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Q: We asked Island Bay School children what Christmas means to them

Ellie Sarten Wellington

Sebastian Bailey Wellington

Sylvie Blake-O’Ryan Wellington

“Spending time with family, celebrating and it’s time to have fun with your family at different special occasions.”

“It means spending time with family, getting presents and having fun.”

“It means spending heaps of time with my cousins and at the pool, we swim all holidays.”

Caleb East Wellington

Keenan Ranchhod Wellington

“To me Christmas is for family, “Spending time with going to different places family and the day Jesus to see them. I am going to was born.” Christchurch this year to have fun. For Christian people it is about celebrating the day Christ was born.”

Hana Kilford Wellington “I think Christmas is about having a break from everything and doing Christmas stuff.”

LETTERS to the editor 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 for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Disabled car parks Dear Ed, I would like to make some comments on the new disabled carparks outside the Island Bay Medical Centre on The Parade. Previously they were angle parks and I was able to get out of the car and step onto the kerb immediately. Unfor-

tunately, these new carparks are situated closer to the middle of the road, and they are now parallel parking spaces. As a disabled driver, I am now in the position of having to open the car door and step out towards the middle of the road before

I can make my way to the kerb. This new arrangement has made what was a simple straightforward action into a complex and rather dangerous process - all for the sake of a visit to my local doctor. Conversations with staff at the medical

centre indicate that other patients are facing similar difficulties. How long, do you think, before a disabled driver is clipped by a car or bus coming along from behind? Malcolm Swift Island Bay

Holistic care at Kilmarnock Heights Home

A rest home with spark Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community Kilmarnock Heights Home is special; it’s more than just a rest home. As well as providing daily living support we ensure residents have choice and control in their lives. We take every opportunity to bring companionship, fun and meaningful activity into the lives of elders. Family and friends Kilmarnock Heights Home is like one big family. Residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising. So, we welcome animals at our home. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. The social life At Kilmarnock Heights Home we support residents to continue doing the things they love in a way that’s right for them. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

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A south Wellington rest home believes their elder-directed philosophy is improving the lives of elders by focusing on holistic wellbeing. Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is embracing a unique model of care called the Eden Alternative which works against the plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Christine Cuthbert, who has worked as a chaplain at Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore for 16 years, says the Eden Alternative improves the Enliven Chaplain lives of elders by taking every nock Heights HomChristine Cuthbert and Kilmare opportunity to bring companion- McCallum decorate residents Ruth Murray and Bob together. ship, meaning and purpose, fun and spontaneity to the lives of idents, listen elders, rather than just focusing on clinical to their life stories and be there to offer care alone. support and guidance.” She explains that part of that is providChristine says Kilmarnock Heights Home ing pastoral and spiritual care to support has changed remarkably since Enliven residents and families of all faiths, cultures homes embarked on their Eden Alternative and ethnicities. journey eight years ago. “Spirituality is about the things that bring “It’s made quite a difference to the home’s meaning, purpose and value into people’s dynamic because residents have become lives. It can be expressed in many different much more involved,” says Christine. ways which are unique to each person,” “It’s very much a home here, not a facilsays Christine. ity.” “It can be a religious faith, or through Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by hobbies, like art, or the feeling of giving. Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisaOften it’s a combination of things.” tion Presbyterian Support Central, and Christine says residents and staff embrace provides rest home and respite care as well all cultures, religions and beliefs at Kilmar- as a popular day guest programme. nock Heights Home. “I work with residents individually  For more information about Kilmarnock because people of all different religions, Heights Home, located at 20 Morton cultures and ethnicities live here. Everyone Street, Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or is spiritual and my role is to befriend the res- visit

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