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Thursday April 27, 2017

Bags to save the environment By Emma McAuliffe

A Roseneath resident has started an initiative in Wellington to combat the use of plastic bags. Pip Cameron started coordinating Boomerang Bags Wellington in January this year. Boomerang Bags is a global initiative which seeks to stop usage of plastic bags by creating and then reusing bags made from recycled materials. Currently there are workshops based in Karori and Aro Valley, with one to start in Miramar in the coming weeks. Boomerang Bags can either be borrowed then returned or purchased for $10. Eventually it is hoped the working bees would have created enough to supply supermarkets and other stores with them. Pip said she decided to start the Boomerang Bags initiative in

Wellington after realising there was nothing else like it already in operation. “I shared a video on Facebook group Vic Deals asking if there was something already going and I realised there wasn’t. We had lots of people saying they wanted to help and it all went from there. “Plastic has always been something I’ve not been into. I’m not a model citizen but Boomerang Bags has given me more of a reason to stop using plastic,” she said. So far Pip has been working with Sarah Child from the Aro Valley Community Centre to coordinate working bees for people to come along and do what they can to help create the bags. Wellington City Council has come on board and given the initiative $2000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund and the pair are now working with Urban

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Dream Brokerage to find a permanent space. “Plastic reduction is one of the big reasons Wellington City Council decided to fund us. The government needs to be more involved. If convenience is the main factor in people continuing to use plastic bags they need to be made less convenient,” Pip said. “People want alternatives for plastic but they want to be given them,” Sarah said. Pip said she encouraged as many people as possible to have a go and help create the bags. “[People might be put off] because of the sewing, but sewing is one of the smallest parts of what we do. If you want to be involved just come along. We can always do with help,” Pip said.

Phoebe Telfar has been awarded a scholarship to study at a United World College in Armenia. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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By Emma McAuliffe

A Newtown girl will be polishing up on her Armenian following selection to study at a United World College in Armenia. Phoebe Telfar, 16, was one of four students in New Zealand to receive a scholarship to study at a United World College. United World Colleges are a network of 17 international schools whose mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Phoebe would be studying at UWC Dilijan College for two years to achieve her International Baccalaureate and said she was excited for the opportunity. “I cried when I found out. I was on the bus when they told me I was going. It was such a shock. My parents were really proud and excited for me,” she said. She said she had applied for the scholarship because she thought it would be a good opportunity

for her. “I just think the schools are a really cool idea with an amazing concept. I think it can have real impact on people. “[Dilijan College] is very strong in the arts, extra-curricular arts as well. I’m not a huge performing artist but I appreciate them,” she said. Phoebe would be leaving in four months’ time and said her scholarship could assist her with whatever she needed in order to get to Armenia, including flights and spending money. “It’s needs based so it can cover everything it has to. I think that’s good as it means no one misses out. It can be life changing for some people.” She said she hoped her education would help her in finding a direction for her future career, which could be anything from journalism to the sciences. “It’s clichéd but I want to do something that changes the world,” Phoebe said.

Pip and Sarah with some of their bags. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

New places to play on the way By Emma McAuliffe

Children will get to enjoy new playgrounds, as well as an upgraded waterfront playground at Frank Kitts Park soon. The announcement comes as part of a proposed increase of $700,000 per annum investment in implementing Wellington City Council’s new Play Spaces policy. Council’s Recreation and Events portfolio leader, Paul Eagle, said he was “thrilled” about the investment and the opportunity for children to have more spaces to play in. “The good news is, we won’t be

closing any playgrounds - a major change from our previous policy. “Under new policy value is put on recreation spaces and local communities who fought tooth and nail to keep their playgrounds. The policy was last reviewed in 2002. 15 years ago the way people viewed leisure has changed and behaviours have changed,” he said. New playgrounds would be created in Kilbirnie and at Wakefield Park in Island Bay. Council’s Children and Young People Portfolio Leader Jill Day said the new playgrounds along with enhancing existing playgrounds at the time of redevelop-

ment would ensure more children have quality play spaces close by. “This is about making sure that there is a good spread of community facilities right across the city and that no matter where in Wellington a child lives they have safe green space to play in and playgrounds to enjoy. “Our play spaces are one of the things our kids love about growing up in Wellington. This plan is helping us make them even better.” The policy was recently adopted by the City Strategy Committee with the implementation to be confirmed through the council’s next Long Term Plan.

A playground will be built at Wakefield Park. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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