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A Year in

REVIEW What a year 2018 was for Wainuiomata! National won the Hutt South Electorate vote, Progressive Enterprises announced mall upgrade, and a $24 million upgrade of the high school promised by the new Labour-led Government – just a few of the big things that happened. We’ve wrapped up the year that was. Continued on page 2.

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The announcement came that Wainuiomata was getting its own retirement village and rest home facility. Masonic Village Trust announced the development of a $50 million retirement village in a vacant reserve behind Hugh Sinclair Park, backing on to Hinau Grove. From November 2017 to January, more than 33,000 people visited the Wainuiomata Summer Pool - big numbers for the little local pool.  February

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Janette Melrose started the year as the new principal at Wainuiomata High School. The Wainuiomata local secured the new role following Martin Isberg stepping down in 2017. Wiremu (Bill) Tutepuaki Kaua was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Hiwi the Kiwi was released in a special location in the Remu-

taka Forest Park on February 11 following a blessing ceremony at the Wainuiomata Marae. Leon McLeod-Venu, Jasmine Inthavong, Faleona Leala, and Alyssia Cody get set as the head students at Wainuiomata High School for 2018. Mike Grigg dies at the age of 61 on Tuesday, February 27. Work begins on the Wainuiomata Shared Path.  March

Locals and visitors enjoy a taste of the country as Rural Fest Wainuiomata comes to town. The event has, and probably will forever, be an iconic annual event for Wainuiomata. Oscar Barnett and Angela Pahl, two members of Wainuiomata Bushfire Force, return from the Chatham Islands after assisting with several large fires. A large team of detectives and experts continue to investigate the death of Paul TeHiko in Wainuiomata. Lower Hutt welcomes 159

new New Zealand citizens. Hutt City Council held a ceremony for the residents who had been granted New Zealand citizenship.  April

Wainuiomata bus passengers upset with bus delays following the changes made by Greater Wellington Regional Council. The 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster recognised. Anzac Day services see record numbers attend. Love Wainuiomata and Hutt City Council team up for town plan  May

Long time residents Barry and Niki Renshaw celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Graeme Cunningham wins big at Jam World Cup St Claudine Thevenet School students start online newspaper, run by the students for the students, parents, and teachers. Margaret Willard steps down


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inbrief news Fire at Petone apartment block One person has been taken to hospital after a fire in a Housing New Zealand apartment block in Petone where a man was decapitated late last year. Emergency services were called to the Polaris apartments at 5.26am on January and shortly after announced the fire had been extinguished. Fire investigators at the scene and say the case had been handed to Housing New Zealand. In November, Francis Tyson was decapitated at the same Jackson Street address. A 41-year-old has been charged with his murder.

A Year in Review  July

New birthing unit opens in the Hutt Valley giving local soonto-be mums another option. Lower Hutt Town Hall reopens after massive redevelopment. Toastmasters Wainuiomata celebrate 10 years. St Claudine Thevenet School students were commended for their passionate performance of the waiata Tihei Mauri Ora – Let There be Light as part the opening of the New Zealand Catholic Education Convention at the TSB Arena.  August

A lost pig causes a stir around the community on August 15. Teachers start a series of strikes as per calls for the Government to make changes. Keri Brown wins community board by-election.  September

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a $24 million redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School. The proposed partial rebuild of the school was upgraded to a major redevelopment – focusing on fixing weather tightness issues, improving tired classrooms

and building flexible learning spaces. The community champions get ready to stand up to the issue of family violence in Wainuiomata. Locals had the opportunity to meet their champions - Keri Brown, Josh Briggs, Dawn McKinley, Simon Itula, Shalom Brown, Keana Wild, Josh Sa’u, Diana Va’a, Nathan Waitai, and Patrick Tanoa’i - at the official launch of the new It’s Not OK initiative. The search starts for another home for Wainuiomata’s post shop and KiwiBank services, following the impending closure of the local United Video store. Wainuiomata Little Theatre is fighting for its future after vandals ransacked its storage facility, destroying costumes and props in the process. The incident came after the theatre’s very successful season of the show, Phantom of the Opera.  October

Wainuiomata’s Rhys Casley 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. Countdown Wainuiomata gets rid of single-use plastic bags. The wild things came out as Lower Hutt’s Riddiford Garden is transformed by creepy crawlies, mythical creatures, and the power of the elements for HighLight 2019.  November

Hutt Park in Seaview receives international recognition for its outdoor spaces –– one of only twenty-three Green Flag parks in New Zealand to achieve this standard to date. White Ribbon New Zealand’s Lower Hutt ambassadors step up and out to show the support Lower Hutt has for the cause. Mayor Ray Wallace was one of the Lower Hutt ambassadors. Councils across the Wellington region hold a series of training days to practice their emergency response procedures. The first of the series coincided with the second anniversary of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and took place at Hutt City Council.



A missing Wainuiomata dog has been found after spending several days in the bush. Lucas the cavoodle ran off after being attacked by another dog in Wainuiomata. His disappearance started a large search involving several volunteers.  December

Bill Sharp releases another book entitled Over and Out: A Wainuiomata Story, putting the spotlight on former students from the high school who have pushed themselves to achieve and where it has taken them. He was also recognised as part of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. Hutt City Council discuss the homelessness strategy and its need in the Hutt Valley. Thirty-six personnel from Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade were honoured for their services. Christmas parade once again a hit with locals. This year the Christmas spirit took over the whole town centre with a number of events happening throughout the day. Progressive Enter prises announce a full rebuild for Wainuiomata Shopping Centre.

“Substantial challenge” but improving Improvements in Wellington’s new bus services are “ongoing and sustained” - an independent review into implementation challenges of the Wellington City and Hutt Valley network has found. The review released late last year by Greater Wellington Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency, describes the introduction of the new network as a complex undertaking, creating a “substantial challenge.” The report found that the council had a robust governance structure and processes in place and that a significant proportion of the programme was delivered successfully and on time.

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Milestone reached for Wainuiomata Shared Path

Mall announcement still exciting news Work on the new shopping centre and Countdown supermarket could start as early as the end of this year. Countdown announced that it had applied for resource consent to redevelop the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and build a new supermarket late last year. The announcement was and still is music to the ears of the local community, says Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace. “This is fantastic news for Wainuiomata. 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,” Ray says.

Families benefit from new sports centre A new state-of-the-art sports centre, officially named the Ricoh Sports Centre, which saw businesses, sports organisations and individuals raise almost $3.3 million, was officially handed over to Fraser Park Sportsville recently. Bringing together a range of codes, the new centre will benefit the region with high-quality sports facilities and a safe and welcoming meeting place for the community. Due to be open to the public from early February 2019 the centre includes six squash courts, indoor artificial turf training space, sport administration offices and meeting facilities, ten changing rooms, a cafe, bar and restaurant.

The project team behind the Wainuiomata Shared Path. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The seal has gone down and the public are out on stage one of the Wainuiomata Shared Path. The new route, which will run from Gracefield to Wainuiomata, is part of a $28 million investment by council and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) in a network of walking and cycling routes for the city.

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Council’s senior project engineer Simon Cager, who has led the project since 2015, says it’s fantastic to see the seal go down on stage one of the Wainuiomata Shared Path. “With the opening of the Pukeatua Bridge in 2015, and now stage one of the shared path, we’re seeing more and more people walking and cycling the Wainuiomata Hill,”

Simon says. “I’m looking forward to the completion of the project in 2019,” he says. The development of the shared path is broken into two stages: the now open stage one, Gracefield to Pukeatua Bridge, and the to-be-completed stage two, Pukeatua Bridge to Wainuiomata. It features a four metre off

road sealed path for pedestrians and cyclists, new roadside barriers and upgraded street lighting. Work on stage two began in July with vegetation removal, earthworks and new retaining walls. Construction is expected to take eight months, with completion of stage two in May 2019.

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Our electorate offices will be closed from 12 noon Friday 22 December and re-open on Monday 15 January 2018 at 9am. Thank you for all the support received in 2017 and I look forward to serving as your local MP again in 2018. Our electorate offices will be closed from 12 noon Friday 22 Ngā mihi me ngā manaakitanga December and re-open on Monday 15 January 2018 at 9am. Kia tau te rangimārie Thank you for all the support received in 2017 and I look Hon Meka Whaitiri forward to serving as your local MP again in 2018.

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Another year of performances Wainuiomata Little Theatre has another big year coming up in 2019 with the members producing two major shows, Jesus Christ Superstar in May and Mama Mia in October. The local amateur theatre is super excited to be including Jesus Christ Superstar in its programme this year and are keen to see as many locals audition as possible - preferably in early January, says director Barry Paterson. The theatre continues to build on its reputation over the last few years Barry says “the backbone of our productions is the many locals involved who give their time and experience to making our productions a total community affair.” With the quality of shows the theatre

is doing, Barry says they are seeing incredibly talented performers from as far as Wellington and Porirua coming to Wainuiomata just to be involved in local shows. Barry believes this is testament to the fun environment the club produces and the attitude of “we can do anything if we put our minds to it.” Auditions for Jesus Christ Superstar are on January 12 and 13. Barry would love to see loads of new locals get involved in the theatre so go along and audition.  To book an audition or find out more info, contact Barry on 027 583 8884 or

Council adopts zero carbon target Hutt City Council has voted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The zero carbon target reflects council’s commitment to environmental resilience and sustainability, and aligns to the Government’s signalled intentions to do the same via the Zero Carbon Bill. It will apply to the Hutt City Council and the organisations it controls. “We all value the wonderful natural environment we live in,” Mayor Ray Wallace says. “Communities across the country, and indeed around the world, realise that change is needed. The time is right to start the important journey to safeguard future generations,” he says. Climate change is one of the key environmental, social and economic challenges facing Kiwis at present. “We recognise that positive measures taken now to reduce carbon emissions will minimise future climate related adverse events,” Ray says. One of the goals of council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy is to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by being energy efficient, making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport,

managing landfills well, and ensuring Lower Hutt has plenty of green space and trees. “It’s time to make real change,” Ray says. Council has set a target to make that change happen, agreeing to a pathway to reduce net emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, 70 per cent by 2040 and 100 per cent by 2050. “We believe a target will help drive growth and innovation across our business and means we will be well-placed to share our experience with other local authorities and businesses,” he says. The next step for council is to assess measures and cost the steps required to reduce its carbon footprint. Heating energy sources, options for key council infrastructure, buildings and facilities, the vehicle fleet, procurement, and current and future waste management approaches will be considered in light of the zero carbon target. Setting specific performance measures for council activity areas will form part of the review. This work will be completed in the coming months and reported back to council in 2019.

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Wendy Paulik, Wainuiomata It is to tidy cupboards and throw away things that have been in storage for years... I have already started and it feels great!!

Ronald Paulik, Wainuiomata To finish off half started jobs around the house.

Dawn McKinley, Wainuiomata It is to eat a healthy diet and to take regular exercise.

Ryan Imray, Wainuiomata To spend more time with family and friends, the people who mean the most.

Keri Brown, Wainuiomata Spend more time in my garden. It got a little neglected in 2018

Ave-Elise Corrine Adams, Wainuiomata I am going to make more time or fit in more time to do things like painting.

Mayoral thoughts about the year ahead I hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday break and got a chance to spend some quality time with friends, whanau and the people most important to you. Over the break I’ve been taking some time to reflect on last year but also looking ahead to all the great things that 2019 has in store for the city and Wainuiomata. Construction of the Wainuiomata side of the Wainuiomata Shared Path is due to be completed this year.

This will be great for Wainuiomata as it will improve the safety of the many walkers and cyclists on the hill each day and make it a more attractive transport and recreation option for many of us. After that, work will begin on the adventure dog park, off Waiu Street, which will be great for dog owners here as well as bring people from across the city into Wainuiomata. Work to create the new Countdown and

shopping centre is also expected to start later this year, with demolition of some of the existing buildings in the area. Progress will continue on the new retirement village, and I’m expecting that the significant residential development activity that we’re seeing in Wainuiomata will continue. As always, the fantastic team at the Wainuiomata Community Hub will be working hard looking after our community’s needs, and the Love Wainuiomata team have some exciting plans for 2019 too. I’m always keen to hear from you, so please follow my Facebook page for updates or drop me a line at ray. Take care, Ray

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Two years ago, late in the evening of December 9, four people violently smashed their way into Lois Tolley’s home on Ward Street in Upper Hutt. As she tried desperately to escape, they shot her, and left her dead on the floor. Lois, 30, was in her lounge alone at the time, and had no chance of defending herself against her four attackers. Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Barnett, the officer in charge of the subsequent homicide investigation, says evidence collected since Lois’ death has confirmed that Lois was targeted that night by her killers. “Lois’ killing was an absolutely tragic and senseless crime,” Glenn says. “Sadly, Lois had become involved in the Upper Hutt drug scene and her death appears to have been connected to that world.” Police believe that the four people who came to her home that night were attempting to carry out some form of ‘taxing’ or debt collection, or that they were looking for drugs/cash for their own use. In the moments after the four attackers smashed their way into her home, Lois was

left dead, neighbours were threatened, and drugs and cash were left behind. At least one of the attackers appears to have immediately been overcome by remorse, being heard to yell “what have we done” as the four made their getaway. Police have spoken to hundreds of people during the investigation into Lois’ killing, including drug dealers and users, known criminals, and gang members. “Lois was no threat to anyone, and even the most hardened criminals and gang members have said her death was a cowardly act and completely unnecessary,” Glenn says. Lois was part of a tight-knit family and her death has been absolutely devastating for them. Anyone who has information that could assist the investigation into Lois’ death is urged to contact the Operation Archer team at Lower Hutt Police Station on 04 560 2600.  Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. PBA

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NZ Police deliver Christmas gifts to Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital A team from New Zealand Police visited the children’s hospital last year to deliver gifts they collected as part of a Christmas toy appeal for sick kids. Boxes of gifts were collected from staff at the New Zealand Police College, Police National Headquarters, and the Lower

North Island and Upper South Island Police stations. The appeal also included private company donations. Police cars lined up outside the entrance to the children’s hospital, and members of the New Zealand Police and Armed Offenders Squad delivered the gifts

throughout the children’s hospital wards. Children and staff got to meet the officers, dress up in uniform and check out the inside of the police cars and mobile police unit. The appeal was coordinated by police officer, Daniel Ralph, who says he wanted to make a real and positive difference to children and families who will be spending Christmas in hospital. “We see huge amounts of deprivation and negativity in our roles as police officers. So it means a lot to us to be able put a smile on

a child’s face who’s unwell and away from home,” Daniel says. Wellington Hospital Foundation chairman Bill Day says patients, families and staff at Wellington’s children’s hospital were overwhelmed by the gifts and the visit from New Zealand Police. “A big part of what we do is focused around creating moments of happiness for kids in hospital – thing that allow them to just be kids. We’re very grateful to Daniel and the police for bringing so much joy to children and their parents today,” Bill says.

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Food rescue charity turns seven and continues to grow By Dan Whitfield

Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) might have started small back in 2011 but it has just celebrated a mighty seven years of helping others. Co-founder Tracy Wellington says when they started, they started from scratch in their own garage, passing on excess food from their own family and a handful of friends. She explains how they now rely on more than 80 volunteers to help them run an efficient operation and use a rented warehouse for storage because what they rescue is no longer measured in banana boxes. The food rescue charity, based in North Wellington, rescues more than four tonnes of food each week and has support from 12 local supermarkets including Newlands and Tawa New World supermarkets. Looking back, Tracy hopes the story of KCA helping others encourages more people to routinely help those who are worse off than themselves. ”The thing I’d most like to do is to keep going and keep growing so we can help more people,” Tracey says. “Reading the news reinforces that there remains many families and many children

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needing help. We’re doing our bit to help address that.” “What we’ve shown is that lots of small steps by lots of volunteers adds up to making a

substantive difference,” she says. In 2017, the charity rescued and passed on 144 tonnes of fresh fruit, vegetables and other surplus food to front line chari-

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front-line charities - including the Wellington City Mission and the Wellington Night Shelter who use the donated food and goods to help those who need it.

Local councillors show Hampers go out to many thanks to generous donations support for identifying Wellington City Mission delivered more than 100 special ‘Christmas Day Hampers’ to families in need over Christmas – thanks to the amazing support they received from across the region. These special hampers were delivered by City Mission staff, volunteers, and local hero Billy Graham from Naenae Boxing Academy. Each hamper includes items such as chicken donated by Tegel, sausages from The Mad Butcher, hams from Hellers, chocolates from Whittaker’s, and sweet treats from Good Bitches Baking – plus other Christmas food items and children’s gifts that had been donated by the community. These hampers from the City Mission were part of the final deliveries for December. In the lead-up to Christmas Day they had already distributed food parcels to feed more 3500 people, and gifts for around 2100 children. Recipients of the food and gifts are City Mission clients, as well as those of 44 other community service agencies that it collaborates with including Red Cross Refugee Services, Kokiri Marae Maori, Women’s Refuge, Challenge 2000 and Birthright. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge says he has been

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blown away by the support they received this festive season. People, businesses, teams and groups have helped in many different ways, filling over 500 Christmas Star Boxes as well as taking part in the iconic ‘Pack the Bus’ campaign, just two of them. “To serve those in our communities who are doing it tough, we rely on the generosity of people, teams, groups and businesses all

across the Wellington region,” Murray says. “We are very grateful to receive such wonderful support from so many. “Whether you have helped this Christmas by volunteering your time, donating goods-in-kind, or making a financial contribution, you have enabled us to be there for those most in need right across our region, so thank you,” he says.

Hutt City Council voted to work with residents to identify and protect significant natural areas (SNAs) across Lower Hutt recently – and local councillors are behind the plan. Wainuiomata, Harbour and Western ward councillors Campbell Barry, Josh Briggs, Tui Lewis, Michael Lulich and Chris Milne, who represent a vast majority of the areas affected, worked together to propose an approach where council would work proactively with landowners without the need for mandatory restrictions on private land in the District Plan. This approach was then supported and signed off by council after hearing from residents. “I’m really glad we have been able to find a path forward which involves us working in a positive and constructive way with landowners and other stakeholders,” Campbell says. “We all want to protect and enhance our native flora and fauna, and a partnership, without mandatory restrictions, is the best way to get good will, and most importantly, good results for enhancing our

biodiversity,” he says. “Listening to our Community and being able to find a constructive way forward may take time, but it is better we work together for what we all highly value,” Tui adds. Josh says working in partnership with our community will lead to the best outcomes for our natural environment. “Thank you to everyone that has been part of the process and shared their views,” he says. Chris says the plan change was not going to do a thing to improve biodiversity and would only have caused a lot of stress and disputes. “If we get taken to court for not imposing rules then so be it,” he says. SNAs are areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna. Under the Resource Management Act and the Wellington Regional Policy Statement, council is responsible for ensuring these valuable ecological sites are adequately conserved. However, recently the processes have been debated.

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Students celebrated for achievements across the year

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Students from across the Hutt Valley were celebrated at the Hutt City Council Scholastic Awards late last year. The awards that recognise the city’s best young scholastic talent. Eleven were acknowledged for their hard work, determina-

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51. J.K. Rowling 7.00pm chose the Monday 30th November unusual At the Clubrooms name ‘Hermione’ Corner of Main Road so young and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata girls wouldn’t be teased Bringing local news (Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt), Amy O’Shannessey for Raybeing Wallace and Ginny Andersen with Maia Cunningham and Amber Woolcock (Chilton Saint James School), Eloise Old and Joshuato Teddy (Taita College), nerdy! the communityWesley Tanuvasa and Cameron Arps (Naenae College),

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Baking, broccoli and bucket mince pies and gingerbread healthy meals for Women’s Prison director Viv Whelan loads of gifts were some of the shapes were all made by Refuge and local families. says the concert was a wonderitems donated to the Greater the men and donated to the For the second year in a row, ful event that captured the spirit Wellington community by Wellington Night Shelter, Te the prison’s produce contrib- of collaboration and generosity prisoners and Corrections staff Omanga Hospice and Ronald uted to a Christmas celebration of those who gave up their time Deliverers Required over Christmas. McDonald House andin the for Women’s Refuge in the Hutt to work with the women and At Rimutaka Prison, vol- family room at Wellington Valley. those who attended. Area 1: Good Momona, Kawatiri - Kaponga. unteer bakers Bitches Mohaka, Regional Children’s Hospital. This year, the prison provided “We’re grateful to Zonta Baking returned to teach men The prison also supplied close to two tonne of vegetables Mana for their ongoing support in the self care units to make freshly grown vegetables from to CUPA, and grew thousands of the women of Arohata, the festive treats to donate to local the prison’s gardens to Com- of vegetable and herb seedRoyal New Zealand Ballet, as Applications are available at our recruitment charities. at the gate based in the mon Unity Project Aotearoa lings for the organisation offi to ce orwell assecurity the local community,” Ngauranga George in Wellington. Christmas brownies, fruit (CUPA) that were made into distribute. Viv says. Contact Barry 472 7987 or 021 276 6654.

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SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS The Wainuiomata Lions premier reserves team had plenty to play for when they entered the Wellington Rugby League grand final against the Titahi Bay Marlins. The team came away with the victory with a final score of 28-6. Emily Jones might only be 13 but she’s made a name for herself in the New Zealand Mounted Games scene. The Wainuiomata teenager competed at the coveted Horse of the Year event and left as reserve champion. From mother of five to international netball player, Gerardine Solia-Gibb continues to prove mums can do everything. The Wainuiomata mum and member of the Ulalei Wainuiomata Netball Club will represent Summit at the 2019 Netball World Cup. Jake Whitaker was one of only a few of the bravest who dared to enter the Husqvarna Hard Adventure Enduro. St Claudine Thevenet School students get outside and enjoy the day as part of their annual school athletics event.

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Questions for cricket on both sides of the Tasman Wainuiomata’s Shane Richardson in action on Whanganui’s famous Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day. PHOTO: Andy McGechan, By Dan Whitfield

Shane Richardson has set his sights high for the next few racing seasons and says he remains hopeful. The young rider showed that he was more than capable after having a number of successful outings on his 1000cc Kawasaki zx10r across the United States and New Zealand in 2018 – but for now, he’s looking to make some noise on the track in the United Kingdom. Though Shane is unsure when his next ride will be, he says there are a few things in the pipeline that will be an “awesome opportunity” if they come about. “Next year my goal is more or less to set myself up for a big 2020,” Shane says. The 23-year-old is doing away with racing in America and is instead heading to England to eventually race in the British superbikes championship. “It’s a really competitive series with a lot of world class riders so it’s, I believe, the best place to be to become something.” He says the goal is to have his bike there, make some noise and be seen so that he can get to where he wants to be

in 2020. “America was good learning but the biggest thing I learnt was that being unprepared created a snowball effect, hence the decision to really set myself up so I have a solid platform to build off of.” Shane says 2018 was a “weird one” and that it involved a lot of learning, both on and off the bike. “Stepping up to the big 1000cc superbikes was obviously a big change and will take a bit of time to truly get comfortable and figure out how they need to be ridden. In saying that I finished fourth in MotoAmerica championship having missed a few rounds and coming home for the Suzuki series I had to borrow a bike and was again my first time riding a 1000cc bike on the New Zealand tracks,” he says. That said Shane is happy with what he’s achieved, including leading the championship most of the way, but unfortunately losing the opportunity to fight for the championship after a mechanical fault. “It was a hard pill to swallow knowing I could have finished better than I did but third was nothing to be disappointed about considering the amount of talent on the start line this year,” Shane says.

While Australian cricket rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, New Zealand try to answer the myriad of questions ahead of a busy 12 months. Australia are getting pumped on home soil the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the past 30 years. India have been ruthless as they look for their first test series win on Aussie soil while the hosts hunt for solutions in multiple positions while looking into a talent cupboard which is beyond bare. New Zealand will play in the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground Boxing Day test this year and if the game was played today, they would be raging-hot favourites. Even with the returns of Steve Smith and Cam Bancroft being tactfully managed through a bunch of PR spin, the men with the baggy green will get better. However, for the first time in 30 years, the little cousins from across the ditch are stronger than Australia. Spin legend Shane Warne has been merciless on former Kiwi terroriser, Mitchell Starc, who, just four years ago was the difference between the trans-Tasman rivals in the World Cup final, has lost all shape, form and ability to swing the ball. Starc has averaged more than 40 for each wicket against India, and not

one Aussie batsman has managed a century in the series. Warner was supposedly charged with looking after the condition of the ball for the Aussie quicks. Since his suspension, the swing seems to be lost and now those same quick bowlers do not seem to be as threatening. New Zealand’s test team is settled and that’s the secret to success. Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson had the top three batting averages globally for the past calendar year. The questions come in the coloured clothing ahead of June’s 50-over World Cup in England. A settler XI looks a long way off and the success of the 2015 tournament was that each player picked themselves through top performances. New Zealand should be a top three favourite in friendly swing-bowling conditions. An inside tip on how the Black Caps may go, could be seen through former coach Mike Hesson. Hesson left the post, deservedly so I might add, less than 12 months before the tournament. If he felt the team could win, surely he would stick at it for one last crack at it. Colour me cynical.


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