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Wednesday January 17, 2018

inbrief news Department on the move After 32 years at Lambton Quay, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is relocating. Over 1000 staff from six separate Wellington locations will begin the move in January 2018 to St Paul’s building, at 45 Pipitea Street. The relocation will not disrupt the DIA’s core frontline services. The project is forecast to come in under budget, with the total budget is set at $30.1 million. Staff are expected to have completed relocation by the end of January 2018. DIA services include passports, citizenship, and births, deaths and marriages.

Find the Red Poppy streets The Poppy Places Trust is asking for support from Wellingtonians. This is part of a nationwide project being run by the national trust. In almost every town in New Zealand there is a street named after a brave soldier or a famous military event, but many have been forgotten. The trust wants to make sure that streets are properly identified for future generations with a red poppy on the signpost. The Independent Herald has been asked to bring this to your attention. If you know of any local street that fits this category, you can ring project manager Jo Bolton, on 027 526 7599, or Chris Turver, RSA, 027 230 1601.

Second publication for networking business By Julia Czerwonatis

Two local social entrepreneurs have launched their second publication to help women grow their business. Your Business Journey – Workbook 2 by Kim Chamberlain and Iona Elwood-Smith is a workbook that cover various aspects of starting and running a small business. “Our last publication went like hot cakes,” Iona, co-founder of Chrysalis for Women, explains. “We had a lot of great feedback, so we wanted to publish more content.” With Chrysalis for Women, Kim and Iona provide a network community for women offering advice for business development and trying to empower them. “We’re r unning regula r workshops and seminars, but Chrysalis is more than that,” Iona says. “We are a community where people build friendships, support each other and share their energy – that’s fundamental to who we are.”

Kim explains the biggest problem anyone who starts their business faces, is isolation. “Women tend to undervalue themselves or their businesses. Some don’t know where to go to get the services that are out there. “That’s why it’s good to get feedback and support from a local group of people.” Chrysalis received financial support last year from international organisation Zonta, who are aiming to advance the status of women. With the grant, Kim and Iona were able to advance their social enterprise and pay towards their publication. “Several industry experts c ont r ibut e d ch apt e r s t o the new book,” Kim says. With chapters about communication, building competitive advantages, finances, growth plans and IT fundamentals, the publication informs about different aspects of the business journey. Chrysalis offers seminars at which they work through the 12 chapters of the book month by month.

Kim Chamberlain and Iona Elwood-Smith with their latest publication Your Business Journey – Workbook 2. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

But Kim says the guide can also read at people’s own pace and wasn’t limited to women. Your Business Journey – Workbook 2 is available for

$30 at Their first meetup for the year, Planning your Business Journey, is scheduled for January 19, in Porirua.

Shade shortage in Wellington playgrounds, survey says 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 percent of play equipment and 65 percent 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 are protected from the sun this summer. “At this time of year between 10am and 4pm, the sun is strong enough to cause skin damage,” Ryan explains. “We found that Wellington playgrounds have insufficient

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shade available. “Increased shade is urgently needed to protect children from harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure, by planting trees with heavy foliage and building structures with large, protective roofing.” The researchers used a Solarmeter to calculate the proportion of UVR blocked by each built structure and tree. “Our study shows that many children in playgrounds are in full exposure to the sun.

“This puts them at risk of sunburn and skin cancer if they are not wearing sunscreen and/ or protective clothing,” Ryan says. “Providing effective shade in summer recreation spaces may help to reduce children’s risk of skin cancer.” New Zealanders are at the highest risk of melanoma in the world. Each year, nearly 70,000 skin cancers are diagnosed and 500 New Zealanders die from the disease. The researchers stress the

importance for Kiwis to follow the SunSmart advice: “slip on a shirt with long sleeves, slop on some sunscreen (about one teaspoon to each arm and leg), slap on a wide-brim hat and wrap on close-fitting sunglasses,” when outdoors this summer, and to seek shade when it is available. “Approximately 90 per cent of skin cancers are linked with excessive sun exposure. Forming lifelong sun protection habits is crucial for preventing skin cancer,” Ryan adds.


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