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The Strand due to a nationwide store network change. Wainuiomata councillor Campbell Barry spoke with representatives from New Zealand Post recently, who announced that they were evaluating their situation in the community and looking for another location. Continued on page 2.
Campbell Barry is fighting to see the postal service remain in Wainuiomata.
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Continued from page 1. “In my view, it is really important that we get a commitment from New Zealand Post and Kiwibank to remain in Wainuiomata,” Campbell says. He says he’d heard the video store was closing, which meant the other services would be up in the air. He believes there’s a good opportunity to see how these services could work within Progressive Enterprises’ redevelopment plans for the shopping centre.
“I think it’s extremely important to keep the postal service, and what is there of the Kiwibank service, in the community, especially with all the growth that’s happening,” Campbell says. He says it would be irrelevant to see the service go due to everything someone can do there. Wainuiomata also lost ANZ earlier this year. Other big franchises to pull out of Wainuiomata in recent years include New World and The
Warehouse. Campbell says he will keep working to see the service remain, but encourages members of the community to also speak up. “People need to let New Zealand Post know it’s a vital service for our community,” he says. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop has also expressed his concerns of the situation. He says the service is “vital for the community” and will fight for it to stay in the town centre.
Chris says it’s a really exciting time; the population is growing and the retirement village is coming, and Wainuiomata needs this service to stay. With the potential redevelopment of the Progressive Enterprises-owned shopping centre, Campbell believes the service could find its fit within the plan. That said, there has been no news from the company since the first announcement earlier this year.
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Hutt City Council and Love Wainuiomata are working together to fix the town centre, starting with a spring clean of the area. After a recent water blast of Queen Street’s footpath, council worked wit h t he
community group and locals to identified additional areas to work on. Long-time local Barry Renshaw was one of the locals who helped test problem spots with his mobility scooter. The aim is to make the
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Arrest over stolen Wheki trees One person has been arrested in relation to the theft of 12 Wheki trees from the Naenae’s Waiwhetu Stream in July. Following information from the public, 10 trees and a large
quantity of cannabis were located at a property in Wainuiomata late last month. A 49-year-old man was arrested in relation to the theft and charged with possession
of cannabis for supply, cultivating cannabis, possession of equipment for the production or cultivation of cannabis, theft and diversion of electricity. He appeared in the Lower Hutt
District Court on September 4 The Wheki trees will be returned to Naenae Nature Trust. Police would like to thank the public and the trust for their assistance with this investigation.
Hutt City Youth Awards back for 2018
GWRC boss takes over troubled bus network Greater Wellington chief executive Greg Campbell is stepping in to take direct leadership of the implementation of the new Wellington bus network for the next three months. He will work alongside the general manager for public transport Wayne Hastie. Greg says his assumption of direct responsibility for the bus transition programme reflects the importance the council places on getting it right for our customers. “While it has been a difficult process on some routes, we will solve the problems,” Greg says. The council’s general manager for environment management Nigel Corry will take up the role of deputy chief executive officer for the time that Greg is leading the bus transition programme.
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The 2018 Hutt City Youth Awards are back and set to shine the light on the amazing things young people are doing. The awards were established in 2015 and recognises those aged 12-21 who have achieved great things in leadership, the arts, sport, entrepreneurship, embracing diversity, science and technology, service to the community and overcoming adversity. Chris Bishop MP, chairman of the organising committee, says these awards showcase
how remarkable our young people are who show huge potential for the future and who have made a significant contribution to the city. “Too often young people get a bad rap, particularly in the media. The reality is that in so many different fields, young people are achieving great things,” Chris says. “They’re contributing to the community. They’re creating new businesses. They’re volunteering with charities; overcom i ng cha l leng i ng personal circumstances to
succeed against the odds; leading by example,” he says. The major sponsor of the awards is WelTec, supported by other local organisations. “Every year the awards ceremony is a very special night, as the Hutt community comes together to pay tribute to our outstanding young people,” Chris says. Nominations can be made online, and close on Friday, September 25. The awards night is on Thursday, October 25 at WelTec. The judging panel consists
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of: Mayor of Lower Hutt, Ray Wallace; Naenae Youth Charitable Trust’s Kerri Graham, Ignite Sport’s Kevin Goldsbury, TAKA Trust’s Matt Reid, Natraj School of Dance’s Prabha Ravi, Hutt City Youth Council’s Sophia Nem, and WelTec chief executive Chris Gosling. “In the last three years the quality of nominations was absolutely brilliant, with some incredible stories. As mayor of Lower Hutt it is my real pleasure to support the awards”, Ray says.
An aerial 1080 possum control operation in the Northern Remutaka Range will begin in the next appropriate weather window. A suitable weather pattern has been identified to allow pre-feed cereal baits to be distributed over the 24,000-hectare operation that covers the native forest and rugged country between Hutt Valley and Southern Wairarapa. Pre-feed pellets followed by cereal baits treated with a small amount (0.15 per cent) of 1080 toxin will knock down possums to enable the eradication of bovine TB. The operation will have the biodiversity benefit of regenerating the forest and boosting the breeding success of native birds.
Parking no longer free on Sundays The Wellington City Council has agreed to proceed to a user-pays model for parking at weekends. The new arrangement started on Sunday, following a full Council meeting recently where Councillors voted 11-3 in favour of the new model. The weekend parking, which will be at a discounted rate compared to weekdays, is expected to bring in $3 million a year and help bring down rate increases.
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inbrief news Ministerial visit for low income families Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni will visit Wainuiomata to talk to families about free microfinance loans for those who are on low incomes. The talk will be held at the Wainuiomata Community Hub on Friday, September 14 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Carmel is the minister for social development and disability issues. She is also the associate minister for arts, culture and heritage and Pacific peoples. She will talk about the ‘microfinance’ initiative which are interest free loans, who is eligible and how to apply.
Council gives to projects ‘reflecting diversity’ The Wellington City Council has approved over $350,000 in grants to projects and organisations that reflect the diversity of the capital, and will contribute to building a stronger, more resilient, creative and vibrant environment for everyone in our community. The grants subcommittee recently allocated a total of $368,826 to 66 projects through the Arts & Culture, Social & Recreation, and the Natural Environment Funds. Two grants allocated $45,000 each for organisations providing emergency accommodation for women: the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust and Wellington Women’s House – both of which provide low-cost accommodation and wraparound tenancy support for women.
Jimmy Barnes coming to Lower Hutt Jimmy Barnes is returning to New Zealand for one summer show in Lower Hutt. The Working Class Man is set to perform on February 5 2019 as part of the Red Hot Summer Tour bringing together some of the biggest names in Australian rock for one show only. Along with Jimmy Barnes, The Living End, The Angels, and Diesel are also in the line up of entertainment. Tickets go on sale from September 17 for the summer gig at Hutt Recreation Ground.
Machinery technician looking to be world best Wellington technician Levi Webster has won the Hitachi Top Technician Asia Pacific regional final and will now compete in the world final next month. Levi, who is based at Gracefield, represented CablePrice (NZ) Ltd at the September competition in Singapore. He will now represent both CablePrice and Hitachi Construction Machinery Asia & Pacific (HMAP) at the world final in Japan in October. CablePrice is the New Zealand distributor and technical support for Hitachi construction machinery. The event was based around Hitachi’s ZX200-5G range of excavators. During this year’s competition, Levi was up against five other technicians including, for the first time, representatives from Myanmar and the Philippines. On the first day, competitors were presented with faulty machines and had 90 minutes to diagnose, repair their machine and offer solutions to ensure minimum downtime. Levi was the only technician to complete this task and had to cope with the challenging conditions of 35˚C and 100 per cent humidity. The second day was devoted to machinery theory and again Levi performed extremely well, despite only working for CablePrice for five years. “We are very proud of Levi and excited about his opportunity to go to Japan. The Asia Pacific win is great recognition of how hard Levi has worked and prepared and his real commitment to his trade,” says James Magill, CablePrice Wellington operations manager.
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Group rescued from DoC hut in Remutaka Forest Park A group of young people caught out by bad weather earlier this week had a lucky escape when police search and rescue picked them up from the Department of Conservation hut they were sheltering in. On Sunday, September 2, the group of five set out on a tramp in Remutaka Forest Park. They planned to stay only one night at Boar Inn, a DoC hut on the Orongorongo River. During the trip, a front brought heavy rain to the area, which
raised the river to an impassable level and left the group stranded. The group managed to make contact by text message on Monday afternoon. While they were not in immediate danger, food supplies were running low, and the forecast for the rest of the week showed further rain, meaning it was unlikely that river levels would recede. Police search and rescue (SAR) advised the group to stay put and that they would work to
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reach them as soon as weather conditions allowed. During a lull in the rain on Wednesday, September 5, a SAR team in a four-wheel drive was able to make it to within a short walk of the stranded party. Sergeant Hamish Knight, of Wellington Community Policing and SAR, says despite running into trouble with weather, the group had made some good choices. “Even though they entered into a valley that many know to
pose problems during consistent rain, the group had planned their trip and had let someone know where they were going,” Hamish says. “Once they got into trouble they knew their limits and made the smart choice of seeking shelter in a hut,” he says. Hamish says anyone who sets out on a hiking trip should do the same, as well as making sure they have adequate provisions, and appropriate clothing and gear for the conditions.
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Polynesian artist visits Pukeatua School
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Pukeatua School students had a special treat when Michel Tuffery visited their classroom to talk with them. Michel Tuffery is a Polynesian artist born in Wellington who works in a number of media including printmaking, posters, woodcuts, lithography, sculpture, set design and performance pieces. Expla in ing h is choice to
work with different types of media, he says he is fascinated by everything he sees around him. “I like to have a go, interpret how I see things, because if you don’t try you’ll never know,” Michel says. He visited the school on Monday, September 3. Michel is one of a number of New Zealand-born Pacific
Islanders who reference their Pacific identity in their work whilst using European mediums. “We’re this third generation. If you go to a new place you create a new culture, and that’s what we’re doing,” he says. Art played a crucial part in Michel’s childhood as he is dyslexic, so he found it a way to communicate.
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“Drawing was an excuse not to write. Teachers would try and get me to write by saying that if I wrote a sentence they would let me draw on the other side of the page,” he says. Michel has an inclusive view of art and identity in the Pacific. He believes everyone in New Zealand has a legitimate contribution to make in the exploration and expression of
the unique Pacific identity. As part of Pukeatua School’s art programme, the students had researched about Michel and his style of art. They chose a shape that had meaning to them and they made choices from turtles right through to boxing gloves. Their art is currently hanging up in the Ministry of Education office in Wellington.
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Question: Why is it important to help the less fortunate?
Cadence Yates, Wainuiomata I think it’s important because the poor deserve just as much as us.
Jermaine Del Mundo, Wainuiomata Parents with little money and the homeless deserve the same rights as the rich. We wouldn’t want to live in a world where kids are not being taken care of.
General Knowledge Quiz 1. Which animal does not make any sound? 2. Which ‘C’ is a form of cow’s milk with the water removed? 3. ‘Golden Years’ and ‘Sound and Vision’ are singles from which British musician? 4. What is the largest predator found on land in Australia? 5. Who played the role of Lucius Fox in the 2008 film ‘The Dark Knight’? 6. Which Dutch artist painted ‘Cafe Terrace at Night’? 7. Which animal has a Spanish name which when translated to English means ‘little armoured one?’ 8. How old was William Shakespeare when he died? 9. In the series ‘Breaking Bad’ who played the main character Walter White? 10. Who was the top of the Forbes Rich List for 2017?
Toakase Tali, Wainuiomata We need to help people have the things they need to live.
Teisa Vaka, Wainuiomata The reason we should help the less fortunate is because some families are in need of food and water.
April Nanai, Wainuiomata I think it’s important because the less fortunate sometimes need food and a better education.
Shivish Prasad, Wainuiomata Because if we didn’t look after them they’d be poor and on the streets.
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Local netball players have celebrated their achievements, both individual and as a club, at the annual Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club prizegiving. Sponsored by Design and Build Homes Limited, the prizegiving was held on Saturday, September 8 at the Speight’s Ale House in Petone. The occasion celebrated the achievements of players who competed at club, Hutt Valley and international representative levels. The club also acknowledged the supporters on the night. From a club and premier one
side of things, acknowledgements went out to Alofa Aberdein-Tapuai, named the most improved player, Zara-Lee Awatere, who got the fair play award, and Rachel Savelio, who was the year’s most valuable player. In the premier two awards, Hayley Mellon picked up the fair play award and Coral Winiata was named most valuable player. At the senior one level, Esther Sopoaga was the most improved player, Angela Milovale was given the fair play award, and Bree Itula was named the most valuable player.
The young player of the year award was presented to Lace Tangianau, who represented the Hutt Valley region in the under 15 representative netball team. She was also named as part of the Emerging Sox under 17 girls softball side who travelled to Canada in July this year. Netball Hutt Valley representatives included Alicia TomokinoGeale, Maryanne TomokinoGeale, Lace Tangianau, and Coral Winiata. Samoa international player Gene Solia-Gibb was also recognised for her achievements within the club.
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Flower show blooms with entries Hundreds of flowers were in bloom inside the Wainuiomata Intermediate school hall as the
Wainuiomata Gardeners Club hosted its annual spring flower show over the weekend.
Given the terrible weather last week, organiser Wendy Paulik says she was thrilled
to see more than 200 flowers entered into the different categories in the competition.
The community also got to be part of the day following the judging. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Fresh, local and utterly compelling contemporary art A theatre built in a disused swimming pool, intricate weaving, the utopian ideals of community, dissected photography and the cyclical nature of architecture are all on display in The Dowse Art Museum’s summer show. SOLO 2018 showcases new art by local artists Andrew Beck, Deanna Dowling, Sonya Lacey, Dave Marshall, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson
and Annie McKenzie. With projects that span photography, film, painting, weaving and sculpture this exhibition will bring together diverse voices, art forms and points of view to create a snapshot of contemporary art in the Hutt Valley. Senior curator Melanie Oliver says this biennial exhibition celebrates the compelling voices of today’s art world
and is one of the ways The Dowse nurtures the artistic community. “The Dowse is dedicated to the success and sustainability of art in our region and SOLO allows us to provide opportunities and resources for our local practitioners,” Melanie says. Each artist is commissioned and supported by The Dowse to create a fresh project espe-
cially for the show. Since the series began in 2012, it has featured a range of artists including Matt Hunt, Cat Auburn, Ann Shelton and Ben Buchanan, Karl Maughan, Peter Trevelyan, Ruth Thomas-Edmond, Samin Son, Moniek Schrijer, Crystal Chain Gang, Karl Fritsch, Neil Pardington, Jordana Bragg, and Erica van Zon.
In total there were 265 flowers entered, with many coming from Wainuiomata gardens. In terms of results from the senior competition: best bloom in the show went to Stephen Dobbs; best narcissus in the show went to Vera Phillips; most points in the show went to Jackie Dobbs; most points for camellia went to Jo Baker; most points for the flower section went to Jackie Dobbs; most points for the narcissus section went to Jackie Dobbs; most points for floral art went to Raewyn Kitchingman; most points for handcraft went to Pops Grobbelaar; most points CWI member went to Rona Hanlon; and most points for garden club member went to Jackie Dobbs. “Entries were up from last year with new people moving into the valley and entering the competition,” Wendy says. “The stand outs were the new art and craft section for children, 11 items entered, which was great. The floral art entries were amazing and the knitted items and quilts by adults were fantastic.”
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Young performers attend GymSports Festival Maia McLaughlan looks like a pro on the beam.
More than 50 Wainuiomata and Konini primary school students took to the floor as part of a Lower Hutt GymSports Festival recently. The students, who ranged between year four to six, had fun being able to perform their newly acquired gymnastic skills to an audience. Performing complicated sequences of movements and balances on the floor, beam and the
vault, Maia McLaughlan, Abigail Chan and Skyla Gamper managed to achieve three gold stars across the disciplines which is an outstanding achievement. Representatives from Gymsports and the collective of Wainuiomata primary schools are investigating how they can bring this event to the community for 2019 so more students can take up the challenge.
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Property values increase 8.5 per cent in a year The winter chill has put the brakes on value growth and market activity, but annual growth rates remain solid as key market drivers remain prevalent. Property values across the Wellington region rose 8.5 per cent in the year to August and increased 0.9 per cent over the past quarter. The average value is now $656,676. Wellington City values increased 7.4 per cent year on year although they dropped by 0.2 per cent over the past
three months and the average value there is now $778,386. Values in Upper Hutt rose 10.5 per cent year on year and 2.7 per cent over the past three months; Lower Hutt rose 4.9 per cent year on year and 1.5 per cent over the past quarter; Porirua rose 7.2 per cent year on year and 0.7 per cent over the past quarter. QV Wellington senior consultant David Cornford says “low listings coupled with a record low interest rate
environment continues to keep values stable.” “The continued trend of rising rents is also putting pressure on people to purchase property. This is resulting in increased buyer competition, particularly in the low-to-mid priced section of the market in areas such as the Hutt Valley and Porirua where there is a strong presence of first home buyers. “This in another factor contributing to modest value increases,” he says.
Art exhibition returns in 2019 Wainuiomata’s community art exhibition will return in 2019 and organisers are looking for locals with talent behind the camera or paintbrush. The Wainuiomata Art Exhibition launched this year with its inaugural event featuring more than 60 pieces of art belonging to artists from Wainuiomata. At this stage, planning is underway for the next exhibition set to be held on Friday, March 8. Margaret Willard, one of the many organisers of the event, says there are photographs, paintings, collages and more set to be displayed. “We’ve had wonderful support from the community – in fact support from everyone. We have a great team,” she says. As part of this year’s exhibition, there will be four categories including one for primary school children, another for 13-20-year-olds, adults and a separate photography category. Entry forms will be available from Wainuiomata Community Hub in
Wainuiomata residents getting inspired by the artwork at this year’s event. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
coming weeks and junior packs will be delivered to local primary and intermediate schools. Anyone who lives, works or creates
in Wainuiomata is welcome to enter. Organisers are looking forward to seeing again the wealth of creative talent in the community.
Trust welcomes standards to help Kiwi rental properties Sustainability Trust has hosted Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford as he announced the opening of consultation on standards to make Kiwi rental properties warmer and drier. The proposed standards will set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage and draught stopping in New Zealand residential rental properties. Phil Squire, from Sustainability Trust, says having these standards in place will help bring rental housing into the 21st century — really improving the warmth and dryness of rental homes. “Over one-third of New Zealanders live in rental homes — and many are too cold, damp and mouldy. It is important regulations exist to set a minimum standard for landlords to comply with,” Phil says. Sustainability Trust has worked in the healthy housing area for 15 years. “We see the effects of cold, damp housing on the lives of vulnerable tenants on a daily basis. Many landlords are doing the right thing by improving the warmth and dryness of their properties. But having standards in force will help ensure all landlords are providing healthy homes to tenants,” he says. Addressing New Zealand’s poor quality housing stock is complex. However, with Government leadership, regional collaboration and local action from organisations such as Sustainability Trust, we are confident all Kiwis will be living in warm, dry and healthy homes in the future. “We encourage landlords, tenants and other interested parties to submit on the proposed Government standards,” Phil says. Consultation is open till 6pm, October 22. The standards are part of regulations underpinning the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act — and must be in place by July 1, 2019.
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Wednesday September 12, 2018
Players recognised for top season Wa inuiomat a Rugby Club wrapped up its 2018 season by recognising the top players and contributors for the year that was. The premier’s John Monu was recognised with the best premier back award, while Matt Sole was presented with a trophy for the most tries scored during the season, and Daniel Cherry was named the the
open grade most valuable player of 2018. The night’s master of ceremonies was Tony Fitzgerald, with awards presented by community representatives and club chairman Jim Millar. Wainuiomata finished this year in second place, narrowly losing the final of the Hardham Cup to Petone.
Matt Sole was presented with a trophy for the most tries scored during the season. He is pictured with Ginny Andersen and Jim Millar.
Pride claim victory over Canterbury
John Monu was recognised with the best premier back award. He is pictured here with Chris Bishop and Jim Millar. PHOTOS: DARYL NEW
Footballers celebrated at end of season prizegiving By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata football players have been celebrated for a successful season. The Wainuiomata Football Club prizegiving was held recently and saw club awards given out to players who had performed well or gone above and beyond this season. Ryan Imray was presented with the club member of the year award, coach of the year was Jarrod Smith, and player of the year was Joel Evans. Club committee member of the year was Kurt Butterfield, the supporters trophy of the year went to Willie Maclennan, and the best and fairest player of the year was given to Gemma Krebs - who also received the title of top goal scorer of the year. Baxter King was named the young player
of the year, while sportsperson of the year was Liam Rukuwai. Wainuiomata’s premier side finished in the top spot in the capital one league, the second team finished ninth out of 10 teams in capital four, the capital nine side, demoted to capital 10, ended winning their league, and the capital 10 finished second out of 10. In the masters division, the second team finished seventh out of 10 teams, the masters four side finished third, the masters five side finished tenth. The Wainuiomata women’s team finished fifth out of 10 teams, meaning they remain in division one next season. Ryan, who was presented with the club member of the year award, says overall, it was a pretty successful season for the club.
Baxter King was named the young player of the year. He was presented his award by Marcell Brunner and Paul Wood. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wellington Pride came away with a convincing win over Canterbury on Saturday as part of the Farah Palmer Cup. The final score was 43-38, and even
Jackie Patea-Feriti, Wainuiomata’s very own, crossed the line for a try. Our Wainuiomata News photographer Daryl New captured the moment.
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Williams loses plot and US Open final Serena Williams got it all wrong in the US Open final on Sunday (NZ time). She lost in straight sets to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, but her behaviour towards the umpire was not becoming of her status. Williams responded to a code violation for coaching by telling the chair umpire that she’d “rather lose” than cheat. Umpire Carlos Ramos stood his ground. Williams said she was not being coached by her team in the grandstand but rather was receiving a “thumbs up”. Post-match her coach Patrick Mouratoglou later admitted he was coaching her. Williams, a winner of 23 grand slam titles was slapped with another violation for smashing her racquet. That cost her a point and on her way to losing 6-2 6-4. She insisted the umpire owed her an apology, demanding it at several points
throughout the match. Williams, who became a mum 12 months ago, acted more like her baby than a grown adult. The pathetic attitude took away from Osaka’s upset victory and first grand slam title and cast a shadow over what had been an excellent title. However, Williams overstepped her bounds with her temper tantrum and should be severely sanctioned by the world tennis officials. She lied constantly on court, saying she’d rather lose than cheat. Turns out she did both. Credit must go to Osaka, a 20-yearold who grew up idolising Williams and said after her semi-final win that her motivation for making the decider was the opportunity to play Serena. Eventually someone will become the new measuring stick in women’s tennis. Someone will tame the current top lioness and send her into retirement. Perhaps Osaka is the new favourite to push her for that mantle.
Wednesday September 12, 2018
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