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    Shooting facility planned for Wainui
    By Dan Whitfi eld - Wednesday, April 23rd 2014:

    Shooting enthusiasts from around the region could see a purpose-built facility established at the old Wainuiomata Landfi ll, if a proposal is passed by Hutt City Council and the local community board. Earlier this year, council was approached by a number of shooting and rifl e organisations interested in discussing the possibility of creating a multi shooting sports facility at the Coast Road site. A multi shooting sports facility planned for Wainuiomata would likely include a number of ranges and areas for different sports.... 

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    Karori Veteran reflects this ANZAC day
    By Alisa Yong Massey Journalism Student - Wednesday, April 23rd 2014:

    This Anzac Day World War II veteran Gerard Lowe will be refl ecting on wartime experiences that range from guarding the royal family to serving in Italy. The Karori resident spent seven years in the Grenadier Guards, the infantry regiment famous for its red tunics and towering black bearskin caps. Gerard says he volunteered for the regiment in 1942 because his father had been a guardsman in World War I. "The first few weeks were horrible but after that, once you got to know things it was good friendships." While waiting to b... 

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    Miramar advertisement labelled inappropriate
    By Nikki Papatsoumas - Monday, April 14th 2014:

    A Miramar resident has been left disgruntled by inappropriate wording on a billboard. David Medland says while doing his grocery shopping at Miramar New World he noticed an advertisement for Miss Fox Hair Parlour -which is located in the CBD. He says he was unimpressed with wording on the billboard which reads 'hair colouring so natural you won't need to pull your pants down to prove it's yours'. "Whilst I am very much for humour and creativity, I think that this wording has crossed a family-friendly line," says Mr Medland. ... 

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    Local breast cancer survivors dragon boating success
    By Dave Crampton - Wednesday, April 9th 2014:

    A local team made up solely of breast cancer survivors picked up a national title and two silver medals at the New Zealand Dragon Boat Association National Regatta at Lake Hood, Ashburton last weekend The CanSurvive competed against 34 other teams to take the 2014 national title, leading the premier 500m event from start to fi nish, beating Tauranga's Boobop team who won the past two years. They also added silver medals to their haul in the 200m and 2000m races. Team captain Carolyn Stephens lead the team to a standing ovati... 

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    Wainuiomata first to give award
    By Jessy Edwards - Wednesday, April 9th 2014:

    Gifting a new pair of Crocs to a child who broke his shoe as he walked by is just one of the good deeds that earned Hannah Mitchell the inaugural Wainuiomata Good Neighbour Award. The 34-year-old mother of two was honoured to receive the award, the fi rst of its kind in Lower Hutt, which was presented by Mayor Ray Wallace at the Wainuiomata Community Centre on last Thursday. "Oh goodness, it's so lovely. When I got the call I didn't know what to say," she says. Mrs Mitchell is a self described 'city girl' and ex-chef who mov... 

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    Boats on the brain
    By Jessy Edwards Massey Journalism Student - Wednesday, April 2nd 2014:

    Wainuiomata resident Fred Zinsli did not let ill health stop him from attending the fi rst offi cial model boat race of the year recently. Mr Zinsli has had two heart attacks and now has painful gallbladder problems, but nothing will deter him from the sport he loves. Mr Zinsli, who has worked at the Wainuiomata BP station for five years, went down to Sladden Park in Petone to support the model-boat community saying: "If I can't be racing, I can be down here supporting." About 30 people attended the event from as far as Taur... 

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    Residents want Link Road scrapped
    By Dave Crampton - Wednesday, April 2nd 2014:

    Residents are calling on the New Zealand Transport Agency to scrap the latest options on the proposed Petone to Grenada Link Road. The more costly options -a four-lane motorway through Takapu Valley, and a two lane motorway linking Petone to Grenada - will require more road widening. Options now discarded by the NZTA, included connecting the Link road to SH1 either south of Tawa, or at Churton Park. NZTA claims that traffic will increase when Transmission Gully is built, particularly on the 3kms of road between the Kenepuru ... 

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    Blue lines continue to roll out
    By Nikki Papatsoumas - Monday, March 31st 2014:

    Wellington Region Emergency Management Offi ce (WREMO) are about to roll out their internationally award winning blue tsunami lines in Lyall Bay, Kilbirnie and Rongotai. The lines, signage and evacuation boards are expected to be in place by mid-April. Project manager for the Tsunami Blue Lines project Alex Buckley says it is important people are aware the lines are being rolled out, so they can familiarise themselves with what to do in the event of an emergency. The first blue tsunami lines were painted in Island Bay in Feb... 

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    Block party in Wainuiomata - NZ rapper and DJ surprise local woman
    By Dan Whitfield - Wednesday, March 26th 2014:

    Francis McGreggor had an epic end to her week when DJ Sir-Vere and K.One played a live gig at her home in Wainuiomata on Friday. The local resident won tickets by signing up for a Mai FM competition when members of the radio station's promotion team were in Wainuiomata earlier this year. Along with about 100 of her friends, Francis tells the Wainuiomata News that she was so excited when she found out she had won; and was even more excited waiting for the two New Zealand headliners to arrive. Mai FM's project coordinator Rose... 

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    Guide Dogs essential companions
    By Laura Kavanagh - Wednesday, March 26th 2014:

    The Blind Foundation's Red Puppy Appeal is this weekend, and local volunteers are gearing up to raise money for the cause. The Red Puppy Appeal is a national fundraiser to raise money to train dogs to become guide dogs, who help those who are blind or have low vision to get around independently, confi dently and safely. They are trained to guide their handlers around hazards, negotiate traffi c, locate common destinations such as the supermarket or post shop, and travel on planes and buses. Karori resident Jennie Vowles has ... 

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    Guide dogs get well deserved break
    By Nikki Papatsoumas - Monday, March 24th 2014:

    Even guide dogs deserve a holiday, and Hataitai local Paul Stannard offers just that. Paul Stannard offers respite care for guide dogs through the Blind Foundation, when their handlers get sick, have an accident or go on holiday. He says he has been doing it for three years now, and on average minds around fi ve or six dogs a year. "You get a beautifully behaved dog, each with their own personality at no cost. It is a lot of fun and they give a lot back." Paul says a particular dog that stood out to him is Kirby, the fi ve-y... 

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    Decisions made easy online
    By Dave Crampton - Wednesday, March 19th 2014:

    A local business leader and start-up strategist is excited by a new free on-line decision-making tool launched by Wellington co-operative Loomio. Loomio director, Michael Elwood-Smith, who works from his Johnsonville home, and at Creative HQ, says the open-source software is the 'missing piece of the Internet', and makes collaborative decisionmaking software accessible globally. "It allows you to engage at your own pace, at your own time, and at your own choosing. "All of a sudden you and I have an opportu nity to have a say... 

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    Public to vote on future of New Zealand flag
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    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recently outlined a plan to hold a public discussion and vote during the next parliamentary term on the country's flag. It was his belief that the design of the current flag symbolises a colonial and post-colonial era whose time has passed. "I am proposing that we take one more step in the evolution of modern New Zealand by acknowledging our independence through a new flag," Mr Key says. The National Party leaders outlined a plan for a cross-party group of MPs to recommend the best referen... 

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    Overcoming obstacles
    By Joe Diehl - Monday, March 17th 2014:

    Director Sherilee Kahui has put together a theatrical project that involves actors with different intellectual disabilities. Wake Up Tomorrow is a production that will showcase the results of several months of collaboration between Victoria University and Toi Whakaari's Master of Theatre Arts (Directing) Programme, IDEA Services' Active and a collective of theatrical mentors. According to Active, their purpose is to foster an on-going connection between youth with intellectual disabilities and the wider community, and ensure... 

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    Local riders tackle Karapoti
    By Laura Kavanagh - Wednesday, March 12th 2014:

    One of Karori Mudcycle's fi nest mountain bike racers has beaten her previous 2013 record at the Karapoti Classic, and has also smashed the fastest women's record time. Mountain biking fanatic Kim Hurst was the fastest woman in the 2014 Karapoti Classic on March 1. The 36-year-old broke the women's course record fi nishing the course in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 29 seconds. Kim says it was a very emotional event, having promised herself last year she would beat her time. "I stuck a little note of my previous time of 2:46 on my... 

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    Patrol good for hood
    By Dan Whitfield - Wednesday, March 12th 2014:

    The men and women that walk the beat as part of Community Patrol Wainuiomata are asking the public to get behind its Good in the Hood campaign. Last year, the community organisation received about $1350 which covered general expenses. However this year, it hopes the community's support will continue to help secure funding for a new patrol vehicle. Good in the Hood is an initiative to help local neighbourhoods, supporting the things that matter locally and making a positive contribution around the country.... 

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    'Keep Newtown clean' to expand its reach
    By Nikki Papatsoumas - Monday, March 10th 2014:

    The popular Keep Newtown Clean day may soon spread into Mount Cook, if they can find the manpower they need to get it off the ground. Mount Cook resident Paul Wilson says he believes graffiti is an on-going issue in the community, and he would like to do his bit to help out. He says when he moved to Mount Cook two years ago, the amount of tagging and graffiti was terrible....