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  • Social services
    Home Posts Tagged Social services Social isolation There is help The social isolation of New Zealand s elderly is a topic that pops up time and time again in the media The Guardian s Caitlin Porter decided to take a closer look at social isolation in Mid Canterbury chatting to organisations volunteers and the elderly Social isolation or a lack of social interaction contact or more Input on social services

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  • Newcomers Network
    put together informative starter packs Co ordinator Louise Glennon said it was the first time welcome packs had been used and previously newcomers were given an information pamphlet The free packs were intended to make it easier for people to get to know more Welcomed with dance Cook Island dancers from left Keedin Hohepa Tookoono Pori Amaia Paetai Nipu and Miriama Pori taught the attendees at Friday night s Settling In meeting a few sweet moves Settling In meetings are held each month by the Newcomers Network and friends and family of newcomers to the district are welcome to more Newcomers movie night Grab the popcorn and the fizzy the Newcomers Network is hosting its first movie night Network co ordinator Louise Glennon said she wanted to host a fun event to bring the newcomers in the district together Not everyone is able to come along to Settling In meetings so I wanted to try and do something informal she more Scottish theme to first meeting Newcomers to Mid Canterbury are being urged to throw on their dancing shoes and head along to the Ashburton RSA this Friday for the year s first Settling In meeting Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network co ordinator Louise Glennon is a newcomer to Mid Canterbury herself moving here earlier this year from her home country of Scotland As a more Newcomer helping newcomers The Mid Canterbury New Comers Network now has a co ordinator who happens to be a newcomer herself Louise Glennon only stepped into the role last week and is new to the district having only moved here eight weeks ago She and her husband and their two children made the journey from Edinburgh Scotland to Ashburton My husband had more Lack of funding for newcomers Newcomers to Mid Canterbury may struggle to

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  • Multi-Cultural Bite
    Festival Guardian reporter Michelle Nelson looks at Mid Canterbury s multiculturally diverse community Filipino immigrants Hernando and Verissa Marilla searched the world before opting to settle their family in New Zealand The couple and their three children have been more Food from around the world Eat your way around the world at Mid Canterbury s unique Multicultural Bite festival on Waitangi Day Event co ordinator Louise Duke said more than 20 food stalls had registered for this year s festival which will open at 11am on February 6 in Ashburton s East Street Stall numbers are on a par with last year Mrs Duke more Multi Cultural Bite s new faces A new group is now at the helm of Ashburton s favourite food festival the Multi Cultural Bite The culinary event takes place on Waitangi weekend and this year saw its sixth instalment take place in downtown Ashburton Louise Duke has taken over as the event co ordinator from Sue van den Heuvel and is joined by five other new more Festival attracts thousands Thousands of people turned out for the sixth annual Multi Cultural Bite in downtown Ashburton yesterday It was a culinary delight for the senses with wafting food smells and a mix of cultural and modern music Event organiser Sue van den Heuvel was chuffed with the turnout of people and the weather for playing its part While the more Festival celebrates cultural diversity Roti with vegetable curry used to be the favourite breakfast for Fijian Indian friends Priti Nadan and Ragni Stockdill But today it s cereal or toast for Priti and toast with avocado for Ragni We have changed a lot to adapt to the environment we are living in explained Mrs Nadan She has lived in New Zealand for six years more Bringing

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  • Transforming healthcare
    to SUBSCRIBE to choose the membership option that best suits you setTimezone new DateTimeZone Pacific Auckland echo date format l jS F Y Menu Home Web Cams Your Community Events News Latest News Sport Schools Ashburton College Newsletter Farming Photos Subscribe Jobs Contact Us Log In Home Transforming healthcare Subscribe Subscribe to see more Click here to create your account Login Enter your details Username Password Remember Lost your password

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  • Eunice clocks up 35 years as a daycare volunteer
    the membership option that best suits you setTimezone new DateTimeZone Pacific Auckland echo date format l jS F Y Menu Home Web Cams Your Community Events News Latest News Sport Schools Ashburton College Newsletter Farming Photos Subscribe Jobs Contact Us Log In Home Eunice clocks up 35 years as a daycare volunteer Subscribe Subscribe to see more Click here to create your account Login Enter your details Username Password Remember

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  • Community Hazel’s life
    unofficial expert on all things Mt Somers As a child Mt Somers was a wonderful playground she said The woolscour was on the bank of the river and it was our playground when we were kids We lived down there as soon as we came home from school that s where we went The scour was there for around 50 years but after the river flooded in 1955 it was never rebuilt There were four Gifkins children They all went to Mt Somers School and then travelled into Ashburton Technical College by bus each day a long trip on shingle roads When she completed her education Hazel worked in what is now the Mt Somers Tavern Hers was a musical family with its own concert party and it was that party that brought her and husband to be Ian Glasson together She played the piano he played the mouth organ We were asked to go up to Mesopotamia to play in a fundraising concert and Ian was there he never really went home He was a builder with Bradfords but when they married Ian moved inland and took up a job driving with Webb s Transport Today they are one year short of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Among Hazel s long list of community involvement has been the swimming club of which she is now patroness the museum committee the communtiy library CWI the Association of Presbyterian Women Mt Somers Red Cross the Friendship Club and that s just for starters The community pool has absorbed many hours of her time from her early years I ve done a lot of work in that pool My dad was the president when I was growing up and we had to scrub it out when it was emptied and that was pretty regularly because it was filled from the creek and used to get pretty muddy she said For 30 years she looked after the Mt Somers Library when it was based in the hall and then the scout den Time caught up with that library however and it closed with around 5000 books put into storage When the new library opened some found a new home They took what they wanted and I brought the rest home I ve always been a keen reader Hazel said As well as being number one community volunteer Hazel and husband Ian started the village s first fish and chip shop People staying at the camping ground kept saying they wished there was a fish and chip shop and we decided why not start one so we built the shop and ran it for four years I really enjoyed that she said Today Hazel is still involved with the village s museum and chances are when it s open hers will be the face behind the front desk I guess I m just about always there and my son calls me a museum piece Sometimes I ll just go down and open up and

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  • Mr Vallender humbled by award
    to choose the membership option that best suits you setTimezone new DateTimeZone Pacific Auckland echo date format l jS F Y Menu Home Web Cams Your Community Events News Latest News Sport Schools Ashburton College Newsletter Farming Photos Subscribe Jobs Contact Us Log In Home Mr Vallender humbled by award Subscribe Subscribe to see more Click here to create your account Login Enter your details Username Password Remember Lost your

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  • Service to the community
    SUBSCRIBE to choose the membership option that best suits you setTimezone new DateTimeZone Pacific Auckland echo date format l jS F Y Menu Home Web Cams Your Community Events News Latest News Sport Schools Ashburton College Newsletter Farming Photos Subscribe Jobs Contact Us Log In Home Service to the community Subscribe Subscribe to see more Click here to create your account Login Enter your details Username Password Remember Lost your

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