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Thursday November 16, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Regarding the by-election, what is the biggest issue facing the southern ward?

Hunter Stone, Kingston “I think everything’s running nice and smoothly at the moment. I would vote if I was old enough.”

Jeremy Macey, Vogeltown “I think this is a great chance to get a sense of what’s important. To me it’s waste and sustainability.”

John-Luke Day, Newtown “How we will adapt to climate change.”

Luke Stewart, Berhampore “Cycling, sustainabililty, transport. It matters to me that we are able to live in a more sustainable city.”

Sam Chandler, Newtown “Homelessness is just getting worse and worse. It breaks my heart that they are getting younger.”

Mark Metcalfe, Berhampore “For me, because I’m young, the rental WoFs is my big issue.”

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 news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Declining postal service no longer does it fast Dear Editor, In a recent letter to you, I alluded to NZ Post as deliberately phasing itself out of business by constantly raising its charges and reducing its services. It announced, not long ago, that Fastpost mail would be discontinued as from New Year 2018; but NZ Post is already doing its utmost not to provide that service before it officially ends. All the street posting-boxes used to be for both Standard Post and Fastpost; but

most of those boxes are suddenly just for Standard Post. The implication is that any Fastpost mail dropped into them will simply be treated as Standard Post already, and won’t be sorted out for Fastpost. It looks suspiciously as though Fastpost, though paid for, is just being ignored, even when posted where there are still separate Fastpost slots. I’ve lately noticed that if I use a Fastpost slot for a Fastpost letter, with more than enough

postage on it, to an Auckland or Christchurch address, that letter takes two or three business days – the same time as Standard Post takes – so that I’ve wasted the extra postage. NZ Post has gone all to hell, in plain words. Yes, we are everywhere being blackmailed and ralroaded into going online for nearly everything; but we meanwhile have a right to get what we pay for in the existing services. [Abridged] Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

An elder-focused holiday with Kilmarnock Heights Home Wellingtonian elders and their families are being reminded they can take a ‘holiday’ with Enliven this summer. Kilmarnock Heights Home nurse manager Anna Roberts is encouraging carers to take advantage of the respite service offered by the Berhampore rest home. “Most family carers who take care of an elder at home would have it no other way, but it can be difficult at times,” she explains. “Taking a break every now and then is important. It’s not just good for your own health and wellbeing, it can also be great for your relationship with the elder you’re supporting, and nice for them to take a break too.” Anna says respite offers carers peace of mind knowing their loved one will be well supported while they take a break at home or while they go away on holiday. “Kilmarnock Heights Home is safe, warm and welcoming and we look after everything from cooking and laundry to medical appointments and nursing care. Plus, it’s a really fun and social environment for the elder!” Kilmarnock Heights Home, which follows the elder-centred Enliven philosophy, actively supports elders to have companionship, independence, fun and meaningful activity in their lives. “If elders are just left at home by themselves while their carers are away, not only do families stress and worry about how they’re coping, but the elder may also feel isolated, bored and lonely, especially for people who have mobility issues,” says Anna.

Nurse manager Anna Roberts is encouraging carers to take advantage of the respite service at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore.

“While they are here though, they can take part in our recreational activities, take day trips out in the van and socialise with the residents. We treat them like members of our family.”  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home and its respite service, call the friendly team on 04 380 2034 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz. PBA

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