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Papakura Courier : May 2nd 2012
www.papakuracourier.co.nz 6 PAPAKURA COURIER, MAY 2, 2012 NEWS BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL 09 624 1246 stardome.org.nz SUNDAY 13TH MAY I SHOWS: 1pm - Magic Sky, 2pm - The Little Star That Could, 3pm - BIG, 4pm -Astronaut. Mother's DAY Bring your mother or grandmother to see a show in Stardome's Planetarium for FREE on mother's day. (one free entry per paying child) Photos capture Vietnam War On display: Vietnam War photographer Noel Bell with his work Aftermath of Contact, 1969 which features in the Papakura Museum's show Home Fires Burning: New Zealand's Vietnam War. The photo shows Corporal TG Gordon of Victor 4 Company treating a critically wounded Viet Cong while radio operator Private RH Martin, rear left, requests a ''dust-off extraction''. The wounded man was one of three Viet Cong found hiding in a stream after a skirmish. He had suffered a serious leg wound to his femoral artery and required urgency hospital treatment. The New Zealanders carried the wounded man to a jungle clearing where he was evacuated by helicopter. The wound proved fatal. Noel Bell helped carry the wounded man and travelled in the chopper with him and the soldiers. By MELISSA KINEALY Documenting history: Noel Bell's photo shows coffins containing the bodies of New Zealand soldiers being loaded on to a RNZAF aircraft in Saigon before the journey home to New Zealand. Photos: MELISSA KINEALY The clicking of a camera will forever be the sound of the Vietnam War for Noel Bell. The photographer's images have lived on beyond the days of fighting and feature in the Papakura Museum's exhi- bition Home Fires Burning: New Zealand's Vietnam War. Mr Bell arrived in Vietnam in November 1968 a non- commissioned officer (public relations) attached to New Zealand's V Force HQ. His role was to photograph the daily activities of New Zealand military personnel and civilians in South Vietnam and for 12 months he travelled with Kiwi infan- try companies throughout Phuoc Tuy province. When I went with soldiers I became another soldier,'' he says. I tried to get some sort of story in every photo. Most of the time I had to get film processed by the Americans otherwise I would send unde- veloped film home to defence headquarters for processing.'' He also photographed the 1st New Zealand Service Medical Team at BonSong, the surgical team at Qui Nhon and New Zealand volunteers within the Red Cross and Save the Children. A self-described Peter Pan'', he says it was all about being in the right place at the right time. Mr Bell retired from the army in 1982 and lives in Christchurch. He has a clutch of 10 medals that serve as a reminder of his days in the field. Memories are at the centre of the museum's exhibition which places artefacts from local veterans and collectors alongside the stories of those who served -- and those who kept the home fires burning back in New Zealand. There's a focus on the cre- ative work of returned servicemen during and after the war. The show marks the end of a four-year oral history and archiving project between the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the museum. One hundred and fifty vet- eran and family oral histories have been recorded for deposit in the Alexander Turnbull Library since 2008. Many personal collections of Vietnam War-era film, photography, art and writing have also been offered for archiving. The exhibition Home Fires Burning: New Zealand's Vietnam War is on now until June 28 at the Papakura Museum. The museum is located at Accent Point Building, 209 Great South Rd. Healthpoint website empowers patients Do you have questions about your upcoming visit to Middlemore Hos- pital or Manukau SuperClinic? Not sure what to expect when your family doctor refers you to a particular service in the hospital? Perhaps you just want to know about car park- ing or finding your way around. Then you need to visit healthpoint.co.nz. Counties Manukau District Health Board uses the Healthpoint website to share infor- mation which will help you answer these ques- tions and others you may have about the services the board provides. The site has been established to provide information about health services to the public and medical professionals, helping both groups better understand and use health services. If patients are emp- owered with knowledge, they will be able to make better decisions about their healthcare and will have an improved jour- ney through the healthcare system. There is information on 86 hospital services, 25 mental health and addiction services and 20 locations in the Counties Manukau district on Healthpoint. You'll find information about common con- ditions, treatments, doc- tors who work within particular services and an introduction to each service and what it does. You'll also find infor- mation about what happens when your fam- ily doctor refers you to the hospital, including details about the referral process, what might hap- pen at your first appoint- ment and what the medi- cal terms you might hear mean. There's also practical information for people who are visiting different health locations, such as contact phone numbers, maps, visiting ar-ran- gements, translation ser- vices, parking and cafes. All information is writ- ten by board medical professionals, making it safe and accurate for people of all ages. It is reviewed regularly to keep it up to date. The information on Healthpoint really helps prepare patients and their family or whanau for their healthcare journey,'' Kidz First out- patients paediatric con- sultant Dr Raj Maikoo says. Whether it be practi- cal information about where to park and where to buy refreshments, checking Healthpoint before you receive your healthcare will help you better understand what is happening to you and make informed decisions as you go.'' Go online to healthpoint.co.nz for more information. IN BRIEF Great Anzac Day Papakura did its old soldiers proud on Anzac Day, RSA president Gary Wright says. There were more people around the Papakura cenotaph for this year's dawn service than in a long time, he says. More than 500 people marched in the parade and around 3000 members of the general public turned out. ''The marching of men and women could be heard even before we saw them.'' Mr Wright says. ''I looked up as the colour party turned into Opaheke Rd and was amazed that the tail of these marchers was still coming around the corner from Wood St. That's a distance of 200 metres. ''On behalf of the members of the Papakura RSA I would like to thank the people of Papakura who took the time to attend this service.'' Seniors go free Super Gold Card holders can go to Motat for free until the end of June. Golden Days is a Motat initiative to thank seniors in the community for their contributions during the museum's 48 years. Visitors can ride on restored trams and explore the new $18.5 million aviation display. One of the latest exhibitions titled I Am the Last Tram allows people to walk down Queen St in the 1950s to see Auckland after World War II. The promotion runs until June 30. Go to motat.org.nz for information Psychology show TV psychologist Nigel Latta features at a fundraising night for Ardmore School, delivering an informative show that'll provide answers to get boys and girls all the way through childhood, adolescence and beyond. The evening will include a cash bar, snacks and fundraising raffles. Nigel Latta will be at Ardmore School, Papakura-Clevedon Rd on May 14 from 7.30pm till 9.30pm, doors open 6.30pm. Tickets cost $30. To book email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 027 200 9633. No door sales.
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