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Wednesday March 28, 2018

inbrief news Clocks go back Daylight saving ends at 2am this Sunday April 1 so remember to put your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night. (If you ever get confused about it, you spring forward one hour going into spring and fall back one hour moving into fall.)

Year 10’s wise up on smoking Action for Smokefree 2025 has released the 25th anniversary results of their Year 10 smoking survey. The 2017 results released this week show that daily smoking rates for Year 10 students remain at a low of 2.1 percent, with a record 82 percent of Year ten students having never even taken a puff of a cigarette. When the survey was piloted in 1992, the daily youth smoking rates were 11.5 percent and on the rise. They continued to rise unto a peak of 15.6 percent in 1999 and have declined steadily ever since.

Blow for Greenpeace Greenpeace Executive Director Dr Russel Norman says the Charities Board’s refusal to grant them charity status is unsurprising given that the board has resolutely opposed their application, despite losing the battle in the Supreme Court. He says Greenpeace is a necessity, regardless of whether or not the three the Charities Board members, appointed by the previous Government, agree with their advocacy. He says they are a proud independent environmental campaigning organisation that didn’t take money from corporations or governments. The Supreme Court found that that advocacy could be charitable, that the Charities Board had erred in declining Greenpeace’s application and directed them to reconsider, he said. Then, he said, the board just came up with a new shopping list of reasons for declining. However, donations will still be tax deductible for supporters.


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Funky Feet at Ngaio School By Glenise Dreaver

Ngaio School last Friday made a lively contribution to this year’s Movin’ March campaign with their Funky Feet day. Students and teachers alike wore some very creative footwear. This was part of a region-wide campaign to encourage active travel to and from school, which runs from March 5-29. Greater Wellington Regional Council developed the campaign, which is supported by other local councils. GW’s school travel coordinator Kirsty Barr says there were a lot of fun activities undertaken, including the WOW Passport Challenge, back for its third year. “The WOW passport challenge is a popular highlight. Students who walk or wheel their way to school get their passport stamped and go into the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers. There’s also a poster competition, WOW family day, parent photo competition and plenty of class activities to engage the children and also get them moving.”

These Ngaio school pupils were totally into their school’s Funky Feet Day. Holly Familton wore hydrangea shoes, Caitlyn Hamilton had rabbit shoes, Caitlin Walton wore trampoline shoes (they really bounced!) and Stephanie Nock had Shark Feet. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Now in its eight h yea r, Movin’March aims to promote active travel to school – whether it be walking, cycling, skating or scootering.

“There are obvious benefits, the main one which is exercise, but there’s so much more they’re gaining. Children are developing connections, getting to know their

neighbourhood including learning vital road-safety skills. This development helps a child break down barriers and build a positive sense of place,” says Kirsty.

Co-working group pilots night sessions By Glenise Dreaver

Kathleen Wright of Johnsonville’s SubUrban Co-Working can’t resist a challenge. She is the founder of the coworking organisation which provides space and support for local people facing the loneliness and disruptions of working from home. And her role, since she started the organisation three years ago, has been a challenging one and taking more hours than she has in a day. But any visitor soon finds the people who share the spaces and create and find new networks from that base can’t speak highly enough of the idea, and the

systems that have been set up. A recent telephone call a few weeks ago almost “knocked her off her perch” however. A migrant worker, a successful businessman in a good job, wanted to work at nights setting up his own business. So he asked if he could use a space in the SubUrban offices, above the Mobil station. Kathleen said her first reaction was instinctive, based on her own huge work levels and also because their philosophy is about users offering support to each other. “There’s a strong mental health aspect in working by yourself at home. Having people around you, helping you solve problems

and supporting each other is a key part of what we do.” So her answer was a firm refusal. “No. I’m sorry we don’t open at nights” This prospective user wasn’t impressed. At all. “You say you’re here to provide a space for people in the community to work and it’s impossible to do this work from home.” She pointed out it wouldn’t work because the model is based on people supporting each other and there wouldn’t be anyone around to work at night. The response was swift. “I won’t be the only one!” She had to think about that, then agreed. “OK. Let’s test interest.”

As from Wednesday April 4, there will be three free sessions of the SubUrban Evening CoWorking Club from 7 pm to 10 pm over three weeks. “There’ll be tea, coffee, perhaps even cake. “Anyone com ing along, whether it’s for work, study, or doing volunteer work, can come and meet some people in the same boat and get loads of work done without home distractions.” Users have to bring their own laptop, though there is free access to broadband. More information, and registration, is available on the SubUrban website, which can be googled.

What’s the Best Computer for Me? There’s no doubt that Apple Corp do a fantastic job in the design, manufacture and marketing of their devices. It’s been described as an end-to-end computing landscape with a device for whatever you need – listening to music, making videos, creating fabulous graphics and a thousand other things. They are beautiful and shiny and very, very good. They are however, also very expensive – so do you need an Apple device or will another brand work for you? The answer comes down to what you want it to do. The vast majority of home users and school kids just want a laptop to manage email, browse the internet and write letters and

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The key message is to know what you want a computer or laptop for. Once you can answer this then buy the appropriate one for you - and something you can afford. I’ll explore this topic in more detail over future articles but if you have any questions now, please email me at and I’ll do my best to help. Happy computing Carl Beentjes

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Independent Herald 28-03-18  

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Independent Herald 28-03-18