Manukau Courier : December 9th 2010
4 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS Old guard v new faces in Labour vote Old guard: Retiring Manurewa MP George Hawkins. Sitting MP: Sitting list MP Ashraf Choudhary. By KAREN MANGNALL Adviser: Former list MP Louisa Wall. Labour s selection contest in Manu- rewa is shaping up as a choice between the old guard backed by retiring MP George Hawkins and new faces reflecting the electorate s Polynesian population. Of the seven nominees, two are Maori, two Pasifika and two of Indian heritage. One of the leading contenders is local lawyer Ian Dunwoodie, vice- president of the party s Manurewa branch and a former adviser to Mr Hawkins. The other is union organiser Jerome Mika, a leading light in Labour s Pacific sector council who s backed by the party hierarchy and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. Also standing are sitting list MP Ashraf Choudhary of Manukau and former list MP Louisa Wall of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Tainui who s now principal adviser to the Children s Commissioner. Other candidates are Tongan law- yer and Manurewa resident Amelia Schaaf, human resources manager Shane Te Pou of Maori disability service provider Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau and company director Raj Thandi of Pahurehure, a losing candidate for the Papakura Local Board. Mr Hawkins, a former Papakura mayor, was elected to Parliament in 1990 and served terms as minister of police and of internal affairs. He announced his pending retirement shortly before winning a seat on the Manurewa Local Board in October s Auckland Council elections. The Labour Party selection meet- ing for Manurewa is on Sunday at 2pm at the Manurewa netball court hall, corner Browns Rd and Dalgety Drive. Slime experiment grabs students' attention Science fun: Kedgley Intermediate students Deepika Kumar and Monleigh Ikiua make slime at a science day at Aorere College. Photo: SIMON WATTS By JESSIE COLQUHOUN There s more to science than just blowing stuff up. So says Aorere College s head of science Manjula Handjani. Changing kids perspective of science was the aim of the school s science day for neigh- bouring Kedgley Intermedi- ate. The intermediate students spent a day in the college s science labs, learning about physics, chemistry and bio- logy. They did hands-on experi- ments including making an electric bug, studying slides and creating slime. The kids just loved it, Mrs Handjani says. She says the college s own students are involved in sev- eral science programmes and often travel to the university to do hands-on work there. When they come back, they re just buzzing. It gets them more interested in sci- ence. She wanted the same experience for intermediate kids and to challenge the idea that science is too hard . At Aorere College, more students than ever are doing science and considering it as a career option. Mrs Handjani says after this year s success the school might look at extending the invitation to other intermedi- ate or primary schools. Pharmacies linked online Pharmacies throughout Auckland can now share patient information, thanks to a new health intranet. From this week all Auck- land pharmacies can access important patient infor- mation through the Test- Safe intranet. It s part of a regional initiative by the Counties Manukau, Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards to improve relevant information sharing among community and hospital healthcare providers. It will bring together results from health board facilities, community labor- atories and now community pharmacies. Community pharmacists access only relevant and pre-defined patient infor- mation through TestSafe. It s anticipated TestSafe will eventually include rel- evant information from hos- pital discharge notes that will give the pharmacist a more complete picture of the patient s condition and treatment plan. Programme manager for Pharmacy Services at Counties Manukau District Health Board Lynanne Stanaway says the board is right behind the initiative. It enables community pharmacists to make informed decisions about the safety and efficacy of the medicines prescribed. It also means they can take a more proactive role in improving patient care. Bike safety campaign extended for a year A campaign to encourage motorists and cyclists to share the road safely is being extended for another year by Auckland Transport and RoadSafe Auckland. It follows Jane Bishop s death while biking on Tamaki Drive last month. She was one of five cyclists killed and 1062 injured in Auckland in the past five years. The campaign urges motorists to watch out for bikes and give them safe room on the road. Cyclists are told to wear high-visibility gear and use lights at night. Auckland Transport spo- kesman Matthew Rednall says cyclists and motorists have equal rights and respon- sibilities as legitimate road users. We are encouraging cyclists to take extra efforts to be safe and be seen by introducing the Bike Bright Day & Night slogan and further promoting the motor- ist responsibility to give bikes 1.5 metres. The campaign has been welcomed by Cycle Action Auckland and the Automobile Association. It will use bus-back and motorway off-ramp billboards and web banners with access to weekly prize draws.
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