Manukau Courier : February 22nd 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 NEWS Overview What you'll study reports Entry details Youth Guarantee CERTIFICATE IN SPORTS, FITNESS AND HEALTH LEVEL 2 Quick facts Duration: Start: Fees: Time: NEVILLE ROGERS CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTRE For further information contact GPS units may save lives By DAVID TAURANGA Quickest route: Freemasons Counties Manukau grand master Dave Robinson and St John south operations team manager Patsy Carlyle with one of the Navman GPS units fitted to emergency vehicles across the Auckland district donated by the Freemasons. No matter where they are or where they need to get to St John will now be able to find the quickest route -- thanks to the Freemasons. Across the Auckland dis- trict 90 emergency vehicles are being fitted with Navman GPS navigation systems donated by the charity organ- isation. In Counties Manukau, units have been fitted to two ambulances at Manukau, Papakura, Tamaki and Howick and one ambulance at Mangere, Pukekohe, Waiuku and Botany -- a total of 12. Installation began last month and south operations team manager Patsy Carlyle says the GPS will greatly assist officers with up-to-the- minute route maps and directions. We are grateful for the Navman units as every sec- ond counts when getting to an emergency,'' she says. These devices will comple- ment information our com- munications staff provide ambulance officers to find the very quickest route to emerg- encies and callouts.'' The units use NZ Auto- mobile Association data and are able to identify roads that are congested or under repair. They work out the quickest route while taking into account the traffic flow. They also include the latest maps which will help officers find addresses in some of the district's remote rural locations. District grand master Dave Robinson says the Free- masons are delighted to be able to help New Zealanders and proud to support St John. Across New Zealand 500 ambulances and 100 support vehicles will be fitted with the navigation units. In the last financial year, St John treated and transported more that 370,000 people by ambulance to hospitals and community locations. That total included 14,600 trips and 740,000km more than the previous year. IN BRIEF Health checks on Whanau ora and family well- being is in the spotlight in Otara this week. The free Otara Health Awareness Event runs tomorrow and Thursday at Otara town centre. Thirty-five providers will be offering free health checks including dental checks, gout tests, blood pressure checks, glucose testing and more. A mobile breast screening service will also be available. There will also be live entertainment by Cook Island musicians, a fashion show, craft stalls and plenty more. The event is organised by Breast Screen Counties Manukau and Raukura Hauora O Tainui. It runs from 10am to 1pm each day. Call Helen Framhein Wong from Breast Screen Counties Manukau on 021-244-9310. Census collectors The 2011 census is in full swing. More than 7000 census collectors began hand-delivering close to eight million census forms and internet access codes to nearly two million households on Saturday. Census day is March 8. General manager Carol Slappendel says the 2011 census will be the biggest yet and this year people can also opt for filling in their forms online. Collectors will carry photo identification and blue census bags. Go to www.census.govt.nz for information about how to fill in your census forms online.
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