Kapi-Mana News : January 29th 2013
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Rail fun on hold By KRIS DANDO Delayed repair works has meant a lost summer for the Waitangirua Lions Club and its train at Aotea Lagoon, and recent vandalism has further derailed the group s fundrais- ing efforts. It could be two months before the family attraction is running again. The diminutive train, which began circling the lagoon in 1978, required a major overhaul and was carted away by Kenepuru Engineers Ltd in August for $20,000 worth of repairs. The only part of the train that didn t need an upgrade was the engine, Lions committee member Keith Nicoll said. The guys at Kene- puru have done a fantastic job and it s going to be fine for many years now. The train was expected to be oper- ating for summer but Porirua City Council repairs and maintenance to sleepers, bridges and the tunnel around the lagoon s train track have taken longer than anticipated, coun- cil manager Karyn Stillwell said. We need to reinforce the steel girders on the bridge over the duck pond and are waiting on engineering plans for this work. She is hopeful the work will be fin- ished in March. Mr Nicoll said they would love to be up and running before Easter, because the train is their sole source of fundraising. It s been sad that we haven t been able to put any money towards char- ity, but that s the way it goes. We collect over $20,000 a year from the train rides. To frustrate members further, their kiosk was damaged over Wel- lington Anniversary weekend. Mr Nicholls said, One of the bolts on the board [covering the window] held so they didn t get in, but it s going to be $200 or more to fix it. There are no valuab- les or goodies or ice-cream in there so it would have been a wasted effort if they did get in. System 'isolating' sign language kids Sign of the times: Titahi Bay's Ferguson family -- from top, Oliver, Bridget, Zoe and Elijah -- headed to a deaf camp and conference last weekend where sign language in schools was expected to be a hot topic. The family spell ''deaf camp''. By ANDREA O'NEIL It may be an official language of New Zealand but sign language is often denied to deaf people -- something a Titahi Bay family hopes to change. The Fergusons -- deaf dad Oli- ver and daughter Zoe, 11, and hearing mum Bridget and son Elijah, 9, spent the weekend at a camp and conference for deaf families in Christchurch. The children got a rare chance to play with others like them, while their parents were plan- ning to network like mad in hopes of improving education for deaf Wellington children. The Fergusons moved to Syd- ney when Zoe was young, to give her the benefits of a specialist school for deaf children. When they moved back to New Zealand she started at St Pius X School, which has emb- raced sign language. Zoe s whole class greeted her in sign language on her first day, and the school started lunchtime sign language clubs. That acceptance of sign language is all too rare, Mr Fer- guson says. Deaf children are discouraged from learning sign language by medical and edu- cation specialists, and encour- aged to lip read and get hearing aids and cochlear implants instead. There is no support sys- tem for parents of deaf preschoolers to learn or teach sign language, he says. The fear is deaf children will isolate themselves by exclus- ively learning sign language, but often kids fail to learn lip read- ing and fall behind at school, Mr Ferguson says. They re isolating them. It s a very medical system, like they need to be fixed. We re not sick, he says. Give them access to sound but why not let them learn sign language as well? Give them access to both worlds. You can do both, you can be bilingual. More money is spent by the Ministry of Education teaching hearing children to sign than is spent on supporting deaf kids themselves, with funding shor- tages leaving most kids without interpreters or teacher aides for much of the school day, Mr Fer- guson says. The attitude starts at birth. Zoe is a third-generation deaf child -- Mr Ferguson s parents are deaf -- which wasn t seen by many as something to celebrate, he says. Many people said oh, a deaf baby, how sad . For us it wasn t, it was exciting. Mr Ferguson, a board member of Deaf Aotearoa and Van Asch deaf school in Christchurch, would love to see a school for deaf kids set up in Wellington, or at least an education hub they can take some lessons at. He would also like to see sign language embraced by the wider community. We need to get out there in the community more and let hearing people know we re nor- mal, sign language is just another language. We can do everything except hear. The Fergusons attended the deaf camp thanks to a grant from Jetstar.
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