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Sharing their culture

By Dan Whitfield

Eleven students from Wainuiomata High School are taking their culture almost 10,000 kilometres around the world. The students, all from the school’s kapa haka group, will join five others from the Hutt Valley for an opportunity to share their culture with Japan as part of a two-week exchange

that starts from this Friday. The trip will see the students visit and perform in front of their sister schools, Oshukan High School and Iizuka High School, and though they have a full itinerary, including travelling around a number of cities, they will also have time to relax and enjoy the culture of Japan. Continued on page 2.

Yuki Sugito and Ethan Kamana will be part of the group from Wainuiomata heading to Japan this week. PHOTO: Leon McLeod-Venu

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Continued from page 1. Matauranga Te Rauna, head of Maori at Wainuiomata High School, says this is the first time the school has taken aspects of the Maori culture such as the haka to Japan. In previous years, the school group has been to America and even performed at Disneyland. Matauranga says the main

purpose of the trip is to spread their culture. “When people come to New Zealand they want to see the culture. What we’re doing is taking it to them,” Matauranga says. The school students will also attend a New Zealand festival in Minoh where they will link up with Lower Hutt Mayor Ray

Wallace. Minoh is a sister city of Hutt City, and along with performances, the students will help lead workshops and educate locals about the Maori culture. “I do this because I didn’t have the opportunity to share our culture when I was at school. It’s great to see them get this opportunity and to

see their smiles when they get there; I want them to know their culture can take them around the world,” Matauranga says. The school have been working hard on their kapa haka performances for the last few months. The students leave on Friday morning and will return on October 13.

Hutt Landowners Group unhappy with council survey By Dan Whitfield

The Hutt Landowners Group believes a recent survey has been designed to pit residents against each other. However, Hutt City Council explains that is not the case. Kathryn Cretney, a spokesperson for the group says the survey was designed to make it appear that some residents favour the plan. “It’s a despicable attempt to pit neighbour against neighbour. No other council has singlemindedly pursued an agenda to take control of residents backyards, and used such underhand techniques,” Kathryn says. The Hutt Landowners Group is fighting the council’s plans to identify and protect Significant

Natural Areas in Lower Hutt. Under the Resource Management Act and the Wellington Regional Policy Statement, the council is responsible for ensuring these valuable ecological sites are protected for the future. Kathryn believes the survey could not be sincere as council had already mapped out which backyards to close off as part of the project. In response, Kim Kelly, Hutt City Council’s general manager for city transformation, says she is acutely aware that any regulation of land use on private property is “highly emotional” and often a contentious issue. She adds however, that common sense and the central issue of New Zealand’s declining

biodiversity seem to have been forgotten. “Hutt City Council has worked alongside other councils in the Wellington region to ensure a consistent approach to this work. As required under the Resource Management Act, the Regional Policy Statement and Environment Court case law, council has an obligation to protect valuable native habitats, including regulations with the district plan,” Kim says. Council has met its legal obligations related to the work, and extended an open invitation to any affected landowner to meet and discuss their concern. Kim says the claim that the survey is an attempt to “pit neighbour against neighbour” is another example of attempts

to generate panic. Council attempted to establish a working group comprising representatives of landowners, iwi and conservation groups however, the resident groups vetoed the initiative meaning the plan was shelved. Kim says hundreds of affected landowners have been spoke with and as a result of these consultations, 160 SNAs have been withdrawn and hundreds of others have been reduced in size. Consultation with affected landowners will continue over the coming months. Once a proposed district plan change is prepared, there will be an extended consultation period for people to have their say.

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Bus service still settling in

Daylight saving on Sunday Daylight saving will begin at 2am this Sunday with locals encouraged to put the clocks forward by one hour before they go to bed. Daylight saving starts each year on the last Sunday in September, and ends on the first Sunday in April. During the daylight saving months New Zealand is on ‘New Zealand daylight time’, which is one hour ahead of New Zealand standard time. New Zealand first introduced daylight saving time in 1927. The current times have been fixed since 2007.

Wainuiomata to host 7s The Piri Weepu Invitational Sevens Tournament is being held in Wainuiomata this year. The event will be held on November 24th, and is a popular tournament that clubs from around New Zealand submit teams for.

Chris Bishop is still fighting to fix the Hutt’s bus problems. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By Dan Whitfield

With not enough buses, timetabling issues, and changes to routes, problems continue with Wellington’s new revamped bus services – and Hutt residents are unhappy. According to a survey run by Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, 62 per cent of people are dissatisfied at the changes, 67 per cent of people have experienced timetable disruptions, and 56 per cent of people say they are less likely to use buses as a result of the changes. Though it is clear that the situation in the Hutt Valley is not as problematic as the situation

in Wellington, Chris says these are very concerning results and the regional council must step up and take action to sort the problems out. “The regional council has dropped the ball and Hutt residents are the ones paying the price. I will continue to strongly advocate for Hutt commuters and bus users so that we have a public transport system that people want to use and can rely on,” he says. Recently, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s chief executive Greg Campbell stepped in, with his focus on fixing the bus service around the region. That said, Chris believes this

should have happened from the start. The Wainuiomata News contacted the Greater Wellington Regional Council for comment and a spokesperson said: “We know that people are experiencing overcrowding on some routes, driven largely by a mismatch between demand and bus size. The fact is that it also takes a while for the new service to ‘shake down’ to the point where we can understand what is working and what isn’t.” More buses and sorting out the issues with routes are two of the goals the council has moving forward. “The old bus network was

simply no longer fit for service,” the spokesperson says, “[and] the solution did not lie in injecting more and more buses into an already-crowded network.” “To have continued this would have been irresponsible, and would have pushed an even bigger problem onto a future council,” they say. A new fleet is set to be in place early next year and will include more frequent buses servicing a broader range of suburbs, with enough capacity to cater for growing patronage The gradual electrification of the fleet - 30 per cent of buses by 2025 - will also offer real benefits in terms of emissions.

Next business breakfast on Friday Wainuiomata’s next business breakfast is being held this Friday. This month’s guest speaker Hilary Combes from MathildaRock. MathildaRock Consulting was set up to help businesses turbo-charge their financial performance. To book your seat go to www.wainuiomata.kiwi The event is being held at the Louise Bilderbeck Hall, from 7am.

Crash victim named Police have released the name of the motorcyclist who died in a crash on State Highway 2 near Kaitoke on September 19. He was 23-year-old Julian Bahr, of Lower Hutt. Police have extended their sympathies to his family and friends.

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inbrief news Stolen car found A vintage racing car stolen in 2017 has been found by police, adding an extra layer to its already colourful history. The 1962 Brabham BT2, believed to be one of only 11 in the world, was stolen from a property in Paraparaumu in July last year. The historic car – rumoured to have links to the Great Train Robbery of 1963 - was found during execution of a search warrant in Lower Hutt on September 11.

HighLight returns for another year

Rainbow Warrior heading to Wellington The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is due to arrive into Wellington Harbour this week as part of a tour to celebrate New Zealand’s recent ban on new offshore oil exploration, and promote clean energy opportunities. In April this year, New Zealand made international headlines when it became one of the first countries in the world to ban new offshore oil and gas exploration licenses in response to climate change obligations. Internationally, Greenpeace saw the ban as so significant that it sent the Rainbow Warrior across thousands of kilometres of ocean to help celebrate with New Zealanders. In Wellington, the Rainbow Warrior will have a full schedule, holding three days of public open days, a free concert, and a political event that will explore New Zealand’s transition to clean energy.

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HighLight, an annual event that illuminates Riddiford Garden, is less than a month away. Happening over Labour weekend and featuring a carnival of live entertainment a nd per for ma nces, interactive light installations, fi reworks and food trucks, it will be an event for the whole family.

Te Omanga Hospice is this year’s charity partner, with all money from HighLight going towards the rebuild of its earthquake-prone building. Te Omanga Hospice was established in 1979, provides care and support to people, and their families, living with a terminal or life limiting illness in the Hutt Valley.

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Last year’s inaugural HighLight event in 2017 saw more than 100,000 people in attendance and raised $20,000 for its 2017 charity partner Alzheimers Wellington. Energise the Night is a new glowing fun-run dance party in the Lower Hutt’s central business district that will be part of the runsheet. Registrations will open

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Important checks help protect from fire By Dan Whitfield

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More than 100,000 people attended the HighLight: Carnival of Lights in 2017. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

their smoke alarms are working or need replacing. “Ideally people should check them once a month. But this acts as a good prompt for many around the community,” Peter says. Fires damage homes and destroy families every year around New Zealand. That said, Peter says many of the more serious ones could be prevented if there were working smoke alarms installed. Peter says if they aren’t working, replace them; if there isn’t

Wainuiomata firefighters are encouraging locals to check their smoke alarms when they put the clocks back this Sunday. Daylight saving starts each year on the last Sunday in September when 2am becomes 3am. It ends on the first Sunday in April. Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Senior station officer Peter Thompson says Daylight Saving acts as a good reminder for everyone to check to see if

one installed, get one installed. “Your home needs to have one because the smoke won’t wake you up. A smoke alarm gives you an early warning about a fire, giving you enough time to get out safely,” Peter says. Today, newer homes are required by law to have smoke alarms fitted. But Peter says there are still some homes firefighters visit that do not have any. This year alone, Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade has helped more than 50 families

fit working smoke alarms into their homes. Peter says Wainuiomata firefighters are happy to help people install a smoke alarm for free if they are having difficulties. “There haven’t been any significant fires in recent years that have been as a result of no smoke alarms but we don’t want to take the risk,” Peter says. “We want people to have working smoke alarms and to have an escape plan should they need it.”

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Choir on a new note with new name

The long-established Wainuiomata Choir is now performing under the name Hutt City Chorale. “We’re still the same choir,” says choir chairman David Barrow, “but we’re broadening our horizons and now want to perform for the benefit and enjoyment of the wider Hutt City.” With most of its members and followers from Hutt City, the name change makes sense. David says the choir is also privileged to have the young and talented conductor, Andrew Atkins, as taking on the position of conductor and musical director. “Andrew is active around Wellington, the Wairarapa and Manawatu as a sought-after conductor and pianist. He is positive, energetic and creative. We’re lucky to have him,” David says. The Hutt City Chorale will be singing for audiences in both Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt at the end of September. David says the chorale is presenting a varied programme that should interest a wide audience — ranging from a collection of classical choral pieces followed by a number of popular Gilbert and Sullivan, numbers from The Mikado, The Gondoliers and Pirates of Penzance. “All this put together means we aim to

The Wainuiomata Choir. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

present a varied programme showing just how versatile we are.” So much so, that we’ve decided to call this concert, Versatility. We promise our audiences a concert filled with great music and a variety of talent,” David says. Performances will be happening at 7.30pm on September 28 at St Stephen’s Union Church in Wainuiomata, and at 2pm on September 30 at St James Anglican Church in Lower Hutt. Tickets are available at the door, from choir members or phone 04 589 7748.

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to Fujisawa, Japan in November to represent Isuzu NZ and CablePrice – and New Zealand - on the world stage. Colloquially known as the ‘I-1 Grand Prix’, the event will see Aaron and Jimmy compete against ten other countries in the Category A Commercial Vehicle (CV) division.

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Enliven helps locals living with early-stage dementia Jo Rea (right) and Trish Shallard are looking forward to spreading the word in early October about Enliven’s pilot programme for people living with early-stage dementia, Enliven Connect.

Jo Rea and Trish Shallard are looking forward to spreading the word next month about Enliven’s exciting pilot programme for people living with early-stage dementia, Enliven Connect. The pair will be on hand to answers questions from the public at the Hutt City Council’s Seniors Expo, to be held at the Petone Workingmen’s Club in Petone on the 2nd of October. The Enliven Connect programme is run by Lower Hutt’s Woburn Home with seed funding from the Hutt City Council. It pairs individuals living with early-stage dementia with volunteer ‘buddies’ who share similar interests and are keen to help their partners get out and make the most of all life. Enliven Connect Coordinator Jo Rea says the programme already seen some promising successes. “One lady referred by us by city mission, she didn’t like to go out very often and lived alone.

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OUT& about Daffodil day fundraiser sees kids turn up in PJs Arakura Kindergarten recently celebrated Daffodil Day and proudly raised more than $100 for the Cancer Society. Organisers of the event say it was a fun day where everyone came to kindergarten in their pyjamas and ate pancakes for breakfast. PHOTOS: Supplied

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Scheme is open to individuals as well as unregistered groups. It allowed us to deliver 12 community workshops which resulted in 71 people contributing artwork to the labyrinth,” she says. The final labyrinth was experienced by 1500 people during the Hutt Winter Festival held in August. The deadline for this round of Creative Communities applications is October 1 for projects taking place between mid-November 2018 and October 2019.  To find out more about the scheme, go to huttcity.govt.nz/funding.

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• 10am-12noon, Genesis School-Gen • 10.30am-11.30am, Anxiety Coffee Group • 10.30am-11.30am, Baby Bounce and Rhyme • 2pm-4pm, Craft Group • 2pm-3pm, Justice of the Peace • 3pm-5pm, Film Thursday

• 9am-12noon, Citizen Advice Bureau • 10am-11am, Scrabble • 11.30am-1pm, CORD Group • 2pm-3.30pm, Bling Your Bag

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10am-11.30am, Chalk Art 11am-12noon, Community Law Clinic 12noon-1pm, Free Family Lawyer 1pm-2.30pm, Mystery Craft Bag 1pm-5pm, Budgeting Service 4pm-5pm, Zines for Teens 6.45pm-8.45pm, Toastmasters

• 10.30am-11.30am, Anxiety Coffee Group • 10.30am-11.30am, Baby Bounce and Rhyme • 10.30am-11.30am, Book Group • 2pm-4pm, Craft Group • 2pm-3pm, Justice of the Peace • 3pm-5pm, Film Thursday

• 9am-12noon, Citizen Advice Bureau • 10am-11am, Scavenger Hunt • 2pm-3pm, Mural Magic • 4pm-5pm, Fun with Origami

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• Highlight – Carnival of Lights • 9am-12noon, Citizen Advice Bureau

• Highlight – Carnival of Lights

• 9am-3pm, Intensive Literacy and Numeracy • 10.30am-11.30am, Anxiety Coffee Group • 10.30am-11.30am, Baby Bounce and Rhyme • 1pm-3pm, Stepping Up Computer Classes • 2pm-4pm, Craft Group • 2pm-3pm, Justice of the Peace • 3.30pm-5pm, TiHei Rangatahi Teina Thursdays • 4pm-5pm, Paper Craft for Kids • 4pm-5pm, Lego Legends • 5.30pm-7.30pm, TiHei Rangatahi Tuakana • 7pm-8.30pm, Guitar Group

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• 9.30am-12.30pm, Learning Licencing • 1pm-3pm, Chat and Chill • 3.30pm-5pm, TiHei Rangatahi Teina Mondays • 4pm-5pm, Active Hour

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9am-12noon, Whanau in Arms 10am-4pm, Addiction Counselling 10am-1pm, Budgeting Service 10.30am-11.30am, Preschool Storytime 10.30am-1.30pm, Wainuiomata Spinners 3.30pm-5pm, TiHei Rangatahi Teina Tuesdays 4pm-5pm, Creativity Tuesdays 6pm-7pm, Weight Watchers

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Popular artist returns to Artspace Gallery

Examples of Stephanie Crisp’s art. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery is hosting Stephanie Crisp as she showcases her exhibition, Impressions of New Zealand’s Harbours & Ports. After a near sell out exhibition last year, Stephanie returns to the Petone gallery for another exciting solo exhibition. Her work, often described as stunning, is beautifully constructed and balanced and often features her favourite subject to paint - boats and harbours. For this exhibition, Stephanie has been inspired by the boatsheds which are almost on the gallery’s doorstep, the Hutt River Mouth Boatsheds at Hikoikoi Reserve.

She has created a lively and colourful collection of paintings that bring this area to life. The scenes in her artworks are sculptural and sometimes industrial, the colours often lively and sometimes sombre. She paints in strong acrylic colour and loves the play of light and shade and shadows created in various shades of maritime greys and blues. The opening of the exhibition is this Saturday, September 29, and Stephanie will be flying up from Lyttleton to talk about her art. Her exhibition is on from September 29 to October 28.

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Alexander Turnbull Library secures significant art archive

Alexander Turnbull Library’s Shannon Wellington and Audrey Waugh looking over the archive of charismatic art dealer Peter McLeavey. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The archive of charismatic art dealer Peter McLeavey has been acquired by The Alexander Turnbull Library. Shannon Wellington, manuscripts curator at the Alexander Turnbull Library says “the Archive is a rich and highly significant collection of documentary heritage charting the development of New Zealand’s contemporary art scene during the second half of the 20th century.” Peter John McLeavey ONZM (19362015) established and operated New Zealand’s longest running dealer gallery representing many notable New Zealand artists and brokering the sale of some of our country’s most iconic works of art. He started selling paintings in 1966 from his bedsit on The Terrace in Wellington. In 1968 he moved operations to Cuba Street. Included in the archive are the gallery’s exhibition files. These files contain collected correspondence with exhibiting artists, catalogues and invitations for

each exhibition, photographs of the artworks and artists and publicity materials; over 560 exhibition files in total, one for each exhibition held since 1968. Peter had a longstanding interest in photography and owned a camera from his teenage years. The Archive includes photographic collages that were taken and compiled by Peter from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. The collages depict scenes in New Zealand and overseas, artists, their artworks and studios, and the McLeavey family. Hilary McLeavey, on behalf of McLeavey family, says “we are delighted that the Peter McLeavey Archive is coming to The Alexander Turnbull Library. “Peter would be very pleased. It was his wish that his Archive be available to everyone interested in the years to come,” Hilary says. The Peter McLeavey Archive will be available by request by late 2019 and early 2020.

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National championships find NZ’s top police dogs After three days of fierce competition at the National Police Patrol and Detector Dog Championships, New Zealand’s top dogs – and handlers – have been crowned. Twenty-three teams from New Zealand Police, Customs, Corrections, Aviation Security and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZ Army) competed in the three categories: Police Patrol, Narcotic Detector and Explosive Detector. The competition involved a range of activities to test the unique skills of dogs and their handlers and was held in the Upper Hutt area. Four-year-old Police dog Mario and handler Senior Constable Mark Chapman, from Tauranga, are this year’s national Police Patrol dog champions and the winners of the Frank Riley Cup.

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The pair also won the William Rose Bowl for criminal work disciplines. National Coordinator Police Dogs Inspector Todd Southall says the standard across all the

championship categories was very high. “The competition was extremely stiff this year, and the scores were all very tight at the top,” Todd says.

Second arrest made in Taita fatal assault Police investigating the recent death of Faapaia Fonoilaepa in Taita have arrested a second man, says Detective Inspector John Van Den Heuvel. The 50-year-old was arrested in Hastings last week and police allege he was an occupant of the silver station wagon seen leaving the incident. He has been charged with possession of a fi rearm and possession of a knife and was due to appear in Hastings District Court on Wednesday last week. Police are continuing to make enquiries into the incident.

The post mortem has been concluded and it has been determined Faapaia died from a single stab wound. He has now been returned to his family who police are continuing to support. “We have had a great response to our appeal for information and are grateful to the people who have provided information so far,” Mr Van Den Heuvel says. “We are still keen to hear from anyone else who may have witnessed the incident.” People with information are encouraged to contact Lower Hutt Police on 04 560 2600. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Everyone worked really hard just to get here in the first place, and it’s a big deal to have come and competed at a national level. And of course, those who have taken out titles should feel very

proud of themselves and their dogs,” he says. Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement presented the prizes at the Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham.

Arrest following homicide in Upper Hutt Emergency ser vices were called to Golders Road in Upper Hutt at around 4:30pm on September 20 after reports a man had been stabbed. Despite efforts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police arrested a male at a nearby address in relation to the inicident. The man who was arrested following a homicide on Gold-

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The Community Noticeboard is for non-profi t organisations. For2015 $15.00 Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. A Lower Hutt suburb will be one of you can publish up to 25 words. the first in the country to trial a new dog No AGMS, sporting notices or special tag technology. meetings. Community Notices must Doggone is designed to help reunite be pre-paid. dog owners with their lost pets, and Call into our office, phone (04) 587 Stokes Valley dog owners are trialing 1660 pools or email classifi were builteds@wsn.co.nz by us. the new technology that includes Our a summer Blends in well did cause no fuss. Bluetooth tag and app that sends locaWith hydro slide will cause a splash. tion updates. “In simple terms, Doggone links an And to it many people dash. ID with the Bluetooth registration tag ThroughVersatility’ native bush we twist and wiggle. concert, classical, Gilbert/ and the free Doggone App. From the children a giggle. Sullivan. Stbrings Stephens Church, “When the dog is marked as lost on Severn days a week28, the7.30pm place isand open. September St James, the App by its owner, the owner receives Hot summer days we all30, are2.00pm. hopen!Tickets LH, September location updates of where their dog has $20.00 or $15.00 concession.

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Wednesday September 26, 2018

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Healing through sport at Invictus Games Lower Hutt woman Kiely Pepper will be flying the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) flag in Australia next month, when she competes in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill current and former servicemen and women. This year’s event, in Sydney from October 20-27, will involve competitors from 18 allied nations in 11 different adaptive sports. The NZDF is sending a team of 24. Major Pepper, who has been in the New Zealand Army for 22 years, is eligible to compete because of ill health. She has suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) since 1997 and in 2015 was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I saw the Invictus Games as a way to set and reach some goals that have eluded me for quite some time, and to do it in a safe environment with some good coaching,”

she says. “Obviously the pinnacle is going to the Games.” Major Pepper will compete in archery, indoor rowing, cycling and wheelchair basketball in Sydney. Her illnesses have both been debilitating. “People understand cancer. The support for cancer is unbelievable. A lot of women who have had breast cancer have paved the way for people like me to have a better time of it. “[But] CFS is very difficult to diagnose and there was very little awareness of what it was about when I got it. It’s a horrible condition. It’s very mean because it’s very inconsistent and painful.” The Games are the brainchild of Prince Harry, who was inspired by the Warrior Games in the United States. He launched the first Invictus Games in London in 2014, aiming to help competitors on their journey to recovery through the power of sport. That journey is tak ing Major Pepper far and wide –

Major Kiely Pepper has viewed the Invictus Games as a way to set and reach some goals that have eluded her.

she recently returned from a world breast cancer dragon boating regatta in Italy, where she was part of Wellington’s CanSurvive team, which finished second.

Having the sporting goals had helped in her recovery, she says. “It distracts you from the illness, to a certain degree, and helps you to consider what you can do

instead of what you can’t. It also helps you to feel healthier, and being around others who have suffered but are ‘moving on’ is inspirational,” she says.

First tennis tournament of the season a success

The Wainuiomata Intermediate 15s team who recently won the regional competition. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Intermediate rugby team on form

By Dan Whitfield

Young rugby players from Wainuiomata have proved they’ve got what it takes to win. Wainuiomata Intermediate had one of its best results at the 15th Anchor AIMS Games in Tauranga earlier this month, with its sevens finishing 16th out of 44 teams. But it was at the recent Wellington Intermediate Rugby Tournament that Wainuiomata soared to new

heights. The team, made up of 19 boys and girls from the Intermediate, won every game without a try being scored against them, says teacher and coach Isaac Hayes. In the final, Wainuiomata won 26-nil against Tawa Intermediate. “This is the first time we have ever won this tournament and is the second inter-school competition we’ve won this year,” Isaac says. Ihaia Waenga, the young

captain of the Wainuiomata team, says finding out that Wainuiomata was in the final made everyone really happy and winning was awesome. The young players celebrated with a trip to McDonalds on the way home. “The games helped, we were heaps better because of it. There is nothing like the teams we played,” Ihaia says, talking about the recent rugby result. Isaac says Wainuiomata have been playing well together.

He says the AIMS Games were amazing, but for the rugby tournament, the team didn’t actually have much time to train beforehand. That said, Isaac says when they got there the team came together and played great. “It just goes to show that the time you put in really pays off,” Isaac says. Due to how well the sevens team did at the AIMS Games, Wainuiomata Intermediate is considering sending two teams next year – a boys team and a girls team.

Wainuiomata Tennis Club kicked off its first official tournament for the season with the Jubilee Cup on Friday night. The competition was introduced to celebrate the club’s 50th jubilee and has now been contested by players for 20 years. It acts as a warm up for interclub players and sees players drawn out of the hat, providing great competition. Joe Easthope and Warren Yaxley were the winners of this year’s cup, with runners up being Ryan Commane and James O’NeillCook. Plate winners were Dane Beeke and Sylvan Langvette, while runners up were Paul Jeffs and Jess Saunders. Wainuiomata Tennis Club is one of the few clubs in the Hutt Valley to still hold tournaments for its players. President Wendy Paulik says “we provide competitive and social play for our members who also have use of the courts year-round.” “Not only do we play for trophies but we also provide other tournaments such as the Grand Slam, always a very popular day at the club,” she says. If people are interested in playing but not yet ready to join the club, Wendy says the club has Thursday nights available for casual tennis from $5. These sessions start at 7pm. “This year there will be coaching available in October, [with] racquets available, so come along and give tennis a go.”


Wednesday September 26, 2018

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KTM rider Whitaker takes top honours By Andy McGechan

Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker (KTM EXC300), outright winner at Sunday’s second round of the Xtreme Off-road Championship series near Porirua. PHOTO: Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

Preseason training for Wolves

The challenge had been made and KTM rider Jake Whitaker gleefully accepted it. The second round of four in this year’s inaugural NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship series sent riders into the damp and dark depths of the Akatarawa Forest on Sunday and, after more than three hours of brutal off-road racing, it was the Wainuiomata rider’s (KTM EXC300) who emerged first. The steep, rocky and treacherous tree root-lined course, about halfway between Lower Hutt and Porirua, was set to test even the hardiest of men and machinery, but for the father-of-one, it was probably just another day at the office. The 27-year-old is already a Kiwi legend in another motorcycling code – he is record eight-time national moto trials champion – and he used some of those same precise throttle control and bike balancing skills needed for trials riding to conquer the brutal Moonshine Valley enduro course. Jake finished the day more than two minutes ahead of runner-up rider Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna FX350), from Cambridge. “It was a pretty demanding course today, with only a few short stages where a rider could rest a bit,” Jake says. “It was an extremely physical day of riding, with hill climbs and creek crossings to keep everyone on their toes. “The weather was great and the course surprisingly dry, although there were a few spots in the forest that probably never really dry out, so we did strike a bit of mud too,” he says.

Hamilton’s Phil Singleton (Husqvarna FE350) had won the day at the series opener at Whangamata, but he was forced to settle for third overall at Moonshine. This was, however, enough for Singleton to keep his series lead as the riders now prepare for round three, in Hawke’s Bay on November 3-4. Jake says he was thrilled to excel on his new bike, the 2018-model KTM EXC300 only collected by him a few days earlier. “It is the new fuel-injection model and so the power delivery stayed smooth and reliable even on the steepest down-hills and there was no chance of it flooding when I lay the bike over. I enjoyed the benefits of that today for sure. “I didn’t contest round one of this series and will be absent too for the next event, so I really have no chance of winning this series overall, but it was good training for me as I prepare to tackle the upcoming Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro near Melbourne (on November 4).” Meanwhile, the top three finishers in the Silver Grade on Sunday were Lower Hutt’s Ryan Scullion, followed by Cambridge’s Beau Taylor and Whangarei’s Wayne Cox. Best of the Bronze Grade riders was Whitianga’s James Kerr, with Tauranga’s Matt Reece and Whitecliffs’ Cody Corson not too far behind. The series continues now with round three in Hawke’s Bay and then round four at Oxford, near Christchurch, on November 16-17. Only two of the four rounds of the NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship are to be counted, with riders to discard their two worst scores, while double points are offered for the final round in the South Island.

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Tuwhakaraua Taute powers into his team mates during the Wellington Wolves preseason defence practice. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone By Gerald Rillstone

Preseason training is underway for Wellington American Football team the Wolves. American Football has been played in Wellington for the past 14 years and this year the Wolves aim to lift their profile. Practicing opposite Onslow College on Sundays the team are keen to have as many people join as possible. Coach Sam Isa’ako says it is a game for all sizes and suits those how are not suited to rugby. He says the club doesn’t limit members to any particular suburb meaning they have players from as far away as Wainuiomata. There are three teams in the Wellington region and around 14 in Auckland. It isn’t a game exclusive to males either, with two women’s teams introduced to the Auckland club this year. The sport originated in the 19th century out of older games related to modern rugby football and soccer (association football). American and Canadian football developed

alongside each other and were originally more distinct before Canadian teams adopted features of the American game. Played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defence, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense’s advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least 10 yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team’s end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent’s goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins. The Wolves are set to start the season on November 10 and Riverside Park Lower Hutt.

Familiar foes at grand final time I let out a little grumble realising the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm would meet in the NRL grand final on Sunday night. It’s a bland final to me, with two teams who have had their fair share of success. Melbourne are defending champions and the long-term benchmark of the competition, The Roosters, last won in 2013 and are the cashed-up glamour club who always have top players. The most intriguing aspect of the final may be which players aren’t playing. Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater, who has announced his retirement at the end of the season, should miss the final after a shoulder charge last weekend saw him cited. The cynic in me thinks the Aussies won’t want to get in the way of a good fairytale so he may get off on a technicality no one knew existed. The Roosters look set to miss star off-season signing and former Storm signing Cooper Cronk who

suffered a severe rotator cuff injury and is likely out without anyone admitting it. The competition was tight this year with the top eight team separated by just one win after 25 rounds. Yet, the two top teams have made the final. The Roosters will be the favourites and rightly so. They have the defence capable of winning championships and the players like fullback James Tedesco and Blake Ferguson who can split a defence apart. The Storm look to be nearing the end of their decade of dominance. Cronk is gone, Slater has retired, hooker Cameron Smith has just the 2019 season left in him. Maybe one last premiership is on the horizon. Walking wounded or not, both these teams will put on a show. Maybe after a week of build-up I’ll be motivated to watch. Who knows, it might be a classic final which no one saw coming.


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