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Wednesday September 27, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How do you feel about the election results?

Christine Hatton It was an obvious outcome but it really shows people’s appetite for change isn’t as great as predicted.

Hayden Kaffes I’m a first time voter and I’m disappointed because I voted National. But I try to keep out of politics.

Zair Parkes The biggest problem is Winston Peters. How can one person, with nine percent of the vote, decide what happens? It shouldn’t work like that.

Mary Boyes I had voted for MMP but didn’t foresee Winston Peters holding the balance. It’s proportional representation but not proportional power.

Marilyn Young It all hinges on the specials. I voted for change and I’m a wee bit disappointed.

Frances Tupaea I’m a bit disappointed. I wanted Labour to win. Let’s hope they do.

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a shop in Broderick Road, located within the mall area, was entered after the premises had closed but while the gates were still open. The offender stole the till machine, the PIN pad and screen, cash from the till and a charity box. All items were hidden under the counter. An offender entered the reception area of a motel located in Burgess Road and stole a com-

puter screen monitor placed there for the use of guests. A Nissan Pulsar saloon stolen from Haumia Street, Johnsonville, was later recovered in Raumati South in a damaged condition. An attempt was made to steal a Toyota Corolla stationwagon that had been parked overnight in Kitchener Terrace. A window was smashed to gain access and the ignition barrel was damaged in an unsuccessful attempt to start

the car. In Newlands, the garage of a house under construction in Promontory Crescent was broken into and a large quantity of power tools and associated builder’s equipment were stolen. A Toyota Corolla stationwagon parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Northwood Close had its visor removed and stolen. A Toyota Echo hatchback, parked alongside, had its right

front tyre slashed. A house in Kinapori Terrace was broken into, a laundry window was forced open to gain entry and some items were stolen. A house in Bracken Road was entered by tampering with the lock on the front door. Boots, jewellery items and tattoo needles were stolen. A white Toyota Hilux utility parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Ruskin Road was

stolen. In Churton Park a flowering plant approximately one metre tall was dug up and stolen from the garden of a house in Amesbury Drive. In Grenada Village a house under construction in Sandino Place was entered via a removed rear aluminium framed window. The window was thrown down a bank and smashed. A quantity of builder’s tools was stolen.

Time flies for Johnsonville elders

Cashmere Home residents enjoy a game of balloon volleyball together. PHOTO: Supplied

They say time flies when you’re having fun – that’s the approach the staff and residents of Enliven’s Cashmere Home are taking when it comes to engaging elders’ minds and bodies. The Johnsonville home is run by Enliven, part of Presbyterian Support Central, and follows an holistic elder-centred philosophy known as the Eden Alternative. “At Cashmere Home, we embrace Enliven’s philosophy, which is all about holistic care and providing much more than healthcare,” says recreation officer Liz Rivadelo. “As part of that approach, we do our best to offer residents as many opportunities for spontaneity, independence and meaningful connection as we can.” Sometimes, that means getting a little creative. An activity which frequently pops up on the residents’ tailored recreation roster, for example, is a sport you may not have heard of – balloon volleyball. “We just had a few balloons lying around one day, and the staff and residents just started throwing them around. The residents had so much fun with it, we started scheduling it whenever there was time to spare

before lunch,” says Liz. “It’s a great workout for the residents, yet it doesn’t feel like ‘exercise’ and involves a lot of hand-eye coordination, so it’s also wonderful for the brain. The residents get quite competitive!” Cashmere Home’s recreation programme also includes regular music therapy, indoor bowls, speakers and entertainers, knitting and art, as well as lots of unplanned and spontaneous activities. “All of these activities help to foster a healthy connection between the mind and body. They also help to break up the monotony of the day and give residents a chance to have a bit of a laugh together,” says Liz. “That sense of fun and connection is really important to elders’ emotional wellbeing and the staff don’t mind taking part too much either.”  To learn more about the Enliven philosophy and the services on offer at Enliven’s homes, including Cashmere Home and its sister home, Cashmere Heights Home, visit or call Cashmere Home directly on 04 477 7067. PBA

Independent Herald 27-09-17  

Independent Herald 27-09-17

Independent Herald 27-09-17  

Independent Herald 27-09-17