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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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