Eastern Courier : May 27th 2011
4 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 27, 2011 NEWS Were working towards an Auckland with people-friendly streets and spaces. What would that look like to you? Whats your view? We reckon Auckland can be the best place to live in the world. And the new Auckland Plan will help us get there. But we need your help you know this place and its people better than anyone. Thats why we want your ideas and input in the draft Auckland Plan. Its your city, so have your say and help us make Auckland all it can be. To share your thoughts, email email@example.com, take part in the discussion at www.facebook.com/aklcouncil or post your comments to: Freepost Authority 237170, Auckland Council, The Auckland Plan, Private Bag 92300, Auckland 1142. All feedback needs to be received by 4pm on Tuesday, 31 May 2011. 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Originally from the Nether- lands, Ms Visser says she just loves working with the mums and babies of south Auck- land. The Bucklands Beach resi- dent is one of 16 new mid- wives in the Counties Manu- kau District Health Board s graduate programme. Since January she s been working as a community mid- wife, spending her time in a clinic in Mangere town centre and out and about in the com- munity providing care for new and expectant mothers. It s a privilege to be with these women in this import- ant part of their lives, she says. I really appreciate the cul- tural variety of the women I get to work with in south Auckland. It s really important to have a good relationship with the women. She s not delivering babies just yet but she s kept busy checking blood pressure, taking blood tests, weighing babies and giving breastfeed- ing advice and plenty more. She studied for her bach- elor of midwifery through the satellite class at Middlemore Hospital which allows stu- dents to participate in AUT lectures at its North Shore campus. Ms Visser worked in com- munications in the Nether- lands and considered mid- wifery as a career for many years before she moved to New Zealand. She started studying for her degree in 2008. I was always talking about people, instead of work- ing with people. At the moment she s doing three five-month work blocks as part of the graduate pro- gramme. That includes work- ing at the Middlemore maternity unit and at the assessment, labour and bir- thing unit. Ms Visser has a 12-year-old son herself and knows there s always plenty of questions mums have and that s what I m here for . Mothers in Counties Manu- kau can expect to see more health board-employed mid- wives with a plan to increase the numbers. Midwifery director Thelma Thompson says the board has been short of midwives by about 35 percent. In June 2008 the board had 48 fulltime equivalent vacancies but that figure has dropped to 16.The number of self-em- ployed midwives has risen from 95 in 2007 to 141. New carpark will free up land A new multi-storey car- park building will pro- vide 680 parking spaces and free up valuable land in Manukau city centre for future develop- ment. The $14 million project which Auckland Trans- port inherited from the former Manukau City Council is located on the corner of Davies and Ronwood avenues. Auckland Transport says construction will start in June and it s expected to be completed by April 2012. The design is a mid- block concept, allowing the carpark to be sur- rounded by future com- mercial and retail build- ings, to lessen its visual impact on the public and surroundings. It will have a combin- ation of public and leaseholder parking areas. Auckland Transport major projects manager Rick Walden says provid- ing parking on the site fits with the future plans of the centre. The lack of parking for businesses has been a problem for many years and is constraining de- velopment in the city centre. The vast majority of parking in Manukau city centre is short-term for the Westfield shopping centre. The carpark is in a strategic location and future development of the site will attract a mixed use of commercial and retail business to the area. It will also free up ground level land leased for parking, allowing the sites to be developed. The new tertiary cam- pus, Manukau rail link and workers in the area will also benefit, Mr Walden says. The work will include an upgrade to the nearby Ronwood Ave intersec- tion to ease traffic move- ment. IN BRIEF Brain clinic A new brain recovery clinic was opened in the Centre for Brain Research at Auckland University last month by Associate Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. The clinic will work on finding and developing new treatments for brain disease and therapies for patients but will focus on stroke and traumatic brain injury. Old TVs Dust off your old television and enter the search for New Zealand's oldest telly. The Oldest Telly competition was created by Going Digital to raise awareness of the changeover to digital television starting next year. Once found the country's oldest working television will be converted to show there's noneedtobuyanewoneto get digital TV. Going Digital community adviser Pila Fatu says they want Aucklanders to bring their old televisions into the digital age. ''The great thing is almost every TV set can be switched, including those with only wires for aerials.'' The winner of the competition will receive a home theatre package which includes a 46-inch Sony TV with built-in Freeview and internet video. Visit www.going digital.co.nz/oldesttelly or call 0800-838-800.
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