Kapi-Mana News : June 25th 2013
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 25, 2013 OPINION/NEWS REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH MAIN OFFICE: PRIVATE BAG 31-907, LOWER HUTT 5040 EMAIL: RPH@HUTTVALLEYDHB.OR COOKING CHIPS THE HEALTHY WAY The Chip Group recently held a workshop at Maraeroa marae in Waitangirua, Porirua, to demonstrate to takeaway and fish and chip shop owners that chips can be cooked in a healthier way and still taste 'yummy'. The goal of the organisation is to improve the nutritional quality of chips sold in New Zealand. The Chip Group run free training workshops, to support takeaway and fish and chip shop owners and offer online training for those that cannot attend workshops. The workshop was co-facilitated by Kate Underwood, the Training and Education Manager at The Chip Group, and Michael Huang, the current 'Best Chip Shop Competition Champion' and takeaway owner from Rotorua. Michael was able to share his experiences on how he made small changes over time, which led to significantly improving his business and producing better quality chips for his customers. The workshop was a collaboration between Regional Public Health, the National Heart Foundation and HEHA Porirua. There were participants from a number of fish and chip shop owners. All participants received a certificate in healthy chip making, and increased their knowledge of optimum oil types and temperatures, how to keep oil in good condition and the ideal chip thickness and portion sizes. **The Chip Group are currently promoting the '2013 Best Chip Shop Competition', which closed on 15th June. This competition is an opportunity for shop owners to showcase their business and their hard work! The '2013 Best Chip Shop Competition' is a great way for chip shop owners to show their customers how their chips stack up against others in their community and across New Zealand. 4805933AF ADVERTORIAL Handfeeding animals a thrill at Staglands TODDLER IN TOW KELLY ETEVENEAUX GRABABITEAT STAGLANDS CAFE Highchairs available: Yes Changing facilities: Yes Kids Menu: Yes, the menu includes a kids breakfast, chicken nuggets and chips, hot dogs and chips and sandwiches. The Staglands Cafe is cosy and welcoming, especially with the fire going on cold winter's days. As well as the usual suspects such as paninis and sandwiches, the menu offers all-day breakfast options as well as nachos, wedges, salads and a Staglands Stew. It's a great place to finish off your day at the park with a coffee or icecreams! For more information on all the events above head to toddlerintow.com and visit the School Holidays page. Fun times: Staglands is a great day out for the family. Photo: SUPPLIED We recently enjoyed a fun family day out at Staglands Wildlife Park, which is just out of Upper Hutt on the winding Akatarawa Road. The park is home to a range of animals, some who roam freely around the park and most of which can be handfed by the visitors. There are areas for picnics and barbecuing, as well as an open fire to toast marshmallows. If you forget your picnic lunch the cafe is welcoming and warm, with a tasty menu to keep every- one happy. The boys, 11G2 years & 41G2 years, were both interested in the ani- mals and loved running along all the paths around the park. There are so many different areas that you could easily spend a whole day exploring. The kunekune pigs were a firm favourite, as were the free roam- ing rabbits in the Secret Garden. The birds weren t the only ones squawking in the aviaries as Ollie got excited by every bird he saw. We enjoyed a ride in a donkey- drawn cart and handfed pigs, hor- ses, ducks and trout. Having taken a picnic lunch with us we sat ourselves down by the stream, among the tame peacocks and geese, to eat. The boys had a blast throwing stones into the water. A return trip in summer will definitely be on the cards so we can take some swimming things for them to have a paddle. Staglands is definitely a great place to take the family for a day and would make a perfect family reunion/catch up spot. If you go with a group you may want to make use of the free barbecues available at the barn. Make sure you take plenty of snacks and head out early so you can make the most of your day. I would definitely recommend putting the kids in gumboots and carry a change of clothes with you. Once you are on the path it can beabitofatrektogetbacktothe carpark. Also, don t forget to purchase your animal feed bags and marsh- mallows (to toast on the fire) at the front desk on your way in. Staglands often have special deals so make sure you check their website and Facebook page before you head out for the day and see what is on offer. If you visit during the July school holidays Staglands will be giving away free bags of marsh- mallows to toast! More: staglands.co.nz. Pirate-themed holiday programme promises lots of fun The Anchor Church s famously elaborate holiday programme is back for 2013 with a pirate theme. Children aged 5 to 11 are encouraged to enrol in this year s week-long adventure, named Pirates -- Purplebeard s Revenge. Kids favourite, the evil Sherriff Nottingham from last year s Robin Hood programme, will return as feared pirate Purple- beard. Games, songs, puppets, quizzes, jokes, crafts and Bible stories will all feature again this year. The programme runs from July 15 to 19, 10am till 12.45pm, and costs $25 each child or $75 a fam- ily for the week. An earlybird price of $20/$60 applies to book- ings made before July 1. For more information visit www.theanchorchurch.org.nz or email kids@theanchorchurch. org.nz.
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