Happy New Year to all Greenhithe Neighbours! Welcome to the January Greenhithe News.
The year is already 3 weeks in, and some of us are back at work whilst others are still on holiday. Here are some events coming up in Greenhithe to enjoy your neighbourhood:
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The Men’s Projects Group will be building a community nursery to grow natives for Outlook Reserve on Saturday 25 January from 9am, followed by a BBQ and swim.
The Greenhithe Lantern Festival is Saturday, February 1. This has become an annual Greenhithe favourite event hosted by Annie and Sarah from Barfoot and Thompson. Join the community to celebrate Chinese New Year at Collins Park from 5:30 to 9pm.
The Greenhithe Youth Collective have been continuing to enjoy fun activities together including strawberry picking. There is a Pool Party on Wednesday, January 22 and another Photography Workshop on January 23 and some combined fun at the Lantern Festival on February 1. Currently, there are a lot of keen students signed up to the Greenhithe Youth Employment Programme and over 100 have been placed in small jobs over the past year. But currently, there are not enough jobs. Can you help young people in Greenhithe with a backyard job? Pet minding, gardening or watering?
A Defibrillator Training Course is on Saturday, February 22 at Greenhithe Fire station from 10am to 11:30am. A professional trainer will teach up to 15 people how to do CPR on Manikins and teach us how to use the new community defibrillator. Big shout out to Upper Harbour Local Board for providing the funds for the defibrillator and the workshop.
Look out for the next For The Love of Street Food at the Greenhithe Village Hall on Friday, February 14 from 5 to 9pm.
There have been a good number of Street BBQs and get togethers during the holiday period and more planned through to the end of February. Contact me if you would like a $50 Simply Fresh voucher for your street BBQ.
International Friends started up again last week with sharing holiday news over coffee and cake. A Crime Prevention Presentation by the Henderson Police this week was gratefully received. The Police also educated the group about a new scam aimed at immigrant seniors. English classes start again on January 28th.
Young families might be interested in the Newcomers Plunket Coffee Group on Thursday mornings starting up again this week and Mainly Music on Monday mornings from early February.
The Crime Maps for December are attached. They show only 7 instances of burglary in our suburb. We still need to be vigilant with security and watch out for our neighbours especially while they are on holiday. Let’s hope that the low numbers mean Constable Troy and his team had a break too.
Summer Fire Safety is a hot topic currently. It is wonderful that over 150 Kiwis have headed across the ditch to help our Aussie neighbours. Some properties are vulnerable here in Greenhithe. Here are some tips on landscaping your property to reduce fire risk.
Special thanks to all those people who are watering the community vegetable garden and the seedlings in the reserves and caring for our environment. Don’t forget our hot weather has caused a mega mast this summer which means lots of fruit leading to lots of pests which then eat our vulnerable native wildlife. If you have traps, now is the time to set them. Here is an educational youtube clip about combating the mega mast.
At Neighbourhood Support NZ the January theme is ‘A Healthy Start’. The start of the New Year has always been a popular time to reassess where we’re at with our health. Whether your goal is to increase your fitness, reduce your stress levels, eat healthier, or simply be more prayerful or mindful, there’s no better time than now to take steps to improve your well-being. The best way, of course, to stay on track is to get others involved!