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group of locals who have, over the past year, been gathering information and lobbying to ensure the almost 100-year-old pool and the surrounding park remain as a viable asset. It was, she says, first built by the then Khandallah Residents’ Association She says it is a destination point for many Wellingtonians and its nearness to bus and train routes is a big plus. “It’s also in a charming park-like setting and it includes a children’s playground.
“And it’s the only one left as well … a treasure for Wellington city as a whole.” Once upon a time it was, she says, known as the local “dating space”. “Many people have fond memories of that and I’ve heard a few stories. But not for print!” The job is more than just heating the outdoor facility. The plant equipment room, even without the planned upgrade to heating, needs work “and the pipes are buried in concrete that goes right round the pool”,
she says. Diane believes that solid construction is what has seen the pool, which will be 100 years old in 2025, last as long as it has. “The earthquake resistance is fairly strong.” But more work needs done to ensure the pool is brought up to date. “Because if we wait until repairs are crucial, that could be too late”. However, she believes it is worth the cost. “It would be good if we can see it last for another one hundred years.”
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Continued from page 1. While there may be more negotiation as the plan is debated, she is optimistic as she says the funding allocation comes with the strong support of the Mayor. Allowing for the time delay in getting the work started and the additional needs that will inevitably emerge, she says the amount won’t be enough on its own but it will go a long way towards ensuring the redevelopment is done. Diane has been leading a
On Friday, at the Salvation Army rooms in Johnsonville Road, four Family Store volunteers, with 68 years of service between them, were honoured. Salvation Army leaders and Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor were amongst those who gathered to pay tribute to the many hours they have given to the cause. Marion Pickering, who had recently retired, was honoured along with Sheila Walker, Dianne Greenbank and Anne Harris, who will continue the work that is crucial in keeping the army’s service to the community alive. Fa m i ly Store Ma nager Randall Day told them that they had “walked the walk and talked the talk” and reminded all present of the crucial nature of what they, as volunteers, do. “Their work has funded some 90,000 meals and thousands of counselling sessions.” He also said that the Foodbank was kept functioning. Greg O’Connor reminded them of the importance of the
These four Salvation Army Family Shop volunteers had their long years of service recognised at an afternoon tea and ceremony on Friday. From left are Marion Pickering, Dianne Greenbank, Sheila Walker, Anne Harris. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
role modelling of volunteer work that they did, He said it would create a culture of social service in their families that would see what they did flow down through the generations.
Gareth Marshell, National Family Store Manager, was present. He said nationwide there were 1200-1500 volunteers to 600 paid staff. He also reminded everyone that 90 per cent of what was earned from
this family store went back to this community. The four women were presented with flowers and certificates by Major Christina Tyson, representing Divisional Commander David Daly
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