Wednesday March 8, 2017
Puppet workshops explore relationship with river By Emma McAuliffe
Younger members of the community had the opportunity to get involved with Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival last week. Following a showing of Terrific Tuna! by String Bean Puppets on Wednesday, February 22 two workshops were held at the Wainuiomata Community Library last week to get young people making their own eel puppets for a special puppet parade on March 4. The show told the story of two puppets’ relationships to the river and the eels that made their home there and the parade was held to reflect the show’s messages.
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Children and teens librarian, Alexia Herrera, said the two workshops held last Tuesday and Thursday attracted over 20 young people. She said the material for the puppets was made from recycled kite type material and was donated by Anna Bailey from String Bean Puppets. “We’re pretty lucky because we were the only library to get to have the puppet show and then make puppets for the parade. “Renee Davies [from TiHei Rangatahi] organised it all for us,” she said. The Common Ground: Hutt Public Festival is held every two years to explore Lower Hutt’s relationship with water.
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Let’s Protect Ourselves from the Flu Anyone can catch the flu – it doesn’t matter how fit and healthy we are. And having the flu last year is no guarantee of immunity, as flu strains change from year to year. Having the flu is unpleasant, and can be serious for folks getting long in the tooth, or those with long-term medical conditions. Getting vaccinated each year greatly increases our chances of avoiding the flu, and reduces the risk of passing it to the elderly and sick in our community. It also means less days off work, and more time with whanau and friends. How do we get vaccinated? You can get the flu vaccine with us, or through your doctor or practice nurse. It takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so it pays to get your vaccination well before the winter flu season starts. The vaccine is usually made available in early March. Some people can get a free ﬂu vaccine. From early March each year, for a certain period, ﬂu immunisation is free for New Zealanders aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, and children and adults under 65 who have certain medical conditions or meet eligibility requirements. Check with us or your GP if you’re unsure whether you qualify for free vaccine. Does the ﬂu vaccine cause sickness? The flu vaccine can’t cause flu itself. Most people tolerate the vaccine well. Some may feel mildly unwell for a few days after being vaccinated, or the injection site might be a bit red and sore, but that should be about it. If you have any more serious reactions, or any concerns, talk to us or your GP.
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By Dave Crampton
A refurbished playground that was opened during the weekend by Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace has already been vandalised, and locals are unhappy. Around 50 attended the opening of the Parkway Junior park, a $150,000 755 square metre fully fenced dog free, ‘fun-ground’ for toddlers. The opening marked the start of National Parks week, and featured a BBQ, balloons and other entertainment. But now a rubbish bin has been
ripped off its hinge and blue paint has been sprayed over some areas. “It’s extremely disappointing,” Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata ward Campbell Barry said of the damage. “(The opening) was great, we had a really good turnout. It’s just good to have somewhere for the little kids to play,” Tamara Kohika took her two children to the new park on Monday after finding out about it through social media. While she was impressed with the park – especially its closed-in fence, she was not
impressed with the vandalism. “It’s rude. It stuffs it up and wrecks everything,” she said. However, her two children were oblivious to the damage, happily playing on the see-saw. Wainuiomata High students Terris Toko, 14, and Heremaia Orupe, 12, visited the park on the way to school on Monday. “We`ve got a late start - actually we start now,” Toko said, after looking at the time. Both were disappointed at the damage. “I think it’s sad. Maybe they think it’s art,” Terris said.
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We in turn learn Japanese. Hope in time to speak with ease. Opportunities presented. Both the schools should be contented.
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