Wednesday May 2, 2018
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.
Fashion Swap a sell-out
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
Zealand Eco Fashion Week in Lower Hutt, the fashion swap was a sell-out, with proceeds from the event going towards a group of volunteers travelling to Tonga later in the year. The volunteers will be going
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Wainuiomata News 02-05-18