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Thursday July 7, 2016

Matariki celebrations at Strathmore Park Strathmore Park residents are invited to head along and celebrate Matariki this weekend. Strathmore Park Community Centre will host a Matariki family day this Saturday afternoon. Centre coordinator Lisa Matthews said there would be ‘lunch sized’ hangi on offer as well as bouncy castles. “There will be plenty of fun for the whole family and kids,” she said. “Strathmore Park has a high proportion of Maori residents compared to the rest of the city so it is great to recognise Matariki.” She also encouraged locals to head along to learn more about the handing back of the community

Celebrating with music Newtown School hosted A Week of Music last month to give students the opportunity to experience, share, make, and celebrate music. The school hosted over 20 musical events last week, with musical performances from a range of traditions including Opera, Indonesian Angklung, African Moringa, Taonga

Puoro and Electronic Folk Fusion. Students were given the opportunity to get handson and up close in musical workshops for instrument making, digital recording and sound processing, singing, body percussion and many other aspects of music. The high point of the week was the school’s Show Night,

which showcased the school community’s great musical talent and culminated with a great big collective sing along. Pictured, Surinam Aboud, James Mallett and Abdi Abdi record their 'Recycled Junk' instrument music with parent Toby Laing as part of their Music Week celebrations PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied.

centre to community management. Lisa said a working group had been busy discussing ideas and consulting with the community. “The group wants to hear if they have got it right and if it is what people want and there is an opportunity for people to give their feedback.” There would also be more information on offer about a proposed community hub at the Raukawa Reserve, she said.  Matariki celebrations at the Strathmore Park Community Centre will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 3pm to 5pm.

Canberra and Wellington strengthen ties Wellington signed a new sister city agreement with Canberra last night. The agreement will bring the two capital cities closer together and strengthen economic ties. The Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, signed the agreement with Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown in Welington.

Successful appeal for Wellington City Mission The Wellington City Mission has once again had a tremendous response to their annual Brown Paper Bag Appeal. People from across Greater Wellington got behind the appeal this year, choosing to donate either funds or food to help people in need.

As part of the appeal, the mission received approximately 1,690 bags filled with non-perishable food donations, worth an estimated $100,000. The mission’s chief executive, Michelle Branney, thanked everyone who supported the appeal. “The funds and food raised

through this appeal ensure the mission’s foodbank and drop-in centre can continue providing food parcels and hot meals for people in need. “These services are essential during the cold winter months when increased costs such as power and healthcare can be

Life Flight crew member Mike Beausoleil (holding the new winch stretcher) and pilot Harry Stevenson, Wellington Masonic Charity Bowls Tournament coordinator Keith Johnson and secretary/treasurer John Hollick and Life Flight marketing and fundraising manager Sebastian Grodd.

crippling.” The appeal was also a chance for the mission to restock higherpriced items that were not donated often, such as washing powder, deodorant, marmite and peanut butter, Michelle said. “We haven’t had these items available for a couple of months

and we’re pleased to be able to provide these necessities again.”  Anyone who missed out can still give to the mission at any time, by donating online or dropping off food. For more information, visit

Generous donation for Life Flight Life Flight crew members are thrilled to have a new piece of equipment to help them save lives. This week, the Life Flight Westpac Rescue Helicopter team has started using a new Medevac winch stretcher. This was thanks to a generous donation of more than $3,500 from the Wellington Masonic Charity Bowls Tournament. It was the sixth time the annual charity bowls tournament has raised funds for Life Flight since 1994 – contributing a total of $13,500 from the event over the years. Life Flight crew member Mike Beausoleil said the winch stretcher was one of the best pieces of equipment crew had taken on in a long time. “It’s lightweight, easy for us to

handle and stow, and it’s comfortable and safe for the patient.” Fundraising manager Sebastian Grodd said the organisation was extremely grateful for the club’s generosity. “Donations from the community are what keep us flying and saving lives,” Sebastian said. The winch stretcher had been put through a full series of trials by the helicopter crew and medics and was now in full service. Life Flight is a charity that provides emergency air services, including the Wellington Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a nationwide air ambulance service. The round the clock service gets patients the care they need quickly, dramatically improving their chance of survival and recovery.

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