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4 AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, APRIL 5, 2013
Free pools for young people
From 2 April 2013
Find out more: phone 09 301 0101
or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Swimming at all council-owned pools will be free for
young people aged 16 years and under from 2 April 2013.
This means that every child and young person, across
the whole Auckland region, has more opportunities to be
healthy and water-wise.
If you want to know more, please talk to our staff about
what free pools means for you.
Student hopes to relieve flatfeet
By MONICA TISCHLER
Flat-out: Unitec student Chulhwan Kim, 36, suffers from flat feet and is left in excruciating pain after standing or walking
for long periods.
Photo: MONICA TISCHLER
I was thinking that treatment
more long term.
Chulhwan Kim is flat-out most days
juggling work, study and father-
Having a busy schedule is a mean
feat for the Aucklander who suffers
from progressed flexible flatfeet, a
condition leaving him in excrucia-
ting pain after standing or walking
for long periods.
Mr Kim, 36, is completing a mas-
ters degree in osteopathy at Unitec
and is in search of 30 Auckland
flatfeet sufferers for an eight-week
assignment as part of his course.
Mr Kim says the primary treat-
ment options for flatfeet are limited
to wearing correction shoes and
there s potential for manual therapy
and exercise to give long-term
He ll explore this in his project by
using osteopathic treatment not
given by most podiatrists or phy-
Osteopathic treatment consists
of passive and active treatments as
well as lifestyle modifications.
What physiotherapists usually
do is give ultrasound treatment and
apply ice, then refer to a podiatrist
who ll measure the foot and make
the correct shoes.
Mr Kim found there was no
long-term solution. In our treat-
ment we use balance ligament ten-
sion which is related to balancing
out ligament problems.
I was thinking that treatment
could help more long term, he says.
Flatfeet occurs when the arch of
the foot collapses, leaving the entire
sole of the foot in contact with the
There s no real indication as to
what causes flatfoot but dancing or
injuries can increase the chances of
Mr Kim first realised he suffered
from the condition when he was 18
years old and in air force military
training in South Korea.
I did an eligibility test and found
it difficult. We had to do
25-kilometre marches and I suffered
a lot of bruising on my feet.
Tissue on his feet would turn
hard and he d experience excruciat-
ing pain up and down his legs.
It was so sore and difficult. It
was really achy and then a sharp
After moving to New Zealand in
2000 with his wife, the pain
remains but Mr Kim hopes his pro-
ject will offer some hope to himself
and other sufferers.
Unitec lecturer and clinical deve-
lopment co-ordinator, Graeme
Saxby, will work alongside Mr Kim
on the project.
Mr Saxby says flatfeet is common
But what should happen with
most people is when they start
walking and putting weight on their
feet, an arch should develop.
He says the project will look at
tuning muscles and train them to
spread the load when holding
Call Mr Kim on 021 133 1213 or
to apply for the study.
Participants chosen receive free
osteopathic treatment and
prescribed corrective exercises.
for more information about flatfeet.
Proposals sought for
10-minute art shows
If you think you can dance, sing, act,
write or direct your way into an
audience s hearts in 600 seconds
then add your name to the list of
hopefuls in the Short + Sweet Auck-
land Festival line up.
Registrations are now open for
individuals or groups who have
ideas for musical, theatre and dance
pieces of all genres that are no more
than 10 minutes long.
It is the most fast and furious of
arts festivals. More than 50 perfor-
mances, all 10 minutes long, take
place over a period of weeks in May
and June culminating in a gala
finale where the best of the festival
will be celebrated.
Short + Sweet began as an Aust-
ralian theatre festival but the con-
cept has been broadened to allow
dancers and singers to showcase
their work too. The idea has spread
Proposals can have a cast and
creatives already attached or organ-
isers can help find them.
Registrations close on April 12 for
dance, song and director entries and
May 3 for actors.
Free flu jab for sick kids
Children under 5 with respiratory
illnesses will be able to get the flu jab
for free from this month.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says
kids with respiratory diseases such as
asthma are most at risk of suffering
serious complications from influenza.
In previous years many of these
children have been admitted to the
hospital as a result of the flu.
Mr Ryall says vaccination is the best
protection from the flu virus and Phar-
mac s decision to extend the vaccine
will reduce the likelihood of young
children ending up in hospital.
Children aged from 6 months to 5
years who have a history of significant
respiratory illness are eligible for the
Government-funded flu shot.
Kiwis over 65, pregnant women and
people with ongoing health conditions
can already get the vaccine for free.
Pharmac estimates extending the
vaccine to this group of children will
cost district health boards an extra
$1.2 million during five years.
Guest organist to perform
One of the UK s leading organists is
performing at St Matthew-In-The-City
on Sunday afternoon.
Malcolm Archer is director of Chapel
Music at Winchester College where he
trains and conducts the Chapel Choir
and teaches organ. He has had a dis-
tinguished career in cathedral music,
which has taken him to posts at Nor-
wich, Bristol, and Wells Cathedrals.
He was also director of music at St
Paul s Cathedral in London.
Mr Archer s recital is presented by
the Auckland Organists Association
and is being held at 2pm.
For more see organz.org.nz.
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