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A healthy team and commitment to its product has seen Tom & Luke recognised as one of the fastest growing businesses in the Wellington region. The Wainuiomata-based business was named the regional winner in the Fastest Growing Manufacturing Business category at this yearâ€™s Deloitte Fast 50 awards. For business owner Luke Cooper, the recognition is fantastic and shows off the day-to-day efforts of everyone employed. Continued on page 2. Tom & Lukeâ€™s Luke Cooper, Samantha Thomas, Scott Gordon, and Davis Narayan. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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Continued from page 1. To be eligible, Tom & Luke needed to have had operating revenue of at least $500,000 in the 2015/16 financial year, but judged and selected from performance in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 financial years. Luke says that what he takes away from it is the understanding they have an amazing team who really are dedicated to what they do.
“There’s no off season and we’re focused on the product,” Luke says. Tom & Luke has been going for around five years and have 48 staff employed from Wainuiomata. Luke confirmed the business is committed to the Wainuiomata community. “We still have lots of work to do in this factory, plus we love it here. We appreciate
Wainuiomata,” he says. From here, Tom & Luke go to the 2018 Deloitte Festival of Growth to be held in Auckland on November 14. Deloitte Private Partner Bill Hale says this year’s regional winners showcase business success throughout the country. “T hese results clea rly demonstrate that there are a diverse range of businesses
across New Zealand that are achieving outstanding growth,” Bill says. “These companies have earned the right to attend the Festival of Growth, a full-day event where they will get the chance to hear from inspirational speakers, network with other winners past and present, interact with industry experts and celebrate their success together,” he says.
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when even-numbered houses water on even dates of the month, and odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month. At this stage these are baselevel restrictions that the Wellington Water have outlined apply every year. They can be increased depending on demand and supply around the region. “We rely on rivers and the
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Hours of delays due to Seaview crash The Seaview roundabout at Petone was blocked last Friday when a truck crashed and rolled. The resulting traffic congestion lasted for more than three hours as both lanes were
blocked. Emergency services were called about 2.25pm. The truck driver was reported to have serious injuries. The New Zealand Transport Agency said at the time that
“there is major congestion along The Esplanade coming from the SH2 Petone off-ramp. Road users are advised to avoid the area The crash happened at the roundabout of Waione Street,
Randwick and Seaview roads. The crash was cleared around 6pm. Bus services were also affected with delays and cancellations noted on all Lower Hutt bus routes.
Mayor welcomes thermal upgrade for more Hutt homes Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has welcomed Housing New Zealand’s recent announcement to improve the thermal performance of a further 200 homes in the Hutt Valley, following an initial pilot programme. “We know that warm, dry homes are healthy homes. This is an investment in the future health of families in Lower Hutt,” Ray says. He explained how Hutt City Council wants to work much closer with Housing New Zealand to improve and increase the social housing in the city to “improve the long-term wellbeing of children, their whanau and communities.” As well as improving existing stock, Housing New Zealand is looking to build up to 300 new homes in Lower Hutt over the new two to three years. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford was in the Hutt Valley to make the announcement last week. The retrofit programme follows an initial pilot of upgrading existing Housing NZ properties in Lower Hutt. Sixty homes have been completed to date as part of the pilot and a further six will be completed next month. The Hutt Valley is home to some of Housing New Zealand’s oldest stock and it is vital that these older properties are brought up to a more modern standard. The retrofit pro-
inbrief news SNA process must be halted Hutt South MP Chris Bishop is reiterating his call for the Hutt City Council to immediately halt its “Significant Natural Area” (SNA) process and go back to the drawing board. Last week more than 150 landowners attended a standing room only public meeting to voice their displeasure at the way the process is being carried out by Council. He believes council should throw out the current process and start again.
New system for some Hutt buses New Zealand Coach Services’ (NCS) has come up with the Bus Now - Pay Later system in the wake of Wellington’s transport shake-up. The system sees drivers record specially-issued ID numbers into a notebook on the Hutt Valley commuter buses, then send out a fortnightly bill to customers. The Lower Hutt-based company was using the Snapper system when they picked up the Wainuiomata, Stokes Valley and Upper Hutt express services in June.
School holiday driving advice Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Labour MP Ginny Anderson, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford (back) and Lower Hutt Deputy Mayor David Bassett (right), along with David and Carol Coffin, whose state house was one of the first to be upgraded as part of the pilot programme. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
gramme will extend the lives of these homes for generations to come. Phil Twyford says families that have benefited from the pilot have found their upgraded homes to be a vast improvement on their previous properties, especially during the cold winter months. “The retrofit programme is an essential part of Housing NZ’s efforts to renew its current housing stock in the Hutt. It is
also looking to build up to 300 new homes in Lower Hutt over the next two to three years, with the first new homes expected to be delivered from next year,” Phil says. Labour List MP Ginny Andersen says one of the best things people can do to ensure a family is healthy is to ensure their home is warm and dry. “The Housing NZ programme is making homes in the Hutt warmer through insulation,
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Police and the NZ Transport Agency are asking everybody traveling these school holidays to plan ahead, take regular breaks, and stay safe on our roads. During five days over the school holidays last year, October 6 to 10, 15 lives were lost on our roads. The total deaths for the whole month was 32. “If the same thing happens this year, we are going to have 32 people die in October. Who is it going to be, you, a member of your family, a friend, or one of your colleagues?” says Sandra Venables, assistant commissioner for road policing. Sandra says the focus will remain on the four main behaviours police know contribute to death and serious injury on our roads; driving too fast for the conditions, driving impaired, driving distracted, and people not wearing their seatbelt.
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inbrief news New Zealand’s lowest murder rate in decades The murder rate in New Zealand is the lowest it has been in 40 years, with official figures released today showing the number of homicides in New Zealand is declining. A new report details official homicide victims statistics between 2007 and 2016, plus provisional figures for 2017. It covers the homicide of 686 people over the 10 year period, including murder and manslaughter offences. On average, there were 74 homicides a year between 2007 and 2011, dropping to 63 between 2012 and 2016. The lowest number was 58 in 2016, with the provisional number for 2017 even lower at 48. The report shows the murder rate is currently at its lowest since the early 1970s, and is less than half that of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Holiday activities get tails wagging Animates stores across the country are offering free school holiday sessions on how to best interact with dogs. These school holidays, Animates are partnering with the ‘Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust’ to bring their local communities free educational sessions teaching children dog safety and the correct way to interact with dogs. Animates stores will be hosting the sessions on Thursday, October 4 and 11, at 11am and 2pm.
Milestone reached by Friends of Baring Head By Sophie Manson
Friends of Baring Head recently reached their goal of planting 150 metres of native plants along the Wainuiomata River. The milestone was part of the Million Metres Streams Project (MMSP), a national crowd-funding initiative run by the Sustainable Business Network that hopes to restore New Zealand’s waterways. It allows businesses to invest in conservation projects and gives community groups the funds to source the plants, provide planting equipment, and care for the plants in the future. The planting took place over two dates, July 20 and September 13. Volunteers from Ricoh, the EPA, Green Cabs, and the Garage Project battled gale-force winds and planted around 1500 native species along the riverbank south of the Khyber Pass. Baring Head is part of the East Harbour Regional Park, managed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and
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includes the lower reaches of the Wainuiomata River. Species of significant conservation importance are found in the river, such as giant kokopu, kakahi (freshwater mussels), and inanga (whitebait). Three native species planted along the river were toetoe, harakeke (flax) and ngaio. “If we can get the banks stabilised, and a more complex-edge to the river, then native fish will survive introduced species
(trout) a lot more” says Friends of Baring Head Chairwoman, Paula Warren. “Trout tend to stay in the middle of the river, and the native fish will hide in amongst logs. If we can get more trees on the edge, then the conflict between introduced and native fish will be significantly less.” While the main focus of the project is to restore Wainuiomata River, this will also benefit local communities.
“Largely what we’re focusing on is making a pleasant environment for animals and wildlife, but also for people” says Paula. “So when you visit Baring Head from Wainuiomata, there will be a nice, healthy river with shade and forest.” Friends of Baring Head are now fundraising for next year, and are aiming to plant 5000 plants along 550 metres of the river.
579 dogs not registered, owners facing fines
By Dan Whitfield
The almost-complete north Kumutoto public space on Wellington’s waterfront has been recognised with two awards for landscape architects Isthmus Group. North Kumutoto is the area between the Meridian building and the Bluebridge ferr y terminal, centred on the Waterloo Quay-Whitmore Street intersection. It takes its name from the Kumutoto Stream which enters the harbour at this point. It won the exterior innovation and infrastructure category at the New Zealand Timber Design Awards; and the gold pin in the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.
Hundreds of dog owners have failed to register their canine companions. According to Hutt City Council, 9645 owners were invoiced for the registration year of 2018/2019 however, only 8954 have followed through – meaning 579 dogs are not registered, with owners facing a $300 fine. Out of the 2189 dogs in Wainuiomata, 2036 have been registered. Last year there were 502 dogs
not registered. Hutt City Council’s Michaela Warren says dog owners in New Zealand have a number of responsibilities under the Dog Control Act 1996; one being to ensure their dogs are registered and microchipped. She says from a council perspective, “it’s good to know who owns dogs and where they are in the city.” In the Hutt Valley, owners face a yearly fee to register their dogs, with a discount if they pay before a set date.
The council advertises dog registration dates in a number of ways, including mailing owners, sending emails and newspaper ads. This year the cost to register a dog in the city before the deadline was $75. Owners now face a cost of $100 or more, plus the fine for the payment being overdue. “Dogs in New Zealand need to be registered and microchipped, and you save money by paying earlier. It’s definitely more expensive to not register
than to register,” Michaela says. Some might say the costs of registering a dog seem quite high, but there are positives. Michaela says council provides several services that are covered by the fees owners have to pay each year. Animal services and dog training both receive funding to help minimise issues with dogs, including complaints. Educational events are also funded through the payment of fees.
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MP on the lookout for youth representative By Dan Whitfield
and connecting with their peers to understand their views on topics which will be discussed at the two-day Youth Parliament event mid-year. Chris was a youth MP in 2000 for ACT’s Muriel Newman and says he loved the thrill and opportunity he was given. Now he’s looking for someone to sit in his seat. Chris says he is looking for someone who’s interested in the political landscape. “It’s a pretty exciting opportunity; it’s a chance for young people to have their say and be decision makers,” he says. The younger MPs will also get to participate in debates, question time and sit on select committees. Youth Minister Peeni Henare says it is a great opportunity for rangatahi to get a first-hand experience of how Parliament works and for MPs to hear from
The nationwide selection process for next year’s youth Parliament has begun, and Hutt South MP Chris Bishop is looking for his young counterpart. Every Member of Parliament will next year have a 16 to 18-year-old representing them and their community as a youth MP. The youth-version of Parliament is held every three years and sees the younger representatives mentored by those who select them. It’s an opportunity that enables them to build their confidence and skills, and enhance their understanding of the role of an politician and of the communities they represent. The 2019 programme runs from March to August, with youth MPs delivering projects
young people on what is important to them. “I want to challenge young New Zealanders, across every community from Kaitaia to Bluff, to consider becoming a youth MP or a member of the Youth Press Gallery. [It’s] the platform to learn more about the Parliamentary and press gallery processes, demonstrate your leadership skills, and give back to your community in a meaningful way,” Peeni says. The programme is open to people aged 16 to 18 years old on the selection closing date of October 19, 2018; while Youth Press Gallery members can be between 16 and 24 years old. To apply for the Hutt South position, Chris is asking applicants to write 500 words or record a short video explaining why they want to be a youth MP and what Hutt South MP Chris Bishop holding a photo of himself as a youth MP in the big issues facing them are. 2000. PHOTO: Supplied
Students in action at Black Creek last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Working to improve Black Creek Students from Konini School took a day out of their last week of term to take action towards cleaning up Black Creek. On Wednesday, September 26, more than 70 senior students joined teachers to care for the area. Over the last four weeks, students have been working with the Mountains to Sea Trust to
investigate the quality of the freshwater waterways around the community, and the impact it has on the local whitebait population. Through scientific experiments and observations, students found the water quality i n Black Cre ek was poor, and that the number of living creatures they discovered was
very low. With the help of the trust and Hutt City Council, who donated 550 trees, students planted trees along the edge of the Black Creek to improve the health of the water. Students are already planning what else they can do to help transform Black Creek into a healthy waterway.
It’s Nothing to Sneeze About Spring can be an uncomfortable time of year, with sniffles, itching, and sneezing plaguing the estimated one million or so New Zealanders who suffer from hay fever. If you’re among this number, then Instead of enjoying the Spring blooms, you’re probably trying to avoid the airborne pollens from trees, grasses, weeds, and mould.
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Bus performance improving after challenging start Greater Wellington Regional Council Chief Executive Greg Campbell says bus services were now becoming more reliable and arriving on time more often as service levels improve. He presented a report to the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee at an update at Parliament last week. Invited to address the Committee on activity since the introduction of Wellington’s new bus network, Greg says that each route and customers’ feedback was
being reviewed in detail to identify issues and opportunities to improve. “That data shows that as many people are taking the bus now as they did prior to the new network beginning. We are committed to growing passenger numbers further, Greg says. As part of his report, Greg explained how work was well underway to complete construction on the remaining bus ‘hubs’ and that the digital Real Time Information service at bus stops was also operating
more effectively. “There is no doubt the new network had a more than challenging and disappointing start but we’re constantly monitoring, putting fixes in place and, what we do know from the data is that the network is able to operate effectively under the current design.” Greg addressed the committee alongside regional council chairman Chris
Laidlaw, councillor Barbara Donaldson, and general manager of public transport Wayne Hastie. “We want to provide the standard of service that Wellingtonians expect and deserve. My focus right now is to embed this new network fully, resolve outstanding problems, and then look at further network improvements to meet customer expectations.”
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Vintage Fair to celebrate 90 years of kindergarten Whilst playdough cakes and paper crowns are kindergarten birthday traditions, Hutt City Kindergartens will celebrate its 90th birthday in a style fitting of the era when it all began. A Vintage Fair will be held on Saturday, November 3 at Moera Kindergarten. “Turning 90 is a special occasion and this Vintage Fair enables the community to celebrate with us,” says Tony DeLorenzo, general manager of Hutt City Kindergartens. Families past, present and future are invited to come along and enjoy the festivities. There will be market and food stalls,
craft activities for children, bouncy castles, face painting and entertainment on stage. “All 19 of our kindergartens will be there and several will be performing on stage, as well as the ever popular Zappo the Magician and the Hutt City Brass Band,” Tony says. “We’ll also have Ripe Coffee, water stations to fill up drink bottles, Boomerang Bags to carry all your purchases at the market, free fruit thanks to Supervalue and a photo booth to take home a memento of the afternoon,” he says. The 90th Anniversary Vintage Fair will be on from 1pm to 4pm.
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Rehearsals wrap up as show nears A 40-strong Wainuiomata youth cast and crew have been busy with rehearsals as they gear up to recreate The Sound of Music as part of Acting Out’s first production. The show, called Getting to know The Sound of Music, set to be held from Thursday October 4 to 7 at the Wainuiomata High School auditorium, with three evening performances and two matinees.
Opening night is Thursday, October 4. 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.
ABOVE : The Mother Abbess and the nuns of Nonnberg Abbey. From left, Cailee Westby, Sayde Yuile, Riley Taylor, Aryana Pereira, Accalia Walker-Forrester, Arabella Joyce and Emily Smithies. PHOTO: SUPPLIED LEFT: The von Trapp children. From left, Eden Joyce, Xavier Joyce, Elsie Morrison, Foxley Morrison, Phoebe Blignaut, Catherine Pratchett and Stella Byrne. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Little Theatre still looking for new storage site Wainuiomata Little Theatre is looking for another location to keep its props and costumes following a recent break in. The theatre had been using the Wood Street storage facility for
about seven years and never had any problems. Director Barry Paterson says there haven’t been any updates apart from volunteers have cleared out the building and are currently
looking for a new location. The incident came after the theatre’s very successful season of the show, Phantom of the Opera. As a non-profit organisation Wainuiomata Little Theatre
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This year’s HighLight carnival of lights is on from October 19 to October 22. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The wild things are coming out after dark as Lower Hutt’s Riddiford Garden is transformed by creepy crawlies, mythical creatures, and the power of the elements. HighLight is on from October 19 to October 22 and this year’s theme is Wild Things. The carnival will be split into five zones each with imaginative and interactive light installations and performances. Carla Steed, HighLight’s director, says the theme has invoked incredible creativity and use of imagination. “The companies we have collaborated with have done an amazing job of turning abstract ideas into realities,” Carla says. Among the installations is Octopoda by Amigo & Amigo, a large Octopus which features eight tentacle drums that each activate a unique display of colour and light. The Elements zone will feature MEGAThermal by Colossal, a large globe containing a raging
storm, aerial circus, and shadow puppetry. Macaulay Metals and Real Steel is exhibiting in the Land and Sky zone with their six-metre high dinosaur created using scrap metal creation. Visitors can expect live performances, roaming entertainers and a feast of popular food trucks including Beat Kitchen, House of Dumplings, and The Dukes of Sandwich as well as late night openings from local cafes, Carla says. “One of my favourite parts is the dazzling pyrotechnic display which takes place each evening lighting up Lower Hutt.” HighLight’s charity partner this year is Te Omanga Hospice. The money raised will be used to rebuild its earthquake-prone building. HighLight is on over Labour Weekend from Friday, October 19 to Monday, October 22 from 7pm nightly. Entry is free.
Skills shortages and Govt policy uncertainty continue to hit business confidence
just 28 per cent are positive. Some 32 per cent said economic performance will remain the same. A number of improvements were made to this quarter’s survey, including expanding the coverage to include more regions and increasing the number of respondents. The survey now covers the Business Central area, which in-
cludes Gisborne, New Plymouth, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, and Nelson. It also covers the Wellington Regional Chambers of Commerce, which include Kapiti, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wairarapa, and Wellington. Previous surveys covered just the Regional Chambers. Some 829 businesses responded to the latest survey.
Business confidence across central New Zealand is being affected by difficulties finding the right staff and continuing uncertainty about Government policy, according to a survey by the Wellington Regional Chambers of Commerce and Business Central. Some 40 per cent of business respondents are pessimistic, while
Fundraising success for school trip A beautiful day in Wainuiomata has allowed students from Wainuiomata Primary School to raise money for a school trip later this year. Students put on fundraising performances inside the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre recently, with teachers running the barbecue. In total $632 was raised to help with getting the students to Te Papa in November for a school performance. The money will help cover the cost of the transport. RIGHT: Student teacher Miss Dechen and her daughter helping on the barbecue. PHOTO: SUPPLIED BELOW: Students performing as part of a fundraiser in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Hall of Fame recognition for Casley By Dan Whitfield
Skipper Rhys Casley, left, completed a miraculous comeback from injury to provide a winning three-run homer and lead his Black Sox to their sixth title at the World Softball Championship in Auckland in 2013. He’s pictured above celebrating with Thomas Makea and Daniel Milne. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wainuiomata’s Rhys Casley has been inducted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame. Testament to his outstanding achievements comes from his hard work both in New Zealand and overseas. That said, it is his Black Sox career, when he captained the national softball team to a World Championship victory in 2013, that sees him recognised as one of the greats. “It’s a special moment,” Rhys says. “Like most sports there are certainly a few players you look up to. One of mine was coach and mentor Eddie Kohlhase; it’s quite humbling to be in the same hall of fame as him,” he says. Rhys made his debut for New Zealand in the early
2000s and was an outstanding fielder with huge range, coupled with the ability to also play in the outfield. He was made captain after the team won the silver medal at the 2009 World Championships and completed a miraculous comeback from injury to provide a winning three-run homer and lead his team victory at the World Softball Championship in Auckland in 2013. “I put a lot of time into the sport; I used to play a season in New Zealand then travel to America to play over there. So I’m really happy,” Rhys says. Rhys’ roots are definitely in Wainuiomata. He grew up playing for Wainuiomata and says the acknowledgement “is a reflection of the support my family gave me over the years.”
On top once again By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata Primary School has come out on top to win a rippa rugby tournament once again. The school played hard in all its games, defeating teams from Pukeatua, Fernlea, Konini, Arakura and St Claudines to lift up the Piri Weepu Cup with honour. This was not the first time Wainuiomata Primary School has won the competition and shows the dominance of the sport at the school. The competition was held at Wainuiomata High School towards the end of last term and co-organiser Sarah McIntyre says it continues to be a fun tournament for children in the community. “It’s about getting them out and active,” Sarah says. “It’s a really awesome thing for our community and gets the schools together.”
Wainuiomata Primary School’s winning team holding their trophy high. PHOTO: DARYL NEW
Tasman Mako take down Wellington Lions The Tasman Mako held on for a narrow 28-22 Mitre 10 Cup premiership win over the Wellington Lions at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. The win, which lifted Tasman to the top of the premiership table, was built very much around a disciplined forward effort as they held a clear edge up front. While the two sides were even in a lot of facets of play, it was Tasman’s ability to strike at key times that also gave them their overall advantage. The visitors driving play also put the home side under pressure for periods as they were well organised and ruthless in the right parts of the field. It was a huge credit to the character of the Lions, especially on defence, that they kept themselves in the game as Tasman dominated possession for long periods.
The Lions also gave themselves a chance at victory late in the match when replacement and Wainuiomata’s very own Thomas Umaga-Jensen crossed out wide. However, the Mako held on through their ability to hold on to the ball as the seconds ticked away. On a tricky night to play with a blustery and swirling wind, the sides looked to be heading into the break locked at 10-10. However, a late penalty gave the Mako a 13-10 lead at halftime and they extended that lead when they scored early in the second half. The Lions closed the gap with a try to captain Galo Taufere but could not stop the Mako going over again before Umaga-Jensen’s late five pointer. The Lions now prepare to face Auckland back at the stadium on Thursday night.
Statistics: Tasman 28 (Finlay Christie, Solomon Alaimalo, Jacob Norris, John Akau’ola-Laula tries; Mitch Hunt con, 2 pen) Wellington 22 (Xavier Numia, Galu Taufale, Thomas Umaga-Jensen tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 2 con, pen). HT: 13-10.
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Jack of all trades the best midfield option I love Ryan Crotty but Jack Goodhue is the best midfield option for the All Blacks. Goodhue appears to be a generational talent, like Brodie Retallick was after the 2011 World Cup. The reality is, that Crotty is a tremendously reliable player. The 31-year-old is not a flashy player, but like Ben Smith, he’s a safe pair of hands who rarely makes a mistake and has excellent game awareness. Goodhue, from Northland, but playing for the Crusaders appears to have the silky skills to handle one of the busiest positions in rugby and he’s only 23-years-old. Goodhue has taken to the international game like a proverbial duck to water. The All Blacks’ 35-17 road win against Argentina made it clear that Goodhue is
the long-term midfield answer. Crotty’s best days appear behind him, not only through age but injury as well. Sonny Bill Williams has and always will be a pet project but he too is hanging on for next year’s World Cup in Japan. SBW continues to give you what you expect - the odd brain fade and a few magical off-loads. Williams has reached his peak, as has Crotty and I’d suggest Goodhue is already better than them both. Goodhue is physically confronting on defence, well organised and has a deft slight of hand which can cause havoc on attack. The next 10-year All Black is here and he’s a boy from Northland.
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