Eastern Courier : May 27th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 27, 2011 NEWS TM Kitchen Tel: 272 8252 Fax: 272 8661 EMAIL: email@example.com 9 Barmac Place, East Tamaki www.tangming.co.nz Showroom Open Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am-3.30pm WHERE GREAT KITCHENS ALWAYS COST LESS! KITCHEN VANITY LAUNDRY WARDROBES 3387470AA dessert IS NOW open Mention this ad and get a co ee 1/2 price! VALID FROM MON 30th MAY TO WEDNESDAY 1ST JUNE ONLY. 21a Picton Street, Howick | Ph 534 2465 OPEN Mon & Tues 11am to 5.30pm | Wed & Thurs 11am to 9.30 pm Fri 11am to 10pm | Sat 10am to 10pm | Sun 7pm to 10pm ...for those born with a dessert spoon in their mouths. Coeliac awareness A simple blood test is the first step to find out if someone has coeliac dis- ease. Coeliac disease is a permanent intestinal intolerance to gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, oats and rye, causing a lack of absorption of important nutrients. A coeliac needs to maintain a strict gluten- free diet for life. This week is Coeliac Awareness Week and this year's campaign aims to improve the diagnosis rates of coeliac disease among men. One in 100 people have coeliac disease but four out of five don't know it. Men account for less than one-third of all coeliac serology blood tests carried out in New Zealand. If coeliac disease is untreated, there is an increased risk of gastro- intestinal cancers and other health problems. Some of the symptoms which may occur alone or in combination are diar- rhoea, fatigue, lethargy, anaemia, weight loss, constipation, cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting. Coeliac New Zealand is a non-profit organis- ation and assists people with the disease. See www.coeliac.co.nz/ caw for more information. New school sparks safety fears By MATT BOWEN New school: Thurston Place College will replace Waimokoia Residential School which closed in 2009 because of governance and management issues. Photo: FIONA GOODALL EXTREMELY concerned'' school principals and boards of trustee chairs will want answers when they meet Education Minister Anne Tolley next week. The minister is responding to community concerns about a special needs college due to open in Bucklands Beach next year. Thurston Place College will be a non-residential school catering for up to 100 students under Child Youth and Family care. It will replace Waimokoia Residential School. Pigeon Mountain Primary School backs on to the site and its board of trustees has serious concerns for student safety. It's also appalled at the lack of community consul- tation and keen to find out why this was deemed the most suitable location. Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson set up the meet- ing. He was in the dark about plans for the school until principals from Pigeon Moun- tain Primary, Bucklands Beach Intermediate and Macleans College visited his electorate office earlier in the year. I went back to the minis- ter of education and said to her, I've had extreme con- cerns expressed to me by three very good principals about what is being proposed at Thurston Place','' Mr Wil- liamson says. She said, Well, we think it's an ideal facility for the purposes we're going to use it for and we're pretty sure that all of the issues have been considered'.'' A meeting was arranged with senior ministry officials and chief executive Karen Sewell earlier this month but Mr Williamson learned that it was considered a waste of time'' because the decision had already been made. Based on the fact they thought the original meeting was of no value I went back to Parliament last week and arranged with Anne Tolley directly for a meeting with those principals and their board chairs.'' Mr Williamson has received mixed community feedback about the college. Some emails support it but the majority are in favour of it not happening''. Mr Williamson thinks the ministry had an obligation to consult the community -- basically explaining what it was they were thinking of doing and why they were thinking of doing it''. His advice is to make sure all concerns are expressed to the education minister at next week's meeting. The Education Ministry hadn't replied to the Eastern Courier's questions by dead- line. Mum fears the worst if college goes ahead Protective mother: Debbie Wells fears for the safety of her three children, from left: Emma, George and Hannah if Thurston Place College goes ahead. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By MATT BOWEN Shocked mother Debbie Wells is adamant. She'll move her three chil- dren out of Pigeon Mountain Primary School if Thurston Place College opens next door in 2012. Others would do the same, she says. Whispers from other mothers was the first Ms Wells heard of the plan. The Ministry of Education is developing the special needs school to cater for up to 100 year 7 to 13 students under Child Youth and Fam- ily care. Ms Wells, a widow, was shocked to learn the college would share a border with Pigeon Mountain Primary School where her three chil- dren play and learn every week day. Obviously they have some behaviour that's not accept- able,'' she says. Why would you choose to put that next to a primary school, our most vulnerable, innocent people in the com- munity? Why would you join them together when there are so many other places to put them.'' Ms Wells hasn't heard what kind of behavioural problems Thurston Place Col- lege students will have so she fears the worst. They've written down that they have severe behavioural and emotional issues. From what I understand they won't go any further so I can only assume the worst is they're violent and maybe sexual offenders -- why wouldn't they be telling us?'' The whole process feels like it's been done in secret''. Nor is she aware of any opportunity for her and other parents to voice their con- cerns. The biggest fear would be one of my kids getting hurt. If one of them gets out, hides in some bushes and attacks one of my kids -- that's possible at any school but it's more likely if that school's next to ours. They've decided that this is a safe place to bring these kids so I would expect them to make sure the community and those kids are safe.'' Ms Wells says it isn't a case of not in my backyard. She thinks that placing the col- lege next to a primary school is the wrong decision. Other parents are fighting the plan. A website www. stopthurstonplacecollege.com that has been set up includes a petition.
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