Thursday February 15, 2018
inbrief news Sunbed operators not up to standard A Consumer NZ mystery shop of sunbed operators has again highlighted poor practices in the industry. Two operators let an underage shopper have a sunbed session, while six let a person with fair skin that burns easily use a sunbed. “Using a sunbed is a health risk regardless of age or skin type but people under 18 or with fair skin are at greater risk of suffering lasting and serious damage,” Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer states using a tanning device before age 30 increases the risk of melanoma by 75 percent.
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Taking pride in making fun beneficial By Jamie Adams
Fun is something not many enterprises are known for creating, but for one fledgling childcare organisation that’s exactly what they’re all about. Moses Ariama is the “director of success” of Pride Lands, a Mt Cook-based company that runs before and after-school programmes, as well as holiday adventure programmes. Moses says having fun is such an important part of children’s lives given the cognitive benefits it can bring. Originally from Ghana, Moses has over 20 years of childcare experience, including in New Zealand where he has lived since 2004. “When I came to New Zealand I wanted to do something that has a genuine impact on lives, to combat problems we have now, like obesity. “Growing up in Ghana, play was exercise. Old people would play and there would be proper interaction.” While society has changed, the ideas of exercise and healthy eating are not lost forever, he says, “you just have to do it the modern way”. Pride Lands Before School Care programme has a component called “Kaicups” whereby
Pride Lands’ Before School Care programme featuring the Keep Fit Karapu is currently held exclusively at Berhampore School. PHOTO: Supplied
children are taught how to cook and prepare breakfasts while wearing a Kaicups apron. The other main component is Keep Fit Karapu (Congregation) which involves familiar sports like soccer, volleyball and basketball on the school’s courts. It can also include mental challenges such as Blind Man’s Bluff whereby blindfolded pupils have to “capture” other pupils using only sound to guide them. “Kids with [attention deficit disorder] are more focused when you have them tackling the mind as well,” Moses says. At this stage only Berhampore School holds the before-school
care programme but Moses says other schools such as Owhiro Bay are interested in adopting it. Another Pride Land’s drawcard is its birthday party planning programme, which Moses says helps bring family back to parties but without the parental stress. “I’ve found that parents, especially single parents, are too busy to organise birthday parties nowadays. “If they plan a party sometimes it is a hassle for them. It’s not that they don’t want to do it but the structure of society now doesn’t have room to do that much stuff.” Pride Entertainment was set up to solve that problem, with its
key aspect being parties based on themes can be wid-ranging and ambitious. “Once we created a spiderweb where children had to crawl under it to get to the food. Another involved having a Star Wars battle on the beach.” Pride Lands organises everything involved in preparing a party - decorations, costumes, goodie bags and even the cake. “All the parent has to do is bring a present and be in the photos.” Moses says the programme gets family members involved in what is usually a friends-only gathering. “Seeing them all engaged together is lovely to see.”
Thousands of new bubs expected in 2018 The old year is out and the new year is in – and midwives, nurses, medical teams and lead maternity carers (LMCs) across the Wellington region are gearing up for another busy 12 months. Wellington Regional Hospital is a tertiary hospital. This means that, as well as
caring for women from Wellington, it also takes patients from across the lower North Island and upper South Island whose pregnancies are more complex. Capital & Coast DHB has birthing units at all three of its campuses – Wellington Regional and Kenepuru Com-
munity Hospitals, and the Kapiti Health Centre. LMCs within the district also support women who want homebirths. “More than 3630 babies were born at one of our campuses in 2017 – a small increase on the previous year,” said associate director of midwifery Carolyn Coles.
“More recently midwives, nurses and medical teams have been kept busy caring for women and babies in hospital over the festive season and LMCs have been helping women give birth in our maternity facilities and providing post-natal care in the community.”
Cook Strait News 15-02-18