Western Leader : February 11th 2011
6 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS OPEN DAY Wednesday 16th February, 10am -- 3pm Stylish new apartment, happy new year. Nothing can match the feeling of moving into a brand new never-lived-in home. Particularly when it's an apartment in The Vines, the very last stage of the award-winning Vision Waitakere Gardens retirement village. So-named the Vines because the site was once part of the Corban family vineyard; and it's easy to imagine why when you see the thriving garden your new apartment will overlook. It's a view that's especially relaxing when you notice our gardeners doing all the work to keep it looking great. Available in two bedrooms from $350,000 and three bedrooms from $430,000, the apartments are spacious and designed with living well in mind. You'll have internal access to all the village amenities like the restaurant, heated pool, gymnasium, and even a blokes' shed and craft room. And you won't be buying off the plans. Come to our Open Day and you can tour the actual apartments for yourself -- you can even sign up then and there if you wish (you'd be surprised how many do just that). Perhaps the strongest impression you'll get when you visit is the genuinely friendly and social atmosphere at Vision Waitakere Gardens. Make this your home, and we're sure you really will have a happy new year. 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson Russell Blair, Sales Manager 09 837 0512 | 0800 221 800 | www.visionseniorliving.co.nz MEMBER BIG/VSL345/WG1 Upon Presentation of this coupon receive 10% off 1 coupon per table. OPEN 6DAYS Thai Restaurant + Takeaway cnr Gunner Dr & Rhone Ave Te Atatu Peninsula THAIPENINSULA Open Valentines Day Ph: 834 9998 Dinner 5pm - 10pm (Tue-Sun) Waitemata board faces big bill for expensive heart drugs By CATHERINE HEALY Medicines used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack are costing the Waite- mata District Health Board millions a year. A report presented this week lists the board s spending on medicines. Acting pharmacy pro- gramme manager John Kristiansen presented an update on pharma- ceutical use to the community and public health advisory com- mittee meeting on Wednesday. He says statin medi- cines such as Atorva- statin and Simvastatin are commonly pres- cribed. Statins lower choles- terol levels and are shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death, so they re an important group, he says. Atorvastatin was the medicine Waitemata spent the most money on, with 16,533 items dispensed at a cost of $1,257,527. Simvastatin, a less expensive alternative, was dispensed 73,276 times at at cost of $204,679. The second most expensive drug was Adalimumab, which cost the board $1,092,552, but was only dispensed 552 times. It s an expensive drug. It s reserved as the third line of defence against some severe con- ditions, he says. These include rheuma- toid arthritis, Crohn s disease, severe psoriasis and ankylosing spon- dylitis, inflamation of the joints. In October 2010 alone, $316,000 was spent on Adalimumab -- the highest spend of the four Auckland health boards. Waitemata has exper- ienced significant growth in prescribing the drug, reflecting its older popu- lation, he says. Olanzapine, which is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizo- phrenia and bipolar dis- order, was dispensed 6939 times in the year to October 31, 2010, and cost the board $904,489. This is an expensive drug but the cost will go down later this year when an alternative, less expensive brand be- comes available. The most commonly dispensed item was paracetamol -- handed out 93,578 times at a cost of $165,174. Mentors give business help A major contract to deliver a business men- tor programme across the region has gone to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. It is the first time business mentoring services have been grouped under one pro- vider, business sector development manager Clyde Rogers says. From this month we will be offering the same level of mentoring to businesses across Auck- land whether they are based in Waiuku, Howick, Orewa, Kumeu or Queen St. The nationwide busi- ness mentor programme was established in 1991 and now matches more than 2000 small to medium-sized enter- prises with volunteer mentors each year. Business Mentors New Zealand chief executive Ray Schofield says those businesses could be the backbone of New Zealand s economy. Small to medium- sized enterprises can benefit directly from the vast experience and abil- ities brought to the table by our team of mentors, Mr Schofield says. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development will deliver the programme through its offices in Albany, Henderson, Manukau and Pukekohe and will partner with the Auck- land Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide the service in the central city. Visit www.business mentors.org.nz to register for the programme. I hop you pick me Roger Rabbit is my name and I m looking for a family to call my own. I m an energetic yet laid-back adult rabbit with lots of love to give. I am better by myself then I am with other rabbits so you will need to have a suitable individual hutch for me. I am available for adoption at Animal Management West subject to a property inspection by one of our friendly officers and I will cost at least $15 to adopt. There are also lots of other furry four leg- ged friends looking for homes so if you are interested in adopting meoroneofmy friends then please come along and meet us at Animal Manage- ment West, 48 The Concourse, Hender- son. We are open 10.30am to 4.15pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 2pm on weekends.
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