Manukau Courier : February 10th 2011
4 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 NEWS As part of the Government's Youth Guarantee scheme, MIT has FREE spaces for young people to study for a tertiary qualification. It means you can get the skills and qualifications for great jobs in building and construction, hairdressing, business administration and computing, hospitality, horticulture and floristry, baking, travel and tourism, mechanical engineering and more. If that sounds like you, or like someone you know, get in touch with us right now. Call us right now on 0800 YOUTH G. That's 0800 96 88 44. *Entry criteria apply. There are limited FREE spaces available. Call now, visit www.manukau.ac.nz or call in to the information evening on Thursday 10 February between 3.00pm and 6.00pm for more details. To apply on the evening bring original documents as proof of NZ residency or citizenship e.g. passport or birth certificate and any available school results. 16 and 17 year olds have the chance to study for FREE* at MIT. Which means saving thousands of dollars in course fees. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND COMPUTING HAIRDRESSING 7721 000151subs YOUTH GUARANTEE Thursday February MIT Information Centre, JKL Block, Gate 1, Newbury Street, Otara. Call in any time between 3.00pm and 6.00pm. 10 INFORMATION EVENING Have you seen this rabbit? Rascally rabbit: Two wild rabbits made a home for themselves in the flax bushes out front of the Manukau central police station. One is now on the run from police. By DAVID TAURANGA Police are on the hunt for a suspect last seen hopping between the Manukau police station and the nearby district court. Before Christmas two wild rabbits appeared at the station and made a home for themselves in flax bushes growing near the main entrance. One has since disap- peared and several officers armed with cages, cardboard boxes and carrots have been trying to catch the other. But so far the rabbit has managed to evade police capture,'' central police station supervis- ing telephonist Eleanor Scott says. The officers stand on either side of the flaxes with the rabbit in the middle but it's always beaten them. It's been hilarious to watch.'' Ms Scott, who works the front desk at the sta- tion, says the unnamed rabbit has brought a little light relief to her team over the summer. It will generally nibble on the grass at the front of the station before hopping across the road to the grass patch beside the courthouse. So far it hasn't caused any problems for motorists while doing a dash across the road and has managed to avoid getting squished''. There are moments where your heart's in your mouth. Even though it's a wild rabbit we don't want to see it squished.'' The rabbit isn't tame but Ms Scott says it isn't fazed by people standing close by while it hops about its business. Officers and station staff now keep a friendly eye out for the rabbit. One tried offering the rabbit a carrot but it rejected it and carried on eating the grass. And people who see the rabbit will shoo it away in case it goes near the road now.'' Mauri stone shows respect Burying a blessing: Counties Manukau District Health Board chief executive Geraint Martin putting the mauri stone into a box for burial beneath the new Community Support Building at Middlemore Hospital. Photo: MELISSA KINEALY By MELISSA KINEALY Pieces of history will rest beneath a new building at Middlemore Hospital. More than 50 staff turned out for the burial of a mauri stone at the site of the hospital's new com- munity support build- ing. Burying a mauri stone is a mark of respect to Papa, the earth mother, and bestows a blessing on the site and the build- ings placed there. Counties Manukau District Health Board's chief executive Geraint Martin placed the mauri stone in the burial box. The cer- emony was led by kau- matua and saw staff members place special items in the box. Theatre nurse man- ager Robyn Hughes put in old equipment including a charnley wire tightener, a surgietome and sponge holder. Other items buried in the box include keys from old mail boxes, stamps, a newspaper, a shirt and a DVD. Mr Martin says hun- dreds of truck movements have shifted 35,000 cubic metres of dirt from the site to make way for the hospital of the future. Today marks a really great step for- ward for Middlemore and the community.'' The new facility will together bring clinical and non-clinical ser- vices and enable the board to meet the growing demands for healthcare, he says. Some of its services include 14 operating theatres, a sterile supply unit, a new assessment and plan- ning unit, a high dependency unit and support services.
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