34 days ago

Rosemary a Good Sort at 72

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Rosemary’s voice has provided comfort to anxious, lonely and depressed callers on the Samaritans helpline for five decades.

She is known as Rosemary 23, the call number assigned on her return to the Samaritans in 1973. She first joined in February 1966, as soon as she left school and was old enough to train as a volunteer, and was originally known as Rosemary 111 – the first in the eleventh training group of 1966.

Wellington Samaritans can be reached at 0800 726 666, available 24/7.

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11 hours ago

Poll: Should Aayla be allowed to play?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A team of keen young Petone rugby league players will forfeit their points and risk disqualifying themselves in an upcoming tournament because one of their star players is banned.
The reason? She’s a girl. Aayla Toman, 13, has been told she’s not allowed to play in the u13 boys’ grade in Wellington’s Pacific Youth Cup because of her gender – something that led her club team, the u13 Petone Panthers, to play her ‘illegally’ all season.
New Zealand Rugby League rules state the maximum age for males and females to play in mixed gender full contact rugby league is 12 years of age.

Should Aayla be allowed to play?
  • 74.1% Yes
    74.1% Complete
  • 25.9% No
    25.9% Complete
247 votes
5 hours ago


David from Brooklyn

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play Adam and Eve, blood-sipping lovers since time began, in Jim Jarmusch’s impossibly cool foray into vampirism. “Passionate and consummately chic.” –Screendaily. Trailer at https://filmsocietywellington.net.nz/
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6 hours ago

Falls prevention

Lorna Harvey from Age Concern Wellington

There’s a new exercise class in town! Yes, another one… but this one is special: it’s a falls prevention exercise class for seniors, and it only costs a gold coin. Age Concern Wellington’s Ann Dalziel has started three new weekly classes in Lower Hutt (Knox Church), Khandallah (St Barnabas Church), and Churton Park (community centre). Age Concern Wellington now has 25 Steady as You Go exercise classes running each week around the Wellington Region. From Upper Hutt to Island Bay and over to Whitby, there’s a class near you.

“My balance has improved so much,” says one class participant, “and I’ve made many new friends here.”

These classes are designed to improve strength and balance and help prevent a fall. Steady as You Go classes improve balance and leg strength, flexibility, general fitness, and wellbeing. But most importantly perhaps, these classes are a great way to meet new people.

Classes consist of a combination of sitting, standing and walking exercises, and take around an hour. Call 04 499 6648 or visit www.ageconcernwellington.org.nz... for more information.

Falls are not a natural part of ageing!

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