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inbrief news Reader Competition Cook Strait News readers can win a family pass to The Little Duckling. See www.kidzstufftheatre.co.nz for more details. To be in the draw email the name of your favourite fairy tale to win@wsn.co.nz by Wednesday July 5. A complimentary pass will be emailed to the winner and you can book into the show that suits you best!

Matariki Markets Sustainability Trust is getting together a whole lot of ethical, local and eco-friendly traders, including Boomerang Bags, in one room for a Matariki-themed market this Saturday. There will also be food and coffee, sustainable living experts to chat to, activities for the kids and electric cars to try out. Market will take place on June 24 from 10am to 2pm at Sustainability Trust’s EcoCentre, 2 Forresters Lane. Next Tuesday, June 27 Sustainability Trust will be hosting a free natural skincare workshop between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Bookings essential. To book head to www.sustaintrust.org. nz/events

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ HOMESTAYS REQUIRED We are looking for caring families to host international students attending Wellington College,both fromshort July and to College, early December. long term. Please contact Kathi Scott on 802-2561 / 021 717 449 or k.scott@wc.school.nz for further details.

Blogger wins Wellingtonian award The Cook Strait News will be profiling some of the southern and eastern suburbs residents who received Absolutely Positively Wellington Awards in June. Last week we profiled Miramar resident and mountain biker Ash Peters. This week we talk to Oriental Bay blogger Lucy Revill. By Emma McAuliffe

A blogger with her heart in Wellington walked away with an Absolutely Positively Wellington Award earlier this month. Oriental Bay blogger Lucy Revill was one of a dozen locals who received the annual accolade. Through her blog, The Residents, Lucy tells the stories of Wellington residents, as well as writing about places to eat, drink and enjoy Wellington. The blog received 14,000 unique hits per month and thousands more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It has been running since November 2015. Lucy said she thought it was cool to receive an Absolutely Positively Wellington Award for

her work. “It’s cool because when people think of people winning community awards they think of people working in soup kitchens but Wellington City Council [is] backing millennials, like me, who are working to create online content which has offline effects on how people see Wellington,” she explained. She said she enjoyed the blog because it gave her an outlet to explore Wellington. “It’s a shocking revelation, I know, but women don’t have to be interested in just one thing,” Lucy said. “Like I can blog about lipstick and food and write about people building bikes, I really like that I don’t have a niche. “For me the best thing about blogging is that it has two components. “It feeds my more out there personality; I can meet people and go to events. “It also feeds my introverted side; writing is very stilling for me.” Lucy’s next ventures would include more brand collaborations and co-hosting August’s Wellington on a Plate.

“I’ll also be looking at honing my craft and writing good stories,” she said. “People think a blog is a bit old school but the amount of views I get shows people want

that content. “I’m really grateful that people are getting behind me. “  Follow The Residents at theresidents.co.nz

Toastmasters begin new club in Newtown By Emma McAuliffe

Wellington’s newest Toastmasters club is encouraging more people to get involved. Newtown Toastmasters began in February as an opportunity for people in the community to be involved closer to home. Toastmasters is a worldwide organisation, with clubs throughout Wellington, that seeks to

help people conquer their fear of public speaking through presenting and evaluating others. Typically at meetings members are encouraged to take part in Table Topics (improvised speeches), prepared speeches and are given the chance to evaluate their peers. President of Newtown Toastmasters and Newtown resident, Terry Cave, said he had been a

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toastmaster for seven years and was encouraged to start the Newtown club with other members. “[Fellow member] Norbert Lee approached me and said they didn’t have a club in Newtown and would I be interested in helping start one, and I said ’yes sure’,” Terry said. Newtown Toastmasters has now had six meeting and their club is growing.

 Newtown Toastmasters meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. For more information or to join contact newtowntoastmastersclub@ gmail.com or visit their website newtown.toastmastersclubs. org. ma We nu sto ka ck cre me

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