Western Leader : December 3rd 2010
3 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 3, 2010 NEWS Weekly clinics held at our St Lukes Clinic For more information please call WONS, Nursing, Education & Health Promotion Services on 846 7886 ext 0. FREE Cervical Smear Clinics **No appointments necessary. Certain criteria applies** The WONS mobile cervical screening van will be onsite on the following dates and venues: Wednesday 8th, Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th December Glenmall Work & Income offce (carpark) 20 Oates Road, Glen Eden Van onsite from 9:30am - 3pm Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th December Henderson Work & Income Offce (carpark) 36-44 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson Van onsite from 9:30am - 3pm 3302800AD 3163941AA Rushton CHIROPRACTIC Chiropractic care for all the family including pets!! Spring into summer feeling renewed, vital and full of energy Don't let back discomfort limit your enjoyment of life There are no problems - there are only solutions waiting to happen (Pat Parelli) Ring now for your spinal examination and well body check 304 Great North Rd Henderson Ph 09 8363004 0800 SHARON CLEARANCE DEPOT NEW/USED/END OF LINES/LIQUIDATION STOCK Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm, Sat 10am - 3pm While stocks last 637 Rosebank Rd, Avondale PH 815 1589 Wooden stools from $50 Huge variety of office & Household items new & used at HEAVILY DISCOUNTED PRICES!! $20 Pots set of 3 4 colour choices 34d Portage Rd, New Lynn. Ph 827 2371 Hours Mon to Fri 7am to 5pm, Sat 8am to 2pm. NEW LYNN BUILDING CENTRE DIY SPECIALS!! Sat & Mon only! Loan Trailers, local Hi-ab delivery $60.00 Free Apron worth $92.00 for all cash sales over $500.00! Retaining 150 x 50 H4 Sawn ..............$4.00 pm incl gst Decking 100 x 25 Tan Merch from .....$1.30 pm incl gst Fencing H3 1.8m pailings ...................$2.55 ea incl gst Fast Set Concrete 25kg ......................$10.95 ea incl gst Cement Holcim 25kg ..........................$10.10 ea incl gst Nails 100 x 40 galv falt 5kg ................$28.75 per box incl gst Gun nails 90 Galv 3000 + gas ............$149.50 per box incl gst 3341753AA Rail loop vital' for commuters By STEPHEN FORBES and KAREN MAGNALL ' This will have major implications for people living in west Auckland ' Mike Lee, Auckland Council transport committee chairman COMMUTING to the city will be easier and faster for west Aucklanders if the CBD rail loop goes ahead, says Auckland Council s transport com- mittee chairman. Mike Lee says the project would mean more trains every hour on the western line and better public trans- port for the whole region. Last week the transport committee endorsed the business case for a new CBD rail loop estimated to cost $2.38 billion. This will have major implications for people living in west Auckland, he says. It will make it easier and faster for people to commute. People living in New Lynn or Henderson will be that much closer to the CBD. Mr Lee estimates it could take 20 minutes off a west Aucklander s com- mute to the city. The underground rail loop would remove the capacity constraint at Britomart, a dead-end station that can take 20 trains an hour at most, strat- egy and planning manager Peter Clark says. Britomart would instead become a through-tunnel able to take around 50 trains an hour to and from more town centres on the rail network. The 3.5km route would see three underground stations built at Karangahape Rd, Aotea Square and Symonds St. Many areas of the CBD would be within 500 metres of a train station. But Transport Minister Steven Joyce has questioned where the funding will come from and has said that the business case for the project needs to be looked at in more detail. Mr Joyce says the Auckland Council will have to fully fund the first few steps of creating a CBD rail loop, including securing the route and buy- ing property. Mr Lee says the council wants the government s support for the project. We ve gone too far to let history repeat itself. It would be tragic if we allowed that to happen. Auckland mayor Len Brown says the rail link is critical to Auckland s future. The rail link is quite possibly the most critical element in Auckland s transformation into a globally competi- tive urban centre, Mr Brown says. The link would double the number of trains through Britomart, let people get around the region more easily and reduce road congestion. The report can t be ignored. Deputy mayor Penny Hulse also says the CBD rail loop would bring major benefits to west Auckland. It s not like Auckland is sticking its hand out and taking money from the rest of the country. It would be good to see the road tax raised in Auckland spent in Auckland. Pool staff meet about unconscious toddler West Wave Aquatic Centre staff have met to discuss why a three- year-old girl was found uncon- scious in a pool last week. Auckland Council spokesman Glyn Walters says the meeting looked into how it happened and how it was handled by staff. The Western Leader reported last week that a member of the public noticed the girl lying face down in the wave pool and called for a lifeguard. The wave pool is for general use but children under eight must be accompanied by a carer over 16 years of age. Mr Walters says there were eight staff on duty at the time and those involved followed the correct procedures. Staff at the centre administered medical treatment until the girl regained consciousness. St John ambulance and police attended. Tour the cemetery Join Matthew Gray on a guided walk around Waikumete Cemetery this Sunday at 5pm. Matthew is a long- time member of Friends of Waikumete -- a special interest group that has been running the tours for several years. He also writes a column for the Western Leader called Tales from the Crypt. Walkers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and will be asked for a $5 donation. Meet at the crema- torium. Call Kath on 813-6262 for information. Surviving mental illness Fighting back: Gina Giordani wrote about living with bipolar disorder in the hope that it would show young people with mental health issues that it is possible to live a normal life. By CATHERINE HEALY At just 27 Gina Giordani runs an MP s office, is happily mar- ried and owns her home in Glen Eden. She also has bipolar disorder and will probably take medi- cation to manage the illness for the rest of her life. Her battle with mental illness began when she was 15. She ended up in respite care then hospital before learning to cope with the condition. I am still unwell from time to time, but I can manage it now and I have excellent support from my husband and the people around me, she says. Gina is one of the contributors to a new book entitled Caught Between Sunshine and Shadow. It is a compilation of poetry and prose written by people from all over New Zealand with bipolar disorder. She hopes her story will help others suffering with the con- dition. I think it s very important to share, particularly with younger people, that a mental health diagnosis does not mean your life is over. People carry on and live their lives. When I was young all the examples I had were chronically unwell; a lot of them were older and in and out of serious mental health units. It s hard for a young person to be in a situation like that, she says. Gina s teenage years were marred by the death of her brother followed by her sister s suicide. Her father also has bipolar disorder and lives in supported accommodation. Gina left home at 16 and later stayed in respite care. She spent a couple of years being admitted to and then running away from North Shore Hospital. It s not the person I am now, but back then I was trying to run away from myself, she says. I m very open about the things that have happened to me and I talk to people about it all the time. People I know often approach me about it. Now I ll be able to say you should read this book. In the book, psychiatrist Dr Anne Templeton writes that there is a lack of good quality resources on bipolar disorder available to New Zealanders. She says they mostly come from overseas and are written by health professionals, but people want to read about per- sonal experiences with the ill- ness. See www.cbsas.co.nz for more information or to purchase a copy of the book. It s being launched on Monday at Garden Hall, Western Springs, at 3pm.
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