My second publication came in the form of another letter to the editor published in 2004.
This article won me a prize and was the editor’s choice.
As part of my correspondence course I had to submit articles to various publications.
I was SO excited when the Next said YES! This article was printed in August 2005.
We had the very creative Pip Guthrie come and do a photo shoot with us at the beach on a very cold windy Taranaki day!
It was just such an awesome experience!
Children’s Cooking Classes at etcetera
By Sharyn Smart
With a great passion for cooking, Naomi Ward has years of experience in the hospitality industry. She has worked as a chef and has trained them.
Deciding it was time for a change, she purchased Etcetera in New Plymouth in 2003. The shop specialises in tableware and kitchenware. The first thing to add to the shop was a kitchen. Naomi started holding classes in the evening for adults looking to expand their cooking skills. These proved popular and within 18 months she decided to introduce children’s cooking classes.
“I am passionate about children learning to cook in this day and age. They need the basics of cooking for when they go flatting or move on to university.” Continue reading
Originally founded in Australia in 1985 CanTeen was founded in New Zealand in 1986.
CanTeen is for anyone between the ages of 13 and 24 who is living with cancer be it “patient”, “sibling” or “bereaved sibling”. The aim is to provide a relaxed, friendly and fun environment where members can share their thoughts and feelings with other young people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
The New Zealand organization was launched with “Miles for Smiles” a walk from one end of the country to the other, to raise funds and awareness of adolescent cancer. Today, CanTeen operates in 13 regions within New Zealand.
CanTeen does not receive government funding and relies on the generousity of New Zealanders. There are many ways to donate through Cash Donations, Monthly Giving Club and Bequests (see the website for more information).
THE SIMPLEST WAY EVERYBODY CAN SUPPORT BANDANNA WEEK IS BUY A BANDANNA! Continue reading
In 1994 the school re-introduced the annual planting of school gardens by the children, marking Arbor Day. Every year since, they have created and planted out a new garden.
Moturoa School was the first Trees for Survival school in Taranaki, opening its propagation unit in December 1996 with funding from Westgate Transport Ltd, Port Taranaki. New Plymouth Rotary West assembled the unit and supplied many man hours and additional funding. Continue reading
Gardens come in all sizes and shapes. We fit into the small garden category – ‘Small enough to keep under control and big enough to provide a great learning environment.’ What a great way to educate the children.
Make sure you choose a well sheltered area that gets many hours of sunlight. Let your child help prepare the soil. Dirt can be turned over with a small shovel or trowel and clumps can be broken up by hand or by ‘stomping’ on them.
Choose easy to grow plants and as many different ones as you can get into the small space. Carrots, radishes, lettuces and dwarf butter beans are good vegetable choices. Mini cauliflower, mini cabbage and mini broccoli are a great idea for small or planter gardens. Herbs are great to add to meals parsley, thyme, rosemary, chives, peppermint and mint. Strawberries are also fun to grow. Continue reading