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Thursday April 21, 2016

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Q: What does Anzac Day mean to you?

Jan Naukivell Kilbirnie

Alpesh Patel Kilbirnie

“It’s about everyone that “It’s all about people who has been in war, not just sacrificed their lives in WWI and WWII, it’s the more war.” recent wars as well.”

Baz Sturgess Kilbirnie

Hayden Corney Kilbrinie

Michael Barnett Kilbirnie

“It means a lot to me. I am ex-service and my father was a return man. I’ll be down at Seatoun on Anzac Day.”

“It’s a time of remembrance and remembering what that generation fought for.”

“The making of New Zealand as a nation.”

LETTERS to the editor

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Our nuclear free city Dear Ed, Yes, after reading Richard Keller's letter (CSN Apr 14), your readers should all feel greatly comforted to be reassured Wellington is a nuclear-free city, by a larger sign telling us so. It all reminds me of a tea break conversation at our ‘consumer’ office, over 30 years ago, as we discussed the possibility of atomic bombs destroying Wellington. The Middle East situation was making us anxious just then; and the borough of Eastbourne had recently

Shane Chalk Kilbirnie “Remembering family members that have fought for us in the war and trying to keep those memories alive.”

Plunket Rooms declared itself nuclear-free. An Irish-born man said, with Irish wit and cynicism, “Well, when hostilities begin, I'll move around to Eastbourne: it's nuclear-free." So now, we can all feel much safer, having been reminded of all this. In fact, it might make us even safer from destruction if we also declared Wellington an earthquake-free city, don't you think? Hector Westfold Miramar

Dear Ed, Whatever could have happened in the process of weighing babies and advising and helping their mothers that the Island Bay Plunket rooms are now unsuitable for Plunket's work? I see there is talk of a relocation of both Brooklyn and Island Bay Plunket nurses and a Rongotai Plunket family. This sounds very ominous. Any relocation away from Island Bay means mothers are going to have to

travel to get to the rooms. How? By car? By bus? Don't forget Island Bay has recently been deprived of two bus stops and some mothers are already seriously inconvenienced by this. Surely this move will disadvantage the very people Plunket is supposed to help, mothers and babies? Irene Fagan Island Bay

Nicholas Ombler-Urey is introduced to one of Kilmarnock Heights Home’s rabbits by clinical nurse manager Anna Roberts.

Berhampore kids and elders join forces A rest home with spark Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community Kilmarnock Heights Home is special; it’s more than just a rest home. As well as providing daily living support we ensure residents have choice and control in their lives. We take every opportunity to bring companionship, fun and meaningful activity into the lives of elders. Family and friends Kilmarnock Heights Home is like one big family. Residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising. So, we welcome animals at our home. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. The social life At Kilmarnock Heights Home we support residents to continue doing the things they love in a way that’s right for them. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

20 Morton Street, Berhampore, Wellington Visit: | Freephone: 0508 36 54 83

True connections are being formed between the elders of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home and the children of PORSE in-home childcare. A large group of twenty PORSE children and their caregivers visited the rest home recently and plan to be back for at least three more visits throughout the year. Kilmarnock Heights Home clinical nurse manager Anna Roberts says children are an integral part of daily life at the home and the home’s model of care, the Eden Alternative, recognises that. “The children bring their unique personalities, smiles and their laughter to the home,” says Anna. She says Kilmarnock Heights Home is a child-friendly environment, and both the children and elders enjoy interacting with each other and with the home’s many animal companions. “There was certainly a lot of energy in the room during visit. There was singing, dancing and laughter all round,” says Anna. PORSE programme tutor Suzanne Archer

says the aim of the visits is to build a strong partnership between PORSE and Kilmarnock Heights Home and to provide the children with an opportunity to develop relationships with elders in their community. “We knew that Kilmarnock Heights Home has animals, is a safe environment and welcomes children, so we organised the visits from there and we have three more this year.” Suzanne says bonds are already beginning to form between the children and the residents. “Some of these children don’t have grandparents around and it’s great for them to have that contact. It’s creating true connections.”  Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home care, respite and a popular day activity programme from its location at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, Wellington. For more information, free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit

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