Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Shopping, Tea and Companionship

Media Release March 2013

Shopping, Tea and Companionship


Not everyone can get to their local shopping centre alone. Errands many of us take for granted such as visiting the post office or selecting a birthday present for a loved one, aren’t so simple for some. Manukau East Council of Social Services is working with Botany Town Centre to provide a shopping shuttle to and from the centre for locals in need of a helping hand.

In its seventh year, the service shuttles shoppers to and from the centre, and if necessary, organises a companion or helper during the trip.

Organiser Maureen McKechnie says the service is not just for the elderly and extends to anyone in need of the extra help. The only requirement is that shoppers can get on and off the shuttle by themselves.

“We are most impressed with Botany Town Centre who provides us with walkers, mobility scooters and wheelchairs to assist shoppers. This service is invaluable to many who cannot usually leave home alone,” she says.

Columbus Coffee, The Coffee Club and Starbucks at Botany Town Centre provide shoppers who use the service with a free tea or coffee during their visit. Running every second Thursday, for the duration of the year, shoppers need to book Monday prior by ringing 0800 632 677. Those who use the service are asked to contribute a $5 donation.

Botany Town Centre senior marketing manager Desiree Clark says the initiative has proved invaluable for many shoppers.

“We love seeing locals using the service regularly. It’s great to see the community taking advantage of this initiative,” she says. “The retailers have really come on board and helped with the support of the service, too.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news