North Shore Times : February 12th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 24 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 NEWS Arts Listing Arts Listing? Please call one week prior to publication 489 4189 Do you want to advertise in our next PROUDLY SPONSORED BY Artspaces Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay Ph. 478-2237 www.mairangiarts.co.nz Mon-Fri - 9.30am-4pm • Sat - 10am-2pm Opens 5pm Weds 13 Feb -- 2 Mar 5045891BI 5172465AA At The Pumphouse Theatre 5th - 9th March at 7.30pm Tickets from www.pumphouse.co.nz or call 09 489 8360 re:Generate T.C Mancub by Douglas Maxwell 5166114AB A comedy by Ben Elton* *Contains adult-esque humour and is unsuitable for young children Presents... North Shore Players Time out www.northshoretimes.co.nz Advertising Feature Funds get school cycle track going Team effort: Representatives from 10 organisations, which supported the Onepoto Community Cycle Track, in the skills section of the course. Photos: JESS ETHERIDGE Ride on: Zac Martin tests out the pump track. By JESS ETHERIDGE Up-and-coming BMX track stars or children just wanting to improve their cycling skills can now do so at Onepoto Primary School. The Onepoto Com- munity Cycle Track was built in three days thanks to 10 funders and supporters, Justine Martin of supporter Har- bour Sport says. The 500-metre course runs round Onepoto Pri- mary School and features a pump and skills section. Charitable trust Bike On builds the tracks at decile 1 schools. Everyone from the community is welcome to use the track, Ms Martin says. Around 150 helmets have been donated by Bike On and 30 bikes were gifted to the school, she says. Cycling helps develop good skills such as bal- ance and strength and the track is safe and off- road, Ms Martin says. Harbour Sport will begin Cycle Skills Train- ing for teachers and Learn to Ride program- mes for children this month. Waitemata Primary Health Organisation, Northcote-Glenfield Ro- tary Club, Kaipatiki Local Board, Auckland Council, Auckland Tran- sport, Kaipatiki Com- munity Facilities Trust, the Lion Foundation and Bike NZ all pitched in to cover costs. The track will be bles- sed on February 15 at 9.30am and the grand opening is April 12 at 10am. Push for kid bike safety Go to north shoretimes.co.nz and click Latest Edition to watch a video about the Safekids NZ safety competition. ''No helmet? No bike.'' That is the safety message Safekids New Zealand wants schools, parents and caregivers to tell their bicycle- riding children as they return to school. Safekids NZ is the injury prevention service of Starship Children's Health and a member of Safe Kids Worldwide. Cycling is a healthy activity and transport of choice for many Kiwi kids, Safekids' director Ann Weaver says. ''However, schools and parents must take action by ensuring safety comes first when their children hop on their bikes.'' Safekids says around 487 children are hospitalised and two die from cycling- related injuries in New Zealand each year. International research shows around 66 per cent of hospital admissions among child cyclists are for head injuries and three quarters of deaths among injured child cyclists are also from head injuries, Safekids claims. ''Aside from being a law, wearing helmets when cycling reduces the likelihood of severe brain injury by 74 per cent,'' Ms Weaver says. ''The evidence is clear -- wearing helmets saves lives.'' Safekids has launched a nationwide competition offering schools the chance to win prizes while getting the important safety message through to the community. Visit mysafekids. org.nz/creativequest or email victoriaJ@ adhb.govt.nz for more information. Push to share benefits of cycling By LAUREN PRIESTLEY Free wheeling: Grey Power 50 Plus Cycling co- ordinator Anne- Marie Coury is running the Go By Bike Day event at the Orakei Community Centre tomorrow. Keen lycra-clad cyclists will join casual riders this month to promote cycling awareness for Bike Wise month. Anne-Marie Coury says she is a combination of the two: A casual cyc- list who wears her lycra under her everyday clothes. I don't think anyone notices my bike leggings under my skirt. It makes it really easy to cycle everywhere.'' Ms Coury is in her 60s and the president of Auckland Grey Power. She started cycling regularly last year and created the Grey Power 50 Plus Cycling pro- gramme to get baby boomers back on their bikes. For people moving into the older age brac- ket it doesn't matter if your knees are creaking or your back clicks, you can actually enjoy being on a bike. It's freedom, simple as that.'' The group fosters friendships between cyclists who regularly pedal 10km to 25km . The Remuera resident says she loves pedal power''. The enjoyment of cyc- ling is what gets you hooked. It's a very positive addiction to have.'' The fitness, health and environmental benefits also make it hard to understand why people don't cycle, she adds. You notice things on a bike that you would never notice in a car,'' Ms Coury says. You're in tune with the whole environment and feel woken up when you get where you're going.'' Ms Coury says people who are scared of cycling on the road need to begin by planning their routes and times around traffic. NZTA spokesman Andrew Knackstedt says the aim of Bike Wise month is to show that cycling doesn't have to be daunting. People understand that cycling is good for them and good for the environment. But there's a difference between understanding and experiencing it,'' Mr Knackstedt says. Much more than just a biscuit When March rolls around, you'll be able to buy the much-awaited Guide Biscuits again. But even though these irresistible vanilla biscuits are mouth- wateringly tasty, deliciously crunchy and put simply -- to die for, what you're actually buy- ing is much more than just a biscuit'. What you're really buying is: Beach clean- ups; Save the Kiwi' chal- lenges; camping trips; and the chance for New Zealand girls to learn skills, knowledge and all about values. GirlGuiding New Zea- land (NZ) relies on Guide Biscuit sales for more than 55 per cent of its annual revenue, all of which goes toward pro- viding future Kiwi women with experiences that allow them to dis- cover their potential, develop confidence, and participate in program- mes that contribute to the community. For instance, girls around New Zealand will be visiting local rest homes to put on morning or afternoon tea for the launch of Guide Biscuit season. So even though Guide Biscuits may be a favour- ite in the mouths of your family, you're not just buying that creamy van- illa, crunchy, chocolate- coated taste -- you're buy- ing the future of our girls. Guide Biscuits will be on sale -- by Girl Guides -- from March 1, in the three delicious varieties that Kiwis have come to love: Original, Choc and Mini Chocs. Look out for them in your neighbourhood or check out your local Postie or Mad Butcher store. Call in to the brand new Guide Biscuits website -- guidebiscuits.co.nz -- to find out more, or visit facebook.com/ GirlGuidingNZ.
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