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Wednesday July 11, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: With the recent weather, do you think it’s important to be prepared for a storm and natural disaster?

Esther King, Wainuiomata It’s very important. We have a little camp burner to boil water for hot water if the power goes out.

Carlo Patea, Wainuiomata I feel like we have a few civil defence places in Wainuiomata that we could get to if there was a disaster. There are plenty of safe zones but it’s important to be prepared.

Mitchell Gibbs, Wainuiomata I think it’s highly important, almost common sense.

Tania Snoep, Wainuiomata It’s absolutely important and the community here is good at being connected. I think we’d all pull together if something happened.

Dawn McKinley, Wainuiomata I think it’s important because Wainuiomata may be cut off after a major event. I keep a go bag in my car just in case I am out of the valley.

Paul McKinley, Wainuiomata Be prepared, your proactive actions will help to free up emergency services.

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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Matariki event coverage Dear Editor, Wow what a stunning display of fireworks on Saturday night, I was blown away by it, so stunning and it was like it was made just for me. The view from our house in Fraser Street was the best seat in the house, but how sad that no-one I know or work with knew anything about it being on!

It was only by trolling through the Wainuiomata News that I found some rather oblique reference to it. This should have been on banners and billboards and front-page of your newspaper as a not-to-be missed event. I hope they did get a good turn out, they really deserved to for such an amazing display. Such a shame as

they could have had so many more turn up if only it had been better advertised, Wainui needs some positive reinforcement and this would have been the ideal launching pad. Stephen Owens Wainuiomata

Poppy Appeal changing lives New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association has paid tribute to New Zealanders for their generosity and empathy for current and former service personnel through the 2018 Poppy Appeal, after it raised $1.7 million in donations across New Zealand. The theme of the 2018 Poppy Appeal – not all wounds bleed – generated significant discussion and focus around the mental health challenges faced by current and former service men and women as well as their families. RSA national president BJ Clark says the RSA’s ability to support those impacted by service relied on public donations. “Poppy Appeal funds are used to provide essential services for the health and resilience of New Zealand’s current and former service personnel, and their families,” BJ says. “We are grateful for the fantastic public support through donating on and around Poppy Day; for all our volunteers who contribute their time and effort; and for our corporate partners who contribute so generously to the Poppy Appeal. That support enables us to care for those who have served our country at home and overseas,” he says. The estimated collection for the

The Lower Hutt Events Centre, Town Hall and clock tower. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Opening just around the corner RSA collectors in Wellington. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata is around $20,000. The funds raised through the Poppy Appeal will assist in many ways, including recovery from psychological trauma and helping the families of current and former military personnel deal with health or hardship issues. In 2017, there were 19,992 welfare interactions completed by over 150 volunteer RSA support advisors. Many of these were face to face interactions with Veterans

in need of help. BJ says it is critical New Zealanders understand that younger servicemen and women have been impacted by their time in uniform as much as their older predecessors were. “Many of those who serve – whether deployed in recent conflicts, or in routine service – face major challenges as a result of the actions and circumstances they witness and participate in,” he says.

The wraps are off, the scaffolding is down and soon people will be able to see inside Lower Hutt’s new Events Centre and refurbished Town Hall. The Events Centre and Town Hall will officially be opened on Saturday, July 14 by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace and Deputy Mayor David Bassett. “The Lower Hutt Events Centre project, which includes an upgrade of the existing Town Hall, will boost the local economy and add to a suite of facilities across the

city to cater for a range of community needs. It’s one of the key projects in Council’s Economic Development Plan which will add vibrancy to the Civic Precinct by attracting events and conferences,” David says. The Events Centre opening will begin at 10.15am, with entertainment between 10.45am and 2pm including bands and kapa haka groups from Lower Hutt high schools, the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and the Wellington Youth Circus.

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