Thursday April 5, 2018
inbrief news Funding for 250th commemoration The Department of Internal Affairs has announced lottery funding is available to projects linked to the Tuia – Encounters 250 commemoration, which marks 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Mâori and Europeans in New Zealand. The Lottery Grants Board will fund $9 million into initiatives that connect and build understanding of New Zealand’s dual heritage, whakapapa, identity, as well as arts, science, and technology. The lottery Tuia – Encounters 250 programme opened yesterday and applications will be accepted throughout the year. Further information about the fund and all eligibility criteria can be found at communitymatters.govt.nz.
Women’s digital directory launched A new digital directory for women was launched last week. The ‘W’ Directory, created by YWCA Auckland and YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand, with the support of the Ministry for Women, is a digital hub and search engine that brings together all the organisations, services, funds and opportunities available to Kiwi women, regardless of their age and stage in life. Users can search for services to support them in all aspects of their lives such as health and wellbeing, parenting and personal development. The directory lists over 200 services nationwide and is still expanding.
Yoghurt may help infants Yoghurt given to infants in the first year may protect them from developing eczema and allergy, researchers have found. Their study involved 390 mothers in Wellington and Auckland who were asked about various foods they gave to their infants and the infants were seen regularly for signs of eczema and had a skin prick test for allergy at one year. “We found up to 70 percent reduction in eczema and allergy in the first year of life for daily consumers,” Dr Crane from the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington says. “The more regularly yoghurt was given, the greater the effect.”
Hataitai intersection likely to get traffic lights By Louis Davis JOURNALISM STUDENT
Hataitai’s dangerous intersection looks set to get traffic lights later this year. T h e M ox h a m Ave nu e , Hataitai Road and Waitoa Road crossroads – the suburb’s busiest – has worried the Hataitai community for over 10 years. Eastern Ward Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said a final decision was still “a few months away” but “traffic signals [were] the most likely option”.
On February 7, the Hataitai Residents’ Association met to discuss the intersection. Cochair Andrew McCauley said council staff presented two main options: traffic lights or more road signs. Traffic lights were the favoured option at the meeting. Andrew says residents expressed frustration about delays on a final decision. “It sounded like they still have a lot of work to do.” Late last year, an accident involving the intersection prompted community action.
On November 6, Rebecca Burgess, co-ordinator of Hataitai Community House, witnessed a car hit a child while turning from Moxham Avenue onto Waitoa Road. The child was walking across the pedestrian crossing with their mother. “It was horrific,” Rebecca says. The child was back at kindergarten a few days later, but the accident shocked the community. In 2017, Hataitai Residents Association secretary Kath-
leen Logan created an online survey to find out what people thought about the troublesome intersection. The results of the survey found an overwhelming majority of support to change the intersection. Less than two percent of participants wanted no change to the intersection. However, after the survey was completed no action had begun on the intersection. Andrew says the survey was taken on board as an influence at the recent meeting.
Late local’s legacy lives on with school grant Island Bay’s St Francis de Sales has been given a small boost to its coffers as one of four recipients of a $5000 grant from the W F Educational Foundation. Foundation chairman John Holden last week pa id a visit to the school to present a cheque to principal Tracey Gu ndesen a nd Boa rd of Trustees chairperson Emma Richards. St Francis de Sales is one of four schools in the Wellington South area to receive the grant this year. The four others get theirs in the alternate year. John says in the past 16 years the W F Educational Foundation has distributed more than $270,000 to eight schools in the Wellington South area. The foundation was established in 1997 and is a registered charitable Trust in New Zealand. It was named after W F (Bill) Anderson in recognition of a lifetime of community service to the
people of Wellington South. Bill was a primary school teacher and later became a Principal of Houghton Valley School. He was part of a committee that established the now defunct Wellington South Licensing Trust and served on that trust for 21 years. He was also active in the Island Bay Surf Life Saving Club and in RSA affairs, and until 1997 coached schoolboy rugby at Wellington College. John says Bill was a friendly, jovial man well known to the Island Bay community for his regular daily walks and talks to local students about growing up in the suburb. He died in 1999. St Francis principal Tracy Gundesen says the school plans to spend the $5000 on new robotics. “We want to provide learning opportunities with the latest technology. It’s something we would not have been able to afford without the grant.”
St Francis de Sales School Principal Tracey Gundesen (left) and Board of Trustees chairperson Emma Richards (right) receive a grant from the Chairman of The W F Educational Foundation, John Holden (centre). PHOTO: Supplied
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