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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




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.


Blog update done

Posted on March 4, 2013 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements, Developments

I've finished updating the blog, which changes the URLs of all existing posts making them shorter.  I have updated Disqus with a new URL map and setup redirects in place for the old posts which already had comments posted on Disqus before all the URLs were changed over.

I noticed that Disqus doesn't really update the old links when you look at the "also on wainuiomata online community" section below the comments and it doesn't really update the old post titles either, as I had also changed these earlier, but with the redirects in place everything still works fine including the old links to posts.

New comments added after this point should come up with the proper post titles and new URLs.


Disqus support, but still more to do

Posted on February 27, 2013 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements, Developments

We've added support for Disqus comments for blog posts, bringing back commenting on blog posts.  We had comments on our old ynui.co.nz blog a long time ago, but it became difficult to manage comment spam and we had to disable comments for a while.

I had always intended to bring back support for comments by writing a better spam filter, but it's just so much easier to use Disqus now.  The great thing about Disqus is you can log in using either your Gmail or Facebook account which makes it easy for visitors to comment.


We are not quite done yet however, and this is a bit of a warning...  I plan to make some changes to the blog which will change the URL of each post, I know this is normally a bad thing to do, especially for search engines, but it's really important and needs to be done in order to develop a new feature.

The way Disqus seems to work, is it links the comments to the URL of a page, so I am afraid that when the URL for each post changes, we will lose the comments from before.  I am not sure how Disqus deals with this, but I have a suspicion we just end up losing the older comments when I change the URL for each post.

Because we have only just enabled Disqus and moved the blog over to wainuiomata.com, it's best to do this sooner than later, when there are almost no comments and the loss is not so bad.  So I plan to get this done this week if possible.

We will keep you informed about any new developments to the site.


Gearing up for Firefox 3

Posted on June 8, 2008 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements, Reviews

There's been a lot of hype towards Firefox 3 lately. The new version of our most popular browser has been in development for quite some time, and is due for release in June. For those of you that aren't aware of Firefox yet, it's an alternative web browser to Internet Explorer, that is released under a free Open Source licensing model (basically meaning anyone can help in developing it, fixing bugs, translation, or artwork, unlike proprietary software which is kept behind closed doors). Many people have already switched to Firefox for numerous reasons, such as tabbed browsing, integrated search, it's much faster, supports better web standards, a wealth of extensions, but most importantly protection from Spyware and other Internet threats and scams, or just the fact that it is Open Source.

Sadly, a lot of people only tend to hear about Firefox, after suffering from a really badly Spyware infested computer and taking it into a technician, getting it cleaned and being recommended Firefox as a preventative measure for the future, together with a decent Spyware removal program. These sort of trends are happening all over the world, we are not the only ones raving about Firefox. Firefox is continuing to show a rise in popularity and there are still no signs of slowing down. Firefox usage is now almost at 20% worldwide, however some countries such as Germany are much higher than that.

Firefox 3 is currently in Release Candidate stages, which means it's "almost" complete, but not quite. Firefox 3 is so stable though, a lot of people have found it more stable than Firefox 2 and are already happily running the Release Candidate now, despite it not even being finished. The latest version of the Ubuntu operating system, already has made a bold move to include Firefox 3 as it's default browser, despite it not even being finished yet, and it runs extremely well (I use Ubuntu as my primary operating system). Firefox 3 includes hundreds of new features and over 14,000 15,000 bug fixes and improvements. Rather than re-listing them here, I thought I would link to this screencast video.

Getting Firefox in the Guinness Book of Records

There's currently a campaign going on, led by the team at spreadfirefox.com, to try and get a record for the most downloaded software in 24 hours, on the day Firefox 3 is going to be released. The campaign is called "Firefox download day 2008" and you can already pledge to download it now, more information can be found on the Firefox download day website. Let's see if we can increase the number of downloads for New Zealand.

Update: Mozilla have just announced today, that the final release date for Firefox 3 will be June 17, at the time of writing that is only 5 days to go!

Update: Firefox 3 has now been released, go to the Mozilla Website and download it now. Apparently it was downloaded so many times the download server crashed at some point, but is back online now, that comes to show the immense popularity of Firefox. I had a look at the download counter, and it's already up to 2.9 million downloads in less than a day! At current, it's being downloaded at about 4600 times per minute, that's insane! I just checked it again an hour later, and it's now over 4 million downloads going steady at over 10,000 downloads a minute, that's absolutely amazing, Firefox has to be the most popular open source project ever.

Edit: spreadfirefox.com doesn't exist anymore, but getfirefox.com is it's replacement.



Free Training in Foundation Engineering

Posted on September 25, 2007 by: Shane Maru
Filed under: Announcements

Free Training in Foundation Engineering.

46 Week Course, Start and Finish whenever you like Although we do have a starting date in January and a finish date in December.

Students are more than welcome to roll over into the new year, etc.

  • National Certificate in Employment Skills
  • National Certificate in Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering
  • NZS4711 Welding Ticket
  • Travel Allowance
  • Quality Training
  • Placement into Work Experience
  • We will help find you Employment
  • Placement into a Modern Apprenticeship

Our course is the same as what Weltec would provide but obviously you would
need to get a student loan in order to attend the course at Weltec!

For more information contact Crystal on 04-564-2326 or call/sms


Firefox 1.5 users advised to upgrade to Firefox 2.0

Posted on July 6, 2007 by: Rob van der Linde
Filed under: Announcements

After cleaning a lot of clients PC's from Spyware over the years, we have guided a lot of people in using Firefox, as a safer, alternative web browser, to help keep new Spyware from reinstalling after removal.

In the past, we have setup Firefox 1.5 on a lot of people's PC's (which was the latest version at that time). The reason I am mentioning this now, is because Firefox 1.5 has reached it's end-of-service life, 6 months after Firefox 2.0's release, and Mozilla will not be releasing any more security updates for that version. Clients are advised to download the latest version of Firefox, uninstall the older Firefox 1.5, and install the newer version.

To check out what version of Firefox you are running, click the Help menu, then click About Mozilla Firefox. The version number is just underneath the Firefox name.

Fore those readers that are not familiar with Firefox yet, Firefox is a free (as in Open Source free), easy-to-use alternative web browser that makes it much safer end enjoyable to browse the web. When you use Firefox, you don't have to constantly worry about the possibility of getting infected with Spyware. However, installing Firefox alone will only prevent most new Spyware from automatically installing. It is advised to clean out Spyware infested PC's first (we can do this for you if you want), then start using Firefox from then on to prevent future infections, and start enjoying a much better, safer browsing experience. For help on how you can combat the Spyware problem, come and talk to us.


Rangatahi 'R' Us

Posted on June 20, 2007 by: Shane Maru
Filed under: Announcements

Rangatahi 'R' Us is a free and confidential health and support service for Rangatahi. We are open Monday's from 3:30 - 6:30pm in the white house next to Whai Oranga on the Strand in W.O.A.

For more information call Dee on - 920 1489, 021 027 33184, or email dee@kokiri-hauora.org.nz