Kapi-Mana News : September 4th 2012
22 KAPI-MANA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 OPINION / NEWS Health, Beauty & Wellbeing 4836723AA This month Arena Fitness Centre continues to Reshape Porirua with it's 5th bi-annual Body Transformation Challenge. Previous Body Transformation Challenges have churned out some great results, with weight loss of up to 16kg over the 12 weeks of the challenge. This time around we decided to reach out someone who was in need to be involved in this kind of challenge and put them on a path to transforming their health and their life. We chose Luke as someone who we could help, and he was up for the task. Luke is in his mid-thirties, and of Maori/Fijian descent. Weighing in at over 200kg, he was the perfect person to take up the challenge. Like many people living in NZ, Luke was active as a teenager, playing rugby and league up to age-grade representative level, and upon finishing school took up a physical exploration drilling job, which took him to many different countries around the globe. A move from the mining industry to fairly sedentary security work is when his health and fitness started to decline. Luke found himself consuming fast food, fizzy drink and alcohol, and not exercising, the combination of these leading to an inevitable weight gain. Over the past few years Luke tried different diets and stints of exercise, but failed to get into a regular routine and ended up going back to old habits. Feeling uncomfortable with himself and wondering what happened to that previously active person, Luke decided "enough is enough" and a change needed to happen. Not just to improve the quality of life for himself, but also to make a healthy change and be around for his partner and step sons. "I want to LIVE" says Luke. With the Body Transformation Challenge, Luke will get his life back. We welcome you to follow and support Luke's progress on our Arena Fitness Centre facebook page as he embarks on his journey of transformation. Aimee Sutorius, Arena Fitness Centre Manager. Starting the Journey of Transformation with Arena Fitness Centre Advertising Feature Discrimination a catchcry TOUCH OF GREY KILIAN DE LACY A very common catch cry these days is discrimination''. Whenever a group decides it wants something and cannot get it, the favourite tactic is to scream discrimination''. If I am not allowed to do what you do, for whatever reason, then I am being discriminated against. So what exactly do we mean by discrimination? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 7, states: All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimi- nation to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protec- tion against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.'' All of which does not really cla- rify the situation, does it? The dictionary definition of the word discrimination is: 1. a. To recognise as distinct; to perceive the distinguishing features of. b. To make sensible decisions; judge wisely. 2. To make distinctions on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit; show preference or prejudice. It is this second definition which causes us all the trouble. No matter how well intentioned or well thought out a law may be, there is always someone who will feel his or her rights are being violated. The fact is that we are all differ- ent. No two human beings, no two blades of grass, no two domestic cats are the same. And by choosing any one thing over another, you are discriminat- ing (in the first sense of the word above). We are faced with choices all the time and by selecting one we automatically reject the other. If I choose to go to a Catholic church instead of an Elim church, I am actually discriminating. If I choose to eat Chinese instead of Indian, I am discriminating. It's when such choices involve disregard or hatred of other alternatives that we get into trouble. It is all too easy for us to fling words like discrimination'' around. We New Zealanders in particu- lar hate to think of anyone being treated unfairly and bend over backwards to prevent or remedy such situations. But there is no way in the wide world that every single individual or group will get everything it feels it is entitled to. And catering to the demands of one group will of necessity side- line another. Let's illustrate. An apple looks at an orange and thinks it would like to be called an orange, too. Some oranges think this is okay. Other oranges don't agree. They want to remain the only fruit which can be called oranges. The apples, however, are stroppy and loud, and push to get the government to let them be called oranges. If this legislation is passed, the apples, now called oranges, get their way, sure. But the original oranges are now discriminated against because their views have been overpowered. A rider to the illustration: gov- ernments can legislate any way they want but that does not change facts. They can legislate that every- thing with four legs will be a table, even if it is a dog, or that grass is blue, not green -- but the legislation does not make it so. Last month we heard from the Minister for Senior Citizens, Jo Goodhew, about her various port- folios and her ambitions for the senior citizens. This month we aim to inform our members about the Local Gov- ernment Commission. Do you know anything about this body or how it works? Donald Riezebos, the Commission's chief executive, will be addressing us, and if anyone knows how the com- mission works, he should. So why don't you come along? Tuesday, September 11, 1.30pm, The Porirua Club, Lodge Place. Contact: Helen Griffith Phone: 236 0112. Phone line a failure The Government's 0800 number for Housing New Zealand tenants is failing to meet the needs of local tenants, said Mana MP Kris Faa- foi last week. He said his office is receiving more and more calls from unhappy HNZ clients, sick of waiting for long periods for calls to the 0800 number to be answered or have their requests actioned. Porirua has a high number of Housing New Zealand tenants, many of them are high mainten- ance. The experiment to go to a 0800 number system and closing down the local public reception in April just hasn't worked.'' Mr Faafoi said data collated by his electorate office in Porirua showed of the 153 cases processed since March 2012, 44 per cent of them related to HNZ, the largest single issue handled by the office. Many of the cases coming into my office could have been sorted if the new phone based system worked,'' Mr Faafoi said. HNZ last month called for patience as its staff came to grips with a new computer system.
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