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Thursday August 24, 2017

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WoFs to be offered for rental houses Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago’s Wellington campus to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) for minimum housing standards in the capital, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced. “ We wa nt to l i f t rental standards in our city and make better accommodation available for people. Every Wellingtonian deserves a warm, dry home,” Lester said. “We’re pleased to announce the f irst Rental Wa r rant of Fitness in New Zealand, alongside public health experts from the University of Otago.”

The WoF, to launch on August 28, is an app that will allow tenants and landlords to check their house against minimum health standards designed by experts, and allow landlords to request a full inspection by a professional to be certified as meeting the standard. Qualified building inspectors would come to the house and carry out an hour-long assessment which would be given a pass or fail on the spot. “This will give landlords the chance to promote their house as being warm and dry, and give prospective renters an assurance the home they are looking to live

in meets the standard.” Deputy mayor and housing portfolio leader Paul Eagle said improving the quality of housing stock was a council goal. “This is just the start – through our Long Term Plan we will be introducing a Wellington Housing Quality Standard that will incorporate both personal health and earthquake resilience, and be tailored to Wellington’s needs. “Information from this voluntary scheme will help inform the permanent standard council introduces,” Eagle said. Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the

University of Otago, Wellington, said the WoF focussed on areas of the home that had the greatest chance of improving the occupants’ health. Green candidate for Rongotai Teall Crossens said while the voluntary plan was “a great step in the right direction”, real action was needed for Wellington renters by having a fully enforceable nationwide rental WoF. “The reality of rental shortages in Wellington means you won’t have the luxury of choosing a flat that passes the voluntary WoF, because quite frankly you will take anything you are offered.”

Giving lungs epic workout for good cause By Jamie Adams

Running 70km in a month is usually the domain of dedicated and super-fit athletics club members. But 27-year-old Island Bay resident Hayley Sims is up for the challenge of doing exactly that for a cause close to her heart – despite having not pounded the pavement for a year. Hayley and her labradoodle Ferdinand have taken on the Healthy Lungs Challenge, which will involve running 70km throughout September. “I currently work for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, so know all too well just how many Kiwis live with respiratory conditions and how these affect their lives and health,” she said. The foundation’s national awareness month “Breathe Better September” is about encouraging New Zealanders to show support for better breathing and healthy lungs. “Over 700,000 Kiwis have a respiratory condition, it’s the third leading cause of death and costs the country $6 billion each year,” Asthma and Respiratory

Foundation NZ chief executive Letitia O’Dwyer said. It was these statistics that prompted Hayley to get involved. “I have only just been on my first run in a year, so I am feeling pretty rusty, but I know that Ferdi will be my trainer - when he starts he doesn’t want to stop,” Hayley said. “I don’t have a respiratory condition myself, but I really want to help create awareness around respiratory conditions and the importance of respiratory health for those that do. “ Hayley and Ferdi plan to run several times a week on the waterfront around the bays. “My husband Andrew will also be joining us for some of our runs and I am working on getting friends and family involved too. “Ferdi’s dog friend Pepper will also join us from time to time.” The couple will share their journey on the Instagram account @ferdi_poodle and on their Everyday Hero fundraising page: https://give.everydayhero. com/nz/hayley-ferdi-run-70kmin-september-for-healthy-lungs. The website is set up for all

Call to recycle Local schools, non-for-profit clubs and community groups are invited to take part in in the Colgate Better World Recycling Project for their chance to win $1000 cash prizes simply by collecting oral care waste. The Colgate Better World Recycling Project encourages the recycling of eligible oral care items, including toothpaste tubes and packaging, and non-electric toothbrushes. The national recycling challenge is run by innovative recycling company TerraCycle in partnership with Colgate. To register as a collection location visit www.terracycle.co.nz/better-world-recycling.

Father’s Day at Bunnings Southern and eastern suburbs’ families are invited to head to Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay on the evening of Thursday, August 31 to celebrate Father’s Day. Residents will be able to take part in a range of entertaining activities, including a D.I.Y. Workshop where kids can get crafty and create a special gift for Dad. The Father’s Day Family Night will be held between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and includes light refreshments. Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay recommends contacting them to reserve a place.

Botanic Gardens’ place of discovery

Hayley Sims and her dog Ferdinand plan to run dozens of kilometres this month. PHOTO: Supplied

participants to encourage their friends and family for support. For those who don’t like exercise, the foundation encourages

other sorts of challenges during September, including meditation, eating healthy or quitting smoking.

An area being designed for children in the Wellington Botanic Garden has been officially named as The Discovery Garden – Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku (“we are all part of nature”), after consultation with local iwi and other stakeholders. Te Kaapuia represents the goals, ideas and aspirations of curious minds exploring the garden, while Te Waoku refers to the beauty of the natural world the garden provides in an urban environment, as well as the emotions it evokes. Natural Environment portfolio leader, councillor Peter Gilberd hoped the garden would encourage more city children to connect with nature.

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