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From mother of five to international netball player, Gerardine Solia-Gibb continues to prove mums can do anything. The Wainuiomata mum and member of the Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club recently represented Netball Samoa at an international competition and qualifier for the 2019 Netball World Cup. Samoa went undefeated in all matches, and Gerardine, who played in all games, says it helped regain Samoa’s respect in the sport. Continued on page 2. Gerardine Solia-Gibb juggles motherhood and playing international netball for Samoa. She’s pictured here with Luka, one of her five sons. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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Mum of five to represent Samoa at Netball World Cup Contined from page 1. “We’re making a comeback and we can only get better,” Gerardine says. Gerardine was a standout player throughout the competition. Her outstanding performance meant she was named most valuable player and sees her secure her spot in the World Cup side. “I was really happy with the sacrifices I made,” she says. The 35-year-old had only

been playing premier grade netball for her local side in the last few months due to recently having a baby. It’s nice to be able to have a family and sport to turn to, she says. Gerardine is looking forward to competing in another international event. In previous years she has represented Samoa, including at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 – narrowly

missing out on a bronze medal to Fiji. She says there’s a lot of sporting history in her family, with her sisters also competing at an international level. “It’s in the blood.” From here, Gerardine says her team have a few months off before they head to Samoa for a training camp. The side is also set to compete against some of the countries

around the Caribbean in the lead up to the world cup. Gerardine has been living in Wainuiomata for the past 10 years, and loves being part of the community. She is often seen out running a buggy with her older children in tow. Gerardine has been recog n ise d by m a ny a s a n inspiration, especially in Wainuiomata with its young and upcoming athletes.

Time to have your say on the future of Lower Hutt There is less than one week left for locals to have their say on Hutt City Council’s draft plan for the next 10 years. Submissions on the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 consultation document close this Thursday, May 3 at 5pm. Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace encourages the community to have their say. “It’s your chance to tell us what we should spend our money on for the next 10 years and we need to hear from you. We take it all into account when making our final decision,” he says. “The online submission form only takes a few minutes to complete and people can have their say on as much or as little as they want. I really encourage people to have their say – it’s our city, our community, and our future at stake.” The community is welcome to submit on any topic at all, but there are some key proposals that council is asking for feedback on. These are: Continuing council’s rejuvenation strategy;

Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace wants the public to speak up in regards to the Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

suspending council’s development charges and rates remissions policy; introducing a rates postponement scheme for residential ratepayers aged 65 and over; introducing rates remissions for community, sporting and other organisa-

tions The overall increase in rates income for 2018-19 is proposed to be 2.5 per cent. This is made up of an average rates increase of 1.5 per cent for existing ratepayers and the remaining 1 per cent covered

by growth. Copies of the consultation document ‘Our city, our community, our future’, can be picked up from local libraries and community hubs, or viewed on Hutt City Council’s website.

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More than one hundred people turned up to the dawn service at 6am in Queen Street. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata Community Hub will soon have its own comic. The team are busy creating their very own Wainuiomata Community Hub comic to celebrate the International Comic Book Day on May 5. This very unique publication is written, drawn and designed locally by staff at the hub. This year’s theme is ‘Dog Librarian’. Copies of this limited-edition 2018 comic will be available for free on Saturday, May 5. 

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Bruce Neal raises the flag at the memorial gardens in Wainuiomata. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

As the sun rose so did the significance of the day. Last Wednesday marked Anzac Day with Wainuiomata residents remembering those who fought and those who died for New Zealand. Two dawn services were held; one at the Queen Street cenotaph and another at the memorial gardens on Hine Road. Bart Bartlett, from the Wainuiomata Valley RSA lead both services and says he was pleased with the turn out. “It hasn’t been forgotten, even today. There’s significance and people are starting to realise what it’s all about,” Bart says. One hundred years since the beginning of World War I was marked in 2014 and Bart says people are starting to acknowledge it. “I think it’s wonderful to see so many people turn up. I think people are genuinely looking back and remembering,” he says. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance that commemo-

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rates members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It was on the Western Front where New Zealand made its most significant contribution to World War I, and also where New Zealand suffered the greatest loss of life. More than 12,000 New Zealanders died in France and Belgium between 1916 and 1919. Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace says Anzac Day is an important day of remembrance of the sacrifices made by so many young soldiers and their families. “It’s also now a day to recognise all veterans and their families and their sacrifices made defending freedom. It’s also a stark reminder of the horrors of war and how we must all strive for peace in the world. We are particularly blessed to live in New Zealand, a country free of war,” Ray says. Dawn services were also held in Wellington City and across the Hutt Valley.

For the 22nd year, the Wainuiomata Classic mountain run was held on the firebreaks and bush tracks above Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt last week. The Wainuiomata Harrier Club has successfully hosted this event since its beginning in 1996, with a few changes in the course but always in perfect conditions. The field of over 120 runners competing from around the greater Wellington region made for a great competition in all grades.

Lower Hutt arrests Hutt Valley police executed a preplanned search warrant at a commercial address on George Street in Stokes Valley shortly after 6am on Wednesday, April 18. The search warrant involved AOS, CIB, local officers and specialist search teams. Two men aged 48 and 53 were arrested and will face drugs related charges.

Top international bowlers compete in Lower Hutt Some of Australasia’s top bowls players were in action at Lower Hutt’s world-class facility. Matt Reid from Hutt City Council says the Regional Bowls Centre a great example of the benefits that come from having world-class facilities in the city. The Bowls Premier League was played at the new bowls centre in Naenae from April 23-26.



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inbrief news Safety upgrade of Waddington Drive to start soon Work will soon start on improving the safety of Waddington Drive, Naenae following several excessive speed-related crashes on the street. Hutt City Council last week approved a local area traffic management scheme to improve the safety of residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on Waddington Drive. A key objective of the scheme is lowering vehicle operating speeds to protect students of Naenae Primary School from traffic hazards on their way to and from school. Council is now starting a procurement process to engage contractors with work to start in coming months.

Developer to invest in Lower Hutt Hutt City Council’s work to rejuvenate the city has received another boost with well-known Wellington developer Ian Cassels the latest to invest in a key property in the CBD. Ian, the founder and director of The Wellington Company, has been a major player in the redevelopment of Wellington city’s urban environments and historic places. His recent projects include Paetutu in Petone, a development of 56 new terraced, two-storied homes. He has now purchased a four-storey council-owned property at 177 High Street, formerly occupied by the BNZ Bank, and has plans to develop it into apartments and retail space.

Teamwork the real secret By Dan Whitfield

It’s been 50 years and both Ba r r y and Nik i Renshaw couldn’t imagine life without each other. “We’ve had our ups and downs, just like everyone else; but she’s a keeper,” Barry says. The Wainuiomata couple got married on April 27, 1968 at the Greek Orthodox Church in Wellington. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Friday. Barry and Niki say that when they first met, neither of them could understand each other – with Niki being from Crete in Greece and Barry from New Zealand. “I was a bus driver and I had a Lebanese mate who met a girl from Greece. The girl my mate was with put us together,” Barry says. Niki had only been in New Zealand for four years and explained she never thought she’d marry a Kiwi man. “It’s quite humorous because I couldn’t understand Greek and she couldn’t understand English. But it worked,” Barry says. They say it was teamwork that has kept them going strong. They can now both speak English and Greek. “We’ve been a team since day one. She deserves a medal for putting up with me for all these years,” Barry says. Barry, 76, and Niki, 80, have two children, four grandchil-

Barry and Niki Renshaw celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Friday. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

dren and one great grandchild. They’ve travelled and seen a number of places together – a more memorable trip was when they got to go to Greece together. “You almost get into a routine. Whenever I go out or come home, I always give her a kiss and we always say

goodnight to each other,” Barry says when explaining what it was like being in love. Barry has been heavily involved in the Wainuiomata community for many years, including being a key part of establishing the community patrol and Development Wainuiomata group.

Niki has also been involved in the community patrol as well as the Greek community in Lower Hutt. “We got by and worked hard – and helped each other along the way.” The Renshaws moved to Wainuiomata in 1969 and have been there ever since.

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Garden club working bee A working bee at the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church on Coast Road was recently organised by members of the Wainuiomata Gardeners Club. The gardeners tended to the gardens surrounding the church as a community involvement project. Joyce Lockyer, president of the society who look after the Coast Road-church, expressed her appreciation at the support given.

Valley Church was transformed into a fashion boutique recently with 75 women from as far away as Tawa gathering for the second Wainuiomata Women Fashion Swap. Originating from the New

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Free Comic Book Day Free Comic Book Day started off as a celebration of com ic books and independent comic book stores in the USA, but it is now celebrated throughout the whole world, and it occurs every year on the first Saturday of May! This year Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday 5 May. If you go to any of the participating comic book stores on that day, you will get a free comic book! These free comics are usually special editions that


are only available on that one day, and often become collectors items. The team here at the Wainuiomata Community Hub have decided that we want to get involved with this amazing yearly event, so we started last year by producing and printing our very own comic book! We are doing the same this year, and will be giving copies away for Free Comic Book Day, so make sure you come to the Library Building to collect it! While you’re there why not check out our collection of Graphic Novels and comics available to borrow for FREE from the library.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Is Anzac Day important to you?

Barry Renshaw, Wainuiomata “There’s things you’ll never forget and I also had mates that never came back, so for me I stand strong when it comes to remembering Anzac Day.”

Niki Renshaw, Wainuiomata “I remember my father helped the Kiwi men out, but I was only a little girl at the time. When it comes to Anzac Day I have strong memories.”

Daryl New, Wainuiomata “Yes, my Dad never came home. So I never knew him. He was a bomber pilot, shot down over Berlin.”

Ray Wallace, Wainuiomata “Anzac Day is an importance day of remembrance of the sacrifices made by so many young soldiers and their families. Its also to recognise all veterans, their families and their sacrifices made defending freedom.”

Melissa Zgomba, Lower Hutt “It’s a day when we remember those who sacrificed for our country and to show our appreciation for their service. It’s a day to show that we haven’t forgotten.”

Kristen Whiu, Lower Hutt “Anzac means a lot to me of what our forefathers sacrificed so we can live the life we do today.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Cellphone addiction syndrome Dear editor, Experts now tell us we have another addiction; people can’t stay off their phones, iPods or Androids for less than two minutes. I see young people sitting next to each other texting and reading their phones, a sad social situation, when we’re not

talking to friends. People who use hand-held cell phones while driving are a hazard and have the potential to kill or hurt other road users. Let’s stop wasting police time and avoid accidents, by investing in hands-free devices. Be safe, drive safe. Recently, I saw a man on a cell phone

walk into a street sign while texting. That must surely ring a bell to not text while driving? Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Wainuiomata (abridged)

Anzac Day thanks Dear editor, The Wainuiomata Valley RSA would like to thank the people of Wainuiomata for their support on Anzac Day. It was great to have so many adults and children at the dawn and 11am services. We raised $1147.70 in our poppy appeal. This


money is for the support of returned and service personnel. Thank you all. Yours sincerely, Bart Bartlett, President of the Wainuiomata Valley RSA.

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Strong interest in council’s new event centre

The new events centre sits alongside Lower Hutt’s refurbished town hall. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

With the opening of the new Hutt City Council events centre and refurbished town hall just a couple of months away, Lower Hutt deputy mayor David Bassett says early interest is encouraging. The events centre, due to open around the middle of this year, is one of the key projects in Hutt City Council’s strategy to rejuvenate the city. It will attract new and bigger events to Lower Hutt, and will add to a suite of council facilities across the city that cater for a range of community needs and budgets. The complex is expected to inject between $55 and $75 million into the local economy over the next 20 years, with stimulus and flow-on effects to restaurants, retailers and accommodation providers and the creation of new jobs, further boosting the economy. David says the events centre will increase

the region’s capacity for hosting events, including national and international events. “[It’s] a world class facility that will enable us to attract bigger and better events than we have previously been able to - like conferences, exhibitions and banquets,” David says. “It’s just a 15-minute drive from Wellington, has good access and is in an appealing setting with the three-hectare Riddiford Garden as its backyard. The extra visitors will boost our economy and add to the vibrancy of our city,” he says. As well as the new events centre, council will also be unveiling the refurbished and earthquake strengthened town hall. “This gives us the best of both worlds, retaining the heritage of our much-loved town hall to host performances and shows, and gaining a modern, flexible space to host events,” he says.


Its about Whanau ‘It’s About Whanau’ is the theme for World Smoke Free Day for 2018. Your whanau deserves to be healthy and Smokefree. Over one in five adults in Wainuiomata smoke, compared to fewer than one in six in Hutt City as a whole, and about one in eight in the Wellington region. In 2011, smoking in vehicles with children in Wainuiomata was over 10 times that observed in the Wellington suburb of Karori. New Zealand survey results indicate that well over 80% of people would like smokefree playgrounds and smokefree entrances to buildings that the public use. Smaller majorities support smokefree outdoor dining areas, sports fields, or music or community events. Around 5,000 people die each year in New Zealand because of smoking or second-hand smoke exposure. That is 13 people a day (NZ Social Indicators, 2013). Second-hand smoke is when you are exposed to the harms of tobacco being smoked near you. This can be from exhaled smoke or from a lit cigarette.

Second-hand smoke contains a lethal mix of more than 4,000 chemicals such as arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Two hundred of these chemicals have been identified as poisonous and can cause cancer. Second-hand smoke is the leading environmental cause of death in New Zealand (Second-hand smoke, 2016). There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and those who are exposed may suffer from many of the same diseases as regular smokers, such as heart disease, lung cancer, acute stroke, eye and nasal irritation and nasal sinus cancer. More than 350 New Zealanders die each year due to exposure to second-hand smoke. Our Regional Stop Smoking Service aim is to contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and whanau by supporting whanau to become Smokefree and reduce the risk to our children to take up smoking or be exposed to cigarette smoke. Our partnership with Hutt Valley DHB helps our community at every opportunity to seek help to stop smoking. PBA. Karen Tutaki, Senior advisor, Regional Stop Smoking Service Quit Coaches.

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A day of remembrance Poppies were laid at Wainuiomata’s memorial garden along Hine Road early on Wednesday morning. PHOTOs: Dan Whitfield

Anzac Day services last week reflected on the final days of a war which took its toll on those serving abroad and those at home.

It was on the Western Front where New Zealand made its most significant contribution to the First World War, and also where New Zealand suffered the

greatest loss of life. More than 12,000 New Zealanders died in France and Belgium between 1916 and 1919.

Wainuiomata veterans sitting front and centre ahead of the 11am Anzac Day parade and service.

How to Deal with Strains and Sprains With the winter sports season coming, it’s time for a few tips on treating soft-tissue injuries. It’s also possible to damage muscles, tendons and ligaments in the course of your normal routine at home or at work. If you do suffer a soft-tissue injury, attend to it immediately – the first 48 hours are vital. Then, you need to rest up to fully recover before you resume normal activity, or get back into sport.

Two types of injury

Overuse injuries result when we repeatedly use one part of the body. These can happen when we overdo gardening activities, or sports, causing things like “tennis elbow”, or shin splints in runners. Sudden injury happens when we slip and fall, or from body contact in sports, resulting in sprained ankles or torn muscles. Head injuries should be immediately assessed by a doctor.

The Anzac Day progression was completed with a passionate parade dedicated to the servicemen and women who fought for their country. PHOTOs: Dan Whitfield


Healing time for most soft-tissue injuries where there’s swelling, pain and bleeding (bruising), can be shortened by using the RICE treatment straight away. RICE treatment • Rest – stops further damage. • Ice – reduces inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. Get a gel cold-pack from your pharmacy or put crushed ice or frozen peas in a damp towel and apply this to the injury. • Compression – reduces bleeding and swelling. After applying the cold pack for 20 minutes, strap the area with a compression bandage. • Elevation – raising the injured limb reduces bleeding. Repeat the ice/compression treatment every few hours if possible for a couple of days. Consult your doctor or physio if the injury does not respond to treatment, or if you have any concerns about it.


Paracetamol is an effective pain reliever for soft-tissue injuries. Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend anti-inflammatory medicines. These can help reduce the swelling and pain associated with an injury.

Preventing injury

• Warm up properly before activities, exercise, or sports, to prepare your body. • Cool down following intense activity. ~ Talk to us at the Happy Chemist about how we can help you recover from a strain or sprain.

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Ulalei continues winning streak It was another good day in the office – the netball courts for Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club on Saturday. The premier one team faced off against Upper Hutt Maidstone United two and finished with a come from behind victory for Ulalei. At one stage Ulalei was down 18-9, leading to the introduction of Ali Colledge and Ellen Miles. Their attacking skills, together with the formidable defence trio of Gene Solia-Gibb, Rachel Savelio and Luaipou Oloamanu helped the team close the gap, to take the win. The final score was 42-37. Ulalei’s premier two team welcomed Coral Winiata to their campaign. She assisted the team to yet another emphatic win, this time over Convent Old Girls two. The final score was 74-32. The senior one girls faced Upper Hutt Maidstone United six in a closely fought match. The young team ended up losing, 34-27. Next week’s games will be played at Walter Nash Centre in Taita. Ulalei premier one tip off against Convent Old Girls one at 1.30pm, with other games to follow.

Ulalei’s senior one girls team, from left, Tara Hakiwai, Coral Winiata, Hayley Mellon, Lisa Scott, Ellen Miles, Ali Colledge, and Alicia Hina. PHOTO: Lahraine Sagaga

Anzac Day win for Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield

Fuelled by the Anzac spirit, Wainuiomata were able to come away with a win in a special Anzac Day match last Wednesday. The match up was against Paremata-Plimmerton, and saw Wainuiomata win 41-27. Wainuiomata’s Joshae Witana, Jayden Keats, Taisson Lealaisalanoa and Peni Taupau all managed to score one try each. Dre Melvin kicked two conversions and one penalty. Another game was played on Saturday

with Wainuiomata clawing back against Petone to finish on a draw, 26-all. Wainuiomata was down 19-7 at halftime but the determined side were not going to let valuable competition points slip away from them. Caleb Nicholas, John Monu, Ben Tupuola, and Faitele Leuluai each scored one try during the game. Justin Wilson had a better week kicking three of four conversions. Wainuiomata’s next game is on May 5 at Kilbirnie Park against Poneke. Kick off is at 2.45pm.

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Bumbling Blues a sign of the times Daniel Cherry flying high in the line out. PHOTO: Daryl New

Season ends with players performing highly Players form the Wainuiomata Junior Tennis Club are reflecting on a season well done. The Hutt Valley Interclub Competition has come to an end for now and there were many highlights for players and teams throughout the season. Lisa Castle, the junior club’s interclub convenor, says there have been great outcomes for the entire club. “Most of our top boys went on to play senior men’s interclub this season as did our top girl Elesha Smith for her second season. It is great that they enjoy tennis and wish to play at a more challenging and competitive level, [even though] most are still eligible to

play junior interclub,” Lisa says. Wainuiomata’s junior coaches Antoinette Rivett, Selena Jeffs and Shelley Matheson have also coached children through from the junior five to nineyear-old programme to the 10 to 18-year-old programme. “Because of their skills and encouragement, we had an influx of five teams of new players join the lowest division in the Hutt Valley competition,” Lisa says. The club’s junior prize giving is on Sunday, May 6 at 2pm. The new tennis season for all junior and senior members starts in mid-October.

As a child, the saying “When Auckland rugby is strong, New Zealand rugby is strong”. No more. That was 1996, the Auckland team were still the provincial benchmark and the Blues were on their way to being the first Super 12 champions. How times have changed. Calling the Blues a shadow of their former selves would be insulting to shadows. Their latest home loss, 20-13 to Argentina’s Jaguares will do little to promote goodwill for the team which now has a generation of fans which don’t know what success looks like. The other four Kiwi franchises have all won the Super Rugby title in the past five years. All Black rugby has been the global measuring stick for the past decade. The 2018 Blues have been hampered by injuries to key players but in reality don’t have the fi repower to be competitive in a tough Kiwi conference. Coach Tana Umaga seems to have his hands tied. Yes, he is as accountable as the players for the effort on the field but Blues

fans must realise he doesn’t have the cattle to create positive change. T he Auck la nd fra nch ise have chopped and changed coaches looking for the right forecast to blow the winning winds of change through Eden Park. It is time they find quality players and invest in them long term. They need a quality No 10 and a leader or two in the forwards. They also need help mentally. Winning is as much a habit as losing is. The Blues don’t know how to win and panic when the game is tight. Rumours the franchise is keen to re-sign Umaga to another contract. Despite the results, that seems like a logical thing to do. No other coach stands out as an obvious replacement at this stage. There is no solution that will quickly satisfy the thirst for winning the fans have. The reality is, the Blues stink but throwing the baby out with the bath water has been tried and it failed. Best to stay the course and look for brighter days.


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