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Residents sayOwhiro no to campground Fine fare at Bay Fair

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helicopter rides, Bay Country Fair.” look at what is available. With initsthe Continued from page 2 are always welcomed when area,” Paul Owhiro entertainment and bumper ball The fair enjoys strong local “I am really hoping the counThe Environment ComBoth Paul and David sug- overseas and I think we need soccer, the Owhiro Bay Country support with a large contingent mittee will deliberate on the cil will listen to what the com- gested looking at alternatives to offer that same type of Fair enjoys a reputation for being of parents and helpers from the issue at a meeting today and munity is saying very clearly.” hospitality. a livelyoutside day. Wellington City. Owhiro Bay Learning ComOwhiro Bay School board a decision as to whether the “Webringing know the demand Wellington City Councillor The annual fair is a regular and munity their talents campground will get the green chairman, Peter Noble, said Iona Pannett, who is also is there and we know it is popular spring fixture on the and putting in many hours of the small suburb did south not coast light will be made. growing.” chairand of this the year, Environment one of hard work to ensure a great day In the meantime the commu- need two freedom camping Committee, camping is had  How do you feel about the food stalls will said be helmed by all. nity has collected more than grounds. Wellington had been a Owhiro an innerBay city Kindergarten campground by twoin award winning executive “The idea that a community 250 signatures from residents problem for many years. in Happy Email us at chefs from popular Wellington head teacherValley? Sharryn Mountopposed to the campground, with 500 people has to deal “ We wa nt to welcome ford-Gibbs restaurants. said visitors could in a last minute effort to see with 50 per cent of Wellingtourists to our city… Kiwis also expect a few “local celebMacLean Fraser from Artisan ton’s camping issue is Dining an the proposal put to bed. House at the Bolton Hotel rities” to appear on the day. President of the Owhiro Bay unfair burden.” and Regnar Christensen from Principal of Owhiro Bay School, Wellington City Councillors Residents Association, Jason Ortega Fish Shack and Bar will Tineke Giddy, said organisers be cooking up a storm on the tried try to balance their aim Brennan, said the community David Lee and Paul Eagle big day. of fundraising with the aim of already had a freedom camp- both and said the site at Happy ing site at Owhiro Bay’s Te Valley Park was unsuitable.With the exact menus yet to creating a great day out. be revealed, the community is “There will be numerous other “There are so many environKopahou reserve. abuzz with discussion about what stalls on the day including heliHe said a survey completed mental issues and we have to dishes copter rides and a fantastic silent it will be on offer. when the proposal for the look at mitigation, whether However, the chefs have hinted auction thanks to the generosity campground was announced, is the school, traffic or impact there is a good chance vermicelli of many Wellington businesses.” showed 79 per cent of the on the stream,” said David. noodle salad with roast pork will This year’s fair proceeds will “… we have to listen to the community was opposed to be on the menu. be used to upgrade the school's community they have some the campground. Fair co-ordinator, Emma De- and kindy's computers and iPads “Owhiro Bay already has a valid concerns.” breceny, said MacLean and Reg- so the students have the latest “Local residents and nar or- have cooked in prestigious technology at their fingertips. campsite so this would be the op- Members second one the council has ganisations are strongly restaurants and won of thenumerous Owhiro Baycommunity opposed a The Owhiroare Bay CountrytoFair put in our community without posed to a second low-cost which in the small suburb of all around thewould world.see a campground is from 10.30am to 2.30pm on MacLean Fraser and his son Cato alongside Regnar Christensen awardsproposal motorhome and camping to otherTova. communities 500 thrilled people. that they’re Sunday November 22 at Owhiro “We’re andgoing his daughter Both chefstowill be cooking up a storm at park bringing their expertise to the Bay School, Happy Valley Road. this weekend’s country fair. PHOTO: Nikki Papatsoumas

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.

Growing their mo for a good cause Families benefi t 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 from the Wellington Curtain Bank uninsulated wall. her son has not been sick again. “In cold and damp homes, family Sustainability Trust’s Curtain Bank members can be more susceptible is generously supported by Genesis to serious illnesses, including rheu- Energy and Wellington Community matic fever, respiratory illness, Trust and relies on a steady supply of asthma, and skin conditions. donated, used curtains. “Not all landlords provide curtains A dedicated team – including 12 and for those families on tight budg- volunteers – tailor the second hand ets buying good quality, new curtains stock to fit each home, with added is simply unaffordable”. lining to help ensure homes can be Curtain recipient, Paulina Taaku kept warm and dry. Smith, said her family benefited The curtain bank is now closed for greatly from the curtains she re- the summer and will reopen in April ceived through the Wellington 2016 to service families in need for Curtain Bank. another year. “My son, Irata, got admitted to ICU  Curtain donations are gratefully twice, with bronchiolitis. The house received all year round at Sustainwas too cold.” Trust’s 2 Forrester Some of the staff at Pak’n Saveability Kilbirnie whoEcoCentre, are Paulina participating said since getting curtains thisLane, Tory Street, Wellington. in Movember month.

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