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Wainui-bred City Missioner focused on making a change Continued from page 1. “The Mission has done lots but the landscape has changed. We’ve seen the number of those needing assistance increase and the issues become more diverse,” Murray says. He says around 400 people every day are helped by the services the Mission operates. “There are a lot of organisations doing really good stuff. We have a wonderful brand and we’re looking at how we can connect and fulfil the need.” “We have a huge opportunity in Wellington. I’m interested in looking at what the community need is and where we can fill in the gap.” Murray comes to the role with
a wealth of experience, including six years in deputy chief executive roles at the Ministry of Social Development, and eight years as the chief executive of Barnardos New Zealand. Though his first few weeks were dominated by meetings, he says the area that stood out to him was the people he gets to work with. “Our people respect and treat out clients with dignity.” Another area of Wellington Murray is focused on is Wainuiomata. “I love Wainuiomata. It’s a community that has and still does stick together.” Over the next few months, Murray will focus on reposi-
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Young cyclists enjoy new bike track By Dan Whitfield
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with help from the current student leader Keira Smith. The track was completed earlier this year with students learning bike safety and skills over the last few weeks. The project was a result of a school survey undertaken by former students of the school who wanted to give something back once they had left. They planned the project and sought funding. Hutt City Council, Young Wise Trust, and ACC have all supported the project along with the huge generosity of local contractor JB Hughes who dug and designed the track Ray says the track will help the kids gain confidence on riding a bike so they are more ready for riding on the road. “It’s also a healthy activity for the students. It’s a great project all round,” he says. Principal Sue Jury says it was a great success and nice to see everyone’s hard work pay off.
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Candidate seeks to understand Wainuiomata’s issues, strengths Keri Brown is one of the first to put her hand up to be the newest member of the Wainuiomata Community Board, following Margaret Willard stepping down recently. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
By Dan Whitfield
Keri Brown is standing up for what is right for Wainuiomata. Homelessness, mental health and supporting the elderly are just some of the issues that has motivated the Wainuiomata woman to put her hand up for the Wainuiomata Community Board - following a vacancy after Margaret Willard stepped down. Keri is a proud mother of two and has lived in the community for eight years. She has spent the last four years managing the local Labour office, which now hosts Labour List MP Ginny Andersen. She has been a senior public servant with the Ministry of Social Development, and a
private contractor where she focused on creating community action frameworks. Over the years, Keri says she has helped hundreds of families on a wide variety of issues. She now believes she has what it takes to step up and represent Wainuiomata at a local government level. “I understand the issues that many in our community face, like housing and mental health. I’ve worked with hundreds of families and I know our needs, issues, and strengths,” she says. Personal experience summarises why Keri sees support for the elderly as a priority. “After losing my father a few years ago, and caring for my mother who lives on her own in Wainuiomata, I know how
important it is to support our ageing community.” Keri sees the planned retirement village as a “game changer” for so many elderly in Wainuiomata. The community board candidate is already heavily involved in the Wainuiomata community. In recent years she’s served on local kindergarten committees, as well as the St Claudine Thevenet School board of trustees. She has also helped lead a number of community initiatives, including the campaign to stop another bottle store from being opened in Wainuiomata. One of her most recent wins was pushing the council to create a homelessness strategy. “I’ve worked with too many families in our community
who have been impacted by homelessness. I would love the opportunity to serve on the board and help create the Council’s strategy, and most importantly, implement it,” she says. Keri also wants to make sure that the Community Board is a strong voice for Wainuiomata. “It’s an exciting time for Wainuiomata; it’s developing quite quickly. I’m really excited about the possibility of representing the community and reflecting it to council. If elected, I would have big boots to fill, as Margaret Willard has been an outstanding advocate for the community over a number of years, she is someone who epitomises public service,” she says.
inbrief news Greatest hits performed Operatunit y ’s resident ar tists Bonaventure (Bonnie) Allan-Moetaua and Karl Perigo will perform the greatest hits of the 50’s and 60’s in the upcoming Shake, Rattle and Roll concert next month. Ebony and Ivory, brother from another mother, it doesn’t matter what you call them, the chemistry between the two artists is undeniable. Shake, Rattle and Roll comes to Lower Hutt, on Monday, July 2, from 11am. The show will be held at Hutt City Church.
Thousands of PJs given for winter Wellington Hospitals Foundation’s ‘Hospi’s Pyjamas for Winter Appeal’ is making a huge difference for sick children this winter, thanks to the amazing support of the community. The appeal, which is calling for donations of brand new flannelette pyjamas to help keep sick kids warm this winter, was launched following significant demand from Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital. Since the appeal’s launch three weeks ago, 1500 pairs of pyjamas have been donated, along with some very generous online donations to enable the purchase of additional pyjamas.
The journey continues with Hutt bus changes Changes to Hutt Valley bus services are just days away with a fleet of new vehicles and new Metlink services ready to start from June 17, says chairwoman of Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee Barbara Donaldson. “From Te Marua to Eastbourne, we’ll have a new look with Metlink’s distinctive colours of lime and yellow on most buses,” she says. Detailed timetable and fare information is on the Metlink website.
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inbrief news Winnie Laben recognised by the Queen The first Pacific woman to enter Parliament as an MP in 1999 has now become the first Samoan woman to be made a dame. Winnie Laban has been formally invested as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the Pacific community as part of the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. “And it is that hard work and sacrifice that for me makes me reflect on why this award is so important because it acknowledges the Pacific journey of sacrifice and dreams but more importantly bringing up a generation who must make use of the opportunities,” she says.
Breaking down language barriers 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 information sheet includes information about where patients can wait for their appointment, how long they may to wait, what to do if they feel unwell, and when they can expect to receive their results. As well as English the sheets are now available in Arabic, Burmese, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Māori, Samoan, Somali and Vietnamese.
Sore throat checks Free sore throat checks for children most at risk of getting rheumatic fever continue to be offered at a number of local pharmacies and GP clinics. There are 24 pharmacies and GP clinics throughout the Hutt Valley and with winter here, now is a good time to encourage parents and caregivers to be aware of the service which is free for children most at risk of getting the disease: Rheumatic fever is a serious yet preventable disease which causes permanent heart damage.
New director-general and chief executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield has been appointed as director-general of Health and chief executive, Ministry of Health. Ashley is currently the chief Executive at Capital and Coast District Health Board, on secondment from his substantive role as chief executive at Hutt Valley DHB. He has held the role at Hutt Valley DHB since October 2015, and has been seconded to Capital and Coast DHB since January 2018.
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Good news for Wainuiomata as council agrees to LTP By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata is in good hands, at least for the next 10 years, following Hutt City Council agreeing to its 20182028 Long Term Plan recently. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is excited about what is to come and says it is good news for Wainuiomata. Funding was allocated for a redevelopment of the Wainuiomata business district, with a push toward Progressive Enterprises making an announcement around the future of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. Love Wainuiomata was also allocated more funding and the community hub project was brought forward. A homeless strategy fund was also confirmed with $105,000 set aside for the development of a strategy to tackle homelessness in Lower Hutt. “Wainuiomata is and remains an important part of the city. Things are looking good for Wainuiomata, as a community we’re on the up,” Ray says. Council received close to 200 written submissions on its pro-
posed Long Term Plan during the consultation period, with 94 submitters also speaking at public hearings. Council will meet again on June 28 to adopt the plan and set rates. Ray says given the number of compelling cases that were made, councillors had a hard job making the budget work and some tough decisions had to be made. “We’re committed to keeping rates increases low, but we also need to make sure we maintain the momentum of investing in things that will make Lower Hutt an outstanding city. I’m confident this plan strikes the right balance,” Ray says. Council has voted for a rates revenue increase of 1.5 per cent for existing ratepayers, with a further 1 per cent rates revenue increase expected from growth from new builds and property investment. The plan continues investment in key strategies for infrastructure, urban growth, leisure and well-being and environmental sustainability. From here, Ray says the council will put together a timeline and look at putting the plan into
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says he is excited about council’s latest budget and what it means for Wainuiomata. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
action. Additionally, the plan includes $104,200 to upgrade the city’s existing 150 parking meters to
‘pay by plate’ technology, which will eliminate the current paper ticketing; and a refurbishment of Petone Wharf.
Support comes in for student rugby trip By Dan Whitfield
Community support has made an opportunity to play international rugby next year for a group of students from Wainuiomata High School more of a reality. A fundraising event held over the weekend raised around $5000 to help with costs associated with the trip. Twenty-five players including have signed up and will play
four games across Japan over 14 days in October 2019. The team will come up against sides of the same level and also have the opportunity to make connections with the rugby community in another country. Coach Phillip Kauika for them to be from Wainuiomata and have an opportunity to get out of the country to do something they’re passionate about is great. “A huge thank you to all those
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who have supported the evening through their sponsorship and to the Fitzroy Tavern for allowing the team to use their facilities and supporting the cause,” he says. “Without the generosity of the community we would not have been able to raise so much.” Phillip says although the event was a success, the team still has a way to go in in regards of fundraising. The plan is to host other fun-
draising activities around the community. This will be the first international trip for a sports team from the school in a number of years. If you would like to support the team heading to Japan next year, contact Phillip Kauika via the school office on 04 939 3224. Alternatively, there will be a number of fundraising events held throughout this year for people to show their support.
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Representing Wellington and Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield
Acacia Te Iwimate has secured her spot in the Kiwi Ferns wider squad. The squad of 33 includes fresh development prospects, products of the ever-growing women’s game, as well as many seasoned veterans carrying years of international experience. Acacia, 30, is the only Wellington inclusion on the squad, hailing from Wainuiomata. “It’s pretty special; I’m still buzzing. This has always been one of my dreams,” Acacia says. She says this is just the foot in the door but is the right first step The wider squad was named
Acacia Te Iwimate playing for Wainuiomata in 2016 at William Jones Park. PHOTO: DARYL NEW
Earthquake-prone buildings at Queensgate to be fixed Three buildings at Queensgate Shopping Centre are under the New Building Standard. Hutt City Council has been advised by Stride Property that draft engineering reports they have received on their buildings indicate three buildings are potentially under 34 per cent of the New Building Standard and would require work to bring them up to code. Council’s engineer is now reviewing these reports and additional information so it can make an assessment about what action is required on its part.
Lower Hutt currently has 55 buildings classified as earthquake prone, which means they are less than one-third of the current structural standard. When the council receives information that a building is potentially earthquake prone, council engineers assess the information and may then issue an earthquake-prone building notice requiring the owner to strengthen the building within 15 years. Stride have advised they intend to carry out the required work without delay, and design and process works are already underway.
ahead of preparations for the Kiwi Ferns, Kiwis and Junior Kiwis triple-header set to be held in Auckland against the Jillaroos in October. The test match will be further enhanced by the opportunity for players to compete in the new NRL Women’s Competition. From here Acacia will be part of training sessions with the wider squad, with the official team set to be announced at a later date. The Wainuiomata woman has played for Wainuiomata Rugby Club and Wainuiomata Rugby League Club over the years. She is currently playing rugby for the Petone Rugby Club’s women’s team. SELF SERVICE
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What’s a value that has made you who you are today?
Vanza Peni, Wainuiomata “Respect - the core of all values.”
Sonia Gounder, Wainuiomata “Respect – helps you understand others and their values.”
Rachel Tamahere, Wainuiomata “Manaakitanga – looking out for each other.”
Shevana Sammons, Wainuiomata “Honesty - without it you don’t have trust.”
Liam Edginton, Wainuiomata “Perseverance - never give up and it is never too late.”
Raymond Seumanu, Wainuiomata “Respect - because it goes both ways.”
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Adhere to the road rules before someone gets hurt Dear editor, In Wainuiomata there are very good drivers and very bad drivers. The bad ones complain when they get caught for speeding. If you aren’t breaking the road rules, you won’t get tickets. There are some people who hit
70kmh as soon as they get passed the Parkway roundabout towards the hill. The 80kmh zone starts further up the rise. There are drivers going down Wainuiomata Road at 80kmh. STOP signs meant STOP. Please do adhere to the road rules
before someone gets hurt or killed. If you can’t obey the road rules take a bus or taxi. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Wainuiomata (Abridged)
Enliven’s Woburn Home celebrates its volunteers Long-time Enliven volunteer Lori Mills says it’s the joy of helping elders feel valued and loved which keeps her coming back. “One resident at Woburn, her husband was in charge of all the lighthouses in New Zealand and she would often tour them with him; another was a lifelong miner who had two brothers die in a tragic mining accident,” she says. “People often forget that all the residents here have full, detailed histories and many stories to tell, so it’s wonderful as a volunteer to have the opportunity to listen and acknowledge them.” Lori first began volunteering at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt while visiting her mother there. She has now been a regular volunteer for around ten years. Over that time, she’s led the day programme attendees through word games and quizzes, coordinated the loan of Hutt library books to residents, brought in dozens of magazines, and shared plenty of cups of tea with the elders. “Even after all these years, I still end up learning new things – just the other day the day programme attendees were playing a game I’d never tried, so they taught it to me. “I ended up buying the game so I could play it with my granddaughter!” Lori says. This Volunteer Awareness week (June 17-23), Enliven’s Woburn Home is saying thank you to its dedicated volunteers like Lori, and reminding locals just how important volunteers are in the running of the home. “Volunteers are, quite simply, the lifeblood of the home,” says Home manager Ginni Scott.
Lori Mills (pictured) has been volunteering at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt for around ten years.
“It’s thanks to them that we’re able to we’re able to really put into practice our philosophy of supporting elders to enjoy meaningful activity, and to have variety and choice in their lives. “To our talented, wonderful volunteer team, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The residents here really value your time and company, and we couldn’t do it without you!” she says. Enliven’s Woburn Home is located on 57 Wai-Iti Crescent, Lower Hutt and offers rest home and hospital care, respite and health recovery care, as well as a day programme. To learn more visit www. enlivencentral.org.nz or call 04 569 6400. PBA
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Pink Ribbon fundraiser a success By Besa Chembo
The women of Wainuiomata came together to enjoy a delicious breakfast, one another’s company and support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation recently, all while looking pretty and fabulous in pink. On Saturday, 26th May, a Pink Ribbon Breakfast hosted in Wainuiomata raised an impressive sum of $1369 in efforts to support the foundation. The theme of the fundraiser was ‘Women in business in
Wainuiomata’ and the fundraiser was held at Fitzroy Tavern, a favourite for the locals of Wainuiomata. The fundraiser was hosted by Lisa Black from Harcourts and Linda Turner from Ray White, the two real estate ladies are no strangers to the hosting the breakfast. They hosted the same event last year with the theme ‘Women in real estate in Wainuiomata” and hope to continue to support. “Wainui is very special to us, we both live in the community,
it’s about getting people together and giving back to the community and we want women to feel a sense of comradery.” With more than 40 women in attendance, the atmosphere was bright and filled with energy. The women were surrounded by pink, filled with smiles and support as they participated in quizzes and raffles. Noeleen Colman, a breast cancer survivor was a guest speaker at the event sharing her story. “It went down really well and with all the pink it was a party atmosphere,” says Linda.
ABOVE: Sophie Turner and Kerryn Yeats. INSET: More than $1000 was raised at a Pink Ribbon Breakfast event in Wainuiomata recently
Many people from around the valley turned up to show their support
Wainuiomata pioneers remembered in new book John Stonehouse Clark was born in Durham Sunderland in 1842. After coming to New Zealand he married Harriet Burroughs. His handcast concrete headstone
is the oldest in the Coast Road churchyard at 145 years old is in great condition for its age. It tells of the demise of this young man who was one of the
early school teachers at Wainuiomata Primary School from 1867 until his death some three years later at the young age of 28 years. He died of exposure whilst
searching for three cows who had strayed into the bush. Harriet and John did not have any children and some years after his death she married Fredrick
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Top five for Wainuiomata stacker Caleb Smith has taken on New Zealand’s best at the sport he has represented for years. The 2018 NZ Sport Stacking Open Championships were held at Northland Memorial Community Centre in Wellington on Sunday, June 3 with several national records broken. The tournament saw competitors ranging from 10-year-olds to those over 50 gather from all over New Zealand to compete in six events - three individual, two doubles, one relay. Caleb represented Wainuiomata at the event, coming in fifth place. He and the other four in the top five make up part of the 2018 New Zealand Black Stacks team. Sport stacking is an individual and team sport that involves stacking specially designed cups in pre-determined sequences as fast as you can. Sequences participants must perform are usually pyramids of three, six, or 10 cups. Players compete against the clock or another player.
Caleb Smith places in the top five at national competition. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Events centre provides training and employment opportunities The Lower Hutt Events Centre, which will officially be opened on July 14, has employed more than 120 tradespeople to date and will
provide employment and training opportunities for many locals. Hutt City Council’s chief executive says the opening of the
complex and nearby hotel is exactly what Lower Hutt needs. “Ten years ago council kicked off the Making Places programme
The Lower Hutt Events Centre next to the Hutt City Council facility in Lower Hutt. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
to revitalise the Hutt central business district and has been steadily investing towards that vision,” Tony says. “The events centre is our biggest project to date,” he says. The complex, which includes the refurbished Town Hall, completes the rejuvenation of the civic precinct and will have significant flow-on effects for the local economy. The centre will also provide training and employment opportunities for a large pool of hospitality students and graduates from WelTec’s campuses in Petone and Wellington. Ben Shadbolt, head of Whitireia and WelTec’s hospitality programme, says that each year between 300 and 400 students will be able to provide a skilled flexible parttime workforce, while gaining valuable work experience
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Police are appealing for information after two motorcyclists were seen travelling at excessive speeds near Upper Hutt over Queen’s Birthday weekend. At about midday on Saturday, two Japanese 1000cc sports bikes were spotted by police travelling on State Highway 2, just south of the Remutaka Range, at 247km/h. When the riders saw Police, they accelerated away at speeds thought to be in excess of 300km/h. “The speeds these riders have reached on a State Highway are beyond dangerous. The risk they posed to themselves and other road users is unimaginable,” Wellington road policing Senior Sergeant Thomas McIntyre says. “At 247km/h, the riders would have been travelling at just under 70 metres per second — had they crashed they would have killed themselves and possibly other road users. “Our roads are not a race track. This behaviour is unacceptable and puts others at risk.” Anyone with information about this incident or the riders involved is urged to contact their local station or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55 111.
More than 200,000 adults are living with urinary incontinence throughout the country, yet the issue is rarely discussed outside the confines of the doctor’s office. World Continence Week runs from June 18-24 and Enliven is reminding incontinence sufferers that they are not alone and is encouraging them to seek tailored solutions. “Incontinence is one of those issues that people find really difficult to talk about, but it’s actually very common,” says Enliven health support coordinator Keri Paterson. “People have this idea that only older people and pregnant women deal with incontinence—while it’s
true that the chances of developing the condition increase with age or after child-bearing, it actually affects people from all parts of society, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.” Keri says a consequence of the community’s reluctance to discuss continence is that sufferers often struggle to get the information they need. “Unlike many other conditions which can have a similarly big impact on one’s quality of life, incontinence is easily treatable, even curable in some cases.” “Unfortunately, the stigma around the condition means people often feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss their issues, and
themselves. As well as providing future training and employment, the events centre project and refurbishment of the Town Hall has employed up to 120 tradespeople at a time, says Scott Duncan, project manager for Naylor Love Construction Ltd. A local himself, Scott says that many of the tradespeople and sub contractors working on the project live in the Hutt Valley and have been very happy to be working on a four year project close to home. The Events Centre is owned by Hutt City Council and will be operated by USAR under a 20-year lease. The 60 room Sebel Hotel, along with the new Events Centre, is expected to have a total impact on GDP of $104 million over 20 years and provide up to 90 jobs per year.
end up missing out on learning about the products which are designed to help them.” As part of her role at Enliven, Keri helps run a discreet phone service which anyone can call to purchase high-quality continence products, order free samples, or simply learn more. “Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to work out what’s right for you, but it really is worthwhile to find a solution which could transform your life.” “With so many products out there and recent advances in technology, there’s really no need for anyone to feel debilitated or insecure in public as a result of incontinence,” she says.
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Top of the table clash, close game
ABOVE: Wainuiomata Premier player John Tahana Rawhiti about to be wrapped up by the opposition during Saturday’s game. RIGHT: Wainuiomata reserves captain Jimmy Samu well wrapped up by the opposition, with Anthony Rongoke-Simpson in support. PHOTOS: DARYL NEW
Back-to-back champions Whiti Te Ra travelled to Wainuiomata on Saturday as part of the top of the table clash that saw last years grand finalists play for the outright lead in the premier competition. With the curtain raiser game also being a top of the table clash – the Wainuiomata reserves
team won convincingly 38-4 against the Titahi Bay Marlins – the scene was set for an action packed game. The aim was to see the local boys stop the Whiti Te Ra juggernaut in their bid to achieve a hat-trick of Wellington Championship titles this year. The game started well with
the home crowd erupting when winger Tyrone Tihore dashed in for the first try of the game after eight minutes of play. However, this was the only points for the Lions as Whiti Te Ra scored three unanswered tries to take the lead 16-4 at halftime. With a strong wind at their backs in the second half there
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was still hope for the Lions, but even with three powerful tries to Dominik Bartels, Saita Tuaoi and player of the day Johnny Skinnon, the Whiti Te Ra team were just too composed under pressure. Whiti Te Ra won 30-20. Head coach Donovan Maxwell admitted their preparation
wasn’t the best with a number of his starting line up, including captain Ulai Oti out with injury. However this provided opportunities for others coming up through the ranks to impress and his young team would learn from the experience of playing the undefeated defending champions.
Wainuiomata victorious Wainuiomata were victorious in their first game of the Hardham Cup competition, winning 27-22 against Paremata-Plimmerton. Played at Ngatitoa Domain, Wainuiomata came out strong leading 15-7 at half time.
The result sees the local side sitting at the top of the table, equal with Johnsonville. Points on Saturday were scored by Justin Wilson, Peter Umaga-Jensen and Waiariki Koia.
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The generational sporting hero Goal Attack Ruth Sopoaga shoots while Ake sets up for the rebound.
Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club must use the season’s halfway mark to refocus, following a win and two losses at the weekend. The club’s premier team played against High School Old Girls but went down 54-48. Missing some of their senior players gave the younger players a chance to have a run, including Doris Tagaloa from the senior one team. Ulalei’s top team were down 35-21 at half time resulting in some stern words from the coaches. Ulalei managed to bring it back to 40-38 at the end of the third quarter but were unable to keep up the momentum in the final quarter. The premier two team played against KBJ in the top of the table clash. The game was tense and tight throughout with each team scoring goal for goal. KBJ eventually winning the game 50-53.
“We are disappointed with the result but it was a great game where were really tested”, says captain Ellen Miles. The club’s senior one team had a must-win game against WASC to remain in the division. The young guns played well throughout the court with the excellent defence combination of Cerie Milovale, Doris Tagaloa and Jamie-Rose Kydd to start. The ball flowed well through court allowing shooters, Bree Itula and Montana Hepi to score. Coach Tunis Cook made changes bringing in Ruth Sopoaga and Ake McCarthy to shoot, and Angela Milovale to assist the defence. The young team kept their consistency and calm and eventually managed to claw back to even the score and take the win 32-30. All three teams have a bye this week.
There’s something about the players of your youth that seems to make it difficult to be objective. That debate of the greatest ever in a chosen sport is always subjective and depends on the impact that player had on you and what period of life you were in. Generally, the younger and more impressionable you are, the more fondly you remember a player. That classic debate is raging in America as the NBA’s current best player, LeBron James loses another finals series to the Golden State Warriors. Those over 30 generally believe Michael Jordan is the best basketballer ever, based on his impact, spectacular play and undefeated 6-0 finals record in the 1990s with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s six rings are held up and the reason LeBron is, at best No 2 because, despite him having most
in-game statistics in his favour, he only has three championships in nine finals appearances. For me, growing up, my three favourite sportsmen were Black Cap veteran Chris Harris, All Black first-five Andrew Mehrtens and Canterbury rugby captain Todd Blackadder. All three were incredibly reliable but, in my more realistic moments, each had their weaknesses. Harris, never was a test match regular, Mehrtens wasn’t a great defender and Blackadder had a mediocre All Black career. However each of them were instrumental in me loving sport. The same will be happening with kids looking at Beauden Barrett, Ross Taylor and Kieran Read. It’s simply a generational thing. There’s no right or wrong answer, only fodder for friendly debates for year’s to come.
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