Wednesday May 2, 2018
Sacrifice and valour acknowledged
Wainuiomata hub comic
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.
Harriers event attracts a crowd
By Dan Whitfield
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.
Wainuiomata News 02-05-18