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Thursday March 24, 2016

Treasure Hunt for Mt Victoria Locals are encouraged to discover the beauty in their neighbourhood at the upcoming Mount Victoria Community Treasure Hunt. Project manager Tania Austin said the treasure hunt was held for the first time last year and would take place again this year on Sunday, April 3. Tania said everyone involved in the treasure hunt would receive a map, marked with certain locations they needed to visit. “The idea is people are encouraged to go between the different places which are marked on a treasure map and then complete a surprise activity each group or local has organised to do,” she said. “There were about 150 people who went along last year which was awesome… this year we are hoping for more people.”

Local groups and organisations involved in this year’s event include Clyde Quay School, Pikopiko Kindergarten, and Crossways Community Creche, Tania said. Following the popular treasure hunt, a community barbecue would take place at the Innermost Gardens. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown would be attending and there would also be spot prizes and the unveiling of a “secret” art project, Tania said. Registration for the treasure hunt will take place at Crossways on Roxburgh Street from 3pm, with barbecue and entertainment at Innermost Gardens on Lawson Place from 5pm.  For more information head to the Mount Victoria Community Treasure Hunt

Locals taking part in last year’s Mount Victoria Community Treasure Hunt.

Nicky Heitger with his award, presented by inspector Chris Bensemann and Councillor David Lee.

Top Scouts award for Brooklyn student By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

The first Chief Scout’s Award of 2016 has been given to a Wellington College Student from the Brooklyn Scouts Club. Nicky Heitger was presented with his award last Tuesday evening by police inspector Chris Bensemann. The Chief Scout’s Award is one of the highest awards in the scout section, Scouts must complete bronze, silver and gold awards before going on to complete the Chief Scout’s Award. Scouts must demonstrate a wide variety of skills they have learned throughout their time scouting to achieve the award. Denise Church, Brooklyn Scouts Leader, said “it takes everything they’ve learned in scouting and applies it further”. She said the award involved volunteering with the youth clubs and within their community. Only six Chief Scout’s Awards were awarded in Wellington in 2015, and this is

the fifth Chief Scout’s Award achieved at Brooklyn in the past two years. Nicky, who is a year 11 student, said he spent nearly three years working through all the awards to achieve the Chief Scout’s Award. “I’m really quite chuffed, I put a lot of work into it and it’s good to finally see it pay off,” he said. Nicky said his most challenging experience in Scouts was last October, when he organised an entire camp by himself, from the booking, to meal plans and consent forms. He said his favourite memory of scouts was attending the 20th National Scout Jamboree, where the scouts from all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands met to participate in a range of activities. “It was a 10-day camp and it was full of really great experiences,” he said. He said he now wants to head on to Venturers, the section for year 11-14 students, and work towards achieving the Queen's Scout Award, which is the highest award in the scouting movement.



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