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Thursday May 25, 2017

Have your say on the future of Newtown

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Some of the Alpha Art Studio artists involved with the Our Town Newtown project. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

A survey is underway to find out how people feel about Newtown. The questionnaire is a community wide introduction to the Our Town Newtown Project. The project is a collaboration between Wellington City Council, The Newtown Residents’ Association and the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre following the council’s allocation of $3.4 million to upgrade Newtown’s community facilities. Anyone and everyone who

lives in Newtown, works or uses facilities there is invited to get involved, either by filling in the survey online or in person through one of the boxes placed around the suburb. “We’re asking people what they like about Newtown and what they want to see in Newtown,” community liaison officer for Newtown, Ray Tuffin, said. As part of the survey boxes decorated by Alpha Art Studios artists have been placed around the community for people to drop off completed questionnaire. Alpha Art Studios is an art

studio and vocational space for adults with intellectual disabilities. The boxes were picked up from the studio ready for action on Monday. All of the boxes are themed around one of Newtown’s biggest attractions, the Wellington Zoo. “The Wellington Zoo has been really good to us throughout this. All of the artists got given family passes to the zoo so they’ll be stoked,” Ray said.  What would you like to see in Newtown? Let us know at




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A Safer Homes Event will be taking place this week to help people be safer where they live. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Wellington City Council have collaborated with key government and not for profit agencies to hold the inaugural event on May 26 and 27. Activities at the event would explore and highlight themes from safety around hazardous substances, earthquake preparedness, fire safety, community safety, looking after pets, safer homes for under 5s, and how to have a healthy home. “The EPA has a mandate to protect both the environment and New Zealanders from harm in relation to hazardous substances,” chief executive of the EPA, Allan Freeth, explained. “We want to actively educate New Zealanders about how to best store and use chemicals in their homes inside and outside, and we saw an opportunity to develop this public event and also invite other agencies communicating home safety messages to participate as well.” There would be a wide range of interesting and interactive displays including New Zealand Fire Service doing fire simulations, to puppies from SPCA and discussions on pet safety to CPR demonstration from Wellington Free Ambulance. Key messages on hazardous

substances would be provided by EPA, as well as information on emergency preparedness from Wellington City Council and Earthquake Commission. On Friday the Safer Homes event team would present to primary school children and secondary students, as well as tertiary students studying Early Childhood Care. A session for seniors and their carers will address the dangers in the home, and how they can mitigated. “This event is significant because its themes reflect some of the highest priorities for Wellington,” Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said. “Resilience, safety and the health of the community underpin the way we approach decisions about the city’s future. Having the agencies responsible for policy, decisions and fi rst response in the same room means we will be able to form a complete picture of what is required and plan more effectively for the future.” The event is open to the public both days with presentations from the various participating agencies being made across the different safety themes throughout Saturday.  The free Safer Homes will be taking place at the Michael Fowler Centre on May 26 and 27 from 9.30 to 4pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Colouring for health at Kilmarnock Heights Home For Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Bob McCallum colouring for adults is more than just a craze, the hobby has aided his rehabilitation following a stroke. The adult colouring book phenomenon hit New Zealand in 2015 and remains popular today. Bob, who has lived at the Berhampore rest home for two years, says the art of colouring in has helped to steady his hands and he’s encouraging other elders to give it a go. “I had the shakes after I had a couple of strokes. I told one of the staff members [Annelize Steyn] I wanted to be able to draw again and she suggested I start with colouring in. She got me some books and I’ve been doing it every day since!” For Bob, his new hobby is about much more than colouring. It’s an illustration of his progress. “I had trouble keeping within the lines at first because I was jittery, but now I’m good at it,” Bob explains. “My left hand still shakes a bit and I’m left handed, but I use my right hand now because it doesn’t shake anymore. I do it every day and I really enjoy it.” Bob says the encouragement he receives at the home is what keeps him going. “I get a lot of encouragement here. People walk past and say ‘that’s beautiful, Bob, can you do one for me?’ so I give them to people when I’m finished with them,” says Bob. “I recommend colouring to other people who get the shakes, because it has helped me so it could help them, too.” Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says colouring doesn’t have to be a lone activity. “Bob sits with the other residents who enjoy art and craft, so he’s getting a lot more socialisation from his hobby. People stop to

The simple art of colouring has helped Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Bob McCallum to steady his shakes following a stroke.

comment on how great his colouring is.” Annelize says the recreation and activity programme at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home is guided by the Eden Alternative philosophy, which aims to provide opportunities for companionship, meaningful activity, having independence and doing things that make life worth living. “We get to know all residents individually so we can find activities that they will enjoy and that also will give meaning to their lives. It’s not about passing the time, it’s about doing things that have purpose and add something to life.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and specialises in rest home care.  To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call the home directly on 04 380 2034 or visit PBA

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