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By JIM CHIPP
A strategy of taking vaccinations
into Wellington communities is
improving the health of Maori and
The Social Development Ministry s
2010 Social Report found that Maori
life expectancy at birth was nine
years less than everyone else s and
that Pacific Islanders didn t fare
However, Capital and Coast Dis-
trict Health Board together with
WellHealth, Ora Toa and Newtown
Union Health, have made big gains
in child immunisation rates.
Capital and Coast primary and
integrated care nursing director
Vicky Noble said the board had
achieved extremely good immunis-
ation rates for Maori and Pacific chil-
dren for some time.
The Health Ministry s immunis-
ation report for October to December
last year found that 93 per cent of
the overall population were fully
vaccinated at two years old, 94 per
cent of Maori and 89 per cent of
Pacific Island children.
In 2008 the overall vaccination
rate was just 80 per cent at two
The statistics move up and down
as children grow into and out of the
age range and at any given time
there are about 1000 two-year-olds
in Wellington, of which 180 are
Maori and 100 Pacific.
There have been times in the last
two years when we have actually
recorded 100 per cent for Maori and
Pacific children, and that s fantas-
tic, Ms Noble said.
She said high immunisation rates
and early immunisation not only
reduced avoidable illnesses in the
individual vaccinated children, but
in the whole population, including
The high immunisation rates had
resulted from a combination of
factors beginning with a Health Min-
istry monitoring programme which
identified unvaccinated children, she
If children are attending primary
care practices it is becoming
increasingly common to check their
Mobile nurses also track families
down and immunise the children
wherever they can, including in their
The outreach nurses who do this
work needed particular social skills,
Ms Noble said.
To be able to turn up at people s
homes and be invited into people s
homes indicates a level of trust, she
The relationships are critical and
[so is] the trust and confidence that
families in the community have in
those nurses .
Outreach immunisation nurse
Louise French works for Newtown
Union Health vaccinating children
from Wellington to Tawa.
If children are overdue for their
childhood vaccinations or if they
haven t responded, or can t come in,
they are referred to us. We just go to
visit, she said.
Because the children are well, it s
not on their [parents ] must-do
things. They ll take them in if they
are sick, but often they ve got trans-
port problems. It s not that they are
Tawa pool to
re-open in April
Tawa swimmers are being welcomed
back for the reopening of Tawa
swimming pool in eight weeks time.
Maintenance on the pool is four
weeks behind schedule but would be
finished in time for the reopening on
April 14, said Wellington City
Council s manager for recreation
centres Lynda Rigler.
[We ve] got a lot of work to do [in]
eight weeks. I m very nervous, she
said at the Tawa Community board
meeting last week.
The pool closed last October 10 to
have the roof replaced and a new
ventilation system installed.
Windows have been put in to give
more natural light and the building
has been repainted and retiled.
The upgrade cost Wellington City
Council $2.1 million.
The reopening will be a disco-
themed event, similar to what it
would have been for the original
opening in 1972.
There will be free roller skating,
swimming and prizes for the best
On April 15, entry for the pool
would be a gold coin donation so
people could come in to look around,
as well as have a swim, Ms Rigler
[Tawa pool] will have been closed
for six months so we re keen to wel-
come [it] back into the community.
World Cup injection
The Rugby World Cup brought in about $94 millon to the Wellington region s
economy, an economic impact report has found.
That figure includes direct spending by domestic and international visitors
who attended games, as well as spending by teams, officials, staff and media.
The research shows that people who visited Wellington but didn t attend
games may have spent a further $13 million.
A forecast, prepared in 2008, was $46.3 million.
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