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Bus problems By Dan Whitfield

Alex Connor is unimpressed by the unreliability of the bus service in Wainuiomata. The former Wainuiomata resident is now living at Woburn Masonic Care in Lower Hutt but frequents Wainuiomata because of his love for the community. Last Friday, Alex waited for 45 minutes for his usual bus after spending the day in Wainuiomata. Continued on page 2. Alex Connor outside his nearby bus stop in Lower Hutt. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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Frustrations continue as bus problems continue Continued from page 1. “I’d made sure I was at the bus stop well before the bus was due to arrive, but it just didn’t turn up,” Alex says. Alex admits that he’d experienced delays before but couldn’t believe it when his bus never turned up. When Alex phoned up to enquire about the problem, the person who answered told him that no buses were running that night and he was forced to catch a $30 taxi home.

Alex says this is one of the many problems he’d heard about in the last few weeks following Tranzit taking over several bus routes in the Hutt Valley. “I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a new company, but they need to offer the same service. There are people that rely on it,” Alex says. “It seems that some drivers also have no idea where they are going or what they are doing. The service needs to

improve,” he says. The SuperGold card holder sees no reason why the company shouldn’t be able to perform the same as when NZ Bus was running the routes. “All I want is the same reliability as there was before. I want a bus that turns up and I want it to turn up on time.” Alex knows he’s not the only one who’s been affected. He also says the issues have only been on the buses leaving Wainuiomata, and not when

catching the bus in Lower Hutt. “We have a great bus service but that’s only when it’s running.” Bus passengers are encouraged to contact Metlink if they have any further problems. This will ensure they can be identified and fixed.  The Metlink service centre can be contacted by calling 04 801 7000 or 0800 801 700, or by emailing info@metlink. org.nz.

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inbrief news ANZ to leave Wainuiomata 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.

One ticket for transport The journey to make it easier to pay for your bus, train and ferry is a step closer today with local and internationally based organisations being invited to register their interest in providing a next generation, national public transport ticketing solution for New Zealand. With a national public transport ticketing solution, New Zealand will join a small list of countries in the world such as the Netherlands and Switzerland in providing an integrated public transport solution throughout the country. Wellington will be the first area to see the new ticketing from 2021, with other parts of the country joining over a 5 year period. Jim and Malcolm from New Zealand Coach Services with Labour List MP Ginny Andersen, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace and Hutt South MP Chris Bishop. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Dan Whitfield

NZ Bus has bowed out of operating the direct commuter buses from Wainuiomata to Wellington, passing it off to New Zealand Coach Services. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry, and Labour List MP Ginny Anderson have been working together for most of this year to ensure the bus

services continued. Ray tells the Wainuiomata News that he believes the changeover has been “seamless” and that the news is good for local commuters. The group had a productive meeting with the new operators last week - with a request for council to help New Zealand Coach Service find land in Wainuiomata to park buses securely. “I really like that the new

owners are committed to the Hutt Valley, with one of the owners being a long-time Hutt Valley resident,” Ray says. Though the news is good, Ray says the service still requires people to use it so that it continues. “It’s a commercial service so people need to use it,” Ray says. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop says it was good to catch up with Jim and Malcolm from

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New Zealand Coach Services, who have taken over the Hutt to Wellington direct commuter buses from Wainuiomata - as well as similar services from Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley. “They’re locally owned and operated and have a long history in the [Hutt] Valley. NZCS started operating the routes on Monday. It’s fantastic to see the routes retained - these are important services for the Hutt,” Chris says.

Start gardening Wainuiomata Gardeners Club’s annual flower show is on again this year. It will be set up at the Wainuiomata Primary School with the community picking their best flowers to enter on September 9. 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.

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inbrief news Rehearsals start for 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 later this year. Phantom of the Opera is on at Wainuiomata Little Theatre, Moohan Street from August 8 to 25.

Onwards and upwards for young worker By Dan Whitfield

A YOUth Inspire graduate has secured full time employment. Carl Roberts, who graduated

from the Licensed to Work programme in May, scored employment through Allied Workforce with Downer recently and has been working on the

Wainuiomata Shared Pathway project in recent months. Prior to being employed, Carl completed 10 weeks of work experience with Downer - which

Planting day gives a chance to get involved locals 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 planting day will be along an area near the coast, on the lighthouse side of the river. 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.

Young performers on stage The curtain will raise for young performers at Pukeatua School this Thursday as their production ‘The Bee That Lost It’s Boogie’ lights up the stage. The show will be on at the school hall from 7pm.

Make a Difference Market returns The Make a Difference Market is on Saturday June 30, from 10am - 2pm at Sustainability Trust’s EcoCentre in Forresters Lane. This unique market will inspire locals who want to make a difference with the power of their spending. More than 20 local, ethical and ecofriendly businesses will help people get set for winter, plastic-free July and Fairtrade fortnight. Like Sustainability Trust, many stall holders invest profits in community programmes, or have a Fairtrade, ethical, natural, recycled or reusable twist.

Carl Roberts, centre, with his Downer team. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Mission making a difference this winter Winter in Wellington has its challenges, from the cold temperatures and the strong southerlies, to the occasional horizontal rain. During this season, Wellingtonians all have to make choices about how to keep ourselves and our families warm, safe and healthy. While these choices may be simple for some, for others they are incredibly hard. Too many Wellingtonians are forced to choose between paying for heating or rent, or between getting groceries or warm clothes - which is why the Wellington City Mission is encouraging people to get involved in its Brown Paper Bag Collection. Starting from Thursday, June 21 people can make

the choice of supporting by donating money or by filling a bag with food. Generous support from the collection will help the Mission provide food parcels for families on low incomes, so that they don’t have to choose between food and heating this winter. Murray Edridge, the Wellington City Missionioner, says the impact of this support often goes much further than most realise. “Along with helping people get through the challenging winter months, it sets them up for a better future too,” Murray says. Last year, the Mission provided over 3500 food parcels from its Foodbank and more 23,000 meal serv- Murray Edridge with a number of the full bags collected by the Wellington ings in the drop-in centre. City Mission. PHOTO: Jamie Adams.

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showed his commitment. Alison Black, the manager of YOUth Inspire, says she is proud when she gets to see success stories like Carl’s and it’s a good result for the community. “It makes me feel really proud. When young people come through the programme you see them change and develop a self-belief that they can get and secure a job. Carl should be really proud of himself; he’s a great role model,” Alison says. “It’s a good result as hiring young people is a high commitment, and we thank Downer and other companies who hire young people and take it on.” Throughout the programme, Carl showed great potential and Downer staff were impressed with his solid work ethic and resilience with the challenges he faced in the job.

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Charmaine Hakaraia, Lower Hutt “All the walks around the Hutt and shopping.”

Kristine Allen, Lower Hutt “Walks along the Waiwhetu stream.”

Clive Cannons, Daryl New, Lower Hutt Wainuiomata “I love the Hutt because of “The great people.” the beach, the bush, the river and our independent spirit. Plus everyone knows everyone which is cool. The best city in NZ.”

Shannon Seiuli, Lower Hutt “I like being close to my family and I enjoy the accessibility to outdoor recreational activities while being close to Wellington City.”

Shannon Nichols, Lower Hutt “The best thing about living in the Hutt Valley is – our picturesque views of the hills surrounding the valley and how breathtaking it is on a misty winter’s morning travelling to work.”

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Dear editor, I’m sure you know already, but in case you don’t - ANZ Wainui is closing down end of this month. Bad, bad news for business and ‘domestic’ users. Graeme Cunningham Wainuiomata

Dear editor, I wish to advise that I have had my second bad experience of the new bus service in and out of Wainuiomata in its first week of operation. On Friday, June 22, I went to get the 170 bus out of Wainuiomata about 7.45pm. I went to the bus stop by the Catholic church on the Main Road of Wainuiomata which was due at about 8pm. No bus turned up and at 8:30pm I proceeded to phone Metlink, they advised me there was no bus service in or out of Wainuiomata that night.

I then proceeded to get a taxi to my destination in Woburn. My first experience was on Sunday, June 17. I arrived at the bus stop by the BP petrol station in Wainuiomata and found out the bus was running half an hour late. It duly arrived at 7:30pm. The new bus company may be able to produce a cheaper bus service around the Hutt Valley for Metlink but they need to produce a better service than their first week. A Connor, Wainuiomata

Town Hall set to re-open soon Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is encouraging locals to be a part of history once again. The Lower Hutt Events Centre complex, which also includes the refurbished Town Hall, will officially open on Saturday, July 14. The project completes the rejuvenation of the civic precinct and will have significant flow-on effects for the local economy. Ray says it’s a chance for people to be part of history and have the opportunity to witness the opening of the refurbished Town Hall and new Lower Hutt Events Centre. The official opening will happen at 10.15am. Local performers and groups will take to the stage of the new events centre from 10.45am until 2pm as part of the day’s entertainment. The Events Centre is owned by Hutt City Council and will be operated by USAR under a 20 year lease.

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is the youth service, recognising outstanding voluntary community service by those aged 15 to 25-years-old. Last year’s award recipients were: Jan Heine, awarded for community services; Merilyn

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Kindergarten Association turns 90 years young

Kindergarten children and teachers across Lower Hutt will soon be enjoying the Hutt City Kindergarten Association’s birthday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Milestone birthdays are a time for celebration at kindergarten, and teachers across Lower Hutt will soon be enjoying one of their own. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Hutt City Kindergarten Association and the opening of its first kindergarten in Moera in 1928. “We have a proud history of growing young learners in Lower Hutt and we think being around for 90 years and still going strong is worth a celebration. Kindergarten has played a big part in our communities and has a special place in the hearts of many,” says Tony De Lorenzo, general manager of Hutt City Kindergartens. Hutt City Kindergartens also has 19 kindergartens through-

out the Hutt Valley, including several in Wainuiomata. “We know that our community would like to mark this anniversary with us so we are organising what we consider to be our 90th birthday party.” says Tony. A Vintage Fair Day will be held on Saturday, November 3 at Moera Kindergarten. “This will be a fun afternoon for the whole family with market and food stalls, activities for children and live entertainment,” says fair organiser Melissa Zgomba. Local market stall holders are invited to register their interest in having a table at the event. “We are keen to hear from local crafters who would be keen to sell their goods at our

Hutt South MP thanks volunteers With National Volunteer Week ending last week, Chris Bishop has offered his thanks to volunteers around the Hutt Valley. On Wednesday, the Hutt South MP called into Hutt Hospital to drop off a morning tea to say thanks to the amazing

team of the Friends of the Emergency Department. The group of volunteers have been running in New Zealand for over 15 years but started at Hutt Hospital last year. Chris says they do everything from offering a shoulder to cry on, to making

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop thanking those behind Friends of the Emergency Department. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Council should release facts about new bus contracts: union The Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff is urging the Wellington Regional Council to show ratepayers what they are made of by releasing the terms of contract negotiated with bus operator Tranzit. “This council and its chair have repeatedly told residents that decent employment provisions and quality services would be protected under the new bus contract with Tranzit. But this company has dragged its feet on negotiating a collective agreement and on honouring employment provisions from the old providers,” Richard says. He says it is putting this vital public service at risk, even though our city is so dependent on public transport, because the new operator is acting in such a “murky and aggressive” manner towards drivers who are now out of work. “Meanwhile, they have put people on

individual agreements that are worse than the terms and conditions they held under the last provider – despite the council chair publicly reassuring us this would not happen,” he says. “The rubber [has] hit the road. This is a public contract for public services, paid for with the public’s money. If the Council really is a competent and transparent manager, it will release exactly what it has and hasn’t required of Tranzit in taking over Wellington’s bus services.” Richard hopes this would help it be clear to Tranzit what kind of employer the council expects them to be. It would show voters what kind of council they’ve got when it comes to working for people’s rights, he says. Tranzit started running services in the Hutt Valley from the June 17.

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Hospital assures patient safety as nurses set to strike Official notice has been received that nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation will undertake strike action in July. The strike action will be in the form of a complete withdrawal of labour, from all district health boards around the country, for 24 hours from 7am on July 5. Notice for a second 24-hour

strike on July 12 is expected next week as well. “Patient safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority and focus during this time,” says hospital and healthcare services general manager Chris Lowry. “However – like all DHBs – we will experience staffing gaps and will need to prioritise essential and acute services over others. “We will also be assessing

our inpatients to see whether it is clinically appropriate to discharge them. If not, they will remain in hospital,” Chris says. Non-essential services – including outpatient appointments, and elective and non-urgent surgery – will be deferred. Patients can expect to hear from CCDHB by June 27 about whether they are affected. “The Emergency Department

at Wellington Regional Hospital will remain open during the strike, and people can rest assured that anyone who requires urgent and life-saving care will receive it.” Wellington Regional Hospital’s delivery suite and maternity ward will remain open. “If you are booked for birth at Kenepuru Community Hospital or the Kapiti Health Centre, or

are in labour on a strike day, contact your midwife early as you will need to travel to Wellington. “Your lead maternity carer has been informed of what services are available, and we also have a number of midwives who are not NZNO members and will be working during the strike action.”

Tamariki to go Beyond the Page these school holidays Beyond the Page, a literary festival for tamariki and their whanau, is back in 2018 and bigger than ever as events expand to 25 libraries across the Wellington region. Hutt City Libraries, Upper Hutt City Libraries, Wellington City Libraries and Kapiti Coast District Libraries

This year tamariki can once again go on an amazing literary and creative journey during the school holidays at hundreds of events around the region. Sir Jon Trimmer will be back with Tales from the Ballet, Wellington’s Kings and Queens will be reading hand-picked stories at Rainbow Storytimes, award-winning kiwi authors and creators such as Sasha Cotter and Josh Morgan will share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the next generation of storytellers - just to name a few. Lillian Pak from Hutt City Libraries says “We’re really excited to be working with other public libraries in the Wellington region to deliver an amazing and innovative literary festival for tamariki.” Beyond the Page runs from July 7 A previous Beyond the Page event at one of Hutt City Council’s libraries. to 22 and all events are free but some PHOTO: SUPPLIED require booking. are collaborating to run an exciting line-up of events to entertain, excite, and inspire the region’s tamariki and get them exploring the world of story and their cities. Last year more than 4000 people attended events in our region’s libraries and galleries.

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Wainuiomata skies light up for Matariki Not too many people can say that they get to blow stuff up and get away with it. But that’s exactly what Te Rangi Huata does. He has for the last 21 years been lighting up the night sky with his firework displays. “What makes our pyros a bit different is they’re called pyro-musicals, a show that is done to music. The shell fires on the beat, so by the time the beat hits it will explode in the sky,” Te Rangi says. He’s the man behind the scenes of many of the fireworks displays during Matariki around the country and says it takes a lot of work to pull a show together. “It’s about four to five hours of preparation for every minute of fireworks, and each show is about six to eight minutes long,” he explains. In that time, 1200 shots launch into the night sky with a brilliant array of colour. To get light and shade in the show, the crowd is taken through highs and lows, much like in a drama.

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June breakfast, a highlight on the calendar The next Development Wainuiomata breakfast is this Friday and features several guest speakers organisers say should not be missed. The schedule will look a little different this month, with three shorter presentations from Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace,

Denise Anglesey and Greg Selman - all from Wainuiomata themselves. Ray will be giving a summary of the Hutt City Council Long Term Plan submissions and what council has in store for the community in the next 10 years; Denise Anglesey, will provide

key points of being social media savvy in 2018; and Greg Selman will present his work life story and how he has grown the EWaste Service business here in Wainuiomata. This month is also Development Wainuiomata’s annual general meeting. This will be

conducted at the end of the breakfast. The event is happening at the Lousie Bilderbeck Hall on Friday, June 29 from 7am. Breakfast is served at 7.20am. For the full breakfast the cost is $25, otherwise a tea/coffee option is available, $10.

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NZCU Baywide fills gap left by banks in Wainuiomata NZCU Baywide says it will continue to support the everyday banking needs of the Wainuiomata community following ANZ’s closure announcement a week ago. The branch in Wainuiomata Road offers locals full transactional banking services, home and personal loans, savings and investment accounts, and insurance – and chief executive officer Gavin Earle says it will stand by its commitment as a New Zealand-owned financial

organisation supporting locals. “The news last week left many residents of Wainuiomata stunned and facing an unnecessary trip to Petone or Lower Hutt to do their branch-based banking. We felt we had to let the community know we can fill this gap,” Gavin says. “The large investment we’ve made in our core banking system over the last two years has put us in a very strong position to provide all the main services offered by mainstream banks.

“We’ve seen changes in the nature of banking in New Zealand for some time where large banks have moved out of smaller towns,” he says. NZCU has also recently launched a new core banking system that puts its technology on a par with leading banks and gives it the flexibility to improve and add many more services and systems in the future. Wainuiomata branch manager, Emma Sullivan says sup-

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“There is always a big finale at the end, sort of like an exclamation [mark] at the end of a sentence.” This year Te Rangi and his team from Public Dreams Trust will have their work cut out for them, with Ngati Kahungunu hosting six major Matariki events from Wairoa to Wainuiomata, and two Auckland Matariki events. All of them will have a fireworks display. Matariki, the Maori New Year, will tell the story of giving thanks for the harvest, preparing for the ‘new year’ planting season and remembrance. “Doing fireworks at Matariki gives it that heightened experience, with Matariki being a Maori celebration that’s been revived in a modern context.” His love affair with pyrotechnics began in 1998 when there was no one else available to put together a fireworks display for New Year’s Eve in Hawke’s Bay. So he trained as a pyrotechnician in Christchurch, enabling him to put together his own shows, and he hasn’t looked back. Public Notices


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Ulalei Wainuiomata is fourth out of eight teams after the first round of the Hutt Valley premier one netball competition and club secretary Toli Sagaga says so far the season has gone “alright, actually”

They want to win the tournament, Toli says, but to do that, they’ll have to best several teams, including the formidable Upper Hutt Maidstone, who have won the league three years in a row. To beat them will be a “big ask,” Toli says. They’ll have to do it with-

out key defender Lua ipou Oloamanu, who has graduated from university, and is now travelling overseas on her OE. However, they do have one defence ace up their sleeves, in Geraldine Solia-Gibbs. She is another core defender, but she’s a Samoa national representative, and has missed games

because of those commitments. That said, Toli is hopeful she’ll be there for most of the rest of season. “She’ll be a necessary player, especially for the tough games, so against Naenae, Collegians, and Upper Hutt Maidstone” Toli says Geraldine is “keen, wherever she can,” to assist the

club. She says the team could be doing better, were it not for “games that we’ve lost, rather than the other team winning.” Through court play and feeding in to the circle are also areas, Toli says the team need to work on.

Ulalei on the up as next round begins It was a fantastic start to for Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club in round two of the Hutt Valley Netball Competition on Saturday. Ulalei’s premier two team was dominant against Convent Old Girls three winning 51-33. They were well assisted by the young sisters Cerie and Angela Milovale from the Ulalei senior one side, as a number of their regular players were unavailable. Ulalei’s premier one team had a convincing win over High School Old Girls one with a 66-42 victory. They were assisted in the mid-court by Alicia Hina from Ulalei’s premier two team. The team posted their highest

score of the season so far. “We were determined to redeem ourselves from our loss against High School Old Girls in the first round. Rachel and Gene were amazing on defence providing numerous turnovers for the shooters to convert,” says Sina Tamaalii. Ulalei senior one young guns had a closely-fought match to come out victors over Upper Hutt Maidstone United five. The final score was 34-32. “We were very pleased with our performance and aim to continue improving each game,” says goal attack Bree Itula. The next games for the teams are on Saturday June 30. All games are played inside at the Walter Nash Centre, Taita.

Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club, from left, Darcel Taylor, Gene Solia-Gibb, Zara-Lee Awatere, Lace Tangianau, Sina Tamaalii, April Tangiapiu, Rachel Savelio, Alicia Hina, and Maryanne Tomokino-Geale. PHOTO: Lahraine Sagaga

Another win for Wainuiomata Wainuiomata has a sense of determination as they continue to lead the Hardham Cup competition, with another convincing win over the weekend. Coming up against their Avalon counterparts, the side went in looking to play a good hard game of rugby. Wainuiomata managed to overthrow Avalon, 22-17 at Fraser Park in Lower Hutt.

Bevan Clarke played well in the forwards, and Corey Draper, who was back from Australia to celebrate his daughter’s birthday, also decided to have a run for Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata continues to lead the Hardham Cup, with 12 points. The other teams in the top three of the competition are Petone and Johnsonville.

Bevan Clarke was one of the hardest-working forwards in the team. PHOTO: Daryl New

Corey Draper came back from Australia to celebrate his daughter’s birthday and decided to have a run for Wainuiomata while back. PHOTO: Daryl New

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From left. Claire Humphries (vice captain) Shaolin Paul, Olivia Martin, Keryn Scrimshaw, Jo Martin (Captain) Jerree Waerea, Kristina Strang, Kathy Wolfe, Shannen Pihema, Tracey Mills, Matie Whitman and Fau Logo. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Sam Tattersfield MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

The Wainuiomata premier two women’s hockey team have had a dominating 4-nil win against Hutt United three. Team manager and club secretary Keri Coleman says it was a tough team to beat and the last time the teams clashed, Hutt United won 5-3, making the win an affirmation for Wainuiomata after the inclusion of several new players this season. Kathy Wolfe slotted two goals in the win, with Olivia Martin and Fau Logo

picking up one each. Wainuiomata’s premier two team are third in the premier two tournament after the win. The reserve two side also had a win, coming up 2-1 against Hutt United five. However, the team didn’t know they’d done it until after the final whistle blew. When goalie Ngaire Blake told defenders that they had won, smiles erupted on the players’ faces, Keri says. “[It was] a game that saw players work hard and focus on maintaining possession. Great to see the efforts pay off.”

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Four-try hero Bree Henderson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Lions regain top spot The Lions travelled to Te Whiti Park on Saturday to take on the Te Aroha Eels in a game that is traditionally tough for both teams. Although the Eels managed to put some solid defence on throughout the game, the relentless forward motion and defence by the Lions proved too much for the home side in the end with the Lions posting an impressive win. A 68 - 4 win at full-time left the Eels scoreless in the second half. The halftime score was 30 - 4. The win also saw the Lions return to first equal on the premier table after defending champions Whiti Te Ra suffered their first loss of the season to the high flying University Hunters side on Saturday. Stand-out performers yet again for the

Lions were brothers Johnny Skinnon and Jaden Taniwha as well as promising youngsters John-Tahana Wharepapa-Rawiri and Bree Henderson. Bree in particular stood out scoring four tries, one being a 100 metre dash which started from the Lions in goal area. Other try scorers for the Lions were John-Tahana, David Saumolia, Wayne Paki, Dominik Bartels, Isiah Tuari, Norton Harrison and captain Pat Tanoai, with Xavier Seal and Te Aorere Wanoa sharing the conversions. In the premier 2 game at Kelburn Park the Lions retain their position at the top of the table with a nail-biting 19 - 18 win over the Hunters, capping off another good weekend for the Lion premier teams.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Perspective on Phil’s golf faux pas Some of Wainuiomata Football Club’s youngest players were not fazed by the cold start on Saturday morning. The ninth grade team showed resilience playing on a frosty field in Upper Hutt. Following the game, hot chocolates warmed the players’ little hands.

Composed by Tony Watling 20th. June 2018

A.N.Z. MOVE Our Shifting bank will leave us all with finance questions to install. Cash and savings hard to get, And place to find them farther yet. Must be some way banks can manage, without causing so much damage. The Old with no car will be sore. When Wainui bank is here NO MORE.

Phil Mickelson’s US Open meltdown revealed more than just one man’s frustrations. The 48-year-old, multiple-time major winner hit his moving ball on the 13th green during round three at the difficult Shinnecock Hills course. Mickelson was well out of contention by the time he did it and he wasn’t the only one to fall victim to a windy course with lightning fast greens and needlessly difficult pin placements. The reaction to Mickelson’s error showed how out of touch golf is. Pundits called for him to apologise to the game of golf for his actions. This seemed to be a massive overreaction. Tournament officials need to admit they made the tournament dull. Ordinary people don’t want to see the professionals forced to grind out four rounds of a tournament. Brooks Koepka won back-to-back

titles with a one over par total. They should be the ones apologising. Phil is also a victim of his own stature in the game. His popularity with the public is not matched amongst his fellow golfers. There is no way there would have been the level of outrage if golf’s golden boy, Tiger Woods did it - that would stop the cash cow from milking. Mickelson didn’t harm the sport like Mike Tyson’s ear- biting incident did to boxing or Lance Armstrong’s drug cheating in cycling. Golf purists merely live in their own bubble. That’s why youngsters aren’t taking up the game. The old guard won’t get out of their own way. Phil’s actions were silly, done out of frustration but they weren’t game destroying. Not even close.


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