Wednesday May 30, 2018
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Should we become a republic, instead of keeping the Queen as Head of State?
Pat Cooper, Tawa “No! You can tell where I come from!”
Barbara Rivers, Khandallah “Only after she abdicates, or dies.”
Bruce Flett, Rawa “No, for a whole variety of reasons.”
Anna Lord, Newlands “I’m a little bit torn. The royals are obsolete, but I like them anyway.”
Debbie Wheeler, Aotea “No, I’ll stick with royalty.”
Isobella Lane, Ngaio “I don’t really care. She doesn’t really do anything any more.”
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LETTER to the editor Dear Editor, Your statement that Ryman’s certificate of compliance relates to the demolition of “the less significant buildings” in the Karori Campus is incorrect (May 9 p. 3). As we understand it, Ryman pro-
poses to demolish approximately half of the campus, including the historically-important gymnasium, and the buildings framing the fabulous and enchanting Lopdell Gardens, including the delightful crimson sky-bridges.
These elements cannot be simply extracted from the experience of the Teachers College landscape, which is an exquisitely-designed site built in two stages, not a group of unrelated buildings able to be plucked off with no effect on the
composition of the whole. We look forward to your next article in this series on the Karori campus and hope that it draws more comprehensively on those with heritage expertise and knowledge of Brutalist architecture, as
well as the memories of people who trained to be teachers there. Christine McCarthy and Daryl Cockburn Co-presidents Architectural Centre
Royal wedding prompts reminiscing at Karori home Residents Audrey Hayes and Merle Lewthwaite admire each other’s wedding outfits at Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori.
While the royal wedding has incited much fun and frivolity this month, it’s also been a source of meaningful connection and bonding for many of the community’s elders. Residents, families and staff at Karori’s Huntleigh Home have been relishing the opportunity to swap stories about their own wedding days. “We were married at St James Anglican Church in Lower Hutt in 1960, before moving out to near Totara Park, where we stayed for decades. It rained all day, but that didn’t bother me much as they say that’s good luck!” recalls resident Audrey Hayes. Audrey says the royal nuptials recently prompted her to look through her old belongings for traces of her own wedding day. “I actually managed to find some of my old wedding accessories like my veil and headpiece, which I didn’t even know I had here. “My daughter wore my headpiece on her wedding day too, so that was pretty special
to discover,” she recounts. Recreation team leader Annelize Steyn says special occasions like these often provide great opportunities for staff to open up conversations with elders and learn more about their lives. “We love learning about what stirs the hearts of the residents here and events like the royal wedding provide us, as staff, with a fun and wonderful way to do that. “Although the event itself may be fleeting, the memories we share and the bonds we make as a result last much longer and make such a difference to the life and energy of the home,” she says. Huntleigh Home follows Enliven’s eldercentred philosophy, which places special emphasis on the importance of connecting with elders as people and ensuring they enjoy opportunities for companionship and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.enlivencentral.org. nz or call 04 464 2020. PBA
Independent Herald 30-05-18