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Keeping Wellington cosy By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN

As the temperature drops outside, the Sustainability Trust Curtain Bank is there to make sure it stays warm inside. The trust operates a Curtain Bank from April to October each year, providing lined, fitted curtains to those in need for free. Lynley Wilson, the Curtain Bank coordinator, said the curtains ensure people can keep cosy in the winter months. “They are very important for insulation, for keeping people warm and dry and to prevent heat loss,” she said. The trust stocks up on curtains and fabric throughout the year, receiving donations around the region. They accept clean curtains, fabric, tracks and hooks. The bank fits and lines curtains for the recipients, who only need to complete the window measurement form and contact the Curtain Bank coordinator to set up an

appointment. At the appointment, you get to pick out curtains to be custom-made for your home. The bank did well with donations this year, filling their warehouse. They are now transforming the donations into usable curtains, attaching linings and fitting them to window measurements. June and July are busy months for the Curtain Bank, Lynley said. “We are certainly deep in order processing at the moment, and many are ready to go out.” “While the warehouse is looking quite full right now, we expect everything to get out in the next two months.” The bank accepts donations at three locations year-round, including the Citizens Advice Bureau in Kilbirnie.  For more information on the Curtain Bank, head to www.sustaintrust.org.nz/ inyourcommunity/curtainbank/

With winter on the way, Sustainability Trust’s Curtain Bank is approaching its busy season.

Boost to arts and events in the capital More than $300,000 has been set aside by the Wellington City Council to fund an ongoing series of uniquely-Wellington, creatively-focused events in the capital. The money will also fund an ongoing and an exciting arts sector activation programme to be delivered by Toi Poneke Arts Centre. Wellington City Councillors agreed to the $320,000 boost as part of council’s budget round

for 2016/17, at last week’s governance, finance and planning committee. Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, who leads the arts portfolio, said the extra funding would identify and strategically fill gaps in the capital’s arts and events offerings. “We’re putting some money where our creative mouth is, to showcase our absolutely edgy, world-class creativity and innovation to locals and visitors alike.

“We know that other cities are investing heavily in their arts offerings, we know how important our vibrant arts and culture sector is to our quality of life, and we know how essential this is to attracting talent to the capital,” he said. “This funding will help develop a year-round activation series focusing on the CBD, to ensure high impact and visibility. “We’re also looking at ways to make the sector sustainable by

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