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Thursday January 12, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Q: What is your New Year’s resolution?

Robin Boldarin, Newtown “To be more in contact with my family.”

Clare Gillard, Newtown “I don’t have one I won’t get around to it.”

Sam Douglas, Newtown “I have general ongoing life things I am working on.”

Lucy Bailey, Kilbirnie “Mine was to quit smoking, which lasted three days. I don’t really believe in it, they don’t usually work. The price of cigarettes did go up, so I tried stopping for three days.”

Stuart McLauchlan, Kilbirnie “I never have a New Year’s resolution, I just look back at the year and look forward to a good year. I have a fantastic life.”

Richard Christy-Jones, Kilbirnie “I don’t have one I don’t really bother because I don’t keep them even if I have one.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Tragedy for southern and eastern wards Dear Ed, It would be a tragedy for the southern and eastern suburbs if Paul Eagle were to be the Labour candidate for Rongotai. He would no doubt be elected but that would be a waste of a huge talent. He is respected and popular across party lines which has certainly been rare during the last

term of council. He is always there and gets things done. He would be wasted on the backbenches of a demoralised and leaderless Labour opposition in parliament. Pin a Red Ribbon on a monkey and it would get elected. Paul is worth more than that. Tony Sutcliffe, Strathmore

“I love Kilmarnock. It’s not clinical looking - it’s casual and relaxed and I like that.” Alison, Kilmarnock resident.

Rest home living. It might not be what you think. Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community

Companionship, fun and meaningful activity are part of everyday life at Kilmarnock Heights Home. As well as providing daily living support, we make sure residents have choice and control in their lives.

Social calendar We’ll support you to continue doing the things you love in a way that’s right for you. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising, so we welcome animal companions. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. Family and friends At Kilmarnock residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

20 Morton Street, Berhampore, Wellington Visit: | Freephone: 0508 36 54 83

Season wishes Dear Ed, To the family near Leveson Street who had the wonderful idea that a dog would be just the thing for the family. The wonderful thing has been yapping all morning and it makes me wonder how much happiness it has really spread. I know it is irrational to judge any family or person without knowing them well, but I find it difficult to love that neighbour. Don’t talk about monotony, because it has started howling now. I wonder if it is registered, nobbled or chipped, but feel that its owner should be. Happy New Year for some, I wish....... Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Volunteers wanted to spend time at unique Wellington rest home For locals looking to meet new people, give back to their community and have fun at the same time, Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home has the perfect role. Become a volunteer. The unique Berhampore rest home is part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central and is one of just a handful of homes in New Zealand with full Eden Alternative registration. Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation team leader Annelize Steyn says Kilmarnock Heights has a special vibrancy and warmth that is, in part, due to the home’s elder directed philosophy that focuses on bringing companionship, variety and meaningful activity into the elders’ lives. She says volunteers help to bring more variety and spontaneity to the home. “The elders at Kilmarnock Heights Home have given a lifetime of skills and knowledge to our communities. They have amazing stories to tell, skills to share and they love to see new faces around their home,” Annelize explains. “They also know how to have fun and volunteers help us to be able to do so much more!” Volunteer roles include driving the home’s van on outings, supporting residents to continue with hobbies like gardening and crafts, providing entertainment, running pampering sessions for residents, helping to care for the animals or bringing pets to visit, playing music, taking residents out for coffee or sightseeing or simply spending one-on-one time with the residents. Annelize says new volunteers are often

Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is looking for more volunteers to join in with activities and outings with the residents.

surprised at how warm, welcoming and homely Kilmarnock Heights Home is. “Some people tell us that before they came to Kilmarnock they imagined a rest home to be very different – they didn’t think they would see so many smiling faces, and so much laughter and activity,” says Annelize. “We are very proud of our home, and we love to share it with others. If you’d like to see what it’s like here and whether it would be a good fit for you as a place to volunteer, please get in touch.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is situated at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore. The home sits at the end of a long driveway, so staff recommend volunteers have their own transport. For more information about volunteering at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home call 04 380 2034 or email

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