Eastern Courier : July 27th 2011
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This meant that customers could buy direct from the manufacturer, resulting in lower stairlift prices, faster delivery and immediate technical support. Acorn are more than happy to come and take a look at your stairs. An experienced team member will provide you with a free, no-obligation quote. They even have demonstration lifts in the back of their vehicles so you can try before you buy! Let Acorn fix those stairs for good! Call us now toll-free 0800 782 475 www.acornstairlifts.co.nz 3909659AU 125 ORMISTON ROAD, BOTANY JUCTION PH (09) 265 0272 OPEN MONDAY FRIDAY X-RAY & ULTRASOUND FREE ACC X-RAY FREE ACC & MATERNITY ULTRASOUND Suicide forum open to public Empowering people and communi- ties with basic and practical ways of keeping their loved ones safe is one of the key aims behind a Mental Health Foundation forum in Manu- kau in September. The foundation s annual suicide prevention forum How Do We Talk About Suicide? is open to the public. It is on September 7 from 8am to 5pm at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre and will also be streamed live on the internet and recorded. Foundation chief executive Judi Clements says anyone with an interest in suicide prevention is wel- come. The forum will be very inter- active, with panel discussions, speakers and plenty of time for questions from the audience. Topics will include supporting people at risk, warning signs, suicide in communities, the challenges of suicide prevention via social media, indigenous well-being and finding hope and support after the loss of a loved one. The full speakers list is yet to be confirmed but will include suicide survivors and bereaved people, GPs, counsellors and psychologists, social and youth workers, Maori health workers, kaumatua and media rep- resentatives. Go to www.spinz.org.nz to regis- ter. Registration costs $65 but a limited number of registration fee waivers are available for those on low incomes, which can be applied for on the website. This candidate's no show pony By MATT BOWEN Standing for you: Labour's Chao-Fu Wu at his private physiotherapy practice in Papatoetoe. Photo: MATT BOWEN Show pony seems to be one of Chao-Fu Wu s favourite phrases. It slips from the 29-year-old s mouth three times during his first interview as the Labour Party s can- didate for the Botany electorate. As November s general election approaches expect to hear it a lot more. MrWuusesittomarkaline between Labour and, presumably, the National Party. The political newcomer endorses Labour s policies and plans to emu- late the party s ministers who are all reliable and trustworthy people . We may not be very good in terms of show pony stuff appealing to people as in, yes, you look great and you re very charming, he says. With the downturn in the econ- omy and all the other issues we have I think what we need is people that will do real things. They have a vision and policy to do something rather than just, hey, I look good on television or paper. Mr Wu was born in Taiwan and immigrated in the early 1990s with his parents and siblings. The unmarried man has two sisters -- one older, one younger. He attended Manurewa s Hillpark Primary School, Greenmeadows Intermediate and Manurewa High School before studying at Auckland University to become a primary school teacher. He went on to learn physio- therapy at AUT and now runs his own private practice in Papatoetoe. He speaks Hokkien and Chinese and has worked as an interpreter since leaving high school. He s not religious per se but claims to have close ties to the Buddhist Temple and various churches. Those ties and his cultural back- ground are an advantage, he says, considering the electorate s demographics. At the 2006 census, 33.5 percent were Asian and 13 percent Pacific Islander with 49 percent born over- seas. I personally agree with policy that will bring this country forward, that will really stimulate and build a strong economy, Mr Wu says. Botany has a lot of small and medium enterprises and business owners and because of this econ- omic mess they re suffering. The current national govern- ment has no plan, let s face it. When Mr Wu is successful in the National stronghold he wants to avoid the show pony politician trap. Our role is to listen to the people, be available to them and help them resolve problems at the highest level where possible. That s opposed to other candidates or sitting MPs who are more show pony all the time at cer- emonies and opening functions .
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