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Thursday January 11, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should New Zealanders still be receiving knighthoods and damehoods?

Tom Davids, Island Bay “Yeah, sure. I don’t see how they can hurt anyone.”

Richard Jeffrey, Island Bay “Yeah. I think traditions are important for society. If you are going to have a monarchy you might as well have all the things that go with it.”

Edwin Bruce, Island Bay “In general, yes. It carries a prestige. Many people who should earn them are invisible.”

Alick Shaw, Kingston “No, because it’s New Zealand and I don’t think they have any place here. We should have nontitular honours.”

Ben Vandelaar, Island Bay “Yeah. I always wanted to be a knight. But it would make sense to scrap them if we become a republic.”

Sarah Halewood, Island Bay “Yes. I just think it’s a nice tradition and part of our culture. Many are deserved.”

Social enterprise inspiring others to give The Coolest Little Coupon Book by For Mums is a new social enterprise start-up set to hit the Wellington region. The book, and its associated business, was created by Angela McDonald of Miramar and Abbie McKoy of Papakowhai in Porirua. The brand has been gaining traction and has even inspired others to be philanthropic; one person purchased copies of the book to be offered as gifts to other deserving mums, Abbie says.

Later this month, the company will be asking Wellington mums to nominate fellow mums to receive one of the gifted copies. This will be through sharing their experiences of why they look up to the person they’ve nominated. “We love that our brand can be used to honour other mums,” Abbie says. “It’s been so humbling to feel the support of mums in Wellington and to get this special support from an outside gifter too.” The mums chosen will be selected

and announced on January 31 via the @formumsnz Facebook page. The Coolest Little Coupon Book is Wellington’s one and only boutique coupon book featuring deals for mothers with children up to four years of age. Coupons are included on all the essentials needed for entertainment, coffees, services, baby products, and ways for mums

to treat themselves. The book has over $3000 worth of value and costs just $38, with $5 of every book supporting Mothers Network Wellington, a non-profit supporting mums through the changes and challenges of motherhood by offering non-judgemental support and connection. To order a book, go to

ABOVE: Co-founders Ange MacDonald with daughter Kora (18 months), and Abbie McKoy with son Jackson (6 months). PHOTO: Supplied RIGHT: The Coolest Little Coupon Book by For Mums. PHOTO: Supplied

NZTA campaign challenges ‘right’ to speed A new road safety advertising campaign is directly challenging speeding drivers to stop defending their perceived ‘right’ to speed. The joint NZ Transport Agency/ Police campaign addresses the high number of drivers who still travel at speeds which are too fast for the conditions. “Every week, 11 people are seriously injured or killed in a speed-related

crash on New Zealand roads, but a substantial portion of our society does not see the connection between speed and crashes,” NZTA Director of Safety and Environment Harry Wilson says. “Speed is always a crucial factor in determining the severity of the crash and the severity of the injuries to the people involved.”

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