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He said in particular, the Mary Potter Hospice was a cause students were always keen to get behind. “The Mary Potter Hospice in particular, is a charity that I wanted to ensure that Rongotai College is fully supporting, as we have collected for them in the past and hope to continue to do so in the future,” he said. Sohadi said he wanted students to really understand what the money they were collecting would go towards. “I really want them to understand what the Mary Potter Hospice is all about and the amazing service they give,” he said. “I want them to realise that they are doing more than just standing around holding collection buckets, I want them to understand that they are helping to make a difference in someone's life, by volunteering to collect.”
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The 17-year-old said it was a great opportunity for the school community to thank the hospice for the amazing work they did in the community. “I would really love to personally thank the Mary Potter Hospice for the amazing service they provide for those in need and the great difference they make in people's lives.” Students will be stationed at The Warehouse and Briscoes in Lyall Bay from 9am to 3pm. The Mary Potter Hospice, based in Newtown, offers free palliative care to all people with a terminal illness in the Wellington region, regardless of age, religion or ethnic origin. The Mary Potter Hospice annual appeal will run from May 20 to 21. For more information on ways to donate, head to www.marypotter.org.nz
amounts of rain. On Twitter, Wellington City Council asked that residents help out clearing drains near their properties. “If it is safe to do so please clear any leaves blocking the drains,” it tweeted. On Facebook the council said contractors worked to clear various flooded areas around the city. Despite the wet weather, temperatures remained warm with the capital reaching a high of 18C last Thursday. Did you experience any flooding last week? Send us an email, news@ wsn.co.nz
About the Mary Potter Hospice: Mary Potter, a Roman Catholic nun, established the Order of the Little Company of Mary in England in 1877. Her life’s work was to give comfort and compassion to the poor and the vulnerable, the elderly, and those who were dying. The Little Company of Mary took their work across the world and in Wellington they established palliative care at Calvary Hospital in Newtown for the terminally ill. The Mary Potter Hospice was formally opened in 1979 to continue this service. These days, the hospice is influenced by the medical philosophy of the modern hospice movement. This started through the work of Dame Cicely Saunders and St Christopher’s Hospice in London in the 1960s. (SOURCE: www.marypotter.org.nz)
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Residents association proposed for Berhampore By Nikki Papatsoumas
A residents association is on the cards for Berhampore. A public meeting will be held tonight, at the Centennial Community Centre, to discuss the idea of forming a Berhampore Residents Association, or similar group to focus on issues and projects within the community. Centre coordinator, Merio Marsters, said they were working on getting a group together to address the needs and concerns of the wider Berhampore community and residents. Peter Frater was secretary of the former Berhampore Residents Association before it was disbanded, around the same time as the Newtown Festival was established, 20 years ago. At its peak, there were around 30 members of the association, Peter said. “I have been asking people about reforming the old association or doing something completely different. “As long as we have a city
council and a regional council and a health department and hospital board and all those local bodies, there’s a need for a residents association or organisation for the people to engage with officialdom and make sure ideas are discussed or canvassed, the message gets out and people can express their opinions.” Peter has remained involved in community events including the establishment of the Centennial Community Centre and the Newtown Festival. “There has been a desire expressed many times by a number of people, that they would like to see something that would make Berhampore more than somewhere where you have to slow down to go through the lights. “Now that we have a community centre, as a community we have a focus, we have somewhere to meet… and I have great hopes for things to come back together.” Councillor Paul Eagle encouraged locals to head along to tonight’s meeting and brain-
inbrief news Sign Language Week New Zealand Sign Language Week takes place from May 9 to May 15. Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encouraged all New Zealanders to take part in New Zealand Sign Language Week to celebrate one of the country’s official languages and its role in developing a strong deaf community. For more information on events happening around the country, head to ww.deaf.org.nz/nzslw-2016-events
Move to electric vehicles The Greater Wellington Regional Council added the first fully electric car to its vehicle fleet last week. Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Chris Laidlaw, said there was increasing interest in electric vehicles across the country. He said a move to electric vehicles was consistent with the council’s role in environmental protection. The new vehicle, a Nissan Leaf, produces 80 per cent less emissions than a petrol car.
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storm ideas. “One of the things I would like to see is a process that enables community lead development, like village planning, which has been successful in Porirua City… something like village planning would be perfect for Berhampore.
“This is about being proactive rather than the council telling you what’s good for you.” A public meeting will take place to discuss the forming of a Berhampore Residents Association from 6pm tonight, at the Centennial Community Centre, at 493 Adelaide Rd.
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Death in Strathmore Park A wom a n ha s b e en charged following the death of a 37-year-old woman in Strathmore Park late last week. Police said they were called to a house in Strathmore Park about 7.30pm last Friday, after they received reports a female had been injured. When emergency services arrived at the scene, a 37-yearold woman was found dead.
Police said they had since laid charges against a 37-yearold woman in relation to the death. She appeared in the Wellington District Court at the weekend. Meanwhile police conducted a scene examination at the house in Strathmore Park at the weekend. Police reassured the community that the woman’s death appeared to be an iso-
lated incident. They said they were still working to notify the deceased woman’s next of kin. Lisa Matthews from the Strathmore Park Community Centre said her thoughts were with all the families affected. She said the centre, alongside Wellington City Council would be hosting two sessions on Monday. Locals were invited to head
along for a cup of tea or a chat. Lisa said the New Zealand Police and Victim Support would be in attendance if people had questions about general safety or needed to talk about the shock of such an event. Two sessions will be held at the Strathmore Park Community Centre, 108 Strathmore Ave, on Monday, May 16, at 2pm and 7pm.
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Council supports free trade fortnight This year’s Fair Trade Fortnight runs from Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 22. Wellington City Council is supporting Fair Trade Fortnight with events, information and free samples to show the benefits of supporting Fair Trade in the capital. Wellington has been a Fair Trade city since 2009, and was the first Fair Trade capital city in the southern hemisphere. For more information on key events supported by the council head to www.wellingtonfairtrade. org.nz
Residents can dive deep into local history each week when the Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society opens their archives. The society hosts open days every Friday from 10am to 2pm at the Island Bay Community Centre, allowing the public to come and browse the collections, or ask one of the members to help with a
particular project. The archives are devoted to Houghton, Island and Owhiro Bays, and consist of historical photographs, documents and maps of the area. The members are dedicated to preserving the history of the suburbs for present and future generations and spend their Fridays sifting through, collecting and archiving all kinds of ephemera. They accrue clippings from current newspapers, as well
Bond St refresh Work has begun on repainting the polka dots on Bond St, as part of the autumn refresh campaign for the street. Later in the month, the existing giant planter pots will be replaced with up cycled crates and skips filled with fruit trees and herbs where local residents and businesses can grow edible plants. This inner-city garden will support the Wellington City Council’s vision of creating a more liveable and sustainable city, as well as encourage people to grow and share food.
Graham Campbell (left) came to bone up on his history, with Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society members (from second to left) David Ryrie, committee member, Marion Findlay, co-curator, Cynthia Coomber, secretary, and Gill Ryrie, co-curator
as the accounts of long-time residents, preserving their recollections for posterity. Marion Findlay, co-curator of the collection, believed it was important for the society to focus on the present as well as the past. “We spend time gathering current info on the basis that what happens today is history tomorrow,” Marion explained. Gill Ryrie, a co-curator of the collection and committee member, said he enjoyed learning the stories of Island Bay residents. “It gives people the opportunity to share, that’s what is really brilliant,” Gill said. Much of the material collected was from the twentieth century. As Marion remarked, “The crucial date was 1905. That is when the trams went through.” This connected the isolated outpost to the city. Before the trams, however, Island Bay was known for its racetrack, which was built in 1883. Marion authored an essay
on the course, combining documents and photographs relating to it in one collection before turning them into a 27-page article. Members sometimes conduct their own research, creating collections and articles to make the archive easily navigable and for the yearly magazine the society publishes. The members of the committee are not professional historians, but rather passionate students of Island Bay’s storied past. She said the society was performing an important service for the southern bays, preserving their stories. “We’re making sure the community remembers.” The society’s next open day is Friday, May 13, and their next quarterly meeting will take place on Monday, May 16 at 7.30pm at Wellington South Baptist Church, where author and retired colonel and surgeon, Wyn Beasley will speak.
Mt Victoria Tunnel turning blue ‘Robin’s egg blue’ will soon swath the Mt Victoria Tunnel walls after a green hue drew complaints from locals. For the past five months, the New Zealand Transport Agency has been trying out new colours for the tunnel’s walls, as part of the second stage of upgrade work on the tunnel. The agency said it was trying to find a colour that was aesthetically pleasing, met safety and light reflection requirements and made it easy for drivers to see within the tunnel. The agency tested out a light green for a trial period, but has now decided to switch to blue. Highways Manager, Wellington
of the agency, Neil Walker, said, “what we found was the light green colour, combined with the new LED lighting, highlighted the rough wall surface of the 84-yearold tunnel and stains from water seepage.” The public was not enthusiastic about the trial colour either, he said. “We’ve also received negative comments from the public about the look of the walls.” Neil said the ‘robin’s egg blue’ colour was tailor-made for the Mt Victoria tunnel. “This light greyish blue-green colour will provide continuity with the plant rooms at either end of the tunnel and is in keeping with the
1930s era of the tunnel,” Neil said. Upgrade work on the tunnel includes LED lighting, strengthening of the pedestrian walkway and exterior portal slopes, improvement of concrete surfacing and carriageway wall panels, a new emergency communications system, upgraded tunnel management systems, control room refurbishments, and replacements and reconditioning of ventilation fans. Painting will begin Sunday, May 8 as part of the standard night time closures – Sunday to Thursday from 9pm to 6am. There will be a public open night marking the completion of the project on Sunday, June 19.
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New playgroup for the community By Nikki Papatsoumas
Excited parents, caregivers and small children gathered for the official opening of a new playgroup in Miramar last Friday. The playgroup has been established by Porse and will run out of the ‘Family Space’ in Miramar every Friday during the school term. The Family Space exists to support and strengthen families in the community and runs groups for locals from Monday to Thursday. Porse was the latest organisation to hold a playgroup at the space
on Park Rd in Miramar. Programme tutor Suzanne Archer said the playgroup was open to the whole community, not just Porse families and educators. She said the purpose of the playgroup was “to build a sense of community” with local parents, caregivers and educators. “Years ago we had one [a playgroup] in Miramar and we did a review that we would like to come back because we have a lot of families and educators in the area.” She said the space was a perfect place to hold a playgroup because it was “well resourced”.
“It has a great outdoor area, it’s really safe, it is double gated and off the street. It is just a great big open space.” Suzanne said she was blown away by how successful the playgroup’s very first session was last week. “It’s been amazing there has been more people show up than we thought.” The Family Space is located at 33 Park Rd, Miramar, behind the Gateway Baptist Church. Porse’s Friday Playgroup runs every Friday during school term, from 9.30am to 11.30am and is for children from zero to five.
Programme tutor Suzanne Archer at Porse’s newest playgroup in Miramar last Friday.
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Wellington’s Town Belt is set to grow by 120 hectares. This comes after the Wellington Town Belt Act 2016 was passed in Parliament last week. The bill will give greater protection to the Town Belt, guard its special status, and give greater say to the public on its future direction. The new addition of green space brings the belt up to 520 hectares, stretching in a horseshoe shape from Mt Victoria, including the Berhampore Golf Course, to Tinakori Hill. Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central, sponsored the
bill and introduced it into Parliament. “We now have a piece of legislation that gives the Town Belt the recognition and protection it deserves,” Mr Robertson said. “It is particularly exciting that as a result of this legislation for the first time since 1873 we will be adding land to the Town Belt.” Under the new law, the Wellington City Council will be responsible for the protection, management and enhancement of the Town Belt as a public recreation ground for the people of Wellington.
The original Town Belt was a continuous horseshoeshaped reserve of 625 hectares and was set aside in 1839 under the instruction of the Secretary of the New Zealand Company, the private company that established Wellington. The Town Belt was held by the crown from 1841 and the Wellington City Council became responsible for it in 1873. By this time, approximately one third of the land had been appropriated for other uses.
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Work in progress Lawrence Penney and Dorothy Johnson reunite at the Centennial Community Centre.
Community centre fosters friendship among local elders The residents of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home are fostering friendships in their local community at Berhampore’s Centennial Community Centre. Berhampore’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, along with two other rest homes in the area, are making a commitment to staying connected by meeting at the community centre once a month for afternoon tea and an activity. The monthly meet-up was inspired by the opening of the Community Centre in March this year, where the local rest homes were invited to visit the Centre for the first time, explains Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn. “We were invited to visit and learn about the centre over afternoon tea which was lovely because we take every opportunity to support residents to keep involved in their local community and our local community centre will play a big part in that,” says Annelize. “The community centre coordinator asked the residents for suggestions on how the centre can bring the community together, and they suggested barbeques, old time sing alongs, happy hours, indoor bowls and involvement with local children.” She says a special moment of the day was the reunion of two old friends who didn’t realise they lived in the same area.
“Dorothy Johnson and Lawrence Penney met many years ago when they were both involved in a social group in Kilbirnie, but they lost contact and had no idea that they now live just down the street from each other,” Annelize explains. “Dorothy lives at Kilmarnock Heights Home and Lawrence lives at Vincentian Home and they had no idea, so it made for a surprise reunion with a promise of many more visits.” The residents of the three homes agreed to make their afternoon tea at the community centre a monthly event, with their first meeting taking place last Monday. “It means elders living in rest homes in our community can meet and socialise with others at a similar stage in life, foster friendships, and enjoy being out in their local community,” says Annelize. Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, or to discuss visiting the home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, free phone 0508 36 54 83 (that’s 0508 ENLIVEN) or visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz.
Hataitai Pharmacy is open for business despite major construction taking place on site. Owner Kelvin Lim said earthquake strengthening on the Moxham Ave building, which is 80-years-old, began last year in June. Work began at the front of the store and while this took place the pharmacy operated from the back of the building. However, the pharmacy was now back up and running from the front of the store, Kelvin said, as work began on strengthening the back of the building earlier this week. Due to the constr uction work, wheelchair access to Hataitai Village Surgery, which runs parallel to the pharmacy, has been limited.
Robert McIlroy from the Hataitai Village Surgery said they were happy to make necessary accommodations for those patients in wheelchairs, if they called ahead of their appointments. Kelvin said he understood some members of the public were frustrated, however, contractors were unable to keep the path to the doctors surgery open as they needed it to access the building and do major demolition. He said his customers had been interested in renovations taking place at the pharmacy and thanked all customers for their patience while work was being carried out. Kelvin said work was expected to be finished by July.
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Capital’s commitment The annual Relay for Life event in Wellington for the Cancer Society will stay in its long-time home of Frank Kitts Park, following a meeting between the Mayor of Wellington, Celia WadeBrown, council staff and representatives from the Cancer Society. As part of the 2001 Wellington Waterfront Framework, reconfirmed in 2011, one of the remaining significant projects is the revitalisation of Frank Kitts Park. Current plans would double the
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Hunt through haunted hospital By Nikki Papatsoumas and Kelly Hennessy
Thrill seekers who want to connect with other worldly spirits will have an opportunity to do just that later this month. Wellington psychic medium Kathy McBride has the gift of connection with the other side, bringing messages from loved ones and guides in spirit. On May 28, Kathy will host her ‘Messages from Beyond’ show at the Wellington SPCA, which is based at the old Fever Hospital on Alexandra Rd in Mount Victoria. Following this, those interested can take part in a ghost tour of the grounds and have first-hand experience connecting with some of the spirits who grace the hospital’s corridors. Following her ‘Messages from Beyond’ show, those taking part in the ghost tour of the old Fever Hospital would be split into groups of three or four people. Smaller groups would allow people to have a better experience, Kathy explained. Groups would explore the old Fever Hospital grounds, including hospital wings, hall, offices where the hospital’s caretaker was known to have hanged himself and the basement. Kathy said you could never be sure how the spirits would respond on any given night, but in the past revellers have experienced bangs, the shutting of doors and alarms
An unexplained figure, which appeared at a previous Ghost Hunt on the old Fever Hospital site.
being set off. “Most people should experience something, whether it is feeling ‘cold spots’, sounds or noises we can’t explain,” she said. Kathy said her well trained team would always look for a “scientific answers” before assuming noises or movements came from spirits. She said locals should not fear Fever Hospital’s supernatural inhabitants.
“They are very happy for what it is now being used for.” Tickets for Kathy’s show ‘Messages from Beyond’ on May 28 are available on www.eventfinda. co.nz or at the Wellington SPCA reception. Anyone interested in taking part in a Ghost Tour of the old Fever Hospital should bring a torch, camera, comfy shoes and refreshments.
ABOUT FEVER HOSPITAL: The old Fever Hospital is perched imposingly on the edge of Mt Victoria. Its isolation was intentional; the hospital was originally built in the 1918 to treat patients with infectious diseases. Most patients had tuberculosis, though the hospital also took in soldiers returning from World War I with influenza. The hospital became known as the Chest Hospital in 1969, and closed in 1981. The building was listed in the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1980. It remained empty until 1987, when Wellington Polytechnic’s School of Music began using it for rehearsal
and performance spaces. It was again empty, with the musicians moving out in 1998, until the SPCA moved into the internally renovated building in December 2013, where they still are today. Many believe its earliest residents never left, spending their evenings haunting the halls. One of the most notorious ghosts is a nurse, Sister Slippers, who, as the name implies, used to make her nightly rounds in a pair of slippers. The musicians and veternarians who’ve occupied the building since have reported feeling cold spots and hearing unexplainable noises.
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LETTERS to the editor Not enough interest Dear Ed, Justin Lester, who hopes to be elected Mayor, seriously expects us to believe that surveys show 80 per cent of Wellingtonians support the proposed extension to the airport runway. My experience was that the promoters of this extravagance could barely drum up enough in-
terested citizens to consume the lavish (paid for by the ratepayers) buffet put on at the Brentwood Hotel as part of its 'consultation process'. I'd bet my pension that 80 per cent of Wellingtonians neither know nor care about this vanity project and indeed are unlikely to be able to
afford to fly on any long haul route that might be facilitated by a as yet unknown airline which might, possibly, one day, use the extended runway. Maybe the council should concentrate on improving road access to and from the airport before facilitating perceived new routes in and
Yes to runway Dear Ed, I feel very strongly that the Wellington City Council is doing the right thing by proposing to extend the Wellington Airport runway. Angela Karcaoglu Wellington
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Dear Ed, Sadly, whenever a new airport runway, a new road or even a big new building is proposed, there are people living nearby who will be negatively affected. I always feel sorry for them - as I do for those living in the vicinity of Wellington Airport's proposed runway. But I do believe that we urgently need a runway extension at the airport and I
feel certain that the right place to put it is to the south. Putting it into Evans Bay would have affected many many more people and would have spoiled a beautiful bay into the bargain. Not that it will improve the appearance or liveability of Moa Point and its environs, I admit, but it’s the right decision for the city. J C Doyle, Oriental Bay
Enjoy it while you can Dear Ed, It's good that N D McCabe (CSN May 8) finds Strathmore Park's public transport excellent, but unfortunately Greater Wellington Regional Council has its bus services in its sights. From 2018 all except a few of the suburb's buses will terminate in Kilbirnie, with passengers having to change to get to the hospital or the CBD (with two changes needed to get to Victoria University); weekday evening
and Sunday services will be halved, to hourly; and the last bus will be two to three hours earlier than now. Your correspondent compares Strathmore Park with Cannons Creek: in public transport terms Strathmore Park will be very much the poor relation, so enjoy the current service while you can. Mike Mellor Seatoun
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Your local community centre: Over the next few editions, the Cook Strait News will profile local community centres dotted across the southern and eastern suburbs. This week we chat to Grant Ellen from the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre is perched on a quiet street, surrounded by an ample backyard with walls covered in colourful murals. Though it is a bit “off the beaten track,” the centre acts as a community hub, connecting various local groups and residents, said centre coordinator Grant Ellen. “There’s always people coming and going, and there is definitely a good community around here, even though it is not in the centre of town.” Grant sees the centre as a space for the community to come together. “We are providing a facility, mainly for children and seniors, giving people a space to meet and connect.” Local groups keep the centre busy, booking the hall for everything from yoga to Sunday school. “Lots of groups use it, ethnically diverse groups. There is an after-school program every day, and different dance groups, church groups.” Around the corner, a community garden sits nestled against the side of the centre, filled with lettuce and cherry tomatoes.
The garden has been a community effort, with local volunteers working the plots, and Common Sense Organics and the Miramar Heights Community Gardens providing seeds and help. “We’re still getting it off the ground, but we’ve been able to grab a few things, and were able to put some tomatoes in our kai baskets.” On Monday and Wednesday mornings the hall is a distribution centre for kai baskets, a programme run by Kaibosh that provides food to those in need. The hall will soon have even more uses, as the centre is in the process
of updating the sound and audio/ visual equipment, and is working on installing a computer hub. In the meantime, locals can drop in for a tai chi class or a game of cards. “There are always good people here. Anyone is welcome.” The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre is located at 27 Chelsea St in Miramar and is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. For more information on classes or activities head to the ‘Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre’ Facebook page or call Grant on 388 1944.
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More than 100 locals from Strathmore Councillor Paul Eagle, who is chair Park gathered to discuss the future of the of the council’s community, sport and suburb last Wednesday. recreation committee, said it was a great Late last year a number of agencies opportunity for the community to catch announced they would help drive a com- up on what has been happening as part of munity-led rejuvenation of Strathmore the Strathmore Park rejuvenation project. Our summer were built by us. Park. He saidpools in particular there was a lot of As part of the initiative the Strathmore conversation aboutno a community facilBlends in well did cause fuss. Park community were asked to identify ity which be built at Ruakawa With hydro slidewould will cause a splash. strengths, challenges and opportunities Reserve in the heart of the community. And to it many– people dash. for the suburb at a series of community “The biggest that and people want is Through native bushthing we twist wiggle. meetings. a shared community space so having a From the children brings a giggle. Last Wednesday evening representabuilding itself is important. Severn days a week the place is open. tives from New Zealand Police, Housing “There are no churches, other types Hot summer we all are hopen! New Zealand, the Wellington City Counof halls days and spaces up there a part from
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Strathmore Park needs a new logo The Wellington City Council, Housing New Zealand and the New Zealand Police 51. J.K. are calling on members of the Strathmore Park community to help Rowling launchthe the suburb’s revitalisation prochose ject by sending in a design that best unusual represents Strathmore Park. A $100 Roxy
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The Silent Disease Current figures shows that more than 200,000 New Zealanders have been diagnosed with diabetes. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, with type 2 diabetes being the more common, about 90% of all the diabetics in New Zealand. It is estimated that 100,000 more people have diabetes but are not diagnosed and do not know that they are diabetic. Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (a form of sugar) in your blood. Insulin, the hormone that your body normally produces to deal with this sugar is unable to do so. The resulting high levels of glucose can lead to long term damage to your body, including heart disease, particularly heart attack and stroke, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and damage to your feet. Therefore it is a condition that has a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Symptoms can include feeling tired, feeling thirsty, going to the toilet often, getting infections frequently and in-
fections that take a long time to heal, blurred vision, tingling and numbness in the feet and often feeling hungry. It is possible to have type 2 diabetes without realising that you are diabetic as not everyone has obvious symptoms. Also symptoms can go unnoticed as the disease develops very gradually, it really is the “Silent Disease”, People that are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in New Zealand are those with a family history of diabetes, Maori, Pacific peoples and South Asian populations. Diets with increased amounts of processed food and drink, sedentary lifestyles and increasing rates of overweight and obesity are major contributing factors. However over 50% of type 2 diabetes is preventable or at least can be delayed by a healthy diet, weight loss and physical activity. If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, then a general medical check-up is recommended. For Europeans
a blood test is recommended at age 40, but it is younger, at age 30 for Maori, Pacific Peoples and South Asian populations. Earlier detection can lead to better control and management of the condition and an improved outcome. While type 2 diabetes usually affects adults over the age of 40 it is occurring more commonly now at a younger age and can be seen in teenagers and younger children. Diabetes cannot be cured, but serious long term problems are less likely if you manage the condition well, which means better control of blood glucose to within the normal range. There are medicines available that your doctor can prescribe to take orally for type 2 diabetes and in some cases insulin may be needed as well. However “the main focus for managing type 2 diabetes is on a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical exercise and losing weight if your are overweight” say Self Care pharmacists. “A healthy diet is one with fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals; eat-
ing low-fat dairy products; having little animal fat, fried fatty foods, sweet bakery items and foods high in salt”, recommend Self Care pharmacists. They also advise that around 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity regularly – brisk walking, climbing the stairs at work – is important for weight management and good diabetes control. The Self Care fact card on Type 2 Diabetes has more information. “Because diabetes is linked with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity, leading to cardiovascular disease, ask us for other useful fact cards such as Reducing Your Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and Weight and Health”, suggest Self Care pharmacists. “Our goal is to assist diabetics understand how best to manage their conditions, use their medicines to the best effect, get good blood glucose control and enjoy life.” Prepared by Pharmacy Self Care, Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, PO Box 11640, Wellington.
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Thursday May 12, 2016
Power Walk for Dress for Success Dress for Success invites Wellingtonians to take part in their annual Power Walk on Saturday, May 14 in support of Wellington women getting into work. “Often changing your life is about putting one foot in front of the other and taking the first step,” Dress for Success Wellington President, Jane Fanselow-Price, said. Registration starts in Frank Kitts Park from 9am with the walk starting at 10am. $20 entry, free for kids under 12. Participants can register in advance on EventFinda or by emailing email@example.com Don Manning, celebrant and Sailability Wellington Club Captain and Trustee. PHOTO CREDIT: Martin Rigby
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50 people participating in the ceremony, while parents and supporters looked on. The Sea Scouts blessed two new Sunbursts, named Aurora and Eclipse, for the group to use for sailing lessons and regatta practice. Sailability named and blessed a yellow dinghy, Kowhai. Both Sailability and the Sea Scouts operate out of Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club. Don Manning did double-duty as both the celebrant of the ceremony and the Club Captain and Trustee of Sailability Wellington. The Sea Scouts and Sailability teaming up, Don said, “is part of the new way clubs are working, with both the Brittania Sea Scouts and us affiliated with the Evans Bay Yacht Club, and working together.” Don believed the partnership was
Three new boats are set to sail after a boat blessing was held by local groups earlier this month. Brittania Sea Scouts blessed two boats and Sailability Wellington blessed one, at Evans Bay Yacht Club, on Sunday, May 1. The blessing of the fleet is a centuries-old tradition, undertaken to ensure the safe passage of all who sail within the boat. Martin Rigby, the Brittania Sea Scouts Group Leader, said, “Every time a new boat is launched we perform a blessing, a kind of religious ceremony, and it is supposed to keep everyone safe. We’re following tradition.” With three new boats to launch, Sailability Wellington and Brittania Sea Scouts teamed up, with
natural. “There is a lot of synchronicity; we don’t just share the love of the sea, but we both sail in Wellington Harbour, are dedicated to teaching and education. There are a number of people who have been members of both organisations.” Sailability Wellington is a notfor-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of those with disabilities through sailing programmes. Brittania Sea Scouts is a volunteer organisation committed to the education and development of youth in the southern Wellington area through sailing and outdoor education. The day would not have been possible without the contributions of the New Zealand Community Trust, the Lion Foundation, and the Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust, Martin Rigby noted.
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