North Shore Times : January 22nd 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 More & more people are turning to our online editions everyday! Packed with extra features like video, audio, weblinks, galleries, your news and competitions, they're the ultimate multimedia experience. REE Just click on "Latest Edition" at News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! www.northshoretimes.co.nz Get more online Haunted bya ghostly mystery Seeking spooks: Mark Wallbank is a paranormal activity investigator. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By EMMA WHITTAKER CONTINUED Page 2 Mark Wallbank doesn't know what a ghost is, despite spending most of his life trying to find the answer. The Glenfield resident is the leader of paranormal investigation group Haunted Auckland. Members hold down day jobs in science, teaching and accounting but after hours they turn their attention to studying and documenting the eerie and sometimes frightening. We readily admit we don't know what ghosts are. We've been doing this for years, but we don't know why they are here, or where they come from,'' Mr Wallbank says. Anyone who does claim to know what ghosts are is fooling themselves. If we had conclusive evidence then science would accept it and it would be out there.'' TODAY Garden on Mooring row Super bugs ONLINE The Korean community is hopeful it may soon be able to start its long- awaited garden project at Barrys Point Reserve --P2 Private moorings are blocking access to many of the gulf's best anchorages, angry yachties say -- P3 A speedway rider who hurt his knee in a crash blames North Shore Hospital for a string of superbug infections --P4 Read our top bloggers online. Go to northshore times.co.nz to catch up with the latest from Pat Booth, Willie Jackson and others. 'Too rich' for help By JESS ETHERIDGE There is no difference between a young pregnant school- girl either here or in any other part of the Auckland region. -- Jill Nerheny SCHOOLGIRL mums have been denied help because the Ministry of Education thinks the North Shore is too afflu- ent, social workers say. The ministry changed its policy for approving Teen Parent Units, delaying the one on the Shore for the third time in a decade. TPUs are where teens go if they cannot attend a main- stream school because of parental responsibilities. Auckland has four of them. Birkdale Community House co-ordinator Karen Jaggs-Cartwright says: The ministry has backed out sev- eral times over the years but we had never come as close as this.'' The group worked on the pilot with Glenfield College and Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust. It remains unfair on teen parents on the North Shore not to have access to education as other teens do. Sometimes it seems that policymakers think that everyone on the North Shore is affluent and that we don't have any social issues here.'' Ms Jaggs-Cartwright wor- ries teen mothers will be stuck in a cycle of poverty''. Kaipatiki Community Fa- cilities Trust's Jill Nerheny has worked on the project for a decade. There isn't much more to say about the project rather than how disappointed I am. Why is it that North Shore never makes the grade when others do? There is, after all, no dif- ference between a young pregnant schoolgirl, either here or in any other part of the Auckland region. So all I want now is move- ment from the ministry.'' A ministry spokesman says the new process is so areas with high numbers of teen parents get support. The ministry currently has no confirmed plans to support the development of a Teen Parent Unit in any areas, including the Kai- patiki area.'' Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman was told by Edu- cation Minister Hekia Parata's office it had Kai- patiki on a priority list. But it is not a done deal, he says, as Kaipatiki will be measured against other high-need areas. A decision on funding is due in three weeks, he says.
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