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Charity chance: Philanthropists Peter and Stacee Honey have arranged life-changing
facial surgery for young Indonesian woman Ani Budjen, 20.
Photo: MARYKE PENMAN
for brave battler
By MARYKE PENMAN
Go to northharbournews. co.nz
and click on latest edition to see
a video Peter Honey made to rally
support for Ani.
Prayers for a young woman to have a
tumour on her face removed have been
answered thanks to a team of generous
Ani Budjen, 20, is undergoing sev-
eral operations to have the potentially
cancerous growth removed free of
charge by a Takapuna surgeon.
Bay of Islands couple Peter and
Stacee Honey are behind the life-
changing trip, having first discovered
Ani at an airport in Komodo, Indon-
I was there on another trip for a
not-for-profit project when I saw this
local family saying goodbye to their
daughter. I spotted this great big
growth on her face.
I promised to do what I could for
her and as we were walking away I
turned around and the whole family
were on their knees praying,'' Mr
It was a year of constant rejection,
before he eventually connected with
people who could make the surgery
Skin Institute facial plastics special-
ist Mark Izzard agreed to perform the
expensive surgery pro-bono.
Mrs Honey says growths like Ani's, a
large congenital nevus, are typically
removed at birth in Western countries.
Ani is from an area where there are
a lot of Westerners. She belongs to a
church and has more than 2000
I cannot believe someone hasn't
done something for her already,'' Mr
The tumour has since grown to cover
almost half of her cheek and has
destroyed the tissue underneath in the
Ani, one of five children, was con-
sidering taking out a loan to cover the
operation in the absence of a health
My mother and father had a plan
for my surgery but the problem was
When I met Peter and Stacee my
mother said maybe our prayers have
been heard,'' Ani says.
There were times when even Mr
Honey doubted he could keep his
promise to Ani.
I have her photo as the background
on my phone, that has kept me going.''
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for
Children administrator Geoff Pownall
has rallied the financial support of
North Shore Rotarians to fund part of
The project is one of many spurred
on by Mr and Mrs Honey, who sold
their adventure tourism business to
fund non-profit ventures overseas.
It started seeing the situation in
places like Indonesia when we were on
There is a lot of Africa-level poverty
over there and it's little things like this
that can have a big impact.''
CCTV guidelines to be
presented for feedback
Guidelines on how CCTV could be used
across Auckland are a step closer.
The Auckland Council is working on
developing a CCTV policy for the city
and will be presenting a draft version
to local boards and other groups
including police and the privacy com-
mission in coming weeks to gather
CCTV systems are already used by
the council, other agencies and busi-
nesses to monitor traffic and for secur-
But there is not a consistent set of
principles for the whole city as to how
CCTV should be used and how people's
privacy could be protected, councillor
and Community Safety Forum chair-
man George Wood says.
The issue is who is collecting infor-
mation and what it is being used for,''
Mr Wood says.
For example, in Otahuhu town cen-
tre it is monitored by the business
association and in New Lynn it's
monitored by the police.
There are so many different con-
figurations of CCTV.
It's just about getting it all together
and putting it into one policy,'' he says.
The draft policy is scheduled to be
presented to the Community Safety
Forum on August 27.
If you're finding that life is getting busier and
you have less time for gardening, here are
some tips for simplifying your garden.
Reduce lawn areas. A lawn is a lovely way
to cover the ground and keep the house cool
but, by wisely expanding garden beds, the
time spent on maintenance can be reduced.
Select plants that require minimal
watering. Group plants that require extra
watering together, and plan to set up a
watering system to meet their needs.
Vegetable gardens are high maintenance
but there are ways to reduce this. Raised beds
require less bending so are easier to keep
weed free and harvested.
When it comes to fruit trees, citrus probably
need the least amount of care.
Don't have too many pots. Potted plants
need far more watering and fertilising than
Deal with weeds as soon as you can. Small
weeds are simpler to remove. Smother weeds
with mulch or layers of newspaper.
Slow release fertilisers don't have to be
applied very often so make good choices for
time-poor gardeners. Dynamic Lifter pellets
can be distributed throughout the garden --
they don't even need to be watered in straight
away -- and will break down gradually to feed
the plants. Nutricote and Yates Acticote
pellets last for months -- some will continue
releasing nutrients for a year.
The most important factor in having an easy
care garden is your choice of plants.
Walk around the neighbourhood and see
what does well. Talk to neighbouring garden
owners to find what has been successful for
Ornamental grasses are fashionable and
need little more than an annual haircut.
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