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Wednesday July 12, 2017

inbrief news Wellington job ads soar as strong economy rolls on

Celebrating 50 years of Johnsonville Rotary

Wellington’s strong run of economic growth had continued, with June having the highest growth in job ads for the past 15 months, Wellington Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle said. ANZ Research’s New Zealand Jobs report for July states that employment advertisements in the capital rose by 2.3 per cent last month, an increase of 8.7 per cent from last June. Wellington City Council’s economic development portfolio leader, Councillor Simon Marsh, said the growing number of new jobs was a sign of confidence from local businesses. “This shows our city is going in the right direction. There’s a real buzz and energy about Wellington at the moment and it’s encouraging to see that reflected in growing numbers of jobs. “Wellington’s whole economic strategy is based around enabling businesses in the capital city to grow. We have gains in all of our key areas of economic strength – education, tourism and technology. This is exactly the trend we are hoping for. It’s great to see local businesses backing themselves to take on new staff.”

Johnsonville Rotary celebrated its Golden anniversary Monday, June 26, at the Johnsonville Club. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Ohariu MP Peter Dunne, and the Rotary District 9940 Governor Martin Garcia congratulated Johnsonville Rotary on an outstanding 50 years of service to our community. More than 70 guests, including one of the three known surviving founding members Roger Ridley-Smith, attended the event. The club had another occasion to celebrate as they inaugurated their new president William Nobelen. “It’s my second time as president, and I absolutely love it,” William said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage with the members of the club and to work for the community.” He said he was proud to be

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The Johnsonville Youth Grants Trusts is calling for applicants. The trust helps young people from the northern suburbs to excel in life through monetary grants in sport, academic education, arts and professional endeavours, and looks for abilities that may make a future contribution to the local community. Applications are open until August 15. For more information visit or pick up an application form at Autostop Johnsonville. Applicants will be notified of results by September 15 and grants are presented at the Johnsonville Rotary Club in early October.

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leading the club and that they had already planned a wide range of projects for the year. Johnsonville Rotary has launched project Healthy Heroes that engages local schools promoting healthy food and exercising. “We will also be managing a blood pressure programme in Newlands and collecting for the Foodbank later this year,” William named some of their upcoming projects. He took over from outgoing president Vince AdamsSchneider who was presented with a certificate and letter of congratulations from the World President of Rotary International. Speakers, including Michael Hodgen and the Onslow Historical Society publication, highlighted Johnsonville Rotary’s achievements from the last 50 years which included initiating, supporting and seeing to fruition the Keith Spry

Outgoing president Vince (right) passed over the President’s chain to incoming Johnsonville Rotary President William (left). PHOTO: Supplied

Pool and the current Johnsonville Community Centre. The club also started the

Cici Davie, Lauren Brenseman, Imogen Skelton, Maggie Dai and Bella O’Meeghan trying to push for a plastic bag levy for New Zealand. PHOTO: Samuel Marsden Collegiate

Johnsonville Senior Citizens Club and four Probus Clubs in the area.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate students are currently running a social action campaign urging the public to reduce plastic bag usage and lobbying Government to introduce a permanent levy on plastic bags used by supermarkets. “Plastic waste has been a topical issue for a while and awareness is growing,” Cici Davie, one of the initiators, said. “New Zealand is meant to be this environmentally friendly country, but if you look at our landfills and how much plastic that takes years and years to

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decompose ends up there, it’s just shocking,” Imogen Skelton added. The year 13 students had started their social action campaign at the beginning of the year and found out other countries like France, Bali and Bangladesh have successfully introduced a plastic bag levy. They said plastic waste wasn’t an issue that the New Zealand Government is prioritising. Currently, the students have collected 9,500 signatures for a petition they wanted to present to Government towards the end of the month.

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