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Thursday November 23, 2017

inbrief news Sunscreens removed from sale Two sunscreens have been withdrawn from sale following a Consumer NZ test that found the products failed to provide the protection claimed. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the manufacturer of Snowberry Family+ Sunscreen SPF30 had recalled the product after her organisation’s test found it had an SPF of only 20 and failed to meet requirements for broad-spectrum protection. The maker of Pure Blend Sunscreen SPF15++, marketed as a natural product, will also stop selling its sunscreen. Sue says testing found the product had an SPF of just four. Consumer NZ is testing other sunscreens with results to be published in their next Consumer magazine and on consumer.org.nz.

Busy community stalwart taking the next step By Jamie Adams

City council southern ward by-election candidate Merio Marster could be forgiven for failing to front up at the first two candidates meetings in recent weeks. The Newtown resident has a busy life, co-ordinating services at the Berhampore Community Centre while juggling her main occupation at the Miramar Golf Club as well as raising seven of her own children and five foster children. She is also the Wellington City Council Pacific Island advisor for the Cook Island community, a job that involves giving advice on benefit entitlements, budgeting and employment. “I had to tie up some loose ends, but I will definitely be at the Island Bay meeting,” she says. Merio believes she has a good awareness of the local issues, having lived in the southern

Berhampore Community Centre co-ordinator Merio Marsters is standing in the southern ward by-election. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

ward suburbs of Newtown, Berhampore and Island Bay for more than 20 years. It’s the first time Merio will be running for council, the result of

encouragement from Newtown business owners. Merio insists she is not seeking to become a career politician. “I have no aspirations to further

myself in politics if it’s not about community. “This role is about social outcomes for all,” she says. “I would like to focus on enhancing communities like having neighbours knocking on doors, helping physically challenged individuals, staying connected and having a visible police presence.” She believes to achieve the latter means reopening a police station in the southern ward – the closest one currently is in Kilbirnie. A way to have better connections would be for those living in social housing complexes to create community gardens for growing vegetables. “It’s just a matter of supporting them as a community. It can’t work if people stay as individuals.” Regardless of the election outcome, Merio hopes she can make a difference in people’s lives. “You do what you’ve got to do.”

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Kilbirnie School pupils are gearing up for one of the highlight’s of the year with its annual Market Night taking place tomorrow. The school’s year five and six pupils will be outside running stalls of various products, mainly food, they have sourced or created as a means of making money for much-needed projects. Organiser Olivia Boyd says as well as being a fundraising event, the afternoon-evening event is designed to test pupils’ financial literacy which they

had lessons in last term. Entertainment to keep younger children occupied will come in the form of mini-electric cars in the carpark, “sumo wrestling” competitions and a bouncy castle. “We are saying to people come and have some dinner and enjoy yourselves,” Olivia says. Funds raised will go towards repairing the school’s pool and the purchase of new sports T-shirts.  Kilbirine School’s Market Night runs tomorrow (Friday) from 4.30 to 7pm.

Year five pupils Matylda Tait and Thea Olney-Boyd with some of the home-made magnets they plan to sell at the Kilbirnie School Market Night. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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