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Plunket home starts
Spades are trumps: Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott digs the soil to mark the
new foundations for Plunket Hawke's Bay.
On track: Ten-year-old Luca tries out
a tank playhouse at the Mitre 10
Mega Plunket Playhouse fundraiser
at the weekend. Playhouses which
didn't sell at auction are now on
It s all systems go for Plunket
Hawke s Bay.
Construction began recently on
the new $1.3 million dollar centre
at Napier s Onekawa Park, next
to the Napier Aquatic Centre and
After so many months of plan-
ning, fundraising, and negotiating
all the details, it is so gratifying
and exciting that our vision will
become a reality, says Alison
Prins, leader of the project for
Plunket Hawke s Bay.
We are largely a volunteer
organisation and so many people
and businesses around the region
have given so generously to get us
to this point. There is such good-
will towards Plunket but this cur-
rent economic environment has
certainly not made it easy. It s
fantastic that we can start the
The new centre will provide
Hawke s Bay families with a
facility for centralised services to
support parents from pregnancy
until their children start school.
Being close to bus routes and
the expressway, the location
provides easy access and free
parking. Having hours outside of
normal working hours, including
Saturday mornings, will mean
that more fathers and working
parents will be able to access a
greater number of support
In addition to Plunket nurse
clinics, one-on-one parenting sup-
port services, car seat rentals and
the toy library, the new building
will be home to Napier Parents
Centre and its range of parenting
There will be clinic rooms for
midwives and other health profes-
sionals to hire, along with group
rooms for parent organisations
and community groups to rent for
a nominal fee.
There are also plans for a
child-friendly cafe and a baby and
maternity op shop.
Funding for the centre has been
an ongoing affair for the project
team and is now at a level suf-
ficient for construction to com-
Support has been wide ranging
and a number of grants have been
obtained from charitable trusts
including Infinity Foundation,
Kingdom Foundation, Lion Foun-
dation, Hastings District Masonic
Trust, Endeavour Community
Trust, Wolstencroft Trust and
ECCT. Many businesses have also
got behind the build -- which is to
be handled by Napier firm, Rich-
ard Kepka Builders -- donating
time, labour or building supplies.
More than 20 businesses
participated in a Team Plunket
business challenge over the month
of June, and their collective efforts
contributed $15,000 towards the
tally. Some of their initiatives
included a soup kitchen, a
bikeathon from Hardinge Road in
Napier to Clifton Bay, an all-day
gym session, and a name the baby
The Mother of the Nation
Judy Bailey, an advocate for
Brainwave Trust, spoke at a
Plunket fundraiser dinner, while
Prime Minister John Key spoke at
a fundraising breakfast on Sept-
Fundraising for this project
will continue over the next few
months to secure the balance
required to fit out the building.
Kids dig in to make
Flower girl: Shae Maynard.
Many little hands have been toiling away,
transforming the Y Kids childcare centre in
Maraenui into a green oasis.
A large vegetable garden, wormery, willow
house and flowers provide a magical place for
the children to develop their imaginative play,
says Y Kids centre manager Virginia Wilson.
Our aim was to give a purpose to our out-
door areas and to make them as natural as
possible. Although we wanted to create some-
thing beautiful, we also wanted to create a
forever garden; something that children in 10
years time will be able to enjoy and use, Ms
A rabbit and three guinea pigs have also
recently come to live in the garden.
The Maraenui childcare centre is one of
hundreds of entries in the Tui Garden Chal-
lenge, a competition to find the best preschool,
primary and intermediate school gardens in
The competition judges will be visiting the
centre at the end of October, with the results
announced in November.
Donations to the makeover project are
welcomed. Contact Virginia Wilson, Y Kids
Community Early Childcare Centre, phone
843 6677 or 027 677 9788.
Siren tests delayed
to respect tourists
Napier Civil Defence has postponed its
scheduled siren test on September 25
to avoid alarming the tourists who are
visiting Napier for the Rugby World
It would be insensitive to sound the
sirens when the memories are still raw
from the devastating March earth-
quake and tsunami in Japan, says
Napier Civil Defence manager Angela
The test is postponed only for a few
months, she says.
We don t want to cause unnecess-
ary alarm for the tourists.
The postponement means the next
test of the city s 16 sirens will include
the new siren due to be erected at
Hawke s Bay Airport in October.
All drawings and materials are
ready to go, Ms Reade says.
We are just waiting for concession
to use the land by the airport and then
it will be under way.
It will be great to test the new siren
at the same time as the others to
ensure we have closed the gap ident-
ified from previous tests around this
Despite the siren tests being
postponed, Ms Reade says the daylight
saving changeover is still an ideal time
for people to change stored water,
check smoke alarm batteries and
emergency survival kits when they put
their clocks forward on September 25.
Remembering the victims
The White Heart Trust s annual Victims
Remembrance Day is being marked in
Napier on Sunday.
It is a day to remember those who have
gone, as well as those left behind who still
grieve and are affected.
The date has been chosen as the com-
memoration day because September marks
the beginning of spring.
It has a parallel with Anzac Day, when
people gave their lives to make the world a
better place for others.
Trust members want the experience of
their lost loved ones to be the springboard
for making the world a better place.
There are too many victims in New Zea-
land and the numbers are growing at an
alarming rate, says chairman Simon
Cowan, of Napier, who lost his son Phil in
a suspected drug killing.
These victims are more than a statistic
-- they are a family member or friend who
has been lost as a result of a tragic or
By creating the White Heart Trust
we have an entity whose prime pur-
pose is remembering victims and how
good it was before they were lost , to
remind people to look after each other
so no more victims are created.
The cost to victims of violent crime
cannot be underestimated.
On top of the emotional and psycho-
logical stress, those left behind can
suffer serious financial pressure.
The support of the community will
lessen the burden and help them
through a dark period in their lives.
Victims Remembrance Day will be
held at Memorial Square, by Clive
Square, in Napier, beginning at noon
on Sunday. Speakers are Simon
Cowan, who will speak on Victims
Remembrance , Garth McVicar of the
Sensible Sentencing Trust, Safe
Crime-Free New Zealand and Teresa
Cormack s mother Kelly Pigott, Chil-
dren Remembered .
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