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SPECIAL FEBRUARY OFFER Island watches for signs of measles By JEROME GAVELLE Parents are being urged to check their children are immunised against measles following 13 confirmed cases in Auckland. School principals have noti- fied parents and caregivers of the risk of a measles epidemic after an Auckland Regional Public Health Service warn- ing that the disease is now likely to spread into the wider community. Waiheke Community Childcare manager Ute Hoff- mann says there was one suspected measles case at the centre last week but she was still waiting for the results of the blood test to confirm. She says 99 percent of the centre's children are vaccinated and is advising the parents of the children who are not immunised to keep their kids at home. This isn't to punish them but to protect them and the others from catching the dis- ease. We are following the Public Health guidelines to also avoid the spreading of the measles,'' she says. Te Huruhi School principal Ian Travers says there has been no sign of measles at his primary school but he questions how high the immunisation rate on the island is. If the measles immunis- ation rate is low that is when we are at risk,'' he says. Mr Travers says if there is an outbreak he will have to ask children who are not immunised to stay at home. Waiheke Health Trust manager Dawn Rigby says she has not heard of any cases of measles on the island yet. There have been no noti- fied cases at Ostend and apparently none in Oneroa either.'' The Auckland Regional Public Health Service advises that immunisation is the best protection against measles and says is safe, effective and free. Health Service Clinical Director Dr Julia Peters says: I strongly urge parents and families to check that their children's immunisations are up-to-date. In addition, adults who are unsure whether they are immune should check with their fam- ily doctor.'' The Ministry of Health rec- ommends that anyone aged under 40 who has not had measles in the past should ensure they have been vaccinated. If they did not receive two doses of MMR vaccine when they were younger, they should contact their doctor to get free immu- nisation against measles. Call the Immunisation Advisory Centre free on 0800 IMMUNE (0800-466-863) or visit their website http:/ /www.immune.org.nz. Beach cleared of mussel shells Preferred method: The shell crusher was used to break down the two million horse mussel shells. By GILL ALCOCK Two million horse mussel shells deposited on Onetangi Beach by a storm and a king tide disappeared almost as fast as they arrived once the clean-up began in earnest last week. Auckland Council, in discussion with Local Board members and local business owners trialled three different methods of removal. They chose the method of crushing the shells with the larger pieces removed by a beach groomer to rid the 2.5km stretch of beach of the increasingly smelly problem. Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Faye Storer says: The shells are now crushed to pieces less than 40mm diameter which are now dispersed in the top layer of sand. From the road the beach now looks great, with its white sand restored.'' Once on the beach, individual pieces of shell are still visible in the sand. These are still a cut hazard but this will be lessened by further grooming and natural settlement of the beach, a council spokesperson says. Council staff will con- tinue to crush and groom as necessary to manage any further shells that wash in each day. Co-owner of Charlie Farley's Restaurant and Bar Luke Carter says the beach looks a million times better'' after the clean-up. Once the discussions finished and council started working a lot happened very quickly. There were a lot more people around at the weekend making use of the beach, even walking barefoot, so it can't be too bad,'' he says. Council officers are working with the Onetangi Beach Races committee to see how they can best hold the races on March 20. Resident wants meetings to discuss library project One resident is making a bid to hold off the library building project at Artworks in favour of meetings to discuss it. Millie Watkins asked the local board last week to create a forum to look at the new library plans. She said there were many questions and issues around the devel- opment that needed to come up in an open forum and suggested an unlimited timeframe and multiple meetings'' to address them. The board moved to seek a legal opinion last month on how much jurisdiction it had over the project. Chairwoman Faye Storer says: That's the key to everything.'' The board will be briefed on February 23. Meeting calls for visions for Ostend's future By GEORGE GARDNER The Okahuite-Ostend Ratepayers Associa- tion is calling for input in the prep- aration of a com- munity plan. The newly formed association's plan will inform the Auckland Council of the com- munity's vision for Ostend. Residents are in- vited to a public meet- ing at 2pm on Febru- ary 20 at the Sports Club on the Cause- way, where new members can be enrolled and prepara- tions will be made for an AGM to elect a chair and committee. Residents can fill out a questionnaire and voice their views on the issues they see facing Ostend, what they like about it and their aspirations for the area. The initiative by Ostend resident Mari- jke Ransom follows a presentation she made to the local board at its monthly public forum last week about cre- ating a community-led planning model for the island. She told the board that planning models in Porirua, the North Shore and Arrowtown had been successful. She asked for its support over the initiative to host a planning workshop on Waiheke in March, in partnership with the Okahuiti-Ostend Resi- dents and Ratepayers Association and other residents' groups. We're not talking about a district plan process. It's about ownership,'' Ms Ran- som said. The danger is the community leaves it for council to tell it what's in. We can't criticise the spatial planning process if we haven't shown initiative our- selves,'' she says. The board will review the idea on February 23 and may include it in its com- munity engagement document.
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