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Thursday April 28, 2016

Fundraiser for Felix

Great War Exhibition ago. In addition the exhibition has an original Horace Moore-Jones painting from Sir Peter Jackson’s private collection. Perhaps one of the most iconic images of the battles at Gallipoli, the painting depicts a medic using a donkey to evacuate injured soldiers from the battle field.

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A local hairdresser is offering discounted haircuts this weekend in the hopes to raise money for a young boy with a rare hearing condition. One-year-old Felix Taito was born with a congenital condition that occurs in only one in every 10,000

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Kelly Antipas is holding a fundraiser this Sunday, for her good friend’s son Felix

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His parents are currently trying to raise the $120,000 needed for Felix to travel to America and undergo life changing surgery. A fundraiser for Felix will be held at Headstart Hair Design in Kilbirnie this Sunday. Hairdresser Kelly Antipas is close friends with Felix’s mum Seleta and said the family had been “fundraising like crazy”. They have already managed to raise $12,000 through a Givealittle page and have held various fundraisers across Auckland, where Felix and his family live, Kelly said. This Sunday the team at Headstart Hair Design will hold a cutting fundraiser – all wet cuts will be $40 and $10 hair treatments will be available. One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go straight to Felix and his family. There would also be a bake sale throughout the day, raffles and a donation box. Kelly, who has held fundraisers in the past for Felix, said all hairdressers had given up their own time for the cause. As well as this, Felix and Seleta would make the journey to Wellington for this Sunday’s fundraiser. “It’s going to be great, just to have them here and have them be part of it as well,” Kelly said.  The Headstart Hair Design Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, May 1, from 10am to 5pm. To book, call the salon on 387 3832.  For more information, or to make a donation, head to the Felix’s Lucky Fin Facebook and Givealittle pages.

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births, called Microtia Atresia. Felix has no ear canal on his right side and cosmetically his external ear did not form properly during pregnancy. Consequently, Felix has a moderately severe conductive hearing loss and needs to wear a hearing aid which is attached to a headband that he needs to wear all the time.

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The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson and supported by ANZ, is open from 9am to 6pm at the Dominion Museum. Ian Wards, Curatorial Manager at the exhibition, expects visitors to be particularly interested in the ANZ Gallipoli Room. Artefacts on display include large guns, a huge diorama with over 5,000 tiny figurines showing the battle for Chunuk Bair and colourised photographs showing the hardships endured by those who fought there 101 years

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Plans which would see a new community facility erected in a neglected part of the community are falling into place. Late last year the Wellington City Council, Housing New Zealand and the New Zealand Police announced they were all supporting a community-led rejuvenation of Strathmore Park. As part of the initiative the Strathmore Park community were asked to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for the suburb at a series of community meetings. Team leader for neighbourhoods and community networks for the council, Donna Wilson said since an initial hui was held last year, three further consultations had been carried out in the community. “We [then] put together a whole lot of information of what we perceived the community wanted.” Donna said through consultation it became clear the community

wanted to use the space at the Raukawa St Reserve to develop a community facility, which would be managed by the council but lead by a community group. A variety of services would be available at the hub and it would also provide a place for members of the community to sit, have a coffee and chat. Another community meeting is now planned for next Wednesday, where information and updates about the hub will be provided to the community. Donna said all going to plan, a community hub was expected to be completed in the next few months. Councillor Paul Eagle, who is also chair of the community sport and recreation committee, said Strathmore had been neglected for a long time. “It’s one of Wellington’s most deprived communities and they often don’t speak out. These are real people with real needs and they deserve to be heard. “There are no resources up there

except for an infrequent bus route and a shop. Putting in place a community facility to support events and programmes is positive.” Local Eastern Ward Councillor Simon Marsh said the council had been looking at ways to help those who live there and plans for a satellite community centre were a big step forward. “Most of us can easily take our kids to a doctor, go to Plunket or talk to our friends over a coffee, this area is so poorly served by public transport and is quite isolated.” Councillor Sarah Free said she hoped the new hub would be a way of delivering important services to a part of Strathmore that has been isolated in the past.  A community meeting will take place at Kahurangi School on Wednesday, May 4 from 5.45pm to 8.30pm. The meeting will discuss feedback received from the community so far and there will also be more information and updates about the facility planned for Raukawa Reserve.

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