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Connecting city dwellers
Coming together: Parnell Trust's Anne Barrowclough, left, and Cathy Romeyn are running community classes in Auckland
CBD to create a sense of community among inner-city dwellers.
Photo: AMY McGILLIVRAY
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
Life in a central city apartment does
not lend itself well to developing a
sense of community among neigh-
bours but Parnell Trust is trying to
Service delivery manager Anne
Barrowclough is leading a project
which aims to create ways for
people to connect with each other.
We ve done some research into
inner-city living and what makes
connectedness when you re living in
a vertical form, she says.
The key is to try and engage
people who can be quite isolated liv-
ing in an apartment.
The number of apartment build-
ings in the central city has
increased since the last census and
Ms Barrowclough says some
estimates suggest as many as
30,000 people could be living in the
The number of central city babies
on Plunket s books has also
increased suggesting an increase in
young families in the area.
People had this perception that
the inner-city was all these students
but in fact it s much more diverse
than that, Ms Barrowclough says.
Auckland City Council funded a
literature review looking at the
inner-city, which was undertaken
by AUT University.
This led to further funding from
Auckland Council, the Auckland
District Health Board and
Presbyterian Support Services for
further research including distribu-
ting questionnaires and inter-
viewing 400 inner-city residents.
The original research confirmed
what Ms Barrowclough suspected --
that there is a lack of community
among central city dwellers.
Ms Barrowclough is arranging for
community classes to be held at
Ellen Melville Hall on Freyburg
Place, which runs between High
and Chancery streets.
She says classes run by the trust
at Jubilee Hall in Parnell have
proven popular but until now there
has been nothing that is easily
accessible for inner-city dwellers.
Already on offer are digital pho-
tography courses, Photoshop for
beginners, an introduction to t ai
chi, beginner s French, a Spanish
coffee and conversation class and an
ESOL conversation class.
Mrs Barrowclough would like to
know what other classes people
would be interested in taking.
She says this is just a start and
would like to hear from anyone who
is willing to volunteer their skills to
run a class.
Her next project is to buy board
games and create community tables
where the games can be played at
Go to www.parnell.org.nz for more
Get ready for Round the Bays run
It s time to dust off those trainers,
stretch the legs, and hit the
streets in preparation for the 40th
Anniversary Ports of Auckland
Round the Bays on March 18.
The event is partly sponsored
by Fairfax Media, owner of the
East & Bays Courier and its
parent company Suburban
Entries are flooding in and we
expect to surpass the 70,000 par-
ticipant record this year. We re
really encouraging more people to
officially register and also make
this a record year for charity,
Fairfax Media group sales and
marketing manager Sandra King
Ports of Auckland Round the
Bays will donate over $100,000 to
children s charities with proceeds
from this year s event. Projects
will include a new play area for
Kidz First Children s Hospital,
500 electric thermometers for the
Child Cancer Foundation, plus
donations to Make a Wish Foun-
dation, Garden to Table Trust and
Fairfax First Books.
Corporates are again making
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays
one of their biggest staff events of
the year, with companies like
ASB, Mainfreight, Barfoot &
Thompson and Fletcher Construc-
tion entering big teams.
ASB Executive General Man-
ager Culture and Community,
Linley Wood, says the day is an
important date on the bank s cal-
endar. We ll be fielding a team of
over 1200 again this year. It is a
fantastic way for our people to
enjoy an event with family and
friends, and fits with our goals to
promote a healthy, active
approach to life and work.
The event starts at 9.30am.
Entry is $10 for children (16 and
under) and $15 for adults.
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
A piece of playground equip-
ment that left children with
broken bones and severe bruis-
ing has been altered and rein-
stalled at a Remuera park.
Sarah McIlroy-Foster laid a
complaint with Auckland
Council after her 10-year-old
daughter was thrown from the
spinning disc last year, leaving
her bruised and on crutches
(East & Bays Courier, Decem-
Mrs McIlroy-Foster knows of
three other children who broke
bones after falling off the
Auckland central local
sports parks manager Jane
Aickin says the disc was
removed on December 13 to
allow the council time to inves-
tigate but it has now been
As there is no evidence of
this piece of equipment caus-
ing problems at other sites in
Auckland and elsewhere in the
country and the equipment
complies with manufacturer s
specifications, a decision had
been made to retain the disc,
Council has also applied a
covering that is designed to
improve the grip to its surface
-- a technique widely used in
other parts of the country.
There is one other Dippy
Disc in central Auckland and
about 50 nationwide.
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