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Upgrade runs into delays
Progress: The Mt Albert train station upgrade is due to finish in June.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
An upgrade of the Mt Albert train
station is on track for completion a
little later than expected.
The first stage of the $8.8 million
project got under way in November.
So far the Carrington Rd access
ramp has been demolished and re-
placed with a new pedestrian
bridge that will have stairs down to
the platform and a lift.
Platform improvements include
better seating, lighting, shelter and
signage. The upgrade was expected
to be finished in April but work has
taken longer than planned.
It is now due for completion in
Until then passengers can
continue to access the station via
Wilcott St and New North Rd.
Temporary improvements like
better lighting and new CCTV
cameras have been installed in the
By ZAC FLEMING
Auckland businesses are
coming to the aid of the city
The Auckland City Mission is
entirely dependent on
donations to feed anywhere
between 75 and 150 ''drop-
ins'' every day.
Auckland City Mission's
fundraising team leader Liam
Willis says anyone who drops
in unannounced and is
struggling to afford meals is in
''The mission feeds these
people entirely with donations
because they don't make or
cook food on site,'' he says.
''The number of people we
are able to feed then is utterly
dependent on what is donated
This is where businesses
are coming to the rescue.
Mr Willis says firms
throughout Auckland ''provide
a daily base level of food for
the mission's drop-ins'' and
then on top of that there are
one-off large donations from
Some days there isn't much
food to go around, and on
others the mission is able to
give out ''practical feasts'', he
One business doing its best
to ensure there are feasts is a
small cookie bar in the CBD,
Since it opened in
September last year it has
given away its leftover cookies
at the end of each day to the
mission, Moustache owner
Deanna Yang says.
''From the start we knew we
would have leftovers. It's hard
to predict how many cookies
you will sell in a day.
''There's nothing worse than
''If it can help others and
benefit others I don't see why
we wouldn't give to the
Mr Willis says donating is
easy and very much
encouraged. Food can be
brought in through the front
door and handed to reception,
or a driver can be arranged to
come and pick it up.
Go to aucklandcitymission.
org.nz or phone 303 9200 for
-- Zac Fleming is an AUT
Checks before school
give kids a head start
More families are making use of
free B4 School Checks.
Nearly 80 per cent of 4-year-
olds received a B4 School Check
last year -- an increase of around
30 per cent on previous years.
Plunket clinical adviser San-
dra Innes says the B4 School
Check ensures all children get
the best possible start to their
It s an opportunity to help
families spot any issues that
might impact their child s ability
to learn when they start school.
Things such as hearing, eye-
sight, behavioural and physical
development are all assessed,
Ms Innes says. If any issues are
identified children can be
referred to a GP, specialist or
B4 School is the last check
within the free Well Child frame-
work which provides for 12 core
health assessments up to the age
But a lot of families are still
unaware of the free health
checks for their children, Ms
Even if you ve missed a few
visits it s never too late to start.
Plunket encourages all
parents and caregivers to make
contact with a Well Child pro-
vider and give their child the
best start in life.
To find a Well Child provider in
your area call PlunketLine
0800 933 922 or visit
plunket.org.nz or contact the
Auckland District Health Board.
Mobiles get people moving
A new mobile phone programme to
encourage people to exercise is
Results from a random trial
show it increased physical activity
in people with cardiovascular
Ralph Maddison from the Uni-
versity of Auckland s School of
Population Health says exercise is
the cornerstone of cardiac rehabili-
tation for people with heart
Many of those with heart
disease do not undertake sufficient
levels of exercise and so do not
realise the benefits.
High ownership and use of
mobile phones and wireless techno-
logies provides the opportunity to
improve the delivery of exercise-
based cardiac rehabilitation, the
associate professor says.
A grant from New Zealand s
Health Research Council has
allowed researchers at the univer-
sity to develop and test a mobile
phone and internet-delivered exer-
The trial involved 177 New Zea-
land adults with cardiovascular
Half the people in the study were
randomly allocated an automated
mobile phone programme of per-
sonalised text messages to help
them exercise safely on a regular
The programme was developed to
help individuals take part in exer-
cise of moderate to vigorous inten-
sity for a minimum of 30 minutes
daily, most days a week.
Messages included information
about how to exercise and provided
support to help people overcome
barriers to stay motivated.
The other half of people involved
in the trial continued with their
normal exercise behaviour.
Results showed people who
received the cellphone intervention
were more confident to exercise
compared with those who did not.
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