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Wednesday May 23, 2018

inbrief news Matariki moon on way This year, the Matariki new moon is seen on June 13, when a supermoon will be visible. Matariki, the Maori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster, begins to rise in the last few days of May, symbolising the coming of the Maori New Year, celebrated on the first new moon after that. It appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year, and is thought to determine how successful the harvest crop will be in the coming season. The brighter the stars, the more productive the crop will be. Some celebrate the New Year on the day the new moon rises, others on the day after the new moon. Celebrations can last up to three days.

Pet day at St Teresa’s By Glenise Dreaver

St Teresa’s primary school in Karori was last week supporting Bullying-Free New Zealand Week. One of the ways they celebrated that was to hold a pet day. “We can show caring, by caring for pets,” says principal Mary-Angela Tombs. It ties in well with the school’s values of being caring, respectful, safe and to be the best you can be, she says. This year, in Kahikatea room, some of the year two and three students shared a pet cat called Napoleon, some chickens, dogs, other cats and a rabbit – and the prize exhibit, some snails in a bowl. In the afternoon, a pet nurse visited to reinforce the message about how to care for your pet well. ABOVE: from left, Gina Toma and her daughter Valentina Toma with her pet cat Napoleon.

Book launch

LEFT: Pets come in all shapes and sizes and here, Angel Encarnado (centre) with her pet snails, shows them to her delighted classmates, from left: William Moncrieff, Freya Sutherland, Hani, Freya Sutherland, Angel Encarnado with her pet snails, Inaya Ali, Connor, and Evelyn Renwick

A reminder that the launch of a new children’s book by local author Chia Rubio Little Dragon Learns How To Breathe Fire will be held in the Johnsonville Library on Friday May 25 between 4.30-6pm. There will be nibbles like chips, dips and drinks, along with activities for children like “Make your own dragon spikes”. There will also be photo booths to record pictures of the children with the props if they want to.

2066 responses to Long-Term Plan The final number of responses on Wellington City Council’s 10-yearplan was 2066, with 72 percent in favour of more spending in the priority areas identified. These were 24 per cent placing resilience and environment as the top priority, transport 22 per cent, housing 21 per cent, arts and culture 17 per cent and sustainable growth 17 per cent.

‘Boobs & Bubbles’ breakfast sold out There has been such interest in the annual Pink Ribbon breakfast, known to locals as ‘Boobs & Bubbles’, to be held this year at the Leonard Mitchell Gallery in Khandallah, that organiser Kate Twigg says it is already fully subscribed, with some 90 tickets sold. An 11-metre-long pink hummer limousine will be located

outside the venue on Tuesday May 29 and people will be dressed head to toe in pink, says Kate. “There are many incredible prizes to be auctioned off , all donated from generous sponsors,” says Kate. Kate says that with the entrance fee, raffles and auction items both before and on the day, she hopes to raise over

$7000. While that seems ambitious, Kate says: “I like to do this properly. My mother had breast cancer and it’s important to get it right.” Kate has been blown away by the generosity of many local businesses and says without them, this annual fundraiser would not be where it is today She says local cafe Automat alongside Gilmours Food and

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Beverage will be providing the catering for the day. “Local real estate agents Wayne and Marina from Mike Pero Real Estate have made a kind donation and Wayne will also be the auctioneer on the day,” she says. Other major sponsors include Gazley Motors, Buoy Hairdressing, Tea Pea and Good as Gold.


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