Manukau Courier : January 25th 2011
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Otara CIB head detective senior sergeant Dave Glossop is one of four cyclists who will set out on March 5 to com- plete a gruelling 2500km ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga. Ride Out of the Blue will raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foun- dation to help people apply the same grit and determi- nation to turning their lives around. It s a cause Mr Glossop is particularly passionate about because he deals with the effects mental health has on domestic situations on a reg- ular basis. It s something the police are aware of as being a silent killer. We deal with a lot of suicides, particularly young men. He says depression doesn t discriminate. It s apparent to most police officers and it crosses all boundaries. Mr Glossop jumped at the chance to combine his cycling obsession with campaigning for the issue that he says has undergone a positive cultural shift. I ve been very happy to see John Kirwan s campaign in relation to depression and men s mental health. They are issues which are now much more widely spoken about. It s been really encourag- ing to see the change in atti- tude -- the subject is no longer as taboo. Mr Glossop is juggling a demanding schedule of cases at the Otara CIB with his training goal of 500km a week. One of the riders is doing the cycle in honour of two family members who took their lives and Mr Glossop has seen friends and colleagues battle depression. Since I ve become involved in this event it s prompted a lot of conversations about depression. People have been opening up to me about their experiences. The ride will also be a great way to see the country, he says. I ve done some endurance rides but to get up and do it day after day will definitely be a challenge. Go to www.rideoutofthe blue.co.nz to sponsor Mr Glossop. Council heads to Orewa to meet By KAREN MANGNALL ' I'll take my togs. I'm a boardies guy, multicoloured. ' -- Len Brown The Auckland Council is starting the new year by hitting the road and heading north. Orewa is hosting the first governing body meeting of 2011 on Thursday at the old Rod- ney District Council chambers. The move out of the Auckland central busi- ness district stems from mayor Len Brown s elec- tion promise to take the council out to the supercity s furthest reaches. Six governing body meetings will be rotated outside central Auckland this year -- there ll be meetings in Manukau, Papakura, North Shore, Franklin and Waitakere. We ll do that every second meeting and see how that goes, see how the local communities respond, he says. If they respond well and we get good crowds, we can look at continu- ing it. Each of the travelling meetings will open with a public forum so people can get the opportunity to speak . Mr Brown s keen to send the message that the Auckland Council is a council for all Auck- landers, a council for you . I m adamant our council will maintain the integrity of the demo- cratic model by being as close to the community as it can. I want to give people the opportunity to take part. Mr Brown s also confi- dent it won t cost any extra to rotate every sec- ond meeting around the region. Councillors and staff have to travel from Pukekohe, Papakura, Manukau, Henderson and Takapuna into cen- tral Auckland for meetings anyway, he says. A bus will transport councillors and staff between the CBD and Orewa, with officers from outlying offices expected to co-ordinate their travel to catch it. Mr Brown s looking forward to the Orewa meeting. I ll take my togs. Rest easy though -- the mayor s daughter has banned him from wear- ing Speedos. I m a boardies guy, multicoloured. The Auckland Coun- cil s Orewa meeting starts at 10am on Thursday in the council chambers at 50 Centre- way Rd, Orewa. See www.auckland council.govt.nz for information. Revamped pool opens The redeveloped Normal Kirk Memorial Pool com- plex in Otara will be opened officially tomor- row by mayor Len Brown as one of his 100 projects in 100 days. The $10.3 million upgrade includes an extension with offices and storage, toddlers, leisure and teaching pools, 25-metre lap pool, spa and sauna. There are also improved changing facilities and surrounds to the outdoor pool. The Norman Kirk Memorial Pool opened in 1974 and is part of the Otara Leisure Centre. The opening is at 9am.
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