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Thursday October 22, 2015

Beach wheelchair now available

An all-terrain beach wheel chair is now available for hire at Freyberg Pool, free of charge. The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, in partnership with the Wellington City Council, has purchased a Hippocampe beach wheelchair. The wheelchair was officially

launched during last Saturday’s Heartstopper Challenge, a fundraising event for Heart Kids New Zealand which provides valuable support to individuals and families with congenital heart conditions. Wellington City Councillor David Lee, who is the council’s

representative on the Accessibility Advisory Group, says the wheelchair is a valuable addition to the council’s mobility fleet. “Our harbour is one of our most treasured assets, and it should be for the enjoyment of all. The beach wheelchair is one of many initiatives designed to remove

barriers and improve accessibility across the city. “Everyone benefits from a more accessible city - as it embodies the principles of good urban design and urban form.” The beach wheelchair will be based at Freyberg pool and can be hired for up to a day for free.

New mural for school By Nikki Papatsoumas

A mural on the grounds of a local school was designed to represent a little bit of “home”. The mural, at Kahurangi School in Strathmore, was designed and completed by local artist Sheyne Tuffery. Sheyne spent six weeks completing the art work on a sports wall in the school’s field called “Home” throughout July and August. He said he was originally approached by a parent at the school and was more than happy to jump on board. The mural tells the story of the area and is peppered with small icons significant to Strathmore and the school grounds. The mural includes; a kete, to represent knowledge and growth; elements of flight because the school is close to the airport and state houses. Sheyne said the children were “really inquisitive”. “I’m really happy. It’s the first time I have done a double sided one. Because of where it is you can see it from everywhere.”

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SCHOLARSHIPS Christian Semu, Tiana Iese and Joshua Williams with local artist Sheyne Tuffery

He said the mural was “win win”. “It helps get rid of graffiti, brightens up the place and people learn a thing or two usually.” Kahurangi School principal Kyran Smith said it was exciting for students to have the opportunity to watch a real artist at work.

“I think it is really great to have art in our environment. Art can often be internal…but when it is external more people get to appreciate and it gives that vibrancy outside.” She thanked Wellington Methodist Charitable and Educational Endowments, for funding the project.

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