Eastern Courier : March 23rd 2011
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Let us show you: • How you can retire early and retire wealthy, even if you are starting with nothing • Why you can't rely on the Government to look after you in retirement • How to build a solid portfolio to create wealth, without risking everything • Strategies you can use if you can't get finance • Ways to buy property with no money down • How to leverage your time and money For FREE tickets to one of our upcoming Auckland training workshops, Register online at www.propertyapprentice.com/events.htm or call us on 09 5757736. Flat Bush plan takes shape By MATT BOWEN A MASTERPLAN for the Flat Bush town centre is set to be signed off in May. Auckland Council property chief executive David Rankin updated his board on the project s progress at a Queen St high rise last week. The council-controlled organisation inherited the obligations of Tomorrow s Manukau Properties Ltd when the region s councils amalgamated last November. Todd Property Flat Bush will develop the masterplan after Melview Developments pulled out of the deal. The company briefed Mr Rankin and the board on its progress in a confidential sec- tion of the meeting. A draft plan is on track to be delivered by March 31. Mr Rankin says they will organise a confidential work- shop with the relative council committee and the local board for input before the board makes a final decision. Howick Local Board chair- man Michael Williams says they want to form an Ormiston-Flat Bush Refer- ence Group made up of vari- ous community groups with a stake in the area s develop- ment. Wehaveabitofalackof resourcing in terms of staff to assist us with all this so we re a little behind but we re get- ting there, he says. I ve visited David Rankin and expect the Howick Local Board will have a construc- tive role to play in the devel- opment of the town centre. An 18ha parcel of land centred around Ormiston Rd and adjacent to Barry Curtis Park is reserved for the town centre development. Land in the wider Flat Bush area is gradually being opened for development and could be home to 40,000 people by 2020. Art draws out youngsters' feelings Expressive art: Lydia Pask is holding art therapy courses for children. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS A picture is worth a thou- sand words. So art can speak volumes when children struggle to express their feelings. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which provides a visual represen- tation of issues to work through. It can tap into subcon- scious feelings and we can find out things about them through the process, thera- pist Lydia Pask says. Children can open up by discussing their art and a plan to help them can be established. Mrs Pask worked in schools in Britain and would like to take her work into local schools. It helps to build their confidence. I tell them I m not a teacher and I m not judging their work so what- ever they do is accepted. Addressing emotional issues has a positive effect on academic results, Mrs Pask says. Not being able to verbalise feelings can be frustrating for children and results in challenging and unmanage- able behaviour. Group classes are planned for Uxbridge Art Centre and Highland Park Community House, making them more affordable than an individ- ual appointment. Information sessions will be held to learn more about art therapy on Friday. They will run from 10.30am to noon and 1pm to 2.30pm at the Highland Park Community House on Aviemore Drive. Group sessions are $20 while individual appoint- ments are $60. Contact lydiapask@ ymail.com or phone 022-675-7300 for more information. Lifesaving flu shots available It s time to get a flu jab. Bucklands Beach resident Bonnie Leung made sure she was one of the first to be vaccinated. The fifth-year medical student fell ill with Pandemic HINI influenza (swine flu) in July 2009. She spent two and half weeks in intensive care and almost died from the disease. There was no vaccine avail- able to combat swine flu at the time. Bonnie was previously fit and healthy but she struggled for almost a year to fully recover. I hadn t really thought about vaccination before because I was rarely sick. But now I realise anyone can catch influenza and it can be devastating, she says. The 2011 seasonal influ- enza vaccine includes protec- tion against three types of flu, including swine flu. Get the jab as soon as poss- ible because it can take up to two weeks to develop immun- ity.Swine flu is moderate for most people but can lead to serious complications. The vaccine is free for those 65 and over, and those with long-term health conditions or who are pregnant. Those who don t qualify can get one for a small charge from their doctor. For free health advice call Healthline 0800-611-116. Go to www.fightflu.co.nz for information about the vaccine. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to hear Mrs Pask talk about the benefits of art therapy.
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