Wednesday December 21, 2016
Girls learn how special they are By Emma McAuliffe
Local girls had the chance to learn they were special the way they were this month as part of a Girl Guide Badge. Members of the Kai Arahi Brownie Unit in Wainuiomata completed the “Free Being Me” badge last Monday. The badge, which was started in New Zealand earlier this year, seeks to teach girls aged seven to 14-years-old about body confidence and self-esteem by valuing their bodies, standing up to social pressures and supporting others in body confidence. Brow n ie le a der Ker r ie Wylie said the group chose to take on this badge because they believed it contained important messages. “We wanted to spread the word in the community about body confidence and not worrying about what you look like. There is not only one way to look or be beautiful. Everyone is unique and special,” she said. Kerrie said as part of the mission to get the badge the girls took part in several activities which taught them about self-confidence. “They had to look at and draw a picture of a cartoon princess and draw the dif-
Locals had their first chance to hear about a possible retirement village in Wainuiomata last week. The Masonic Villages Trust hosted a public meeting last Thursday afternoon to inform possible future residents and find out what locals would want from the Wainuiomata Masonic Village. Over 70 people attended
It may all change in a few days but so far Christmas Day looks like a sunny one. According to MetService, Wainuiomata is set to have a fine day with light winds expected. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 16C and a low of 13C.
Family walk A Kev the Kiwi Buggy Walk will be taking place at the Gums Loop Track in early January. The free walk, hosted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council with Kev the Kiwi, will be taking place between 10.30am and 12pm on Thursday, January 5. The family walk will finish with games for the children organised by Leisure Active. For more information head to www.gw.govt.nz/ kev-the-kiwi.
Girls from the Kai Arahi Brownie Unit show off their “Free Being Me” t-shirts. PHOTO: Supplied.
ferent features including long hair and makeup. They described it and had a discussion about how it was not possible to be the perfect princess. “They wrote secret messages to other girls in their group and they had to write something nice in the note,”
the meeting, including local members of parliament and the Hutt City Council, as well as interested members of the community. Masonic Villages Trust CEO, Warwick Dunn and project architect Peter Eising spoke at the meeting and answered questions at the end. Warwick said it was likely homes at the proposed village would be one to three bedroom villas and apartments.
she said. Their final activity saw the girls designing t-shirts with messages about body confidence, which they then wore to school last Tuesday. “The girls wrote different messages on their t-shirts including “you’re a star just as you are”, “you are amazing”,
Aged care and respite care would be consulted upon later in the process, he said. “What we would like to know is what you want. We would not be here today if we did not have the commitment to make this happen. “A long conversation has taken place to get us to this stage and has required a lot of dedication. We need a level of commitment from you as a community,” he said.
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“real girls are not perfect”. We had a list of them and they chose their favourites to put on their t-shirts,” Kerrie said. For more information on the Kai Arahi Brownie Unit or to join next year contact Kerrie on 0273205164 or Liz on 0272132845.
Meeting on potential retirement village held By Emma McAuliffe
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Questions asked at the meeting included whether small pets would be allowed at the village and whether there would be hospital level care. One member of the public asked how long it would take until the village would be finished. Warwick estimated that should the trust decide to proceed with the Wainuiomata Masonic Village the first houses should be built towards the end of 2018.
Te Ra o te Raukura festival The Te Ra o te Raukura festival returns at the end of next month. The free festival will be celebrating its 23rd year on Sunday, January 29 from 10am to 4pm at Te Whiti Park on Whites Line East in Lower Hutt. The festival will have musical acts including Fat Freddy’s Drop and a youth zone. Head to the “Te Ra o te Raukura” Facebook page for more information.
WRIGHTS HILL FORTRESS SPECIAL OPEN DAY: WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28TH 2016, 10AM – 4PM.
Visit the historic World War Two Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori. Self guided tours. Lots of fun for the family. Bush walks, panoramic views. From Karori Rd, turn left into Campbell St, to Wrights Hill Rd. Follow the signs. Plenty of free car parking. Bring a torch with you! Family Pass: $20 ( 2 adults+3 children under 15) Adults: $8, Children: $5 (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Enquiries: Mike Lee (04) 476 8593 www.wrightshillfortress.org.nz
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