, a very large dog, came bounding out of a property and whilst not attacking viciously it certainly showed aggression towards Holly. Even with Holly on her lead, they both ended up on the main road, then
it was trying to jump up on me and clamped on to my jacket sleeve. I am in my late seventies and of slight build and I was overwhelmed, cars continued by blithely ignorant or unaware. But two very kind ladies stopped their car and took charge of the situation allowing Holly and I to get away.
I want to take the time to show my total appreciation and gratitude to these two wonderful ladies, thank you so much Yours sincerely, Joyce Owens Wainuiomata
Road safety tips for careless drivers Dear editor, It’s the careless drivers that cause accidents and the ones with a heavy foot on the pedal. You could have the best roads in the world and yet there are still idiots driving recklessly. Before blaming the present government about our roads, take a good look at your own driving. Let us not forget what all licensed drivers read in the road code Drivers watch your following distance, always. if you want to live long, take your foot a few clicks off the pedal. Keep to the speed limit, always. Be mindful of children around school
drop off and pick up points, no speeding in these limited speed areas please - keep children safe, always. Put your car lights on when needed. It’s important we can all see each other on the road. In car accidents, often the innocent get involved as well. Think of the suffering you would cause if you are less than diligent while driving. More care, less speed! Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Lower Hutt
Two weeks to say what you think of regional long-term plan With two weeks to go until consultation on Greater Wellington’s long term plan ends, people from throughout the region are encouraged to think about what kind of region they want in the next 10 years. “It’s important to council that people’s thoughts about the region’s future are translated into submissions that guide us on making decisions based on community views. We are elected by you to make decisions on your behalf – but we can’t act for you if we haven’t heard from you,” says Greater Wellington chairman Chris Laidlaw. The proposals planned for the next
decade would require an annual average increase over the next financial year of $30.89 or $2.57 per month for residential ratepayers across the region. Key drivers of this increase include ongoing investment in the council’s public transport transformation programme – including the range of fare discounts for public transport users planned for introduction this year for students, children, disabled people and off-peak travel. Other critical areas are work in flood protection, freshwater and biodiversity programmes, and building more resilience into core infrastructure.
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‘High moral calibre’: officers honoured for rescuing wanted man Two Wellington police officers are being recognised for saving a man who jumped into a fast-flowing river to escape police. Sergeant Billy-Ray Slight and constable Aaron Wilkins will both receive silver medals from the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand for bravery. They performed a high-risk but calculated daytime rescue of a man in Hutt River at the end of June 2016. It all started when the injured 25-year-old was involved in a fleeing driver incident and leapt into the water. He rapidly got into trouble, was struggling to stay afloat and thought he was going to drown. In a combined selfless act of police work, Billy-Ray and Aaron shed their excess gear and swam from opposite sides of the river to reach the man. The river was in flood and the current was strong and against them. The determined officers managed to rescue the man, calmed him down and took him to shore, but not before all three were carried 250 metres downstream past Melling Bridge. “To win this award is quite humbling. I happened to be the right person in the right place. The
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speed of the river made swimming difficult, however I’m pleased we made a difference that day,” says Billy-Ray. Aaron commented; “I’m humbled to be a recipient of this prestigious medal. My thanks goes out to the other officers involved, those who assisted in the fleeing driver incident and helped pull us and the injured man from the river. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our colleagues.” Wellington Police District Commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle commended the pair for their actions. “Sergeant Slight and Constable Wilkins showed tremendous
courage that day. They focussed on human life and put this man first. He was in need and police came to his aid in extremely testing circumstances. I am immensely proud of my staff. They are thoroughly deserving of their awards,” Sam says. The man, now 27, is currently serving a prison sentence. Since the rescue, he has expressed his gratitude to police for saving him. He says the officers have given him a second chance to turn his life around. Royal Humane Society of New Zealand patron Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy will present the medals in June.
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Calls to Lifeline support lines on the up New data reveals calls to Lifeline for suicide support nationwide have increased to 159,616 over 12 months. Wellington has seen an increase in calls from 23,056 to 24,116. To combat this, more than 2000 people who are part of the 46 Snap Fitness clubs around New Zealand are this month fundraising via an eight-week challenge promoting mental and physical wellbeing. Lifeline hopes the initiative will help fund support in the Wellington region. Lifeline Aotearoa clinical manager Renee Mathews says while awareness is increasing around suicide prevention there are still many gaps in the system. “We see people come through our helplines who need ongoing support and it’s just not available to them. They are not mentally ill, but they are starting to struggle and need help with how to cope,” Renee says. “The conversation needs to turn towards suicide prevention awareness. We need to be having regular chats about what works in promoting mental health and preventing suicide and what role each person in the community can play. “We need more conversations about the topic of survival, hope and recovery from people
who have survived a suicide attempt or are learning to live well with mental health related illness,” she says. New Zealand has the second highest overall suicide rate in the developed world, with the provisional figure sadly reaching its highest point in history last year. Victoria Kendall, a volunteer at New Zealand’s Lifeline call centre, knows the effect suicide can have on one’s self, but says one simple conversation has the power to change it all. “My dad took his life. After he died, I found out he didn’t have a strong personal support group around him to help him process and understand that it’s okay to not be okay,” Victoria says. “In today’s age, people feel a real pressure to present a certain image or act like everything in life is going great, when the truth is, life isn’t perfect for any of us all the time. We all have our challenges. “Suicide is a complex issue, there isn’t a one size fits all approach. There is nothing to be scared of when asking someone if they’re considering suicide, it can really help open the door to an honest conversation,” she says. Lifeline and Snap Fitness aim to generate $250,000 in donations.
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Pacific people supported and community groups promoted By Dan Whitfield
Aupito William Sio visited Wainuiomata to support everything community groups are doing for Pacific people in the community. As part of the meeting, local groups Wainuiomata Pasifika Education Success Initiative (WaiPESI), The Fruit and Vege Co-op, and Pacific Health Services Hutt Valley showcased initiatives and programmes that are helping better the lives of families and individuals. The Minister for Pacific Peoples spoke about the ways in which the Government is supporting Pacific families and communities. Aupito William says it is a core area that needs investment and support was
important in order to sustain what groups are doing in Wainuiomata. He says the first 100 days were the building blocks to build from and that it was about restarting things. There were several areas the minister mentioned including housing and homelessness, however his focus was on seeing Pacific people become more “successful”. WaiPESI’s Louana Fruean spoke about how important education was and that it starts when a child is young. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but to be fuelled. Early childhood education is when it all starts and what we’re doing is important. We all have skills and it takes a village to raise a child,” Louana says.
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Aupito William says the goal was not to see the boundaries but to see the value of our community. “The fees from free structure is about the next generation learning skills and knowledge. They have to have an education and the goal is to make tertiary education available,” Aupito William says. “The work you’re [the community groups in Wainuiomata] doing is really, really important,” he says. Labour List MP for the Hutt South electorate Ginny Anderson wrapped up the event that was held at the Wainuiomata Community Hub. “I’m proud to be part of this community. I’m warmed from the inside out about what we’re doing in Wainuiomata,” she says.
Minister Aupito William Sio meeting a local family.
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National commemoration Anzac Day takes place each year on April 25 and commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war, while also honouring returned servicemen and women. April 25 marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers, on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 and WW1 centenary commemorations began last year. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway
to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea, however, at the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders. Among those who lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign were 2779 New Zealanders, almost one in four of those who served on Gallipoli. As always, ceremonies are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand and in places overseas where New Zealanders gather to pay tribute.
This quote made by Ataturk, a great Turkish statesman in 1934, is inscribed on the memorial at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. It is also inscribed on the Ataturk memorial at Tarakena Bay, which is said to be similar to the coast around Gallipoli: “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives; You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehemets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are at peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
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Hutt Valley resident Bob Fox is thankful for the work that the Heart Foundation does around New Zealand. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The Heart Foundation is sending a clear message to Lower Hutt residents living with heart failure – you are not alone. The Foundation is hosting a free informal session for people living with this condition, which means the heart is unable to pump blood as well as it should. The session will be held on Tuesday, May 1 from 5.30pm at Hutt Hospital. Hutt Valley resident Bob Fox had a stent fitted to open a blocked artery, but that was just the beginning of his heart journey. The former sportswriter/editor later developed the heart rhythm problem, atrial fibrillation. Despite undergoing a cardiac procedure for the condition, he didn’t feel significantly better, and it became apparent to the medical team that he had heart failure symptoms. “I remember walking up a steep Kelburn hill towards my parked car and I couldn’t go more than 10 paces, I was so out of breath. I scared the heck out of myself and thought what is going on?” he says. Now Bob manages his condition with medication, exercise and a change in
diet. “We try to do the right things and eat well. I have changed my life dramatically,” Bob says. “One of the hardest things is burying your pride and learning to ask for help. I have learnt that life throws curve balls, and you need to learn to live with your new reality, not against it.” Local Heart Foundation heart health advocate Cath Lyders says living with heart failure or recovering from a heart event can be lonely and challenging for many people. “We want to reach out to bring people like Bob, and their families, together in a warm, supportive environment that allows them to meet, learn and share their experiences,” Cath says. “People often feel alarmed when they’re told they have heart failure. It is a serious condition, but there are lots of things you can do to feel better and stay well.” The latest statistics show more than 82,000 adults in New Zealand are currently diagnosed with heart failure. Cath also encourages family members and whanau to come along and share with the group, as they are also affected by this condition.
Cars for children to drive to hospital theatre Children can now make the ride to theatre at Hutt Hospital a little less daunting by driving themselves there in a miniature car. The cars were thanks to fundraising efforts of the Lions Club Lower Hutt, and were presented to hospital staff Lions Club international district governor Rex Bullard and Lower Hutt president Josephine Row. The Lions donated $750 raised from their miniature train and
golf operation at Avalon Park to purchase the two battery-driven toy cars. Josephine says they backed the project because they loved the idea. “Getting kids to theatre by car will be less traumatic for them and their family – it’s just a great project,” she say. In recent years, the club has f und ra ised for Wel l i ng ton Free Ambulance, Lifeflight, Te Omanga Hospice, diabetes
awareness, and helped recycle spectacles to send to people in the Pacific Islands. Hutt Valley District Health Board acting chief executive Dale Oliff says it is great to have the support of the Lions. “Going to theatre is scary for children. Anything that gives them something to look forward to lessens the anxiety for them and their parents. “It’s lovely to see the joy in the Lions’ faces today. It’s a
reminder to us of how the wider community engages with the hospital,” Dale says. The idea of buying the two cars came from Hutt Valley registered nurse Suzanne Edwards, who works in the theatre. “I first saw electric drive-on cars used at Whangarei Base Hospital 25 years ago and have never seen them used since. Today we try to do all we can using play therapy to prepare kids for theatre at Hutt Hos-
96 years strong, still supporting veteran needs The New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) Poppy Appeal is in its 96th year, making it New Zealand’s oldest continuously run appeal. However, it is still supporting the growing needs of New Zealand’s 41,000 veterans and their families. RSA chief executive Jack Steer says the longevity of the appeal reflects New Zealand’s longheld commitment to assisting countries near and far in times of conflict; in peace-time missions and other deployments in aid of others. The theme for this year’s RSA Poppy Appeal is ‘not all wounds bleed’ and highlights the fact that mental health injuries are
the most common, but least understood. The appeal launched last week and culminates with Poppy Day on Friday, April 20. “While for most of the 20th Century New Zealanders knew that the Poppy Appeal was a key part of providing support to our former servicemen and women and their dependents, that is not so well understood today,” Jack says. “The Poppy Appeal funds can only be used to provide help and support to those veterans and their families. And that help is available regardless of whether they are RSA members or not. All funds collected by clubs locally is also deployed locally, providing
care to those servicemen and women and their families living in your communities,” he says. Members of the public can support the appeal by making a donation on Poppy Day. Donations can also be made online at rsa.org.nz/donate and at any ANZ branch. The proceeds of the Poppy Appeal also help veterans coping with the myriad of conditions brought on by service, for help with transitioning to civilian life or financial aid in times of hardship. The Poppy Appeal is a time for New Zealanders to recognise that service and give back to those who have made sacrifices and put their well-being at risk for others.
pital. If children go to theatre happier, they wake up better and recover more quickly. That is a positive experience for the rest of the family too,” Suzanne says. “As we are a centre of excellence for plastic surgery, we have people coming from all over the country, including many children. So these cars will help families from all around New Zealand,” she says.
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Dawn service and public exhibition mark anniversary of the Wahine disaster Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace hosted a public memorial service in Lower Hutt last week to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster. April 10, 1968 is a day with very specific meaning for those in the Wellington region and beyond, but has a special significance to those in Lower Hutt. Of the 51 people who died on the day of the Wahine disaster, 49 lost their lives on the Pencarrow Coast near Eastbourne. The local community responded to the emergency in large measure, and many people will have strong memories of the appalling conditions that day. The dawn service was held at the Wahine Mast Memorial on April 10 in memory of those who died. Ray says the dawn service and public exhibition was a moving experience. “The local community was heavily involved in the rescue and recovery effort – people from
all over came together to rescue survivors and provide them with warm blankets and shelter. The tragedy had an extensive impact on the families of those who died and on the survivors; it affected the Eastbourne community deeply too,” he says. Ray says the commemoration also served to raise awareness of the tragedy and the lessons we can all learn from it. “It’s important that we remember the tragedy and reflect on what it means for us today. By building stronger communities we increase our resilience to natural disasters and have the ability to react when necessary.” The dawn service was part of the Wahine 50 programme of events to mark the anniversary. In 2015, a group of survivors and rescuers from the Wahine disaster formed the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust to deliver a programme of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster.
National MP Nicola Willis with Hutt City’s Mayor and Mayoress, Ray Wallace and Linda Goss-Wallace.
Community voice needed for Long Term Plan Continuing the Hutt Valley rejuvenation strategy as well as rates for residents are parts of the consultation document for the Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 that are up for discussion. Earlier this month, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace expressed the importance the community giving their voice to what council plans to do in and around the city over the next 10 years. The continuation of council’s rejuvenation strategy includes sportsvilles in Petone and Wainuiomata and community hubs in Naenae and Wainuiomata. This is planned from 2018 to 2033 at a cost of approximately $27 million. Inside the long term plan sees council want to suspend development charges and rates remissions policy, introduce a rates postponement scheme for
residential ratepayers over 65, and introduce rates remissions for community, sporting and other organisations. “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 increase do not exceed local government inflation, after allowing for growth in our city,” Ray says. Feedback is needed by May 3. The document can be viewed online at huttcity.govt. nz/longtermplan. “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,” Ray says.
Members at the Muritai School Hall for the Hutt City Council Dawn Service. PHOTOS: Mark Tantrum.
Hutt rental prices on the up March rental statistics show that New Zealand rental prices have continued to grow over the past year. Hutt Valley had the largest increase at 17.1 percent to $413 per week. However, this area can be quite volatile due to low numbers of new rentals. Porirua was next with an 11.6 percent increase to $407pw, although Porirua statistics can also be quite volatile. Wellington Central rents increased by 6.8 per cent showing
that the region overall had the highest rental price increases. “There have been so many cost and regulatory increases over the last few years that it isn’t a surprise that rental prices are increasing as they are,” says NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Andrew King. “Unfortunately the situation looks likely to continue,” he says. In order to remove monthly variations, the NZ Property Investors’ Federation has averaged three months of rental prices for the year
ended March 2018 and compared this to the same period in 2017. Overall, rental prices are up 6.1 percent to $433 pw. This is a higher price rise than during the last two years when rental prices increased 3.4 percent in the year to March 2017 and 3 percent in the year to March 2016. Twelve of the 17 main areas around New Zealand had rental price increases below the national average, indicating that rental price increases in the regions are growing quite strongly.
Supporting girls’ education with Dignity initiative ANZ is partnering with social enterprise Dignity to provide free sanitary items to girls at 23 schools around New Zealand, including in Wellington. Dignity runs a ‘buy-one-giveone’ model. When firms buy sanitary products from Dignity, an equivalent amount of its
products is donated to schools. ANZ has started with five of its offices and nearby schools. From next year, the company will expand the initiative to include all 12 ANZ corporate offices and branches will follow, supporting even more young women.
“We’re really concerned that girls are staying home from school each month because they can’t afford sanitary products and want to do our bit to change that,” says Felicity Evans, the company’s general manager for human resources. “We want to help our staff and
also have a direct and positive impact on girls’ education.” In Felicity’s early working life she provided sanitary items for her staff at a bank branch in Upper Hutt and was encouraged to introduce the initiative at ANZ after hearing about Dignity’s concept.
“We see sanitary items as being like any other practical consumable in a workplace, such as coffee and tea or soap. “We support the work of Dignity in making sanitary products a normal part of every workplace.”
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Sights set on Youth Olympics By Dan Whitfield Raymond Seumanu and his recent opponent Tyreke Nicholls. The Wainuiomata boxer won his match unanimously. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Raymond Seumanu already has five New Zealand championships to his name, however he now has his sights set on something much bigger. The young Wainuiomata boxer will be heading to Samoa to compete in the next couple of months and from this, he has the chance to be selected for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics. If he does well and makes the cut, this will be Raymond’s biggest competition in his boxing career to date. It would also give him the ability to test his skills at a much different international level than what he’s been used to. “I’ve wanted to make something like this since the start, so it’s all good,” Raymond says. He currently attends Wainuiomata High School and competes for Wainui-
omata Boxing Club. To get to where he’s at now, Raymond has been on a strict, yet nutritional diet and training routine. This is because the level that he competed at to be selected for his upcoming match will be the same that he will have to compete at if selected for the Youth Olympics; that is three three-minute rounds. Raymond boxes in the welterweight division. Coach Craig Bennett, says if boxers are going to make it at this level they have to be good, and Raymond is good. “The Olympics are the pinnacle, whether that’s youth or regular; and this will be his biggest competition,” Craig says. From here, Raymond is not set to get into the ring again until his Samoa match, except for training.
No win, but still victorious in supporters’ eyes By Dan Whitfield
Although Wainuiomata was unable to come away with a win, the side was still victorious in the eyes of supporters. The local side played good hard rugby until the final whistle on Saturday, all in front of a home crowd. That said, Northern United played better. Wainuiomata lost 28-23 in match five of the Swindale Shield competition. Tries were scored
by Peter Umaga-Jensen, Michael Lealava’a and Musafumi Tanabe, with Justin Wilson kicking one conversion and two penalties. The club’s reserves team also played Northern United and lost 68-19. Both matches were played in front of a big crowd, partly made up of old timers from the club. Next Wainuiomata’s premier team play Upper Hutt at Maidstone Park. Kick off is 2.45pm.
Peter UmagaJensen and Isiah Mamea wrap up a Norths player during the weekend’s match. P H O T O : DA RY L NEW
Peter Umaga-Jensen playing his first game since having shoulder surgery.
The club’s Old Timers Day saw many faithful supporters turn up on Saturday.
Wainuiomata on form against Upper Hutt It was a throwback to last year’s college rugby final, however this time, Wainuiomata were triumphant. Wainuiomata High School’s first XV came up against Upper Hutt College last weekend, winning 30-17. The last time the two teams met was in the final last year. Coach Phillip Kauika says it was a great win with six tries to three. Zane Humphrey had a really strong game and the forwards dominated the lineouts, he says. “Reihana Barbarich also had a strong game with good ball carries and leg drive. In the backs, Solomona Mapesome was dangerous each time he touched the ball scoring two tries and setting up another couple,” Phillip says.
In terms of work ons, Phillip says kickers will need to practice more as they missed all conversions and the team’s overall fitness could also improve. He says the game highlighted more to work on which is a good thing rolling into an all-day training camp this week. “The camp is focusing on team bonding, fitness, learning the school haka, school values and general skills and tactics.” Wainuiomata had a practice match today against the centurions. The side also has a match scheduled against Bishop Viard College on the last weekend of the school holidays. This week’s player of the day was Leon McLeod-Venu, with two tries including a 90m intercept try after Upper Hutt had been hot on attack.
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Unfortunate weekend for Ulalei Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club continued its competitiveness in second round of grading on Saturday, April 15. They were up against the top three teams in section one, including experienced and more mature opposition. Despite the loss, it was a good experience for the Wainuiomata girls. Coach Tunis Cook used the grading games to experiment with the 11-player squad, giving everyone a run and having some play outside of their usual positions. “Some our girls are likely to move up to the Premier teams so we used today to see what cover we have when it happens,” Tunis says. Ulalei played four games losing the first three and winning their last.
“It was a contrast to last week but it was good to end the day with a win,” says defence player Cerie Milovale, who had outstanding games in several positions throughout the day. Ulalei players will find out this week what grade they will play in this year. The season starts this Saturday, April 21. Ulalei’s premier one and premier two will start their season on Saturday. Games are played indoors at the Walter Nash Centre, Taita. Results from the weekend’s matches: Ulalei 3 v KJB, 10-26; v Upper Hutt Maidstone United 4, 14-19; v Convent Old Girls 4, 18-20; v Wellington All Sports Club 2, 20-13.
Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club huddle to build team spirit. PHOTO: T SAGAGA
Young rider down but not out By Dan Whitfield
Emily Jones is keeping her head high following recent bad news around her competition partner, Ice. The 13-year-old has been making a name for herself in the New Zealand Mounted Games scene this year. She recently competed at the coveted Horse of the Year event and left as reserve champion alongside her partner. However, the Wainuiomata teenag-
er’s horse had to see the vet this month with the verdict that he can’t be ridden for two weeks. This means Emily’s hopes of riding to represent Wairarapa and Wellington this week at the New Zealand Pony Club Association National Championships in Masterton have been dashed. She will go along as the non-riding sixth member on the team and be the coach in the arena but is not able to ride.
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Shambolic Ferns deserve hard questions Lance Keall and Allister McIntyre, postmatch. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Good results at club champs Wainuiomata Tennis Club had a massive April hosting its 2017/18 club championships. Notable mentions include Jennymae Keall who did the ‘calendar grandslam’ this year winning the women’s singles championship, the women’s doubles championship with Leanne Smith, and the mixed doubles championship with Allister McIntyre all in one year. A fairly rare feat as it’s only been done a handful of times by a select few men and women over the club’s 70-year history. It was also Jennymae’s third singles championship in a row and her second mixed doubles crown. Cameron Paulik and Joe Easthope did the seemingly impossible as well taking down 18-time men’s doubles club champions Lance Keall and Allister McIntyre in a three-set thriller. It was a fantastic result for Cameron and Joe, with both threatening to break
through for months. For Lance and Allister, it’s their first loss in the men’s doubles champs since the year 2000, a record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. Lance also has another noteable mention for the men’s singles championship where he claimed his 15th title, overcoming doubles partner Allister in two tough sets. Full results include: men’s singles champion Lance Keall, runner up Allister McIntyre; women’s singles champion Jennymae Keall, runner up Selena Jeffs; men’s doubles champions Cameron Paulik and Joe Easthope, runners up Lance Keall and Allister McIntyre; women’s doubles champions Jennymae Keall and Leanne Smith, runners up Selena Jeffs and Jackie Austin; mixed doubles champions Allister McIntyre and Jennymae Keall, runners up Cameron Paulik and Pauline Yemm. The club is celebrating these successes on May 5 at the annual prize giving night.
Jenny-May Clarkson asks a question - then outrage ensues. This is why sports interviews are so dull. Clarkson, longtime TVNZ sports journalist, former Silver Fern and current top-level netball coach asked Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant if the players still had pride in the black dress? The question came after a nine-goal defeat to England, the Ferns’ biggest losing margin to the team ever and hot on the heels of their loss to Malawi which will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Commonwealth Games history. Grant’s reaction to the question was tears and a firm stance that there is pride in the dress. Social media erupted calling Clarkson a bully and demanding she be fired for her insensitive and harsh question. The reality is, that the question was fair, well-timed and came from someone with more credentials than most to ask it. Ultimately, the Ferns finished fourth, missing a medal for the first time in five efforts at the Commonwealth Games. Playing for New Zealand means you are accountable for your performance
to the nation, the fans and the media. Clarkson should be applauded for doing her job and asking the question on everyone’s lips whose head wasn’t being overruled by their heart. Netball is New Zealand’s largest female participation sport and for our top side to be flopping so horrifically on a stage they are normally highly competitive in is totally unacceptable. Fans have already called for coach Janine Southby’s resignation - and that of those who employed her at Netball New Zealand. Southby refuses to bow to that pressure in the immediate aftermath of the bronze medal match loss. Clarkson made a post-match interview meaningful. So often those interviews, regardless of the sport, are full of cliched answers and offer no genuine insight into the game for the viewer. Perhaps Grant’s tears prove this team does care. In all fairness, much of the blame must go to the coaching staff and the administrators who appointed them. This Ferns side is a rabble, playing a sport with no real global reach and failing spectacularly. Good on you, Jenny-May, the silent minority salutes you.
Wednesday April 18, 2018
Wainuiomata News 18-04-18