Wednesday May 2, 2018
Golden Foot Awards The Golden Foot Walking Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Parliament’s Grand Hall on June 26. The Golden Foot awards celebrate and recognise New Zealand achievements for walkers by acknowledging innovative new facilities, highlighting national best practice and rewarding ongoing commitment to walking. Nominations close on May 25. They are being presented on June 26 by Julie Genter, Associate Minister for Health and Phil Twyford, as Minister of Urban Development and Transport.
The final prayer – a sacred moment of reflection at the Karori RSA. PHOTOS: Glenise Dreaver
Capacity crowd at Karori service By Glenise Dreaver
Two veterans, Robbie Robieson from the Korean war and the former Chief of the Defence Force and Air Marshall David Crooks (retired) were at the Karori ceremony.
Bruce Johnston, the president of the Karori Returned and Services Association, opened the organisation’s Anzac Day service to a packed hall, which included some seventy members of the first Karori Scout Group - Keas, Cubs and Scouts, all out in force. There were many moving moments during the ceremony, which included a poem by the late Michael Foster, a Karori stalwart. Entitled Epitaph, it was read by Carey Clements and drew some tears. “Men of Karori went off to war…” The Anzac address was presented by Associate Professor Kate Hunter who teaches the social history of World War I at Victoria University, She described many unrecognised but powerful civilian contributions, especially those from women, and the plight of the refugees who had to flee the conflict and who were left destitute after the war. Her message, backed up by very real examples, was that war creates humanitarian crises of all sorts, and the emotional turmoil of grief, trauma, anxiety and separation were not wiped away with signatures on a treaty. It was fortunate that the weather was fine as the laying of the wreaths and concluding moments of the ceremony were able to be conducted outdoors, and there was more than one comment heard that the completion of the new hall could not come too soon for the community.
Flu Immunisations are here! You can now get your 2018 immunisation at the Johnsonville Medical Centre. The flu immunisation is fully funded for those who are pregnant, over 65 or have a qualifying ongoing medical condition. If you’re not funded you can still get immunised for the following prices:
Immunisations can be booked any time during our weekday opening hours. Booked and walk-in appointments are available on Saturday mornings from 21 April.
Why should I get immunised for the flu? Influenza (the flu) is a serious illness in New Zealand. Approximately 150 people die from the flu every year, with several hundred more hospitalised. Even without hospitalisation the flu can mean more than two weeks off work. Being immunised for the flu is the quickest and easiest way to protect yourself and your family.
Sue Atkins of Karori sent us this photograph of her very proud seven-year-old grandson Edward Rangiwhetu-Atkins of Thorndon meeting Victoria Cross winner Willie VUW Associate Professor Kate Hunter, who gave Apiata at the evening ANZAC day commemoration at the Anzac address at the Karori RSA last Wednesday. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
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Independent Herald 02-05-18