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New playgrounds on the way Wellington children will get to enjoy five new playgrounds, with a proposed increase of $700,000 per annum investment in implementing Wellington City Council’s new Play Spaces policy, Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle announced. “We’re thrilled to be able to make such a major new investment and create more spaces for our kids to play in,” Mr Eagle said.

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The council will build new playgrounds in Karori and Johnsonville. Wakefield Park, Newlands Park and Kilbirnie will also receive new sites. “This is exciting news for Johnsonville,” Council’s Children and Young People Portfolio Leader Jill Day said. “The playground will be either next to Old Coach Road or at the bottom of McLintock Street. We are looking for a good position

with enough shade,” Ms Day explained. “The other good news is we won’t be closing any playgrounds. This is a major change from the previous policy,” Ms Day stated. Some of the Wellington playgrounds are over 25 years old and need to be renewed. “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,” Ms Day said. The new playgrounds will likely to be built within the next five to six years.

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Continued from page 1. “We exercised non-stop for three quarters of an hour. The next day I was aware of what I’ve done,” Brian added. Bruce and Brian are part of a regular exercise group at Malvina Major and usually pair up in class. The synchronised session was a new experience for both. “People from all over the village were engaged. It was a good atmosphere,” Bruce said. Brian, who moved to Malvina Major about seven years ago, said the regular exercise kept him mobile and fit. “I benefit from all the activity here,”

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Brian said. The Ryman villages from New Zealand and Australia were linked via a livestream to celebrate their Triple A (Ageless, Active Aware) programme’s 10-year anniversary. The Triple A programme was developed by Nick i Brown who also conducted a study about it. She measured the physical activity levels of a group of subjects from throughout New Zealand prior to moving into a retirement village and then again after they moved into the retirement village. The conclusion was that

moving into a village resulted in new habits that included more exercise. “It’s a significant result because there’s a wealth of evidence that shows the more you exercise the healthier and more independent you will be in the long term,’’ Nicki said. Regular exercise can help ward off the effects of heart disease, dementia and other age-related illnesses. “The truth is that you’re never too old to exercise – you’ve just got to choose the right way to do it,’’ Nicki said. The average age of residents taking part was 85 and the

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class had a combined age of more than 260,000 years. Resident Hugh Turnbull was at 102 years the oldest attendee from Malvina Major. Village Manager Lynne Peirse said he took part in the entire session. “Hugh was beaming. He is a real legend.” Hugh ran 25 marathons, including Auckland, Rotorua, New York and Boston Marathon. “I picked up the running quite late. My son used to do it and he asked me to come along one day, and so I did,” Hugh said. Regular exercise helped Hugh to live to old age, he said.

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