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Wednesday December 6, 2017

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Johnsonville celebrates annual Christmas parade Continued from page 1. The Lions have traditionally been the organisers for the past years, however, this year they decided to engage closer with locals and volunteers. “We had a lot of support from other Lions Clubs from as far as Karori and Silverstream who helped with traffic control. “But more than that, we’re glad that we reached out to the community who committed a lot of time and effort to organising the event,” Stephen adds. Ahead of everyone with crying sirens drove the local police, followed by brilliant red fire trucks from the several brigade stations. Greg O’Connor, Ohariu MP, and Justin Lester, Wellington Mayor, cruised along in the iconic Wellington crocodile bike and were guarded by the fabulous three Musketeers, Jill Day, Malcolm Sparrow and Peter Gilberd. Morris dancers and a Rock ’n’ Roll troupe shook their legs as brass and bag pipe players were

setting the tune. Captain Hurricane, Leo the Lion and Pyro proudly represented Wellington’s sports people accompanied by the Newlands Football Club. The Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre came with gorgeous Chinese dragons, and Capital Steampunkers showed off their best robes. The Challenge 2000 youth sailed along in Noah’s Ark and several scout groups arrived in full gear. And Luke and Leia Skywalker, Wonder Woman and Batman posed bravely while princesses Belle, Elsa and Moana greeted spectators with their stunning smiles. “We were incredibly pleased to see this wide range of community groups participating in the parade,” Stephen says. “That’s what we were aiming for – not only to entertain the community but have the community being a part of the event. “The most important thing

Isaac, Mia and Benjamin join Santa on his sleigh. PHOTO: Dan Taylor

is that the kids have a brilliant time.” Stephen thanked the generous support of the Johnsonville Charitable Trust who will help

to finance the Christmas parade for the next couple of years. “We’re looking forward to next year’s parade already.”


Ngaio Toy Library back on track

By Julia Czerwonatis

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Just a few months ago, the Ngaio Toy Library’s coffers were empty, membership was dropping, and the committee didn’t know whether they should continue with the library. Luckily, the tide has turned and the toy library is back on track now. “We called a special meeting to decide what to do with the toy library,” Rachel Lock, Ngaio Toy Library secretary, says. “We experienced an unexpected level of engagement from the community and to-

gether we tackled the issue. “People were prepared to put their hands up and get involved which was fantastic,” Rachel says. The committee conducted a survey amongst the members to work out what they wanted for the toy library’s future and developed an action plan from there. “We now have several new members and a lot of people renewed their membership,” chairperson Emma Balduzzi says. “Our finances have since stabilised. We’d really like to thank everyone. If it weren’t for

our community, we would have closed by now.” Emma explains that operating costs were the major issue for the committee as they get enough grants to cover costs for new toys. She says the toy library still needed support from the community. “We still need at least four new committee members as some of us are leaving,” Emma says. “If we could find someone with a few hours on their hands each month it would great. “They don’t need to be toy library members; we’re just

looking for people who like to get engaged with our community group.”  This Saturday, December 9, will be the last open day before the toy library goes into a holiday break. Doors will re-open at the end of January. For those who don’t want to miss out over the holidays, the Ngaio Toy Library offers a summer toy hire. It offers vouchers for a new membership as a Christmas giveaway. Contact or visit the Ngaio Toy Library Facebook page for more information.

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