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Thursday September 27, 2018

inbrief news Daylight saving returns A reminder that daylight saving begins on Sunday, September 30 so everyone is advised to put their clocks forward one hour before they go to bed on Saturday night. The Fire Service also reminds residents to check that their smoke alarms are still working.

Crowdfunding benefits sick babies A crowdfunding experiment to raise funds for ground-breaking paediatric research in Wellington has generated almost $20,000. The money, raised by electricity retailer Powershop, will support research into the effects of anaemia among premature babies, and the use of Statistics NZ data to track the long-term health outcomes of premature babies. The funds were raised by offering Powershop customers special Neonatal Trust branded electricity at a premium rate, with funds going directly to The Neonatal Trust. Over the course of the crowdfunding campaign, 2,115 customers donated an average of $8 each.

Students, sewing centre hope to WOW customers with alien display By Jamie Adams

Two St Catherine’s College students have joined forces with a well-known Kilbirnie handcraft shop as they bid for glory in an annual window display competition. Year 11 girls Mya NobisHerbison and Reema Magan have created an extensive display called “A Dance In Outer Space” in collaboration with Jo Morris of the Wellington Sewing Centre for this year’s Wellington Loves WOW (World of Wearable Art) Window Dressing Competition. “We entered in the competition and asked St Catherine’s if they wanted to help,” Jo says. Indeed, the school was keen to get involved, with the two technology students putting their hands up as an opportunity to gain credits for the NCEA assessment. It is the second time Jo has entered the competition, having collaborated with customers last year. Although there was a set criteria, entrants were allowed to let their imaginations run wild. “All they told us was that it had to use a colour palette of

Wellington Sewing Centre owner Jo Morris with St Catherine’s College Year 11 students Mya Nobis-Herbison and Reema Magan in front of their collaboration for this year’s Wellington Loves WOW Window Dressing Competition. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

silver, purple and dark blue. So we decided to do an outer space ballroom theme.” The display features a number of humanoid aliens wearing costumes made from velvet sequins and other fabrics sourced from the Sewing Centre and other shops. One of the aliens is made from a helium balloon, the other a Worbla mask. Mya and Reema’s contribution came in the form of a purple taffeta dress and is embellished

with Christmas decorations. Further ornamentation came in the form of Chinese lanterns and even a toast rack for a crown. “We cobbled a lot of things together and got customers to lend us things,” Jo says. While putting it all together took “about 2-3 weeks”, the planning and sourcing of items was months in the making. Some of the work was done during school hours but the

girls also assisted Jo with the installation over one weekend. There are about 50 entrants in the window-dressing competition, which is part of the WOW festival that kicks off on September 27. Most of them are based in the CBD, with one other entrant from Kilbirnie, Vinnies Re Sew. Voting began yesterday and the winner will be announced on October 14. Vote at

Council proceeds with social housing lease Wellington City Council has agreed to lease its newly built 104-unit social housing complex in Mt Cook to Housing New Zealand (HNZ) in what has been described as a “win-win-win” deal. Site 2 of the former Arlington Apartments in Mount

Cook, now named Te M ra, is just weeks from completion following two years of construction. At a Council meeting yesterday, councillors unanimously voted to enter negotiations with HNZ over the short-term lease of the complex, which

includes a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedrooms and a community room. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the deal is a win for Council, HNZ and tenants, who will be eligible for the Government’s income-related rent subsidy.

He says Wellington is not giving up its responsibility for social housing. “It is not enough to say we are maintaining City Housing. We need to grow the number of social houses as the city grows. This transaction will help us do that.”

What is CompassionFest? A weekend of events in Island Bay exploring the legacy of Mother Suzanne Aubert (1835 – 1926) who devoted her life to helping others. She founded the religious order Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion in 1892 and started two hospitals in Wellington: St Joseph’s Home for the Incurables and Our Lady’s Home of Compassion. She also founded the Tory Street Soup Kitchen.


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Upcoming Exhibitions Stephanie Crisp, 29 Sept - 28 Oct Jacky Pearson & Rachel Walker, 3 - 26 Nov Sue Lund & Barbara Franklet, 1 - 31 Dec 223 The Esplande, Petone - Phone 04 979 9889 • Open Tues to Sun, 10am - 5pm

Sunday 30 September For Compassion’s Sake art exhibition. Official opening: 4-6pm, then daily until 7 October. Showcasing the artistic vision of compassion. M-F: 12-8pm. S: 11-4pm. Presbyterian Centre, 88 The Parade, Island Bay. Sat 6 October KidsFest. 10am - 2pm. A programme of fun, craft, cooking, food, outdoors and learning for under 12s. Presbyterian Church, 88 The Parade, Island Bay. Sun 7 Oct Symposium: “What’s compassion got to do with running a country?” 7.30pm, Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Hear

politicians and theologians engage in a public conversation. Other events include: • Natural Tonics workshop • Splendid Drop home-brew festival • pop-up Soup Kitchen • Home of Compassion kids tour • ‘Aubert’s Island Bay’ presentation • Compassion Mass • Taizé reflective service See the What’s On column in this issue for details. Full programme information:, Eventfinda, CompassionFest Island Bay on Facebook. Email: Organised by Island Bay churches and community groups.

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