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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday November 5 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, November 5, 2015 — 13 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2.30PM www.howicksantaparade.co.nz Registrations now open It’s time to get ready for the Howick Santa Parade Howick Howick Santa Santa Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade PR0418 NEWSPRINT END ROLLS FOR SALE FROM $5 (cash only) Ideal for • Packing • Arts & Crafts • Pets • Pre-schools • Schools Available from Times Newspapers, Level 1, The Lane, Botany Town Centre. Ph 271 8000 BRAND / RETAIL GUIDELINES EYES OF HOWICK OPTOMETRISTS T. 09 534 5565 E. firstname.lastname@example.org 100 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland 2014 2FOR1 EYE EXAMS. Treat your friend or family member. *Terms and conditions apply. This time of year is not only a great time to spring- clean your home but it is also a great time to ensure your health is in top shape – and what better place to start than to have your eyes tested. New Zealanders are going blind because the diseases that rob them of their sight are not being detected early enough to prevent blindness. In fact, in New Zealand it is estimated that 20 per cent of those registered blind are so from preventable causes. Com- pared to other countries, New Zealanders, it seems, are poor at having regular eye exams. Poor eye sight doesn’t just mean difficulty performing day- to-day tasks but can also mean loss of independence, increase in falls and other accidents and can also lead to depression. The eye is one of the most complex organs in your body and it relies on many intri- cate structures for you to see clearly – even slight changes can have a large effect on your vision and can be symptomatic of broader health issues. “It’s actually quite hard to notice when your own sight deteriorates as change often occurs slowly,” explains Kris- tine Jensen, owner Optometrist at Eyes of Howick, “so an eye- test at least every two years is the only way to pick up on changes in the eye quickly.” Early detection of vision problems is one of the key preventers of serious and irreversible damage, and any change in your vision should be checked. Changing vision can be related to vascular, neurological, or medical condi- tions such as high blood pres- sure or diabetes, so it’s key to get an optometrist to test your eyes regularly even if you don’t want or need glasses. 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Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; text 875, use the word bot as first word in text and then add your comment; or comment on our Facebook page, facebook.com/ timesonlinenz, and be in to win a double pass to Hoyts Cinema, Botany Is our Super system fair? Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross does not agree with the recommendation of the combined Auckland Grey Power associations that National Superannuation should be proportionately reduced for those who have not lived in NZ for 40 years. His reasons are that the present system is sustainable, fair, and simple to administer. A number of people question sustainability and consider the qualifying age should be increased to 67. I agree administration is simple. But fair? Is it fair that someone who has paid taxes in NZ all their working life should get the same as someone who has paid taxes for only 10 years, or very little, or even none at all? Or worked and paid taxes to the Australian Government until age 55, then sells up, comes to NZ and lives on the interest for 10 years then gets full super? Or pays taxes in NZ until age 64, then dies, and gets no payout at all? What about the woman who was entitled to a European pension, came to NZ, married a Kiwi, and worked and paid taxes here for 20 years, then found her overseas pension exceeded NZ Superannuation and she would not get the latter? Worse still, any excess was deducted from her husband’s entitlement. So what, if she was fortunate in getting two payouts. When in many years’ time Jami-Lee turns 65, he would be aghast to be told he could have National Superannuation or his Parliamentary pension, but not both. Grey Power’s suggestion for greater fairness is well intentioned, but would be complicated to administer. A better solution would be to increase the qualifying period to apply for National Super from the present 10 years to 15 or more. HEH Perkins Botany Downs Well done Countdown Re Free Fruit for Kids launches in all Countdown stores. Awesome! Go Botany Countdown. Well Done. You have gone up to the top of the list. Encouraging kids like this is a must and if it’s not available at home, this is a treat. Jacqui Pounder Ellerslie Double decker worry Re Double decker hits the road (Times, October 29). How long before one of their lunatic drivers manages to roll one? Barrie Goode Email Bill a legend Re Howick mourns iconic personality (Bill Mudgway dies, Times, October 29). A true legend. Listened to Bill (above) even before I lived in Auckland and have fond memories of his presence at the Howick Santa Parade when my children were younger. I didn’t realise he was 93. Testimony to his reputation in the community. RIP Bill. Tony Dickason Rest well Bill Re Howick mourns iconic personality (Bill Mudgway dies, Times, October 29). My friend, you will be missed - that smile, that laugh, a great friend of so many. I shall miss running into you, but then maybe, one day up there, who knows? Rest well and fly high. Your old SPCA inspector friend and Hedgehoggy, Lady Terri. Terri Marchant Discrimination by breed Re: The tragedy of unwanted dogs and efforts of the people who rehome them (Times, October 22). Discrimination by breed is a total fallacy, even more so when you are not even dealing with a breed but a “type” which really can mean anything. Especially since to work outifadogisa“pitbull terrier-type” breed, we rely on guesses. And those guesses kill perfectly sound dogs with no temperament issues. “Oh it has a blocky head...it’s a pit bull-type”....” “Oh its brindle....it’s pit bull-type” ....”it’s muscular...it’s pit bull-type”....”small....ditto”, “large....the same thing”. Dogs should be temperament-tested yes, but in a sensible way, not fresh off the streets, when fearful, and that is what should guide what happens, not a guess that takes away any chance for a life. 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