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Learning water safety
Fun in the water: Krystle Ward and her children, from left, Kailika, 7, April, 3, and Hakopa, 5, have fun learning water safety skills together. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK
By MELISSA KINEALY
SWIMMING S compulsory in the
Mum Krystle Ward doesn t want
her kids to become drowning stat-
istics so she enrolled the family in
Whanau Nui, a free five-day free
swimming and water safety pro-
gramme for families.
The mother of three says it s
important for her children to know
how to handle themselves in the
I just think swimming is a
necessity for life, she says.
There are so many kids who
don t do swimming lessons and kids
who drown and I don t want my kids
to be among them.
Thirty-nine people, including chil-
dren, drowned in the Counties
Manukau district between 2004 and
Krystle s youngsters are among
the 1940 children who have ben-
efited from Whanau Nui sessions
since the pilot project began in
Injury Free Counties Manukau
and Water Safe Auckland provide
the sessions in which swimmers
learn survival strokes, including the
basics like doggie paddle and learn-
ing to stay afloat.
They re trying to encourage more
Pacific Island and Maori families to
come along because they re a high-
The Wards say they just love
their time in the water together and
the one-hour classes are something
fun to do in the Christmas holidays.
Seven-year-old Kailika now
knows how to keep herself safe in
water -- one of her tips if you get
into trouble is float on your back .
Watersafe drowning prevention
co-ordinator Harry Aonga is urging
swimmers to take care of each other
and be cautious around waterholes.
The recent death of a teenager
who jumped off a cliff into a water-
hole on the North Shore highlights
how dangerous it can be if you re
not familiar with an area, Mr Aonga
Parents need to be aware of their
children around water and they
can t just rely on lifeguards if
they re at the beach or the pool.
Knowing little things, like
putting your hand up if you get into
trouble in the water, can help you.
Whanau Nui runs at various
pools throughout Counties Manu-
kau in January.
To book a place phone:
Aquanaut Swimsation Papakura
(January 10 to 14) 298-4642
Mangere Swimsation (January 24
to 28) 257-4484
Manurewa Swimsation (January
17 to 21) 269-4145
Papatoetoe Swimsation (January
17 to 21) 278-6806
Otara Swimsation (January 24 to
East Tamaki Swimsation (Janu-
ary 10 to 14) 271-5395.
in to new role
By HINERANGI VAIMOSO
No pressing decisions have been
made but members of the Papakura
Local Board got a feel for their new
roles at their first meeting in the
Chairman John Robinson took his
place at the head of the room last
Wednesday and welcomed his new
team on board as well as Papakura-
Manurewa council member Calum
Sitting in the public gallery was
Franklin Local Board chairman
Andy Baker who was getting fam-
iliar with his role ahead of his first
meeting which was held on Monday.
No decisions needed to be made at
the first meeting but members
spoke about the way in which
meetings will run and how emerg-
ency decisions would need to be
They got a brief rundown from
representatives of KiwiRail about
how work on the Clevedon Rd
overbridge would progress over the
Christmas period as it s rebuilt to
make way for electric trains.
Auckland Council representatives
were also there to present details of
the Auckland spatial plan, the
Regulation of Prostitution in Speci-
fied Places Bill and the Alcohol
Reform Bill, all of which the Papa-
kura Local Board will be allowed to
make submissions on in the near
The sale of a home for more
than $2 million in the Papa-
kura Courier s circulation area
lifted the average selling price
for November to
The average selling price
for the past 12 months, of
$369,000, is a far better reflec-
tion of the prices being
achieved locally, Barfoot &
Thompson managing director
Peter Thompson says.
This average price is 2
percent higher than the aver-
age price achieved 12 months
An unusual feature of sales
in this area is that sales
volumes are higher this year
than last -- up about 5
percent, he says.
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