Manukau Courier : November 30th 2010
5 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 NEWS Here's a big plus for Kiwi kids. Our ASB GetWise programme for schools has now helped over 50,000 kids learn about money. Free and fun, it's about giving young New Zealanders the practical financial skills and knowledge they'll need in later life With extra workshops added from next year, and double the facilitators around the country, ASB will soon be helping create even more cash clever futures for young Kiwis. Just like we've done with school banking, since 1926. ASB Bank Limited. Creating cash clever futures for 50,0 Kiwi kids And cou e. m r Knitters celebrate a busy year Knitter natter: From left: Noela Blackett, Aroha Stope, Joan Loader and June Smith call themselves the Pukekohe knitting grannies -- they are just a handful of keen knitters who make clothes and blankets for needy babies. Photo: SIMON WATTS By MELISSA KINEALY Knitting is bringing together a hospital, a prison and needy babies. A large group of Counties Manukau women -- and a couple of men -- volunteer their time by knitting cloth- ing and blankets for babies at Kidz First children's hospital. Around 100 nifty knitters turned out at Kidz First for the annual Knitter Natter afternoon tea held in their honour to thank them for their efforts. It was organised by the South Auckland Health Foundation, the registered charitable trust that supports and raises funds for the health services provided by Counties Manukau District Health Board, including Kidz First. This time they also got to hear Auckland Women's Prison manager Agnes Rob- ertson talk about how a pilot knitting programme is giving prisoners a new purpose. Women at the prison are knitting peggy squares, sew- ing them up and making them into blankets for needy babies. The prison is planning to set up an arts and craft cen- tre that will include knitting, sewing, pottery, weaving and more. Many inmates are mothers and are in need of outside contact, Ms Robertson says. They are really pleased to be able to put something back into the community, it helps them come to grips with themselves and what they have done.'' The prison's volunteer assistant chaplain Nina Haines says knitting helps promote a calmness in the women -- one told her when she's using the wool she feels the aroha''. Knitter Selina Fletcher from Howick knows all about that feeling . She's been knit- ting for the foundation's wool programme for eight years and along with volunteer Aileen Dickinson she helps package and distribute the parcels of woollies to needy babies. It's very fulfilling, I love doing it,'' Mrs Fletcher says. Call the South Auckland Health Foundation on 270-8808 for more information on how to get involved in the programme. IN BRIEF Bridge to open A new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over Onehunga Harbour Rd is due to open on Thursday. The footbridge is one of the walking and cycling improvements made as part of the $230 million Manukau Harbour crossing project. It will be officially opened on Thursday afternoon by the NZ Transport Agency. Manukau Harbour Crossing Alliance stakeholder co-ordinator Queenie Manga says the new bridge ''represents a big leap forward'' in providing safe access across Onehunga Harbour Rd, a busy motorway on and off ramp. See www.nzta.govt.nz for more details on the crossing project. Otahuhu Xmas Festive fun is coming to Otahuhu this weekend. The Otahuhu Community Christmas event promises to be an afternoon of action- packed free activities. For the kids there'll be bouncy castles, train rides, face painting, a clown, popcorn, candyfloss and most importantly Father Christmas. And there'll be free live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Head to Fairburn Reserve next to the Otahuhu Recreation and Youth Centre in Mason Ave on December 4, from 1pm to 4pm.
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