North Shore Times : December 9th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS one stop xmas shopping for kids & teens NORTH SHORE STORE 57 Barrys Point Road, Takapuna Opposite Kathmandu. Car parking at door P 09 489 5556 Hours Mon - Fri 9 - 5 Sat 10 - 4 E takapuna@kidzspace co.nz www.kidzspace.co.nz NORTH SHORE STORE 57B Furniture. Beds & Bunks. Linen. Rugs & Lighting. Accessories & Gifts... Takapuna in Wikileaks Double life: Beautiful Takapuna Beach is of interest to the United States government. Photo: BEN WATSON By LISA HONEYBONE and SARAH CODDINGTON BEACHGOERS are stunned at news that an undersea cable at Takapuna Beach has been declared crucial to American security by the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her message was among the latest leaks revealed by whistleblower Wikileaks, a website that has been publishing vast numbers of secret American diplomatic communications. New Zealand s sole refer- ence in Mrs Clinton s mess- age relates to the Southern Cross cable, a fibre-optic link between the US, Australia and New Zealand via Fiji. The cable comes ashore on Takapuna Beach and is buried in a 15km link across the Shore via Whenuapai before diving back into the sea at Manukau Harbour and heading to Australia. Mrs Clinton asks embass- ies to report on the state of security around these facili- ties and they are told to con- sult with host governments. Many beachgoers ap- proached by the North Shore Times had no knowledge of the cable. Chloe Christie says she doesn t think of Takapuna Beach as a place that has something so important to the American government. The beach is just some- where she goes to hang out, she says. She doesn t think the cable could be a risk. I think they re over- reacting to be honest, she says. Ash Singh is surprised the cable links all the way to America. He can t believe the cable is so important. There s no way it s crucial to them, he says. North Shore councillor George Wood is more con- cerned about someone pulling up the cable if they anchor in the area, rather then the United States interest in it. Mr Wood is not surprised that the US would take an interest in a fibre optic link like the one at Takapuna. Gardeners grow nous Green fingers: Pinehurst Primary School was the winner of the 2010 Tui Schools Grow Off national competition. Garden club members, from left: William Page, Madison Shera and Fin Stout. Photo: BEN WATSON By SARAH CODDINGTON A keen group of Pinehurst School primary school students can tell you what plants should be planted next to each other to help them grow. Basil works well planted next to tomatoes and it also tastes nice to eat like that, young gardener William Page says. In fact the group can tell you just about anything about their vegetable patch that they tend to daily. The group of about 30 students known as Growing Great Gardeners have even started selling produce to other students and staff. They are also the proud overall winners of the Tui Schools Grow Off compe- tition. It was a tough competition with more than 500 other schools competing nation- wide, including secondary school groups. Their prize was a new gar- den shed and $1500 worth of Tui garden products. Judges were most impressed with the students enthusiasm, hard work and vision for the garden. Pinehurst s vegetable patch started out as just a plot of grass at the back of the field, now it is teeming with crops, with anything from strawberries to chillies. Jacqui Herbert, the teacher in charge of the project says the children do all the hard work and it is very much their garden. Ms Herbert says one of the biggest achievements for the students is they are now growing plants from their own crops seedlings. It is a great learning tool for the children, we just come down to here and can learn about a plant s life cycle, she says. The students also enjoy eating the produce and have taken a particular liking to the beans and parsley. Diabetes rise hits 'like a tsunami' By SARAH CODDINGTON The number of people with diabetes in the Waitemata region is on the rise. A survey from the New Zealand Society for the study of diabetes revealed the num- ber of people living with the disease in the health board s area had risen 9.5 percent over the past year. It rates sightly above the average expected increase rating of 8 to 9 percent. Waitemata District Health Board chairman Lester Levy says it is an absolutely serious situation and it has to be made the board s top priority. It has come up on us like a tsunami and we need to deal with it, he says. Waitemata covers the Rod- ney, North Shore and Waita- kere areas. Mr Levy stresses this is an international issue and the board is looking at the ways other countries have dealt with diabetes. Diabetes New Zealand president Chris Baty says the board s area has a particu- larly high Asian, Maori and Pacific Island population and these are some ethnic groups prone to the disease, hence the high rating. It also has a young popu- lation, particularly in the Waitakere area, Mr Baty says. Diabetes in New Zealand has almost doubled in the past 10 years from about 110,000 people in 2001 to more than 200,000 people in 2011. Ms Baty says nearly half a million people will have dia- betes by 2036. The survey reveals most GP and diabetes centres around the country are struggling to achieve national and international standards and some of this is because of health cutbacks in the field.
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