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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
15 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS 4186445AA "Celebration Day" New bridges - Akatarawa Valley & Staglands Wildlife Reserve Saturday 19 November Your invitation to view the three new bridges in Akatarawa Valley and enjoy a 1/2 price entry to Staglands Wildlife Reserve* Option One: Bus from Harcourt Park -- Upper Hutt Travel by special bus from Harcourt Park visiting the bridges & Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Buses depart: 11am, 1pm & 2.30pm. Bus: $2.00 adult, $1.00 children 15 and under. Free three years & under. Enjoy ½ price entry fees apply at Staglands Wildlife Reserve* Option Two: Own transport to Staglands Wildlife Reserve Your own transport to Staglands Wildlife Reserve and then minibus to view the bridges $2.00 adults, $1.00 child (no need to book). Find out about the interesting names for the new bridges on the day, ALSO Sausage sizzle enroute by Rimutaka Lions Club. *Cannot be used with any other offer. Any enquires Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre (04) 527 2141 firstname.lastname@example.org Book your bus seat now at the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre (04) 527 2141 or visit us at 90 Main Street, Upper Hutt. Hundreds of families seen Reaching up: Rosie Morrison is all concentration in the cultural performance for parents and friends of the Marlborough Street Childcare Centre which celebrated its 20th birthday on Wednesday. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS Two decades of child care By COLIN WILLIAMS Twenty years and going strong . . . Silver- stream s Marlborough Street Childcare Centre celebrated its birthday in style on Wednesday evening with the opening of its new covered outdoor building extension. Staff, families and students, past and pres- ent, were at the centre to mark the occasion. Mayor Wayne Guppy was charged with cutting the ribbon for the outdoor area which took more than three years of fundraising and vol- unteer help for the small, not-for-profit com- munity centre to bring to fruition. Jim Kara from Orongomai Marae blessed the new outdoor area before the centre s students of 2011 performed a waiata and a mini-concert. Over the three years many families have dedicated time and money to help us realise this vision, centre supervisor Natalie Comerford says. As a not-for-profit organisation we have always relied on our families and the wider community to make the centre the special place it is. In 1991 the Upper Hutt Child Development Trust was formed and the current day centre opened in its suburban location. The building was originally the early child- hood facility for the Kristina Home run by IHC. It was bought by the trust in 1994 when IHC decided to close the service. Many of the staff are long-standing, includ- ing Ms Comerford who began a first four-year tenure at the centre when it opened and returned in 2003. Barbara Venning has been part of the teaching team since the beginning. This opening is very personal to the teaching team, Mrs Comerford says. We ve built relationships with hundreds of families over the years and all of them will be remembered in our 20-year celebrations. Upper Hutt kindies win Good Idea Awards Inaugural Good Idea Awards have been awarded to Birchville, Brown Owl, Cottle, and Heretaunga Kindergartens. The awards, from Upper Hutt City Council, include a donated $50 gift voucher from Oderings in Upper Hutt. The kindergartens are collecting rain water for the children to use in education and play, says Upper Hutt sustain- ability advisor Roderick Boys. The children use rain water collected from the roof for watering vegetable gardens and this is also the only water used for playing with in the sandpit, says Birchville Kindergarten head teacher, Karen Knight. The children quickly learn that if they leave the rain barrel tap running, there is no more water to play with until it next rains. This simple lesson teaches the children the value of water and the importance of conserving water so that it lasts. Local favourite Kev the Kiwi also made an appearance at Birchville Kindergarten to pres- ent their award and entertain the delighted kids. Birchville Kindergarten has made its rain- water collection system entirely from recycled materials at no cost. Birchville s ingenuity impressed Kev the Kiwi and Mr Boys, who talked with the chil- dren about the importance of recycling and composting. The kindergartens were recognised because water con- servation is especially import- ant while the Te Marua storage lakes are undergoing major work this year and next, Mr Boys said. The Good Idea Awards (GIAs) are now open for nominations from the community. Their pur- pose is to inspire behaviour change and the spread of good ideas. To make a nomination for the next round, go to upperhuttcity.com/GIA. Second win in over-50s housing Retirement village operator Sum- merset, which has its closest com- plex at Trentham, has been named top retirement village operator in both New Zealand and Australia for the second year run- ning. Summerset chief executive Norah Barlow received the award at the 13th Australasian over-50s Housing Awards in Melbourne. Mrs Barlow said the award topped off an incredible week which also saw the company s debut on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Summerset operates Summer- set at the Course, Trentham as well as 12 other villages across the country. Fifty-six other retirement vil- lage operators across the Aust- ralian and New Zealand were judged for the award. Between them they operate more than 1100 retirement villages. Just two other companies have taken out the award in consecutive years, including New Zealand's Ryman Healthcare which won the award the two years prior to Summerset.
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