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Telling stories By Dan Whitfield

Spend just a couple of minutes with William “Bill” Sharp and you’ll leave feeling inspired. Bill, or Sharpie as locals know him, has been a familiar face around Wainuiomata for years but in all the areas he’s been involved in, the one where he has probably made the biggest impact has to be in the Futures Programme at Wainuiomata High School. It’s not often you come across someone like Bill - a man with a heart as big as Wainuiomata itself, and his latest book is not about him. Continued on page 2. William “Bill” Sharp has released another book. This time it’s about the successful faces of Wainuiomata sporting stars. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD


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Continued from page 1. Instead it’s about those who’ve been impacted by his involvement in their lives. The book entitled Over and Out: A Wainuiomata Story puts the spotlight on former students from the high school who have pushed themselves to achieve and where it has taken them. Students include Nadia Smith, Tana Umaga, Piri Weepu, and Peter Watling, all of who have a portrait in the school gymnasium. “I didn’t want this one to be about me. It’s not about me; it’s about the people and taking the stories off the wall” Bill says. Bill explains that everyone in the book has either touched his life or he’s touched their lives and

that he’s never heard of a story like this. “It’s all about the people from Wainuiomata and no one has the same answer. It shows how it is special to be from Wainuiomata.” Bill admits he was probably the best and worst teacher during his time at Wainuiomata High School, but he wasn’t just a normal guy. He had dreams and wanted to see the students who were achieving recognised. “It was never about them paying me back because they pay me back by becoming better people.” Bill says an amazing part of all the stories is that no one has forgotten their roots after all these years. The book is available from Clive’s Chemist and Paper Plus in the Hutt.

Bill Sharp says much of the book would not have been possible without the help of his son Craig. PHOTO: DAN WHITFIELD

Emotional start to homelessness debate Homelessness lies below the radar in Lower Hutt with women and their children paying a particularly grim price. Hutt City Council’s policy and regulatory committee meeting heard social service agencies, a school principal and a mother who had recently been homeless, describe the dire emotional and physical toll that homelessness takes. A Lower Hutt principal told the committee that housing insecurity and homelessness are having a worrying impact on the health of his students, as well as seriously disrupting their education and future opportunities. Eight students had moved from the school since mid-

October due to their families’ having to move out of their rented homes. A single working mother of two, who found herself homeless for several months, told how her primary school-aged son developed behavioural problems moving from one overcrowded dwelling to another. Her newborn baby contracted meningitis, a condition her doctors put down to their overcrowded living conditions. Last week’s meeting was the first stage of developing a homeless strategy for the city and council’s role in responding to the problem. The strategy would aim to prevent homelessness where possible, improve responses to

homelessness in the city, and link to broader work on the longer term issues of housing affordability. For the past few months, council staff have been resea rch i ng homelessness. Principal research and policy advisor leading the research, John Pritchard says that homelessness in the city has been increasing for the last 12 years and people are taking longer to find stable accommodation than in the past. “What’s also clear is that it can take just a couple of common life events – a redundancy, chronic illness or a relationship breakdown – and any of us could be pitched into homelessness. And if you’re

on a low income, the risk is so much greater,” John says. The main reason behind homelessness is the restricted housing supply and its impact on affordability. The cost of private rentals in the northern and eastern wards jumped 23 per cent in the last three years and 18 per cent in Wainuiomata. Compounding the problem has been an inadequate supply of social housing, illustrated by an 85 per cent increase in the public housing waiting list between June 2017 and June 2018. The homelessness strategy will be discussed at a full council meeting on December 11.


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Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade is looking for new members to join its family ahead of 2019. Chief fire officer Ewen Heron has been part of the brigade for a number of years and says numbers have usually been around 40. Anyone can apply however they must be 18 years old and over, or 16-18 with parental permission, have a clean police record, and be flexible to attend emergency incidents. If people are interested, they can email Ewen Heron at Ewen.Heron@ fireandemergency.nz.

Power cut for 1600 Hutt homes More than 1600 households in the Hutt Valley experienced power cuts last week. Wellington Electricity reported at 2pm on December 2 that “approximately 1623 customers” were affected by the power cut. All houses were reconnected by about 5pm.

Thirty-six personnel from Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade were honoured for their services recently Alexander Dalgety was one of the many who were recognised at the awards night last month. The Wainuiomata fire fighter was made a life honorary member for his 14 years of service. This was one of the more special awards of the night. Other honorary member presentations were given to: Aaron Clarke for 19 years of service; Blair Hinton for 17 years of service; Steve Edger

for 16 years of service; Mark Kenny-Beveridge and Ashleigh Knapman for 14 years of service; Leona de Boer, Andy Cooper, Craig McGhie and Emma McIntosh for 12 years of service; Glenn Bouzaid and Lindsay McIntosh for 11 years of service; and Mike Oliver, Daniel Nicholson and Neil Whittaker for 10 years of experience. Sammy Tottenham, Rose Tupe and Donald Underdown were presented with their threeyear certificates, while Andrew Robertson was given his fiveyear medal. Darren Page, David WylesJones, Andrew Thompson,

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Rod and Josh Wealleans, Colin Hamilton, Reece Buck, Andrew Stupples, Ahron Estall, Anthony East and Laurence Waiwai were given their twoyear silver bar. Wayne Nicholson, Ewen Heron, and John May received their two-year gold bars - between the three of them they have more than 100 years of service with the Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Chief fire officer Ewen Heron says every year awards are given to firefighters for time served in the brigade. “All of this year’s recipients have done the time, attending at least 30 trainings and fire

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inbrief news 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.

Beltway Cycleway consultation open 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.

New committee to work with communities A new whaitua committee - Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara - has been established by Greater Wellington Regional Council to work with communities in the Hutt Valley and Wellington to develop proposals to improve fresh and marine water quality throughout its valley and harbour catchments. The Committee combines the expertise of local and regional councillors, iwi and community members drawn from throughout the Hutt and Wainuiomata valleys, the suburbs of Wellington Harbour and the south coast and the Makara and Ohariu stream catchments. The first meeting of the committee will take place on February 8, 2019.

Santa is coming to town By Dan Whitfield

Wainuiomata residents must have been very good this year – one reason why Santa, along with his helpers from Love Wainuiomata, has organised a massive community event to kick off the festive season. Saturday, December 8 is the date to mark on the calendar, with the Wainuiomata Christmas parade and Christmas in the Nui happening, and even Santa himself visiting his grotto at the Wainuiomata Community Hub. Esther King, from Love Wainuiomata, says the weekend is jam-packed with community festive fun. “The Parade, and Christmas in the Nui, will bring our streets and town centre to life. There’s an epic 2000 free sausages for the barbecue in addition to all the free activities and entertainment. Plus come see Father Christmas who will open

Santa’s grotto at the library,” Esther says. Every year, many families from around Wainuiomata flock to the town centre to check out the annual parade and get a chance to celebrate Christmas as a community. This year will be no different. Wainuiomata’s Christmas parade will start on Burden Ave and travel through to Queen Street this year. The parade will start at 10am. The new Christmas in the Nui event follows on from the parade, starting at 11am and running until 3pm. This will be held on the Queen St Reserve and feature fun for all including music, stalls, carols, a free sausage sizzle, games, a Hangi and a bubble show. “Christmas in the Nui is all about whanaungatanga, bringing our community together,” says Kathleen Godinet, Tihei Rangatahi. “It’ll be huge! Bring your fam-

Santa meeting the locals along The Strand last year. Who knows what mode of transport he will arrive on this year? PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

ily for a fun, free day plus discover amazing local services.” Santa’s grotto will be set up from 12pm in the library.

The grotto will be open during library hours, from December 8 to 23 with Santa onsite on December 11, 14, 18 and 21.

Council and landowners all for protecting local biodiversity Hutt City Council will work closely with landowners to protect Lower Hutt’s biodiversity. Councillors voted for the introduction of a plan to protect and enhance Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) of biodiversity on public land. SNAs are areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna. Under the Resource Management Act and the Wellington Regional Policy Statement, council is responsible for ensuring these valuable ecological sites are adequately conserved. However, recently the SNA processes have been debated. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wal-

lace says the recent announcement is a step towards a more collaborative approach to protect Lower Hutt’s biodiversity. “With the involvement of mana whenua, landowners and other groups, we will be able to lift the profile of this issue and it will give us the opportunity to understand even more about, and the importance of, biodiversity to our community, as well as what we can do as a community to protect and enhance it,” Ray says. Ray acknowledges the distress that had been caused by the process to-date and apologised for that. “Hopefully the decision goes some way to restor-

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ing and healing the hurt that has affected the community. This has been an extremely emotional issue and we unreservedly apologise for that,” Ray says. Council appreciates members of the community who attended the meeting last week to share their concerns on what was a very emotive issue for many. Ray says there is still more work to do but council is committed to working on solutions in partnership with the community. “What we want to do is have the community come together and work on a strategy with us together, so as a community we

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can highlight and lift awareness of protecting areas of significant biodiversity and work on finding ways to protect those areas that are appropriate,” he says. Council officers are now working on the next steps of the process. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop has been fighting to see the SNA process go back to the drawing board and says the victory belongs to those who he has worked alongside over the last few months. “It was inspiring to see the [council] chamber overflowing with people. Real community democracy in action and the council have finally listened,” Chris says.

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Wainuiomata’s Pioneer Church is delighted to be joining with the Hutt City Chorale, formerly the Wainuiomata Choir, this Friday. The community-wide event sparks the weekend’s Christmas festivities in the valley — happening the night before our annual Christmas Parade. More than 20 members of the choir will sing a selection of well-known carols plus other Christmas songs which are bound to delight one and all, says chorale

chairman David Barrow. “We’re combining with the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church this year as it’s now a special place to sing in the valley and what better to do than sing Christmas carols there for our local community,” he says. P ioneer Chu rch president Christine Parker echoes this and welcomes the opportunity to join with the chorale for the first time. “What a wonderful opportunity this is to hear the Chorale singing

for our local community in our marvellous venue. We’re hoping to fill the church with music and song on the night with everyone singing along to the carols we all love as part of Christmas,” Christine says. Christine says this is open to one and all but be early as seats will be limited. Entry is by cash donation and all the proceeds will go to the continuing restoration of the church. The event starts at 7.30pm.

Child Poverty Reduction Bill draws fire As Parliament prepares to pass the Child Poverty Reduction Bill in the coming week, the income equality group Closing the Gap again urges MPs to tackle the problem behind child poverty: inequality. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Bill is called a good first step, but its focus on setting targets and improving reporting on child poverty are “process” issues, and

don’t get at the root of the problem, Closing the Gap spokesman Peter Malcolm says. Latest figures show child poverty in New Zealand stands at around 27 percent, meaning nearly 300,000 children living below the poverty line. “Those figures are proof enough — we don’t need more reporting and targets to tell us income equality must be urgently ad-

dressed,” says Peter. And data from the Ministry of Social Development released last week directly links poverty with emotional and physical ill-health in both mothers and children, he says. “Inequality levels in New Zealand are obscene, and our tax system is urgently needs an overhaul if we’re to get our childhood poverty turned around.”

It’s been five years since Phil Wyburn was given the keys to Gavin Shute Auto Services 2013 Limited in Wainuiomata and he hasn’t looked back. Whatever you drive, the local garage can help you out with the know-how to tackle jobs including oil changes, maintenance and alignments, tuneups, balancing, diagnostics, air-conditioning – and everything in between. Phil says it’s time to celebrate and wants to do that by thanking his customers who continue to support local. Talking about the changes and growth of Wainuiomata over the years, he appreciates seeing the locals as well as new faces every now and then. “We want to thank everyone who comes to us first; it’s been a great year,” Phil says. “We wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. Remember to drive safe, if you need to get the car check come in and see us, otherwise we’ll see you in 2019.” Gavin Shute Auto is located in Waiu Street, Wainuiomata and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, and Saturday from 8am to 12pm. It is closed Sundays.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you have a Christmas family tradition?

Clint Quentric, Wainuiomata “I started my own family tradition by allowing my children to open presents on Christmas Eve.”

Kevin Shaw, Wainuiomata “My family get together every year for a traditional Christmas lunch.”

Chris Bishop, Lower Hutt “My family tradition is cheese and ham croissants with Buck’s Fizz.”

Craig Sharp, Wainuiomata “We get together as a whole whanau and eat way too much and give each other a hard time!”

Bill Sharp, Wainuiomata “We cook a huge Christmas meal for the kids and all of their kids and enjoy each other’s company.”

Ave-Elise Corrine Adams, Lower Hutt “Our family tradition is having everyone round and enjoying a massive feast.”

Lawyers take to the stage for fundraising Christmas concert By Dan Whitfield

Christmas carols as well as songs from Love Actually, Jesus Christ Superstar and more will be performed by lawyers and legal staff at the annual Counsel in Concert. The concert, to be conducted by Wainuiomata’s Brent Stewart, has been running since 2009 and sees more than 60

people from Crown Law perform at the charity concert, raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. Brent is a leading musical figure in New Zealand and has worked all across New Zealand and overseas as a percussionist, pianist, teacher, and conductor. He was appointed the choir’s music director in 2014. The Wainuiomata man has

been head of music at Wellington East Girls’ College for the last six years and was also appointed Music Director of the Hutt Valley Orchestra in 2007. The choir and orchestra are comprised of lawyers and legal staff from throughout the Wellington region, augmented by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.

“Nothing can bring people together like music can, and although I’m slightly daunted about being in front of a group dominated by lawyers, I’m delighted to conduct this incredible annual event,” Brent says. “For a great cause, come and witness the eloquence of lawyers transformed into a chorus of lawyers. We have an exciting eclectic range of repertoire that

is fit for the season with plenty of cheese and lots of joy,” he says. Counsel in Concert: All I Want for Christmas is happening on Tuesday, December 18 at 12.15pm and 5.30pm. The event will be held at St Andrew’s on the Terrace. Entry is by donation and all proceeds will go to the Child Cancer Foundation.

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Strengthening partnerships with Maori organisations Victoria University of Wellington is building more partnerships with iwi and other Maori organisations to boost opportunities for Maori students and foster research collaborations. A number of iwi representatives and representatives of other Maori organisations will gather at the university’s Te Herenga Waka Marae today to sign relationship agreements. The event also marks the milestone of over

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60 agreements between the university and iwi having been formalised since 2016. The agreements are part of the university’s commitment to improve its engagement with key Maori stakeholders and to work in partnership with them to support the academic success of current and future Maori students, through activities such as internships and scholarships. Deputy vice-chancellor (Maori) Professor Rawinia Higgins says the university is proud to be matching dollar-for-dollar the funding provided by Maori partners, to maximise the study and research opportunities for Maori students. The first relationship agreements, known as He Herenga Tangata, were signed in 2016 as part of the university’s Taihonoa programme. “This year, we are delighted to be hosting more than 20 iwi organisations, representatives of Maori trusts and other organisations from around the country at the marae, signalling their commitment to working with us to support Maori education,” says Rawinia. She says the university is also keen to develop research and internship partnerships with Maori. Representatives from iwi and other Maori organisations will have the opportunity to engage with staff from Victoria Business School, the Faculty of Architecture and Faculty of Science ahead of the ceremony. The event also marks the presentation of the Te Tini a Rehua awards, which are given to the top Maori undergraduate student in each faculty. “It is important to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of our Maori students and showcase this to the university and our wider communities,” says Professor Higgins. The relationship agreements will be signed at the annual Te Tini a Rehua—a celebration of Maori achievement event at Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Herenga Waka Marae. The event starts at 3pm today.


How to Look After Yourself Over the Silly Season Before the Christmas parties begin and you enjoy a seasonal drink (or several!), it’s a great time to send out a quick update on the possible effects of mixing medicines and alcohol. Drinking alcohol when you’re also taking medicines can actually stop the medicines from working, or create a bad reaction that can harm you. Enzymes in your body which process both medicine and alcohol can end up competing with each other, with side effects including making you “drunk” very quickly, building up toxic chemicals in your body which can damage your organs, or completely stopping the positive effects of your medicine so you become sick again. We don’t want to be party poopers, but we do want to keep you and your family members safe – and enjoying the Christmas fun – so here are a few tips … • Read medicine labels: Have a good read of the label and any other information you receive with your medicine. These should tell you if there are any dangers associated with drinking alcohol while you’re taking the medication.

• Lots of medicine = greater risk: If you’re taking a number of different medications then there is a much greater risk that either the effects of the alcohol will increase, or your medications will become less effective. • Talk to us in confidence: Give our pharmacists a call at Clive’s or just pop into the shop if you have any questions about the possible effects of having a Christmas drink with the medications you’re taking. It’s important for your health that you tell us what type of drink you think you’ll be having over Christmas, along with all of the medicines you currently take including prescriptions, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medicines. Once you have all the facts you’ll be able to relax, put your mind at ease, and enjoy a quiet Christmas drink – even if it needs to be sparkling grape juice this year!

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A group photo at the end of the men’s championship. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Community basketball league wraps up

The Sport Wainuiomata Community Basketball League has wrapped up its inaugural year. For both the mens’ and mixed competitions, the final nights’ action involved a three-point shootout, followed by a prizegiving. Organisers says feedback has been positive and everybody enjoyed playing

the community league. Another weekly league is starting on January 15. And None won the mixed division, followed by Naenae and Jittabugz Dreamerz in second and third. BC Astana won the men’s championship, with Dilligaf and the Cheetahs in second and third.

Top in touch with 11 teams competing Touch is St Claudine Thevenet School’s sport, with 11 teams gracing the field at a local competition recently. The competition, run by Total Touch Wellington, started on October 26 and saw the teams play games against other Wellington schools every Friday for six weeks. The teams ranged in age with students from year one to eight taking part. Georgia O’Grady, the teacher in charge, says the students did “great” and picked up a first place, as well as a few seconds and thirds in the competition. The last games and prizegiving were on Friday November 30.

“[It was an] absolutely fantastic competition. [It was] so awesome to see students of all different ages and stages participating and having fun,” she says. “Was nice to see yellow [the school colours] so prominent on the sports field.” Georgia says it was a great competition to offer the students as it gave them the ability to learn how to work together and be a team player. “[The] competition really promoted fair play and fun. I’m extremely pleased and it was amazing to watch and coach! Our students played with pride and yellow stood out for all the right reasons.”

From left, Aaliyah Seupule-Mose, Emelynn Macdonald-Ulu and Terence Hajdu. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Bitter Warriors show true colours with Johnson exit

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The Shaun Johnson exit from the Warriors has been handled poorly by an organisation that’s never been great at public relations. To start with the positives, they did the right thing by granting their million dollar playmaker a release when he asked for one. There’s no point having an unhappy player at your club. That can get toxic. But that’s where the positive comments end. Warriors boss Cameron George fronted media and when asked where the replacement would come from, like a punk teenager at the back of a classroom, he said. “The phone has been running hot”. That smacks of ar rogance and desperation. Anyone who knows anything about the NRL player market knows the odds of landing a marque halfback in December is extremely remote. The statement was a pathetic parting

shot to Johnson, who has now signed a deal with the Cronulla Sharks. A split for both sides is the best option all round. Johnson has a chance to play for a better, more equipped team, though the Sharks have their own financial issues at present, and he can do it away from the Warriors spotlight which has seemed to drain his talent at certain times. The Warriors have never won a premiership since entering the NRL in 1995. With no playmaker, that streak looks likely to continue beyond 2019. Many players have thrived after leaving the Warriors and it would not be a shock to see Johnson get closer to a premiership with a new team. The Warriors have never been short of talent but the culture and back room politics has often been their undoing. This smacks of just another example.


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