Kapi-Mana News : August 16th 2011
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 16, 2011 NEWS Regional Public Health has bases in Porirua and Wellington. REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH MAIN OFFICE: PRIVATE BAG 31-907, LOWER HUTT 5040 EMAIL: RPH@HUTTVALLEYDHB.OR 3933847AA It maybe the first time you have been made aware of a Government announcement that this nation is heading towards a time where tobacco no longer has a devastating impact on our communities. After a Maori Affairs Select Com mittee Inquiry on the tobacco industry and the consequences tobacco has had on Maori was completed, in early 2011, a number of recommendations were placed before Parliament one of which was the call to become a Smokefree nation by 2025. In order to achieve this major shift in public health there will be changes to legislation to curb the tobacco industry. A recent example is Parliament agreeing to the remove tobacco displays in a move to reduce the visibility of tobacco to the public and especially our kids. Further work in assisting people to quit in significant numbers will be required if the overall smoking rates are to decrease from 20%. For Maori (44%) and Pasifika (26%) there will be a greater need to work towards being tobacco-free. Benefits The three major benefits from removing tobacco from anyones life are health, economic and cultural. All three areas will bring positive benefits that will better our community through the absence of tobacco. Health The health benefits will provide individuals with reductions in tobacco related illnesses and ultimately premature death. Economic Economically people will have more income to spend on other goods and services. Cultural Cultural benefits will particularly provide any ethnic group the ability to transfer/ transmit knowledge, language, cultural practice etc for significantly longer periods as they will no longer be dying prematurely. Quitting solutions The majority of smokers wish they had never started and more often than not try to dissuade whanau members and friends to never take up the addiction or encourage others to quit. But this is not an easy task as smokers will attest. The tobacco industry have developed a highly addictive product that delivers with the intention of maintaining tobacco users need for a regular hit of nicotine. Tobacco products sit alongside drugs like heroin in terms of addictive qualities. The positive side to quitting is that you have plenty of support to quit. Ser vices range from the one to one approach with Aukati Kaipaipa, visiting your Doctor or Nurse or a phone call to the National Quitline. Another positive side is your whanau will love you for making such a commitment. So keep trying but remember there a re services out there ready to help you. Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 -- The Countdown Has Begun Shane Kawenata Bradbrook Senior Public Health Advisor (Tobacco) FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ASSISTING YOUR QUITTING ATTEMPTS CONTACT: • Your GP or nurse at your health provider • Aukati Kaipaipa -- Kokiri Marae -- Kapiti Coast (to Paraparaumu)/Hutt Valley/ Wellington 04 939 4631 • Kapiti/Horowhenua - Te Runanga o Raukawa 06 364 5121 • Quitline 0800 778 778 ADVERTORIAL 3932782AB MANA COLLEGE Any day is our open day. You choose. Just phone 237 5424 for appointment Police want help to find gunman Police are appeal- ing for information on a man filmed robbing a Cannons Creek dairy at gunpoint. The man robbed Sievers Dairy, on the corner of Mungavin Ave and Sievers Grove, last Thursday, August 11, at 9am. He ran into the dairy, pointed a gun at the shopkeeper, and left after being given a small amount of cash. He was last seen running on to Sievers Grove. Police fear he will commit another robbery if not apprehended. If you recognise the man pictured, contact Detective Constable Shane Carter at 439 0886, 021 220 9296 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Crowd roars approval Heartfelt haka: Porirua College's kapa haka group wow the crowd with haka, waiata and poi dancing. Photo: ANDREA O'NEIL Polyfest performers treated a packed audience to a colourful, musical assault on the senses last Thursday night. Five colleges from Porirua, Tawa and Newlands took part in the celebration of Pacific Island and Maori culture at Te Rauparaha Arena. A buzzing capacity crowd howled with delight at each new song and dance performance. Porirua College hosted the event, and entered eight separate cultural troupes, from kapa haka to groups from Tuvalu, Tokelau and Niue. Also performing were troupes from Aotea College, Mana College, Tawa Col- lege and Newlands College. Mayor Nick Leggett opened the festival by congratulating audience members on their cultural pride. It's time for us to get together and celebrate who we are,'' he said. More Polyfest photos can be found on our Facebook page, facebook.com/ kapimananews. Three-year-old loses part of finger By KRIS DANDO An incident on the travelator at North City Shopping Centre that caused a three-year-old girl to lose part of her finger has highlighted the need for people to be careful on moving machinery. Judith-Ann Kingi was on the travela- tor when she flopped down, as kids do'', her grandmother told Kapi-Mana News. You think, She's OK, there's no danger' -- I don't think people are aware of what can really happen.'' Judith-Ann's right hand was caught at the end of the travelator before the emergency stop button could be pushed. Despite attempts by surgeons at Hutt Hospital, she lost the top part of her index finger to the first knuckle. Her grandmother says Judith-Ann is doing well and she does not blame North City management, but would like more awareness of the dangers of riding the travelator. Judith-Ann's grandmother has heard that long dresses and belts from buggies and prams can get caught in travelators. North City's manager Craig Hopkins says the incident was looked into by the Department of Labour and CCTV evi- dence showed there was no reason for further investigation. He said the travelators and all aspects'' of the shopping centre are com- pliant with the Department of Labour. Safety of patrons is a priority. We do encourage people to remember that, as with any moving machinery, care does need to be taken.''
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