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New direction By Dan Whitfield

Margaret Willard is looking forward to a change of pace her resignation from the Wainuiomata Community Board. The long-serving board member made

the announcement last Tuesday, May 22 and though it’s an end of an era, she is pleased with where Wainuiomata is at as a community. Continued on page 2.

Margaret Willard is looking forward to a change of pace and being able to volunteer in her community in new ways following her resignation from the community board. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD


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Wainuiomata Community Board member resigns Continued from page 1. Margaret Willard has served in local politics for more than 10 years, first as deputy chair and chair of the Wainuiomata Community Board, followed by two terms representing Wainuiomata on the Hutt City Council. “I was already doing things around the community and working with young people. I started working with Ray, he was taking the city out of stagnation, and things started to move,”

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the bigger picture and its been a privilege to making things happen,” she says. She says she is happy with where Wainuiomata is and is heading. “I think the community is on a roll; the last thing is the mall.” “We have a new energy here and they see potential. There’s a new community.” Margaret says she will continue to be involved around Wainuiomata, especially when it comes to the Wainuiomata art

exhibition. She decided to end her current three-year term as a member of the community board following medical advice. A by-election will be required to find her replacement on the eight-strong board. As the next triennial local elections in October 2019 are more than 12 months away, a by-election is required. Nom inations will close on Thursday, June 21. Election day will be Friday, August 17.

Making her mark – Aumatagi makes Wellington training squad By Dan Whitfield


Margaret says. As a councillor she worked actively to promote community arts and represented council on community groups and regional environmental groups. As a community board member, she was passionate about encouraging citizenship and leadership in young people, the changing needs of our ageing population, and communication between council, the community Board and residents. “I always liked looking at

Precious Aumatagi has been selected as part of the training squad for the women’s rugby team, Wellington Pride. The 17-year-old is in her final year at Wainuiomata High School and has been playing rugby since she was in year nine. She currently plays rugby for both her school and the Petone Rugby Club. Making the Wellington team would be a highlight for Precious. “This has been something I’ve dreamed about,” she says. Precious was selected for the training squad earlier this month, alongside her Petone teammates Angel Uila, Accacia Te-Iwimate, Jackie Patea-Fereti, Hope Hakopa, and Terina Higgins. While the actual team will be announced next month, Precious will be taking part in Tuesday morning training sessions with the team at

Haitaitai Park through May and June. These sessions will be taken by Wellington Rugby Football Union academy coaches, Pride coaches and Pride skills, strength and conditioning coaches. Precious will be take part in low-impact sessions, with a focus on skill technique, conditioning and the opportunity of personal programmes being developed for individuals. The Wainuiomata rugby player says she has been playing well all season and is excited about the opportunities that are to come. “I love rugby; It’s fun and my friends play. I’d love to play for the Black Ferns one day and this is the next step for me.” Precious is an all-rounder on the field – currently she plays in the backs for her school team, but plays flanker for Petone. Other players were also selected from rugby clubs around the region.

Precious Aumatagi is excited about the opportunities ahead. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield




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Homelessness strategy for Lower Hutt Hutt City Council is taking action to address homelessness in the city, following a unanimous decision recently to begin work on a homelessness strategy in Lower Hutt. Mayor Ray Wallace says that homelessness is getting worse in the city and council is taking action to support those in need. “We know homelessness is an important issue in Lower Hutt, as it is across much of the country. At the council meeting, councillors shared some incredibly moving stories about people who are dealing first hand with homelessness,” Ray says. “Homelessness also has wide-reaching effects on our communities. It affects the whole community; it impacts on health services, the local economy, and the education sector.” Ray says he was proud of his fellow councillors for getting right behind the issue and thanked the public for talking to council and telling their stories. “I am proud that our council is taking a serious look at this issue. It’s important that we build on the research we have just done and develop a strategy to help tackle homelessness in the city.” “Our strategy will identify where council can play a lead-

Wainuiomata News reporter Dan Whitfield and Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs doing 14 Hours Homeless last year. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News file

ership role on this issue and we will work closely with other organisations. “We will take on board what’s working and what’s not from other cities doing similar work and, of course, we remain committed to working closely with central government and other agencies on this, too,” he says. Ray says that the lack of suitable housing supply across the city was a key driver of homelessness. “It’s not just about providing people with temporary and emergency housing; it’s about increasing the supply of hous-

the Hutt,” Ginny says. Ginny has been pushing for Hutt City Council to become more engaged with the issue. She has personally worked hard on homelessness in Wainuiomata for the last few years, but says it has got a lot worse in the last 12 months. “There has been up to 70 per



ing across the city and making sure that we have a range of housing types and sizes to meet our communities’ needs.” He says council is looking at a number of ways to increase the total supply of housing in the city. One example is proposed changes to the district plan to allow for a wider range of housing styles and sizes, especially in areas with good access to public transport. Ray says council is also making new housing development in the city more attractive and affordable for developers by

cent reduction in rentals listed in the last 12 months. My office work tirelessly with homeless families in Wainuiomata. We submitted on homelessness last year and again this year and are pleased to see that council is listening,” she says. Ginny is working on increasing the supply of affordable


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lowering upfront costs. “In terms of social housing, we’re working closely with Housing New Zealand to create a long-term approach to housing in our city which puts the wellbeing of our families and children at the forefront.” Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs says I am proud to be a part of a council taking a leadership role to reduce homelessness. “I am a member of the working group who will develop our city’s strategy to reduce homelessness in collaboration with our community,” he says.

Pleased with homelessness action Labour List MP Ginny Andersen heartened to see Hutt City Council take action on homelessness. “Homelessness is an issue that affects our whole community. We will only make progress if we work together – and this is a big step towards collective action to end homelessness in

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Wainuiomata High School’s premier one netball team is having a successful season this year. The team placed 11th out of 24 teams in a Wellington regional tournament and was a massive achievement for the team, and the highest Wainuiomata has ever placed at this tournament. Players in the squad say they have developed a lot over the years and with everyone improving each game the rest of the season looks to be a very exciting one.

Community engagement needed Community engagement is needed for the RiverLink project and the three proposed options for a new interchange at the SH2/Melling intersection and a new river bridge. The transport improvements are important to the success of the overall RiverLink project which aims to improve flood protection, improve the flow and efficiency of traffic and contribute to the revitalisation and economic growth of Lower Hutt’s city centre. “RiverLink is one of the most ambitious transformation projects ever undertaken in Lower Hutt – a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to greatly strengthen the protection of the lives, property and businesses from flooding,” Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says. Community engagement will be open from May 7 until June 10.



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inbrief news Work continuing on retirement village Work is progressing on the Masonic Villages Trust’s Wainuiomata retirement village – set to be built on The Strand. At present, earthwork continues to get the site ready for building the retirement village that will house around 200 people in retirement villas and homes, care suites and serviced apartments. Having a retirement village has long been a dream of the residents of Wainuiomata. With help from the Hutt City Council, the Trust is turning the dream into reality. The village will be built in stages over several years. Site preparation began in February 2018.

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Home run for Joel Evans Softballer Joel Evans has been named the supreme winner at the 2018 Hutt Valley Sports Awards. As a well-known character and local Wainuiomata identity whose family is entrenched in Hutt Valley Softball at all levels, Joel is an exceptional softball player whose recent performances have elevated him to international elite status. He played his way into the World Cup championship team with consistent performances at local, regional and national tournaments. The celebration ceremony was held on Thursday, May 17 at the Walter Nash Stadium in Taita. The awards are an opportunity for high performing sportspeople, officials and administrators to be recognised for their achievements over the past year. Some of Joel’s stand out achievements include hitting a grand slam home run in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Championship final in the sixth inning against Australia.

Joel Evans, centre, the Wellington Hospitality Group Supreme Award winner with Will Williams with Derek Wilshere. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

With the Black Sox trailing 2-3, his home run bought four runners home to set up the 6-4 victory for the Black Sox at the end of the seventh innings. This secured an un-

precedented seventh world title for the Black Sox. Joel also led the local Hutt Valley men’s team to win the Softball New Zealand National Fastpitch Championship

for the first time in 18 years. He was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament The Wainuiomata man was also named Les Mills Sportsman of the Year.

Students exceed national average for NCEA results Wainuiomata High School students performed highly when it came to NCEA examinations last year. The 2017 results were above the national average, a highlight compared to recent years. Overall in level one, 79 per cent of students achieved, while the national standard was 74.6 per cent. For level two, 2017 was the closest year the school has been to the national average – overall 72.5 per cent of students passed,

while the national standard was 78.5 per cent. Principal Janette Melrose say these are stunning results and reflect the hard work and good choices students, whanau, teachers and support staff made last year. “Congratulations to the students, whanau and community who supported our young people,” she says. “We are incredibly proud of these results and will continue to work hard andencourage our



rangatahi to be the best they possibly can and produce the best results they can.” For level one (Maori), 81.4 per cent of students passed, exceeding the national standard of 64.2 per cent. In level three (Maori), results were also over the national standard. In level one, for male students alone, 77.2 per cent of students achieved – the national standard was 70.2 per cent. For female students, 81.4 per cent achieved – the national standard was 79.2

per cent. Janette says some students were interviewed and asked what they thought the reason for their success was. Most answers were around help from whanau, good relationships with manaaki teachers, who helped set goals and monitor them, and high expectations from teachers. “We will continue to support our students to be the best they can and to achieve great results.”

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Students ask the mayor a question or two Fernlea School students had a meeting with Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace to talk the future of Wainuiomata. The mayor was invited to Fernlea School on May 23 to talk with the students who are doing an inquiry into the Wainuiomata community. Ray says his visit to the school was “awesome” with lots of engagement with the children. “I really enjoyed myself and was so impressed with the kids enthusiasm,” Ray says. Question time included what makes Wainuiomata cool, progress on shared pathway, the mall, and skateboard park. Upgrading playgrounds and cycle safety was also talked about.

Mayor Ray Wallace with the students at Fernlea School. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Remutaka possum control operation Dog walkers and nature lovers had a chance last Wednesday to discuss details of an aerial possum control operation planned for the Northern Remutaka this winter. The weather-dependent operation is designed to knock down possums as part of the TB-free programme’s work to eradicate bovine tuberculosis. It aims to eradicate the disease from farmed deer and cattle by 2026, from possums by 2040

and prove biological eradication by 2055. Operations such as those completed in 2017 in the Southern Remutaka and Aorangi ranges have biodiversity benefits that help the battle for our birds, and restore native forest habitat such as the Orongorongo River valley in the Remutaka Forest Park. The Northern Remutaka operation will treat 24,000 hectares of bush between Wainuiomata and Featherston, between the Hutt

Valley and Lake Wairarapa. Led by OSPRI, the operation is proposed for July 2018. Stringent health and safety protocols apply to the project which is why the public meetings are being held.  To find out more, other meetings will be held at Timberlea Hall Upper Hutt tomorrow on May 31, Kelson Community Hall, on June 5 and the ANZAC Hall in Featherston, on June 6.


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World Knit in Public Day World Knit in Public Day is unique, in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. This year World Knit in Public Day is on Saturday 9 June. Last year we had knitters, spinners and other crafters joining us for a cuppa and a chat. The team here at the Wainuiomata Community Hub have decided that we want to host this event each year at the Library Building. May be you don’t know how to knit? Please come along anyway.


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The pride of Wainuiomata – how proud it is to be a Hash Tag The Hash Tags from Wainuiomata High School were formed in 2011 to provide a voice for the young people of Wainuiomata, advocating for a smokefree world contributing to the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal. The Hash Tags have been active where ever necessary to ensure our politicians hear what they think their future leaders of tomorrow should be. Twice in the last month they have been to parliament to advocate for a world without tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping. Last week at the joint meeting of the Maori affairs select committee and health select committee the Hash Tags sat alongside the tobacco control leaders to give a passionate plea to the politicians to ensure that they protect their future by not introducing vaping and e-cigarettes into their A car on fire behind the Palliser Hotel and Bar. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Car fire being treated as suspicious By Dan Whitfield

Firefighters were called to a car fire on Sunday morning, following calls from the community. The incident behind the Palliser Hotel and Bar was attended by two units and the operational support unit from the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade. Twelve Wainuiomata firefighters from the brigade attended the incident. They were

dispatched to the incident at 10.42am. Tamati Kaa, station officer, says the fire is being treated as suspicious and will be investigated by the New Zealand Police. When firefighters arrived on the scene the fire was beginning to spread into the vegetation adjacent to the car park at the hotel. However, Tamati says it was extinguished quickly. Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade is part of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

future. They focused on the potential for harm that e-cigarettes and vaping will have for their generation and the generations to come by the modelling of behaviour that adults are doing by introducing these into the public space and the health impacts this may have in the future given there is no definitive evidence to state they are 100 percent safe. They emphasised that it was replacing one habit with another and, like tobacco, will become an uncontrolled epidemic. Vaping is not only used for cessation, it is a transition into other uses that are harmful for our youth population and future generations. They asked that our government think long term to future proof their right to a healthy world. The select committee members stated they hear our young people and their concerns around the use and introduction of these devices and will ensure they consider their voice when determining what they need to do to create a safe future for our Young people. HASH TAG Acronym: (#TAGs – Holistic Action Sustainable Health Through All Generations). PBA

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What keeps you loyal to Wainuiomata and why?

Chloe Young, Wainuiomata “Wainuiomata is my home, it hasn’t been for very long like some but I am so passionate about actually making a difference and getting involved where I can to at least create a better future for the tamariki here.”

Colleen Hira, Wainuiomata Because it is an amazing community with a very strong ‘can-do’ attitude. I am proud to be part of this lovely town.”

Kristen Whiu, Wainuiomata “Great community vibe, everyone sticks together.”

Keri-Anne Brown, Wainuiomata “Great place to raise a family, best of urban and rural.”

Laura Harris, Wainuiomata “It’s a place where I’ve been welcomed and made to feel at home. Driving down into the valley at night really feels like coming home.”

Tina Jones, Wainuiomata “Great place for whanau.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Mall owners should utilise empty shops Dear editor, I lived in Wainuiomata for 23 years and have spent the last 30 years living in Melbourne. My family and friends still reside in Wainuiomata and every time I return there are a couple of “must dos” – visit the Cake Kitchen in the mall and the local soccer club to have a beer with friendly faces from yester year. Each week I go online and read the Wainuiomata News just to see what is

happening back “home” and inevitably there is always a story about the demise of the mall. The current owners Progressive are making ZERO income from any of the shops that are shut so why not once a month open all the shops up to local arts and crafts, local charities to run stalls, invite local food vans into the mall – publicise that Countdown are behind it and to shop local to support the venture.

Easy to say and do from abroad but has always crossed my mind – they currently make nothing so surely there is a profitable price for Progressive if they tap into the local Wainuiomata spirit and loyalty. Yours sincerely, Graham Moran Former Wainuiomata resident

‘Dead malls’ website gives great insights into worldwide decline Dear editor, I have read the lead article ‘Quiet and Vacant’ about the Wainuiomata mall in the Wainuiomata News of May 23. I did some research into malls generally, and the Wainuiomata mall in particular, before Countdown bought it. It is quite obvious that the mall

has no future in its present form, but it would be nice to see an article that used some relevant research, rather than the opinions of local people. Their views are of course valid and possibly interesting, but don’t add much to the issue. For a start, I suggest that you take a look at It

is quite an eye-opener. From memory, shopping malls are in decline worldwide except, for some unknown reason, in India. There seems to be a general view that there is no future for malls smaller than about seven acres - the Wainuiomata mall is about half this size. The death knell may well be

the houses to be built on adjacent land behind the shops on The Strand, as this will preclude any redevelopment of the block between Queen St and The Strand as a whole. You may also like to consider: - asking Countdown what their plans are; - asking the Council if there

have been discussions with Countdown; and - finding out if there were any agreements made regarding the Mall before the decision to go ahead with the retirement village. Yours sincerely, Rex Sinnott Wainuiomata

Lower Hutt ratepayers could pay more than others for flood protection Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is calling on Greater Wellington Regional Council to abandon plans to change the funding structure for its flood protection work. The regional council is proposing that 70 per cent of the cost of flood protection be funded by a targeted rate on properties in the area where the work is taking place. Ray spoke in support of Hutt City Council’s submission at GWRC’s Long Term Plan hearings recently. He says that the proposed change will put higher costs onto Lower Hutt ratepayers when the entire region benefits from economic development. “Many of the proposals being

made in GWRC’s own Long Term Plan emphasise the importance of regional economic growth. A serious flood event in Lower Hutt could cause a significant amount of damage and disruption to the regional economy and would hinder Lower Hutt’s ability to grow and contribute further,” Ray says. Ray is also questioning the timing of these changes, given that significant commitments have already been made to Riverlink, a major flood protection project. “I consider this to be a breach of good faith with Lower Hutt ratepayers because their support for major flood protection works in the Hutt Valley was obtained on the understanding that we would share costs 50-50 with GWRC.

Hutt City Council has committed to Riverlink, a major flood protection project, in the Hutt Valley. An artist’s impression of what the project could look like. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

We’re happy to pay our fair share, but we entered into Riverlink on that basis.” He says that council and the local community should have been consulted before any changes were proposed and that it has strained the relationship with GWRC.

“For the past seven years we’ve had a very good working relationship with GWRC, but the people of Lower Hutt will not be happy if this goes through – it could add $60-70 per annum onto an average household’s rate bill.” “I am open to having a future discussion with GWRC about

changes to the way the flood protection rates are structured but we need more time to understand exactly what it will mean, and to have a proper conversation with our community about the implications of any change.” The regional council will be making its decision next month.

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Mixed results for Ulalei When it came to results, it was the good, the bad, and the ugly for Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club coming away a win, a loss and a draw over the weekend. Ulalei’s premier two continue its winning form beating Upper Hutt Maidstone United three, 76-32. Missing one of their regular shooters, defender Coral Winiata stepped in and combined well with goal attack Ali Colledge to post the team’s highest score of the round so far. The last game of the round is against KBJ, with the winner having the opportunity to advance into the premier one division via a challenge match. Ulalei’s premier one side lost to Upper Hutt Maidstone United one, 48-27. The defence combination of Gene Solia-Gibb, Rachel Savelio and Lua’ipou Oloamanu played tirelessly creating numerous turnover ball however the team struggled bringing the ball down and into the shooting circle. “So far in this first round, Upper Hutt

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Maidstone United are scoring an average of 75 goals against their opposition. To keep their score under 50 is a positive we can take from the game, and we will look to improve on that in the second round,” says captain Sina Tamaalii. Ulalei one bid farewell to one of their star defenders, Lua’ipou Oloamanu, who heads overseas having completed her studies at Victoria University. “It’s a huge loss for the team and club. She’s a great role model for our young ones. Her skills and wonderful personality will be missed. We wish her all the best,” says coach Alannah Laban. Ulalei’s senior one side drew against St Orans two, with a final score of 30-all. Some stand-out defence from JamieRose Kydd and Cerie Milovale provided the team with opportunities but were not able to capitalise. They remain in sixth place on the table. The competition breaks for Queen’s Birthday resuming on June 9 for the final games of the round.


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Close and hard fought loss to Wellington Wainuiomata were unable to capitalise on a strong Wellington side as part of round 12 of the Swindale Shield competition. The hosts, playing at William Jones Part on Saturday, came out strong leading 17-8 at halftime. The final score was 27-24 to Wellington. Wainuiomata are currently sitting

at 10th on the points table with one more game to go in this round. The local lads have won three of 12 games, with eight losses and one draw. The next game for Wainuiomata is on June 2 against Hutt Old Boys Marist. The game will be played at the Hutt Rec, with kick off at 2.45pm.

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Clueless Canes humbled Lions hold on to Michael Sharp Taiaha trophy by clinical Crusaders Bevan Clark dots down for a try against Wellington. PHOTO: Daryl New

Saturday saw the Wainuiomata Lions start the second round of the Wellington rugby league competition at home against the Porirua Vikings. The match saw Wainuiomata take two competition points as well as the Michael ‘Juggler’ Sharp Taiaha, a traditional trophy the two clubs play for every year in memory of the former Wainuiomata premier player. The significance of this taiaha definitely had an impact on the game as it went right down to the wire with the final score being 26-24 to the Lions after 80 minutes of non-stop action. It was a match that saw strong carries and committed defence right throughout but also showed the difference experience makes in the tough pressure cooker games. This was evident by the contribution of

Wainuiomata’s ageless centre and player of the day Wayne Paki who defended accurately all day and was ably supported by work horses Zane Wilson and captain Ulai Oti. Bree Henderson also impressed with his attacking flair picking up a further two tries and showing maturity and consistency beyond his years in his first season of premier football. In an earlier game, the premier two team sent a strong message out to the division that they mean business by smashing the top of the table Trentham Titans 42-14. Coach David Tuari was very happy with how his players are tracking at this point and is keen to remind the group that every game people are playing for their jerseys and this has been reflected in their score lines.

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Rugby is still a winter sport - someone should have mentioned that to the Hurricanes. The Wellington Super Rugby franchise were drowned in the rain in Christchurch 24-13 by the Crusaders. The Canes’ dry weather mentality and the Crusaders’ clinical ruthless nature proved to make for a miserable night. Hurricanes coach, Chris Boyd said post-match that his team only had themselves to blame. That’s a silly statement, far better teams have come unstuck against the Crusaders away from home. The Crusaders, without captain Sam Whitelock and vice-captain Ryan Crotty, simply rolled up their sleeves, treasured possession, dominated the over-hyped Hurricanes pack and pounced on any mistakes. There were plenty of them. The brothers Barrett, Beauden and Jordy were no match for the conditions or their opposites. Both are All Black certainties, yet they were humbled by rain and a resilient Crusaders forward pack that embraced the 80 minute grind.

Handling errors were an issue and the Hurricanes tried to play too expansively. Christchurch should have a stadium with a roof by now but it doesn’t yet. Coaches and management have to take accountability for the poor preparation. There’s plenty of support staff running around these days, one of them should have taken notice of a rain radar or weather forecast and then suggested a tactical change was in order. The Hurricanes played like no one had made them aware of that fact. Living in Christchurch, many red and black fans, myself included, thought the Crusaders may have been ripe for the picking. Oh ye of little faith. The Crusaders were missing plenty of big-match players. As well as Whitelock and Crotty, their ill-discipline had left the propping stocks bare. There’s has been no sighting of All Black captain Kieran Read. The Hurricanes still have plenty to prove, the Crusaders - well, they’re as advertised.


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