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Aroha for her community
Aroha Morehu’s heart remains as committed to her community as the day she started with the New Zealand Police. It has been 10 years since the Hutt Valley local joined the police, with seven of those spent in Wainuiomata as the community constable and her years as a frontline officer spent in the Hutt Valley. Though she can’t speak about other communities as she hasn’t had experience in them, Aroha explains that her love for Wainuiomata is great and that it is a privilege to be a part of the Wainuiomata whanau. Continued on page 2. Aroha Morehu and Tony Shearer, Wainuiomata’s community constables. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
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A love for the community keeps officer Aroha going Continued from page 1. “I’ve always had a love for this community...and it’s about working together as a community to keep it safe,” Aroha says. From time to time Aroha deals with offenders and works alongside the public safety team who respond to the 111 calls. That said, her priorities are community meetings and events, school visits, road safety, crime prevention and
being accessible to the community to help in any way she can – all she says are important to her. Two other areas of focus for Aroha and her Wainuiomata colleagues continue to be focusing on preventing members of the community from becoming victims of crime and working with offenders to reduce reoffending. “It’s all about community. In
Wainuiomata we work together and put time and effort into our locals because they’re our people.” When Aroha is not out and about, she is at the Wainuiomata Community Policing Centre, located on Fitzherbert Road. She says it’s reassuring for people when they see police walking or driving around the area. Aroha hasn’t always been a
Thousands to take part in nationwide earthquake drill By Dan Whitfield
New Zealanders will once again drop, cover and hold as part of this week’s nationwide ShakeOut earthquake drill. The drill will involve schools, including Wainuiomata Intermediate, as well as other organisations and businesses on Thursday, October 18 from 9.30am. ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the
right action to take during an earthquake, drop, cover and hold - and to practise a tsunami evacuation if in a coastal area. The first event was held in 2012 and has been about preparing people for earthquakes and other emergencies, raising awareness about emergency plans, and what to do afterwards. In the Hutt Valley there are 17,553 participants registered for this year’s ShakeOut.
Before the drill Thursday, residents are encouraged to: - Register at shakeout.govt.nz - Share and get others involved. - Note the time and date in your calendar (9:30 am, 18 October 2018) so you are ready - Learn about the earthquake (and tsunami) risk in your area and other parts of New Zealand. - Create a household emergency plan. - Assemble or update your emergency survival items in case you have to shelter at home. - Assemble or update your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry. - Identify safe places within your home, school or workplace.
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inbrief news Young riders encouraged Wainuiomata Trail Park and the Wellington Offroad Riding Department are looking to get children out on their bikes. The non-profit youth mountain bike programme, also know as WORD, is all about encouraging kids to enjoy mountain biking. The sessions are run after school in term one and four. For seven to nine-year-olds in Wainuiomata, sessions are on Tuesdays; while 10 to 12-year-olds will be on Wednesdays.
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Wainuiomata Intermediate students were out in the community earlier this year trying to raise awareness about areas of Wainuiomata, such as bus stops, being smoke free. PHOTO: Supplied
Hutt City Council endorsed the recommendation from the Wainuiomata Community Board to designate Queen Street as smoke-free. Exploring smoke-free town centres is part of Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy, and Wainuiomata will be Lower Hutt’s second smoke-free town centre after Stokes Valley’s Scott Court became smokefree in 2017. The decisions is the result of more than a year’s worth of community engagement and consultation from the community board, Regional Public Health, Takiri Mai Te Ata Re-
gional Stop Smoking Service, the Wainuiomata Community Hub and Healthy Families Lower Hutt. Conversations and engagement have now begun with communities in Petone and Naenae about making Jackson Street and Naenae town centre smoke-free. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says Hutt City Council is proud to have one of the most comprehensive smokefree policies in New Zealand. “Council is taking a leadership role in the community’s health and wellbeing. This policy is not about persecuting people who smoke. This is a
positive approach to encourage people not to light up in public,” Ray says. Making Queen Street smokefree has had significant community support with a survey conducted in 2017 showing that 82 per cent of the respondents supported it, with 62 per cent showing support for other parts of Wainuiomata becoming smoke-free as well. Young people between the ages of 10 and 16 were the strongest supporters. Ray says smoke-free places are important because we know that children ‘do as they see’ and we want to make smoking less normal by making it less
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visible to our young people and children. The Wainuiomata Community Board and Hutt City Council will continue to work with the community and stakeholders to raise awareness that Queen Street is now smoke-free, via promotion and signage. Richard Sinnott, chairman of the Wainuiomata Community Board says as a board, it is about raising awareness and it is good to see the community is behind it. Wainuiomata is the largest suburb in Lower Hutt with a population of 16,000 and has one of the highest rates of smoking across the Hutt Valley.
ANZ planning to remove the ATM in Homedale Village, but Hutt South MP Chris Bishop is protesting the decision strongly. The ATM is located metres away from Chris’ office and he was advised it will be removed late February/early March next year. “[It’s] just a ridiculous decision with three new businesses opening in the village, plus it’s very handy to pull in and grab some cash on the way over the hill. I’m in the process of writing to ANZ to protest this decision strongly,” he says.
Missing woman found A 34-year-old woman missing from Lower Hutt has been found safe. The woman was reported as missing on Monday, October 8, according to police. Wellington police would like to extend their thanks to everyone who offered assistance and shared information.
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inbrief news Wrights Hill to open Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori will be open for public inspection again on Labour Day, October 22. The World War Two coastal battery, which first opened to the public in 1989, will be accessible between 10am and 4pm. On Labour Day people are invited to self-guide themselves through the tunnels and gun emplacements. The walk usually takes about one hour and there will also be a number of guided tours during the day. Bring a torch with you for some fun!
Christmas Star Appeal launches Be someone’s star this Christmas and help people in need across Wellington. For many of us, Christmas is a season of celebration – where the table is packed with food, gifts are under the tree, and there’s plenty of time to spend with family and friends. But the reality is that not everyone is able to have a Christmas like this. For thousands of people across the Wellington region who are already struggling, Christmas is a time of anxiety, uncertainty and loneliness. The appeal starts on Monday, October 29 with the launch taking place on the waterfront near Te Papa.
NZTA toughens up safety enforcement The NZ Transport Agency has an extensive review of compliance files underway and is toughening up its enforcement regime. An increase in the number of suspensions and other legal action is expected to follow as a result of review findings to date. In late September the NZ Transport Agency Board engaged law firm Meredith Connell (MC) to review 850 open compliance files. Meredith Connell is now leading the regulatory function within the Transport Agency. The Transport Agency regulates all vehicles on the roads and licenses people working in the transport sector.
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Countdown goes plastic bag free in Wainuiomata Each of Countdown’s 180 supermarkets, including its store in Wainuiomata, have now dropped single use plastic bags for good – two and a half months ahead of schedule. Countdown’s move to phase out single-use plastic carrier bags will see 350 million of these bags no longer in circulation in New Zealand each year. General manager for corporate affairs and sustainability Kiri Hannifin says the business is very proud to have delivered on its promise before time. “We are absolutely over the moon to have not only been the first supermarket to commit to phasing out these bags, but also the first to actually deliver on our promise to Kiwis,” Kiri says. It was a little over a year ago, that the supermarket committed to phasing out single-use plastic carrier bags. “Starting out, we were quite apprehensive about how it would go. Phasing out some-
thing that has been such a convenience for so long was going to be a challenge, but we knew it was the right thing to do and a lot of our customers were calling for it,” Kiri says. In Wainuiomata, the phase out was accepted by customers with many snapping up the store’s reusable bags within days follwowng the announcement. Kiri says Countdown’s ability to move more quickly than anticipated and complete the roll-out well ahead of our deadline is thanks to the hard work of its amazing store teams and passionate and proud customers who really have got behind this move. Countdown is Wainuiomata’s main supermarket, with a Foursquare located in Homedale Village. Kiri explains that the supermarket is also turning the focus to the produce and fresh sections of its stores as part of
Alice Prasad and Isabel Collett sporting Countdown Wainuiomata’s reusable bags. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD
wider efforts to remove and reduce unnecessary plastic and packaging wherever possible. The recent announcement comes on the same day 67 further stores, including all
One chief executive to lead Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast district health boards have voted to appoint a single chief executive to better support health service planning and delivery across the Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington and Hutt Valley regions. The decision will allow a single chief executive to lead a wider programme of work focussed on the two district health boards collaborating with a strong emphasis on keeping our communities healthy and well. The joint chief executive
will support the district health boards to plan together on prevention and community-based care while also ensuring our hospitals provide expert clinical care when people need them. Joint district health board chairman Andrew Blair says this is about both boards being clear in the vision they want – a unified health service across the region that provides better and fairer access to the same excellent healthcare services. “We know that, with growing demand on health services, we need to take a closer look
at how we operate and deliver services,” Andrew says. “Having a united vision and approach across our regions will be essential to ensuring we are best placed to meet demand, improve the wellbeing of our communities, and to continue our strong relationship with our neighbouring DHBs,” he says. Andrew says placing a single chief executive to lead this important work is an exciting step towards shaping our future health services. While both the district health boards have made this decision,
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Gamer wins big at online tournament A Wainuiomata local has won a back-to-back championship title playing video games. Shakor “Te_Shakor_Paki” Paki was crowned the NBA 2K18 1on1 Champion two weeks ago in an online tournament. This is the second time he has won; the gamer took out the 2K17 tournament title last year as well. The 21-year-old has lived in Wainuiomata for most of his life, moving out a few times in his years to live with friends and to travel. Despite this, he says his home will always be Wainuiomata. Shakor flew up every few weeks to LPL Studios, located in the Auckland Sky Tower, to compete against the best players from the North Island region. After seven weeks of competition, he won the opportunity to represent the North Island in the tournament’s ultimate grand final.
In front of a packed venue, the Wainuiomata High School alumni won the final in a cleansweep: taking out South Island runner-up Te Awanui “minnislug” Waaka, 3-nil. NBA 2K is a popular PlayStation game franchise, with millions of players logging on each year to play as their favourite basketball teams and players. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide since it’s initial release date in September 2017. Shakor has been playing video games since he was in kindergarten, his first game on a Game Boy Color. “Ever since that point that’s all I wanted to do – play games” he recalls. “I’ve enjoyed every game I played… never forgot my first hobby,” he says. Shakor’s takings from the win included $5000 and a trip to the United States of America to watch a live NBA basketball game in November.
Te Awanui “minnislug” Waaka from Dunedin and Shakor “Te_Shakor_Paki” Paki from Wainuiomata. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Youth to be recognised for all they do The Hutt City Youth Awards are back for 2018. An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 25 to celebrate youth across the Hutt
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Hutt South MP Chris Bishop, chairman of the organising committee for the awards, says young people are doing some amazing things in the Hutt.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What does Wainuiomata need to make it sustainable for future generations?
Mikayla Gear, Wainuiomata We need to reduce the amount of food packaging to protect our environment.
Zoe Chan, Wainuiomata We need more local shops so that we don’t always have to use our petrol going over the hill.
Keira Smith, Wainuiomata We need a big push from our local government to invest more into money places like us, so people actually want to live and be in Wainuiomata.
Shivan Deo, Wainuiomata We need another option for petrol, it is expensive and bad for our environment.
Selina Lorenz, Wainuiomata We should fix up the mall so we have more people coming into the village and shops will get more business.
Ethan Mcnoe, Wainuiomata We need to clean up our waterways and parks so that rubbish does not pollute Wainuiomata.
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Frustrated over slower drivers Dear editor, I am very tired of all these people that cannot handle the Wainui hill and persist to sit in the right lane going up and down the hill knowing full well they are holding up other traffic. My understanding is if you’re not capable of the speed limit then “move over” and let the rest of traffic
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Enliven home residents WoW community The residents and staff of Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt are still on a high after pulling off their colourful three-day World of Wearable Arts extravaganza last week. The highly-anticipated event, inspired by its world-renowned namesake, saw residents, volunteers and staff take on the challenge of creating wearable masterpieces using only recycled and donated materials. “We’ve seen residents enthusiastically threading beads in the recreation room for our Maori and Pacific costumes, and making paper mache. It has been a real team effort and given us all something to work towards,” says recreation officer Linda Lankshear. “Residents’ families have also been amazingly supportive, donating all sorts of things like ties and cards. One costume was actually a joint effort by three generations of women from one family.” The event was first organised by the Enliven home’s recreation team as a way to bring people together, and enable residents to showcase their creative side. Providing opportunities for elders to have fun and enjoy a sense of purpose is an important part of the home’s Enliven philosophy, says Home manager Ginni Scott. “No matter what your age, having opportunities to take on new challenges and see what you’re capable of is so important. “We do our best to work with residents to help them stay connected to the things they love, and the WoW parade has been a fantastic way for the creative residents here to share their passions with the wider Woburn community.” Among the show’s 19 models was 92-yearold resident Joy Payne, whose costume was
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inspired by her life-long love of knitting. “I’ve been knitting since I was very little, and the whole six years I’ve been here. It’s so good for your mind and fingers,” says Joy. “My children helped measure me and put some things together to decorate my walker, but they’d never seen the whole costume on me. They got a bit of a surprise!” Joy says she’s delighted to see the event going from strength to strength. “I was amazed what everyone’s managed to do, and I think the standard has gotten better each year. I’m already looking forward to the next one!” Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt offers rest home, hospital and dementia care, respite and health recovery care, and a day programme. To learn more visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz or call 04 569 6400. PBA
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Can you help find missing man John Murray Swaysland? Wellington Police are seeking sightings of Petone man John Murray Swaysland, known as Murray. The 60-year-old was reported missing last week and his family are concerned for his safety and his whereabouts are unknown. If anyone has seen Murray at any time in the last two weeks, get in touch with Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2694 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 John Murray Swaysland has been missing since last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED 555 111.
He Tohu books win Education Award The He Tohu books took top honours in the best Student Resource – Secondary category at the Copyright Licensing Educational Awards last Thursday night. Winners were announced at the uLearn18 conference held at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland. The He Tohu boxset was published by Bridget Williams Books in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs, to accompany the award-winning He Tohu exhibition, and provide an introduction to the three important documents: 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana P ti Wahine Each book contains full colour facsimiles of the original document, and wide-rang-
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Local women recognised after 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage
The panels that give the life stories of the 18 women that did vote have been prepared and will be part of a display at the museum. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
This year, New Zealand celebrates becoming the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. The Wainuiomata Historical Museum Society has researched the participation of Wainuiomata women in the very first election available to them, and is inviting residents to learn about local history. An event has been organised to locally celebrate the Wainuiomata women who registered to vote 125 years ago. Organised by the museum society, Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society, Love Wainuiomata and the Wainuiomata Community Hub, it is part of the larger Wellington Heritage Week. Gavin Wallace, from the museum society, says the aim is to “encourage our residents and families to get out and explore our local heritage.” Society researcher Dawn Chambers, a descendant of the pioneering Sinclair family, will talk about what happened locally 125 years ago, how of the 50 eligible to register to vote, only 18 women did so and that the electorate for Wainuiomata
at the time was Otaki – as well as other curious facts. The event will be held at the community hub at 1.30pm on October 20. Panels that give the life stories of the 18 women that did vote have been prepared and will be part of a display at the museum. Gavin says these will form the basis of a novel Heritage Hunt to be held October 21 to 28 in conjunction with the pioneer church and Love Wainuiomata. The Hunt is a quest to answer questions about the 18 registered women, such as who were born in Wainuiomata and who were married in the Pioneer Church. The answers can be found by reading the information panels and inspecting the church graveyard, he says. Hunt competition forms can be picked up and dropped off at the community hub or the museum. The museum will be open 2-4pm on the Sundays, and also on Labour Day. The successful entries will go into a draw for a prize generously donated by local businesses.
Carnival of lights just days away Riddiford Garden will light up for HighLight, Lower Hutt’s very own carnival of lights. On from October 19 to October 22, with this year’s theme is Wild Things, the carnival will be split into five zones each with imaginative and interactive light installations and performances. Carla Steed, HighLight’s director, says the theme has invoked incredible creativity and use of imagination.
Visitors can expect live performances, roaming entertainers and a feast of popular food trucks including Beat Kitchen, House of Dumplings, and The Dukes of Sandwich as well as late night openings from local cafes, Carla says. HighLight’s charity partner this year is Te Omanga Hospice. The money raised will be used to rebuild its earthquake-prone building. Entry is free.
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HighLight starts this weekend and will see thousands flock to Riddiford Garden in Lower Hutt. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Helping out by making reusable bags Colleen Scrimshaw has been making bags from recycled materials and selling them at the new Homedale weekend markets ahead of Countdown getting rid of single use plastic bags. The local resident has put a lot of effort into her bags, using old materials and a range of techniques to make them. Labour List MP Ginny Andersen showed her support towards Colleen’s creativity and Countdown removing plastic bags from stores. Colleen Scrimshaw and Ginny Andersen at the new Homedale weekend markets. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Bridging the visitor gap at Baring Head Work has begun on replacing the Baring Head Bridge across the Wainuiomata River to East Harbour Regional Park, a construction project that will assure future access to the area’s spectacular lighthouse complex. Greater Wellington Parks Manager Amanda Cox says it’s all go in the southern end of the park, and replacing the bridge is the key to unlocking the significant visitor potential of the isolated and beautiful area. “Redevelopment is gathering pace to turn the Baring Head lighthouse complex into a great day and overnight destination for people looking to experience life in the last full remaining lighthouse complex in New Zealand,” Amanda says. We’re renovating the original buildings, re-establishing its gardens and bringing the area back to life through media which will tell stories of the past,” she says. Realising the visitor experience
will depend on replacing the 86-year-old bridge, which has reached the end of its useful life, to provide reliable and safe vehicle access over the river. The bridge was originally constructed in 1932 and replacement of this key asset has been on the regional parks work programme for a number of years. “It’s wonderful to see the new bridge going up and to know we will have a new bridge around Christmas,” Amanda says. “The replacement bridge is being constructed 40m downstream of the old bridge and not only will provide safer access to this area but it will have much better flood clearance.” Restrictions on vehicles access to the park will largely continue however, visitor vehicles will still be required to stop at the bridge car park and only pedestrian or cycle access will be permitted in the park. “However we are expecting that
Work has begun on replacing the Baring Head Bridge across the Wainuiomata River. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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details will be available closer to the time.” Contractors are on site now and once construction is finished, the old bridge will be taken down. The bridge replacement is
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The love affair with Greater Wellington region’s parks and forests just keeps growing, with more local visitors than ever before. A Greater Wellington Regional Council survey revealed that people from throughout the region made more than 1.7 million visits to our regional parks in the last 12 months – up 4 per cent from 2017. The council’s parks portfolio leader Prue Lamason says last year’s bumper summer may have contributed to this result, as well as a big push to making parks more accessible to more
people over the years. “Better tracks, signposting and interpretation have combined to deliver a better experience. Not only are more people visiting regional parks, they are liking what they find in them. The survey shows that 95 per cent of people surveyed expressed a high level of satisfaction,” Prue says. Respondents to the survey say they appreciate the sense of freedom offered by the parks, as well as the chance to relax and get away from city living without leaving the region. Converting the volume of
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More licence plates being Man arrested after two robberies at knife-point from Upper Hutt pharmacy stolen in the Hutt Valley Hutt Valley Police are investigating an increase in the number of licence plate thefts over the last three months. Regular police patrols are on the look out for any criminal activity around vehicles as well as monitoring crime hotspots and carrying out mandatory checks on commonly targeted vehicles. Sergeant Kylee Cusin, from Hutt Valley Police, says it is upsetting and inconvenient for members of the community to be victims of this type of crime. To prevent being a victim of this crime local police will be holding several Safer Plate initiatives, with the support of local businesses and Community Patrols New Zealand, where licence plates can be affixed with anti-theft screws.
She says police also recommend where possible, to park your car inside your property rather than on the street or only park in welllit and busy locations. Often when vehicles are stolen they are used to commit further offences such as burglary and robbery. Kylee says police are proactively targeting offenders who commit these types of crimes. Members of the community are urged to report any suspicious activity they see around vehicles to give police the best chance of catching offenders, she says. Police can be contacted via 111 or directly by phoning your local police station. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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A man will appear in the Hutt Valley District Court today charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of attempted aggravated robbery after being arrested last night. The Queen St Pharmacy in Upper Hutt was first robbed on the evening on Sunday, October 7. A 29-year-old entered the store’s Andrews Lane entrance at 7.10pm and confronted two employees with a large knife, demanding prescription medication. After receiving a quantity of drugs he left the shop. Police were called again around 10.50am on Saturday, following another robbery in which the man, carrying a knife, made off with a small amount of prescription medication. The man was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob the pharmacy for a third time yesterday evening. At 6.51pm the man, armed with a
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Wednesday October 17, 2018
Wainuiomata College vs. Parkway College Old rivalry reborn as players take the field By Dan Whitfield
An old rivalry will resume this weekend alumni from Wainuiomata and Parkway colleges take to the field. “People are still talking about who was better and the fierce rivalry,” says game organiser Gerard Eising. Saturday’s game has been dubbed a get together with a battle of supremacy of which school had the best rugby team all those years ago. Back in the day, Wainuiomata had two secondary schools, Wainuiomata College, opened in 1963, and Parkway College, opened in 1972. The sporting match-ups were one that saw the town turn up in support. However, by the early 2000s both schools unfortunately had declining roll numbers and their facilities were underutilised, so much so that in 2001, Wainuiomata College had 450 students and Parkway College had 350 students. It was decided to rationalise the two secondary schools by merging them to form a new single secondary school, Wainuiomata High School on the Parkway site. The merger took effect in January 2002, before the school year started. “This is the first get together and inugaral match since the schools closed. The two schools used to have the biggest compeititon, to the extent that Wainuiomata boys didn’t date Parkway girls and vice versa,” Gerard says. Wainuiomata Rugby Club’s Jim
The Parkway College 1st XV from 1978. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Millar has been called in to captain the Parkway College team while Larry Gladwell will captain the Wainuiomata College team.
At this stage numbers attending around around the 100 mark, with Gerard confident more will turn up on the day.
Lions lock up semi-final spot with win over Taranaki The Mitre 10 Cup premiership semi-finals are next on the Wellington Lions schedule for 2018 after a convincing 34-10 win over the newly relegated Taranaki side in New Plymouth on Friday night. Played in tough conditions at Yarrow Stadium, the Lions got the bonus point victory that guarantees them a spot on the play-offs just a year after being promoted from the championship. It was always going to be a night when the players simply had to knuckle down to their work and that was exactly what the visitors did as they played into a strong wind for the opening 40. Despite facing the elements it was Wellington who controlled most of the first half possession as they played sensible, no frills rugby. The end result after 40 minutes was a well deserved 12-10 lead following tries to Vaea
Fifita and Teariki Ben-Nicholas, the latter just before the end of the half. That lead meant Wellington were always favoured to extend their advantage in the second half if they continued to work hard and that’s what happened as they added a further three tries to make sure they would not be waiting until Sunday to see if they had made the top four. As well as the great result, the Lions got to see Dane Coles return to action after his almost year-long break from the game while there was plenty of players who really put their hand up for selection next week. The forwards work ethic was superb throughout and the backs did everything they could in the difficult conditions. The Lions now just wait to see who and when they will be playing in the semi-final.
STATISTICS: Wellington 34 (Vaea Fifita, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Matt Proctor, Malo Tuitama, Sitiveni Paongo tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 2con, pen, Trent
Renata con) Taranaki 10 (Warwick Lahmert try; Beaudein Waaka con, pen) Halftime: 12-10
TriAbilty Triathlon off for 2019 The TriAbility Triathlon will not be taking place in 2019. Sport Wainuiomata Inc, the volunteer-led community group that runs this event, announced that it will be taking the next 12
months to set up the new charity, TriAbility Communities. The group will also be focusing on helping others to make their community events more inclusive, accessible and sustainable.
The game is set to kick off at about 3pm with doors to the clubrooms open from 2pm. Gerard says it will be a touch
game and all old boys and girls from the two schools are welcome, with everyone invited to reminisce over after game.
with Jacob Page
Give ‘em a taste of Kiwi For the past year, I’ve been forced to look at a six-storey mural of former Kiwi coach David Kidwell. After the Kiwis’ 26-24 win over Australia on Saturday night, they can paint over that any time they like. Kidwell, a Cantabrian, and Kiwis coach at last year’s abysmal Rugby League World Cup, was an abject failure in the role, as the Kiwis were bundled out to lowly Fiji on home soil. New Zealand rugby league supporters are the most loyal fan base in the country. Forever loyal and forever let down. Saturday’s win, the Kiwis’ first in more than three-and-a-half years, would have won many fans back after their shock exit on home soil last year. New coach Michael Maguire and rookie captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak pulled off an epic upset at Mt Smart Stadium and probably helped revive the international form of the game in this country. Let’s not mince words here, in-
ternational league is the third most important level of the game behind the NRL and State of Origin. This Kiwis’ performance should be the blue-print going forward. Historically, the typical Kiwis effort was punctuated by an emotional national anthem, stirring haka, physical first 30 minutes before they rolled over in the final 50 minutes to lose by 30 points at the final whistle. The 2018 version saw them soakup pressure throughout, complete their sets and pile pressure on the highly fancied Australians who wilted under the scrutiny. Only two late tries from the men in green and gold made the final moments interesting as the Kiwis had shown their superiority throughout much of the match. These early signs are promising. Like all things about top flight league in New Zealand, whether it be Warriors or Kiwis, consistency is key. Is this a flash in the pan performance or is this the rebuild after the Kidwell disaster? Only time will tell.
Wednesday October 17, 2018
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