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Wednesday February 8, 2017

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School year starts for 2017 Eight children at Fernlea School had their first day last week and were buzzing with the opportunity. Principal Tony Field said it was a very exciting first week back for the school year. “The new entrants all really enjoyed their first week of learning. They were all settled and ready to learn,” he said. Meanwhile, new year 7 students at Wainuiomata Intermediate School, Harlem Tapiata and Lily Morgan, said they had a great first week back at their new school. “My favourite part has been the arts and crafts,” Harlem said. “It’s been good seeing all my friends from primary,” Lily said. Education minister Hekia Parata said over 765,000 children went back to school last week. This included 10,540 five-year-olds who attended school for the first time. “A new school year presents new possibilities and challenges. I hope kids are feeling excited about expanding their knowledge, learning new skills, making new friends and trying out a new sport or club,” Ms Parata said.  Were your children buzzing to start school last week? What did they think? Let us know at news@

The new entrants’ class at Fernlea School with their teacher Prue McIvor.

Locals encouraged to have a go at public transport Locals who find it difficult to use public transport can head along to a special event this Saturday. “Have a Go Day” is an initiative of My Life My Way, a collaboration of disabled people, their families, organisations and other community members from the Hutt Valley and aims to help make travelling easier for people with disabilities. Community programme manager Julia Balsillie said the group

wanted to improve transport in the Hutt Valley for people with disabilities. “We are working to ensure disabled people can use transport to get anywhere, at any time. We want to make travel comfortable and easy for everyone in our community,” she said. “We know that some people with disabilities – and that’s about a quarter of our population – lack confidence, are nervous, don’t know about accessibility

features or have had previous bad experiences.” It will enable people to try out the options, learn about the accessibility features such as hoists, voice announcements and ramps. “By having the service providers there, people can ask questions and talk about their worries,” she said. It is not only people with impairments who are welcome to attend; it is anyone else unsure

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about public transport. “So that includes older people and parents with children who would like to have a go without the pressures of timetables.”  Have A Go Day will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 10am to 2pm at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. Parking is free and there will be a free shuttle leaving Wainuiomata Community Library at 10am and 11am and returning from Melling Station at 11.35am and 12.35pm.

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