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Thursday March 8, 2018

inbrief news Best ever response The Heart Foundation has been overwhelmed by the generous response of thousands of volunteers and donors during its recent Big Heart Appeal street collection. This year saw the biggest collection in the organisation’s 50-year history, with nationwide collector numbers up by 25 per cent on last year. Alison Wheatley-Mahon, Heart Foundation Head of Marketing and Fundraising, says the organisation was thrilled with the bigger-than-ever mobilisation from the people of New Zealand.  “To all those who came out and collected donations in the street, and to everyone who raised funds in their workplaces and early learning services, thank you,” Alison says.

A taste of Ben & Jerry’s An iconic American ice-cream brand is coming to Wellington but the ice-cream needs locals’ help to find a permanent home. Ben & Jerry’s is putting a call-out to the people of Wellington for a suitable location. The person who submits the best location, will win a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, subject to conditions. To give locals a taste of things to come, a Scoop Shop container will be open to the public until March 31 in Civic Square to enable locals to try its 17 iconic “cone-coctions”. The competition details can be found on Facebook.

Easter Family Night Local residents are invited to attend the annual Easter Family Night on Thursday, March 22, at Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay. The evening for little ones will include DIY workshops where kids can make their own Easter-themed crafts, as well as refreshments and the possibility of a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Bookings are recommended by contacting Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay on 04-387-3550 to reserve your place.

Names honoured as college gets more rooms on board By Jamie Adams

A new building to extend Scots College’s proud tradition of boarding was officially opened in front of dozens of people on Saturday. Gibb House has existed since the college’s inception in 1916 and the extension was a reflection of a growing demand for beds. Headmaster Graeme Yule says the new $2.6 million establishment houses 40 beds, adding to the 100 beds across the college’s boarding facilities. “The new building also provides a dedicated boarding office, main entrance, sick bay, recreational areas for students and is joined to the existing boarding facility that was opened in 2015 by a small atrium area.” The boarding house caters to a mix of nationalities with students coming from 14 countries. Graeme says it will be able to accommodate girls when they begin enrolling in 2020. “Importance will be placed on them being secure and well

catered for. “The girls will have their own dedicated facility in one of the existing buildings with recreational areas and small kitchen facilities.” Graeme says the college’s board made a strategic decision to turn boarding’s popularity around after it hit a low of 36 students in 2007. That included encouraging more international students – 30 percent of its boarders come from overseas. Scots College plans a new facility on the rear of the campus, including dedicated technology rooms and pastoral care areas for the senior girls joining from 2020. Cook Strait News sales representative Sam Wadham attended the ceremony with his family to witness the unveiling one of the boarding rooms that honours his name. Sam’s grandparents Kay Wadham and Morva NicholWadham worked there for more than 30 years, with Kay serving as a housemaster from 1947-61. “It was a fitting occasion to remember the contribution that

Sam Wadham, with wife Joy and sons Noah, 5, and Teddy, 1, under the new room that honours his family name at Scots College’s Gibb House extension. Sam’s grandfather worked as a housemaster for 14 years and his father donated money to the boarding house’s extension. PHOTO: Supplied

my grandparents made to Gibb House and Scots College over the years,” Sam says. “It’s great to know that the

New bus network ‘will be simpler, more connected’ – councillor Greater Wellington’s public transport network is set for a major upgrade, the first of its kind in 20 years. “We’re on our way to an integrated public transport network in July, and that means a new look and new services for Metlink that are focused on what customers have told us they want,” says Greater Wellington regional council’s Sustainable Transport chair Barbara Donaldson.

“A key part our new network is giving people new and better ways to connect that enhance their lives. “It will be simpler, more connected and consistent, giving our customers more choice about where and when to travel. “The use of buses, trains and ferries is predicted to increase significantly between now and 2024. To keep our customers’ lives connected, we need a public transport network that

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include a simpler network of routes with bus hubs where feeder buses from outer suburbs will connect to main routes. Information now available on the Metlink website includes a new network journey planner that lets customers see what their new bus routes and numbers in Wellington City will look like from July 15, and information about changes to bus services by suburb.

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