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Wednesday November 1, 2017

Karori Kids happy to finally celebrate their birthday By Julia Czerwonatis ANDREW MILLER LICENSED UNDER REAA 2008

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One of Karori’s oldest preschools is set to celebrate their 40th next Sunday. “Our kindergarten is a fabulous place,” head teacher Allison Collinson-Smith says. “We have formed really great relationships between our teachers, our kids and their parents. “It’s an incredibly nice place to work at.” Allison says that when she joined the Karori Kids team 10 years ago, the place was tired. “We refurbished the old playground and brought new life into the place,” Allison explains. Today known as Karori Kids, the pre-school on Campbell Street changed its name several times. In 1976, the Wellington Teachers’ College Creche was established in the local RSA building. Trevor Mallard (before his time in Parliament) negotiated on behalf of the kindergarten to fit the building for the purpose. The kindergarten name was later changed to Community College Childcare Centre and only became Karori Kids in

Karori Kids teachers Tracy, Allison, Catherine and Nilini and the four-year-olds Eloise, Andrea, Celia, Alex, Kai, Jayden, Macy and Ivan look forward to celebrating their anniversary. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

2001. “It’s actually our 41st birthday, but we didn’t celebrate then because of all the trouble we had with Victoria University and the earthquake,” Allison explains. “We’d really like to thank Karin Schofield from our awesome committee who has done a fantastic job to help to save our centre. “So have our local MP Grant

Robertson and Suze Strowger from the Ministry of Education.” After Victoria University announced last year that they intended to sell their campus property, Karori’s former Teachers’ College, Karori Kids and the neighbouring Campbell Kindergarten found themselves in a precarious situation being part of the university’s property. Thanks to the effort of the local

community, politicians, parents and teachers, both kindergartens are now owned by the Ministry of Education. Allison says they all looked forward to celebrating the success. “It’s great to be part of this community; I love living and working in Karori. “Karori Kids is a place for kids to feel safe and well looked after.”

Depressed cakes up for auction Depressed looking cakes with sweet cores, a delicious high tea and moving stories from women who suffered from mental health issues – for the second year in a row, Prenatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa (PADA) will host a touching fundraiser to create awareness around perinatal mental health. Celebrity bloggers Emily Writes and Maria Foy will speak about their experience

as mothers with perinatal depression and the high tea will be hosted by prominent media personality Jude Dobson. “We will also hold a Depressed Cake Auction to raise money for our cause,” Gillian Ransom, PADA fundraising manager, explains. PADA is a Johnsonville based charity that organises seminars and events around ante- and postnatal depression.

According to their data, 25 percent of women suffer from depression during or after their pregnancy, and 10 percent of men experience depression after their child is born.  The fundraiser will be held at the James Cook Hotel on The Terrace on Sunday, November 5, 2-4.30pm. Tickets are $50 per person. Visit for bookings

The Depressed Cakes are donated by top cake decorators. The event is sponsored by James Cook Hotel, Datacom, Mediaworks Foundation and Drion. PHOTO: Supplied


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