Home' Napier Mail : February 14th 2012 Contents 6 NAPIER MAIL, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
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Chu ed because recycling has become even easier
Working towards a sustainable future
Now you can add plastic
Grades 3 to 7 for kerbside
• detergent bottles, shampoo bottles
• bread bags
• yoghurt and margarine containers,
You've been recycling
grade 1 and 2 plastics.
• soft drink bottles, some shampoo and
• milk bottles, household cleaning containers
and supermarket bags.
Rinse food containers and bottles. Separate into plastics,
tin cans, glass and paper/cardboard. Check dates for
fortnightly recycling collection by typing 'recycle' in the
key word panel at the top of the
www.napier.govt.nz website page.
For further information, phone the Napier City
Council on 835 7595.
Kids have own courses
Pre-adolescents are facing a
lot of pressures in today s
society, and two courses aimed
at children aged seven to 12
help them learn new skills and
improve self-esteem, resilience
Run by experienced youth
workers, the Napier Family
Centre s Just 4 Kids and
Emerge courses are guided by
the young people themselves,
giving them ownership of the
programmes and ensuring
they learn about issues rel-
evant to them.
These two courses came
after mums and dads who had
attended our parenting
courses asked if we were also
able to work with their chil-
dren, said parenting edu-
cation co-ordinator Heather
Osborne. There was a gap
there, so we came up with the
programmes -- Just 4 Kids for
seven- to 10-year-olds, and
Emerge follows on for 10- to
12-year-olds. We also offer
one-to-one social work sup-
port, where a support worker
can visit homes.
Topics covered during the
include working together,
healthy living -- covering both
physical and emotional health
-- dealing with feelings, friend-
ship, bullying, and clean ver-
sus unhealthy anger.
Each course ends with a
celebratory shared meal.
Course facilitators Liz Yar-
wood and Andrew Hoffman
say many friendships are
formed during the programme,
and continue once the courses
I am often asked by parents
to help their children learn
new skills, especially around
the making and keeping of
friendships, and also dealing
with their strong emotions,
Ms Yarwood said.
I believe the foundation for
this is to help them develop a
good self-esteem and feeling of
self-worth -- skills needed not
just as a child, but for life.
listening skills and the respect
of other people s feelings are
what we promote during these
Parents are encouraged to
support their child while on
the programme, with the help
of the facilitators, making it a
The next intake for the
Emerge course is February 22.
To enrol, phone 843 7280 or
Napier goes to Ellerslie
Dressed for deco: Napier
ambassador John 'Bertie'
Cocking and Napier entertainer
Kerry Unsworth performed
together last year to raise funds
for the Christchurch earthquake
appeal. Next month Bertie will
dress in his art deco finery to
greet people to the Napier
garden at this year's Ellerslie
Garden Show in Christchurch.
A garden styled for Napier will
be built at the Ellerslie Gar-
den Show in Christchurch.
Napier Mayor Barbara
Arnott said Auckland designer
Lynn Cairney had offered to do
a garden for the city for the
Zealandia National Flower
Bed Competition title.
Five cities had entered:
Rotorua, Auckland, Ashbur-
ton, Christchurch and Napier.
It s not something we had
thought about, but it links us
yet again with Christchurch.
For us it s about supporting
Christchurch and promoting
Napier, not about winning the
competition, Mrs Arnott said.
As well as the cities having
the shared history of surviving
a major earthquake, Napier
had been quick to offer
holidays to those suffering
from earthquake shock after
the two biggest shakes in 2010
After the first big Christ-
church earthquake in Sept-
ember 2010, the Napier, Hast-
ings and regional councils
donated $250,000 to the recov-
ery effort, and Napier had
hosted 60 people needing to
get away from Christchurch
for a few days.
After the second earth-
quake, in February last year
which killed 185 people, 1000
people took about a week off to
recuperate in Napier.
Christchurch s Ellerslie
Flower Show next month gave
Napier the opportunity to
strengthen those bonds.
Ms Cairney, a multi gold
designer, was designing all
three North Island entries.
While the focus of Napier
council may not be on winning,
Ms Cairney said she had the
national title in her sights.
As all my previous garden
entries at Ellerslie have won
gold, I will definitely be going
for gold again this year and to
lift the national flower bed
title from the South Island.
Mrs Arnott said Napier s
ambassador, Bertie (the alter
ego of councillor John Cocking)
would be at the garden, ensur-
ing visitors to the show got the
full Napier Art Deco experi-
ence. His promotional work
and colourful personality
draws many people as visitors
to Napier and Hawke s Bay. At
Ellerslie he will match the gar-
Restricted licence holders may have
to display their status as they drive
New Transport Minister Gerry
Brownlee will be asked to make a
decision on whether to introduce 'R'
plates for restricted licence holders
this month, similar to the 'L' plate for
learners, briefing documents for the
minister, released on Friday, reveal.
Mr Brownlee will also be asked for a
decision on whether to impose a time
limit on how long people can hold
learner and restricted licences before
they move on to the next stage.
Other matters raised in the briefing
include concerns about difficulties
collecting road user charges, and the
possibility of varying charges based
on location and time of travel.
Young drivers sitting the restricted
licence test will find it a lot more chal-
lenging from February 27.
The New Zealand Transport Associ-
ation has been working for several
months to develop a longer, more com-
prehensive restricted driving practical
test to improve the safety of novice
drivers, as part of the Government s
Safer Journeys road safety strategy.
Napier driving instructor Linda
Satherley believed most parents of
learner drivers would be happy with
the more stringent driving test, which
would be similar to Australian test
More on-road time is a good thing
for learner drivers as it raises their
driving standard, particularly with the
volume of traffic we have on our roads
now, she said. At the moment the test
is pretty basic and I see the tougher
test as a positive step.
NZTA chief executive Geoff Danger-
field said the more demanding test had
been specifically designed to encourage
learner drivers to clock up 120 hours of
supervised practice before they sit the
The experience that young drivers
gain in the learner licensing phase can
help protect them once they start to
drive alone, he said.
Research shows that drivers who
complete 120 hours of supervised prac-
tice on their learner licence have a solo-
driving crash rate 40 per cent lower
than those who only complete 50 hours.
The new test is aimed squarely at
raising the standard of driving for
young people in order to reduce need-
less deaths and injury on our roads.
Young drivers are most at risk dur-
ing the first six to 12 months of their
restricted licence phase, when they
start to drive solo, and are four times
more likely to crash than learner
The new restricted test required a
more complex driving environment,
including minimum levels of traffic,
multiple lanes and merge lanes.
The new testing routes have been
thoroughly investigated and carefully
developed in order to ensure that a con-
sistently high standard is applied
across the country.
Some traditional test zones will no
longer be suitable and practical testing
will be discontinued at 36 locations
across the country. Learner licence the-
ory testing will continue to be available
at all current testing sites.
The NZTA is working with the New
Zealand Automobile Association to
develop a community-based programme
to help disadvantaged drivers around
the country to prepare for the restricted
test, helping offset the fact that the new
testing regime will require more com-
mitment and time from young drivers
and their families, Mr Dangerfield
NZTA statistics show that more than
700 Kiwi teenagers have died in road
crashes in the past decade, with an
average of one teenager killed on NZ
roads every week in recent years. New
Zealand has the highest road death
rate in the OECD for 16 to 17-year-olds
and the fourth highest death rate for 18
Making the restricted driving test
more difficult is a key element Safer
Journeys action plan to improve the
safety of young drivers.
Other changes introduced last year to
increase the minimum driver age to 16
and lower the youth alcohol limit for
teen drivers to zero are part of the same
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