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

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