Kapi-Mana News : June 25th 2013
2 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 25, 2013 NEWS YOUR SPECIALIST PROPERTY MANAGER "Hi, I'm Susie Hunt. Starting a rental agreement on the right foot is important to Quinovic. We always record and photograph the condition of the property prior to the start of the tenancy. We do regular property inspections. We are prompt with repairs and maintenance. We have a statement: - 'We look after your property as if it were our own'... And we stick to that. That's part of my Quinovic promise!" Suite 12, 99 The Esplanade, Mana t 04 233 2442 f 04 233 2449 m 027 233 2460 www. quinovic.co.nz 5448445AA 5457617AA Local body veteran Glensor retiring from politics New beginnings: Retiring local body politician Peter Glensor. Photo: JIM CHIPP By JIM CHIPP Greater Wellington deputy chair- man Peter Glensor will stand down from local body politics in October after three terms on the regional council. Mr Glensor, 62, has also served for 13 years on the Hutt Valley District Health Board, seven as chairman, but he will not stand for re-election in October. He has unequivocally ruled out standing for any other elected pos- ition. He is also the Government- appointed deputy chairman of the Capital and Coast District Health Board but he said that position is in the hands of the Minister of Health. Mr Glensor said he had always seen his political work as a com- munity contribution, not a career. Election time is when you say am I happy to offer the com- munity three years of service? I've been doing it for 18 years, do I still want to be doing it when I get my old age pension?'.'' On the Hutt Valley health board, Mr Glensor said he was proud to have helped to foster a positive culture with strong com- munity links, and ensured the long-term survival of the hospital. He was leaving the regional council on a sound footing. Last week's signing of the con- tract for the second tranche of Matangi units means that we will have a very secure fleet for the next 40 years, coupled with the upgrade of the rail network, and the fact that the rail network is now in the hands of the regional council,'' he said. I am very proud to have contri- buted to that process for six of the last nine years.'' Mr Glensor could work over- seas, as he has done in the past. Heart check a wake-up By JIM CHIPP Brighter future: Tamati Olsen is putting his best foot forward for a longer and healthier life, for the sake of his mokopuna. Photo: JIM CHIPP CHECK IT OUT Compass Health has begun a campaign to encourage eligible people to get their heart checked, free of charge. European men over 45 and women over 55 are eligible. So are Maori, Pacific and Indo-Asian men over 35 and women over 45. Compass Health spokeswoman Lynn McBain said the tests were quick and painless. ''We want more people to have their heart checked, to get some information on their risk as well as some advice on strategies they can use to improve their heart health.'' Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand and accounts for 40 per cent of all deaths every year. One New Zealander dies every 90 minutes from heart disease, and many of those deaths were premature and preventable, Dr McBain said. A heart-health check at the age of 43 signalled to Tamati Olsen that it was time for a change. Mr Olsen was chief Maori adviser to the Ministry of Business, Inno- vation and Employment, worked voluntarily towards a treaty settle- ment for Ngati Kahungunu Ki Te Wairoa, and had recently become a grandfather. He went to see Porirua GP Larry Jordan, after having a few scares over the last couple of years. Doing work around home, I just found myself so short of breath and my chest so sore. After a couple of those my wife said it's time to do something to sort this out'.'' Two sets of tests, two months apart, confirmed that Mr Olsen needed to change his lifestyle. It was not an easy process for the heavy smoker. The tobacco was the first thing to go. When you give up smoking, you usually replace it with something else, usually eating, and I couldn't afford to do that.'' His health had deteriorated slowly as his responsibilities weighed more and more heavily on his time, minimising his exercise and driving him towards con- venience foods. Life gets in the way of a balanced life. A busy life, family, community, tribal commitments -- it leaves very little spare time,'' he said. It has been a lot of little changes. It's not a big, transformational change. For me, that works.'' He walks around the grounds of his old school each day. He and his wife have forsworn takeaways, unless they are healthy. His wife makes lunches every morning, and they eat at least one salad a day. This year I got my first grand- child,'' Mr Olsen said. It drove home that one heart affects many lives. I want my grandchildren to know me. I want to be around for my grandchildren.''
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