Wednesday October 4, 2017
inbrief news LEGO® festival at Te Papa Let’s go Build: A festival of LEGO activities will run at Te Papa from December 9 to February 11. One of only fourteen LEGO certified professionals globally, Ryan McNaught (aka Brickman), has built some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces. Ryan and his team have spent 4944 hours building the 50 masterpieces that will be on display including the Taj Mahal, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe.
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Ngaio Toy Library faces closure By Jake McKee Cagney MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Declining membership and unsuccessful grant applications make it likely the Ngaio Toy Library will close by the end of October. If no urgent changes are made, the group will run out of operating funds in the next few weeks. Ngaio Toy Library secretary Rachel Lock said not getting some grants this year had come as “a bit of a surprise”. Notably, the group did not receive anything from the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS). That is one of the only grants permitted to go towards operating costs. A special general meeting will be held for members on October 7 to discuss options for their future. There are currently five options being considered: a significant and immediate increase of members, a reduction in operating schedule, immediate sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, merging with another toy library, or closure of the Ngaio Toy Library. Rachel said to be sustainable there needs to be a minimum of 60 members. Ngaio Toy Library currently has just over 40. The library operates two-hour sessions, two times a week out of the Ngaio Town Hall. The Ngaio Toy Library made an executive decision to remove their Tuesday session, only running a Saturday session from the first week of October. Member Susan Pearce said she would be very sad to see the library
Hannah Baker and her son, Benjamin, check out some of toys. PHOTO: Jake McKee Cagney
close. She had been there as a member with both her 14-year-old and four-year-old children. “Kids get so bored with toys so quickly.” Her family had found the Ngaio Toy Library not only a place to get new toys, but also a place to play and make new friends. A fundraising campaign began at the start of September.
Rachel said it was their second fundraiser this year, both being “really driven by trying to help the financial situation”. It had been a tough year for the toy library. They were forced to shut down for two-and-a-half months after the November 14 earthquake because Ngaio Town Hall was closed. Rachel said from this, she had seen “a little bit of a
cascade effect”. “We’re really keen to stay operating, to stay open.”
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Tank sales to prepare for emergency Northern Ward Councillors will be selling 200L emergency water tanks outside Countdown Johnsonville (next to The Warehouse) on Saturday October 14 from 10.30am to 12pm. To reserve a water tank, and pre-pay the $110 required,
residents are asked to email email@example.com Otherwise, says Malcolm, it will have to be first in, first served. Wellington residents have been advised to have sufficient emergency water to tide them
over for seven days following a major disaster like an earthquake by stockpiling 20L per day per person. Thousands of the 200L emergency tanks have been bought by Wellington householders in recent years.
However many still don’t have one tank, or more, he says. It is hard to predict demand, but they are likely to have 20 or so available on the day. “If we run out, we take orders and then get in new stock,” he says.
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Independent Herald 04-10-17