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Community

Community events coming up in Island Bay • Arthritis NZ Gout Workshop: Gout is the second most common type of arthritis in New Zealand. Come along to a talk by Zoe Pullman, arthritis educator, and find out more about what causes gout and how to manage this condition. Please contact 0800 663 463 or 04 472 5670 or email zoe.pullman@arthritis.org.nz to register. No cost to attend. Wednesday November 25 from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Island Bay Community Centre. • Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society: The society collects, stores and makes available historical information about Houghton Bay, Island Bay and Owhiro Bay at the Island Bay Community Centre. The collection is open to the public every Friday between 10am and 2pm, except from mid-De-

Students from St Patricks Primary School are excited for their upcoming Ethnic Food Fair.

cember to the end of January and on public holidays. All welcome. • Island Bay Toastmasters: Toastmasters is a fun and welcoming environment in which to practise speaking and leadership skills and gain confidence speaking in public. The group meet on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Island Bay Community Centre. • Dance for Mature Bodies: Classes are movement based and combine a range of styles from contemporary, classical free movement and others with emphasis on enjoyment while working on overall fitness and core stability for the mature body. Fridays from 11.15am to12.15pm at the Island Bay Community Centre.

If you would like to advertise an event or your local business on the Island Bay Community page, please email islandbayres@gmail.com

Ethnic food on offer By Nikki Papatsoumas

Locals have the opportunity to taste a variety of authentic food from across the world. Next Friday, St Patricks Primary School in Kilbirnie will hold an Ethnic Food Fair. St Patricks Primary School principal Vanessa Jensen said the theme of this year’s event reflected the school’s diversity. “The Food Fair celebrates our school’s diversity and helps to build a strong sense of belonging and community spirit within the school.” Most of the delicious food on offer would be made by the parents and would include Assyrian, Indian, Ethiopian, Filipino and Samoan, Vanessa said. “It’s really authentic food from all around the world.”

Students also were involved in the process - at a mufti day held last Friday every student brought in an item for the tombola. This year the school will be raising money for new playground equipment. Vanessa said local businesses had also been “generous” in offering their support. At the fair the school will be running raffles and silent auctions for prizes generously donated by many local businesses, including Harry's Boutique, Robyn Matheson, The Roxy Cinema, Weta Cave, Standouts Drama classes, the Children's Bookshop, La Boca Loca, Gasworks and many more including a week of five meals from Nadia Lim's My Food Bag. She now hoped members of the community would come and join in the fun.  St Patricks Primary Ethnic Food Fair next Friday, November 27 from 5.30pm.

Island Bay Childcare Now Taking Enrolments Renovations due for completion in December - Enrolments for January and the New Year now welcome Island Bay Childcare is a purpose built early childhood education centre situated in the heart of Island Bay. As our rolls were filling up fast, we saw a need in the community to extend our Childcare Centre. We purchased the property next door and commenced work on a brand new room for our 3.5 - 5 year old children, including a fabulous playground to meet the needs of these older children. We are a family run centre that encourages strong family values in our children and staff and we offer regular events to share and communicate with our families. We are influenced by our local community in regards to the socioeconomic, cultural and historic factors. We work with parents/whãnau and teach them about the academic learning that occurs through the medium of play. We provide quality child care and quality education for children from 6 months to five

years old with highly trained and registered Early Childhood Teachers. We provide full day care in a safe, caring, friendly and nurturing environment for preschool aged children. The brand new 3.5-5 year old room, due for completion in December, is the perfect complement to our dedicated under 2’s room and our 2-3.5 year old room. It will also allow us to focus on the older children by way of our wonderful transition to school programme. Recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Heart Foundation Gold: te Harakeke “Healthy Heart Award” which is awarded to ECE centres who meet stringent criteria in nutritious meals, physical programmes and general well-being philosophies at the centre. We are now open for enrolments so talk to us about how we can help your child get the best early childhood education and care.

Ph: 04 383 8348 or 0508 2 CHILDCARE

112 The Parade Island Bay, Wellington. Email: info@islandbaychildcare.co.nz Web: www.islandbaychildcare.co.nz

One of the luxury affordable homes on offer through Amazing Accom.

Homeowners cashing in on new rental opportunities Amazing Accom is a Wellington based company that enables quality home owners the opportunity to rent out their home or apartment as short stay accommodation to people visiting the capital. Owners are seeing huge financial benefits and a lot of retired or semi-retired people are utilising the service as they have second homes they go to or friends and family they can visit and stay with. Others just use the income to jet set around the world and enjoy their lives outside of Wellington and often come home with more money in the bank. Managing Director of Amazing Accom, Campbell Bevan, said on average people book the homes for one week, but bookings vary from 3 nights to several months, relative to what the homeowner makes available online to be booked. The Amazing Accom team includes a professional photographer who can pho-

tograph homes available for rent, as well as a dedicated account manager available to list properties online. Anyone booking a property through Amazing Accom enters into an online tenancy agreement, which means homeowners can rest assured their home is safe. Campbell said as well as this the quality of tenants are high as they don't do cheap accommodation and specialise in luxury and affordable luxury, or four star plus. Campbell said renters were typically corporate groups who did not want to stay in a hotel for a week, or high income earning families. Amazing Accom offers a win-win situation for home-owners and those who are visiting the city and need a quality place to stay.  For more information visit www.luxuryholidayhouses.com or call 04-4795579

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