Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 NEWS 3784689AA Wheeler’s Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY 3819780AA FINE FOODS & QUALITY MEATS SPECIALS END 26-06 -11 HHOOTT SSNNAACCKKSS!!!!!! www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co .nz HARBOURSIDE: 16 PARUMOANA ST, PORIRUA 04 237 7313 BREAKFAST SAUSAGES CHEERIOS & Just $ 5.99 kg SSAALLAADDSS && SSAANNDDWWIICCHHEESS LEG HAM SLICED OR SHAVED Save over 30% $ 9.99 kg Just CARS WANTED Porirua Tow & Salvage (Auto Recyclers) PHONE 0800 873292 MIN$250 CASH PAID For complete cars going or not 3821817AA Health ‘savings’ may be costly By KAROLINE TUCKEY The social effects to Porirua of looming budget cuts to a community health centre could cost the govern- ment two or three times the amount saved, its manager says. About 4800 people are currently enrolled at Porirua Union and Com- munity Health Service, which is waiting to hear back from the Capital and Coast District Health Board about whether a reduction of $260,000 in its funding for the next financial year will be confirmed. The Cannons Creek health service was established in 1990 as a non- profit organisation to provide affordable and accessible primary health services. It offers $5 or $10 doctors’ appointments, free nurses’ appoint- ments, and specialist services includ- ing diabetes clinics, podiatrists, dieticians, midwives and translators for refugee populations. The DHB was trying to make a saving but, says PUCHS manager Hiueni Nuku, ‘‘the social cost of the consequences of that cut is going to be double or more to the community – I think they might reconsider’’. If the budget cut goes ahead, either fees will have to go up or services will have to be slashed to make ends meet, he says. ‘‘If we increase our fees to cover our costs I think there will be quite a few people that will end up in the hospitals in secondary health. ‘‘I think it makes a big difference. ‘‘It all affects their health – I can see a number of patients can’t even afford $10, as well as the taxi to come in, and they will stay home and then rush to the hospital when it’s too late. ‘‘We know quite a few people can’t afford the fee [now], but we see them regardless.’’ However, downscaling services could take years to regrow from, as medical staff were hard to recruit, he said. ‘‘It took us years to build the facili- ties, and to restructure is a big thing. ‘‘It’s really hard to attract more doctors here to Cannon’s Creek . . . there’s a national crisis – a shortage of doctors.’’ The centre, which moved into a new $2 million building late last year has nine doctors, eight nurses and five midwives, says bookings are full and the roll is expanding. Mr Nuku is also concerned the cuts may not be a one-off, and is worried about funding for future years. The cut is part of a total cut of $570,000 to WellHealth, the umbrella organisation that runs PUCHS and several other com- munity health services in Welling- ton. WellHealth chief executive Justine Thorpe said funding decreases last year have already taken their toll. ‘‘It’s death by a thousand cuts.’’ CCDHB confirmed a decision was yet to be made about PUCHS funding, but declined to comment further. Mr Nuku hopes to hear back from the DHB by the start of the new financial year on July 1. Word perfect: Gifted siblings Mereana and Hirini Johnston have been bookworms since kindergarten. Bubbly bookworms By ANDREA O’NEIL Most children are curious, but siblings Hirini and Mereana are an extreme example. As preschoolers, they constantly stumped their parents with random thoughts and questions, mum Perya Short says. Another early clue that the kids were intellec- tually gifted is their love of books – their kinder- garten teacher was astonished they had been reading since the age of one. ‘‘There’s always been books around,’’ Ms Short says. ‘‘They’re both avid readers.’’ Once a week, 11-year-old Mereana can satisfy her thirst for knowledge at One Day School, a programme which brings gifted children together at Rangikura School to discuss and explore advanced topics like black holes, mythology and DNA. To be eligible for the programme, children must score in the top 5 per cent of a cognitive test administered by educational psychologists. The lessons are not as rigid as regular school, and allow pupils to research aspects of topics that interest them, Mereana says. ‘‘It’s a lot of fun, actually.’’ Four days a week she is at Pauatahanui School, where she studies with kids two years older and takes correspondence French. Despite leaning towards arty and music subjects, Mereana wants to be a forensic scientist when she grows up. ‘‘I like mysteries,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s really the logic and using the bits of a puzzle to put it all together.’’ Aotea College student Hirini, 14, is a graduate of One Day School, which admits students from year two to eight. Friends he made at One Day School are still his closest mates, he says. ‘‘It’s such a small group you make really strong bonds.’’ A lover of science, maths and engineering, he is considering archaeology as a career. One Day School was established in 1996 to cater for the special needs of gifted children, and now has 34 classes nationwide. Gifted children are often bored at school, and are often misdiagnosed as troublesome or disrup- tive. They are over-represented in suicide and prison statistics, according to the Gifted Edu- cation Centre. Ms Short says a lot of gifted kids suffer from social unease, but ‘‘not these ones’’ – her youngsters are bubbly and confident.
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