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Mr Marmalade Best in the world
By Dan Whitfield
Graeme Cunningham is one of New Zealandâ€™s top marmalade makers. The Wainuiomata resident and man behind Jam.it was recently awarded two gold medals, one a category winner meaning his jar was the best in world, one silver and six bronze at The Worldâ€™s Original Marmalade Awards. His competition-winning products were made in Wainuiomata, and went up against more than 3000 entries from across 30 countries. Continued on page 2. Graeme Cunningham with his category winning jar of Marmalade. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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Top jars from Wainuiomata marmalade maker Continued from page 1. Graeme has been making marmalade for years; the love for it started when he made a massive batch after a bad day at work and decided to start selling it at the markets. “This is as good as it gets,” Graeme says. “It’s like the marmalade Olympics.” Graeme’s entries that won gold were awarded top marks,
with judges commending his simplicity and creativity. He says the world competition-winning products made in Wainuiomata are definitely of interest; the support base for his product range is strong and these awards help him get known around the world. “I’m so proud.” This is not the first year
Graeme has sent jars to the awards – which are held at Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens in Cumbria, England. The first year Graeme entered he won a gold medal for a specialty jar of marmalade; the second year he won four silvers. “What was nice was what the judges wrote about my
marmalade; ‘Congratulations, once again you are really a world class marmalade maker’.” Graeme has also won awards at AMP Shows, and has been selling his marmalade for more than eight years. He says it started 15 years ago, and the enjoyment hasn’t stopped since.
New students welcomed at St Claudine’s
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Some of Wainuiomata’s newest st udent s were welcomed and celebrated last month at St Claudine Thevenet School. Principal Sue Jury says it was a nice ceremony to welcome those who were
new to the school. “It was the school’s first blessing ceremony of the year and saw 36 new students welcomed into the school community,” Sue says. Due to the ceremony being the first of the year, there
were more students than normal. Ceremonies happen every term, and at events later in the year, there are usually around 10 students celebrated. The event was co-organised
by staff and the St Claudine Thevenet School student council. Sue explains the event was also used to celebrate the fi rst Student Council pride awards and to give out principal’s awards for term one.
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inbrief news Community barbecue Simon Gilbert from Pedal Ready and Hutt City Council, with St Claudine Thevenet School students Calvin Whiley, left, and Risha Narayan, right. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
Bike safety, a must for all students By Dan Whitfield
Learning to ride a bike is a memory most people have, and last week students at St Claudine Thevenet School got to do the same. A week-long series of Pedal Ready events were organised by the Bikes in Schools team, Biketec and Hutt City Council, and gave students free cycle skills training sessions. The sessions are recommended for students while they are at school as it enables them to not only ride a bike on a regular basis and enjoy it, but also to teach them what they should do when riding. Sherie Wright, from Pedal Ready and Hutt City Council, says everyone works together, and is a great chance for children to be active and build confidence on their bikes. “It’s important to get them riding; to get them on their bikes and riding safely,” Sherie says. Simon Gilbert, also part of Pedal Ready and Hutt City Council, agrees that it is important to teach children how to ride because the law says people have to ride on the road. “But the road is dangerous and you have to know how to stay safe. If we miss the time to teach them how to
ride, they may never learn,” Simon says. “Having a bike gives them freedom. It’s such a fantastic thing and is a great alternative transport for everyone.” Pedal Ready ties in with the nationwide Bikes in Schools programme that encourages children to get on their bikes. It is funded by Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency. Bikes in Schools gets its funding from a wide range of funders including local councils, community groups and charities, as well as the NZ Transport Agency and ACC. “Bike training used to be done between Hutt City Council and the police. Now there’s a synergy between the different organisations to get kids riding.” A new bike track was recently installed at St Claudine Thevenet School and so the training sessions are the next step for the school and its students. “The core of what we teach is safety as some are learning how to ride for the first time. We want to make sure young people know how to stay safe when they ride their bike,” says Simon.
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With the opening of the new Lower Hutt Events Centre and refurbished Town Hall just a couple of months away, early interest in hiring the facility is encouraging. The Events Centre, due to open midyear, 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. Lower Hutt deputy Mayor David Bassett says: “The Events Centre is 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,” he says.
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inbrief news Put down the phone and wear a seatbelt
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Communities across New Zealand will be calling on drivers to wear a seat belt and put down their phones when at the wheel as part of Road Safety Week 2018, May 7-13, to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on roads. Brake, the road safety charity which coordinates the week, says drivers are still not getting the message about the dangers of using a phone, with 38 per cent of drivers admitting to using a phone to text at the wheel, and 22 per cent admitting to making calls on a hand-held phone, despite both those activities being against the law. The official theme of the week is Belt on, Phone off – Make it a Habit, and everyone is also being urged to ensure they always wear a seat belt, or use an appropriate child seat, on every journey. Road Safety Week was launched by the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter.
New cutting edge training manikins are helping doctors and nurses hone their resuscitation skills and save tiny lives. The ‘Premature Anne’ is a state-of-the-art, realisticallyproportioned, 25-week premature mannikin designed to be used in simulation training. Two models – worth a combined total of almost $9000 – were recently donated to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Wellington Regional Hospital. They were gifted by the Neonatal Trust with funds from the 2017 New Zealand Financial Markets Association Thomson Reuters Charity Golf Classic. Wellington’s NICU cares for more than 1100 neonatal babies each year, some as small as 500g, the equivalent of a block of butter, and having these mannikins to train with will help doctors and nurses give these babies an even better fighting chance.
Gardeners embrace the autumn season
Calls to Lifeline support lines on the up
Wainuiomata gardeners have been loving the autumn season this year. Members of the Wainuiomata Gardeners’ Club made the most of the foliage and put together some stunning autumn floral arrangements at the May meeting. This month’s competition winners were: Single Bloom: first, Wendy Paulik, second, Jackie Dobbs, and third, Jan Hansen. Shrub: first, Vera Phillips, second, Barbara Boardman, third Jill Summers. Spike Cluster: first, Joyce Lockyer, second, Jill Summers, third, Jackie Dobbs. Fruit: first, Jill Summers, second, Vera Phillips, third, Susan Little. Vegetable: first, Jackie Dobbs, second, Jill Summers, third, Barbara Bennett.
New data reveals calls to Lifeline for suicide support nationwide have increased to 159,616 over 12 months. Wellington has seen an increase in calls from 23,056 to 24,116. To combat this, more than 2000 people who are part of the 46 Snap Fitness clubs around New Zealand are this month fundraising via an eight-week challenge promoting mental and physical wellbeing. Lifeline hopes the initiative will help fund support in the Wellington region. Lifeline Aotearoa clinical manager Renee Mathews says while awareness is increasing around suicide prevention
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have survived a suicide attempt or are learning to live well with mental health related illness,” she says. New Zealand has the second highest overall suicide rate in the developed world, with the provisional figure sadly reaching its highest point in history last year. Victoria Kendall, a volunteer at New Zealand’s Lifeline call centre, knows the effect suicide can have on one’s self, but says one simple conversation has the power to change it all. “My dad took his life. After he died, I found out he didn’t have a strong personal support group around him to help him process
and understand that it’s okay to not be okay,” Victoria says. “In today’s age, people feel a real pressure to present a certain image or act like everything in life is going great, when the truth is, life isn’t perfect for any of us all the time. We all have our challenges. “Suicide is a complex issue, there isn’t a one size fits all approach. There is nothing to be scared of when asking someone if they’re considering suicide, it can really help open the door to an honest conversation,” she says. Lifeline and Snap Fitness aim to generate $250,000 in donations.
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Futures Programme still going strong Despite a cold 5am start, a group of Wainuiomata High School students were up and ready for the day recently. The Futures Programme is run every Tuesday and Thursday morning by Bill Sharp, who picks the young lads up and takes them to the high school’s gymnasium for exercise and communal activities. The principal of the school, Janette Melrose, attended one of the morning sessions recently and says the morning she visited, they headed out for a run and then came back to the gym for a weights session. “A huge thanks to Bill Sharp who has been leading this programme since Wainuiomata High School started in 2002,” Janette says. “It was wonderful to experience the energy, enthusiasm and respect
Back row: Shemiah Rangitaawa, Jesse Mortensen, Robert Clarke, Jaden Jacobs, Timoti Te Kira, Bill Sharp. Front row: Liam Pritchard, Kelso Beyer, Tuhoe Davies, Ray Smith. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Hive of activity for Smokefree May World Smokefree Day is May 31 – but in Wainuiomata, it’s Smokefree May. Wainuiomata Community Board and Hutt City Council decided that more than just one day was needed to celebrate the great progress being made towards a Smokefree Wainuiomata. Gabriel Tupou, deputy chair of Wainuiomata Community Board says: “A Smokefree Wainuiomata, particularly in our town centre, is all about creating an enjoyable experience for our locals and our many visitors.” Creating environments where smoking is not allowed is high on the agenda for the community board and council.
Already, Lower Hutt has one of the most extensive smokefree policies in New Zealand. The Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy aims to reduce the harm from second hand smoke and make smoking less visible. “We acknowledge the many health and wellbeing centred programmes that are delivering on this kaupapa. It’s all about working towards a better future for our whanau. Let’s lead the way as Aotearoa New Zealand endeavours to become Smokefree by 2025.” Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace is in full support of this activity.
the boys had for Sharpie and their morning training session,” she says. Each session starts with the boys greeting each other with a handshake and hug; they then sing a song and get started on the exercises. After the physical session and showers, Bill cooks the boys breakfast and he takes them through a life skills study session. The boys help clean up at the end, finishing with a spare 30 minutes before school starts. The programme is designed for high school students from year nine to 13. There are still places in the programme, if students are interested in joining. “A big thank you to Denton Kupenga, one of our teacher aides, who also turns up to support the boys,” Janette says. SELF SERVICE
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you think Wainuiomata should be smoke-free?
Travis Barton-Cooley, Wainuiomata “Yes, because no one wants to smell it and it will stop people wanting to smoke.”
Tawhai Rawiri, Wainuiomata “Yes. People need to quit smoking because it’s attracting young people to it.”
Jazmine Petuha, Wainuiomata “Yes, I’d to stop smoking so the streets would be clean.”
Jackson Ross, Wainuiomata “Yes, my dad smokes, but it does endanger others. I want Wainui to be a smoke-free place.”
Charlotte Lee, Wainuiomata “Yes, because it is making others smoke.”
Emily Allerby, Wainuiomata “Yes, it’s not good to smoke and it’s bad for you.”
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Car crash victim needs community support Dear editor, My name is Tiffany, mother of six and am a full- time student, working hard towards a better life for myself and my children. On Saturday, May 5 between 8am-9am, I was driving past Wainuiomata High School when someone pulled out in front of me.
I stopped and looked straight into the rear-view mirror at the car behind me, which showed no sign of slowing down. She rear-ended my car and I had my baby with me. The lady who hit me drives a dark grey/silver Mazda or Nissan 4 door sedan. I have since completed a non-
injury traffic report with the Lower Hutt Police. I gave my details to the woman and everyone was okay so I left after she said she would contact me, not realising the proper protocol of car accident details. I did apply for car insurance but it does not come into effect until May 16 because at this
moment I cannot afford it. I have never been in this situation before and I have only bought my car one week ago. I also need to travel between Hutt and Porirua locations for study. I have not yet heard from the woman of the dark grey/silver car and would like her to get in touch with me. The damage to
my vehicle is quite bad. Furthermore, if anyone has any information please come forward. Yours sincerely, Tiffany Wainuiomata
Hutt next stage on the journey to better bus services Changes to Hutt Valley bus services are just around the corner as part of Metlink’s upgrade of bus services across the region. Chairwoman of Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee Barbara Donaldson says she wants to help more people go more places more often, and that a fleet of new vehicles and services will be starting from June 17. “We’re on our way to an integrated public transport network, and that means a new look and new services for Metlink that are focused on what customers have told us they want,” Barbara says. “In the Hutt Valley, that means new weekend services to Belmont, Kororokoro, Stokes Valley Heights, Trentham and Pinehaven, while Riverstone Terraces will get a regular weekday bus service for the first time.” Timetables will also be changing in preparation for wider changes in July so that buses and trains are more integrated. Bus service changes across the region are being rolled out in three phases: Wairarapa on April 30, the Hutt Valley on June 17, and Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti on July 15. “The majority of buses will be
brand new and painted in the Metlink colours of lime and yellow. They will be quieter and more comfortable, and feature the latest engine technology, air conditioning, and bike racks to help you get around better. We’re also ensuring that buses are the right size, so bigger buses will be on busier services, and smaller buses on quieter ones,” Barbara says. “Connecting with other services will also get better because we are bringing in free transfers between all Metlink buses in the Hutt Valley, as long as you pay with Snapper and it’s within 30 minutes of tagging off. So there is no extra fare to pay if changing buses at Queensgate for the Western Hills, at Upper Hutt for Te Marua, or Waterloo for a bus to Wainuiomata,” she says. Barbara says the new network is designed to offer customers the best of the region. “It will give us all a smoother and more comfortable travel experience. That will help our region grow and prosper, benefitting the lives of everyone in Greater Wellington.” More than $1 billion is set to be invested in operating and improving public transport services and infrastructure over the next five years.
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Hurricanes spend time with young fans
Wainuiomata was graced by members of the Wellington Hurricanes rugby team last week with students at Wainuiomata Intermediate lucky enough to meet them in person. Ardie Savea and Vaea Fifita visited the school on Friday last week, and were welcomed by children with big smiles. Principal Craig Sharp says having the
Anton and Carlos Onekawa shooting hoops with Ardie Savea and Vaea Fifita.
Hurricanes come to the school was great for the students. â€œBecause the day was pretty low key, the players spent most of their time in the playground with the kids shooting hoops. It meant that they could see these guys as real people,â€? he says. The players attended the school as part of the Eat My Lunch promotion.
Flynn Keall takes a selfie with Vaea Fifita
Lucy Aplin and Olly Marshall put questions to the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes having fun at Wainuiomata Intermediate last week.
The students welcoming Ardie Savea and Vaea Fifita.
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Celebrating cultural diversity with kindy kids
Malaki Muaiva, Mila Mua’au, Pelema Saolele, Amari Saolele and Gloria Aserona.
When you walk into Parkway Kindergarten you hear a variety of languages being spoken. Using the home language from the diverse cultures which make up the community is an important part of the everyday programme at the kindergarten. Tai Saolele, who has two children attending Parkway Kindergarten, agrees that it is important for children to use their own language. Recognising that a large percentage of their children were from a Pasifika background, the teaching team began looking into ways to incorporate the culture into their learning environment, something that has been positively received by the Samoan community. “Each day the children are greeted in Samoan and they are encouraged to use their own language. The children are invited to say grace before meals and the teachers use basic everyday Samoan
language, says Tai. “The kindergarten is diverse with different cultures and all are encouraged and celebrated. The teachers are friendly and welcoming, and are nurturing in how they interact with the children”. Parkway Kindergarten teacher Neta Samani feels equally supported in sharing her Samoan culture with the children. “I was encouraged to create a list of everyday phrases that the other teachers could use, as well as translating documents to enable aiga (family) to better engage with us. The feedback has been very positive,” Neta says. “I also provide guidance for our wider Hutt City Kindergarten community to provide greater understanding of our culture and identity. We have a Pasifika group who meets regularly and is supported by the senior teaching team to share our knowledge and resources to facilitate deeper engagement,” she says.
Smokefree perspectives from our tamariki One of the key benef its of smokefree places and spaces is making smoking less visible for our young people. If we are to achieve our Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goals we need our next generations to be raised smokefree. So what do our tamariki think about Wainuiomata having more smokefree places and spaces? Wainuiomata local Leah Clark spent some time with tamariki from Te Whānau Māori Medium at Pukeatua School and found smoking was not in their future. When asked what spaces they would like to be smokefree in Wainuiomata, the most common responses from tamariki were the shops followed by school, parks and sports grounds. At home and in cars were also places that the tamariki wished were smokefree. “Queen Street should be smokefree because there are heaps of shops and lots of children go there.” “One thing I like about smokefree places is that you stay safe and don’t get sick” The students also made the link between smoking and the health impacts of second hand smoke describing it using both Te
Reo and English. One student said “Kāore he pai te kaipaipa ka mate, ka māuiui ngā pukapuka (Smoking is not good, it kills and makes the lungs sick).” Another said “I don’t like the smell of smoking; it gives me a headache so I don’t like people smoking near me.” If they were in charge, the students said they would put up more signs and use the international no smoking sign to make sure everyone knows that place is smokefree. Leah Clark says “It is so important to listen to what our tamariki think about our community spaces and their views on smokefree places. If we can make smoking less visible to our tamariki then we are giving them the best opportunity to stay smokefree.” Many weren’t aware of all the places currently covered by Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Outdoor Public Places policy which includes playgrounds, swimming pools, parks and sportsgrounds, bus shelters, train stations, beaches, outside Council buildings and facilities, Council run and sponsored events and outdoor pavement dining areas. PBA.
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Prominent developer latest 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 property around the central business district. 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. He has now purchased a fourstorey Council-owned property, formerly occupied by the BNZ Bank, and has plans to develop it into apartments and retail space. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the interest of such a
well-respected and influential developer in the city is a real vote of confidence. “Council has a vision and a plan to rejuvenate Lower Hutt and, being right in the heart of the city, the CBD is an important part of this strategy. That vision is widely supported by residents and businesses in all our surveys,
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so we’re getting on with it,” Ray says. “Council has a role to play to encourage and support developers who can bring that vision to life. The property at 177 High Street is in such a strategic position relating to the Riverlink and Promenade projects it was always going to be a future development opportunity and I’m thrilled Ian Cassels has recognised that potential as well.” The Riverlink project is a long-term plan that includes turning the Lower Hutt central business district to face and connect with the Hutt River, and the development of a riverside promenade. Ian says he is pleased to be part of the CBD rejuvenation. “We see Lower Hutt as an essential part of the Wellington offering and believe that it has a strong role to play as a ‘living city’ with all of the creative shoots that this will entail. We are delighted to be able to participate in the development of the Hutt CBD and believe that with the planned river redevelopment, the future of Lower Hutt is looking very, very good,” Ian says. The property was put up for sale late last year. That sale was agreed at a council meeting
recently. “We are very proud of the progress we are making towards rejuvenating the city and we will continue to be involved in selected property redevelopment activities towards that goal, not just in the CBD, but also areas such as Wainuiomata and Naenae,” says council chief executive Tony Stallinger. Tony says this strategy requires bold decisions, such as their policy for the remission of fees and charges, which he says has been extremely successful in attracting developers. “At times we will also need to step in to kick start significant projects by funding development infrastructure or participating in land transactions. Projects like this one are worth it, as they not only rejuvenate the city, they also add to our rates revenue and attract new businesses and workers to the city,” Tony says. “We temper this with a sound financial strategy to limit debt and keep rates increases low. Our property activities are also doing extremely well; last year we returned an overall surplus on property of $8 million and our net property revaluations in 2018 have recorded further gains of $30 million.”
Painting begins Wainuiomata artist Aidan Walbaekken has started on his new mural in Homedale Village. Residents voted for the bright and vibrant mural design that celebrates Wainuiomata’s stunning scenery and wildlife. The mural replaces the damaged mural of local sporting icons Piri Weepu and Tana Umaga. The project has grown out of the work of passionate local volunteers such as Christine and Barrie Green, who’ve been doing makeover projects at Homedale Village for two years. A total of 371 people voted for the design. Wainuiomata artist Aidan Walbaekken painting the mural in Homedale Village. PHOTO: Daryl New.
Government must commit AOS, CIB, local officers involved with Stokes Valley to new interchange Chris Bishop is calling on the Government to commit to a new and upgraded Melling Interchange. “T he Melling Interchange is a major choke point on State Highway 2, particularly at peak times, and can pose a safety risk,” he says. T he Hutt South M P explained recently that National was committed to fast-tracking a new a nd upg raded g radeseparated interchange and a new bridge across
the Hutt River. He is now calling on the new Government to match National’s commitment and get on with this vital project for the Hutt. “[Lower Hutt] Mayor Ray Wallace and I agree that a new interchange at Melling is the number one transport priority for the Hutt. “It is vital for the delivery of the Riverlink project and overwhelmingly supported by Hutt residents and motorists,” Chris says.
A n upgrade at Melling has been put at risk by the coalition Gover n ment’s new d r a f t transport policy, which proposes cutting billions from state highways. Chris urges people to show their support for this project by signing the petition online at chrisbishop.co.nz/melling. “ T he G over n ment needs to come to the party and commit to this important project for the Hutt Valley.”
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. They are currently being interviewed by police. Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Sears of the Hutt Valley CIB says the warrant targeted gang activity and offending across the Hutt Valley. “We have had numerous calls from
locals concerned about the activities at this address and the growing presence of gang members in the area,” he says. “Gangs exist to make money from criminal offending such as the manufacturing and distribution of drugs like methamphetamine and while they continue to offend, they will be targeted by Police. “I hope the swift and decisive action taken today sends a message that the community and police will work together to disrupt this type of offending.” Anyone with information about organised criminal groups in their community is urged to contact their local police station or Crimestoppers anonymously.
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Quake-prone building owner pleads guilty Hutt City Council has successfully prosecuted a Lower Hutt company for failing to complete strengthening work on an earthquake-prone residential building it owns in Petone.
Last month, Alura Ltd pleaded guilty in the Hutt Valley District Court to one charge under the Building Act 2004. The company was last week convicted by the court, with the
judge reserving his decision on sentencing until August. The charge relates to Alura Ltd failing to complete seismic work on the building at 307 Jackson Street, located within the Jackson
Hutt City Council has successfully prosecuted a Lower Hutt company for not completing strengthening work on their building. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
Street Heritage Precinct. The charge carries a maximum fine of $200,000. It is understood the case is the first of its kind in New Zealand. where a council has successfully prosecuted an individual or company for failure to comply with a notice to ensure a quake-prone building is safe for its occupants and the wider public. To ensure the matter is resolved, council will now issue a notice for occupants to vacate the building for it to be strengthened or demolished. Council divisional manager, environmental consents, Helen Oram says the prosecution centres on an earthquake-prone building notice issued to the company in 2008, and follows several years of repeated attempts by council to get Alura to strengthen the building to a safe standard. These efforts included a signed formal agreement between council and Alura that strengthening work would commence, and the
issuing of building consents. The consents lapsed without strengthening work getting under way. Helen says while council has been more than patient with the company, the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, recent legislative changes and the growing body of science around earthquake-prone buildings made the need for enforcement more urgent. “The bottom line is that people’s lives could be at stake. This case should be a strong signal that council’s patience with the owners of earthquake-prone buildings who fail to make progress in strengthening their buildings is finite,” she says. “We have always worked closely with building owners, we understand the pressures many are under and most have shown a willingness to get strengthening work done. But our experience with this case has shown us there’s a point where council needs to act decisively to ensure public safety.”
Hutt rental prices on the up March rental statistics show that New Zealand rental prices have continued to grow over the past year. Hutt Valley had the largest increase at 17.1 per cent to $413pw. However, this area can be quite volatile due to low numbers of new rentals. Porirua was next with an 11.6 per cent increase to $407pw, although Porirua statistics can also be quite volatile. Wellington Central rents increased by 6.8 per cent showing that the region overall had the highest rental price increases. “There have been so many cost and regulatory increases over the last few years that it isn’t a surprise that rental prices are increasing as they are,” says NZ Property Investors Federation
executive officer Andrew King. “Unfortunately the situation looks likely to continue,” he says. In order to remove monthly variations, the NZ Property Investors’ Federation has averaged three months of rental prices for the year ended March 2018 and compared this to the same period in 2017. Overall, rental prices are up 6.1 per cent to $433 per week. This is a higher price rise than during the last two years when rental prices increased 3.4 per cent in the year to March 2017 and 3 per cent in the year to March 2016. Twelve of the 17 main areas around New Zealand had rental price increases below the national average, indicating that rental price increases in the regions are growing quite strongly.
Kindergarten board seeks new members Hutt City Kindergartens needs a new board member to help it work towards a positive future. In the last few years, the forward thinking of the Hutt City Kindergarten Association’s board means the future looks bright for the 19 kindergartens around the Hutt Valley. The board has seen the association become financially stable and able to maintain its Hutt Valley focus; all thanks to a refocus on engaging communities, strengthening bi-culturalism within the kindergartens, sustainable practices and consultations with families. The result, an upward trend of new enrolments and the growth of kindergartens around the Hutt Valley.
Currently the board has seven elected members, consisting of parent and staff representatives from the 19 kindergartens it is responsible for. Board chairman Andy Cleave says the position is a great opportunity for someone from within the community to help grow the association and “continue on the journey to make Hutt City Kindergartens a world-leading and well recognised early childhood education service.” Expressions of interest to join the HCK Board will be received by Tony DeLorenzo, general manager of Hutt City Kindergartens at gm@ huttkindergartens.org.nz. Submissions close on Wednesday, May 16.
From left, Dr Blank and Dr Cagle from NASA inspired and enthralled children at a STEMM Festival event at the Walter Nash Stadium last year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Nurturing science and innovation in May May is dedicated to the sciences in Lower Hutt, with events and workshops for all ages at the Hutt STEMM Festival 2018. The festival celebrates that the city nurtures science and innovation and is home to many high tech industries. Lower Hutt science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM) enterprises contribute more than $380 million to New Zealand’s economy, employ more than 3500 people and support a Crown Research Institute, a government innovation precinct and four tertiary institutions. While the festival started on May 1, it was officially opened on Monday, May 7 by Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace. Guest speakers the Minister
of Research, Science and Innovation Dr Megan Woods and Professor Gary Evans from Victoria University’s Ferrier Institute were there. The festival, which has grown from one week to a full month, will include speakers, interactive workshops, conferences and other events for local residents, children, and businesses. Events will cover topics ranging from 3D Printing, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence to creatures that survive in the world’s harshest environments, what it’s like to be a plant, how to build a rocket and a celebration of World Metrology day – that’s the science of calibration and measurement. There will be two Women
in Technology breakfasts – an opportunity for women to network and hear discussions about closing the gender gap in ICT careers and the impact of technology on the future of work. Free movies will include The Martian with some stargazing on May 11 and An Inconvenient Truth Sequel: Truth to Power on May 24 at Lower Hutt’s War Memorial Library. Last year, as part of the festival, about 300 Lower Hutt schoolchildren were enthralled to hear about the work of two women from NASA: astronaut, Dr Yvonne Cagle and astrobiologist, Dr Jen Blank. This year, the interplanetary theme is continued with a day of rocket-related activities on May 12.
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Mixed results for Ulalei
Wainuiomata Harrier Club member Cameron Forsyth finishing on form. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Harriers off and running for new season Ulalei’s premier one’s Rachel Savelio mid air defending a shot against Convent Old Girls. PHOTO: T. Sagaga
It was a difficult weekend for Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club, finishing with mixed results. Ulalei won one game and lost two on Saturday. The premier two side was the only team to continue their winning streak with a convincing 68-20 win over High School Old Girls two. Leading 55-17 by the end of the third quarter meant that the team could experiment, bringing Ellen Miles from centre position into goal shoot. Ulalei premier two are second on the table. The Ulalei senior one team lost
to Naenae Collegians United four, 32-24. It was an unfortunate result despite recent games. Ulalei’s top team suffered their first loss of the season. The girls lost against Convent Old Girls, 52-47. Despite the loss, the premier one team remain third on the table. The teams will next play on May 12. Ulalei premier two play Naenae Collegians United three, at 10.30am; Ulalei senior one play Convent Old Girls four at 11am; and Ulalei one premier one play Naenae Collegians United two at 12pm. All games are played indoors at Walter Nash Centre.
The firebreaks and bush tracks above Lower Hutt have for the 22nd year running attracted Harriers athletes for the Wainuiomata Classic mountain run. The Wainuiomata Harrier Club has hosted the event since 1996, with a few changes in the course but always in perfect conditions - this year was no exception, and with a field of over 120 athletes. This year it was also held in conjunction with the Wellington Mountain Running Championships. Among the top runners was New Zealand world mountain running representative Stephen Day from Scottish Harriers. He showed the quality required to be selected for such an event over the gruelling course which includes the ‘world famous in Wainuiomata’ hill at the top of the course.
The Wainuiomata Classic mountain run was held on a new course, with a mind to host the New Zealand Championships next year. All athletes took to the firebreaks from the new sub-division in Parkway, heading up to the water tower and around the firebreaks in courses ranging from 1.2km for the under 11 athletes, to the 11.5km for the senior athletes. Wainuiomata Harriers had a few of its top runners missing at the event, but Rebecca Forsyth ran a great race finishing 4th in the girls’ 4.2km event. Some other top finishers were Lucy Houlihan and Eden Joyce who finished 5th and 6th respectively in their 1.2km race. The 23rd Wainuiomata Classic mountain run will be in April 2019.
Top international bowlers compete in Lower Hutt Some of Australasia’s top bowls players were in action at Lower Hutt’s world-class facility in late April. 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 was played at the new Bowls Centre from April 23-26. It’s an Australasian competition
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 Reid, general manager for city and community services, says that’s a ringing
endorsement of council’s investment in the facility. He says hosting players and their supporters also gives 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 was televised and meant 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.” Working closely with Naenae Bowling Club, the Naenae RSA and Park Avenue Bowling Club, the Council-owned Community Facilities Trust (CFT), fundraised $2 million of the total $6.25 million for the Bowls Centre. “Council’s contribution of
$4.25 million is going to be offset by the sale of existing council-owned bowls land which will be better utilised to provide the city with other significant economic and social benefits, Matt says. The bowls facility, along with the Walter Nash Centre in Taita and Fraser Park sports centre, set to open at the end of 2018, are all key projects in council’s strategy to rejuvenate Hutt City.
Wednesday May 9, 2018
Down to the last minute, Wainuiomata defeated By Dan Whitfield
It came down to the last minute, however Poneke was too much for Wainuiomata’s men in green. Wainuiomata faced off against
Poneke on Saturday as part of the ninth round of the premier rugby Swindale Shield competition. Starting off strongly, Wainuiomata dominated the first half to lead at half time, 13-3.
The score was tied up right until the last minute when Poneke managed to break the Wainuiomata defence to score. The final score was 26-21. Points were scored by Matt
A big hit during the weekend’s action, Wainuiomata unfortunately lost this game but are not out.
Lions no disappointment It was a game of two halves for the Wainuiomata Lions premier rugby league team as they came up against the Randwick Kingfishers at Wise Park on Saturday. The visiting team entered the Lions den expecting a fast-paced physical game and the Lions did not disappoint. In a game where heavy contact appeared to cancel each others forward packs out, it was the silky smooth skills of the Wainuiomata back line that was the difference. Leading the charge for the Lions was impressive young centre Isiah Tuari and winger Nicky Alofi who both scored a hat-trick of tries, with outside centre Wayne Paki and fullback Bree Henderson scoring a brace. After leading 30-10 at half-time, the Lions looked to step it up a notch in the second
half, putting a further 30 unanswered points against the Randwick side. The visitors tried hard despite injuries reducing them to 15 players midway through the second half. The final score was 60-10, seeing Wainuiomata named victorious. Isiah Tuari, Nicky Alofi, Wayne Paki, Bree Henderson, Xavier Seal, Tyrone Tihore, Xavier, and Dom Bartels all scored tries during the game. Bree Henderson kicked two conversions. The Wainuiomata premier two side also had a win in the curtain raiser game beating the Porirua City Phoenix 34-26. Next week sees the Lions travel to McEwan Park to take on the Petone Panthers. Kickoff is at 2.30pm.
Composed By Tony Watling 2nd May 2018
TEAM WORK Barry and Niki they have said. For 50 years, they’ve been Wed. Teamwork! We pulled together. Never mind what was the weather. The Renshaws gave a secret clue. Now they’ve told just me and you. Kissed on day that they were Wed. And now each time they go to bed.
Jacobs, Michael Lealava’a and Nash Fiso-Vaelei. Peter Umaga-Jensen and Justin Wilson both kicked a penalty each. The game was a home game
for Poneke and was played at Kilbirnie Park. Wainuiomata’s next game is on May 12 against Oriental-Rongotai at the Miramar Polo Ground. Kick off is 2.45pm.
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Hard to punt against Purdon The dominance of Mark Purdon on Canterbury’s harness racing scene is a turn off to casual racegoers. I took my partner to her first ever harness racing meeting at Addington on Friday night. She didn’t know how to read the form guide in the race book and called the drivers ‘riders’ in the first two races. I explained the basics of how to gauge form, barrier draws, drivers, trainers and she picked it up very quickly. Come race three I explained the importance of backing horses trained by the All Stars barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. My Grandad always told me on the eve of Cup Week each year that you don’t back against Mark Purdon because he’s the best trainer, racing for the biggest prize money of the year. Purdon had five runners competing on Friday night. Those runners quinellaed two races together, finishing first and second,
including the $200,000 feature race of the night while the fifth won the last race on the programme. That’s training perfection but I can’t believe such dominance, while admirable, is good for the industry. How can other trainers make a decent living? Why would potential owners want to have their horses trained by anyone other than the All Stars team? While an argument can be made that Purdon’s dominance is admirable, it must have its negative outcomes for the industry. It surely makes life much harder for trainers, harder for them to entice potential owners to let them train their horses. I spoke to an owner on the eve of one of the races and she agreed the dominance made the industry less appealing on a number of fronts. Purdon deserves respect for his accomplishments but at what cost are those achievements being made?
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