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Wednesday April 19, 2017

Arakura Kindergarten vege garden opened and blessed Teachers, children and their families gathered at Arakura Kindergarten for the official opening and blessing of Mara Kai on March 31. Mara kai is the kindergarten community’s new vegetable garden and is the culmination of six months hard work. Families joined together in October to clear rubbish from a piece of unused land and build a communal garden for the community, using timber recycled from around the kindergarten. “It was great to see everyone get behind this project and turn a bare piece of land into something productive,” Head Teacher Debbie Henderson said. Since then everybody has been nurturing the plants with families being rostered for watering duty over the Christmas break. At the opening teachers blessed the garden before leading everybody in a

waiata, including Hutt City Kindergarten management, Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard and Labour candidate Virginia Andersen. Finally the ribbon was cut and families had the opportunity to plant seedlings that the children had previously propagated. The aim of Mara Kai is to get families involved in gardening with their children, either during Kindergarten hours or on the weekend and for them to have access to fresh, organic vegetables. “For the children this is another fun way to learn about caring for Papatuanuku, plants and food.” Henderson said. In 2016 Arakura Kindergarten was awarded a Bronze Enviro Schools award and also holds a Gold Healthy Heart award, Mara kai compliments of both of these awards.

Arakura kindergarten has a new vegetable garden

Close competition for CanSurvive By Dave Crampton

The Wellington dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors, CanSurvive, brought home silver from this year’s national championships, held in perfect conditions on Lake Karapiro during the weekend of April 8-9. The highly successful Wellington women’s team led by Lower Hutt coach Jacob de Feijter, and new team manager, paraolympic gold medalist Paula Tesoreiro, hit the line in multiple photo-finishes with their sister teams from Christchurch - Abreast of Life and Tauranga – Boobops, to take three silver and two bronze medals from the national regatta. As well as Wainuiomata, paddlers came

from all over the region and Wairarapa. Carole Rudman, one of the team’s older members, regularly goes over the Wainuiomata hill to Wellington to practice with the team. However, at Karapiro, tight competition saw Abreast of Life take a clean sweep of five gold medals across all finals to retain their national title again this year. Both Abreast of Life and CanSurvive did personal best times in all events. “We were only 0.2 seconds behind in the 500m,” Carole said, “One more quick paddle and we could have won it.” CanSurvive competed in both the 500m small boat events for 10 paddlers, gaining two teams a place in the 200m final. The women won bronze in that race.

The CanSurvive crew celebrate more success on the water. Carole Rudman is on the far left.


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Carole said the teams – all consisting of breast cancer survivors - do not get much competition, but all teams are getting better. CanSurvive Chairperson Iona ElwoodSmith said it is a highly competitive sport. “We can now concentrate on improving to be the best that we can be when we compete internationally next year.” she said. While the team is heading to the Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission in Italy next

year, there is also another big competition in Auckland in two weeks. Carole is heading to the North Shore with the team on April 29 to compete at the World Masters championships, which are held every four years. The event is restricted to those aged over 50. That’s most of the team – only Iona will be missing in the boat. CanSurvive is the only breast cancer crew competing from New Zealand at the masters.


Wainuiomata News 19-04-17  
Wainuiomata News 19-04-17  

Wainuiomata News 19-04-17