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Monday July 14, 2014

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Last week a Canterbury University researcher said a four-day work week was a thought-provoking idea worthy of debate.

Question: Cook Strait News decided to take to the streets of Kilbirnie to find out what locals think.

David Fagaloa, Kilbirnie

Judy Hinchliffe, Kilbirnie

Mahesh Bhatt, Kilbirnie

Penny P, Newtown

Peter Whitmore, Kilbirnie

I already have a four-day week once in a month or so. I like the extra time it gives me to spend with my family.

It seems like a good idea. But what about all those people who depend on working those extra hours to make ends meet?

With the current economic climate, it would not be good. People wanting to work extra hours to earn money will not be able to.

I would not welcome it. I live by myself and will find it hard to make a living in expensive Wellington if I worked just four days a week.

I would love it! I want a three-day weekend.

Shonnan Wibrow, Miramar It would be great. Looking forward to it.

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to the editor

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

What does it all mean? Dear Ed, Daily we hear or see the expression of drawing a line in the sand. What does it mean? By virtue of the texture of sand it cannot mean anything else than making a mark, setting a standard

or drawing a line that can easily be altered or eradicated as it will disappear with the next tide anyway. Why do we use this expression if we want to indicate the opposite? Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Support for bridge Dear Ed, I drive down Wellington Road every day and worry about the safety of the children passing through on their way to school. A bridge for the students of Kilbirnie School (in Hataitai) seems like a perfectly sensible

idea to me. The last thing we want is a little flattened child by one of those big buses. Come on NZTA, do it for the children! Janine Reynolds, Hataitai

Night shelter battles through winter FRONT LINE: Kathy Walton from the Wellington Night Shelter with manager Mike Leon and former client turned staff member Don O’Neill. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

By Sam Duff The Wellington Night Shelter posts a deficit every year and will struggle to stay open during the next few years, according to manager Mike Leon. The shelter has no government funding and struggles to survive financially, Mike says. “We need more money right across the board from lower cost housing to funding services such as ourselves,” he says. “We’re seeing more than our average of new entrants for this time of year.” Mike says this year the services of the Night Shelter seem to be in particular demand. “This year seems pretty bad,” he says. “This particular time of the year there’re things such as flus and pneumonia

going around.” Mike, who has worked at the Night Shelter for 19 years, says the definition of homelessness is broader than just those living rough. Homelessness includes those in temporary accommodation, shared accommodation and uninhabitable housing he says. Former client Don O’Neill now works at the Night Shelter after initially staying there 16 years ago when he was on the run from the police. “I came back to Wellington a couple of years ago because I wanted to change my life,” he says. Mike and the team at the shelter helped Don to turn his life around, he says. Don is the co-ordinator of the Soup Hub as well as working at the shelter.

Wellington Night Shelter has released their intake information for May. Manager Mike Leon says the shelter usually sees about 20 new homeless clients a month but in May this increased to 28. So what does that group look like? • 12 had been homeless for ten days or less while • 6 had been homeless for more than one year. • 13 identified as New Zealand European, 11 Maori and 3 Pacific Islanders. • 7 had no income at all while the rest relied on a form of government support. • 5 suffer from some form of mental illness.

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Cook Strait News 14-07-14  

Cook Strait News 14-07-14