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Thursday January 28, 2016

Energy calculator launched Wellington has become the first city in New Zealand and the second city in the world, following Beijing, to launch a 2050 Energy Calculator. It will allow Wellingtonians to explore how energy and transport choices will shape the city’s carbon emissions footprint and help address climate change. Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, said Wellington’s

2050 Energy Calculator was an opportunity for Wellingtonians young and old to learn about, understand, and take action to fight climate change. “Users can vary 31 ‘levers’ that affect how energy is used and produced in the city– such as improving public transport or increasing the number of solar panel installations. “The calculator will allow

people to see the impact of their choices on Wellington’s emissions pathway, based on scientific data. “It covers all parts of the economy and all greenhouse gas emissions released in the city, including non-energy-related emissions.” The calculator framework was developed by the UK government as a way to help understand

emissions and address climate change on a global scale. Wellington City Council has adapted the calculator in partnership with the National Energy Research Institute and Enspiral. The council was using the calculator to build an energy pathway for Wellington that hits the 80 per cent CO2-e emission reduction target by 2050.

The council said the calculator has also proven useful for crafting a more targeted approach to future emissions reduction efforts based on data rather than intuition.  To calculate and share your emission pathway online go to

inbriefnews Mayor thrilled with Oscar qualifying festival Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, is thrilled Doc Edge, New Zealand’s Documentary Edge festival, has become an Oscar-qualifying festival, with two of its top films eligible for Academy Award nominations. Documentaries which win Best International Short or Best New Zealand Short at the festival are on a fast track to being considered for an Oscar

nomination. Ms Wade-Brown said this was excellent news. “Wellington City Council is delighted to have supported this festival in our creative capital. Films shown at the Wellington and Auckland Doc Edge will be directly eligible for Oscar consideration, giving New Zealand documentaries greater global recognition.”

Miniature pony for Ronald McDonald house The New Zealand Racing Board visited Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday to play some games, cook a meal and offer rides on a miniature pony for the children staying at the house in Newtown. The board provides stability

and resources to New Zealand families through services such as the Ronald McDonald House programme, which operates in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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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Baby bunnies a hit at Kilmarnock Heights Home Baby bunnies are the latest attraction at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore. The rest home got two rabbits, named Adam and Eve, in November last year. The pair are now proud parents of seven, which have been welcomed with open arms explains Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation team leader Annelize Steyn. “The residents can cuddle them and it’s such a beautiful moment to watch. Their eyes light up around the bunnies and the room is filled with smiles.” Annelize says having pets at Kilmarnock Heights Home has many benefits, including providing companionship, giving residents an opportunity to nurture, to help trigger memories and to spark conversation. “One resident becomes a completely different person when the bunnies come out,” Annelize explains.

“She tells the story of how she grew up on a farm and her father would come home after working in the fields with a bunny in his pocket and she would raise it. The bunnies spark that beautiful memory for her.” When the rabbits get older some will be rehomed at another Enliven home in Wellington, as well as to staff and people in the community. Until then, residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home will enjoy the company of their young, fluffy companions. Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or visit

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