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‘You never forget’ By Dan Whitfield
“I’m not a hero” was one of the first things Frank Jones said as he recalled memories of World War II. However, his years of service will always be respected and honoured. Fighting back the tears, Frank says what he saw was “something you don’t talk about.” Frank, originally from England, joined the British Royal Navy after he left school at 16. He worked in the gunnery on the HMS Belfast. He was involved at Juno Beach, part of the Normandy landings in 1944 during the Second World War. Taking Juno was the responsibility of the Canadian Army, with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided by the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Royal Navy. “D-Day really stands out to me. Seeing the dead bodies floating past you… it’s something you never forget,” the 92-year-old says. “It also makes me sad because I had a few friends that never came back.” Continued on page 2. Frank Jones remembers his years of service. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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Years of service remembered as acknowledged veterans Continued from page 1. For his services, Frank was awarded the Medal of Ushakov and The Legion of Honour in the last couple of years, as a result of Russia and France recognising all veterans whoassisted those countries during World War II. As well as that, he received the 1939–1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Arctic Star, the Pacific Star, the Defence Medal, the British Veteran Medal, and a Cadet Forces Medal. Throughout his time in the Navy, Frank says there were some good moments. He was in the Navy for four years and says that wherever someone was, they were expected to be well rounded. “The camaraderie was something else. The Navy taught me to be a man.” 06/05/17up during his PUBLISHING Frank finished YOUR WEEKEND PUBLICATION time in the Pacific. He DPT was
also able to see Hong Kong, Shanghai, parts of Japan as well as many other locations while in the Navy. The ship he served on is now permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames in London. This year Frank plans to attend the Lower Hutt Anzac Day service. Frank says paying respect to those who fought in the war is important. His father-in-law was in the Battle of the Somme and the action in Passchendaele. He was wounded three times. Frank’s own father was too young for the First World War and too old for the second.
During his years of service, Frank Jones was also awarded the Medal of Ushakov and The Legion of Honour. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
Frank ended up moving to New Zealand in the late 1950s and has been in Wainuiomata for more than 50 years. “I was in the police force at the time and we were looking to buy a house. There was nothing
in Wellington so we came out here and have been here ever since.” Outside the Navy, Frank had a career as a police officer and also spent time working for Brugger Industries.
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Locals show love towards their town By Dan Whitfield
Locals are showing love towards projects that are making their town better. Love Wainuiomata in collaboration with the Hutt City Council, and with help from members of the community, are developing and directing a number of plans that aim to regenerate Wainuiomata and make it a vibrant place to be. Esther Venning, from Love
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Clive Cannons, from Clive’s Chemist, is one of the passionate local supporters who make up the team and wants to see Wainuiomata grow. He says there’s been a lot of feedback; people have seen what’s happening around the place and they’re interested. “The community believe in us and they want to see more happen,” Clive says. The group’s current funding ends in June 2018 but the team will be asking Hutt
City Council to fund them again so they can deliver on this and many other projects ahead. Clive and Esther both say it would be great to have community support towards Love Wainuiomata’s submission. Another member of the Love Wainuiomata team is Leah Clark who says there’s more to come. “I got into this to finish it,” Leah says.
inbrief news Anzac Day programme Wainuiomata is set to remember its war veterans today (Wednesday) as part of the local Anzac Day programme. A dawn service will be held at the Wainuiomata War Memorial on Queen Street at 6am, followed by a parade at 10.55am and a service held at the war memorial from 11am. Anzac Day is April 25.
Have your say on the Hutt’s future 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 until Thursday, May 3. The document 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.
Wainuiomata supporters Clive Cannons, Leah Clark, and Lisa Black. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
Events centre, town hall to open soon The Hutt City Council’s new events centre and refurbished town hall are set to open in a couple of months. Already, interest is strong with bookings and enquiries for conferences, exhibitions, cultural festivals, weddings and Christmas functions – according to a council spokesperson. The new multi-purpose function centre will include the refurbished town hall, a new auditorium, foyer and café. It is one of the key projects in council’s economic development plan which aims to rejuvenate the city and create an area that is economically vibrant, artistically rich and people friendly.
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inbrief news Off-ramp closed The Gracefield off-ramp from Wainuiomata Road will be closed for several days this week. The closure is to allow work to be done on the shared cycle and walking path, with work happening between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The closures will take place on April 23, 24, 26 and 27. A spokesperson for the Hutt City Council says the work is essential for the completion of the path.
Loving Wainuiomata keeps her going By Dan Whitfield
Esther Venning will share her love for Wainuiomata at
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organisation that’s driven to creating a better place Wainuiomata, is the guest speaker at Development Wai-
New buses hit the roads Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace hopped on board one of the new state of the art buses that will soon be on all routes around the Hutt Valley. One hundred and fourteen Metrocity buses arrived in New Zealand recently. The innovative and environmentally efficient buses are being supplied to Tranzit Group, one of New Zealand’s largest public transport operators. The first 12 of the buses, all manufactured in the UK, will begin operation around Greater Wellington Regional Council routes in the next few weeks. Acting British High Commissioner Helen Smith cut the ribbon on the first bus of Optare’s biggest-ever New Zealand export order, worth NZ$40m. Each bus has a passenger capacity of up to 55 and will be the lightest with this capacity to operate in New Zealand.
Paetutu on the way The Wellington Company and Te Tumu Kāinga today celebrated the upcoming construction of Paetutu – a high quality, affordable new neighbourhood development of 56 homes at 429 Jackson Street, Petone. Kura Moeahu and Holden Hohaia of Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) provided a blessing of the site and karakia. Gumboots were then donned, with Mayor Ray Wallace, Te Tumu Kāinga general manager Declan Millin and Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust chairman Wayne Mulligan turning the first sod of dirt, ahead of site construction officially starting in late April.
Wainuiomata Development’s business breakfast events are popular within the community. A previous event was used by candidates to rally up support for the 2017 Election. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
nuiomata’s April event. On discussion will be the latest news about projects Esther’s team are involved in, including the picnic areas on Queen Street and the Homedale beautification. Love Wainuiomata is all about community ownership of Wainuiomata’s development. The vision is to deliver real projects that bring our community’s vision to life and make the town a great place to live and visit. The business breakfast is set to be held on Friday, April 27 at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall. Organisers ask that those wanting to attend should RSVP by midday Wednesday, April 25. April’s member presentation will also be made by Paul Chapman. Paul runs one of the biggest pest control businesses in Wellington and has 33 years of experience. He will give a brief talk on what he does and how he grew his business into the successful company it is today.
Top international bowlers at Naenae this week Some of Australasia’s top bowls players will be in action in Naenae this week and Matt Reid from Hutt City Council says it’s a great example of the benefits that come from having world-class facilities in our community. The Bowls Premier League (BPL07) is being played at the Naenae Bowling Club’s new Bowls Centre from April 23-26. It’s an Australasian competi-
tion consisting of seven Australian teams and the New Zealand Black Jacks, with Jo Edwards, fresh from winning a gold medal in the women’s singles at the Commonwealth Games, and former world champions Shannon McIlroy and Mike Nagy. It is only the second time the league has been held in New Zealand and Matt says that’s a ringing endorsement of Council’s investment in the facility.
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He says hosting players and their supporters will also give our local economy a boost. “It’s an impressive, modern facility which will draw visitors from around the country and around the world,” he says. “This week’s event is being televised and that means Naenae and Hutt City are being positively showcased to a wide audience. That’s something we can be really proud of. It’s a great advertisement for
Hutt City as a highly-desirable sporting and leisure destination. “It’s also a great chance for local fans to come and see some of the best bowlers in the world in action, in our own backyard.” Working closely with Naenae Bowling Club, the Naenae RSA and Park Avenue Bowling Club, the Council-owned Community Facilities Trust (CFT), fundraised $2m of the total $6.25m for the project.
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A community sports programme is looking for funding to continue its activities in Wainuiomata. Chloe Young is already a familiar face around the community and has recently started helping with a programme that gives children the chance to try out different sports once a week. “What started it for me was when I took my son along and I saw how much he loved it. That was when I got involved,” Chloe says. The programme currently runs every week on a Monday afternoon from 4pm to 5pm, either on the Queen Street Reserve or in the community hall nearby. Although it is provided in conjunction with the Wainuiomata Community Hub and the Hutt City Council, funding is
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The Wellington City Mission has announced the appointment of Murray Edridge as the new City Missioner. Murray comes to the role with a wealth of experience, including six years in deputy chief executive roles at the Ministry of Social Development, and eight years as the chief executive of Barnardos New Zealand. He will be finishing his current position as interim chief executive at Genesis Youth Trust to take up the City Missioner role on May 14. “I am delighted to be joining. It will be a great privilege to work for an organisation with an incredible history and a record of responding to the needs of those who are most vulnerable in our community, and who need support to live life in its fullness,” Murray says. “I look forward to working alongside a wonderfully dedicated and skilled group of people as we continue to reinvigorate our commitment and deliver our services to the people of Wellington. “May the presence of God in Wellington be very real and evident as the Wellington City Mission works even more effectively to serve the people of our community and make a difference in their lives in real and practical ways.”
Murray’s appointment comes after Michelle Branney, who had been The Wellington City Mission’s chief executive for eleven years, finished her role in February.
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Final push for Fraser Park Members of the public have an opportunity to ‘leave a mark on Fraser Park’ by sponsoring an engraved brick or paver at the new sports centre due to open later this year. Hutt City Council has invested $9 million into the new $12 million facility, and several local sponsors have also come on board. Now there’s an opportunity for the public to contribute through buying an engraved brick or paver which will be laid in the paved areas at the facility entranceway. The bricks will cost $100 and the pavers $800. Many local sports people and clubs have a strong connection to Fraser Park, in some cases covering decades, and even through several generations of some families. One such family is that of former WhiteSox captain and coach, Naomi Shaw who grew up near Fraser Park and has spent more than 55 years playing softball, as well as other sports there. She says the new sports centre is great news for the city and for the community around it. “The council is doing a great job in bringing such quality facilities into what was once known as a depressed, low socio-economic area. The place has become a thriving hive of positive activity for the
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Chloe Young, Wainuiomata “Yes, it is important to me; it’s a reminder of those who fought for us.”
Ave-Elise Adams, Wainuiomata “Anzac is significant to me personally because both of my great grandfathers were in the war. It’s important because it reminds me to be grateful for the freedom we have.”
Dawn McKinley, Wainuiomata “It’s a time to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for their country.”
Paul McKinley, Wainuiomata “Anzac Day is to remember all men and women who have given sacrifice for the sake of freedom.”
Frank Jones, Wainuiomata “It’s important and also makes me sad because I had a few friends that never came back.”
Keri-Anne Brown, Wainuiomata “Anzac is important to acknowledge all past wars.”
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National Commemorative Service for Anzac Day A Dawn Service and National Commemorative Service for Anzac Day was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on Wednesday. “First marked in 1916, Anzac Day has become the day New Zealanders acknowledge the service and sacrifice of all people involved in military conflicts and during peacekeeping missions abroad,” says Brodie Stubbs, Manatu Taonga for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Some 250,000 New Zealanders have served in conflicts and other overseas operations. More than 30,000 have lost their lives and many more were wounded and disabled, both physically and mentally. “No community has escaped the tragedy of conflict and almost every community has its own memorial with people giving generously in the aftermath of the First World War to fundraise for them. “The hundreds of civic monuments erected throughout the country remain the most tangible expressions of New Zealanders’ sorrow and pride in their wartime sacrifices,” Brodie says. The day’s events at Pukeahu conclude with the Last Post ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at 5pm.
A Dawn Service and National Commemorative Service for Anzac Day was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Learn about the sources of Aotearoa’s unique resources GNS Science and Hutt City Libraries are again joining forces in 2018 to hold a series of free science seminars from this week and during the Hutt STEMM Festival in May to inform, educate and raise awareness of New Zealand’s unique natural resources. The series, titled ‘The Sources of Our Resources’, features local GNS scientists offering insights into the latest research on
Aotearoa’s natural resources and the challenges and issues around their use and exploitation. April’s talk with Dr Cécile Massiot covers the exciting future perspectives of geothermal energy, which supplied 17 per cent of New Zealand’s total electricity in 2017 and is a resource with low CO2 emissions. The second talk in May with Dr Stewart Cameron focuses on
our fresh water aquifers, looking at how groundwater quality is monitored and the challenges we face in the coming years to counteract past pollution activities. Lillian Pak of Hutt City Libraries says science literacy and understanding the world around us is becoming increasingly important. “Hutt City Libraries is very excited to be working collabo-
ratively with GNS Science to provide high quality learning opportunities, presented by credible scientists actively working in their fields. We’re proud of our work promoting science and technology as part of the Hutt STEMM Festival and throughout the year,” Lillian says. Karyne Rogers of GNS Science says GNS Science has a long record of working with com-
munities. “This is yet another example of how we take our science directly to local residents and provide an opportunity to interact with the scientists and hear first-hand about the research being undertaken in New Zealand,” Karyne says. Talks in ‘The Sources of Our Resources’ series are free to attend.
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Ulalei’s first wins of the season The premier girls of Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club made sure to start the season on point. The club started the Netball Hutt Valley campaign with two of three teams winning games on Saturday April 21. Ulalei’s premier girls took on St Orans in a tightly fought match with the lead changing hands continuously throughout the game. They finally took out the honours with a 49-46 victory. Though playing in the premier one division, a stand-out performance by 13-year-old Alicia Tomokino-Geale gave her team the advantage with excellent feeds into the shooting circle. Alicia’s ability to read the game and brilliant athleticism led to her multiple intercepts and tips. Ulalei were the newcomers in the premier two division. The side, made up of experienced premier one players from various leading netball
Ulalei senior one shooter Bree Itula shoots long against Te Tai Timu. PHOTO: Mathew Tomokino
clubs, began their campaign with a crushing victory over Convent Old Girls 3 by 74-30. “It was a bit of a rusty start but we pulled it together in the end,” says captain Ellen Miles. Defenders Hayley Mellon and Tara Hakiwai displayed some
brilliant skills to provide numerous turnovers for shooters Alicia Colledge and Alicia Hina to convert at the other end of the court. Ulalei’s senior one team took on the much fancied Te Tai Timu in a close encounter for much of
the game. The young team were impressive with their straight line through court play. However, the more experienced opposition pulled away towards the end of the match to win 41-33. “We did the basics well but
dropped our performance in the last two minutes of each quarter. This is something we will work on,” says captain Jamie-Rose Kydd. Ulalei will play again this Saturday. All games played indoors at Walter Nash Centre, Taita.
Sixth, but on route to podium Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker has finished inside the top 10 at in the opening rounds of the New Zealand Enduro Championships series. Round one and two of the fiveround competition were staged near Whangamata and Tokoroa over the weekend. The local rider finished in sixth position in both races.
Auckland’s Tom Buxton came away with maximum points, winning both rounds. Despite this, Jake and Stratford’s Josh Hunger are also on target for podium finishes. Round three of the series is set for Maruia, near Nelson, on May 26. The last two rounds, round four and five – will be held on
June 9 and 10, near Bulls and Martinborough. In previous years, Jake, Wainuiomata’s own world champion, has done well in similar events. To date, he is an eight-times New Zealand moto trials champion, a three-times Australian moto trials champion, and also holds two Guiness World Records.
Jake Whitaker at a recent event. PHOTO: Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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These Warriors are for real
Wainuiomata Colts player Paul Ioane on the burst. Final score 44-8 to Paremata-Plimmerton. PHOTO: Daryl New.
Wainuiomata fall short By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata was unable to overcome Upper Hutt on Saturday, coming away with a 26-22 loss in round six of the Swindale Shield premier rugby competition. Hosted by Upper Hutt at Maidstone Park, Wainuiomata’s Ben Tupuola and Michael Lealava’a each scored one try with Nash Fiso-Vaelei scoring two. Justin Wilson kicked one conversion.
Though Wainuiomata were in the lead at halftime with 22-12 on scoreboard, the local lads could not hold on to the lead. Wainuiomata play Paremata-Plimmerton on Wednesday, April 25 as part of the Anzac Day competition. The game will be played at William Jones Park. Kick off is at 2.45pm. Wainuiomata’s under 21 colts were also unlucky over the weekend. The final score was 44-8 to Paremata-Plimmerton.
As the Warriors bandwagon gains more and more fans, some “diehard” fans aren’t overly impressed. The historically under-performing Kiwi NRL franchise have won six of their seven games to start the 2018 campaign. The results have seen many people who had turned their backs on the franchise during multiple years of misery, return to waving the Warriors flag. The franchise has often been an easy social media target during down years due to their perceived abundance of quality players but lack of substance on the field in past seasons. While seven games of a 24-game regular season is a relatively small sample size, the 20-12 win over previously undefeated St George-Illawarra Dragons shows this team is for real. People love a winning team, that’s only natural. Fans who stayed loyal should be commended for that but those who said enough should also receive some credit for demanding change and saying “no more”.
Change can only be created by not accepting years of poor performance. The win over the Dragons was most un-Warrior like. Stephen Kearney’s men had unwavering defence, the ability to win the crucial moments of the game and respond by scoring points late in the second half. These Warriors are for real, no longer the unfit, under-performing, enigmatic rabble that made them almost impossible to support. The Warriors may not win the competition but rest assured the Aussie pundits claiming they would get the wooden spoon should start eating their humble pie now. This team will make the playoffs and should be in the top four when the playoffs begin. The Warriors should welcome every past, present and future fan into the fold. They have always been one of the most well-followed teams in the competition and this is the year they should repay the faith many have held since the club’s debut in 1995.
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