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Quiet and vacant By Dan Whitfield and Ellen O’Dwyer-Cunliffe

Any hope of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre returning to its former glory is looking more and more unlikely. Progressive Enterprises purchased the run down mall in 2017 and to date, nothing has been done – despite rumours a redevelopment was planned.

In recent years, stores including The Warehouse, one of the shopping centre’s largest tenants, chose to move out due to dwindling sales and customer numbers. Currently there are only a handful of shops, one being the Countdown supermarket. Continued on page 2.

A vacant Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. PHOTO: DARYL NEW INSET: Sophie Waldman has heard mixed outcomes for the future of her local mall. PHOTO: Ellen O’Dwyer-Cunliffe

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Redevelopment looks unlikely Continued from page 1. Adrian Walker, Countdown’s general manager of property, says they were still considering the overall plan for the redevelopment of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. “We’re excited to be a part of the city’s rejuvenation, but we want to ensure our plan is right for the Wainuiomata community. As soon as this has been finalised we will share it with the community,” he says. Wainuiomata resident Sophie Waldman says she’s heard that it might be redeveloped, but also that it might not. When it comes to the future of the local mall, Sophie is uncertain that things will happen. “From what I’ve seen...they’ve not really done anything about it. But if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t,” Sophie

says. John Hodgkin, also from Wainuiomata says he doesn’t know what’s going to happen. “Nobody seems to know, some people say they’re going to build houses at the back there. Whether they do or don’t I don’t know. If we are getting nothing from them, then how can we be in line with them?” he says. Dawn McKinley, who also lives in Wainuiomata, says she has good memories of the shopping centre. “When I first moved from the UK to Wainuiomata, I recall only two shop units being empty,” Dawn says. “I am keen to see what the plans are to re-develop this mall as I understand back in the day it was a hive of activity and I would love to see this happen

again,” she says. Daryl New, another Wainuiomata resident, says he has memories but says the mall has been in decline for years. “Having only been here 10 years, all I can say it’s been a gradual decline. It would be great to get the likes of The Warehouse back for the range of gear they stock. If nothing

happens, it will be flattened and be a housing development,” Daryl says. But one has to remember shopping habits have changed,” he says. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace assures the Wainuiomata News that things are happening and that it will be good for Wainuiomata.

There are a number of large developments underway around Wainuiomata – just not to do with the local shopping centre. At the moment, work is on track to complete the shared pathway that’s soon to connect Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt via a $11.1million, four-metre wide path. 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 also being done on the retirement village that was announced earlier this year. Contractors have been working to prepare the site for future work to be done. Work on the local dog park is also underway.

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Grease is the word Grease is the word, especially at Wainuiomata High School. The music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will set the scene for greasers from the T-birds and the sassy, popular clique of girls that make up the Pink Ladies at Wainuiomata High School this August. The school is gearing up for its first production in several years, kicking things off with the cult classic musical, Grease. The cast is due to be announced in the coming weeks. The production is set to be held on August 2 and 3.



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Fernlea School students have booked in a meeting with Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace to talk about the future of Wainuiomata. The Mayor has been invited to Fernlea School on May 23  to talk with the students who are doing an inquiry into the Wainuiomata community.

Youth focus at May business breakfast Tracey White from YOUth Inspire is this month’s guest at the Wainuiomata Business Breakfast – set to be held this Friday. YOUth Inspire is a community led, not for profit organisation that supports young people in Wainuiomata moving into employment, training and education. The organisation walks beside young people to support them, with most going through the Licence to Work employability skills programme. This month’s breakfast meeting will be held at Louise Bilderbeck Hall. Doors open at 7 am, breakfast will be served at 7.20 am. If interested, book your seat and find out more about our guest speaker via

Volunteer collectors needed Volunteers are needed for the Youthline Wellington Street Appeal on Thursday, May 24 Youthline is looking for keen volunteers to work any time between 7am-6pm, to be stationed at various locations around Wellington City, and all interested must be aged 16-yearsold or over. The Annual Street Appeal Collection is one of Youthline Wellington’s biggest events of the year. Youthline provides support in a variety of areas, the most common issues include depression, anxiety, suicide and self-injury. If you are interested in collecting for the street appeal, please contact Suzie via

Bell Millane, Ava Ricketts, and Abby Shingleton showing off the St Claudine Gazette. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield By Dan Whitfield

Read all about it. Students at Wainuiomata’s St Claudine Thevenet School start their own newspaper. The St Claudine Gazette was started earlier this year by four students – Ava Ricketts, Abby Shingleton, Bell Millane and Isaac Cameron – and so far it

has been a success. “We’ve had lots of positive feedback and we’re enjoying it,” Ava says. The online newspaper is available through the school’s app and features school activities, news, and information. Ava is the editor of the publication and says everything is done by her and her peers;

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Two in youth court following robbery Two young people were due to appear in Hutt Valley Youth Court on Thursday last week following an aggravated robbery in Wainuiomata on May 16. Police were called to a da i r y on Ruthven Road about 5.30pm on May 16 to a report of two people - one with a hockey stick - entering the store and assaulting the

attendant. The female attendant required hospital treatment for facial injuries. The pair fled on foot with the cash register, before being tracked by attending police with assistance from members of the public. Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Todd says it’s pleasing to have made such a quick

arrest. “This would have been a traumatic event for our victim, and we are pleased to have been able to hold those responsible to account,” Martin says. Offending such as this is not acceptable in our community. “We would also like to thank those members of the public who assisted Police at the scene.”

Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the robbery, however are appealing for witnesses to the incident, or to anyone who has seen a cash register in the Ruthven Road area, to contact Police.  Call Wellington CIB Crime Squad on 04 381 2077. Otherwise information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Grey Power AGM Grey Power Wainuiomata will be having its next annual general meeting this month, scheduled for May 23. Following formalities the group will also hear from nursing staff from Whai Oranga o Te Iwi Health Centre and also Love Wainuiomata’s Esther King. The day starts at 1.30pm

with a little bit of help from some of the teachers. “We started with a soccer tournament and are looking at covering our new bike track and the fritters the student council made recently,” Ava says. Ava, Abby, Bell all say they’d love to have a career in media one day.

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Wharves’ refurbishment work to be reviewed

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace and Labour List MP Ginny Andersen. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Hutt City Council is reviewing work to refurbish or demolish the wharves at Rona Bay, Days Bay, Point Howard and Petone. The review comes after initial work on the Rona Bay Wharf and detailed underwater inspections found more extensive damage and decay in piles of the Rona Bay, Days Bay and Petone wharves than was earlier assessed. Council divisional manager for parks and gardens Bruce Hodgins says the additional work required is likely to be significant. However, detail on any additional work or costs won’t be available until the current scope of work and new information on the condition of the piles is fully analysed by engineering and quantity surveying specialists. Funds put aside for the work were based on rough-order costs, which underestimated the condition of the wharves, Bruce says. Work to date on Rona Bay Wharf suggests the cost of refurbishment could be double the initial estimate of $1.4 million for this wharf alone. “With projects like these – especially those with their foundations under

water – the true scale and cost of the work is often only known once detailed work gets underway,” he says. The original $7.3 million estimated cost of completing work on the four wharves was included in council’s 2017 Annual Plan, to be spread over three years of work. Last year, Ginny Andersen called on Hutt City Council to refurbish the wharf in full – and her position hasn’t changed. “I have always supported the full rebuild of the Petone Wharf because it is iconic for the Hutt,” Ginny says. “We don’t have enough of our history around us and getting rid of the end of our wharf won’t help. I’d like to see more of our heritage on display, including that of tangata whenua,” she says. Ginny hopes that council will opt to retain the full length of the Petone Wharf for practical reasons too – fishing is enhanced and it’s better for kids jumping off the end in Summer. “I’d love to see a jumping platform like they have done on the Wellington Waterfront. It’s those types of things that bring people in to the Hutt for a visit,” she says.

Sports centre gets name - teams and clubs excited Hutt Valley sports teams and clubs are excited about the potential to play at the Ricoh Sports Centre once built. Ricoh New Zealand was announced as the naming rights sponsor for the new sports centre at Fraser Park recently - with

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace saying it is one of three Ricoh sports centres in the world. The new multi-sport facility, due to open at the end of the year, will be home to Fraser Park Sportsville. The Sportsville concept aims

to support and foster clubs by creating a number of sports communities within a shared facility, making it easier for clubs to attract new members, offer new programmes and control operational costs. The development will have

far-reaching benefits for the wider Lower Hutt community, says Hutt City Council’s Matt Reid. “Throughout New Zealand, clubs are struggling with maintaining memberships, finances, older facilities and maintaining volunteers. The Ricoh Sports

Centre is going to be a game changer, which is demonstrated by the quality and prestige of the new naming right partner. We are delighted to have such an innovative and community minded New Zealand and global business partnering with us,” he says.


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Do you think the mall will be redeveloped? Do you still have faith in the owners that they will?

Sophie Waldman, Wainuiomata “I’ve heard that it will be developed, but I’ve also heard that it won’t, it just depends on the people who own it. From what I’ve seen not really…they’ve not really done anything about it. ”

John Hodgkin, Wainuiomata “I don’t know. Nobody seems to know; some people say they’re going to build houses at the back there. If we are getting nothing from them, then how can we be in line with them?”

Alice Kehayioff, Wainuiomata “I hope so. Especially with the retirement village going in I think there needs to be a good medical centre, maybe they could do an all-in-one facility. They’ve got a business to run, so they’ll have to crunch those numbers.”

Craig Wheeler, Wainuiomata “I’d like to think so, I really would. That would be fantastic because we definitely need a lot more amenities and facilities here. Yeah, I think so. I think if it’s gone with Progressive then it’s more likely than the previous owners.”

Gary Tamme, Wainuiomata “It would be nice if it was, but a lot of the malls are struggling. I’m not sure. Normally malls aren’t owned by Countdown or Progressive Enterprises. It used to be humming down here when I was a kid.”

Wendy Sneddon, Wainuiomata “I hope it will. It just seems to be taking a long time. Nothing seems to be happening, which is really sad. For those that are still here it’s probably quite a struggle.”

Housing development first of its kind By Dan Whitfield

A housing development is going to help change the face of the Wainuiomata town centre and take the area in a new direction. Eight houses have been proposed for a site behind Hammer Hardware on The Strand and although construction has not yet started, already one dwelling has been sold.

The site is around 1000 squaremetres and has been a vacant space for more that 20 years. It is currently used as a car park. Local real estate agent for Ray White Kemeys Brothers Chloe Young says there will be eight homes – four four-bedroom and three three-bedroom homes – designed and perfect for first home buyers.

“It’s going to be extremely central, and provide quality homes on a much smaller footprint,” Chloe says. At this stage, the development will see homes cost no more than $550,000 and located on a one-way drive behind the surrounding shops. The four-bedroom homes will be two storeys, while the threebedroom homes will be single.

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace backs the development saying that is great for the community. “What we need to realise is that the need for housing is critical; this is thinking outside the square and means the town centre is going to change. It’s going to be fantastic for Wainuiomata,” Ray says. He says CBD living is growing and it’s the first of this sort of hous-

ing in Wainuiomata. Chloe adds that what will make the development different is the affordability and location of the houses. The development is being done by Bombay Velvet Ltd, with each home being sold by Ray White Kemeys Brothers. “I believe these will sell quickly,” Ray says.

New pilot programme off to promising start Pilot programme Enliven Connect, run by Enliven’s Woburn Home, links people with earlystage dementia to volunteers with similar interests. Pictured: Coordinators Jo Rea and Trish Shallard.

Three months in, a pilot programme for people with early-stage dementia, run by Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt, is already making a difference in people’s lives. Enliven Connect, which received $10,000 in seed funding from Hutt City Council in February, links participants to volunteers with similar interests and hobbies. “The aim of the programme focuses on people with early-stage dementia, whose needs are often overlooked, and aims to help them stay engaged with the community and continue to enjoy everyday interests and activities,” says Enliven Connect Coordinator Jo Rea. “It’s still early days yet, but we currently have eight volunteers, and recently had two days of training. We’re doing well.” The Enliven Connect team is keen to get in touch with people interested in taking part in the programme, either as referrals or volunteers. The more people they can connect with, the easier it will become to assess the programme’s effectiveness and gauge

community interest, explains Woburn Home registered nurse, Trish Shallard. “As we’re in the trial stage, it’s really important for us to use this opportunity to find out what people need and what we can work on for the future. “We want to be able to show that we’re doing everything we can to prevent social isolation among people with dementia, and that we can run this programme sustainably with the help of the community,” Trish says. All Enliven Connect volunteers are equipped with knowledge they need to confidently work with people living with early-stage dementia, including how to identify and manage risk. “If you’re interested in getting involved, but are unsure for whatever reason, we encourage you to get in touch. “We’re very keen to hear from potential participants, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions,” says Jo.  To learn more about the Enliven Connect programme, call Jo Rea on 027 290 2239 or email PBA

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Wainuiomata kids get behind the smoke-free message

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop is excited for Lower Hutt to have NX Post electric vehicles. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

New wheels for posties in Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield

Posties around Lower Hutt have started to deliver mail on their new red, electric delivery buggies, and local MP Chris Bishop is excited. The Hutt South MP visited NZ Post in Seaview last week to see the valuable asset the company has gained through its new Paxster buggies. “There are 500 of these around the country and Lower Hutt has just got them,” he says. Monday, May 14 was go-live day for posties and their new buggies. The buggies are fully electric and can go on the road and the footpath.

People in Wainuiomata will begin to see posties driving their new electric vehicles this month, if they haven’t already. “Electric vehicles make so much sense for New Zealand, because 85 per cent of our electricity comes from renewable sources – wind, geothermal, and water,” Chris says. “They allow posties to deliver mail and parcels at the same time – parcel volume is rising but mail volume is declining, so these are a lot more efficient – both economically and environmentally,” he says. The Paxsters are produced in Norway and received the 2013 Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council.

Students from Wainuiomata Intermediate were out and about in Wainuiomata last week, supporting the smoke-free movement by putting up ‘Wainuiomata proud to be smokefree’ signage at bus shelters. The signage will help remind the community that all bus shelters are smoke-free, and empower people to speak up if someone is smoking in a bus shelter. This is part of a wider initiative to have more signage going up around various areas in Wainuiomata in order to increase awareness of smoke-free areas. Hutt City Council’s policy makes all bus shelters smoke-free, a message Wainuiomata Intermediate teacher Isaac Hayes supports 100 per cent. “It’s a great chance for the students to get out in the community and promote smoke-free in Wainuiomata. Hopefully we are able to get the message out to as many people as possible,” he says. The students put up stickers in the bus shelters after being briefed about the goal for Wainuiomata and why it is important to raise a generation who don’t smoke. Sisi Tuala-Leafa, a member of the

Wainuiomata Community Board, says: “It is important that this involves all voices in our community, these are their spaces and we encourage our kids of Wainuiomata to have a say about how they see their hometown in the future.” “They are tomorrow’s leaders but their leadership has no timeframe, so start now and encourage them to be active citizens,” Sisi says. As a local resident of Wainuiomata, it is no surprise that Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is in full support of a smoke-free Wainuiomata. “I’m right behind Wainuiomata becoming increasingly smoke-free as it supports our community’s health and wellbeing. Having the spaces where our young people spend their time smoke-free is especially important as we want the next generation to grow up totally smoke-free,” Ray says. Achieving a smoke-free Wainuiomata is supported by Hutt City Council, Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Regional Public Health, Whai Oranga o Te Iwi Health Centre, Takiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service, Love Wainuiomata and the Wainuiomata Community Board. PBA.

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Wednesday May 23, 2018

Pyjama appeal launched to keep sick kids warm this winter Wellington Hospitals Foundation has launched a new ‘Hospi’s Pyjamas for Winter Appeal’, after significant demand from Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital for new pairs of pyjamas to keep sick kids warm at night. The appeal will help many kids in the Wellington region stay warm and well this winter. Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital sees a significant increase in the number of children who are admitted to hospital over the winter months. Many of these children come in to hospital without a pair of pyjamas. Wellington Regional Hospital’s Community Nurses also visit a number of children at their homes, many of whom do not have a warm pair of pyjamas to wear at night. A warm pair of pyjamas, to keep children warm at night, can help prevent them from being admitted to hospital this winter. Charlotte Stanczuk, clinical nurse specialist for Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital says, “This appeal will make a huge difference this winter for the many children who come to hospital.” “We also have a large number of sick children in our care who are seen at home by our community nurses. Pyjamas will be distributed to these children too. Thank you to the community for helping keep our sick kids warm this winter,’ Charlotte says. All donated pyjamas must be brand new. Bill Day, Chair of Wellington Hospitals Foundation, wishes to thank the Wellington community for their ongoing support.

Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wellington Children’s Hospital, Charlotte Stanczuk, with patient Eddie. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

How you can help! Donate a pair of brand new, size 2-10 flannelette pyjamas or make a donation online at donate/  and Hospi will buy a pair on your behalf.  New pyjamas can be dropped off at the Receptions at: Wellington

Hospital, Kenepuru Hospital, and Kapiti Health Centre.   Or, posted to: Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Wellington Hospital Private Bag 7902, Wellington 6242, New Zealand.


Light festival illuminates Wellington again Locals can expect to be immersed in a captivating celebration of interactive installations and performances as part of this year’s LUX Light Festival. The 2018 programme, on from May 18 – 27, features New Zealand premieres from national and international artists who will bring a blend of light art, design, and technology to the annual festival. Acting festival director Robert Appierdo says this year’s festival is a great chance for families, art lovers and everyone in between to get out and enjoy the waterfront after dark. This year’s LUX will illuminate Wellington’s waterfront from Frank Kitts Park along to Odlin’s Plaza and Te Papa. “This compact festival makes it great for families and the spaces will come to life with installations that play on an overarching theme of nature. There’s everything from a giant jellyfish hanging from Hikitia Crane to a swarm of butterflies being drawn toward the light. There are mushrooms visitors can sit on, illuminated stingrays hidden under the boardwalk and don’t miss the giant Kereru in Frank Kitts Park,” Robert says. Installation highlights include Wellington based artists Daniel K. Brown and Mark K. Johnson’s collaboration Edge of the Universe where the alphabet cascades like a waterfall from the cornice of a small building on Taranaki Wharf into the Wellington Harbour below. Each night there will be a collection of Wellington’s finest food trucks and the ever popular light-themed treats from Gelissimo Gelateria like glow-in-the-dark gelato are back, along with new additions like Glownuts (glow in the dark donuts) and glow spider drinks topped with Foxton Fizz. LUX is on from 6pm – 10pm throughout the event.

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There were around 100 people in attendance at the Wesak ceremony at the Wainuiomata Buddhist monastery.

OUT& about PHOTOS: Daryl New

Religious celebrations to mark Wesak ceremony

Celebrations to mark the Wesak ceremony were held on Saturday night. The Wesak ceremony is the most religious day for Buddhists all over the world. It involved a beautiful lantern show from younger members and a chanting of blessings, followed by a Sri Lankan dinner for all who attended. The event was held at the Dharma Ghavesi Meditation Centre (DGMC),

in Wainuiomata. The centre was established about 12 years ago to serve primarily the Sri Lankan lay Buddhist community in the wider Wellington region. It was established under the leadership of Bhante Jinalankara, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk supported by a band of enthusiastic supporters. The DGMC moved from Tawa to its current premises in March 2013. Father and son, Youres and Oshika De Silva with their lantern.

One of the lanterns from the Wesak cer- Members of the Buddhist community gathering in Wainuiomata on Saturday A monument at the Wainuiomata Buddhist emony. night. monastery.

Standing together against bullying

Students at Wainuiomata Intermediate will stand up for a good cause as part of Pink Shirt Day. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Students at Wainuiomata Intermediate stood together for a good cause as part of Pink Shirt Day last Friday. The students 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. The school held a mufti day and students were asked to make a donation which will be presented to a local charity helping youth deal with forms of bullying. Students raised $225 and all will be deposited into the Pink Shirt Day appeal.

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Wednesday May 23, 2018

Encouraging kids to play for health Hutt City Council, with the support of Cummings Kilgariff and Co, is launching a new programme for Lower Hutt schools, designed to address a lack of free, undirected play in children. Build & Play will offer children opportunities for free, creative and, occasionally, risky play with a trailer load of tools: saws, hammers, hand drills; timber, PVC pipes, tennis balls and recycled items. The programme will be rolled out at Belmont and Waterloo Schools this term, with plans to expand it to other schools through 2018 and community groups in 2019, with a goal of reaching 6000 Lower Hutt children in 2020. Each school will receive a risk assessment and programme training, along with recommendations on running the programme for the best results. Council’s ‘Play in the Hutt’ research gathered information from children and families across Lower Hutt. Lower Hutt’s Healthy Families programme found that 33 per cent of Lower Hutt children are classified as obese and that 56 per cent of them watch more than the Ministry of Health’s recommendation of a maximum two hours of

television/screen time per day. “We have specific needs in Lower Hutt. We know that regular quality play experiences will change lives and reduce obesity rates and screen time of kids in Lower Hutt. We aim to give children access to a wide selection of items to engage them in play,” says Mark Curr, Hutt City Council Sport and Recreation programmes manager. He says teachers will run the programme in each school allowing children to create and take risks without adult interference but under adult supervision. “Play is where children practice life and unfortunately, Hutt Valley children are not experiencing these essential life skills every day. We believe there is an opportunity to adopt the best ideas for play for kids, so that we grow a generation of healthier and happier tamariki and whanau,” Mark says. The Build & Play programme is a result of ‘Play in the Hutt’, a joint project by Hutt City Council, Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Sport NZ which advocates the importance of play and works to increase access and opportunities for play in our communities.

Build & Play will be launched around Lower Hutt Schools. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Flight paramedic celebrates new role for Mother’s Day

Hannah Latta and her son, Sam. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Rental stats show prices continue to grow Statistics from April show that New Zealand rental prices have continued to grow over the past year. In order to remove monthly variations, the Property Investors’ Federation averages three months of rental prices for the year ended April 2018 and compares it to the same period in 2017. Overall, rental prices are up 4.4 per

cent to $433 per week. This is about the same price rise compared to the year ended April 2017 when rents rose by 4.2 per cent. The greater Wellington area continued to have the largest rent increases, with rental prices rising 13.5 per cent in Lower Hutt, 8.3 per cent in Upper Hutt and 5 per cent in Wellington Central.

If being a flight paramedic wasn’t tough enough, Hannah Latta is now raising her first child too. Add to the mix studying a Master of Health Science endorsed in Aviation Transport and Retrieval at the University of Otago and running a photography business on the side, and her schedule couldn’t be any busier! But the key for Hannah is good organisation and a few helping hands. Sam was born in October and, like many first-borns, has changed Hannah’s priorities. “Being a mother impacts every aspect of your life. It’s no longer about you and your goals. It’s about you and your family,” Hannah says. “Motherhood changes your perspective and makes you more compassionate for fellow mothers and their children. You develop a mutual understanding that can’t be replicated.” As a Wellington Free Ambulance f light paramedic and crucial member of Life Flight’s Westpac Helicopter

and Air Ambulance crew, Hannah helps provide intensive care and specialist medical rescue services to the greater Wellington and Wairarapa region. It’s a skill that’s benefited her at home, too. “Thanks to the medical skills and knowledge that come with being a f light paramedic, it has influenced my new role as a mother. “But don’t get me wrong; I still panic over the little things, just as any new mother would.” In amongst all the chaos, Hannah says it’s important not to lose yourself as a person. “I have my partner, Shane, and a wider support network who know the value of my work and support me whenever I need them. They’re pretty great. “But I also think it’s important to take time out for yourself and continue to do the things that make you happy. My partner and I recently took Sam out on an overnight tramp, and he loved it!”

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Wednesday May 23, 2018


Harriers motivated, despite conditions

Arnica Lahood followed by Lucy Houlihan both running in the under 13s race. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Hanna Hoffman, Lucy Houlihan, Eden Joyce, Penny Houlihan, Arnika Lahood and Arabella Joyce with their coach and club president, Nikki Braniff-Jones. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Wainuiomata Athletic & Harrier Club sent its harriers runners to Paekakariki for a tough cross country race in glorious pre-winter conditions on May 12. The strong winds and looming clouds did not dampen the motivation of the club’s 14 runners, who were determined to wear the green and black singlet and represent Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata fielded a women’s

team for the university relay seeing four of the ladies each take on a 4km course through the challenging terrain. Each of the children’s races at the event had a Wainuiomata runner involved. All involved posted great times and the club is proud to have a second place getter in the girls’ under nine race with Penny Houlihan. Other runners who did well in-

clude Arabella Joyce in the under 11s event, Arnica Lahood and Lucy Houlihan in the under 13s, and Hannah Hoffman, who came third in the girls’ under 15 race. On May 19, 15 of the Wainuiomata Harrier runners took on the notorious Mt Victoria 95th Vossler Shield Challenge. Conditions on the day were superb with light winds. However, the ground underfoot was soft and

slippery due to the heavy rain the night before. The club’s younger runners described it as a ‘mud bath’. Wainuiomata had runners entered in races from under 11s through to Masters 60. Seven of the club’s athletes placed in the top 10 of their events. Honourable mention went to Sam Lightfoot, who placed third in the women’s under 20 3.7km

Another mixed weekend Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club had a mixed weekend with one win and two losses over the weekend. Its premier two team against Upper Hutt Maidstone United four in the first competitive match of the season. Ulalei were ahead in the first two quarters leading by seven goals at half time. Upper Hutt came back in the third quarter taking the lead 42-41. However, Ulalei stepped up in the final quarter to comfortably win 66-54. The club’s senior one side lost to Upper Hutt Maidstone United five, 29-17. “We need to win the next game to avoid relegation in the next round,” says Cerie Milovale, who had a strong game at goal defence. Ulalei’s premier one team played Naenae Collegians United’s top team in a tight contest for most of the match. Naenae eventually took the win, with a final score of 50-40. Despite the loss, the team were in good spirits with captain Sina Tamaalii saying: “In the past, Naenae Collegians United would annihilate us by 20 or 30 goals. Although disappointed at the loss, I am proud of the team’s effort, especially our young girls, and look

Lisa McGrath feeding shooters with the ball. PHOTO: T SAGAGA

forward to meeting them again in the next round.” On a positive note, three young players from Ulalei’s premier one team made the Netball Hutt Valley representative teams. This week, Ulalei premier one take on

Upper Hutt Maidstone United one at 9am; Ulalei senior one team takes on St Orans two at 1pm; Ulalei premier two take on Upper Hutt Maidstone United three at 1.30pm. All games are played at the Walter Nash Centre.

race; Cameron Forsyth, was seventh in the men’s under 18 3.7km race; Georgina Cox and Nikki Braniff-Jones came ninth and 10th respectively in the master women’s 35 5km race. Arabella Joyce was 10th in the under 11 girls 1.6km race, Hanna Hoffman was 10th in the girls under 15s 3.7km race. Don McGowan was 10th in the master men’s 60 5km race.

Unfortunate loss for Wainuiomata Wainuiomata were not able to capitalise a home advantage after falling short of Tawa’s strength on Saturday. Playing for the Chris Stirling Cup in the Swindale Shield competition, Wainuiomata played hard but trailed for the whole game, losing 22-43. The halftime score was 19-7 to Tawa. Wainuiomata’s points came from Nash Fiso-Vaelei, Matt Jacobs, Bevan Clark, and Andrew Mamea who all scored one try each. Matt Jacobs also kicked one conversion. Wainuiomata play Wellington this weekend at William Jones Park. Kick off is 2.45pm. Both teams will be playing for the Bill Jones Cup. Wainuiomata is currently 10th on the points table.


Wednesday May 23, 2018


Wainuiomata on form

Zane Wilson beats one tackler and prepares to run away from another.

The last game of the first round of the premier rugby league competition saw the St George Dragons give their all in what was a gruelling and physical first half battle against the Wainuiomata Lions at Wise Park on Saturday. Although they were near the bottom of the table, the visitors made it clear they had come over the hill with the intention of winning the game and taking the two points on offer.

Leading from the front for Wainuiomata was player of the day and captain Ulai Oti whose work rate was impressive with great support from bruise brothers Johnny Skinnon and Jaden Taniwha, who ran and tackled hard all day. Another to catch the eye was consistent try scorer and winger Bree Henderson, who must be close to top try scorer for the premier one division so far.

Bree Henderson flies in to score in the corner during the premier game on Saturday. PHOTO: Daryl New

Although the Lions finished the round first equal with Whiti Te Ra with six wins and one draw, due to points difference Whiti take the shield. Head coach Donovan Maxwell was sad to hand over the shield won by the Lions last year as Whiti Te Ra had two default games in the round which gifted them valuable points for games not played. Unfortunately, that is how the

Youngster makes national basketball team By Dan Whitfield

Jyordanna Davey might be young but she has big dreams. The Wainuiomata High School teenager was selected for the New Zealand under 15 girls’ basketball team recently and says that it came as a surprise but is happy with the opportuntity. She earned her spot after successfully showing her skills and talents on court in front of national coaches at an age-group selection camp in April. “It feels good…as I was named in the top 25 in New Zealand; I’m really proud,” Jyordanna

says. Her dream is to one day represent the New Zealand Tall Ferns, and eventually make it on to the Women’s National Basketball Association in the United States. Jyordanna has represented the Hutt Valley and currently plays for her school’s top senior girls’ team. For the young basketballer, this is the next step towards representing New Zealand. Although she’s only been playing for two years, Jyordanna has got what it takes. She originally started playing netball but wanted to try basketball because someone said she’d

be good at it. “I love everything about it. I still play netball, but I really like the intensity of basketball.” Jyordanna is unsure when training for the New Zealand squad will begin but is expecting a lot of conditioning. According to Jyordanna’s mum, Ngahuia, the team will play in the 2018 FIBA Oceania Championships in Papua New Guinea in December, following the national championships in July. Jyordanna was the only player from the Wellington region to make the selection.

Jyordanna Davey has been selected for the New Zealand under 15 girls’ basketball team. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

competition is run and the Lions will be looking to make amends on the second round. Try scorers for Wainuiomata were Bree Henderson, Tyrone Tihore, Lokeni Saumolia, Wayne Paki, Jaden Taniwha, Johnny Skinnon, Ulai Oti. Bree Henderson kicked six conversions. The final score was 48-18 to the Lions. In the earlier game the Wainui-

omata premier two team scored an impressive 66-nil win against the Upper Hutt Tigers in what was easily a one sided affair. The game was also called off 15 minutes early by the Lions to give the Tigers a break as they only had 13 players throughout the game. Next week sees the Wainuiomata Lions play the North City Vikings at home in the Michael Sharp ‘Juggler’ Taiaha match. Kick off is 2.30pm.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

No bolters for ABs Apparently gone are the days of the great All Black bolter. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that the All Blacks first squad of 2018 was as predictable as a Blues defeat. Whether that’s good or bad, is always subjective but when potential new selections are mooted prior to the announcement and then proven to be accurate, it does kill the emotion of the event. Still, there are key talking points to come from this squad to face France in June. Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock could not be ignored as the obvious choice of captain. Even with vice captain Sam Cane in the squad, the rugged Cantab was a popular choice. Steve Hansen and his wise men of selectors have gone with just two hookers. With Dane Coles out, they continued with Codie Taylor and the skittish Nathan Harris and avoided naming a third. Jordan Taufua gets rewarded for three seasons of knocking on the selection door. While his place looks to have come at the expense of the reliable Matt Todd, it appears Taufua could be groomed as the next enforcer of the All

Blacks loose forwards, much like Jerome Kaino was during his tenure. With the overseas departure of Tawera Kerr-Barlow, selectors have picked fellow Waikato scrum half Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi. That’s largely the only surprise in the backline with perhaps one Canes back Ben Lam a touch unlucky to miss selection given his Super Rugby form. But there in lies the evolution of selection. No longer does one stellar Super Rugby campaign make you an All Black that year. Hansen, like Graham Henry before him, has his trusted players, regardless of form. It’s now, more than ever, about fitting into the All Black environment and less about stellar on field performance. To be an All Black requires longevity and solid, reliable performance. If you’re flaky, then you’re out or not even let in at all. Hard to argue with that logic given the decade ranked No 1 on the planet and back-to-back World Championships. Here’s to more success, it’s what we expect and demand after all.


Wednesday May 23, 2018

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