This month we’re celebrating the diverse array of people who call New Zealand home. Regardless of our different faiths, abilities, cultures, nationalities, ages, orientations and even genders - we want to make sure that our communities are safe and welcoming for all.
There’s many ways to take part! From hosting a multicultural potluck where each attendee brings a dish from a country of their choice to coordinating a fundraiser that benefits refugees or our elderly there are thousands of ways big and small to make our households, neighbourhoods, schools and businesses even more inclusive. It could even be as simple as learning from a neighbour how to say ‘hello’ in their native language or ensuring local footpaths are accessible!
Don’t forget this month also coincides with Women’s Refugee Awareness Month and International Day of Friendship on July 30th - a United Nations day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures.
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Queenstown Police are investigating a burglary in Frankton where a shipping container was broken into and a number of barbecues were stolen.
The burglary is believed to have happened sometime between 12-28 August.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have been offered a new Weber barbecue at a price not generally seen in stores. If you have any information, please contact Police on 105.
MetService has issued a strong wind watch for Otago and Clutha.
Valid: 11 hours from 5:00pm Monday to 4:00am Tuesday.
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.
An update for severe weather will be issued by 10:00am Monday 16 Sep 2019.
A $134 million investment in trails could lead to a reduction in the number of overweight children in Queenstown schools, a councillor and GP believes.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council unanimously approved plans for the trails, which include a $40m spend in the first five years on about 32 kilometres of commuter trails.
Councillor Val Miller said it was notable that there were no "fat children" in the area's schools when she started working as a GP in Queenstown in 1984.
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