Kapi-Mana News : August 9th 2011
INSIDE CREDIT UNION CRIPPLED Woman accused 2 BOOBS ON TYKES Latch-on provides a good feed 3 WORLD CHALLENGE Tawa man's journey 14 WINS & LOSSES Tawa claim cup, Norths bulldozed 37 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Talking Politics ................... 19 Arts .................................. 20 Cinemaddict ...................... 21 Weekly Workout ................. 22 Classified .......................... 30 Sport ................................ 35 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground Floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Pl, Porirua Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org richard.gordon@ fairfaxnz.co.nz TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Immunisation is the key Porirua's low uptake By ANDREA O'NEIL Porirua is vulnerable to a measles outbreak like the one which has affected 94 people so far in Auckland. Porirua s measles immunisation rate is 87 per cent, well below the safe level of 95 per cent recom- mended by health authorities. Measles is a highly infectious viral infection, spread by breathing, coughing and sneezing, and can cause pneumonia, ear infection, diarrhoea, brain inflammation and death. There is no cure for measles and the only protection against it is vaccination. Porirua ranks below the national average of 89 per cent immunised against measles, and lags behind the overall Wellington region s 91 per cent. Parents must ensure their chil- dren receive measles vaccinations, which are free, says Helen Hartley, Capital & Coast District Health Board s immunisation clinical nurse specialist. Children should receive the measles, mumps and rubella vac- cine (MMR) aged 15 months and again at four years. After those two vaccinations, children will be protected for life against those diseases. We re just really encouraging parents to have that immunisation event on time. Porirua s rate of immunisation is too low, but it could be worse given the problems many families in the city have with access to healthcare, Mrs Hartley says. Families with no telephone or car have trouble booking vaccination appointments, she says. However, the health board provides an out- reach immunisation service which families can be referred to through their nurse or doctor. We re certainly trying to address those access issues. Simply forgetting to vaccinate children is another reason children slip through the net, Mrs Hartley says. Babies get vaccinated at six weeks, three months and five months old, and the gap before the MMR vaccine at 15 months means many families forget about it. I guess it s just life gets in the way. Another barrier is the fears some parents still have about a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The link was suggested in the 1990s by British doctor Andrew Wakefield, and has been thoroughly discredited, Mrs Hartley says. However, some people, especially middle-class parents, stop their children being vaccinated because of autism fears. The damage was enormous, Mrs Hartley says. Unfortunately there s still a misconception out there that there is a link. New Zealand s last measles epi- demic was in 1997 when 2000 people, mostly babies and children, were infected. This year there have been two measles cases in Welling- ton, one in January and one in February. Eddie's job puts on the shine TOUGH GOING The number of Porirua residents on any benefit was 5234 in June 2006; that rose to 5705 in June last year but dropped to 5637 a month ago. Unemployment benefit numbers have dropped from 1316 in July 2010 to 1174 now. However, the numbers of people on sickness, invalid's and domestic purposes benefits have all risen in the past 12 months. Last month, 55 people cancelled their unemployment benefit and moved into fulltime work, while a further 83 moved into training to help them get a job. By KRIS DANDO Right attitude: Car groomer Eddie Kiri has the attitude that any job, big or small, should be done properly and he strives to make the five or six cars he cleans every day spotless for Porirua Autocrash customers. Eddie Kiri s face breaks out into a bright smile when you ask him about his job. I love it. I ve got my own car and I keep that clean and tidy, so I can appreciate how people want theirs to look good. Mr Kiri, 63, is eight weeks into his new job with Porirua Autocrash Repairs on Kenepuru Dr. He is starting again, after being made redundant 14 months ago by Spicers Paper in Petone, where he worked for more than 20 years. It s the first time he s worked in Porirua, his hometown, which he says makes it extra special . The fact he is a car groomer, an entry-level position usually given to young people starting out in the industry, does not faze him. He hopes he can inspire older people to not be afraid to apply for work usually suited to younger job- seekers. As he is the last person to touch the repaired cars before they are picked up by customers, cleaning them inside and outside immacu- lately, he takes immense pride in his work. If I didn t have pride in doing the best I can, you would be able to tell. Mr Kiri found out about the job following a seminar in Porirua hosted by Work and Income. The great-grandfather was the oldest in the room by some years. They said there was a job going and those who wanted more infor- mation about it were told to turn right when you went outside; every- one else should turn left. I was the only one that went right -- I couldn t understand it. Porirua Autocrash co-owner Sue Buttersfield says they had four applicants for the car groomer s role, but Mr Kiri impressed them with his sunny outlook and solid work principles. They had no prob- lem taking on someone in his 60s. We decided to take someone who really wanted the job. Eddie has enthusiasm and we haven t looked back, says Ms Butterfield. He has life experience and abso- lutely the right attitude. I can remember offering him the job on the Thursday night and asked if he could be in at 7am the next morning. He walked in like he was six foot and bulletproof. It s a great feeling to know you ve made a difference in someone s life and he s just a great employee, gets on and does the work. Work and Income regional director Blair McKenzie says Porirua Autocrash s willingness to take on an older employee is com- mendable. Mr Kiri was hired with the help of a Work and Income Skills Investment subsidy. Mr McKenzie says Work and Income have 30 vacancies for work on any given day.
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