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A story of patience and perseverance Continued from page 1. There will be giveaways too, like pouch bags and one or two other surprises. The story line dances along with colourful illustrations as Little Dragon watches Daddy Dragon light a fire for his morning pancakes. Little Dragon wants to do that, but learning how is hard. “It’s about the perseverance and the patience that both kids and parents need, as well as a whole lot of understanding,” says Chia. She certainly needed patience

and perseverance herself. Writing the story took an hour or two, the illustrations quite a bit longer. Halfway through, she started pitching her work to publishers, “between 20-30. Maybe less, but it felt like that many!” That was mainly with New Zealand houses. “It didn’t go as planned,” she says. She considered selfpublishing, “though that’s very expensive”. After a year, disappointed and discouraged, she gave up. Then one day, she was looking

through her illustrations folder and decided to try again. “I just thought I had nothing to lose.” She finally found Ann Neville at CreateBooksNZ in Hamilton. It took months to get a reply and she had sometimes felt like crying in the meantime, but she finally heard the magic words: ‘It deserves to be published’. “ I did cry then. Happy tears.” She’s very grateful. “Ann has never even met me, but she’s put a lot of trust in me.” While Chia is Filipino, Ryu’s name means dragon in Japanese and this book is very much for

him. That means there has to another one for eight-month-old Recca. “I’ve begun. It’s about dinosaurs.” She’s hoping Ann will be interested, but it will depend on how this book goes.  Little Dragon Learns How To Breathe Fire will be launched in the Johnsonville Library on Friday May 25 between 4.30-6pm. Copies will be available at $20 each. You can find out more about Chia and her book on her facebook and Instagram pages @artbychia


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Nursing staff at Ultimate Care Chur tonl e igh , Lisa Fisk, Michael Nestmann and Nicci Ahrer with residents Margaret and Judy, both former nurses. PHOTO supplied.


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International Nurses’ Day celebration On Friday May 12, staff and residents at Ultimate Care Churtonleigh in Churton Park celebrated International Nurses’ Day in style. The celebration was com-

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bined with a Mothers’ Day high tea. Nicci Ahrer, facility manager says: “Our amazing cook prepared some delicious treats for us, including the nursing-

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Collaring in your buddy With the trend for using a harness growing, we’re seeing more dogs out and about now without collars. A harness that attaches at the chest can be an excellent walking tool, but collars do have a number of uses a harness may not fulfill. We recommend collars as: • a place to display your dog’s registration tags - a legal requirement whenever in public or invaluable if your dog gets separated from you unexpectedly • easily accessible for an emergency “grab” of your dog

• a quick place to attach a lead People walking on the street with their dog off lead may be unconcerned by the potential $200 fine, and confident their dog understands road safety. However as we saw just recently, it takes only one distracting incident in your dog’s lifetime for tragedy to occur. Let’s keep our best friends safe out there and include a well-fitting collar on every outing.


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“It was lovely to have our residents’ family members and staff celebrating Mothers’ Day together,” said Nicci. “At one stage we had four generations of one family there.”

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inspired cake in the photo. We wanted the day to be inclusive for all staff and also acknowledge Margaret and Judy, two of our residents whose careers were in nursing.”

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