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Thursday May 25, 2017

Kilmarnock renovations underway Residents of K ilmar nock Heights Home in Berhampore are looking forward to seeing their new space in action. Earthwork recently began on the new home at the same site, set to be completed in 2018. Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Peter Johnson said he was looking forward to watching the project come to life. “It’s quite exciting seeing things happening. I’ve already called dibs on the first room that’s built,” he said. Kilmarnock Heights Home clinical nurse manager, Anna Roberts, said the development was part of what enticed her to

join the home’s staff in 2015. “I saw the plans for the expansion of Kilmarnock in the news and I thought ‘wow, that’s something I want to be a part of.’ “The residents are also amazed at the development and have been watching all the action from one of the home’s front lounges.” A carefully staged approach has meant the current Kilmarnock Heights Home would remain fully operational until the new home was opened. The purpose-built 72 bed home is expected to be completed by October 2018, with the 57 retirement apartments to

be built in the year following. The development will include a range of amenities such as a café and shop, raised bowling green, hairdressing salon, a sensory garden, cosy whanau spaces, media room and IT hub, library and large multi-purpose recreation rooms – all built around a sheltered central courtyard and surrounded by gardens. Once built, the home would embrace Enliven’s Eden Alternative philosophy of care – a holistic approach to wellbeing that provides quality clinical care as well as supporting people’s emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.

Kilmarnock Heights Home clinical nurse manager Anna Roberts and resident Peter Johnson are looking forward to seeing the new Kilmarnock Heights Home come to life. PHOTO: Supplied.

Gig organised to support children’s foundation

$2 Entry to Zealandia and Wellington Zoo Zealandia and the Wellington Zoo will be opening their doors this weekend for $2. Open Weekend is back on May 27 and 28 and people will be able to visit Zealandia and Wellington Zoo for a $2 donation per person at each attraction. The proceeds from the $2 donations will go towards Zealandia’s ongoing conservation efforts and to Wellington Zoo’s Conservation Fund that supports local and international field conservation projects to save animals in the wild. “We have such great communities here in the Wellington region and our Open Weekend is one way for us to thank everyone for their ongoing support,” said Zealandia Chief Executive, Paul Atkins. 2017 is the third year that the event will be running over two days instead of one. This provides more opportunity for families to visit both places over the weekend.

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Terry Shore has organised a gig to help children with Asperger’s Syndrome. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

A Strathmore Park musician has organised a gig to help a charity close to his heart. Pop musician Terry Shore coordinated the concert to help the Cloud Nine Children’s Foundation - a foundation in support of children with Asperger’s’ Syndrome. It is the first time in seven years Terry has organised a charity concert.

“Being Asperger’s myself I wanted to do a favour for children with Asperger’s and autism,” Terry explained. “Basically it’s a night of original music for charity.” Terry’s band Terry Shore and the Volunterry Band would be headlining the event with support from Rob Whelan, Ruth Mundy, Sianna Rae and the Polly Johnsen Set. He said the artists were very interested in joining him in performing

for charity. “Yes, they were all very keen for the good cause. I discovered most of them from open mic nights so it will be good to have a charity concert,” Terry said.  Song Craft, Terry Shore’s concert, will be taking place at Valhalla, 154 Vivian Street on Sunday, June 4 from 7pm. First band is on at 7.15pm. Admission is $10 on the door.

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