Eastern Courier : February 18th 2011
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(All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz Close shave for charity Auckland Cup week s Night of Courage will support the Child Cancer Foundation. The evening, hosted by racing personality Michael Guerin, is at Alexandra Park on March 4. Special guest Steve Price and several drivers will shave their heads during the evening, which will also feature interviews, auctions and a gourmet buffet. Dining packages are $85 or $75. Phone 630-5660 for tickets. Go to www.fundraise online.co.nz/StevePrice 2011 to sponsor Steve Price. Migrants risking lives -- resident New migrants are putting their lives on the line with dangerous rock fishing practices at west Auckland beaches. Long-time Piha resi- dent Paul Hogan regu- larly sees fishermen get themselves into danger- ous situations. Mr Hogan photo- graphed one example this summer, just three days after a fisherman had to be rescued by a police helicopter when he was swept off the rocks into The Gap at south Piha. He says this man was part of a family group fishing off the rocks. The lifeguards came around in their boat to get the people to move but they didn t seem to want to. A lot of rock fisher- men are risking life and limb and many of them are migrants. Piha Surf Club general manager Tony Johnson says migrant rock fishermen seem to take more risks. They stick out as a bad statistic. By the time their friend has scrambled over the rocks for help and we can get out there, it can be 20 minutes from when that person has been washed in. He says water safety organisations have been targeting new migrants for years through the West Coast Fishing Safety Campaign. Mr Johnson says the campaign has brought positive changes. More rock fishermen are wear- ing life jackets and flo- tation devices have been used successfully. United North Piha Lifeguard Service presi- dent Rob Ferguson says he knows of two fisher- men who would have died this season if others hadn t thrown them flo- tation rings. Karekare Surf Club patrol captain Matt Wade says lifeguards are constantly observing dangerous rock fishing practices. It s quite rare to see people wearing life jackets when fishing off the rocks at Karekare. He says the clothing fishermen wear can be a problem. They are often rugged up with heavy jackets and boots which might be keeping them warm but they are going to have a hard time trying to stay afloat if they are washed in. Auckland Rescue Heli- copter crewman Paul Bryant has seen plenty of rock fishermen res- cued. He says they need to exercise common sense by monitoring the conditions and wearing a life jacket. Immunisation up The childhood immunis- ation rate is at a record high. Particularly pleasing to see is the 14 percent increase in the immunis- ation rate among the Maori and Pacific com- munities, Plunket clini- cal adviser Allison Jamieson says. Immu- nisation is a vitally important tool to protect New Zealand families and communities. Immunisation is a free, proven way to pro- tect against 11 serious diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella. It is never too late to catch up, even if a child has fallen behind on the immunisation schedule, Ms Jamieson says. To see if children are due for immunisation, go to www.plunket.org.nz or call your doctor. The Immunisation Advisory Centre also offers information and advice --- go to www. immune.org.nz or call 0800 IMMUNE.
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