Wednesday April 26, 2017
inbrief news Toy library wants volunteers The Toy Library is looking for volunteers to keep it open. It welcomes new members – and former members - and has toys to hire for ages four months to six years. Membership has an option for 6 months or 12 months. While the library is open Mondays from 9:30-11:30am and school holidays, it would open on the weekend if more volunteers are available. The library is situated at the old intermediate on Moohan Street, next to Glendale Playgroup.
Book fair wants books Organisers of the Blue Dragon Book Fair, an annual fundraiser supporting a Vietnamese children’s education centre, are seeking donations of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles in good condition. All proceeds will be donated to the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to support its work in providing education and training for kids in crisis in Vietnam, and rescuing young people who have trafficked. The book fair will be held in the Ngaio Town Hall from 9am to 4pm on 20 May. If you have any books to donate contact trustee Iona McNaughton on 021 799 059 any evening.
Care urged on Haywoods interchange Motorists have been asked to show caution at the new Haywoods $43m interchange as they are moved to the new layout. A lower speed limit is in place to allow motorists to get used to the layout and the on and off-ramps. They were moved to the new layout to allow further construction. The interchange is not yet complete, and will not be complete until July, due to wet weather delaying sealing and marking work. Cycleways will also be built on each side heading both south and north.
Community advocate stands for Parliament At one stage the Hutt South electorate was one of few that had three MPs in Parliament. One, Holly Walker, was a Green Party MP. Maungaraki resident Susanne Ruthven stood for Rimutaka at the last election for the Green Party, and this time has moved to contest the Hutt South electorate in her home patch. Born in Maungarak i, where she currently lives, Susanne attended Pukeatua School – now Maungaraki School - and is trained in both early childhood and law. She has four children
under the age of 10, is a barrister by day, a former member of the Hutt Playcentre’s executive, and a former president of
the Maungaraki branch. As a barrister, she is a vocal advocate for human rights and freedoms, and also recognises that for those in Wainuiomata, many Hutt issues are heightened, particularly in education and housing, and specifically among those who are the ‘working poor’. “People are coming from other areas due to the lower cost of housing here in Wainuiomata. But the quality of housing is not high enough,” she said. Susanne has been active in many community organisations over the years. “I`m born and bred here – this is my place,” she said. “I
like to get involved in helping the community. I find it easy to understand people and help them where they want to go. It’s my hobby.” She wants to change that – and make her hobby her job. She said that addressing local social issues -as well as constitutional and legal issues she faces in her day job, is important. “We need to take the conversation away from lawyers and bring them to those on the street.” Susanne is ranked 24th on the Green party list announced in the weekend – ahead of sportswoman and broadcaster Hayley Holt.
Grigg nominated for prestigious award By Dave Crampton
Long-term Wainuiomata resident Mike Grigg has been selected as an official nominee for a prestigious international award. Mike, who has Aspergers Syndrome, has been nominated for the 2017 International Naturally Autistic People awards (INAP) which will be presented at the eighth annual ANCA Word Autism Festival in Canada in October. Mike is the sole New Zealand representative and has been nominated in the category of community achievement by Joanne Dacombe, who is also on the autism spectrum. Three awards are given. “Oh, I won’t win it,” Mike said. “The only award I`ve won was left in my letterbox – it’s
an informal one; the ‘Hutt City Stirrer’. I got it 15 years ago,” he said. But what if he did win it? “Oh, it would be good for activists and it would give a lot of pride to people in Wainuiomata,” Mike said. The INAP Awards celebrate the talents and abilities of autistic people and the work done by individuals and organisations supporting the autistic community. April is Autism awareness month. His selection letter thanked him for “sharing your passions and interests and we encourage you to continue to pursue your goals and dreams. As a representative for your country, you demonstrate the great diversity and abilities of autistic people across the world.” “We look forward to meet-
ing you in Vancouver BC Canada.” But Mike won’t be going. “I can’t afford it,” he said.
“I`d love to go.” Last year Mike attended the Autism New Zealand annual conference in Wellington, with funding from the Hutt City Council due to his advocacy work for those on the autism spectrum. Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace said he was proud of Mike’s achievement. “I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the honour. Mike’s an outstanding citizen. He’s worked long and hard for Autism New Zealand and he will represent New Zealand with distinction,” Mayor Wallace said. Mike was pleased to be nominated. “It’s a celebration and a recognition of the work that I`ve done. It’s an acknowledgement that I am an activist fighting for autistics,” he said.
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Wainuiomata News 26-04-17