Kapi-Mana News : November 27th 2012
32 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 FEATURE rwlowerhutt.co.nz From time to time, we have homes fully completed with immediate occupation available. This 3 bedroom master ensuite home of 151m2 including double garage will support your dream of buying quality at a remarkable price with keys available now for you and your family.. You'll enjoy this location where the home is positioned at the end of the street meaning little passing traffic ensures peace and quiet. Whitby Lot 93 Staithes Drive 3A2F2I For Sale $465,000 View Saturday 12:00 - 3:00, Sunday 12:00 - 3:00 rwlowerhutt.co.nz/LWH20056 Bob Bell 0274 428 188 (04) 212 4967 email@example.com Llew Kemeys 0272 408 828 (04) 212 6524 firstname.lastname@example.org LICENSED (REAA 2008) Tawa to Pukerua Bay Villa Real Estate Ltd - Licensed REAA 2008 MREINZ Villa proud to be a charity partner of OPEN HOMES 2 DECEMBER 2012 TAWA By Negotiation 62 Peterhouse Street - 4 brms, double garage, 2 bathrooms 12.00 - 12.40pm BEO $339,000 31 Franklyn Road - 4 brms, 2 bathrooms, garage 12.00 - 12.40pm Deadline 26 Sunrise Boulevard - 4 brms, games room 1.00 - 1.30pm Deadline 6 McLellan Street - 3 brms, study, rumpus 1.00 - 1.40pm BEO $749,000 9 Allen Terrace - 4 brms, 2 living areas 1.00 - 1.40pm TITAHI BAY $269,000 103a Matatiro Street - 3 brms 12.00 - 12.40pm BEO $339,000 19 Gloaming Hill - 3 brms, garage 1.00 - 1.30pm BEO $299,000 25a Paenui Street - 3 brms, carport 1.00 - 1.40pm BEO $199,000 14 Owhiti Street - 2 brms, garaging under 2.00 - 2.40pm ELSDON Deadline Sale 14 Waiho Terrace - 3 brms, harbour views 1.00 - 1.40pm PORIRUA BEO $199,000 12 Cornwall Crescent - 3 brms, drive on 12.00 - 12.40pm ASCOT PARK Deadline Sale 37 Beauzami Crescent - 3/4 brms, garage 12.00 - 12.30pm Deadline Sale 3 Almora View - 3 brms, double garage 2.00 - 2.40pm PAPAKOWHAI $470,000 135 Eskdale Road - 3 brms, 2.5 bathrooms 1.00 - 1.30pm BEO $399,000 40 Eskdale Road - 3 - 4 brms 2.00 - 2.30pm BEO $315,000 20b Brora Crescent - 3 brms, harbour views 2.00 - 2.40pm WHITBY $495,000 38 Samwell Drive - 3 brms 1.00 - 1.40pm By Negotiation 104 Navigation Drive - 4 brms, study, modern 1.00 - 1.40pm BEO $330,000 80 Spinnaker Drive - 3 brms, internal access garage 2.00 - 2.40pm PAUATAHANUI By Negotiation 611 Paekakariki Hill Road - 4 brms, 6 acres, paradise 11.00 - 11.40am Deadline Sale 580 Paekakariki Hill Road - 3 brm cottage, 6 car garage 12.00 - 12.40pm CAMBORNE BEO $270,000 10a Penryn Drive - 2 brm townhouse 1.00 - 1.40pm PLIMMERTON BEO $699,000 66-68 Cluny Road - 3 brms, 2454m2 section 1.00 - 1.40pm PUKERUA BAY Deadline Sale 1 Weku Road - 2 brms, plus study 12.00 - 12.40pm Sex, drugs and country dancing Amy Jackman talks to Dame Margaret Sparrow about abortion, Scottish country dancing and performing vasectomies in Bombay Dame Margaret Sparrow: ''I did my first vasectomy on a bus in the slums of Bombay.'' Photo: AMY JACKMAN What was Taranaki like when you were growing up? I grew up on a farm. There was a lot of rain and mud. The farm was next to the beach, so there was a lot of swimming. It was quite a popular beach and there would always be a lot of campers parked up by the sea in the sum- mer holidays. You moved to Wellington in the 1950s to attend university. No members of my family had been to university, so I really didn't have a clue what university was, but I found it all very excit- ing. I went to Victoria University. I was a fairly conscientious student and concentrated more on passing my exams than having a great time. I found it challenging with all the extra things you do while at university. You question all the ideals you have learnt so far in your life. It is also a great place to try out new things. Were there many females in the classes? I did science and we were defi- nitely in the minority, but there was a greater minority in my medical class at Otago. In the class of 100 only 10 were female. How did you get into medi- cine? ItwasamanImet.Ihadayear between studying science and studying medicine because I ended up in a traffic accident and fractured my pelvis. I had to lie in hospital for a long time waiting for it to heal. When I was discharged it was too late to start the academic year so I got a job as a research assistant to the pro- fessor of surgery. He said to me, What are you doing science for?'' So I decided to do medicine. Why did sexual health become a focus? I had a student health job at Victoria University and saw there was a gap in the service. I had students on the other side of the desk asking for contraception, but there was a ruling by the medical association that it was unethical to prescribe the pill for unmarried women. So most of the students would go up the hill to another doctor. I got in touch with Family Planning and they gave me a lot of support. I introduced the morning-after pill. I also got into abortion because I had students who needed help. Was it easy to get an abor- tion in the early 1970s? There was very little chance of getting an abortion in New Zea- land. A few were done for fetal abnormalities, but students had to go to Sydney or Melbourne. One of the directors of the Samaritans and I worked together and got legal advice. We found out where people went and interviewed them when they got back and found out if things were OK. We also sent them over with a letter like you would do for any patient you send for special care. Were illegal abortions performed in New Zealand? Oh yes. People did silly things. I had an illegal abortion in the 1950s myself. The sentence for self-abortion in the 1950s was seven years in jail. When I retired I wrote a book called Abortion Then and Now and heard some stories. Some of the women who had illegal abortions were blindfolded so they didn't know where they were going, some of the abortionists were sleazy or had sex with their patients. They took doses of pills, stuck things up their vaginas and in their uterus. As a doctor you would encourage them to do the safe thing, but you knew that if people were desper- ate they would do anything. Did your personal experi- ence help you in your job? It gave me an appreciation of how strong the desire is to have an abortion and that women take enormous risks if we don't provide a safe and legal service. How did you end up in India doing vasectomies? I studied vasectomies in Eng- land. I had a mentor, Dr Malcolm Potts. He convinced me to learn how to do them. I couldn't do them in England because I wasn't a qualified surgeon. Malcolm arran- ged for me to go to India and get practical experience. I did my first vasectomy on a bus in the slums of Bombay. It was an ordinary bus that had the seats removed and a plinth in the middle. We had a little bunsen burner that boiled up the instruments at the back. We carried promoters, men who spoke the local dialect, and we would find a place to stop and the promoters would go out and bring the men into the bus. So when I got back to New Zealand, I was able to say to Family Planning that I had the experience and wanted to start a clinic. How did you juggle being a single working mother? After my father died, my mother moved in with us and became part of our household. I will always be grateful for how much she helped out with childcare. I've heard you do Scottish country dancing. I have a few hobbies and one is Scottish country dancing. I do it every week for fitness. It's great. My ancestry is Scottish, so it seemed appropriate.
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