North Shore Times : August 1st 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, August 1, 2014 2014CANONMEDIAAWARDSCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPEROF THEYEAR I’mheading overseas to domy OE. Instead of wasting thatmoney on stuff Iwon’t use, I ❝ poured it into the trip – James Poore Habitat for Humanity volunteer Nepal style: Conrad LaPointe says volunteers will workon bamboo-framed, earthen brick houses in Chinwan Province. Building hope for Nepalese families By SIMON MAUDE IT WAS either a shed full of new power tools or a meaningful OE. James Poore, 24, chose the trip – cashing-up a $5000 work tool voucher he still had after winning the 2013 Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year. The Murrays Bay resident is joining more than 1000 volunteers aiming to build 100 homes in 10 days in Nepal. All have to pay their way to take part in Habitat for Humanity’s Everest Build 2014. The exercise will cost Poore $5600 but he did not hesitate. ‘‘I’m heading overseas to do my OE. Instead of wasting that money on stuff I won’t use, I poured it into the trip,’’ Poore says. Voucher donor Carters was happy to help out, he says. ‘‘You’re not only going to build the home, you’re paying for the materials as well,’’ Poore says. The fully-qualified builder will supervise a work gang of 10, concentrating on one house its occupants will also own. ‘‘We build it with the family so that’s something I’m looking forward to,’’ Poore says. He does not consider it a selfless venture. ‘‘It’s just the start the start of my OE, I’m doing another 51 ⁄2 weeks in Asia, then I’m off to London and France to work on the super yachts,’’ the former champion yachtie says. Habitat for Humanity executive officer for Northland Conrad LaPointe says helping out in Nepal ‘‘is a holiday with meaning’’. The Nepalese-style houses are made of earthen brick and also feature bamboo frames, he says. The New Zealanders, who range in age from 17 to 82, will have to ‘‘muck in’’ on the 30 square metre houses, working in hot, humid conditions, he says. Habitat for Humanity builds more than 7000 homes a year in the impoverished Himalayan nation, LaPointe says. ‘‘I’ve always believed that assisting people out of poverty, the first thing you need is a stable home, a safe decent, affordable home,’’ he says. ❚ Email northland@habitat. org.nzformoreinformation on Habitat for Humanity’s domestic andforeign programmes. Win-win: Champion builder James Poore is helping to tackle homelessness andtravelling the world. Photo: SIMONMAUDE Second MRI suite boosts imaging at hospital A second MRI suite at North Shore Hospital will deliver the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging available in the New Zealand public health system. Waitemata District Health Board chief executive Dr Dale Bramley says the 3 Tesla scanner will allow faster, more detailed and convenient scanning for patients. ‘‘The new scanner substan- tially increases our capabilities allowing us to provide the very best medical imaging to support the care of our patients.’’ The $2.9 million scanner uses more powerful magnetic fields to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body parts that help guide decision-making by medical professionals, Bramley says. Opening the new MRI suite is the latest step in the rapid development of world-class diagnostic imaging available at Waitemata DHB. It follows the upgrading of the existing 1.5 Tesla scanner to as-new condition, the commissioning of a second CT scanner two years ago to deliver coronary artery imaging and the opening of the first interventional suite last year. ‘‘This new investment is the latest step in ensuring our patients have convenient access to the very best services,’’ Bramley says. ‘‘It is great news for our patients on two fronts: It means we can perform more detailed scans more quickly and it also allows us to do this important work in-house at North Shore Hospital.’’ Previously patients were sent to Auckland City Hospital. ‘‘The new MRI suite will be more convenient and allow us to provide the imaging patients need closer to home,’’ Bramley says.
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