Central Leader : January 20th 2012
www.centralleader.co.nz 5 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 20, 2012 NEWS Community Dentists Look after e Community Free initial 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 sociates & Associates & Associates Fr Invisalign (Stra Free treatment dentaltodayTM 4207979AC Jewellery haul found Are these yours?: A drawer full of jewellery. Police are holding on to a drawer full of jewellery in the hope the owner may come forward to claim the items. A drawer full of Juicy Couture charms and empty Swarovski boxes was found outside a prop- erty on Abbotts Way, Remuera, on the afternoon of August 1, last year. The finder handed it in to Newmarket police. Price tags indicate they sell for about $50 to $80 each. Newmarket police property officer Louise Mann says police suspect the drawer may have been stolen from a sales representative. Phone her on 529-5633 if you know who the items belong to. Project K drums up Mere's confidence Steadfast smile: Mere Elliott says Project K has given her the confidence to improve her drumming skills and get a scholarship to the Royal New Zealand Pipeband Association. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By KELSEY FLETCHER Go to www.centralleader. co.nz to see a video about the Foundation for Youth Development. Mere Elliott s smile beams with newly-found confidence for the world to see. But it hasn t always been this way -- the Onehunga High School student once shrunk away from personal contact and let her grades suffer. Mere is a student of the Foundation for Youth Devel- opment s Project K which strives to stimulate 13 to 15-year-olds who lack self- confidence. Now aged 17, she under- took an intensive 14-month programme and last year won the Project K student of excel- lence award. I entered because my friends were doing it and I had seen what other people had done, she says. I didn t have much self- confidence and I thought it would teach me to talk to people and not be shy. Project K is run nationally every year and benefits around 230 year 10 students. Students take part in the programme after school and pupils are identified for Proj- ect K through a self-efficacy questionnaire and by teacher input. Youths suggested to benefit most from the programme are invited to take part free in the 14-month programme, made up of three components to ensure long-term change in behaviour. Students complete a three- week wilderness adventure, a 10-day community project and 12 months of mentoring with a trained and screened adult volunteer from the com- munity. We started with a wilder- ness trip for 17 days in the winter of 2009, Mere says. We biked 13km one day then did 24km of walking over the two next days. After being launched out of her comfort zone, Mere returned home and began her community project to help people living with autism. She also set goals with her adult mentor. I set five goals, one was to improve my drumming skills, she says. If I didn t practise I wouldn t have been able to get a scholarship to the Royal New Zealand Pipeband Association. As well as receiving a scholarship towards one of her hobbies, Mere received the Project K student of excel- lence award, something she is proud to show off. It means all my hard work has paid off, she says. It s determination and sticking to things. Mere s mum Jane Elliott has noticed the positive change in Mere s confidence and in her school grades. She speaks her mind and will put her point across now, she says. With the goal-setting she s carried it through to her schooling and is now getting excellence grades. Taking part in Project K hasn t just given Mere the confidence she deserves, it s also given her a new lease on life so she can take up opportunities that are set before her. Project K taught me to keep trying and ask questions whereas before it affected me because I didn t know much, she says. It taught me to set goals and set steps in order to achieve them. Passport to Auckland's heritage Three of the best: Alberton is one of three New Zealand Historic Places Trust properties that visitors can see using the Historic Auckland Passport. Photo: JASON OXENHAM OPENING HOURS A passport of a different kind is enabling people to see the best of Auckland s heritage this summer. The Historic Auckland Passport -- a concession ticket that gives reduced entry to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust s three main properties in Auckland -- is on sale now at Highwic, Alberton and Ewelme Cot- tage. People can enjoy the col- onial splendour of Alberton, the lavish wealth of Highwic and the charm of Ewelme Cottage for just $17 per adult, with children under 14 free, northern heritage destinations manager Gordon Hewston says. That s tremendous value. We re really keen for Aucklanders and visitors from out of town to enjoy the city s heritage while having fun learning about Auck- land s colourful past. The passport is valid for 12 months from date of issue. All three properties are within walking distance of train stations or a bus route. There s nothing like enjoying the ambience and tranquility of these amazing buildings to help people relax, Mr Hewston says. Alberton: 100 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert. Open 10.30am- noon and 1pm-4.30pm Wednesdays to Sundays Highwic: 40 Gillies Ave, Epsom (entrance off Mortimer Pass). Open 10.30am-noon and 1pm- 4.30pm Wednesdays to Sundays Ewelme Cottage: 14 Ayr St, Parnell. Open 10.30am- noon and 1pm-4.30pm Sundays.
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