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cELEBRATE CHILDREN'S DAY
FIRST SUNDAY IN MARCH
'Treasure our children' is the theme for this year.
It's all about celebrating our tamariki, and having
fun together everyday.
There are great events happening in a town near
you, check these out to see just a few!
Treasure your Children
'Pirates and Fairies Adventure'
9.30am -- 2pm, Aotea Lagoon, Porirua
Free family bbq brekkie from 9.30am -- 10.30am,
pirates and fairies arts and crafts, parade and
fishing competition. Don't miss local performers
on stage with lots of giveaways and spot prizes.
Wellington Zoo Children's Day
10am -- 4pm, Wellington Zoo, Newtown
Cheap tickets for families and free entertainment
-- zumba class, hip hop and loads of giveaways.
Wellington Phoenix Game
1pm entry, Westpac Stadium
Wellington Phoenix is offering a limited number
of half-price tickets to the Family Zone. There'll
be free kids' entertainment at Westpac Stadium
from 1pm. Fans will also go into a draw
to win a family trip to Melbourne for the
Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory game.
Children's Day Special
10am -- 4pm, Silverstream Railway,
Reynolds Bach Drive, Upper Hutt
Steam train and vintage railcar rides free for
children under 15 years when accompanied by
another fare paying passenger.
Kids go free at Zealandia
10am -- 6pm, Zealandia, Karori Sanctuary, Karori
Free entry for kids 14 years and under when
accompanied by an adult. Starting at 10.30am,
storytelling on Tui Terrace, clue trail and
Otaki Children's Day celebration
11am -- 3pm, Haruatai pool, Otaki
Free pool entry, family picnic outside with free
activities -- jeep rides, merry go round, bouncy
castle and face painting.
For more information visit
SUNDAY 4 MARCH IS
CHILDREN'S DAY 2012
Hospital food that measures up
Ihave eaten at Logan Brown in
Cuba St and The White House
at Oriental Bay, two of Wel-
lington s finest restaurants, where
you are served plates of exquisite
tasting food that look like Picasso
They have been rightly praised
for their food and wine offerings.
But, to eat at the restaurant
being reviewed this week, you
need special qualifications to gain
My eating place for three days
recently was Wellington Hospital.
I was a patient on Level 3 in the
post-operations ward of Welling-
Because regular food critics do
not qualify for entry, let me take
you into one of the capital s best-
The food I ate there reminded
me of Wellington restaurants in
the 1960s and dishes that my
mother copied well at home.
There was no loud rock music to
drown out your conversations --
just periodic visits from the
dedicated nurses and a television
with low volume hooked up to
Only four people at any one
time eat at this restaurant, which
consists of a large cubicle divided
into four equal rectangles, each
containing a bed and chair.
My fellow patrons during my
visit were Rammanlal who, like
me, had a prostate removed; Rod-
ney, in for multiple fractures to
his left arm after falling from a
tree at home, and Craig, who had
a severe lower disc problem in his
The menus were:
Choice of fruit juices followed by
cereal with portions of different
fruits or warm porridge, with a
choice of soy, calci-trim or whole
Scrambled eggs with multi-
grain, wholemeal or white toast
with butter and marmalade,
honey or jam. The porridge was
perfect temperature, soft and
The creamy scrambled eggs
were up there with the best culi-
nary establishments in town. Tea
or coffee were offered after the
Starter -- scotch broth soup
served with the same choice of
Mains -- fish pie, beef stroganoff
or nut roast with gravy, all with
seasoned vegetables and mashed
Dessert -- jelly and vanilla
The scotch broth was hot and
For my main I had fish pie,
which was soft with strong
The next day I went for beef
stroganoff covered in rich gravy.
The dessert reminded me of the
1960s more than any other dish at
this eatery -- when was the last
time you had jelly and ice cream
at a restaurant?
Mains -- Italian chicken, bean
crumble or beef ragout served
with seasoned vegetables and
Dessert -- blackcurrant and
apple shortcake or jelly and ice
The soft and tasty beef ragout
was covered in a thick sumptuous
For dessert I stuck with the
jelly and ice cream -- Never
change a winning game (Bill
The nurse told me there were 35
different dietary needs supplied
by the restaurant daily to the dif-
ferent wards and that the menu
was changed every two weeks.
The way the food was presented
and tasted helped you forget the
reason why you were eating there,
and the friendly serving nurse
with Love , Sweet pea or Darl-
ing was a surprise and a delight.
There was no wine list to
critique, with the preferred option
being iced water by the jug to help
your meal go down.
The cost of eating at this res-
taurant is zero thanks to our
national health service.
I thoroughly recommend the
food, but check that you qualify
before making a reservation.
Good news for toddlers
Toddlers will soon be able to go
back to swinging and sliding to
their hearts content at Karori s
Ben Burn Park.
Next week, work will begin to
replace playground equipment
destroyed by fire last Novem-
Wellington City Council
playgrounds manager Thomas
Hickey said the work should be
finished by Friday, March 9.
A fire was deliberately lit at
the Campbell St playground on
A fort, slide and rubber mat-
ting in the toddlers section
were destroyed. The area was
fenced off and cleared during
the Christmas holidays.
The older children s play-
ground area was not damaged.
Bringing music to the bay
Music will ring out in Island Bay
this weekend when the Sunset
Regular evening music sessions
are being held at Shorland Park
as part of the Summer City Festi-
Singer-songwriter Ria Hall
kicks off the March 3 gig at 6pm.
She will be accompanied by
The Island Bay series is a new
addition to Wellington City
Council s Summer City Festival.
Council events portfolio leader
John Morrison said if the concerts
were a success the council would
consider hosting similar events in
Sunset Sessions runs until
March 11. Other artists confirmed
are Sophie and the Realistic
Expectations, Jeep Road and
The popular Magic Gardens
music series also returns this
month. Confirmed acts include
The Roseneath Centennial Rag-
time Band, The Shenanigans and
the Richter City Rollers.
Gardens Magic runs from
March 14 to 25, Botanic Gardens.
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