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Wednesday March 14, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you agree with the moves to impose a sugar tax?

Peter Woods, Wellington “Yes. It’s about obesity in our children.”

Pat Reesby, Khandallah “That sugary American rubbish shouldn’t be on sale anyway.”

Maree O’Connor, Khandallah “Why not? I’m on a sugar detox for March anyway!”

Sue Clothier, Khandallah “It shouldn’t be necessary. It’s about self control.”

Heather Ponder, Khandallah “I agree, but low income families could go without because of it.”

Dani Tyler, Johnsonville “I don’t think it’ll work. Fresh food is so much more expensive anyway.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Cycling up Ngauranga Gorge hazardous Dear Editor, On my e-bike I was cycling up Ngauranga Gorge and going under the railway bridge. The track narrowed, I wobbled into the bank, bounced back onto the road. I was trapped under my bike. Fortunately the first car stopped

past me and the driver came back and helped me up. He then took me and my bike home in his truck to Newlands. His wife was left behind to be collected afterwards. This was truly a good deed strengthening my faith in human

nature. I have complained to Wellington City Council and Land Transport. With the ready support from the cycling fraternity I am sure a safety fence will be built. C. G. Duff, Newlands

More than just music Music therapy is just one way in which Cashmere Home supports elders’ wellbeing. Manager Karen Rhind pictured here with resident Janet Ross.

Walk into Johnsonville’s Cashmere Home on a Friday morning and you might just find yourself in a room full of singing elders. Fridays are when the home holds its popular music therapy sessions, which often see residents reminisce over familiar tunes, try out exotic musical instruments and share lots of laughs. Run by qualified music therapist Rani Heath, the sessions aim to keep elders’ minds and motor skills active, and support their overall wellbeing. “Music therapy is of the most popular activities on offer at the home and I see benefits to residents every day,” says recreation officer Liz Rivadelo. “It often gets people going along who find it hard to do other activities, such as residents with mobility or health issues, and is just such a happy, fun part of the week.”

Music therapy is just one way in which Cashmere Home puts into practice its elder-centred Enliven philosophy, which encourages elders to have fun, variety and spontaneity in their lives. The home’s tailored recreation programme also includes things like art therapy, crafts, gentle exercise, sight-seeing trips and themed parties. Residents can choose to take part in whatever way suits them and invite whoever they want along to join in the fun. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the residents, and if music makes them smile, we’ll be there to help them indulge their passion!” says Liz.  To learn more about Enliven’s Cashmere Home and its sister home, Cashmere Heights Home, visit www.enlivencentral. You can also call the home directly on 04 477 7067. PBA

Independent Herald 14-03-18  

Independent Herald 14-03-18

Independent Herald 14-03-18  

Independent Herald 14-03-18