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A number of Wainuiomata families will find things a little easier from this week onwards due to several changes to the Government’s Families’ Package. From July 1, parents with newborn babies will receive a $60 a week Best Start payment, while 384,000 families will be an average of $65 a week better off, assisting an overall goal to lift 64,000 children out of poverty by 2020. Labour MP Ginny Andersen says many locals have told her how hard it is to work and raise a family. Continued on page 2. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Labour MP Ginny Andersen with Eliza Andersen, Levi Puia-Kahui, and Savannah Kahui. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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Making New Zealand the best place in the world to raise a family Continued from page 1. “These changes will make it easier for people bringing up a family,” Ginny says. Changes also see paid parental leave extended from 18 to 22 weeks from July 1, and 26 weeks from July 2020. Wainuiomata mum Sarah Shannon believes the support will help as having longer to spend with a newborn helps with bonding, as well as the baby’s health now and as they grow. Sarah already has a five-yearold daughter and 12-year-old stepson, and is pregnant with her second. “Any support for parents is a great help. The government support looks good and as mentioned before any help for new babies and their parents is a welcomed thing,” Sarah says. “The support packages are a positive support for growing families,” she says. Many middle-income families might also be eligible for tax credits and other support

Labour MP Ginny Andersen and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Jack Andersen, Eliza Andersen, Jackson Whiu, Savannah Kahui, and Levi Puia-Kahui. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

due to the reset of Working for Families. Working for Families provides extra financial support to thousands of New Zealand families, making it easier for them to work and raise a fam-

ily. “We’re resetting Working for Families so as you [parents] earn more, you get to keep more through the tax credits, while thousands more families will become eligible for the

scheme,” Ginny says. More than 275,000 families and 700,000 senior citizens will also get the help that’s needed to keep their homes warm during winter thanks to the Winter Energy Payment.

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Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace welcomed the recent Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Transport, in particular the introduction of targeted enhanced funding assistance rates (FARs). FARs is set to enable local councils to bring forward high and very-high priority local projects, provided they meet certain criteria. It will also mean up to 50 per cent more funding for locally-led projects relating to the safety of local roads, the effectiveness of public transport,


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walking and cycling improvements, network resilience and regional improvements. Ray says he is supportive of the direction that the policy statement takes, particularly its focus on road safety, walking and cycling, public transport and resilience. “It’s great that the Government is showing its support for local transport. In Lower Hutt, we have some crucial roading projects needing big investment and support from the Government. It is critical to getting these over the line,” Ray says.

“It’s not just about roads either – council is developing a network of cycleways and shared paths across the city and looking at ways to improve public transport connections,” he says. The new GPS also supports regional priorities such as tourism and freight, which recognises that an efficient local transport network has wide-reaching economic and social benefits. “Efficient and effective local transport networks will benefit the whole regional economy


and increase our regional resilience.” In terms of what the new GPS means for Lower Hutt, Ray says it’s too early to know exactly what local projects might be covered, but that Lower Hutt has a number of important transport projects worthy of support. “We’ll be looking closely at accessing the enhanced funding assistance rates to enable us to bring better transport outcomes for Lower Hutt, which will in turn benefit the whole region.”

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Pasifika experience a hit in the Hutt Wainuiomata children will be part of an unforgettable Pasifika experience this week. From July 2 to 5, Walter Nash Stadium will host Poly Odyssey, a Pasifika health, education and arts day programme for school students alongside Polyfestival Hutt Valley The combined programme will make it one of the largest annual Pasifika events in the Hutt Valley. Polyfest and Poly Odyssey

were the vision of Luana Leulua’I, an inspiring teacher from Koraunui School, who with the backing of former Principal Barbara Hays, has driven the success of Polyfest over the years. Luana’s aspiration was for Polyfest to expand to provide a Pasifika experience at Walter Nash during the day. However, she sadly passed away earlier this year. The 2018 Polyfest and Poly

Odyssey will be dedicated to her memory. Te Awakairangi Health Network has taken the lead on Poly Odyssey with support from Pasifika community leaders, Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Koraunui School. A n a S o’o t a g a , o f Te Awakairangi Health Network, says: “We are weaving preventative health messages through traditional Pasifika

customs, arts and storytelling.” The theme of Poly Odyssey this year is, Ko tatou e tahi i te moana Pahewhika, We are all one in the Pacific Ocean. The Wainuiomata students and others around the region will travel through the displays and experience authentic pasifika practices and customs. “We want this to be an unforgettable, rich and healthy Pasifika experience for our young people,” says Ana.

Kindergarten steps away from plastic bags Arakura Kindergarten is on a mission to reduce their footprint on the environment. In an effort to use less plastic bags at the kindergarten, all children have been given their own reusable bags to take home wet clothing. “We are always looking for ways to further embed the Enviroschools philosophy into everything we do. “The idea is that this bag is kept in their backpack ready for when wet clothes need to be sent home for washing,” says Debbie Henderson, head teacher at Arakura Kindergarten. The reusable bags have been well received with parents getting straight into the swing of returning the bags into the children’s backpacks each day. “We had these book bags in our store room and realised that they would be ideal they’re waterproof, durable and can be sealed. We believe in using what you have first and once these are finished we will look into other options,” Debbie says. She believes this is going to significantly reduce the use of plastic bags as well as educat-

Wainuiomata High School understands the importance of developing student leadership. Already the school is leading a transformational change with the development of student-centred educational pathways and working towards a major property rebuild. Members of the community who want to be part of the school’s next phase have been invited to express interest in joining the board of trustees. At this stage, the position will see the successful applicant be a co-opted member of the board of trustees. If you would like to know more, contact board secretary Hayley Lawrence on 04 938 3224.

Lower Hutt’s new Events Centre, which opens on July 14, will provide an elegant, contemporary partner for the refurbished Town Hall. The old and the new side by side, the two buildings strongly articulate a respect for the city’s Modernist history, while embracing the present and future. The new Events Centre complex will officially be opened on Saturday, July 14 with a public formal opening, followed by community performances and events throughout the day.

Tamariki from Arakura Kindergarten, from left, Olivia Calcinai, Kaedyn Brosnahan, James Daniel and Para Pansuria with their bags. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Innovative young mind selected Wainuiomata High School student Katie Atwell has been selected to attend the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) programme in Lower Hutt from July 8 to 13. The selection process was very competitive with more than 90 applications. Katie is one of the 40 successful young women who have been selected.



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inbrief news Prisoners earn new qualifications Twenty six men at Rimutaka Prison are the first to earn new industryrecognised trade qualifications that could help them into employment on release. The men graduated with the new New Zealand Certificate in Allied Trades qualification specialising in tiling and plastering this week. The two 17 week programmes are delivered in the prison’s trade training workshops by WelTec tutors. Rimutaka’s assistant prison director Kym Grierson says the partnership between Corrections and WelTec means prisoners can achieve qualifications and skills that meet industry needs. “The men have gained hands-on skills that could lead to apprenticeships in areas where there is a recognised skills shortage,” says Kym.

78 new officers graduate New Zealand policing has reached a historic milestone with the greatest number of women graduating from a recruit wing. Female constables outnumbered their male colleagues by 54 per cent to 46 per cent in Wing 315, graduating the Royal New Zealand Police College in May. The 78 new constables included 42 female constables and 36 male constables.

LTP adopted, 1.5 per cent rates increase The Hutt City Council has adopted its 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, which strikes a careful balance of investing in rejuvenation of the city, while providing efficient core services and well-maintained infrastructure, and keeping rates low for residents. The average rates increase for Lower Hutt this year is 1.5 per cent for existing ratepayers, with council receiving a further 1 per cent rates revenue from growth due to new builds and property investment. This equates to a rates revenue increase of 2.5 per cent overall.

ANZ closure a concern for Hutt South MP Chris Bishop is standing up for Wainuiomata to ensure they aren’t short-changed by the closure of the local ANZ branch. 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. However, the Hutt South MP has asked the chief executive of ANZ to review the decision. An ANZ spokesperson says they had worked hard to keep a presence within Wainuiomata, but in recent years it’s been one of the bank’s lower transacting branches. The number of customers visiting the Wainuiomata branch had been declining and over the past year alone, transaction volumes at Wainuiomata had declined by 10.7 per cent. Chris says if the ANZ branch is closed as planned, then Wainuiomata will be left without a

single full-service bank. “This is unacceptable for an area with a large population like Wainuiomata. When Westpac and Kiwibank closed their doors in recent years, many Wainuiomata locals shifted their business to ANZ deliberately because they retained a full-service branch in the area,” Chris says. Chris says he is concerned that ANZ had not taken into account the exciting developments in Wainuiomata when making the decision to close the branch. “Wainuiomata is growing in population terms. New housing developments are coming on-stream and people from Wellington and elsewhere are increasingly looking at Wainuiomata as an attractive option to buy a home.” He also mentioned the new retirement village that will be nearby, and that even though nothing had been done as yet, Progressive Enterprises had

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop outside Wainuiomata’s former ANZ bank. Now all that remains is the ATM. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

bought the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and was looking at development opportunities for the area. “I am encouraged by Progressive’s interest and commitment to Wainuiomata. All of these developments added together mean that the Wainuiomata town centre will be a much

more vibrant and interesting place to be in the next few years, which makes the decision to close the branch all the more strange.” Chris hopes ANZ reconsider the decision and that they will listen to the community ANZ have been a part of for many years.

Initiative to tackle infant deaths in Hutt Valley An initiative to prevent the loss of Hutt Valley babies to sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) gets underway this week. MOE ORA mo nga pepi is about keeping babies safe by supporting their mum and dad, and whanau to eliminate the risks that can lead to SUDI, the leading cause of preventable death for babies in New Zealand. The two-year programme funded by Hutt Valley District Health Board is being led by Kokiri Marae Health and Social Services and was launched on June 28 at Wainuiomata Marae.


“There are too many Hutt babies going without simple things like a bassinet or a smoke-free home, so we are looking forward to working with providers and whanau to help them make every sleep a safe sleep for babies,” says Teresea Olsen, general manager of Kokiri Marae Health and Social Services. The programme includes providing more than 300 babies at risk of SUDI with flaxwoven bassinets (wahakura), giving specialist quit smoking support to smokers in the homes of babies and training providers, including midwives, so they can share safe sleeping


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practices with those they work with. “Wahakura are a taonga which realise the strengths of our communities and whanau. Whanau, Maori health leaders and weavers alike have long advocated and supported the creation of wahakura. It is a positive step that more wahakura are being shared with our communities and we need to continue to work together to support such initiatives to foster flourishing whanau,” says Fay Selby-Law, who was a guest speaker at Thursday’s launch. Hutt Valley District Health Board director for strategy,

planning and outcomes Helen Carbonatto says while it had been almost two years since a SUDI had occurred in the Hutt Valley. “Hutt Valley DHB, alongside its community, is committed to dramatically reducing the toll of SUDI by providing meaningful support to whanau via groups like Kokiri who are well connected in the community,” Helen says. Babies most at risk of SUDI include those whose whanau and homes are not smoke free; babies who do not have a safe sleeping resource. Babies of Maori and Pacifika descent are disproportionately affected.

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New pharmacist knows what to prescribe By Dan Whitfield Louisa Wong celebrates becoming a registered pharmacist with Clive Cannons. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Louisa Wong knows just what to prescribe for her community. The newly registered pharmacist has been working at Clive’s Chemist for most of this year and is looking forward to continuing her work in Wainuiomata. Originally from Auckland, Louisa says one thing she’s enjoyed over the last few months was obviously becoming a registered pharmacist but also she has enjoyed having the privilege of helping and working alongside the community. “The community have been really nice and the team here [at Clive’s Chemist] are a great team,” she says. Louise had to study for four years and complete a one-year internship before she could get registered. Now she can work with prescriptions and check off medicines for her patients and clients. The Horokiwi resident will however be moving on from her job in Wainuiomata later this year due to another opportunity in New Plymouth. “I’m so thankful for everyone who’s helped me and shown me things along the way. I’ve loved getting to know everyone at work and in the community.”

Call to be more vigilant when checking tyres The number of cars with worn-out tyres has increased noticeably, according to Hutt City Council’s parking wardens. Parking Manager Barry Rippon says the increase is probably due to regulatory changes extending the time between warrant of fitness checks. Barry says another likely contributor is, ironically, the greater reliability of cars. Less frequent services mean less chance of worn or unsafe tyres coming under the scrutiny of mechanics.

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Question: How do you like to spend cold winter days?

Dawn Gillespie, Wainuiomata “In front of the fire with a hot drink of coffee.”

Rebekah Evans, Wainuiomata “Under blankets beside the heater keeping warm.”

Diana Moore, Wainuiomata “On the couch with a hot water bottle.”

Annette Jamieson, Wainuiomata “With a hot caramel latte in front of the fire.”

Janet Walker, Wainuiomata “Sitting home by the fire with a hot cup of tea.”

Fiona Harvey, Wainuiomata “At home in front of the heater keeping warm.”

Community look to champion issues By Dan Whitfield

Issues that have hindered communities around New Zealand look set to stop in Wainuiomata thanks to a committed group of locals. The new initiative called Community Champions was part-

launched on Thursday last week and will see whanau and community work together to ensure a positive change happens. Keri Brown, who’s been a driving force behind the initiative, says it is a grassroots campaign with a focus on the “champions” being there for others and promot-

ing the fact that it’s ok to ask for help. She says the team features an outstanding group of people, including Trish Morgan, Nathan Waitai, Dawn McKinley, and John Kingi, who will help navigate people to the answers and support that’s needed.

At this stage the Community Champions will officially launch in September but work will begin to happen in specific areas as part of the lead up. “We want people to know that it’s ok to talk about it and that it’s ok to seek help,” Keri says. “They will be visible in the com-

munity and will proudly wear the badge of community champions.” Keri says she wants the community to know who the champions are and that Wainuiomata as a whole is taking a leading role. Some of the issues the champions will assist with include family violence and health issues.

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Countdown Wainuiomata has helped make a difference in the lives of many around the community who need it most. In May, store manager Mike Cundy encouraged his team to support the Kaibosh Make a Meal fundraiser and says “We’re always looking at how we can make a difference within the communities we operate in.” Countdown Wainuiomata, alongside a number of stores, supported the campaign by providing a lunch event for the team to raise funds. As part of the event, there was a great mixture of food available for staff to purchase. For every $20 donated, Kaibosh can provide 20 meals to those in our community who need it the most. “Throughout the year we partner with a number of groups including Kaibosh, The

Salvation Army, and Birthright. Where we can, we’ll join forces with other stores to make a larger impact and provide more people power. We bring a diverse range of team together and utilise different people, skills and ideas. Alongside this, it’s always nice working with your peers in a different scenario,” Mike says. Another event Countdown Wainuiomata staff has been involved in include helping clean Petone beach and providing food for the opening of the Wainuiomata community barbecue areas in Queen Street. Mike says these are prime examples of how Countdown Wainuiomata and other local stores banded together to help the community. “Getting involved with events like this is very rewarding for both Countdown and the community, as we we are able to see the impact we’ve had straight away.”

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Homes still in reach of Wellington families

Middle-income families can still get on the property ladder in the Wellington region, despite the average home value continuing to rise. Figures show the average house value across the region in May 2018 was $633,759, with the latest home affordability statistics from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment revealing 72.49 per cent of local renters are unable to “comfortably afford” a new home. However, Craig Pope, director of

Wellington mortgage brokers Pope & Co, says home ownership is still a realistic goal for first-home buyers in Wellington if they’re prepared to look further afield. “Kapiti, Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata and South Wairarapa are all in an easy commuting distance from Wellington CBD, and there are affordable first homes - under $500,000 - available in each of these areas. All these areas also offer great family living,” he says.

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Craig says nationwide close to 80 per cent of renters are unable to “comfortably afford” a new home, but Wellington is still well below national averages. Major infrastructure investment, including Transmission Gully, due to open in 2020 will further reduce the commute and open the northern Wellington region even further. Craig also recommends prospective first-home buyers set achievable budgets.

New subdivision opening doors for Wainuiomata to grow Lower Hutt’s largest suburb is getting a little bigger with the opening of Arakura Mews, the newest subdivision in Wainuiomata. Located off Wise Street, the 37 lot subdivision is being sold as land only packages, and each section will be priced at $195,000. In recent months, new areas of housing have been erected such as Parkway Rise and have been turnkey house and land packages.

Concept drawings of proposed homes for the Arakura Mews sections have been completed to give potential buyers an idea of how their home could look. “This is a first for a sizeable subdivision in the Hutt Valley. With all this flexibility in how and what you build Arakura Mews provides a new level of home creation for Wainuiomata,” says Jim Bagley from Ray White Leaders. The opening was held at the


Wainuiomata Hub on Friday, June 22 with Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace in attendance. The development is being done by Mircon Limited. In addition to the new subdivision announcement, Mircon Limited are also set to donate $450 to the Arakura School for each section that is sold. The total that will be donated is set to be around $16,650.

1. Keep your fluid intake up. Aim for eight glasses of water a day. Wine, coffee, and tea don’t count – alcohol and caffeine deplete the body of fluids. Herbal teas are fine, though. 2. Don’t get stressed out. Stress can affect immunity and lead to anxiety and depression. So do plenty of things that help you unwind. This could be playing with the kids, having a long soak in a hot bath, working out at the gym, or getting back to nature. We can also advise you about supplements designed to help stop anxiety and depression. 3. Some pointers for practising good hygiene. • Air out your room by opening the windows when the sun’s out, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day. • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with water and soap. • Damp houses contribute to respiratory illness, so keep the bathroom door closed when showering, and consider installing a dehumidifier. • Stay away from work or school if you’re coughing or sneezing – don’t pass your infection on to others, especially children and babies. 4. Sleep soundly. Sleep is the natural way your body rests and rejuvenates itself. Not getting enough sleep or having a broken sleep can leave you feeling lethargic and much less able to fight off infections. Drop in and talk to us at the Happy Chemist if you’re not getting enough kip – we can assist you. 5. Eat in season. Nature provides fruit and vegetables packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help maintain our health. Citrus – packed with Vitamin C – is in season at this time of year. We also stock a wide range of vitamin and mineral supplements. 6. Get as much sun as possible. The sun is the natural source of Vitamin D, and this supply diminishes in winter as we spend less time outdoors. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a range of quite serious health issues. Go for a walk outside when the sun’s shining – even half an hour a day will make a difference. Drop in to Clive’s Chemist and we’ll help you tackle winter head on with sound advice and supplements.

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Community together for Matariki celebrations

Matariki celebrations rounded off in Wainuiomata over the weekend, with locals gathering at Wise Park for the Matariki Whanau Festival. The event - which was a huge success, according to organisers - gave the people the opportunity to celebrate the Maori New Year in their own neighbourhood. Food trucks, live entertainment and kids activities meant there was something for everyone. The night finished with a fireworks display.

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The Wainuiomata community turned out in the numbers on Saturday.

Friends and family gathered for the Wainuiomata Matariki event on Saturday including Taliya Kaio, Blayne Sukroo, Jason Ross, Rachel Sukroo, Tiare Mataiti, Talison Kaio-Ross, Teokotai Mataiti, and Mike Sukroo.



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New birthing centre opens for Hutt families


Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. 2015

A new birthing centre is set to open in Lower Hutt on July 16, providing another choice for women in the region. The new centre comes after more than 40 years of mothers requesting this service, and is the greater Wellington region’s Our summer pools were built by us. first primary birthing centre. Blends in well did cause no fuss. Named Te Awakairangi for the first people to inhabit this area, the centreWith at hydro slide will cause a splash. Melling is for healthy pregnant women And to it many people dash. with uncomplicated pregnancies, and will Through native bush we twist and wiggle. be free for women from the Wellington From the children brings a giggle. area who are eligible for care in New Severn days a week the place is open. Zealand hospitals. Hot summer days we all are hopen! The centre will also provide, free of charge to birthing mothers, a postnatal stay of up to two nights for rest, Public Notice breastfeeding support, and mother-baby education. OF THE Doffi AYcer of Chloe Wright, chief executive Wright, chief Squash executive offi cer of Wainuiomata Club Birthing Centre Ltd, says studies support Chloe Ltd. PHOTO: SUPPLIED how crucial the first few days post-birth Birthing CentreAGM are for bonding, rest, and recuperation, for will be formed with both the Hutt Valley 51. J.K. mother’s wellbeing and baby’s attachment. District Health Board and the Capital & Rowling 7.00pm Board. Te Awakairangi is the newest centre Coast District Health chose the Centre Ltd, a registered 30th November ThisMonday enables the DHBs to free capacity for Birthing unusual the Clubrooms who need hospital care during charity supported by the Wright Family for those At name birthing. Foundation. ‘Hermione’ Wellington Birth long been lobShe says birthing centres are part of the Corner of Hub Mainhas Road so young vision to support New Zea- bying for a birthing centre in the region and foundation’s and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata land families from the very beginning to welcomes news of the opening. girls “It’s about the wellbeing of the whole have the greatest impact on communities. wouldn’t is imperative a mother gets the best person, and the answer lies in the commube“Itteased connecting each other and Bringing localtonews extended for beingcare, nurture and education she nity - people supporting each other,” Chloe says. needs and deserves. Parents are the fi rst nerdy! to the community Pregnant women wanting to give birth at teachers - it’s about best beginnings, love the centre can book in now via a midwife and bonding,” Chloe says. who has an access agreement to use the Te Awakairangi Birthing Centre at MelSituation Vacant ling will initially open with the Wright facility. Midwives will book in their expectFamily Foundation as its sole funder, ant mothers, as they do at the hospital, by but Chloe expects a funding partnership the 37th week of pregnancy.



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Wednesday July 4, 2018



Wainuiomata’s dominance continues By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata continue to dominate the Hardham Cup following an impressive win over Petone on Saturday afternoon. The men in green have been on the up in recent weeks, winning three out of four games in this round. The other result ended in a draw. Wainuiomata won convincingly against Petone. The final score set at 29-15. Played at in front of a home crowd at William Jones Park, Wainuiomata played hard and got the result they wanted. The win sees them remain at the top of the Hardham Cup leaderboard on 17 points. Second on the table is Johnsonville with 14 points; Petone is third on 10 points. Uale Mai, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Jalan Farris, and Bevan Clark crossed the try line for one try each. Matt Jacobs managed to slot three of four conversions, and one penalty. Wainuiomata has a bye in round five next weekend. The team’s next game will be in round six on Saturday, July 14 against Johnsonville. It will be played at William Jones Park. Kick off will be at 2.45pm.

Wainuiomata’s Marvin Karawana plays halfback on the Petone try line. PHOTO: Daryl New.

Young rugby players selected for regional team By Dan Whitfield

Three rugby players from Wainuiomata High School have been given the chance to represent Wellington in the sport they love. Andrew Sa’u, Levi Smith and Zane Humphrey were selected for the 2018 Mick Williment U16 coaching week, giving them the chance to train with the region’s best. The coaching week will act as a platform for the three players to show off their skills on the rugby field and hopefully be selected for the Wellington under 16 A or development team. This is the first time Andrew and Zane have made the coaching week. They both had successful trials. Levi, also performed well and after being a member of the development squad last year, is looking to crack the A team. The boys were among six sent from

Wainuiomata High School. Jacob Renor, Tim Heremaia-Waru, and Coby Wood were also selected but however, missed out on a spot in the coaching week. Andrew, Levi and Zane learnt on-field and off-field skills that are set to prepare them as players. The skills will allow them to contribute more effectively when playing for their school teams as well as for the the representative teams. Though successful at this stage, the players will participate in further trials ahead of the final teams being named. Future sessions this year including a handful led by current and ex-professional rugby players and top coaches from around the Wellington region. Around 100 players have been invited to the week, but only 48 will be selected for the rep teams.

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Back, from left, Zane Humphrey, Tim Heremaia-Waru, Andrew Sa’u, Front, from left, Coby Wood, Jacob Renor and Levi Smith. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Another winning round for Ulalei

Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club had a winning weekend, with all three of its teams going home victorious. The young guns of the club’s senior one team sported their new playing dresses sponsored by Design & Build Homes Limited and had a good a win against Naenae Collegians United four. The final score was 31-22. Ulalei’s premier two team welcomed new player Nykala Toheriri to their team with another strong win. The team posted a new high score for the season, this time against newcomers to the grade, Te Tai Timu. The final score was 84-44. Ulalei’s premier one team had a good

win against Convent Old Girls 1. The final whistle revealed a 52-44 victory for Ulalei. “Our defence was dominant again today with young Alofa Aberdein-Tapuai having her best game this season. We had assistance from team two players Alicia Hina and Ali Colledge in the mid-court and shooting circle who easily combined well with the team”, says co-captain Rachel Savelio. “We are very grateful to Craig Foster and Melissa Warman from Design & Build Homes Limited, for their generous sponsorship enabling us to provide two teams with player bags and a playing uniform for team three,” says club president, Alannah Laban. This weekend’s games will be from 12pm onwards at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita.

Underrated Kaino passes the torch to the willing The past, present and future of New Zealand rugby was on display when the Blues beat the Reds at Eden Park last Friday. Jerome Kaino got to farewell his home ground with one last win while brothers Rieko and Akira Ioane showed just how talented they are. Many may have forgotten just how talented Kaino was as a loose forward in his prime. For much of his 83 appearances for the All Blacks, he was an automatic selection and considered the enforcer of the team, such was his uncompromising and physical approach. His peak was the 2011 World Cup where he was Graham Henry’s most reliable player under the intense scrutiny of a home tournament with fans desperate for a title. The 35-year-old may well have passed the torch onto Akira for that role, much like his brother Reiko took Julian

Savea’s barn-storming winger tag. Akira has already been ear-marked for national honours for many years and with the All Blacks mulling their loose-forward options, Akira looks to be the next long term option. The brothers Ioane were the best players on Eden Park, chewing up the run metres and busting tackles. Rieko, starting at second five, seemed to thrive on getting his hands on the ball more often. His performance was reminiscent of his Blues coach Tana Umaga who moved from the wing into the midfield in the latter stages of his career. The Blues showed, against a terrible Reds side, there is talent in the franchise. Fans can be rightly frustrated, maybe 2019 will be their year? With the Ioane brothers, they have two weapons that could make that a reality.


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