Waiheke Marketplace : August 17th 2011
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 17, 2011 NEWS PHONE 372 5555 AVAILABLE 15TH AUGUST - 28TH AUGUST 2011. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. You can't beat IN OSTEND 'The Barn' Island BARBERS Open 7 Days Two Barbers No Appointment Necessary Loyalty Card -- 10th cut free 4 Miami Ave, Surfdale 372 8844 / 021 049 6444 OPENING 27 AUGUST 9AM Time to be better prepared By GILL ALCOCK ' To help our communities get through an emergency we are working with them to develop neighbourhood response plans. ' Clive Manley Civil Defence manager Accommodation and hos- pitality providers are getting help from the council to create an emergency action plan as Waiheke is the focus of civil defence emergency response initiative. Auckland Civil Defence manager Clive Manley is busy working hard after research showed Aucklanders are the least prepared in the country for a natural dis- aster. The results from a Colmar Brunton survey into the effectiveness of a national information campaign showed Auck- land was below the national average in pre- paredness. Although the number of Aucklanders fully pre- pared has increased since the survey began in 2007 -- from 4 percent to 11 percent in 2011 -- Aucklanders are still below the national aver- age of 18 percent. The report found that just 21 percent of Auck- landers are prepared when they are at home, compared with the national average of 32 percent, and only 23 percent have a survival plan for when they are away from home com- pared with the national average of 30 percent. Mr Manley says Auck- landers need to learn to be better prepared. The possibility of an emergency, caused by a volcanic eruption, the weather, or man-made disaster should never be dismissed.'' He says experience has shown it may take three days or more for emergency services to reach neighbourhoods and individuals after a disaster. In isolated areas like Waiheke, it may take longer. To help our communi- ties get through an emergency we are work- ing with them to develop neighbourhood response plans so they know what to do in an emergency and can look after them- selves and each other,'' Mr Manley says. We are not always going to be able to alert people, so that is why the best practice is still through communities alerting each other in an emergency.'' The Waiheke Local board has a telephone tree'' for passing on information. The drive is now on to increase public awareness that not all emergencies occur when people are at home, and that an action plan needs to be prepared. Mr Manley is working on a booklet for householders and civil defence officers have been visiting Waiheke accommodation provid- ers to discuss response initiatives. Board mem- bers will also attend residents and ratepayers meetings with officers. Board chairwoman Faye Storer says: Wai- heke will be a bench- mark for neighbourhood response rollout.'' Visit www.getthru. govt.nz to get prepared. Mums and kids delighted by turnaround Playcentre fan: Ahi Bowman, nearly 3, shows his support for Waiheke Playcentre at the Big Play-In at Aotea Square. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES A planned protest turned into a cel- ebration for playcentre after the government changed its tune about funding cuts. Prime Minister John Key and Education Minister Anne Tolley pledged their support for playcentre just hours before a planned national day of protest, ruling out the proposed funding cuts suggested by their early Education Taskforce report re- leased in June. Waiheke Playcentre co-education officer Nicola Bowman says the planned Big Play-In on August 9 became a celebration of play- centre rather than a rally of dissatis- faction''. Families from the Albert Cres centre trav- elled to Aotea Square to join the celebrations. The centre services 25 families and has a 40-year history as the first early childhood education centre on the island. Playcentre mum Erica Wells says: We are relieved and delighted the govern- ment has come to its senses and realised the value of the services we provide.'' Playcentre is now going to be lobbying for equitable funding with teacher-led centres. We believe we offer an equitable or better service and should be eligible for the same level of funding as teacher led services,'' Mrs Bowman says.
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