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Wednesday July 12, 2017

Dunne welcomes new Johnsonville housing development Ohariu MP, Peter Dunne (United Future), has welcomed the announcement that 21 new one-bedroom units are to be built in three two-storey blocks on the corner of Phillip Street and Frankmoore Avenue, John-

sonville. “This was the site of the old Housing New Zealand units that were demolished last year because of earthquake damage. “At the time I raised concern that the site be retained for new

public housing, not disposed of on the open market, so I am delighted at today’s announcement,” Mr Dunne said. This was an ideal site for social housing because of its proximity to the heart of the

Johnsonville Shopping Centre, and the railway station and bus terminal, he added. The development is expected to cost around $5.6 million, and is due for completion in September 2018.

Imprisoned mothers read bedtime stories for their children By Julia Czerwonatis

Equipped with a pile of books and a recording device Tawa local Kerryn Palmer heads to Arohata Prison once a month to meet mothers, aunts and grandmothers to help them to connect with their children from jail. “The basic premise of the project is to record the voices of mums while they read a bedtime story for their children and then send the recording to their homes,” Kerryn explained. For the Bedtime Stories programme Corrections Minister Louise Upston honoured Kerryn and her volunteer team with the Arts Access Corrections Community Award 2017 last week. “We were overwhelmed and surprised,” Kerryn said about receiving the award. “It’s a small thing that we do, but I think it’s really positive for the women at Arohata.” Kerryn revived the project in March 2016 after theatre practitioner Miranda Harcourt launched a pilot project three years ago, however, wasn’t able to commit to regular sessions. “We couldn’t do the programme without the support of the staff at Arohata, especially the interventions coordinator Tracey Wernicki, who has been marvellous,” Kerryn said. “It strengthens the bonds between mothers, grandmothers

inbrief news Summer stars need Applications to perform at Wellington’s Summer City Gardens Magic are now open. The Wellington City Council is calling on established or up and coming music acts who would like to play in front of a large audience at next year’s event. Applications are open now and close at 5pm on August 14. The free outdoor concert series in Wellington Botanic Gardens is the flagship Summer City event. The Council will be showcasing a wide variety of local talent for three weeks in January on the Botanic Garden Soundshell stage. For more information and to apply visit

Just Cook Challenge Just Cook Challenge is back for its seventh year and is calling on children aged between 10 and 18 to enter as an individual, with a friend or as a school class. Competitors have to make a meal, take a photo of it and enter it online. With $2,000 in cash prizes, $500 Prezzy cards as well as a Fitbit up for grabs, there’s never been a better time to get cooking. The competition is open until July 30. For more information visit

Generous donation Kerryn (left), and a Bedtime Stories participant recording at Arohata Prison. All books are sponsored by Cleanslate Press. PHOTO: Supplied

and aunties with the little ones of their whanau, allowing them to feel closer to each other by making this connection through stories even though they can’t be there in person,” Tracey said. Up to 18 women are taking part in the sessions. Kerryn said it could be daunting for some of them to read out loud in front of the entire group, however, the women had become much more confident in their speaking skills.

“Some mums just smash it – there are some amazing readers and are great with imitating different voices.” The feedback from the women is overwhelmingly positive. “I love the idea of my son being able to hear my voice even though I’m not there. It’s a great way to stay connected,” one of the participants, who couldn’t be named, said. “The absolute joy of being able to read a bedtime story to

my grandchildren while I am here is beyond words. “My daughter told me there were smiles from ear to ear when they heard my voice. “ T h i s i s su ch a g r e a t heart-warming experience and allows to keep connected in such a great way. “I am so grateful, and my family are also so grateful to the wonderful women who make this possible,” another said.

A new purpose-built children’s hospital will make a big difference to the families in the Wellington region thanks to a $50 million donation from Wellington property developer Mark Dunajtschik. “This amazingly generous offer will have such a big impact on the children we look after, their families and our staff,” Capital and Coast Health District Board’s chairman Andrew Blair said. The current children’s hospital is almost 30 years old and is no longer fit for purpose. It was a challenging environment to work and be in – the new hospital would enhance the experience for everyone, Andrew stated.

Hon Peter Dunne Your MP for Ohariu

Tawa: Monday 17 July

Johnsonville office 04 478 0076 - 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville Tawa office 04 232 5381 - 220B Main Road, Tawa


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