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					 Wednesday, April 29, 2009                                                                                                          Porirua News                                                                                                              3

Motels and sports teams
can be one happy family                                                                                                                                                                                                  WHAT ’S UP
  Andrew Bonallack                                        officials for the recent World Cup                                                                       once had a team of 12-year-olds, left                     Volleyball qualifier, and says his                                                                       in the units on their own, and they
  Direct dial: 587-1675                                   motel is popular with teams.                                                                             ran wild, completely unchecked.
                                                             “We actually encourage sports                                                                            “There were meant to be adults to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Club Sandwich
  Sports teams shouldn’t be a prob-                                                                                                                                                                             Sunday May 24, 7pm at Plimmerton
                                                          teams,” he says.                                                                                         each unit, but they didn’t turn up.”         Boating Club. See jazz group Hot Club
lem for motels, as long as you pre-                          “We’ve had them for years, with                                                                          She says moteliers do talk among
empt any situations with communi-                                                                                                                                                                               Sandwich, with restaurant and bar
                                                          no problems.                                                                                             themselves, and the word goes                available from 6pm. Tickets $20, phone
cation.                                                      “We pre-empt the situation when                                                                       around about ‘bad’ sports teams.
  That’s according to Mana Motel                                                                                                                                                                                Richard on 2331592.
                                                          they arrive, we speak to the manag-                                                                         But petty behaviour isn’t just con-
manager Ken Tate, talking to Porirua                      ers of the teams, and we assume they                                                                     fined to sports, she says.
News in the wake of a Palmerston                          are going to behave themselves.                                                                             “Last week, we went in to strip the       Social Netball
North motelier banning the entire                            “We tell them we only have win-                                                                       bed, and someone had shat in it.             Social league run by Kapi Mana
suburb of Wainuiomata from his                            ning teams staying here, and we give                                                                        “Vomit, defecating, urine, used           netball, Wednesdays May 6, 13, 20,
motel.                                                    a prize for the tidiest room at the                                                                      condoms left beside the bed. Then            27, 6pm to 9pm, Te Rauparaha Arena.
  Earlier this month, Supreme                             end of the week.”                                   WELCOME: Mana Motel manager Ken Tate                 there’s theft – towels, pillows, some-       Any teams that want to enter, contact
Motor     Lodge      owner     Steve                         He says the new Te Rauparaha                     says his motel and sports teams work well            thing nice like bed throws.”                 Shanon Fuggle on 2373853.
Donnelly banned all residents from                                                                            together.
                                                          Stadium means sports teams are                                                                              “They do get charged – that’s why
Wainuiomata following claims of                           good business for Porirua motels.
                                                                                                                   Photo by: Andrew Bonallack / PW Motels 240409
                                                                                                                                                                   most moteliers ask for credit card           POST FREE COMMUNITY LISTINGS.
unruly behaviour by several sports                           “Teams and groups are a big                      plimentary when talking to Porirua                   details.                                     Contact Editorial:
teams from the Lower Hutt suburb.                         part of the motel business in New                   News.                                                   “Personally, I think this guy [in
  Mr Tate, an experienced motelier                        Zealand, and you have got to look                     One motelier, who wanted to re-                    Palmerston North] was a nut.
who has come out of retirement to                         after them.”                                        main anonymous, says sports team                        “But you do your best to have a            587 1660
manage Mana Motel, recently ac-                              However, other moteliers in                      can be a huge issue.                                 really nice motel, and there’s no re-
commodated numerous players and                           Porirua and Tawa were not so com-                     “Especially children’s teams – we                  spect.”                                       Citylife: Level 3, Home Ideas Building10 Hutt Rd,
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                                                                     Porirua girls give home fans cheer
                                                                        Andrew Bonallack                           and it’s a sport that involves a lot              Zealand.
                                                                      of skills – not everyone can play it.”            “We are always overseas,” she says.
                                                                        Direct dial: 587-1675                      While her teammates frequently                    To’omaga, 28, is a middle hitter              NEWS BRIEFS
                                                                                                                   get subbed, Laga is the setter, and               and blocker.
                                                                     Porirua’s Lesa Laga and Rebecca               stays on the entire game.                         “I enjoy the blocking, and the              Rabbit control
                                                                     To’omaga had a rare opportunity               “I run all the plays, and what play               whole middle position, where                Greater Wellington regional council
                                                                     to wow their hometown crowd                   comes up, I do all the signals – I                you’ve got to be quick and fast.”           have started laying carrot bait be-
                                                                     while representing their country              run the whole game.                               The New Zealand women                       tween Paremata railway station and
                                                                     last week.                                    “I’m sort of the boss, but not the                now head to Kazakhstan this                 the sea to control rabbits. The bait is
                                                                     The pair are both in the New                  captain.                                          year for the next stage of the              dyed green and warning signs are in
                                                                     Zealand women’s volleyball team,              “I guess it’s a lot of stress, but I’ve           Women’sWorld Cup, ultimately to             place. Dog owners and the public are
                                                                     which last week were victorious in            been doing this a while.”                         be played in Japan in 2010.                 advised to avoid the area.
                                                                     a world cup qualifier among the               Laga says she has competed                        Sadly, the New Zealand men, also
                                                                     Pacific nations at Te Rauparaha               in America, Tahiti, Singapore,                    competing at Te Rauparaha Arena
                                                                     arena.                                        Vietnam and Thailand.                             in the World Championship Asian
                                                                     Speaking to Porirua News shortly              “Over there, their athletes are full-
                                                                                                                   time, they train eight hours a day
                                                                                                                                                                     men’s preliminary round, dipped
                                                                     after defeating Samoa, the two                                                                                                             In the Porirua News April 1 we incor-
                                                                     former Tawa College pupils                    and get sponsorship and stuff.                    Tonga, New Zealand and Samoa               rectly detailed the Nimarota family
                                                                     say they have practically been                “It’s bigger than rugby.                          all collected five points from the         relationship in a graduation photo.
                                                                     together in the sport for the last            “We only came together for train-                 records of two wins and one                Next to graduate Fa’amatala Nimarota
                                                                     15 years.                                     ing camps, and we have to pay for                 defeat.                                    and husband Lafaitele So’onalole
                                                                     Laga, 27, from Waitangirua, says              our own funding.”                                 But Tonga emerged victorious by            Nimarota was son Falefatu, family
SWEAT: Lesa Laga (left) and Rebecca To’omaga contem-                 most of her family played it and              Rebecca To’omaga, Ascot Park,                     the slightest of points margins            member David Vatuvei, daughters Sala
plate a decision gone against them.                                  she followed.                                 says it was the first time her                    by winning seven sets and losing
             Photo by: Andrew Bonallack / PW Volleyball 01 210409
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and Nina and baby Laie Vatuvei.
                                                                     “It’s the friendships that it builds,         parents has seen her play for New                 three sets.

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