Wainui Waka Wars

Posted on March 11, 2023 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Events
Tags: wainuiomata, marae, kokiri, waka, fundraiser, flooding, koha

Waka Wars: Poster

Waka Wars: Time Table


If you or your team win one of the following events you can donate to a Marae of your choosing under your name impacted by the floods.

Prize money to be won per event as per below.

1st place = $250 for the following events:

  • Euchre
  • Bake off
  • Preservative comp
  • Karaoke
  • Tag
  • Ki o Rahi
  • Netball
  • Tug of War
  • Relay Race
  • Wainuiomata Hill Walk

Overall prize will be $5000 for the winning Waka.

So please register to help those affected by the floods, if we don't get enough entries for events we will pull them which is less money to those impacted. For those who don't have the capacity to contribute money to flood damaged Marae this is your opportunity!!!

Note: No team or Individual can keep winnings all winnings must go towards a flood effected Marae.

Registration link: WOA Waka Wars: Registration Form

Information link: WOA Waka Wars: Information

Facebook link: WOA Waka Wars: Facebook Page



Free BBQ & Play at Arakura Park

Posted on March 11, 2023 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Events
Tags: wainuiomata, bbq, arakura, play

Love Wainuiomata are running another Free BBQ and Play event next Sunday at Arakura park.

BBQ and Play March 2023

When: Sunday 19th March 2023 at 12-2pm
Where: Arakura Park, Located down Wellington Road, Wainuiomata

There will be heaps to do for all the whanau!
Sausage Sizzles
Plenty of outdoor play gear
Fresh Water
& Special Guests who will be announced soon!

Come down and join us, you don't want to miss out!

Event details can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/588658686652054

Credit: Love Wainuiomata


Shutting down wainuiomata.social

Posted on February 4, 2023 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements
Tags: social, website, mastodon

I have some sad news about wainuiomata.social, I have decided to shut it down after learning just how much is involved in running a Mastodon instance.

There are various reasons why I have decided to shut it down now, before getting it connected to the global network of Mastodon servers (federated).

Financial reasons

The cost is only part of it and not the only reason. From what I have learned, the more people follow users on other servers the more server processing power is needed to run the queues and also object storage usage just goes up and up.

The cost for running wainuiomata.com and wainuiomata.social is about $180 NZD a month depending on exchange rates and that excludes the domain, but that would slowly start creeping up over time as server load and requirements increased.

Moderation of content

Then there is moderation, I would not only have to take on the technical side and financial side of running it. But I would also be moderating what people post, which at times isn't exactly going to win me friends. Especially during such trying times like the pandemic.

People are finally getting over that though, but still, if we decided to let people say what they want, the server would quickly get removed from the network of servers (defederated) and we all get hit so moderation is simply required.

Sysadmin tasks like monitoring

I'm a full time developer and although I can setup good monitoring, what I had setup didn't exactly match what other bigger instances would be using like mastodon.nz or cloud island.

All sorts of bad things could happen which I would need to monitor for. We could get DDoS'ed by people who hate Mastodon, we would also have to follow lists of servers that should be blocked (Fediblock) because there are some Mastodon instances that are bad for example. And we would need to keep on top of those, so that means following and listening to other Mastodon administrators for any new malicious servers that have popped up.

I don't think I would have enough time and energy to do this well, that is the problem. It's not that I can't do it, but it takes a lot of time to set that all up and do it well.

Keeping data in NZ

People really would prefer NZ data to stay in NZ which I totally understand, but I don't exactly have the finances to do that. I was hosting in Sydney, but object storage is elsewhere again.

To set this up in New Zealand on Catalyst Cloud would have been awesome, but I think it would have costed a bit more unfortunately.

Lack of users and final thoughts

We don't have any users right now anyway, so not too much will be lost. It's both sad to see it go, but at the same time it is a huge relief as it will take a massive burden of my shoulders at very trying times. The economy isn't doing great and there is lots of uncertainty in the IT job market right now with things like redundancies.

I felt it would be best to shut it down now before we are federated, rather than after and disappoint a lot more people.

I hope you understand, it was a good learning experience at least setting it all up.

I was thinking of shutting it down a month from writing this blog post.




Free BBQ and Play on Queen Street

Posted on December 13, 2022 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Events
Tags: wainuiomata, scavenger hunt, bbq

Join us for some FUN!
We have a free BBQ going, yummy treats for the tamariki, Outdoor Fun play and more!

Put your detective hat on Kids!
Can you help us find our friends Mata (The Kiwi), Nui (The Tui) and Rongo (The Lion) hiding around Queen Street.

Can you help us find our friends Mata (The Kiwi), Nui (The Tui) and Rongo (The Lion) hiding around Queen Street :)
Let's bring the festive vibes to Queen Street and just enjoy each other's company!

We can't wait to see you all!

See more on Love Wainuiomata

Free BBQ and Play on Queen Street



Wainuiomata.social - Mastodon instance

Posted on December 2, 2022 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements
Tags: wainuiomata, website, mastodon

Wainuiomata.com is currently building a new Mastodon instance for the community.

We are now accepting public signups. The main thing is at the moment think of it as a bit of a beta, as we're still learning ourselves.

The next phase is to get the site actually connected up to the rest of the Fediverse otherwise it will only ever be a local community.



Wainuiomata: On the other side

Posted on October 30, 2014 by: Shane Maru
Filed under: Reviews
Tags: wainuiomata

For some outsiders, Wainuiomata has a reputation for dullness, crime and poverty.

Over the past twenty years, jobs have been leaving Wainuiomata but with a population 17,000 that has remained relatively steady and jobs over the hill in the Hutt Valley, it has avoided "zombie town" status.

But the town is changing. We find out what life is like for 20-somethings in Wainui.




Posted on October 18, 2014 by: Shane Maru
Filed under: Opinion

A lot has been happening, and very positive too, the server technology is being upgraded, a lot of relationships are being developed, will keep moving forward day by day.  Very happy with progress moving forward.

If you have anything you would like to share with anyone, feel more than free to contact us.