Waiheke Marketplace : September 14th 2011
8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 NEWS CONCERT SERIES AT PEACOCK SKY VINEYARD S ing Come and join us in the vines for an event every weekend. Have a glass of wine and a lunch platter from our new menu. Bring a deck chair if you like. No BYO please! Saturday September 17th Call for reservations and enquire about special opening hours and times. Follow the signs all the way up Trig Hill Road -- down the private road to the Tasting Room at 152 Trig Hill Rd. Phone (09) 950 4386 www.peacocksky.co.nz • Doors open at 11am • Entry $10 PP • Concert 12:00-3:30 FLING! Relax to the cool jazz of the (stringsoundz.wordpress.com) Briar Ross Trio SPRING FAIR 10am-2pm Gold coin entry JUMBLE SALE SAUSAGE SIZZLE market stalls Bouncy Castle & more Sunday 2nd October School Hall & Grounds Old Blackpool Ollie's doing well with second implant Coming on great: Four-year-old Ollie Davies was born deaf. He is progressing well after his second cochlear implant earlier this year. By GILL ALCOCK ' We're very happy with his progress to date but the work doesn't stop, he will still need extra work at home. ' -- Therapist Estelle Garrett A new chapter in the life of young- ster Ollie Davies will begin in the new year when he moves from the Beginnings Early Learning Centre to a mainstream primary school. The event which is big in any child s life is especially so for Ollie who was born profoundly deaf, father Gary Davies says. Last week Mr Davies along with Estelle Garrett, Ollie s auditory and verbal therapist from Auckland s Hearing House, visited the island s two primary schools to see which would best suit Ollie. Four-year-old Ollie has under- gone two life-changing operations to have cochlear implants inserted behind each ear. The first was paid for by the gov- ernment. The second operation took place earlier this year after members of the public and the Jassy Dean Trust fundraised the $40,000 cost. An event at Wild on Waiheke saw more than 600 adults and children enjoy live music, children s activi- ties and even a Zumba class to help reach the total needed. Mr Davies says although the gov- ernment will only pay for one implant per person, he believes the second implant is important because it allows Ollie to determine the direction and location of sounds. Already Ollie s family and thera- pist are seeing significant improvements. Ms Garrett says Ollie s language is coming on great . He has reached the auditory age of a child of three-years and eight months and his understanding is almost age appropriate . Ms Garrett says: He still has some vocabulary to acquire but he is still getting used to his second ear. She says hearing children learn a huge amount from incidental hear- ing --- speech and sounds which occur around them, which is why the second implant is so important. Everything Ollie knows he s been taught by his father, grandparents, myself or Beginnings, Ms Garrett says. But just in the last few months he s started to pick things up nat- urally. It has taken a lot of hard work but Ollie is a real success story. We re very happy with his progress to date but the work doesn t stop, he will still need extra work at home. To keep up the momentum Ollie has been selected for a pilot pro- gramme at the Hearing House which is aimed at children who are doing well. Ms Garrett says it is more intense and with a focus on group learning. Mr Davies says he has seen a noticeable difference in his son and is now very confident Ollie can become independent. Already he has learnt when his batteries are running out and can check if his implants are working properly, he says. The decision on which school Ollie will attend has yet to be made. Estelle and I saw both schools and we feel that both will meet his needs, Mr Davies says. They are more than adequately equipped and really open to the idea of Ollie attending. We re very lucky to have two options. Ms Garrett says Ollie will have the normal learning curve of any new student at school but his father and grandparents will still have to work hard helping him with his homework. Mr Davies says the news of Ollie s progress makes all the effort of the last few years worthwhile but it could not have happened without the island s support. People are always stopping and asking me how Ollie is doing and I want them to know he s doing really well --- thanks to them. Relief: Toilets are due to be built at Stony Batter carpark. Welcome relief for visitors Tourists heading for the bottom end of the island will be relieved to know public facilities should be available at Stony Batter by the end of this year. Approval has also been granted to provide more toilets at Te Matuku Bay. Visitors driving the loop road and walkers to the popular Stony Batter tunnels will not have to worry about getting caught short after Auckland Council identified the need for toilets and has allocated funding from this year s Small Local Improvements Projects budget. And there will be no need to walk all the way to the tunnels to use the loo because the Norski environ- mental long drop wilderness toilets, seen at other island locations, will be built at the carpark. Despite building consent being required, the council expects the toilets to be finished by mid- December. The additional toilets at Te Matuku Bay were agreed at this month s local board meeting. Board chairwoman Faye Storer says the bay will have toilets and the island s picnic and bench ben- efactor has agreed to provide picnic tables too.
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