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Time for an adventure By Dan Whitfield

A young Wainuiomata High School student will next year embark on an exciting adventure to build international friendships. Jorja McCarthy was one of three from the Hutt Valley who were selected for next year’s five-week exchange to Tempe, Arizona. She was the only person from Wainuiomata but will travel alongside Lower Hutt’s Dylan Cooke and Joshua Hutley. Continued on page 2. Jorja McCarthy will represent Wainuiomata High School next year in Tempe, Arizona as part of a five-week exchange. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

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Exchange opens doors to create international friendships Continued from page 1. “I’m excited but kind of nervous as this is the first time going overseas without my parents,” she says. Tempe was the first sister city that Lower Hutt partnered with as part of the Hutt Sister Cities Programme, with the relationship beginning in 1981. The Hutt-Tempe relationship has evolved over the years to

offer a wide range of exchange programmes including those for students, educators and police. The 15-year-old was selected in September so the trip is still several months away – the exchange is scheduled to take place during June and July. Jorja explains how it is going to be a great opportunity to make friends and meet new

people. “I remember being in year nine and hearing a student from our school talk about it; and last year a family friend went so I’ve heard a lot. It’s going to be really cool,” she says. As part of the exchange, a student from Tempe will also get to experience life in Wainuiomata. Jorja says both places are very

different; with Arizona more of a desert and New Zealand more lush and green. The young Wainuiomata girl on the exchange is saying there will be other students from around the world. She says she’s excited to go camping and visit Disneyland, however the one thing she’s most looking forward to is meeting new people.

Teachers’ strike going ahead Around 800 primary school principals and teachers attended the Hutt Valley leg of strike action held throughout the region recently. The Hutt event, like the others that took place in Wellington, Mana, Kapiti and Wairarapa, was “certainly successful,” says Wainuiomata Primary School’s deputy principal, and chairwoman for NZEI Wellington Area Council, Tute Porter-Samuels. The strike came 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 Ministry of Education offered $698 million, which was an increase of $129 million from the previous offer. It meant that most teachers would get between $9,500 - $11,000 extra annually in their pay packets by 2020. Tute explains that it was important for NZEI members to have the time to unpack and discuss the Ministry’s latest offer. “There is general acknowledgement that the Ministry has made some progress, regarding

Wainuiomata Primary School’s deputy principal, and chairwoman for NZEI Wellington Area Council, Tute Porter-Samuels. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

pay and committing 600 new teacher roles as learning support coordinators from 2020. However, there is disappointment that the offer does not address our concerns re time and workload issues through smaller class size,” Tute says.

“We need solutions for these today, particularly for the growing number of children with additional learning needs that thus far are not being adequately supported through the current system,” she says. Tute says members will decide

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Celebrating with the community A community party is being held at Clive’s Chemist on December 1. Members of the community have been invited to celebrate the season as well as enjoy Christmas cupcakes and seasonal treats with Clive Cannons and his team. There will be prizes on the day and a chance for people to get started on their Christmas shopping instore. The party is being held from 9am to 4pm at the store in Queen Street.

Local involved with new song book Paul Inia has helped in the publishing process of a new song book for children. Tane Mahuta has a Forest by author Rebecca Larsen, is based on the tune from Old MacDonald’s Farm with the characters going on a bush walk and exploring New Zealand native bush on their journey. It’s a fun and interactive waiata where children will learn some new kupu - te reo Maori. Paul and his family live in Wainuiomata, and Paul is the singer on the CD.

Josh Briggs is one of the ten Wainuiomata community champions. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Josh Briggs has stepped up as a Wainuiomata community champion. The 31-year-old Hutt City councillor decided it was something he wanted to do not for himself but for his whanau and community. He is part of a team of 10 local residents fronting up the new It’s Not OK initiative, with an aim to stand up to the issue of family violence in Wainuiomata. It sees whanau and community work together to ensure a positive change happens. Josh has worked with young

people and their families in his former role as a youth worker. He now works with members of the community in his current role. “I have seen the impact violence can have in a family. I have also seen how asking for help and support from people you trust can be a powerful step in a positive direction,” Josh says. In New Zealand, family violence leaves long lasting and complex effects for whanau, individuals and communities. Hundreds of people attended

the launch earlier this year, showing the community’s support for the initiative. “As men we often bottle up how we are feeling and try to harden up, when it is better for ourselves and our loved ones to open up and share how we are feeling and what is going on for us,” Josh says. He says people need to know there are options for them and their family when violence is occurring around them. Josh’s vision is to continue to engage with and provide more support for the community.

“It is important for me that men role model positive relationships for other men around them. “I grew up without my father in my life and have always valued the positive males that have supported me to learn how to be a positive man for my wife and children,” he says. Josh says being present at community events and making himself available to have conversations with people in the community is important. He aims to focus on men of all ages.

Student rep selected Timothy Heremaia-Waru has been elected by students to the Wainuiomata High School board of trustees as the student representative until October 2019. Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a board of trustees which includes elected parent representatives, an elected staff representative and the principal – with secondary schools also including a student representative.

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inbrief news Police find man who jumped from car A Hutt Valley man, missing since Wednesday has been found. Wade Chout , 26, jumped out of a moving vehicle on Whitemans Road near Silverstream on Wednesday last week, and was reported missing on Friday morning. The man was located, unharmed, in the Hutt Valley on Friday evening.

New homes through urban renewal The Government’s announcement establishing a new urban development authority has been welcomed by Wellington Chamber of Commerce as a way to build thousands of new homes. Chief Executive John Milford says a national urban development authority responsible for delivering large-scale urban renewal projects has the ability to significantly help solve New Zealand’s housing supply shortage. “Wellington is a geographically constrained city. So new housing here is increasingly going to be built by brownfields redevelopments,” John says.

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High-paid jobs for women in trades Jess Moran left Wainuiomata’s Parkway College at 16 with little ambition to start a career. Now 33 years old and mother to three young boys. She is working as an apprentice and gearing up for a busy and well-paid future as a qualified plumber. New Zealand desperately needs more women like Jess. With a shortage of more than 50,000 skilled workers in the already male-dominated construction industry, the demand is high and it is growing. When she finishes her apprenticeship in 2023, Jess can expect to pull in around $27 an hour as a plumber — The wage for apprentices in the industry sits between $18 and $28 depending on experience and qualifications. The Maori Pacific Trades Training (MPTT) programme at WelTec is helping to plug the skills gap, providing additional support for Maori and Pasifika apprentices as they make their way through their years as an apprentice.

“I left school at 16, had my first child at 18 and didn’t think I had much going for me. I did the course and ended up getting a scholarship and I’m now a full-time apprentice plumber,” Jess says. The programme gives students ongoing mentorship from Iwi and Samoan churches, along with access to a team of jobbrokers at WelTec. This allows students to be given industry opportunities and mentorship for the first three months of employment. Tui Bradbrook, a job broker at WelTec Petone says the course focuses heavily on supporting Maori and Pasifika women who are wanting to get into the construction and trades industry. “For our female students, we have to teach them to be confident in a male-dominated environment and to believe in themselves and their abilities. They are highly skilled, but sometimes need that extra push from us,” Tui says. For Jess, working in the construction industry has had its

Jess Moran on the job. P H O T O : SUPPLIED

twists and turns, but she says she’s proud to be a role model for others. “When I tell people I’m a plumber they are sometimes blown away by it, but especially other women are always really impressed by it. There’s defi-

nitely a bit of banter on site, but everyone is really accepting.” “Now my three boys want to get into the trades industry, and one of them even wants to be a plumber too, so it’s been a great feeling to be a role model for my kids as they grow up,” Jess says.

Wishing Tree Appeal starts at Kmart Extend giving beyond Christmas this year with the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal and help those in need with a truly practical gift. On November 12, Kmart officially kicked off its 25th year of the annual appeal, together with The Salvation Army, to support people who are struggling across New Zealand. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is New Zealand’s largest and longest-running Christmas gift collection appeal, having distributed nearly 550,000 gifts for people doing it tough, with around 40,000 gifts now being

collected every year. Jason Picard, manager for Kmart New Zealand, says this year, the appeal will undertake an important evolution in its long history. He says the Kmart team, alongside their partner The Salvation Army, look to extend the Appeal beyond Christmas to support those facing hardship whenever it is needed most. “We are encouraging the contribution of practical gifts this year, to truly make a difference in the everyday lives of those in need.” Head of welfare services for

The Salvation Army, Major Pam Waugh says the appeal makes a significant difference to the lives of those who are struggling. “The Salvation Army will help more people in December than in any other month. With extra bills, upcoming back to school costs and the additional costs of having children at home over the holiday period, added on top of higher everyday living expenses, the financial pressure at Christmas increases dramatically,” Pam says. “Through our partnership with Kmart and the generosity

of New Zealanders nationwide, we are able to provide gifts to those who would otherwise go without, not just at Christmas but also at other occasions throughout the year. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal truly brings hope and happiness where it is needed most,” she says. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal officially launched nationwide in all Kmart stores on November 12. Gift contributions will be accepted until December 24 and financial contributions until January 31, 2019.


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The story of the first Christmas told through annual production ‘Tis (almost) the season and ARISE Church is gearing up to host its annual Christmas production – and everyone is invited! Noël is an original production written by Wellingtonians Stephen and Suzy Tye, telling the story of the first Christmas. In this humorous and heartfelt tale, the angel Gabriel delivers messages from God to a diverse group of people, old and young, rich and poor, inviting them to be part of God’s great plan. However, the lives of those who take up the invitation – Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, Anna and Simeon, and the shepherds – will never be the same. “The nativity story is so vast,

so wide reaching, that it’s nearly impossible to tell the full story in one production. So we’ve placed our magnifying glass over a few aspects; three generations, two gardens and one man,” Suzy says. Based on the Gospel of Luke, this dynamic production is packed with Christmas carols as well as multimedia, dance, music, drama, and performances from children at the church. ARISE has invited the community to join and celebrate Christmas at one of its seven Artwork for the ARISE Church Christmas locations across New Zealand. In the Hutt Valley, the produc- production, Noël. PHOTO: SUPPLIED tion will be held at the ARISE Services will be at 9.15am, 11am and Centre in Petone on Sunday, 5pm. Entry is free. December 9.

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Breakfast to show Lower Hutt’s support A breakfast event was organised by White Ribbon New Zealand’s Lower Hutt ambassadors last week, showing the support Lower Hutt has for the cause. Held at Walter Nash Centre, the

event saw many get behind the campaign, including Mayor Ray Wallace - one of the Lower Hutt ambassadors. White Ribbon Day is recognised on November 25 and is the in-

ternational day for the elimination of men’s violence towards women. It aims to end violence by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are your plans for Christmas?

Keanu Macdonald – Ulu, Wainuiomata “I will spend time with my family at the Wainuiomata Pools and go on picnics.”

Rayna Chand, Wainuiomata “I might be going to Auckland with my dad to visit my family.”

Charlie Ngaheke, Wainuiomata “I am going up to Lake Ferry with my mum. I will go quad bike riding and fishing.”

Marley Clayton, Wainuiomata “I think I am going camping in Auckland with my family.”

Devon Evans, Wainuiomata “I will go swimming at the Wainui Pools with my mum.”

Pili Faitele, Wainuiomata “I will make gingerbread cookies with my sister Asjah and visit my grandma.”

Ninetieth anniversary celebrated November has been a month of celebration as Hutt City Kindergarten marked its 90th anniversary. A Vintage Fair was held earlier this month and the local kindergartens across the Hutt Valley were part of the festivities. Each had a stand to fundraise for their kindergarten with homemade lemonade, balloons, delicious food, a sausage sizzle and sweet treats. Crowds from all over the Hutt Valley braved the wet weather to support the event and celebrate 90 years of kindergarten in Lower Hutt. Mary Futter, an early graduate of Moera Kindergarten, who also celebrated her 90th birthday this year, cut the anniversary cake.


TOP RIGHT, CLOCKWISE: 1. A high tea event for Hutt City Kindergarten staff to celebrate its 90th anniversary. From left, Litara Nalesoni, Dawn Summers and Celeste Vreeburg from Pencarrow Kindergarten. 2. Sarah Jane gets her face painted by Jemma. 3. Eleanor Henry adds a button to the anniversary painting which will be hung up at the association office. The painting was created by local painter Sophie Gardiner who works at Parkway Kindergarten. 4. Special guest Mary Futter cuts the birthday cake. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED 4



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Christmas for all Christmas is coming early to Wainuiomata. On Sat 8 December three special events provide 5 hours of Christmas fun for all our community. Celebrations star t 10.00am with the Wainuiomata Christmas Parade. Come watch the fabulous floats created by local businesses, groups, schools and families. From 10.00am the Parade travels from Burden Ave, Homedale along Main Road to finish at the intersection of Queen St and Wainuiomata Road. Then enjoy lots of free fun at the Christmas in the Nui


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Beltway Cycleway consultation opens today Hutt City Council’s plan to change the way the city moves takes another step forward this month, with the next round of community engagement on the new Beltway Cycleway. The new route, which will eventually run from Seaview through

the east of the city and connect with the Hutt River Trail in Taita, is part of a $28 million investment by Council and NZTA in a network of walking and cycling routes which will provide many benefits for the city. Council’s senior project engineer

Simon Cager says that in collaboration with the community and key stakeholders last year Council considered a range of possible routes and designs for the Beltway Cycleway. “We have been developing those ideas into more detailed designs

for the Northern and Central Sections and it’s time to share them with the community.” Simon says. The Southern Section still requires more development and council will engage with the community again once the design in this area has been further

developed. “It’s important we get feedback on these designs so we can refine them and move towards construction,” he says. The community engagement on the central and northern sections started on Monday.

More than 450 take part in Inter-Intermediate School’s Pasifika Festival The Inter-Intermediate School’s Pasifika Festival saw more than 450 performers from 10 different Hutt Valley schools taking part last Friday. Held at Wainuiomata Intermediate this year, the event has grown in popularity so much that Masterton Intermediate School made a special request to be able to perform. The festival is an annual event that celebrates Pasifika culture through song, dance and performance. Organiser of the festival Dahlia Malaeulu believes that the growth reflects the desire and increasing interest in students wanting to learn more about Pasifika cultures and the importance of continuing to provide cultural opportunities for students “Such cultural groups really cannot survive without school backing and support,” Dahlia says. “We need schools to include authentic cultural opportunities

like these Pasifika cultural groups as they naturally provide a fun and culturally interactive experience for all of our students,” she says. Dahlia says the cultural groups engage both Pasifika and non-Pasifika, helping develop cultural responsiveness and understanding, and enables them to learn more about their culture. “Pasifika cultural groups provide meaningful learning opportunities where students learn key competencies they need to manage themselves, participate and contribute, relate to others as well as use a lot of thinking when learning and using different Pasifika languages.” Participating schools were Wainuiomata Intermediate, Masterton Intermediate, Brandon Intermediate, Evans Bay Intermediate, Tawa Intermediate, Hutt Intermediate, Avalon Intermediate, Naenae Intermediate, Fergusson Intermediate, and Newlands Intermediate.

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BRIDGE TO NOWHERE Bridge to Nowhere is a family owned and operated business situated inside the wilderness region of the Whanganui National Park. This enchanting paradise forms the setting for our thrilling mountain biking, jet boating, canoeing, hiking and hunting adventures.

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STONEHENGE AOTEAROA Although similar in size and appearance to the Stonehenge on Salisbury plain, Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica. It is a complete and working structure designed for its precise location in NZ. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past

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Spare change to change the lives of many Animates in Lower Hutt are preparing to give back this Christmas as their annual ‘Tree of Hope’ fundraiser kicks off and are encouraging locals to get behind it. Shoppers are being encouraged to purchase joy, love and hope baubles to hang on the in-store Christmas trees across Animates stores, with funds raised being donated to the SPCA and the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust. The funds will enable them to continue their valuable work improving the lives of animals and people in need such as David Gould. David contracted a pneumococcal septicaemic infection. Resulting complications unfortunately resulted in the loss of both his arms, legs and part of his ears and nose. After major rehabilitation, David was introduced to his mobility dog Emmett. “He does many tasks, he opens doors, barks for help – but the biggest thing he does for me is that he makes me feel

confident in the community,” David says. David finds that with Emmett he can go anywhere and people will come and talk to him instead of shying away. “The best part about having Emmett is the companionship, he will stay by my side during the day, sit at my feet in the evening and then sleep on my bed at night.” Mobility dogs are trained to provide assistance with everyday tasks for New Zealanders living with disabilities including muscular dystrophy; stroke; Parkinson’s disease; spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy. SPCA marketing and fundraising manager, Dominique Leeming is hoping to beat last year’s fundraising total of $130,000 which is divided between the charities. If you can’t make it to an Animates store, donations to the Tree of Hope can be made online at: givealittle. co.n z /f u nd ra iser /a n imates-joy-love-hope-christmas-donation-appeal

David Gould and his mobility dog Emmett. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

New signs for Kaeaea Track rich in history New signs for East Harbour Regional Park’s newest track - the Kaeaea Track – were unveiled and blessed on the officially completed pathway on November 10, offering a fascinating insight into how the region used to look. Photos and information on the

signs show central Eastbourne buildings surrounded by sand dunes and a Maori fishing village in Pencarrow. It also depicts an anti-submarine defence system from the early 1940s – a 1.8km ‘boom’ of hardwood piles driven into the seabed between Eastbourne

and Ward Island. Greater Wellington Regional Council worked with the Eastbourne Community Board and the Eastbourne Historical Society to create the signage. “It offers a rare window on what the area looked like last century,” says parks portfolio

leader and councillor Prue Lamason. “Not only will visitors get to enjoy a stunning scenic location, they’ll also receive a fascinating history lesson.” The track took two seasons to build and it takes between 25 and 45 minutes to walk up

depending on your ability. The track is named after the native New Zealand falcon, the Kaeaea, which is commonly seen in the area. Sights from the top include Ward and Matiu-Somes Islands, Mount Kaukau and the Brooklyn Wind Turbine.

A group of locals celebrating the op ening of the track. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Te Omanga Hospice receives $4890 More than $63,000 has been donated to hospice services throughout the country in the second year of the Harcourts Foundation-funded, Hospice NZ Grants Programme. The Harcourts Foundation and Hospice NZ established this

unique programme in July 2017 and to date more than $114,000 has been donated to hospices across the country. The goal of the programme is to provide member hospices with an opportunity to apply for grants to fund key capital items that have

a direct benefit to people using hospice services. In this round of funding, Hutt Valley’s Te Omanga Hospice received $4890 for two syringe drivers for providing pain relief. Harcourts chief executive officer Chris Kennedy says it is an hon-

our to work with New Zealand hospices. “Hospices aim to help people make the most of their lives, to live every moment in whatever way is important to them. I have huge admiration for the work they do and for the difference they

make in communities across the country,” he says. In addition to the Hospice NZ Grants Programme, many Harcourts franchisees around the country work alongside their local hospices, both financially and through volunteer work.


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Hutt Park receives international award Hutt Park in Seaview has received international recognition for its outdoor spaces –– one of only twenty-three Green Flag parks in New Zealand to achieve this standard to date. The international award is presided over by a panel of judges from a broad range of backgrounds including nature conservation, ecology, parks management, and the environment. The panel granted Hutt Park the award following its assessment that the area had achieved the international standard for the management of recreational outdoors spaces. Hutt City Council’s parks and recreation divisional manager Marcus Sherwood is thrilled Hutt Park has received Green Flag status. “This international award recognises the hard work on the site over the last decade to transform it from a horse racing track to a valued community asset comprising sports fields, walking tracks, and a wetland area,” he says. “We have worked closely with the community to get Hutt Park to where it is today. The Green Flag award is wonderful recognition for the entire team who have created this space. We expect that we will receive more visitors to the area as a result of this

acknowledgment.” The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the world. The aims of the awards are to ensure that the public has access to quality green and open spaces, and to ensure that these spaces are well managed and meet the needs of the communities they serve. Hutt Park has many recreational features including a great space for a picnic, walk or playing sport such as football, rugby league, AFL and touch football. The established vegetation in Hutt Park provides connectivity of habitats and, on a larger scale, it forms a part of the bird passage corridor between Mt. Bruce and Zealandia, like other bush reserves in the city. Stop Out Sports Club, The Pelorus Trust Sports House and Hutt Indoor Sports are also located at Hutt Park. While not a part of the Green Flag assessment, the park also hosts a nine-hole public golf course and driving range. Hutt City Council is working towards other parks in Lower Hutt applying for Green Flag status.

Hutt Park, one of only twenty-three Green Flag parks in New Zealand to achieve this standard to date. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Mum of five looking forward to netball world cup By Dan Whitfield

Gerardine Solia-Gibb is counting down the days until she steps out on the court for Netball Samoa. The Wainuiomata woman is part of the squad heading to the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool over July 12 to 21. “It’s exciting; I’m so excited!” Gerardine

Gerardine Solia-Gibb playing for Samoa against England. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

says, explaining how it is meaningful because these will be her last games for Netball Samoa. “I want to finish on a high and have no regrets at all in my netball career. All the training and sacrifices are all worth it,” she says. At the moment, Gerardine is training every week, as well as running a business and

looking after her five boys. That said, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “It reminds me what I need to be grateful for. My training has been really specific for where I need to be in December for [the training] camp. My programme changes every couple of months so I peak at the right time and I don’t burn out.” Gerardine is set to leave for the world cup around mid-June next year to get used to playing conditions and new sleeping patterns before the competition commences. She will join her teammates at training

camps around New Zealand and Australia, including one here in Wellington on December 5 to 9. “In our camps we will be playing the New Zealand franchise teams as pre-season training games, so wherever we have camp we will be playing the franchise in that city - first up is against the Wellington Pulse.” This will be Gerardine’s second World Cup. She last played for Samoa in Manchester while competing in the Fast Five. They finished fifth in the world.

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Valentine’s messy NRL exit leaves its mark I’d never thought I’d agree with Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen. However, when he said he was disappointed and frustrated his club’s star player Valentine Holmes had decided to walk away from the final year of his 2019 contract to pursue a career in the NFL, it was hard not to agree with him. Gallen, I’ve long considered, is an over-hyped hard man who was too quick to open his mouth instead of letting his actions do the talking. However, he lamented the trend of players like Holmes and former Eels player, Jarryd Hayne who left his NRL contract to play a season of NFL with the San Francisco 49ers before returning to the NFL. Now, Holmes, the Sharks’ best player and most potent attacking weapon, wants to do the same. Last week he walked away from the final year of his NRL contract - a slap in the face to his club, their fans, the competition and the sport as a whole. That seems to be Gallen’s main issue.

Not that Holmes wants to pursue another sport but that he has backtracked on his word to make it happen. Holmes should have honoured his contract and then followed his dreams. The 23-year-old, who debuted in 2014 and has played 105 NRL games will undoubtedly get an opportunity to earn his way onto an NFL team but what happens if, like Hayne, he is a flash in the pan? What happens if his time in the NFL lasts the average of any player, three years? Does he try to come back to the NRL as a 27-year-old and look to make amends? It will be easier said than done. It seems the players and fans of Cronulla are taking the rejection to heart and a warm welcome seems anything but assured. Life is all about chasing your dreams, but there’s a right way to go about it and Holmes has got his NRL exit all wrong.


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