Kapi-Mana News : August 16th 2011
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Thus far Wales, Fiji and Canada have scheduled open train- ing sessions at Porirua Park, but this is subject to change, a council spokesperson says. A public session for the USA team is still to be con- firmed. The teams will get exclusive use of the park between August 31 and October 9, and extensive privacy when required. From August 23, additional secur- ity fencing will be installed and security guards posted at the grounds, says PCC Leisure Assets and Services manager Karyn Stillwell. This means the Porirua Park Number One field and the two walkways behind the grandstand will be closed to the public. Like other councils, PCC is closing this area to enable RNZ 2011 to provide heightened security at the park particularly during periods where teams are physically in resi- dence at the grounds. We also want to ensure that the field does not get any additional usage during the event.'' Northern United Rugby Football Club will still have access to their nearby clubrooms. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says the city is looking forward to rolling out the welcome mat to the visiting teams. The quality of Porirua Park is sec- ond only in the region to the Welling- ton Stadium and we also have wet and dry facilities under one roof at Te Rauparaha Arena so the teams will have an all-round high perform- ance training experience.'' Blind woman 'close to losing' guide dog By ANDREA O'NEIL Understanding needed: Pregnant and partially-blind woman Natalie Fraser could lose her guide dog over public misunderstandings about blindness and how to treat guide dogs. A pregnant, partially-blind woman risks losing her guide dog after complaints from the Porirua public. Natalie Fraser says members of the public have complained about her to the Royal New Zea- land Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB), and she is worried further complaints could mean her guide dog is taken away. I'm close to losing him. Three strikes, you're out,'' she says. Locals who see Mrs Fraser in shopping malls and on buses seem to believe she is not blind enough to warrant having a guide dog. Mrs Fraser has no vision in her left eye and suffers from glaucoma, which gives her tunnel vision, and uveitis, inflammation of the eye. Her vision is progressively getting worse, and she got her guide dog two years ago when mobility became difficult. I don't bump into things any more,'' she says. He's been really really good, gets me around places.'' She has also garnered com- plaints that she is mistreating her dog, but onlookers misun- derstand the way guide dogs should be treated, she says. They are working dogs and should not be touched or called by name by the public. People get offended when she tells them not to touch the dog, Mrs Fraser says. Because they donate money [to RNZFB] they think they own the dog.'' Now six months' pregnant, Mrs Fraser worries how she will handle complaints when she is struggling with both a baby and a dog on outings. If members of the public keep on narking on me, it's my words against theirs.'' In the past, guide dogs were only for the totally blind, but that has changed, RNZFB regional guide dog instructor Kim Norton says. Any of our members who have limited sight are eligible to apply for a guide dog.'' Three complaints have been received about Mrs Fraser in the past year. Ms Norton says people can misinterpret the way guide dogs are handled as inappropriate, and need to be educated about guide dogs. In food courts or restaurants, dogs' noses need to be kept off the ground, and the handlers don't realise pulling on dogs' leashes looks wrong to some people. People with low vision, they can't see what they look like to other people.'' Mrs Fraser's dog would only be taken away if it was found she was mistreating it or if it was not performing guide dog duties, Ms Norton says. However, when handlers get upset and talk back to the public it does not reflect well on the RNZFB and Mrs Fraser has been coached on her response to criticism, she says. The foun- dation relies on public donations and has to consider its repu- tation with the public.
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