Kapi-Mana News : September 27th 2011
10 KAPI-MANA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 NEWS NW/270911KAP Come and get a cracking deal! We've made some pretty smart buys but stocks are limited. O ers will change daily, subject to availability. So come on in to Porirua New World and save, save, save... New World Porirua City, Lyttelton Avenue, Porirua. Phone: (04) 237 0012 Opening Hours: 7am-10pm, 7 days Promotion running from Monday 26th September until Sunday 2nd October 2011. Terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to limit quantities. For customer service contact 0800 463 996 or visit newworld.co.nz/contact-us. This week Porirua New World is having a chicken & egg week IN BRIEF $5000 buy-back Porirua City Council's latest land purchase is unlikely to generate the same level of public interest as its million- dollar Plimmerton acquisition in April. The council is buying 10 square metres of road in Ranui for the princely sum of $5000. The land fell out of council hands because of an oversight and is being re-purchased, Mayor Nick Leggett says. ''We're just correcting the ownership of the road.'' In April, some ratepayers baulked at the council decision to spend $1.125 million on two beach- front Plimmerton properties without consulting the public. Fare rise delayed A public transport fare increase due to take effect on Septem- ber 1 has been delayed because of negotiations with transport providers, Metlink says. Fares will now increase later this year. The cost of train and bus travel on monthly passes, 10-trip tickets and on Snapper cards is due to increase by 5 per cent to help meet rising costs of public transport, Metlink says. Prices will also increase on Johnson- ville trains and on cash fares from Waikanae to Otaki beach. Commuters who bought a monthly rail pass for September at the higher price can get a refund. Feeling their way with toys Soft touch: Being vision-impaired doesn't stop Heather Tofts and Natalie Clarke from making teddy bears and other children's toys. The latest batch from their group is being sent to blind children in Christchurch. By MATTHEW DALLAS Blind children in Christchurch will benefit from the handy, but in many cases, sightless sewing of a Titahi Bay ladies group. Each Tuesday about 18 women meet at St Timothy's Hall to sew and stuff soft toys. All are members of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, and are visually impaired in some way. Normally the ladies make teddy bears and other cuddly critters for grandchildren, great-grand- children, or for themselves, but co- ordinator Hazel Dryburgh says they decided to have a change and do something for someone else''. When Kapi-Mana News visited last week, there was just one more toy to stuff before 15 items were shipped to Christchurch and donated to the Blind Children's Charitable Trust. Also heading south were knitted dolls and clothing made by members of the local Care and Craft Centre, which amalgamated with the Foundation for the Blind group in the late 1980s to consoli- date membership. Hazel says her group has spent the last two to three months mak- ing the toys for Christchurch kids. Given the toys are made for the blind and by the blind, tactile qualities are to the fore. Some new members say they can't sew because they can't see, but they can feel their way.'' Hazel buys the material and cuts out the toys, while another woman tacks the fabric. An over- sewing tack is used, which loops over the edge of the fabric, rather than a running tack in line with the edge, so the ladies can feel the thread better. For each toy there is about 90 minutes' work before they're given to the members to sew, so it's quite a process. But I enjoy helping people achieve something they wouldn't ordinarily achieve.'' Between the sewing and the stuffing, there is constant chatter among the ladies, and no doubt there have been as many friend- ships made as needles threaded. One woman, Doris Finch, has been going along for 20 years -- as has the odd man out, Gary Smith. He doesn't sew but drives some of the women to and from the hall, and attends to guide dogs in need of a walk or relief. He's one of the best blokes around,'' says Ann McKee, co- ordinator for the Care and Craft Centre. The kind tribute does not pre- vent a cheeky Mr Smith warning Kapi-Mana News our camera would shatter if we photographed all these old ducks''. The Foundation of the Blind also runs an indoor bowls group at Onepoto Domain on Tuesday mornings.
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