North Shore Times : December 2nd 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Thursday, December 2, 2010 Message from the PM John Key The National Burn Cen- tre at Middlemore Hos- pital, and regional burn units around the country, provide vital healthcare for many New Zealanders. They make a real dif- ference to the patients they treat and I d like to thank them for their good work. I m delighted the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is teaming up in support of the National Burn Centre. Operation Heal is seeking to raise $200,000 for a high-tech microscope, which would be used in recon- structive and plastic surgery for burns patients. The National-led gov- ernment is spending more on health to make sure New Zealanders get essential services. High-tech medical equipment is very expensive, so it s great when local communities get involved in fundraising. I encourage you to show your support by making a donation. -- Prime Minister John Key Working with burn patients P7 Watch the PM at www. northshore times.co.nz No need for a swim ban' Ashore: Divers bring the teen's body ashore to waiting friends and family. Photos: BEN WATSON Big jump: The cliffs high above Quarry Lake are a popular diving spot for young swimmers. CONTINUED Page 2 IT WOULD be a shame to ban swimming on the back of the tragedy that claimed the life of a young swimmer in Takapuna s Quarry Lake, local board member Kevin Schwass says. Raphael Alualu, a 17-year- old from Mt Roskill, drowned, and a second swimmer has back injuries after jumping from cliffs above the popular lake on Tuesday afternoon. The young man s relatives, including his sister and dad, were at the scene until 3.30am yesterday and returned when divers arr- rived to search the lake for him. They found the youth s body just before 11am yester- day. The young man s mum is in Samoa visiting her sick father and will fly home as soon as possible to be with family. Raphael s sister Joanne Alualu, 21, says her brother was a good, quiet person, with an adverturous spirit. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member Kevin Schwass says he has deep sympathy for the boy s family but a tragedy is a tragedy . Mr Schwass says the quarry lake is a popular sum- mer swimming spot and it s a beautiful area.
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