Central Leader : February 4th 2010
6 CENTRAL LEADER, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS Community Dentists Look after e Community examination/consultation ree Social Welfare quote Extractions Partial/full dentures Gum treatments Cosmetic dentistry Crowns and Bridges Root canal treatments Emergency dental care Implants aighten teeth with out braces) for high school students The BLUE BUNGALOW, 66 Church St, Onehunga PHONE 622 0766 Book online: www.dentaltoday.co.nz the Dr Johay Amith &A i t ssociates & Associates & Associates Freee Fr Invisalign (Stra Free treatment dentaltodayTM 3345961AA Left-wing party won't happen Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM Former Green MP Sue Bradford is in cuckooland if she thinks Hone Harawira is going to cash in his chips with the Maori Party and set up a new left-wing party. Bradford and some of the misinformed media for some reason think Harawira might be contemplat- ing a move to the left if he s given the boot, however, she and her supporters are not reading the situation properly. Although Harawira has clearly been promoting some of the policies and principles that a left-wing party would advocate, like support for the poor, an increase in the minimum wage and a fairer tax system, he first and foremost is an advocate for his people. That in essence means that he is interested in advancing Maori inter- ests and those interests might not always fall within a left-wing para- digm. For example, left-wingers, like right- wingers, are great advocates of democ- racy. For them democracy is the answer to the world s woes. And while you d have to admit that democracy has some merits, it is not the be-all and end-all for Maori and other indigenous peoples throughout the world. In a democracy, the majority always rules and one only has to look at the historical experience of Maori, Aust- ralian Aboriginals and American Indians to realise how badly indigen- ous people have fared and you can understand why there is still trepi- dation today about this system of gov- ernment. Fiji very recently decided that their democratic government was so corrupt that they had to get rid of it and now the military is in charge. This has sparked huge outrage in New Zealand and Australia especially from left wingers who have condemned the indigenous Fijians for daring to get rid of their beloved democratic system. And of course recently there is no better example of how democracy can be used against Maori when the Labour Party used its majority vote to stop Maori from having their title claims investigated by any court of law. Labour brought in the evil Fore- shore and Seabed Act in 2004 that was championed by some of this country s most prominent left-wingers. The left s top writer Chris Trotter saw the act as a defence against Maori radicals, ie, people like Hone Harawira who wanted to take the country away from good Pakeha people like him. So, really it would be a bit nai¨ve, in fact stupid, to think now that Hone would want to set up a party to sup- port Trotter, Bradford and their mates. No, that simply won t happen, because if Harawira leaves the party he will set up another Maori Party. Supermarkets ready to have a ball Dressed for the occasion: The annual Grocery Charity Ball is coming up. From left: Grocery Charity Ball trustee Karen Kelly, trustee Leanne Carroll, the Hearing House chief executive Scott Johnston, marketing manager Jo Johnstone, fundraising and communications manager Mary Jane Boland and charity ball trustee Don Graham. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL The bow ties are being adjusted and the glamorous dresses are being fit- ted for the eighth annual Grocery Charity Ball. The large-scale event, organised by supermarket giants Foodstuffs and Progressive, is planned for August and is aiming to raise $300,000 for the Hearing House. The Greenlane-based charity helps hearing-impaired children to listen and speak and the ball will pull together members of the grocery industry for a high-class night of entertainment and fun. The funding will mean the Hear- ing House can launch innovative new video conference technology to allow access to therapy for those who live in remote or rural areas of New Zealand. Charity chief executive Scott Johnston says the therapy is called Tele AVT or Auditory Verbal The- rapy. The problems with early intervention services is that they are usually based in big cities. We will be delivering therapy which is usually one-on-one. This will allow families to have therapy every week. We re trying to remove inequities of service due to location. Funds raised will also go towards a new mentoring programme for hearing-impaired teenagers. It s making sure teens have the tools to live a mainstream life. They will be able to pursue careers and the mentoring is done by hearing-impaired adults, Hear- ing House fundraising and com- munications manager Mary Jane Boland says. She says this includes a mentor from Dunedin who has a cochlear implant and is training to become a surgeon. Charity ball trustee Don Graham says last year $270,000 was raised for the Melanoma Foundation and he would like to top that figure for the Hearing House. He says 62 applications were received from various charities and six finalists were picked. What did it for us was that they invited us along to show what they could do. Learning how to speak is like learning how to walk. He says it is particularly import- ant for those with cochlear implants to be able to get into the main- stream and take part. It s an awareness we re going to create. The 2011 Grocery Charity Ball takes place August 19. Tickets are $295 + GST per person or $2950 + GST for a table of 10. See www. grocerycharityball.org for more details. See a video at www.youtube. com/watch?v=0hLgFlcIzAQ for more details on the Hearing House.
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