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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JULY 28, 2011
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Boost for Mary Potter Hospice
Generous gift: RSA patron Ian Hunter, left, and secretary John
Meredith, centre, present a cheque to Mark Cassidy of the Mary
Photo: GREG WHITBURN
By GREG WHITBURN
Wellington s old diggers gave
the Mary Potter Hospice a
$1000 funding boost last
The donation was contri-
buted by about 150 returned
servicemen from the RSA s
City branch, many of whom
served in World War II, Korea
Admiral Ian Hunter, who is
the patron of the Wellington
RSA, presented the hospice
with the cheque last Friday.
The suggestion of the
donation arose at the RSA
City branch s December get-
Branch secretary John
Meredith said that instead of
the RSA making its annual
$50 donation to a local char-
ity, it decided to write to all
150 branch members and see
how much money could be col-
Mr Meredith said the
request raised just under
$1000, which was topped up
by the branch.
Mary Potter Hospice is
such a marvellous organi-
sation, and we wanted to
recognise what they do in the
community, he said.
Mary Potter Hospice board
member Diana Dobbinson
said such donations were the
reason we can do what we do
-- provide whole person care .
Mary Potter Hospice
provides palliative care and
support for people with ter-
minal and life-limiting
The Newtown premises had
18 beds, but provided support
for about 150 patients
throughout Wellington at any
one time, Mrs Dobbinson said.
Badminton could be homeless
Worried: Tui Hunter outside the endangered Badminton Hall.
Photo: DIANE SCOTT
By DIANE SCOTT
Hall set for
Wellington Badminton Association presi-
dent Tui Hunter was gobsmacked to dis-
cover while reading the newspaper this
month that the association was likely to be
left with no hall or land.
Badminton Hall, for so long a part of the
scenery in Ruahine St, is to be removed as
part of New Zealand Transport Agency s
proposed Cobham Dr to Buckle St transport
That will leave Wellington badminton --
and its 2000 registered players -- without
The agency is proposing to widen Rua-
hine St, but its media manager, Anthony
Frith, said it was committed to addressing
the impacts the proposals would have.
Wellington Badminton Association
employs two fulltime staff at Badminton
Mrs Hunter said because she had not
been consulted about the agency s plans she
was unable to satisfactorily answer club
members concerns about the hall s
She said the association felt disgruntled
by the proposal.
another club. There are no others in central
Wellington, she said.
The Basin Reserve Trust has been nego-
tiating with the agency to find alternative
solutions, such as building a grandstand at
the northern end of the ground, and the
Wellington Badminton Association has
been left feeling sidelined.
After attending a workshop hosted by the
agency last Saturday, Mrs Hunter said she
felt the Wellington Badminton Association
was recognised as a special case.
We were not talked at, she said. The
New Zealand Transport Agency was very
However, when compensation for the hall
or alternative land was discussed, the issue
was instantly fobbed off on to someone
else , said Mrs Hunter.
Mr Frith said that because the city coun-
cil owned the land and Badminton Hall was
the tenant, the council would be closely
consulted about mitigation measures .
New Zealand law ensures that property
owners receive fair market value for any
property acquired under the Public Works
Act, he said.
Mrs Hunter said she feared that because
the land was owned by the council, the
association would be left with no venue.
Council spokesman Richard MacLean
said the council was sympathetic to the
badminton association s case, but that there
was not a lot the council could do.
Mrs Hunter said the badminton associ-
ation would be seeking advice from its
However, she said she remained optimis-
Hopefully we can trust the New Zealand
Transport Agency and the council to work
in a positive way with the badminton
association, she said.
A decision regarding the road widening is
not expected to made until late this year or
early next year.
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