Knitted goodies warm up winter

Shauni James





Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a great week, and are keeping well and warm. I have finally dug out the snuggly dressing gown, fuzzy socks and picked up some new comfy sweatpants as the nights are getting colder. What are your favourite ways to get warm and cosy after a long, chilly day? A delicious hot chocolate would definitely be up near the top of my list. And speaking of keeping toasty in the colder weather, it was heartwarming to hear about Knitting For Cool Kids Rotorua delivering packs of knitted beanies, scarves, gloves etc to a number of local schools. What a sweet surprise for the children, and it sounds like they absolutely light up when they receive these knitted goodies. Times are tough at the moment for many families and for many reasons, so it’s great to see groups in the community doing what they can to help others out. Last Friday was an exciting day for Lynmore Primary School as MPI chief biosecurity officer Stu Hutchings made a special visit, presenting them with the National Biosecurity Kura Award for 2022 and taking a trip with pupils to Mokoia Island to see what biosecurity work they help out with there. It’s great to see local kids becoming aware and passionate about biosecurity work, and a big congratulations again to the school for the award. Check out the story on the next page. Rotorua has been busy getting colourful recently for different causes, which is awesome as awareness around different health issues is so important. Head to page 4 to find out more about Pink Ribbon Breakfast for breast cancer and why a local woman is getting involved. The Rotorua Blue Walk was held on Wednesday too, raising awareness and funds around prostate cancer. Did you go along? We have so many amazing businesses in our community, so it’s great that each year we are able to celebrate and recognise them with the Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards. Nominations are now open and a launch of the awards were held this week. Find out how to nominate on page 5. There is plenty more to find out about in this week’s edition, such as details on the Community and Family Event at The Arts Village this weekend, an organ concert at St Luke’s Church this weekend, how the Rā Hauora event at the library went, and the opening of the Whakarewarewa Forest Loop trail. Don’t forget to keep those thumbs ups and downs and reader’s photos rolling in.