Central Leader : March 11th 2011
5 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 11, 2011 NEWS To help you protect your eyes this Summer we are offering a free tint and UV protection with any prescription glasses until April 1st 2011. The University of Auckland Clinics The University of Auckland offers a wide range of services at its teaching clinics. These provide the community with professional ser vices at competitive prices, utilising world-class research and equipment. Our services include: Health and Performance Hearing and Tinnitus Optometry Psychology Speech Language Therapy For more information about our services please visit www.clinics.auckland.ac.nz Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +64 9 923 9909 Great range of eyewear and lenses Our Optometry clinic offers the highest standard of care for eye examinations. We have a dispensing optician at each clinic location who, with our ﬁnal year students, will guide you through your options and provide the expert care you need to select the best choice of eyewear for you personally. This includes the choice of not only the frame design but the material, coating and colour of the lenses. To ensure the best care for your eyes we only provide prescription lenses to those who have had an eye examination with us. An eye exam costs $47 for adults and $30 for children and Gold Card holders. So come in and have a look at our range and talk to our friendly team or call 923 9909 to book an eye examination at our Glen Innes or Grafton Clinic. Protect your eyes against the summer sun "There is high UV radiation intensity in New Zealand with parts of the country receiving up to 40% more radiation than places of similar latitude in the Northern Hemisphere."* High UV radiation intensity damages eye tissue and can cause burning of the eye's surface leading to temporary 'snow blindness,' or in the long term cataracts can develop. It is especially important to protect children's eyes from an early age -- although it is never too late for adults to start protecting their eyes too. To help you look after your eyes, we offer a great selection of fashionable sunglasses at reasonable prices. All our sunglasses are designed to take prescription lenses. The dispensing team will guide you in selecting the best frame and lens package to suit your lifestyle. *www.niwa.co.nz SkyCity asks for overbridge Possible future: An artist's impression of a proposed shared space area on Federal St. By SCOTT MORGAN SkyCity management is upbeat about its chances of gaining permission to build an overbridge between two buildings in Federal St, despite an unenthusiastic response from the Waitemata Local Board. The plan would see a revitalisation of buildings at street level, with more restaurants and bars and a shared space for pedestrians and cars. While all board members supported the building of more bars and restaurants, left-leaning City Vision members opposed the over- bridge concept. The bridge is part of a plan to increase SkyCity s confer- ence centre capacity to 1500 to 2000 people. Chairman Shale Chambers told the meeting the board needed to listen to advice from the former Auckland City Council s urban design and public art panel, which criticised the size of the bridge and the effect it could have on air quality. If we don t take advice from the urban design and public art panel then we re not doing our job properly in my view. Concerns were also raised about a private entity effectively using public space. But SkyCity New Zealand facilities manager Simon Jamieson told the meeting building the bridge is necess- ary to make the project financially viable. SkyCity spokesman Scott Campbell says going to the local board was just the first step in the process, with a presentation to the council s planning and urban design forum taking place yesterday. There are a lot of bits and pieces that have to come together on this. We re happy to work with council to come up with a positive outcome. Other local board members supported SkyCity s ambi- tions to develop a more detailed plan that includes the overbridge, including Greg Moyle of the centre- right Citizens & Ratepayers ticket. Let s allow it to go through the process rather than try- ing to kneecap at the onset. Left-leaning Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee has mixed views about the project. I take on board concerns about the privatisation of public space. Part of the SkyCity pro- posal includes the possibility of commissioning a huge art work to surround the over- bridge. Talk on child custody A free presentation to provide information on child protection is being held this Sunday by the Auckland Single Parents Trust. The trust is encourag- ing families to learn how the Child, Youth and Family organisation works and how to assist family or friends. The trust also aims to ensure that child protec- tion is carried out fairly. Four speakers will take part -- trust members Julie White- house, Daniel Ryder, Graeme Axford and Alistair Laing. Ms Whitehouse had her children taken from her while at a women s refuge and won custody after nine years and Mr Axford spent seven years trying to bring his niece home to her extended family. The session will be held at the Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn. Contact Ms White- house on 813-9138 or 027-250-9751.
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