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Thursday March 31, 2016

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Fight to save tree Continued from page 1 The tree was originally scheduled to be cut down earlier this week, but this was postponed after a community meeting was

organised for today. “Once this tree is removed it becomes an unalterable change. The removal of this tree removes a quality of life to all of


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create a central green space for tenants, that doesn’t have a car gliding through it. “We really want to prioritise the safety of children and all tenants.” Vicki said it was always sad to lose a tree, but the upgrade of the flats would see the implementation of many more trees. She said four existing pohutukawa trees on the site have been retained, 13 new three-metre pohutukawa trees would be planted and more than 50 other trees would also be planted on the site. “We are losing one tree but gaining so much more in terms of amenities for tenants,” she said. Vicki said it was likely the tree would be cut down later this week, following today’s meeting.

Welcome to friendly new faces By Nikki Papatsoumas

Manager: Stephan van Rensburg

us around,” Fiona said. Les Boardman’s house is adjacent to the tree and he said it provided some privacy from the neighbouring flats. “There is not going to be any protection for me… my flat is going to be open to people coming up the drive and parking. “Those flats are big and intimidating and they are right outside my kitchen window.” He said he was confused as to why the council was choosing to remove the tree. Wellington City Council’s manager of city housing, Vicki McLaren, said the primary reason for removal of the tree was to provide a safe access route to the complex from Kemp Street for both pedestrians and vehicles. “We are redesigning the driveway and parking space at both entrance areas to the site to

Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay have welcomed two smiling new faces to the community. Lieutenant Francis Vemoa and his wife, Captain Corryn, are the new Corps Officers at the Salvation Army Kilbirnie. They follow in the footsteps of Captain Joe and Major Jeannine Serevi, who moved to Auckland earlier this year. The couple arrived in Wellington at the beginning of January with their 17-month-old son Solomon and said they were now enjoying diving into their new role. Francis and Corryn met while Corryn was working as an officer for the Salvation Army in Petone. Following this, Francis did his training and the couple then moved to the Salvation Army in Lower Hutt. Francis said since arriving, he and Corryn have been focused

on settling into work and their new community. “People have been really good. At the moment we are just trying to focus on in house stuff and get to know the people here before we start branching out,” he said. Corryn said they were enjoying their time in the capital. “It is really nice being here, we didn’t realise how close to the beach we would be, it was a really nice surprise. I have appreciated how multi-cultural the community is – being a mixed family ourselves.” She said she and Francis had a different skill set to Joe and Jeannine and because of this they hoped to contribute something different to the community. “We strive to be people of integrity and for our words to match our actions and our faith. “We just see ourselves as being on the same journey as everyone else and living life together and supporting each other.”

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