Manukau Courier : March 1st 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less Manukau City Cnr Cavendish Dr & Great Sth Rd Ph: 262 3252 Otahuhu 26 Saleyards Rd Ph: 276 2119 MC1/3 Normal trading hours Manukau: Mon-Sun 7.30am -- 6.30pm Otahuhu: Mon-Sun 7.00am -- 6.30pm All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin Yellow & White Nectarines $2.99bag Fresh Round Beans $1.99bag Shanghai Bok Choy 79¢bag Large Watermelon $3.99ea Little Sweeties Peppers $1.99tray Bobby Bananas $1.99bag Nashi Pears $2.49kg 800g Capsicums (All colours) $1.49bag 300g Call us today to arrange a free assessment of your home Sliding door won't slide? we fix windows and doors Dental Technician * New Dentures (false teeth) * Relines * Repairs * Partials FREE Quotes, Consultations Work & Income Support Quotes Registered Clinical Dental Technician For appointment or inquiries, phone Ellen at The Dental Laboratory Ph: 09 266 6867 81 Grand Vue Rd, Hill Park Shops, Manurewa 3540605AA Do you want your teen to smoke this? EX-COUNCILLOR WANTS PEOPLE TO BOYCOTT SHOPS SELLING IMITATION MARIJUANA Disturbing: Dick Quax is outraged imitation joints are being sold in dairies and is calling on the community to boycott the shops. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By NICOLA WILLIAMS A FORMER city councillor wants people to boycott shops selling marijuana-style cigarettes to teens. He says a number of dairies in Pakuranga seem to be selling the lookalike-joints openly over the counter. Former Manukau City Council community safety portfolio leader Dick Quax says he was approached by a parent of a 14-year-old who bought the product for about $15. The substance is restricted to those under 18 but dairies aren t good at demanding ID , Mr Quax says. He is also concerned young people will be encouraged to try the real deal. This is a very disturbing trend for parents of young people. We know that teens are impressionable and want to experiment. In my view it is irresponsible to allow this product to be sold and it should be pulled from the market. He says video footage of the prod- uct shows people are clearly impaired by it . Kids are being introduced to the drug culture with these things. I don t want my teenager being exposed to it. Mr Quax says his son s friends all know about the product. I want people to use consumer activism to get them off the shelves. He says if the product is bought online people don t have to prove their age. The product is banned in most other countries and Mr Quax says New Zealand should follow their lead. Mr Quax is urging people to boy- cott shops that sell it. Consumer power will quickly and effectively show that this type of product is not wanted in our com- munity. Botany Secondary School guid- ance counsellor Barbara Divehall says the age restriction will be no barrier to younger teens. R18 means nothing, everyone s got an older sibling or friend to buy it. She says parents should educate their children about the conse- quences of the drug because teenagers are prone to risk-taking behaviour. Calling it a legal high makes it sound safe and it s not, the chemicals are going to affect every- one differently. Every time you use it it can affect you differently. Like party pills it can be a gate- way drug to try harder drugs, she says. Young people need to realise the effect on the brain and that the brain cannot be replaced, she says. Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to hear Dick Quax's plea to protect young people from the product. $12,000 raised A fundraiser for hospice netted more than double the money it was aiming for.Hospice South Auck- land has an extra $12,000, thanks to a Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club fundraiser last month. The club aimed to raise $5000 towards the Valerie Adams Garden through a barbecue and auction but actually hit $11,246. That increased to $12,000 when a club member donated the bal- ance. Money raised combined with a club donation of $5000 proved to be a great success, says organiser Danella McCormick.
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