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For Ewen Heron, keeping the community safe is something he takes very seriously. However, the chief fire officer of Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade would like to see more men and women step up as firefighters in 2019. Wainuiomata currently has around 40 firefighters who attend just under 300 callouts a year. In previous years, the brigade has usually been quite strong in its membership but it has taken a dip recently. Continued on page 2. Chief fire officer at Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade, Ewen Heron would love to see a few more people sign up as firefighters in Wainuiomata ahead of 2019. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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Continued from page 1. Ewen says anyone can apply however, they must be 18-years-old and over — or 16 to 18 with parental permission, have a clean police record, and be flexible to attend emergency incidents. “Younger people are good but anyone can apply. Ideally we’d love an extra 10 people,” Ewen says. He also says people don’t need to be qualified at the start as they will receive training, but explains that people need to be capable as it is a physical and demanding job. Having extra people on the roster, who are free to assist with day and night callouts, as well as those in the weekend, would really help and ensure everyone is not on all of the time, Ewen says. It’s not just fires Wainuiomata firefighters deal with, they also assist other brigades should an event occur and can be called out to help with search and rescues, medical callouts, and even car crashes. It’s worthwhile and rewarding and is a great way to help the community, Ewen explains. For Ewen the responsibility

Firefighters Troy Simms, Cameron Bentley, Henry Taylor and Dylan Krieg getting ready for a training exercise at Brookfield Scout Camp last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

is what keeps him going. He explains that being there and turning up when people need help is very rewarding.

“It’s also like a big family; everyone is there to help their community,” Ewen says. If people are interested,

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tions on how to implement the Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, which sets out bottom lines on maintaining and improving the quality of our fresh water bodies. Both regulatory changes for inclusion in the regional council’s Natural Resources Plan and non-regulatory activities such as land use policies, education programmes and

priorities for investment will be included. Whaitua te Whanganui-aTara will work extensively with people, community groups and iwi from throughout its catchments to identify their understanding, beliefs and values in relation to freshwater and want they want from it. The first meeting of the committee will take place on February 8, 2019.



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Resource consent lodged to redevelop Wainuiomata Shopping Centre Progressive Enterprises has lodged a resource consent application with Hutt City Council to redevelop the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre - with a proposal to build a brand new supermarket at the heart of the town centre. The new, larger Countdown store would have a number of features to enhance an overall drive to be more sustainable, and Countdown’s general manager for property Adrian Walker says lodging the consent marks a pivotal moment for the redevelopment. “There has been a great deal of anticipation about the future of the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and we are delighted to now be able to share our vision for the long-term future for Countdown and the rest of the town centre with the wider community,” Adrian says. “Together with the construction of the retirement village and a new cycleway imminent, we believe this redevelopment will also make a good contribution to the rejuvenation of Wainuiomata.” The new Countdown supermarket is set to be 3600 square-metres and designed with a focus on energy efficiency, including electric vehicle charging stations and a larger car park. The new store will also feature an in-store pharmacy, as well as wider aisles, an expansive fresh produce department, an in-store bakery, dedicated health food and online shopping. The current Countdown will continue trading throughout the redevelopment process and proposed redevelopment

inbrief news Keep pets safe this summer With the warmer weather upon us, SPCA wants to remind animal owners to be vigilant in the care of their pets over the summer. In the summer months, SPCA sees an increase in the volume of complaints relating to animals without shade, animals lacking fresh water, and dogs left in hot cars. “All of these welfare calls can be avoided by owners putting provisions in place and planning ahead for their furry family members,” says SPCA chief executive officer Andrea Midgen.

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Artists impression of what the redevelopment of the shopping centre could look like. PHOTO: Supplied

For years, Wainuiomata Shopping Centre has been in decline however, that looks set to change. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

of the shopping centre would also include space for a range of other tenants. As part of the consent application will be the creation of a centralised connection through the site connecting Queen Street and The Strand. While timings for the redevelopment are subject to the resource consent process, it is anticipated that construction could commence at the end

of 2019. The new supermarket will take about a year to complete. The Countdown team will be at Wainuiomata Shopping Centre on Saturday, December 15 from 10am-2pm with displays of the current plans and to talk about the development. Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace is excited about the announcement and says it will bring “new life, new

opportunity and new business to the heart of Wainuiomata.” “This will have such a big, positive impact in our community,” Ray says. “We’ve worked with hard with Progressive [Enterprises] over the last year and a half to make this happen. I’m personally very excited for the future of Wainuiomata and so pleased to see this underway,” he says.

As temperatures warmed, so did the New Zealand property market with the national average asking price rising 3.8 per cent on last year to $663,250 – according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Wellington City, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt all reached new records in November. The average asking price in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt came in at $568,550 (up 6.4 per cent) and $552,950 (up 8.9 per cent) respectively.

Man charged with murder in relation to Petone homicide A man has appeared in Hutt Valley District Court charged with murder in relation to the death of a 71-year-old man in Petone recently. Police can confirm the deceased was Francis Tyson of Petone. Police are continuing to support the man’s family as the investigation into his death continues. The 41-year-old man charged with murder also faces charges of wilful damage and drug possession. He was remanded in custody to reappear in the High Court at Wellington on December 19.

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inbrief news Community Carols at Pioneer Church Wainuiomata’s Pioneer Church was delighted to host Hutt City Chorale, formally the Wainuiomata Choir, last Friday. The event was a community-wide event that sparked the weekend’s Christmas festivities in the valley. More than 20 members of the choir sang a selection of well-known carols plus other Christmas songs. They were received by a room of enthusiastic locals.

Santa comes to town for festive season celebrations A massive community event to kick off the festive season was held over the weekend. Saturday was the Wainuiomata Christmas parade and Christmas in the Nui event – even Santa himself set up his grotto at the Wainuiomata Community Hub.

The weekend was jam-packed with community Christmas fun. Every year, many families from around Wainuiomata flock to the town centre to check out the annual parade and get a chance to celebrate Christmas as a community. This year was no different.

Learners’ pool at Naenae pools closed The learners’ pool at Naenae Swimming Pool has been closed to the public after an engineer’s report found the pool building to be below the required building standard. Hutt City Council general manager of city and community services Matt Reid says an engineer’s report on the building, which was added to the main building in 1997, has found it is now rated at less than 20 per cent of the New Building Standards. Matt says while the learners’ pool could legally have continued to operate, council has taken a cautious approach and decided to close it as most activity scheduled for that pool can be accommodated in the main pool or at other facilities.

Hutt programme makes a difference Hutt Science is making a difference to science education in Lower Hutt. This is despite a new national report on children’s science literacy levels showing poor results in science for children finishing primary school. The National Monitoring Study of Student Assessment shows just one-in-five year 8 children across New Zealand are reaching the expected level of achievement in science - the worst figure of any learning area in the curriculum. Director of Hutt Science, Dr Anne Ryan says the science programme offered in Lower Hutt to primary schools is making a difference by supporting teachers and schools to provide high quality science in the classroom.

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Children were so excited to see Santa in their community. PHOTO: Daryl New Santa giving a local a high-five during the parade. PHOTO: Daryl New

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Makaio Taumata, Samson Hailwood, Tyler Barton-Cooley, Layla Ririnui, Rachel Tamihere, Aleisha Telea, Kylee-Nicole Williams, Terris Toko, Phe’nyx Psaroudakis, and Angel-Adena Patterson-Liua were the group that went on the Wainuiomata High School Beams field trip. PHOTO: SUPPLIED By Dan Whitfield

A group of year 10 students from Wainuiomata High School have put the focus on their future careers by attending a Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Science (BEAMS) workshop. Recently, 10 students went to Auckland to participate in The University of Auckland’s annual BEAMS workshop, designed to give a taste of what university is like as well as opening students’ eyes to what they need to focus on in high school to move toward

the desired career path. The aim of the workshop is to also encourage more Maori and Pasifika students to pursue their studies in one of the areas. John MacDonald, Pasifika achievement co-ordinator at Wainuiomata High School, says all students were inspired and had a great experience, making the trip a huge success. Students also got to do a bit of sightseeing, including a trip to Rainbows End, a walk up Mt Eden, and swimming along the Auckland waterfront.

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Izik Brosnahan, Wainuiomata My parents because of all they’ve done for me.

Regan Jellicoe, Wainuiomata My parents, they’ve helped me a lot this year.

Troy Baker, Wainuiomata Parents and brothers. They do all sorts of things for me.

Callum Pollard, Wainuiomata My teachers because all the help they provide.

Mereaira Poutu, Wainuiomata My family because they’re supportive in everything and care for me.

Trinity Tauaneai, Wainuiomata I respect those who represent our country, both in sport and in other areas.

Scarecrow revival part of Rural Fest Wainuiomata Scarecrows are set to become a familiar sight in front yards around Wainuiomata. As part of 2019 Rural Fest Wainuiomata, locals will have the chance to create their own scarecrow as part of the new competition. Dawn McKinley, one of the group of organisers behind the event, says with Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about a scarecrow for the new competition that’s

part of this year’s event. The competition is inspired by the nostalgic scarecrows of Moores Valley, Wainuiomata. Dawn and the committee want to see scarecrows in school playgrounds, business windows and people’s front yards. Scarecrows need to be constructed in February and must be up no later than March 1. Dawn says if people are feeling extra inspired they can create their scarecrows now and redress

them for Rural Fest to help create momentum. Rural Fest Wainuiomata is happening on March 9 from 11am to 3pm around the Queen Street reserve. To register your scarecrow, go to ruralfestwainuiomata.com. The organising committee are also thrilled to receive funding of $1334 from the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust. This funding will pay for the event fencing at next year’s event.

Some of the scarecrows that are already dotted around Wainuiomata, especially in Moores Valley. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Redevelopment Plans for Wainuiomata Mall Confirmed As your two local councillors, we are over the moon with Progressive Enterprises confirmation today that they will be redeveloping the entire Wainuiomata Shopping Centre site. A lot of work and effort behind the scenes has occurred to get to this point, and for once, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. We would like to thank Progressive for their commitment to building, not just a new supermarket, but helping build a vibrant town centre that will connect with Queen Street and The Strand. We are really looking forward to continuing

to work in partnership with you to ensure the best outcome for everyone. We would also like to thank residents, local businesses, and the wider community for their patience on this. The wait has been too long, with many broken promises from previous owners along the way. Today’s news changes all of that. We will be at the information stand with Progressives inside the Mall on Saturday from 10am. Please come down and take a look at the plans, and get any questions you might have answered. See you there!

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On behalf of Kokiri Marae Health and Social Services we’d like to acknowledge the following for all your help and support towards the running of The Wainuiomata Christmas in da Nui. Very special mention to our wonderful Christmas in the Nui Organising Team - Kath - TiHei Rangatahi, Esther - Love Wainuiomata and Princess - Pomare Community House. Our major sponsors - Harcourts Wainuiomata, Lions Club of Wainuiomata, Tuatahi Housing - Life City Church, E-Waste Services and Countdown Wainuiomata. Thanks to all the wonderful individuals, tamariki, kaumatua, whanau, groups and businesses who’ve helped make this event possible, including: Allied Petrol Station Awesome Amusements Bunnings Warehouse Cancer Society Clives Chemist Creative Meats Dominos Pizza Downer E Tū Whānau E-Waste Services Georgina Tuari Hedz for Hair Hutt City Council Jittabugz Junior Gray - LHG Roofing Kaibosh Kereru Gallery Gifts & Boutique Kidzhub Kokiri Hub Volunteers LT McGuinness Mana Ake Masterbowl Masterton McDonalds Wainuiomata Missionaries NZCU Baywide Pak n Save Petone Pete’s Emporium POP Big Bubble Events Price Busters Reads Mowers & Cycles Regional Public Health Salvation Army Seakraft Fish & Chips Starr Olsen

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Professionals Wainuiomata Hutt City Kindergartens Well Homes IRD Whaioranga, Beau Jermaine Pasene Ian Samuelu Michael Sukroo Lagi Moananu Carrie Maniapoto Renee Forsman Lei-Marie Rooney Rachel Perese Karla Chapman Sarah Yee Sherry Pomare Kristal Warbrick Arnz Te Kani Atiawa Nui Tonu Kohanga reo Upoko A Urunga Kohanga reo Te Tira Whakaau Kapahaka Whanau ora Dance Fit Vanessa Simpson - Hip Hop for Health Mana Ake Mama Mate & Papa Sep Wainuiomata Primary School Louana Fruean Horifyde Selection Taita Clubhouse Church of Nazarene Youth Jordan & Tesha Amba Holly

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Police stop six drivers over the limit

More than 300 cars were stopped at the recent prevention operation recently. PHOTO: NZ Police

Police and NZTA held a joint impairment prevention operation recently in Wellington to encourage road safety over summer. There were two locations which saw a total of 3436 vehicles stopped over four hours. Superintendent Steve Greally, national road policing manager, says when people are driving their cars they need to take on board the responsibility that goes with it. “That means giving their driving their full attention, driving to the conditions, and not driving drunk, drugged, or fatigued. Unfortunately last night we stopped six

people who were over the breath alcohol limit, two of whom registered over 400mg,” Steve says. “These people clearly don’t care about their own lives, or the lives of others. It’s really disappointing,” he says. There were also six tickets issued for other road safety offences, including not wearing a seatbelt and speeding. “I just find it so hard to believe that people are still not wearing seatbelts. They are literally a lifesaver. If you crash, you can’t just hit pause and quickly do your belt up. You get in the car,

you do up your seatbelt – easy,” Steve says. “On the upside, we were really pleased to see the vast majority of people doing the right thing. And quite a few people thanked us for being out there doing our bit to keep people safe on the road,” he says. Steve says if everybody acted responsibly every time they got in a car we would stop losing people on our roads. “It’s simple; wear your seatbelt, don’t go too fast for the conditions, put your phone away, and drive sober and alert.”



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Much of the focus for the community a reason to socialise in the town’s heart, group was on projects that bring the com- Lisa explains. munity and visitors together in the town Esther King, Love Wainuiomata’s co-orNotice centre – as well as using what’s on offer in dinator, saysPublic a highlight has been working Wainuiomata including the hill, Homedale with local youth and TiHei Rangatahi. Dmountain AY village and attractionsOF suchTHE as the A great project this year that is a stand out Wainuiomata Squash Club bike park. for Esther was the Wainuiomata CommuniLisa Black, chairwoman of Love Wainui- ty Hub mural inAGM the basketball area behind omata, 51. J.K. says one of the most significant the library. achievements for the year was re-securing “The kids chose what they wanted which Rowling 7.00pm funding for 2019 through a partnership with is this fantastic painting of Morehu, a chose the Monday 30th November the Hutt City Council. kiwi living in Remutaka Forest Park. This unusual At the Clubrooms “It wasn’t only the funding that was signif- collaboration grows the whanaungatanga so namethe amount of absolute support, trust children and whanau feel welcome in this icant, ‘Hermione’ and backing that was shown to us by the space and our town centre,” Esther says. Corner of Main Road so young community was a stand out Wainuiomata LoveMoohan Wainuiomata putWainuiomata the community and Streets, girls for us! Thank you Wainuiomata,” Lisa says. on the map when it created a video inviting wouldn’t Lisa says kaupapa are working with locals, Prince Harry and Meghan to visit. Though be teased and groups as well as council the royals were unable to visit during their businesses localthenews to New Zealand, video was a foractivate being the town centre with the aim to time inBringing attract success for nerdy!more people to the area. toWainuiomata. the community “There’s been really visible signs of “We loved being able to showcase Wainuiimprovement with projects like the entrance omata locally and internationally with the sign, the Homedale Village muralSituation and and Vacant recent video we made. The video captures the barbecues on the Queen St Reserve,” our welcoming community spirit, and also Lisa says. shows people a Wainuiomata that many The barbecue area is free for all to use, don’t know about,” Lisa says.

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Richardson takes F1 glory at series opener By Andy McGechan

It may have been his first competitive outing on a 1000cc superbike, but Wainuiomata’s Shane Richardson showed that he was more than ready for a little extra horsepower. The 23-year-old took a borrowed Kawasaki ZX10R bike to win the first of three rounds of the pre-nationals Suzuki Series at Taupo on Sunday, his back-to-back runner-up finishes on the day enough to see him end up on top of the standings. He finished four points in front of defending series champion Taupo’s own Scott Moir. It was Shane’s debut outing on a 1000cc superbike, with the Wainuiomata man usually racing in the Supersport 600 class. Shane has enjoyed plenty of success over recent years and says he was more than happy with this result. “Battling with Da mo (Rees) again feels like a

bit of déjà vu from the 2017 season,” Shane says, explaining how the pair battled for Superspor t 600cc class honours at the nationals. “The racing was so tight. It was good. It’s such a good class right now and I’m over the moon. I didn’t expect to be leaving this track with the points lead.” “Obviously I would have liked to win both races and that was my goal, but, realistically, being my first time on a superbike, I didn’t think it was possible. “I didn’t feel like I was pushing too hard. Obviously I was going pretty quick, but I felt comfortable on this bike straight away,” he says. The bike Shane used was loaned to him by Graham Jenkins from Barnes Jenkins Insurance and Lincoln from R & R Powersports. He explains how he was supposed to have his own bike here from America to race but it didn’t get here

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That schoolboy rugby debate blow up The high school rugby player poaching scenario has been a powder keg waiting to explode for a long time. Auckland’s St Kentigern College will now be the scape goats for this. If you watched any first XV rugby game anywhere in the country, rest assured there were players there playing purely for their on-field abilities. W hether it’s players changing schools in their own regions or players coming from overseas, nearly every school I can think of has enticed schoolboy prospects to play for their school usually under the guise of a scholarship. I attended Marlborough Boys’ College during 2003 2007 and it was abundantly clear as a student, a lot of the school’s public persona and success was wrapped up around how the first XV was going in the Crusaders region secondary school competition. Secondary schoolboy rugby is a business. Success and failure really matters and the player poaching and the faux rugby scholarships has been part of the cycle. The dominance of New Zealand rugby comes down

to two things, the strong national provincial competition which is unparalleled globally and the high standard of first XV rugby. Whatever happens with this saga going forward could potentially hurt the professional game in this country. Top players in all sports have gone to bigger schools to further their sporting futures. I’ve seen it in basketball, tennis, hockey, cricket and rowing to name a few over my decade as a sports journalist. It’s simply families doing what’s best for their talented children. But for every 10 of those instances I’m sure there’s cases of player poaching. It just happens that rugby is this country’s most popular sport. The past week will have a number of high profile rugby schools on edge that they could be next in the firing line of accusations. That worst kept secret in secondary school sport, that constantly whispered issue of schools loading up their rugby teams has now become a public topic of debate. Watch this space, it has only just begun.

in time. In the first race Shane was fighting with Mitch Rees for the lead but unfortunately was stopped with a red flag and I wasn’t leading when it was wound back to the previous lap.

In the second race, it was between Shane and Damon Rees but the gap became too much after the local rider hit a neutral gear in turn five. Shane says it all gives him confidence heading to Manfeild for the

next round this weekend. The final round, at Whanganui’s Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day, will be a different proposition on this bike but Shane says he is looking forward to it.

Wainuiomata’s Shane Richardson has finished top of the premier Formula One class at Taupo on Sunday. PHOTO: Andy McGechan

Pre-season training set to begin Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball players have their sights set on following up their successful 2018 season with another big effort next year. Players have already started their pre-season training at Wise Park from 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Trainings are being run by the club’s very own international representative Gene Solia-Gibb. “You just need to bring running shoes, water bottle, sweat towel and a smile,” Gene says. Trials will start in February 2019 for the two teams in the premier one division. Club committee member Lahraine Sagaga says we

hope to generate interest with potential players and also local businesses that might like to support Wainuiomata’s only netball club through sponsorship. Players and their families were promoting next year’s season at Christmas in the Nui on Saturday, giving away netballs and enjoying talking about their success this year. The goal was to promote the game as well as generating interest in playing the game at beginners and social level. “It was a great opportunity to be out in the community, promoting the club, and enjoying the other fantastic stalls at the event,” Lahraine says.

Vatau Sagaga helping out at Ulalei stall at Christmas in the Nui. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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