Sunday, 13 November 2011

Is Your Vote Green?

Well the race for the spare seat on the Wallace Community Board is over, but for plant lovers, the voting continues. The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN) announced its contest for New Zealand's Favourite Plant. You can vote for your favourite native plant via their website. Voting ends midday, 17 December. To read the media release, check out the link above.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Cubs History Walk

The St Andrew Cub Scouts went on a history walk through the town on 2 November accompanied by the Kea pack. They took in the sights and sounds of Main Street on a quiet evening, stopping first at the Union Church where Rev. Judith Day gave them a talk on the history of the church in Otautau.
Peter Campbell with St Andrews Cub Scouts. Photograph © 2011 Kelly Cormack
The pack then headed for the Otautau Museum where retired farmer, Peter Campbell, spoke about the history of Otautau, the Courthouse, and also the museum's current display on old hand tools. The young folks asked good questions and showed keen interest.

St Andrews Cubs take the witness stand AND the bench. Photograph © 2011 Kelly Cormack

Of course, once inside the actual courtroom, standing in the witness box or being behind the judge's bench, are even more fun. Who knows, there may be a budding activist, lawyer or judge amongst the cubs? Although one of the questions that was asked was 'Has there ever been an execution in Otautau?' Let's hope they don't want to set precedence.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Measles Alert

Two cases of measles have surfaced in Dunedin. They were caused by a person with the condition travelling from Wellington to Dunedin who then went on to Auckland and back to Wellington.

According to the Southern DHB global email released 31 October, the symptoms of measles are: "...fever, tiredness, cough, runny nose and inflamed red eyes. Between the third and seventh day, a red, blotchy rash appears and in 24 to 48 hours, spreads over the whole body. The rash may last up to seven days. The incubation period is from 8 to 12 days but may range up to 18 days.
"People with such symptoms should stay away from class or work, public places and social gatherings. They should not go directly to a doctor's surgery or to an emergency department because of the risk of infecting other people. [...] Instead, they should call Healthline or their GP who will give them advice."
Healthline has 24-hour free healthcare advice. Call 0800-611-116. The Otautau Medical Centre's number is (03) 225-8099.

More information is on the Southern DHB website - Latest Measles Outbreak News.

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