Western Leader : February 27th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, February 27, 2015 Helping out: Community groups are getting together to lendahand to the Ranui community. Back row fromleft, Ranui Primary School principal Stephanie Tawha, Te Ukaipo community co-ordinator Joanne Hakaraia-Olson, Tag Out Trust spokeswoman Gin Fong, Neighbourhood Policing Teamconstable Megan Cooke. Front row fromleft, Ranui Action Plan community broker Hinemoa Key andHenderson Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints public affairsdirectorMarilynManukia. COMMUNITY groups are working hard to put the pride back into Ranui. Seven organisations have partnered with the annual Mormon Helping Hands project to clean-up areas of the town tomorrow. The event follows three killings in the suburb last year and co-ordinators hope it will help get people feeling good about the area again. ‘‘I believe that the mauri, positive life force, of Ranui can be restored and communities can be healed when we work together as a diverse group of people from all nations,’’ Henderson Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Digging deep for Ranui ❝ By ROSE REES-OWEN Weare hoping that this will sendamessage of love, compassion, genuineconcern and supportfor our people in the Ranui community Marilyn Manukia Church public affairs director public affairs director Marilyn Manukia says. Tag Out Trust, Ranui Primary School, the Neighbour- ➤HELPINGHANDS What: Community event to clean up parts of Ranui. When: Saturday. Where: Meet at Ranui Primary School hall at 8.45am. Bring:Work clothes, covered shoes and swimming gear. The school pool will be available to use after the project finishes at 12pmuntil 2pmand there will be a sausage sizzle to say thank you to the volunteers. hood Policing Team, Te Ukaipo, Weed Free Trust, Keep Waitakere Beautiful and the Ranui Action Plan have joined forces for the cleanup with the theme Nga Mahi Nui O Ranui or ‘lending a helping hand to the people of Ranui’. They will focus on beauti- fying five main areas including the primary school. ‘‘We will flood the Ranui area with yellow vests – a symbol of the helping hands project,’’ Manukia says. Volunteers will pick up rubbish, weed walkways, paint over graffiti, upgrade a stream crossing, clean the school grounds and transform eyesore areas. Ranui Primary principal Stephanie Tawha is grateful to have the help. She says a boundary is overgrown and creates a dark space making it prone to graffiti. Clearing the area will make it more visible so that people who see vandalism happening can report it. Constable Megan Cooke wanted to get involved with the project because it brings people together and gives them ownership over their community. ‘‘We want neighbours to look out for each other and if they know each other then they are more likely to help when something goes wrong.’’ Up to 200 members of the church take part but the turnout is expected to be even bigger this year with more community groups involved. Manukia says one A Level Biology & AS Psychology A Level Physics, Chemistry, Applied ICT; AS Physics; IGCSE Business Studies; Scholarship Physics of the aims is to restore pride after the recent tragedies. Farhat Rana Malik, 56, and her daughter Sidra Noor Malik, 18, were both stabbed to death in their Pooks Rd home in May 2014. The killings were followed two days later by the death of Josh Roach, 23, after a double shooting on Luanda Drive. ‘We are hoping that this will send a message of love, compassion, genuine concern and support for our people in the Ranui community, that we in the wider West Auckland area acknowledge their community’s sense of loss and share in the revival of their community spirit.’’ The public is invited to take part in the event.
February 26th 2015