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Offer applies to selected Bridgestone branded car and 4x4 tyres. Terms and conditions apply, see in store for details. “Quality tyres, now so affordable, don't miss this super special deal” ROB HALLIE JH10693 Natalya Gibson of Botany, Auckland, had been sewing for just three months before she started her diploma course at NZ Fashion Tech two years ago. And now she’s just won the top prize for technical excellence at the fashion institute’s graduation showcase. The former Howick College student chose to study art and design at school, but she had always wanted to learn to sew. However, when the opportunity came at tertiary level, the 26-year- old says she picked it up pretty quickly. “It came naturally to me.” The technical challenge she enjoyed most during her course was sewing with bias fabric. “I liked the process of translating a garment onto paper and then learning how to construct it to a high standard.” Natalya said that the hands-on teaching of NZ Fashion Tech tutors Carly and Susan helped them learn practical skills quickly which they could cultivate throughout the year. NZ Fashion Tech has been delivering applied fashion design and technology programmes In Auckland and Wellington for 20 years, and throughout that time they’ve seen the industry become design-led and global. Academic director Val Marshall- Smith says: “As the fashion industry expands its export reach and moves some production off-shore, the demand locally for broadly based, highly tuned skills to create world-beating collections increases.” She says there are 90 different job titles for graduates to choose from in the industry now – from production assistant roles, quality assurance, buying, merchandising, fashion marketing and media to apparel technology roles in sport, sail-making or uniforms. NZ Fashion Tech gives its students as many real-life experiences as possible, such as the Fashion Week collaboration with Resene and a unique education exchange with India, and sees part of its role as a tertiary education provider helping students transition into work. Close to one in 10 children hospitalised with chickenpox are ending up in intensive care, a new child health study shows. The research, led by Starship Children’s Hospital infectious disease specialist, Dr Sophie Wen, found 144 children were admitted to hospital in two years with the disease caused by varicella zoster virus, commonly called chickenpox. As well as one in 10 needing to be treated in the intensive care unit, almost one third of children who needed to be hospitalised suffered multiple complications from the disease. They included neurological complications, which led to ongoing health issues in close to 20 per cent of them after being discharged. Hospitalisation costs were only a small part of the monetary issues associated with chickenpox. Indirect costs of parent absenteeism and loss of associated productivity are reported to range from 42 per cent to 98 per cent in the total cost of the disease. Dr John Cameron, a GP with 35 years experience, says there’s often a complacent attitude among New Zealanders about the disease. “Parents think ‘we all had it, so the kids will have it as well’. It’s often seen as a normal consequence of childhood.” However Dr Cameron says it’s now a preventable disease and people need to be aware of the dangers associated with the infection. Immunisation facilitator, Helen Ride says the safest way to mitigate the effects of chickenpox on a family is to vaccinate children and any adults not immune to chickenpox. Parents are encouraged to discuss their options for vaccination with their primary healthcare provider once their child is five months old, with children able to be protected against chickenpox from nine months of age. fashion Sewing success Botany student wins award for technical excellence Chickenpox is now a preventable disease and people need to be aware of the dangers associated with the infection. Photo supplied. Chickenpox leads to complications Speed threshold reduced Police are reminding drivers to “check your speed”, as from Tuesday, December 1, the speed threshold has been reduced to 4km/hr until the end of January. Similar to the previous two summer holiday periods, police will be enforcing the reduced 4km/h speed threshold until January 21. This will be backed by a highly visible presence on the nation’s roads as part of a targeted road safety campaign, which will also feature a strong focus on impaired driving so every driver stopped can expect to be breath tested. Drones stolen Police are looking for a man after $30,000 worth of drones were stolen from an East Tamaki warehouse last month. The theft occurred on November 27 at the Hobby Station warehouse on East Tamaki Road. Sky-Hero brand commercial drones as well as a one- of-a-kind drone used for dropping out fishing lines were taken. People with information can call sergeant John Roberts of Counties Manukau Police on 250-2809 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555 -111. Hit and run The driver of a white 4x4 is urged to come forward after hitting a woman pushing her bicycle over a pedestrian crossing in Highland Park on Friday night. The victim was then pushed onto the path of an oncoming vehicle on Aviemore Drive near the Bradbury Road intersection. She was taken to hospital in a serious condition. Anyone with information can call constable Graham Mako on 215- 4828.
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