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Thursday March 24, 2016

Hataitai Neighbours’ Day By Fay Samy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Relaxed times were had by all during Hataitai’s fourth annual Neighbours’ Day celebration on Sunday. Organised by the Hataitai Residents’ Association and hosted by the Hataitai Community Recreation Trust on Hataitai Road, the event boasted activities for all ages and was attended by about 40 local residents. Children were entertained by a selection of outdoor games, including cricket, pick-up-sticks, and bubbleblowing. Residents were treated to a performance by dancers from the Thai community of Wellington in New Zealand, who performed to a captivated audience. Adding to the backyard atmosphere

was a barbecue spread, provided by the association. Attendee and resident Chris Hare described the event as a proactive way to “get the community to work closer together”. Hataitai Community Recreation Trust coordinator Jenny Ellis described it as a good chance to “chat about local issues and meet neighbours”. Jenny stressed the suburb’s diversity as a huge bonus, saying, “there’s lots of history and a mix of people from many different cultures”. Neighbours’ Day is a nationwide annual initiative that aims to promote neighbourliness. The Hataitai festivities, along with concurrent neighbourhood events in other suburbs, were supported by a grant from the Wellington City Council.



(1.) Martin Woodbridge and daughter Ella-Mai, 1, enjoying the festivities at the Hataitai Neighbours' Day event (2.) Christophe Vesse, Patricia Chadwick, Catherine Maher, and Lynda Young get ready for a game of bowls at the Hataitai Neighbours' Day event (3.) Hataitai residents Dick Le Fort, Jenny Ellis, Rose Birt, and Chris Hare at the Hataitai Neighbours' Day event. (4.) Jane de L’isle mans the grill at the Hataitai Neighbours’ Day event. PHOTO CREDIT: Fay Samy



Local schools celebrate sustainability

Mural boosts community spirit

By Colin Engelbrecht



Around 170 children from six schools descended on the Berhampore Community Orchard last Friday to share locally donated food and tips for gardening and beekeeping. South Wellington Intermediate, Houghton Valley School, Berhampore School, Ridgway School, Newtown School and St Francis de Sales School all participated in last week’s event. The schools, who are part of the Enviroschool programme, came together to share an afternoon tea and strategies to support bees in local gardens. The EnviroSchool programme is focused on creating sustainable communities and this is achieved through teaching young people about sustainability in their neighbourhoods. The programme has been running for 11 years and was started in Waikato and there are now 16 fully committed schools in the Wellington city region. At last week’s event there were also experts speaking

Those involved in creating a public mural in Miramar had their first chance to admire their handiwork last Thursday evening. The recently completed mural covers an exterior wall of the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. It features images of old-time Miramar, including the gasworks, a coal ship and a tram. Designed by local resident Phil Dickson, the mural was painted by the Wellington Art Club and local volunteers over several weeks. Project manager Linda Smith said the project was about the community.

“The idea was to engender more community involvement.” When they had completed the mural, the painters realised they were not sure how they were going to mount it on the wall. At that point local builder John Herrick happened to drive by. He stopped to offer his help. When they explained the situation, he soon returned and helped put the mural in place. Wellington Art Club president Olympia Osborne said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the mural. Community centre organiser Grant Ellen said the public had responded positively to the mural. “There’s been a lot of good feedback.”

Cenna Lloyd and a few Berhampore Primary School students pose in their beekeeping gear during the event. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin Engelbrecht

on a range of subjects, like gardening, beekeeping and fruit tree care. The students brought experiences from their own school gardens and a group from Berhampore School spoke about their school beehives. “At first everyone had a fear of bees, but once we got ours everyone was

happy,” Ursula Gordon, a Berhampore School student said. Cenna Lloyd, of Local Flavour, looks after the orchard’s beehives which were provided by Local Flavour. “It’s good to have an opportunity like this so the kids can get more comfortable around bees,” she said.

From left, Phil Dickson, Olympia Osborne, Linda Smith and Grant Ellen in front of Miramar's new mural. PHOTO CREDIT: Amy Harrison

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