Lucy and Justin Mackenzie face paying an extra $1000 a year for childcare but like most other people they say they will grizzle and pay up.
Mainly Kids, the Ponsonby childcare centre their son Jamie, 2, attends is increasing its fees by $20 a week, a legacy of the Government’s $300 million funding cuts. continue reading »
January 11 2011 | News and Westmere | No Comments »
Westmere is in the midst of a baby boom – pushing the local primary school to its limit.
Westmere School principal Carolyn Marino said the number of new entrants was up by a third this year on the usual number from past years. Read the whole story…Baby boom revamps Westmere – Westmere – NZ Herald News.
New entrants at Westmere School, from left - Kate Tapper, Charlee Kellar, Rosa Burrell, Jane Smitton, Molly Kaye and Olivia Thompson. Photo / Kenny Rodger
June 10 2010 | News and Westmere | No Comments »
…Westmere and Pt Chevalier exhibit some of the same tendencies but beneath the liberal veneer there are more conservative concerns, while cheaper Arch Hill attracts younger home buyers to its smaller villas.
Older people who have lived in the area for most of their lives choose to remain and there are Maori and Polynesian families in long-held family homes.
Westmere and Pt Chevalier are not as outwardly arty as Grey Lynn but the suburbs are full of trendy liberals, often with school-age children.
Being a waterfront suburb, Westmere’s attraction has increased markedly in the past decade. Pt Chevalier has always been popular with older people but now it is in demand from young professionals and families as a commuter suburb. Read the full the story.
February 03 2010 | News and Westmere | No Comments »