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central city and don’t want to Wellingtonians have cheaper have to worry about congesweekend bus fares to look tion or parking time limits. forward to next month. “Wellington City Council For four weeks from Novemfi rst proposed this initiative ber 28, Go Wellington buses in February this year and I’m will change to a $1 fare for one thrilled that it’s going ahead zone of travel and $2 adult fare in time for Christmas.” and $1.50 fare for children for The cheaper fares can be two or three zones of travel. paid by cash or with a Snapwill encour-after TheIt fiisrehoped servicethis is investigating per card. The changes will be age people to use public transfour buses were damaged by fire early in effect from beginning of tomorning. travel in and out of on port Friday service on Saturday, Novemtheficity. Fire ghters were called to the scene ber 28, each weekend through The Wellington City Council of the blaze, at the Kilbirnie bus depot to the last service on Sunday, has budgeted $200,000 for the on Onepu Rd, about 2am on Friday December 20. initiative. morning. Wellington Mayorsignificant Celia Four buses sustained  How do you feel about Wade-Brown said the public damage due to the fire. lower weekend fares on a welcome boost for retail fares bring multiple benefits transport initiative would help Investigations were now taking placesales.” Wellington buses? Are you to the city. to get more Wellingtonians and it was still unknown whether the Councillor Iona Pannett, more likely to use public “This shows support for an onto buses and deliberately. into the central fires were started transport these lower Four buses were badly damaged by fi re at the Kilbirnie Bus Depot last with week. Chair of Wellington City environmentally sustainable city during the busy weekends fares? Send us an email – Council’s Environment Com- travel option for people who in the run-up to Christmas. “This initiative will provide mittee, said the cheaper bus want to go shopping in the

Sophie takes tea Calling for your donation to the Oscars Continued from page 1 Nicola said blood donors were very special. Continued from page 1 This yearneed the more Academy Awards “We always donors. Curhave sparked controversy, with some rently only four per cent of the eligible celebrities expressing frustration over population donates blood. the lack of diversity across this year’s “If you are part of the 96 per cent curnominations. rently sat on the fence thinking about it, With this mind will be please jump offinand joinSophie in. taking two teas to be sampled, ‘DiversiNicola asked people to think of the tea’, apicture” chai teaand andsaid ‘Redone Carpet Rooi“bigger donation bos’, a classic African red bush tea. could save three lives. “Because theylittle willchildren be getting “Think of all the whoso many consumer products… hopefully have leukaemia who your blood is fewsave… local media pick up ablea to you’veoutlets got to will go beyond that we are being a little toungue and yourself and think of who your donation cheek, could save.she said.” Sophie’s range of tea, whichtoincludes “You’re helping ultimately save black, white, green red teas, is people’s lives and makeand a difference.” sourced from four continents The New Zealand Blood Serviceacross was the world. also hoping to have more people sign She said the urge to stay at home with up for plasma donations, Nicola said. her two children motivated her to start This year 240 people have donated up herhowever own business as a service side project. plasma, the blood was hoping to reach 500 donations by the

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end of the year. Plasma was used to make around 13 However, she never expected different medicines and because of the this business to take off as well as it has. the demand for plasma had increased Sophie Nicola said asaid. highlight of the “hugely”, • About 1 per cent of the population upcoming event was opportunity “You have to have the given at least one (or 42,000 patients) are treated with to meet some “big stars, blood donation in name” the last twosuch years as Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hanks, blood or blood products each year. before you can become a plasma donor.” Charlotte and Brie Larson. That’s equivalent to 110 jumbo jets Plasma is Rampling collected using an apheresis She saidThe she was absolutely thrilled at full of people or nearly the capacity machine. machine spins off the theblood opportunity to promote red cells and keeps her theproducts plasma. of Eden Park. and red wasblood so shocked by the The cells are theninvitation, returned first thought it was a hoax. toshe theatdonor. • People who have been in acci“You to bethe there, even if Plasmacouldn’t has alsopay earned nickname dents and suffered massive blood you hadgold” the biggest marketing in “liquid because of itsbudget colour, loss may need multiple transfusions the world, it’s only by invitation. Nicola said, “It really is so special, it “An opportunity like this is a of red blood cells and other blood can be made into so many different big break – especially for a small components. medicines.” 40 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Welli company.” Sophie currently sellstake her organic 50 Metres from Wellington Regional The blood drive will place next • The biggest use of blood productsAqua loose tea leaves online overThursday, November 19, at the ASB Easy is Access for the treatment of cancerAvailab at with Parking seas, however, New Zealand Sports Centre inaKilbirnie from 9.30am 26 per cent, with the next biggest will Appointments be live within theare pretowebsite 2.30pm. being surgery at 19 per cent. month. ferred and will take priority. To book an appointment call 0800 448 325.


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