Eastern Courier : November 3
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It can be further complicated by age (getting worse as women get older), being overweight, doing a lot of heavy lifting and even being constipated. These all put pressure on the pelvic floor. The condition is very distressing for many women and can limit their social interaction and quality of life. Many women feel ashamed and embarrassed about their incontinence or accept it as being part of having children but there are simple treatments avail- able to restore conti- nence. Performing pelvic floor exercises can help women -- and men -- regain continence with 75 percent of women improving or cured of their symptoms. Pelvic floor exercises can take three to six months to take full effect because it takes time for muscles to strengthen. If exercises do not help, there are several relatively minor surgical procedures. In most cases the operations take only 20 minutes or so and you will generally only be in hospital for the day or overnight. So if you do have this condition, talk to your family doctor and find out all the things you can do to help yourself. The following is the story of one woman who had surgery for urinary incontinence: Before I had the sur- gery I felt depressed and my symptoms impacted on me terribly. I didn t want to leave the house or travel very far. I stopped going to the gym and participating in any physical activity such as aerobics and playing soccer with my children. I stopped swim- ming. I always wore a pad which was very uncom- fortable. I had problems with intimacy with my husband because I was so embarrassed. I lacked confidence so I avoided sex. This affected my self-esteem. I became very insular and self con- scious. I withdrew from my peer group because I felt like I had an odour. I felt isolated and alone and never discussed this matter -- even with my girlfriends. My children were also impacted. They felt like I was no fun and boring which upset me greatly. I love my children. I had a suburethral sling procedure and pro- lapse repair surgery. Twelve weeks on I feel like a totally new person. My self-esteem has improved immensely. I feel confident and alive, my family and friends have commented on this saying they can hear it in my voice. I have a social life now and have re-engaged with my peer group. My husband and I have had a new lease on life. Our sex life is better than ever but most importantly our friend- ship and relationship has become warm and open as opposed to being strained, tense and unhappy. My husband has his wife back. I can kick a ball, run cycle and dance. I can t say enough about how this procedure has im- pacted on me and how it has given back my life. I am determined to advocate for other women and tell as many as possible that treat- ment is available. So do see your doctor -- you do not have to live with this and a whole new life of laughter and exercise may be waiting for you. Hunt for the X factor Have you got the X fac- tor? If you have, Auck- land s newest Perform- ing Arts School is looking for you. The school which is a collaboration between Manukau Institute of Technology and South Seas Film and Television is holding auditions this month and next for its February 2011 intake. They offer diplomas and degrees to foster careers in acting, singing or dancing. Head of school David Coddington says it s a wonderful opportunity for aspiring performers to get a head start Auditions will be held at MIT s School of Visual Arts, 50 Lovegrove Cres, Otara. All auditions start at 10am on Novem- ber 8, 10, 18, and 27. Visit www.manukau. ac.nz or contact Himiona on 021-231-7024 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Hobbit drama with a Dibley touch Not quite the greatest show on earth, a short season, but easily the best in town. It had everything -- including that potential promotional line about secret stars flown in direct from Hollywood . Plus anger, threats, recrimina- tions, backroom drama, allegations of double-dealing, stage maidens in distress, suspense, a cameo per- formance from Trevor Mallard last seen in that failed Auckland project On the Waterfront -- and a final upbeat climax. Even borrowed humour. That came from, of all places, old scripts of The Vicar of Dibley. Reworked -- actually worked to deathbyJohnKey--itwasa standout whenever the media asked whether Cabinet would push more millions the way of the mysterious movie men only glimpsed through the glass of ministerial limos. Remember? His answer: No, no, no, no, no, no -- Yes. In the mailbag, road-users rage from Mercer to Warkworth: I am with you on the total inad- equacy of the local road construction cartel. They build low-quality roads. How can the new State Highway 1 bit at Mercer be so bumpy? It s brand new! They take forever to build them. The sloppy work they do rewards them as they have to do it all over again soon after. Whoever heard of major bridges being obsolete after 50 years, like the Newmarket Viaduct and the harbour bridge? On top of this, they charge an arm and a leg for their poor work. The Newmarket Viaduct cost $215 million while the incredible 300-metre high, 2.5km long Millau Viaduct in France cost only five times as much; we d just get one of the French seven piers here on the Newmarket budget. These guys are bankrupting the country. -- Name provided Over the past 18 months that road upgrade at Warkworth has baffled myself and my wife -- as the same mentality is prevalent else- where in the Auckland region -- pro- fessed experts cannot see the wood for the trees, and nobody asks any questions. The simple fact is that a two- lane bridge exists 50 to 100 metres away from the upgrade with the Omaha-Tawharanui-Leigh-Mata- kana Warkworth, etc, junction beyond. We travel north regularly, leav- ing North Shore at 4 to 4.30am on long weekends, and 11pm to mid- night on the return journey. Getting our little girl out of bed at that hour is a small price to pay as opposed to the chaos which is now obviously set to remain in force -- after upgrade . All over the region, road planners appear to have a fixation with funnelling people into an already existing bottleneck. They seem to operate with impunity, creating such havoc. Examples from North Shore: Large stuff-up (Unfixable) -- Tristram Ave motorway-Wairau Rd on and off-ramp junctions. Another marvellous funnelling effect -- com- plete with light phasing to comple- ment the chaos. Moderate/large stuff-up (possibly fixable but with further chaos) -- Northcote on and off-ramp. The same single-lane motorway entry city-bound and on-lane exit northbound. This has existed for as long as I can remember before the sale and development of the huge Smales Farm business park. Of course city-bound cars still attempt to pull-in hard left from the straight-through lane (intended for Northcote-bound traffic) and have done so for years. Did anyone fore- cast Smales Farm? Also, in the other direction, try to cross three lanes of traffic within 50 metres to turn left to North Shore Hospital after the motorway exit. Minor/stupid -- someone thought it would be a good idea to change the sign at the bottom of Killarney St at the Kitchener Rd intersection from a stop sign to a merge-give way. Quite entertaining watching the dodgem show on Kitchener Rd. Minor/hopeful -- probably the same person -- thought to erect a sign on the roundabout at the inter- section of Kitchener Rd-Anzac St- Hurstmere Rd-The Strand to test pedestrians nerve and willpower, and to amuse us motorists. It says -- Caution, motorists have the right of way . This is for people crossing the footpath and entry to The Strand, allowing cars to turn left and not become Strand-ed in the middle of the roundabout. Needless to elabor- ate what actually happens. We wait with bated breath to see what happens to the current Lake Rd-Hauraki Corner-Napier Ave two-year project. All bets are off. -- Name provided Others who ve sat in a queue for nearly two hours from Puhoi to Warkworth, only moving momen- tarily for traffic lights in Wark- worth to turn green, must have had the same thought. Forget the millions of dollars for bypasses and other money-wasting projects, switch off the traffic lights and put a pointsman on duty. The salary of a few pointsmen at public holidays would save us taxpayers millions on unnecessary roading projects. -- Name provided I couldn t agree more with you about our supposed expert roading engineers. I travelled over that new piece of road at Warkworth over the week- end, and even though it wasn t rush hour I wondered why they haven t built a four-lane bridge? For all the millions of dollars that cost -- that piece of road achieves nothing other than cre- ating another bottleneck! -- Terry Small, Pt Chevalier While planners do have a lot to answer for, the voting public should be looking closer at the people we vote for. They determine where and how our money is spent and they should be making sure we get good value. When you remember that the Manukau motorway junction occurred right under the nose of Auckland s new mayor (perhaps too preoccupied with social engineering and pet projects), things don t look good for roads. A planner said that they under- estimated how much traffic would leave the arterial routes and join the motorway. Did he mean Roscommon and Mahia roads. Hardly arterial routes (maybe on paper)? Arterial routes in my mind are double-laned with 60kmh or 70kmh speed limits. The annoying thing is these roads could (and should) be that. On all the times they ve been dug up they could have been made into double lanes. This would have spread the wear and tear across two lanes, reducing the digging up. -- Quentin Inston, Weymouth To contact Pat Booth email email@example.com or write care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publication unless marked.
November 5th 2010