Eastern Courier : March 30th 2011
4 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 30, 2011 NEWS Waiheke Island -- there's no better place to live your life. Enjoy your piece of paradise and more with villas starting from just $299,000 Waiheke Retirement Village 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz Waiheke Retirement Village is right on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. The village offers an independent retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. You can experience coastal retirement living for yourself by calling Libby on 372 2820. She can give you a tour of the village and show you a selection of spacious and affordable villas priced from just $299,000. If you have a SuperGold Card or have an ARTA approved Senior Citizen ID card you can travel for free on Fullers' ferries. And if you let us know before you travel we can arrange for someone to pick you up from the ferry terminal on Waiheke Island. energi _J11701EC CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY • PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP Fear over cuts to funding The National Collective of Independent Women s Refuges is concerned government funding might be withdrawn for a number of family viol- ence initiatives. The refuge says the cuts will put women and children at risk. The child advocate positions that may be scrapped were estab- lished to ensure that a more consistent focus on the child was taken by child-related agencies. The loss of 42 Te Rito coordinators would be a massive step backwards for family violence in this country, Women s Ref- uge chief executive Heather Henare says. The networks are responsible for working on prevention, aware- ness, information sharing, professional training and develop- ment. Over half of the Te Rito networks also use their co-ordinators to make sure agencies work together to manage incidents of family viol- ence. We know this sort of response to family viol- ence can save lives. It is disappointing that the government would consider cutting projects that encourage multi-agency work. Abortion rate high in Asian communities Higher than average rates of abortion in the Asian community are causing concern. Seventy-five percent of pregnant Asian teenagers and 50 percent of pregnant Asian women aged 20 to 24 years terminate their pregnancy. There is also a high rate of chlamydia and human papilloma virus. WONS is running a free Asian youth sexual health pilot pro- gramme with East Health Trust and the Asian Health Foundation of NZ. It will facilitate and support Asian youth sexual health volunteers liv- ing in east Auckland to inform their peers about sexual health infor- mation and to promote access to quality affordable and appropriate sexual health services. WONS has identified a need for ethnic-specific sexual health edu- cation in schools. Managing the language barrier, cultural values regarding sex before marriage, shyness, taboo related to the topic and New Zealand s youth culture are some of the issues which need addressing. WONS has been involved with Asian women s health for the past 20 years. Training sessions will be held at East Health Training Rooms, 260 Botany Rd on April 2 and 9. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.wons.org.nz for more information. Guide dog gets Maria up to speed Grateful: Maria Williams enjoys the independence her dog Fleming provides her. By NICOLA WILLIAMS Fleming is the best gift Maria Wil- liams could ever receive. The guide dog transformed the Pakuranga resident s life by allowing her to be more indepen- dent. Mrs Williams has been a member of the Royal New Zealand Foun- dation of the Blind all her life. She had limited vision until 10 years ago. I had to learn to do everything again, she says. She knew the day would eventu- ally come when she would be com- pletely blind and it was a relief in a way when it happened. The foundation provided plenty of support, taught her to use specialised computers and trained her to use a cane. Then her first guide dog came into her life. I initially didn t want a dog because I d never had one and I thought they were too much work, she says. But I found I could walk along the street without crashing into anything and walk to the bus stop quickly. I was walking so slowly with a cane and I could go back to my nor- mal pace. It made a huge impact on her ability to get around and her inde- pendence. Mrs Williams travels on the bus to her Ellerslie workplace each day with her black labrador Fleming at her side. She says having a dog is also a conversation icebreaker with interested passers-by. While she has accepted her sight loss she sometimes still finds it frus- trating. You can t be as spontaneous, you have to plan in advance. Things take longer or you have to do it in a different way. It s about thinking outside the square a lot of the time. She has to have systems in place to choose her outfits so the colours and patterns don t clash. Mrs Williams is encouraging people to support the foundation s Red Puppy appeal from April 1 to 3. It aims to raise $1 million for the breeding and training of puppies to become qualified guide dogs. To become a guide dog, a puppy must train for two years, pass 55 different tests and walk many thou- sands of steps. Go to www.redpuppy.org.nz, look out for street collectors or call 0800 REDPUPPY to donate to the appeal.
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