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Children are learning Te Reo through board games and puzzles thanks to some new additions to the Brooklyn Toy Library. Five puzzles, two games and several Maori alphabet blocks were purchased after a $399 grant from the Wellington Children’s Foundation was received.

The library, now based at Montessori Capital School in Vogeltown, started on Ohiro Road in 1985. Toy librarian Jess Jones said she had been involved in the library since her daughter Jackson was one year old and supported more Te Reo in early education. “We’ve been having a lot of people asking for Te Reo toys, their kids see them at kindy or day-care. So we thought it’d be a

good chance to get some more – now they’re here and it’s all a bit exciting really,” Jess says. “I’m from Australia so I find I’m learning at the same time as my kids.” Sarah Hewitt, who put in the grant application for the toys, also thought Te Reo was important for development. “I think it’s a good idea. A lot of toys that kids play with at preschool don’t have any words

on them. And if a parent isn’t necessarily familiar with the language, they’re not going to buy these toys.” She says toy libraries also provided a lot more flexibility for families. “It gives parents a chance to have age-appropriate toys. It’s also great for the environment, lots of kids will play with toys for a bit and then stop. Here they get used for years.”

Card problem hits pay-and-display machines Motorists are asked not to use debit cards to pay for on-street parking in Wellington’s CBD for the next few weeks while a technical problem, associated with a newly-released ANZ debit card, is fixed. About 160 pay-and-display parking machines in Wellington’s CBD have been put out of action after some motorists have attempted to pay for parking using the new ANZ debit cards that feature raised ‘braille’ dots. The dots are designed to help

visually-impaired people enter the cards the right way round into Eftpos terminals and other vending machines. City Council community networks mana ger Stephen McArthur says a number of the cards have been found jammed inside the P&D machines. “The card readers on the machines are damaged by the braille dots and, if not jammed, will no longer read any credit or debit card.” Normal enforcement of parking will continue in the CBD

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given that motorists can still pay by cash, Snapper card, smartphone apps PayMyPark and Phone2Park and Text-a-Park. The card readers in the city’s 512 pay-and-display machines were already planned to be upgraded to incorporate Paywave technology. Replacement of them will be brought forward and take several weeks. Until the work is completed, temporary stickers on the machines will advise motorists to avoid using credit/debit cards and use one of the alternative

payment methods. The council will pay for the new readers, which are expected to accept the ANZ cards. If motorists have received a ticket since the beginning of May 2018 after being unable to use a P&D machine they are urged to follow the appeals process that is outlined on the parking ticket. The council will treat the appeals on a case-by-case basis – using its knowledge of which machines are operating and which have malfunctioned.

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