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15,000 students in lantern workshop

Press Release – Wellington Lantern Festival
Four years ago, the Wellington Lantern Festival’s Director Lily Kao provided her daughter’s primary school class with paintable lanterns as a way to inspire creativity and connect with her daughter. There are now 15,000 students across 157 schools taking part in this year’s lantern workshop and competition run by Ms Kao’s team. Read more »

Confusion about the Library

by Helene Ritchie
The Wellington City Council is very confused. The mayor and councillors don’t seem to know what they resolved at the Council meeting yesterday. I hesitate to say this, but it is evident that they don’t know what they are doing. Read more »

Celebrated author and first woman rugby CEO at Kāpiti event

Press Release – Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce
est-selling author and TV Journalist Lotta Dann, philanthropist and Kanaloa Rugby CEO Tracy Atiga and Leadership Specialist Sally Duxfield will celebrate #ChooseToChallenge at Kāpiti’s annual International Women’s Day (IWD) event on 5 March. Read more »

127 schools join campaign to get students active

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Movin’March is approaching but there is still time for schools to sign up for the month-long free initiative that encourages students to walk, cycle and scoot to and from school. Read more »

Covid recovery focus for Kapiti community grants

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council’s annual Community Grant Scheme is now open for applications with this year’s focus on activities that support Kāpiti in its recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Read more »

Talent Rise announces He Poutama Rangatahi Funding

Press Release – Talent RISE
Talent RISE New Zealand has received funding from the New Zealand Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi initiative. Talent RISE will receive funding of $296,000 NZD to help rangatahi (young people) overcome barriers to employment and training through work-readiness training and job opportunities. Funding will enable Talent RISE to assist and support rangatahi who are NEET (not in employment, education, or training). Read more »

Sewing machine prize for Lower Hutt Quilt Symposium

News from New Zealand Quilting Symposium


(Left to Right) Mayor Campbell Barry, Glyn Singleton and Debra De Lorenzo.

Mayor Campbell Barry was on hand for the Quilting Symposium 2022 Bernina Sewing Machine draw today.
The sewing machine prize was an incentive for pre-registration to the 2022 Quilting Symposium, (A quilting Fiesta!), to be held in Lower Hutt in October 2022.

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VUW closes part of Weir House; “structurally unsound”

Report from RNZ
More than 100 Victoria University students are being told they cannot move into their accommodation because it is deemed structurally unsound. Read more »

Food hardship prevalent in early years

Press Release – University of Auckland

The first New Zealand study to look at the effects of food hardship on pre-schoolers’ nutrition has found that nearly half of families struggle to access healthy food in their child’s first year of life and this can have a negative downstream impact on children’s diets. Read more »

Upper Hutt continues to develop Free Youth Employment Programme

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
The Upper Hutt City Council continues to partner with the Ministry of Social Development to empower young job-seekers to be involved in their community through meaningful employment and further study. A recent intake into its Youth Employment Programme celebrated their graduation at Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre in late January. Read more »

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