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Have your say
When rubbish is not collected or disposed of correctly it can cause health
and safety concerns and makes neighbourhoods, local parks and other
public places look untidy.
That's why Auckland Council has drafted a new solid waste bylaw as a
way to address some of these issues.
Now we want your views.
The proposed bylaw will also help council implement the outcomes sought
from the recently adopted Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.
It will also include how we propose to:
• work with waste operators to monitor what and how solid waste is being
collected and disposed by extending a licensing system across the region
• ensure waste collection standards
• extend across the region a programme to deal with waste management
and disposal for multi-unit developments
• work with event organisers to manage waste generated by public
events spreading on to public land
• deal with litter nuisance associated with unaddressed mail, abandoned
shopping trolleys and donation bins.
For more information:
Go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/bylaws to make an online
submission or read a copy of the Statement of Proposal and the draft
Solid Waste Bylaw.
Documents are also available:
• at Auckland Council libraries, service centres and local board offices
• phone our call centre on 09 301 0101.
Submissions open Friday, 3 August 2012 and close
Monday, 3 September 2012.
Proposed Solid Waste Bylaw 2012
Te Ture Ā Rohe Para Māro 2012
Find out more: phone 09 301 0101
or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Grans advocate for autistic children
By DANIELLE STREET
Visual strengths: Robin Greenfield, left, with grandson Kevin Inglis who is autistic
and communicates through the use of photo books, with Grandparents Autism
Network advocate Mary Inomata.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
The Auckland branch of Autism NZ is holding a What a Woman Wants
fundraiser on August 14 at the Auckland Town Hall.
Proceeds will help support individuals and families with a child on the
The event will see women learn about what to wear and how to wear it.
It will be hosted by stylist Lisa O'Neill. Doors open at 7pm and tickets
$30. Visit buytickets.co.nz for more information.
Grandparents Autism Network is calling all grandparents who have
children on the autism spectrum, including Asperger's, to form an
association with free membership that offers support, advocacy and
information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Therapy for Mums takes place Thursdays at Mt Albert YMCA. Phone
Anaia on 021 184 9676 more information.
The increasing number of autism
diagnoses in New Zealand is
prompting many affected families to
establish support groups.
Figures from Autism New Zea-
land reveal one person in every 100
has an autism spectrum disorder,
which equates to an estimated
40,000 people nationwide.
A book published by the organis-
ation in the 1990s claims autism is
quite rare'', with only about six
children in every 10,000 thought to
have the disorder.
These numbers concern Mary
Inomata whose 7-year-old grandson
Gabriel is a high-needs child on the
After my grandson was diag-
nosed it was really hard and you
don't realise at the time but you
actually grieve,'' she says. It took
me two years to work my way out of
it. One of the things that helped me
a lot was doing an awful lot of
research on autism.''
The Mt Albert resident's research
led her to the Grandparent Autism
Network, based in the United
It was so good connecting with
somebody else who felt the same,''
Mrs Inomata says.
They are such a powerful organ-
isation, they can advocate, they can
raise money, they can offer support.
And I thought this is exactly what
we need in New Zealand.''
Mrs Inomata eventually con-
nected with another grandmother,
Robin Greenfield, through an Aut-
ism Network committee meeting.
Mrs Greenfield's grandson Kevin
was diagnosed with autism at 18
He is non-verbal and communi-
cates through sets of photos that
allow him to do everyday things like
choose a snack. The 8-year-old
spends one afternoon a week with
his grandmother so his parents can
have time out.
Our children are so flat out that
they don't have any time to do more
than look after their own family
needs,'' Mrs Greenfield says. As
grandparents we can step back a bit
and try to form more advocacy.''
The two women have decided to
form a network for grandparents
akin to the American network.
They aim to eventually make
Grandparents Autism New Zea-
land, or GRANZ, an incorporated
society -- a goal that requires at
least 15 registered members.
We want to get some like-minded
grandparents who are aware of the
fact their children can't do it
because they are completely time-
constrained,'' Mrs Inomata says.
And people take you more seriously
if you are an actual official body.''
Jo Lloyd from Autism NZ says
more people are trying to establish
programmes for people affected by
autism spectrum disorders.
It is definitely down to both an
increase in awareness and an
increase in the number of diag-
The non-profit organisation runs
a range of its own programmes but
also helps connect people starting
their own groups.
If parents of a child diagnosed
with autism find their area is lack-
ing a support group we encourage
them to put up a notice at their
church or kindy,'' Ms Lloyd says.
People are setting up groups in
their homes and some grow and
Arts therapist Anaia Treefoot
takes a range of classes at the Mt
The centre decided to establish
them because of the high number of
parents seeking programmes for
their autistic children.
The New York-trained therapist
says her classes are not solely for
children -- she also runs an art class
It has a dual focus. It is for the
mums to have time out to them-
selves, and the other purpose is as a
support group. It's lonely for some
parents, so at the classes they con-
nect with others in a similar
Fun times for seniors' flash mob
By GILL ALCOCK
Letting loose: A group of over-65s is having fun rehearsing for a flash mob performance in August. Photo: SIMON CLARK
Go to eastandbays
courier.co.nz to see a video
of how a flash mob works.
A surprise performance of over-
65-year-olds dancing in a live
flash mob'' has an important
message for seniors.
No matter what age you are
you can still get up and shake
your bootie,'' organiser Billie Jor-
She also wants to show the
rest of the world the joy of living
The Lifemark Flash-Mob will
feature about 80 Waiheke
Islanders who will start dancing
in a public place as if from
They have been rehearsing with
choreographer Rahman Saleh
since June and their performance
will be in Auckland this month.
But the exact day and location are
a secret because the point of a
flash-mob is the element of sur-
This is no ordinary flash mob,''
Ms Jordan says.
The oldest participant is 96
years old, some use a wheelchair,
zimmer frame or a walking stick,
or are deaf or blind.
Ms Jordan says when calling
for participants her only criteria
was that they were over 65 years
old and had a pulse''.
None of them ever thought
they would be a dancer -- let alone
a hip-hop dancer at the age of 93.''
Ms Jordan works for the non-
profit organisation Lifetime
Design. It advocates for new
houses to be built to a set of
design standards that make it
safe and easy for people to live in
their own home for as long as they
Within 20 years one-third of
our population will be over the
age of 65.
We need to start shifting our
thinking about how we design and
build houses to ensure we can all
live independent and fulfilling
lives in our own homes as we age.''
Ms Jordan also has a number of
volunteers to help with tasks
including crowd control, assisting
camera crew, helping some of the
flash mobbers get into position,
taking equipment on the ferry and
giving out promotional material.
She says there will be only one
chance to get it right because the
live performance is only three and
a half minutes long and is being
There will be a lot of national
and international publicity.''
For more information call Ms
Jordan on 372 9090 or email her
Go to lifemark.co.nz for more
information on Lifemark Design.
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