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Boomerang Bags to launch ahead of Plastic Free July Continued from page 1. Boomerang Bags would be having their official launch ahead of the campaign to remind people they existed and wanted to do something about plastic bag waste. The group creates reusable cloth bags out of recycled materials which could be borrowed and returned or purchased for $10. The Wellington branch of Boomerang Bags was organised by Roseneath resident Pip Cameron earlier this year and has since spread to communities in Aro Valley, Mt Victoria, Karori and Miramar, with hopes to begin one in Newtown in coming months. Pip said she had seen a lot of support for a plastic free Wellington but wished to see more people coming onboard with initiatives, like Boomerang Bags. “We’ve got a lot of business backing but often its businesses that aren’t using plastic bags,” Pip said. “We find that in Wellington there are a lot of people for it and

we feel we have a community aspect to us. “Plastic bags are such a day to day item and we would like to change that. Fellow Boomerang Bags member Ally Kirkpatrick said the launch would be a chance to remind people the plastic free initiative was “real”. “The launch is about announcing to people and to politicians that we are here and that we want to change and they need to help us start,” Ally said. “It’s great to see Mayor Justin Lester getting behind it,” Sarah Child added. The team said they were looking forward to having more community input and would be looking to find a permanent space for all the Boomerang Bag communities in Wellington. Meanwhile, earlier this month the mayors from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin publicly asked all New Zealand mayors to sign a letter formally asking the Government for a levy on plastic bags, or the ability for local councils to make their own rules.

The team would be having an official launch at Zealandia next week. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester also took to Countdown Newtown recently to hand out reusable bags to shoppers.

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Medical centre celebrates 30 years of help By Emma McAuliffe

Newtown Union Health Service celebrated 30 years of providing care to the southern and eastern suburbs at the weekend. The Newtown Union Health Service (NUHS) was founded by the union movement in response to decreasing access to care for people on low incomes. The model of Primary Health Care developed by NUHS is the basis of many of the developments of primary care in New

Zealand over the past 30 years. Doctor Ben Gray said Saturday’s celebration featured speeches from past staff and supporters, including Rongotai MP Annette King, and dances from Cambodian and Samoan dance groups. “It was a celebration for our patients, staff and supporters,” he said. Ben said NUHS was set up to care for those who “fell through the cracks” of the health system. This could include long term

sufferers of mental illness, beneficiaries and the immigrant community. “We’ve been long term innovators of primary care. “We wanted to care for a population instead of just person by person.” In their time of operation NUHS started interprofessional collaborative practice and the use of specialist doctors in clinics. “ We r e a l i s e d n u r s e s had separate skills to doctors and were not just there


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