Wairarapa News : February 1st 2012
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 NEWS Bill: 027 674 4955 Tim: 027 458 4003 Ph: 06 377 0177 • 51 Dixon St, Masterton www.hintzmotors.co.nz 2010 Award Winning Dealership $10,990 $6,990 2001 BMW 530i 3.0, Auto Tiptronic, Petrol, All Power Options, Trip Computer, Only 80,000kms 2.2L, Auto, Aircon, Airbags, CD player, Towbar, NZ new 2003 BMW X5 2002 Toyota Camry GL wagon 1999 Honda Integra $12,990 1.8, 5 Speed Manual, Air Con, Air Bags, Full Electrics, New Tyres, NZ New 2002 Toyota Corolla GL $16,990 CAR OF THE WEEK $32,990 2006 TOYOTA HILUX SR5 3.0 Turbo Diesel, 5 Speed, x/Cab/ 4WD, Running Boards,Tuff Deck, Air Con, Alloys NOW $5,990 2004 Mitsubishi Galant 2.0, Auto Tiptronic, Body Kit, Alloys, Air Con, Airbags 1.8 VTEC, 5 Speed Manual, Alloys, CD Player, Dual Airbags, Spoiler SPECIAL was $6,990 $33,990 3.0L Diesel, Auto, 19"Alloys, Full Leather, Full optioned, Tow bar, 88000kms "stunning in black" 3729589AQ IN BRIEF Lost men found Two men spent a night in the ranges cold and hungry after they got lost on a trout fishing day trip on Sunday. Police said the two men, aged 19 and 35, had taken a quad bike up the Mangatarere Valley and then walked up Carrington Creek for two hours. Wairarapa Police acting Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson says when it got dark and wet the men could not find their way through the bush and they stayed the night so they could walk back out in the daylight. ''That is where they were located -- walking out. They were both very cold and tired but uninjured.'' Police say this reinforces the need to give accurate details of where you're heading as the area being searched was not where the men were. People need to ensure they have the correct equipment should they find themselves having to stay overnight in the bush. Charges probable A 69-year-old Napier man is likely to face charges after he crashed a car on Westbush Rd west of Masterton on Saturday night. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash that saw the vehicle swerve across the road twice and end up in some trees. Police said it appeared the man had driven his car on to the shoulder, over-corrected and ended up crashing into a fence on the other side of the road, before crossing the road again and hitting a tree. When police arrived the man became aggressive. He was taken to Wairarapa Hospital and blood was taken to test for alcohol. Thefts from car A car on Lansdowne Cres in Masterton was broken into overnight on Saturday-Sunday and thieves got away with an iPod, iPhone, stereo head unit and two wallets. Police said it serves as a reminder not to leave valuables in your car. Caregiver keeps working despite her own injuries Positive focus: Masterton caregiver Paula Booth is not letting her wheelchair prevent her from looking after other people with disabilities. By PIERS FULLER Wheelchair no problem Just days after an accident that put Paula Booth in a wheelchair she was back to work training to care for other people with disabilities. Paula started working with spinal injury and traumatic brain injury care provider McIsaac Caregiving Agency last February. She looked after Masterton people with disabilities -- some in wheelchairs. When she sneezed and crashed her motor scooter in May and suffered a spinal injury that claimed the use of her legs, she suddenly found herself among the ranks of the disabled. Her yet undiagnosed injury causes muscle spasms and loss of feeling in her lower legs and has confined her to a chair. Undaunted, Paula is deter- mined to live as normal a life as possible and she has gone back to work. Her employer has done every- thing possible to enable her to per- form her work tasks and now she finds herself back at the same household she was working at before her accident. Paula had been helping Sonia Boyd and her family at their big house in Masterton, where she now assists Sonia's daughter, Shannon, who has cerebral palsy. It is a high-needs household, but full of enthusiasm and support. Sonia was injured badly in a motorcycle crash five years ago, her husband Robert has spina- bifida, and their son Dallas has mild autism. But with a little help, they all manage fine. In many ways the house is ideal for Paula to work at. The ground floor is all access- ible and everything is within reach. The only thing that makes it difficult is that the house is two- storied and the only person who can ably access the first floor is Dallas. Paula says even though she had worked with disabled people before her accident, she never fully realised all the ways that people in wheelchairs are challenged with accessibility. It's the little things such as objects being just out of reach, or being behind doorways that they can't get to. Paula has a great atti- tude considering what she's been through in the last year. She is keen to try any- thing and though there is a lot of uncertainty hover- ing over her future mobility she is deter- mined to make the best of it.Sonia and Paula recalled a funny incident when they both went out to the beach in Sonia's van and Paula decided to go out into the waves in her chair, even though she had been advised not to.The chair tipped over in the waves and she had to pull herself up the beach while Sonia looked on laughing. Though her accident is a catastrophe in many ways, it has bought some positives. Paula is nowina relationship with Sonia's other son Nick, who is a builder in town. Kate Thomas of the McIsaac agency says their organisation has really tried to make it easy for Paula to do her caregiving work. While she was finishing her health and science course last year she would push her chair one hour each way to and from the course campus. Kate says Paula has such a can do'' attitude and they are looking at ways she can get more work. She is now undergoing regular physiotherapy and her upper body strength is really improving, and she is hopeful that her medical specialists will be able to diag- nose her injury. Meanwhile, Paula is proof that with the right attitude you can make a positive dif- ference to people's lives.
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