North Shore Times : North Shore Times 2nd November
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS 2581508AL Hazel Ray Pat Philip The Jagger Family since 1933 Romaleigh Funeral Home 31 Ocean View Road Northcote phone 489 5737 www.morrisfunerals.co.nz Let our family take care of your family. 63A Birkenhead Ave, Birkenhead, opposite The National Bank www.yogaessencecentre.co.nz Ph. 027 226 6981 or (09) 480 9912 Yoga changes your attitude in a positive way... Firefighters battle busy day By MICHELLE ROBINSON Firefighters had a busy Wednesday last week. Birkenhead Fire Brig- ade attended a number of callouts that day, ranging from a kitchen incident to a head-on crash, station officer Grant Mitcheson says. Smoke alarms that the brigade had installed a year ago saved a Porritt Ave house from damage after a woman left her cooking unattended. The alarm alerted the resident who switched the power off and used a damp teatowel to subdue the smoke before fire- fighters arrived to venti- late the house, Mr Mitcheson says. Shortly afterwards a van that had been converted to a family camper caught fire when the father took it out for supplies in Northcote. The family of six were on holiday from Gis- borne. No one was injured, Mr Mitcheson says. Two drivers were sent to hospital for check-ups after a head-on crash at the corner of Onewa Rd and Woodside Ave at 9pm. The front tyres of both cars were ripped off in the impact. A wing of North Shore Hospital had to be evacuated and ventilated by Birkenhead firefight- ers following a small paper fire which was started on the floor by a mental health patient at 10pm. No one was injured and there was no serious damage, Mr Mitcheson says. Car chase ends in crash Four youths are facing charges after a car was stolen and crashed into a motor- way barrier during a police chase. The 18-year-old driver and three passengers aged 14, 15and20--allmales-- are facing charges including unlawfully taking a vehicle, North Shore police area commander in- spector Les Paterson says. A Nissan Primera was stolen from Hen- derson at 3.30am on Thursday and was spotted by a police officer a short time later heading up the northern motorway near Albany. The officer attem- pted to stop the car but the driver fled at up to 150kmh before losing control 3km north. The car crashed into the centre barrier. None of the occupants were injured. Spelling out hope for stuttering By SARAH CODDINGTON Overcoming obstacles: Former All Black Royce Willis is backing Stuttering Awareness Day. Photo: BEN WATSON Former All Black Royce Wil- lis wants to help children who stutter. The Hillcrest resident knows what it is like to be a child with a speech difficulty and was four years old when he began to stutter. It affected his self- confidence and he could barely bring himself to talk to people. These days he only stutters when he is tired or nervous. I didn't like speaking in front of other people. It knocked my confidence and my development. Because I wouldn't ask questions my academic per- formance suffered too. I think people thought I was dumb,'' the 35-year-old says. Mr Willis, who is studying physiotherapy at AUT, is a supporter of START -- the Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust. He shares his story with other young people who stutter to help them gain con- fidence and feel less self- conscious about it. As a child he did not have much help with his condition until he turned 12 and was assessed at a learning diffi- culty programme. He had one-on-one tutoring at school to improve his grades. As a teenager having a stutter was really hard. I felt like people were judging me when I spoke,'' Mr Willis says. He focused on his sport and made the ultimate achieve- ment in 1998 when he was selected for the All Blacks. Mr Willis played two tests against South Africa and Australia and made five appearances at the Rugby World Cup in England. Until recently he has been playing for the Kobelco Steelers in Japan. Mr Willis says having to handle himself around the media also helped. I learnt to slow down my speech and focus on my breathing,'' he says. It was International Stuttering Awareness Day this month. Go to www.stuttering.co. nz or call START on 379-6364 if you would like more information on stuttering.
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