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Two dedicated members of the Wainuiomata Community Patrol have been honoured for their hard work keeping Wainuiomata safe. Tracey Mansfield and Karyn Williams were recognised at this year’s Kiwibank Local Hero Awards, New Zealand’s premier community awards. The awards celebrate and honour those who have made a positive contribution to their region, town, suburb or community. Continued on page 2. Tracey Mansfield from the Wainuiomata Community Patrol was awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero award. She was one of three from Wainuiomata recognised. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Continued from page 1. Tracey and Karyn have been members of the community patrol for more than 10 years, volunteering 350 hours a year each. They work with police and civil defence to reduce crime in the community and to offer help to those who need it. Tracey and Ka r yn have helped catch drunk drivers, thieves, burglars and vandals. They have also attended motor

a recognition that you’ve done something for your community and our families are quite proud of it,” Karyn says. To sum up their time volunteering with the community patrol Tracey says it has been “rewarding.” “I love to volunteer, it’s exciting and we love to give back, and it’s a lot of fun as well,” Tracey says. Tracey and Karyn plan to

continue there work with the Wainuiomata patrol and continue to give back to their community. Former Wainuiomata High School teacher Bill Sharp was also a recipient of an award. For years, Bill has run the popular Futures Programme that provides young men with positive support and encouraged them to be better contributors to their community.

Mall plans unveiled, local excitement builds Progressive Enterprises’ announcement that it has applied for resource consent to redevelop the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre is music to the ears of the local community, say Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace and councillors Josh Briggs and Campbell Barry — all Wainuiomata residents. Work on the extensive redevelopment, which will include a new supermarket, large carpark and a network of connected buildings for retail and commercial purposes could start as early as the end of 2019. Ray is excited by the announcement, which has been a long time coming for the suburb. “This is fantastic news for Wainuiomata. The local community has been eagerly awaiting news on the future of the shopping centre complex – what a great early Christmas present this is,” Ray says. “It will have a hugely positive impact in our community. It will bring new life, new opportunity and new business to the heart of Wainuiomata,” he says Ray also acknowledged Progressive Enterprises for sharing his and others’ confidence

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in the Lower Hutt suburb. Wainuiomata is advancing as a suburb with house prices taking off, a major refurbishment of the college planned, a $50 million retirement home being built and a $11.1 million in a cycling and walking path over the hill almost complete. Love Wainuiomata chairwoman Lisa Black says she is absolutely passionate about maximising the potential of Wainuiomata. “We’re particularly excited by

the connection through Queen Street, the shopping centre area and The Strand that the new plan includes,” Lisa says. “This will help create a cohesive, revitalised and vibrant town centre.” “Wainuiomata’s certainly buzzing at the moment and all of the fantastic new development happening in our town means it’s super exciting times ahead for Wainuiomata,” she says. Countdown Wainuiomata

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Results for Baring Head thanks to GWRC and Million Metres partnership

inbrief news Wainuiomata News publication dates This is the last issue of the Wainuiomata News for 2018. We’ve had a lot of fun bringing you local news from around Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley this year and can’t wait for 2019. Our first issue will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Happy with mall announcement Chris Bishop is pleased with Progressive Enterprises’ plans to redevelop the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre. The Hutt South MP says that Wainuiomata needs and deserves a town centre it can be proud of. “This investment is very welcome and will help create a vibrant, thriving hub. There’s been lots of stops and starts along the way but finally some progress - awesome,” Chris says. The redevelopment is set to include a brand-new supermarket, large car park and buildings for retail and commercial purposes.

Scarecrow revival 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. Rural Fest Wainuiomata is happening on March 9 from 11am to 3pm around the Queen Street reserve.

Million Metres volunteers at Baring Head. PHOTO: Supplied By Dan Whitfield

A milestone has been celebrated between Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Sustainable Business Network. The council signed a memorandum of understanding with the business network, which leads the national restoration programme Million Metres Streams Project. Mil-

lion Metres supports Kiwi communities to take care of their waterways and aims to restore waterways by 2026. The first project Greater Wellington is partnering on with Million Metres is the long term plan to restore the Wainuiomata River at Baring Head. Baring Head is an ecologically significant area and planting will create a buffer

between the waterway and the land, filtering contaminants, reducing sediment loss, and providing habitat for these native fish and birds. Friends of Baring Head have completed two fundraisers with Million Metres this year. T he f i rst ra ise d $ 480 0 and enabled 150 metres of Wainuiomata to be planted with over 1000 native plants

and trees in 2018. The second fundraiser just wrapped up raising $46,750, which will enable an additional 5000 native plants to be established along Wainuiomata River in 2019. With the partnership with GWRC and the business network has become a field partner, connecting landowners and community conservation groups with Million Metres.

New members needed Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade needs more men and women to step up as firefighters in 2019. Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade currently have around 40 fighters 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. If people are interested, they can email Ewen Heron at Ewen.Heron@ fireandemergency.nz.

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inbrief news Man charged in relation to 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 on 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. Police continue to appeal for anyone with information about the man’s death to come forward.

New committee focused on waterways Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara - has been established by Greater Wellington Regional Council to improve fresh and marine water quality throughout the valley and harbour catchments. The Committee combines the expertise of local and regional councillors, iwi and community members drawn from throughout the Hutt and Wainuiomata valleys, the suburbs of Wellington Harbour and the south coast and the Makara and Ohariu stream catchments. The first meeting of the committee will take place on February 8, 2019.

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MPs reflect on big year for Wainuiomata, Hutt South It has been a massive year for Wainuiomata, and both Chris Bishop and Ginny Andersen say there’s much to celebrate. Wainuiomata is lucky to have two MPs - three if you include the Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard - standing up for it in Government. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop says there’s a real buzz around the place and the future is incredibly bright for Wainuiomata. “The year kicked off with the announcement of a new retirement village for Wainuiomata and it is ending with the announcement of a new shopping centre. It is wonderful to see progress on these critical projects for our future,” Chris says. “We need and deserve a town centre people can be proud of and I think Progressive [Enterprises’] plan is a good one,” he says.

Chris Bishop has enjoyed being out and about in the community this year.

Ginny, Labour List MP based in Hutt South, says at the very top of her list is the Government’s $24 million boost for Wainuiomata High School. “It’s going to be state-of-theart and a real boost for our community,” Ginny says. “I [also] really look forward

Ginny Andersen, pictured here with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, is grateful to have met and helped so many people throughout 2018.

to seeing the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre revitalised; it’s going to be a game changer,” she says. The buses have also been a real headache in the Hutt and other areas around Wellington, Ginny says. Ginny and Chris, along with

Hutt City Council, both worked hard to hold those responsible to account and though there are still some ongoing issues, things are improving. Both were grateful to have met and helped so many people and families over the last year.

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Fantastic year for Wainuiomata and the wider city, says mayor Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace is excited about the future, following a fantastic year for Wainuiomata and the wider city. Throughout the year, a number of large developments started including a $11.1 million shared pathway that’s soon to connect Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt, and a $50 million retirement village development currently being built along The Strand. “With construction of the shared path, retirement village and several residential developments in progress, plus construction of the new dog park - due to start next year, Wainuiomata is definitely on a roll,” Ray says. He says everything is going to bring new life, new opportunity and new business to the heart of Wainuiomata. The year was made even better recently with Progressive Enterprises’ announcing a redevelopment of the Wainuiomata

Shopping Centre and new Countdown supermarket. “Our community has been eagerly awaiting news on the future of the shopping centre complex and it’s great to finally have some plans in place,” Ray says. Ray says it’s exciting to see Wainuiomata growing, with local jobs and economic benefits being created. The retirement village, a project that Ray has been pushing since his early council years, will alone give the older members of Wainuiomata the option to be able to enjoy their retirement in familiar surroundings, close to their whanau and friends, the mayor explains. “I would like to thank everyone for their hard work over the last year, looking out for each other and helping to make Wainuiomata a fantastic place to live and visit. Bring on 2019,” he says. Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace with students from Fernlea School. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What’s on your Christmas wish list?

Ethan Morrison, Wainuiomata I’d like something to keep me entertained so maybe a drone with a camera so I can fly it around and look at the view.

Ella Hakaraia, Wainuiomata Money, so I can buy everything myself.

Angus Davids, Wainuiomata New shoes or a PS4.

Maddox Sullivan, Wainuiomata Video games, a Nintendo Switch or an Xbox.

Riaka Mokomoko, Wainuiomata A PS4 pro or a new bike.

Olivia Vaka, Wainuiomata New Nerf gun, a pool, trampoline or an iPhone XS Max.

Students end the school year in style Following their great academic results showcased at their prize giving, Wainuiomata Intermediate celebrated their efforts at an amazing Hawaiian-themed graduation for their year eight students last week. Local dads huddled together outside the school hall as the sound of V8s filled the air in Konini Street, as students got dropped off

in cars that sit in garages awaiting occasions like this. Students were dressed like movie stars and made grand entrances that would have befitted any Hollywood occasion. Inside, photo booths, murals and formal tables awaited the students, and after an amazing dinner the dancing began. Weeks of practice paid off as

every student took to the floor before the final speeches. Parents arrived in time to watch the last few dances. Principal Craig Sharp says it was a great night for the students who have helped make 2018 one of Wainuiomata Intermediate’s best ever.  Manaia Maxwell Puohotaua being assisted from the car by her date, Harlem Tapiata.

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Caring for an older loved one is a privilege, but there’s no doubt it can take a heavy emotional and physical toll. That’s why Ginni Scott, who manages Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt, hopes Wainuiomata carers supporting older family members will take advantage of the home’s short-term respite services. “Being a carer is an emotionally-charged full-time job, so the extra flexibility that respite offers carers can be a real game changer,” says Ginni. “Respite offers carers a chance to take a break, recharge their batteries and return to their family members feeling refreshed.” At Enliven’s Woburn Home, all respite guests have their own rooms, all meals provided and access to 24-hour practical assistance for the length of their stay. In line with Enliven’s unique, eldercentred philosophy, all residents and respite guests are encouraged to take part in the home’s varied activity programme, which includes arts and crafts, music, gentle exercise, quizzes and themed parties. “Our guests here often tell us that they feel like they’ve been on holiday too, as while they’re here they enjoy a change of environment and a chance to make new friends,” says Ginni. Ginni explains that while it’s not uncommon for carers to experience guilt when they first start exploring respite, both they and their family members are usually glad they did. “Often, once families have tried out

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respite for themselves, they realise how beneficial it can be for the whole family. Many times, carers tell us their relationship with their elders improves, and that can make them feel better able to cope and continue caring for them,” she says.  To learn more about Woburn Home’s respite services, visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz or call 04 569 6400. PBA


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Top tips for keeping pets safe over summer, SPCA 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. Dog owners should also be aware that with the introduction of the Ministry of Primary Industries’ new Animal Welfare regulations on October 1, they can now be fined $300 for leaving their dog in a hot car. “Dogs left in cars is a common welfare issue SPCA responds to over the summer. The interior of a car can heat up very quickly on a sunny day. Leaving the windows slightly open has very little effect. This situation can be extremely dangerous - even fatal - for dogs and is entirely preventable,” Andrea says. “It is our hope that owners will be mindful of the new regulation and the risk to

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SPCA chief executive officer Andrea Midgen. PHOTO: Supplied

their dogs - and think twice about leaving their dog in a car on a warm day,” she says. Summer is an enjoyable time of year for pets and people. Andrea

asks that owners make sure their pets are safe and happy too. The SPCA is a charity that works to promote the humane treatment of animals.

A huge thanks has gone out to those who helped make this year’s Christmas in the Nui a reality. Wainuiomata had a weekend of Christmas goodness on December 8, with events giving locals the chance to kick off the festive season as a community. The main drawcard of the weekend was Christmas in the Nui, an event held on the Queen St Reserve with the aim of bringing the community together. The major sponsor this year

was Harcourts Wainuiomata who gave $5,100 towards the event. Countdown Wainuiomata also helped significantly. Other special mentions go out to E-Waste Services, Wainuiomata Maori Wardens, Professionals, E Tu Whanau, Hutt City Council, Hirepool, and Trikn Tours. TiHei Rangatahi, Love Wainuiomata, Wainuiomata Marae, Wainuiomata Community Hub, and the Lions Club of Wainuiomata join together to organise the Christmas in the Nui event.

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CELEBRATING JUNIOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AT WAINUIOMATA HIGH SCHOOL Wainuiomata High School are delighted to acknowledge and congratulate our junior student academic achievers in 2018. We continue to be proud of the accomplishments and success stories of all of our students at Wainuiomata High School. We never said it would be easy; but it will be worth it.

Ocean Steer Tamzin Toa Wainuiomata High School Wainuiomata High School Cup and Medal for Top Year Trophy for Runner Up Year 10 10 Student 2018, Furnware Student, Wainuiomata High New Zealand Cup for Year 10 School trophy for Year 10 English Mathematics, Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Year 10 Social Sciences

Christian De Jesus Wainuiomata High School Cup and Medal for Top Year 9 Student 2018, Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Year 9 Social Sciences

Cameron Taylor Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Runner Up Year 9 Student, Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Year 9 Science

Kaikā House Award Recipients: Ray Smith (Ngata), Kieren Kydd (Rutherford), Te Rangiahuta Wagner (Apiata), Tamatoa Mataiti (Tuwhare)

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Keita Moses Wainuiomata High School Cup for Year 11 Maori

Lydia McCormick Bruce Little Go Travel Trophy for Junior Hard Materials Technology

Adam Odeyemi Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Year 10 Science

Jean Tamihere Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Year 9 English

Sonia Gounder Moana Clothing Trophy for Junior Soft Materials Technology, Japanese Ambassador’s Prize for Year 10 Japanese

Trazel Wharepapa-Moses Wainuiomata High School Award for Top Junior Physical Education Student, NukuRussell Trophy for Year 10 Te Reo Maori

Tama Houpapa Aspire Cup for Junior Commitment

Briana Morgan Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Year 9 Mathematics

Taylor Ching Excellence at Year 9

Christian De Jesus Excellence at Year 9

Shaa-iqah Esbach Excellence at Year 10

Nishil Gounder Excellence at Year 9

Sonia Gounder Excellence at Year 10

Jaiken Herman Excellence at Year 9

Briar Lawrence Excellence at Year 9

Kyra Maharaj Excellence at Year 9

Tamatoa Mataiti Excellence at Year 9

Shamus McCormick Excellence at Year 10

Lydia McCormick Excellence at Year 10

Briana Morgan Excellence at Year 9

Trazel Moses-Wharepapa Excellence at Year 10

Molly Neill Excellence at Year 10

Adam Odeyemi Excellence at Year 10

Layla Ririnui Excellence at Year 10

Isaac Smith Excellence at Year 9

Ocean Steer Excellence at Year 10

Jean Tamihere Excellence at Year 9

Rachel Tamihere Excellence at Year 10

Cameron Taylor Excellence at Year 9

Tamzin Toa Excellence at Year 10

Tori-Anne Tuirirangi Excellence at Year 10

Zaria Tuitama Excellence at Year 10

Sophie Wilkinson Excellence at Year 10

Duncan Burgess Readers’ Prize for Top Junior Reader

Tori-Anne Tuirirangi Wainuiomata High School Award for Top Junior Arts Student, Vera Phillips Trophy for Junior Languages

Taylor Ching Japanese Ambassador’s Prize for Year 9 Japanese

Lanesha Te Kira Turnbull Wainuiomata High School Trophy for Year 9 Te Reo Maori


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Police confident of finding the group who killed Lois Tolley Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. 2015

Two years ago, late in the evening known criminals, and gang members. of December 9, four people violently “Lois was no threat to anyone, and smashed their way into Lois Tolley’s even the most hardened criminals and home on Ward Street in Upper Hutt. gang members have said her death was As she tried desperately to escape, they a cowardly act and completely unnecesshot her, and left her dead on the floor. sary,” Glenn says. pools were by us. family and Lois, 30, was in her lounge alone atOur the summer Lois was part of abuilt tight-knit Blends in well did cause no fuss. time, and had no chance of defending her death has been absolutely devastating slide will cause a splash. herself against her four attackers. With hydro for them. And to itDetective many people dash. Scott Miller says Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Inspector native busha we twist and wiggle. Barnett, the officer in charge of Through the it has been long two years for the From the children brings giggle. subsequent homicide investigation, says investigation teamaalso. evidence collected since Lois’ death Severn has days “Weastarted out twoisyears week the place open. ago with confirmed that Lois was targeted that more than 130allpersons of interest and Hot summer days we are hopen! night by her killers. a huge amount of information to work “Lois’ killing was an absolutely tragic through. We know that two years seems and senseless crime,” Glenn says. “Sadly, like a long time, particularly for Lois’ Notice Lois had become involved in the Upper family andPublic loved ones, who are underHutt drug scene and her death appears standably eager to see justice for Lois,” OF THE D AY to have been connected to that world.” he says. Wainuiomata Squash Club Police believe that the four people Police say the progress in the investigaAGM who came to her home that night were tion has been slow but consistent. attempting to carry out some form of “We know that as well as the four 51. J.K. ‘taxing’ or debt collection, or that they individuals directly involved in the events Rowling 7.00pm were looking for drugs/cash for their at Lois’ home that night, there are others chose the Monday 30theither November own use. who were involved directly before unusual At the Clubrooms In the moments after the four attack- or after her murder,” says Detective Senior name ers smashed their way into her home, Sergeant Barnett. ‘Hermione’ Lois was left dead, neighbours were “We also believe there are others who Corner of that Main Road so young and drugs and cash were have information which could help us close threatened, and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata girls left behind. this case, who have not yet spoken to us.” wouldn’t At least one of the attackers appears  Anyone who has information that could be to teased have immediately been overcome by assist the investigation into Lois Tolley’s local news urged to contact the Operation remorse, for being being heard to yell “what have death isBringing at Lower Hutt Police Station we done” as the four made their getaway. Archer team nerdy! to the community Police have spoken to hundreds of on 04 560 2600. Alternatively, informapeople during the investigation into Lois’ tion can also be left anonymosly via Situation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. killing, including drug dealers and users, Vacant

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Suzuki series continues to delight

By Andy McGechan

The second of three rounds in this year’s Suzuki Series at Manfeild on Sunday picked up where it had left off, again bursting with edge-of-theseat racing. Visiting British rider Peter Hickman is one of the series’ draw-card riders, but the Isle of Man champion didn’t really feature at the Taupoevent a week earlier – the same could not be said after his stunning performance this week. Peter won both of the day’s glamour Formula One superbike races and looked comfortable doing it, rocketing up from 11th overall to now be placed third in the series standings. Wainuiomata’s Shane Richardson still leads the series standings, despite finishing one point behind defending champion Taupo’s Scott

Moir. Shane finished 4-2 in his two F1 outings on Sunday, equal to Scott’s race results, but Taupo rider’s extra point for setting the fastest qualifying time gave him the welcome boost. Shane’s series lead has suffered only minimal damage – he has gone from four points in front of Scott to now have just a three-point advantage. There is only a little bit of respite before the series has its third at final round, the traditional public street race spectacular on Boxing Day, the bikes on that once-a-year occasion being raced around Whanganui’s iconic Cemetery Circuit. Shane leads the standings after Sunday’s second of three rounds currently on 84 points. Scott is on 81 and Peter is on 36.

Wainuiomata rider Shane Richardson, in great form at Manfeild on Sunday. PHOTO: Andy McGechan.

Lime scoots into the Hutt Valley Lime Scooters are now in Lower Hutt.

The streets of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are glowing in green just in time for Christmas. Lime, the global urban mobility phenomenon, launched its smart, dock-free scooters last week and already have become a hit with locals who have been seen whizzing around the Hutt Valley.

Sam Seiniger, Lime’s Wellington region operations manager, says the scooters provide users with connectivity to public transport infrastructure. “The Hutt Valley is a beautiful place with great scenic paths, so we want people out of cars exploring the cities,” Sam says.

Lime has been working closely with the New Zealand Transport Agency to make sure all risks and safety concerns have been mitigated and will continue to work with the Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council. Lime has 600 e-scooters available to customers in Upper and Lower Hutt.

World class sports facility set to open in New Year Sportspeople from the wider Wellington region gathered to mark the ceremonial opening of the Ricoh Sports Centre in Lower Hutt last week. The new facility, set to open to the public in early 2019, is expected to attract millions of visitors in the coming years and Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace says it represents the culmination of nine years of collaboration between Hutt City Council, the Community Facilities Trust and Fraser Park Sportsville. Council and the Community Facilities Trust handed over the centre to Fraser Park Sportsville, the organisation that will govern and manage the centre. “This incredible facility will change the way sport is played and viewed in the Hutt and is set to attract many participants and visitors from across New Zealand and overseas,” Ray says. Hutt City Council has invested $9.25 million in the facility, and Ray explains that it’s fantastic to see corporate sponsors, the local community, sports organisations and individuals also getting behind the project to raise a further almost $3.3 million. “The sports centre would not have come about without this incredible community support. It is pleasing that a partnership model for new facility development has succeeded resulting in a facility that we can all be proud of,” Ray says. The facility is a game-changer for Lower Hutt and the Wellington regions.

A ceremonial opening was held at the Ricoh Sports Centre. The centre is set to officially open in 2019. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

As well as full-sized, all-weather turfs for football, rugby and hockey, there is an artificial all-weather in-field and international standard diamond for softball and six international-standard squash courts. The centre also boasts a 600 square metres indoor activity space and viewing decks so activity can be viewed from various points around the facility. Matt Reid, Hutt City Council’s general manager of city and community services, says there

are a number of benefits for the clubs involved. “Not only will this lessen the load on club volunteers, it will enable them to focus on developing their sport. Players and supporters will experience a significant improvement on existing sports grounds and clubrooms,” Matt says. The centre will be open to the public for bookings from Monday, February 4 with a community opening and fun day on Sunday, February 10.


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Hutt woman makes stellar start to triathlon career

Royal New Zealand Navy Acting Lieutenant Commander Amanda Green competing in her first triathlon. PHOTO: Supplied

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Schmidt sharper than Razor’s edge for ABs coach On the surface, Scott Robertson is the front runner to be the next All Blacks coach - however I hope the NZRU dig a little deeper. The two time Super Rugby winning coach with the Crusaders has not put a foot wrong over the past two years but is lacking experience. The All Blacks coaches of the modern, professional era (1995) who have had the most success, have coached extensively both provincially and internationally overseas before landing the role of All Blacks mentor. Both Graham Henry and Hansen, who have each directed the men in black to back-to-back World Cup crowns in 2011 and 2015, had long stints coaching Wales. No doubt that time, helped mould both of them into better coaches. Wales, while not a rugby powerhouse, is a place just as passionate about the sport as New Zealand is. There’s a level of scrutiny and accountability that would have served both men well when they came home to be part of the All Blacks set up. My pick would be Ireland coach Joe Schmidt but if he intends to stay true to his word of a coaching sabbatical after next year’s World Cup, to focus on family, then the field seems wide open. When coaches with limited experience have been picked, it has not gone well. John Mitchell comes racing to mind

when he was thrown in the deep end and his team floundered at the 2003 World Cup in Australia. Sure, Henry failed at the same tournament four years later but the team had been dominant for his tenure up until then. Robertson has been like a shooting star, taking every opportunity available to him over the past two years. Success at age-group level and the Crusaders can’t be ignored. There’s just no substitute for experience and success and Scmidt, who has taken Ireland from a team considered handy on their day to a genuine threat to become world champions in Japan. If Robertson misses out this time, it will not be a fatal blow to his aspirations. Perhaps he will have to coach another international team first. Ireland would be keen for sure. Former Chiefs coach and current All Blacks assistant, Ian Foster is also a likely contender having done a similar apprenticeship as Hansen did under Henry. However, as head coach of the Chiefs, Foster never got to the heights he could have with the squad at his disposal and that’s always been my hang up. One major focus of the next coach will be player retention. The black jersey is proving not as alluring as European money for players who are getting younger and younger.

Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Acting Lieutenant Commander Amanda Green can’t be accused of easing her way into the triathlon scene. The Lower Hutt woman competed in her fi rst event, a quarter Ironman, last month. She recently completed a half Ironman – the Taupo 70.3 – and now she’s training for the full Taupo Ironman in March. Her efforts in the recent event has earned her a ‘rolldown’ spot in the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in France next September – something she says was unexpected and exciting. However, she is no stranger to representing New Zealand, having played cr icket for the W hite Fer ns from 2003-2005. Her cricket took her around the world, from India and Australia to Ireland and Britain. Amanda took up triathlon because she wanted a new challenge. She had always been a natural runner but wasn’t as comfortable on a bike, so thought that would push her outside her comfort zone. “Sport has afforded me a lot of pretty awesome opportunities,” she says. “I just want to know what I’m capable of and how far I can push myself mentally and physically.” It helped that wife Jen Dive has also been bitten by the triathlon bug. She also completed the quarter Ironman last month and will do a half in Taupo in March. “It’s a pretty structured household at

the moment, you could say. We enjoy it and we couldn’t do it without the support of Mum and Dad, that’s for sure,” she says. Father Tony Green is no stranger to military life, having spent about 30 years in the RNZN. A ma nda’s mot her, Ca rol Green, now also works for the New Zealand Defence Force. During Tony’s career the family was based in Auckland. When Amanda was about 14, they moved to Lower Hutt, where she attended Hutt Valley High School. Amanda joined the RNZN in 2007 but left in 2012 to work for Cricket New South Wales in Sydney. She specialised in operations and logistics, organising international and domestic cricket matches, including the Cricket World Cup 2015. She rejoined last year when she and Jen moved back to Lower Hutt to be closer to family. The defence force was incredibly supportive of sports people and their training needs, Amanda says. That team spirit was on display at the half Ironman where she was one of 14 personnel competing. “I loved the atmosphere, the community, the environment – just doing something with like-minded people, something that’s a real challenge and just seeing people accomplish things they didn’t think were possible was inspiring,” Amanda says.


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