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Thursday June 1, 2017

Science student off to Sydney

Council pleased with industry wins By Callum Roberts, MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Malin Walpola will be headed to Sydney in July. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe

A Wellington College student is one of six in New Zealand chosen by Royal Society Te Aparangi to attend the Harry Messels International Science School in Sydney. Year 13 student Malin Walpola was chosen to attend the school, which takes place every two years. The school is a two-week residential science camp which would include lectures by renowned scientists, hands-on scientific workshops and an

active social programme. Joining the six New Zealand students would be another 140 students selected to attend from Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Malin said he was very excited to find out he would be attending the school. “When I found out I got into the science school trip I was surprised and amazed. “I’m not really a science whizz but I like science. I was always interested in finding out how things worked,” he said.

Malin said he had a passion for the subject and hoped he would continue once he left school. “I’d like to do something sciencey, maybe medicine or engineering. I’m leaning more towards engineering because I like learning how you can apply it to different things,” he said. He has previously attended the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum, which he described as “probably the best two weeks of my life”. Malin would be leaving for Sydney to take part in the forum in July.




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Wellington City Council won two awards for their refurbishment of a Kilbirnie social housing complex. Kotuku apa r tments on Kemp Road were extensively upgraded inside and out as part of council’s $400 million partnership with central government. The New Zealand Institute of Architects presented council with a housing award for multi units last month. Council also received a Resene colour award, which recognises outstanding use of colour in design. Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle said the 20-year partnership with central government, which was signed in 2007, allowed council to re-examine social housing built in the 1950s and 1960s and bring them up to today’s standards. The units were now properly insulated, helping to keep costs low for residents. Included in the redesign were shared areas for residents to come together, including a community room, children’s play area and

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shared garden for growing herbs and vegetables. “If you look inside the units, they’ve got warm curtains, they’ve got carpet, there’s double glazed windows,” Mr Eagle said. “I’ve often joked and said, boy some of these units are better than my house, in fact they are.” Mr Eagle said to have the refurbishment recognised by NZIA and Resene was great, but being able to take good care of residents was key. “It’s our most vulnerable and needy people living in high quality housing. “That’s important for the city. “Some of these people who live in these homes, they need help. Some people feel really isolated,” Mr Eagle said. “Before, it was just a concrete building. Now there’s some sense that it’s a real community.” One resident, who did not wish to be named, said he was happy in his new home. He had moved from Newtown and said that Kotuku was warm and dry but most importantly for him, quake safe. “I really like it here.”

Kilmarnock Height Home resident Bob McCallum and Kilmarnock Heights Home’s new chaplain, Rev. Leanne Munro.

Kilmarnock Heights Home’s new chaplain, Reverend Leanne Munro, says chaplaincy isn’t just about religion; it’s about helping people to discover what gives their lives meaning and finding contentment. All Enliven homes, including Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore, have chaplains that visit regularly to support residents with their spiritual and religious needs. Leanne, who previously worked as a chaplain at Enliven’s Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville, as well as Enliven’s Longview Home in Tawa, says this differs for each person, which is what makes her role so varied. “Whatever your background, religion, spiritual or cultural beliefs are, in an Enliven home it’s respected,” Leanne explains. “What I might be for one person will be different for another. My role is to find out what’s important to a person, what their philosophy of life is, what makes them happy and what gives them joy, so that I can make sure they have access to those things.” Leanne says chaplaincy isn’t just about religion. “Chaplaincy is part of the holistic care Enliven provides. I’m part of the care team and my role is about making sure their spiritual needs are catered to,” says Leanne.

She says part of her role is to support people to find inner peace. “A lot of my role is listening - I offer a listening ear. Often people have unresolved feelings or worries from the past, and it’s important that our later years in life aren’t spent worrying about things that we can’t control,” Leanne explains. “If that’s the case, hopefully I can be part of the process as they work through any unresolved concerns they may have.” Leanne has only worked at Kilmarnock Heights Home for a month but says she is enjoying getting to know the residents as well as working with Enliven’s unique model of care - the Eden Alternative. “The Eden Alternative respects every person’s individuality,” says Leanne. “It’s a really positive and holistic approach that recognises that every person is different, and they are cared for accordingly.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. Presbyterian Support (Enliven) was recently voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Aged  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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