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Look! Over there! It’s Spiderman. It’s Batman. It’s Wonder Woman! In fact, all of them and more super heroes turned up for the annual Sport Wainuiomata Superhero Fun Run/Walk over the weekend. The community event was created with participants encouraged to be their own superhero. It was held on Saturday morning at the Wainuiomata Recreation Area, with approximately 50 people of all ages and stages of life taking part. Continued on page 2. Ellie Briggs in her Wonder Woman costume. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Annual superhero fun run a success Continued from page 1. Sport Wainuiomata’s Terina Cowan says the event was a success and was a good way to celebrate how great people are as individuals, as whanau, and as a community. She says it was great to see so many people turn up. Certificates were given to all those who completed the event – regardless of the distance they competed in. Prizes were also awarded to the best dressed individual and team on the day. The individual with the most original costume and most original super hero costume were also recognised. Despite numbers being slightly lower than previous years, the event was a fun and community friendly event for everyone. Sport Wainuiomata has been going for around five years but needs community support to keep doing what it does. The Wainuiomata organisation is looking for volunteers to help with community events, such as


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Vandals have damaged several graves at Wainuiomata’s Pioneer Church. Joyce Lockyer, president of the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society that oversees the church on Coast Rd, says many of the white crosses in the graveyard were destroyed on the evening of October 31. “These crosses were purchased before the jubilee celebrations in 2016 to commemorate the previously unmarked burial plots of many of our local pioneers,” Joyce says. “They were a proud feature of the graveyard and had been much appreciated by the families involved.” The damage came as a disap-

pointment for one family that was planning a memorial for a much-loved family member. The cross belonging to the grave of the family member was one that was targeted by vandals. Joyce says it is sad that people would do this. She says if anyone has any information on this “despicable act,” it would be appreciated if it was passed on to the police. Anyone with information about the vandalism at Wainuiomata Pioneer Church, contact the Wainuiomata police station on 439 0500 or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.  Wainuiomata Police Station is open 9am to 1pm, Tuesday to Friday and is located at 3 Fitzherbert Rd, Wainuiomata.

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All the children at the start of the 1.5km superhero fun run. More Photos on page 8. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

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Mallard named Speaker of the House By Dan Whitfield

Trevor Mallard has been named the new Speaker of the House. The announcement was made when Parliament resumed on Tuesday, November 7, with the

120 MPs of the new Labour-led Government choosing to elect the Wainuiomata local. Trevor stepped down from being Hutt South MP after more than two decades in the role. He first entered Parliament in 1984.

Trevor is a graduate (BCA) from Victoria University and subsequently from Wellington Teachers’ College and the University of Waikato. Before Parliament, Trevor worked as an accountant, teacher and rural adult education

organiser. He has held various ministerial portfolios including Education and State Services (1999-2005), Sport (1999-2007), and Associate Finance (1999-2008). Trevor is a passionate supporter of the Hutt Valley.

Wainuiomata Summer Pool celebrates 50 years By Dan Whitfield

Get your goggles ready and find your togs, because Wainuiomata Summer Pool has opened for business ahead of another busy season. The outdoor pool, located on Moohan St, reopened on November 4; and despite the weather not being the best, there was a good turnout. Each year the pool becomes a summer hotspot for many locals who choose to stay in the valley during the end of year holidays. The summer periods normally see on average about 100-200 people a day using the pool, but can sometimes see up to 900 people enter the gates. Phyllis Taylor, former pool manager at Wainuiomata Summer Pool, says this is a significant celebration because a dream has come to fruition. “Wainuiomata Summer Pool is a rite of passage for all members of our community, the support the community gives to the pool is a testament to the vision of three men: Pat Fitzgerald, Leonard Murphy, and Andy Roberts,” Phyllis says. “Being involved with the pool, not only makes me proud of our successes, but it has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing people all born and bred in Wainuiomata. “I have been privileged to be mentored by masters of lifeguarding and life skills, but

Consultation ends for parking policy Parking contributes to safe and efficient access to destinations and activities and helps make the city a great place to live, work, and play, for residents and visitors, the council says. Consultation ended last Friday for parking policy that would plan how it would shape Lower Hutt in the future. Submissions and objections to this proposal had to be submitted by Friday November 3. The draft parking policy can be found on the Hutt City Council website.

Hutt Urban Adventure Race Up for a challenge, the Hutt Urban Adventure Race will be held on December 3 and entries are now open. The event has been referred to as the Amazing Race meets orienteering, and requires strategy, skills, and stamina for teams of two to four athletes. To enter, go to HuttUrbanAdventure.co.nz. Online entries close November 26.

Wainuiomata Summer Pool is a hit for locals every year. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News file.

even more privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve our community. “Wainuiomata Summer Pool has taken on its own identity, servicing the aquatic needs of not only our local community but grown to meet the needs of communities across the region and country,” she says. Wainuiomata Summer Pool boasts an 80m open air waterslide and a 50m pool. It also includes a learner pool with slide, paddling pool with sun shade and an outdoor spa pool. The local pool officially opened last Saturday, and will be open every day until March 18 – excluding public holidays and special closures such as Christmas Day. This year Wainuiomata residents are encouraged to come out and celebrate 50 years of

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summertime fun throughout the pools open period. To mark the occasion, the 50 days of fitness campaign will encourage locals to swim at least three times a week from Saturday, November 4 to Saturday, December 23. If they do, they can go into the draw to win a $200 Rebel Sport


voucher and Zoggs swim packs. A fun activity including splash zones will also be happening every day until Saturday, December 23. Activities will be free.  For opening times, go to huttcity.govt.nz/pools-fitness/ summer-pools/wainuiomata/.

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inbrief news Dog owners still want support Two local dog owners are still interested in Wainuiomata’s support for a dog park. Lisa Scott and Chloe Young started a petition earlier this year, requesting Hutt City Council to establish a fenced off, exercise dog park in Wainuiomata. About a month ago, the online petition had received more than 280 signatures – with hundreds more around the Hutt Valley showing their support. To show your support or to sign the online petition, go to change.org/p/ hutt-city-council-build-a-fenced-offexercise-dog-park-for-wainuiomata.

Speed camera removed The old Wainuiomata speed camera has been removed from Wainuiomata Road. The speed camera was considered old technology in comparison to its digital counterpart located at the crest of Wainuiomata hill. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says it had not worked for some time and would not be replaced by the New Zealand Police. Wellington police installed the speed camera at the crest of Wainuiomata hill as part of a $10 million network upgrade that saw 56 digital speed cameras also installed around New Zealand.

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MP for Hutt South welcomes fairer fares decision MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop is praising the Greater Wellington Regional Council for voting for a tertiary students’ discount on public transport across the Wellington region. “This is great news for young people in the Hutt and across Wellington,” Chris says. Last week, the Greater Wellington Regional Council voted in favour of introducing a tertiary students’ discount on public transport across the Wellington region, to take effect from the middle of 2018. “I’ve been supporting the fairer fares campaign because young people in the Hutt told me the cost of transport to and from campuses was a real barrier to their success. For some students, transport costs could reach $20 a day if they live in parts of the Hutt Valley or Wainuiomata and travelled to one of the Victoria, Massey or WelTec campuses in central Wellington.

Chris Bishop praising the Greater Wellington Regional Council for voting for a tertiary students’ discount. PHOTO: Supplied

Chris says that represents a huge chunk of a student’s weekly living costs, allowance or wages from part time work. “Wellington was one of the only places in the country not

to offer a tertiary students discount, so it is about time our region got on board.” “The decision today is the result of a sustained campaign by local students’ associations in-

cluding VUWSA (Victory University) and MAWSA (Massey University). They have worked for many years alongside elected regional councillors to deliver this for local students.”

Reusable bags lead the way By Dan Whitfield

The ladies at Ray White Leaders are helping the community focus on the environment and switch to reusable bags. Last month, Linda Turner, Karen Kiley, and Meleanie Walker set up outside Countdown Wainuiomata and gave out around 120 reusable bags. The reason, around 9000 tonnes of soft plastics would be sent to the landfill by Wellingtonians this year – with it taking years for it to decompose, all while leaching chemicals into the environment. The Wainuiomata trio say the response to the free bags was

positive and appreciative. Meleanie says that many places were in the process of removing plastic bags from their stores and in our view reusable bags is the way to go. Countdown recently announced that single-use plastic carrier bags would be phased-out from all stores by the end of 2018. Wainuiomata residents were 100 per cent behind the announcement with the store selling out of its reusable bags last month. Linda, Karen, and Meleanie would like to continue to offer the free reusable bags. If people are interested, they are encouraged to pop in to the Ray White Leaders office on The Strand.

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Linda Turner, Karen Kiley, and Meleanie Walker giving out free reusable bags recently. PHOTO: Supplied

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Growing future gardeners Working in

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Sun Valley Kindergarten children busy in the garden. PHOTO: Supplied

Little thumbs have been turning green as the children at Sun Valley Kindergarten discover the wonders of gardening. Monarch butterflies, sunflowers, and delicious fruit and veggies straight from the garden – all part of the everyday learning experience. Sun Valley Kindergarten is tucked away in a quiet sunny location in Wainuiomata; the ideal environment for blossoming gardens. Teacher Mandy Bartosh says the children enjoy learning about the natural cycle, from planting and

nurturing, through to harvesting and eating. “Everyone gets involved at harvest time. The children love digging for potatoes and trying peas straight from the pod” Mandy says. “Once our veggies have been harvested, we cook them and enjoy a shared meal. We recently made a stir fry which was a big hit.” Crowd favourites at the kindergarten are pumpkin fritters and silverbeet, herb and cheese scones. The interest in gardening has rubbed off on the parents too. Many of whom have been inspired

to plant their own vegetable and flower gardens at home with their children. It is not just vegetables growing in the kindergarten garden. There is also a secret fairy garden with wildflowers and soon to be pumpkin patch. A project that has seen the children involved in preparing the soil, planting and watering the garden. Sun Valley Kindergarten is part of Hutt City Kindergartens, a not-for-profit dedicated to making quality early childhood education accessible to all.

The Koha Shed is working in partnership with Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust to provide support to local families who are struggling. The Wainuiomata initiative started with a mission to help the community. It quickly grew and moved to the old Wainuiomata College site, which is now owned by Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust. Recently, Kara Puketapu-Dentice, a Wainuiomata local, jumped at the chance to support such a worthy cause. “Jo and her team are real champions, selfless to the core and that’s shown by their commitment to supporting all our whanau here in Wainuiomata,” Kara says. The Koha Shed has become quite well known in Wainuiomata, providing people with everything from blankets, clothes and children’s toys to white ware and pet food without judgement. It is open three days a week from 11am – 2pm. “There are several initiatives here such as boxing, Little Theatre, Kohanga, motorbike club, playcentre, parent

groups, Children’s toy library and others. It’s become a real community hub that everyone can have a sense of ownership of, which is exactly what we want,” Kara says. “We are keen to develop a strong partnership between our iwi, Te Atiawa-Taranaki Whanui and the Government to make a local difference and it’s great to have [local list MP] Ginny Anderson’s support.” Kara says the community has a proud history of taking care of each other. “All we have to do is work together and then you will see the true strength of our community.” Labour List MP for Hutt South Ginny Andersen backs this approach. “I am excited about the opportunities this new Labour-led Government brings for Wainuiomata. “My background in Treaty Negotiations taught me how important it is to build strong relationships based on trust.” I want to see iwi, Government and the wider community working collectively to make a real difference,” Ginny says.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are you most looking forward to about summer?

Vera Pazan, Wainuiomata “Being with family and Eastbourne beaches.”

Cellaisi Tuita, Wainuiomata “Hot summer days.”

Annie Reilly, Wainuiomata “Long walks and DIY like painting the fence.”

Margaret Willard, Wainuiomata “Lots more choice for summer activities.”

Meleanie Walker, Wainuiomata “Spending time with the family.”

Karen Kiley, Wainuiomata “Spending Christmas with my daughter and going to the bach over summer.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Wainuiomata is a good place to live Dear Editor, Countdown spent a lot trying to make shopping easier by making floor space wider and new shelves and all I hear is moaning about the inconvenience. Don’t people realise that this is the only supermarket we have and if you go over the hill to shop you will lose a supermarket, just like we lost the Warehouse, remember? Most of the people went over the hill to Lower Hutt and the Warehouse folded up,

couldn’t afford the rent; you caused it to happen. Be loyal to your own valley and support the shops over here. We don’t want to lose a good thing. I have some good friends working in Countdown. I don’t want them losing their jobs – start being more patriotic towards your own home town. We don’t want Wainuiomata turned into

a shop-less valley, do we? It would cost lots in petrol. Wainuiomata is a good place to live. If we do ever get the Warehouse back, support it by shopping there. The Warehouse and other large firms won’t move over here if you are not going to be loyal to them. Yours sincerely, Peter Wells Wainuiomata

End of year celebrations

Wainuiomata High School students celebrate at their final assembly of the 2017 school year. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata High School students celebrated the end of the year with confetti cannons and balloons ambushing their final assembly of the 2017 school year. The assembly was held on Monday morning with head students leading informal formalities. Teachers were recognised by their

students for the hard work they had put in throughout the year. Monday was also marked with a number of light-hearted pranks seeing the staffroom decorated with toilet paper. Term four started on Monday, October 15, with the year ending no later than Tuesday, December 18. For many of the senior students this week was the last week of school before exams.

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Governor-General to receive honorary doctorate

New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament to commence this week

The Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, will receive an honorary doctorate at a Victoria University of Wellington graduation ceremony in December. The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws is an acknowledgement of her leadership as Governor-General as well as her previous career in law and business. Victoria University Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan says Dame Patsy has been an inspiration for women aspiring to leadership in the public and private sectors, and she continues to do so as the Queen’s representative in New Zealand. “Prior to her appointment as New Zealand’s twenty-first Governor-General, Dame Patsy established herself as a prominent lawyer, businesswoman and strong advocate for the arts and gender equality,” he says. “Victoria is proud to celebrate its connection with Dame Patsy and her outstanding achievements in leadership, law, business and the arts.” Dame Patsy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University in 1976 and was subsequently awarded a Master of Laws in 1979. She lectured at Victoria’s law faculty before joining the law firm Watts and Patterson (now Minter Ellison Rudd Watts) in 1982. She enjoyed a rapid rise through the firm’s ranks, becoming the first female partner in 1983, before joining Brierley Investments as Group Legal Counsel in 1987. During her time at Brierley Investments, she was involved in numerous

New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament commenced with two ceremonies this week – a commission opening on November 7 and the state opening on November 8. Members of the public were invited to follow the events on Radio New Zealand, Parliament TV or watch the on a big screen in the grounds of Parliament. The opening of Parliament marked the start of the new three-year Parliamentary term for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who at 37 is New Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister since 1856. The state opening is one of the few times that the Crown and the House of Representatives come together as Parliament in a ceremonial display. The ceremonies were attended by dignitaries, members of Parliament and their families. The commission opening of Parliament was when Parliament is formally opened by three commissioners representing the Governor-General. Each member of Parliament is sworn in by taking an oath or making an affirmation in English or te reo Maori. The Speaker of the House, who takes third place in the New Zealand order of precedence after the Governor-General and the Prime Minister, is also elected. The state opening of Parliament is when the Governor-General gives the speech from the throne which outlines the Government’s legislative policy and plans. The response is the address in reply debate, when most new members of Parliament give their maiden speeches. It is a 19-hour debate, which sometimes takes several weeks.

Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, pictured in the centre. PHOTO: Supplied

mergers and acquisitions, including the privatisation and subsequent flotation of Air New Zealand, and the construction, establishment and flotation of Sky City Entertainment Ltd. With her extensive background in law and business, Dame Patsy became highly sought after for governance and consulting roles in the public and private sectors. She has served on the boards of Air New Zealand, Sky City Entertainment, Southern Petroleum, Telecom, New

Zealand Post, Payments NZ and the New Zealand Transport Agency. She acted as Chief Crown Negotiator of Treaty Settlements for Tauranga Moana and Te Toko Toru, and she was able to combine her business expertise with her interest in film as Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission. She was a founding trustee and advisory board member for New Zealand Global Women and has chaired the Board of the New Zealand Film Archive.


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The squad, Arumaki Cowan, Josh Avatea, Mariana Cowan-Awatea, and Shakayak Taiapa-Crews.

PHOTOS: Dan Whitfield

Superhero Fun Run Sport Wainuiomata’s superhero fun run/ walk attracted a number of locals to the Wainuiomata Recreation Area on Saturday including those photographed by Wainuiomata News reporter Dan Whitfield. Who do you think had the best costume? Why not write a letter to the editor and congratulate them on their efforts? Email wainui@wsn.co.nz.

Bert and Ernie also turned up to compete too.

Matilda Nevin and her dad Brian were happy to be competing together.

Debbie Haua, with family Chantelle, Charlie and Ella Dekort.

Danil Mojkovstov and Nick Gray and dressed up for the superhero fun run.

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Wednesday November 8, 2017

Registrations open for Wellington’s iconic Round the Bays


Sport Wainuiomata top in what they do

Charlie Holland and Terina Cowan from Sport Wainuiomata. PHOTO: Mark Tantrum By Dan Whitfield

The Round the Bays fun run is one of Wellington’s iconic sporting events. PHOTO: Supplied

Registrations for Wellington’s iconic Round the Bays 2018 fun run have opened and Wellingtonians are encouraged to be part of the event. Anna Carrington, event director from Sport Wellington, says “once again, the event will be delivered in keeping with our vision that “everyone in the greater Wellington region has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation”. Being held on Sunday, Febru-

ary 18, Round the Bays 2018 will feature five categories: the 6.5km fun run; the Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk; the Bluebridge 10km; the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon; and a new 6.5km category aimed at getting families involved, Active Families. Round the Bays has been organized by Sport Wellington for the last 41 years. “We are focused, working alongside our principal sponsor Cigna New Zealand, to deliver

an event that provides an opportunity for everyone in the region to come into the city and enjoy a really fantastic experience,” Phil Gibbons, chief executive officer of Sport Wellington says. Achilles New Zealand is the official charity of the event, with the aim in 2018 to exceed the $20,000 raised last year.  Registrations can be done online at cignaroundthebays. co.nz.

Student and principal recognised for involvement in sport By Dan Whitfield

Joel Carman has been named the regions top junior cross country/road runner of 2017. T h e ye a r 13 st ud e nt from Wainuiomata High School was recognised at the College Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards held at Te Rauparaha Arena on Sunday, November 5. Joel Carman is one of the country’s top runners for his age and is talented in both cross country and track. He can sometimes be seen running along the fire breaks or the Tana Umaga track, half a kilometre straight up through the Wainuiomata bush. His most recent success saw him pull on the New Zealand singlet for the first time, representing the national secondary schools team that competed in Australia earlier this year. “I think this is very special and shows how hard I’ve worked this year,” Joel says. Joel had an exceptional season within the Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club, securing himself a place on the Wellington Cross Country and

Road Champs team, as well as the New Zealand Cross Country and Road Champs team. The teenager says he is looking forward to and will be taking a break from competing under the Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club as he begins tertiary education at Otago University. That said, Joel will not stop

running and already has his eyes set on a competition in the coming months. Wainuiomata High School principal Martin Isberg was also recognised for his work in school-grade rugby, picking up the APEX Print – Outstanding Contribution to College Sport award.

Joel Carman, in front. PHOTO: Wainuiomata News File

Sport Wainuiomata has received recognition for its involvement in and around the community. Sport Wainuiomata won the sport and leisure category of the recent Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards. Every year, Wellington International Airport, Wellington Community Trust, and five local councils come together to recognise the work carried out by community groups in the wider Wellington region. The focus of the awards is to celebrate volunteers for their valuable contribution to society. Sport Wainuiomata was nominated by members of the public. The not-for-profit organisation also received recognition at the Hutt Valley equivalent of the awards. Rimutaka Forest Park Trust was also acknowledged in the heritage and environment category.

Terina Cowan, chairwoman of Sport Wainuiomata, says the recognition actually goes to the “amazing” volunteers who help make everything happen. “It feels good because it’s promoting our community,” Terina says. There are years of community involvement beyond the five years that Sport Wainuiomata has been operating in Wainuiomata. She says volunteers are critical and most do what they do because someone volunteered when they were younger. “Our volunteers have been doing this forever.” The other winners were Youthline Wellington (education and child/youth development); Foster Hope Charitable Trust (health and wellbeing); Coastella (rising star award); and Virtuoso Strings (arts and culture, and supreme award). Special honourable mention was given to Treaty Times 30 as well.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

RLWC finds its niché The Rugby League World Cup seems to have found its groove but it’s unclear if it can reach the lofty heights organisers hope. I went to the Kiwis versus Scotland game over the weekend and while the 74-6 rout was predictable, there certainly was a decent atmosphere mixed in with some empty seats as well. Hamilton hosted a great atmosphere for the Tonga versus Samoa clash. Despite the unrest between the two supporter bases in the lead-up to the game, the crowd participation roared through the screen proving that their is a good level of interest. The RLWC is a lot like other minnow sports in that only three teams look realistically capable of winning the title. The Kiwis, Kangaroos or England look most likely with Tonga given an outside chance given the

immense amount of NRL talent they have on their books. With so few genuine chances, you’re set to see a fair number of mismatches in pool play which can turn off the casual fan. The tournament seems to be far more engaging to watch when played in Australia and New Zealand as opposed to the United Kingdom, as it seems to galvanise the sporting public of Australasia more. Based on what I have seen, it will be yet another Kiwis vs Kangaroos final. Rugby league is not yet a global game and that’s clear by the number of players using tenuous family blood lines to play for lesser nations. Despite a predictable finish, at least the tournament has captured the imagination of a sporting public eager for an extended season.


Wednesday November 8, 2017