Wednesday May 24, 2017
Charity publisher launches programme with local author in Wellington When Wellington science fiction and fantasy author Doug Van Belle licensed his new young reader novel The Kahutahuta to the USbased FundABook reading and literacy charity, he had one non-negotiable demand: FundABook had to bring its Books-in-Schools programme to New Zealand. Now FundABook New Zealand is set to launch with a massive book giveaway, awareness
and fundraising event at the Wellington Armageddon Expo on the first weekend of June. “Getting FundABook set up in New Zealand turned out to be far more of an undertaking than I expected,” Doug explained. “The laws don’t line up very well and the logistics have been a nightmare, but we did it and now we’ve got 10,000 books on their way down here. “We’ll be giving them away at
the Wellington Armageddon, collecting donations, signing up schools to participate in the free book programmes, and looking to add corporate sponsors,” the lecturer from Victoria University said. The Kahutahuta is Doug’s fourth novel, but it is his first foray into stories for younger readers. Doug admitted to being pleasantly surprised by the response. He described most of his fic-
tion as a bit edgy and intended for mature audiences. The Kahutahuta, however, is one of the stories he made up for his daughters when they were growing up and it is definitely one for the whole family. The hero is a little girl called Katie and the story is about bravery and puzzle solving. Violence is never a solution and accepting the imperfections of life is as important as trying to do the right thing.
‘The Trading Post’ wins Enliven Awards By Julia Czerwonatis
The in-home shop The Trading Post at Huntleigh Home won several prizes at the annual Presbyterian Support Central Quality and Innovation Awards on May 8. The Trading Post, run by residents from the Enliven home in Karori, was awarded for ‘the most innovative and sustainable approach to improving the social and health outcomes of residents’. They also received the Best Eden Alternative Initiative Award and became the Supreme Award winner. Resident Chris Whitta is one of the driving forces behind the shop. “It was gratifying to win all those awards,” Chris said. “The hamper was the supreme prize.” Suzanne Simpson, Huntleigh Home manager, has initiated the idea for a corner store and café in the heart of their home. “Staff and residents have been involved throughout the project, although decision-making has been in the hands of residents,” Suzanne said.
“It has become a social hub – a place where residents meet together, as well as family and friends, and shop, have coffee and chat.” The Trading Post opens its shutter three days a week. “We can’t have it open for too long because we’re all a little bit older and can get tired,” Chris said. He sits behind the counter on Mondays and Wednesdays to sell toiletries, toothpaste, shower gel and little snacks to his fellow residents. “Our Tip Top ice cream sells like hot cake,” Chris explained “We’re trying to keep the prices as low as possible.” Chris used to be a broadcaster for RNZ. He enjoys being involved with The Trading Post, which has been running for two years. Chris looks after the books and stocks up the shelves. “The shop is self-funded so we have to make sure we make enough money to order goods for the following month.” The shop was giving residents who can’t go outside to a supermarket on their own anymore some independence back, Chris
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