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An Orange Sky at St Peter’s

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A free, mobile laundry and shower bus for rough sleepers has started up in Auckland, with its inaugural operation starting at St Peter’s Anglican Church last month. The plan is to be in Onehunga every week, and rotate around other areas in Auckland on a regular basis.

Petra Zaleski, Vicar at St Peter’s, says “It was an incredible morning. Every Thursday morning at St Peter’s the truck will pull up for laundry, showers and chat, no agenda, and no one will be turned away.”

 

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Senior idols inspire younger generation

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For the second year in a row, the New Zealand Senior Indian Idol took place at the Shanti Niwas’ Charitable Trust headquarters in Onehunga. The closely-contested singing competition was part of a free event in October to celebrate the International Day of the Older Person. 

 

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Young chefs inspired

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Students at Royal Oak Intermediate School had the opportunity once again to be involved in the celebration of International Chefs’ Day. 

This October, The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) and its partners, ran with the 2018 theme, Healthy Foods for Growing Up. More than 100 associations, and close to 5,000 chefs of all levels and specialties, volunteered their time by hosting workshops and activities to make a difference in young people’s lives. 

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Heritage with a dose of exercise

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An innovative mix of history and exercise took place in Onehunga as part of the Heritage Festival in October. Around 20 people joined Bike Onehunga’s inaugural History Ride, starting at the Onehunga Lagoon.

The ride was six kilometres long, and visited some of Onehunga’s most iconic buildings. It was designed for novice cyclists to enjoy, with plenty of stops along the way for everyone to get their breath back.

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In the suffragist spirit: Women working for change

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Three local women have been awarded Women’s Fund grants in an initiative that celebrates the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

They are Liz Ferris, manager of Te Papapa Preschool; Lily Henry, manager of Tō Wāhi – Your Place in Oranga, and Arna Metcalfe, a longstanding member of the National Council of Women’s Auckland branch.

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A battle of minds

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Twenty-one Royal Oak Primary School children came back buzzing with excitement after pitting their minds against hundreds of others in a national competition in Wellington last month.

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is an international problem-solving programme for children in school Years 5 to 10. It encourages students to experiment with ideas and meet challenges through teamwork and creativity.

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