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2 Te Waha Nui, June, 2007
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.”
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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
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.”
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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.