Eastern Courier : December 29th 2010
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Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Insulation is a useful addition to the doctor's toolkit. A Counties Manukau District Health Board initiative is insulating the homes of high needs families for free. The initiative aims to keep the most vulnerable people out of hospital because of respiratory ill- ness. Respiratory illness is one of the large contribu- ting factors for hospital admissions, particularly for our population,'' proj- ect manager Jude Wools- ton says. We ran some figures about hospital admis- sions and for children they are 27 percent higher than the national average and 42 percent higher for adults. We've got a lot of fam- ilies living in cold damp homes.'' She says a national government-subsidised programme has been well-publicised but residents don't realise there is a free one if they meet the criteria. It's an amazing opportunity to get homes insulated.'' About 800 homes have been insulated this year and Mrs Woolston urges people to take advantage of the preventative measure while it is avail- able. To be eligible residents need to have a com- munity services card. The offer excludes Hous- ing New Zealand homes. Priority will be given to households where chil- dren under 14 and adults over 65 are living and those with housing- related health problems. Mrs Woolston says although keeping homes warm might be the last thing people think about at this time of year it's the best time to get them insulated. Nicholas Rowan from insulation supplier Autex says installation is optimum in summer when conditions aren't damp and it sets homes up before the cold weather hits and demand increases. Australia just insulated one million homes under their pro- gramme and they don't do it for the cold, there are benefits in summer because it keeps homes cooler,'' he says. Middlemore Hospital staff have got on board to help promote the scheme to patients to prevent re- admissions. We're aiming to hit the frequent flyers, we want to reduce admis- sions, keep people well and out of hospital,'' Mrs Woolston says. She says there has been a lot of academic research which shows a correlation between insulating homes and a reduction in hospital admissions. Mr Rowan says it is an especially important con- sideration with children in the house. It's so influential on their health. It's abso- lutely crucial that kids are not exposed to the low air temperatures for continuous periods,'' he says. Email kerry.bruce@ middlemore.co.nz or phone 262-9583 for inquiries. Anyone who doesn't meet the criteria can go to www.energywise.co.nz for information. Review planned for region's bylaws The bylaws that control everything from dogs to food premises are likely to be reviewed in the near future. And the Howick Local Board will be invited to work on the project with the Auckland Council. There are currently 158 bylaws operating across the Auckland region regulating 32 issues. Most need to be reviewed by 2015 but the council intends to com- plete many before then with help from communi- ties and local boards. The regulatory and bylaws committee has agreed to invite the police to attend future meetings on a quarterly basis to report on their experience in enforcing council bylaws. We want to establish a positive relationship with the police which ensures bylaws are enforced effectively and that police are supported by the council in their work,'' regulatory and bylaws committee chair- man Des Morrison says. The committee will also consider asking the government for powers to enforce bylaws through infringement fines rather than through the courts. Council staff report back to the committee in February. Hooks being baited for the disabled Reeling in a whopper has been in the Kiwi blood since Maui fished up the North Island. Maui though, wasn't disabled. The New Zealand Federation of Com- mercial Fishermen has launched an initiative to get people with disabilities fish- ing this summer. Seven top-of-the- line electric fishing reels and rods have been donated to dis- ability organisations across the country. They make fishing more accessible by removing manual reeling -- the baited fishing line can be lowered and reeled in electronically. And they're free to hire. Federation presi- dent Doug Saunders- Loder says the initiat- ive was borne out of the desire to give back to the community. Being able to go out and catch a feed especially during the summer months is a quintessential Kiwi past-time but we realised that not all New Zealanders have the opportunity to do so. Commercial fish- ermen are recreational fishermen too and we wanted to find a way for the disability com- munity to share in that enjoyment of fish- ing,'' Mr Saunders- Loder says. The federation has been working with the Reels on Wheels patron Graeme Sinclair, CCS Dis- ability Action New Zealand and Parafed Bay of Plenty to get the reels into the com- munity. The enthusiasm we have seen from organ- isations like CCS Dis- ability Action has been fantastic. We are delighted to have been able to work with them and look forward to continuing our relationship.'' Aucklanders can hire the reels for free through the regional disability centre. Visit www.nz fishfed.co.nz for details.
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