Wednesday February 1, 2017
Community fruit trees stolen By Emma McAuliffe
Ngaturi Park after the trees went missing. PHOTO: Josh Briggs Facebook
ing the trees had been taken. “They had been untouched since then except for people maintaining them. They had been growing really well and had really taken to the soil,” he said. Mr Briggs posted his findings to Facebook on Tuesday morning after being told about the theft. Within minutes people responded with their anger and disappointment the trees had been taken, calling it “annoying” and disrespectful. Mr Briggs said if people knew anything about the missing trees they could contact him. “If people are interested in planting fruit trees in the future they can also contact me. I don’t want this event to put a dampener on our community,” he said.
Locals have been left disappointed after fruit trees at Ngaturi Park were stolen recently. Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward, Josh Briggs, said he discovered on Tuesday morning that fruit trees planted as part of a community health initiative had been taken. The trees had been donated to the Common Unity Project who, with the Hutt City Council, formed the Ngahere Kai initiative to create community gardens across Lower Hutt. Local volunteers planted the trees on Father’s Day last September for the community garden. Mr Briggs said it was disappoint-
B4 school checks getting kids ready for school Locals are being encouraged to make sure their children are having their B4 school checks. Introduced in 2008, the B4 School Check is the final core Well Child/ Tamariki Ora check. Checks are provided through a range of community health services and include hearing, eyesight, height, weight, oral health assessments, and comprehensive health and development questionnaires. Parents were encouraged to have their child get the B4 School Check as close to their fourth birthday as possible, to give families time to work with any additional support services
they might need, for example immunisations that protect children against measles and other diseases that can spread at school. The most common issues identified in the check are vision and hearing difficulties. In 2015-16, 2874 children were identified with a possible hearing loss and referred for treatment or further assessment. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said more parents were sending their children to school for the first time this week knowing their B4 School Check has picked up any potential health or development needs at an early stage.
“The B4 School Checks help to give children the best start at school by identifying and addressing any health or development problems in time to connect them with the appropriate support services,” Dr Coleman said. “All families are encouraged to participate in the free health check. B4 School Check providers are working with other services such as early childhood education, and focusing on hard to reach communities to encourage uptake.” To find out where your child can get the B4 school check done in Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata head to www. health.govt.nz/.
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Wainuiomata News 01-02-17