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Neighbours’ Day at St Paul’s By Laura Shipley MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Last Saturday was Neighbours’ Day and to mark the event Mt Cook’s St Paul’s Lutheran Church held a free barbecue to encourage the suburb’s locals to get to know each other. This year is the second time the church’s Pastor, Jim Pietsch has held the barbecue for the people who live around St Paul’s. About 20 people came to enjoy the food and music. Some were students from the area walking past on their way to town and some were church members both from the community and from the wider Wellington areas. “We served approximately 75 sausages, 70 burgers, and 150 bread rolls,” Jim said. St Paul’s is the only Lutheran church in Wellington so they have members from all over Wellington. “There are lots of people around here, but, because everyone is in apartments, they don’t get to meet each other,” Jim said. Every year Wellington City Council gives out grants to community groups to put on Neighbours’ Day events.

Jim said he saw the grant offer for last year’s Neighbours’ Day and thought it would be a good way to meet the community around the church. “The church is part of the neighbourhood.” Jim said he decided to run the event again because it went so well last year. St Paul’s member Georgina Preston said she was glad the weather was good. “It’s not raining this year so that’s a huge improvement.” The St Paul’s event is organised by a group of about eight church members as well as volunteers from the community. A local church member provided coffee from Caffe L’affare, where he works, for the event. Church members from Porirua, Garry Spooner and his son Thomas Spooner, volunteered their time to play live music. Jim said he aims to make this an annual event to bring the community closer together. St Paul’s meets every Sunday at 10am and also has Mini Minstrels, a half hour music class for pre-school children, on Wednesdays.

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Event assistant Caitlyn Shannon hands out doggy treats at Lyall Bay’s Bark in the Park.

A dog’s day out By Safia Archer MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Dogs and their owners gathered at Lyall Bay beach for Saturday’s canine event with a charitable twist. Around 100 people brought their dogs to the eastern end of the beach for Beneful’s Bark in the Park. Event organiser Emma Streeter said the main purpose of the event was to connect dog owners with Beneful products. “We wanted to do something a bit different so you’ve got the fancy dress, you’ve got the agility course, the go pro is a new thing for this year, great to see the dog’s

St Paul’s church Pastor Jim Pietsch looks on as Rodney Trice (left) and Guntur Fronling cook up some food for neighbours of the church. PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Shipley

point of view.” The event will also support Bark NZ, a charity that works with communities on the healthy relationship between dogs and children, she said. The Cart Co.’s Jeremy Marr, who was onsite to provide coffee and refreshments, said they were donating 50 cents of every cup or 10 per cent of the takings to Bark NZ. Hataitai local Mary Connolly, who was walking by the event with daughters Natasha, 6, Isabella, 4, and Labrador Tess, said they had a “brilliant time”. PHOTO CREDIT: Safia Archer

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