Manukau Courier : November 11th 2010
7 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS Special offers on the day! Find out more *conditions may apply Topkids Open Day Saturday 13th November, 11am-2pm Kidicorp for happy, confident learners 44 Weymouth Road, Weymouth. For more info phone us 266 5771 ✔ Guided centre tour ✔ Fun activities for kids ✔ Refreshments ✔ Face painting Bring the family along and enjoy for free We recommend: Lease cars welcome High St arkAve ki nso nA ve Great South Rd Queen St Find us here Firestone Otahuhu CnrGreatSouthRd&HighSt. Phone 276 7635 5685 Great prices, right now! Tyresstartingfrom $79 175/70R13 Promotion valid from Monday November 8 until Friday November 19, 2010. Advertised priceincludestyrefitting,tyrebalancing,newvalvestem,casingdisposalandGST. For full conditions, please see in store. Pleaseseeinstoreformoregreatoffers. Training at risk, doctors say A health board proposal to privatise some ser- vices has raised concern in resident doctors. Resident doctors who rely on public service training in specialist areas like urology might disappear as the Count- ies Manukau District Health Board looks to privatise services for patients who need treat- ment in areas like pros- tate cancer and kidney stones. New Zealand Resident Doctors Association pres- ident Dr Curtis Walker says training is put seriously at risk when significant services for such conditions are pri- vatised. It's Not OK is the message Travelling message: Counties Manukau women's rugby league players and coach, from left: Kelly Maipi, Rona Peters, Aroha Savage and Victor Heke, are walking advertising banners for the It's Not OK campaign. Photo: SIMON WATTS By MELISSA KINEALY Rugby league players have turned into moving advertise- ments for preventing family violence. On their recent trip to the Maori rugby league national championships in Rotorua, the Counties Manukau men and women s rugby league teams wore black t-shirts plastered with It s Not OK slogans. They were supporting the national campaign against family violence in a bid to raise awareness of the issue. Coach Victor Heke says they spread the It s Not OK message to a crowd of nearly 1000 people at the Rotorua tournament. Getting involved was a no brainer , Mr Heke says. Player Kelly Maipi says while rugby league s a physi- cal sport, they wore the t-shirts because as women they wanted to say family violence is not okay. It was also doing some- thing positive as a team too and being game enough to wear the shirts and put the message out there, she says. I think it was really great that the girls bought into it, Mr Heke says. He could tell from the crowd s reaction to the shirts that the message was getting through. Mr Heke is a coach for the Manukau Rugby League & Sports Club which is also pro- moting the campaign by wearing the t-shirts. He first heard about the campaign in a presentation from Family and Community Services back in April and the club has been supporting the campaign since Sept- ember. It s been successful in that it s raised awareness, he says. Having local community people engaged in such a campaign also allows the message to be taken in to their whanau homes and more people made aware that family violence is not okay but that It is OK to ask for help. Along with his coaching roles Mr Heke is also club development officer for Counties Manukau Sport, which has built a good relationship with the Social Development Ministry, he says, and is now negotiating to have more clubs in the region promote the campaign. Teal ribbon supports week's message Wear a teal ribbon next week and support a violence-free campaign. Teal Ribbon Week was started in 2005 by the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network s 55 member groups to combat Counties Manukau s high rate of domestic violence. This year s Teal Ribbon Week message is Choose 2B Violence Free. It kicks off at the Mangere Town Centre this Saturday. The morning of entertain- ment starts at 9am with a powhiri, followed by per- formances by Family Life Education Pasifika. Teal ribbons will be avail- able from Saturday at shop- ping spots including Westfield Manukau, Clen- don town centre, Otahuhu markets and Hunters Plaza. The week will finish at the Otara markets on November 20 with a per- formance by Family Life Education Pasifika. Call 278-9266 for more information on the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network.
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