Northern News : November 17th 2010
5 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS From EAST to WEST We've got the Mid North covered REFUSE STICKER $2.25 $1.23 $2.25 RECYCLE BAGS REFUSE BAGS $1.12 CRATE TAGS 0800 492 783 www.eastwestwaste.co.nz EAST WEST WASTE RECOVER RECYCLE REUSE PLACE KERBSIDE BY 7.30am LAST DAYS 3 BEDROOM DEATH TRAP Without working smoke alarms, this picturesque home is a family killer. Fast asleep in your bed, you'll never notice the deadly, poisonous smoke filling your bedroom, ensuite and lungs. You'll simply die without waking. Unless you have working photoelectric smoke alarms. SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES | fire.org.nz 32110 |||| NZF0160/8 Paid Opinion Piece Our youth, their iden ty a cri cal mix Hello Northland! Its a privilege to be able to share my thoughts with you and I hope youll fnd these columns enjoyable and thought- provoking thats the point! Having taught many students for over a decade now, I want to discuss an issue that I believe will go some way to helping our youth realise and achieve their full poten al. As a f h genera on New Zealander, I can be proud of the fact that my grandparents knew what it was to work hard, farming the land while also raising six great kids - one of whom is my mother. Im also proud of the fact that my grandfather, and his father before him, served in World War 1 and 2 respec vely. In fact, it s only this year, his 90th, that my grandfather has begun to talk about it. As he has done so, I must admit to feeling very inspired. Somehow, it has developed within me a sense of iden ty, a sense of belonging, a sense of being. New Zealanders have a rich and proud past and Northlanders, in par cular, can boast about their history. Yet for all of this, we must ask: do we teach such things to our kids? I cant help but wonder if we need to consider making the teaching of New Zealand history compulsory to students. Now before you all yawn and lose interest, consider this: How many of the students who learned about the Beijing Olympics have the faintest idea of who Hobson or Heke were, or how Paihia or De Merle Street got their names? I have no doubt that some schools teach New Zealand-based topics and good on them they should be congratulated. A er all, we live in a great place and lets not ever forget that! Yet I suspect that for a large number of students out there such names and themes are completely foreign. On an ever-increasing global stage, we as New Zealanders need to know who we are. We need to ins l in our youth a robust sense of iden ty; from this founda on they will grow. Sadly, there are a number of our youth today who have never had that sense of iden ty or purpose cul vated within them. Perhaps we could be pivotal in ensuring that this doesnt happen again. Next me Inves ng in the next genera on Northland Secretary Mark B. Tan 3281715AA Doctor makes life-saving sacrifices Old equipment: Dr Richard Wong She with the older operating microscope used by his team at the National Burn Centre. Photo: JUSTIN LATIF OPERATION The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust By JUSTIN LATIF Top burns specialist Richard Wong She will miss part of his daughter s 13th birthday on December 3. But that s a sacrifice he is willing to make for his patients. Dr Wong She is asking you to consider paying a much smaller price to help the National Burn Centre at Middlemore Hospital get the equip- ment it desperately needs. He will be among those attending a Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust fundraising dinner on his daughter s big day. The evening is being held as part of the trust s Operation Heal -- a proj- ect aimed at raising $200,000 for a state of the art operating micro- scope. Dr Wong She says the microscope will make sure about 100 people a year receive the oper- ations they need. It will help burn victims, breast cancer patients and those needing serious limb injuries repaired. What we re using now is almost a decade old. The new microscope allows us to take a block of tissue, transpose it and plum it into the arteries and veins of a new part of the body. We have seven surgeons who specialise in this type of procedure but only one and half older microscopes. It s like having a team of courier drivers but only one old van. One patient eager for the arrival of the new microscope is 15-year-old Jimi Harper. The wall of his stomach was blown out by a stray 11,000 volt power line and he s been waiting since 2003 for an operation to properly repair it. The operation is not possible without this microscope, Dr Wong She says. So we will be able to finally fulfil that promise to Jimi and his family that we made seven years ago. Dr Wong She also had to skip a nine-year-old daughter s birthday this year because he was training junior doctors. He says missing important family milestones is necessary when lives are at stake. It s hard having to explain to my daughters why I missed their recitals, birthdays, and prize-givings. But I m willing to make these sacrifices because I know can make a big difference. He says all the staff at National Burn Centre are now gearing up for their busiest time of the year. We see a definite peak about November, December and January. Holiday plus sun plus alcohol equals badness. So while the rest of the country is enjoying themselves -- we re deal- ing with the carnage. That s why we re asking the public to please help us to deliver the 21st century health- care that it needs. The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust will hold a corporate charity dinner at Auckland s Tel- straClear Pacific Events Centre on December 3. Guest speaker Prime Minister John Key will be interviewed on stage by broadcaster Paul Holmes during a night of glitz and glamour designed to raise funds for the National Burn Unit. Television personality and Newstalk ZB host Kerre Woodham will be MC and comedian Ewen Gilmour is guaranteed to put smiles on faces. The evening starts at 7.30pm and will include live and silent auctions as well as music from the band Black Salt. Diners will enjoy a fine meal with complimen- tary beer from Lion and fine wine from Glen- garry. A cheque will be handed over to the National Burn Centre at the end of the function. Tickets cost $1850 + GSTforatableof10or $185 + GST per person. Call Shandall on 531-5910 for more information or email her at shandall@mad butcher.co.nz. Go online to www. northernnews.co.nz to see Dr Richard Wong explain why New Zealand's National Burn Centre needs your support.
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