Thursday November 9, 2017
Ronald McDonald House good but brand isn’t: PHA By Jamie Adams
The Public Health Association has clarified its widely-panned stance towards Ronald McDonald House charities following the Counties Manukau DHB’s rejection of a House at Middlemore Hospital. The PHA says it strongly supports facilities for families of children in hospital with serious conditions receiving publicly funded health care.
“Our criticism is of the undesirable marketing of the fast food industry arising from the naming rights held by the McDonald’s brand”, its chief executive Warren Lindberg says. Warren says the food industry should join the PHA in changing the environments that promote “junk food”. “If McDonald’s Restaurants (New Zealand) Limited and its corporate partners have any sense of social responsibility,
they will continue to contribute to the delivery of such a valuable health service and give up the naming rights.” Wayne Howett, the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) New Zealand, says it is part of a network of Houses around the globe connected by the name of the organisation. “The McDonald’s system is the founding mission partner of RMHC, reflecting a relationship that continues to be valuable,”
he says. While funding channels change over time, McDonald’s has always been a core contributor of funds, Wayne says. “It sounds simple to say ‘just do it unbranded’, but in reality it is a very complex and historically rich decision, one that will not be made in New Zealand.” There are currently three Ronald McDonald Houses in New Zealand, including one in Newtown near Wellington Hospital.
Residents in a spin over bike track construction By Jamie Adams
Digging activity on a park south of Scots College is only temporary and the outcome will benefit everyone, the school assures. Two residents contacted the Cook Strait News last week to express concerns about the impact of work on two new bicycle tracks at the park, which includes a playground, situated between Monorgan Road and Walden Street. The bicycle tracks are an initiative conceived by a group of year 6 pupils who want to encourage more activity on two wheels. One of the residents, Tony Sutcliffe, says the work not only affected car parking, but also the enjoyment of families that used the playground. “This park is very much used by family groups in Strathmore who have picnics,” Tony says. “They have nowhere else in the area to play.” Tony says there had been no indication the work would be happening until he saw the bulldozers begin action on Tuesday last week. “There was no consultation with the neighbours.” Scots College preparatory
principal Mike Hansen says the project had been planned over the past year. “Our Year 6s were asked to do an enquiry into something that interested them,” Mike says. “They found a decreasing number who were active and riding bikes.” From there they contacted the Bike On Trust, who runs the national “Bikes In Schools” programme. “They put together a proposal to the council and to Scots College also.” The proposal involved constructing two tracks – an asphalt loop track that would be level with the grass, and a circular skills track which would include bridges and a slalom. “We met with the parks team and looked at where the proposed track would go. They wanted to see it go there.” Mike insists that the tracks would be for all users, not just Scots College students. While some access to the park was restricted, the playground was still open and he believes disruption would be limited as construction of each track would be done separately. “It will take three weeks for
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The partially fenced-off playground at a park south of Scots College where two new bike tracks are being developed. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
each project to be completed before February.” Council spokesperson Bridget Parrott says immediate neighbours were notified just prior to work commencing.
A brief on page 3 of last week’s edition stated the Round The Bays fun run is sponsored by Achilles NZ, which is actually the charity proceeds are being donated to. The actual sponsor of the annual running event is Cigna.
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