Thursday July 13, 2017
inbrief news Summer stars needed Applications to perform at Wellington’s Summer City Gardens Magic are now open. Wellington City Council is calling on established or up and coming music act who would like to play in front of a large audience at next year’s event. The Gardens Magic free outdoor concert series in Wellington Botanic Garden is the flagship Summer City event. Applications are open now and close at 5pm on August 14. For more information and to apply visit wellington.govt.nz/events/ annual-events/summer-city/gardens-magic.
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$50 million for new children’s hospital By Emma McAuliffe
Wellington Regional Hospital is set to get a new $50 million children’s hospital thanks to property developer Mark Dunajtschik. Mark is a major benefactor in the areas of education and sport and has previously offered to donate to the strengthening of St Mary’s of the Angels. He would be paying for and building the new hospital then gift it to the Capital and Coast District Health Board. Health board chair Andrew Blair said the “amazingly generous offer” would have a big impact on the children, their families and staff. The current children’s hospital is almost 30 years old and is no longer fit for purpose. “We’ve been working on a long-term plan for child health services, which included a new children’s hospital – but building wasn’t going to start for several years,” chief executive Debbie Chin said. “Mr Dunajtschik’s generosity means we’ll get the hospital much sooner.” Doctors and nurses are ac-
Andrew Blair with Mark Dunajtschik. PHOTO: Supplied
tively involved in designing the new hospital, which is expected to take around 18 months to build once plans are finalised and resource consent is granted. Existing child hospital and outpatient services – which are currently housed separately – would move to the new hospital. “A building dictates how you can deliver care,” chief medical officer John Tait said. “Not only are we designing
a new hospital, we also get the opportunity to design our future child health services. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Wellington and the region and we are incredibly grateful to Mr Dunajtschik.” “We’re also grateful to Wellington Hospitals Foundation chair Bill Day for planting the seed with Mr Dunajtschik and for his ongoing support for the project,” Andrew added. Around 4,000 children per
year are admitted to the child health services at Wellington Regional Hospital. Eighty per cent of the children live in the Capital and Coast DHB area; the other 20 per cent are children from the lower North Island. Just over half of these children are under five years. More than 5,000 children attend nearly 38,000 outpatient appointments at Wellington Regional Hospital every year.
Pipe found during park excavation
A 19th-century smoking pipe has been found at Denton Park during an archaeological excavation. The excavation was the first step in works for the Lombard Lane upgrade aiming to make the laneway and Denton Park a more attractive and inviting space for people to visit and use. The pipe is one of a “fantasies” ser ies of famous characters of the time and was produced by French pipe manufacturer Gambier. It depicts champion English rower James Renforth and
appeared in catalogues in 1868 and 1879 before being discontinued. It was found in a rubbish pit alongside a buried brick wall that was also uncovered during the dig. Based on Thomas Ward’s 1891 plan of Wellington, the wall appears to be part of a six-roomed house. Wellington City Councillor Nicola Young, Portfolio Leader for central city projects, said it was fascinating to uncover objects painting a picture of the city’s past. “The original beach was
identified during the excavation,” she said. “Wellington’s foreshore originally followed the alignment of Bond Street – its name reminds us it was the site of the city’s Bond Store – where several commercial wharves were built.” Wellington City Council has a heritage team who keep a close watch on projects like this where it is an area of significance. Denton Park is on the site of the Te Aro Redoubt, which was constructed in 1845 in response to the perceived
threat from Maori during the New Zealand Wars. A range of ceramics, broken glass and metal was also found, along with reclamation fill and a ring. The information gathered during the excavation will contribute to future interpretation of the site. The work was carried out under an archaeological authority issued by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The archaeological investigation is a legal requirement of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
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