Newsletter 3 February 2021

Kia ora! Happy New Year!

There is only one thing I can say about my hopes for 2021: that it is better than 2020 was. That shouldn’t be too much to ask, surely? 

We’re getting back into our regular activities after the holiday season so there are a few notices. 

Loopy Tunes Preschool Music is back on Tuesday 9 February with the wonderful Siu and Leah. 
Sumner – 9.30 am, Puoro-nuku, upstairs next to the kitchen in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre. 
Redcliffs – 10.30 am, Port Hills Uniting Parish Church hall at 4 Augusta Street. 
Each session costs $2 per child and is followed by a play time and morning tea. 
It should go without saying during a pandemic: stay home if you or your child is sick. 

I’m still looking for volunteers to assist with the Sumner session. We truly appreciate our lovely volunteers Jackie and Shirley at Redcliffs. We just need someone in Sumner now. Ideally a couple of people so that there is continuous cover. It would suit people who are active retirees as training a new person up every few months because the last volunteer found work is far from ideal. The children and their parents/caregivers are lovely to engage with. If this sounds like you or someone you know, let me (and them) know. 

The Community Carols were awesome, with some fantastic feedback from people who attended and local businesses and groups. Put Thursday 9 December in your diaries for the next Carols, COVID-19 and weather permitting. 

Our first Happy Hour for 2021 is this Friday 5 February from 4 – 6pm at the Port Hills Uniting Parish Church hall and grounds (if nice weather). Despite the fact that COVID-19 caused us to run far fewer of these monthly events as we had planned we had a great turn out for the sessions  we had last year. Between 18 and 25 people each time, and the vast majority aged over 65. 

If you or your organisation is putting on some learning event, please let me know so we can get it out on the website for the Bays & Beyond Learning Exchange. Every potential organiser and the event that they wish to promote is vetted by our team to ensure that it is something we are comfortable promoting. We accept events run by volunteers and community organisations as well as by local businesses provided the purpose of it is genuinely about learning not selling a product (or recruitment into anything sectarian or otherwise ideologically problematic).

Nga mihi nui, 
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader