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I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t really talk properly.” The University of Auckland research assistant partly based her winning story, about a solo mother’s experiences on a long plane fight, on a trip she’d taken to Malaysia with her son Julian. “It was one of those moments of awareness,” she says. “I thought I should remember how I feel. It’s such a strange, disconnected experience being in the middle of nowhere in transit between destinations, and with a young child.” Rounding up her fnal year of an undergraduate degree in Eng- lish, Nicole took a creative writing course last year with Kiwi author Emily Perkins. She says that the experience was “amazing” and gave her con- fdence to pursue her dream of being published. “I decided I’d try to enter a writ- ing competition. I wanted to try my luck and it worked out. “There wasn’t a lot of action in it. It was kind of a quiet story that I wanted to tell.” Nicole enjoys the freedom of expression in creative writing and says the award has inspired her to keep putting pen to paper. “It’s open – you can write any- thing. It’s a platform to tell what- ever stories you want to tell. “I’d probably like to continue writing and maybe pursue it seri- ously in the future. You do have to put yourself and your writing out there if you want to go some- where.” The BNZ Literary Awards, for- merly the Katherine Mansfeld Awards, were established in 1959 and are New Zealand’s longest- running short story awards. Flight evokes winning tale INSPIRATION: Nicole Tan, who is mum to three-year-old Julian, wrote a short story about flying solo with children that won her a prestigious novice writer's award. Times photo Wayne Martin By MARIANNE KELLY RECREATION and pool facilities have been allocated funds for the present fnancial year. The Howick Local Board approved a budget of $300,000 for a capital works programme for recreation facilities and swimming pools operated in the Howick Ward by Manukau Leisure Services, at its meeting on September 10. Work approved under the 2012/13 budget includes: Howick Recreation Centre: ■ Replace smoke stop doors with mobility/disabled/elderly access approved doors, $50,000; replace stadium doors, $20,000; revarnish childcare’s foors, $1000; revarnish stadium foors, $7500; replace wet weather curtains in over-3s area, $10,000. Lloyd Elsmore Park Leisure ■ Centre: Install new disability hoist, $20,000; remove upstairs male and female changing rooms, $30,000; replace air handler unit in leisure pool areas, $103,500. Pakuranga Youth Centre: ■ Renew lounge carpets, $20,000; renew wall curtains and tracks in lounge, mezzanine and stadium, $10,000; renew kitchen cupboards with locks/keys, $5000; revarnish stadium foors, $5000; repaint stadium, lounge and changing rooms, $10,000; renew internal and external doors in stadium, lounge and foyer, $8000. Recreation improvements on way Stay active for long life A PHYSIOTHERAPY group advises people to sit less and move more, which is part of a global awareness campaign. World Physiotherapy Day was on September 8 and Physiotherapy NZ says a warning from a United States study on sedentary behaviour needs to be heeded. Research, published by the British Medical Journal, shows that sitting for more than three hours a day can reduce life expectancy by two years. More than half the people surveyed were sitting for more than six hours a day. Physiotherapy NZ president Gill Stotter says the message of movement is more important than ever. She challenged businesses and employees to do something active on World Physiotherapy Day, such as having a standing meeting, or taking the stairs instead of a lift. “As physios, we see the effects of sedentary behaviour every day and we know that sitting for long periods can aggravate problems like back pain in patients. This study shows just how damaging inactivity can be. “More importantly, we also see the huge benefts that physical activity can give people, including feeling better, sleeping better, preventing diseases, even helping conditions such as type-2 diabetes.” She says people need to create small habits that will help them keep active for life. “Creating good habits doesn’t need to be about doing hours and hours of intense exercise at night after sitting all day. It could be having an active lunch break, or walking to work. “This is about incorporating exercise and activity into our daily routines so it becomes more manageable.” Tips for moving more during a working day include standing up when talking on the phone, walking over to a colleague rather than emailing, taking a walk at lunchtime and quick exercises at the desk. For more information, visit www. physiotherapy.org.nz.
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