Nor West News : January 10th 2013
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 5 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 10, 2013 NEWS 5061785AD KAIPARA COLLEGE UNIFORM SHOP Opening hours for Back to School 2013 For more information or to buy online, visit schooluniformcentre.co.nz Ph: 09 524 6270 January 2013 Wed 16th: 10am - 3pm Hall Thu 17th: 2pm - 7pm Hall Fri 18th: 10am - 3pm Hall Mon 21st: 10am - 3pm Hall Tues 22nd: 10am - 3pm Hall Wed 23rd: 8:30am - 3pm Hall Thu 24th: 2pm - 7pm Hall Fri 25th: 10am - 3pm Hall Mon 28th: CLOSED (Auckland Anniversary) Tues 29th: 8:30am - 3pm Shop Wed 30th: 8:30am - 3pm Shop Thu 31st: 8:30am - 3pm Shop HUGE FABRIC SALE 5 DAYS ONLY Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th January We are Moving so Must Reduce our Stock CRAZY DISCOUNTS UP TO 75% OFF Printed & Plain Fabrics, Lycra, Foils, Sequins, Satins, Chiffons, Lace, Crystals, Cotton Prints, Polar fleece & much more Dance Fabrics Direct & RJ TEXTILES 7 Short Rd Riverhead Auckland Look for our sign on the Coatesville-Riverhead H/Way Ph: 412 9123 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dancefabrics.co.nz EFTPOS CASH M/CARD & VISA ACCEPTED: 5078688AA Shellfish poisoning is life-threatening Shellfish from Kaipara Harbour and Auckland's west coast are off the menu as high toxin levels per- sist. More warnings have been issued. Seafood gatherers risk their lives ignoring warnings, the Min- istry of Primary Industries and health officials say. We have already seen people in the Bay of Plenty admitted to intensive care after eating shell- fish contaminated with paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins,'' MPI animal products principal adviser Jim Sim says. If toxin levels rise much further we could be looking at fatalities. It is vital that people heed warning signs.'' Twenty people were poisoned by eating shellfish collected from the Bay of Plenty shoreline, with 10 admitted to hospital by December 20. Algae blooms can cause the toxin buildup but the Bay of Plenty algae type produce a par- ticularly nasty toxin and this seems to regularly recur, Mr Sim says. Algae found off Auckland's west coast is different and produces a different toxin. This could account for why there are fewer algal blooms on the west coast with the last toxin alert in 2000. No reports of illness or hospital admissions in the northern area had been received but people must be vigilant, Mr Sim says. The health warning applies to all bivalve shellfish, including mussels, pipi, tuatua, cockles, oysters, scallops, as well as cat's eyes and kina (sea urchin). These filter feed on tiny sealife, includ- ing algae, so the toxins build up in them then transfer to shellfish eaters like crabs, crayfish and fish such as snapper. Tuatua seem to hold on'' to the toxins for longer than other shell- fish, Mr Sim says. Cooking shellfish will not remove the toxins. Paua, crayfish and crabs can still be taken, but the gut should be removed before cooking. For shellfish eating fish, like snapper, gutting removes the liver which accumulates the tox- ins. Mr Sim emphasises New Zea- land's commercially harvested shellfish are safe to eat as they are closely monitored. This summer's poisoning cases have all been from recreational catch in areas subject to warn- ings, he says. Eating toxic shellfish can cause numbness and tingling around the mouth, face or extremities, difficulty swallowing or breath- ing, dizziness, double vision, and possibly paralysis and respiratory failure. Go to foodsmart.govt. IN BRIEF Rising lift: The hills are alive in the latest work on display at the Helensville-based Art on Track Gallery. New view Check out the New Year makeover in the Art on Track Gallery at the Helensville railway station. The feature wall has a theme on hills by Audrey Jenkins. Browse other art, pottery and jewellery. Gallery is open from 10am till 3.30pm. Call 09 420 8851 or just pop in. Smiles galore Families are invited to a fun day at Huapai Domain this Sunday. Hosted by the Abundant Life Church, the event starts at 10am. Participants can enjoy games, a sausage sizzle and morning tea. Clever discoveries All budding inventors are urged to check out Museum of Transport and Technology's Invent and Play holiday programme this month. Children can create mechanisms using K'Nex, make their own mementoes and draft blueprints of their inventions. The event runs until February 3 at the Great North Rd museum in Western Springs.
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