Manukau Courier : November 23rd 2010
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The Jutland Rd bridge over the southern line at Manu- rewa reopened on Friday after being demolished and rebuilt since early October. It s one of six overbridges KiwiRail is rebuilding in Manurewa, Papatoetoe and Papakura to make room for overhead wires for electric trains. KiwiRail s pleased to have finished Jutland Rd on time and ahead of closing other Manurewa overbridges at Christmas, Auckland rail electrification project director Murray Hood says. We thank local residents for their patience and we re looking forward to a success- ful summer construction pro- gramme. The Station Rd overbridge in Manurewa will close from 5am on December 5 until midnight on December 8 to finish piling around the existing abutments. That s in preparation for a longer shutdown after Christmas when the bridge will be replaced. Two entrances to Southmall and the Manurewa shops will remain open at Weymouth Rd and Great South Rd. Traffic can detour via Russell, Jut- land and Jellicoe roads. We have opted to close the road for a few days to get the work done as quickly as poss- ible and free it up ahead of the busy Christmas period, Mr Hood says. Meanwhile, congestion around Papatoetoe after the closure of the overbridge at Bridge St two weeks ago has now improved significantly with no major holdups . Bridge St will stay closed until late January while the overbridge is demolished and replaced. The other Papatoetoe overbridge at St George St will stay at one lane each way until December 10 at the latest to prepare for the main post-Christmas closure. We know these projects cause disruption to local residents and motorists and we re doing our best to work as quickly as possible to return the community to nor- mal, Mr Hood says. We re committed to pro- viding free-flowing roads in the busy lead-up to Christmas. If we can get all our planned work done this summer, we will not need to drag the disruption out any longer than is necessary. The overbridge at Browns Rd in Manurewa is also being replaced and will close to traffic from Boxing Day until late January. The other bridge being replaced is at Clevedon Rd in Papakura. Peter Pan flies in A little bit of magic is coming to south Auck- land this Christmas. Peter Pan flies into Manurewa next month with 80 Nathan Home- stead performing arts students taking to the stage. Youngsters aged 5 to 16 are set to bring Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tin- kerbell and the rest of the famous characters to life. Nathan Homestead Performing Arts director Daryl Wrightson says the students are looking forward to sharing the skills they have devel- oped over the year. Peter Pan runs from December 8-11 at 7pm, with a 2pm matinee on December 11, at Nathan Homestead Theatre, 70 Hill Rd, Manurewa. Tickets are available now from Nathan Home- stead reception for $9. A Peter Pan colouring competition for children aged4to11ispartofthe lead-up to the show. Phone 267-0180 or email Nathan.Homestead@ma nukau.govt.nz. Meetings all open The board of Auckland Council s transport com- pany has voted unani- mously to open all its meetings to the public. Auckland Transport chairman Mark Ford says the decision at the inaugural meeting shows the board wants open and transparent de- cision-making. We are very mindful that we are stewards of public funds and wanted an open approach to the public, our share- holders. Sometimes the board will need to go into closed session to discuss confidential or commer- cially sensitive matters. However, the general principle will be open- ness. Auckland Transport is a council controlled organisation with an annual budget of around $1 billion, around two- thirds of that coming from the council and the rest from central govern- ment. By law it s only required to hold two pub- lic meetings a year as well as to report quar- terly to the council and its committees. Mayor Len Brown welcomes the decision by Auckland Transport s board to go above and beyond what the law requires. The public of Auck- land expect their CCOs to be as open as possible. I congratulate them on the move which will inspire confidence in the way the board does busi- ness, Mr Brown says. Unqualified practitioner fined $5000 ' For an unqualified person to perform the restricted activity of cervical manipulation presents obvious risks to the health and safety of patients. ' Dr Stewart Jessamine Ministry of Health spokesman A man who performed high velocity manipulation on a woman s spine when he wasn t registered to do so has been fined for his actions. The Manukau District Court last week ordered Kevin John Burlace to pay almost $5000 in fines, reparations and costs for performing an activity that can only be carried out by a registered health practitioner. Burlace pleaded guilty in October to a charge of performing high-velocity manipulation of the cervical spinal joints, a restricted activity in breach of section 9 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act. He performed the manipu- lation on a female patient in October 2007 and she now suffers from ongoing neck pain, the court was told. The harm suffered by this patient is a cautionary tale for consumers to check whether the health practitioners they are seeing are registered medi- cal practitioners, chiro- practors, osteopaths and physiotherapists, Ministry of Health spokesman Dr Stewart Jessamine says. The purpose of the system of registration for health practitioners is to protect the public and ensure a high stan- dard of health care. Burlace listed his Papatoetoe Back and Neck Cli- nic in the Yellow Pages under the heading chiropractor . For an unqualified person to perform the restricted activity of cervical manipu- lation presents obvious risks to the health and safety of patients, Dr Jessamine says. These risks include bone fracture, stroke or death. Consumers who have suffered harm after dealing with unqualified and unregistered persons who claim to be health practi- tioners are encouraged to bring this to the attention of the Ministry of Health. The ministry charged Bur- lace after investigating a com- plaint in 2008.
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