Manukau Courier : November 9th 2010
7 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS In person ” 1,500+ places across NZ ” BNZ stores ” PostShops At the start of last week, your water and wastewater account transferred to Watercare0Yhen you recekxe your Þrst dkll, you can select a payment method that suits you. Now running water for Auckland... By post ” Cheque Electronic ” Internet banking ” Telephone banking ” Credit card payment on our website If you have an existing direct debit, recurring credit card authority or automatic payment set up, we have made the change hassle free. Your payment will be directed to Watercare automatically. Contact us Customer Services: (09) 442 2222, 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday Faults: (09) 442 2222, 24 hours Visit: www.watercare.co.nz Automatic ” Automatic payment ” Direct debit 3181288AC 02505AA 2760356AA Huge Fashion Clearance Sale Designer labels include: David Pond, Verge, Vamp, VSSP, OBI, Catalyst, MacJays, Hyper, Juo, shouq, Gabriella, Jet Blonde Vigorella, Threadz and Thousands of items priced between $10 and $80!! Many items below cost Unit C, 4 Walls Road, Penrose. Come to RED roller door at rear of building "Street parking only" Please do not park in our neighbours parking spaces No bags, no prams Wednesday 10th November to Saturday 13th November 10am-4pm Anti-violence ads speak to kids By MELISSA KINEALY Speaking out: Friendship House's Lua Maynard and director Vicki Sykes say the latest ads in the It's Not OK Campaign are helping children speak out about family violence. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK A new advertising campaign with a twist is helping kids speak up about family violence. The ads carry the message that It is OK to Help, a twist on the now- familiar It's Not OK slogan. The campaign focuses on what friends and family can do to help people they know are living with violence. Vicki Sykes, director of Manu- kau's Friendship House which delivers services including whanau and partner support and coun- selling, says the ads have given kids a way of raising the sensitive topic. Children living in an environ- ment where abuse is happening might think it's normal but the ads are saying actually it's not okay. Look mum, look dad, that's what you do,'' she says of kids who are identifying with the ads. Children sometimes try to take responsibility for the situation and can think they're not good enough, she says. You only have to look to research like the Brainwave Trust to see how the early stages of a child's life affects their brain development,'' she says. The campaign has been really successful in raising people's aware- ness and getting the issue in front of them. Both she and Lua Maynard, who runs a men's Living Without Viol- ence programme at Friendship House, say family violence is now much more talked about than it used to be. Mr Maynard believes the ads sup- port the discussions in his pro- gramme and some of the changes the men are trying to make. The ads also seem to be challeng- ing what's normal' behaviour and the culture of violence,'' he says. Some men are now speaking up about behaviours they didn't think were violent because of what they're seeing in the ads. And some men tend to listen to their children more than their part- ner and aren't aware of how their behaviour affects their family. Silence condones the behaviour,'' he says. Everybody's safety and wellbeing is everybody's business,'' Mr Mayn- ard says. One of the participants in his group thanked his wife for calling the police on him and has since changed his behaviour. He then noticed his kids were snuggling up and climbing all over him which they never used to do, Mr Maynard says. The campaign is being led by the Ministry of Social Development and the Families Commission. See www.areyouok.org.nz for further information. Local board without a home By MELISSA KINEALY The new Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board was sworn in last night but still doesn't have an office or support staff on hand in its area. Residents and board members want- ing to speak in person to the board's staff will have to travel to the Manu- kau Civic Centre until the end of the month. Board relationship manager Tom McLean says a new office at Mangere Community Arts Outreach won't be finished an eight-week refit until November 21. Once it's opened, the Mangere office will be home to two fulltime staff to help board members and the com- munity. Otahuhu board member Christine O'Brien isn't too worried that an office isn't planned for her area. A Mangere office is a good first step for her constituents who'd previously faced the trek into central Auckland. I think we are one step better off than we were.'' Longer-term, Ms O'Brien thinks the people of Otahuhu would like their own board office. And she'd like board meetings to alternate between Mangere Arts Centre-Nga Tohu o Uenuku, the venue for the swearing-in, and Otahuhu. I'm keen for the board to go to the people.'' Ward councillor and Mangere resi- dent Alf Filipaina says board staff can also go out to meet community groups and residents if needed. That includes Mr McLean and the the board's support staff who'll stay based at the Manukau civic centre. It won't be that much different to the way we were before.'' A world at war caught on camera The suffering and dignity of people affected by war is the subject of two Red Cross photo- graphic exhibitions opening in Auckland on Thursday. For Our World At War, the Red Cross sent five renowned war photographers to chronicle the effects of war on ordinary people in eight countries. Created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the exhibition's been shown in more than 40 countries. Alongside it runs Wars of Dignity in the Pacific showing rituals and behaviour devel- oped to protect women, chil- dren and prisoners. New Zealand Red Cross chief executive John Ware says the Pacific exhibition challenges preconceptions about tra- ditional warfare, particularly that warriors lacked concern for human life. It also shows striking similarities to modern-day international humanitarian law as set out in the Geneva Conventions.'' Both exhibitions are at Auckland University's Fale Pasifika, November 11 to 20, weekdays 9.30am to 5.30pm, and Saturday, November 13, 4pm to 8pm. Admission is free.
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