Nor-West community briefs

Green thumbs 

John Staniland of the Forest & Bird Society will talk about the Ark in the Park restoration project in the northern Waitakere Ranges at the Norwest Garden Club's meeting on July 24.  Both new and experienced gardeners are welcome to the meeting from 7.30pm at the Kumeu Community Centre, Access Rd. There will be also be plants for sale and supper. Small entry fee. Call Annette Billington on 412 th7558 for more information.

Knitting support 

Do you have any spare wool? The Kiwi Family Trust has people in its network who want to knit items for Plunket groups. The trust is a charity which runs life skills, workshops and programmes throughout New Zealand. Contact Barbara 03 th963 th8040 or toll free 0508 th543 th375 or go for more information. 

Kids with disabilities 

Where's God when it hurts? is a question being tackled at a meeting on August 3 by Charles Hewlett, principal of Carey Baptist College and father of two children with multiple disabilities. The gathering, mainly for families with a child with a disability has been organised by Emmanuel Support, a ministry under the umbrella of Elevate Christian Disability Trust. It is being held at The Centre, 173 Mt Smart Rd, Onehunga, from 10am to 1pm, bring a lunch plate to share. No childcare facilities available. Phone 636 4763 or email

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