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Bowel Screening - free for
50-74 year olds in Waitemata
Bowel cancer is the second most
common cancer in New Zealand and
every year about 100 residents in the
Waitemata DHB area die from it.
If bowel cancer is found in its early stages, there
is a greater than 90% chance of survival. Bowel
screening can help detect bowel cancer at an
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Over the next two years people aged 50 to 74 who
live in the Waitemata DHB area will be invited to
take part in the free BowelScreening programme.
"Bowel cancer can be present with few or
even no warning signs or symptoms.
Bowel screening checks for early signs of bowel
cancer. Everyone eligible to take part in the
programme will automatically be sent a letter and
invited to participate over the next two years. You
don't need to enrol, but if you haven't been to a
doctor recently or you've changed your address
please call us on 0800 924 432 to check we have
your correct details on our register.
If you're turning 75 in 2012 and wish to
participate in the programme, call us before your
e test is quick, clean and simple to complete -- it
only takes a couple of minutes, using the free test
kit provided. Unlike other screening programmes
this test can be done yourself, in the convenience
and privacy of your own home.
Bowel cancer can be present with few or even
no warning signs or symptoms. Symptoms may
include blood in your bowel motion or changes
in your normal pattern of going to the toilet that
continue for several weeks, for example: diarrhoea,
constipation or a feeling that your bowel doesn't
"Bowel screening can help detect bowel
cancer at an early stage.
ese symptoms are more likely to be caused by
other, more harmless reasons but it is important to
have them checked by your doctor. If you have any
symptoms, don't wait for your screening invitation,
see your doctor now.
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0800 924 432
DAY CLASSES STARTING SOON
0800 475 455
For more information phone Agriculture New Zealand at 0800 4 SKILLS (0800 475 455)
Call NOW - numbers are limited so an early expression of interest is advised!!
A popular part-time course in Organic Horticulture, delivered by Agriculture
New Zealand, is now being o ered once again in Auckland. The course explores the
latest trends in sustainable farming, both internationally and in New Zealand. The
overall aim is to build ecosystems, promote biodiversity, increase soil and plant
health, and avoid the use of arti cial fertilisers and sprays.
A science-based approach is used to separate myth from fact, while exploring a wide
range of organic techniques and systems. Topics covered include organic principles
and philosophies, soil management, soil food-webs, composting, companion planting,
crop rotation, green manures, organic weed, pest and disease management, general
plant knowledge and an introduction to Permaculture.
This knowledge can be applied not only to food crops, but also to the cultivation
of any plants - from suburban gardens to pastures, orchards, shelterbelts or
woodlots. The course will therefore appeal to gardening enthusiasts of all ages as well
as growers, farmers, orchardists and lifestyle-block owners. Organic philosophies also
embrace principles of kaitiakitanga - which may interest Tangata whenua involved with
land management. As well as attending lively and interactive tutorials, the chance to
network between organic growing enthusiasts is an added bonus to joining this course.
The course is based on NZQA unit standards and successful students will gain a formal
quali cation. In addition to attending tutorials, workshops or eldtrips once a week,
students will need to complete practical and theory assignments in their own time.
For more information phone Agriculture New Zealand at 0800 475 455 or visit our
TOOLS FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Migrant women looking
to improve their creative
writing skills are encour-
aged to get involved in a
new free writers work-
shop in Albany.
The workshops will
help new Kiwi women
develop their writing
skills, with guidance
from playwright and
poet Renee Liang,
Janet Charman and
novelist and graphic art-
ist Sarah Laing.
The workshops have
been organised by Auck-
land Council's Arts and
Culture North Depart-
ment, Albany New-
comers Network and
Albany CoCo Incorpor-
ated, and run over four
weeks between March 12
and April 14.
Participants will have
the opportunity to
develop their writing
skills with a variety of
styles and interests
catered for, including
poetryand essay writing.
Contact Matt Blomeley
on (09) 484-7913, or Uzra
Balouch on (09) 448-
5363 for information.
Down in the garden
The Orewa Garden Club
has attracted a good
turnout of members and
plenty of beautiful
flowers and foliage
entries in its monthly
A speaker from Ley-
land Latches demons-
trated how to paint
terracotta pots to place
on latches which attach
to posts or fences.
The club bus trip this
month is to Pukekohe
Shadie Stables, Eion
Scarrow's garden and a
nursery in Drury.
Members met yester-
day for a bring and buy,
and to show produce.
Life members Peggy
MacLennon, Shirley Jor-
dan and Elaine Curtis
were presented with
badges by president
Raye Howard at the end
of last year.
Call Maggie Hogan on
(09) 426-0088 for
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