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Thursday November 19, 2015

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Fine fare at Owhiro Bay Fair

Suspicious Fires Police are seeking information about a suspicious fire near Mount Victoria last week. Police said at about 7.30pm a fire was lit near the badminton hall on Ruahine St. Two more fires were started on Friday morning about 7.30am just off the Mt Victoria walking tracks north of the SPCA. The track leads from Alexandra Rd down to Pirie St. Police said the fires were reported and were extinguished quickly. Police have asked members of the public with information about the fires to contact them.

Vigil for Paris Hundreds of people gathered at Civic Square on Tuesday night for a moment of reflection and remembrance following attacks in Paris at the weekend. The Ambassador of France, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and the Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown were among those in attendance. A book of condolences will remain in the main council building foyer until Friday evening for those who wish to write a message of support or tribute.

MacLean Fraser and his son Cato alongside Regnar Christensen and his daughter Tova. Both chefs will be cooking up a storm at this weekend’s country fair. PHOTO: Nikki Papatsoumas

With its helicopter rides, live entertainment and bumper ball soccer, the Owhiro Bay Country Fair enjoys a reputation for being a lively day. The annual fair is a regular and popular spring fixture on the south coast and this year, one of the food stalls will be helmed by two award winning executive chefs from popular Wellington restaurants. MacLean Fraser from Artisan Dining House at the Bolton Hotel and Regnar Christensen from Ortega Fish Shack and Bar will be cooking up a storm on the big day. With the exact menus yet to be revealed, the community is abuzz with discussion about what dishes will be on offer. However, the chefs have hinted there is a good chance vermicelli noodle salad with roast pork will be on the menu. Fair co-ordinator, Emma Debreceny, said MacLean and Regnar have cooked in prestigious restaurants and won numerous awards all around the world. “We’re thrilled that they’re bringing their expertise to the

Owhiro Bay Country Fair.” The fair enjoys strong local support with a large contingent of parents and helpers from the Owhiro Bay Learning Community bringing their talents and putting in many hours of hard work to ensure a great day is had by all. Owhiro Bay Kindergarten head teacher Sharryn Mountford-Gibbs said visitors could also expect a few “local celebrities” to appear on the day. Principal of Owhiro Bay School, Tineke Giddy, said organisers tried try to balance their aim of fundraising with the aim of creating a great day out. “There will be numerous other stalls on the day including helicopter rides and a fantastic silent auction thanks to the generosity of many Wellington businesses.” This year’s fair proceeds will be used to upgrade the school's and kindy's computers and iPads so the students have the latest technology at their fingertips.  The Owhiro Bay Country Fair is from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Sunday November 22 at Owhiro Bay School, Happy Valley Road.

Families benefit from curtain bank Another 520 Wellington families have warmer, healthier homes thanks to Sustainability Trust’s curtain bank. The Wellington Curtain Bank has provided free, fitted curtains to families around the region for the past six years. Using curtains donated by the Wellington public, this year has seen over 1600 pairs of curtains up cycled for eligible families, including many with children, elderly members or those suffering with housing related health issues. Curtain bank co-ordinator Shelali Shetty said well fitted and lined curtains made a big difference to keeping homes warm. “Uncovered windows can lose four

or five times as much heat as an uninsulated wall. “In cold and damp homes, family members can be more susceptible to serious illnesses, including rheumatic fever, respiratory illness, asthma, and skin conditions. “Not all landlords provide curtains and for those families on tight budgets buying good quality, new curtains is simply unaffordable”. Curtain recipient, Paulina Taaku Smith, said her family benefited greatly from the curtains she received through the Wellington Curtain Bank. “My son, Irata, got admitted to ICU twice, with bronchiolitis. The house was too cold.” Paulina said since getting curtains

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