Western Leader : December 22nd 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz 14 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 22, 2011 NEWS Thurs 22 -- Fri 23 Dec ................ 9am -- 10pm Christmas Eve ................................9am -- 6pm Christmas Day....................................... CLOSED Boxing Day ...................................... 9am -- 7pm For full trading hours and perfect prezzies, i i gp p , g a u it WES/WL/1911/3 visit westfield.co.nz/westcity 50% off selected Paua & Greenstone Jewellery 31 Veronica Street, New Lynn Ph: 827 1064 opposite LynnMall car park Shop Hours : Mon - Fri 9am - 4.30pm Sat10am-4pm Open Sundays 11th & 18th 10am - 4 pm Also open Xmas Eve Sat 24th 9am - 3pm. 4230650AC House prices up on last year House prices are up in west Auckland according to the managing director of Barfoot & Thompson. Peter Thompson says the average sale price for the month of November reached $411,000 which was $4,000 higher than the average price for the year to date. He says the areas with the greatest activity were Henderson, Block- house Bay, Glen Eden and New Lynn. In November, the demand for homes was extremely strong, he says. We sold 158 homes in this area, more than 60 percent higher than we did at the same time last year. Local prices have been stable in this area all year, and the average price for the past 12 months of $407,000 is $3000 higher than the average price 12 months ago. The hidden disability of brain injury By NICOLA MURPHY Key support: Barry Pownceby, seen here with his youngest daughter Nicole, 19, says his brain injury has affected his whole family. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Barry Pownceby suffers from pain and fatigue but every day he s alive is a good one. He survived a trau- matic brain injury in 1992 and will be affected by it for the rest of his life. Mr Pownceby was hap- pily married with a step- son, a daughter and another one on the way whenhewashitbya passenger train in an accident at the Welling- ton railway yard where he worked. He received broken ribs, multiple breaks to his right arm, a punc- tured lung and major brain injuries. The Brain Injury Association of New Zea- land estimates 90 people are diagnosed with a brain injury every day. Of those around 10 are seriously injured and their lives are affected in the long-term. I spent four months in hospital and went through a lot depression even after I got out, Mr Pownceby says. The right side of his body is now paralysed and his arm always gives him pain, which can be frustrating, he says. Mr Pownceby has come a long way thanks to support from brain injury organisations, his family and physio- therapy. He now volun- teers at Brain Injury Auckland, a branch of Brain Injury NZ. Living independently gives me the satisfaction of making my own decisions, he says. I feel grateful that I m not in a wheelchair. The impact on Mr Pownceby s family has been profound. His daughters, now aged 19 and 20, have only ever known their father with his brain injury. I blamed my forget- fulness the other day on my injury and my daugh- ter told me I couldn t use that excuse any more. He says his relation- ship with his daughters is strong, but the injury took its toll on his mar- riage which ended a few years after his accident. It was hard for me but it was also hard for her, he says. The Mt Wellington resident is still on daily medication and struggles with pain, fatigue and forgetfulness but he hasn t let his injury stop him from living a full life. He is a keen tenpin bowler, a talented wood- worker and loves volun- teering for the organis- ations that have provided him with so much support. Ann Merivale has also received a lot of support from Brain Injury Auck- land since she was diag- nosed with an abscess on her brain in November 2008. Doctors told the 57-year-old the abscess was caused by two infections in her brain but couldn t find the cause of the infection. While an operation removed the mass, she is no longer able to work. The hardest things are that I get terrible fatigue and I m forget- ful, she says. It s been tough. Her partner Tony Mor- ris has also been sup- portive. It was extremely hard for him. He had to write me lists every day so I wouldn t forget things and he had to teach me things like how to use buses again because I couldn t remember. It s like you re a needy child. To add to the chal- lenge Ms Merivale doesn t receive financial support from ACC because her injury was acquired rather than accidental. She now receives counselling which has put her in a better head space, she says. Brain Injury Auckland Association general man- ager Steve Jenkins says brain injuries are often hidden disabilities that people don t notice or acknowledge. A brain injury is a family injury. It affects the central self and therefore affects the person s relationships and family dynamics. Visit www.brain-injury. org.nz for information.
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