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Thursday October 22, 2015

Residents Association for Island Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas

The seaside suburb of Island Bay now has its very own residents association and members hope its inception will help unite the community and allow everyone to speak with one voice. President of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, says a small group has been working on establishing the association for the last three months. She says the association has since become an incorporated society and the group is now calling for more locals to get involved. “We look forward to returning Island Bay back to the wonderful friendly place it was, where the community worked together for positive outcomes.” She says she hopes the residents association will allow better communication between the Wellington City Council and the Island Bay community. “The idea is to get out into the community and find out what it is that people want for Island Bay.” The association currently


inbrief news Water Main Burst Disruption was caused to traffic after a water main burst in Kilbirnie, at the intersection of Rongotai Rd and Tacy St on Monday morning. A few nearby properties were also affected.

Miramar Christian School food fair Miramar Christian School will hold a multi-cultural food fair on Saturday, October 31. There will be a variety of food on offer as well as games, a garage sale and fun for the family. The fair will run from 4pm to 8pm at 41 Camperdown Rd in Miramar. Eftpos will be available.

National Sausage Day Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle and committee members of the Island Bay Residents Association Maria Buchanan, Vicki Greco and Ray Tuffin.

has 15 committee members and 10 members. However, anyone who lives in Island Bay is encouraged to join, she says. “It is important the association works as a neutral voice… it is about what we want for Island Bay in the future, whether it is the sea wall or fixing up the park. “We intend to have a stall

Mt Cook’s Spring Fling a success

Children enjoying the pea straw bunker

at the Island Bay Festival and we’ll have boxes around the community where people can put forward their ideas and thoughts about what they would like to see.” The association is also working with the team at the Cook Strait News to develop an Island Bay community page. Vicki says the first page,

which will highlight local events, issues and achievements, will run on October 29. Vicki says they already have a number of local businesses on board. “But if any other businesses would like to be part of sponsoring this page they should contact islandbayres@gmail. com.”

Despite the grey, windy weather, Mt Cook residents celebrated the suburb’s annual Spring Fling last Sunday. More than 150 locals showed up for the event at Papawai Reserve, which recently experienced a makeover from a group of residents, turning what was an unsightly waste ground into a green reserve. Coordinator of Mt Cook Mobilised, Carol Comber, thanked everyone who helped to make the event happen. “We hope to see more of you and your neighbours next time.” Carol said one of the most successful activities at this year’s event involved coloured

ribbons. The ribbons, each representing different neighbourhoods, were handed out for locals to wear. She said this helped people to identify and get to know people who lived close by. “It worked… there were plenty of good conversations, ideas and stories shared and new connections made. “It was a highly enjoyable way to spend what could have been a dismal Sunday.”  Anyone who wants to be part of Mt Cook Mobilised, a community group for Mt Cook residents, email:

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Today marks the first national day celebrating the Kiwi summer icon, the sausage. This coincides with the Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition, which gives New Zealander’s access to more variety, better choice and greater quality sausages, New Zealand sausage makers hope this day to be a celebration - where Kiwis dust off their barbecues and bring in the summer with sausages.

New Zealand Blood Service says thanks The New Zealand Blood Service has thanked the 1319 Wellingtonian plasma donors who take time out of their busy schedules to donate their very own ‘liquid gold’. The team at the Wellington Blood Donor Centre said they were blown away by the enthusiastic response from the recent Heart of Gold campaign to recruit more plasma donors.

CORRECTION In our October 8 issue of the Cook Strait News we incorrectly named Kantilal Patel as the honorary chair of the Pujya Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Commemoration Committee. Naginbhai Neil G Patel is the honorary chair of the committee. We apologise for the error.

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