Wednesday April 26, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Q: What is the best thing about the school holidays?
Roma Leulu, Wainuiomata
Poko Tangimetua, Wainuiomata
Nicole Molineux, Wainuiomata
Terangi McGregor, Wainuiomata
Luana Sua, Wainuiomata
“Not having to do the school lunches in the morning.”
“Staying off school, and playing games.”
“Day care is still open and I get the holidays off work.”
“Time to spend with the family.”
“It’s giving them (the kids) time to chill out from school – all that work and stuff.”
Wiremu Jon, Wainuiomata “I get to sleep in – until about 12 o`clock.”
Make a meal in May for Kaibosh Supporting a food rescue organisation next month is as simple as having a meal with friends. Kaibosh kicks off Make a Meal in May next week. Make a Meal in May is Kaibosh’s annual fundraising appeal. The idea is simple – supporters make a meal with friends at home or work and instead of eating out with them at a restaurant, they donate what they would
have spent on a restaurant or café meal to Kaibosh. Kaibosh currently rescues more than 15 tonnes of quality surplus food each month, providing this to 50 community groups supporting people in need in the Hutt Valley and in Wellington. They provide this service at no cost to food donors or community groups. “Make a Meal in May is a simple way for people to support Kaibosh’s work
– for every dollar raised we can give a meal’s worth of food to someone in need,” Kaibosh General Manager Matt Dagger said. Kaibosh gets the surplus food from supermarkets and other sources and redistributes it. As well as Wainuiomata, food goes to other areas of the Hutt Valley. Last year the meal equivalents handed
out by Kaibosh in the Hutt Valley went over the 100,000 mark. Make a Meal in May can be adapted to suit individual supporters, workplaces or schools, with meals ranging from shared morning teas to elaborate dinners or relaxed weekend brunches. “Kaibosh has recently provided our two millionth meal, and now our supporters can help us to reach the next million.
A word from
Mayor Ray Wallace Last month’s news of a large meth bust in Tawa set me thinking about the things that define a community. On reading the Dominion Post’s front page lead, many readers might be encouraged to believe Tawa is a nest of criminals with little else to recommend it. Is that fair? Of course not, but media “branding” of a suburb, with its focus on the negative rather than the positive, is easy to do and difficult to undo. I know, for example, Tawa is a great place to live with a strong sense of community. Likewise, the same can be said of Wainuiomata. In recent times, there have been some legitimate community concerns about safety and security. This is not unique to Wainuiomata and I know the community is actively addressing these issues. But let’s not forget the great things about Wainuiomata and its strong sense of community demonstrated in so many ways from Sport Wainuiomata’s work with disabled athletes to Wainuiomata Marae’s work with youth. These are the things that define Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata is more than a collection of houses. It is a supportive and caring community. On 25 April every year, thousands of New Zealanders pause to reflect on the characteristics of what we describe as the Anzac Spirit. Probably, there are as many definitions of the Anzac Spirit as there were ANZACs, but when I think of the Anzac Spirit I think of volunteers – men and women who were prepared to make huge sacrifices (many tragically making the ultimate sacrifice)
unstintingly supporting their mates. Don’t ever let people tell you the Anzac Spirit is dead. It lives on in the thousands of individuals and groups who give up their time voluntarily to support their communities and make them a better place in which to live. Wainuiomata has got more than its fair share of these local heroes. The Council has its own awards – The Civic Awards and Safe City Awards – and combine on a regional basis with the Wellington Airport Community Awards to recognise our local heroes. If there’s someone you know in your community you think deserves special recognition for their volunteer community service, go to our website www.huttcity.govt.nz and put in a nomination. Finally, I’m sure the community will join with me in acknowledging a milestone for two local heroes. Wainuiomata’s first and only Mayor, Harry Martin, and his wife, Irene, recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. What a fantastic achievement. Until next time, take care
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Published on Apr 25, 2017