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Self-alignment with the positive
energies of the universe
Simple changes can bring more
meaning to your life
Create happiness and wellbeing
Meditation on inner
Light and Sound
Is Your life
in BALANCE yet?
Sant Baljit Singh, the spiritual Master,
teaches meditation on inner light
and Sound to anyone who is searching
for a deeper meaning in life.
Sat, 3rd March 2012, 2.30 p.m.
Wellington Central Library
Library Meeting Room
Mezzanine Floor (by the lifts)
*Talk given by an authorised speaker
Better city brainstorming
By REBECCA THOMSON
Wellingtonians are being asked to help create a
Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson has set
up the website abetterwellington.co.nz, where
Wellingtonians can publish their thoughts about
It gives people a place to have their say [about
Wellington],'' said Mr Robertson.
He said he set up the site because many people
came to his electorate office with ideas about the
city and he felt that would be a way to collate
From time to time we have people who come in
the office with ideas about what they would like to
see or with things that annoy them.
I do my clinics around the city, but this is
another way for people to have their say.
The thing is that no idea is too small or too big.
I've had people say there should be a secondary
school built in Karori; others say there should be
a crossing on The Terrace.''
Mr Robertson said he would use the contribu-
tions help to him with his work as a local MP.
Working hard for
By REBECCA THOMSON
Tireless worker: Dorothy Douglas is involved with numerous community projects.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
Self-confessed history buff Doro-
thy Douglas is this month's Wel-
lington Community Champion.
Mrs Douglas is a member of
the Highland Park Progressive
Association and has been instru-
mental in reviving interest in
Fort Buckley and in the rejuven-
ation of Trelissick Park.
Last week Wellington Central
MP Grant Robertson presented
her with the Community Cham-
pions award in front of a small
gathering at the Wadestown
Dorothy is so active in the
community and that's so import-
ant for making a community
work,'' said Mr Robertson, who
presented the award.
It's all too true that the
people who do the most work are
often the people who don't want
the fuss but I've decided not to
worry about that.''
Mrs Douglas said she was
shocked to be honoured in such a
Everything has really been
carried out by a team of publicly-
minded people,'' she said.
When Mrs Douglas retired
from the Copyright Publications
Office just over 20 year ago, she
joined the progressive associ-
ation, and through it became
involved with several projects.
I loved the publication job
because I was always the first
person to see every new publi-
cation in New Zealand.
But when you retired from
fulltime work, it was at the age
of 60 in those days. I needed
something to keep me busy.
I felt it was worthwhile to
become involved with the pro-
Through the progressive
association Mrs Douglas learned
about Fort Buckley, which was
built in 1885 and boasted two
64-pound rifled, muzzle-loading
It was decommissioned in
1904, but briefly came back to
life when an anti-aircraft bat-
tery was installed during World
After the war, the site fell into
I heard that Fort Buckley
was being looked at by the
They had engineers who had
said there were some old forts
that could be bulldozed to make
way for building [residential]
We had a lengthy battle
before we got it into public
hands and had it classified
under the Historic Places
The area has been spruced up
and Mrs Douglas has worked to
ensure information sheets about
the fort are available to the
It had been a success, she
We have a box [at the site]
where we put pamphlets and I'm
always having to refill it.''
She helps volunteer groups
spruce up Trelissick Park, near
the Ngaio George, and provides
cleaning crews with homemade
Her muffins are also sold at
the Wadestown fair.
I always make blueberry or
chocolate. If you make plenty of
those, you can't go wrong,'' she
In the past year we're very
pleased to have achieved
finishing a public walkway up to
the trig, up from Anne St, where
Trelissick Park Group mem-
ber Peter Reimann, who nomi-
nated Mrs Douglas for the
award, said she was a tireless
It's a thank-you to Dorothy
from all the people in the com-
munity who volunteer,'' he said.
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