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NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
AUT North Shore Campus News
Sports research lab opens its doors
On Auckland's North Shore is one of the
top three sport facilities of its kind in the
world. That was how Dr Jacques Rogge,
the president of the International Olympic
Committee, described AUT Millennium at
an official opening late last year.
An important reason for that claim
was because AUT's Sports Performance
Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ)
Clinics are embedded in the new National
Training Centre at AUT Millennium.
For the first time North Shore
residents have an opportunity to see the
SPRINZ Clinics in action and get a better
understanding of how they too can benefit
from the world-class facility.
AUT's SPRINZ Clinics located at AUT
Millennium Campus 17 Antares Pl, Mairangi
Bay will be open to the public on Saturday
September 22 from 10am to 3pm.
The Clinics, under the guidance of AUT's
team of sport science experts, have been
used by a range of New Zealand's Olympic
teams prior to London 2012 including the
Football Ferns, heptathlete Sarah Cowley
and members of the swimming team.
The objective of the clinics is to help
people, irrespective of their fitness levels,
optimise their training and performance,
as well as prevent injuries and recondition
them when they do occur.
A range of unique services are available,
including 3D running and cycling mechanics
assessments, endurance physiology profiling
and heat chamber training.
At the running and cycling mechanics clinic,
a 3D image is produced, similar to those
created in film animation.AUT experts then
examine the image to give you feedback on
your running technique. Suggestions on how
your technique can be altered will help in
improving performance and avoiding injury.
The Endurance Performance Clinic is
used to assess aerobic fitness and the heat
chamber is used to condition the body's
ability to endure the high temperatures and
humidity often experienced in competition.
The recently installed chamber can simulate
temperatures from -5degC to 60degC and
humidity between 5-95%.
For more information about the open day,
the clinics or research conducted at the
institute go to www.sprinz.aut.ac.nz/clinics
or call 09 921 9559.
2012 was a great Olympics for New
Zealand. AUT University academics played
an important part in this success -- as
coaches, human performance scientists,
dieticians, among others. Each success
culminates years of dedicated preparation.
We are proud of all who competed.
Success at the highest level increasingly
depends on scientific understanding of
human performance and AUT Millennium
provides the country with a world class
facility and expert staff. There was much
consternation across the Tasman when
New Zealand was ahead on gold medals.
One television channel stopped showing
the medal table one place above New
Zealand so Australia's lower ranking
wouldn't be obvious. A newspaper merged
the two countries to display count. This
time around we certainly punched above
our weight, being fourth on the number
of gold and total medals per capita. New
Zealand was just below Trinidad and Tobago,
a country made up of two British colonies
that amalgamated in 1898, about the same
time the Commonwealth of Australia was
formed and the New Zealand government
of the day opted not to join. Trinidad and
Tobago became a republic in 1976. It has
a strong economy with large natural gas
reserves and vibrant tourism industry. Why
am I mentioning this? Well, I was watching
cricket last weekend. New Zealand versus
India. The recent Olympics results and
Wallaby thrashings aside, our trans-Tasman
cousins do remarkably well across the
wide sporting arena. There is also the
small matter of why over 50,000 New
Zealanders have moved to Australia this
year, so far, and why ten times more Kiwis
live in Australia than
the reverse? When
he came into office
John Key announced
a major objective
was to lift New
Yeah right. Let's be
honest, the only way
that will happen is
for government, on
behalf of the New
Zealand people, to
invoke the clause in
the Australian Constitution that gives this
country the right to join the federation
whenever it likes. While stating there are
1,200 miles of sea separating Australia and
New Zealand and 1,200 reasons not to
join the new nation, Sir John Hall, the New
Zealand negotiator in the late 1890s,had the
foresight to keep our options open. Today
it takes less time to fly from New Zealand
to Australia than it does to travel between
many major centres within Australia. Just
about all aspects of New Zealand and
Australian life have already been brought
into line and immigration and customs
controls will soon be dismantled. There
are sound reasons to start discussing when
we will become the Republic of Australia
and New Zealand. Kiwi identity doesn't
need to be eroded -- Trinidad, Tobago and
each of the Australian states and territories
retain a strong sense of identity and pride.
There are also economies of scale and
other significant benefits -- including the
opportunity to celebrate collective sporting
successes on a regular basis.
Prof. Max Abbott
AUT North Shore
The SPRINZ Clinic will be open to the public on Saturday 22 September from 10am to 3pm
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Kristin School aids
Helping hand: Year 9 students Charles Law, left, and Vincent Rong help out at Poutasi
Village's primary school.
By MARNIE HALLAHAN
For three years schools in tsunami-
wrecked Samoa have had cooking
classes without stove tops and sewing
classes without machines.
But for one village a new partner-
ship with Kristin School has meant
their wish list of basic necessities has
been made a reality.
Year 9 dean Carl Murray visited
Poutasi Village after he heard of the
conditions the people were still living
in after the 2009 tsunami.
He came back determined to help
and brought with him a wish list of
equipment needed by the community
from the village chief Joe Annandale.
Donations came flooding in from
Kristin families and the community
and a shipping crate was filled with
everything from school basics like
sports gear and computers to village
necessities like blankets and pots.
Mr Murray and a group of 16 year 9
students then travelled in the July hol-
idays to meet the crate in Poutasi
where they spent three weeks helping
deliver the goods and working in the
Students Isabella Pasley and Nicho-
las Miehlbradt, both 13, say the
experience taught them a lot.
People in Poutasi don't have a lot,
but they're always happy and smiling,''
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