Eastern Courier : December 10th 2010
3 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS www.kmart.co.nz 0405P-EC we're extending Christmas for you Fri. 10th December Sat. 11th December Sun. 12th December Mon. 13th December Tues. 14th December Open 8am - midnight Open 8am - midnight Open 8am - midnight Open 8am - midnight Open 8am - midnight Howick on the agenda By MATT BOWEN KEY priorities for the Howick Local Board will be discussed at its inaugural business meeting on Monday night. Up first is a plan to get the community involved. The aim is to ensure residents are properly consulted on the development of policy and planning. Work is still under way on developing a plan to implement the strategy but a number of items are set to be confirmed. These include investigating the creation of a board website, developing Maori and Asian forums as well as setting up a business leaders' network. The long-running issue of upgrading the Half Moon Bay ferry terminal is another pri- ority to be discussed. The board proposes a politi- cal steering group to bring together various stakeholders in its future development. School planting and environmental programmes are also on the agenda. A council report says the existing Auckland Council Parks community planting days are only part of a wider picture. Other organisations, including Enviroschools, Wai Care, Project Crimson and Rotary clubs also share a common interest in this activity, the report says. As a first step it is recom- mended there is a stocktake of the resources available to support this activity and a co- ordinated approach devel- oped. Walkways are in their sights too. Howick's Mangemangeroa Walkway and Pakuranga's Rotary Walkway take pride of place in the parks and open spaces portfolio. They feature in the current parks capital works pro- gramme and are key elements of the Making Con- nections strategy. Mangemangeroa is cur- rently pushing south towards Hayley Lane and the Rotary Walkway west towards Pan- mure Bridge. In March work will start on the first section of the exten- sion from Rotary Reserve to Tamaki Bay. Sports field improvements and creating a boat hard- stand area at Grangers Pt at Bucklands Beach are the remaining priorities to be tackled. The meeting starts at 6pm at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Reeves Rd, Pakuranga. Staying healthy: Nurse Katie Buchanan immunises Vicky Tafau's 11-month-old son Isaia as child health programme manager Carmel Ellis looks on. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Shot in the arm for health By NICOLA WILLIAMS More children will avoid life-threatening diseases thanks to a rise in immun- isations. The Counties Manukau District Health Board has been recognised for its com- mitment and achievement in increasing the number of fully immunised children in the district. The Health Ministry set health boards performance targets in six key health areas which are reviewed quarterly. Eighty-seven percent of Counties Manukau children are fully immunised by age two, surpassing this quarter's target by 2 percent. Ultimately what we are doing by getting more kids immunised is keeping them out of hospital. We're cre- ating healthy environments and healthy communities,'' child health programme manager Carmel Ellis says. She says it is great to know they are keeping fam- ilies well. Miss Ellis says it was a collaborative effort between Well Child providers, gen- eral practice teams, out- reach immunisation providers and the health board's national immunis- ation register team. In the past these agen- cies have worked indepen- dently with minimal contact and exchange of infor- mation. We have created forums for each of these groups to discuss the way they work and changes that could be made to ensure there is a common understanding between all. Outreach immunisation providers called on families with children due for immu- nisation. They told parents about the importance of getting immunisations on time and offered transport to get chil- dren immunised. Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga presented staff with a certificate of achievement on behalf of the Minister of Health. He says immunisation rates are lower among Maori and Pacific Islanders than other ethnicities. Health board portfolio leader Sue Millar says the value of immunsations is backed up by well- researched evidence. If we can give people a positive health experience they are likely to re-engage when they need to.'' In another health target result Counties Manukau had 96 percent of emergency department patients treated within six hours, exceeding the target by 1 percent. Carols will ignite Christmas spirit By KRISTINA RAPLEY Carols by candlelight: Maraetai Beach School student Molly Cooper, 8, is looking forward to Carols by the Sea. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? If not this will surely do the trick. Maraetai Beach School has organised Carols by the Sea, a free community event at Maraetai Res- erve on the waterfront next Tuesday at 6.30pm. School board member and parent Natalie Cooper says they are hoping to make it an annual event. People are really bound together by Christmas carols. It opens the door to the whole Christmas season,'' she says. Maraetai is such a close-knit community as it is and we just want to embrace that.'' Students will lead the carol sing- ing and the police, Fire Service, Coastguard, and St John will join in on the festivities. Food and drink will be available as well as raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses and a gold coin donation will buy a song sheet and a candle. All proceeds will go towards new developments at Maraetai Beach School. Phone the school office on 536-6570 for more information.
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