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Thursday June 9, 2016

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Queen’s Honours

Demolition underway Demolition is now well under way at Wellington City Council’s Arlington Apartments in Mt Cook. The site, bounded by Taranaki and Hopper St, is being cleared in preparation for a $33 million makeover of the site. The redevelopment will provide affordable, flexible, high-quality homes that are modern, warm, safe and secure. The 105 new apartments will provide space for 324 residents – almost double the 166 residents in the old apartments.

Warmest May Wellington experienced its warmest May on record last month. MetService said Wellington was one of five main centres to experience above average temperatures. It said over the second half of June, Wellingtonians could expect “large temperature swings”, however, monthly temperatures would likely end up on the “warm side of the ledger”.

Entertainment at Opera House Wellington City Council is bringing together a stellar line-up of seven awardwinning and emerging Māori performers for one night of music and entertainment at the iconic Opera House on June 17 from 6pm to 8.30pm – for free. Purapurawhetu – Shining Stars features Ariana Tikao, Sharn Te Pou, Sonny Southon, Hongi Slicker, Mara TK, Iva Lamkum, The Maori Side Steps, Brannigan Kaa and MC Mere Boynton. There will also be a massive Matariki visual projection by The Nomad showcasing some of the country’s leading contemporary artists. For more information, head to

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2016 Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List Several people from Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs have been recognised for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List 2016. Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM): -Ms Jennifer Prince, Hataitai, for services to children and children’s health. Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM): -Mr Maurice Clark, Oriental Bay, for services to heritage preservation and the construction industry. -Dr Trevor FitzJohn, Mount Cook, for services to radiology. -Mr Philip O’Reilly, Mt Cook, for services to business and governance. -Dr Charlotte Severne, Karaka Bays, for services to Maori and science. -Dr Pushpa Wood, Mt Cook, for services to financial literacy and interfaith relations.

Working with Wellington’s vulnerable Local woman Stephanie McIntyre has been appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for her work with Wellington’s most vulnerable. According to her citation, Ms McIntyre served as the Social Justice Commissioner for the

Anglican Church before becoming Director of Wellington’s Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) in 2004. At DCM Ms McIntyre and her team assist people to put their lives back together through programmes which are practical,

useful and innovative. Deeply committed to respecting and uplifting mana, they see many people make dramatic changes in their lives, becoming housed for the first time in their adult lives and achieving wellbeing and reconnection.

In 2007 Ms McIntyre received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to the United Kingdom, United States and Canada to research ‘wet housing’ options, after she championed the establishment of harm reduction accommodation.

Honoured for work with hospice By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local nurse has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her services to hospice care. Sister Mary Scanlon has been involved with the Hospice movement in New Zealand since the 1980s. The Newtown resident said it was “a huge honour and a lovely surprise” to be recognised as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016. “I have spent my life willingly helping others in need. I have never needed any sort of recognition. “The award is very special to me. I will receive it graciously because I have been part of the hospice’s journey and I am just one of the many staff.” Sister Mary first began working for the hospice in 1986 - when she was appointed the Mary Potter

Hospice Education Officer in Wellington. Under the role, she coordinated terminal care education programmes for hospice staff at Calvary Hospital. She later took on the role of principal nurse and helped guide major changes for the hospice, including the building of a new hospice in Newtown and setting up the Mary Potter Hospice Trust. After retiring as principal nurse in 1990 she took on a bereavement counselling role and helped train volunteers and those studying counselling. Sister Mary said a highlight of her work was working in conjunction with the Aids Foundation in the late 1980s to offer care to those who were suffering from the illness. “I am convinced that our care is to be for everybody. For Mary Potter care was for anyone regardll Free A

less of age, religion or ethnic background. “It was important to care for aids patients through that time,” she said. She has also overseen mission effectiveness for The Little Company of Mary in hospitals in Hawera, Christchurch and Invercargill and been a member of the Mary Potter Hospice Foundation Board. Sister Mary said her whole journey had been special. “I have been able to walk with our patients, with our patients suffering and dying,” she said. “I have been able to support them as new symptoms come and go and been able to listen to their concerns and suffering and been able to respond in whatever way appropriate. “When people are told nothing more can be done - that is when everything can be done.”

Sister Mary Scanlon has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to hospice care.


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