Page 2

2

Thursday March 29, 2018

How to reach us

Phone: (04) 587 1660 Address: 23 Broderick Rd, Johnsonville P.O. Box 38-776, WMC 5045. Fax: (04) 587 1661

Mayor, councillor all ears during school consultation visit Continued from page 1. However they were also aware of the bigger picture and wanted to know what the council was doing about plastic supermarket bags, the local cycleway, public

smoking, transport issues and house prices. Another issue was the lack of seats for big events at Westpac Stadium. The mayor admitted that with hindsight the ground should have been rectangular

for rugby and football as cricket was seldom played there since it became the home of the Phoenix football team. He did however say that the council was investigating the feasibility of a concert arena,

REPORTER

Jamie Adams cook@wsn.co.nz P: 587 1660 SALES

Emma Taylor emma.taylor@wsn.co.nz P: 587 1660 SALES

Sam Wadham sam.wadham@wsn.co.nz P: 587 1660 NATIONAL SALES

Sam Barnes sam@wsn.co.nz P: 587 1660 Distribution by: Genx Distribution michelle@genxbuilders.co.nz (04) 970 0439

22,700 copies weekly

Cook Strait News

The largest circulating newspaper in Wellington Southern and Eastern suburbs.

YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons answer questions put to them by pupils at St Frances de Sales School last Wednesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

as many pupils were disappointed Ed Sheeran wasn’t performing in Wellington. There were some things that he and Fleur could promise. Single-use plastic bags would be phased out at Countdown and New World by the end of the year, something the council and other groups had lobbied them to do. Justin confirmed new electric buses would be arriving in July, admitting they were so quiet “they might need a bell on them”. He also promised snow leopards would be introduced to the zoo within three years, something that had the pupils gasping in delight. Fleur says the school consultations, the second of a number that would be held city-wide, were just as important as those with the wider community as part of the draft Long Term Plan. “We will take them very seriously. It’s going to make us do our jobs better.” Justin mentioned he was a bit nervous as he was invited to meet touring former US president Barack Obama in Auckland the next day. A pupil called Lotte asked Justin to tell him “he’s incredible”.

Major milestones for Predator Free Miramar Local community backyard trapping group Predator Free Miramar is celebrating reaching some significant milestones in recent days. This week they recorded their 500th rat caught since the group formed in August last year, and earlier this month they clocked their 1000th catch in total, including rats, mice and hedgehogs. The group officially launched

in August last year, and now includes more than 450 households across Miramar, Maupuia and Strathmore who have received free traps. Dan Henry, who established the group, says they’re aiming to increase trap numbers to more than 1000, but are delighted with the progress so far. “It’s taken on a life of its own. People are really enthusiastic about conservation on the

peninsula.” The group is one of more than 20 similar backyard trapping groups across the Wellington region, with more than 5000 households involved. Miramar Peninsula was declared possum-free in 2006, after an extensive operation by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council, and the plan is to eradicate rats and stoats as

well. Dan says many backyard trappers have reportedly seen more piwakawaka or fantails in their backyards, along with an increase in geckos and skinks. “The birds are awesome, of course, but I think people are also loving the sense of community and being part of something bigger than themselves.”

Do you need long term or respite care for your loved one? With 60 friendly and dedicated staff members, you can rest assured your loved ones will be well looked after at Johnsonvale Home. The friendly, homely nature of Johnsonvale sets the home apart from the rest. With a welcoming environment, residents get to know the staff as well as each other which creates a family-like atmosphere. The Activities Staff ensure the residents are always happy and entertained with activities running six days a week. Johnsonvale Home hosts themed nights on special occasions including Easter, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and birthdays. The residents also go out on regular trips to farms, museums and the movies as well as having

regular entertainers coming to the home. The Home has a fantastic Chef on hand who changes the menu on a regular basis and caters for all residents nutritional needs. The Home provides Rest Home beds as well as Hospital beds for residents who may need extra care and a Registered Nurse is on-hand 24 hours a day. The Home caters for day and respite care options to enable relatives to have a break. The relatives can rest easy knowing their loved ones will be well cared for. Brenda encourages people who are looking for a nice home for their family members to come to Johnsonvale and take a personal tour.

Brenda encourages people who are looking for a nice home for their family members to come to Johnsonvale and have a personal tour.

Call now and chat to Brenda Ph: (04) 478 4023 E: info@johnsonvalehome.nz 16-18 Earp Street, JOHNSONVILLE

Cook Strait News 29-03-18  

Cook Strait News 29-03-18

Cook Strait News 29-03-18  

Cook Strait News 29-03-18