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      2   Te Waha Nui, June, 2007
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            PHOTO: SARAH MASON
     Arts trust star sells to New York
     By Sarah Mason                                     achieve “personal growth, confi-         Blythe says he likes to experi-
                                                        dence and a sense of self-worth”         ment with colour as well.
        Paintings by Toi Ora Live                       within a supportive, non-judging            “I like to produce paintings in
     Arts Trust member Andrew                           environment.                             which people can have their own
     Blythe have been bought by a                          “The vehicle for creativity is        interpretation. To have their
     prominent New York gallery.                        essential for these people in            own views about what it means
        Around 10 of Blythe’s works                     terms of their own recovery, for         to them,” he says.
     were taken to the Phyllis Kind                     discovering a sense of self and             “I like to be in touch with my
     Gallery in February by Stuart                      the ability to contribute to the         creative energy,” says Blythe. “I
     Shepherd, a fine arts tutor at                     community.”                              feel happier when I am painting,
     Massey University, Wellington.                        Van Asbeck says Blythe’s              I really enjoy it.”
        Shepherd is an advocate for                     works sent to New York are                  Van Asbeck says a number of
     Toi Ora Live Arts Trust, a cre-                    “visually in line with what is           Blythe’s works have been bought
     ative space designed for adults                    popular over there at the                by the gallery and a number of
     using mental health services.                      moment”.                                 others are currently on consign-
        Toi Ora co-ordinator Erwin                         This particular series is char-       ment.
     van Asbeck says Blythe’s success                   acterised by black and white lay-           As well as painting, Toi Ora
     is a tribute to the trust’s aim:                   ers, geometric patterns, and sim-        offers a range of other classes
     providing a haven where people                     ple repetitive symbols, but              run by professional tutors.          pq^qb=lc=qeb=^oqW=^åÇêÉï=_äóíÜÉ=ïáíÜ=çåÉ=çÑ=Üáë=ïçêâëK
     can develop artistically, and




                      CONTENTS                                                                   Kiwi nurse braves
                                            New Zealand increases aid - 6
                                            But not enough by international
                                                                                                 dangers of Darfur                                       on the camps for displaced peoples, but has now
                                            standards                                            By Amy Campbell
                                                                                                                                                         shifted to reaching those still in their villages.
                                                                                                                                                            “It was and still is a priority for us to help peo-
                                                                                                    The numbers of people being killed or left
                                                                                                                                                         ple to stay at home rather than joining the
                                                                                                 homeless continue to rise in Darfur, Sudan, as
            AUT childcare - 13                                                                                                                           camps.”
                                                                                                 another New Zealand nurse enters the region.
                                                                                                                                                            The fighting has led to the largest deployment
            Parents unhappy with AUT                                                                More than 200,000 people have died and 2.5
                                                                                                                                                         of Red Cross aid workers worldwide.
                                                                                                 million have been forced from their homes since
            childcare                                                                            the government and rebels began fighting in 2003.
                                                                                                                                                            New Zealand Red Cross communications assis-
                                                                                                                                                         tant Kelly Mitchell says 10 is the largest number
                                                                                                    Auckland nurse Judy Owen has just left for
                                                                                                                                                         the organisation has ever sent into the region.
                                                                                                 Darfur on her 16th trip with the International
                                                                                                                                                            Ms Owen stresses the International Committee
                                                                                                 Committee of the Red Cross – the branch of the
                                            Homeless in Auckland - 28                            Red Cross that visits places of conflict.
                                                                                                                                                         of the Red Cross is a humanitarian organisation
                                            Homelessness on the rise as city                                                                             and “very staunch” on remaining neutral during
                                                                                                    She brings the number of Red Cross Kiwis in
                                                                                                                                                         conflicts, unlike groups such as the UN who are
                                            grows                                                Sudan and neighbouring Chad to 10.
                                                                                                                                                         also involved in peace-keeping.
                                                                                                    “When I look at the figures [of death and dis-
                                                                                                                                                            “Our total aim or bottom line is to assist all vic-
                                                                                                 placement] I’m not really shocked because I’ve
                                                                                                                                                         tims of conflict regardless of who’s fighting who.
                                                                                                 worked in enough places to prepare myself. But I
                                                                                                                                                            “If there are three sides in a conflict, there are
                                                                                                 do get a huge sense of sadness that one group of
                                                                                                                                                         three sets of victims and we go in to help each.”
            Kiwi music a text away - 32                                                          people could do that to another.
                                                                                                    “Bombs, raids and rapes – that’s something you
            Innovative Kiwis taking our sound                                                    never get used to,” says Owen.




                                                                                                                                                                                                            PHOTO PROVIDED BY JUDY OWEN
            to the world’s cell-phones                                                              The Sudanese government and the Janjaweed,
                                                                                                 a supporting Arab militia, have been accused of
                                                                                                 genocide against Darfur’s black African popula-
          News                              1-3         Sport                          19        tion, resulting in backlash from rebel groups.
          Politcs                           5-9         Health                         20-21        Owen says victims of village destruction lack
                                                        Media Opinion                  22-24     basic necessities like food, water and medicine.
          Media                             11-12                                                   This causes diseases like malaria and dengue
          Education                         13-15       Features                       25-30     fever.
          Environment                       16-17       Arts                           31-32        She will be in Zalingei, Darfur, for up to a year,
                                                                                                 overseeing the health programmes the Sudanese
                                                                                                 Red Crescent – the Muslim title for the Red Cross
                                                                                                 – run in the surrounding areas.
              Editorial Team                                                                        Owen’s tasks will include reviewing local public
               Editor                          Joanna Davies                                     health, setting up clinics and managing medical
               News Editor                     Justin Henehan                                    supplies.
                                                                                                    “The key thing is to try and support locals as
               Design Editors                  Dan Satherley/Angus Bennett                       much as possible. When the conflict is over, and
               Picture Editors                 Pinky Khanna/Mike Kilpatrick                      we leave, the local infrastructures will need to
                                               Pippa O’Rourke                                    keep going.”
                                                                                                    International Red Cross Committee president          fab^i=mobm^o^qflkW=gìÇó=~åÇ=ÑáÉäÇ=çÑÑáÅÉê
               Arts Editor                     Jessica Wauchop                                                                                           fãã~åìÉä=áå=rÖ~åÇ~I=OMMQK
                                                                                                 Jakob Kellenberger said the initial focus had been
               Sports Editor                   Amy Campbell
               Health Editor                   Anand Hira
               Education Editor                Amy Williams                                      Patients not warned of all laser eye surgery risks
               Politics Editor                 Natalie Tims                                      . . .continued from page 1                              begun to have sight problems. She used more eye
               Media Editor                    Elizabeth Allan                                                                                           drops because her vision was intermittently dis-
                                                                                                    Simpson says: “People think [my situation] is a      torted and foggy.
               Environment                     Joseph Barratt                                    one-off occurrence, but there are many others with         Punctal plugs were inserted into her lower tear
               Features Editor                 Sam Graham                                        the same problem.”                                      ducts in an attempt to conserve tears, but the con-
                                                                                                    Dr Gray says five to 10 per cent of his own          dition has continued, with little hope for remedy.
               Media Ethics Editor             Sarah Gooding                                     Lasik patients require extra dry eye prescriptions         During Lasik, a small flap is cut in the eye’s
               Cartoonist                      Spike Mountjoy                                    following surgery.                                      cornea and raised. The cornea is then reshaped to
                                                                                                    “I’ve seen patients who haven’t had any surgery      correct the vision problem, and the flap replaced.
                                                                                                 and come up with the exact same symptoms as                Lasik patients get dry eye because the severed
           Course advisers: Allan Lee & Greg Treadwell. Thanks to David Sinfield from the AUT
                                                                                                 Dorothy, so it’s not necessarily the laser that has     corneal nerves take time to regenerate.
           School of Art and Design for his assistance.
                                                                                                 caused this, although time-wise there’s obviously          At the time of Simpson’s surgery in 2004, the
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                                                                                                 a link between the two,” he says.                       corneal flap was cut with a blade. The newer
           Written and edited by student journalists on the                                         Simpson is aware Lasik and similar procedures        Intralase method of Lasik uses small pulses of
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           Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Bachelor         School of Communication Studies   are successful for most people.                         light to cut the flap instead.
           of Communication Studies courses at AUT             AUT University                       When considering the surgery, she consulted             Dr Gray says: “Certainly over the last three to
           University. Views expressed are those of the        Private Bag 92006                 several of the Eye Institute’s previous patients,
           editorial team and not of the university.                                                                                                     four years, since Dorothy had her surgery, there
                                                               Auckland 1142                     including close family, who gave it good reviews.       have been significant improvements in technology
                                                                                                    She was given a consent form with a brief            and treatment.”
           Fax: (64-9) 921 9987 Email: wahanui@aut.ac.nz       Website: www.tewahanui.info
                                                                                                 overview of possible complications, including dry          Intralase, the only method used at the Eye
                                                                                                 eye, which she read prior to signing.                   Institute today, reduces the risk of dry eye, but
                                                                                                    A week after surgery, Simpson had already            does not eliminate it.

				
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