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We are a family practice dedicated to looking after your dental health, so "Come on in & check us out" See our website www.marinadentists.co.nz TAKING OVER COMMAND He's excelled in all his roles with the New Zealand Defence Force during 32 years of national service and now former East Aucklander, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, is the chief. Page 3 By Chris Harrowell THEY don’t all wear kilts or enjoy eating haggis, but a group of eager Scottish country dancers is more than happy to kick up its heels in search of new members. “Beginners can come along and if they enjoy their dancing it’s up to them if they want to take it fur- ther,” says Jim Mackie, president of the Highland Park Scottish Country Dance Club. In its 24th year, the club is trying to boost its numbers by offering a four- week introductory class for newcom- ers that start tonight. Members dance from 7.30-9.30pm on Wednesdays at Howick Primary School in Willoughby Avenue. There’s no required clothing and all that people need is a good attitude and comfortable shoes. “People can come as a couple or on their own,” Mr Mackie told the Times. “We change dance partners regularly so no one is paired up with the same person the whole time. “Our club emphasises the social aspect of it and how much fun it is.” Mr Mackie got involved in Scottish country dancing in the early 1980s while living with his wife Jean in Glasgow, Scotland. “Our three children were grown up and had left home,” says the Farm Cove resident. “Jean and I were on our own, and while looking around for some entertainment found Scot- tish country dancing. “The frst time I went I thought it wasn’t for me, but I persevered and have been hooked on it ever since.” Someone else who is hooked is the club’s secretary, Anita Taylor, who works as Edgewater College’s execu- tive offcer. She’s been a member of the High- land Park Scottish Country Dance Club for about four years. “I saw an advertisement for it and went along with a number of other new people,” says the Pakuranga resident. “I go because of my love of moving to music. “It also helps my ftness, because of the cardio exercise, and we get to meet new people who enjoy dancing. It’s a very sociable group.” The club is largely for people aged from teens to adults, and the experi- enced dancers are more than happy to help beginners get the hang of it. Members pay a $30 annual sub- scription, as well as $4 each club dance night. The club plans to showcase its tal- ents at this year’s Howick Lions in the Park and Military Tattoo, held at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, on February 23. “It’s great to see the progression people make, especially those who aren’t from a dancing background,” says Mr Mackie. “We encourage people to give it a go. They have nothing to lose.” The Highland Park Scottish Coun- try Dance Club’s introductory les- sons for beginners cost $20. They are at 7.30pm on Wednes- days at Howick Primary School, 40 Willoughby Avenue, and bookings are not required. Taking Celtic steps Among the Highland Park Scottish Country Dance Club members looking to recruit newcomers are, from left, Jean Wright, Eddy Yau, Jim Donald, Jean Mackie, Lynn Sharp and Jim Mackie. Times photo Wayne Martin COURT CONVICTION Animal cruelty proved A WOMAN who claimed she could not a ord treatment for her kitten's severely infected and ruptured eye, which left it half-blind, has been convicted for ill-treating an animal. Genevieve Forde, of Botany Downs, appeared in the Manukau District Court last Friday and was given 60 hours community service and ordered to pay reparations of $2250. The cat was forfeited to SPCA Auckland. The case goes back to March last year when an SPCA Auckland inspector was called to the Great South Vets clinic in Papatoetoe to attend to a four-month-old, black and white, female kitten that had a severely diseased right eye. Vet sta refused to perform a de- sexing operation unless the eye was also treated. Ms Forde was given the option of surrendering the kitten to the SPCA if she could not a ord the treatment, but instead left the kitten at the clinic. The clinic's records showed that the kitten's ruptured right eyeball was diagnosed the month before and that surgical removal was recommended then. But Ms Forde had done nothing when she brought the kitten in for de-sexing. SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin says the defendant did nothing, "hoping it would all just 'go away'. This is utterly unacceptable on every level. "Because of the defendant's failure to secure treatment for the kitten, it has endured unnecessary pain, distress, major surgery and the loss of its right eye, resulting in permanent disability. "When you take on the care of an animal you are totally responsible for its well-being. "If animals in your care need help and you fail to seek treatment for them, then you are guilty of neglect and cruelty and we will prosecute you," says Ms Kalin. To contact SPCA Auckland, phone 256-7300, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or more information is at the website www.spca.org.nz.
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