Waiheke Marketplace : May 4th 2011
7 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 4, 2011 NEWS Open this Friday and Saturday 6and7May,10amto2pm Waiheke Retirement Village is right on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. The village offers an independent retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. You can experience coastal retirement living for yourself by visiting an open day this Friday or Saturday between 10am and 2pm. We can give you a tour of the village and show you a selection of spacious and affordable villas priced from just $299,000. energi _J11945A MAY CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY • PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP Experience coastal retirement living for yourself this weekend 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz Students take new skill to Cambodia Selected to help: Oral health students Melanie Mitchell and Teena Olsen-Smith will be travelling to Cambodia to treat children with dental health problems. What to expect: The basic facilities the pair will encounter on their trip in June. By GILL ALCOCK Going back to college has resulted in one mature student taking her newly learnt skills to a Third World country with the hope of making a difference to the oral health of youngsters. Melanie Mitchell is in her final year at Auckland Uni- versity of Technology study- ing for a bachelor of oral health. She and fellow student Teena Olsen-Smith have been chosen to accompany two lecturers on a trip of a lifetime helping treat and educate children in Cambodia with oral health problems. The two students are both enjoying the dual degree course, which will see them qualify as both dental therapists and dental hygien- ists, after years out in the workforce. Melanie worked as an early childhood teacher before her employment at the Waiheke Dental Centre on Putiki Road with dentist Mike Stevens sparked an interest in retraining. Now she and Teena are looking forward to using their knowledge for the benefit of the children in Cambodia. The 17-day trip begins in Phnom Penh with the four- some attending to children with HIV at the Happy Tree Orphanage. Next will be four days at the University of Cambodia where they will treat patients booked into the dental school. The following day will see them at a prison and medical centre before heading out to help children in the villages of the Siem Reap province. Melanie, Teena and their lecturers will be carrying all the supplies they need includ- ing a generator and local anaesthetic. Along the way they will be handing out free toothbru- shes and toothpaste to the children they treat. The trip which leaves Auckland on June 17 only allows for two free days. And while one of these actually involves visiting a medical project that has been implemented, the other will be spent sightseeing at the world famous Angkor Wat. Melanie says the Khmer Rouge Reign of Terror left only a handful of dentists and doctors. Although dentists and doctors now number in the hundreds, most of Cambodia s 16 million people still miss out on any dental and medical care. There is no free public ser- vice available and even hospitals and health centres charge for treatment. With over a third of Cambodia s 15 million people living on less than $1 a day, a tooth extrac- tion is a luxury they just can t afford. While Melanie and Teena were picked by the Auckland University of Technology to take part it is not covering any costs involved so it is up to them to find sponsorship. So far a friend impressed at Melanie s determination to make the trip has generously paid for her airfares and is encouraging others to help cover the costs of her accom- modation, living expenses, the supply of dental products and oral health promotion products. Plus they need to find the payments and gifts expected by the villages before the visitors can enter and begin their work. Anyone wishing to help Melanie with her expenses can email melanie.mitchel- email@example.com, phone 372- 9808 or 027-243-9815, or deposit sponsorship payments directly into the ASB account 12-3114-0093384-00. Open spaces, links requested By GILL ALCOCK More open spaces and improved cycling, horse riding and pedestrian access to public facilities were some of the requests at the Annual Plan hearings at Ostend War Memorial Hall. Local board members and supercity councillors listened to a variety of suggestions during pub- lic submissions. One of the 21 verbal submitters was Paul Walden who asked, on behalf of the Walden family, for the acquisit- ion of more open spaces and improved access to key community focal points such as schools, sports and recreational facilities. He also asked for more multi-user links such as bridle paths and walk- ways, with the aim of decreasing dependence on vehicles and increas- ing outdoor pursuits. Mr Walden referred to Ministry of Health infor- mation that one in three adults and one in three children are overweight and it was promoting healthy eating, active lifestyles and active transport links. He said on Waiheke, due to lack of planning and funding, access to multi-user trails was decreasing. He suggested the board should purchase a piece of land behind the Waiheke Primary School and take up an easement on Erua Rd to enable a walkway from Matiatia to Orapiu be completed. Waiheke is an island of scenic beauty but I m concerned my kids can t ride to school safely on their own, he said. Mr Walden said public reserves must provide access to public rec- reation and there was a perception that certain reserves were the prop- erty of particular com- munity groups. We need to make certain going forward there is com- munity integration into those facilities. As a pony club and Sea Scouts member, he said that although organised sports were a wonderful thing there were other recreational activities going on. While signifi- cant budgets were spent maintaining sportsfields for soccer and rugby, little or no support was given to other organis- ations, he said. There must be a bet- ter spread of support and funds, he said. He also pointed out the lack of a Reserve Man- agement Plan for the island s reserves and asked for funding for a plan and regular reviews of recreational reserves. There is no umbrella to look at the needs of this island. In his submission, on which he was congrat- ulated by several coun- cillors, he expressed a need for better roads and roadsides to support the safety of non-motorists . He asked for stake- holders from walking, cycling and horse-riding communities to be con- sulted on roading design. Mr Walden s sub- mission was one of 45 from Waiheke and 1800 across the region which will be included in a summary of consul- tations that will be used when the Auckland Council Annual Plan 2011/2012 is created. Telephone scam offers free travel Waiheke police are warning residents of a telephone scam. They have been told of a number of phones calls being made to mainly older residents from people claiming to be from a company called Golden Globe Holidays and offering a $1000 free travel voucher. A police spokesperson says the callers are per- sistent with reports they phone more than once and will ask for credit card details. This is a scam. If you give out your credit card details they will have a ball at your expense, a police spokesperson says.
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