Manukau Courier : January 20th 2011
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For people aged 16 years and over IN BRIEF Census takers Statistics NZ has been inundated with people wanting to become census takers after a story in the Manukau Courier last week. The story was a plea for collectors in Counties Manukau area for the 2011 Census. It had received 180 applications but was aiming for a target of 300. Since the story ran it's received received around 990 applications. Manager Heather Maloney says the response was overwhelming and Statistics NZ hopes to have all interviews completed no later than January 27. The census will be carried out on March 8. Free swim study Mayor Len Brown has launched a study into the feasibility of free entry to council-owned swimming pools across the Auckland region. That would extend the free entry now available at seven pools in south Auckland previously run by the Manukau City Council. Adult entry charges at other pools range from $3.10 in Papakura to $7.80 in Mt Albert. ''Auckland is surrounded by water, and it is critical our kids learn to be safe and confident around it,'' Mr Brown says. Help find missing man By DAVID TAURANGA Disappeared: Mangere man Siafua Faleaupu has been missing for nearly a year and police and his family are desperate for information of his whereabouts. NEARLY a year has passed since Siafua Faleaupu disap- peared but for his family it's one wound time cannot heal. The 59-year-old, who is also known as Popi, disap- peared from Christina Resth- ome on Massey Rd in Mangere on February 17, 2010. Mr Faleaupu is described as a physically fit man who enjoys taking long walks but also suffers from mild dementia. His sister Ana Taumata says his family has done an exhaustive search of the Auckland region without suc- cess. All we do now is just pray,'' she says. We've been everywhere -- now we don't know where to look. Our family is at a loss as to what to do.'' The family has even extended its search as far south as Whanganui where Mr Faleaupu lived for 20 years before moving to Auck- land. Someone had reported a sighting of Mr Faleaupu in Whanganui about a month after he disappeared but that later turned out to be a false trail. The family is trying to keep strong but not knowing where her brother is or if he is still alive was extremely painful, Mrs Taumata says. I believe that if my brother is still alive he might be hanging around with homeless people somewhere in the city. Please, if anyone has seen my brother let the police know. His family need to know if he's alive, where he is and where he's been.'' Detective Simon Jefferies says police are still investigating Mr Faleaupu's disappearance and are appealing to the public for any information. Mr Faleaupu had pre- viously gone missing from Mangere and had been found as far afield as Avondale, Mr Jefferies says. Unfortunately there has been no infor- mation that has given us any indication as to where he is or what condition he is in. If anyone has seen Mr Faleaupu or know where he is please contact police immediately.'' Call the Otahuhu CIB on 261-1300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111 if you have any information or sightings. Low-cost after-hours clinics could go ahead By MELISSA KINEALY Affordable after-hours cli- nics are on the cards for south Auckland as health providers work together to give patients more options. The Counties Manukau District Health Board is working with health providers from the greater Auckland region to start up 10 low-cost after-hours clinics. Service integration direc- tor Sam Cliffe says the board has been sharing information on things such as after-hours locum fees. Plans are still in the early stages but we hope to roll them out in July,'' Ms Cliffe says. During the Christmas hol- iday period Ms Cliffe looked at Middlemore Hospital's emergency department fig- ures and while it had a very high use it didn't have the same peaks reported by the Waitemata and Auckland health boards. Contributing to that would have been Counties Manukau's slightly lower cost clinics, some of which also offer free services for children and subsidised rates for teenagers. Ms Cliffe says work is also being done on a strategy to inform and educate the pub- lic on treating minor injuries at home. Some people use A and E as general medical practice,'' she says. Emergency department doctors want to see people who really need to be seen.''
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