Northern News : September 5th 2012
7 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 NEWS WOMEN'S HEALTH CONCERNS? There is a full time private clinic in Whangarei run by women for women's health problems: RIVERSIDE WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE Located in the Town Basin Medical Centre 131 Lower Dent St, Whangarei. 09 438 2188 Look for 'Riverside Women's Healthcare' in www.healthpoint.co.nz Such as troublesome bleeding; bladder leakage; menopause concerns; prolapse; abnormal smears; pelvic pain; and fertility issues. Many of the common problems can be treated with simple minor procedures done either at the clinic or at Kensington Hospital. The emphasis at the clinic is on making sure women have as much information as possible about their own health on which to base their decisions as to the type of treatment that is best for them. Dr. Rachel Moss, the specialist gynaecologist, can see you to make a thorough gynaecological assessment and discuss options for treatment. A GP referral can be helpful but is not essential. 4821606AI LEAKY HOMES Eddie Taia Senior Lawyer Dream house turned into a nightmare? Let Eddie fix it for you The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz Light up Kaikohe on the world stage Vision: Te pa o Kaikohe for all cultures -- ideas for a working pa are maturing. Imagine a world class, multicultural centre and theme park right in the middle of Kaikohe. Now imagine regular re- enactments of famous battles being played out within walking distance of Broadway. And Rotorua-style entertainment -- although more authentic and down-home, compris- ing pieces from every culture rep- resented in the town. That's the plan of Kaikohe resi- dent Willie Maihi. And that's the vision he wants to share with any- one who will listen on September 8. Although he has no intention of adding roller-coasters to the mix, he hopes that his plan will attract vis- itors from all over the world. But more importantly he hopes the cen- tre will become a meeting place for all residents of Kaikohe and beyond. Mr Maihi explains that the centrepiece of the plan will be a working pa, continuously occupied by activities such as whakairo (carving), raranga (flax weaving) and hangi. "This is what people will come to see during the day. Riders on the cycle trail, drivers on the Twin Coast Discovery Trail, and inter- national visitors from the port in Paihia, are all welcome. At night we will have kapa haka, mau rako, and taiaha. And again, anything else that we can add that will represent the people of Kaikohe, regardless of their origin." A multicultural centre will be available for events and meetings. "This centre will be unlike any other in the north. It will be a com- munity marae -- not a whanau or iwi marae. It will truly be for every- one," Mr Maihi says. The potential benefits to Kaikohe are many-fold, according to support- ers. The construction will provide job and learning opportunities, as it will after opening. Giving visitors something to do increases the demand for food and accommo- dation and other services in town. Mr Maihi also thinks that having something big in town will make it more attractive for young people who might otherwise leave. Our people almost lost the reo, our tikanga, but for those who have the matauranga (understanding) and are gifted with visions, to unselfishly stand up for our future tamariki and mokopuna are ranga- tira in their own right. Kaikohe is a Maori town, Moerewa and Kawa- kawa have made a stand for their town. It is up to you to make a stand for your tamariki, mokopuna and your town.'' Mr Maihi and team will explain the vision after a welcome (powhiri) at Te Kotahitanga marae, 11am on Saturday. Sabin disappointed with alcohol vote MP Mike Sabin Northland MP Mike Sabin says he was disappointed that mem- bers of parliament voted to maintain the status quo on the purchase age for alcohol in New Zealand. Mr Sabin voted to raise the purchase age of alcohol to 20 years following a two-and-a-half hour debate in the House, deal- ing specifically with the pur- chase age, which was subject to a conscience vote, as part of the Alcohol Reform Bill moving through parliament. "In my speech to the House I outlined how for me it comes down to two core factors; the vulnerability of the adolescent brain and the need to empower our communities by supporting them to send a clear message that the culture of drinking in this country needs to change," says Mr Sabin. "I believe the science is clear; the developing 18-year-old brain is far more susceptible to the effects and also implications of alcohol use, and the longer uptake and indeed abuse of alcohol can be deferred, the less harm to the individual and com- munity," says Mr Sabin. "What is also clear to me is that a large majority of adult New Zealand- ers and parents believe that reducing the age to 18 in 1999 was a mistake and has been one of, if not the major contributors to the increase in harm related to alcohol," says Mr Sabin. "I don't think the purchase age is the panacea. But it is something that so many perceive as the circuit- breaker, and to address this issue as a nation I wanted to make sure that we empowered communities by sending a clear message through lifting the age back to 20 that the culture of alcohol abuse and the attitude to alcohol needs to change," says Mr Sabin. After a conscience vote on three options: 18/18, split -- 18 on licence/20 off licence, 20 on both, no one option had more than 61 votes. This resulted in a second vote for the two highest polling options which was 18/18 (or retaining the status quo) or rais- ing both on and off licence pur- chase ages to 20. "After the second vote the majority of members voted to retain the 18-year purchase age, with 68 votes for, and 53 to raise it to 20, which is a real disap- pointment to me personally," says Mr Sabin. "This was the chance we as elected representatives had to respond to what I believe a large majority of New Zealanders were calling for and it has now passed us by," says Mr Sabin.
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