Nor West News : January 31st 2013
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 3 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2013 NEWS Rt Hon John Key MP FOR HELENSVILLE 365 Main Road, Kumeu | P: 412 2496 E: John@Johnkey.mp.net.nz | www.johnkey.co.nz www.national.org.nz Experience Integrity Stephen Theobald Ph 027 4934 662 firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 412 7666 Kumeu Loyal Realty Ltd 4983937AA What have you got to lose? 156 Main Road Kumeu Phone: 412 8932 www.kumeugym.co.nz Your Gym Membership conditions apply. This month only... Join for 3 months + 4 weeks FREE Join for 6 months + 6 weeks FREE Join for 12 months + 8 weeks FREE Call us now! New Zealand Day: What do you think? Ideas man: Alan Smythe is calling for a national day of celebration. Photo: GEORGE GARDNER Showtime: Kiwis love Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park. So would they embrace a New Zealand Day extravaganza? Photo: GRAEME COX THE AUSSIES have one and so do the Canadians. So why don t we? Leading events promoter Alan Smythe is calling for a national annual day of cel- ebration supported by a large and free public showcasing of the country s finest skill and talent. The Waiheke Island resi- dent is the executive pro- ducer of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park and has helped raise a staggering $8 million for children s charities through a series of similar events over the last 25 years. The hugely popular Opera in the Park and Symphony Under the Stars of years gone by also bore his hallmark. Now Mr Smythe wants a date set aside as New Zea- land Day and supported by a massive extravaganza at the Auckland Domain -- broad- cast live to the nation. Something that displays and records all that s good about our country and kick starts a true day of cel- ebration. Such a day could showcase the winners of national championships in all fields including culture, sport, art, theatre, fashion. There are no national festivals of an uplifting, uni- fying nature and I think we need an event to bring every- one together -- one that celeb- rates everything that makes us proud of our country, he says. I believe the people of New Zealand are looking for unity as a nation. Politics doesn t bring us together any more and sport- ing events are losing their power to do so -- with the odd exception like the Rugby World Cup. Mr Smythe is keen to gauge public opinion before taking the concept further and is looking for support at a public and corporate level. I m simply talking about a day to celebrate New Zealand and I want to know what peo- ple think? Let's get the discussion going. Do you like the idea of a New Zealand Day? Write to the editor at PO Box 46, Kumeu, Auckland or email your thoughts to email@example.com. IN BRIEF Silver lining: Is this your sterling silver bracelet now waiting for its owner at the Helensville police station? Missing woman: Do you know this person? Helensville police are searching for her. Wanted Police are still trying to find an Asian woman following an ongoing investigation. If you have any information as to her identity or whereabouts contact Detective Nick Poland of the Helensville police on 09 420 9732 or email NPW218@police. govt.nz for more information. Jewellery found A sterling silver bracelet has been handed into the Helensville police station after being found in the district. Pop into the office at 8 Rimu St or call 09 420 8967 for more information. Bikes lost? Those missing a children's bike, an adult's bike and a children's motorcycle are urged to call the Kumeu station on 412 7756. Beach gets barbecue Fancy a fancy barbecue? Shelly Beach is the first of Rodney parks to have a new electric bar- becue installed. Visitors just buy a $1 token from the shop, slot it in, and wait for the green light. Rodney Local Board member Brenda Steele has already tested the facility and given it the thumbs-up after a waft- ing mouth-watering meal including venison steaks and bacon. She says there s just some fine-tuning to be done around the facility, such as signage. Other than that I d like to get some more in local parks. New health services for nor-west residents Residents of the nor-west will now have health services closer to home. A new $1.7 million interventional radiology suite has been opened at North Shore Hospital. The facility features an angiography machine --- for imaging and treating block- ages and narrowing of blood vessels --- and an operating theatre. Up to 1500 patients are expected to be treated annu- ally for conditions ranging from tumours to internal bleeding following trauma. The advanced interven- tional service is headed by endovascular specialist Dr John Bottomley. He has just returned to Auckland after seven years at the Sheffield Vascular Institute -- one of the largest vascular units in the United Kingdom. Interventional radiology makes use of the body s net- work of hollow structures such as arteries and veins, bile ducts and gastrointest- inal tracts --- its highways and byways, if you like --- to guide catheters and other medical devices directly to where they are needed, Dr Bottomley says. The procedures are minimally invasive as they are per- formed percutaneously (via a pin hole). Risks of wound infection are negligible, recovery times are faster and general anaesthetic is rarely required. Seven staff including radi- ation technologists and nurses will work at the suite.
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