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Thursday June 23, 2016


Meet-up for locals of all ages By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local woman is encouraging residents of all ages and backgrounds to come together for a weekly meet-up. Seatoun local Ann Cloet has been offering free massages at the Strathmore Park Community Centre on Monday mornings for the past few months. Unfortunately, Ann said she was unable to provide the service anymore, so she has devised a new way of giving back to her community. The Good Samaritan has organised a weekly meet-up for people of all ages in the community to meet and mingle at the centre. “I have been doing massage here at the centre and it has been really good to be involved in, however it is now coming to an end,” said Ann. “It is nice to bring people of all ages

together and that doesn’t happen very often. “I have a few ideas of what I want it to be, but at this first meet-up it will give people a chance to have their say.” Ann said community was very important to her. She hoped the weekly Friday afternoon meet-ups would allow people within the community to network and get to know one another. Coordinator of the Strathmore Park Community Centre, Lisa Matthews, said she was thrilled to see Ann do her bit for her local community. “This place isn’t all about the person who works here, it’s actually about the community. What excited me about this place is it is the community coming together themselves.”  Weekly meet-ups at the Strathmore Park Community Centre will take place each Friday afternoon from 3.30pm.

Paul Eagle with Brent Kelly, who coordinates the community room at the Newtown Park Apartments.

Food revolution hits capital Encouraging residents to support and grow local food and produce was just one of the things on the menu at a recent Wellington City Council meeting. Last week, the council’s community, sport and recreation committee meeting discussed the topic of urban agriculture. Councillors heard the many social benefits that have emerged from urban agricultural practices such as the 16 community gardens run by volunteers on council and privately-owned land which have sprouted across the city. Urban agriculture also involved such initiatives as Love Food – Hate Waste, Wellington on a Plate, Bee Friendly Capital, Eva Street Local Food Precinct and Our Fruit Tree Capital. Councillor and committee chair Paul Eagle said community gardens across the capital were becoming more and

Seatoun resident Ann Cloet will be hosting a weekly meet-up for Strathmore residents

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