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Donating blood together A group blood donation programme launched by New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is giving Kiwis the opportunity to save lives alongside their friends and workmates, by giving blood as a team. Team Red is the latest NZBS initiative designed to boost donation rates across the country, with 3000 donations required each week to keep up with demand for life-saving blood products in New Zealand. It allows companies, organisations or groups with three or more people who want to roll up their sleeves to sign up and donate blood together. Donors must meet the donor eligibility criteria. Visit for more information.

Diane Calvert Wellington City Councillor Onslow-Western Ward 029 971 8944 diane.calvert@ dianecalvertnz Authorised by D Calvert, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington

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A late Christmas surprise for lucky competition winner By Julia Czerwonatis

The lucky winners of the Marsden Village Christmas hamper competition were finally able to pick up their prizes last Monday. Barrie Keenan and David Marshall from the Marsden Village Association handed over the basket full of treats to the first winner, Karori resident Carol Stephen who was very surprised when she first heard of her luck. “I didn’t even know I was part of the competition because someone else had entered my name,” Carol says. “When Barrie rang, I first thought it was a hoax.” The Marsden Village Association had launched the competition in the lead-up to Christmas involving all Marsden businesses. “When people made a purchase in one of the stores, they could leave their details on a ticket to enter the competition,” Barrie explains. “After we determined the

Christmas hamper winner Carol Stephen, and Marsden Village Association members David Marshall and Barrie Keenan. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

first winner Carol in January, I phoned her, and she told me she wouldn’t be back in Wellington until early February. This is why we couldn’t give her the hamper any earlier.” Barrie says the competition was well received with over 400 entrants. The second

winner was Annabelle Skinner Evers from Karori who also received her hamper last Monday. The Marsden Village Association was established back in 1998 as the first Business Improvement District within Wellington City Council and

“has operated steadily and smoothly since then’, Barrie says. The association has 51 members – a mixture of retailers, business and property owners – and looks at ways to improve business in Marsden as well as beautifying the village.

New councillor takes lead on sexual harassment Newly-sworn in southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons will start her term mandated to tackle sexual violence in Wellington. Fleur, who was elected late last year, will lead the city safety portfolio and wants to focus on eliminating sexual harassment in the city. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the move demonstrates that the city is serious about ending sexual harassment and violence in the city

and points to the #metoo movement as being a powerful wakeup call for all communities to take the issue seriously. “I have confidence that councillor Fitzsimons will be able to work with the community, businesses and agencies to get real results,” Justin states. “We want to make Wellington a city where everyone can go out, have a good time and be safe. We have a vibrant night life and we want this

to thrive but creating a safe environment needs to be part of this.” To Fleur the “endemic nature of sexual harassment is no secret”. “The # metoo movement has empowered people everywhere to share their stories and demand better in bars, in workplaces and on sportsfields.” “[The movement] is changing our world and Wellington City Council has a role to

play too.” Fleur will be working with sexual violence prevention agencies, the police, and the hospitality industry “to ensure that [councillors] are all doing their part in changing the culture so that sexual violence does not occur in Wellington”. “It is not enough to deal with sexual violence on a case-by-case basis or to report on it when it occurs, we must focus on ensuring that it does not happen in the first place.”


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