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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
4 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 NEWS New Season's Roses First of this year's, strong, healthy plants instore now. Buy any 3 and receive FREE secateurs $15.99 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt. Ph: 939-1020 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt. Ph: 939-1020 The First Name in Good Gardens Specials valid till 8/6/11 or while stocks last Open 7 Days 8am - 5pm www.oderings.co.nz www.oderings.co.nz Your Guarantee of quality is assured when you purchase plants grown and selected by Oderings. Darryn Odering Not being members we cannot sell or redeem NGIA Gift Vouchers. Other Vouchers - Yes. 152 UH $5.29 $ 3 Rannunculus Magic Extra large flowers on dwarf plants. Real flower power. Forms a bulb, will last for years. Strawberry Sell-out Sturdy plants in 1.2 litre pots. Seascape, Diamante & Camarosa. Freshly picked fragrant Freesias $6.99 Polyanthus. Clumps in flower. For an instant garden. Indoors or outdoors. FROM EACH $2199 $3.99 99¢ EACH $1.99 $159 EACH Shallots French Red. Culinary delight. Plant now for summer harvest. Very tasty. $849 PACK OF 4 $9.49 Garlic Can't beat the taste and smell of your own fresh garlic. $9.99 $899 200gm Oderings Compost Perfect for all planting including roses and bedding plants. $8.49 $649 40 litres NO ENROLMENT UPDATE PACK? OU NEED TO ENROL. n't receive your enrolment update pack then you're not enrolled to vote in this year's General and Referendum. Make your vote count. Enrol now. It's easy. n enrolment form: NO IfI you diidd Electition na To gett an Visit our website elections.org.nz Freetext your name and address to 3676 Freephone 0800 36 76 56 Visit any PostShop EEC 0036_A Parents centre doubles members NEW OFFICERS President, Sarah Kitchen. Secretary, Kerry McGall. Treasurer, Stuart Darvill. Newsletter editor, Justine Henare. Public relations, Kara Tait. Childbirth education co-ordinator, Pamela Malcolm. Parent education co-ordinator, Paula Bloomfield. Social events co-ordinator, Michelle Bartlett. Baby and You co-ordinator, Tania Watson. Fundraising officer, Fiona Wright. Membership officer, Kelly Ratcliffe. Centre sales co-ordinator, Annabel Lee. Upper Hutt Parents Centre has doubled its membership in the past year. At the annual meeting on May 19, presi- dent Sarah Kitchen said it began the year with 57 members and finished with 102, mostly due to the resumption of popular childbirth education classes. Like other parents' centres, the majority of new members join because they wanted to attend classes. The centre encouraged parents to con- tinue membership past the first year and reduced membership costs as an incentive. They finished the year with a 26 per cent renewal rate, which is very positive''. Mrs Kitchen, who was re-elected, said the centre began the 2010-2011 year attempting to rebuild itself'' after a break in classes. Membership numbers were at an all- time low and while the committee had nine members the workload was uneven, with a couple of members juggling several roles.'' In July the national office recognised the centre needed help and offered its com- munity adviser to share her expertise. Nine new committee members were recruited and services expanded, including childbirth education classes, which resumed in February last year after a break of seven months in 2009. Classes averaged nine couples for each course. Committee members juggled young chil- dren, families and often paid employment but found time to give back to the com- munity through the centre. Word-of-mouth recommendations, mailouts to midwives, brochures in medical centres and regular advertising in the Upper Hutt Leader created a strong demand for classes and the centre plans to run eight or nine during the 2011-12 year. It is offering evening and weekend options to accommodate as many couples as possible. The Department of Internal Affairs pro- vided funding for the courses and the Upper Hutt Cossie Club gave a grant to help update resources. The centre also trialled their own version of Baby and You'' post-natal courses which were received positively and added to the curriculum. The centre also ran parenting courses for members and locals, did a course at the Hutt Valley Teen Parent Unit and took part in the city council's Parenting Expo last June. This year the centre will focus on the five parent education courses most popular with members. In September the centre held its Early Years Expo, which was a fantastic day'' with 32 stallholders and about 200 adults and children attending, Mrs Kitchen said. While initially intended as a fundraising and community support event, it has been great for our profile. Upper Hutt City Council were so impressed with what we did that this year they have asked to come on as a supporter and will be helping out with venue costs, some advertising, and the cost of a guest speaker.'' The centre had also been offered a Main St shop window to promote itself. Another improvement was a Facebook page, an improved section on the Parents Centre website and an email marketing tool for courses. The committee also organised social events for centre members including a children's Christmas party at Harcourt Park. Port tours lift lid for public Port tour: Thousands pass it every day, but only a few get to see how CentrePort Wellington works. However, new free tours give the public a look behind the scenes. CentrePort Wellington is giving the public a chance to learn more about their business with free monthly port tours. The hour-long tours give a look at the diverse range of activities that make CentrePort an import- ant part of the region's economy. The next tour is this Friday, and starts at noon. Parking is available outside CentrePort House, 1 Hinemoa St, which is where the coach leaves from and returns to. The tour will be hosted by a CentrePort team member, who will provide information and take questions on the operation and activities of the port. Bookings are essential, phone 495 3800. All bookings are subject to availability and all visitors must bring photo identification.
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