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Wednesday July 11, 2018

inbrief news Poppy appeal raises $1.7m New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) have paid tribute to New Zealanders for their generosity and empathy for current and former service personnel through the 2018 Poppy Appeal. The appeal raised $1.7m across New Zealand. The theme – Not all wounds bleed – generated significant discussion around the mental health challenges faced by current and former service personnel as well as their families.  The funds will assist in many ways, including recovery from psychological trauma and helping the families of current and former military personnel deal with health or hardship issues. In 2017, there were 19,992 welfare interactions completed by over 150 volunteer RSA support advisors. Many of these were face-to-face interactions with veterans in need of help.

Armistice Day plans Plans to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I on November 11 have been announced . The cornerstone will be a national service at Pukeahu, centred around a two minute silence at 11am. New Zealand Defence Force personnel will also conduct a sunset ceremony including the final daily Last Post Ceremony of the World War I centenary. In addition to the events at Pukeahu, the WW100 programme office is looking to work alongside communities organising their own Armistice activities.  Groups are encouraged to register their event or activity at ww100.govt. nz/armistice. 

Scholarships available AMP has put out the call for Kiwis who have a dream and a can-do attitude to apply for one of their scholarships.   This year, AMP is giving away up to $200,000 to help talented New Zealanders of all ages and from all walks of life to pursue their dreams. Athletes, scientists, researchers, performing artists, entrepreneurs and community volunteers are just some of the people who will be considered. Those starting their own business, going after their sporting passion or giving back to the community are all eligible too.   Applications are now open, closing on August 13 2018. For more information, visit

Supporting youth their focus By Glenise Dreaver

For Vino and Anselm Martyn of Khandallah, youth-focussed charity work is a passion. They began their work in Sydney, moving there just over 21 years ago after their high-performing and very well-respected 17-year-old son Anshan passed away. There, on Anselm’s birthday, they always held a dinner party for family and friends. Then the couple decided that instead of guests bringing gifts they be asked to donate to Father Chris Riley’s rescue charity “Youth off the Street”. They did this for nine years, raising thousands of dollars at a time. Back at last in their family home in Khandallah, Vino and Anselm joined a group which they felt needed a boost, so a dinner dance fundraiser was the answer. They chose to support the Good Shepherd Convent nuns refuge for single mums in their

home country Sri Lanka. It meant starting over again, without their strong Sydney contacts, so Vino “hit the streets” gathering support and marketing their souvenir advertising brochure, including the menu and describing the charity. This year, the couple is focussed on Youthline Wellington which supports young people dealing with issues like bullying, depression, anxiety, selfharm and attempts at suicide. That’s very close to their hearts as Vino reflects on not picking up on Anshan’s grief, which followed glandular fever and months of missed learning. What matters now, she says, is that they help other young people. “We are determined to go forward.” The ball, with tickets at $60 a head, will be held in the Massey University Tea Gardens Centre on Saturday September 8.  For more information contact Vino at avfundingyouth@

Vino and Anselm Martyn. Anselm is, like their late son Anshan, an accomplished saxophonist and he will play three special items at their Charity Ball to support Youthline Wellington. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Be in to help select vehicle charger sites The public has until Friday to have their say on where Wellington City Council should put the 25 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers to be installed in residential areas. Council’s goal is to create a low carbon capital city, and support its contribution to reducing the impacts of climate change. The eco-sanctuary Zealandia has however, been ahead of the game with three vehicle charging stations installed around two years ago. They are free of charge and open to the public, their energy supplemented by Zealandia already has three solar panels. Zealandia spokesperson vehicle charging stations open free to the public. Cameron Hayes says: “We’ve PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver seen plenty of uptake in peo-

ple using them and find both visitors and local EV owners are also taking advantage of them. “ While cars charging at Zealandia can charge in roughly half the time it would take from a household outlet, Cameron says they are slow chargers, not fast chargers. “The idea is that visitors can get a top up, putting their car on charge while they spend a couple of hours in the sanctuary or our cafe.” Zealandia also has separate electric bike charging stations which, Cameron says, can fully charge the average e-bike from dead flat in a matter of hours. However, one in four Wellington EV users can’t charge



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their car at home, either because they don’t have off-street parking or because the hilly terrain creates gaps between homes and the road. Each council site will charge two cars at once, over several hours, probably overnight or for a lot of the day. Compact charging stations will be placed on the footpath or in a road-side bank, close to an existing electricity street pole. Go to the Traffic Resolutions – Residential electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, area of the council’s website to have your say before 5pm on Friday July 13. Decisions will be made by WCC on August 9.

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