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.


NuiFM Talk

Posted on September 26, 2014 by: Shane Maru
Filed under: Opinion
Tags: wainuiomata

Another day out and about, meeting new people, was offered to talk on the local radio station, just to try to reach out to more people this idea I have.

Was the first time I have talked on the radio and it was awesome! would do it again and again.

Thank you to NuiFM and the staff at the community centre to offer and allow me opportunity to share my idea to the listeners of the station today at 11am :)


Positive day

Posted on September 25, 2014 by: Shane Maru
Filed under: Opinion

Today was awesome met some very down to earth people, thanks for all your support.

Love waking up everyday looking forward to the lessons to learn?

New relationships, and rekindling of old relationships, nothing bets working on old relationships gone sour?

The feeling to admit faults and apologising for broken promises and the positive receptions received?

I wished I faced my demons earlier?

Being positive and respecting others?

Been seeing so much support everywhere? everyone always has something positive to offer everyone?

Find it easy to hear and see the negative of others is effortless (gossip) but sourcing the positives are worth the efforts?

Thanks for all the positive support to all those I have been catching up with?

Looking forward to catching up with as many people as plausably possible?

Want to source all the positives?


Early Years Wainui Road

Posted on September 22, 2014 by: Wainuiomata
Filed under: Education

Dear Parents.

My name is Emma Williams and I am the Centre Manager for Early Years Wainui Road. We are a small family and community oriented centre located at the base of the Wainuiomata hill in Waiwhetu.

We have had some rare positions become available for infants and children under two years of age.

If you are looking for education and care for your child I would love to talk with you. I can be contacted at the centre Monday-Friday from 7.30am-6pm on (04) 566 4567 or please email me at earlyyears.wainui@kidicorp.co.nz

Thanks kindly,
Emma Williams
Centre Manager
Early Years Wainui Road


Summary Of Objectives

Posted on September 17, 2014 by: Shane Maru
Filed under: Announcements

Objective for this website to provide an online environment, a place I could store information for my family and friends, site has been long over due for content, always has been will get around to it, after many years of the site being up, feel like its time to use it for its intentions.

Been along time trying to build the confidence to stand up and do something I believed in and being self conscience has taken sometime to over come. I'm not a perfect person, have made of lot of decisions that have held me back.

Lately I have been really soul searching so to speak, what do I want to truely do? I want to do what I have always wanted to do and that's help people, I feel like I have been hiding inside a shell, and feel like its time to start making some real actions to really take ownership of my life.

I don't know if anyone reading my thoughts truly understand where I'm coming from? but I really want to try to make something good happen one day at a time, I have all these ideas that have been floating around inside me for a long time and want to give myself a chance.

Basically I want to provide an option for people to share information they think, would be benefit others in our community, I have never been very strong with expressing myself in words. But I want to start somewhere.

Do believe in our community, and believe our community has so much potential, I want at less try to help although I understand I'm not perfect and may let people down at times, but I do want to bring the odds more in my favour to minimise letting people down.

My daughter is now 5 and will be 6 in Feb, I have been a solo dad, since the first day she left the hospital. I want to be able to show my daughter I respect myself and I respect others as growing up, there are decisions I haven't benefitted from. 

Lately I have been trying to provide options for people, local businesses another place on the net to share with our community.

Been asking local businesses if they wouldn't mind if I took a photo of the front of there shops, details about what they offer and any other important details that would help our community.

Been contacting organisations in our community asking if they would like another option to share their resources, I would love to have a place that I could go to that had news about our community, about events happening local, has been many times something has happened and I wasn't aware.

It's not always easy to ask for help, or where do I go for help and learn in my own time, so I was thinking perhaps others may feel the same?

I hope over time, people will learn the substance of what I want to provide to my family and friends, and future friends also visitors too.

Would like to ask if anyone would like to share anything that they may feel would help others, to let us know and will see what we can do.

Thanks for reading my textbook, lol.

Shane Maru



Local Documentary

Posted on May 21, 2013 by: Wainuiomata
Filed under: Reviews
Tags: wainuiomata, documentary

A documentary is well under way which chronicles the life and work of former Wainuiomata resident and current Kapiti resident, Betty van Gaalen.

Betty is an inspirational woman and has been an influential figure at all levels of community and local government in the greater Wellington region for over 40 years. Despite retiring in the 1980s she has maintained a presence in political matters wherever she has lived.

Growing up in Bolton England, she learnt how to box to enable her to stand up to local bullies. She was then to get into trouble for hurting them. This fierce determination to make her way in the world and let nothing stop her, was to become her legacy.

Three lengthy interviews with Betty have captured a huge amount of information, and many memories of local and national political personalities.

Nimlin Productions, a Kapiti Coast based film company are working solidly on this project and hope to have it completed by the middle of next year. Anybody who has been associated with Betty over the years can support the project via Pledgeme.





Posted on April 25, 2013 by: Wainuiomata
Filed under: Announcements


(Registered Charity No CC25516)
Affiliated to the Royal Federation of NZ Justices’ of the Peace associations Inc


Would you like to become a Justice of the Peace for the Wainuiomata Community? If you are interested and would like to know more about the requirements to hold office.

Please contact:

The Registrar
Vickie Ferguson


Initial forum load done

Posted on April 16, 2013 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements, Developments
Tags: forum, website

We've finally done it!  All the data from the old ynui.co.nz forum has been imported into the new website after weeks of hard work, that is all the threads, topics, comments, profiles, etc.

The new forum software has been uploaded to the wainuiomata.com site, but we will keep the old website running for a while until things have settled down.  The new forum (and the rest of the site) is written in Django, while the old website was written in PHP and was very different in design.

We did manage to keep things as similar as possible to the old forum design, so that the data could be imported without too much rework.

Please note that you can't login just yet, there are still a few things to sort out before we can enable people to login with their old ynui.co.nz accounts (as well as create new accounts) but hopefully this won't be too long.  The main thing is that the new forum is up, which is a huge milestone by itself.


The forum is getting closer

Posted on April 13, 2013 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements, Developments
Tags: forum, website

We are getting closer now to completing the move of the old ynui.co.nz forum and all the existing posts and comments on the forum to the wainuiomata.com website.  There has been a great amount of work put into this project, rewriting the forum as it was on the old website, but in Django rather than PHP, so moving over a completely different system all together and converting the database to the new system.

I have put my best effort in making sure the old data (that is the posts, comments, and user profiles) are preserved when imported into the old system, by converting the data as it is imported and cleaning it where necessary.  This has been a huge undertaking but well worth it, I have run a simulation of the import many times now, and am confident that when the time comes everything should be imported without any issues.

There are only a few issues to resolve now, and I expect the move to be done within 1-2 weeks from now.