Manukau Courier : December 2nd 2010
6 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS IN BRIEF Debt counselling A free counselling service for people trapped in debt is being set up at Manukau City Baptist Church. The new debt counselling centre is a partnership with international charity Christians Against Poverty. Its aim is to help individuals and families to ''break free from the cycle of poverty and debt'', manager Daniel Palmer says. Free services include help with budgets, advocating for clients and liaising with creditors. They'll also offer a debt repayment system for ''helping clients stick to budgets and relieving the stress'', Mr Palmer says. An insolvency service is also available for people facing a ''life sentence'' of debt repayments, even with careful budgeting. Mr Palmer says south Auckland's budgeting services are already stretched to capacity. The new debt counselling centre will offer hope and support to those ''feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of being in debt''. Contact the debt counselling service on 0508-227-111 or see www.capnz.org. Play dates A play due to open yesterday at Mangere Arts Centre -- Nga Tohu o Uenuku yet will not now start until next week. Iaheto Ah Hi's play Tautai will now run from December 6 to 11. It starts each night at 7.30pm. Call the centre on 262-5789. Motorcyclists roar into town White message: Bikers from the White Ribbon Ride arrive in Manukau to help raise awareness about men's violence against women. Photo: SIMON WATTS By MELISSA KINEALY Manukau Square roared with sound as more than 200 bikers pulled in to mark for White Ribbon Day last Thursday. The leather-clad men from Tau- ranga were part of the White Ribbon Ride led by the Super Maori Fullas and the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club. The week-long ride visited 40 communities in the North Island, raising awareness of men s violence against women. The bikers were greeted in Manu- kau by crowds of men, women and children wearing white ribbons to support the cause and also enjoying live music. Leading the event on stage was Lua Maynard who runs a men s Liv- ing Without Violence programme at Friendship House. Mr Maynard told the crowd how the community has to do the work to prevent violence against women. We can beat this -- you can replace violence with respect, he said. Thursday, November 25 also marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Families Commission and the White Ribbon Committee works with multiple agencies to co-ordinate the national campaign. It complements but is separate from the family violence It's Not OK campaign. Woodturners turn it on for present buyers Knock on wood: Lindsay Amies of the South Auckland Woodturning Guild says wood's still in hot demand. Photo: SIMON WATTS By HINERANGI VAIMOSO They ve got everything from lazy susans to compasses, from old fashioned spinning tops to honey stirrers. With more than 3000 handcraf- ted items in this year s annual South Auckland Woodturners Guild sale in Papakura, Christmas shopping could be a lot less stressful for everyone. Woodturner Lindsay Amies says a steady stream of customers eager to be first in crowded into the tem- porary store on its first day of oper- ation on Monday. It s the first time the temporary store has been set up at on the main street of town. For years the woodturners annual sale has taken place inside Accent Point. Mr Amies says the woodturners are hoping the increased foot traffic at the Wood St end of Great South Rd will translate into sales because the annual event is the club s only major fundraiser. I think there are still a lot of people who are interested in the natural wood style. There are lots of people who do enjoy wood rather than getting something that costs $10 and made out of glass, he says. The good thing with wood is that if it s damaged, it can always be fixed. Break that glass bowl and that s it. The 28 contributors to the sale have made gifts for all price ranges to suit someone wanting to spend $5 on a pen or $200 on a one-of-a- kind vase. And if people can t find what they re looking for, the woodturners floating around the store are happy to take their requests. The woodturners annual sale runs until Christmas Eve. Normal trading hours will apply to the sale. On December 17, the woodturners' team will deliver an array of Christmas gifts to Middlemore Hospital. This is part of their Gifts for Kidz First project.
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