33 days ago

Poll: Should Aayla be allowed to play?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A team of keen young Petone rugby league players will forfeit their points and risk disqualifying themselves in an upcoming tournament because one of their star players is banned.
The reason? She’s a girl. Aayla Toman, 13, has been told she’s not allowed to play in the u13 boys’ grade in Wellington’s Pacific Youth Cup because of her gender – something that led her club team, the u13 Petone Panthers, to play her ‘illegally’ all season.
New Zealand Rugby League rules state the maximum age for males and females to play in mixed gender full contact rugby league is 12 years of age.

Should Aayla be allowed to play?
  • 76% Yes
    76% Complete
  • 24% No
    24% Complete
1144 votes
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Take a look at Transmission Gully

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Hi Neighbourly folk, take a look at the attached video on Transmission Gully.
On Monday, media were invited to take the first journey along the full 27-kilometre motorway, which Waka Kotahi NZTA says is now 85 per cent complete. It is due to open in September 2021.

38 minutes ago

Huge sanctuary proposed for hills behind Wainuiomata

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

The Bird of the Year could be coming to the Hutt Valley.
The Greater Wellington Regional Council is considering a proposal that would fence-off 3350 hectares of native bush behind Wainuiomata to create a “threatened species sanctuary”.
According to a report that will go to a council committee on Thursday, the land in question, known as the Wainuiomata Water Catchment area, is one of the few places that meet the “very rare conditions” needed to support breeding kākāpō, including mature rimu trees.
The fenced area, home to the most pristine, ancient native forest in the lower North Island, would also support the recovery of other threatened species, including rowi kiwi, kōkako, and tīeke.

8 hours ago

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