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Just a few days after Jeanette Rose celebrated her 21st birthday, she lost her mother to breast cancer. The Lyall Bay resident is one of 9000 people who will set aside time to volunteer for the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, which will take place across the country from tomorrow. Continued on page 2 Jeanette Rose will be collecting for the annual Pink Ribbon Street Appeal this week.

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Work continues on Island Bay cycleway As the first stages of the Island Bay cycleway begin, changes to two pedestrian crossings will be made. Council contractor Ventia, began work in the seaside suburb last Monday and between now and mid-February, changes will be made to all the intersections and bus stops along The Parade. Improvements will include new cycle lanes, four new pedestrian crossings near Dee, Humber, Mersey and Tamar St, intersections changes, and new-look bus stops with cycle bypasses. The first stage of the upgrade will see two pedestrian crossings in the shopping centre raised to footpath height to encourage safer speeds. Work started at the crossing near the Island Bay Medical Centre and then moved to the crossing at the northern end of the shops. Both crossings will be altered

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simultaneously – one side of the road at a time starting on the eastern side. Work will also take place on the south-bound bus stop near Avon St. The road through the shops would remain two-way at peak times, however between 9am

Pink Ribbon Street Appeal hits town Continued from page 1 October is Breast Cancer Month and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is challenging Kiwis to take action against breast cancer by helping to raise funds for awareness and education programmes, potentially life-saving research, medical equipment, and services to support women suffering from the disease. A number of fundraising initiatives will be held across the country throughout October. Jeanette volunteered for the first time for the street appeal last year. This year she is working as the area co-ordinator for Lyall Bay and Wellington Airport. “I get involved because my mum had breast cancer, she

died from it.” She said her aunty and cousin had also suffered from cancer. “It is important there is more awareness, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone else, the amount of suffering that goes throughout the whole family. I like to get as involved as I can.” According to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation statistics, around 3000 women (and around 20 men) will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. “I just encourage people to give a little bit and get behind the cause,” Jeanette said.  For a full list of events to support the NZBCF during Breast Cancer Month, visit

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Public campground proposed for Happy Valley Park By Nikki Papatsoumas

Happy Valley residents are concerned about the impact a proposed campground may have on the small suburb. Happy Valley Park has been selected by the Wellington City Council as the best option for a low cost camping ground in the city and formal consultation is currently underway. Some members of the community have voiced concerns, including the impact on the natural environment and stream, noise, traffic, security and impact on the neighbouring school and kindergarten. Owhiro Bay School principal Tineke Giddy said she did not

believe Happy Valley Park was the most suitable venue for a camp ground. Among her concerns was the potential exposure to less than desirable behaviour for those students walking past the site on their way to and from school and increased potential for vandalism to school property and grounds. Head teacher at Owhiro Bay Kindergarten, Sharryn Mountford-Gibbs, said she would like the community to have the opportunity to have their say. “We want people to have the opportunity to talk about it, rather than it happen to them.” Wellington City Councillor

Paul Eagle said a community meeting had been organised for tonight, so the community could find out more, raise any issues and discuss their concerns. “Every resident and business in Happy Valley and Owhiro Bay needs to say to the council whether they want the campground – a simple yes or no will do.” “The location appears desirable next to a stream and park, but I’m nervous about what the impacts are with its proximity to the school and kindergarten, not to mention the potential of increased traffic and noise.” Tonight’s meeting will be


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mances by Jonathan Fry’s Live Jazz Ensemble and The Britannic Bedlam Morris Gentlemen. “Everyone is so marvellous in the parish because they all know the jobs they need to do and get on with them.” Vicar Tim McKenzie described the event as a “jolly old style community gala”. “It’s like an old fashioned church gala, it’s like a step back into Downton Abbey. People don’t make their galas much like this anymore.” Beverley said the annual gala is used as a fundraiser for the parish. “The funds are for the Parish and the community. We are always on the lookout for people who need a little bit of help with this, that or the next thing.” They will also use money raised to help support a refugee family who are moving to the area next year.  Spring Gala celebration, Saturday October 17 at St George’s Church, Ferry St, Seatoun, from 11am to 2pm.

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Dozens of people will exhibit their wares at the annual Seatoun Arts and Crafts exhibition this month. The popular exhibition will showcase a variety of arts and crafts, including knitting, painting and sculpture. The last two years saw dozens of creative people from around the area exhibit more than 350 pieces and this year is set to be no different. The Seatoun Arts and Crafts group was founded in 1972 by Uta Griffin and Audrey Ellings. The very first exhibition was meant to be held in Uta’s garage, but quickly outgrew its surroundings and was moved to St George’s Hall. By 1978 the annual exhibition had re-located to the Village Hall, formerly known as St Christopher’s Hall. Committee member Kit Burford, who is a knitter by craft, says she has been a member of the group for more than 20 years. As well as holding an annual exhibition, the group also meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Village Hall from 7.30pm, where they take part in various activities or have talks from special guests. “Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings,” Kit says. “But if you want to exhibit you have to

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Elders visit the mayor’s office Residents of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore celebrated International Day of the Older Person with a trip to the mayor’s office last week. While mayor Celia Wade-Brown is overseas and therefore unable to attend the event, deputy mayor Justin Lester stepped in to host the elders. “As October 1 is International Day of the Older Person we’re celebrating Senior’s Week, which is a time to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions older people have made to society,” explains deputy mayor Justin Lester. As well as being treated to morning tea, the Kilmarnock Heights Home residents had the opportunity to talk with the deputy mayor and find out more about Wellington City Council’s plans for the city. Kilmarnock Heights Home manager Bronwyn Drennan says many residents had grown up in Wellington, so it was a chance to share stories and reminisce. “Residents used it as an opportunity to share their views on how Wellington has changed over time, such as the removal of trams in the city. We spoke about whether there will be panda’s at Wellington Zoo and what other plans are in the pipeline for Wellington,” Bronwyn explains. “There was a bit of debate going on around the table about what they thought would be good for the city, and they seemed pretty keen to run for council. It was a great trip.” Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says the residents agreed it was a special experience. “It was really great to be invited and

we had really been looking forward to it. It was very special to get such a wonderful and personal invitation.” Kilmarnock Heights Home embraced a model of care called the Eden Alternative. Annelize explains the philosophy is about providing more than just clinical care. “It’s about ensuring our elders continue to have companionship, fun, meaning and purpose in their lives,” says Annelize. “We also take every opportunity for community involvement, ensuring our residents are involved in the community and that the community is involved in our home. Visiting the mayor’s office was a great chance for residents to understand the council’s plans and have a discussion about it.”  Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, 20 Morton Street, Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or visit

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store for 17 years, said the new initiative had also allowed him to hire 35 more staff members. “That’s one of the things I love, being able to work with young people and being able to develop them.”


Fans of McDonald’s have been flocking to the Basin Reserve restaurant to try out the new ‘Create Your Taste’ burger. The launch comes after the gourmet customisable burgers were successfully trialled at Auckland’s Balmoral restaurant in January. From there selected restaurants in Rotorua and Christchurch also rolled out the new offering. The Basin Reserve and Porirua restaurants both launched the new option at the end of September. The Create Your Taste burgers allow customers to use digital kiosks to build their own burgers from a selection of over 31 ingredients, including five cheeses, jalapenos, guacamole and grilled mushrooms. A bunless burger option is also available. Five more restaurants across the region will roll out the option over the next few months. Owner and operator of McDonald’s Basin Reserve and Newtown, Wilhelm Maas, said the popularity of the burgers had “exceeded expectations”. “It’s a new environment at McDonald’s. As always everything is fast, but now it is gourmet. “I’m so excited, the response from the people has been outstanding. It’s really great.” Wilhelm, who has been at the

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NOW is the perfect time Berhampore Primary School will celebrate its centenary later this month.

Berhampore School celebrates 100 years By Nikki Papatsoumas

Students and staff at Berhampore Primary School are gearing up for the school’s upcoming centenary. Berhampore School principal Mark Potter says the centenary is set to take place over Labour Weekend and will involve a quiz night, a golf tournament and a ‘natter and walk’ get together. As well as this, a reunion would be held, which would give past

students, staff and parents an opportunity to revisit the school. Students would also be involved in centenary celebrations leading up to the event. “We are having a series of activities based on things that happened over the last 100 years and children’s experiences,” said Mark. “It’s quite stunning, I have been involved in two centenaries… one as a child and now one as a principal, they are quite rare and

you don’t often come across them.” Mark said as well as the celebrations, a dedicated team has also worked on putting together a book, which celebrates not only the school’s history, but the suburb’s history.  The Berhampore School Centenary will take place from October 21 to 25. For more information head to http://berhampore.

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Our kids. We've got a 4-year-old (Nixon, or in our family he's called Rooster) and a 5-month-old (Livvy) who make every day worth it, even though we play musical beds every night and neither of them have figured out what sleeping is all about. I've got the easy job heading out the door to work each day, so must thank my wife Jess for what she does to keep our household on its feet.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: Would you like to see a campground in Owhiro Bay?

Benita Rossow, Berhampore “No because it is out in the ‘burbs’ and it is not close to anything.”

Lance Tapiki, Berhampore “Yes, I don’t think it is such a big deal.”

Nic Orr, Berhampore “No, because there is already plenty of options.”

James Nelson, Kilbirnie “I think people won’t use it because of the location.”

Damian Espinoza, Kilbirnie “I’m a big fan of camping so I think it’s fine.”

Stephen Clover, Kilbirnie “Yes, why not? It can’t hurt.”

LETTERS to the editor Island Bay controversy

Our flag Dear Ed, Last Saturday I joined a guided tour of Parliament and received a couple of clear indications how apathetic we are about our flag. Shown around the room where our Upper House once met and where the speech from the throne is annually given I noted two flags on the dais. The

right one, slightly taller was the Australian, the other, on the left was ‘our flag’. When I questioned this atrocity I was told that it probably was a left-over of a recent conference there, when a lot of Australians attended. Now in the very heart of the symbol of our country was this careless joint display. The guide

could not see a problem; they were just left there in the meantime. None of the party saw the incongruity; just some flags! No wonder, during the short periods when the House meets, the flag on the beehive looks half-mast. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Dear Ed, I read with interest Simon Edmonds letter (Cook Strait News October 1) and his naive and ill-informed interpretation of what’s happening beneath the surface in Island Bay regarding the installation of the cycleway and can’t help but wonder “just what planet is the guy on?” I agree with him that a certain Councillor David Lee made an extremely poor

judgment call by listening to a very small minority lobby group that were advocates for the proposed cycleway. Obviously Edmonds has no idea as to how a community works and what the needs for all in a community may be. He should not be fooled by the same two or three opponents’ faces he believes he sees. Now the cycleway is being installed it is

“the hottest topic of conversation” in Island Bay. It has been a controversy from the outset this unnecessary cycleway in Island Bay and people know it! If council and the lobby groups involved were genuine about “safe cycling” they would be focusing on the dangerous areas for cyclists and not novelty cycleways to nowhere! Steven Cooper, Island Bay

Mr Terry attests to was about seeking community guidance as to move ahead with legal proceedings. The a r ticle where the very rarely sighted Counci l lor David L e e a nd R icha rd McLean stated that there had been a “robust and appropriate process” depends on which side of the fence you sit! That is why it is commonly

known as “the controversial cycle way to nowhere”. While there may be some supporters of the cycleway now that work on it has begin (still with no clear Wellington City Council signage as to what is happening either) I believe they are well and tr uly in the m inor ity. Time will tell in my opinion! Sally Hewitt, Island Bay

Time will tell Dear Ed, It seems fascinating that Jon Terry a resident of Newtown writes (Cook Strait News, October 1) so knowledgeably about a private meeting held in Island Bay for the much maligned people not in favour of the kerbside cycleway that has been imposed on them with such fervour. I attended that meeting and can report that the vote that


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LETTERS to the editor “No stories about Island Bay” Dear Ed, Could we please have a month of no stories about Island Bays! They are all in dispute all the time and it is sad to see all the silly letters in the paper! The Island Bay community is really dysfunctional. They fought over having a wet hostel or not, to have sand dunes of clean up

the beach. The library is run down, the best fish and chip shop was knocked down by New World Supermarket for car parks, the principal at the primary school was sacked, the Catholic Church had a big fight on putting up a cell tower on their cross. No petrol station and the post office

closed. Sea wall smashed! The local doctor at a public meeting says a big drug and alcohol problem in the area. (Explains it all!). The two councillors never agree on anything. Please put a big gate up at the northern Park, and throw away the key. But I don't know if we should let

the braying people out or keep them in! Property values are dropping because of the disputes . The Bay is worse than Karori! So get on your bikes and leave the rest of us great Wellingtonians alone! Yours sincerely Tracy

Too scared to speak out Dear Ed, Simon Edmonds clearly has not been talking to all of the people of Island Bay – or maybe he has just been talking to the people who are keen to have the cycleway. He should speak to some of the people I’ve been talking to and then he would get a sense of the community being divided. There are lot of people who are too scared to speak out about their concerns about the cycle lane for fear of being attacked for having a different point of view. If you had an awareness of people it does not matter about the diversity of the people as it does not mean that they will all agree on a particular topic and,

in particular, that they will be tolerant of other people’s views. I think over the past year we have seen some pretty aggressive behaviour (and that includes passive aggressive behaviour) that has left a community nervous. I think that the council is responsible for this as from my research on the community feedback many people were not listened to and at the open days the council officers were pretty defensive, if not aggressive, to people who expressed concerns. Kitty Murphy Island Bay

Courageous Dear Ed, As Jon Terry of Newtown suggests (Cook Strait News October 1) a number of us “very concerned citizens and ratepayers” would also like to see a front page article featuring some of the “numerous Island Bay residents” who are in support of this cycleway. It would be great to see their faces published. Mr Terry’s rather spiteful tone has been noted and it is reminiscent of the many pro-cycleway letters that have been published recently. I think the courage that the opponents who have publically spoken out about the cycleway should be applauded as heLetters 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

roes rather than vilified as fools and being anti-cyclist. I read a very interesting letter from the Democratic Voice for Island Bay that was sent to the mayor and councillors the other day and it was very clear what their position was. They spoke with a very community based concern voice and not the voice of a few and vocal lobbyists and misguided council. Naturally their request for mediation was ignored. I am looking forward to the front page article for those who are in support of this travesty. Rick Toogood Berhampore letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to samduff@wsn. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Mouth ulcers can be very painful - not to mention a real nuisance while you are eating and drinking. And they always tend to get knocked by your tooth brush during cleaning. They can make you feel very miserable. Mouth ulcers are like small sores. Usually they are found on the inner cheek, on the edge of, or under, the tongue, or on the inner lip. They are yellow or grey in colour and about 3 mm in size. There are many reasons why people develop mouth ulcers, but usually it is when you are feeling stressed or run down and your immune system is under-par. Around exam time, or when you are particularly busy at work and working long hours, seem to be the periods when you are prone to them. Some women can get them before their periods (menstruation), or during pregnancy. If there is a family history of ulcers, you may be more likely to get them. Things that damage the protective lining of the mouth can lead to mouth ulcers – such as eating or drinking very hot or acidic foods or drinks. This includes tomatoes and oranges, fruit juice, wine and soft drinks. Also eating lots of boiled lollies or hard crunchy foods or biting

your inner cheeks. Having poorly-fitting dentures that rub the gums, or under which food gets stuck, can also result in ulcers. “In addition,” advise Self Care pharmacists, “some medicines can cause ulcers - through their side effect of drying-out the mouth. If you take regular medicines and get mouth ulcers often, discuss this with us so we can help establish whether the medicines are the cause.” Mouth ulcers usually clear-up without treatment in about one or two weeks. However, in the meantime, some kind of relief may be required, so you can eat and drink normally. There is a wide range of medicines for mouth ulcers – some for healing but most for reducing the pain. They come as liquid paints, mouth rinses, gels and pastes. Also, there are self care things you can do to try and prevent ulcers from developing. To keep stress levels down, try to get plenty of physical exercise and a good night’s sleep most nights. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially green vegetables), whole grain breads and cereals and other foods with good levels of B and C vitamins, or take these vitamins as supplements. All these will help boost

Mouth ulcers are like small sores. Usually they are found on the inner cheek, on the edge of, or under, the tongue, or on the inner lip.

your immune system, especially if your body is run down. If you take medicines that cause a dry mouth, then there are a number of things that can be helpful to prevent mouth ulcers developing. Drink or sip water often, suck on ice or sugar free lozenges, eat moist or watery foods and eat foods that need chewing to stimulate saliva to flow e.g. celery. Having good oral hygiene is an important self care measure to take. This means regular teeth cleaning with a soft toothbrush, rinsing-out the mouth with warm water after eating and between cleaning, using mouthwashes when your mouth feels sore and an ulcer may be coming on, having regular dental check-ups and ensuring any dentures are fitting well. “If your mouth ulcers start to bleed a lot, or you get them very often (such as every two weeks), or they take longer than three to four weeks to heal, then you need to see a doctor,” caution Self Care pharmacists. “These may be warning signs of other illnesses that need to be confirmed, or ruled-out.” The Mouth Ulcers fact card has more useful information so ask your Self Care pharmacist for a copy, and talk about how you can prevent this irritating condition.  Prepared by Pharmacy Self Care, Pharmaceutical Society of NZ Inc, 16-20 Willis St, Wellington

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Public Notice

A new Lions Club is opening in Brooklyn in October and a Lions Information evening for the community will be held at the former Vogelmorn Bowling Club rooms at 93 Mornington Road, Vogeltown on Thursday, October 8th at 7.00pm. All details on the Karori Lions website Situation Vacant

Island Bay After School Care Child care worker to work mornings. We need someone to join our team to work at our before School programme, this operates out of St Francis De Sales School in Island Bay. The position is for 4 mornings per week, a total of 4 and 3 quarters to 5 hours per week. A 7.30 am start is required. Minimum age must be 20. Must enjoy working with children, and some experience would be helpful. This role is ideally suited to someone that lives close to St Frances De Sales. A police check will be required for the successful applicant. A 3 month trial period will apply. Please phone and ask for our supervisor, or leave a detailed message on either 027 457 5359 or 04 383 9618.

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Thursday October 8, 2015



Sea cadets show off brand new safety boat By Nikki Papatsoumas

People participating in last year’s Wellington Free Yoga Day.

Give yoga a go Anyone who has ever been interested in yoga is invited to take part in Wellington Free Yoga Day. On Monday, October 26, a day of free yoga classes will be provided to Wellingtonians by local yoga teachers. Spokeswoman Amber Sturtz said this would give the community a chance to try the practice for the first time, meet instructors, try a different studio, or experience a new style of yoga. “Over 45 free classes will be offered in a hope to bring more awareness to yoga in the Wellington community, and show off the amazing talent we have in our region,” she said. “There is no need to be intimidated as many of the classes on offer are for beginners, with no previous experience required.” She said there would also be more “challenging” classes available for students who had some experience. This included Bikram yoga, several Vinyasa classes, Calligraphy Yoga, and 108 Sun Salutations. Wellington Free Yoga day will kick off with an outdoor class at Frank Kitts Park from 10am, which is open

to anyone of any ability. The day’s schedule also includes yoga for children, prenatal yoga for women who are currently pregnant and a chair yoga class for people with a lack of mobility or other physical issues. Classes will be offered in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs, all the way out to Upper Hutt.  For more information on class schedules, descriptions and participating studios, please visit www. or www.facebook. com/wlgfreeyogaday.

Studios participating in your area: Sadhana Yoga: 9 Park Rd, Miramar Yoga en español: Newtown Hall, corner of Daniel and Constable St Moving Meditation Yoga: Level 1, 66 Kingsford Smith Street, Lyall Bay Jeanne Bear: Teaching at Sadhana Yoga (see above)

Local initiative raises more than one thousand dollars A local initiative created to support Ronald McDonald House families raised more than $1000 at a quiz last Saturday. Yellow Fever, the unofficial supporters club of the Wellington Phoenix held a fundraising quiz on Saturday night to raise money for the Fever Dreams initiative. Fever Dreams started during the last A-League season and every week invites a family staying at Ronald McDonald House to take a few hours out to soak up the atmosphere of a home game. The family is treated to a complete game day experience from a pregame meal at Bethel Woods on The Terrace, to Yellow Fever scarves.

Quiz organiser and organiser of the Fever Dreams concept, Matt Weldon-Smith, said last Saturday’s quiz exceeded expectations. They managed to raise over $1000 for the initiative. “We are excited to not only be doing something positive for the local community but also introducing more people to the Phoenix and hopefully creating some fans for life. “We look forward to seeing this initiative grow in seasons to come. “  To donate towards the Fever Dreams initiative head to: www.

An Evans Bay organisation is inviting the community to help celebrate its newest addition – a $55,000 safety boat. TS Amokura, Wellington’s Sea Cadet Corps unit, is a training organisation for teenagers between the age of 13 and 18. As a part of the New Zealand Cadet Forces, the organisation provides a fun and challenging environment for youth to learn new skills. The organisation focuses on fostering strong leadership skills and providing opportunity for youth not available in other organisations. Chair of the TS Amokura Sea Cadets Committee, Nina Velleman, said the organisation was now inviting the community to come and help them celebrate the purchase of the brand new naiad 4.5 scout safety boat. “We did have a previous boat, a vessel the sea cadets could train on… it just got too old… this new naiad is up-to-date, it’s a lot safer than the older launch and enables the cadets to learn.” Through various fund raising schemes, the cadets were

After lots of fundraising, the TS Amokura, Wellington’s Sea Cadet Corps unit, has finally purchased the naiad safety boat.

able to come up with the $55,000 needed for the new boat. The boat has been named ‘Rauora’ which means ‘to save lives’. “It was a lot of hard work but it is going to be so great for the cadets, they have this amazing new boat and the means to save lives.” The celebration will involve a brief ceremony, activities on the water and an afternoon tea.

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“We wanted to celebrate by opening it up to the wider community. It is also an opportunity to let them know what sea cadets are about. “It’s a great voluntary organisation. They learn about leadership and skills both in and out of the water… it’s a great thing for confidence.”  The Launching Ceremony is on Saturday October 17 between 1pm and 5pm, at 393 Evans Bay Parade

Free Acupuncture at the Central Library. New Zealand School of Acupuncture invites you to learn more about acupuncture. Free treatments and vouchers! 14-17 October 10am-2pm.

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811 Thumbs up to the people who helped clean Wellington's south coast. I plan to join this fabulous group next year.

Thumbs up to an Island Bay plan! This might be the start of a whole stream of community-driven suburb plans.

Thumbs up to Barry and Phyllis Tingey for celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

Thumbs down to the smokers who throw their butts in the gutter, not caring or even thinking about how these poisonous things wash into the harbour and coastal waters.

Thumbs down to gun laws in America.

Thumbs up to the school holidays being over.

Thumbs up to my colleague’s carrot cake – it was delicious!

Thumbs down to people not using pedestrian crossing and thinking they own the road.

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16 Thursday October 8, 2015

Older community learn more about retirement villages By Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellington’s older community gathered to learn more about the process of moving into a retirement village last week. More than 60 people attended the seminar at the Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre last Thursday. John Collyns, from the Retirement Village Association, presented the seminar, which also happened to fall on International Day of the Older Person. John said there were always many questions associated with making the move into a retirement home. “It is a topic of huge interest, we have an ageing population,” John said. According to the White Pages document, produced annually by commercial real estate company JLL, there was a 22.5 per cent growth within the 65+ age bracket between the census years of 2006 and 2013. In contrast there was a 5.3 percent growth experienced by the overall population during the same time frame. John said a person over the age of 80 would look for four key things; Warmth and comfort, enough money to live on, companionship and friendship and a clear path to care. “Retirement villages offer those four things to people. “The average age of entry is mid to late 70s and a number of these people [who attended] will know they have to do something soonish.” Michael Taylor, who is part of the management committee at the Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre, said he was very impressed with last week’s turnout. “He presented a very good case and explained everything very well. There were a lot of questions and a lot of people very interested. “Our aim as a community centre is to put things on that interest out local community. Because there is a large number of people in our community that may be thinking of this we thought it was an ideal time.”

Some of those who attended last week’s commemoration service.

Celebration for Mahatma Ghandi The Mahatma Ghandi Commemoration Committee celebrated what would have been the leader’s 146th birthday last Friday. The celebration, which was held at the life sized statue of Ghandi on the lawn outside the Wellington Railway Station, was co-hosted by the Wellington City Council. The celebration was attended by a number of city councillors and members of parliament. Among them was co-leader of the Green Party, James Shaw, who spoke about Ghandi’s message of peace, non-violence and ecological preservation and its importance to

contemporary New Zealand. Following a short ceremony, a free vegetarian lunch was provided to all guests. Honorary chair of the commemoration committee, Kanitlal Patel, QSM JP, thanked everyone for braving Wellington’s windy weather and attending last week’s celebration. He also thanked the High Commission of India for all their help and support. He said he hoped for an even bigger event in 2016, which would be the 10th ceremony put on by the committee.

Who was Mahatma Ghandi? Ghandi, known as the ‘Father of the Nation’ in India, was a political leader who used non-violent principles to campaign for Indian independence. He was assassinated in 1948, shortly after achieving his life goal of Indian independence from Britain. The life sized bronze sculpture of Ghandi, made by Indian sculptor Gautam Pal, was unveiled in 2007.


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