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Cheaper weekend bus fares

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Wellingtonians have cheaper weekend bus fares to look forward to next month. For four weeks from November 28, Go Wellington buses will change to a $1 fare for one zone of travel and $2 adult fare and $1.50 fare for children for two or three zones of travel. It is hoped this will encourage people to use public transport to travel in and out of the city. The Wellington City Council has budgeted $200,000 for the initiative. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the public transport initiative would help to get more Wellingtonians onto buses and into the central city during the busy weekends in the run-up to Christmas. “This initiative will provide

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central city and don’t want to have to worry about congestion or parking time limits. “Wellington City Council first proposed this initiative in February this year and I’m thrilled that it’s going ahead in time for Christmas.” The cheaper fares can be paid by cash or with a Snapper card. The changes will be in effect from beginning of service on Saturday, November 28, each weekend through to the last service on Sunday, December 20. a welcome boost for retail sales.” Councillor Iona Pannett, Chair of Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee, said the cheaper bus

fares bring multiple benefits to the city. “This shows support for an environmentally sustainable travel option for people who want to go shopping in the

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Calling for your donation Continued from page 1 Nicola said blood donors were very special. “We always need more donors. Currently only four per cent of the eligible population donates blood. “If you are part of the 96 per cent currently sat on the fence thinking about it, please jump off and join in. Nicola asked people to think of the “bigger picture” and said one donation could save three lives. “Think of all the little children who have leukaemia who your blood is able to save… you’ve got to go beyond yourself and think of who your donation could save. “You’re helping ultimately to save people’s lives and make a difference.” The New Zealand Blood Service was also hoping to have more people sign up for plasma donations, Nicola said. This year 240 people have donated plasma, however the blood service was hoping to reach 500 donations by the

end of the year. Plasma was used to make around 13 different medicines and because of this the demand for plasma had increased “hugely”, Nicola said. “You have to have given at least one blood donation in the last two years before you can become a plasma donor.” Plasma is collected using an apheresis machine. The machine spins off the red blood cells and keeps the plasma. The red blood cells are then returned to the donor. Plasma has also earned the nickname “liquid gold” because of its colour, Nicola said, “It really is so special, it can be made into so many different medicines.” The blood drive will take place next Thursday, November 19, at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Appointments are preferred and will take priority. To book an appointment call 0800 448 325.

Who receives blood? • About 1 per cent of the population (or 42,000 patients) are treated with blood or blood products each year. That’s equivalent to 110 jumbo jets full of people or nearly the capacity of Eden Park. • People who have been in accidents and suffered massive blood loss may need multiple transfusions of red blood cells and other blood components. • The biggest use of blood products is for the treatment of cancer at 26 per cent, with the next biggest being surgery at 19 per cent.

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