Wednesday December 6, 2017
Record number of stars line Wellington waterfront A record number of stars have lined Wellington’s waterfront for City Mission’s Christmas Appeal. The Wellington City Mission is excited to display a record number of stars on their Christmas Walk of Fame which began last Friday. Close to 170 pre-ordered stars will line Wellington’s beautiful waterfront as part of the Christmas Star Appeal and officials are confident this number will continue to grow as more people add their name or logo to the Walk of Fame over the coming weeks. This year is the third year the Walk of Fame has run and each year it gets even bigger and better.
Generous local businesses, individuals, families and groups have purchased the naming rights to the Hollywood Walk of Fame-style stars, and each one represents families being supported this Christmas and beyond. The stars will be displayed on the waterfront near Te Papa from December 1 – 26. Wellington City Mission chief executive officer Michelle Branney says: “It has been amazing to see how the Walk of Fame has grown each year and become an established display in Wellington.” “This year we’ve been blown away by the generosity of people
Deaf students visit Great War Exhibition
Back, left to right: Rahui Lee, Nina Suniula, Harley Phillips, Andy Glanville, Tania Tiopira-Waaka (teacher) and Matthew Bain. Front, kneeling: Iopu Stowers. PHOTO: Supplied
When the Newlands College Deaf class got the opportunity to plan a school trip, they were keen to head to The Great War Exhibition. The students have an interest in World War I, having recently completed individual projects about the First and Second World Wars. They felt the exhibition would be well-suited to deaf learners, because it brings the war to life through visual displays such as movie-like war sets, wartime objects and colourised images. The deaf students were guided around the exhibition and neighbouring Pukeahu National War Memorial Park by Andy Glanville, an education facilitator, with the aid of Joy Howard, a New Zealand Sign Language communicator. Joy translated what Andy said into sign language as they went, enabling the students to access information and stories about World War I. “It was a real privilege and pleasure to work with the group,” Andy says.
“All of the students had lots of great questions and you could see everyone engaging with the content and different exhibition spaces. “It was awesome to be able to offer the students such a rich learning experience with the assistance of Joy and the Newlands College team.” Students and staff enjoyed many aspects of the exhibition, with students signing that they liked “learning about how World War One started”, “seeing all the guns” and “seeing what the trenches would have looked like”. They also enjoyed many aspects of Pukeahu, such as the learning about the Unknown Soldier and his tomb, the aboriginal carvings on the red stones and the bells in the Carillion. All the students agreed that it was great having a NZSL communicator with them to interpret Andy’s informative tour, although two hours was not long enough to spend at The Great War Exhibition.
and businesses with a record number of stars. We are so thankful for everyone who gets behind this campaign – they really are making a huge difference,” Michelle says. “We hope people will enjoy visiting their stars, knowing that each one represents families being supported both at Christmas and into the New Year. Of course we’re not done yet, let’s see how far we can make the Walk of Fame stretch this year.” The Mission’s Walk of Fame and Street Day are key parts of their annual Christmas Star Appeal. The generous donations received during this appeal will help the
The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Walk of Fame. PHOTO: Supplied
mission to make a life-changing difference in the region both now and into the New Year. They will provide families with food parcels and gifts so they
can celebrate Christmas together, while continuing to offer yearround services such as financial mentoring and in-home social work too.
Independent Herald 06-12-17