Curtains given away
Nearly 100 households took advantage of the free curtains offered by the Sustainability Trust last week.
Representatives from the trust’s curtain bank, normally based in Wellington, spent three days at the Fanau Centre, taking measurements and giving out drapes to people on low incomes who could not afford to buy them.
A few donations were also received, Erika Grant from the trust said.
‘‘People are really grateful that we’re here, it’s nice to be thank ed all day. Overall, it’s been really successful and I can’t see why we won’t have more [in Porirua].’’
The curtain bank opened in July last year and is available to anyone in the region.
The Sustainability Trust gave out 275 pairs of curtains last year often to families who had sheets hanging up over windows or even nothing at all.
The Fanau Centre provided a handyman, free of charge, to help hang the curtains.
Fully grown: Cannons Creek
School pupils Elizabeth Uaisimeni Perekena, 9, and Faafouina Afamasaga, 10,
celebrate the end of a decade-long school planting project in Cannons Creek
Lakes Reserve. ‘‘Watch your trees grow’’ was begun
in 2001 by nature groups Keep Porirua Beautiful and Friends of Maara Roa. Five
Porirua East schools – Cannons Creek, Glenview, Maraeroa, Russell and Windley – have spent a decade tending to riverside plots in the reserve. The 10-year timeframe was planned to ensure pupils
saw their trees grow. In 2004 Friends of Maara Roa presented each school with a carved pou to mark their
plots. Pupils from all schools gathered on June 10 to receive plaques from mayor Nick Leggett, plant a final set of trees, and tuck in to a barbecue lunch.
– Andrea O’Neil