Get on board and play a part was the message for members and supporters of the Petone Rugby League Club from President Ross Hatton at the club’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
The Petone Rugby League Club is a community asset and the message by President Ross was a straight forward one and one I endorse. It could apply to all community organisations.
The 100th Anniversary celebrations were superbly organised, a tribute to all those involved in the centennial committee. The history of the club was a fascinating insight into early Petone and the influence on the town of the Gear Meat Company where most of the Petone club players were employed. The history also acknowledged the many fine players and administrators who nurtured the club though the years to the present day.
The former Petone Borough Council played a role in making land at Hikoikoi available for the first club house and provided funding to complete construction. Hutt City Council continues to support the club as part of the Petone community. My heartfelt congratulations go out to all involved and it was an honour to be part of the celebration.
A representation review later this year will consider community views on how ratepayers and residents can continue to contribute to city decisions affecting the future of Hutt city.
The Greater Wellington Regional council, at a cost of $150,000, is establishing an independent panel to gather community views across the region on a Wellington Super City.
My commitment to the community is to ensure they have a voice in their future and elected representatives should be the ones to seek the views of those they were elected by. We need to have some informed discussion on this serious issue. I still recall the forced amalgamation in 1989 and the lingering resentment within the community. I want the wishes of the people to be known, heard, and actioned.
The heart in the Petone community was displayed at the Made in Petone Fair at the Sacred Heart School Hall. It was a great success and is a good example of a community activity involving local crafts people. The event was attended by a large crowd supporting Petone and local business activities. Well done team.
Till next time,
Mayor Lower Hutt
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