Wednesday June 13, 2018
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Wainui-bred City Missioner focused on making a change Continued from page 1. “The Mission has done lots but the landscape has changed. We’ve seen the number of those needing assistance increase and the issues become more diverse,” Murray says. He says around 400 people every day are helped by the services the Mission operates. “There are a lot of organisations doing really good stuff. We have a wonderful brand and we’re looking at how we can connect and fulfil the need.” “We have a huge opportunity in Wellington. I’m interested in looking at what the community need is and where we can fill in the gap.” Murray comes to the role with
a wealth of experience, including six years in deputy chief executive roles at the Ministry of Social Development, and eight years as the chief executive of Barnardos New Zealand. Though his first few weeks were dominated by meetings, he says the area that stood out to him was the people he gets to work with. “Our people respect and treat out clients with dignity.” Another area of Wellington Murray is focused on is Wainuiomata. “I love Wainuiomata. It’s a community that has and still does stick together.” Over the next few months, Murray will focus on reposi-
Murray Edridge at his commissioning service. PHOTO: SUPPLIED tioning the City Mission and can work better around the looking at ways the organisation region.
Young cyclists enjoy new bike track By Dan Whitfield
The weather held out for St
Claudine Thevenet School students to put their helmets on and enjoy a celebratory lap
of their new bike track. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace officially opened the track
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Students from St Claudine Thevenet School celebrating the opening of their bike track with Mayor Ray Wallace.
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with help from the current student leader Keira Smith. The track was completed earlier this year with students learning bike safety and skills over the last few weeks. The project was a result of a school survey undertaken by former students of the school who wanted to give something back once they had left. They planned the project and sought funding. Hutt City Council, Young Wise Trust, and ACC have all supported the project along with the huge generosity of local contractor JB Hughes who dug and designed the track Ray says the track will help the kids gain confidence on riding a bike so they are more ready for riding on the road. “It’s also a healthy activity for the students. It’s a great project all round,” he says. Principal Sue Jury says it was a great success and nice to see everyone’s hard work pay off.
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