Manukau Courier : December 16th 2010
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If you would you like to gain more skills while completing the majority of your studies in your own time, then the Certificate in Computing Level 2 & 3 is for you. This programme focuses on word processing, spreadsheets, databases, website and graphic design, and much more. To find out more about this programme and other free computer courses running at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2011, contact us today. FREE COMPUTING COURSE All courses are subject to student numbers and confirmation. Every effort has been made to ensure that the content of this advert is correct at the time of print. MANUKAU CAMPUS 15 CANNING CRESCENT, MANGERE. Ph: 0800 448 962 L.TAM007 Mum and kids keep safe in the water Fun in the water: Krystle Ward and her children, from left, Kailika, 7, April, 3, and Hakopa, 5, have fun learning water safety skills together. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By MELISSA KINEALY Swimming's compulsory in the Ward household. Manurewa mum Krystle Ward doesn't want her kids to become drowning statistics so she enrolled the family in Whanau Nui, a free five-day swimming and water safety programme for families. The mother of three says it's important for her children to know how to handle them- selves in the water. I just think swimming is a necessity for life,'' she says. There are so many kids who don't do swimming lessons and kids who drown. I don't want my kids to be among them.'' Thirty-nine people, includ- ing children, drowned in the Counties Manukau district between 2004 and 2009. Krystle's youngsters are among the 1940 children who have benefited from Whanau Nui sessions since the pilot project began in 2006. Injury Free Counties Manukau and Water Safe Auckland provide the sessions in which swimmers learn survival strokes, including the basics like doggie paddle and learning to stay afloat. They're trying to encourage more Pacific Island and Maori families to come along because they're a high-risk group. The Wards say they just love their time in the water together and the one-hour classes are something fun to do in the Christmas holidays. Seven-year-old Kailika now knows how to keep herself safe in water -- one of her tips if you get into trouble is float on your back''. Watersafe drowning pre- vention co-ordinator Harry Aonga is urging swimmers to take care of each other and be cautious around waterholes. The recent death of a teenager who jumped off a cliff into a waterhole on the the North Shore highlights how dangerous it can be if you're not familiar with an area, Mr Aonga says. Parents need to be aware of where their children are at all times around water and they can't just rely on lifeguards if they're at the beach or the pool. Knowing little things, like putting your hand up if you get into trouble in the water, can help you.'' Whanau Nui runs at vari- ous pools throughout Manu- kau in January. To book a place phone: Mangere Swimsation (January 24-28) 257-4484 Manurewa Swimsation (January 17-21) 269-4145 Papatoetoe Swimsation (January 17-21) 278-6806 Otara Swimsation (Janu- ary 24-28) 257-4484 East Tamaki Swimsation (January 10-14) 271-5395. Get confident in the water with lessons Older kids can add free swimming lessons to their list of things to do these school holidays. Children aged 11 to 13 years can learn to swim, gain water safety skills, do surf sports and enjoy water-based games as part of the WaterSafe Auckland's Break-Away School Holiday pro- gramme. Break-Away program- mes are funded by the Ministry of Social Devel- opment to provide stimulating, fun and structured holiday activ- ity for young people who would not normally have access to holiday pro- grammes. Activities will be taught by staff from Surf Lifesaving and Water- Safe Auckland. Kids can enrol for one of the sessions on December 20-24, Janu- ary 1-20 or January 24-27. Sessions run from 9am-2pm at the Otara Leisure Centre,115 Bairds Rd. Contact Angelo Naude at angelo.naude@water safe.org.nz or phone 306-0809 for information and enrolment forms. Outdoor fires need permit Aucklanders wanting to light an open-air fire in any rural area will need to get a permit from the Auckland Council. The restricted fire season started on December 1 for all rural areas around Auckland. Principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says the restric- tion will remain until the fire danger drops enough to allow a return to open fire season. The warm, dry weather we have been experiencing has raised fire danger levels across Auckland,'' he says. We're advising people to take precautions when lighting fires to ensure it doesn't spread, cause damage, become a nuis- ance to others or contain illegal materials such as tyres, plastics, synthetic materials or treated timber.'' Fires must be controlled and supervised at all times, he says. Anyone lighting a fire is asked to take a common sense approach and make sure they get a permit first. The only exceptions are cooking fires such as hangis and umus, barbecues, fires contained within incinerators fitted with a lid or spark arrestor and fires within small braziers or similar heating devices. Those living within a kilo- metre of a Conservation Depart- ment reserve must apply for a permit from the department.
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