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Daryl New has been around the block, camera in hand for years. “The amount of people I’ve met by having my camera on me has been incredible,” Daryl says. The Wainuiomata man, who celebrates his 81st birthday next month, has been living in Wainuiomata since around 2008. He says he doesn’t know why he chose Wainuiomata but is glad he did. Continued on page 2. Daryl New is a man who knows a lot about a good photograph. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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Daryl New, 10 years taking photos for Wainuiomata News Over the years, he has had multiple photography opportunities – including being a photographer for the Wainuiomata News. “When I moved to Wainuiomata, I hadn’t picked up a camera in 40 odd years. I was reading the local paper at the time – the Wainuiomata Times – and the photos were abysmal so I approached them and asked to take photos.” Daryl says when the news-
paper wrapped up he went to APN, who then owned the Wainuiomata News. He says originally the editor said there was no space for a freelance photographer as the company already had its own. “I still ended up showing them some of my photos and the first one that popped up was of a line out with all players vying for the ball. The editor told me to come back next weekend.”
Daryl has now been taking photos for the Wainuiomata News for 10 years, and says he’s excited for the 11th. Daryl has raced motorobikes and dabbled in sales, but photography was always something he loved doing. “I’ve gotta’ do something. I can’t sit at home all day. For me the travelling bug is there and photography keeps you young mentally.” Some of his favourite pho-
tos he’s ever taken have to be of his more recent ones involving sport around Wainuiomata. “You can always do better, and that’s what I want to keep doing.” Daryl has taken photos for Wainuiomata Rugby Club, Wainuiomata Rugby League Club, the Wellington Phoenix, and is often spotted a round Westpac Stadium during a Hurricanes game.
Happy Birthday to the Koha Shed The Koha Shed started with a mission to help the community and the need for the service was evident. It quickly grew and had to move from the Wainuiomata Marae to a building at the old Wainuiomata College to keep up with demand. Recently the Wainuiomata Koha Shed celebrated one year at its new location in Moohan Street. There are more than 130 Koha Sheds on Facebook from Whanganui, New Plymouth and Wellington to Invercargill, Whangarei and Hamilton. There are even Koha Sheds in Australia. Wainuiomata manager Jo Bryant says, “I love that the site is so central and welcoming to everyone.” Jo and her team are volunteers and welcome any koha or donation to help them keep running. Koha Shed provides free furniture and goods to all who need the support. However, right now they are in desperate need of blankets, duvets, pots and pans. Kara Puketapu-Dentice, Koha Shed trustee and Wainuiomata
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local, jumped at the chance to support such a worthy cause. “Jo and her team are real champions, selfless to the core and that’s shown by their commitment to supporting all our
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inbrief news Garage sale for good Arakura Kindergarten is having a garage sale to fundraise for ongoing development of the environment children get to enjoy. The garage sale is happening on Saturday, May 19 from 8am to 12pm at the kindergarten on Wellington Road. There will be a sausage sizzle and baking for sale, as well as books, clothes, bric-a-brac, toys, furniture and electronic equipment. Goods can be dropped off at the kindergarten up until Friday, May 18.
Pink Shirt Day Students at Wainuiomata Intermediate will stand up for a good cause as part of Pink Shirt Day this Friday. The children at the school will be part of a movement of thousands of New Zealanders joining together to speak up and stand together to stop bullying. Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In New Zealand, Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected.
From left, Jeremy Lightfoot, Department of Corrections deputy chief executive, Siaosi Smith, recipient of the Minister’s Excellence Award, Neil Beales Department of Corrections chief custodial officer and Tony O’Neill, Department of Corrections principal Learning & Development adviser. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Dan Whitfield
Siaosi Smith has graduated his corrections officer training with the Minister’s Excellence Award. The 25-year-old’s journey started after deciding he wanted a better job; one that allowed him to help people more than his last. He says he had heard different testimonies about be-
ing a corrections officer but believes he has found his calling. Siaosi moved to New Zealand from Samoa in 1997, was brought up in Petone, but now lives in Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata man previously worked for Work and Income New Zealand in Lower Hutt. “You could try to help people but you couldn’t see it
from the office. “I want to help offenders turn their lives around. I have a five-year-old son; I want to stop our young ones getting a criminal conviction in the first place,” Siaosi says. Siaosi will begin working at the Rimutaka Prison in coming weeks. In regards to his training, Siaosi says it was really cool as everyone was different and
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came from different walks. He was awarded the Minister’s Excellence Award for the leadership, excellence and professionalism he showed throughout his training. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my parents and partner.” From here, Siaosi says he wants to perfect his role and help offenders change their ways.
Work continues around town There are several developments underway around Wainuiomata – and all are progressing well. The shared pathway that’s soon to connect Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt via a $11.1million, four-metre wide path is on track. The focus of the work is currently on the Lower Hutt side of the hill but once complete, locals will start to see work start on Wainuiomata’s side. Lots of work is still yet to be done around the retirement village that was announced earlier this year. Contractors have been working to prepare the site for future work to be done. The local dog park is also underway. It is located off Waiu Street.
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inbrief news Hosts needed for heritage week Wellington Heritage Week will return from October 22–28 and organisers are seeking community organisations and individuals who are interested in hosting events. Sponsored by the Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust, and Wellington Community Trust, Wellington Heritage Week is a celebration of the city’s people, places and stories. Organisers Wellington Heritage Week Trust encourage groups of various interests such as conservation, community, buildings, social and all others to get in contact to showcase their heritage. There is no cost to become an event host. Hosts will benefit from a wider platform to reach audiences and people from Wellington City, Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Porirua, and Kapiti Coast are encouraged to be involved.
Little green thumbs learn about good, healthy food By Dan Whitfield
From garden to table, students from St Claudine Thevenet School know what’s good to eat. Last week, the student council made zucchini and spinach fritters to share with their peers and teachers, continuing this year’s school theme of health and wellbeing. The Wainuiomata-based school has an impressive vegetable garden and has become a water-only school in recent years – students also planted even more healthy options in the form of a herb garden earlier this year. Students from as young as five through to those of intermediate age have been learning about what is needed to keep them and their families healthy. Principal Sue Jury says it was great to have the student council help make and cook the fritters, and in the future others will begin helping. “We were able to feed 250 kids. We also took some of the younger ones round to the garden after to show them where the food came from and what each vegetable looked like,” Sue says. She says teaching her students about wellbeing and how food should go from Gardeners Roman Kersten and Joaquin Edwards-Curtis helping pick some spinach. garden to plate is important. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Some of the best brains working in the space-related sector in New Zealand are competing in the inaugural New Zealand Space Challenge this month. Six of the entrants from Wellington to Taranaki and Manawatu pitched their ideas, which include virtual and augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence, at a regional final at the Dowse Art Museum on Tuesday, as part of Hutt STEMM Festival. The winner, yet to be announced, from the greater Wellington region will receive six months of incubation and
mentoring. This first challenge, with a $40,000 prize, ties space exploration to seeking innovative technological solutions to navigation problems in Antarctica as an analogue for future space exploration. The challenge is seeking applications that can, among other things, leverage space technology to solve these challenges. The Space Challenge offers a cash prize and commercialisation support for the most innovative solutions to enable safer, more efficient navigation
across Antarctic ice using satellite data and sensors operating in the extreme environments. “The goal of the challenge is to incentivise a space community all around New Zealand,” says Space Challenge co-founder Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom. She says that New Zealand is a good place to prototype a new space industry and ecosystem, with Rocket Lab already showing potential, as access to space is increasingly democratised. There are now over 100 different space-related businesses and entities in New Zealand. The New Zealand Space
Agency was founded in April 2016 to provide advice on space policy, regulation and business development. It has signed a bilateral agreement with the US for space launchers using US technology. “New Zealand’s isolation is a benefit, it is a good place to launch spacecraft and there’s a science and entrepreneurial community,” Emeline says. The New Zealand Space Challenge regional pitch competition is part of the Hutt STEMM Festival and the public is welcome to attend this free event.
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Hutt City has Fourth Highest Rate of Asthma Hospitalisation in NZ – Report
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Hutt City parents are being warned to be more vigilant in managing their children’s asthma with a new report showing high numbers of children being hospitalised for the disease in the region. The Massey University report found an increase of 45 per cent in the rates of Kiwi children hospitalised with asthma from 2002 (473 per 100,000) to 2016 (688 per 100,000). According to the report authors, more than 6000 children under the age of 15 were hospitalised with asthma in 2016. The report found Hutt City has the country’s fourth highest rate of child hospitalisation with asthma with a rate of 936 children aged under 15 admitted per 100,000 - a 36 per cent higher level than the national average of 688 per 100,000. While many children grow out of asthma as they age, one in every nine adults are believed to be living with the disease. Associate Professor Jim Reid from Otago University says New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world with around 70 people dying from the disease each year. Recent research shows the prevalence of asthma in New Zealand children is approximately 15 per cent, compared to 17.3 per cent in Hutt City. “While we don’t fully understand why the rates of asthma are so high among New Zealand adults and children, more needs to be done to get asthma under control,” he says. Jim says with winter approaching, it’s important to be aware of the seasonal changes with viral infections being one
of the major asthma triggers. “With the onset of cold and flu season, it is critical that adult asthmatics and parents watch out for asthma symptoms which may signal a potentially deadly attack. “If asthmatics begin to exhibit an increasing wheeze that doesn’t respond to a reliever inhaler which is usually blue in colour, they have difficulty speaking in full sentences or they begin to turn blue - these are all signs they need immediate medical intervention from a doctor,” Jim says. Jim says asthmatics and parents need to be aware of what can set off an attack and have a management plan in place beforehand. “As the temperature drops at this time of year, cold air can cause constriction of airways which is also a risk factor for asthmatics. It is important to maintain a temperature of around 20 degrees in the home,” he says. He says the key to getting the nation’s asthma burden under control is a simple Asthma Control Test which is done at either a pharmacy or doctor’s surgery. “The test gives you a measure of how significant the symptoms of asthma are in that patient. Jim says anyone who is using their reliever inhaler more than three times a week, needs to take the test and see their healthcare provider to get their asthma under control. He says it is best to treat the cause of the symptoms by either avoiding them or using preventer inhalers, rather than treating the symptoms when they arise.
New mums receive special quilts on Mother’s Day New mothers at Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital received a special gift pack this Mother’s Day. Each package contained a beautiful handmade quilt, a beanies and bootees set, and a soft-toy Hospi – all made possible thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers, coordinated by Wellington Hospitals Foundation. Trish Lee, volunteer manager at the Foundation, says her team of over 200 volunteer knitters, sewers and quilters work hard throughout the year, creating over 9000 items annually.
A special effort is made by all to produce 60 gift packs in time for Mother’s Day. All mothers and babies in the Wellington Neonatal Intensive Care Unit received a pack, as did all new babies born at Wellington, Kenepuru and Kapiti Coast Delivery Suites on Mother’s Day. Deb Davenport, acting charge nurse manager at Wellington Neonatal Intensive Care Unit says, “It’s great to see the appreciation on mother’s faces when we give them their special gift.” “It really makes them feel special,” she says.
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Bell Millane, Wainuiomata “Toby Fox, the creator of my favourite game, or Tui T. Sutherland, the author of Wings of Fire.”
Ava Ricketts, Wainuiomata “David Attenborough, because I like animals and wildlife.”
Abby Shingleton, Wainuiomata “My sister because she’s showing me a lot of stuff to do with photography.”
Atrail Whitcombe, Wainuiomata “My dad because he looks after us.”
Janquie Te Wiki-Mu, Wainuiomata “My mum because even after my dad passed away, she’s continues to train to become a police officer and looks after us. “
Tyra Samuelu, Wainuiomata “Valerie Adams; she’s really confident and really good at sports.”
LETTERS to the editor
Vegan menu at marae celebrations Dear editor, It is good to hear that the Turangawaewae Marae is going vegan for its 160th birthday celebrations. Meals offered will include scrambled tofu burrito, an eggplant roti, smashed pea and macadamia cheese on toast. The kitchen boss Glenda Raumati - who also runs a nearby
health clinic - said the changes were an effort to shift the eating habits of Maori, who are reported to have high rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that vegetarians and vegans enjoy a lower risk of death from ischemic heart
disease, lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, and lower body mass indexes, as well as lower overall cancer rates. Going vegan is not just beneficial for human health, though. It also reduces carbon emissions dramatically, and of course
saves millions of animals from lives of terror and agonising deaths. Going vegan means embracing the concept of non-violence, and in Aotearoa, which has the worst rates of family violence in the developed world, peace on the plate would be a great step towards peace in the home.
As Pythagoras said some 2500 years ago, “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” Yours sincerely, Desmond Bellamy New South Wales
Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day) every day Dear editor, There’s a lot of people like me who don’t need to be reminded about their parents. Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are commercial events. Presents can’t replace love. You don’t really need to buy presents, just turning up and letting your parents know you love them will always being a smile to their face. My brother and I love our mum, we make sure we spoil her every week, I believe our
love keeps mum active, happy, independent and her memory is sharp. Show love and compassion to those who care so much for you. Don’t get into a selfish groove, let your mum or dad know you still care and love them every day. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Wainuiomata . (abridged)
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Bishop opens office doors for charity drop-offs “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times” Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.” Many individuals who have attempted to quit smoking would probably agree that it is often easier said than done, and that it can be both overwhelming and challenging.
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Chris Bishop is opening the doors to his offices to people who want to donate items to Little Sprouts. The volunteer-run charity gives free boxes filled with necessary baby gear to families who desperately need them. As the Hutt South MP, Chris says the charity does great work helping Hutt families by providing life-changing baby boxes to vulnerable families, containing everything a baby needs at birth. He says the packs go to babies selected by charity partners including Women’s Refuge, Barnardos, and Birthright. “Last year, almost half of Little Sprouts’ packs were for families in the Hutt Valley, and they’re keen for more donated items to go in the packs. “I’m opening my office doors in Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata for people to drop these items off,” Chris says.
He says Little Sprouts is looking for donations of all baby and infant items, new or in excellent pre-loved condition, for premature babies up to those in size one clothing. Items that can be dropped off include bedding, sleeping bags, towels, flannels, front packs, disposable/reusable nappies, wipes, feeding items and baby food, toys, books, and play gyms. Bassinets, moses baskets, and cots can also be donated. Chris says people can just drop these items off into either of my two offices – Wainuiomata or Hutt Valley. “I’ll ensure they’re passed onto Little Sprouts and then onto families in need.” “Volunteer groups like Little Sprouts that are changing lives deserve all the support we can give them and I’m delighted to assist them in the Hutt.”
gum, patches, lozenges and NRT products are designed to decrease the nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms that typically occur after stopping smoking, and enable whanau to focus on their behavioral changes needed to successfully quit smoking. Having this partnership with Clive’s Pharmacy, Dan Umaga said ensures there is always a door open in their local community for whanau to seek help when they are ready to quit. If you are ready to quit smoking Pop into Clive’s Pharmacy today.
Pharmacists are in a pivotal position to help patients find the most effective methods to successfully quit smoking. Hutt Valley DHB alongside Takiri mai te Ata Regional Stop Smoking service have partnered up with Clive’s Pharmacy to support whanau to quit smoking. Dan Umaga one of the Senior Quit coaches for Takiri mai te Ata Regional Stop Smoking service and a local resident of Wainuiomata, is one of the quit coaches that works alongside Clive’s pharmacy to support whanau to quit, the first contact with the Pharmacy allows whanau to have the confidence that they are not taking this quit journey alone, A referral to the Regional Stop Smoking service ensures they have the tools they need to manage their quit journey with access to free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Available in the form of Rana Wilkinson and Dan Umaga
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A new community barbecue was put to good use on Saturday with more than a hundred turning up to the Queen Street Reserve for a free sausage sizzle. The new community space is the first stage developed by Love Wainuiomata and the community as part of a three year collaborative plan with Hutt City Council to rejuvenate Queen St. Esther King, from Love Wainuiomata, says locals have asked for a vibrant town centre and they are delivering it. “Love Wainuiomata really appreciate our community’s support,” she says. “All these developments are based on our community’s vision and are about bringing people together which is great for community and businesses. A big thanks also to local businesses for their fantastic support, including Creative Meats and Countdown Wainuiomata.” Esther say it represents the partnership work of Love Wainuiomata, Lions Club of Wainuiomata and Hutt City Council.
The crowd lining up for the free sausage sizzle.
The space was described by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace as a “community partnership project.” Esther wants to remind locals that the community space is stage one of a wider plan to create a vibrant town centre. “By revitalising the area we benefit our community and our businesses, and engage people with the great community services also in the area,” Esther says. “Creating a vibrant Queen St is also a key foundation for getting the best engagement with upcoming developments with the mall as well as connecting through to The Strand businesses and play area, the Wainuiomata Retirement Village and Wainuiomata Sportsville. “It will also encourage visitors using the popular trail park, walks and Remutaka Forest Park to do more when they’re here and support local businesses,” she says. Mike Cundy manager of Countdown Wainuiomata and Marion Gordon from Creative Meats helped supply the sausages for the day. Richard Kerr, of Pop Big Bubble, was also a hit with everyone who attended.
Esther King, Leah Clark and Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace officially opening and blessing the new barbecue spot on Queen Street.
Families enjoyed the day out, of those was Melody McLaughlin, Chloe Young, Dakota Bryan and Esther King.
From left, Lions Club of Wainuiomata president Neil Watkins, Tania Simonton, Lions district governor Rex Bolland, Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace, Lions Club of Wainuiomata vice president, Malcolm Wayman.
Richard Kerr, of Pop Big Bubble, was a hit with everyone.
25-year-old arrested and facing multiple charges Hutt Valley Police arrested a driver who attempted to flee from police in Lower Hutt last Wednesday. Inspector Scott Cooper, Area Commander for Hutt Valley, says the offending vehicle that contained two occupants, failed to stop for police and fled at speed in the early hours of May 9.
The vehicle came to a stop on Randwick Road where one occupant ran from the vehicle, before the driver reversed at speed into the police car that was following. The police car sustained minor damage, however the offending vehicle then fled again before eventually coming to a stop. The driver then ran from the
vehicle and was tracked by the police dog unit who located the offender at a residential property on Trevithick Grove. The offender vigorously resisted arrest and had to be tasered before being arrested. A search of the offending vehicle also revealed a loaded pump action shot gun and ammunition. Thankfully the police officer
involved was not seriously injured, however he did receive minor abrasions as a result. “This is a great example of proactive police work that has resulted in getting firearms off our streets and making our community a safer place for everyone,” says Scott. A 25-year-old man was arrested and is facing multiple
charges such as failing to stop, dangerous driving, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, assault with a weapon, possession of a knife, and possession of a pipe. Enquiries are continuing and the offender has been remanded in custody and was set to appear in the Hutt Valley District Court on Thursday, May 10.
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Wednesday May 16, 2018
Clean sweep for Ulalei Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club had an impressive weekend, exerting their dominance in the Hutt Valley netball competition Three teams, three wins. Ulalei premier one had a close encounter against Naenae Collegiate United two for much of the game before pulling away in the last quarter for a comfortable victory, winning 51-43. “Our circle defenders Pou Oloamanu and Rachel Savelio had excellent games putting plenty of pressure on the Naenae shooters which forced numerous turnovers to keep us in the game,” says shooter Sina Tamaalii. Ulalei premier two continued their winning ways, beating Naenae Collegiate United three, 68-48. This was despite playing the majority of the last quarter with only six players due to a knee injury for Shaunee Page-
Smith. She was forced to leave the court for the remainder of the game. Ulalei senior one celebrated their first win of the season in emphatic style comprehensively beating Convent Old Girls four. The score was 42-24. Coach Tunis Cook was pleased with the whole team’s performance throughout the game, with excellent defence, through-court play and shooting. “It’s a great feeling to finally have a win and it was down to a full team effort,” says Doris Tagaloa, who had an outstanding game at goal keep. All games were played at the Walter Nash Centre on May 12. This weekend, Ulalei will play on Saturday, May 19. Games for Ulalei premier one and two will start at 10.30am; Ulalei senior ones will play at 2pm.
Any victory celebrated By Dan Whitfield
A win for one of Wainuiomata Football Club’s masters teams was enough to celebrate on Saturday. The masters five side were able to overcome North Wellington Football Club, 3-2. “Any victory is celebrated in Wainuiomata,” says Alan Broadhurst, president for the Wainuiomata club. “They’re [the masters five side] are a very good club team and keep the social side of things going. Most of them also play 20/20 cricket, so they’re people that stick together,” he says. This is game six out of 13 for the Wainuiomata teams. This was the side’s first win in 24 games. The Wainuiomata masters two side lost 2-nil to Porirua; the masters four side lost 1-nil to Petone.
ABOVE: The Wainuiomata masters five side won their first game in 24 matches and celebrated with a beer together. PHOTOS: DARYL NEW
Another win for Lions Round six saw the Wainuiomata Lions of the Wellington rugby league Premier competition take on the Petone Panthers in a game that many thought would be a straight forward win. The Lions were first equal at the top of the table and Petone was at the bottom. However, head coach Donovan Maxwell knew too well what teams are capable of when playing on their home ground in front of loyal fans and supporters, and named the strongest team available to him due to injuries. His prediction was spot on as the Panthers came out firing in the first half taking the Lions on up front and holding them to a 12-all draw at halftime.
The arm wrestle for dominance continued into the second half, but once fatigue from all the physical contact started to kick in, the Lions’ superior fitness came through and they started to run away with it. The final score was 38-18 to Wainuiomata. Stand-out performers for the Lions were player of the day Pat Tanoai and forwards Lokeni Saumolia and Johnny Skinnon, who went all day creating the platform for the rest of the team to work off. Lokeni Saumolia, Bree Henderson, Zane Wilson, Tyrone Tihore, Pat Tanoai, Nesta Waitoa all scored tries throughout the game. Conversions were kicked by Tyrone Tihore and Xavier Seal.
Close, but not close enough It was a battle of the middle of the table as Wainuiomata came up against Oriental-Rongotai on Saturday. Though Wainuiomata unfortunately lost 20-26, it was a close and hard fought game. Wainuiomata’s Sam Aliiva’a, Andrew
Mamea, and Nash Fiso-Vaelei all scored tries on the day. Justin Wilson kicked one penalty and one conversion. This weekend Wainuiomata host Tawa at William Jones Park. Kick off is at 2.45pm. Both teams will be playing for the Chris Stirling Cup.
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Aussies will be vulnerable for Boxing Day test The Black Caps being given a Boxing Day test against Australia in 2019 couldn’t have come at a better time. New Zealand, while not at their 2015 peak, are likely to be very competitive against an Aussie side bogged down in turmoil of their own creation when they play in the glamour match for the first time in 32 years. New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has a few issues to juggle. Not only does he have to keep on field performance high and the winning culture the Aussie public expects, but he also has to breed a better on-field culture. Doing all those things while getting used to his own role and assisting new captain Tim Payne won’t be easy. The Australians were easily cast aside by South Africa in their last test series and with Steve Smith, David Warner and to a lesser extent Cameron Bancroft all unavailable for the foreseeable future, these are shaky times indeed. Aussie’s best pace bowler Mitchell Starc is also battling injury issues.
New Zealand is reliant on captain Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor to score the runs and Trent Boult and Tim Southee to take the wickets. A series win over England should give the group plenty of confidence. The team has areas of improvement it needs to address but also the players who can make those improvements. Tom Latham has shown glimpses of being a quality year opener, Henry Nicholls scored a big ton in the Eden Park win over England and Ish Sodhi is becoming more consistent with the difficult art of leg spin. If the team can get an all rounder like Corey Anderson or Jimmy Neesham fit, then all of a sudden depth would be created. Day one of a Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the event of the year. It’s a chance for the Black Caps to earn international respect and come 2019 they should be in a prime position to upset the form guide.
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