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Shave for a cure By Dan Whitfield

A Wainuiomata teenager has shaved his head in support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Kieran Kydd, 14, says it’s cold but worth it after helping raise $700 to support lifesaving research and support breast cancer patients. The idea for shaving his head came after a conversation with his mum at breakfast. “[I] just thought we’d do it.” Continued on page 2. Kieran Kydd shaved his head in support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation recently. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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Continued from page 1. On the night, more than 20 people, made up of friends and family, turned up to watch the Wainuiomata High School student shave his hair off. “When I woke up I thought was it real; but I’ve learnt to like it as I’ve done it before,” he says. Kieran says his goal is to raise as much as he can because it’s all for a good cause. “There have been a few jokes from my friends but they support me.” Even one of Kieran’s friends, Saxon Hohipuha, took part in previous years. “It’s great that there’s a foundation and it’s got so many people who are behind it. It makes a big difference.” Money raised by Kieran and many other New Zealanders will go towards funding New Zealand-based research projects to develop new drugs and find better ways to use existing treatments. To date, driven by generous donations, the foundation has been able to distribute more than $4 million for breast cancer research and medical grants. “Donating would be great as it goes to everyone. But you don’t have to shave your head, you can even host a breakfast to show your support.”  To show your support and to make a donation online, go to and search ‘Kydd’ as the fundraiser.

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HighLight lights festival a finalist in local awards The inaugural HighLight: Carnival of Lights has been recognised as one of the region’s best events last year, being nominated as a finalist for the Wellington Gold Awards. An impressive 120,000 people gathered in Lower Hutt to experience the array of interactive light installations and breathtaking performances that lit up Riddiford Garden for the inaugural event over Labour Weekend last year. Finalists for the awards, which celebrate the excellence and enterprise of businesses in the region, were announced on May 24. Winners will be revealed on Thursday, July 5. HighLight is nominated in the Vibrant Gold category for events and hospitality, alongside All Whites vs Peru, Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf

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inbrief news Simon Bridges in town More than 200 people turned up to meet and hear from Simon Bridges last Friday. The new leader of the National Party was in town for the Hutt leg of his ‘Connecting with Communities’ tour. He was hosted by Hutt South MP Chris Bishop who says thank you to those who came along. “It was an awesome meeting with lots of great questions and thoughtful discussion,” he says.

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Hutt City was on show in May, welcoming more than 100 mayoral delegates from around New Zealand and the rest of the world. The 2018 New Zeal and Sister City Conference was held in the ARISE Centre in Korokoro and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the conference matched the venue as being one of the most

spectacular conferences. This year’s conference was themed ‘Connecting Globally through Technology’ and gave Lower Hutt’s three sister cities of Tempe in Arizona, Minoh in Japan and Taizhou in China the opportunity to visit and experience Lower Hutt’s hospitality. The conference, which ran for three days, focused on technology and youth opportunities.

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Linda Goss-Wallace, Mayoress of Lower Hutt, was the conference organiser. She says the conference gave delegates the opportunity to “share ideas and explore ways of strengthening sister city relations.” “While these relationships originally started for cultural exchange, economic and business opportunities particularly with China was also now very important for Lower Hutt,”

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Linda says. Also part of the conference was the Sister City New Zealand Air New Zealand Awards, held at Pencarrow Lodge near the Wainuiomata coastal peninsula. Two Lower Hutt programmes won awards from the sister city board. Minoh House Japan Day and the Tempe Student Exchange took out first place in their respective categories.

Emily Jones is now counting down to the World Mounted Games Pairs Championships in Denmark - she leaves for Copenhagen on July 2. She’s training on a borrowed pony called Ruby, with her own pony Ice still out of action. The young Wainuiomata teenager has held online raffles and sausage sizzles to fundraise. She has also received a generous contribution from Jim and Belinda Juno of Juno Civil, towards her costs of competing. She is now looking for any other local companies who might be able to support her, towards the costs of flights, entry fees, uniforms and equipment and the loan of a Danish pony. She would love to have more local Wainuiomata support to fly the New Zealand flag.

Year eight open day Recently, Wainuiomata High School students welcomed more than 145 prospective year eight students as part of an open day. They spent most of the time experiencing what life would be like as a junior student at Wainuiomata High School and were looked after by year 13 students who acted as guides/ ambassadors for the day.


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inbrief news Record submission to 10-year-plan Community feedback and rates affordability were key considerations in the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s 10 Year Plan deliberations, after receiving a record number of submissions. “We received 761 submissions over the last month and were impressed by both the volume and the quality of the submissions from across the region – from individual ratepayers through to the city and district councils, companies and iwi representatives,” says councillor Barbara Donaldson. There was strong endorsement of the key proposals that the council sought feedback on – public transport, water supply and quality, biodiversity, emergency management, economic development and building resilience around the region. The council also sought feedback on its rating policy and offered several options, in particular on the issue of closer alignment between the costs and the benefits of flood protection and public transport.

Outward Bound experience Earlier this year two Wainuiomata High School year 12 students, Tessa Smoothy and Thomas Lawrence attended a 21-day Outward Bound Strive Course in the Marlborough Sounds. Both Tessa and Thomas were given the opportunity this week to attend a Strive Celebration. The event recognised the generous support and donations from organisations who have helped fund students from Wainuiomata High School to attend Outward Bound courses.

Creativity recoginised Wellington, fresh from retaining its crown as the world’s most liveable city, has now also defended its title as New Zealand’s most creative city for the second year in a row, according to the latest Infometrics Creativity Index. The index puts Wellington ahead of Auckland, Queenstown and Dunedin, which also rank highly on the list. Lower Hutt is one of the top 10 creative areas in the Wellington region.

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Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust renamed The Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust has been renamed to fit with the future of the service. On May 24, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni unveiled a plaque recognising the trust’s renaming to Manaaki Ability Trust. The renaming event, hosted by the trust’s chairman, Gabriel Tupou, along with Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, was attended by around 60 guests from local and national disability communities as well as clients and staff. Gabriel says the trust has been an important part of the Hutt Valley community for almost 40 years and our new name reflects the changing attitudes around people with disabilities. “We started our life as a Sheltered Workshop where those with intellectual and other disabilities were not part of their communities and were segregated and not visible,” he says. “Today communities are much more welcoming and

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most accept that disability enhances their diversity.” Manaaki Ability Trust is the largest provider of vocational services in the Hutt Valley offering community participation and skill enhancement leading to meaningful volunteering and/or paid work based on the principles of Enabling Good Lives. The trust works with disabled people aged 16 to 65 years and has seen a surge in the number of young people wanting to be

clients. Gabriel says the trust has developed two programmes that are youth specific, one is a generic Young Guns programme and the new MATRIX programme, which is a fast-track skill enhancement over three months focusing on three areas: employment, community and self. The trust also offers a transition service from school for disabled students in their last year of study.

Mayor welcomes thermal upgrade for Hutt homes Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has welcomed Housing New Zealand’s announcement of a pilot programme to improve the thermal performance of its homes in Lower Hutt. Ray joined Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford in Lower Hutt last week for the Housing NZ announcement. Sixty-six Lower Hutt homes will be upgraded over the next few months with insulation, double glazing, thermal curtains, ventilation and new heating to provide warmer,

drier and healthier homes for families in need. This initial project is a pilot for a wider $9.3 million project which will see 200 state homes upgraded in the Hutt Valley and beyond. Ray says council is working closely with Housing NZ on a long term comprehensive development programme as part of the wider city rejuvenation plan, and this pilot is another important step. “We’re putting the long-term wellbeing of children, their whanau and communities

at the heart of our decisionmaking, and that includes our work with Housing NZ on improving and increasing the social housing in our city,” he says. “We know that warm, dry homes are fundamental to the wellbeing of our communities, and that becomes even more important as winter starts to bite as it has done this week. “This is not only an investment in a healthy home, but an investment in the future health of families that live here.” Ray says with Housing NZ

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set to deliver up to 300 new homes in Lower Hutt over the next three years, there is a once- in-a-generation opportunity to make a real difference to the city, and Council will continue to work closely with Housing NZ as plans progress. He says through its ecodesign advisor, council also provides all residents with free advice on making homes warm, dry, healthy and energy efficient, while saving money at the same time with consultations being booked through the Council website.

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Lower Hutt youth programme shows big return on investment An evaluation of a Lower Hutt youth training and employment programme has shown it to be a valuable investment for unemployed young people and businesses alike. The Youth Inspire programme has shown a Social Return on Investment (SROI) of $11.60 for every dollar invested. The programme, which has helped over 400 young people into employment since 2014, is also providing benefits to local businesses. The evaluation was completed by Hutt City Council and public policy consultants, Allen+Clarke. The evaluation quantified the social and economic value of Youth Inspire services and the level of benefit for each dollar invested. Businesses reported significant benefits including the fact the young people were work-ready, with the ongoing pastoral support ensuring young people remained connected to the workplace, which contributed much to the success of the programme. Carl Longstaff, the owner and director of the Metal Art Group, a light engineering, import and distribution company with 36 employees in Seaview, has now employed four graduates from Youth Inspire and says they have worked out well. “I currently have two employees through Youth Inspire – one has been here for one and a half years, the other for one year, and I am very happy with them.” Most don’t have parental support and Youth Inspire provides that for them,

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says Carl. “After three to four months of earning money, some kids might go AWOL for a day or two – that can happen with any youth. “We just call Youth Inspire and they will go and visit them, have a talk and make them accountable. Usually that sorts out the problem - once they have a work ethic, they are fine,” he says. Youth Inspire was initiated by people from Wainuiomata, gained Hutt City Council support and is championed by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace. Matt Reid, chair of Youth Inspire and Hutt City Council’s general manager City and Community Services says the youth may come from difficult situations and they have found a key aspect of the programme is support and mentoring.

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Te Ariki- Jay Adams, Wainuiomata “So we can grow big and strong.”

Vatau Sagaga, Wainuiomata “So I can exercise my brain and my body.”

Asjah- Cruz Faitele, Wainuiomata “Healthy food makes me healthy and strong.”

Lilly-Rose Maloney, Wainuiomata “It is good to be healthy so I can have fun.”

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.

Gabrielle Bonneau Le Phong, Wainuiomata “It is important so I can get strong and learn.”

Abby Reeves, Wainuiomata “It is important so I don’t get sick and I have energy for my brain.”

Breaking down language barriers Retiring Margaret acknowledged Dear editor, I would like to acknowledge my dear friend and colleague Margaret Willard upon her retirement from the Wainuiomata Community Board and from local body politics. She has dedicated many years of service to the people of Wainuiomata and Hutt City. From her advocacy work on

important local issues, providing good governance and proactively supporting many initiatives, including Development Wainuiomata, the Wainuiomata Resilience Network, the Wainuiomata Artists Network to name but just a few. I wish Margaret all the best. Yours sincerely, Gabriel Tupou Wainuiomata

Improved signs and new information sheets are helping break down language barriers at Wellington Regional Hospital’s radiology department. The brainchild of senior project manager Emma Morrow, the project has involved making radiology’s materials more relevant to the patients of different ethnicities that the department sees. “The aim is to have a strong-

er focus on communicating with patients from different cultural backgrounds, and helping improve their awareness of what to expect,” she says. The information sheet includes information about where patients can wait for their appointment, how long they may need to wait, what to do if they feel unwell, and when they can expect to receive their results.

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Mayor Ray Wallace Housing and homelessness have been big talking points here in Wainuiomata, and across the wider city, over the last few weeks, as house prices continue to rise and we face a shortage of suitable rental homes for many of our residents. Unfortunately, this is not an easy fix. Homelessness is a complex economic and social issue which is fundamentally linked with the lack of suitable housing. While central government plays a major role, local government also needs to see if there is more we could be doing to combat homelessness. That’s why Hutt City Council has recently decided to develop a strategy to help tackle homelessness in the city. Council’s own research shows that homelessness is increasing in the city. In the March 2018 quarter, 411 emergency housing grants were paid to households in the city by the Ministry of Social Development, a significant increase compared to last years’ numbers. Our strategy will build on this recent research and identify areas where Council can play a bigger leadership role on this issue. We’ll take on board what’s working and what’s not from cities that have had these issues for years, and we’ll work closely with central government and other agencies as well. We already know the solution is not as simple as providing those in need with more temporary and emergency housing, or just building more 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 of developments. However, this is no silver bullet. The reality is we need to increase the supply of

housing across the city and make sure that we have a wide range of housing types and sizes to meet our communities’ needs. Not everyone needs a large house on a large section and not everyone can afford to buy a brand-new home when starting prices are over $500k. We need a mix of rentals and affordable homes. Increasing supply is the biggest challenge, so Council is also looking at opportunities for land for new development, and making new housing developments in the city more attractive for developers by lowering upfront costs. Council is also proposing changes to our District Plan to allow for a greater number and range of housing types, and medium-density living in some areas with good access to public transport, schools, parks and shops. I am proud of my fellow Councillors for taking a serious look at this. I would like to also thank those members of the community who came to Council to tell us their stories. Homelessness affects all of us. I look forward to working collaboratively with the community to tackle this issue.

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Wainuiomata pioneers remembered The pioneer churchyard adjacent to the historic Coast Road church has many graves of the early pioneers of Wainuiomata. Joyce Lockyer of the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society says the first account has to be Richard Prouse, who is considered the patriarch of the church and will always be associated with its establishment. Richard was born in Devon, England in April 1792 and after marrying Mary King, came to New Zealand on the Duke of Roxburgh, the third ship of the NZ Company


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fleet to reach New Zealand), arriving on February 8, 1840. Travelling with Richard and Mary were six of their children. The family settled in Porirua Road and then in 1849 moved to Wainuiomata where Richard lived until his death from influenza in 1875. There are many Prouse family members throughout New Zealand who are direct descendants of Mary and Richard A book, Our Buried History, was written by local historian Colleen Hira and explains more about local pioneers.

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Morning tea with Wainuiomata seniors Chris Bishop held a morning tea event for the Wainuiomata Senior Citizens Club recently. Held at the Hutt South MP’s Wainuiomata office on Friday, May 25, more than 45 people attended. Those who attended had an opportunity to talk to Chris and find out what he has been up to in Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata Senior Citizens Club is for people aged 55 or over to get together Hutt South MP Chris Bishop talking to members of the Wainuiomata Senior and socialise, discuss relevant Citizens Club. issues and have fun.

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World Smokefree Day was May 31 and this year’s theme celebrates New Zealand’s smokefree achievements. Lower Hutt has a lot to celebrate with community leaders working alongside businesses and Hutt City Council to create more smokefree places across our city. Queensgate Shopping Centre is taking action to promote its outdoor spaces as smokefree, making the experience even better for customers and retailers. Regional centre manager Jan Plummer says “While Queensgate has been a smokefree site for some time, we have been working closely with Hutt City Council in the lead up to World Smokefree Day to ensure that our customers and the general public are aware that Queensgate’s smokefree policy extends to areas such as our car

parks. Due to the size of our site we do rely on the goodwill of customers in self-enforcing this policy.” As a result of customer feedback, the shopping centre has increased smokefree signage in these spaces, as well as supporting smokers to quit by providing space for a pop-up stand for stop smoking services to engage with visitors last Thursday. The shopping centre’s commitment to being smokefree makes it the most significant voluntary smokefree space in Lower Hutt. Regular bus user Minjoo Bai contacted Hutt South MP Chris Bishop who started the smokefree conversation with Hutt City Council. Minjoo says: “I would normally just avoid people smoking but it is hard when people are smoking outside Queens-

gate by the bus stop, you can’t go anywhere because you have to wait for the bus.” “I respect a smoker’s right to smoke but I think they should respect non-smokers as well. They could consider not smoking in public spaces where there are non-smokers and also women who are pregnant, mothers with babies, high school students, kids and others who do not want to be exposed to the smell,” Minjoo says. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace congratulated Queensgate for its action. “By having Queensgate promote its voluntary smokefree spaces we will significantly reduce both the visibility of smoking and the harm that comes from second-hand smoke. This is even more important when considering the number of youth that congregate in this space daily,” Ray says.

ANZ helps children achieve netball goals The ANZ premiership is back for a second season and ANZ is asking what Wellington and Hutt netball fans and supporters need to achieve their netball aspirations. The bank knows the time, the effort and determination that’s required to get to the top is immense, but no one achieves on their own. To celebrate the start of the season ANZ is calling for applications for assistance that will help Wellington and Hutt netball fans achieve their netball aspirations. The support is not limited to kit, it could be anything big, small or off-the-wall. In the past, ANZ support has spanned high performance netball gear, expert coaching, court and club makeovers, to dream experiences. In 2017, one lucky young

player was granted the opportunity to be the mini-manager of an ANZ premiership team for a day as a reminder to continue working hard and not give up on your netball dreams. A long-serving coach was also surprised by stars of ANZ premiership team and awarded a trip to watch the Silver Ferns play in Australia, as a thankyou for her commitment and inspiration she has provided to her teams over the years. Sue McGregor, head of sponsorship at ANZ, says: “We are proud to support netball at every level, from grassroots right up to the elite ANZ Premiership and Silver Ferns.” “We know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of extra help to achieve your goals, so we are committed to helping as many netball fans

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RiverLink invites public input on Melling transport improvements The RiverLink project team is seeking public feedback on three 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 once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to greatly strengthen the protection of the lives, property and businesses from flooding,” Lower Hutt Mayor

Ray Wallace says. “I have no doubt it will also stand to breathe new life and confidence into the central city,” Ray says. The RiverLink team developed and rigorously explored 43 options for a new interchange at Melling/SH2 and has narrowed the options to three designs for a diamond interchange. “These options are safer and more efficient for drivers than the current intersection and meet objectives to reduce flood risk, improve access for walking and cycling and maintain local road connections,” NZTA’s director of regional relationships Emma Speight says. Many options were discounted because they didn’t solve safety, efficiency and flooding problems or

did not have appropriate connections into the city. At-grade improvements, roundabouts, and a diverging diamond interchange were discarded for these reasons. “We will use the feedback from our stakeholders and the community, along with technical information, to identify a preferred option,” Emma says. “Selecting a preferred option will then allow Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Hutt City Council to integrate the interchange design with their plans for improved stopbanks and an enhanced city centre.”  Community engagement will be open from Monday, May 7 until Sunday, June 10.

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Excited about opportunity ahead

ABOVE: The Wainuiomata High School premier netball team. From left, Charis Nuku, Angela Milovale, Jamie -Rose Kydd, Cerie Milovale, Maddison Rua, Sarah McLeod-Venu, Jordan Brown, Bree Itula and Johanna Schreuder. PHOTO: SUPPLIED LEFT: Charis Nuku is stoked to have made the under 17 Hutt Valley netball team. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD By Dan Whitfield

Charis Nuku, along with her teammate Sarah McLeod-Venu have been selected for the under 17 Hutt Valley netball team. The two Wainuiomata High School girls were thrilled to make the team in May and are looking forward to playing

together as a team later in the year. “I couldn’t believe it because I found out the day after my last trial. I was stoked,” Charis says. “It’s another step closer to what I want to do and means the hard work has paid off.” To be considered for the rep team, Charis and Sarah’s

names were put forward by their school. The girls then had to take part in three trials, with players being cut after each trial. The group went from around 50 to near 20 players, with both of the Wainuiomata players remaining in the line up. Charis is currently in year 13

while Sarah is in year 11. Both play for the Wainuiomata High School premier netball team. “Netball is my passion, it’s something I want to do later on,” Charis says. At this stage, Sarah still has a couple more years left of high school. Charis on the other hand is looking to go to university

Unfortunate loss for Wainuiomata

next year to study sports psychology. Sports co-ordinator at Wainuiomata High School Peter Cowan was happy for the two girls and what they had accomplished. “We have quite a few good players and we punch above the weight when it comes to representatives,” he says.

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Those sorry, sad Springboks

The game was evenly contested come scrum time. PHOTO: Daryl New By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata had to fight hard if they wanted to overcome Hutt Old Boys Marist, despite the odds not being in their favour. As part of the final round of the Swindale Shield competition, Wainuiomata came out with a strong defence and committed drives to break the defensive line of Hutt Old Boys Marist. Sadly in the end, Hutt Old Boys Marist took out the win with a 5422 victory over the men in green. The half time score was 21-3.

Playi ng at Hut t Recreat ion Ground, Wa inuiomata’s ha rd fought points came from Nash Fiso-Vaelei, Daniel Cherry and Machael Lealava’a who score great tries. Justin Wilson also slotted two conversions and one penalty over the uprights. Hutt Old Boys Marist points were scored by Chase Tiatia, Jaden Treviranus, Albert Polu, Tamatasi Fidow and Liam Forbes. Glen Walters also score one try and kicked seven conversions. The loss leaves Wainuiomata in

10th on the table moving into the next phase of Wellington Club Rugby competition. Draws will be announced later this week. Wainuiomata played for the Trevor Mallard Trophy, a limited edition Springbok Jersey. Trevor, the Speaker of the House, was also on the field as water boy. In the reserve premier grade, Wainuiomata managed to switch the results. Wainuiomata’s reserves overcame Hutt Old Boys Marist 34-17 on Saturday.

The demise of Springbok rugby is as sad as it is concerning. An underwhelming South African side lost 22-20 to Wales on Sunday morning at a game played in America. Erratic, fumbling and bumbling South Africa showed forward dominance but no other poise in a loss to a Welsh side who were, as equally underwhelming. Gone, so it seems, are the days of a ruthless Springbok side who were the most physically imposing side of my childhood in the 1990s. There doesn’t seem to be any composure in tight situations. One of the most compelling images from my sporting viewing as a child was then All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick thumping the turf of Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld in exhaustion upon his team’s first ever series win in South Africa. Such was the effort needed, most of the men in Black were left lying on the turf, physically drained and teary-eyed, overcome with emotion at their accomplishment. Nowadays, South Africa has only beaten the All Blacks twice in the past 17 tests and haven’t tasted victory since 2014. Questions must be asked if South Africa are picking their best players, based on merit, form and ability or whether they are making decisions based on political notions and forces. There is no denying that over my time, South Africa are no longer the much vaunted side they once were. Based on Sunday’s loss, rock bottom may not have been found just yet.


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