Wednesday May 10, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you agree with Wellington being the best city in the world to live in?
Bruce O’Connor, Johnsonville “I always agree with that. There’s a lot of cultural activity here and you only have to walk half a block to get a cup of coffee.”
Joyce Kirby, Newlands “Yes, we have everything we want here: entertainment centres, hospitals, shops, the big stadium.”
Graeme Chisnall, Johnsonville “It’s a useless survey unless you have lived in every city around the world. Wellington is nice though, it has everything you need.”
Margaret Morris, Grenada Village “Of course I agree. Wellington is a walkable city with wonderful art centres, movie theatres, orchestras and music schools. What more do you want?”
Martin Little, Porirua “Definitely. All is very close by and you don’t have to travel miles to get somewhere. I also like the climate here.”
June Henwood, Upper Hutt “Yes, it is so compact, much better than in Auckland. I used to love riding on the trams back in the days.”
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a red Honda Odyssey stationwagon parked overnight on the road in Bould Street was stolen. It was later found abandoned outside a service station in Paremata. It had two smashed windows and the ignition had been pulled out. A silver Mazda Demio Hatchback parked overnight in Dominion Park Street had both front and rear registration plates stolen. The owner did not realise they were missing until stopped by Police
when driving next day. Another vehicle parked in the driveway of a house in Hindmarsh Street also had its front registration plate stolen. A vehicle using stolen registration plates drove into a service station in Johnsonville Road and filled with over $100 worth of petrol and drove off without offering payment. Two female shoplifters were caught on CCTV footage at a clothing store in Johnsonville Mall. Several items were concealed in their clothing
and they left without paying. CCTV footage is with Police. A blue Subaru Legacy saloon was stolen from its park in Johnsonville Road and later recovered. In Newlands a house under construction in Cedarwood Street had a pane of glass removed from an installed window. A silver Honda Odyssey light commercial van parked in Beazley Avenue was broken into and an empty bag was snatched from the back seat.
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The alarm was activated and the offender ran off. In Khandallah a black Toyota Hilux stationwagon parked overnight in Homebush Road was stolen. In Ngaio a black Mitsubishi Pajero stationwagon parked briefly in a layby in Kaiwharawhara Road was entered via a smashed front passenger window. A wallet containing a driver’s licence and several bank cards was taken from the glove box. Two attempts to use the cards for
online purchases were cancelled when the supplier was notified of the theft. In Churton Park a white Toyota Hiace van parked overnight in Hawtrey Terrace had a front left window smashed to gain entry. A radar detector attached to the windscreen was stolen. In Kaiwharawhara a blue Peugeot hatchback car parked in Cameron Street had both front and rear registration plates stolen.
Johnsonville good sort encourages others to ‘give back’ too Cashmere Home resident Alan Smith has turned random acts of kindness into a hobby, and he’s encouraging others to do the same. “I love making people happy,” says Alan, whom at 78 years’ old proves that age shouldn’t affect one’s ability to ‘give back’. Alan has lived in Johnsonville all his life. His favourite pastime includes hand-making gifts to give to other residents of the home, as well as staff and visitors. “I like to make things, like broaches, necklaces and knitted items, and I give the things I make to the other people that live here, the children that visit, the staff and volunteers,” Alan explains. “When you look at it it’s not much, but it’s about doing something for someone else. I do it to make them happy and let them know that someone is always around for them. I do it to put a smile on their face.” Alan has lived at Enliven’s Cashmere Home on Helston Road for two years and says there’s plenty to do. “It’s a friendly place, and I join in with the activities and groups,” says Alan. His next project will include making use of the home’s new Men’s Shed to create wooden toys to gift to local children and donate to local children charities, but he’s looking for a partner to help him, he explains. “We have a Men’s Shed but we need men to help us run it,” says Alan. Cashmere Home recreation officer Liz Rivadelo suggests people in the community interested in making a difference could start by becoming a volunteer at Cashmere Home.
Cashmere Home resident Alan Smith is looking for locals to ‘give back’ with him
“We’re always looking for volunteers, and we really need local men with some carpentry experience to visit regularly to help with simple woodwork projects.” If you want to give back to the community’s elders by becoming a volunteer at Cashmere Home, located at 51 Helston Road in Johnsonville, call the home directly on 04 477 7067 or email cashmere@psc. org.nz. PBA For more information about Cashmere Home, or sister-site Cashmere Heights Home, which both provide rest home, hospital and health recovery care, call Cashmere on the number listed above or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.
Independent Herald 10-05-17