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Thursday June 29, 2017

Playcentre celebrates Matariki and education rating

LETTERS to the editor (continued from page 8)

South and East poorly looked after Dear Editor, We are grateful for correspondents’ Tim Dalman and Rose Wu for showing tenacity and clarity in their letters, regardless of dumps upon them by others. The South and East suburbs’ are being poorly looked after yet now a certain Councillor who voted for the Island Bay Cycle Way model, is seeking even higher office, yet that same bike model will create hell in the Coutts/Hobart Streets route. Miramar will become pest free, as all ratepayers will leave. God Save the Queen. Lindsay Daysh Lyall Bay

The bonfire taking place. PHOTO: Supplied.

Island Bay Playcentre hosted their annual Matariki event at the weekend with a special twist. The playcentre celebrated both Matariki and a good review from the Education Review Office with a dawn fire at Princess Bay on Sunday. The dawn beach gathering for Matariki is a popular annual event for both current and past playcentre families.

Island Bay Playcentre co-president, Marta Besier, said the centre was delighted to have received an excellent rating in their review and was cause for celebration. The Education Review Office placed the playcentre in the top five to seven per cent of early childhood services nationally. “The rating reflects the wonderful efforts of our small community to support children and their whanau,

in their early childhood journey,” Marta explained. Marta said she was especially pleased the centre had rated so highly for the relationships between parents and children. “Attentive parent educators know the children and their preferences well. “They are nearby to support and encourage ongoing engagement where needed,” she said.

Moving forward Dear Editor, I’m pleased to see T. Dalmans letter of June 15 putting the real facts out there about the Newtown Primary Schools Board of Trustees rejection of the bizarre concept of a French bilingual unit be established for an elitist few. I voiced my opposition on April 6 in your paper. I remembered Matthew (in 1066BC) 18.25: If your brother sins against you go show him your fault. Thus I now would be pleased to see focus on sorting out the never to be concluded Island Bay cycleway consultation that is costing millions over budget, or shall we instead resolve the looming Smelly Bay route in Miramar? Rose Wu (abridged) Kilbirnie

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