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Sale to raise funds for neighbour lunch The Seatoun Mega Garage Sale will be back again next weekend. The popular sale is known to attract stallholders and buyers from across the Miramar Peninsular and beyond. The sale is the brain child of trustee of the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust, Gillie Coxhill, who was thrilled to be hosting the event for the second time. “It is a win-win on so many levels really,” Gillie said. “We have a great range of stallholders including local youth groups who are fundraising, there is an absolute treasure trove of goodies to sort through. “It’s a great way for neigh-

bours to connect.” Gillie said the proceeds from the hire of the tables would go towards the Village Hall’s monthly winter lunchtime sessions. The lunches have attracted up to 20 people a session enjoying soup, a roll and a chance to connect with neighbours.  The Seatoun Mega Garage Sale will take place at Seatoun Village Hall on Saturday, June 17 from 10am to 1pm. Cash only. Monthly lunches are held on the last Monday of the month. The next lunch will be on June 26 between 12pm and 2pm. For more information head to www.seatounvillage. co.nz.

People enjoy a past sale. PHOTO: Supplied

More volunteers means longer opening hours for bureau

This Sunday greyhounds and their owners will be out in force across New Zealand as part of the Great Global Greyhound Walk. In Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and points in between, the dogs will take to streets, waterfronts, paths and parks to raise awareness of the greyhound breed and promote greyhound adoptions. The

Caz Sheldon (centre) with Ron and Ross, two volunteers with Citizen’s Advice Bureau Newtown. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

By Emma McAuliffe

Thanks to a new influx of volunteers Newtown’s Citizens Advice Bureau can now open for longer hours. The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is a free community service created to help people understand their rights and obligations, provide people with the confidence and support needed to take action and work for positive social change within communities. Newtown CAB’s Caz Sheldon said the volunteer run office was based at the Community Centre on Rintoul Street and was open Monday to Fridays, 9.30am to 3pm. “It’s largely subject to volunteers and how often they are available,”

Greyhounds show their true colours walks are being organised by Greyhounds as Pets New Zealand. Many of the participating greyhounds will be dressed in outfits and costumes in tune with an annual theme. The theme for this year’s walk is Colours of the World. Local attendees to gather on Queens Wharf, under the sails in front of TSB Arena on June 11 from 9am.

IT’S TAX TIME AGAIN! Count On Us to save you time and money. Caz explained. “We’ve had a big increase in volunteer numbers recently. “We had been closing on Fridays at midday for quite a few years now so fingers crossed we stay open for longer yet.” Caz said the role of CAB volunteers was varied as it required people to not be counsellors, but to provide advice on the next step to take. “We’re not counsellors but volunteers and have to have an intelligent and listening ear. “We look for people who have good problem solving skills. “We tend to get applications from people who are people-people,” she said. Caz said although volunteers could be of any age, often they

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were retired or semi-retired. “The main thing for us is availability.” She said recently the role of the CAB had been changing, due to the rise of the internet. “We used to do a lot of community services but now a lot of that has moved online. “We’ve got quite a range of common issues. We do a lot of housing issues, from flatting to boarding houses to renters and landlords and increasing amount of employment work- contracts or dismissals. “In Newtown we have quite a lot of inquiries around immigration. “The great thing about us is we offer face to face help,” she said.  For more information head to ww.cab.org.nz

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