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Katie Attwell loves everything to do with science and engineering, and is inspired to keep pushing towards a career in one of those areas. The Wainuiomata High School student was one of a group of 60 students who were part of the Innovative Young Minds programme involved with this year’s Hutt STEMM Festival. Lower Hutt’s STEMM enterprises contribute more than $380 million to New Zealand’s economy and employ more than 3500 people. However, while there are many jobs in the sector, only 28 per cent of people working in these industries are women. Continued on page 2. Katie Attwell was one of 60 girls who attended the Hutt STEMM Festival that each year provides the opportunity to promote and celebrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing enterprises around the city. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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Science and engineering important part for future steps Continued from page 1. The event highlights the science, technology, engineering, maths, manufacturing industry sectors and aims to address this under-representation. Katie says she joined the Innovative Young Minds programme because she enjoys science and engineering – she currently takes three science subjects at school and likes helping her dad

is logical and when you finally wrap your head around it it makes sense.” Katie, currently in year 12 at Wainuiomata High School, sees the STEMM industry as one that has many open doors. “There’s so much to learn in this area. It [the STEMM Festival] really showed me that no matter what you study you can do anything.”

“There’s always a list of what you can do. The industry is so wide.” At this stage, Katie says she’d love to work with nano-technology but believes that will change over the next few years. Her dream would be to come up with something to help the primary industries in New Zealand or work in laboratory research.

Central, local government to have bigger role in climate challenge By Dan Whitfield

Greater Wellington Regional Council has emphasised the importance of a central and local government partnership in meeting challenges from climate change in the near future. As part of a recent submission on the Zero Carbon Bill, the regional council called for provisions that address climate change adaptation and bring local government into central government emission reduction plans, creating a partnership with the potential and capacity to bring about change at both national and regional levels. From a Hutt Valley perspective, Hutt City Council’s Jörn Scherzer, manager of sustainability and resilience, says council has an important role to play, such as planning for the future. Jörn states that council cannot do this alone, and it will need to work with communities and a wide range of parties and stakeholders to prepare for and respond to climate change. Hutt City Council recognised climate change as a

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key environmental, social and economic challenge, and at a meeting on June 28 2018, endorsed the aims of the proposed Zero Carbon Act committing New Zealand to zero carbon by 2050, or sooner. As a coastal city, Lower Hutt communities in Eastbourne and Petone will be directly impacted by sea level rise, and events such as storm surges will exacerbate relevant impacts, Jörn says. In some cases, increases in insurance costs may be felt before the actual impacts occur. The Ministry for the Environment’s “Coastal Hazards and Climate Change: Guidance for Local Government” suggests sea level rise of 30cm in the next 30-50 years. “With regard to climate change mitigation, for example reduction of emissions, a programme of work is under way to consider opportunities for improvement of council’s own operations, and how it can best contribute to facilitating emission reductions in the community,” Jörn says. “With regard to adapting to climate change, and specifically

Hutt City Council’s Jörn Scherzer, manager of sustainability and resilience. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

sea level rise, council recently committed $200,000 towards work with other councils in the region to map and identify places, communities and assets threatened by sea level rise, and to begin engagement with Lower Hutt communities on this threat and response options. The first stage of this project, carrying out a vulnerability assessment across the Wellington region, is currently getting under way,” he says. Jörn says some of the effects

of climate change will not be felt directly for some time. “However, planning for changes has to occur well in advance, including working in cooperation with other councils in our region to engage with our communities on this threat and our response options. We’ll be asking the community for feedback as our work progresses, so I encourage people to keep up to date with what we’re up to and to have their say.”

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inbrief news Curtain Bank comes to Wainui Wellington Curtain Bank returns to Wainuiomata — bringing free curtains for low-income homes in closer reach for Wainui people. The Curtain Bank (supported by Sustainability Trust) gives free curtains to people with Community Services Cards or Super Gold Combo Cards who need a hand warming up their homes. Wainuiomata families can pick up a curtain order form at the Wainuiomata Community Centre (1A Queen Street) from August 13, drop it back by August 24 with their window measurements, and then come back in a few weeks to pick up their curtains.

Students leave Wainuiomata Recently, 30 students from Oshukan High School, Wainuiomata High School’s sister school in Tokyo, left after spending ten days with their New Zealand peers. Students were hosted by local whanau and had lots of fun practising their English and learning about life in New Zealand.

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Hutt City Kindergartens are searching for the person with the earliest memories of their kindergartens. The Hutt City-wide search is for the oldest person to have attended one of their kindergartens, the first opening in 1928 in Moera (then known as Riley Kindergarten). “We have had a very positive response from the community since announcing our 90th anniversary. Many people have expressed their interest

in being involved in our celebrations and sharing their memories of kindergarten.” says Tony DeLorenzo, general manager of Hutt City Kindergartens. “We decided it would be fun to find the oldest graduate. We are keen for anyone who attended kindergarten in the late 1920s or early 1930s to contact us” says Tony. “We would like to include their memories and photos in the history display that we will

have at our 90th Anniversary Vintage Fair in November, and invite the person to another special event we have planned.” People keen to share their memories, or who are interested in being involved in the anniversary celebrations, can contact Melissa at Hutt City Kindergartens at marketing@ huttkindergartens.org.nz or call 04 567 0106. The 90th Anniversary Vintage Fair will be held on Sat-

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urday November 3 at Moera Kindergarten on Randwick Crescent. This is a free event for the community which promises to be a fun filled afternoon with market stalls, live entertainment, activities for children and a walk down memory lane. Hutt City Kindergartens has five kindergartens in Wainuiomata – Arakura, Parkway, Pencarrow, Pukeatua and Sun Valley Kindergartens.

Massey University will return to the Dominion Museum Building in Wellington next year following the closure of the Great War Exhibition after Armistice Day in November. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage and Massey University have come to an agreement that will enable the exhibition to remain open for the Ministry’s planned Armistice Day centenary commemoration. The exhibition will close at the Dominion Museum Building on December 2.

Selected to speak Wainuiomata High School student Yuki Sugito has been selected to speak at the New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo in August.

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inbrief news Production postponed Wainuiomata High School’s production of Grease has been postponed once again. The school is looking to perform in week one of term two in 2019.

Former councillor dies Bryan Pepperell, a long-serving Wellington city councillor till 2013, has died. “Bryan was a highly-principled man and someone who had strongly left-wing and progressive views,” says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. “He always took the side of the underdog and fought hard against attempts to privatise council operations and assets,” he says. Bryan died last Thursday.

Bus problems continue A number of Wellingtonians have been having problems with buses not turning up to their stop. MetLink announced last week that it was cancelling some bus services because of what it called a “temporary unavailability of drivers”

Choreographer ready for theatre’s biggest show Wainuiomata Little Theatre will recreate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera later this year and Mikayla Paterson is excited. For Mikayla, who will play Meg Giry and choreograph the stage items, theatre is a family affair. Her dad, Barry Paterson is one of the directors and cousin Emma Stevens is part of the ensemble. Mikayla has lived in Wainuiomata all her life and her involvement with Wainuiomata Little Theatre began nine years ago when she and Barry starred in Kids Kiwiana and Kool Jazz. Nine years and many shows on, Mikayla is not only performing but putting her awesome natural dance ability to good use by choreographing the Phantom of the Opera. Over this time Mikayla has played many fabulous but varied roles for the theatre including a pink lady, an apostle, Grace Farrell in Annie and Johanna in Sweeney Todd. She is a very versatile per-

former, with terrific acting ability as well as an instinctive talent for dance. Apart from some ballroom dancing lessons Mikayla is a self-taught dancer, a fact many will find hard to believe when she performs. Mikayla first got involved in choreography for the 2017 production of Sweeney Todd which resulted in the “Lunatics” one of the most memorable scenes that have ever been seen on the Wainuiomata stage. For Phantom, members of the audience can expect to be blown away by the beautiful ballet and spectacular full cast dance numbers. Mikayla says she grew up watching Phantom and it has always been one of her favourites so she is thrilled to be in a show that she never dreamt she would get to be part of. When she is not busy dreaming up dance numbers or practising her songs, Mikayla is a student studying Educational Psychology and NZ Sign Language. She also works as a fashion retail assistant and

Mikayla Paterson will play Meg Giry in the Phantom of the Opera, and choreograph the stage items. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

sometimes has to make the director cups of tea. With her fantastic stage presence Mikayla is always a standout performer for the

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 Phantom of the Opera is on at Wainuiomata Little Theatre, Moohan Street from August 8 to 25.

Council’s response to Hutt South MP’s SNA comments Hutt City Council’s Drew Cumming has hit back at strong comments made by Hutt South MP Chris Bishop about the city’s Significant Natural Areas process SNAs are areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna. Hutt City Council is working to identify and protect areas of significant biodiversity in Lower Hutt. Under the Resource Management Act (RMA) and the Wellington Regional Policy

Statement, council is responsible for ensuring these valuable ecological sites are adequately conserved, enhanced and protected for the future. Drew, the council’s divisional manager of district planning, says Hutt City Council has for the better part of this year been talking to around 1200 landowners about valuable native habitats initially identified on their land. He says the work is a legal obligation to identify and protect native habitats, and for good reason. “Around 83 per cent of New

Zealand’s native birds, bats, reptiles and frogs are classified as threatened or at risk of extinction. On Lower Hutt’s valley floors, around 26 native bird species are threatened or at risk of extinction,” Drew says. In the eastern hills, there are 20 at risk and 17 rare or declining plant species and 17 at risk species of birds, including the North Island robin, North Island rifleman and New Zealand falcon, which breeds on the edge of the Eastbourne Hills, he says. Drew explains that the above reasons for this work have

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been communicated to affected landowners since consultation started several months ago, despite Chris Bishop’s claim that landowners are unable to find out why this work is being done. “Hundreds of face-to-face meetings, email and phone discussions, three public information sessions in the most affected areas and three briefings to people representing landowners, conservation groups and iwi have been undertaken,” Drew says. Site visits to refine the initial identification is still under way

and have, to date, resulted in the redefinition of SNA boundaries on many properties and the elimination of around 100 properties from the process. “Claims that landowners won’t be able to have vegie gardens and children’s playhouses a few metres from their homes is scaremongering nonsense. “Future regulations are likely to include discouragement of the clearing and development of high value native habitats, but council’s intention is to create a framework that is as flexible for landowners as possible.

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Pest management plan targets healthy environment There are many ways pest, plants and animals can undermine our biodiversity and primary production and as a consequence, seriously threaten the health of our native and productive plants and animals. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s proposed regional pest management plan is now out for public consultation and focuses squarely on protecting and enhancing the health and vitality of the region’s environment. It charts how the public can work

together as a community to create sustainable regional biosecurity by eradicating, containing or controlling the pest plants and animals that compromise our environment. “For our native plants and animals to thrive without threat we have to remain vigilant, take the most up-to-date approach to pest management and work with others to anticipate and manage the challenge posed by pest plants and animals,” says Greater Wellington general manager for biodiversity,

Wayne O’Donnell. The proposed plan outlines the framework for efficiently and effectively managing or eradicating specified organisms in the Wellington region. “The plan will minimise the adverse environmental effects of pest plants and animals through co-ordinating activity which will exclude them from the region, reduce their number or contain and monitor them in particular locations,” Wayne says. The proposed plan will update

its 10-year-old predecessor and ensure it is consistent with the Government’s National Policy Direction for pest management. Once agreed it will remain in force for 20 years. The proposed plan sits within a biosecurity framework supported by a number of complementary policies and plans, including Greater Wellington’s Biodiversity Strategy, the Key Native Ecosystem Programme and Wellington City Council’s Our Nature Capital.

“Biodiversity matters, it enriches our natural environment and our lives, but it isn’t a given. Restoring and sustaining our natural capital will take resources, effort and commitment. The proposed plan draws these factors together,” Wayne says. The public is invited to provide its feedback on the proposed plan until July 27. Copies of the plan and the submission form and process can be found at haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz/ pestplan.

Growing as leaders, opportunity of a lifetime By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata High School stu-

dents had an opportunity to build confidence and leadership skills at the Hillary Outdoors Tongariro

education centre last month. The once-in-a-lifetime experience saw 20 year 12 students take part

A group of Wainuiomata High School students recently went on a Hillary Outdoors education trip to build leadership. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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in the five-day programme that offered a variety of natural environments and challenges to provide life-changing experiences. Wainuiomata High School’s Paul Assur says the trip focused on developing communication, teamwork, and leadership among students. He also mentions that it gave teachers a chance to stand back and watch students grow as leaders, and see how they engaged with the experience. Eva Bryant was one of the students from Wainuiomata High School who went on the trip. “It was the best experience,” Eva says. Even though she missed her family, the group of students created a family environment

that helped everyone get to know each other more. “I learnt a lot about teamwork, trust and getting along with people; as well as rope tying. I loved how it was wilderness based,” she says. Eva mentioned that she loved following her granddad’s footsteps, after she found out that he was also part of a Hillary Outdoors programme. Wainuiomata has sent students to Hillary Outdoors education programmes most years since 1973. Paul believes it is an important part of a student’s development and thanks Wellington Community Trust and Pub Charity for the support in sending students in 2018.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Why is knowing another language like Maori important?

Shonte Awatere, Wainuiomata “Because it’s cultural and my family speak it.”

Pounamu Moses, Wainuiomata “Because it’s important to understand what people are saying.”

Elenaia Gray-Clarke, Wainuiomata “If you’re from that culture it’s important.”

Malia Peti, Wainuiomata “It’s a good experience and is respectful.”

Local teens attend international youth summit in Boston Five rangatahi from Lower Hutt will join 150 other teens in Boston, Massachusetts for The Clubhouse Network’s 2018 Teen Summit from July 31 through to August 5. Youth from 16 countries including Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa and the United States will come together to explore creative technologies and how they can be applied to important social issues, both now and in the future. Clubhouse is a free afterschool programme run by Hutt City Libraries, for rangatahi aged 10 to 18 years. There are two clubhouses in Lower Hutt, one in Naenae and one in Taita. Clubhouse provides a creative

and safe learning environment where rangatahi work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. Recently the Lower Hutt Clubhouse’s rangatahi worked on producing a short film for the Wellington 48 hour Film Challenge, recorded original music, created costumes, and experimented with animation and electronics. The following rangatahi have been selected to represent our Hutt City Clubhouses, based on their outstanding youth leadership at Clubhouse and their efforts on community projects - Pfuma Mahowa and Seth Fitzgerald, both 15, from St Bernard’s College, Annatto

Teni, 18, from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School, Saviour Erihe, 16, from Capital Training, and Whetu Hauiti, 16, from Naenae College. Sandra Mann, Hutt City libraries manager says: “We are both thrilled and honoured to have these young leaders representing Hutt City Clubhouses in Boston for what is sure to be an inspiring week.” The Teen Summit takes place at Boston University, where our rangatahi will undertake collaborative projects aimed at solving local issues to do with the environment, poverty, education, health and welfare, and safety. They will also get to take part in career exhibitions and visits to MIT and Google Headquarters in Boston.

Manaia Maxwell, Wainuiomata “Because it’s the first language that was spoken in New Zealand and is good to learn about the history.”

Quayeshia Rahiri, Wainuiomata “Because it’s beginning to become lost and it’s good to continue speaking it.”

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 u nsu i t a b l e l e t te r s f r o m 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.

Wild animals in Wainuiomata Dear Editor, My friend came across a policeman, at approximately 6am on Thursday morning, who had managed to “lasso” a big wild pig that had been scavenging rubbish bags. The policeman took photos on

his phone. Hope you can follow up this story with the police and GWRC and find out why we are getting more pigs and deer near houses in Wainuiomata lately. D Innes Wainuiomata

Proposal to close Police search Wainui house Grounsell Crescent on-ramp as murder investigation

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Paul TeHiko’s death is still being investigated by police. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Hutt Valley Police are continuing their investigation into the death of Paul TeHiko. The 40-year-old builder died of a gunshot wound at his Wainuiomata address on Jack Vaughan Grove between 9.45pm and 10.15pm on Wednesday, March 7. A team of police investigators completed a search warrant in Wainuiomata last week in relation to an address of interest to the investigation. Detective sergeant Dean Simpson asks: “If you have any information relating to the murder of Paul Tehiko please come forward and speak with the police.” Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police on 04 560 2600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The New Zealand Transport Agency and Hutt City Council are proposing to permanently close a State Highway 2 on-ramp for safety reasons. Grounsell Crescent and the northbound on-ramp in the Belmont area have frequently been the scenes of excessive speed and crashes for a number of years. There were 85 reported crashes between Wairere Road intersection and the Grounsell Crescent northbound on-ramp between 2012 and 2017, including five causing serious injury. State Highway 2 motorists sometimes use Grounsell Crescent and the on-ramp to bypass or ‘rat run’ the Grounsell Crescent traffic signals. This results in higher traffic volumes and vehicle speeds on Grounsell

Crescent. In addition, the on-ramp is relatively short, making it difficult for motorists to merge into traffic travelling on State Highway 2. Council’s traffic assets manager Damon Simmons says the on-ramp’s closure is the logical decision given the injuries and costs of accidents. “Protecting life and improving people’s safety is the main aim of the proposed change, and this far outweighs any minor inconvenience to motorists who’ve used the on-ramp in the past.” The proposed changes include closing the on-ramp to motorised vehicles using a solid lockable gate, that would still allow cyclists to use the on-ramp. Council is now consulting on the proposed changes, with submissions closing on August 31.


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Wainuiomata welcomes back classic car meet By Sophie Manson

Wainuiomata was the gathering place of many car enthusiasts recently. The old school Toyota car meet was held in Wainuiomata and saw the proud car owners keen to show off their vehicles at the Wainuiomata Bowling Club car park on Sunday, July 29. From there, they convoyed down to the Rimutaka Forest Park before heading back towards Lower Hutt and over to Eastbourne for the last leg of the day. Aidan Pringle, the organiser of the car meet, hoped that this year would

be as good, if not better, than last year’s event. After an uncertain forecast, the sun was shining and around 50 cars turned up to drive around the Hutt. “Today was a great success,” Aidan says, “it [the convoy] went smoothly and the weather was perfect.” Due to the popularity of the event, Aidan is hoping that they will be able to run another meet during summer as well as making it an annual winter event. This was the second year in a row the event had been held. The first event was very successful and was held in 2017.

Car enthusiasts were keen to check out the cars on show at the informal car meet recently. PHOTO: Daryl New

House prices up, again House values across the Wellington Region rose 7.4 percent in the year to July and increased 1.5 percent over the past quarter, with the average value now $651,725. Wellington City values increased 7.1 percent year on year and 1.9 percent over the past three months and the average value there is now $775,711. Meanwhile, values in Upper Hutt rose 8.9 percent year on year and 0.4 percent over the past three months; Lower Hutt rose 5.5 percent year on year and 0.6 percent over the past quarter; Porirua rose 9.9 percent year on year and increased

by 3 percent over the past quarter. Finally, the Kapiti Coast rose 9.4 percent year on year and 0.9 percent over the past three months. QV Wellington senior consultant, David Cornford says overall, Wellington is currently seeing stable values and it’s now a much more balanced market after several years of strong growth. “Mid-winter has seen market activity fall away, which is a regular occurrence during the Wellington winter. However, given the low number of current listings, we’re expecting greater buoyancy in spring,” he says.

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teachers are always impressed by the diverse ideas that the students explore. Last Friday, Konini students were treated to workshops where they got to experience yoga, art, indoor bowls, ki-o-rahi, basketball, physics, hip hop, coding, rare reptiles, knitting, hairdressing and building. These workshops are an amazing way to connect to the school’s whanau as there are always workshops run by local experts, such as mums and grandparents as well as wider and professionals such as museum curators and business owners. It was a win/win for community, and amazing for students to learn.

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Golf fundraiser helps address inequality for Lower Hutt kids An annual charity golf tournament has helped fund more than 25,000 lifechanging opportunities and experiences for hundreds of Lower Hutt children in the past two years. The Naylor Love Hutt City Charity Golf Tournament is the major annual fundraiser for the TAKA (Te Awa Kairangi Access) Trust, which aims to address inequality by offering a range of opportunities to pupils from schools in the north-eastern suburbs of Lower Hutt. The trust’s latest initiative is a wifi project, which will ensure that all children in Lower Hutt’s north-east suburbs have free access to digital devices and wifi in their homes. In September 2018, thanks to support from Chorus, Network4Learning and the Ministry of Education, 124 children from Rata Street School will receive free wifi access to their school’s secure managed internet network at home. The scheme will be evaluated in 2019, with further roll-out planned, subject to school and community readiness. Proceeds from the 2016 and 2017 tournaments enabled the trust to provide 25,000 experiences

including providing free buses for children for trips to Te Papa, Parliament and Hurricanes’ games at the Westpac Stadium, to name a few. In May 2018, more than 1000 children and their families attended a free Orchestra Wellington concert at Taita’s Walter Nash Stadium. Many of these experiences were firsts for the children and their families. TAKA Trust Chairman, Matt Reid says the trust aims to build a community of engaged, active and healthy young people who are motivated to strive towards brighter futures. “It’s all about addressing inequality and empowering the tamariki who need us the most. The work of the trust helps to level the playing field and ensure the fantastic children of Lower Hutt can all benefit from a range of experiences and learning opportunities to fulfil their potential and enhance their achievement and aspirations,” he says. This year’s event will be held at the Shandon Golf Club, Petone on Saturday, November 30 and organisers are seeking further sponsorship and support to help them help the TAKA Trust achieve its vision.

Together, the greater Wellington community have donated more than 7000 pairs of pyjamas to Wellington Hospitals Foundation’s Hospi’s Pyjamas for Winter Appeal. The appeal saw families, kindergartens, schools, community groups, businesses, and hundreds of individuals come together to donate pyjamas or make a monetary donation online. The donated pyjamas are being distributed by the team at Wellington Children’s Hospital, to keep kids warm and well this winter. ”We have been blown away with Wellington’s generosity, and support of Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital,” says Charlotte Stanczuk, clinical nurse specialist at Wellington Children’s Hospital. “We have seen many parents become quite emotional when we give them pyjamas for their kids. One mother told us that

she has never, ever been able to provide new pyjamas for any of her kids. “Another parent told us that her kids had refused to take the pyjamas off in the two days since receiving them, she says. Foundation chairman Bill Day says that pyjamas have been distributed throughout Wellington, Kenepuru, Kapiti, and as far away as Masterton. “Our Community Nurses have also been distributing pyjamas to needy children when visiting young patients at home. “The appeal has been a wonderful success and we can only say thank you to everyone, young and old, who agreed to help young people stay warm this winter. Outstanding,” Bill says. Wellington Hospitals Foundation, official charity for Wellington Children’s Hospital, fundraises throughout the year to provide medical equipment and care items for Wellington Children’s Hospital.

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Planting events at Waiu Park will continue this month. They are being led by the Lower Hutt branch of Forest & Bird. PHOTO: Sophie Manson By Sophie Manson

The Lower Hutt branch of Forest & Bird is hosting several planting events at Waiu Park this month. Set to be held on August 11 and 18, the events will be part of an ongoing project to restore Waiu Park’s wetland areas and encourage the growth of native wetland plants. Gary James, who coordinates this project, says it is conservation initiatives such as these that will enable this ecosystem to return to its former glory. “Nature takes a while to repair, but we’re providing the bones to restore,” Gary says. Since the area was cleared for

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Olivia Martin is excited for her chance to represent Wellington in the sport she loves. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Olivia Martin has secured her spot in the Wellington under 15 championship hockey squad. The young hockey player says she is “really proud” of herself and what she’s achieved, and is excited about the opportunity to grow in the sport she loves. Olivia set herself the goal of making the team as part of the Ignite Sport programme she was a part of in term two. By being part of the team, Olivia will play in a national hockey competition later in the year. “I’m looking forward to playing with and against, and getting to know new people; making hockey friends is going to be fun,” Olivia says. This is the ninth year Olivia has played hockey but the first time she has been selected for a representative position. She started when she was eight years old.

Olivia, a 14-year-old student at Wainuiomata High School, has already set herself another goal for the next season. She says showing the coaches what she’s made of is her plan. This is because when Olivia went to the Wellington trials, she’d already had her normal team’s training earlier in the day. “I want to show them what I can do.” This is a huge achievement for Olivia. “I’m glad I achieved it.” At this stage, Olivia is focused on a future in sport — whether playing or coaching. She says her dream is to study for a sports degree and is looking at the option of the New Zealand Institute of Sport. “I want to play hockey in the future, and even if I get injured I’ll still be involved as a coach.” Olivia is part of her high school girls hockey team as well.

A winning weekend for Ulalei players U l a l e i’s p r e m i e r o n e netball team had a good win against Upper Hutt Maidstone United over the weekend, with the final score set at 55-44. It was a tight match until Ulalei started to pull away in third quarter. With main defender Rachel Savelio out with a dislocated shoulder, the team called in Hayley Mellon and Tara Hakiwai from the premier two team to help out in the circle. Goal attack Sina Tamaalii went down in the third quarter with an ankle injury allowing Crystal Tomokino to come in and assist Darcel Taylor in the shooting circle. Youngster Lace Tangianau came on in the second half as wing defence having a

great game hustling her player on defence, making it hard for the wing attack to take any ball. Ulalei’s premier one team finish in fourth place for the normal season. In the premier two grade, Ulalei maintained its dominance with a huge win over Naenae Collegians United in the top of the table clash. The final score was 64-38. Naenae were outplayed in all areas of the court by the newcomers. Ulalei finished fi rst in the normal season and will play Naenae again next week in the first of the finals playoffs. The senior one side had a nail-biting game to take out another win against Wellington Area Sports Club. Both teams were goal for

goal for much of the match with exceptional shooting accuracy from Bree Itula and Montana Hepi, ably assisted by Ruth Sopoaga. They kept Ulalei in the game with very few turnovers to be

had by either defence. WASC put in a last quarter effort to lead in the final minute but full court pressure on defence forced an error which Ulalei converted to equalise. Ulalei then had the final centre

pass – and with cool heads — slotted the winner. The Ulalei senior one side finished fifth in the division. Finals playoffs start this Saturday, August 11 at Walter Nash Centre. Times to be finalised.

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Ulalei senior one goal attack Bree Itula shoots long. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Club fundraiser set for Friday Ulalei are holding a fundraising bingo night this Friday, August 10. The night kicks off from 7pm and

goes until 9pm at the Wainuiomata Rugby League clubrooms. All are invited to support the

Wainuiomata netball club as they go into the finals playoffs.


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Premier reserves win 2018 title The Wainuiomata Lions premier reserves team had plenty to play for when they entered the Wellington Rugby League grand final against the Titahi Bay Marlins on Saturday. Coach David Tuari set a number of goals for the team right from the start of the season which included commitment to training, the brotherhood and dedication to three fallen club members Dean Tuari, Oxx Weepu and Liz Tanoai, whose photos hang in the team changing rooms. If this wasn’t motivation enough, losing experienced leader and captain Jimmy Samu to a serious accident the day before kick-off meant the boys were even more emotional and the dominance they showed in the game certainly proved this. When fullback Regan Hauwaho crossed the try line untouched after ten minutes the signs were not good for the Marlins. Leading the way for the lions were forwards Judas Rolander, Sheldon Brown and Conan Burt while in the backs player of the day EJ Albright and brother Murphy directed the team well, with Nicky Mita and Anthony Rongokea-Simpson always threatening. Luke Samuels and Herman Hall also had big defensive games. The final score was 28-6 to the Wainuiomata Lions. The game was played at Jerry Collins Stadium, Wainuiomata premier reserves were crowned the winners of this year’s competition on Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Close final, Wainuiomata misses out Wainuiomata took on Petone in the final of the Hardham Cup competition. However, despite a strong season and a big effort come game day, Wainuiomata was not able to come away with a win. Petone won the Hardham Cup, beating Wainuiomata 27-26 with tries to Adam Simpson, Josh Onekawa, Dylan Williamson and Taurima Morris. Wainuiomata had a slow start to the game, conceding a 0-17 deficit by halftime as Petone made much of the running. Right wing Peter Umaga-Jensen crossed early in the second half for Wainuiomata, but Petone scored again to extend their lead to 22-5. Prop Andrew Mamea replied to make it

24-12. Petone edged ahead again with a penalty, but Wainuiomata stayed in touch with a third try to centre Marvin Karawana. Once more, Petone kicked ahead and that was sufficient to win. Bevan Clark scored towards the end of the green and blacks to close the final score to one point. The game was played at Petone Rec on Saturday. Wainuiomata’s top point scorers for 2018 include Matt Jacobs at the top on 54 points and Justin Wilson on 21. The top try scorer for Wainuiomata this year was Peter Umaga-Jensen who scored four tries.

Peter Umaga Jensen breaking through the Petone defence.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Cantabs do right by champion Crusaders

John Monu played his 101st game for Wainuiomata. PHOTOS: DARYL NEW

Anthony Mamea was a strong player in the final game for the season.

Hats off to the people of Canterbury for their support of the Super Rugby champion Crusaders on Saturday night. Cantabrians have received plenty of criticism for not filling their pop-up stadium over the past five years but Saturday’s 38-19 win over the bridesmaid Lions showed they will come out if the product is worth it. A sellout of 19,500 people had the place rocking,.I was there and enjoyed elements of my childhood in the buzz and atmosphere at the game. Hopefully that came across on television because the crowd was supportive, vocal and passionate to their own team and respectful to the Lions who lost their third consecutive final. Make no mistake, the stadium experience is poor and not worth the $82.50 for a second tier ticket that I paid to be there. It was my first game at the stadium this year and I’m a fully eye-patched member of the crusade. The stadium is cramped, cold and clunky. It’s easy for people in other cities to

question Cantabrian support for their team but, as a big fan of all teams, there is competition for the entertainment dollar and there’s not much value in a rugby game in the middle of winter in that stadium. The atmosphere on Saturday night was decent by Kiwi standards. Generally, unless we are intoxicated, Kiwi crowds tend to sit on their hands and not do much unless their team does something worth getting vocal about. We aren’t a country of loud and proud cheer sections. Perhaps our lineage to England runs deep. However Crusaders fans chanted for their team on defence, cheered when they were hot on attack and drowned out the final siren with a “back to back” chant. It was well-deserved for a team that looked likely to win the competition on paper nine months before it started and never looked likely to lose that favourites tag once the season began. So for one week, lay off us Cantabs - we supported the right way and celebrated in great style.


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