Wednesday November 29, 2017
Workshop set to help remote workers Having a home office offers flexibility and convenience to remote workers but can also bring isolation and cause distraction. That’s at least some of the pros and cons mentioned at Johnsonville’s first Supporting You Working from Home workshops earlier this month. The monthly seminars are free and hosting by SubUrban Co-working invites remote workers from the community to attend and share their know-how, discuss issues and
collectively find solutions. During their first ever meetup earlier this month, remote workers from various backgrounds and workshop facilitator Michelle Rush settled on an agenda for the upcoming events and discussed general issues around working from home. “SubUrban’s mission is to create a network of inter-connected suburban community-run workplaces – in effect bringing a new sense of place or ‘working village’ to the suburbs of
Wellington,” Kathleen Wright, SubUrban CEO, explains. “We created SubUrban to develop closer connections between business and community and to reduce the isolation and disconnection that can be experienced with working alone from home.” The Supporting You Working from Home workshops are designed to be community-led and develop SubUrban’s idea of sharing business knowledge and connecting with others. For the upcoming meetup on
December 14, Michelle has planned a round table format giving people a set time in which to raise an issue, around which to seek feedback from others. Participants also will explore the potential of communication apps as a means to meet needs for practical advice and referrals. Visit meetup.com and join the Supporting You Working From Home group to sign up for workshops. Or visit suburban. org.nz for more information.
Johnsonville spoiled for reading matter By Julia Czerwonatis
Bookworms will be spoiled with the latest project launched by Jazz Up Johnsonville. As part of her mission to brighten up the suburb, Jazz Up Johnsonville founder Lisa Woodley has set up a Book Nook in the local Countdown store which celebrated its grand opening last Friday. “It’s a free library with second-hand books for anyone in our community,” Lisa explains. “People can pick any book they like for free.” Artist Eddie Haydon painted the Book Nook – a revamped industrial fridge – with moreporks, tui and woodpigeons bustling around native bush. Eddie’s father Neil Haydon is community service director for the Rotary Club of Johnsonville and Neil and his fellow Rotarians helped Lisa with launching the Book Nook. “Basically, I had the vision, and Neil and the Rotary Club made it happen,” Lisa says. With her Book Nook, Lisa wants to promote reading and she also sees it as a little forerunner for the new Johnsonville library. “It’s a feel-good project for
Rewa Rewa Triathlon Rewa Rewa School is hosting a triathlon, with a focus on participation and fun. The community have-a-go event is open to all pupils from year 1 to 6 with prizes for participants. Individuals or teams can enter; $10 per participant and $30 for a team. The teams are to be made up of the same year level. Supporters will be able to watch the scooting and running courses, but access to the pool area will be restricted. Food and drink will be available to purchase with cash throughout the event. Visit eventbrite.co.nz to book tickets.
Johnsonville Christmas Parade The Johnsonville Charitable Trust Christmas Parade 2017 will go ahead this Saturday, December 2, from 11am1pm. It’s the largest run community Christmas parade in the Wellington region and a great day out for young and old. The parade will be moving along Broderick Road, Johnsonville Road, Moorefield Road and Frankmoore Avenue. Traffic detours will be in place on the day which may delay some drivers’ travels.
Councillor Malcolm Sparrow, Neil Haydon from Rotary Johnsonville, Jazz Up Johnsonville founder Lisa Woodley, Countdown manager John Angelica and councillor Peter Gilberd. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
our community,” she explains. “Unfortunately, Johnsonville has become quite dull over the years. “With Jazz Up Johnsonville I want to bring back some colour into our suburb and create some inspiration for others.” Wellington City Libraries donated over 100 books and will keep stocking up the
Book Nook while Rotary Johnsonville will maintain it. Northern ward councillors Peter Gilberd and Malcolm Sparrow endorsed the new free library saying it was fantastic when residents take the initiative and start local projects. For Countdown manager John Angelica it was no more than two-minute decision
whether the Book Nook should go into his store. “It’s a great community project, so I didn’t really have to think about it. It fits right into our store,” John says. Jazz Up Johnsonville’s innovator Lisa promises that she has more little projects in the pipeline to bring new life into the suburb.
Generous Wellingtonian becomes citizen Last Monday was quite a “special citizenship ceremony” for Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. Mark Dunajtschik, who has been a Wellingtonian for over 60 years, formally became a New Zealand citizen. Earlier this year Mark announced that he will donate $50 million towards a new children’s hospital for Wellington. “For Mark it was incredibly humbling to receive a standing ovation from fellow new citizens acknowledging his generosity,” Justin says.
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