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50 years service By Megan Connolly It was a significant day on Saturday at the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade last week when John May received his 50-year service medal. This is the first time a member of the brigade has received this medal, making it a special moment in Wainuiomata’s history. John received the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2017 New Years Honours list for services to the New Zealand Fire service and the community. Continued on page 2. John May at the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade. PHOTO: Megan Connolly
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John devotes life to fire service Continued from page 1. John’s fire career started at the young age of 15 in 1969. His father was the deputy chief at the station in Petone at the time when John was asked to help out and rocked up on his push-bike unsure where to start. That would be the moment that started it all. But John has always had an interest, he says. His grandfather, uncle and father all served for many years, all receiving a variety of medals and badges, with a combined experience of 155 years service.
John volunteered at the Petone station for 29 years before he relocated to Wainuiomata where he then volunteered for 21 years. “There have been huge changes in that time,” he says. “From recruitment to how we go about safety and wellbeing. “But the core thing is people are giving up their free time to help the community.” Not only has John volunteered for most of his life, but he has also made a career out of working with brigades as the Volunteer Support Officer for the Hutt Valley.
“My hobby became my career,” he says. Fires are only a small part of what the fire service does now which includes emergency support call-outs. “When someone’s day goes wrong. we’re usually involved,” he says. The most rewarding part of the job is helping people out and knowing you’ve done the best for them, John adds. Along with serious situations, the fire department is often called to amusing or odd moments too like finding people
stuck in couches or children intertwined in chairs. “But we’re here to help the community and that is paramount.” After 50 years of fire service, John is getting ready to “hang up the hat”, he says. “My body is telling me it is time to retire. “It has been a great ride. I’ve had some very good and not so good times, but at the end of the day, people that join the brigade make a difference. “It is just like being in a big family,” John adds.
Kate Middleton comes to town The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visited Wainuiomata last Wednesday morning. Well, not the royal Kate Middleton. It was another Kate who just happens to share the same name as the royal Duchess. “I have always had people ask. “I get a lot of friend requests on Facebook,” she laughs. Funnily enough, Kate has always had a fascination and love for the Royal family and considers herself a big fan of Princess Diana. “I follow the royals, I love everything royal. I follow it all,” Kate says. “My mum had the queen on her wall.” When Kate got married in 1997, she took her partner Frank Middleton’s surname. It wasn’t until the real Duchess of Cambridge got married to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in 2011 that Kate realised she had her name “pinched”. Friend Delia Ross, a local resident, has known Kate and her partner Frank for five years having met them in Kaiteriteri during their travels. Delia enjoys being cheeky, she says, and to kid people into believing the real Duchess of
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Kate Middleton visited her friend Delia Ross in town last Wednesday. Kate just happens to share the same name with the royal Duchess of Cambridge. PHOTO: Megan Connolly
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Trio grows glorious community garden At any given moment you can find Geoff Meadows, Mervyn Johnson and Stuart Forrest passionately looking after the community garden on Poole Cresent, Homedale. With compost bins, 25 fruit trees, dozens of vegetable and berry plants, there is always plenty for the three men to do. “We do it to make a positive difference in the community,” Mervyn says. This is the fifth season they have been looking after the garden after the council-owned section was transformed from a play area. They have had to do a lot to the area, they say, like build their own water storage, shed, compost and garden beds. Stuart is the handyman and builder while Mervyn and Geoff are the gardeners. There is a charity box onsite where recently harvested and surplus food is placed for the community. “Often others in the area who have surplus food drop
Christmas chorale concert The Hutt City Chorale will be holding a Christmas Concert this Saturday, December 7 at 7pm at the Pioneer Church on Coast Road. Christmas themed, you will be able to sing along to some familiar songs with and some less well-known ones to listen to. Supper will be provided at the end. All welcome. Koha entry. Contact email@example.com for more information.
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Geoff Meadows, Mervyn Johnson and Stuart Forrest maintain and run the community garden that can be found on the corner of Poole Cresent. PHOTO: Megan Connolly
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Kindergartens win business excellence awards Hutt City Kindergartens are thrilled to be the winner of the Not for Profit category in the 2019 Wellington Business Excellence Awards. An honour that has put Hutt City Kindergartens in the spotlight for their dedication to quality early childhood education. The awards evening was held at the Lower Hutt Events Centre recently and celebrates the
success of businesses in the Wellington region. “We’ve been growing young learners in the Hutt Valley for over 90 years and have remained at the heart of our communities. Everything we do is focused on providing the best learning opportunities for our tamariki,” general manager of Professional Services, Norma Roberts, says. “The award recognises the
good work happening at our 19 kindergartens and is an achievement that everybody who works for the Association can be proud of,” Norma says. It has been a busy year for Hutt City Kindergartens. “Over the past year we have had a change in leadership, increased our transport service, and employed a speech-language therapist and Pouako to provide further support for our
tamariki and whanau,” says Charmaine Hakaraia, general manager of operations. The award trophy and certificate sits proudly on the front desk of the Association office for all to see. “Winning this award helps us to share our story. We’re not for profit, we’re for our tamariki,” Norma says. Hutt City Kindergartens has five local centres.
Get those summer swimming togs out because the Wainuiomata Community Champions are holding a pool party this Saturday evening. The event is free entry and will run from 6pm to 8pm at the Swimming Pool on Moohan Street. There will be spot prizes to be won and a free barbecue. Bring along the whole whanau for a fun evening out. All ages welcome.
Support staff to agree on pay changes School support staff who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa will vote on a new collective agreement offer from the Ministry of Education this week that includes a new minimum base pay rate of $21.15 per hour, the current Living Wage. Support staff include the likes of teacher aides, administration staff, librarians, kaiarahi i te reo, therapists and technicians. Currently support staff on the bottom four steps of the pay scale are paid the minimum wage of $17.70 per hour and ninety percent of teacher aides are paid below the Living Wage This is the first offer the Ministry of Education has made since the collective agreements covering support staff expired in July.
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Public drop-in sessions LOWER HUTT FLOOD HAZARD MAPS To better prepare for flooding caused by extreme rainfall, Wellington Water Ltd is preparing flood hazard maps of the urban areas of Lower Hutt. This work takes into account the effects of climate change. Modelling of the Wainuiomata catchment is the first to be completed. But to finalise the maps, we need your experiences and observations of flooding in Wainuiomata. This information will be used to make sure the final maps are as accurate as possible. To do this, Wellington Water and Hutt City Council are holding two drop-in sessions at the Wainuiomata Intermediate School hall.
Wednesday afternoon. It it located on Queen Street outside the Community Hub Library it spans around 110sqm to give lots of space for a variety of community
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Barry sets eyes on upcoming theatre show Will you hear the people sing? Or be the one singing? Wainuiomata Little Theatre will be holding auditions in February for their upcoming 2020 production of ‘Les Miserables’. This project has been in the works for the last two years, director Barry Paterson says. “It takes a long time to get the rights to this show because of its scale. “It is going to be one of the biggest challenges but we wouldn’t be able to do it if it weren’t for the last five years of shows,” he says. Barry has been involved in
the theatre company for the last decade and was recently awarded life member status as well as taking on the president role. “It is all locally focused.” ‘Les Miserables’ follows Jean Valjean, a prisoner who breaks parole in order to start life anew. However, he soon becomes the caretaker of a young girl but his past comes back to catch up with him.
Barry Paterson with partner Julie as they prepare for Wainuiomata Little Theatre's 2020 production of ‘Les Miserables’.
For Barry, the process of putting on ‘Les Miserables is very important. Earlier this year Barry had an operation that went wrong that left him a paraplegic in a wheelchair. “It will be something positive to focus on,” he says. It will be important to cast local talent, he adds and encourages everyone to give auditioning a try, no matter your experience. “There are parts for all ages. The chorus is on the stage a lot and do a lot for the storyline. “I love getting people who have never done it before and seeing the group grow from when we first see them,” he says. If you would like to book an audition or know more, contact Barry on email@example.com or at 0275 838884. Audition date: Feburary 1, 2 and 8.
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Identifying local flood hazards: public drop-in Urban Wainuiomata is the first stage of the most comprehensive flood mapping programme in Lower Hutt’s history to near completion. But it needs the help of local residents to finish the job. The mapping project covers Lower Hutt’s urban areas and is being undertaken by Wellington Water Ltd, which provides water services and planning for the Wellington Region’s councils. It will be completed in 2021. Hutt City Council chief execu-
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infrastructure, where to focus on stormwater investment and generally to help more effectively plan for the city’s future,” Jo says. The maps depict flooding in one in 100 years and one in 10-year floods. They show where waterways are most likely to breach their banks, where water moves across the land during flooding and areas of ponding. The work takes into account the projected impacts of climate
change out to 2120. Later this week, Wellington Water and Hutt City Council staff will take the draft maps to Wainuiomata for local residents to view, ask questions and share their recollections of past flooding. The information provided by the maps will be incorporated into the review of Hutt City Council’s District Plan to ensure future developments take account of flood risks and don’t increase the
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SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page
That logo, the decision The response to the Crusaders’ new logo was logically negative but the franchise was put in an impossible situation. Once they committed to reviewing their logo, which was initially media-driven after the March terrorist attack in Christchurch, change was always going to happen, it was just a case of how much. In my opinion, the new logo
screams political correctness. The Crusaders PR machine tried to spin it as a mix between mountains, sea and culture and then tacked on a Maori translation for good measure. The problem is, the die-hard Crusaders fans could not be convinced that there was a need to change the logo or the name. In a recent trip to Queenstown I purchased a 2019 Crusaders jersey
and I intend to frame it. It’s my individual, passive protest in disagreement to the move away from the traditional logo. The Crusaders will have a hard time convincing the money-paying masses to buy their merchandise in the short-term - I know I will not. For the most part though, I have sympathy for the franchise, my franchise.
They did not ask for this tragedy to strike their city. They have had to change because of it, because of perceived public pressure. I would argue there has been little public pressure towards change and more moral pressure from those unlikely to watch a Crusaders game on a regular basis. The name and logo does not make a team but there is no doubt
that the fans do not feel listened to during the review. There was a feeling of inevitability about the change and perhaps that will make it easier to accept in a shorter period of time. The product on the field must still be the priority. That product and the success of it, combined with the one-eyed nature of their fans must continue to be the standard going forward.
Three wins for Wainui cricket Wainui Premier Reserves had a good win against Naenae at the weekend. Naenae won the toss and elected to bat first on a good looking pitch but it was Wainui who made the most of the conditions with some accurate bowling, leading to the fall of regular wickets. All six bowlers used were economical and Wainui was able to dismiss Naenae for 109. Craig Foster was the top wicket-taker for the innings with 4-28. In reply, Wainui was cruising at drinks with 55-1 but a few poor shot selections and silly running between the wickets gave Naenae a bit of hope before Wainui were able to get the winning runs in the 32nd over, 8 wickets down. Wainui 2nds finished the job in an hour against North City to score an innings and 175 run wins in a dominant display. After being bowled out for 23 the week before and following on, Norths were able to get to only 71 in their 2nd turn of bat. Tanuj Ahuja took another 6 wickets to add to his 8 the previous week and finished with unbelievable figures of 14-34 for the game. In 20/20 games, Team Rosco remains unbeaten with a victory over a strong Stokes Valley side. Batting first Kevin Krebs scored 52 and helped Wainui reach 182 and in reply, Stokes Valley could only manage 170 with Glen Ryan picking up 3-42. Team Brownie wasn’t quite as fortunate losing to Petone in their 20/20 game. Batting first Petone piled on 211 runs in their 20 overs with Richard Armstrong picking up 2-28 with the ball for Wainui. Although Wainui battled hard they were only able to get to 191 with Graeme Marsh’s 40 being top score. This week Wainui Premier Reserve play Sri Lankan Cricket Club at Bryan Health Park from 11am.
Ava Ma’i, daughter of Manu Samoa Sevens legend Vala Ma’i, sidesteps Oska Va’a, son of former Manu Samoa prop Justin Va’a, opponent. PHOTO: Supplied focused on the try. PHOTO: Supplied
Ulalei returns to summer football By Vatau Sagaga
Riding on the success this season of its netball club, the Ulalei Sports Club has teams represented in Wainuiomata’s two summer football competitions run by the rugby and rugby league clubs. Flag football at Wise Park and touch football at William Jones Park are a throwback to once popular competitions that ran from the early 1990s. The Ulalei club has undergone a mini resurgence this
summer having last had representation in the local summer leagues in 2007. Club founder Fauono Ken Laban says the two competitions, particularly the flag football competition at Wise Park, presented the perfect opportunity to bring the Ulalei name back to the summer fields. “We wanted to ensure the Ulalei name remained relevant and that its importance was passed down to the next generation. “The kaupapa of the flag
football competition is perfect in this regard,” explains Ken. Wainuiomata Rugby League Club’s flag football competition is in only its second year, the kaupapa being about whanau, where all generations are encouraged to take the field together. Some teams will field as many as four generations. Led by club stalwart, Clinton Buchanan, the competition has been a resounding success with 16 teams entered this year. The Wainuiomata Rugby
Club’s touch football competition has also enjoyed a revival where 12 teams including a team from Wainuiomata Intermediate are registered. Organisers Daniel Hakaraia and Moana Kuma have picked up the reins and enjoy the fact William Jones Park is now being used all year round. Ulalei, sporting its throwback retro design from 1995, acknowledges the generous support it has received from local businesses Viti Barbers and Clive’s Chemist.
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