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Monday October 13, 2014

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Did you take an interest in the election and why or why not?

Jeanette McLaughlin, Miramar

Gita Rema, Maupuia

Lualala Millar, Newtown

“I certainly did. I think it’s your right to take an interest regardless of what you do.”

“Yes I did to get the country going good.”

“I got told by my brother to pick Annette King for Rongotai.”

Charanjit Singh, Wellington Central “I’m here on a student visa. What I heard from people is that Labour would be better because they would increase wages. I also heard National is better for migrants.”

LETTERS 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.

Vinayak Kalia, Wellington Central “It was good. I’m here for four years. National winning was good.”

Rodney, Kilbirnie “I’ve never voted in my life because they’re a bunch of b*****ds the lot of them.”

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Living wage has been positive Dear Ed, in response to Gek McGregor (September 29). I would like to address her concerns around the decision to pay the living wage to the lowest paid Council employees and the impact this might have on rates. I can report as just one example that since the parking wardens were bought back ‘in house’ earlier this year and paid

the living wage, that the Council has in fact saved money, with an increase in productivity, an increase in morale, zero staff turnover and excellent feedback from the public regarding the presentation, attitude and service provided by our team. In addition, we have been able to make modest adjustments to other wages to maintain relativity, without adding

significantly to costs. It is natural to feel some anxiety about changes in policy, but so far the results of the move to the living wage have been positive. Sarah Free, WCC Eastern Ward Councillor

Kilmarnock Heights residents donate to SPCA

A life worth living at

Kilmarnock Heights Home Kilmarnock Heights Home is vibrant, welcoming and inviting from the moment you walk through the door. Here, you’ll be supported to maintain your independence and continue with your hobbies, interests and passions. A highlight for many residents is the social life - as well as enjoying the company of others at a similar stage of life, residents get involved in organising daily happenings and special events. At Kilmarnock Heights Home we can offer rest home care and short term respite, as well as a day guest programme for people living in the community. Call Kilmarnock Heights Home on (04) 380 2034 to find out more. Visit Call 0800 36 54 83 (that’s 0800 ENLIVEN) or Email

Residents of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore have donated knitted peggy square blankets to a few lucky pups at the SPCA in Newtown. Kilmarnock recreation officer Annelize Steyn says residents knitted the blankets, which were handed over to staff from the SPCA on 29 September. “It’s a small donation towards a great cause,” says Annelize. SPCA operations manager Ros Alsford says all donations are highly appreciated, and fresh blankets are something they always need. “We have nearly 6,000 animals come through the centre each year, and we supply fresh bedding every day for a healthy and homely environment for the animals to sleep in, so having blankets is really important.” Annelize says the home has established a great relationship with the SPCA over the years, and volunteers visit the residents at Kilmarnock Heights Home about three times a week accompanied by a few furry friends. “They bring different animals each time and the residents absolutely love it. Not just the animals but the friendship the volunteers bring. Having contact with animals and people on a regular basis is very important.” Annelize says because Kilmarnock Heights Home encourages residents to interact with animals regularly, it sometimes leads to the animals becoming residents too. “One of our residents fell in love with a Chihuahua which came to visit from the SPCA, so we adopted Blossom, who now lives at the home.” This is the first time residents have donated

SPCA caregivers accept the peggy-square blankets

blankets to the SPCA, a change from their usual freshly baked goods, and they are already in the process of making another blanket for the cause. “Wool and needles are normally donated from the local community, and are very welcome!”  Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home is part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. To find out more about Kilmarnock or to make a donation of wool or needles, please call the home directly on 04 380 2034.

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