Eastern Courier : January 26th 2010
16 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS DENTISTRY WHILE YOU SLEEP Ph: (09) 520 0292 www.dentistryforchickens.co.nz DENTISTRY FOR "CHICKENS" 29a Peach Parade Cnr Greenlane East & Peach Parade Remuera, Auckland Tooth Whitening Special $100 off! call to ask about terms and conditions NEW SMILE - YOU SMILE - WE SMILE JUST DIAL 0800 GR8 SMILES FOR ALL YOUR DENTURE REQUIREMENTS 168 AVIEMORE DRIVE, HIGHLAND PARK F. 534 2444 / 532 8333 FREE CONSULTATIONS FULL DENTURES PARTIAL DENTURES REPAIRS/RELINES PARTIAL METAL DENTURES MOUTH GUARDS MOBILE SERVICE PAYMENT OPTIONS 3388444AC • Free ACC and WINZ estimates. • Free dental benefits until 18 years of age. • Free implant consult. • White fillings. • Wisdom molar extractions. Open 9am -5pm Monday to Friday. Put the "smile" back into your teeth. 3 Walter Macdonald Street, Howick. Phone 534 7916 3386370AB Advertising Feature well-being Health& Motat comes alive with David's tales By HANNAH SPYKSMA Learning experience: Motat customer service host David Kannu tries to make the museum come to life for every visitor. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Even though the trams at Motat move slowly, David Kannu's patter motors on like the tracks are never-ending. He's constantly ticking and the stories the customer services host tells make him one of the museum's star attractions. The zoo has their animals, but we, the staff, are the animals at Motat,'' says Mr Kannu, who has been a part- time staff member for more than six years. You have to be doing things all the time and mak- ing the artefacts come to life for children, because they are deeply intelligent creatures.'' His philosophy is simple -- children are the leaders of tomorrow and all have an inherent desire to learn. Mr Kannu endeavours to make each visitor's experi- ence as meaningful as poss- ible, by learning the history and stories behind each artefact. It is this hands-on ap- proach to exploring the Museum of Transport and Technology which Mr Kannu says makes Motat stand out. Museums that say: Do not touch', don't get that feeling. You have to be able to con- nect with people and leave an impression.'' And he knows how to reel in an audience. Walking through the Last Tram exhibition, Mr Kannu relays information about Auckland's post-war society. He talks and talks and all of a sudden Queen St in the 1950s has come alive. To add to the Last Tram experience, children can buy sweets in a themed lolly store, which is a replica of the post-war era. The passionate historian and educator also volunteers at Motat for one day each month. This way I get to focus on learning about artefacts and stories that I want, instead of being told where to go and what to do,'' he says. On his volunteer days he can be found wandering between the various exhibitions, or researching future educational projects, such as the supercity exhi- bition which runs until the end of this month. Mr Kannu carries his love for history and artefacts into his home life. His Mt Albert dwelling is a 1946 original state house -- it too has a story. He recounts a lively tale of how war veterans were given government houses as a way to thank the regiments for their service to their country. And it is the remaining war veterans who also share Mr Kannu's view of Motat needing to be a place where artefacts come alive. Each Wednesday a dedi- cated group of friends meet at the museum as part of the Save Our Airforce Heritage Association. There they work to fix up rusting aeroplanes so that visitors can see how the machines function and hear the men's stories. Veteran Norm McKelbey says: Once you've been around the museum twice you think: Oh well, I won't come back for five years now'. But if we can make an aeroplane work, then we can create something enjoyable for visitors and it also becomes more of an edu- cation.'' Mr Kannu and Mr McKel- bey say it's this philosophy that makes working at Motat, more than just a job. Volunteers at work Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to see a slideshow of Motat volunteers at work. A+ Dentists: Dr Sanjay Sathe and dental assistant Sahar. Dental services for the entire community A+ Howick Dentists is now a household name with patients not only from Howick but also from Maraetai, Clevedon, Manurewa, Papakura and other out- lying areas. A+ Howick Dentists treats private patients for all dental problems: Scale and polish, white fillings, tooth extractions and wisdom molar extractions, full and par- tial dentures, single tooth replacements, den- tal implants and implant retained dentures, crowns, bridges etc. A dental hygienist is at the clinic on Fridays. New patients receive a free consultation from the dentist who appra- ises the patient of the state of their oral health, the treatment required and the various options available. This allows patients to decide how and when to schedule their treatments. Children from infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers to students from intermedi- ate schools up to Form 2 can be treated free of charge. They need to bring a referral from their school dental clinic, except for emergencies when the school dental nurse is not available. In these cases a direct appointment can be made for treatment for the particular problem only. Students from Year 9 to Year 13 and school leavers up to age 18 can also receive free treat- ment. All students need to enrol with the clinic for a yearly check up, two X-rays and a prophy- lactic treatment every year, besides any fillings, extractions or other treatments required and allowed under the dental benefit programme. Orthodontic treatments are not covered under this free service and need to be done privately. University students on Studylink can take advantage of A+ Howick Dentists services. They need to obtain a free quote which is submitted to the Studylink officer at their university. Treatment can com- mence on approval. WINZ beneficiaries receive free quotes for the treatment required. They need to get approvals from their case managers and on approval, the treatment is carried out. ACC: All patients who require dental treatment due to any accident are treated on an emergency basis. Come in and see the friendly dentist and staff at A+ Howick Dentists, 3 Walter Macdonald Street, Howick. There is plenty of off street park- ing. Hours are 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays. For appointments, phone 534 7916.
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