BLACK OUT!

Community spirit was strong at Dingwall last month when cottages were plunged into darkness during the big storm that downed trees and cut power to more than 100,000 homes around the city. No power meant cold showers and no lights, but the cottages pulled together to help each other out, sharing dinners and Queenie and Alice offering Bissett Cottage to others for some home comforts. And when dawn broke, revealing storm damage at Dingwall, the Launch team pitched in to help clean up the mess. Director Tracie Shipton says the power outage highlights the need to keep emerge...

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LOVE POTION

Children and carers from Thode, Fraser and Buttle were treated to a night at the New Zealand Opera in May to see The Elixir of Love, by Donizetti. Starring Pene Pati of SolE Mio fame, it was an amusing country tale of a bumbling hero using a “love potion” to help secure the affections of his true love. Of course the whole thing back fired in an unexpected way, but a happy ending was finally achieved! The children were particularly taken with the clever but quirky set, including farmyard animals. The subtitles for the Italian opera were also very irreverent and provided ...

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FARWELL TO MEL

The end of May saw a bitter-sweet farewell for Mel Morunga as she departed after 21 years of working at Dingwall. Children, carers and staff outdid themselves organising the evening with outstanding performance and superb kai ─ their efforts conveyed the respect and appreciation felt for the much-loved team leader. A beautiful hangi was prepared and put down thanks to the efforts of many staff members, while others helped the children to put together a string of stunning performances that brought many to tears. The attendance of several former Dingwall residents was ...

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SAD NEWS

Sadly, Dingwall lost a long-time supporter recently when secretary of the Dingwall Board of Trustees Kevin Rainey passed away after a short illness. Kevin’s Dingwall involvement began in 1992. He was not only the secretary but also responsible for the financial management and reporting of the trust through his family firm at Sotherton’s accounting. Director Tracie Shipton says “Kevin leaves behind a close knit family. Kevin will be sorely missed by many he was a kind and principled gentleman with a strong connection to our Dingwall Kaupapa.”

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS

French Cottage has heeded environmental warnings and is spear-heading Dingwall’s efforts to do better by outlawing plastic bags – especially for school lunches. More than 160,000 plastic bags are used every SECOND around the world, so it is time to take action. With the help of nutritionist Danijela Unkovich, French is reducing the use of plastic packaging by turning to bulk storage and eliminating pre-packaged products in the pantry. The cottage has also purchased high-quality bento-style food boxes that keep school lunches fresh and tasty while eliminating the use ...

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