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Electricity asset replacement project
SHERA ROAD, TEMPORARY ROAD
CLOSURE ON WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE
To ensure work is carried out safely, Shera Road in Remuera,
between 56 Portland Road and 5-18 Shera Road, will be closed
to through traffic from 7.30am to 6pm on Wednesday 6 June.
For further information please contact Vector on 09 303 0626.
The project should not disrupt the power supply in the area.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you
for your patience while work takes place.
For more information and updates,
please visit www.vector.co.nz
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MORE STYLES AT HERITAGE TILES
Lost from Kohimarama,
St Heliers, St Johns
George strayed from his home in
John Rymer Place, Kohimarama on
about the 7th May. He could be
returning to his old home in St
If you have any information
please phone 575 3333
Chamber Music New Zealand Presents
MICHAEL HOUSTOUN (piano)
ASHLEY BROWN (cello)
Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2012 Winner's Tour
AUCKLAND TOWN HALL, THE EDGE
MONDAY JUNE, PM
Pre-Concert talk, 7pm
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$35-$65 (Child & Student concessions available)
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OFFICE, CHAPEL & RECEPTION LOUNGES
Samoan is the second-
most spoken language in
Auckland and Auckland
Libraries is hosting a
line-up of free events and
activities during le
Vaiaso o le Gagana
Samoa, Samoan Lan-
guage Week, which
began on Monday.
To celebrate, libraries
are holding Samoan-
themed Storytimes, Rhy-
metimes, craft activities
and author talks.
Samoan author Lani
Wendt Young will be
speaking about her
writing, what gives her
inspiration and her book
Telesa -- The Covenant
Keeper which is proving
popular around the
School's principal and
the three authors of
Sione's first walk to
school, O le ulua'i
savaliga a Sione 'i le
a'oga, will hold talks at
Glen Eden and Mangere
East Libraries about this
popular new bilingual
book and the school's col-
laboration with the New
Agency to make it hap-
ries.govt.nz or ask a
librarian to find out
more about events dur-
ing Samoan Language
Champ: Each week Sam Orchard juggles two jobs as well as writing comics in his spare time.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
a super hero
Reporter Hannah Spyksma sat down for coffee with
comic book writer and mental health professional
Sam Orchard to find out what he is aiming to
If any job title deserves a super hero
cape to go with it, it would be Sam
The Mt Eden resident started his
first nine to five job in March with
Affinity Services Trust, which has
given him the title of Rainbow
I pretty much get paid to be me,''
Mr Orchard says.
Far from being light-hearted, the
role is newly created following an
Auckland District Health Board
report on treatment barriers to
mental health and addiction
services for the rainbow, or queer,
It's a change of pace for the
27-year-old who spent last year
writing a comic book for his master
of creative writing -- a project he
scored an A-plus for.
Seeing the human side of people
is the thread that has led Mr Orch-
ard from writing comics to working
in the mental health sector.
While he doesn't actually get a
cape or super hero powers, the job is
designed to create positive change
within the health sector.
Greenlane-based Affinity ini-
tiated the pilot project to look at
how the best practice guidelines
suggested from the report can work
in real life.
Mr Orchard educates and trains
people within the trust as to how
they can approach situations that
include working with members of
the rainbow community.
As someone who has accessed
mental health services in the past,
he says it is really cool to see small
improvements happening within
For me it's about reframing a
whole lot of stuff around what we
see as normal.
It's about changing the language
around mental health because it
creates a lot of discrimination and
stigma and stops people being seen
as human beings. Instead they are
seen as a diagnosis.''
It gets a bit personal for Mr Orch-
ard who is transitioning from a
woman to a man and says he had to
be diagnosed as having a mental ill-
ness before he could access hormone
Once the pilot project finishes in
June it is hoped the job-model will
be applied by other organisations.
When he is not being a rainbow
champion, which takes one day each
week, Mr Orchard works on another
project for Affinity. He is helping
establish a youth-run and youth-led
mental health initiative for Auck-
The idea is to research what
services are available for youth and
then get a diverse group of people
involved in creating a service that
reflects the needs of young adults.
It is a project that has Mr Orch-
ard buzzing -- he likes the energy of
those aged between 16 to 24.
I just find that they're the ones
that have amazing ideas and a
whole lot of interesting experiences.
And I think particularly with young
people they're just not relating to
the diagnosis model any more.''
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