Manukau Courier : February 25th 2014
24 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 Vitamin D lacking: research Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and infants may be a bigger problem than previously thought. An Auckland University-led study has found that recommended supplements may be insufficient. Many pregnant women in New Zealand are advised to take vitamin D to ensure their babies avoid the risk of rickets, a bone disease found in young children. One in five New Zealand babies experience a low vitamin D level at birth. Young breastfed infants of Maori or Pacific Island women are at the greatest risk, as are those who are often covered or veiled when outdoors. (Sun is a vitamin D source). Starship paediatrician Dr Cameron Grant says that vitamin D deficiency has re-emerged in recent years as a public health problem around the world. ‘‘New Zealand is a country that neither fortifies its food with vitamin D nor recommends supplements be taken routinely,’’ he says. ‘‘We also haven’t had good data on which to base recommendations.’’ NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz Solar energy returns need to match up I’ve always hankered after a solar array on the roof. I find climate change hard to deny, but I recognise that living a modern life makes it tremendously hard for a family to reduce its carbon footprint. That’s why a solar power sta- tion converting the sun’s rays into electricity is such an attractive idea. But I’ve been scratching my head ever since the Green Party announced its cheap loans to buy solar. You see, I’ll be darned if getting the ‘‘about’’ $100 a year savings on my electricity bill is going to tempt me to invest ‘‘up to’’ $15,000. OK, the numbers are a bit fuzzy CELEBRATE SEAWEEK 2014 – EXPLORE THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHLANDS-MARAETAIWALKWAY Tuesday 4 March 2014, 9.45am–12 noon Location: 188 Maraetai Drive, Maraetai. Meet next to the heli pad. Take in fabulous views of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island. Learn about early Māori and European history, and the flora and fauna. Average level of fitness required. Free return bus. Bookings essential. Make a booking: phone 09 301 0101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz AC_AC2576_MC4 Introducing Fairfax Marketing Services: The full circle marketing solution for ADWORDS PREMIER SME PARTNER and would need to be nailed down by the homeowner before committing to a system but getting a return of 0.66 per cent on a $15,000 investment feels to me a bit like giving money to charity. It’s worthwhile, if your aim is a charitable one. One of my biggest concerns about returns of that level of paucity is they can vanish very quickly. Before the Green Party’s launch, I had a look at reports on the old solar hot water heating systems that were sold around the sunnier bits of Auckland, which the Government used to subsidise. What they said was that people had been over-sold the possible savings from the technology, some of which was prone to breaking down so the homeowner never made any savings at all. The reason I was reading those reports at all was that I was preparing a story on Vector’s SunGenie system, which it is currently marketing around Auckland. It, too, would seem to be offer- ing savings of ‘‘about’’ $100 a year but instead of the ‘‘up to’’ $15,000 cost, Vector was asking for a $2000 installation fee followed by ongoing ‘‘lease’’ payments. Most importantly, Vector would retain ownership of the gear and liability to fix it if it went wrong, something it should be able to get in early on as it monitors it remotely. In other words, the risk of the vanishing ‘‘returns’’ some solar hot water system owners suffered MONEY’$ H is transferred to Vector. I can’t see any retailer of house- Rob Stock ➤GOLDENRULES ❚ Invest wisely ❚ Demand a decent return ❚ Analyse the risks. top solar array giving a 15-year guarantee on the equipment and even then, if it did start breaking down, one wonders how long it would decide to remain in business. By contrast, Vector is unlikely to go bust. A home owner comparing the two offers, would need to think very carefully about this big difference. This illustrates a very import- ant issue about ‘‘investing’’. You need to be paid an adequate return for taking on the cost of doing it and that includes a ‘‘risk margin’’ which every business person would demand. That there appears to be a lack of risk-margin here may indicate that the Green Party’s solar scheme is, whether consciously or not, something of a charitable affair. The return to the homeowner is not what the scheme is really about. The return is really for the environment. As a result, the numbers are not very persuasive. ❚ Rob Stock is a journalist with the Fairfax Business Bureau and money editor of the Sunday Star-Times. Contact him at rob.stock@ fairfaxmedia.co.nz. Body of work adorns Art Station By SARAH ROBERTS From the clothes we wear to the spaces we inhabit, the idea of adornment is always being explored. The Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust’s Fa’amanaia – to adorn – exhibition is marking the re-opening of Ponsonby’s Art Station. Papatoetoe’s Daren Kamali and Grace Taylor from Niu Navigations are part of the exhibition. They work to promote New Zea- land and Pacific poetry by using body and words. Niu Navigations works with Local Leads. Real Results. Business Websites Mobile Search Engine Optimisation Email Marketing Social Media young and emerging Maori and Pacific poets to develop their skills through workshops, shows and events. Mr Kamali self-published one bilingual book, in English and Fijian, called Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World and will release a second book in May. Ms Taylor, of English and Samoan descent, has been writing poetry for more than a decade and has performed in New Zealand, the Pacific and United States. Art Station has been refurbished with individual studios, along with four new gallery spaces. Project co-ordinator Talia Smith says the exhibition is collaborative, with workshops enabling artists, writers and dancers to explore themes. ‘‘Traditionally adornment has been associated with jewellery or cultural attire. ‘‘But, as each work featured in Search Engine Ads Reputation Management Business Listings Newspaper Ads Online Ads p 0800 123 664 e email@example.com w fairfaxmarketingservices.co.nz the show illustrates, adornment can be the simple act of living and breathing in a space or the gestures of a traditional dance,’’ she says. Tautai is a charitable trust working to nurture, mentor and advocate for Pacific artists. Fa’amanaia – to adorn will be showing at Art Station until March 15. ❚ Go totautai.org/fa-amanaia-toadorn-2/ for more information. Go to manukaucourier.co.nz to hear more about Niu Navigations workshops. Creative mind: Spoken word poet Grace Taylor.
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