Wednesday April 4, 2018
Hutt Gas and Plumbing win nationwide award Hutt Gas and Plumbing have taken out the prestigious 2018 Master Plumber of the Year Award. The Hutt firm was presented with the accolade with directors Colleen Upton, Darren Smith and Scott Adin accepting the business award at the annual New Zealand Plumbing Awards on March 23. In her emotional acceptance speech, Colleen mentioned how “absolutely amazing” it was and that she was “really proud” of the team. Colleen is well known as a strong advocate for women in the plumbing industry. This Lower Hutt-based firm currently employs two of only 22 nationwide female plumbing
apprentices and has employed other female tradespeople over the years. “Our female plumbers and apprentices are well respected by their peers and positive feedback from our customers proves what valuable team members they are,” says Colleen. The company’s commitment to workplace diversity was just one factor behind their win. The firm has trained no fewer than 45 apprentices in the last 25 years, with many going on to start their own businesses. At least 14 plumbing businesses in Wellington are owned by or employ former Hutt Gas and Plumbing employees. Given the current shortage of skilled labour, this is a major contribution
to the local workforce. “Taking on apprentices is how we’ve grown our business bringing them from the bottom up. I’d challenge everyone to do that,” Colleen says. She thanked Master Plumbers for their support for the business and mentioned the outstanding people she’s met through participating in industry associations, branches and panels. Colleen’s speech ended her speech with: “You should never be scared to employ someone smarter than you.” Hutt Gas and Plumbing is also known for its technical expertise, and often works on specialised jobs, such as the Rangipapa Forensic Unit, Rimutaka Prison Scott Adin, Colleen Upton, Darren Smith from Hutt Gas and Plumbing. PHOTO: SUPPLIED and Bowen Hospital.
Easter fun at Pukeatua Kindergarten
Max Daymond – Lints Lincoln Peaua and Lockie Boese and Alicia McIvor in background.
Hannah Cartmell and Landen Whaanga
The children at Pukeatua Kindergarten were treated to an Easter celebration complete with hot cross buns and an egg hunt last Thursday. A morning tea of delicious hot cross buns were kindly donated by the Taste of Europe bakery in Fairfield. This was followed by the much-anticipated draw for the Easter basket raffle draw. The baskets were full of treats donated by the families at the kindergarten and the raffle ticket sales raised $1000. Funds that will be put towards further enriching the learning environment and new resources for the children. The highlight of the morning was the Easter egg hunt. Children had great fun looking for eggs hidden in the playground and gardens. There were lots of happy smiling faces as the children filled the baskets held by the teachers for sharing later in the day. Pukeatua Kindergarten is located on Frederick Street in Wainuiomata and is part of Hutt City Kindergartens, a not-for-profit dedicated to making quality early childhood education accessible to all.
Time to check your smoke alarms Firefighters are urging families to check and test their smoke alarms, due to Fire and Emergency New Zealand attending an average of nine house fires a day. Last year, crews responded to a total of 3143 fires at residential homes throughout the country, but only half of those homes were recorded as having smoke alarms. Fire and Emergency’s principal advisor for risk management Mike Shaw says working smoke alarms save lives, giving people
an early alert to a fi re in their home and the best chance of escaping alive. Following Daylight Saving, Mike says it’s a good reminder for people to check they have smoke alarms installed and to test their batteries are working and check the alarm’s expiry date.” “A lot of people don’t realise most smoke alarms expire after ten years, so they need to replace them,” he says. Mi ke says work ing smoke
alarms are people’s only hope if there’s a house fire, especially if they’re sleeping. “When you’re asleep you generally won’t wake up if there’s a fire because once you start breathing in the toxic smoke, you go into a deeper sleep.” For more information about smoke alarms and how to check and test them please visit www. fireandemergency.nz/at-home/ smoke-alarms.
Don’t let the flu get you We say it every year and we make no apologies for nagging – please get your flu jab. No one is immune to the flu. It can strike at any time and can make you seriously ill and confine you to bed for at least a week. Each year, flu infects 10-20% of New Zealanders, with thousands needing the attention of their doctor, being hospitalised, and some even dying. The flu has a sudden onset and is accompanied by some (or all) of the following symptoms: • fever and chills • cough • body aches and pains • fatigue • headache. Influenza can cause pneumonia and can trigger existing medical conditions, making them worse.
Clive’s top tips to prevent the flu 1. A ﬂu vaccination can offer proven, effective immunity against the virus. It’s free for those at high risk from complications. Talk to your doctor or the Happy Chemist team to see if you qualify. You can get your flu jab here in the familiar and private environment of our clinic in Clive’s Chemist, Monday to Saturday. “It’s quick, convenient, and you don’t need an appointment, so come on in and see us. We’d much rather you come in now for the flu jab than need to come in later for flu medication!” – Clive 2. Stay active. Exercising regularly will improve your immunity and your mood. 3. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water. 4. A healthy immune system is the best defence against cough, cold and flu. We have a range of supplements to help maintain a healthy immune system and general well-being. We’ll help you find the right options. 6. Is your house well insulated? There may be a subsidy available to help you with this, available until the end of June 2018. https://www.energywise.govt.nz/fundingand-support/funding-for-insulation/ 7. Pay attention to hygiene. When coughing, cover your mouth, use disposable tissues, and wash your hands. And if you are unwell, please stay at home (apart from your visit to us of course!) Otherwise, you’ll spread the virus, making other people sick too. Let’s keep Wainuiomata happy and healthy!
Clive’s Chemist, 20-21 Queen Street, Wainuiomata. (04) 564 8618 • email@example.com • www.clives.co.nz
Wainuiomata News 04-04-18