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Wellingtonians have cheaper weekend bus fares to look forward to next month. For four dressing weeks from Those up Novemfor the ber 28, Go Wellington buses Wellington Sevens this weekwill to aopportunity $1 fare for one endchange have an to zone travelof and $2 adult fare win of a share $15,000. and $1.50 farethere for children for This year is a new two or three in zones travel. category theofevent’s It is hoped this will encourpopular Costume Catwalk – age people to can use public competitors battle transit out port to travel and out of for the Judges’inChoice, Best the city. prize. Superhero The CityisCouncil TheWellington new category one of has $200,000 for the sixbudgeted in the costume contest, initiative. sponsored by local businessWellington Mayor Celia man Chris Parkin, in associaWade-Brown said theSevens. public tion with Wellington transport initiative help A $15,000 prizewould pool will torecognise get more Wellingtonians the top creations in onto into the central Bestbuses Male,and Best Female, Best city during busy weekends Couple andthe Best Group. in the run-up to Christmas. “This initiative will provide

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The Supreme Winner will be selected from the finalists of each category. Also this year, following the success of the children’s category introduced for the first time last year, the efforts of the youngest fans will once again be recognised with a Best Junior prize. Chris said the contest provided an added incentive for Sevens fans to go all out at New Zealand’s biggest dressup event. a“The welcome boost are for aretail costumes big sales.” feature of Wellington Sevens Councillor and people loveIona to getPannett, into the Chair of Wellington City spirit of dressing up. Council’s Environment Committee, said the cheaper bus

central city and don’t want to have to worry about congestion or parking time limits. “Wellington City “We want to see howCouncil much fi rst proposed this initiative effort people have put into in February this yearidea, andthe I’m their costumes – the thrilled that it’s going ahead execution and the attitude,” in said. time for Christmas.” he The faresgeneral can be Sevenscheaper Wellington paid by cash or with a manager, Steve Dunbar,Snapsaid perCostume card. TheCatwalk changes was will be the a in effectfor from beginning highlight many fans and aof servicefor onthose Saturday, chance who Novemchoose ber 28, each weekend through to dress up to show off the to the last service on Sunday, costumes in all their glory. December “Dressing20. up is synony-

“Every year I’m blown away at how much effort people put into their costumes and I think it’s only right that we offer prizes to reward the best of the best. “We’ve added a superhero prize this year to recognise their popularity. It really doesn’t matter whether you’re five or 50 years old, everyone dreams of being a superhero with special powers at some stage in their life.” Chris said the judges would fares bring multiple benefits be looking for originality to the city. of design and concept when “This shows support an selecting winners for allforcatenvironmentally sustainable egories. travel option for people who want to go shopping in the

mous with Wellington Sevens  How do you feel about and offers the best people lower weekend fares on watching experience in you the Wellington buses? Are country.” more likely to use public  For more information head transport with these lower to fares? www.sevens.co.nz Send us an email – news@wsn.co.nz

Playgroup re-launched Calling for your donation Continued from page 1 The church’s minister, Continued from Reverend page 1 Paul Prestidge, said although the weekly playNicola said blood donors were very group was still held while strengthening special. work was carried out, during this time it “We need more donors. Curran intoalways some problems. rently only four eligible “We got downper to cent onlyofathe couple of population donates blood. families. We have got a few more lined you the 96 per cent curup“Ifbut weare arepart defiof nitely looking to build rently sat up. on the fence thinking about it, members please jump off and in. the play“[So we decided] tojoin re-launch Nicola asked people to of the group on the back of havingthink upgraded the “bigger picture” and said one donation building.” could threewho lives.now works at the June save Stewart, “Thinktook of her all children the littletochildren who church, the playgroup 30 years ago. have leukaemia who your blood is Sheto said the fact the group had able save… you’ve got to goremained beyond in the community for nearly 40 was yourself and think of who youryears donation a sign of its popularity. could save. “Back in helping those daysultimately there wereto nosave play “You’re centres, only Plunket groups. For me it was people’s lives and make a difference.” always a great way toBlood get to meet people.” The New Zealand Service was Philippa Ward has attended the Miramar also hoping to have more people sign Playgroup for thedonations, past four-and-a-half years up for plasma Nicola said. with her three sons. This year 240 people have donated “I came along because my sister was plasma, however the blood service was here. It is just fantastic, especially during hoping to reach 500 donations by the

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the winter when kids need to get out and do things. end of the year. “Having other mums and other kids for Plasma was used to make around 13 your kids to play with and the continuity of different medicines and because this coming every Wednesday is great.ofThere the demand for plasma had increased are so many really lovely people here.” “hugely”, said.said as part of the ReverendNicola Prestidge “You have to have given at least one playgroups re-launch, organisers would be blood donation increativity. the last two years focusing on art and before can Rebecca become a Phillips plasma donor.” Localyou artist would Plasma is collected an apheresis attend each session, using teaching children machine. spins off the various artsThe and machine crafts. red blood cells and keeps the plasma.  The Miramar Playgroup takes place everyred Wednesday from to 11.30 The blood cells are9.30am then returned at the Miramar to donor. Uniting Church on Hobart St. Entry has is by gold coin the donation. For Plasma also earned nickname more information, contact Philippa on “liquid gold” because of its colour, 0211809294. Nicola said, “It really is so special, it can be made into so many different medicines.”

• 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.

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