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Love Wainuiomata gets funding for another three years Continued from page 1. Lisa Black, Love Wainuiomata’s current chairwoman, says she’s grateful to the fantastic Wainuiomata community who’ve shown huge support in the recent year. “So many individuals, community groups and local businesses all rallied behind our recent submission to council which truly made it a real community effort,” Lisa says. “It’s been so heartwarming to see how Love Wainuiomata has truly become community owned and driven. As a team,
we’re so excited to continue working with, and for, our amazing community over the next three years,” she says. Lisa wants to also thank Hutt City Council for their ongoing partnership, belief in what the group is trying to achieve and the funding. Clive Cannons is both a Love Wainuiomata committee member and local business owner of more than 20 years. “It’s brilliant how our community cares so much. Locals are really passionate about seeing more community fo-
Wainuiomata Intermediate students had a moment to showcase their cultural background at this year’s Polyfest and Poly Odyssey events in Lower Hutt last week. The Pasifika health, education and arts event was organised for school students. It was held at the Walter Nash Stadium from July 2 to 5 and was one of the largest Pasifika events to be held in the Hutt Valley. The theme of Poly Odyssey was Ko tatou e tahi i te moana Pahewhika, (We are one in the Pacific Ocean) Students were captivated by the different languages, customs and storytelling of Cook Islands, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan and Maori heritage. Poly Odyssey surpassed expectations for both the organisers and the 50 schools, early childhood centres and learning organisations that attended. Approximately 15,000 Hutt Valley students, fanau and friends experienced Poly Odyssey and
Polyfest Hutt Valley. Shekinah Lafeta, Lydia Sa’u, Hardeep Kuar, and Quayeshia Rahiri were among the many students from Wainuiomata Intermediate who took part. To deliver Poly Odyssey, Te Awakairangi Health Network and Healthy Families Lower Hutt created a leadership group and a wellbeing framework alongside local Pasifika indigenous knowledge holders, and leaders with an arts, health or education background. Ana So’otaga, manager health promotion at Te Awakairangi Health Network says the goal was to see students experience authentic Pasifika practices and customs from their very own knowledge holders. “We wanted students to experience a sense of wellbeing, in ways we see as important to Pasifika. We know this was achieved as children connected and learnt with village leaders and indigenous knowledge holders,” she says.
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munity is asking for Lisa says there needs to be strong partnerships with community groups, organisations and businesses throughout the valley. For the next three years, until June 2021, Love Wainuiomata will receive an annual grant of $50,000 towards operational costs and $50,000 to cover project costs. Love Wainuiomata is focused on revitalising our town’s heart, and growing Wainuiomata as a great place to live and visit.
Wainuiomata Intermediate show their Pasifika talent
cused projects happening here, and people have been giving their full support to Love Wainuiomata,” Clive says. Lisa says the community’s support is more important now than ever. “We’re really grateful for Hutt City Council’s strong show of support and commitment to us however, our budget is going to be super tight from here on in as the allocated funding is a third less than we requested,” Lisa says. To deliver what the com-
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Students from Wainuiomata Intermediate during the dress rehearsals. PHOTO: Supplied.
A highlight of the event was experiencing Vaka Atafaga which was generously loaned by Atafu Tokelau Community Group. At the Vaka, all the students learnt about how our different Pasifika nations are connected and how we all have common ways to wellbeing.
Students then had the chance to take a seat and oar to have their “Moana moment”. With this being the first ever event like Poly Odyssey in the Hutt Valley, the organisers are now reflecting on how they can enable more of our community to participate in future years.
Wainuiomata News 11-07-18