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Thursday January 11, 2018


inbrief news Shade shortage in region’s playgrounds


Raukawa Community Centre in Strathmore is officially opened. Miramar chef Francis Motta crowned best in Wellington. Worser Bay’s Josh Junior among Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup champions. Wellington Regional Hospital to get new children’s hospital thanks to generous donation from property developer Mark Dunajtschik. Newtown fashion design student Susan Colton takes part in an nationwide fashion collaboration. Sand envelops Lyall Bay Parade after a southerly storm strikes the capital. Niuean church congregation celebrates 50 years in Wellington. AUGUST

Four Wellington students submit petition calling for a mandatory levy on plastic shopping bags. A new joint cycling initiative involving a repair workshop and bike exchange is launched

in Newtown. Hataitai artist Kirsty Lillico wins a prestigious prize for a carpet artwork. Consultation begins as Island Bay locals are offered four solutions to replace the controversial Parade cycleway. Houghton Valley School plays host to Tree-mendous tree-planting event. Kahurangi School launches new playground Supaslide thanks to donation from Hollywood production company. Mike Butler returns to Island Bay after walking length of the North Island for Cancer Society. SEPTEMBER

Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop celebrates 25th birthday. St Mark’s Church School staff and students dress up for its centenary celebration. Island Bay Bowling Club launches its centenary season. Paul Eagle wins Rongotai as Labour candidates sweep the capital’s seats in the General Election. Council announces Island Bay cycleway “compromise”

solution; Vicki Greco announces bid to stand in southern ward byelection in response. OCTOBER

New Zealand’s “darkest day” at Passchendaele is recalled at Great War Exhibition. Funds are sought after storm damages Newtown charity shop building. Sisters Home of Compassion celebrates 125 years since its founding by Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Miramar beauty salon Halo Skin & Body wins national beauty award. More cycleway proposals for eastern suburbs are announced. NOVEMBER

Lindsay Gault returns to Island Bay after riding over 12,000km across Canada to raise money for the Cancer Society. A war ancestor is remembered at a family reunion involving more than 100 descendants. Wellington design student Sarah Browning acknowledged at WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi.

Bill and Fay Far announce retirement after running Island Bay bookshop for more than 40 years. South Wellington Intermediate students unveil socially conscious bus stop mural. A group of protesters plead for Wellington city and regional councils not to scrap city’s trolley bus wires. A new sports hub called Toitu Poneke is officially opened at the Poneke Rugby Club building. DECEMBER

A mass protest takes place in Island Bay over the council’s plan to solve the Parade cycleway problem. Kairangi Bridge Club reopens its 86-year-old building after earthquake strengthening. Cressy and Prue Free receive card from the Queen as they reach 60 years of marriage. Newtown locals confront Kiwibank and NZ Post managers over plans to close local branches. Construction begins on a new sport and education facility for Worser Bay.

Children visiting playgrounds this summer may be at high risk of sunburn, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington. The researchers looked at shade cover in 50 playgrounds in the Wellington region between January and February 2017, and found that 95 per cent of play equipment and 65 per cent of seats/tables had no shade cover. Average shade cover was approximately a quarter of that found in Australian playgrounds, where trees and built shade over playgrounds are more common. Lead researcher Ryan Gage says the study highlights the need for children and their parents to ensure they heed the “slip, slop and slap” message this summer.

Action on water ‘needed’ Campaigners are urging the new Government to firmly address the country’s freshwater crisis. Their call follows a poll by Fish & Game which shows water pollution is New Zealanders’ second highest concern, just behind the cost of living. “The new Government has a clear mandate from the vast majority of New Zealanders to take firm action to address the pollution of rivers and lakes,” says Choose Clean Water spokesperson, Marnie Pricket. Marnie says action should include an end to the spending of public money on large-scale irrigation schemes and “meaningful” changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

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