North Shore Times : November 11th 2010
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS Repairs & Renovations? Call the tradesman you can trust... Over 10 years servicing the Shore TradeSkills tradesmen are carefully selected for their honesty and integrity, as well as their great work skills. Our team includes licensed builders, carpenters, painters, plumbers, gas fitters, electricians, plasterers, tilers, handymen and many other specialists. Painting, interior & exterior Bathrooms & Kitchens Decks, fences, retaining walls Landscaping & gardening Electrical and plumbing All renovations, extensions and repairs And TradeSkills specialise in supply and installation of Showerdomes. Talk to us about minimising steam, wet walls and wet ceilings in your bathroom Call us today 476 3612 And see our website for more www.tradeskills.net.nz Gambling help for migrants By JODEAL CADACIO The Office of Ethnic Affairs' Language Line and Gambling Helpline have launched a new initiative for migrants with gambling problems. The service offers non- English speakers a way to seek help without involving anyone else. There are 40 languages provided by professional translators in the free call service available Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. Immigrants to New Zealand often suffer from loneliness and depres- sion, far away from their own culture and living a life so different from what they are accus- tomed to. For some, gambling can provide a way to escape from the daily challenges, yet many have no experience of gambling in their own countries and all too quickly find themselves with problems,'' Gam- bling Helpline chief executive officer Maria Bellringer says. Associate Health Min- ister Peter Dunne is opti- mistic the initiative will be very successful. We know that prob- lem gambling impacts individuals and families of many cultures. The languages are Amharic, Arabic, Assy- rian, Bengali, Bosnian, Cantonese, Cook Island Croatian, Dari, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, and Mandarin. Also available are Maori, Nepali, Niuean, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sa- moan, Serbian, Sin- halese, Somali, Spanish, Taiwanese, Tamil, Thai, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tuvaluan, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese. The main 24-hour Gambling Helpline number is 0800-654-655 Invitation to death cards upset readers Bad taste: This card has upset many North Shore residents. By LIZ WILLIS People opening envelopes addressed to deceased family members are among those shocked by a mailed invi- tation to predict the date of your death''. The North Shore Times ran a story about the invitations on October 26 and was con- tacted by numerous people who were offended after receiving one. The card invites people to fill in their names and phone numbers and says: Please don't forget to call me on the date you're going to die. Then we can discuss your eternity.'' Onthebackofthecardisa religious message with a link to a website run by Califor- nian evangelical ministry Living Waters. A Birkenhead woman who received one addressed to her deceased husband close to the anniversary of his death is among those upset. They don't know the impact of sending them out willy nilly,'' she says. A Torbay resident opened the invitation addressed to her father who died last year. She was deeply offended and horrified to think of the impact it could have had on her 86-year-old mum if she opened the envelope. A Birkenhead dad received one that could have been opened by his young son because he has the same initial as his father. They are from a religious family and were appalled that such a cowardly'' tactic was being used to scare people into seeking God. Last month New Zealand- born Ray Comfort who set up Living Waters apologised for any offence caused by the card. He replied to an emailed request for comment saying the card was published in the United States years ago. My intention was simply to remind those who read it, that all of us are going to die, and that God offers us the gift of everlasting life.'' Swings and roundabouts is about it for younger kids No fun: Oliver Powney, 4, is restricted to the swings at his local playground because him mum says the large climbing frame is more suited to older children. Photo: BEN WATSON By LISA HONEYBONE An Albany mother is con- cerned that there aren't enough playgrounds in the area catering for younger children. Helen Powney says many playgrounds have been upgraded or added but they aren't practical for children under eight years old. Mrs Powney takes her son Oliver, 4, to various play- grounds around the North Shore at least twice a week. Her local playground in Rosedale Park is a recent addition and features a spacenet climbing frame. She says Oliver has tried it a couple of times but it isn't suitable for his age. Mrs Powney contacted the North Shore City Council who told her the spacenet provides the ability to cater for a large number of chil- dren of varying ages at one time. It is really flexible so if another child is playing on it, it moves around,'' she says. Oliver's only other option is the swings and slide but that doesn't occupy him for long or challenge him, she says. I'm not saying it's no good, I'm just saying it needs to be more thought out for younger children,'' Mrs Powney says. Driving to Mairangi Bay, Rothesay Bay or Little Shoal Bay are her next best options because those playgrounds have more equipment, she says. It would be nice to be able to walk to a park and not have to drive.'' Upper Harbour local board member Lisa Whyte says she has had her own concerns about playgrounds for a long time. The old Albany Com- munity Board allocated discretionary funds for more playgrounds in the area as it recognised gaps especially for older children, she says. Mrs Whyte says com- munity feedback showed younger children would use equipment in public schools but it was the eight and nine-year-olds who weren't being challenged enough. She would like to see lots of new playgrounds and equipment for all ages in the area but says it comes down to funding.
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