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Matariki is rich with tradition and last week Wainuiomata students and members of the community gathered to celebrate the occasion. Matariki is the Maori name for the group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster and begins to rise in the last few days of May. It symbolises the coming of the Maori New Year. Continued on page 2. Wainuiomata Primary School’s Anton Nicho, next to Jayre Fryer-Nicholls and Jahrome Orupe. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Continued from page 1. This year Matariki was celebrated on June 15. Organised by Louana Fruean, the event was a huge success and more than 1000 people from around the community were part of the celebrations. Over the two days, Thursday and Friday last week, 11 schools and 11 early childhood education centres performed waiatas and songs. “It was fantastic as it was the first time everyone had celebrated Matariki togeth-

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ANZ Wainuiomata has been located on Queen Street for years. The bank’s departure will leave Wainuiomata without a bank. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD By Dan Whitfield

ANZ is set to leave the streets of Wainuiomata this month. The bank announced that it would be closing its Wainuiomata branch, located on Queen Street, as of June 29, leaving residents facing a 12 minute trip to Lower Hutt should they need to visit the bank. Emma Mellow, ANZ’s external communications manager, says ANZ has worked hard to keep a presence within Wainuiomata, but in recent years it’s been one of the ban k’s lower transacting branches.

“The number of customers visiting the Wainuiomata branch has been declining and this follows a global trend. Over the past year alone, transaction volumes at Wainuiomata have declined by 10.7 per cent,” Emma says. Emma says the average customer now uses online or mobile banking one to two times a day and visits a branch one to two times a year. “Most Wainuiomata customers are regular users of other Wellington region branches, and more than 70 per cent use internet and mobile banking for their day-to-day banking,”

she says. Though no jobs will be lost through the merge, it will still mean a loss for the Wainuiomata community - even with ANZ keeping a SmartATM on site so customers can do deposits, withdrawals and transfer money between accounts. That said, Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry is refusing to let another bank disappear and says “it’s too important not to fight for.” ANZ is the only bank left in Wainuiomata that offers full banking services, excluding NZCU.

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“This will have a significant impact on our community, particularly elderly and people who are less mobile.” Wainuiomata used to also have Kiwibank and Westpac but they both closed in recent years due to similar reasons. Campbell says that ANZ had said that they were committed to Wainuiomata, a reason this news is so disappointing. “Having essential services in Wainuiomata is important – It’s going to be a huge blow for the community if it goes.” Campbell is petitioning for ANZ to reconsider leaving Wainuiomata.

Tranzurban managing director Paul Snelgrove says the company is “95% there” in its preparations to begin operation of passenger bus services in the Hutt Valley and Wellington. New Hutt services begin this Sunday, with Wellington services getting under way from July 15. “Four days to go before we begin our Hutt operations and we’ve recruited 210 drivers, with just 40 vacancies to fill,” Paul says. “More than 200 of the new Euro 6 buses have arrived in Wellington, and the new Upper and Lower Hutt depots are near completion.”

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inbrief news New sections launched Ray White Wainuiomata have launched the sale of several new sections. The sections will be sold at $195,000 and gives people the opportunity of a house and land package or use their own builder/design. The sections are located on Wise Street.

Awards to acknowledge volunteers Hutt City Council’s annual Civic Awards celebrate the amazing volunteers who make our city great. The Civic Awards acknowledge locals who have volunteered their time to services that benefit residents or organisations in Lower Hutt. Recipients receive a certificate and silver medal presented to them by the Mayor at council’s Volunteer Awards celebration. The awards are on July 12.

Man charged for death of baby Police have charged a 31-year-old man with murder following the death of a 5-month-old boy in Wellington Hospital. The man, who is known to the baby, was set to appear in Wellington District Court on June 13. Emergency services were initially called to an address in Upper Hutt on June 11 where the boy was found with serious head injuries. Despite surgery the boy died in hospital. A scene examination at the address where the baby was found is ongoing. As the matter is before the courts Police is unable to comment further.

Missing man found Police were successfully able to locate a man reported missing from Wainuiomata earlier this month. He was found safe and well and was been reunited with his family. Police would like to thank all those who shared information about the missing man on social media, and provided potential sightings.

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Winnie Laban leads Pacific honours list By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata’s very own Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was recognised for her contributions to education and the Pacific community in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Winnie was the first Pacific woman to enter Parliament as an MP in 1999 and is now the first Samoan woman to be made a Dame. “People from Wainuiomata can do anything. It’s been fabulous and I’m overwhelmed by the amazing expressions of support that have come through,” Winnie says. That said, Winnie says the honour is shared with the Wainuiomata community and everyone who has supported her over the year. Prior to working at Victoria University of Wellington, Winnie was a Member of Parliament, holding the position of Minister of Pacific Island Affairs in Helen Clark’s Labour Government. The Wainuiomata woman says she feels honoured to receive this recognition of her career and achievements. “My parents came from Samoa to

New Zealand in the 1950s to give their children better education and greater opportunities. My work has been to build on their legacy, encouraging the next generation to work hard and to reach their potential at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, and in Pacific Island countries,” she says. She says there will always be strength and resilience when it comes to community and believes everyone should give it a go. “Dreams are possible…[however] you have to make the right decisions,” Winnie says, explaining why education is her passion. Winnie says she wouldn’t be doing what she was doing if she wasn’t passionate. Her goal is to see more people and to see wider ethnicities choose to go to university. “I love seeing people give it a go… But we have to look after each other.” Back to her honours recognition, Winnie says it is an absolute honour, both for the Pacific Island community and herself. She thanks her husband Peter Swain and the so many others that have supported and influenced her.

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Flower show to bloom again By Dan Whitfield

This year’s annual flower show is set to be the best one yet. Wainuiomata Gardeners Club member and show organiser Wendy Paulik says the event has been around for many years, some even saying that it dates back to around the start of World War II. It was originally run by the Wainuiomata Country Women’s Institute. Every year the flower show

is set up at the Wainuiomata Primary School with the community picking their best flowers to enter. Most years there are around 50-60 entrants from around Wainuiomata, and in recent years sections have been established to allow children to enter their arts and crafts. “It’s amazing that we can still do it, because I can remember, when I was eight, going along to it. We want the show to continue,” Wendy says. This year the show is being

held in September. “A highlight is just seeing the flowers and everyone together. It’s also great to see how proud the children are. “Also when else do you find yourself in a hall full of flowers.” Wendy wants to encourage everyone to be part of the show, either as a participant or simply by coming along to see the array of flowers. “You don’t have to have something to be part of it, you can just come in and have a

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Why is Matariki an important date on the calendar in New Zealand?

Dawn McKinley, Wainuiomata “Matariki is a celebration as it was important for navigation and timing the seasons, it also marks the start of the new year.”

Josh Briggs, Wainuiomata “Matariki is a time of personal reflection and celebration with my whanau.”

Craig Sharp, Wainuiomata “Matariki is an important date on the calendar because it is unique to Aotearoa and helps build us as a nation with our own identity. Waitangi Day, Anzac Day, Matariki all build a pride in who we are together as a country.”

Melissa Zgomba, Lower Hutt “Matariki marks the Maori New Year and is a great opportunity for New Zealand to celebrate Maori culture and tradition. It is wonderful to see Matariki more widely celebrated each year.”

Wendy Paulik, Wainuiomata “It is an important time for family to gather and reflect on the past and the future.”

Ruby Gardner, Wainuiomata “It’s an important date because it celebrates a significant part of New Zealand’s culture and heritage, as well as show the diversity within NZ.”

New face joins Wainuiomata High School By Dan Whitfield

Melissa Latu has been welcomed in as the new assistant principal at Wainuiomata High School. Though she’s only been in the senior leadership position for three weeks, Melissa says it has been a welcoming process coming into the school and that

the students and staff are awesome. Though she’s originally from the Hutt Valley, for the last 10 years Melissa has been living in Auckland and part of teaching staff at Massey High School. “My main motivation around moving back to Wellington was to be closer to family,” she says. Another reason was the opportunity to

advance her career and step into senior leadership. At Wainuiomata High School, Melissa is a dean and oversees the manaaki classes. She is also teaching senior students within the areas of health science and trades. One of Melissa’s highlights since being at the school has been how welcoming people have been. She mentioned that with bigger schools

the closeness can sometimes get lost, but with Wainuiomata it felt like family. “I’m looking forward to being part of the changes at the school and can’t wait to be involved in the community,” Melissa says. Melissa is one of a handful of teachers who have joined the Wainuiomata High School staff this year. The position was formerly Phillip Kauika’s, who is now deputy principal.

Melissa Latu is the new assistant principal at Wainuiomata High School. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Residents get help from Eco Design Advisor Wainuiomata residents, along with their wider Hutt Valley counterparts, can reap the benefits of free and independent advice on how to make their homes warmer, healthier and more efficient this winter. Hutt City Council has an eco design advisor that is available for an in-home consultation.

Visits can be booked via the Hutt City Council website. According to Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), there are three ways people can create a healthy, energy efficient home that. These are keeping it warm, dry, and aired out.


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Emily Hargraves and Henikawa Te Kira Turnbull

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Matariki celebrated as a community

Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Maori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki). According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatuanuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tawhirimatea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens. Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. A community event was organised with school children performing to celebrate Matariki.

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Volunteer acknowledged for ongoing effort Volunteer Awareness Week is a chance for Wellington Free Ambulance to say thank you to their incredible volunteer event medics for all their hard work and effort. One of those volunteers is Jude Partridge. Three years ago, after organising the PwC Foundation Charity Relay, and raising over $95,000 for four charities including Wellington Free Ambulance, Jude enquired about joining the team as a volunteer and

has never looked back. Jude says she’d always been interested in becoming a paramedic, but as her career advanced in marketing and communications she felt she had left it too late to begin studying for a different career. “After the 2015 charity relay and meeting the fantastic team of event medics on the day I thought I could give it a go and join them!” says Jude. Juggling work, children and vol-

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unteering can be difficult, but Jude says thanks to an understanding employer and supportive husband she manages to do it all. “I’m extremely lucky to work for an organisation who encourages and supports their staff to get involved with volunteering and give back to their communities.” Jude acknowledges that with everyone leading such busy lives, it can become increasingly difficult to find time to do something good for the community. Whilst it isn’t always easy to fit everything in, Jude highlights the importance of doing your bit and helping out where you can. “It’s an amazing feeling to be out there amongst our community volunteering for an organisation that does so much for Wellington. Being that person to help someone in their time of need is a very rewarding experience,” she says. When asked about her happiest moment volunteering as an event medic Jude says it’s the thanks and acknowledgement she regularly receives from the community in regard to the amazing service Wellington Free provides. “It’s important to me as I can show my children what a rewarding experience it is to volunteer for a great organisation and it’s something you can be proud of,” Jude says. Wellington Free has 80 qualified volunteers completing around 1000 hours per month. They offer medical cover at community events, volunteer on the frontline in the emergency ambulance service, act as community first responders in more rural areas and offer training with the Heartbeat programme.

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Locals encouraged to have their say on how they’re represented Hutt City Council is reviewing the way Lower Hutt residents, including those living in Wainuiomata, are represented at council, in preparation for the 2019 local body elections. Council is required to review and consult on the way residents are represented under the Local Electoral Act 2001. The latest review includes identifying how councillors are elected, whether the number of councillors should remain the same or change, whether the city should continue to have second tier representation, and if there is a second tier option. Hutt City Council’s policy and regulatory divisional manager Wendy Moore says this is an important opportunity for residents to consider how they are represented, one that only comes along once every six years. “People should consider whether the current system is working for them and their communities and then consider whether change is warranted and how this might look,” she says. “This review is central to how democracy works in Lower Hutt so it’s important residents get involved.” Council expects to agree on a draft proposal at the end of July, with formal consultation on the draft proposal to be held in August. Currently, councillors are elected by the residents of six wards – two councillors representing each ward, with the mayor elected by residents across the city. Residents are also represented by a second tier of representatives on four community panels, representing the northern, western, eastern and central wards, and three community boards representing Wainuiomata, Eastbourne and Petone residents. Wainuiomata’s current councillors are Josh Briggs and Campbell Barry.

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Frightening experience helps prompt great result

Josh Briggs and Lisa Scott with their dogs where Wainuiomata’s dog park will be built. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A frightening experience has had a positive outcome for one Wainuiomata dog owner, with Wainuiomata’s first dog park on its way. On New Year’s Eve in 2016, Lisa Scott was out walking Max, her four year old Greyhound. Unexpectedly a dog came running out of a Coast Road property and attacked her dog. The experience left Lisa frightened, but also determined to make a difference. “Once I had calmed down from the attack, I started thinking about what could be done to create safe walking spaces for our dogs,” says Lisa. After gaining inspiration from Christchurch’s six dog parks, Lisa got in contact with local councillor Josh Briggs and

asked if he could help. “Lisa’s timing was perfect, as the council was wanting to build a dog park, but couldn’t find the right location to put it.” Josh says. “With the support of the community through [a] petition, and the backing of the Wainuiomata Community Board, I started working with [council] officers.” “Then in December 2017, [council] officers came across 2.2 hectares of land at the top of Waiu Street. The location was perfect for a dog park, and was subsequently purchased by council.” The site is currently being used by Downer as a base of operation and soil dumping ground for the shared pathway project. Regional manager of Animal Services, and project manager,

Les Dalton says construction of the park will begin when the shared pathway is completed, currently scheduled for April 2019. “The timing will reduce costs as soil from the shared pathway project can be used to help prepare the land.” Conceptual designs for the dog park will be worked on over the coming months, and a management committee made up of people from within the community will be established to assist with the park’s creation and ongoing management. Lisa is over the moon with the result and progress. “I’m really looking forward to working with the Council to make this a great asset for dogs and dog owners in our community”.

Public feedback will help get Wellington moving Let’s Get Wellington Moving has today released highlights from its public opinion survey, a response to key public feedback themes and details of what’s next for this critical regional project. “As we complete work on our recommended programme to help the city and the region’s development and transport future, we want people to know just how important their engagement is and how it is helping to shape the project,” Barry Mein, the programme director says. Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a joint initiative between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the New Zealand Transport Agency. “The public engagement has been very encouraging and helpful to the work of the LGWM team” Barry says. In the public opinion survey, 1334 residents were asked how much they supported or opposed a range of possible transport solutions. “LGWM is developing a whole-of-network-solution to unlock the Wellington region’s potential and ensure the city’s development and transport investments reinforce each other. Any solutions, such as those listed in the survey, won’t be built in isolation. They will be part of a package that will require a mix of changes to work as an integrated whole,” Barry says. The feedback will be used to develop a recommended programme for Wellington’s urban development and transport future. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Wellington region and it’s important we get things right. We are taking some time to define and agree the recommended programme with our partner organisations, and we are doing further work on a number of the programme’s elements,” Mr Mein says. The LGWM Governance Group is targeting to engage with central government and approve the recommended programme for release by the end of August.

A previous event where volunteers came and helped plant more than hundred plants around Baring Head. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Planting day gives community a chance to get involved Friends of Baring Head Trust is holding a planting day in July and members of the community are encouraged to come along and help. The trust was set up to support and promote the protection, maintenance, enhancement and restoration of the values of Baring Head and its envi-

rons, including its natural, historic, landscape, scientific, recreational and cultural values, for the benefit of current and future generations. The planting day will be along an area near the coast, on the lighthouse side of the river. The area has been retired from

grazing, and the goal is to add in plants to replace the grass and provide habitat for lizards and other creatures. The planting is happening on July 29 from 10am. Those interested are asked to meet at the Baring Head car park on Wainuiomata’s Coast Road.

Hutt City Council has big plans for next 10 years Hutt City Council has agreed to its 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, and has big things planned for communities around the city. The plan includes $200,000 to work with other councils in the region to map and identify places, communities

and assets threatened by sea level rise. It would mean developing response options and create engagement with Lower Hutt communities on the threat of climate change. Another inclusion was an additional $8million for refurbishment of Petone

Wharf in 2033/34. Council is working with consultants on solutions that would see the existing Petone Wharf have another 15 years of life. A full report on this is expected to go to Council later this year.


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Rehearsals start for little theatre’s next big show Wainuiomata Little Theatre has wowed its audience with a good number of shows in recent years, and it’s not stopping yet. Performers are working towards recreating Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Wainuiomata from the August 8. Rehearsals have been underway since March for this large Wainuiomata Little Theatre undertaking and co-director Barry Paterson says, he couldn’t be happier working with such a talented group of people. “Everyone is super excited and working extremely hard to bring this iconic show to Wainuiomata,” he says. Totalling a group of more than 50 people including set,

The cast rehearsing recently in Wainuiomata. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

lighting, sound and special effects, the task of putting on this show has been challenging but a lot of fun.” Barry says the theatre has grown from strength to strength over the last few years and continues to push the boundaries of amateur theatre. Making musical theatre accessible to the Wainuiomata community is key to the theatre groups committee and Barry says the aim is to produce a “quality experience within our means and hope everyone enjoys the show.” Phantom of the Opera is on at Wainuiomata Little Theatre, Moohan Street from August 8 to 25. Tickets go on sale from July 3 and are available from Clive’s Chemist.

Living wage adopted by council By Dan Whitfield

The living wage has been adopted by Hutt City Council, meaning local librarians, lifeguards and many others employed by council will all be paid equally. From July 1, all council staff will be shifted to a minimum wage of $20.55 per hour. At this stage, the wage will only be for those directly employed by council. However, councillors have asked for options to include contractors. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says council had thought long and hard before making the decision, given the financial implications. “In the end we knew it was the right thing to do. This council has a focus on giving help where it is most needed, and that should include making life a little easier for the lowest paid members of our team,” Ray says. Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry says he has been fortunate enough to meet a huge amount of incredible employees, many of whom work extremely hard, but are paid really poorly. “It’s been a long journey but it will be life changing for

those who work on behalf of our city. They are going to be truly recognised for the work they do,” Campbell says. More than 200 of the council staff will be included in the living wage, costing an additional one off increase of $450,000 over two years of which the budget already accounts for. “It’s been a real battle to get to this point, and I just want to acknowledge all of the people in our community who have been fighting for fairer wages for our employees, and the wider workforce in Lower Hutt.” Campbell says credit must go to the living wage Hutt Valley crew, with Lyndy McIntyre and Muriel Tunoho in particular, working tirelessly to get council to this point. “Ultimately, the independent survey helped get it over the line. It showed something most of us already knew, our community wants to see our workers paid a wage which is fair, and a wage which they deserve,” he says. The living wage rate is calculated to be $20.55 per hour, $4.05 more than the minimum wage set by the Government.

Come summer, Wainuiomata lifeguards will be paid the living wage. Damian Campbell and Alice Denmark were both employed by council as lifeguards last season. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

Months of wary driving ahead despite passing the Winter Solstice In June, New Zealanders celebrate both Matariki and the shortest day of the year (June 21), but Kiwis will still need to drive to winter conditions for several months with what is often the coldest time yet to come. “Winter makes roads treacherous in many ways - from heavy

rain, to ice, to sunstrike,” says AA motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon. “Pedestrians and cyclists also need to be cautious and ensure drivers can see them easily by wearing light-coloured clothing and using high visibility and lights on bikes because visibility and road conditions can be more

challenging for everyone at this time of year,” he says. Tips for drivers for safer winter trips are to keep your windscreens clean, replace windscreen wiper blades, check your tyre tread depth, get a winter service, and consider whether you really need to travel. “Always turn on your lights

if it’s raining or a bit gloomy,” Mike says. “In heavy rain or icy conditions, you need to increase your following distance from two to at least four seconds, and if you get caught in a downpour slow right down or pull over if you can. Mike says if it’s very cold

drivers need to be aware that there could be ice, particularly on shady sections of road and on bridges. “Clear, still nights and mornings can be deceptively risky. Often you can’t see ice, so when the temperature has plummeted or there is frost around you need to drive cautiously.”


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Onwards and upwards for Wainuiomata boxer By Dan Whitfield

Raymond Seumanu is pleased with how hard he worked to get a silver medal at the 2018 Oceania Confederation Youth Boxing Championships recently. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

Podium finish spurs on Kiwi rider By Dan Whitfield

It might be back to reality for Shane Richardson, but he’s looking at the checkered flag. The young Kiwi rider returned home earlier this month after round three of the MotoAmerica championship he’s been competing in. Though the season didn’t start off the way Shane would have liked it to, he kept pushing himself with his effort paying off in his last race. “We started out with a few mechanical issues which meant no points in round one. In the second round we managed to

place fourth. Then in the third round, we placed first,” Shane says. The win was Shane’s first podium finish of this and last year’s seasons. Riding his 1000cc Kawasaki zx10r, Shane says to get his first win was a great feeling. “It was a pretty cool feeling because we’d been chasing it all last season - and to have it just before we came home was also a boost,” the 23-year-old says. The Wainuiomata rider is currently third on the leaderboard and looking to continue the podium finishes when he returns for round four in mid-July.

Whatever the age or weight of his opponent, Raymond Seumanu gives every match his all. The young boxer recently returned from the 2018 Oceania Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Samoa where he won a silver medal after facing off against an 18-year-old in the finals. It’s just another international experience that’s helping shape the Wainuiomata 16-year-old for future tournaments. Raymond says it was hard and disciplined, but good. He was appreciative of the opportunity to compete in Samoa and come away with a silver medal. Wainuiomata Boxing Club’s head coach Craig Bennett says that Raymond performed well and used the ring well in all his

matches. “With everything you learn by your mistakes, in this case the loss. But you have to also look at the positives. Raymond is only 16 and kept up with his opponent who was 18,” Craig says. Raymond was also named team captain of the New Zealand team. The other boxers in the team were from Auckland and Nelson. The Wainuiomata teenager’s next match is on Saturday in Rotorua. He and Craig are also looking at contending the Australian Golden Gloves later in the year. Raymond is looking for members of the community or businesses to support his future in the ring. Contact the Wainuiomata Boxing Club for more information.

Big effort as season continues

“Because of the win we’ve managed to catch up in the championship but it is tough knowing that we could have been in a much better position without the trouble earlier in the season.” From here, Shane says it’s about keeping his head switched on. “The goal is to win the championship.” Another reason why Shane is remaining positive is because this year he gets to ride alongside two other New Zealanders. “It’s cool because we’ve helped open the door for others.” Shane heads back to America in July to finish the season’s remaining five rounds.

Emma Donnelly sets off with the ball. PHOTO: Daryl New By Dan Whitfield play, the team was able to come

Shane Richardson’s recent podium finish in round three of the MotoAmerica series. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The superstars that make up the women’s teams at Wainuiomata Hockey Club are giving it their all to make top spots this season. In the most recent games, the reserves one team faced off against Karori – one of the team’s toughest opponents this season, according to club president and captain Kirsten Asher. Playing in the open women’s grade the team started off well but slipped up with a penalty meaning Karori were able to secure the first point. This wasn’t the end for Wainuiomata. With determined

back to take the score to 1-all where it would stay for the remainder of the match. Kirsten says her team are having a great season so far, having not lost a game yet. The reserves one team are currently second on the table following the weekend’s draw. Wainuiomata’s single point was scored by Ruakura Maxwell. “It was very intense, a good game, and one of the hardest we’ve played.” Kirsten says the players will look to learn from this game because the ultimate goal is to win the competition and be promoted to the next division.


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Draw takes Wainuiomata to the top of the table By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata has been catapulted to the top of the table following an even 80 minutes against Upper Hutt over the weekend. As part of the second round of the Hardham Cup, Wainuiomata and Upper Hutt played a hard game and the score at full time showed how evenly matched the two sides were. Despite Wainuiomata being ahead 10-5 at halftime, the final score was 29-all. Wainuiomata played in front of a home crowd at William Jones Park, with four tries, three conversions, and a penalty making up the points. Corey Draper and Isaiah Mamea both managed to cross the tryline for one try while Greg Lealofi got over for two in the 80 minutes. Justin Wilson also had his kicking boots on. Wainuiomata are joined by Wellington and Petone in the top three of the Hardham Cup competition. The next game for the men in green is on Saturday, June 23 against Avalon at Fraser Park. The game kicks off at 2.45pm. Wainuiomata’s Justin Wilson is the competitions second highest points scorer with 21 points so far this year. Greg Lealofi and Peter Umaga-Jensen are both also on 10 points and amongst the top point scorers. Andrew Mamea not quite getting through the gap.

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Wainuiomata looking strong as winning streak continues Wainuiomata Lions have continued their winning streak, taking victory over the University Hunters over the weekend. Round 10 saw the University Hunters travel to the Lions’ den for a match that was important for both teams in the race for second spot on the premier table. The Hunters needed to win this game to challenge the Lions for second place on the ladder and a chance for a weeks rest during the finals play-off series which goes to the top two qualifiers. Coach Donovan Maxwell was well aware of this and keen to ensure the Hunters did not upset our placing or a special day for the club which saw junior coach and captain for the day Pat Tanoai play his 100th premier game for the Wainuiomata Lions. The game had the perfect start when winger Zane Wilson scored after four minutes

of play, only for the Hunters to reply with a converted try not long after. Further tries to Lions Wayne Paki and Saita Tuaoi ended the half 16 - 6. The second half saw the Hunters come out firing scoring two solid tries to peg the game back 16 all with four minutes to play. However their momentum was finally put to rest when centre Wayne Paki dotted down in the 80th minute finishing off a well executed back line movement that saw the Lions take the win 20 - 16. Stand out players for the Lions were brothers Johnny Skinnon and Jaden Taniwha as well as the Saumolia brothers Lokeni and David. The earlier game also saw the Premier reserve side move to the top of the table with another impressive win beating the Porirua City Phoenix, 52 - 4.

Mediocrity can happen to the best of us The All Blacks 26-13 win over France on Saturday night would be one of the toughest watches in recent memory. So scrappy was the performance that it would be easy to say the All Blacks will play much better in future and lose. The All Blacks’ victory never felt threatened after French fullback Benjamin Fall was shown red in the 12th minute after a collision under a high kick with Beauden Barrett saw the New Zealand pivot land on his shoulder and neck. While there was zero intent from the Frenchman, by 2018 standards it is a red card, even if many fans, myself included, fear the game is getting too liberal with the send offs. With Barrett missing the rest of the game after failing his Head Injury Assessment, the game lost all of its shape. Yes, the French scrambled and disrupted well to ensure the score didn’t blow out but there were also plenty of things to ponder for the men in black. The Damien McKenzie trial as the

back up option at No 10 simply didn’t work. It’s safe to say the All Blacks would have played with more structure and composure in attack with a genuine pivot like Richie Mo’unga on the reserves. The All Blacks were regularly beaten to the breakdown, often a sticking point with Sam Cane, who is an outstanding tackler but isn’t a traditional fetcher at ruck time like many No 7s before him. The Wellington crowd which turned up and no doubt paid top dollar for the privilege could have been rightly frustrated by the performance. Yes, a win is a win and it was comfortable but the match was dull, with poor individual skills. With the series won, expect plenty of fresh faces for the third test as the All Blacks look to find their spark. Efforts like Saturday night should be quickly forgotten from an entertainment stand-point but there are lessons which must be learned from.


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