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Thursday February 15, 2018

Scout group promises fun in leadership appeal

Newtown set for fair amount of festivity The Newtown Festival’s Street Fair Day is returning for 2018 and is set to be as big as ever. Anna Kemble Welch and Martin Hanley, along with Newtown Residents Association president Rhona Carson, are the directors of the festival, which has grown into one of Wellington’s biggest annual events from humble beginnings at Carrara Park in 1995. Next month’s street fair will transform the heart of Newtown into a “smorgasbord” of 12 music stages to host 100 performers, three fairground sites, a busking pitch and 420 stalls. Anna, an architect who has designed the layout of the festival, says this time

there will be a stage at the southern end of Riddiford Street for the big acts, when normally it would be at the northern end. There will also be stages in Normanby St, Newtown Ave and Wilson St, while a special stage will be held on Constable St featuring artists from Living Wage Aotearoa. Reflecting the festival’s diversity, Latino music will feature in Colombo St, while musicians in Emmett Street will perform songs from the “old country” - traditional music from central and Eastern Europe.  Street Fair Day, part of the month-long Newtown Festival, runs from 10am to at least 5pm on Sunday, March 4. For more info go to

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From left, Cubs Nathaniel Elliot, 9, Omara Scobie-Cook, 10, Fionn Elliott, 8, and Patrick Guelland, 9, do their Scout’s Honour pledge alongside 1st Island Bay First Scout leader Adam Hall, and Kea leaders Glen Elliot and Kayleigh Maclean. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The 1st Island Bay Scout Group has a simple message to the local public: “We are wanting more leaders”. The troop currently has 41 Keas, Cubs and Scouts enrolled but a lack of leaders is hampering their ability to cater for them. It has two fulltime Kea leaders, and just one Cub leader and one Scout leader. Kea leader Kayleigh Maclean, who is also Wellington’s zone leader, say more leaders are crucial to ensure weekly meetings are run smoothly and the load is shared. “It makes it easier when someone is running late,” Glen says. Kayleigh says each section of the troop should ideally have at least three leaders, but even more would enable an organising committee to be established. “We go through leaders quite quickly. When we get a parent they are here for about two years on average,” Kayleigh says. While leaders tend to be parents, it certainly isn’t necessary to be one. “You have to be 18 and over and sign a form to get a police check done,” Kayleigh says. “We plan programmes for kids that are very outdoors - water slide, mudslide,





camps, tramps.” “It’s about getting them to try new things and become independent as they get older. We want them to plan their own things.” This term it is planned the Keas will visit the zoo, which is a “huge deal” for children who have never been there before, Kayleigh says. The amount of commitment is not massive - Keas are held for an hour each week, with Cubs and Scouts one-and-ahalf hours. Committee members would be required to attend monthly weekend meetings and there would also be meetings held during the school holidays for the term ahead. While there are fees required to enrol children into Scouts, there is no cost to being a leader - even the uniform is paid for. “All you would be giving is your time.” Glen Elliot, who has two sons enrolled as Cubs, says getting involved as a Kea leader was simple and fulfilling. “One of my resolutions was to do more voluntary community work and it kind of made sense,” he says.  Those keen to sign up can go to www. to fill out an application form.


“Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.” Mary Baker Eddy, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, p210

Every Sunday a service open to everyone at the Christian Science Church 285 Willis St Wellington, Parking available 216 Victoria St

Also. Sunday 25 Feb 2-3pm. A public talk at the same venue: Spiritual Discovery: How You Can Better The World Visiting speaker Tom McElroy, CS, will speak for an hour exploring amongst other topics, how we can work in support of gender equity. For more details see

Cook Strait News 15-02-18  

Cook Strait News 15-02-18

Cook Strait News 15-02-18  

Cook Strait News 15-02-18