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KCA volunteer Wayne Ford, Countdown Johnsonville manager John Angelica, Johnsonville, Councillor Iona Pannett, Jennifer Elliot from Foodstuffs, KCA manager Tracy Wellington, and Auto Super Shoppe owner Marc Blech (from left). PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

New chiller truck for food rescue team By Julia Czerwonatis

The Wellington City Council, Foodstuffs, and Countdown have pooled together their money for a new chiller truck to support Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) and their food rescue mission. Tracy Wellington, KCA manager and co-founder, said the chiller truck would make their work a lot easier. “We are really pleased with the chiller truck. We were using the KCA van and my private car to collect our 80 banana boxes of rescued food daily which meant a lot driving back and forth,” Tracy said. Her volunteer team picks up unwanted food (on average 450 kilos a day) from local supermarkets and food fairs each day and distributes them to various welfare organisations in the greater Wellington region that

supply families in need. “Now we can do everything in one go, which saves us a lot of time,” Tracy explained. Johnsonville Auto Super Shoppe owner Marc Blech will be donating his time and labour to servicing KCA’s new chiller truck. Councillor Iona Pannett, portfolio leader for infrastructure and sustainability, said initiatives like KCA were important for the community. “It’s good for our environment and works towards equality between citizens.” Foodstuffs’ waste minimization programme coordinator Jennifer Elliot explained Foodstuffs was very focused on reducing waste which is why they support KCA. Johnsonville Countdown manager John Angelica said reducing waste and rescuing food was absolutely the

right thing to do. “This is also about community engagement and a great thing to protect our planet,” John explained. KCA stores some of their goods in a warehouse in Grenada North, however, most of the food that Tracy and her 74 part-time volunteers are rescuing is being distributed the same day. Tracy and her husband Phil started the charity five and a half years ago from their double garage in Tawa today they are supplying 62 clients. Volunteer Wayne Ford from Ngaio has been involved with KCA for one and a half years. He will be driving the new chiller truck. “I enjoy the work because it’s for a good cause. It’s something to believe in.”  New volunteers are welcome. Contact Tracy on admin@kca.org.nz.

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RECOLLECTIONS On until 27 August 2017, Pataka Art + Museum Nearly all of Pataka's 25,000 objects are on display in two exhibitions while its storage facilities are being upgraded. Recollections features an eclectic selection of personal and household items from the early and mid-20th century, with everything from toothpaste and medical equipment to an array of vacuum cleaners, toys and old tools on display. Many of

the objects in the Recollections exhibition come from the former Porirua Museum and some have been taken out of storage for the first time since they came to Pataka in 1982. Next door is the exhibition The hoe and the hoiho in which Titahi Bay born artist Wayne Youle has put his spin on the objects out of storage, curating them to explore the idea of value.

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