Eastern Courier : July 27th 2011
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Police say the driver of the Nissan Cefiro complained of chest injuries and was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The Holden driver was shaken but uninjured. Manuscripts named Unique Maori manuscripts from Auckland Libraries' Sir George Grey Special Collections are among the first documents officially inscribed on UNESCO's memory of the world New Zealand register. ''This collection is the largest existing 19th century collection of indigenous manuscripts brought together by a single collector,'' regional heritage and research manager Sue Cooper says. The UNESCO programme developed from a growing awareness of the need to preserve and open up access to heritage documentation throughout the world. Among the other documents registered were The Treaty of Waitangi and the New Zealand Suffragette Petition and the original Douglas Lilburn score of Aotearoa. Medals win Gold medals came thick and fast for Byron Wolkers at the 2011 New Zealand division two age group swimming championships. His tally of 10 medals saw Howick Pakuranga trounce their opponents and emerge from this month's three-day meet in first place. Twenty-one swimmers from four clubs including Papatoetoe, Papakura and Pukekohe represented Counties Manukau at the Rotorua event. Three more golds came from Howick Pakuranga's Otto Thiry, Jessica Retter and the 13-14 boys relay team of Joshua Scally, Joseph Watson, Joshua Cleland and Zihan Zang. The second tier team collected 37 medals in total. Beachlands plans to get expert attention By MATT BOWEN We actually see it as a way for them to wear us down money-wise.'' Pohutukawa Coast Com- munity Association chairman Cameron Butler is talking about an expert caucusing'' session to thrash out areas of agreement and disagreement to three controversial plan changes in Beachlands. Plan changes 30 and 30A would make way for large- scale residential development on 122 hectares south of the settlement and a business zone including a Countdown supermarket at the Beach- lands roundabout. Plan change 34 would allow for the development of 500 new homes via a mix of residential, commercial and marine-related activities on land next to Pine Harbour Marina. Australian supermarket giant Progressive Enterprises is behind 30A and Pine Har- bour Holdings is pushing 34. Auckland Council called the meeting that will likely occur in August but Mr But- ler claims the applicants are behind the move. With the expert caucusing I'm not allowed to attend,'' he says, you have to send experts which of course costs money. The court likes to do this stuff to minimise court time so you can go into court with an agreed set of differences or agreements. It's in their best interests to do so, to wear everyone down so they drop away.'' All three plan changes were given the green light earlier in the year -- the association has appealed each one and is busy fundraising to finance the fight. Pine Harbour also appealed after commissioners carved a level off the proposed apartments, some of which would have been six storeys high, and increased yard setbacks. Mr Butler is not expecting agreement to emerge from the meeting. Refuge short on funds By PIP BOURKE Doors are open: Eastern Women's Refuge's newest addition Fiona Moore says despite being cash-strapped the shelter door is always open to victims of domestic abuse. Photo: PIP BOURKE MORE demand and less funding has left Eastern Women's Refuge in desperate need of money. While it is partially government-funded, nearly half of the refuge funds are met through donations. This year has seen more women in need of its services than ever before, operations manager Rhonda Cox-Nissen says. Our services have grown to meet that demand and now we're lacking funds.'' There's a difference in terms of what the refuge needs and what the govern- ment is prepared to pay for, she says. Funding is only provided to help those women who take out protection orders but Ms Cox Nissen says this isn't good enough. We've got people who don't want to leave their homes, they don't want to take their children out of school and they don't want to take them away from their friends.'' She says the refuge needs to provide support for every- one, regardless of their decision. There's a common miscon- ception that Women's Refuge just provides safe housing,'' she says. We don't just pro- vide safe housing and we don't subscribe to quick fixes around here.'' The refuge has a team of community advocates who work on a range of programmes to provide sup- port and resources for both victims and perpetrators. All of our programmes have a long-term vision,''she says. The beauty of our com- munity advocates is they can go out and meet these people in a public place, they look no different to any other woman sitting down and getting together for a coffee. They will talk women through their options and then support them with whatever decisions they make.'' The advocates provide a raft of services including safety plans, help with legal and counselling services, assistance liaising with gov- ernment departments and the provision of food and clothing if necessary. The team has just employed a new addition, Fiona Moore. She will work three days a week to provide day-to-day support. Ms Cox-Nissen says she hopes Ms Moore will be able to work alongside the team to provide the best services they can on a limited budget. The programmes work towards eliminating domestic violence as a taboo topic in the eastern suburbs. People still want to keep it quiet,'' she says. Going to a refuge would be seen as quite shameful. We need people to get the message that you can be a survivor, not a victim.'' Women's Refuge National Appeal runs until August 15. Street collections will take place throughout New Zea- land. Alternatively to donate to Eastern Women's Refuge directly go to www.ewr.co.nz for more information.
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