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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a $24 million redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School. The announcement was made on Monday morning and saw the proposed partial rebuild of the school upgraded to a major redevelopment – focusing on fixing weather tightness issues, improving tired classrooms and building flexible learning spaces. “This government is committed to rebuilding public education. Kids deserve safe, modern spaces to learn in and the students at Wainuiomata High School have waited long enough for the problems at their school to be fixed,” Ms Ardern said. Continued on page 2. Wainuiomata High School’s head students Jasmine Inthavong, Alyssia Cody, Leon McLeod-Venu, and Faleono Leala with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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Rebuild of high school upgraded to a major redevelopment
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Continued from page 1. “It is the only secondary school in Wainuiomata and it is important that the school continues to serve its students, whanau and wider community effectively,” she said. Ms Ardern told students that previous promises of a rebuild were not enough and would not have given students, teachers and the community what they deserved. “I’ve been aware for some time that Wainuiomata High School needs better spaces. “Your spaces leak; they’re not not fit-for-purpose. [This] won’t just be a partial rebuild, it will be a proper redevelopment and it will give you spaces that will give you modern learning environments that will give you a decent education,” she said, speaking directly to the students. Ms Ardern expressed that one of her favourite things to do as Prime Minister was to visit schools - and in particular, getting to see the potential of the students. She hoped the announcement
would help students fulfil all the potential that she knew they had. Deputy head girl Alyssia Cody thanked Ms Ardern for honouring a promise she made at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club before the 2017 general election. Though she and her fellow senior students would not be at the school when the redevelopment is completed, she was happy that future generations would benefit from a better school. Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the school has been trying to get this project off the ground for some time. “With this announcement, the school’s 640 students and staff and those who will follow can have certainty that they will have a modern school with high quality learning spaces right in the heart of their own community,” Mr Hipkins said Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace was pleased with the announcement and says it will help make “Wainuiomata more attractive.”
Cameron Sheard, centre, and his peers perform a haka in response to the redevelopment announcement
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had some one-on-one time with one of the classes at Wainuiomata High School
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Free uniform for lucky student Hundreds of wet parents and prospective students turned up to watch the school in action last Wednesday night, with one lucky winner getting their uniform free. “She was so happy” says principal Craig Sharp, “she said she’d
never won anything in her life and had to check she wasn’t being pranked!” The weather didn’t seem to put many off but the school is always open for any parents who want to have a look around, Craig
explains. The open evening on Wednesday gave parents and future students the chance to do this. "It's looking like big numbers for next year so we would encourage early enrolments for
class choices.” They are planning on another draw for everyone who has pre-enrolled by September 28. “It’s a nice feeling to give something back and make people happy,” he says.
Champions ready to support and encourage Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield
The community champions are ready to stand up to the issue of family violence in Wainuiomata. Locals had the opportunity to meet their champions Keri Brown, Josh Briggs, Dawn McKinley, Simon Itula, Shalom Brown, Keana Wild, Josh Sa’u, Diana Va’a, Nathan Waitai, and Patrick Tanoa’i at the official launch of the new ‘It’s Not OK’ initiative. It sees whanau and community work together to ensure a positive change happens. The 10 locals will be there for others and help with issues like family violence that hinder communities around New Zealand. In New Zealand, family violence leaves long lasting complex effects for whanau, individuals and communities. Keri Brown, one of the champions, says they are working together to support the elimination of family violence in our community. A big part of the initiative is about promoting the fact that it’s OK to ask for help. Hundreds of people attended the launch, held at the Wainuiomata Community Hub on Saturday and Keri says it was an absolute success. “The community support
World Cafe opens Students and teachers want to know what the community thinks about the future of Wainuiomata High School. A World Café, an event structured around conversation and knowledge sharing, has been organised for September 20 from 2pm to 6pm. Principal Janette Melrose says the importance of hearing from the community, even if they don’t have a child at this school, is important. Tea, coffee, and food will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
Botanic Garden’s 150th year This month marks the start of the Wellington Botanic Garden’s 150th anniversary. The celebrations will run through to November 2019, with a range of family friendly events – and it all started earlier this week with school children, iwi, local dignitaries and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester sowing flower seeds on Glenmore Lawn.
The Wainuiomata Community Champions, with Keri Brown addressing the crowd.
the message; it hit home and resonated with people,” she say. Keri says the champions represent different needs the community might face. “It’s been really good and it’s going to build. We have really good champions.” The initiative has been 18 months in the making and Keri is excited for the champions to get started. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop says it was a brilliant launch; a grassroots effort to tackle the scourge of family violence in Wainuiomata. “[It was] wonderful to see so many people there including leaders, Maori wardens, the police, and more,” Chris says. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray
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Transport investment needed The announcement of additional transport investment into Wellington has been welcomed by Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer John Milford. However, more certainty is needed on the progress of critical projects. The National Land Transport Programme published recently green lights significant improvements to the region’s public transport and walking and cycling networks. “Improvements to the roading network within Wellington city, and on the city’s key northern links along SH1 and SH2, are fundamental to unlocking further productivity improvements and helping people get around more easily,” John says. The Government has repeatedly reassured Wellingtonians that large scale transport infrastructure upgrades in Auckland would not come at the expense of the rest of the country. Transmission Gully has been under construction for four years and is due to be completed in 2020.
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Best blooms on show By Dan Whitfield
Greater Wellington Regional Council seeks candidates for Hutt ValleyWellington Whaitua Committee. The council is seeking applications for suitably experienced and enthusiastic people to join its new Hutt Valley - Wellington Whaitua Committee (which also covers Wainuiomata and Makara), the role of which is to work with the community to identify how water is valued and to tackle the task of improving the quality of fresh water within the Hutt catchment and Wellington. The Committee members will ultimately draw up recommendations on how to implement the government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and its requirement to maintain and improve the quality of our fresh water bodies.
Emilie Nicholson, 3, was one of the youngest entrants last year and is now a fifth generation gardener. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
High school eco warriors As part of the project called EcoWarriors,Wainuiomata High School students are going to do a clean up at Hugh Sinclair Park for Keep NZ Beautiful Week. Students would like to connect with the community and encourage locals to come and join in with the clean up. The event will be on Tuesday, September 11 from 9am to 11am. Hutt City Council will provide students and locals with bags and gloves.
Wendy Paulik is hoping this year’s annual f lower show will be one of the best, despite spring coming early. Show organiser says everything has come up a lot earlier this year but she’s encouraging gardeners that whatever they have can be entered. The Wainuiomata Flower Show has been going for more than 60 years and was originally run by the Wainuiomata Country Women’s Institute. It is now run by the Wainuiomata Gardeners Club. This year the show is happening on September 9 at the Wainuiomata Primary School Hall and will showcase the best of the best from gardens around the community. “With this flower show,” Wendy says, “it’s generational.” She explains that father was involved when she was younger and now her great, great niece is entering
the show. Wendy is unsure how many will enter this year as people register on the day. However, most years there are around 50-60 entrants. “The feel good factor is seeing a hall full of flowers after winter. It’s also surprising to hear the stories behind the flowers,” she says, explaining how last year’s winning flower was a daffodil that was picked from a paddock. Wendy wants to encourage everyone to be part of the show, either as an participant or simply by coming along to see the array of flowers. It is only 30 cents for adults to enter the show and is free for children. What is raised on the day goes towards a donation for the use of the hall. As a keen gardener herself, Wendy explains that there aren’t many flower shows left in New Zealand. “We want it to keep going as long as possible,” she says.
New event set to draw the crowds A new event is set to see attendance of Lower Hutt’s HighLight: Carnival of Lights increase in 2018. Energise the Night is a glowing fun-run dance party in the Lower Hutt’s central business district and encourages people to take part as an individual or as a team.
The event will start when the sun goes down on Saturday, October 6, with people running, walking or dancing the distance. Registrations will open from 5pm on the day. From 7pm there will also be glow-in-the-dark painting for $2, with profits going to Te Omanga Hospice, the official charity of this year’s event. HighLight is a free annual event that illuminates Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt over Labour weekend with a carnival of live entertainment and performances, interactive light installations, fireworks and food trucks. The inaugural HighLight event in 2017 saw more than 100,000 people in attendance and raised $20,000 for its 2017 charity partner Alzheimers Wellington. This year’s event will be held from October 19 to 22.
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Te Papa highlights the legacy of female suffrage September 19 marks exactly 125 years since Aotearoa became the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the vote and Te Papa will open a pop-up exhibition to mark the occasion. Bronwyn Labrum, Te Papa’s head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures and her team are using stories from the last 125 years to reflect on gender rights today. She says 2018 provides an opportunity to look at the legacy of female suffrage – to celebrate the milestones that have been fought for and won, but to also acknowledge that the battle for equality is ongoing. “I remember the centennial suffrage celebrations in 1993, and the reality is that not much has fundamentally changed in terms of advances in women’s rights in the last 25 years. There is still pay inequality, while sexism and sexual abuse are experienced at every level of society,” Bronwyn says. “However, the tide certainly feels like it’s turning. There’s renewed energy, a braveness to ‘call it’ and momentum for change. I feel very hopeful about the changes we’ll be able to examine for Suffrage 150,” she says. Te Tohe mo nga Take Wahine / Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality, will be located on level 3 of Te Papa and will run until the end of February 2019.
A number of Lower Hutt schools have found that regular yoga sessions help pupils feel calmer and deal better with emotions. The Yoga for Schools programme which trialled at Avalon Intermediate School last year, involves a combination of physical stretches, controlled breathing activities and focused thought. The purpose of the programme is to improve the mental, physical, social and emotional well-being of tamariki. Nearly 500 students from seven different Lower Hutt schools participated in the programme in terms two and three. The schools involved are Avalon Intermediate, Taita Central, St Michael’s, Tui Glen, Petone Central, Waterloo and Fernlea schools. Results from more than 230 children surveyed so far have been overwhelmingly positive. More than 60 per cent of pupils said yoga has helped them deal with emotions such as anger, sadness, anxiety, embarrassment and guilt.
The Lower Hutt programme has been developed by Hutt City Council’s Active in the Hutt team and Seedling Yoga founder Sara Warnock, a former primary school teacher turned yoga teacher. “Yoga offers kids an opportunity to develop a toolkit to become more selfaware and helps them to self-manage and regulate their emotions and behaviour,” she says. The programme is designed to align with New Zealand’s Health and Physical Education curriculum. Supporting the well-being of its residents and empowering tamariki are key priorities for Hutt City Council, who would like to see all schools incorporate yoga in the classroom. Active in the Hutt’s Rebecca Grigg is interested in hearing from organisations and schools willing to support this programme and work in partnership to allow more students to participate. She can be contacted on 04 560 0305.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: If you were given the job of Prime Minister what would be the first thing you’d do?
Jimmy Waitere, Wainuiomata “Get to know all of the other people around me”
Trinity Taeaneai, Wainuiomata “Give myself a pay rise!”
Brooke Matenga, Wainuiomata “Explore parliament and get to know my new workmates and surroundings”.
Lucy Aplin, Wainuiomata ”More maternity leave to spend time with their new child”.
Josh Le’afa Paki , Wainuiomata “Give kids longer school holidays!”
Nikora Wharehinga-Sime, Wainuiomata “Send some money to the poor people in New Zealand”.
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Intersections a problem Dear editor, I was outside Harcourts watching cars shooting through the stop sign without looking just by habit. There should be traffic police over here so that leaves the frontline cops to tackle crime. I [also] saw some dopey idiot go straight through a stop sign in front of a big truck lucky the truck driver
just missed the car by a few meters. There’s lots of people that do not read the street signs. Lots of people are too focused on getting from point A to C, forgetting about B. People who go through stop signs and stop lights should lose their licences for six months at least. They just don’t want to learn to drive safe. I have seen 40 cars go through the Queen Street and Fitzherbert Road intersection stop sign, and you might think I am a moaner, but if you were driving along and some clown pulled out in front of you, could you stop
in time? These people are so used to giving you rude signs but can’t read intelligent safety signs. We have some residents in our area who can’t read the two new signs of 50kph down Hine Road and Sunny Grove. Some do 60kph to 70kph. People who speed in a built-up area have no regard for other drivers. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells, Wainuiomata (Abridged)
Outage cuts water to hundreds of homes Hundreds of homes were affected by a water outage recently. The burst pipe at the Parenga and Wood street intersection in Wainuiomata caused a water outage to around 200 properties
on August 30. The duration for the repair and water to be restored was the same day yet, council’s City Care team were door knocking with bottled water for residents.
Woman arrested following serious assault A woman has been arrested following a serious assault in Wainuiomata on Saturday night. Wellington police were called to a property in Orewa Grove at around 10pm where a 33-year-old woman had been stabbed a number of times. The injured woman was taken to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition on Saturday night - and is now in a stable
condition. The person arrested by police was a 30-year-old woman. She was arrested at a nearby address several hours after the incident. She was due to appear in Lower Hutt District Court on Monday, September 3. Charges are yet to be determined and police were continuing investigations at the address on Monday morning.
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Residents dissatisfied by bus service changes
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Chris Bishop is looking to help those who are dissatisfied by recent changes to the bus service around the Hutt Valley. According to a survey run by the Hutt South MP, preliminary results show 64 per cent of people are dissatisfied at the changes; while 72 per cent of people have experienced more timetable disruption and 58 per cent of people say they are less likely to use buses as a result of the changes. Chris says there have been lots of specific problems and experiences shared and believes there could be hundreds more. “Feedback is consistently coming in about the service but the big issue has been buses not turning up,” he says. The region’s bus network was given an overhaul in July this year and saw many
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new bus routes rolled out and the addition of a new bus fleet – as well as new drivers. Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw explained that changes to the service had to be made and that patience was needed as the new system settled in. Months later and passengers are still feeling the discomfort of the changes. Chris Bishop says Greater Wellington is aware of the issues – the goal is to fix the problem. “The changes have been a fail; people aren’t using public transport. I want to help regional council fix the problem,” he says. Hutt Valley commuters have the chance to speak up at a event on Tuesday, September 11 from 7pm at the Petone Rugby Football Club.
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Coming alive with The Sound of Music The Wainuiomata Hills will come alive with The Sound of Music in October. Acting Out, a new musical youth theatre group based in Wainuiomata, is producing its first show and organisers are ecstatic to have secured Wainuiomata High School’s auditorium as the location. The show will be on from October 4 to 7, with three evening performances and two matinees. Twenty-one local Wainuiomata children, aged from eight to 15 years-old will be part of the
well-loved family show, with songs including Do-Re-Mi. Acting Out NZ has only been going since the start of the year however, the community are in full support of the group. It was started from the passion of four local Wainuiomata parents, Victoria Nelson, Emily Weston, and Coral and Jeremy Yuile, who are part of Wainuiomata Little Theatre, and who have a love for musical theatre. The goal of the group is to share their acting knowledge and skills with the younger
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Intersection awareness campaign launches Drivers across the Wellington region will be advised to listen to the message: ‘Stay alert at intersections’. Thirty-seven per cent of crashes in the Wellington region over the last five years took place at intersections. Senior safety engineer for NZ Transport Agency, Steve James, says while there is a positive downward trend in intersection crashes and casualties in the Wellington region, there is still work to do. “This campaign will draw attention to the main causes of intersection crashes – poor observation by drivers, speed, and failure to give way,” Steve says. Wellington City Council’s trans-
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Wednesday September 5, 2018
Open day welcomes potential players By Dan Whitfield
Junior players being taught the ins and outs of tennis by adult players at Wainuiomata Tennis Club. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wainuiomata Tennis Club is opening its courts up to the public ahead of the 2018 season. The annual open day and junior registration event will be held on September 9 at the club in Homedale Village. President of the club Wendy Paulik says everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring their rackets down for a hit around.
“If people are interested, even if they aren’t skilled players, they’re welcome to come along,” Wendy says. The day will include an informational session, as well as mini games. If there are adults interested in joining the club, another open day will be held for senior players the following weekend. “We have a good coaching programme here and welcome new members,” Wendy says.
Dominant first half sets up Lions big win An explosive first half performance from the Wellington Lions set them up for a commanding 52-7 win over Southland in their Mitre 10 Cup cross-over match at Westpac Stadium on Friday night. The Lions ran in six unanswered tries in the opening 40 minutes as they dominated all facets of play to have the visitors reeling at the break. From the opening whistle it was fast-paced with the first stoppage of play not coming for more than three minutes. It was not long after that the Lions opened the scoring through
a Thomas Umaga-Jensen try. Five more followed as the backs and forwards combined with lethal effect as Southland really struggled to slow anything the Lions did down. With Jackson Garden-Bachop only missing one conversion it looked, at 40-0 at the break, that the Lions could set a record score against Southland. However, the Stags regrouped during halftime and came out a lot more organised in defence as the Lions sturuggled to break them down. They eventually did but not before
Southland scored a try of their own. Things ended as they had started with the Lions scoring a converted try to take the score beyond the 50-point mark. There were plenty of notable performances, including a hat-trick of tries to wing Ben Lam while All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea were also big contributors. Wellington 52 (Ben Lam 3, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Asafo Aumua, Tolu Fahamokioa, James Blackwell, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 5 con, TJ Va’a con) Southland 7 (Bill Fukofuka try; James Wilson con).
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Tennis serves up more drama Sometimes officials should just stick to what they know. US Open tennis umpire Mohamed Lahyani has got himself into hot water after giving Australian hot-head Nick Kyrgios a pep talk when he was down a set and a break in his second round fixture. Open organisers have said he went beyond protocol in leaving his chair to talk to the highly-strung tennis star. Lahyani can be heard saying “This isn’t you, I know that.” As it appeared Kyrgios was set to selfdestruct yet again in his talented but turbulent career. Kyrgios had let two big serves go past him without a swing of his
racket in the points leading up to the altercation. The chat worked as he went on to win in four sets. Lahyani is one of the most respected umpires on the tennis circuit but it seemed an odd move for him to give a player a pep talk. Good communication is appreciated between officials and players in several sports but tennis isn’t really one of them. Rugby referee Nigel Owens is one who has earned praised for his player-friendly approach. Cricket umpire Billy Bowden was always a charismatic and controversial figure with his flamboyant signals.
He even gave Aussie quick Glenn McGrath a red card in jest for simulating the under-arm ball in the first ever international twenty20 match. Officials need to ensure the rules are enforced, they’re not there to dish out sympathy. Kyrgios has long acted like a spoilt child on the tennis court and it’s hampered his improvement in the sport. His third round opponent, and polar opposite, Roger Federer was not impressed by Lahyani’s efforts and his actions have been the cause of much debate ever since. Best officials just stick to the rules and leave the action and the meltdowns to the players.
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