Hutt News : May 17th 2011
39 HUTT NEWS, MAY 17, 2011 HN097670/th For more information on Council services and Hutt City, visit our website -- www.huttcity.govt.nz MAY MADNESS HirE • HirE to BuY • PurcHASE Interest Free Terms Available 56 Hutt Road, Petone 0800 452 348 50% off all Boxing Gear 20% off all Cardio and Weights Argon Spin Bike Save $1300 Zenith Crosstrainer Save $400 Home Multigym Save $1000 Call for appointments on 589 6001 3624283AA Here's a Quick Check List For New Dentures: • Are your teeth over ten years old? • Has chewing power declined? • Have you lost sight of your teeth? • Are your dentures difficult to clean? • Are your teeth loose or uncomfortable? If yes is the answer to any of these questions new dentures may be the answer. Craig Metcalfe. FREE FIRST APPOINTMENT: Advice with no obligation. C i M lf Denture Care Services 1st foor, Hutt City Dental Centre, 14 Laings Road. (Lift & Wheelchair Access) All new full and partial dentures, including relines and repairs Maternity funding increases Extra care: Health Minister Tony Ryall is introduced to four-day-old Bella Dornbusch by her mum Geraldine in the Kenepuru Hospital maternity unit. Health Minister Tony Ryall visi- ted Kenepuru Hospital s maternity unit earlier this month and announced a $45.5 million national funding boost for the care of mothers and their babies. Much of the funding -- $33.2m into maternity services over four years -- will be directed at safety and quality of care. We all want the best possible services to protect the safety of mothers and babies, Mr Ryall said. The additional funding will support midwives, nurses and doctors to improve safety and quality in maternity and Well- Child services. WellChild -- of which Plunket is the main provider -- will receive an extra $22.3m, with a focus on first-time mothers. An extra 54,000 visits will be available to about 18,000 mothers who need additional support. This will mean, on average, three additional WellChild visits up to the first two months of a baby s life. WellChild currently allocates two visits during the first two months of life. These three additional Well- Child visits will ensure a smoo- ther handover from midwives to WellChild providers and an even better start for mothers and their babies, said Mr Ryall. The funding boost has come from a mix of savings and new money , but further details will not be known until the May 19 budget announcement. The funding includes: $18.4m to improve health and safety and quality of services by bringing all maternity profes- sionals together for regular clini- cal reviews of births, and to bring in more midwives and medical specialists in some hospitals. $6m to revamp parent infor- mation services. $6.8m to help vulnerable mothers access a fuller range of health and social services. Mr Ryall said the investment was in response to recommendations from key maternity service stakeholders, who had been working together over the past 12 months to develop new maternity standards and referral guidelines. Waiting game By FRANCES COOK Wellington public transport users have been left wondering when they will get an integrated ticket system, with the recent unveiling of Auck- land s new Hop card. The smart card will be used on all Auckland buses, trains and ferries by the end of the year, making Auckland the first region with integrated ticketing. Snapper chief executive Miki Szikszai emphasised the new cards were a Hop card with a Snapper logo , and therefore fully com- patible with other Snapper systems. Hop cards were used in Auckland for brand reasons, but visitors to the area would find their Snapper smart cards gave the same discounted travel, Mr Szikszai said. David Lewry, Greater Wellington Regional Council s major projects leader, said the council was aware of demand and was investigating integrated ticketing options. However, such a ticketing system could be complex to set up and there was not a specific timeline in place for Wellington. You would measure it in years rather than months, but we re not talking decades, Mr Lewry said. We will be learning from what Auckland is doing. The regional council would develop its own integrated ticket system for Wellington which would be compatible with Snapper, rather than being provided by the company, Mr Lewry said. Snapper was already used on Go Wellington buses, and was being trialled on some Welling- ton ferries, Mr Szikszai said. Slutwalk ready to make its point Standing proud: SlutWalk participants Beth Risdon, left, and Karen McKinnon want to change the way victims of sexual assault are treated. By FRANCES COOK Wellington women and their allies are planning a Welling- ton march on June 25 to protest an attitude they say blames women in revealing clothes for inviting sexual assault. SlutWalk Aotearoa organ- iser Maria Scannell said the march was for all men and women who felt attitudes to victims of sexual assault needed to change. When we stand up together we can push it in people s faces and show this isn t just one person being on the rag or a femi-nazi , or any of those other awful things we are called, Ms Scannell said. The event was designed to welcome a wide range of supporters and would avoid hateful speech, she said. Fran Wilde, Greater Wel- lington Regional Council chairwoman, said attitudes to victims of sexual assault had not changed in 30 years. It s important women con- tinue to say, No, it s not right . She said she considered her- self a slut ally , and that marching was one of the many tools available to those who wanted to move society for- ward. Any woman of my age who went through the trauma of everything we fought for will understand what they are doing, Ms Wilde said. Beth Risdon and Karen McKinnon, who are studying for masters of science degrees at Victoria University, plan to attend the march. It s all about stopping the shaming of women for what they wear, and putting the blame back on the people who do the bad deeds, Ms Risdon said. Ms McKinnon agreed, and said: Women should not have to think about a potential threat to their health and wellbeing when they pull clothes out of their closet. The international SlutWalk movement began after a Can- adian policeman said women who didn t want to be rape victims should avoid dressing like sluts . See the Facebook event SlutWalk Aotearoa: Welling- ton Chapter or Twitter account@Slut WalkNZ.
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