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Annette Thomas is one of 11 planning to show off their gardens as part of the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church garden ramble. The garden ramble is happening on November 25 and will allow residents and keen gardeners to explore private gardens and estates in the beautiful Wainuiomata area. For many of the gardens this will be the first time they’ve been opened to the public. Continued on page 2. Annette Thomas in her garden that’s taken around 12 years of work. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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Wainuiomata gardens on display for fundraiser Continued from page 1. Annette is excited about opening her garden to the public and letting people admire the effort she and her husband Peter have put in over the years. “We’ve been here 12 years and when we first came here there wasn’t much – so we’ve developed most of what people will see when they wander through the garden,” Annette says. Annette’s garden spans two acres, including the house size. Over the years, she has planted all sorts of flowers and trees. “Everything has grown as time’s gone by and it’s beautiful.” In previous years, Annette has been part of a number of garden rambles in Wainuiomata. There was also once a time where cruise ship passengers would come over from Wellington to check out local gardens. Tickets for this year’s event

Annette Thomas’ garden will be one of 11 in the garden ramble. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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By Dan Whitfield

Alyssia Cody, Leon McLeodVenu, Faleono Leala, and Jasmine Inthavong have finished up as representatives of Wainuiomata High School. The four were named as the head students for 2018 and have been been focused on lifting the spirit and culture at school as well as working to create a better name for Wainuiomata all year. With that, the Wainuiomata News asked two of the four

head students a few questions to see how the year went. What has been one highlight of this year for you? Leon: Making the year 9s feel welcome and encouraging to them to be their best selves. It was very humbling to see that. Jasmine: Hands down, being able to grow as a person and a leader along with the other head students and our principal Janette Melrose; but a close second was meeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What piece of advice would

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you tell your year 9 self? L: Probably to keep doing what you’re doing, be yourself and don’t change for anyone. J: To not be so intimidated by high school. Everyone you meet is just there to support you so don’t be afraid to be yourself. What are you planning to do next year? L: I am planning on going to Victoria University to study building science, well that’s the plan. J: The next venture is univer-

sity. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be involved in the fashion industry, so I’ll be studying a bachelor of design in fashion at Massey. Next year’s head students have also been named. They are Cerie Milovale, Te-Heke Rurehe, and Eva-Jayne Bryant. The Wainuiomata News wishes Alyssia, Leon, Faleono, and Jasmine all the best in their next steps towards a bright future and will be interviewing the new head students following their exams.

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Conversations a focus point for community champion Let’s make a positive change Dawn McKinley has put up her hand to become a Wainuiomata Community Champion after hearing Vic Tamati tell his harrowing story of the violence he had experienced throughout his life.

The proud mother of five, and grandmother of four, moved to Wainuiomata in 2011 and is part of a team of 10 local residents fronting the new It’s Not OK initiative. The aim of the initiative is to

stand up to the issue of family violence in Wainuiomata through whanau and community members working together to ensure a positive change happens. Dawn’s position at the Hutt

Dawn McKinley, one of a group of community champions fronting the new It’s Not OK initiative. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Safe City Charitable Trust highlighted the issues around family harm and the need for them to be addressed as a whole community. She firmly believes the three simple words ‘Are you OK?’ can lead to a conversation that can help make positive changes. “In my experience family harm does not discriminate, race, age or sex and often there are not any visible scars. The concept that family violence is a physical act is not always the case as there is also emotional and psychological abuse,” Dawn says. Dawn’s slogan is: It’s OK to talk. “It is very appropriate as I love talking to people. In my current role I have the opportunity to meet people and share the important message that it is OK to ask for help.” In New Zealand, family violence leaves long lasting complex effects for whanau, individuals and communities. Hundreds of people attended the launch of the Wainuiomata Community Champions and the It’s Not OK initiative earlier this year – showcasing the community’s support for a change. Though Dawn and the other representatives are not counsellors or psychotherapists, they are people who can listen and point people in the right direction. “I am proud to walk alongside the current champions to help spread the message and I am hopeful that as a community we can take a stand against family violence,” Dawn says.


inbrief news Long walk home Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and Rotary saw hundreds take part in a 30 kilometre Long Walk Home from Wellington to Upper Hutt that was organised on Sunday. In the event of a major disaster road and rail links out of Wellington City could be rendered impassable for many days, possibly longer. For many people, the only way home will be on foot. The Long Walk Home was an opportunity to raise awareness of the possibility and to practice the walk.

Student art exhibition Wainuiomata High School is holding a painting and photography art folio exhibition on November 21, showcasing work created by students this year. There is a number of talented artists which is why a public art viewing has been organised. The Arts Faculty at Wainuiomata High School want to invite the community along to join them in celebrating the completion of the 2018 NCEA level one and two art folios. The event is on from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Another event was held on November 7 for the students studying NCEA level 3 painting and photography

Wellington native bird numbers flying high Wellington is now a prime place to see threatened native bird species and hear a dawn chorus according to a survey which shows numbers are booming. One trend indicates that kakariki have increased about 700 per cent since 2011, and new species have been picked up in the capital’s annual bird count. All native bird species are on the increase in the city’s reserves, and tui and silvereye are the two most abundant species. Since 2011, Wellington City Council’s Urban Ecology programme has engaged professional ecologists to conduct yearly five-minute bird counts at 100 stations in Wellington city reserves.


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inbrief news Missing woman found The Lower Hutt woman who had been reported missing from Belmont has been located and is now receiving medical treatment. Police would like to thank the members of the public who helped in finding her.

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Mike Grigg honoured for his commitment By Dan Whitfield

Mike Grigg’s commitment to the disability sector has been recognised.

The much loved Wainuiomata man was farewelled by the community he loved earlier this year after passing away at the age of 61 on February 27.

He contributed to many causes throughout his life but especially matters that related to people with disabilities, human rights, and his beloved

A working bee at Baring Head has been organised later this month. Although it hasn’t been decided what will need doing, volunteers will help on November 18 around the river valley or on the beach. The property includes the lower reaches and mouth of the Wainuiomata River, and much of the coastal escarpment around Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui.

Preseason starts Preseason training has begun for Wainuiomata Rugby Club. The club announced that “2019 starts now” in a Facebook post on Monday, November 5. Players will be training every Monday until Christmas, with new players welcome. Training sessions are at 6.30pm.

Pig hunting trial encouraged by council Pig hunting will be permitted in some areas of Wellington’s regional parks and plantation forests in a one-year trial by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Hunters can apply now for permits to hunt in Puketiro Plantation Forest and Valley View Forest from November 1 and in Kaitoke Regional Park from December 1. “We hope this will stop illegal poaching,” says Jimmy Young, Eastern Parks principal ranger. “This will also go some way towards reducing the destructive impact pigs have on our native plants, roads and tracks so it’s a win-win.” Applications for the free, 12-month permits can be made through the Greater Wellington Regional Council website.

David and Alex Grigg, alongside Labour MP Ginny Anderson and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Wainuiomata. With autism, epilepsy and diabetes, not to mention being a single father to his two sons, David and Alex, Mike was not without his own set of challenges. However he embraced every day, pushed on and was thankful for what he had. Mike was extremely outspoken but passionate, and Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace says it was an honour to acknowledge the Wainuiomata man. “As mayor, I was honoured to be able to recognise Mike for his outstanding commitment to the disability sector, particularly children with special needs,” Ray says. Mike was awarded posthumously with a Mayoral Citation for his life-long commitment to the disability sector. David and Alex accepted the award on behalf of their father. Ginny Andersen, Labour List MP based in the Hutt South electorate, says Mike was a friend who taught her about autism. “He changed me into an advocate for the disability sector. When I get into a tough discussion on disability issues I often think “What would Mike say?” and I always have an answer,” Ginny says.

Poetry explained through the investigation of missing sounds Raymond Antrobus is described as a poet and educator but on Monday he was an investigator of missing sounds. The British-Jamaican is a spoken word poet who was diagnosed with deafness in his younger years.

He is the author of three poetry collections - Shapes & Disfigurements, To Sweeten Bitter, and his recently-published The Perseverance. He has won several awards over the years. Raymond was in Wainuioma-

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to children. His style encouraged students taking part to get more involved and to push themselves further with poetry. The students were part of the writing extension class at the intermediate.

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Business owners add spice back into Wainuiomata By Dan Whitfield

Sharon Gill and Klaas Verwey are happy being back in business in their own community. For the last eight years, the business owners behind Wellington Spices have working in Newlands, meaning a lot of early starts and driving for the Wainuiomata-based duo. They returned to Wainuiomata in August

this year, opening up a shop in Queen Street. Wellington Spices offer high quality fresh spices from India, Sri Lanka, Phillipines, Malaysia and many other major spice-producing countries and most cultures. They operate as a one-stop-shop for many customers by also offering bulk food and fresh vegetables. “We love being home. It’s like a restart and is great to be able to support our

Klaas Verwey and Sharon Gill, with Hutt South MP Chris Bishop. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Board of trustees by-election to round out school year The resignation of a long-standing Wainuiomata High School board of trustees member means the year will end with a by-election. Nominations have been sought for the election of one parent representative to the board of trustees. The position was adver tised in the school’s newsletter recently and explained the suitable person should be “passionate about education in Wainuiomata, and want to make a

positive contribution to the High School.” Nominations closed at noon on Friday, November 9 and the voting roll is open for inspection at the school during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on Friday, November 23. The elected candidate will take office on Monday, December 10.


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community,” Sharon says. “Lots of people love us being back here.” “We’re in a totally different area and community, but we’re still the same business.” Sharon says that with the move they managed to keep lots of their old customers, as well as make many new ones, and was excited by many of them making the trip over to Wainuiomata to buy their spices. She says that Wellington Spices is about top quality products, and explains that there’s a passion she and Klaas have for what they’re doing. “If you don’t have passion, you can’t

sell or educate people about the product,” Sharon says. One thing Sharon and Klaas have loved is educating people around the use of spices, as many were unaware they could be used for cooking and medicinal purposes. Sharon and Klaas have lived in Wainuiomata for about 40 years. Although they’re are not originally from New Zealand, they both call it home. “It is east meets west; I’m from Malaysia and Klaas is from the Netherlands,” she says. Wellington Spices is located in Queen St and is open from Monday to Saturday.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What are you looking forward to the most about moving up to high school?

Timara Uman, Wainuiomata Having new opportunities and different subjects.

Brian Hopoi-Woolley, Wainuiomata More opportunities and challenges in sport.

Jimmy Waitere, Wainuiomata I’m looking forward to the opportunities and the ability to push myself.

Travis Barton Cooley, Wainuiomata Lots more opportunities and more courses I can do.

Jasmine Petuh, Wainuiomata Different opportunities I don’t have now.

Mihiata Jury, Wainuiomata Playing touch and more opportunities to succeed.

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Change to pool hours annoy residents Dear editor, It’s bad enough our local and wonderful pool is closed most of the year but now they have changed the opening hours midweek from 6am to 7am. My father and I went to the pool three days a week at 6am and there

were at least three others who were usually there before us. When I questioned the hours I was told by the aquatic facilities manager: “We do have two valley floor pools, Huia Pool and Naenae Pool which open at 6am and can provide for the early morning

swimmers.” I want to swim at Wainuiomata not in Lower Hutt! Yours sincerely, Stephen Owens Wainuiomata

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While the Eastern Bays Shared Path will also receiving funding of around $7.85 million to be spent on the construction stage in the 2018-2021 period. The timing of the construction process is managed by the Hutt City Council and Chris says he will push them hard to get spades in the ground. “This [Petone to Ngauranga Cycling Link] is a vital part of the wider Wellington to Hutt Valley cycling link. The current path is in a sorry state and it will be great to see the new path in action,” Chris says. “I’ve [also] been pushing the Eastern Bays Shared Path hard since I became a MP in 2014 and it’s good to see progress being made,” he says. “While there’s a lot to dislike in the new government’s National Land Transport Plan, this is good news for the Hutt Valley.”

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The Ministry of Education has received notification that next week’s rolling strike action by primary school principals and teachers is going ahead. The strike comes despite teachers that are part of the New Zealand Educational Institute being offered significant pay increases and an offer to provide for paid meetings to discuss the offer. “The offer we [MoE] have made is worth $698 million, that’s an increase of $129 million from the previous offer. It means that most teachers would get between $9,500 - $11,000 extra annually in their pay packets by 2020,” says secretary for education Iona Holsted.

The offer took into account the large investment being made by the Government into learning support, including the recent announcement of $217 million for 600 new learning support coordinator roles, which the NZEI has asked for as part of easing teacher workload and helping parents and children. The Wainuiomata News attempted to contact Wainuiomata Primary School’s deputy principal, and chairwoman for NZEI Wellington Area Council, Tute Porter-Samuels however, there was no reply. Teachers across schools in Wellington, including many in Wainuiomata, will strike this Friday.

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Council welcomes science, technology and innovation conference From cutting-edge technology used in genetics to backyard trappers reversing declines in flora and fauna - the 2018 House of Science Symposium had it all. It takes a village to raise a scientific community was the theme of the 2018 House of Science Symposium that was sponsored by Hutt City Council and held for the first time in Lower Hutt on Monday. “Lower Hutt is a place where innovation in all areas of science, engineering and technology thrives. Hutt City Council is delighted to host this national event which has attracted high-calibre speakers from diverse disciplines and interest areas across New Zealand,” says Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace. There was an impressive range of subject areas being covered at the conference with three outstanding keynote speakers. One of those was Dr Lance O’Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the year, Founder and MD of iMOKO who discussed emergent genetic research and cutting edge technologies that directly impact Maori and Pacific communities. Youth ambassadors leading the way to promote science and technology to future generations of young women also addressed participants in one of five seminars led by Dr Laura Sessions from Hutt City Council and Bridgit Sissons from Engineering NZ.

Anne Ryan, Director of Hutt Science (at left) and Chris Duggan CEO House of Science NZ at the House of Science Symposium Lower Hutt Events Centre Monday 12 November. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Rose show to christen new events centre The Hutt Valley Horticultural Society returned home for its Rose Show last week. The Lower Hutt Events Centre, which hosted the show over November 10 and 11, is the modern building that replaced the earthquake-prone

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The society has had an association with horticultural events in the Hutt Valley for 114 years, so it was fitting that the Horticultural Society should christen the new events centre with a show devoted to horticulture.

Groups that joined the Horticultural Society at the show included local branches of the Rose Society, and the Floral Art Society. A feature of the show was a display remembering Armistice Day as the 100th anni-

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Ceremony to Remaking and giving back mark start of construction of children’s hospital The ReMakery’s experienced sewer Linda. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A ceremony was held last week for the customary laying of a mauri stone to signal the beginning of construction of the new children’s hospital at Wellington Regional Hospital. It was attended by district health board staff and board members, Mark Dunajtschik – who has donated $50 million to the project and is building the new facility, Minister of Health David Clark and kaumatua from Te Atiawa ki Poneke, Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Taranaki Iwi, and Ngati Toa. DHB chairman Andrew Blair says it represents a significant milestone for Wellington. Constr uction company McKee Fehl is onsite following the demolition of an old complex and foundation work is expected to get underway this month. The 7000-square metre,

three-storey building will have 50 inpatient beds and is expected to open by early 2021. “This new, purpose-built facility will allow us to provide high-quality care to our young patients – bringing inpatient services and outpatient clinics under one roof, and allowing for the integration of services,” Andrew says. “I’d like to take this opportunity to once again acknowledge the extraordinarily generous donation from Mark Dunajtschik. Without his donation, this facility would not have been possible,” he says. Designers, architects, clinical staff, and members of our community have been involved in this project from the outset. They have provided valuable feedback on the building’s design and function, and the needs of patients and whanau who will use it.

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Wellington-based charity The Common Unity Project Aotearoa, has helped a Housing New Zealand tenant find purpose and use her skills in a sustainable way. Based in Lower Hutt, the project has been supporting locals since 2012 by growing food, providing meals and, from the community hub The ReMakery, offering people a place to share knowledge and skills. Housing New Zealand tenant, Linda is one of the volunteers at The ReMakery. She says the Common Unity Project Aotearoa has given her friends and a reason to get off the couch everyday. “I’ve smiled more here than I have in the past ten years,” she says. An experienced sewer, Linda

repurposes old fabrics at The ReMakery and turns textiles into handbags, reusable lunch bags and the charity’s famous Shirty Shoppers. “Before I came here I was so depressed. I sat on the couch and knitted 100 jumpers. But when I found this place, I had a reason to get out. I just love it here; it’s what I do now.” Common Unity Project Aotearoa, project co-ordinator Julia Milne says the charity’s success depends on its people and the value of reciprocity. “The Common Unity Project Aotearoa is not a service; we are about giving and receiving. For Housing New Zealand tenants, that is very safe and it makes them feel

supported and needed,” Julia says. Housing New Zealand Hutt Valley area manager Alice DanielKirk agrees and says community groups like these are crucial when building vibrant, healthy communities. “The support and sense of purpose the Common Unity Project Aotearoa gives our tenants is truly life changing, not just for them but also their whanau,” Alice says. “We want our tenants and whanau to live well in our homes and a key part of this is enabling and fostering connectedness with their local community. Therefore we work very hard to encourage and put our tenants in touch with groups or services that can help them,” she says.

Two exhibitions in one, a treat for Wellington art lovers Two annual exhibitions, Splash and Ceramicus, both highlights of the Wellington arts calendar, have again come together to present a treat for Wellington art lovers. The best of New Zealand watercolour paintings will be exhibited together with the best of new ceramic art created by members of the Wellington Potters’ Association. Splash 2018, Watercolour New Zealand’s annual national exhibition features over 200 paintings by watercolour artists from throughout New Zealand. This year’s guest artist is Petone artist, Alfred Memelink, who is well known for his paintings that depict Wellington and the local area. Alfred has painted in watercolours for over 30 years and has been a member and on the committee as long. In recent years, he left an adventurous career at sea in order to paint full time and then set up a gallery on the Petone Foreshore. The annual Splash exhibition has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the highlights of the Wellington visual arts calendar

Alfred Memelink has painted in watercolours for over 30 years and has been a member and on the committee as long. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

and has opened viewers’ eyes to the beauty of watercolour art. Splash 2018 and Ceramicus is where some of the best New Zealand art comes together to be enjoyed and to inspire. The exhibition offers a feast for Wellington

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Wellington police to support blood cancer patients Wellington police have shown their support for blood cancer patients by entering a team called The Donut Chasers in the Wellington Stadium Climb event on Friday this week. “We’ve got an advantage because we can issue speeding tickets to competitors trying to overtake us on the course. They would be fake tickets of course,” says Senior Sergeant Kate Saxton from the Royal New Zealand Police College. Leukaemia Blood Cancer New Zealand is the organisation running the event to raise money for Wellington locals affected by blood cancer. “It is a high energy event for the people of Wellington with an emphasis on fun. Locals get the opportunity to climb 4,500 steps in time to music and they can win prizes. What better location than the iconic rugby venue Westpac stadium,” says Leukaemia Blood Cancer New Zealand chief executive officer Peter Fergusson. The Donut Chasers are well on their

way to reaching their fundraising target. To get sponsorship they have been ‘on the case’ of family, friends and local businesses. Stadium Climb Wellington is a special event for Chris Revell. He used to be a referee and has refereed at Westpac stadium. He is competing in honour of his father Alan who died of myeloid leukaemia. Chris has set some ambitious fitness goals to get ready for the event. “There are 21 floors in the ANZ Centre, I run up and down the building seven times during a typical training session. Not everyone involved will take it as seriously as me. “I’m motivated by the opportunity to raise money for blood cancer patients. My advice to Wellingtonians who are thinking about signing-up…just do it,” says Chris.  The event is on Friday, November 16, starting at 3pm. To register, go to stadiumclimb. co.nz/wellington/. The Donut Chasers from Wellington Police. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Vinnies pop-up free shops Meningococcal disease Groups around Wellington are setting up events throughout November 12 and 19 to help those in need. The wider Wellington network of St Vincent de Paul Society are coming together to also collectively host free shops around the region between November 3 and 19. The Free Shop model focuses on giving people the shopping experience without the cost. It’s about giving people the choice to choose what they want for themselves and their family. St Vincent de Paul Society sees this as an opportunity to invest in local communities and the people within them. Stock will include women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as shoes and toys, and will come from

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the Vinnies Op Shops, community donations and the generosity of Kiwi Community Assistance. Last August, Vinnies Wellington held the first Pop-Up Free Shop in Newtown, attracting 700 people through its doors. Alongside the shop, a free community barbecue was held with tea and coffee provided by Peoples Coffee. With St Vincent de Paul Wellington, Kapi Mana and Hutt Valley coming together, the organisation aims to reach many more people and ease the material needs of communities throughout the wider Wellington region. A pop-up shop will be operating in Wainuiomata at 2 Stanley Street from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 17.



Public are being urged to familiarise themselves with the most frequent symptoms of Meningococcal disease, with cases of it on the rise in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health is asking general practitioners and emergency departments around the country to keep a close eye out for people seeking medical help with possible symptoms of the disease. It is voicing concerns over the rising numbers of cases of the disease as so far this year there have been 96, up from just 45 during all of 2014.

Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline McElnay, says the wider public should also boost their knowledge of the disease to ensure those with possible symptoms seek swift medical attention. Symptoms of meningitis can develop suddenly and include a high fever, headache, sleepiness, joint and muscle pains. There can also be some more specific symptoms, such as a stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, vomiting, crying, refusal to feed (in infants), a rash consisting of reddish-purple pin-prick spots or bruises.

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Key milestone for Ricoh Sports Centre at Fraser Park

The ceremony was attended by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Hutt City Council representatives, Community Facilities Trust and Fraser Park Sportsville board members and staff, club members, sponsors and contractors. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

At the break of dawn on Monday, November 12, Te Ati Awa led a ceremony to lay a mauri stone beneath the ground of the new Ricoh Sports Centre at Fraser Park. The ceremony was attended by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Hutt City Council representatives, Community Facilities Trust and Fraser Park Sportsville board members and staff, club members, sponsors and contractors.

The new facility will be the home of Lower Hutt’s first ‘sportsville’ - a concept that brings sports groups together to share facilities and collaborate to both retain their members and attract new ones. Opening for business in early 2019, it includes six squash courts, an indoor training space, administration offices, meeting rooms and changing rooms and a café. The mauri stone laid this

morning was sourced from the Te Rere Kapuni waterfall in Taranaki, by Kura Moeahu of Te Ati Awa Iwi. The falls are a place of special significance to the ancestors of Te Ati Awa and the ceremonial laying of stone, named Te Aio, meaning tranquillity, peace, calm, is significant as it gives life to the Ricoh Sports Centre. Kura Moeahu says the ceremony binds the mauri to the earth, asking it to connect

itself to this building and imbues the mauri with all its life force to protect it. Mayor Ray Wallace says it “represents nine years of collaboration between many partners and ref lects the community’s spirit coming together to give a home to local clubs.” Hutt City Council has plans in the pipeline for two more Sportsvilles, one in Wainuiomata and another in Petone.

The Fraser Park sign on the side of the new facility. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Easier access for walkers and cyclists heading along the Pencarrow coast New and improved access at the southern end of Eastbourne’s Muritai Road will make life much easier for walkers and cyclists heading along the coast to the bays and East Harbour Regional Park. Vehicle access through Burdan’s Gate will remain restricted, but a new bike squeeze barrier and pram portal will relieve visitors of the difficulty

of having to lift bikes and prams over the gate to continue their journeys further south. “The gate was becoming a real burden for some visitors, particularly for the fast growing band of e-bikers, whose bikes can weigh over 30kgs. For some people, particularly older cyclists, getting past the gate was simply too difficult,” says Greater Wellington East

Harbour Regional Park ranger Mark McAlpine. “It will also make family outings with prams much easier as the barrier has a sizeable portal through which prams can be easily pushed,” he says. As well as promoting access, the new squeeze barrier has been designed to keep unwanted motorbikes and quad bikes out of the restricted road and cattle in.

A cattle stop has been included to keep stock from wandering on to the public road. The barrier was jointly funded by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council, which owns the coastal road out to East Harbour Regional Park. Janet Lawson, Hutt City Council’s reserves assets manager for parks and gardens, says council is pleased to support the new

entrance at Burdan’s Gate ensuring better access to the area for visitors including local bikers and walkers. “The East Harbour Regional Park is known for its natural beauty and attracts many visitors each year. We hope that by providing better access it will be easier for people to experience this stunning coastline,” she says.


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Awards highlight sporting calibre of Wainuiomata High School

Raymond Seumanu and Maarire Puketapu receiving their awards recently. PHOTOs: SUPPLIED

By Dan Whitfield

The who’s who of the sporting community at Wainuiomata High School have been acknowledged. The 2018 Sports Prizegiving Awards were held on November 1 to celebrate the sporting achievements of the year. Raymond Seumanu and Maarire Puketapu came out on top, picking up the titles of sportsman and sportswoman of the year. Raymond was recognised for his commitment to his boxing and his achievements over the year, while Maarire was acknowledged for her achievements across a number of sports as well as in the classroom. Both Raymond and Maarire were inducted

into the high school’s Hall of Fame. Naliyah Te Maari and Tayah-Rose Brown received applause when they were recognised in the athlete with a disability category. They were joint recipients of this year’s awards, having both completed the Triability triathlon held in Wainuiomata. Cameron Sheard was picked as the 2018 Ignite Sport Athlete of the Year, while Dan Wallwork received the Ignite Sport Coach of the Year. Matauranga Te Rauna picked up the Community Service award and Keana Faitele was recognised for her contribution to sport. The night was hosted by guest speaker and Football Fern Sarah Gregoruis.

OTHER AWARDS: • Touch (senior girls) Most promising - Precious Auimatagi Most improved - Hunny Taingahue Most valuable player - Johanna Schreuda and Nikayla Aspinall • Touch (senior boys) Most promising - Zane Humphrey Most improved - Solomona Mapesone Most valuable player - Andrew Sa’u • Touch (mixed) Best male - Andrew Sa’u Best female - Nikayla Aspinall Most valuable player - Nikayla Aspinall • Volleyball (senior girls) Most promising - Alesiha Telea Most improved - Sarah McLeod-Venu Most valuable player - Bree Itula • Athletics Best male - Rueban Goodley Best female - Precious Aiumatagi Most valuable player - Rueban Goodley • Badminton (senior girls) Most promising - Larissa Smith Most improved - Tavae Malaitia and Valasi Taituave Most valuable player - Dayna Oti-Kaiwai and Grethyll Garcia • Hockey Best team member - Chase Foster Most improved - Brooke Ruawai Most valuable player - Olivia Martin • Futsal (senior girls) Most improved - Kendall Booth Golden boot - Kayla Wilson Most valuable player - Jorja McCarthy • Futsal (senior boys) Most improved - Sagar Sami Golden boot - Matthew Groenewegen Most valuable player - Jonathan Kothap-

ally • Football (first XI girls) Most improved - Lydia Lynch Golden boot - Kayla Wilson Most valuable player - Jorja McCarthy • Football (first XI boys) Most improved - Brock Evans Golden boot - Matthew Groenewegen Most valuable player - Joseph Quinlan • Basketball (senior girls) Most improved - Eboney-Shavaugh Vole Most promising - Renee Barbarich Most valuable player - Jyordana Davey • Basketball (senior boys) Most improved - Logan Taylor-Maxwell Most promising - Cade Du Preez and Jason Taituave Most valuable player - Jessie Esbach • Netball (senior one) Most improved player - Camella Cody Fair player - Ruby Clark Most valuable player - Katelyn Olsen • Netball (premier one) Most improved player - Jamie-Rose Kydd Fair player - Angela Milovale Most valuable player - Sarah McLeod-Venu • Rugby (girls) Best back - Alexis Tauaneai Best forward - Ruby Clark Most valuable player - Nikayal Aspinall and Precious Auimatagi • Rugby (first XV) Best back - Leon McLeod-Venu Best forward - Cameron Sheard and Levi Smith Most valuable player - Dante Kakahi and Solomona Mapesone

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Students who made up Konini Primary School’s two teams that took part in the softball festival. Front from left, Vishek, Amber, Shaelyn, Maia, Juliet, Nixon, and Dylan. Middle from left, David, Rishey, Madison, and Wano. Back from left, Jaeda, Luana, Paige, Betty, Foetasi, Charvarna, Navara, Jacob, Shelby, and Sundus. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Konini Primary School have taken out the top spot at a recent softball festival for Wainuiomata primary schools. The event, hosted by Fernlea School on November 6, was attended by more than 120 students, making up 12 teams across six schools. The students played a modified version of softball that was fully inclusive for all present. Each team played four games before splitting off into the play-offs.

The high calibre of play by all teams was evident with all teams averaging over 100 runs per game and more than half of the games being decided by under 15 runs. Konini Primary and Pukeatua Primary contested the final, with Konini winning 142-134. The final event on the calendar for the collective of Wainuiomata primary schools is a superstar cricket tournament on Tuesday, November 27 at Bryan Heath Park.

It would have been a per fect Sunday morning for English rugby fans. Sure, their team lost 16-15 to the All Blacks at Twickenham but they played well and have something to moan about all week. A late TMO decision ruling out a late try from a charge down thanks to a tight offside decision. The call was right but that won’t stop the English from bemoaning it for days to come. The reality is, the hosts had every advantage. A stirring 82,000 strong crowd, watched the English roar to a 15-0 lead inside the first 25 minutes. However they were unable to score again for the final 55 minutes and to beat the two-time defending world champions, that simply isn’t good enough. The All Blacks got the rub of the green with a late call and English fans would do well to remember the British Lions got the benefit of a contentious call last year when their clear offside was wrongly adjudicated which allowed them to hold on to a 1-1 draw in New

Zealand. The ugly win provided many talking points for the men in black. It was pleasi ng to se e Steve Hansen’s men win ugly. Often known for blowing teams off the park, they faced adversity and overcame it. Beauden Barrett can kick drop goals - handy to know with a World Cup 12 months away. Sonny Bill Williams will be lucky to keep his spot in the midfield. The polarising Centre was injured early and Ryan Crotty came on and made a big impression. Williams has been under the spotlight for most of the season and hasn’t responded. Eddie Jones should get some respite from the ferocious English Media. The under-siege coach has earned a one point win over the Springboks and had a narrow loss to the All Blacks over the past fortnight - any English fan would have taken that before the games. The All Blacks won ugly and that’s the most pleasing thing. They won a true test match.


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If you've been wishing for your own family home....your dream may about to become reality! You've driven past and noticed it with its superb street appeal and ideal location. Now it could be yours! VIEW By Appointment Only PRICE $439,000 CONTACT Donna Goss - 022 135 0601 donna.goss@redcoats.co.nz WEBSITE redcoats.co.nz/RED19638

291a Wellington Road, ARAKURA

This warm and cosy home is an absolute delight! A rare semidetached unit, in that it offers you 3 bedrooms. Over the past three years, this home has had an overhaul that has been done with care and precision - a modern kitchen, new carpet, new cladding the list goes on! It's a quality home you could be proud to call your own. With the ideal backyard for a BBQ.


VIEW Sun 18 Nov 12.00-12.30pm PRICE Negotiation Paul Butcher - 021 209 5645 paul@redcoats.co.nz redcoats.co.nz/RED19781

VIEW By Appointment Only PRICE Negotiation Donna Goss - 022 135 0601 donna.goss@redcoats.co.nz redcoats.co.nz/RED19759