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Q: Did you watch Sunday morning’s Rugby World Cup final? What did you think of the game?

Geoff Kiddle Kilbirnie Pharmacy “Yes. The boys and the management team did a superb job.”

Pam Bremford Kilbirnie Pharmacy ”Yes. I think it was fantastic. I think it was a great team effort and it was good to see Dan Carter do so well in his final game.”

Phillip Wallace Miramar

Carol Doyle Kilbirnie

“Yes. It was great and it was what I was hoping for and what I was expecting. Our dreams and aspirations were fulfilled handsomely.”

“No I didn’t watch it. I know most people are [rugby fans] but I am not.”

Sacha Jakes Kilbirnie Pharmacy “Yes, it was amazing. The win was not unexpected I had faith in them from the start.”

Stephanie Sacheun Kilbirnie Pharmacy “Yes. I just thought it was amazing that everyone got up to watch it in the early hours of the morning which shows how much support the All Blacks have.”

Finding rabbits forever homes By Nikki Papatsoumas

Chrissy Joy, Kathryn Kearns and her daughter Amelia, Zoe Marsden and her pet rabbit Peanut. 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

A group of Wellington women have started a non-profit rabbit rescue group to see bunnies find their forever homes. Chrissy Joy, Kathryn Kearns and Zoe Marsden are the faces behind Wellington Rabbit Rescue, a group which takes on unwanted or neglected rabbits, gives them appropriate veterinary care including de-sexing and then ensures they are rehomed into the best care possible. The group also aims to educate the public on rabbit welfare. Currently, the group has 17 foster bunnies in its care which are spread out amongst three homes in Wellington, including one in Brooklyn. Chrissy said after being in the pipeline for some time, the group was finally formed about three months ago. The group is one of the only organisations of its kind in the country.

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“I worked at the SPCA and I have always been crazy on rabbits. Then I roped Kathryn in and turned her into a crazy rabbit lady,” Chrissy said. “We are all on the same page and having three of us meant we could have a proper rescue.” Chrissy said rabbits come to them from unwanted homes around the city and they also work with organisations such as the SPCA and HUHA. Chrissy said as well as finding new homes for the fluffy creatures they also wanted to work on educating the public about how to care for bunnies. “People underestimate rabbits… they are one of the most unwanted and neglected animals in New Zealand. “I want to educate children on how to behave around rabbits. People adopt or buy rabbits and expect them to be picked up and carted around.

“If you can educate people it won’t provide as many unwanted rabbits.” The women said they were also happy for people to contact them for advice and had had calls from as far away as Invercargill. As well as focusing on giving rabbits in their care the happiest lives possible the women were also focusing on fundraising. “It is mostly coming from our own pockets at the moment,” Kathryn said. Because of this they have recently organised a special fundraiser and are auctioning off a night at The Wellington Container House on Trade Me. All money raised will go to Wellington Rabbit Rescue and HUHA.  For more information on the auction, head to www.trademe. co.nz/975359245 To learn more about the Wellington Rabbit Rescue’s work, head to their Facebook page.

A bit of Hollywood for Wellington’s Waterfront This Christmas, The Wellington City Mission is bringing a bit of Hollywood to Wellington’s waterfront. The Wellington City Mission’s ‘Christmas Star Appeal’ began on Monday. As well as including regular events, this year’s appeal will include the exciting new activity, the ‘Christmas Walk of Fame’. The Christmas Walk of Fame will include a Hollywood Walk of Fame styled art installation on the Wellington Waterfront outside Te Papa from December 4 to 18. By making a donation, an individual, group, or business can get their name or logo, on a star and each star will represent a family being supported this Christmas by The Mission’s services – including food parcel assistance, in-home social work, and budgeting advice.

Wellington City Mission’s chief executive Michelle Branney said The Mission aimed to sell 500 stars. “At The Mission we experience Christmas in all its intensity. “Throughout the months of November and December, we do our best to ensure that the goodwill of the season is shared among those who may fi nd this the hardest time of the year. “Christmas can cause setbacks for parents who are struggling to provide, and amplify feelings of isolation for those who feel lonely at this time of year.” Last November and December, The Mission was able to give out over 1300 food parcels and 7000 gifts throughout Greater Wellington.  For more information on The Mission’s Christmas fundraisers, head to www.christmasstar.co.nz

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