Northern News : December 14th 2011
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Phone 09 407 9293 or visit www.palmco.co.nz Landscape Office, Shop & Display Garden open 10am - 4pm daily at 32 Wiroa Rd, Kerikeri Greener gardens by design • Tyres & Mags • Wheel Alignment • Balancing & Batteries Next to Vehicle Testing Station at end of Mill Lane phone Dean, Scott or Rick on: 09 407 7773 4174650AA LAND PLANNING AND SURVEYING 90 Kerikeri Road PO Box 211, Kerikeri 0245 F 09 407 7366 email@example.com Ph: 407 9182 2598141AA Doctors bid town farewell Farewell to Kaikohe: Dr Ann Davis with husband Dr Peter Vujcich. By EMMA GODWIN AFTER 27 years of service to the Kaikohe community Dr Ann Davis is packing her stethoscope into her suitcase and heading off as a travel- ling locum with husband Dr Peter Vujcich. Dr Vujcich grew up in Rawene and was schooled in Kaikohe. While on his OE he met Ann in the United Kingdom and brought her back to New Zealand. We started out in Te Kuiti,'' Dr Davis says. It was a bit of a change for me. We enjoyed working in the hospital there but were keen to have our own practice. We kept our eyes open and an opportunity arose in Kaikohe.'' A position was available in a pri- vate practice in Kaikohe's Marino Court and the couple began there in 1984. They later moved their practice to Broadway where it grew before becoming a charitable trust. We wanted to ensure Kaikohe was provided with a sustainable health service,'' Dr Davis says. Peter is quite entrepreneurial. We were one of the first primary health organisations and one of the smallest. We ensured that our health service was low cost to patients. It's a legacy we're proud to leave behind us.'' Dr Vujcich left Kaikohe in 2009 and has been working in Whangarei for the district health board as a GP liaison. We've missed working together,'' Dr Davis says. And we've always wanted to travel so we're going to head to the South Island to work as locums. Then we'll look at heading to Australia and after that, we'd both like to volunteer abroad. Peter has worked in Papua New Guinea and he'd like to go back and we'd both like to work in the South Pacific where there's a high need for volunteer health workers.'' It will be a bittersweet goodbye for Dr Davis when she leaves on December 21. I've really enjoyed growing up with the people in Kai- kohe and seeing their lives unfold. I've been there for their births and deaths. Our patients have allowed us to be part of their lives, it's been amazing really.'' Past and present patients are welcome to Dr Davis' farewell on Friday at Kaikohe Baptist Church, 10am to 11am. Males 55-plus dominate November drownings Water Safety New Zealand's statistics for the month of November show a total of eight drownings for the month -- mak- ing 110 for the year to Decem- ber 6. Two swimmers, two fisher- men, two accidental immer- sions, one sailing and one free diving victim account for the eight drownings in November. Water Safety chief executive Matt Claridge said the total was well up on the five year average (2006-2010) which is 94. Summer is now here and with it participation in such rec- reational activities as swim- ming, boating, fishing and diving will increase, yet we are already seeing too many fatal incidents associated with these activities.'' November's fatalities are dominated by adult men aged 55 years-plus. Two of the victims were alone; a third was heavily intoxicated. Fundamental to water safe behaviour is to never undertake activity alone and to avoid alcohol. People of this age bracket should, and likely did, know this. Our nation's drowning toll is too high. A major reason for this is that our people do not take appropriate responsibility for their safety and that of family and friends, they take risks and short cuts despite knowing that this behaviour can cost lives.'' Waste oil sprays a solution to road dust nuisance Choking dust from metal roads could be a problem fewer Northlanders have to suffer from if the Northland Regional Council removes a ban on waste oil road sprays. The Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council are urging the regional council to relax Regional Plan rules banning the use of oil sprays to suppress dust on metal roads. Mayor Wayne Brown says his council receives up to 50 complaints a day in summer about dust nuisances caused by metal roads which make up more than two- thirds of the council's 2530km road network. Road dust exacerbates respirat- ory conditions, such as asthma, threatens export fruit crops that need to meet stringent phyto- sanitary standards and gets onto roofs and into water tanks. Road dust is more than a nuis- ance, it is a health hazard.'' Mr Brown says the council isn't sealing roads because the govern- ment is diverting subsidies for rural road seal extensions to Auckland motorways. Applying a seal coat of waste oil is a cost-effective way of reducing dust nuisances near houses, orchards and food outlets, he says. We would only use the oil sprays on roads where it was wanted and there would be a cost to property owners who requested this service.'' His council and the Whangarei District Council are seeking the regional council's permission to allow licensed contractors to use waste oil sprays under strictly- controlled conditions. The Northland Regional Council needs to understand that other regions in New Zealand, such as Southland, have regional plans that allow oil spraying to suppress road dust.'' Mr Brown says the regional council's decision to ban oil sprays on the basis that they might cause cancer was ill-advised. You would have to eat the road for that to happen.'' The regional council had not balanced the real health hazards of dust. Alternative glycerol-based sprays have proved totally ineffec- tual and they are quite costly so this needs a fresh look.'' People who are keen to support the councils' bid should email Mr Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org, write to the Northland Regional Council or lobby their regional councillor.
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