North Shore Times : November 11th 2010
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS 10 Te Kea Place, Albany, Auckland. 4DAYSONLY HOURS: 10AM - 3:00PM 11th - 14th November Half price or less Wide range of adult & kids sports brands. Plus other well known kids clothing brands. MASSIVE SUMMER WE'VE GONE MAD!! Eftpos & Cash. Credit Card subject to surcharge on minimum $50 sale Phone: 444 7976 CLEARANCE Indians celebrate The Indian community on the North Shore recently celebrated Nav- aratri or the Indian festi- val of dance and worship. For two nights Indians flocked to the North Shore Events Centre for the Garba and Dandiya nights organised by the North Shore Indian Association. The free events were attended by more than 900 Indians who mostly came wearing their tra- ditional colourful cloth- ing. The association s Bha- vesh Prajapati says the event received a huge response from their com- munity. Garba and Dandiya are forms of dance that originated in India s Gujarat region. They are the high- lights of the Navaratri festival when sweet meals are prepared for the celebration and adults and children dress up in new, brightly coloured dresses for the night performance. The association wishes to thank all sponsors and media partners for the successful event. The group also had their own celebration of Diwali or the festival of lights on November 6 at Glenfield Primary School on Chivalry Rd. 'You're not reading books all day' By SARAH CODDINGTON Books galore: Massey University head librarian Valerie Cohen is retiring after 17 years on the job. Photo: BEN WATSON It all started in a small Lock- wood shed and grew to a $30 million library that houses more than 120,000 books. Massey University head librarian Valerie Cohen for the past 17 years is retiring and plans to spend a bit more time doing things she enjoys including reading. Ms Cohen moved from the university s Palmerston North campus in 1993 where she taught speed-reading. She started work in the library in a Lockwood shed on the Oteha Valley Rd campus. It held 3000 books and served 500 students. Now the library serves about 7000 students. In 2003 the library was moved to the Albany campus. She had worked part-time in libraries and holds a dip- loma in librarianship from Victoria University. I remember they told me you have to be fit and there was a lot of lifting of books involved, she says. Ms Cohen finds work gets so busy that she often doesn t have time to read and just enjoys books while on hol- iday. You don t have to love reading, you have to like working with people. You re not sitting there reading books in the corner all day, she says. Aged care quality gets a boost At Work: Waitemata District Health Board nurse Janet Parker is speaking in Hobart about its residential aged care programme. Photo: SARAH CODDINGTON By SARAH CODDINGTON Caregivers for the elderly need resources and training to do their job properly, says Janet Parker. The Waitemata District Health Board nurse helped implement an aged care pro- gramme in Waitemata that is now sought after by other health boards and overseas. Ms Parker says the care pro- vided for elderly people needs to improve worldwide. New Zealand is actually better than the average, she says. Waitemata -- covering the North Shore and Waitakere -- has 59 aged care facilities, about half on the Shore. The programme provides guidelines for caregivers. Ms Parker says many of the workers come in with no health care experience. English is often a second language for people who work as caregivers and the pro- gramme is easy to understand, she says. Ms Parker says since the programme has started there have been fewer admissions to emergency care. Some of the most common admissions for elderly patients include chronic conditions like pneumonia, urinary tract infections and congestive heart failure. The key is to give the carers the skills to prevent illnesses getting to a serious stage, she says. The programme has been presented in Paris and Ms Parker is going to present it in Hobart later this month.
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