Waiheke Marketplace : July 13th 2011
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There is a correlation between the number of qualified and regis- tered teachers in early childhood education centres and the quality of education and care the children there receive,'' Mr Walker says. Waiheke Community Childcare Centre manager Ute Hoffman organised a group of island mums to join the march. Ms Hoffman says: Parents are struggling to pay their bills. Charging them more for a lesser service is what the government seems to be pushing for.'' Mr Walker says: It's time to push back.'' DO WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU Go to www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz for the latest local news online Power outages hit daycare centres By LYNDAL JEFFERIES No daycare today: Power outages across the island meant Waiheke Community Childcare had to close its doors on Friday morning. Teacher Sapphire Postel and young friend Tom Hicky outside the centre. Go to www.getthru.govt.nz for a checklist on how to create a household emergency plan and other information. Residents are being reminded to be prepared'' after gale force winds of up to 50 knots accompanied by spec- tacular lightning and thunder caused power outages across the island just 24 hours after a tsunami warning. On Friday morning Waiheke Community Childcare and Waiheke Kindergarten were forced to send their children home. Kindergarten administrator Brenda Harrington says the centre is not allowed to open if it doesn't have running water and flushing toilets. The power was out when we came in, then it came on at 9am. We started to phone everyone to say it wasononlytohaveitgooff15 minutes later. In the end we decided to close after information from Vector said they expected outages on and off all day.'' Waiheke Community Childcare manager Ute Hoffman says she weighed up the pros and the cons and also decided to shut her centre. We have to have power due to hygiene requirements especially as we have children in nappies, and we really cannot afford an e-coli infec- tion due to not being able to wash hands appropriately.'' She is thinking of getting a gener- ator and says she will buy a centre cellphone with parents' numbers uploaded so she can send a group text if the centre has to close again. Te Huruhi Primary School also had a power outage until 9am. Students were accepted for school as usual while staff ascertained the extent of the outage. Te Huruhi principal Ian Travers says the school uses a common sense approach''. If it looks like the outage is going to continue for more than two hours we contact parents and ask them to pick up children if possible. But we continue to look after students if their parents work in town and are unable to collect them.'' It was school as usual at Waiheke High school as well, which carried on in the cold and dark until 9am when a continuous power supply returned. School business manager Trudie Jamieson says the safety of the kids is paramount and it is up to the discretion of senior management to decide what to do in the case of power outages. Often it is safer to keep kids at school than send them home in bad weather especially if parents are working in town.'' Businesses were also affected. Oneroa shops and cafes were unable to open until power was restored at around 10am. Surfdale businesses got their power back 40 minutes before Oneroa, and parts of Ostend experi- enced ongoing outages. Ostend Medical Centre manager Robyn Wilson says: The power was off and on all morning but luckily we have a generator.'' Civil defence spokeswoman for Waiheke Local Board Faye Storer says the tsunami warning on Thursday and power cut at her home on Friday was a real wake up call'' for her in terms of her own preparedness. She advises residents to be pre- pared with torches, batteries and a civil defence kit including three days supply of food and water in case the island has extended outages. She also advises residents to look at whether they have access to their water tanks in a Civil Defence emergency and to have a clean bucket on hand to get water out manually if need be.
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