Eastern Courier : June 3rd 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 3, 2011 NEWS Disaster lessons for community ' After Christchurch my family put together an emergency kit -- has yours? ' Mayor Len Brown Disasters happen and Auckland must be ready. Mayor Len Brown wants residents to look at its state of readiness in the wake of the Christchurch earth- quakes and the deadly Albany tornado. A number of events took place last Friday looking at lessons learned from the recent emergencies and how ready some individual communities are to cope with disaster. Traditionally Auck- landers have been the least prepared in New Zealand, Mr Brown says. Events in Christ- church have reminded us that we live in a geologi- cally active part of the world while the tornado showed us that devastat- ing events can happen anywhere, anytime. Mr Brown says individuals, families, businesses and com- munities must be pre- pared. After Christchurch my family put together an emergency kit -- has yours? The Auckland Pre- paredness Day included activation of the Wai- heke neighbourhood res- ponse plan, an Auckland Council Civil Defence and emergency manage- ment forum and the Turtle Safe educational DVD launch to teach preschoolers what to do in an earthquake. Auckland Civil De- fence is helping com- munities develop neigh- bourhood response plans outlining how residents will work together if there is an emergency. The result will be a series of plans developed by communities for com- munities. Get Ready Get Thru is the Civil Defence message many Kiwis are familiar with, Auckland civil defence manager Clive Manley says. We need to follow through with that mess- age and make sure our families are prepared to get through. We need to get our communities under- standing their risks, taking ownership of these and then allowing them to identify what they want to do via these plans, he says. It means taking steps to make sure you and the people close to you can look after yourselves. Things to consider are: Do you have three days supply of water and food at home? If you had to evacuate could you quickly find your essential docu- ments? Is your house ade- quately insured to cover earthquake damage? Happy to help' MP opens prominent office in Botany Come on in: Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross encourages people to get in touch if they have an issue he could help solve. Photo: MATT BOWEN By MATT BOWEN Between Hell and Eve s Pan- try is Jami-Lee Ross new electorate office. New Zealand s youngest sitting MP didn t choose 309 Botany Rd for the pizza or the sweets -- prominence was key. I wanted people to be able to find it nice and easily, he says. Residents are welcome to make an appointment to dis- cuss an issue, call, email or simply drop in from 9am to 5pm on weekdays. If Mr Ross isn t there, one of his two staff will be. He has already dealt with a variety of constituent issues ranging from a guy who thought his business partner was committing fraud to somebody who wants to get an overseas wife into the country . And he doesn t want people to think they have to be at the bottom of the cliff getting in touch: I m happy to help at any stage if I can. I don t want people to be scared to ask for help. I want to be an active MP who goes out of my way to provide as much assistance as possible. The newly-hung signs, office space, furniture, com- puters and other costs were paid for from his annual MP support budget of $64,000. Staff salaries are on top of that, he says. I want to provide a profes- sional service. Part of that is providing a professional environment to walk into. Mr Ross was elected to par- liament via a byelection in March and spends most of the working week in Wellington. He s slowly learning the ropes and says many people probably have a skewed view about how MPs interact in the House. I guess when you watch Parliament on television or see it in the news, it looks like the whole of Parliament is about battle and war with the other side. In reality it s not. That takes place for about an hour at question time on three days of the week. The rest of the time MPs usually work constructively together. It s healthy to know MPs don t just fight all the time. Email botanymp@parliament. govt.nz or call 271-3255 to contact Mr Ross. Workout that will have you spinning By PIP BOURKE Fitness hoops: Michelle Keenan is hosting adult hula hooping classes for fitness. Photo: PIP BOURKE Go to www.easterncourier.co.nz to see how it's done. Hula hooping is making a comeback. Michelle Keenan is hosting Soul Spin, a fit- ness class using hula hoops in her Highland Park Studio from Tuesday. After teaching yoga and Pilates for 10 years Miss Keenan says she was looking for some- thing new to offer in her previous studio in Newmarket. I was in the super- market and saw a seven-year-old using a hula hoop, she says. She was going hard out and I thought, hey that s a really good workout idea. The Pakuranga resi- dent then started mak- ing hula hoops in her home using irrigation tubing and bonding the ends together with boil- ing water. My entire front porch was covered with tubing, she says. Between my three- year-old s cubby house and my giant hula hoops we must have looked like something else. Miss Keenan says she went to Australia to learn the tricks of the trade from Australian hula hooping profes- sional Bunny Hoop Star. There s so much more than just keeping the hoop going on your hips, she says. Benefits from hooping include a good cardio- vascular workout, building core strength, building and toning muscles and improving posture. It s all about getting these benefits while having fun. Miss Keenan opened her studio on Aberfeldy Ave this month. Soul Space offers Pilates, yoga and Soul Spin classes. Soul Spin will be held on Tuesdays from 7pm. Visit www.soulspace. co.nz for more information.
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