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It’s not every day that BBC TV knocks on your door to film for one of their programmes, so when this happened at Stanmore Bay School recently, it raised a few eyebrows. Principal Carol Abley says she got three weeks’ notice that the British film crew would be coming to the school to film a segment for the Wanted Down Under series, which they did on May 14. The programme airs on BBC One and aims to help families and couples from across the UK who are considering emigrating to NZ or Australia, by giving them a week-long taste of life ‘down under’ before they decide whether to make the move. Now in its tenth series, it regularly attracts two million viewers. Carol showed Nik Huddart and his two children around the school and says the biggest wow factor was the size of the field. “He asked whether it could be sold off for housing, as happens in the UK,” she said. Nik and the children were also interested in the Enviroschools programme. Filming took 1.5 hours and Carol says it will be interesting to see what makes the cut, when it is reduced to around eight minutes of footage. Each family votes at the end as to whether they want to make the move,
The Huddart family got a trial run at emigration to the Coast, thanks to the BBC.
and Carol says she thinks the Huddarts will be in favour. “Most people move here for the quality of life, and take on board that the cost of living, in some areas, is higher,” she says. “They get to find out all the facts and figures on their visit to NZ, including things like house prices and how far it is to commute to work, but things like walking on the beaches, the climate and way of life count for a lot.” Footage was also recorded at Orewa Primary in April for the same programme but with the Gormusoglu family. The Huddart’s segment will not transmit on British television until next January.
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School children from around the world feature in an exhibition at Estuary Arts Centre. Children from Ahuroa School, and below, Singapore, are included.
Global reach for exhibition Faces of children from around the globe greet visitors to this year’s Ahuroa School Photography Club exhibition at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa. Not only are children the subject of the photos, but all the images were taken by children from schools throughout NZ as well as Singapore, America, Pakistan and Mexico. A total of 1000 images, taken by 250 photographers from 21 schools feature in the exhibition. The mammoth effort of coordinating the year-long project fell to Ahuroa teacher Theressa Butler, who says the idea was to represent each school community and, when the images are seen together, tell a story.
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“The most amazing thing has been the stories behind the stories, which are shared at the exhibition,” Theressa says. The exhibition is the club’s fourth, and the third as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography fringe programme. It is on from June 4–28 at Estuary Arts Centre, 214B Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa.
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Boundary quandary causes headaches for school The classrooms at Stanmore Bay School are full to overflowing, and the school is in the process of putting a zone in place, to limit enrolments, for the first time. Principal Carol Abley says parents were “very vocal” when they were shown the Ministry of Education’s proposed boundary recently. The changes will come into force at the start of next year. The definition of a zone around the school will mean that siblings of current students, who live outside the zone, won’t be able to go to the school as of right. Instead, they will go into a ballot for a limited number of places. Mrs Abley says it is also a concern that the children of teachers at the school go almost to the bottom of the priority list when it comes to obtaining a place. There are likely to be some areas where the Stanmore Bay School zone intersects
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with the neighbouring Whangaparaoa School and Red Beach School zones, so students in those ‘shared zones’ will have a choice of schools. Mrs Abley says that the process is protracted and involves a lot of paperwork, but the school has no choice but to implement a zone. “We need four additional classrooms, and the Ministry will only allow that if we bring in a zone,” she says. She says the school is already converting its former dental clinic into a classroom space, and that the Ministry’s suggestion that the school hall, library or staffroom be used as classrooms is simply not workable. “The development at the back of Karepiro Drive will bring 100 more homes into the area, and put more pressure on our roll, so we need to act now.”
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Orewa College student and competitive swimmer Wilrich Coetzee has been selected to take part in the Fina World Junior Championships to be held in Singapore in August. Subject to approval by the NZ Olympic Committee, he has also been selected to represent NZ at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa in September. Wilrich was selected while competing at the Swimming NZ Age Group Championships, where he won gold medals in the 200m and 400m Individual Medley and 100m and 200m Butterfly events and silver medals in the 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke events for boys 17-18 years old. The talented swimmer also broke the Auckland Age Group record for 17-year-old boys in the 200m Butterfly.
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To screen, or not to screen In NZ prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, there are about 2500 to 3000 new cases each year and about 600 deaths, making it the third most common cause of male cancer death. Prostate cancer rarely occurs below the age of 55, it mostly develops in men over the age of 65 and by the age of 75 it will have developed in around one in 13 men. The cause is unknown; aside from risk increasing with age the other risk factor is a family history of the disease. The speed at which the cancer grows varies enormously from person to person. The major controversy regarding the disease arises around the topic of screening – is it worthwhile to screen men without any symptoms and do the benefits of detecting the disease early outweigh the potential harm? There are two principal tests used for identifying prostate cancer – the PSA test (a blood test for Prostate specific antigen) and Digital Rectal Examination (DRE). The PSA test is difficult to interpret – there is no “normal” level of PSA and PSA levels can vary due to all sort of causes, for example a DRE can cause a rise in PSA and so should be done after the PSA, not before. As with all screening, if these tests were applied across the whole male population they would give rise to false negatives and false positives. False negatives cause false assurance and lead to treatment not being sought or offered when it is really needed. False positives cause anxiety and the next step in diagnosis is a biopsy which carries risks of pain, bleeding and infection. About 75 percent of men who have a biopsy after an elevated PSA test will not be found to have cancer; however the biopsy will miss the cancer in some cases. So the PSA test is difficult to interpret and really needs to be combined with a DRE, knowledge of family history and careful discussion of what the prostate cancer symptoms are. The issues of false negatives and false positives together with the age of occurrence (possibly up to 50 percent of prostate cancers detected would not have caused illness in the man’s lifetime) suggest that if used to screen the male population as a whole the lives saved would be outweighed by the complications and side effects of early treatment. For these reasons there is currently no national screening programme in New Zealand. However it is recommended that men between the ages of 40 (with a family history of prostate cancer) and 75 talk to their GP about their likelihood of developing prostate cancer, and the risks and benefits of testing.
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Speaking out on elder abuse The mistreatment of older people takes many forms and, according to Rodney Age Concern chief executive Catherine Smith, the hardest part is getting people to speak out about it and seek help. With this in mind, she is presenting neglect, which Catherine puts down a talk at Orewa Library this month to a breakdown in the family unit, and to clarify some of the issues that greed. constitute elder abuse, raise awareness “It used to be normal for people and reassure people that they are not to look after their parents and alone and help is at hand. grandparents and although that’s still The talk is part of Elder Abuse true for the majority of families, in Awareness week, which runs from more and more cases there is neglect June 15–19. of elders,” she says. “Parents may have Catherine is hoping that people will given everything to their children and bring along any questions they have they deserve the same care in return when they get old.” regarding elder abuse. She says at the moment financial She says it’s important that people abuse and scams are causing the most come forward if they have any misgivings about the way they are concern. Scams include people coming door- being treated. “Age Concern is here to help, and to-door offering to do work. “Our advice is, if someone comes to the we keep everything in the strictest door offering to do jobs, that they must confidence,” she says. “If we can’t help give you a written quote and complete with a particular problem, we can find the job to your satisfaction before you someone who can.” hand over a single cent,” she says. “We Catherine says Rodney Age Concern hear too often of people handing over is seeing more cases of elder abuse large sums of money in cash before any each year. Age Concern NZ deals with work is done. In some cases the work around 2000 cases annually. is not done at all, or done very poorly Catherine’s talk on Elder Abuse is at with the clean up left to the resident.” Orewa Library, Moana Ave, Orewa on Age Concern can provide a list of June 19 at 11am. reputable local tradespeople as well as The topic is also being covered in a talk Do Not Knock stickers, which can be by a representative of Age Concern placed on the front door to deter cold NZ at Age Concern Rodney’s annual callers. meeting, on June 18. This meeting Elder abuse can also come from takes place at the Catholic Church family members and may include in Centreway Rd, Orewa, starting at financial pressure from relatives and 10.30am and all are welcome.
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