Eastern Courier : June 15th 2011
12 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 15, 2011 NEWS Leading the way since 1965, the Eastern Courier delivers real content, reaches real readers and gets real results for advertisers. With a massive 81,000 readers* the Eastern Courier is your primary source of trusted local news and information. Connecting our community like no other media -- in print and online. Total coverage from journalists who care. The Eastern Courier -- your favourite local newspaper. Nothing else comes close. For real local news and real local information -- your favourite local newspaper, the Eastern Courier. Real news. Circulation: verified by ABC Readership: verified by Nielsen Really local *Nielsen CMI: Q1.10-Q4.10: AIR Auckland 15+ www.easterncourier.co.nz Our optometry teaching clinic offers you excellent service from students training to become optometrists at New Zealand s leading university*. Our friendly team of New Zealand Registered Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and ﬁnal year optometry students will guide you through your options for assessment and treatment. New opening hours at our Glen Innes clinic with 3.45pm and 5.15pm appointments now available on Wednesdays. We provide comprehensive eye examinations for only $47 for adults and $30 for children and Goldcard holders. Free and convenient parking is provided at our Tāmaki Innovation Campus, Morrin Rd, Glen Innes. We also offer another clinic in Grafton. Call us on (09) 923 9909 or email email@example.com, to arrange an appointment. Please go to www.clinics.auckland. ac.nz/optometry for more information. Expert care for your eyes *Times Higher Education Supplement, 2010. Child-friendly city is within our reach Jonathan Gee By JONATHAN GEE Unicef NZ youth ambassador Recently our mayor asked people of all ages to help shape Auckland's future as part of the city's 30-year plan. His vision of creating the world's most liveable city in Auckland is an inspiring one, especially because it includes young people. It's really exciting that young people like me are being encouraged to step up and be heard. There is no question that the environments young people live in directly impact on our ability to thrive. Where we live, what activities we do, the rec- reational spaces we use and the schools we go to all affect our develop- ment as citizens. And that in turn affects everyone. So it is import- ant that we are con- sidered in local decision- making. But how? I believe it is by mak- ing Auckland a Child Friendly City. This means that local authorities are commit- ted to fulfilling children's rights -- it is a concept which has been promoted by Unicef throughout the world. Not only do young people make up a large number of Auckland's population, but we also have the right to become involved. A Child Friendly City actively acknowledges the rights for children to participate, influence decisions, be protected and have access to the fundamentals of life for our development. Recent headlines on possible high-rise resi- dential development on the Shore highlights a further need to consider children and young people in local decision- making. It is likely that if these developments proceed families will move in. So what are the needs of children in these high- rise buildings? Where will they play? How will they interact with their neighbours and friends? Is it safe for them to walk to school? With Auckland as a Child Friendly City, these questions will all be answered, reflecting the opinions and needs of children and young people. But before we can really become one we need to reassess what avenues are in place for children and young people to have a voice. My experiences as a Shore youth councillor mean I've seen the numerous opportunities we have to be heard in the community. My only concern is whether these oppor- tunities are accessible and approachable to youth. It's about creating a system appropriate and comfortable for chil- dren and young people to voice their opinions. That is how we can truly thrive. As we enter into this exciting vision of being the world's most liveable city, let's remember the children and young people who will inherit that vision. After all a liveable city is a child friendly one and I can't wait to see how our city shapes up.
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