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www.times.co.nz Times Newspapers Christmas Supplement — 3 By Marianne Kelly A long-standing relationship between the Pakuranga Senior Citizens and Rugby League clubs has come full circle and was celebrated with a special Christmas dinner for the seniors last week. The senior’s club was formed in 1967 and at one time, its membership rose to more than 100. In those days much of Pakuranga was still farmland, and the newly established Senior Citizens and Rugby League clubs shared the local community hall. However, the seniors started a building fund when they decided they would like to have their own facilities. When they approached the then Manukau City Council mayor Sir Barry Curtis for assistance, he told them the council was going to build a community centre and that the seniors could have use of the facilities as a home base for free. “In good faith we took that on,” says the Senior Citizens Club president John Bullen. In 2001, the Fisher Gallery in Reeves Road was amalgamated with the new Pakuranga Community and Cultural Centre, which would be known as Te Tuhi, and the seniors moved in for their weekly meetings. But when administration of the new complex was passed over to a trust, the word ‘rent’ raised its head. We said, ‘but we have never paid rent’,” Mr Bullen says. They were charged $30 an hour for five hours, which amounted to a weekly bill of $150 to $200. “We had to pay rent until we went broke and this time last year were about to fold up,” he says. Enter Pakuranga Rugby League Club manager Rawina Mana, who said “you’re welcome here. After all these years, they were having difficulty paying the rent,” she says. “We said they were more than welcome. We have got to look after our seniors.” A full circle has been turned, Mr Bullen says. Last week, Ms Mana and four Rugby League Club members decorated the club rooms at Ti Rakau Park Reserve and put on a free midday Christmas dinner for the seniors. “We’ve been here for the last 12 months and would like to publicly extend a big thank you to Rawina and the club for looking after us.” While we are all wrapped up in the Christmas spirit this season, we mustn’t forget that other cultures and religions may celebrate Christmas a little differently, or not at all. Hanukkah can often be thought of as the Jewish version of Christmas as it occurs around the same time however, it actually celebrates something completely different. Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights, remembering the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. This happened in 160BC, before Jesus was born. Hanukkah lasts for eight days and starts on the 25th of Kislev, the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs at about the same time as December. Because the Jewish calendar is lunar (it uses the moon for its dates), Kislev can happen from late November to late December. During Hanukkah, on each of the eight nights, a candle is lit in a special menorah called a ‘hanukkiyah’. There is a special ninth candle called the ‘shammash’, or servant candle, which is used to light all the other candles. The shammash is often in the centre of the other candles and has a higher position. A special blessing, thanking God, is said before or after lighting the candles, and a special Jewish hymn is often sung. The menorah is put in the front window of houses so people passing can see the lights and remember the story of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is also a time for giving and receiving presents and gifts, and are often given on each night. Lots of games are played during the time of Hanukkah, and food fried in oil is traditionally eaten. Favourites are ‘latkes’ (potato pancakes) and ‘sufganiyot’ (deep fried doughnuts) that are then filled with jam/jelly and sprinkled with sugar. League club shows it cares for seniors Hanukkah – The festival of lights Members of the Pakuranga Rugby League Club, who hosted their local seniors for Christmas lunch, (from left) Rawinia Mana, Riana Mana, Dawn Armstrong and Uini Wilson. Times photo Wayne Martin Canterbur y Christmas Countdown! 25% off full priced items Offer ends Sunday 20th December 2015 Available instore and online nz.canterbury.com CANTERBURY VIADUCT CNR QUAY AND HOBSON STREET AUCKLAND CBD CANTERBURY HORNBY 405 MAIN SOUTH ROAD HORNBY, CHRISTCHURCH full priced items Offer ends Sunday 20th December 2015 full priced items Offer ends Sunday 20th December 2015 full priced items KC11259-v4 Cleved n Strawberries Cleved n Strawberries Cleved n Strawberries SC3621 KC11309-v3 451 Ti Rakau Drive, The Hub, Botany Downs. Ph 273 8088. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. BEDPOST BOTANY AT THE HUB Experience exceptional sleep with a Sealy Crown Jewel bed. Engineered to provide the perfect balance of support, comfort and durability – designed for those who appreciate the importance of sleep.
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