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Wednesday June 28, 2017

Acting fast for a better recovery from strokes The Wellington Northern Suburbs Stroke Club invited members and associates to a mid-winter celebration at St John’s in Johnsonville thanking the community for their support and introducing the latest developments in clinical research. Stroke field officer and event host Sue Robertson said Stroke Club was offering a place for stroke survivors to go and connect with others. “We welcome everyone in our society, this is not only a place for stroke survivors but the entire community,” Sue said.

Stroke has recently introduced their campaign FAST – face dropping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 111. With the FAST campaign, Stroke is raising awareness for signs of a stroke and explains that people who are suffering one need to act as fast as possible. The Wellington Northern Suburbs Stroke Clubs president John Brooking talked about his stroke back in 2006. “It was extremely sudden, and the recovery wasn’t easy,”

John said. “Every stroke is very complex, and they are all different from each other.” However, John said, the faster people get into the hospital when suffering a stroke, the better the recovery. Lai Kin Wong, clinical nurse and specialist at the Stroke Clinic of the Wellington Hospital, said it was important that patients get treatment within three hours after suffering a stroke. Wellington Hospital has developed a new treatment to remove clots from the brain and

will extend their stroke unit to 12 beds by the end of the year. “Strokes are part of ageing,” Lai explained. “It’s not always preventable but fit and healthy people will have a good chance of recovery.”  Stroke meets every first Wednesday of the month, 2pm at Zampelles Coffee Bar in the Johnsonville Mall, and each third Wednesday, 12.302.30pm at the Uniting Church Rooms, Dr. Taylor Terrace. Contact sueneil.robertson@ for more details.

Kindergarten retraces its origins By Julia Czerwonatis

The early childhood centre, formerly known as Paparangi Kindergarten, has changed its name to Paparārangi Kindergarten tracing back the roots of the suburb’s name. “Over the past few years the teaching team has been on a journey of finding out about the history of the land the kindergarten,” Isabel Boyd, Paparārangi Kindergarten headteacher, said. “One of the starting points for us was to research the meaning of our suburb Paparangi and the origins behind its name.” The staff team found out that the area was originally called Paparārangi, which means “range” or “ridge of hills”. It was misinterpreted as “Paparangi” when the suburb was named. Isabel said the name changing was a long process as the kindergarten staff wanted to make sure a name change was appropriate. “We connected with the local Papakainga, Ngā Hau E Whā o Paparārangi, and have been fortunate to be able to take the children up there for visits and have them experience

inbrief news DYW quiz night DYW is hosting a quiz night at 1841 Bar and Restaurant in Johnsonville as part of their fundraising for 2017. The evening will be held on Saturday, July 9, starting at 7pm. Teams can be made up of six to eight people. Tickets for $20 are available on an individual basis or as a team. Team names and themes are strongly encouraged. Spot prizes and raffles will be available for auction on the night, including a signed All Blacks Jersey. All profits made will go towards supporting the children and families of Diabetes Youth Wellington. Please note that due to the venue, those attending must be over 18 years old. Please RSVP at or send your response to Online payments can be made to 03-0502-0158465-00 – please reference your name in the details.

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Paparārangi Kindergarten staff Sue Eayrs, Liz Lee, Janette Waggott, Isabel Boyd and Robyn Mockett (from left). PHOTO: Supplied

a Whakatau and hear local stories,” Isabel said. “As they carry the name Paparārangi we began discussions with them about the possibility of changing the name of the kindergarten to the original Paparārangi and they we very excited and supportive about the idea.” Lena Meinders, Ngā Hau E Whā o Paparārangi chairper-

son, said it was fantastic that the kindergarten has chosen to change their name. “By recognising the original name and the rightful spelling of Paparārangi, the kindergarten created an honourable relationship with the Treaty, with our Marae, and with our community,” Lena said. It would need some time to get used to the name, but

a few children have already been very conscious about the change and were embracing, Isabel said. Paparārangi Kindergarten unveiled their new name which was added to the Waharoa last Friday as part of their Matariki celebrations. “Matariki celebrates the new year, a new start, so we thought it would fit together well.”

Parent Help is looking for volunteers to join their national parental helping hotline. Volunteers would be dedicating a few hours a week or fortnight and talk to families with parenting concerns on the phone. The next training course will start at July 24. Call 802 5767 or email for more details, or visit

CORRECTION We reported about the Checker of the Year event in last week’s paper on page 13. We would like to correct the information given about Anna Sophia McDonald who is a checker operator at the New World in Newlands, and not in Churton Park as stated before. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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