Manukau Courier : February 22nd 2011
4 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 NEWS Otara Health Awareness Event For further information contact: Helen Framhein Wong (09) 250 8074 email@example.com Marama Piripi (09) 263 8040 firstname.lastname@example.org Otara Health Awareness Event FREE Health Information FREE Live Entertainment FREE Health Checks FREE Breast and Cervical Screening FREE Demonstrations FREE Fitness Testing 10.00am to 1.00pm Otara Town Centre Wednesday 23 Feb 2011 Thursday 24 Feb 2011 Hydroponic gardening demonstration, Dental Advice, Chiropractic information, Craft demonstration and show and lots more! Are you ready to fly high? The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has just opened a brand new Airport Training Centre at its City Campus. The centre will be only the second of its kind in the country; the first is at ITC's Botany Campus. The huge Airport Training Centres simulate real-world airports, including check in, customs, gate lounges, and even planes where students are trained in all aspects of in-flight service. Training also incorporates the CODECO online check in system, currently used by 52 airlines worldwide. ITC has been a premium supplier in the airline, airport and travel and tourism industries for over 15 years. The college focuses on making its' training relevant to employers in those areas. "We've got great relationships with the industries we work with, and the practical nature of our courses means that our graduates are ready to work in their chosen fields," says ITC's Marketing Director Claire Huxley. "That translates into great job placement rates and a willingness from our industry partners to provide our students with onsite work experience." Both ITC's Botany and City Campuses are taking 2011 enrolments now. Find out how you can launch your career in the airline, airport, and travel and tourism industries by phoning the ITC Team now 0800 868747 or (09) 373 5510 for more information, or check our website www.itc.co.nz Advertorial They want action -- not just words Widespread, deep concern over the plight and fate of abused children goes on. Readers are worried that the issue draws words from ministers but no answers as this sample of a week s letters shows: I have taught in hard inner city schools, in prison, in a behavioural unit for students removed from nor- mal schools, as well as many years in normal schools. Before teaching I studied at Oxford, did two years National Service in the British army -- after basic training (did I learn a lot!) I was drafted to a secret intel- ligence unit -- then nine years research in industry. I grew up in a poor area in Sheffield, England, rubbing shoulders with criminal families daily. In the behavioural unit were two girls, one 12 the other 13, whose nightly activities centred on moneyed 25-year-old men -- they toyed with the teenage boys in the unit with obvious results. We checked an older boy daily for bruising or worse -- his father was a gentleman when sober but an animal drunk. The boy was unable to settle down to work until he had elicited a physical response from us, his two teachers. Another older boy had five brothers all by different fathers -- mum used to go to down to the pub tarted up, come back with a man, nine months later, another baby. What chance did these students have to lead a nor- mal life? My heart still bleeds to think about them, 30 years on. When Paula Bennett was appointed my heart leapt -- here was someone who would understand the problem, at least, and maybe do some- thing about it -- if she was allowed to. So I got in touch with her west Auckland office to see her and offer my help. Ihitabrickwall.SoIgotin touch with her ministerial office -- ditto. I gave up -- waiting for the tide to change, if ever. Now seems an opportune moment to have another go at this mammoth task. The biggest problem seems to me to be that politicians need results in under three years -- get back in power at all costs. (Paula likely has more sense but is not likely to show it.) -- Bill Sorby (MA Oxon) We are a couple in our 70s and 80s. We still work when we can since our professions were not well-paid. We live in a two-room house, have a 20-year-old TV and a 13-year- old car. We don t smoke, have an occasional glass of wine, an occasional meal out but can t afford holidays. We paid for our children s education and for our own healthcare until insurance charges became too high as we got older. Since he s self- employed, my husband pays the ACC levies of $1400 a year. But when he fell recently, breaking a tooth, ACC refused to pay for treat- ment saying the broken tooth was age-related deterio- ration . In contrast, I read about Mrs Nathan who has six chil- dren, the eldest in care, and I realise we are working to support that child and the other five. I read about a des- perate woman needing a house because she s going to be evicted, who had her first child taken by CYFS, and has had three more since, with dreadful health problems, also on a benefit. But in the background of the photo is a huge flat screen TV, which we could never afford, even if we wanted one. I supported the introduc- tion of DPB in 1974 when women whose husbands left them had no support. Unmar- ried mothers (as they were called in those days) could apply for a benefit of $28 a week if they were breastfeed- ing and this was paid for the first four months. So we had a very high rate of adoption. But I never visualised then that women would just receive the benefit as a hand- out -- I assumed that there would have been a contract with mothers learning parenting skills while the state supported them. I also assumed that the DPB was to help unmarried mothers keep their child instead of adopting it. I never visualised that women would go on having children, expecting the state -- ie, people like us -- to support them indefinitely. So I hear of cases like a woman whose partner left her with three children, hitching up with a man with four children. They had three more children between them, so the whole 10, plus parents, are on benefits. The house- hold where the tragic Kahui twins died was a case in point. No one wants to bash solo parents . I ve been one myself. For many, the DPB is the life- line which gives women time to cope with life after divorce or separation before getting back into the workforce. And, yes, jobs are hard to find today. But that s no reason to have another baby as some seem to do. When people on our lim- ited resources are paying to support other people who do not take responsibility for either their contraception or their lives, something seems wrong. I know experts in child poverty find this sort of view- point unhelpful. But do they have any answers for people like us, paying our taxes and our rates and trying to make our own ends meet, as well as supporting the growing army of people having children they cannot afford and often don t know how to parent lov- ingly? -- Name provided I wonder if any minister ever did something other than set up an inquiry and get someone else to do the work as is happening with Paula Bennett and the cur- rent baby death. After it s fin- ished (if ever) what will hap- pen to it? Talk some more and wait for the next abuse/ death to happen? Very sad. -- David Stewart, Birkdale In your column Paula wants action -- so do we , Miss Bennett was appalled at the abuse New Zealand children suffer. But this government is hypocritical in dealing with this serious problem. It scrapped the need for childcare workers creches (gyms, shopping centres, etc ) to undertake police checks. Labour Minister Anne Tolley referred to Mr Mallard as hysterical when he suggested that convicted paedophiles would be given access to children through employment in creches. I wonder if Miss Tolley realises that it will be her responsibility if a child is abused in a creche as a result. This government decided those creches are part-time, temporary, and it is not appropriate to have them covered under the Education Act, but under the Health and Safety in Employment Act which means providers are obliged to provide a safe environment for children . What this means is unclear and depends on the interpretation of each centre. So shall we leave the safety of our children to the goodwill of each centre man- ager? Surely a safe environ- ment for children is one with- out ex-convicts or child abusers. Members of this gov- ernment, rather than saying how appalled they are at child abuse, should do some- thing about it. -- A Pouwels, Mangere Bikes take lead in challenge Buses proved to be the quickest mode of trans- port for Auckland CBD workers, beating cars and bikes, to come first in this year s Commuter Challenge. But cyclists were the fastest travellers from three of the four Auck- land destinations. The challenge last Wednesday put bikes, cars and buses to the test in a commuter race dur- ing peak-hour morning traffic. Competitors departed from One- hunga, New Lynn, Ellerslie and Birkenhead at 7.15am, racing to Auckland s Viaduct Har- bour. Tyrone Campbell took a bus from the North Shore and was the first across the finish line with a travel time of 20 minutes. Second place went to Craig Wright, who arrived by cycle from Ellerslie after 23 minutes, closely followed by a car user who also departed from Ellerslie and took 24 minutes.
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