Southern View: July 30, 2019


6 Tuesday July 30 2019

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• By Laura Hitchon

A NEW venture to help parents

of newborn babies save money

has opened in Christchurch.

The Canterbury Baby Clothing

Library in Spreydon operates a

clothing exchange system where

members can trade good quality

second-hand baby clothing for

other good quality second-hand

baby clothing items of a similar

nature. Library owner Jacky

Bakker said the library system

loosely worked on a like-for-like


Ms Bakker said she came up

with the idea for the business after

buying some expensive baby

clothing for her grandson on an

overseas website and discovered

it was too small, but was unable

to exchange it.

“Babies are constantly growing,

so rather than people throwing

out their old baby clothes

and sending them to landfill,

why not exchange them,” she

said. In addition to reducing

landfill, Ms Bakker hoped to

make shopping for baby clothes

more enjoyable, affordable and

less time-consuming for new


Customer and grandmotherto-be

Janice Belgrave said it was

easy to spend $35 on a new outfit

that only ended up being worn

once or twice. “It’s great if parents

are able to recycle and reuse

where possible,” she said.

Christchurch Parents Centre

president Yvette Cundy said a lot

of parents were surprised at how

quickly they went through clothing

and that selling them online

was a time-consuming process.

“The process of putting items up

on Trade Me, listing everything

and waiting for people to collect

the items, it’s just too hard,” she


Ms Bakker said having a baby

was meant to be an enjoyable

experience, but people got caught

up with the image and expense

of it instead of savouring it.

“I get to make contact with

people at the happiest time of

their lives, which is just lovely,”

she said.

Rather than spending a heap

of money on baby clothing, Ms

Bakker believed people should




Save money by trading your baby clothes


Canterbury Baby

Clothing Library

owner Jacky

Bakker offers

baby clothing

from premature

sizing through to

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spend it on what matters, like car

seats, mattresses or good shoes.

“You can still achieve a cool

look by shopping sensibly,” she

said. Ms Bakker said label clothing

and generic clothing were

treated exactly the same and

what mattered was the quality of

the garment.

“Clothing to be traded must be

free of holes and discolouration

and must have fully functioning

zips, domes and buttons.

“Hats, socks, singlets and most

knitwear are not accepted but

can be donated by members for

other people to use.

“Premature and special occasion

clothing are also available

on request,” she said.

Ms Belgrave said she was

gifting a full membership to her

children and hoped it would

make things a little easier for


“A membership to the baby

library would make an ideal gift

for a baby shower too,” she said.

Casual and full memberships are

available and visits to the library

are by appointment only. Once

the clothing is exchanged, it’s the

customers to keep.”

Wigram Youth MP eyes political career

OPPORTUNITY: Wigram MP Megan Woods with her Youth MP,

Hornby High School student Iris Taramai.

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

WHEN IT comes to politics,

Iris Taramai feels strongly about

overcoming the threat of climate


The Hornby High School

prefect described her selection

by Wigram MP Megan Woods

to represent the electorate

at the Youth Parliament in

Wellington as a “great learning


Iris, 17, was one of 120 New

Zealand young people selected

to represent their community as

a Youth MP.

As part of the two-day event,

Iris and the other students had

the opportunity to ask members

of Parliament questions on a

range of topics, including the

environment and mental health.

She also took part in a

legislative debate and voted on a

mock sustainable energy bill.

Iris said the bill that was

passed aimed to have about

15,000 electric vehicles on the

road by 2025.

With her passion for the

environment, she is planning

to study biochemistry at

Canterbury University next

year. Iris was also on the Youth

Parliament environment select


Her goals are to help limit

the agricultural industry’s

greenhouse gas emissions and

make New Zealand plastic-free.

She met Governor-General

Patsy Reddy and Prime

Minister Jacinda Ardern in


Iris said Ms Ardern was one

of the best speakers she has ever

heard. “She is really passionate

about our country and I love

that. She talked to us about the

whole life of an MP.”

Iris became interested in

politics during a school trip to

the Beehive when she was at

intermediate school.

The message she wants

to get across to other young

people is that they can be

successful no matter what their

background is or where they

come from.

“I had many options for

schools I wanted to go to but

I think I made the best choice

coming to Hornby . . . it is

great going to a smaller school

because we get to know each

other and we also get a lot more

opportunities,” Iris said.

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