Northern News : September 21st 2011
23 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS MENINGOCOCCAL C Immunisation Programme MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE IS SERIOUS If you are sick go to the doctor If a friend is sick, take them to the doctor ● If you are not getting better go back again ● Dont stay alone ● Meningococcal disease can progress very quickly If you have any of these symptoms: ● Fever ● Vomiting ●Arash ● Headache ● Drowsiness ● Or a stiff neck DONT WAIT SEE THE DOCTOR Northland children and youth are being offered free immunisation to help protect them from Meningococcal C Disease. Parent Information Evenings There will be an Information Evening for parents/caregivers about the Meningococcal C Immunisation Programme Thursday 22 September in 6pm in the Conference room, St John Ambulance Station Hall, Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri. Speakers will be Dr Helen Petoussis-Harris research director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre and Dr Clair Mills, Northland DHB medical offcer of health. Monday 26 September at 6pm in the Auditorium at Whangarei Girls High School, Lupton Avenue, Whangarei. Speakers will be Dr Nikki Turner, clinical director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre and Dr Clair Mills, Northland DHB medical offcer of health. IT TAKES ONLY ONE VISIT. Talk to your doctor or school nurse about the benefts and possible risks. 4044592AB FOR MORE INFORMATION 0800 430 123 www.northlanddhb.org.nz Trust takes charge of pensioner units Units transfer: District facilities operations manager Sue Hodge, left, hands keys to the council's Russell pensioner units to Duffus Memorial Trust chairwoman Lorraine Young. Long-serving trustee Florence Annison, right of Lorraine, played a big role in getting the units built. Tranquil setting: The pensioner units viewed from Long Beach Rd. Ownership of four Far North District Council pensioner units has been transferred to social housing provider the Duffus Memorial Trust. The council decided last year to sell the Russell units to the trust after consulting the community over plans to divest or change the way it manages its 157 pensioner units. Five of 63 submissions received supported the trans- fer of the units to the trust named after Robert and Lucy Duffus who gifted land at Long Beach Rd for a conva- lescent hospital in 1908. Council staff met trustees and trust supporters at the flats on September 12 to hand over the keys after finalising the sale of the units for $32,904, the value of the out- standing mortgage. District facilities oper- ations manager Sue Hodge says she is delighted the council has been able to divest the units at Long Beach Rd without compro- mising the interests of the tenants. Trust chairwoman Lorraine Young says the trust is pleased to own the units after helping the Bay of Islands County Council build them in 1986 and making financial contributions to the project. The next step for the trust is to tidy up the units it has renamed Duffus Estate. It may also build more units on the 2.8-hectare site to meet demand for pensioner housing in Russell. The Bay of Islands County Council resolved in 1983 to build six pensioner units on the Long Beach Road site gifted by Robert and Lucy Duffus. The High Court later ruled that the Long Beach Rd site could only be used for pen- sioner, disabled persons and invalid housing. Social network helps keep schoolkids safe on the internet Young children are more at risk online every day, and cyber safety is a worry for parents and schools. That can change, thanks to a TelstraClear initiative, SuperClubsPLUS. The telco brought the internationally- successful safe social learning network to New Zealand, and the number of schools participating is growing by 50 percent a month. Up to 35 percent of kids have been bullied or harassed online by the time they re 15, TelstraClear chief execu- tive Allan Freeth says. Almost one in seven 8 to 17-year-olds have come across potentially harmful or inappropriate material in the past six months, and up to 80 percent of children don t use private settings on their social network profiles. SuperClubsPLUS is safe because it s monitored by trained mediators. As well as promoting safety and res- ponsibility to kids between six and 12, SuperClubsPLUS is a great learning tool. It helps them gain confidence and develop skills in under- standing and using tech- nology. Operating for a number of years in the UK and Aust- ralia, TelstraClear is support- ing and funding SuperClubs- PLUS in New Zealand. This support includes covering the membership costs for schools, children and families -- mak- ing the service totally free for them for 12 months. There are more than 142 schools already signed up, with 17,000 kids enjoying all the fun and benefits of social networking while being protected, and prepared against the potential risks. All children using SuperClubsPLUS are val- idated through a school, and trained mediators watch what s happening. Kids can learn to be smart and respon- sible, helping to protect them when they venture forth over the internet, Mr Freeth says. Schools and parents can register at www.telstra clear.co.nz/sub-sites/ superclubsplus/. The SuperClubsPLUS com- munity provides young chil- dren with an environment where they meet friends and create their own personalised content, web pages and clubs. They connect with other chil- dren in forums, win awards and badges and take part in challenges and competitions. Most importantly, they do all these things knowing that they are safe with support from highly trained mediators. Our research indicates the need to work with young chil- dren to positively help them develop strong and resilient behaviours online at an early age, well before they have an opportunity to form unsafe habits, Mr Freeth says.
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