Manukau Courier : November 9th 2010
5 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS Customer Services (09) 442 2222 7.30am to 6pm, Mon to Fri Faults and emergencies (09) 442 2222 24 hours Dear Auckland Welcome to Watercare This is our second week of delivering water and wastewater services directly to your homes and businesses. As you may be aware, your water accounts transferred automatically to Watercare last week, as part of the local government changes. You may be wondering how this will affect the services you receive. We can assure you that we are used to providing millions of litres of drinking water every day. It is what we have been doing since 1992, along with treating wastewater and managing pipe networks. What has changed is that we are now serving you directly. Future water and wastewater bills will come from Watercare. This change means there may be hiccups as we nd our feet. We can assure you though; our dedicated team will work hard to x these quickly. If you have any questions or feedback, please call. Our Customer Services team is available on (09) 442 2222 from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. If you have a fault or an emergency, we are available on (09) 442 2222; 24 hours, 365 days of the year. You can also visit us at www.watercare.co.nz. It is worth remembering that your account transferred automatically, so there is no action you need to take. We look forward to delivering you a great service, every minute of every day. From the team at Watercare 3048140AI House prices rise to buck Auckland trend House prices in the Manukau Courier s circulation bucked the Auckland-wide trend by going up in October, Barfoot & Thompson says. The average sales price for a house increased to $335,000, up 11 percent on September. That s 4 percent higher than the average price for the year to date, managing director Peter Thompson says. Auckland-wide sales volumes were down but this area achieved sound growth. Most sales were in Papatoetoe and Manurewa. Parents get good advice South Auckland parents are being promised a ripper event with the return of the Te Manaaki Whaanau -- No Sweat Parenting tonight. The Become a Parent Coach event, hosted by the Good Seed Trust, will be held at the Shiloh Hall on Buckland Rd, Mangere, from 7pm. No Sweat Parenting is a division of Parents Inc, a non-profit organisation that aims to provide useful parenting information through humorous and inspirational community events. The event will be presented by entertainer Pio Terei and senior Parents Inc writer and producer John Cowan who will teach parents simple strategies and inspire them to create happy and fun homes. Food and prizes will be on offer but get in quick because seating will be limited. Entry is by gold coin donation. Call Grace Ikiua at the Good Seed Trust on 275-1065 or 027-717-4138. Project fits in well at spinal unit Gym time: Dietitian Hannah Cullinane helps Dennis McKeown who's taking part in her research project. Photo: MELISSA KINEALY By MELISSA KINEALY Paraplegics are learning laughing yoga, zumba, sailing and wheelchair aerobics as part of a research project. Dietitian Hannah Culli- nane is leading a three- month project that focuses on health and wellbeing at the Auckland Spinal Unit in Otara. In her work she d been finding people with spinal injuries needed more than just weight management and saw a real gap when it came to them exercising for fitness rather than rehabilitation. It s about staying well in the long term, she says. A $9500 grant from the innovation fund of the Centre for Clinical Research and Effective Practice made her project possible. The project is in a league of its own because it combines exercise and nutrition for spinal wellness -- normally it s one or the other. Some participants don t cook or shop for themselves and that makes it harder to maintain a healthy weight. At the end what we are hoping they will have learnt is a wellbeing and fitness attitude that becomes part of daily life. That s where physiothera- pist Jonathan Kwan comes in -- he developed the project s get active aspect. The nine participants are aged 25 to 76. Some were injured as recently as eight months ago while other injur- ies go back 10 years. They meet three times a week in an effort to form new eating and exercise habits. All are unemployed and simply getting out and meet- ing people in the group is an achievement, Ms Cullinane says. She s aiming to help them get strong, have more energy, be healthy, get fit, laugh, eat healthier and lose weight. People with spinal injuries are leading the programme where possible and it has a whanau approach so friends and family are welcome. ACC is helping the group with transport to and from the spinal unit. Participant Dennis McKeown from Mangere Bridge says he s enjoying himself. So far he s lost a few kilos, learnt how to eat better and and made friends. The programme content was developed by Ms Cullinane and Mr Kwan along with a health psychol- ogist and a nutritionist.
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