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Councillor recalls war ancestor who fell as children pay tribute Continued from page 1. Wellington City Southern Ward councilor Fleur Fitzsimons was the main speaker during the short midday ceremony, which also featured representatives of the local Anglican, Catholic, Baptist and Presbyterian churches. “I am so pleased to see so many children here today to commemorate, acknowledge and I am sure, to learn about what Anzac Day is all about,” Fleur told the audience. “In New Zealand the impact of war is felt widely in our society. During the First World War which started over 100 years ago, over 40 percent of men between 19 and 40 years old went to war. There was a casualty rate of about 58 percent.” Fleur revealed that a great uncle of hers served in World War Two. Warrant Officer Hugh McKinnon was a fighter pilot for the RNZAF, who sadly died after being shot down in May 1943. “As a child, my Grandmother, Hugh’s sister, would take me to the local Anzac Day service in Maraekakaho [Hawke’s Bay] where her family had grown up. We would always place a rose on the war memorial and take a moment to look at his name.” After her speech young Keas, Cubs and members of Iconz and the Boys and Girls brigades
Keas, Cubs, Brigadiers and Iconz members lay wreaths at Island Bay School’s war memorial
laid wreaths at the school’s war memorial while others held their representative flags in honour of those who served New Zealand. A war veteran was also in attendance. Representing the RSA, former airforce pilot and navigator John Meredith always attends the service in Island Bay where he grew up. John joined the airforce at just 16, serving as a spotter of Russian submarines in the South Pacific and later in Vietnam as the leader of a squadron that was tasked with supplying food, medicine and weapons to soldiers. He retired at 41 and nowadays lives next to the airport. “I like hearing the planes take off,” he admits.
Southern Ward Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons with retired airforce squadron leader John Meredith at the Island Bay Anzac Day commemoration. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
New housing on the way for southern suburbs Housing New Zealand is investing $48.5 million to build 145 new social housing units across five sites in Wellington City, including three in the southern suburbs. The Government agency says the building programme will drive a transformation of its Wellington housing stock, creating a portfolio of modern and fit-for-
purpose homes that tenants will enjoy for decades to come. All the new homes will be onebedroom units which Housing NZ says are the kind of homes needed in Wellington to respond to social housing demand, which is mostly from single people and couples without children. At Newtown’s Hanson Street there will be 20 one-bedroom
units for people with disabilities located near the hospital, social service agencies, shopping and public transport. At Owen Street, also in Newtown, 36 one-bedroom units next to the Town Belt will be built, which Housing NZ says will be energy efficient and designed to blend into its surroundings.
Meanwhile in Berhampore’s Britomart Street, 34 one-bedroom apartment-style units are being developed, with the design focused being on a shared communal space with maximise exposure to the sun. Work has already started on some of the new units, and the first new homes are expected to be ready by June 2018.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 16-18 Earp Street, JOHNSONVILLE
Cook Strait News 26-04-18