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Thursday July 27, 2017



Band school wanted

Berhampore Primary School would be hosting a Brainwaves Seminar focussing on the adolescent brain on Wednesday, August 2. The event will take place between 7pm and 9pm at the school on 105 Britomart Street. Please RSVP to the school office as the venue has limited seating by calling (04) 389 9391 or emailing The event would cost $10 cash at the door.

Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries This bus service is sponsored by the Lychgate Funeral Home. It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Geoff day is looking for a location to start a band school in the southern and eastern suburbs. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

A Lyall Bay musician is looking for a place in the southern and eastern suburbs to start a band school. Geoff Day, who runs the Rock Academy out of his living room in his home, said he was looking for something bigger to teach children music and let them experience being in a band. He said he was inspired to look into starting a band school when he realised there was nothing like it in Wellington. “I just put an email out to a third of my database and we’ve got two full bands of interested kids alreadythat’s with five children per band,” he said. “That’s all we can do at the moment.

“We’re interested in running every afternoon after school- that would be great.” Geoff said a space around the same size as a double garage would fit the bill perfectly. He said he had always had an interest in bands and frequently put on shows when he was younger. “I’m currently a full time music teacher. “I’ve had kids get into the finals of Smokefree Rockquest; to get more kids competing would be great. “I’ve coached bands at the Seatoun School Band, Wellesley College in Eastbourne and at Kilbirnie School,” he said. In the meantime, Geoff would continue to run his after school and school holiday programme teaching

children to sing, play guitar and play the keyboard. “We take the kids busking, the kids on keys go on battery power keyboards so they don’t miss out,” he said. “Band school would really get kids into music and get them to meet kindred spirits. “It’s amazing watching them be around the others. “They really get to see other people working in the industry. “They get to go busking for the first time and we also train them to do auditions.”  If you know of a location Geoff could use, or want to know more about his idea for a band school get in touch on

The pick up points and approximate times are as follows: Depart opposite 38 Onepu Rd, Kilbirnie Miramar Library Newtown Library (opposite) Bus stop – Medway St (outside New World), Island Bay Courtenay Place (Outside 11 Courtenay Place) Lambton Bus Interchange - (Platform C) Rutherford House KARORI CEMETERY (Outside 93 Karori Road) Karori Library MAKARA CEMETERY

1.00pm 1.10pm 1.20pm 1.30pm 1.45pm 1.55pm 2.05pm 2.10pm 2.25pm

The bus will leave Makara Cemetery at 3.15pm for return trip and will pick up Karori Cemetery visitors from the bus stop opposite 93 Karori Road at approximately 3.30pm. Wellington: Ph 385 0745 | Johnsonville Ph 477 6855 | Karori Ph 4766472

Newtown Medical Centre increasing access options for patients Changes are underway at Newtown Medical Centre as they become part of the Health Care Home programme. This increases access options for patients and provides more personalised care for those who need it most. If you are one of the 10,500 local patients, you might notice the newly installed self-check-in kiosk at reception which makes for a quick and easy arrival at the centre. Please check which waiting room to use. A GP will be returning calls between about 8.15 and 8.45 to assess patients who feel they need to be seen urgently that day and call just after 8am, if

necessary they will be make them an appointment. After that time nurses will take over calling back. We have slightly extended hours on some days to help working patients see a doctor on a work day. Our after-hours arrangement with Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Centre near the Basin Reserve continues. Newtown Medical Centre will welcome new GP Dr Sophie Hodgins on July 31 to the 23-strong staff team. Dr Hodgins replaces Dr Ting Wang. Manage My Health is the patient portal where eligible patients can make appointments, send a message to the

Practice Manager Mike Northmore demonstrates the self checkin kiosk in reception. GP or Nurse and check test results. The portal will only incur a charge if it involves the doctor in spending some time on a patient’s issues. Ask your GP or at reception about Manage My Health.

Opening hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm Mon - Fri

33 Rintoul Street, Newtown

Ph (04) 389 9955

From July 31 patients in the age range 13 to 17 will have a fee reduction from $27.00 to $22.50 while patients in the age range between 25 and 64 will face a $1.00 increase from $43.00 to $44.00. Other fees are unchanged.

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