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The Women’s Centre has attractive new premises at 242 Ferry Road in Waltham.

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This organisation is dear to my heart.  We bought our Cottage from one of the founders, and were intrigued to learn that this home had previously been used as a women’s refuge and been the venue for meetings held to establish the Women against Violence Centre which later became the Women’s Centre.  In 1993 when I was studying Community Skills at Polytech I joined the Centre as a volunteer Support Worker.  Later I became their paid Finance worker and Fundraiser and was a collective member.  At this time they were in the old Atlantis Building in Cathedral Square.  The Centre later moved to Greenwich/witch House and another premises in Manchester Street. Many of the workers were close friends, and I have continued an association with the organisation.

Forced to leave Manchester Street after the earthquakes, they had two other homes before moving at the end of last year to these new premises, and yesterday was their official opening, as well as a belated 30th birthday celebration.  It was a pleasure to be there among so many friends.  Some were wearing pink pussyhats, as seen at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st.

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Mayor Lianne Dalziel (right) cut the birthday cake with Centre Manager Ardas Trebus.

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“The Women’s Centre is a place
where women have their special space.”

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The grate at the end of our gutter had disappeared this morning.  This left a large hazardous hole, which I rang the Council to report.  Within two hours a man arrived with a replacement grate.

Grate fix

Grate fix

Apparently newer grates have longer “ears”, so he had to clean out the relevant earholes to make it fit.  I told him how pleased I was with this excellent service, and he said “Always a pleasure, never a chore”.  What a great (grate?) response.

“He soon replaced the missing grate,
returned our road to healthy state.”

 

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Tram Travel

We caught the tram at Cathedral Junction and did a double loop around the inner city.  This was the first time I’ve ridden on the little Invercargill Birney Tram number 15.

Birney no. 15 tram

Birney no. 15 tram

There are only two of these trams left in New Zealand (the other’s in New Plymouth and not mobile).   In 1952, after more than thirty years of service, Birney no. 15 made its last trip to South Invercargill, the most southerly tram line in the world.  After years spent as a farm sleepout this tram came to Ferrymead in 1985, and restoration started in 2009.  It was finally completed in late 2013, since when the tram’s been running in the central city.  This little tram needs only one staff member, as the only door is at the front.  It was therefore more economical for a smaller city like Invercargill.

Inside the tram

Inside the tram

“This is a darling little tram
all done up now and looks so glam.’

 

 

 

 

 

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SCIRT, who’ve been responsible for the many roadworks near our cottage, left a little present in the letter box.

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It’s rock candy, with road cones embedded.  Not really to my taste, but lots of fun.

“The months we’ve been a road work zone
acknowledged with a candy cone.”

 

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Today we had a chance to see the newly-opened parts of the Arts Centre.  All the restoration has been beautifully done.  I was pleased to see the mural with a drawing of the Town Crier, is still displayed in the Market Square.

Mural by Charlotte, Molly, & Samuel

Mural by Charlotte, Molly, & Samuel

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“The Arts Centre is coming back
with restoration well on track.”

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Our plan this morning was to check the newly opened buildings at the Arts Centre and have coffee at Bunsen, which is the reincarnation of Le Cafe.  Blithely we thought we’d park in the Armagh Street car park and stroll through the Botanic Gardens.  So much for the best-laid plans.  The Armagh Street car park was absolutely full, with many more cars coming out after a fruitless search for parking.  There’s a three hour limit there, so presumably it’s short term people using it rather than full time workers.  Never mind, we thought we’ll get a park somewhere nearby and pay the exorbitant meter fees.  Fat chance!  Not a space to be found anywhere.  This was worse than when the Night Noodle markets were on.  Is it Christmas shoppers, or is this how it always is on weekdays now?

I wanted to get some library books, as the Book Fridge is low on choice at present.  We were lucky enough to get the last car park at the Peterborough Library.

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I’ll be walking or taking my bike in future.  Not an option for those with limited mobility.  Here’s hoping ‘they’ soon provide an inner city shuttle bus.

“Our well-laid scheme went aft agley
and Bunsen’s coffee’s not for me.”

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At last we can again walk along Cambridge Terrace between Manchester and Madras Streets.   There’s been new planting and new seats installed (bumping places!).

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It’s all part of the Te Papa Otakaro/Avon River Precinct.  I’m impatient for them to eventually start work on our section of the river.

“The precinct’s slowly coming near
perhaps they’ll get to us next year.”

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