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Wednesday June 28, 2017

inbrief news Buick Street fountain now open The Buick Street public fountain opened on Monday June 26. It was closed in mid-April due to water from the Waiwhetu Aquifer testing positive for E.coli for the third time in five months as well as having an increasing level of bacterial activity. Wellington Water has installed a small UV unit that will treat the source water before it comes out of the tap. Mark Kinvig, Wellington Water’s Group Manger, Network Strategy and Planning says the UV treatment is a non-chemical treatment option that doesn’t affect the taste of the water and is pleased the fountain is now open.

Community board meets tomorrow The Wainuiomata Community Board is meeting tomorrow at the Community Library. There will be a presentation on the revision of the Wainuiomata Community Response Plan, which has been developed by key stakeholders within the local community, and the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office. This plan outlines the initial response during the first 72 hours of a significant emergency. Also for discussion will be the community board’s submission to the Hutt City Annual Plan, and a Smokefree Queen Street report. The council’s Healthy Families chose Wainuiomata and Stokes Valley to be part of the smokefree programme first, as they had the highest smoking rates so could benefit most from the initiative. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 7pm.

Women’s coffee, connect and chat group thriving By Dave Crampton

Wainuiomata has a women’s group, where up to 20 women meet each week for coffee, to connect, and to chat. The group - called Wainuiomata Women - has been meeting in the Valley church each Friday morning since March. Church members Gaylene Pluck and Denise Angelsey started the group to provide an outlet for crafts, for women to meet, and as an avenue to show women how to live more cost-effectively, such as through cooking affordable meals and how to be resourceful. The group often features guest speakers. “It’s a place where women in the community can come along and connect,” Denise said. “The main focus is upskilling and learning,” Gaylene added. She said she loves arts and craft, and is passionate about assisting, encouraging and celebrating the gifts of women in the community. “The group is growing, new members are welcomed and supported, Gaylene said. “It’s going really well - every week we have new faces.” On Friday the group met for a card-making activity; on

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Group co-ordinators Denise Angelsey and Gaylene Pluck with women making cards. Hutt South Labour candidate Ginny Andersen is in red in the background, making a card for her daughter, Eliza.

Saturday it is having a clothes swap, where women can bring up to 15 items of clothing to swap with others. The clothes swap will be held in the evening, so teens who attend school and others who work can attend. There will also be wardrobe tips and styling advice. The cost is equivalent to a few gold coins, as it is a fundraiser

for two teenagers – one from the Valley church - who are going to Samoa in the school holidays on a missions trip to assist adults and children who have disabilities. Ginny Andersen, a Hutt South election candidate, attends the group, and on Friday made a card for her three-year-old daughter, Eliza. She said it is a good way to connect with those

in the community on a Friday, and she intends to attend the clothes swap. “I’ve got a whole lot of clothes to give away,” she said.  Those interested in finding more about the group, or wish to get $5 tickets for Friday night’s clothes swap, starting at 8pm, can text Gaylene on 0223677437.

Local businesses to highlight light carnival Lower Hutt businesses are joining Hutt City Council to deliver HighLight: Carnival of Lights later this year. Coming this Labour Weekend in October, Highlight will transform Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt into a wonderland of brilliant light installations and live performances. Over four days visitors to the

light festival can enjoy walking through the gardens and immersing themselves in the various displays, live entertainment, interactive features and pyrotechnics. The event will be open to all ages and free to attend. Council’s Partnership Development Specialist Lizzie Edwards says she looks forward

to working with local businesses The Breeze Wellington, Macaulay Metals, Mitre 10 MEGA Petone, and Professionals Redcoats. “Each of these local businesses are working with us to create a unique event designed to surprise and delight everyone who attends. This local business support enables us to make sure

that the event is free and accessible to the whole community.” “We’ve been blown away with the creative ideas our sponsors have brought to the Carnival; it’s going to be a magical event and a highlight of the city’s event calendar.”  To find out more about HighLight: Carnival of Lights visit

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