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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 5 Well now you can! Need a Hearing Aid but Can't Afford it? 123052 Night Driving and your vision Night driving is challenging for many of us but it can be difficult to avoid in these dark winter months. As we get older and for those of us who require spectacle correction, driving in the dark can become more of a hazard. It is a physiological fact that our vision is best in daylight conditions so our eyes need all the help we can give them while driving at night. Our eyes also take time to adjust to a new light level, for example it takes our eyes a full five minutes to completely adapt to the dark. However, while driving at night, light conditions are often variable and can change quickly. The ability to adapt to differing light levels will slow as we get older and some eye conditions will also decrease our ability. The good news is there are some things you can do to improve your night driving experience: 1. Get your eyes tested - Regular eye exams ensure your vision is at its best. Even small focusing errors can have great effect on night vision. For instance you may have been advised that you meet the 6/12 vision requirement to drive without spectacles, but you may still experience difficulty with night driving. 2. Check your glasses - Bring them in to Visique of Howick for our complimentary adjustment and ultrasonic cleaning service. We can inspect the lenses for any scratches or defects in the lens coating which can impact on your vision. It is important to clean your lenses daily to ensure they are smudge free. 3. Choose the right lens - Ensure your lenses have an antireflective coating - this improves light transmissibility through the lens and greatly reduces disabling glare while driving at night. At Visique of Howick we offer the latest in antireflective lens technology - these lenses are not only clearer to look through but attract less dirt and dust and are easier to clean than older versions. 4. Clean your windscreen - On the inside and out! That greasy film can be a real distraction, particularly with oncoming headlights and sun strike through the day. Replace your wiper blades as required and keep the washer bottle topped up with window cleaning detergent. 5. Clean your headlights - Any dirt will reduce their effectiveness at night. Also check for yellowing of any polycarbonate headlamp covers - this can be cleaned off with the appropriate product. 6. Use your headlights effectively - As the road code states, headlights should be used from 30 minutes before sundown and 30 minutes after sunrise. Don't be hesitant to use high beam while travelling at night except for when approaching and following other vehicles. 7. Avoid the glare - If you find glare of oncoming traffic a problem, avert your eyes to the left side of the road to avoid this direct glare source while at the same time remain aware of oncoming vehicles. Also, don't travel at night with the internal vehicle light on as this will cause extra visual fatigue. 8. Slow down - Drive at a speed so you can see the road at least two seconds ahead. Kristine Jensen Your local Optometrist Remember, if you have any queries about your vision difﬁculties or your eyewear, we are always happy to help at Visique of Howick. Here’s to happy and safe driving! Visique of Howick Optometrists 100 Picton St, Howick Phone 534 5565 By CHRIS HARROWELL HARLEQUIN Musical Thea- tre is joining forces with Pakuranga College pupils to stage a production of Barry Manilow’s classic uptempo show Copacabana. It plays at the theatre in Howick until this Sunday. The production is directed by Susanne Dell, with musical direc- tion by Lynnette Leggett and cho- reography by Rebecca Ceballos. It’s set in New York nightclubs in the swinging 1940s and tells the story of aspiring fctional singer Lola, who meets the songwriter Tony. Tony falls in love with Lola, but his dreams appear to be dashed when she leaves the United States to work in Havana, Cuba. Ms Dell says about 30 Pakuranga College students are in the cast, with the same number working backstage. “All the pupils involved are learning music, drama or singing at school,” she told the Times. “We got them involved to give them experience working in live theatre. It works for the school and Harlequin.” The backstage students are learning about theatre lighting, sound and props, as well as help- ing with costumes and designing and building sets. “Each of the departments is headed by an adult and it’s like a training programme for the pupils,” says Ms Dell. “Some of them were involved with our stage production of All Shook Up last year and others will be with Grease this November.” It’s the frst time that the theatre in Pakuranga Road has staged Copacabana. “We wanted to do it because of the music,” says Ms Dell. “It’s also got bright costumes and is an upbeat show full of sing- ing and dancing. “It’s a new thing for many of the pupils. Some of them have stage experience, but it has been a chal- lenge for others. “They have all risen to it.” Four of the Pakuranga College students starring on stage in the show are Majella Aneru, Rowan Naude, Chelsey Johnston and Ibraham Al-Salim. Majella, 15, plays Lola, with 18-year-old Rowan taking on the role of Tony. “She’s an Oklahoma girl who’s just moved to New York to become famous,” says Majella, of Lola. Rowan says he’s enjoying play- ing someone so outgoing and upbeat. “Tony is a colourful character, but at the same time he’s quite coy,” he says. “There is a lot of emotion in this show. “It has a lot of ups and downs and crying and laughter.” Harlequin Musical Theatre’s joint production with Pakuranga College of Barry Manilow’s stage show Copacabana plays until August 11 at the theatre at 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick. Shows are at 7.30pm, with 2pm matinees on August 10-11. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. To book, phone 361-1000, or visit www.iticket.co.nz. HIGH ENERGY: Starring in Harlequin Musical Theatre's and Pakuranga College's production of Barry Manilow's stage show Copacabana are pupils, from left, Majella Aneru, Rowan Naude, Chelsey Johnston and Ibraham Al-Salim. Times photo Chris Harrowell Students set to entertain "We got the students involved to give them experience working in live theatre. It works for the school and Harlequin." -- Susanne Dell, director of Copacabana Armed men swipe cash POLICE are looking for two men who allegedly used frearms to steal money from an Armourguard van’s security staff. Inspector Wendy Spiller, Counties Manukau East Police’s prevention manager, says the pair, armed with a rife and shotgun, approached the van outside ASB Bank at Highland Park Shopping Centre. They brandished the weapons at an Armourguard employee near the bank in Pakuranga Road at about 5.15pm last Friday. “The two offenders approached the van with the rife and shotgun pointed at the head of one of the Armourguard employees,” says Ms Spiller. “They stole one of the cash boxes and then ran in the direction of the TAB located in the same block of business premises as ASB Bank. “As they were running, a blue Mazda motor vehicle reversed into a nearby driveway. “The two offenders got into it as it sped off toward Highland Park Drive.” Ms Spiller says the Mazda vehicle used in the alleged hold-up, with the registration number plate EEL289, was stolen before the robbery was carried out. It was driven left into Highland Park Drive and located a short distance away, in Benygloe Place, with its engine running. “The three offenders then left the area in another motor vehicle that’s believed to be a silver people carrier, similar in size to a Honda Odyssey,” says Ms Spiller. “Police are appealing for information about the identities of the people involved in this aggravated robbery, the stolen Mazda vehicle, and the outstanding people carrier.” People with information on the armed robbery of the Armourguard van outside ASB Bank in Pakuranga Road, Highland Park, at about 5.15pm on August 2, can phone detective sergeant Brett Shields, of Counties Manukau Police, on 261-1300, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800-555-111.
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