Thursday September 14, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Lyall Bay School pupils are asked: What do you most like about Wellington?
Jinan Daid, Lyall Bay “I can have friends in New Zealand, like Admay. In Syria I didn’t have any friends.“
Ishaan Chaudary, Lyall Bay “They sell Hershey’s bars here. And New Zelaand has the best swimming pools. Wellington is pretty diverse too.”
Ariesha Ali, Lyall Bay “I like the zoo and the swimming pools.”
Vailetti Mafua, Lyall Bay “I like the school and the beach. I like where I live.”
Aryan Dhiru Shailesh, Lyall Bay “I can go to the ASB [stadium] and I like home because I can go on the Ipad.”
Ronav Singh, Lyall Bay “I like the sports and the beach and the zoo.”
LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to email@example.com. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Shelly Bay Dear Editor, We wait each week to receive and celebrate your fine paper and enjoy always the letters to the editor. It is a pulse of the real community. Thus we do appreciate the many and varied opinions of Rose Wu who has reasoned and well-presented details and facts, as well as ideas. We even think you could give her a separate “opinion column” as she is clearly knowledgeable over a range of
topics. She often points out to us the goings and short-comings of the city council whose debt has climbed out of this world and will lead to huge increases in rates in the years ahead. Shame on the council officers and the CEO must resign. Look now at the absolute mess of the Shelly Bay project. We attended some of the oral submissions and were appalled to hear some of
the details of this property developer’s rip-off of us ratepayers. Even Weta Industries of movie-star fame protested, but that was a bit of the pot calling the kettle black - after all, the same submitters have their pigs in the trough for a ratepayer subsidy of $180 million by the council to build the conference centre/movie museum for their little collection! Susan & Bruce Dryberg Te Aro
Working with Wellington elders a ‘privilege’ Annelize Steyn (left) says getting to know residents like Betty Wood (right) is the best part of her job.
“It’s such a privilege to work and laugh alongside all the elders here.” This from Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation team leader, Annelize Steyn, who has dedicated the last twelve years to ensuring the physical and emotional wellbeing of elders. Annelize says she has the best job in the world. “Part of what I get to do is to discover who each resident here really is – what makes them feel safe and happy – to see how we can help them grow as individuals. I feel very lucky to have that opportunity each day.” Finding out what makes people tick has always been the recreation officer’s driving passion. Prior to taking up the role at Kilmarnock Heights Home, Annelize worked in counselling and community mental health in Rotorua, during which time she worked closely with the elderly. Realising she could spend more time with elders by working in aged care, Annelize went in search of a home that would share her elder-centred approach to care. She is proud to say that Kilmarnock Heights Home, like all of Enliven’s homes, follows the internationally-recognised, elder-
centred Eden Alternative model of care. “It really is all about the residents here. Every Wednesday morning, for instance, the whole team, including the cleaners and cooks, meets to discuss how a particular resident is doing and how we can do better – that sort of thing just doesn’t happen elsewhere.” At the moment, Annelize frequently finds herself discussing with residents the progress of the new 72-bed rest home and hospital and 57 retirement apartment being built in front of the existing home. “It’s an exciting time for them. Quite a few like to imagine what their new rooms will look like,” says Annelize. Though life in all other respects goes on as usual at the home, which remains fully operational, Annelize says there is always much to learn. “There are always new residents to get to know and new activities to plan – it’s a very rewarding job and never boring!” To find out more about Enliven’s homes, including Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore, visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz or call the home directly on 04 380 2034. PBA
Cook Strait News 14-09-17